Admire the famous river and the incredible scenery
Discover the many treasures of the Rhine Valley, from its attractive wine towns to its favourite heritage railways, on this magnificent tour. We enjoy all inclusive meals and selected drinks with dinner.
After meeting your group and Tour Manager at Rail Discoveries' dedicated Departure Office at London St Pancras International, board the Eurostar to Brussels. On arrival change trains and continue via Cologne to Remagen, a charming town on the banks of the Rhine. Here you will spend the next seven nights at the 3* Hotel Pinger. The delightful Hotel Pinger has been family-run since it was converted to a hotel in 1938. Tonight enjoy dinner together with your group, and from now until your departure finishes all of your meals are provided by the hotel.
Today is spent in Remagen with a visit to the Peace Museum at the famous bridge in the town, strategically taken by US Forces in 1945. The Remagen bridge was the last remaining intact bridge, despite German attempts to destroy it. Its interesting place in history even inspired a 1969 film, titled 'The Bridge at Remagen.' The museum, house in the bridge's towers, was opened in 1980,and tells the story of both the bridge's history and that of the nearby US prisoner of war camp known as the Golden Mile.
Today you visit the popular wine town of Rüdesheim, by rail along the Rhine. Free time here allows you to explore its quaint streets, such as the Drosselgasse, and its wine taverns. Half-timbered medieval houses, narrow streets and old inns give Rüdesheim the flavour of the Middle Ages. After sampling some of the town's local produce, you may wish to see the 9th-century Brömserburg, the oldest castle on the Rhine, or Siegfried's Mechanical Music Museum, with one of the largest collections of selfplaying instruments. Another option is a visit to the historic Klunkhardshof, a two-storey half-timbered building dating back to the early 16th century, situated in the town centre. Rüdesheim also offers a cable car ride, which takes you on a scenic journey up over the vineyards for terrific views of the region. Enjoy dinner in the hotel tonight.
Today's excursion takes you by boat to Brohl, where you will join the Brohltal Railway - known as the 'Vulkan Express'. Opened in 1901, the 11 mile (18 kilometre) journey takes one and a half hours as the locomotives reach a speed of 12mph. The line runs along one of the Rhine's most scenic valleys, and through some truly incredible scenery as it makes its way up through the Eifel range to Engeln. During the journey, take in fairytale castles and see many of the dramatic rock formations created by volcanic activity. You will then arrive in pretty Engeln, having climbed around 1,310 feet. After free time to explore make the return trip to Brohl, continuing on to Remagen where you enjoy dinner.
Enjoy a free day in Remagen on Day 5, or perhaps venture further afield. Nearby Cologne with its stunning cathedral, one of the largest Gothic structures ever built, is well worth a visit. It was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 1996 and today you can see the relics of the Three Magi and climb the south tower for a spectacular view of the city and the Rhine. Cologne's attractive Old Town is also a delight to explore.
Alternatively, you could take a trip to Bonn, a cosmopolitan city with over 2,000 years of history. As Beethoven's proud home town, Bonn boasts around 30 museums for you to explore, offering architecture, culture and history, delivered with typical Rhineland hospitality.
This morning take the train to Boppard. Once a Roman fort, Boppard has earned UNESCO World Heritage status for its history and outstanding natural beauty. Take in the handsome architecture of local landmarks, including the Alte Burg and the towering St Severus's Church, as you enjoy the views of this beautiful part of the Rhineland.
After some free time in Boppard, we continue by rail into Koblenz, the historic gateway to the terraced vineyards and ruined castles of the Rhine. After time in this fascinating city, we return to Remagen, where you take dinner in the hotel. Enjoy another free day on Day 7 to continue your explorations of this region.
After breakfast this morning, take the train firstly to Cologne, where you change for the service to Brussels. From here join the Eurostar travelling directly to St Pancras International in London, where your holiday concludes.
Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.
Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We will write to you around 10 weeks before your departure date with the precise meeting times for your tour group.
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Enjoyable holiday although on my own people in the group very friendly. if I had to pick a fault i would say the group was a little larger than I expected.
Fantastic holiday. The all inclusive package was very good value. The hotel and food were also very good. Our guide Joe Royal was fantastic. We will definitely go on another Rail Discoveries holiday and especially if we could have Joe as our guide again.
It suited us well - no flying, all-inclusive and was to an interesting and beautiful place. We particularly liked the 'go anywhere' rail tickets which we could easily use when we were not on escorted trips. The hotel was good and very convenient for the station (luckily, our room was on the opposite side). We particularly liked Boppard and also the Vulcan Express trip. We feel, however, that 40+ was too large a group: it made the job of the rep very hard, was less intimate, and resulted in less background information than we could have done with. It also made changing trains quite an onerous operation.
Enjoyed it very much and would go with the company again.
Hotel , food, excursions all very good
The whole experience couldn't have been better
Our resident Hotel Pinger in Remagen provided our Tour party with lovely choice of food for breakfast/packed lunch/Dinner and our accommodation provided us with ample room and facilities that we required. Staff were very polite and looked after us very well. Highly recommended hotel which Rail Discoveries should continue using, ideally located near the Railway Station. The tours were very good and selective with a cruise down the river Rhine. Personally cannot fault this particular tour and would again travel with Rail Discoveries again to the Rhine Valley.
Great Tour Manager, Great Holiday and great group of people
Our Tour manager Steve James made sure our holiday went smoothly and with no problems.
On this particular occasion it was considered to be excellent all round, a lot of fun with tons of cultural input, our host Brian could not have done more for the whole party and made sure we arrived from A to B without problems. Excellent. *****
Admire the famous river and the incredible scenery