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Rhine in Flames

River fireworks spectacular

Imagine a land of rolling hills, fairytale castles and picturesque medieval towns transformed at night by brilliant fireworks. This is the 'Rhine in Flames', a series of summer festivals that culminate in an explosion of colour and fire.

Tour Highlights And Inclusions

  • A scenic Rhine Valley excursion
  • A visit to Koblenz
  • An evening at the Rhine in Flames
  • Three night's bed and continental breakfast accommodation in a three-star standard hotel in the Rhine/Moselle area
  • Coach travel throughout
  • Return Channel crossings
  • The services of a friendly Tour Manager

Single rooms are available for a supplement

Event Information

From their 18th-century origins, the Rhine in Flames celebrations have grown into massive festivals, with hundreds of rockets and fireworks, and illuminated river boats floating by in a magical procession of light and colour.

Itinerary

Day One

Leaving the local area this morning we'll make our way to Dover or Folkestone for our Channel crossing. We'll continue our onward journey through France and into Germany, arriving at our hotel in the late evening.

Day Two

After breakfast we'll board the coach for a tour through the vineyards and ancient villages of the Rhine Valley. See idyllic Boppard's Roman fort, the 1000-year-old Schonburg Castle in Oberwesel, and St Goar, which nestles beneath the imposing ruins of Rheinfels Castle.

This afternoon, you'll also have the chance to join our optional river boat cruise. See the region's riverside towns and castles from the water, and pass through the narrow gorge beneath the Lorelei - the legendary rock where sirens were said to have lured sailors to their fate - before re-boarding the coach to continue to Koblenz for the Rhine in Flames.

From their 18th-century origins, the 'Rhine in Flames' celebrations have grown into massive festivals, with hundreds of rockets and fireworks, and illuminated river boats floating by in a magical procession of light. Spend the rest of the day enjoying the carnival atmosphere before the evening culminates in a spectacular fireworks display, illuminating the river, town and surrounding area in a riot of colour.

Day Three

Today you're free to relax or explore at leisure, though many will want to join our optional tour to Rudesheim. After travelling through rolling hills and picturesque villages, we'll stop in Rudesheim to visit a traditional wine-cellar where you'll have the opportunity to taste the delicious local wines.

Day Four

Today we retrace our steps to Calais, and embark for our return Channel crossing, arriving back in the local area mid to late evening.
Departure county Pick-up points
Berkshire
Berkshire Bracknell, Chieveley Services M4, Maidenhead, Reading, Slough
Bristol
Bristol Bristol
Buckinghamshire
Buckinghamshire Milton Keynes
Cambridgeshire
Cambridgeshire Cambridge, Huntingdon, Peterborough
Cheshire
Cheshire Crewe
Clwyd
Clwyd Mold, Wrexham
Cornwall
Cornwall Liskeard, St Austell
Derbyshire
Derbyshire Ilkeston
Devon
Devon Bideford, Exeter Services M5, Paignton, Plymouth, Tiverton
Dorset
Dorset Bournemouth, Dorchester, Poole, Weymouth
Dyfed
Dyfed Carmarthen
East Sussex
East Sussex Hastings
Essex
Essex Basildon, Chalkwell, Hadleigh
Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire Gloucester, Stroud
Gwent
Gwent Cwmbran
Hampshire
Hampshire Eastleigh, Fareham, Farnborough, Portsmouth, Totton And Eling, Waterlooville
Herefordshire
Herefordshire Hereford
Hertfordshire
Hertfordshire Hemel Hempstead, St Albans
Kent
Kent Dartford, Folkestone, Gillingham, Ramsgate, Rochester, Sittingbourne
Lancashire
Lancashire Blackpool, Leigh, Manchester, Rawtenstall, Rochdale
Leicestershire
Leicestershire Leicester
Lincolnshire
Lincolnshire Lincoln, Sleaford
London
London Eltham, Wimbledon
Merseyside
Merseyside Birkenhead, Liverpool, Southport
Mid Glamorgan
Mid Glamorgan Merthyr Tydfil, Swansea
Middlesex
Middlesex Hendon, Ruislip
North Yorkshire
North Yorkshire Ripon, Thirsk
Norfolk
Norfolk Dereham, Norwich, Thetford
Northamptonshire
Northamptonshire Rushden
Oxfordshire
Oxfordshire Bicester
South Glamorgan
South Glamorgan Cardiff
Somerset
Somerset Bath, Frome, Yeovil
Staffordshire
Staffordshire Stafford
Suffolk
Suffolk Bury St Edmunds, Ipswich, Stowmarket
Surrey
Surrey Croydon, Redhill, Woking
West Midlands
West Midlands Dudley, Stourbridge
West Yorkshire
West Yorkshire Huddersfield
Warwickshire
Warwickshire Nuneaton
West Glamorgan
West Glamorgan Swansea City
Wiltshire
Wiltshire Leigh Delamere Services M4, Salisbury, Swindon
Worcestershire
Worcestershire Worcester

Rhine/Moselle Area Hotel ★★★

Further Information

Coach seating arrangements

Your seats on the main coach will be allocated for you in advance, taking into consideration any special requests wherever possible. Your Tour Manager or driver will advise you where to sit as you board the coach. This will be your seat for the duration of the tour. (Seats are not allocated on any connecting services to and from the main coach.)

