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Explore the beautiful Rhine Valley by train and riverboat
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Travel along the course of the mighty Rhine, past sunny vineyards and forested riverbanks, on this picturesque holiday by rail and river. Based in the historic Rhineland town of Remagen, you'll spend a delightful time visiting famous river-side wine towns, including charming Rudesheim and Sankt Goar, and enjoy a full day in historic Cologne, where the twin spires of its famous cathedral soar above the ancient city.
Rhine River Tour Itinerary
Journey to the heart of the Rhineland, flying into Cologne or Dusseldorf. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel in Remagen, a traditional Rhineland town famous as the last bridgehead across the river at the time of the Allied invasion in 1945.
Day One: Fly to Germany and transfer to Remagen
Today's included excursion takes in the most famous reaches of the mighty River Rhine. We'll travel south from Remagen by train, passing Koblenz, at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle, and on to the celebrated wine town of Rudesheim. Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the bustling Drosselgasse, the town's buzzing main street lined with quaint half-timbered houses and lively wine taverns, then head to the quay to board a day-cruiser for a magnificent journey downstream.
Day Two: Explore Rudesheim and sail through the Rhine Gorge
We'll sail into the narrow Rhine Gorge, passing robber-baron castles and villages flanked by vineyards ripening in the sun. Look out for Lorelei, the high cliff from which sirens were said to have lured sailors to their fates. After a spectacular journey, disembark in Sankt Goar to travel back to Remagen by train.
A short journey north by train takes us to Cologne, the great Rhineland capital. Having been settled since Roman times, and having once operated as the largest medieval settlement north of the Alps, Cologne has a wealth of history to be unveiled. See the soaring twin towers of the mighty Gothic cathedral on our included walking tour, which takes you through the ancient alstadt (old town) where Konditoreie sell delicious cakes and bars sell the city's famous Kolsch beer.
Day Three: Spend the day in Cologne
After the tour, explore at your own leisure before joining this afternoon's included river cruise to admire Cologne's magnificent skyline from the Rhine.
Choose to enjoy a leisurely day in Remagen, perhaps visiting the fascinating museum that chronicles the story of the city's role in WW2, or join this morning's optional excursion to the delightful town of Konigswinter, which shelters in the shadow of the picturesque Siebengebirge, or 'Seven Hills'. Take in the superb views from the summit of Drachenfels, or Dragon's Rock, which is topped by a ruined fairy-tale castle, and ride on the Drachenfels cog railway to visit the magnificent, multi-turreted Schloss Drachenburg castle.
Day Four: Optional Konigswinter and Ahr Valley Rail tours
Another optional excursion this afternoon offers the chance to ride on the Ahr Valley Railway, the regional branch line that travels through the breathtaking landscape of the Rhine tributary. Pass vineyard terraces and the pretty spa town of Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, before alighting in tiny Mayschoss to indulge in an afternoon of wine tasting.
On today's wonderful trip we'll ride on the antique Vulkan Express narrow-gauge train, travelling through beautiful Brohl Valley. This 17.5-km route travels across soaring viaducts and takes in the wooded Eifel countryside formed by ancient volcanoes. Relax as we speed past nine historic stations, or choose to disembark earlier and walk on one of the many marked forest trails before re-boarding for the return journey.
Day Five: Ride the Vulkan Express through Brohl Valley
Bid auf wiedersehen to Remagen and return to the airport for your fight home.
Day Six: Fly back to the UK