Dazzling Rhineland scenery
Based in the pretty Rhineland town of Remagen, this scenic holiday showcases the beautiful towns and rolling countryside that lines the banks of the great river Rhine. Travel by boat and train to discover this pretty region, visiting the wine town of Rudesheim, the dazzling landscapes of the Rhine Gorge, ancient Cologne and beautiful Brohl Valley. An optional excursion to Konigswinter and the chance to ride the Ahr Valley Railway complete this wonderful tour of the Rhine Valley.
Rhine Valley Tour Itinerary
Catch the Eurostar to Brussels, continue via the regional rail network to Cologne and transfer to Remagen and your hotel.
Day One: Travel 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: Call in Rudesheim en route to 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: Discover 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: Choose to explore Konigswinter and ride on the Ahr Valley Railway
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: Explore Brohl Valley on the Vulcan Express
Travel back to Brussels and catch your return Eurostar train back to the UK.
Day Six: Catch your train home