A special trip to a beautiful part of Germany, complete with a river cruise, wine-tasting and a mountain train ride
Day 1: Hop on board our coach, and your friendly driver will take you to Kent, where we will be staying overnight in a pleasant hotel not far from the Eurotunnel so we can take an early train tomorrow and be fresh for our trip into Germany.
Day 2: Sees us continue our journey by taking the Eurotunnel to Calais and then on through France and Belgium and into Germany, arriving at our hotel in Boppard – the lovely Hotel Ebertor – in the late afternoon. There will be time to relax and explore the hotel before dinner
Day 3: After breakfast, in order to help us get our bearings, the owner of our hotel, Vera, will take us on an informative, 1½ hour walking tour of Boppard, a pretty town on the edge of the River Rhine and a UNESCO world heritage site.
This afternoon, we visit Rüdesheim, another famous town in the Rhine Valley. Look out for the famous Drosselgasse Lane - lined with shops, taverns and restaurants. Other points of note here are Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet - a fascinating museum of automated musical instruments or, you may wish to take the chairlift over the Vineyards to the Neiderwald monument for spectacular views over the Rhine
To finish off our day we pay a visit to the Ashbach Brandy distillery.
Day 4: This morning you’ll enjoy a relaxing cruise on the Rhine from Boppard to Loreley – an impressive and imposing slate cliff towering above the narrowest point of the river. Other wonderful sights include Schönburg Castle at Oberwesel, Pfalz Castle standing in midstream near Kaub, and the romantic wine village of Bacharach with Stahleck Castle.
This afternoon you’ll experience a thrilling ride on the Hunsruck Mountain Railway from Boppard to Emmelshaussen via 2 viaducts, 5 tunnels and wonderful views as the train passes through Boppard’s forests. One of the most delightful mountain railway routes in Germany.
This evening after dinner, an hour’s wine-tasting with local grower Thomas Perll who will tell us all about the local wines of Boppard.
Day 5: Our final day on the Rhine sees us enjoying free time in the medieval town of Oberwesel with its ancient town walls and 16 of its original 21 towers all standing in the shadow of Schönburg Castle. A delightful town to wander and explore at your own pace. This afternoon, back in resort, you have time to explore more of Boppard if you wish.
Day 6: After a final breakfast we climb back onto our coach for the journey home, bidding auf wiedersehen to Germany as we head into Belgium and an overnight stay, usually in the Ghent area.
Day 7: Back to Calais and Eurotunnel to Folkestone and home
Price includes: 6-nights D/B/B basis plus coach travel, Eurotunnel, excursions and extras as described.
Please note: Pickup times are dictated by Eurotunnel availability
It is a condition of this holiday that you have taken out appropriate travel insurance cover.