- Our suggested itinerary could include:
- The Germania Monument & Cable Car
- St Goarshausen and the Loreley
- A visit to medieval Bacharach
- A visit to Rudesheim and the famous Drosselgasse
- A visit to the Steinberg Wine Cellars and the Kloster Eberbach monastery
- A Rhine Cruise including the Rhine in Flames Event
- Visits to Boppard, Cochem & Koblenz
- A stop in Valkenburg Holland
- Group Organiser benefits
- No single room supplements (selected tours only)
Day 1 - Departing your selected pick up points we travel to the coast for your crossing to Calais. On arriving on the continent we travel onwards , making comfort stops en route, before arriving in the Rhine area, your base for this tour. Dinner is included at the hotel tonight.
Day 2 - The Germania Monument offers a spectacular view of the River. This monument was constructed in the late 19th century to commemorate the foundation of the German Empire after the end of the Franco-Prussian war. Situated on the crest of the hill above Rudesheim, it towers over vineyards which produce some the best wine of the district. St. Goarshausen is thesite of the Loreley statue from where there is a fantastic view over the river from the top of the Loreley cliff which is situated on a 110m high slate cliff above a bend in the Rhine. This is a dangerous bend for shipping and there is a well-known German legend of the beautiful Loreley who sits on the rock combing her hair and luring bargees to their destruction. St. Goar is dominated by the ruins of Burg Rheinfelsoneof the many castles which dot the Rhine gorge; and opposite you will see the Katz and Maus cat & mouse castles above St. Goarshausen. Bacharach with its many old half-timbered houses, preserved town wall and towers and Stahleck Castle is like stepping back into the 17th century. You may want to try the traditional German afternoon treat of Kaffee und Kuchen coffee and cakes , or just sit for a while by the river and watch the barges which make the Rhine one of Europe’s busiest transport corridors. Returning to the hotel this evening’s dinner is included.
Day 3 - Rudesheim is one of the most visited towns in Germany and is known for its position in the Rhine gorge, its picturesque streets and alleyways and for its wine-making. It lies at the heart of the Rheingau wine-making area, generally considered one of Germany’s best. Enjoy the atmosphere of the famous, Drosselgasse‘, a small street lined with cafes, wine taverns and open-air garden taverns, where music plays throughout the day and evening. You might also choose to try the famous German speciality, Rüdesheim coffee made with locally produced ‘Asbach Uralt’. The Steinberg Wine Cellars based at the Kloster Eberbach monastery is the most modern wine cellar in Europe. Previously owned by the Kings of Prussia, this is now in the hands of the German State of Hessen. A one-hour tour includes a tasting of three top-class wines. An early dinner is included today. The ‘Rhine in Flames’ Cruise with music and dancing on board, as you enjoy ‘a night of fire magic’, with 7 splendid firework displays around Trechtinghausen, Assmannshausen, Bingen and Rudesheim. The show includes ‘burning’ castles on both sides of the river, and an illuminated parade of over 50 boats.
Day 4 - Boppard is a town full ofhistory and treasures which are hidden amongst its romantic squares and small lanes. In Cochem you can visit the old quarter which is dominated by the late-Gothic imperial castle and is dotted with medieval squares and lovingly restored timber-framed houses and many architectural gems, typical of the Moselle region. It is not only the fairytale buildings in and around Cochem that remind visitors of its 2,000-year legacy; the town's folk tales and wine traditions are also kept very much alive. The 1,000 year old castle is Cochem's famous landmark. The historical mustard mill Senfmühle , built around 1810, is the last one of its kind in Europe. Koblenz and the famous ‘Deutches Eck’ German Corner , so-called after the Settlement of the Order of Teutonic Knights in 1215 and is where the rivers Rhine and Moselle meet. Koblenz is one of the most beautiful and oldest towns in Germany with over 2000 years of history. Discover spectacular castles, former mansions, and grand town houses; enjoy the beauty of narrow streets and romantic corners. Dinner is included at the hotel tonight.
Day 5 - Valkenburg with its romantic castle ruins and its marlstone caverns is a good location to stop as we make our way back to Calais, where you return to the UK and your original departure points .
The base for this tour will be determined by the departure date.