Best of the Rhine and Moselle Rail Holiday
This attractive route takes you through the Harz Mountains which rise picturesquely above the North German Plain covering a 100km long and 300km wide area at the junction of Saxony-Anhalt, Thuringia and Lower Saxony. This fascinating rail holiday starts in the garden city of Hanover, where you will spend two nights. Travel on to the charming Wernigerode in the Harz Mountains, and enjoy a stay of three days exploring this beautiful region. The last stop will be one night in Cologne.
Price from £809*
Lead in price is based on two people sharing a twin room. Single rooms are available from £1079pp.
|Day 1 - London to Königswinter||Travel from London to Königswinter via Brussels and Cologne as you relax in your carriage. Look out for the magnificent Cathedral as you pass by Cologne!|
|Day 2 & 3 - Konigswinter||Königswinter is an ideal location to explore the Rhine as it is served by rail, buses, and ships for day trips along the Rhine. The Drachenfels Railway in town will take you via cog railway to the top of the mountain where you can enjoy spectacular views over the river. Then, walk back down the mountain and enjoy the Schloss Drachenfells, a beautiful neo-gothic building, and the nearby reptile zoo. Why not take a 'KD' ship for a day cruise to Linz am Rhein and explore this beautiful town with its colourful half-timbered houses. You can also explore the Kasbachtal railway here. You can also visit Koblenz where the Moselle and the Rhine meet at the Deutsche Eck. The statue of Emperor Wilhelm I was destroyed in World War II but replaced with a copy after Reunification in 1993. On the opposite side of the Rhine stands the commanding fortress of Ehrenbreitstein. It was thought to be impregnable but the French Army disproved this in 1801. There is now a cable car that will take you to the fortress where you can enjoy great views of the Town.
|Day 4 - Königswinter to Trier||Following the Rhine and Moselle, your next port of call takes you to Trier, Germany's oldest city. There were settlements in the Trier valley as early as the 3rd century BC and Trier was the first 'town' north of the Alps to bear that label with justification. It is a fascinating travel destination with historical monuments, churches and Roman backdrops which will make any visit to this romantic Moselle city an unforgettable experience. The most famous sites are silent but eloquent witnesses to magnificent cultural achievements, such as the Roman Amphitheatre, the Imperial and Barbara Baths, the Roman Bridge, the Church of Our Lady and of course the 1,800-yearold 'Porta Nigra'. But there is plenty more than just the inner city to discover. Embedded in the heights of the Hunsrück and Eifel Mountains are peaceful vineyards, where the Celts and Romans cultivated their vines 2,000 years ago, and the beautiful Moselle Valley is a particularly desirable travel destination for those seeking rest and relaxation.|
|Day 5 & 6 - Trier||Spend the day at leisure in Trier. If you fancy a day trip, Cochem is only 40 minutes away. The Reichsburg Castle dominates the skyline and looks over the town of lovingly restored half-timbered houses, the historical town hall, the medieval town gates and the many wine growers offering their wares to be sampled.|
|Day 7 - Cologne||Cologne is impressive when approached by train as the station is towered over by the impressive Gothic cathedral. A shopping paradise and with over 3000 bars, cafes and restaurants, it is an ideal place to relax.|
|Day 7 - Cologne to London||Take the train to Brussels and then the Eurostar back to London.|
- 2nd class rail transfers: London - Königswinter (via Brussels, Cologne) - Trier - Cologne - London. Seat reservations where applicable.
- 3 nights in the Maritim Hotel, Königswinter 4*
- 3 nights in the Mercure Hotel Trier Porta Nigra 4*
- 1 night in the Wyndham Cologne 4*
- Bed and Breakfast basis at all hotels
- Other meals
- All other personal charges