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Alluring Rhine Valley

(Tour code: 17RES)Explore the Rhine Valley by train, boat & railway

From your base at riverside Remagen, this beautiful Rhine Valley tour introduces you to the spectacular landscapes of the Rhine Gorge. Enjoy the fantastic scenery and ancient castles as you cruise along the river.


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Tour Highlights
  • Remagen and Cologne
  • The Ahr Valley
  • Königswinter
  • Journey on the Drachenfelsbahn cog railway
  • Boppard
  • River cruise along the Rhine Gorge
What’s Included (Full details)
  • Standard Class Rail
    Heritage Rail Excursion
  • 3* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Evening Meals
  • Rhine Gorge Cruise

Itinerary & Map

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Departure Times

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Day 1

London to Remagen

Meet at Rail Discoveries' Departure Office in St Pancras International, then join the Eurostar to Brussels, continuing on to Cologne on the high-speed rail service. Under the spires of Cologne cathedral, transfer to a local service and travel along the banks of the Rhine to Remagen, where you will spend the next four nights at the Hotel Pinger. Remagen is a popular town in the Rhineland region, an hour from Cologne. The town is famous for its iconic and inspiring Apollinariskirche, a wonderful church building with tall spires reaching into the sky.

Equally famous is the town associated with World War II and the Battle of Remagen, where in which, Allied American forces attempted to capture Ludendorff Bridge during the closing months of the war. The railroad bridge was one of the only remaining bridges across the Rhine to remain intact, as German forces failed to demolish it in time as they retreated towards central Germany and the capital of Berlin.

  • Dinner
Day 2

Rhine Gorge Cruise

Enjoy an excursion to the nearby town of Oberwesel. From here relax on a panoramic cruise, taking in the beautiful scenery of this renowned river and venturing out as far as the famous Lorelei Rock, which soars some 120 metres above the waterline. It marks the narrowest point of the river between Switzerland and the North Sea and boasts UNESCO World Heritage status. The gorge produces its own microclimate, which makes perfect conditions for growing the vineyards the region is associated with. Upon arrival in Rüdesheim, you are free to explore. This famous wine-making town is a delight to explore and there is much to keep even the most seasoned of traveller entertained.

Perhaps you may like to visit the charming Siegfried's Mechanisches Musikkabinett, a museum dedicated to the history of the music box. Alternatively, the impressive Castle Boosenburg is dedicated to the history of wine production in the Rhineland area and the building itself boasts UNESCO World Heritage status. Rüdesheim also boasts a museum showcasing the history of medieval torture devices. The famous German composer, Johannes Brahms, was a regular visitor to Rüdesheim and debuted his Symphony No.3 at a festival in the town. Later, you return to Remagen by rail in time for dinner.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ahr Valley
Day 3

The Ahr Valley

Today is at leisure to further explore the area. You may like to join the optional excursion by rail into the heart of the Ahr Valley, to the quiet town of Altenahr. Here you are free to explore before you continue your rail journey through wonderful Rhineland scenery to Mayschoss. Famous for its wine-production and rolling vineyard surroundings, you first enjoy a charming horsedrawn carriage ride through the town's narrow streets before enjoying a delightful wine tasting and a chance to learn about and sample some of the region's delicious, fruity produce. Later this afternoon, you continue on to Ahrweiler, where you are free to explore at your leisure or enjoy a quiet coffee in a streetside café. This old town is famous for its colourful buildings and whilst here, you may like to visit the impressive St Laurentius Church and marvel at the architecture of the town's Casino building.

Alternatively, you could head to Linz am Rhein, further along the river banks. The ancient town is famous regionally for its colourful half-timbered houses, which bring a charm and vibrancy to the quaint cobbled streets of the Rhineland town. Later, you return to Remagen for dinner.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4


Today, visit nearby Königswinter, nestled in idyllic surroundings at the foot of the Siebengebirge hills. Rising above the town is the rocky outcrop known as 'Dragon's Cliff'. Drachenfels earned its name from the German legend of Siegfried, who slew a dragon in one of the mountain's caves. Here, you enjoy a ride on the Drachenfelsbahn, Germany's oldest cog railway, which leads from the bottom of the valley, up 722 feet in just one mile of track. The mountains are quarried, and from the 13th century onwards, supplied stone for the building of the mighty Cologne Cathedral. If you gaze up, you may be able to spot the ruins of the Abbey of Heisterbach, which cling to the side of Petersberg mountain.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5

Remagen to London

Today you leave Remagen by regional train for Cologne where you join the high-speed service to Brussels. Here connect with the Eurostar service back to St Pancras International in London where your journey ends.

  • Breakfast

Please note

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


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