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Rhine Valley & Mountain Railway All-Inclusive

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A relaxed way to discover the many treasures of the Rhine Valley

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No Solo Supplement subject to availability on selected departures. 

Mobility Rating 2

2024 Tour code: 24GRS

About the tour

Enjoy an all-inclusive holiday in one of Europe's great regions the UNESCO-listed Rhine Valley, taking a cruise boat into the picturesque Rhine Gorge, a magical area of castles and lush vineyards, with a trip through vivid green forests on the stunning Hunsrück Mountain Railway.

Unforgettable Experiences

Explore the beautiful Rhine Valley on an all-Inclusive holiday
Explore the beautiful Rhine Valley on an all-Inclusive holiday
with breakfast, lunch and dinner each day and selected drinks between 7 – 9 pm every evening, enjoying excursions including a trip to historic Koblenz.
Stay in a family-run hotel on the banks of the Rhine River
Stay in a family-run hotel on the banks of the Rhine River
Based in medieval Boppard – a wine growing region on the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Cruise along the most scenic section of the fantastic Rhine Gorge from Boppard
Cruise along the most scenic section of the fantastic Rhine Gorge from Boppard
Passing the dramatic Lorelei rock, to St. Goar, which has one of the Rhine’s most impressive castles.
Enjoy jaw-dropping views from the Hunsrück Mountain Railway
Enjoy jaw-dropping views from the Hunsrück Mountain Railway
One of Germany’s steepest railways, crossing stunning viaducts and travelling through five tunnels, surrounded by the vast and verdant Boppard forest.

What’s included

Itinerary

Day 1 – By rail to Boppard in the Rhine Gorge

This morning you meet your dedicated Tour Manager and the rest of your group at London St Pancras to join the Eurostar to Brussels. From here we travel by rail to Cologne, then continue to Koblenz where we change trains for the last short stretch of our journey to Boppard. Arriving late afternoon, we walk to our hotel - in the heart of Boppard, just opposite the station, with a garden overlooking the Rhine - and check in for the next six nights. After a welcome drink, enjoy your first dinner together with your group.

Tonight and every evening of our stay we enjoy a three-course dinner with a drinks package, served from 7 to 9pm, which includes soft drinks, house beer, wine, tea and coffee.

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  • Dinner
Day 2 – Excursion on  Hunsrückbahn 

After a morning visit to the Boppard Museum, and free time to explore over lunch, we set off for an afternoon excursion from the railway station, a short distance from our hotel.

With our VRM tourist passes we board the Hunsrück Mountain Railway - one of Germany's steepest railways - to Emmelshausen. The route crosses two stunning viaducts and travels through five tunnels, with fantastic views of the lush Boppard forests. On arrival in the small town of Emmelshausen there is time at leisure.

We return to Boppard by rail and there's time before dinner at the hotel, to relax. You could revisit a favourite spot in town or, if you haven't already discovered them, the ruins of an impressive Roman fort in the centre of Boppard.

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  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3 – A cruise through the wonderful Rhine Gorge  

Today we enjoy a highlight of our tour, setting off with a packed lunch we take a boat excursion from Boppard, passing the legendary Lorelei Rock as we approach St Goar. This massive rock has inspired a number of myths, poetry and legends, based on the sound created by the currents around it and a special echo. Most of the stories involve a mermaid, water spirit or siren who would lure sailors to their watery deaths. Following bends in the river on a route marked by castles and tall forests, this is the most scenic part of the Rhine Gorge and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

On arrival at St Goar there's time at leisure to look around here, and you may like to visit the Rheinfels Castle, one of the largest castle and fortress ruins in the Rhine Valley. There's a shuttle which leaves from the town hall up to the castle every half hour. In the afternoon we cruise back to Boppard where you have some time to relax before dinner with drinks at our hotel.

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  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 – Explore Boppard and the Rhine region 

After breakfast you have a full day at leisure to explore Boppard and discover the surrounding area. Locally, you could take a chairlift over Boppard to a mountain station which offers fantastic views of the largest loop of the Rhine (payable locally). From here you have spectacular views across the valley to Boppard, 'the Pearl of the Rhine'. A great place to enjoy your picnic lunch!