Joining your holiday

Your final travel documents, including the exact time and place of departure, will be sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure, providing all payments have been made. We are unable to give exact departure times before this.

Meet at port option

To give you greater flexibility and allow you to travel on the date that suits you best, you may like to meet the coach at Folkestone Services (called Stop 24) on the M20, which is just a five-minute drive from the Channel Tunnel and a 15-minute drive from Dover. If you wish to do this, please select the county 'Kent' and the pick-up point 'Stop 24 Folkestone Services Saltwood' when booking. You will be notified of the exact pick-up location in your Final Travel Details, which you will receive approximately 7-10 days prior to departure. Further information and car parking charges can be found at www.stop24.co.uk

Meal arrangements

Where meals are not included, your Tour Manager will ensure there are suitable stops made for you to purchase and enjoy lunch and/or dinner each day.

Triple rooms

The majority of these consist of a double bed and an extra bed that is often only suitable for children. If this is a concern, you may wish to consider booking more than one room for your group.

Special requirements

If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

Disabled access

The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Channel crossings

Where possible, we will cross the Channel by ferry at the beginning and end of your holiday. However, we reserve the right to substitute crossings by Eurotunnel when necessary.

Rhine in Flames reviews verified by reevooReevoo

Rhine in FlamesScores 7.7 out of 10 based on 209 reviews
(8 out of 10)

AILEEN

Stroud Single traveller
Great holiday but could have been a couple of days longer to fit it all in without being rushed. Late nights and then late morning starts due to drivers not exceeding their hours ment less time to fit in excursions.

The boat trip from Oberwesel was great seeing the valley from up on top of the boat. After the boat trip we travelled to Boppard and then on to Koblenz these were both great places to visit. We stayed in Koblenz until after the fireworks finished and got back to our hotel very late past 1:30am due to not staying close by.

The last day optional excursion to Rüdesheim was the best part of the trip as it was a beautiful town. The chair ride over the vines was great and given time you could walk back down to the town. Unfortunately for us in Rüdesheim we had a wine tour booked which took up a lot of time and wasn't worth it. The wine tasting was just a cellar room full of people sat on long benches in semidarkness tasting wine and then being persuaded to buy over priced wine. Don't bother with the organised wine tasting as you can taste wine in different wineries around the town so don't need to go to the one on offer. Better to use your time going around the town and exploring.
Confirmed traveller: 14 August 2017
Published on: 15 September 2017
(10 out of 10)

JONATHAN

Norfolk Family
A short break away to Germany to see the Rhine in Flames in Koblenz. There were optional excursions which included a scenic river boat cruise down the river Rhine and a wine tasting excursion in the gorgeous town of Rudesheim.
Confirmed traveller: 14 August 2017
Published on: 01 September 2017
(8 out of 10)

CHRISTOPHER

kings langley, herts Couple
Very interesting tour and fireworks were fantastic in Kobldnz although weather was disappointing.
Only complaint the wine tasting in Rudesheim very poor , more like a comedy show with a tiny courtyard everyone milling around and the shop for buying samples was a joke .
unlike the champagne tasting in Reims we did with you 2 years ago which was superbly organised.
plus side of the tour coach and drivers excellent and the hotel we all stayed in of very good quality for a 3 star in the middle of nowhere.
Thank you again Newmarket .
Confirmed traveller: 14 August 2017
Published on: 30 August 2017
(6 out of 10)

K

Bristol Couple
Far to much time was spent on the coach the hotel was located in Leverkusen eighty miles from the Rhine so travelling to Koblenz and Rudesheim took two and a half hours each way thus drastically limiting the amout of free time available absolutely ridiculous- very poor planning in my view.
Also coupled with the fact that I learnt that other Newmarket coaches crossed the channel using the euro tunnel (twenty minutes) each way.
Our coach sailed on the ferry from Dover( crossing time ninety minutes plus thirty minutes loading) each way I leave you to do the maths.
We never arrived at our hotel in Leverkusen until twelve thirty(00 30) Saturday after leaving Bristol at 06.00 Friday the driver getting lost didnt help
Confirmed traveller: 14 August 2017
Published on: 29 August 2017
(7 out of 10)

LINDA

Bicester Couple
An easy to do short break. Lots of time on the coach wasnt a big surprise!
Confirmed traveller: 14 August 2017
Published on: 28 August 2017
(8 out of 10)

JULIA

Waterlooville Friends
Overall a good short trip. Possibly too many hours spent on coach and not enough free time to explore the various villages, a hotel slightly nearer the attractions would be preferable. Firework display was excellent but didnt start until 11 pm and we were told 8.30 so a long wait with no seating. Facilities at the hotel were excellent but if you arrived back slightly later than expected no food available which is unacceptable and on a Sunday in Germany not many catering establishments open!
On the whole courier excellent, drivers pleasant and helpful and I would travel with Newmarket again (this is my fourth tour). Very good value for money!
Confirmed traveller: 14 August 2017
Published on: 28 August 2017
(7 out of 10)

Rachel

Ruislip Friends
Staff at the hotel were unhelpful got back around half past nine and restaurant should have been open until ten but said kitchen was closed , also tried to charge us for ice .
Confirmed traveller: 14 August 2017
Published on: 27 August 2017