2017 Rhine & Moselle Rail & Wine Trail

2017 Rhine & Moselle Rail & Wine Trail

Stay in a wine village at the heart of the Rhine Gorge, exploring the romantic Rhine and Moselle Valleys by rail and riverboat, and visiting a wide variety of winemakers to discover the region's wealth of wine culture.

6 days from £699.00

 

DEPARTS

Sunday 18 June 2017

Sunday 20 August 2017

Sunday 17 September 2017

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Standard Class rail travel to Germany and return

  • Stay in the heart of the Rhine Gorge UNESCO World Heritage site

  • Visit Rüdesheim, with lunch and winetasting at a local wine cellar

  • Cruise the Loreley Valley, partly by steamer, visiting St Goar and Bacharach

  • Discover Assmannshausen’s wines with a winetasting at your hotel

  • Visit the spa town of Wiesbaden and ride the Nerobergbahn funicular railway

  • Enjoy a tasting of ‘Sekt’ sparkling wine at the Weingut Barth

  • Take the scenic rail journey along the Moselle Valley to Cochem

  • Cruise the Moselle and taste Moselle wines with a winetasting

 

Also included in your Tour Fare:

  • 5 nights' bed, breakfast & evening meal, 1 lunch

  • Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

  • Hotel Porterage

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DAY 1

We depart London St Pancras by Eurostar to Brussels. Then by high speed train to Cologne, onwards to Koblenz and our destination Assmannshausen, with a welcoming evening meal at our hotel. Assmannshausen is a wine village, an enclave of red wine using pinot noir grapes within a region of white Rieslings. Depending on your departure date, you will stay at either the Hotel Alte Bauernschänke or the Rheinhotel Lamm. The winemakers visited on this tour are personal friends of the hoteliers, chosen for their variety and quality.

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DAY 2

Today we make the short journey around the headland along the Rhine to Rüdesheim, arguably the most famous village in the Rhine Valley. Here you will have free time to explore the beautiful quaint Drosselgasse, where you will find enticing speciality shops featuring the locally produced Riesling wine, and maybe visit Siegfried's Mechanical Music Museum, which houses 350 self-playing musical instruments spanning three centuries. We meet for a rustic-style lunch in a local wine cellar, where we also enjoy a tour and tasting of three local wines.

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DAY 3

A short stroll from our hotel brings us to the KD ship mooring. Setting sail, we enjoy one of the classic holiday experiences, a cruise along the legendary Loreley Valley. Heading downstream, pretty villages nestle by the riverside, enveloped by proud ancient vineyards, with a new protective castle seeming to appear around every corner. Towards journey's end we view the Loreley Rock before mooring on the left bank at St Goar. After a little free time for lunch on the Rhine Promenade, we sail southwards by steam-ship to Bacharach, where you have more free time to admire the town's half-timbered buildings. Returning by ship to Assmannshausen, we enjoy dinner and a tasting of six local wines.

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DAY 4

Today's excursion heads southwards by coach to Wiesbaden, one of Europe's oldest spa towns and the capital city of the state of Hesse. Here we enjoy free time and a return journey on the Nerobergbahn funicular railway. The metre gauge railway is very unusual as it is operated using water propulsion. Dating from 1888, it connects the city with the Neroberg Hill, climbing gradients as high as 26%, with fabulous panoramic views from the top station. On our way back to Assmannshausen we visit Weingut Barth winery in Hattenheim. The local speciality is 'Sekt' sparkling wine. Our tour and tasting features three 'Sekts'.

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DAY 5

We travel by train along the right bank of the romantic Rhine Gorge to Koblenz at the confluence of Rhine and Moselle. Here we change trains, continuing along the most scenic rail route of the Moselle Valley to Cochem. After a little free time in another lovely traditional wine town, we enjoy a cruise along the Moselle. On our way back to the railway station we visit the cellar of Koll & Cie, where we taste five Moselle wines. Our journey back along the Moselle and Rhine rivers should be scenic and merry!

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DAY 6

We say goodbye to Assmannshausen today and travel by train back through Koblenz to Brussels to board our Eurostar to London St Pancras.

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B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

HOTEL

 

Rheinhotel Lamm or Alte Bauernschänke, Assmannshausen

The two hoteliers are great friends. Having known Rob for many years, they have used their contacts to help design this unique tour. The June date will stay at the Alte Bauernschänke, whereas the August and September dates will feature the Rheinhotel Lamm. Both hotels have a long tradition of welcoming guests from the UK and for each tour one evening meal will take place at the other hotel to add a little variety.

 

FARE

 

From London St Pancras International:

Standard Class rail travel

to / from Germany, including

Standard Eurostar

£699

Single Traveller Supplement

£100



 

5 nights' bed, breakfast & evening meal, 1 lunch

 

Eurostar Standard Class rail travel

Standard Class rail travel to & from Germany

All excursions and admissions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

Hotel Porterage

 

GUARANTEED FARE

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

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