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Konigswinter's Fairytale Castle, Cologne and the Ahr Valley

5 days from £319*
Departing: August 2018
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A delightful summertime break in Germany

This wonderful, five-day holiday reveals exquisite Rhineland scenery and a pair of historic German cities. Explore the ancient spa city of Aachen, travel over the vineyard-covered slopes of the Ahr Valley, take a scenic train ride to breathtaking Drachenburg Castle and tour the ancient, cobbled streets of Cologne's charming old town.

Tour Highlights And Inclusions

  • Visit with entrance to Schloss Drachenburg Castle, Konigswinter
  • A return journey on the Drachenfels cog railway
  • Visits to Aachen and Cologne
  • A ride on Cologne's 'Bimmelbahn' Road Train
  • Scenic tour of the Ahr Valley
  • Four nights' bed and buffet breakfast in the four-star Amber Hotel, Hilden
  • Coach travel throughout
  • Return Channel crossings
  • The services of a friendly Tour Manager

Single rooms are available for a supplement

Itinerary

Day One

Depart from your local area this morning for our Channel crossing to France. Continuing on through to Germany, we should arrive at your hotel during the early evening.

Day Two

Today we head to the historic city of Aachen, sometimes known as the Spa of the Kings on account of the 'healing' thermal spa-waters of the Elisa Fountain. A visit to the city's magnificent and ancient UNESCO World Heritage cathedral is a must, as is trying the local culinary delicacy - Printen - a hard, spicy biscuit. You can even find out how it's made by visiting the Printen museum!

Day Three

This morning sit back and relax on our scenic tour as we visit the breathtakingly scenic Ahr Valley, with its vineyards and historic picture-book spa towns such as Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler.

In the afternoon we head to the delightful town of Konigswinter where a ride on the Drachenfels cog railway will take us to the magnificent multi-turreted Drachenburg Castle. See the living and reception rooms which have been restored to their original splendour and take time for a stroll in the extensive grounds which offer unforgettable views over the Rhine. After plenty of time to explore, we return to our hotel after a long but memorable day.

Day Four

After a leisurely start we head to the Rhineland capital, Cologne where an included guided tour on the 'Bimmelbahn' Road Train will introduce you to the city's key sights such as the iconic twin-spired Gothic cathedral, surrounded by the cobbled streets of the historic altstadt which is crammed with shops, cake-selling Konditorei and bars where you can sample the city's famous Kolsch beer. Spend the rest of the day exploring at leisure, and enjoy an early evening meal (payable locally) before we return to our hotel this evening.

Day Five

We begin our journey home after breakfast. Crossing the Channel during the mid afternoon, you should arrive back in the local area during the mid-to-late evening.
Departure county Pick-up points
Meet At Port
Meet At Port Hull Port, Newcastle North Shields Port
Berkshire
Berkshire Wokingham
Bristol
Bristol Bristol
Derbyshire
Derbyshire Ashbourne, Chesterfield, Derby, Ilkeston, Matlock
County Durham
County Durham Bishop Auckland, Darlington, Durham, Hartlepool, Stockton On Tees
East Riding Of Yorkshire
East Riding Of Yorkshire Beverley, Goole, Hessle, Hull
Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire Stroud
Gwent
Gwent Chepstow, Newport
Leicestershire
Leicestershire Coalville, Donington Park Services M1, Hinckley, Leicester, Leicester Forest Services M1, Loughborough, Melton Mowbray
Lincolnshire
Lincolnshire Boston, Cleethorpes, Gainsborough, Grantham, Grantham Services A1, Grimsby, Lincoln, Louth, Scunthorpe, Skegness, Sleaford, Spalding, Stamford
London
London Ealing
Mid Glamorgan
Mid Glamorgan Swansea
Middlesex
Middlesex Harrow, Hounslow, Ruislip, Wembley
North Yorkshire
North Yorkshire Harrogate, Malton, Middlesbrough, Northallerton, Pickering, Redcar, Ripon, Scarborough, Selby, Skipton, Thirsk, York
Northumberland
Northumberland Morpeth
Nottinghamshire
Nottinghamshire Hucknall, Mansfield, Newark, Nottingham, Retford, Sutton In Ashfield, Worksop
South Yorkshire
South Yorkshire Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham, Sheffield, Woodall Services M1
Somerset
Somerset Bath, Glastonbury
Staffordshire
Staffordshire Burton Upon Trent, Uttoxeter
Tyne & Wear
Tyne & Wear Gateshead, Gosforth, Newcastle Upon Tyne, South Shields, Sunderland, Washington, Washington Services A1 M, Whitley Bay
West Yorkshire
West Yorkshire Bradford, Castleford, Dewsbury, Ferrybridge Services A1 M62, Garforth, Halifax, Huddersfield, Keighley, Leeds, Morley, Pontefract, Shipley, Wakefield, Wetherby, Woolley Edge Services M1
West Glamorgan
West Glamorgan Port Talbot, Swansea City
Wiltshire
Wiltshire Chippenham, Swindon, Trowbridge
Date Price From
23 August 2018
23 August 2018 £319
30 August 2018
30 August 2018 £319

Amber Hotel ★★★★

Located next to the pedestrianised area in Hilden city centre, the four-star Amber Hotel is the perfect springboard for exploring the Rhineland.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Foreign Office travel advice

Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.