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9am - 7pm

Rhine Valley Rail and River Discovery



Explore the beautiful Rhine Valley by train and riverboat

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 Highlights

  • Learn the story of the 'Bridge at Remagen'
  • Travel, via the famous Vulkan Express train, through scenic Brohl Valley
  • See Cologne's striking cathedral and pretty old town
  • Cruise through the Rhine Gorge beneath fabled Lorelei
  • Wander the bustling Drosselgasse in the famous wine town of Rudesheim
  • Enjoy the opportunity to visit Konigswinter
  • Ride on the Ahr Valley Railway to Mayschoss and enjoy a wine tasting on an optional tour

What does the price include?

  • Five nights' half board accommodation at the three-star Hotel Pinger, Remagen
  • Rail journeys to Rudesheim, Cologne and the Brohl Valley
  • River cruises through the Rhine Gorge and in Cologne
  • A walking tour of Cologne
  • Return flights to Cologne or Dusseldorf
  • Return airport-hotel transfers
  • Fully escorted by friendly, experienced Tour Manager

Single rooms are available for a supplement

Rhine River Tour Itinerary

Day One: Fly to Germany and transfer to Remagen

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 Two: Explore Rudesheim and sail through the Rhine Gorge

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.

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.

Day Three: Spend the day in Cologne

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.

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.

Day Four: Optional Konigswinter and Ahr Valley Rail tours

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.

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.

Day Five: Ride the Vulkan Express through Brohl Valley

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 Six: Fly back to the UK

Bid auf wiedersehen to Remagen and return to the airport for your fight home.

Hotel Pinger ★★★

Ideally located in the heart of historic Remagen, this delightful hotel is within a two-minute stroll of the station and just a short walk from the Rhine-side promenade.

Further Information

Hotel transfer times

The transfer time from Cologne airport to your hotel is approximately one hour; from Dusseldorf airport the transfer time is one hour 45 minutes.

Combining hotel transfers

We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.

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.

Itinerary changes

Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.

Hotel room tax

Germany has introduced a room tax that ranges between 2 euro and 4 euro per person per night, payable directly by the guest to the hotel on check-out. You will be advised by your Tour Manager if this applies to your holiday and the exact charge.

Changes to your hotels

Should circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.

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*Low deposit of £79 per person applies to new bookings made between 1st and 31st October 2017 (inclusive) only. This offer only applies to selected flight-inclusive holidays. This offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.