Alluring Rhine Valley 2014
Explore the majestic Rhine Valley by train, boat and rack railway on our Rhine Valley tours. From our base at riverside Remagen, a town famous for its wine production, the beautiful Rhine Valley tour introduces you to the spectacular landscapes of the Rhine Gorge with pretty vineyards and hilltop castles dotted along the valley sides. Sample local wines as we cruise beneath ancient vineyards and hilltop castles and visit the "Dragon's Cliff", topped by its imposing ruined castle, on board Germany's oldest cog railway.
Day 1 - London to Remagen
We depart St Pancras International by Eurostar to Brussels. We continue on to Cologne on the high-speed train. Under the spires of Cologne cathedral, we transfer to a local train and travel along the banks of the Rhine to Remagen. We spend the next four nights at the 3* Hotel Pinger.
Day 2 - Königswinter and the Drachenfelsbahn
This morning we take a leisurely boat ride to the riverside town of Königswinter, nestled in idyllic surroundings at the foot of the Siebengebirge hills. Rising above the town is the rocky outcrop known as the Drachenfels "Dragon's Cliff" topped by its imposing ruined castle. The Dragon's Cliff is named after the German legend in which the warrior hero Siegfried slew a dragon in a cave in the mountain. Here we take a ride on the Drachenfelsbahn, Germany's oldest cog railway, connecting Königswinter with the summit of Drachenfels. Opened in 1883, the railway leads from the bottom of the valley, up steep inclines and a height difference of 722 feet (220 metres) in one mile (1.6 kilometres) of track. We return to Remagen by boat in time for dinner.
Day 3 - Ahr Valley
Enjoy a day at leisure to explore this beautiful region at your own pace. You may choose to take a walk along one of the signposted walking trails. Alternatively, today's optional excursion is on a local train along the Ahr Valley, a wine-growing region famous in Germany for its secluded, old world feel. The steep valley sides covered in vines and old walled towns provide a scenic backdrop for our tour. Along the route we stop in the quaint little town of Altenahr, situated on the river Ahr, before continuing on to Ahrweiler, the centre of the Ahr Valley's red wine production, featuring a wine tasting with one of the local vintners.
Day 4 - Boppard and the Rhine Gorge
On our final day in Remagen we enjoy an excursion by train to the lovely wine town of Boppard. From here we enjoy a relaxing panoramic cruise, navigating the famous river and taking in its beautiful scenery as we make out way to the famous Lorelei rock, which soars some 394 feet (120 metres) above the water. We return to Remagen by rail, skirting the riverside beneath the lush vineyard slopes, a different castle seeming to appear around every corner. We enjoy dinner together this evening.
Day 5 - Remagen to London
We leave Remagen by regional train for Cologne, where we join the high-speed service to Brussels. Here we board our Eurostar service to St Pancras International in London.
These meals, where shown, are included in the price of your holiday
Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.
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What to Expect from Rhine Valley Tours
The excursions stated in the itinerary are included within the price of your holiday and we also give you some free time to spend independently, perhaps taking a trip to other nearby places of interest. The accommodation that we use for our holidays is chosen for its suitable location, range of facilities and friendly service, and breakfast is provided at the hotel. Your Tour Manager accompanies the group to take care of all the travel arrangements and to ensure that everything runs smoothly, leaving you free to unwind and fully enjoy your time away on our Rhine valley tours.