Little Railways of the Rhine

Our exciting new packaged itinerary features journeys on some of the most charming little railways of the Rhine as well as relaxing cruises along the Rhine and Moselle rivers, all of which offer panoramic views and spectacular scenery - jump on board, relax and watch the beautiful scenery gently pass you by…
Day 1 Arrival 
We arrive at our hotel with time to settle in prior to dinner.

Day 2 River Rhine Cruise & Drachenfelsbahn 226km/140 mile round trip
Today we spend some free time in Boppard before hopping on board a river cruiser for acruise from Boppard, upstream through the northern section of the UNESCO protected Upper Middle Rhine Valley, to Oberlahnstein, from where we continue by coach to Königswinter, an historic Rhine Valley town located at the foot of the Siebengebirge Hills. Here we join the Drachenfelsbahn, Germany's oldest cog railway, for a return journey. From the valley station to the summit we cover a height difference of 220m and at the top we see the ruined medieval Drachenfels ('dragon's cliff') Castle and great views across the river Rhine. After our time in Königswinter, we return to our hotel by coach.

Day 3 Cochem & Moselle Cruise 85km/53 mile round trip
Today we head to the Moselle Valley and the pretty riverside town of Cochem from where we embark on a return cruise along the Moselle river, enjoying views of Reichsburg Castle and the surrounding vineyards.  After our cruise, we spend the rest of the day in Cochem at leisure, giving us time to explore the Old Town, made up of quaint squares, winding alleys, half-timbered buildings and imposing town gates, watched over by its magnificent 11th century Reichsburg Castle, a Gothic masterpiece which is perched on a rocky outcrop from where fantastic views are to be had.

Day 4 Vulkan Express & Mayschoss Wine Tasting 207km/129 mile round trip
Today we travel to Brohl for a journey on the Vulkan Express, a unique narrow gauge railway. The line meanders up through the Brohl Valley into the Eifel Hills, whose dramatic rock formations were created during a period of volcanic activity. Opened in 1901, the 11 mile journey takes one and a half hours as the locomotives reach a speed of 20kph, climbing around 1,310 ft! We continue by coach from Engeln to the Ahr Valley, one of Germany’s most famous wine growing regions where we visit the charming town of Mayschoss and enjoy wine tasting in one of the town’s traditional wine cellars.

Day 5 Departure 
Today, we must say farewell to this charming region of Germany and make our way home.
Legend

Best Western Bellevue Rheinhotel

Boppard
AAAA Traditional Hotel
This elegant, 4 star ‘superior’ hotel is beautifully decorated in a ‘Belle Epoque’ style and is situated on the main riverside promenade, only a stone’s throw from the centre of the town. The 93 bedrooms are bright and elegant and each is equipped with TV and hairdryer. During their stay, guests can peruse the vintages held in the atmospheric, candlelit wine cellar and saloon, relax in the hotel’s bar or admire the stunning view of the river through the windows of the wood-panelled restaurant, where speciality dishes based on locally sourced produce are served each night. The hotel also has a sauna, steam bath and ‘Romanesque’ styled indoor swimming pool. Coach parking is offsite, approximately 1km from the hotel in St Remigius Platz, and costs around €8 per day.

Ebertor Hotel

Boppard, Rhine Valley
AAA+ Central Location Double for Single Occupancy
With an enviable location on the west bank of the Rhine, this 3 star hotel has welcomed groups to Boppard for many years. The hotel has 66 bedrooms, with the majority of these being located in a modern extension attached to the main building. There is internal access, but bedrooms are better accessed externally, with many being on the ground floor. Each bedroom is simply decorated with modern facilities including TV and hairdryer. The outdoor terrace overlooks the river and is the perfect location for a drink in the afternoon sunshine. There is also a restaurant and lounge area in which to relax, along with a sauna and spa bath for guests’ use. Coach parking is on-site and is free of charge.

Bellevue Rheinhotel

Boppard, Rhine Valley
4 Nights Half Board
May - August 2018
Twin from £369pp
Single Supplement from £67

Inclusions
• Return short sea crossing
• Porterage
• Welcome glass of wine served before dinner
• 3 course menu, choice of main
• 3 course set regional menu on 1 night
• Tea/coffee after dinner
• Film showing the Rhine Valley (in English)
• Black Forest Gateaux cookery demo on 1 afternoon
• Free use of swimming pool
• One way river cruise Boppard – Oberlahnstein
• Drachenfelsbahn return rail journey Drachenfels station – summit
• 1 hour return cruise along the Moselle from Cochem
• One way journey Vulkan Express Brohl – Engeln
• Wine tasting in Mayschoss


Ebertor Hotel

Boppard, Rhine Valley
4 Nights Half Board
July - October 2018
Twin from £309pp
Double for Sole Use Supplement from £56

Inclusions
• Return short sea crossing
• Porterage
• Welcome glass of wine on arrival
• Choice of menu, buffet style
• Tea/coffee after dinner
• Guided walk of the town on 1 morning
• Tea, coffee & cake on 1 afternoon
• One way river cruise Boppard – Oberlahnstein
• Drachenfelsbahn return rail journey Drachenfels station – summit
• 1 hour return cruise along the Moselle from Cochem
• One way journey Vulkan Express Brohl – Engeln
• Wine tasting in Mayschoss
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Features of this tour


  • One way river cruise Boppard – Oberlahnstein

  • Drachenfelsbahn return rail journey Drachenfels station – summit

  • 1 hour return cruise along the Moselle from Cochem

  • One way journey Vulkan Express Brohl – Engeln

  • Wine tasting in Mayschoss