Your VRM Travel card gives you free rail access around the area and it's possible to travel by train to the charming medieval town of Rüdesheim, a popular tourist destination which is renowned for its Riesling wines, the characterful alley of Drosselgasse, and 'Siegfried's Museum of Mechanical Music' in the Old Town.

If you'd like to head out to explore the local vineyards, the Boppard tourist office offers a guided tour of the area. We dine once again at our hotel this evening.

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  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 – A trip to Koblenz 

Today we set out by rail to the city of Koblenz. Arriving there late morning, we are taken on a guided walking tour through the Old Town. The main feature here is the 'Four Towers' - four Baroque houses, set around Münzplatz, the main square.

After our tour you are free to look around and make your way back to Boppard at leisure, using your VRM pass. The city has two historical churches, flower-filled gardens and a scenic promenade along the river, where you could enjoy lunch with a view. You could also choose to walk up through the woods to the fabulous Stolzenfelz Castle, around 15 minutes on foot, or take a cable car up to the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress.

Koblenz was first established by the Romans at the 'confluence' of the Rhine and the Moselle rivers, and from these historic roots, and a mixture of French and German influences, the city has developed its own personality. The Deutsches Eck, or German Corner, is the name of the headland at the confluence of the rivers and one of the city's most familiar sights.

This evening we enjoy our last dinner and drinks at the hotel.

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  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 – Boppard Castle & Museum, and an afternoon to explore

After breakfast this morning we visit the medieval Boppard Castle and its museum, a short walk from our hotel. We use our included VRM Travel Cards for free entry here. Standing directly on the Rhine, the castle was originally built - by the Archbishop and Elector of Trier - as a fortification, and as a stronghold of the Boppard nobles. It later became a toll house for collecting payment from the many ships which passed through Boppard, and the building now houses the town's museum.

Your afternoon is free to explore your new surroundings. The town is set between the picturesque Rhine and the green Hunsrück hills, with pretty squares, churches and parks to explore. You could enjoy your picnic lunch in the town, or maybe on a walk along the promenade with its shady trees and flower-filled path. This evening, enjoy dinner with selected drinks at your hotel.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 – Homeward bound

After our final breakfast together, we trace our route back by rail, travelling to Koblenz and Cologne - following the Rhine River along the way - before arriving in Brussels where we join the Eurostar to London St Pancras. On arrival this evening, you say goodbye to your fellow travellers and Tour Manager with whom you have shared these unforgettable experiences.

Includes
  • Breakfast

Additional information

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.

Departure times

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.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotel

Das Ebertor Hotel, Boppard

Das Ebertor Hotel, Boppard

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Reviews

4.3 stars4.3 / 5 · 6 reviews

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R Lailey

4 stars

Submitted 13/May

Enjoyable trip, despite the efforts of Deutsche Bahn, with an excellent Tour manager (Paul) and good weather. Only 4 star because of extremely noisy room with no sound insulation from above, and the tardy appearance of the cooked part of breakfast on most days. Robin

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H Hair

4 stars

Submitted 10/May

Excellant holiday, well organised from strt to finishPaul our tour manager was superb looking into things for us to do each day

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Mrs P Fowler

5 stars

Submitted 6/May

It is an excellent value trip to a beautiful destination.

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Stephen Hey

5 stars

Submitted 5/May

Flexible arrangements, plenty of free time to explore independently or with other members of the group. Friendly and obliging hotel staff. Picturesque local area, river cruises and train trips. ( Using supplied runabout tickets). Helpful and affable your guide. Most enjoyable break.

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Mick S.

5 stars

Submitted 5/May

This was a true Rail Discovery holiday, with all the transport being by railways. The balance of organised trips and free days was perfect. The hotel was ideally situated on the banks of the Rhein and the catering and facilities were excellent.

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Carolyn Hassall

3 stars

Submitted 5/May

Not well organised by the company Not the tour guide

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