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 picturesque scenery as it makes its way up through the Eifel range to Engeln. 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.
Please note: This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.
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I enjoyed all of the experience.
A very good organized tour. Only a small group with good amiabilty
All went well. There were some changes enforced by end of season closures and the Rhine being low on water, but adaptions were quickly made by the tour Manager so there enjoyment was not affected. Hotel was good, food good and very friendly staff.
Enjoyed the train travel. The hotel was comfortable and the meals good. Liked the idea of a packed lunch each day. Will probably consider another rail holiday but in the summer as the weather was a bit cold
very good - comfortable and convenient hotel, well paced itinerary and excellent leader. Thank you Angela for your knowledge and for your personal attention to every member of the group
Enjoyed it but two of the cities we visited were closed because of a Bank Holiday. With a little forethought this could have been avoided.
Good value for money. Nice wine, good food especially the soup. Itinerary left enough free time, varied outings, easy traveling. Have already recommended to friends, ideal for single travelers.
My first time with an organised tour - and I was very impressed. The tour guide was knowledgeable, helpful, and very pleasant! Good hotel - couldn't fault the food at all, it was excellent. Just the right combination of organised days and free time.
Well organised, good value, interesting excursions
Excellent from start to finish. Tour manager and hotel made the holiday.
Admire the famous river and the incredible scenery