|Travel by Rail|
|2 Included Excursions|
Day One UK to Cologne
We meet and board our Eurostar service at London St Pancras, travelling to Brussels where we transfer to a local service to Cologne. We are met and transferred to the MV Virginia where we embark and moor overnight.
Day Two Cologne to Andernach
We cruise to Andernach over breakfast, arriving by early afternoon. Discover the town at leisure or join our optional wine tasting in the Ahr Valley. We moor in Andernach overnight.
Day Three Andernach to Boppard
On to Boppard, arriving in the early afternoon and enjoying time at leisure. A wine-growing centre in the Rhine Gorge, why not join our optional Taste of Boppard excursion this afternoon?
Day Four Boppard to Rudesheim
We continue to historical Rudesheim, with the opportunity to uncover the town’s fascinating winegrowing past on our included wine tasting experience.
Day Five Rudesheim to Cochem
Setting sail early this morning, we arrive in Cochem by late afternoon. Admire the scenery as we sail; then enjoy our included wine tasting experience to sample some of the Moselle Valley’s finest wines.
Day Six Cochem to Koblenz
We depart and continue to Koblenz. Situated at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle, Koblenz is known for its charming architecture and historical sights. We will have an optional wine tasting tour to enjoy, should we so wish.
Day Seven Koblenz to Cologne
We sail back to Cologne, arriving by lunchtime. Why not join our optional Cologne’s Kolsch tour to learn more about how this traditional beer is brewed, and to sample it?
Day Eight Cologne to UK
Time to disembark in Cologne and then transfer to Cologne Station, where we board our service to Brussels, where we change to our Eurostar service to London St Pancras.
Cochem Wine Tasting
Join us for a visit to a local wine cellar in Cochem this evening, as we taste and sample some of the town’s locally produced wines. These include the famous and traditional Riesling, which is grown on the sloping hills of the Moselle Valley. Come and compare the different quality levels, colours, grape varieties, and characteristics, and learn how the different wines of this region are produced.
Rudesheim Wine Tasting
Rudesheim is a famous wine-making town in the Rhine Gorge, and we will enjoy the unique opportunity of sampling some of the incredible wines produced here with a wine tasting this evening. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Rudesheim is filled with well-known wine taverns, and its history of wine-growing stretches back to Roman times. We will explore some of the wonderful Rhine vineyards of Rudesheim, sampling some of the area’s local wines for a unique experience.
A Taste of Boppard
Known as the 'Pearl of the Rhine' Boppard was founded by the Romans; under the Merovingian dynasty it became a royal residence and during the Middle Ages the town was a considerable centre of commerce and shipping. The town is located at the top of the largest loop of the Rhine and is part of the Middle Rhine Valley that belongs to the Heritage of UNESCO since 2002. With over 2,000 years of cultural history Boppard has seen many travellers come and go, well-meaning or ill-meaning, that have all left their mark on the town, from castles, churches, monasteries, gardens and parks.
Boppard can be best seen on our guided walking tour, we see the Romanesque church of St. Severus with its two towers built in the 12th /13th centuries, we also see the Electoral castle, over the years the castle has been home to the local customs office, the town gendarmerie, police station, courthouse, prison and military hospital, today it is home to the town's museum. As we continue to the old town we pass the many romantic squares and small lanes lined with beautiful stately homes.
Kolsch Brewery Tour
Discover the amazing Kolsch brewery in Cologne, learning more about how this excellent beer is brewed. Kolsch is famous in Germany and is brewed in a ‘Brauhaus’, a traditional German pub. With over 26 varieties of Kolsch in Cologne, there is certainly enough to choose from!
Rudesheim and St Hildegard Abbey
We visit the town of Rudesheim which sits at a bend on the Rhine and has had a wine producing heritage of more than 1000 years. The town is built in a typical Prussian style, matching much of the Rhine Gorge and we’ll discover its charm as we take a walking tour around Rudesheim. The Drosselgasse at the heart of the town is a bustling little alleyway which seems unchanged in centuries and a walk down here is like a step back in time. A number of castles dot the local landscape including Bromseburg and Boosemburg Castles as well as the ruins of Ehrenfels Castle, great views of which can be had from town. We will then visit the Benedictine St Hildegard Abbey; it is a fascinating insight into life among a religious order as well as a great chance to learn the history of this place and see the beautifully decorated church within its grounds.
Wine Tasting in the Ahr Valley
Known locally as the ‘wildest daughter of the Rhine’, the Ahr Valley is filled with splendid sights. This beautiful location is famous for its winegrowing heritage, and we will be able to learn more about this history and sample some of the region’s wines during our excursion today. We will visit the charming town of Ahrweiler, referred to as the ‘metropolis of red wine’, where we enjoy a fantastic wine tasting experience. Explore the town’s excellent vineyards with us to learn more about the wines produced here, before we taste some of them for ourselves.