Sunday 25th: We leave this morning heading towards Hull for our overnight ferry to Rotterdam. Enjoy delicious hot meals in The Kitchen or a fine dining experience in The Brasserie restaurant, complete with fantastic sea views! Or pick up a bargain in the onboard shop, offering amazing discounts on all your favourite brands. There’s entertainment to suit all tastes, whether you want to party the night away or relax and unwind. No meals are included on board.
Monday 26th: After disembarking we drive through Holland into Germany to our base at the Hotel Lindenwirt where we will meet our hosts for the next five nights.
Tuesday 27th: River Rhine Cruise & Drachenfelsbahn - Today we head for Boppard and spend some free time before hopping on board a river cruiser for a cruise from Boppard, upstream through the northern section of the UNESCO protected Upper Middle Rhine Valley, to Oberlahnstein, from where we continue by coach to Königswinter, an historic Rhine Valley town located at the foot of the Siebengebirge Hills. Here we join the Drachenfelsbahn, Germany's oldest cog railway, for a return journey. From the Valley Station to the summit we cover a height difference of 220m and at the top we see the ruined medieval Drachenfels ('dragon's cliff') Castle and great views across the river Rhine. After our time in Königswinter, we return to our hotel by coach.
Wednesday 28th: Cochem & Moselle Cruise - Today we head to the Moselle Valley and the pretty riverside town of Cochem from where we embark on a 1 hour return cruise along the Moselle river, enjoying views of Reichsburg Castle and the surrounding vineyards. After our cruise, we spend the rest of the day in Cochem at leisure, giving us time to explore the Old Town, made up of quaint squares, winding alleys, half-timbered buildings and imposing town gates, watched over by its magnificent 11th century Reichsburg Castle, a Gothic masterpiece which is perched on a rocky outcrop from where fantastic views are to be had.
Thursday 29th: Vulkan Express & Mayschoss Wine Tasting - Today we travel to Brohl for a journey on the Vulkan Express, a unique narrow gauge railway. The line meanders up through the Brohl Valley into the Eifel Hills, whose dramatic rock formations were created during a period of volcanic activity. Opened in 1901, the 11 mile journey takes one and a half hours as the locomotives reach a speed of 20kph, climbing around 1,310 ft! We continue by coach from Engeln to the Ahr Valley, one of Germany’s most famous wine growing regions where we visit the charming town of Mayschoss and enjoy wine tasting in one of the town’s traditional wine cellars.
Friday 30th: We spend a full day at leisure. You could take the cable car up to the Niederwald Memorial, enjoying the amazing views and exploring the famous Drosselgasse area in the heart of Rüdesheim's old town, sampling a glass of wine along the way.
Saturday 31st: Sadly it’s time to leave the beautiful Rhine Valley and head to Rotterdam for our overnight ferry crossing to Hull. Meals on board are not included.
Sunday 1st: We Depart Hull and continue homeward.