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Rhine Christmas Markets & The Vulkan Express

(Tour code: 17VXM)Discover the splendid Christmas Markets of the Rhinelands

Discover the splendid Christmas Markets of the Rhinelands from the enchanting riverside town of Remagen. Indulge in some festive retail therapy, sample delicious local delicacies and heritage railways.

Tour Highlights
  • Excursion to Koblenz and its Christmas Market
  • Excursion to Linz am Rhein and its Christmas Market
  • Journey on the Kasbach Valley Railway
  • Excursion to Ahrweiler and its Christmas Market
  • Journey on the Vulkan Express
What’s Included (Full details)
  • Standard Class Rail
    Heritage Rail Excursions
  • 3* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
  • Optional Bag Concierge

Itinerary & Map

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Departure Times

On many of our UK & Ireland tours, you may check in at the first hotel on your itinerary anytime after 14:00; your Tour Manager will be available between 16:00 and 18:00. However, if you are arriving later, you can meet your Tour Manager before dinner from 19:00.

Day 1

London to Remagen

Your tour starts at our St Pancras departure office before the journey to Brussels on the Eurostar. Here you continue to Cologne, and join the local service to Remagen in the picturesque Rhine Valley. Spend three nights at the welcoming Hotel Pinger, after check-in you enjoy some mulled wine before dinner in the hotel tonight.

  • Dinner
Linz am Rhein & Koblenz Christmas Markets
Day 2

Linz am Rhein & Koblenz Christmas Markets

This morning, you take the train to Koblenz, an ancient city at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers. Here your time is at leisure to explore charming Koblenz, and of course, its Christmas Market, with over 100 glittering, cottage-style stalls set up in the heart of the Old Town. The looming Basilica of St Castor, with its four Romanesque-Gothic towers, looks fantastic at this time of year, and should definitely be visited. Early this afternoon, you take the train to alluring Linz am Rhein, a charming medieval town on the Rhine river.

You are free to explore Linz am Rhein at your own pace, enjoying its many delightful half-timbered buildings. After time at Linz am Rhein's quaint Christmas Market, join the Kasbach Valley Railway for a journey to the 'Old Brewery' station, home of the Steffen's Brewery, which at this time of year is transformed into a Christmas wonderland of nostalgia. Traveling in historic carriages, the railway  passes through untouched forest areas of the Kasbach Valley whilst climbing 300 metres to the summit at Kalenborn.  After some time to explore, take the Kasbach Valley Railway back to Linz am Rhein, returning to Remagen by rail. 

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Heritage Rail Journey
  • Kasbach Valley Railway
  • Koblenz Christmas Market
Vulkan Express
Day 3

Steam-hauled journey on the Vulkan Express

Enjoy a wonderful steam-hauled journey on the famous Vulkan Express today. You travel by train from Remagen to Brohl, where you join the Vulkan Express. The journey begins deep in the valley, travelling along one of the most scenic valleys of the Rhine, up through to Oberzissen. Admire the glorious views as you travel through the wintry countryside, taking in castles and many dramatic rock formations, created by volcanic activity, which gave the lines its nickname.

After returning to Brohl, you continue to the charming town of Ahrweiler. The Ahr Valley is famous for being the red wine cellar of the Rhinelands region. You enjoy some time at leisure here to explore the Christmas Market before returning to Remagen to enjoy a farewell dinner in the hotel.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Heritage Rail Journey
  • Scenic Rail Journey
Day 4

Bid Remagen a fond farewell

After breakfast this morning, bid Remagen a fond farewell as you return to Cologne. Here you change trains for Brussels, where you connect with the Eurostar service to St Pancras.

  • Breakfast

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour features the same excursions, they may not necessarily be in the order listed above.


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