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Christmas Time by the Romantic Rhine

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A festive and relaxing rail holiday, we invite you to celebrate Christmas by the Rhine in riverside Remagen with dinner every evening, two lunches and a complimentary evening bar on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Uncover Remagen's history on a guided walk with our hotelier, sail along the Loreley Valley from beautiful Boppard, climb through the Ahr Valley by train, experience the Vulkan Express and travel on Germany's oldest rack railway, the Drachenfelsbahn.

7 days from £1035

 

DEPARTS

Monday 21 December 2020

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Standard Class travel from London to Germany and return

  • Excursion by train to the scenic Ahr Valley

  • Christmas Party with live music and 5-course dinner

  • Evening complimentary bar on Christmas Eve & Christmas Day

  • Return trip on Germany’s oldest rack railway, the Drachenfelsbahn

  • Excursion to Boppard in the Rhine Gorge

  • Scenic Rhine Gorge river cruise

  • Return journey on the Vulkan Express heritage railway

  • Guided historical walk around Remagen with mulled wine


Also included in your Tour Fare:

  • 6 nights’ bed, breakfast & evening meal, plus 2 lunches and a complimentary bar on 2 of the evenings

  • Eurostar Standard Class rail travel

  • Standard Class rail travel to Remagen and return

  • All transfers, excursions & admissions as detailed

  • Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

DAY 1

We depart London St Pancras by Eurostar to Brussels. Here we change onto a high-speed train into Germany. Our hotel for six nights is the Hotel Pinger in the Rhine riverside village of Remagen.

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DAY 2

This morning is free to relax and explore at leisure before we cross the Rhine travelling to Königswinter for a return trip on Germany's oldest rack railway, the Drachenfelsbahn, up 220 metres to the castle - Schloss Drachenburg where there is a charming Christmas Market and the castle will be lit up after dark. We then return as outward to Remagen.

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DAY 3

Travelling by train southwards alongside the Rhine to the beautiful riverside town of Boppard. Here, we join one of the river cruise ships for a round trip along the most scenic part of the Rhine Gorge to the famous Loreley Rock. After our lovely relaxing and scenic cruise we again return to Remangen.

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DAY 4

Christmas Eve - Today we travel to up the scenic branch line from Remagen to the walled village of Ahrweiler in the red wine producing Ahr Valley region. After a little free time to explore the village, we continue to Mayschoss, which is home to the world's oldest wine co-operative with almost 150 years of history. We include a wine tasting and lunch platter at the winery, before returning to Remagen for a 5-course festive German-style Christmas dinner with a complimentary bar this evening.

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DAY 5

Christmas Day - Spend a relaxing Christmas Day in Remagen, commencing with a guided historical walk around town in the company of our hotelier, including a warming mug of glühwein. Back at the hotel we enjoy a festive Christmas lunch before free time in the afternoon for a refreshing stroll along the Rhine Promenade. Our evening festive Christmas buffet is accompanied by live music and the appearance of a special guest of honour. This evening we once again include a complimentary bar at the hotel.

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DAY 6

Boxing Day - On Boxing Day we take the train along the Rhine to Brohl, where we join the Brohltalbahn. Otherwise known as the Vulkan Express. This lovely, diesel hauled, narrow-gauge train meanders up through the Brohl Valley into the Eifel Hills, whose dramatic rock formations were created during a period of volcanic activity. The final steep climb for the train brings us to the terminus station at Engeln. After some free time to obtain refreshments we make the return journey back down the valley to the Rhine and onwards to Remagen.

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DAY 7

Leaving Remagen we return homeward via Cologne and Brussels where we join the Eurostar service to London St Pancras.

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B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

HOTEL

Hotel Pinger, Remagen

Conveniently situated for Remagen’s centre and its railway station, yet just a short stroll from the Rhine Promenade, the family-run Hotel Pinger is very much the hub of this small Rhineland town. The hotel boasts a traditional restaurant, bar and coffee shop. The Pinger brothers are the third generation to manage the hotel, which was bought as a restaurant by their grandfather and converted into a hotel after WWII.

 

FARE

Standard Class rail travel to/from Remagen including Standard Eurostar

£1035

First Class rail travel to/from Remagen including Standard Premier Eurostar

£1335

Join & leave at Remagen

£869

Single Room Supplement

£129



 

  • 6 nights’ bed, breakfast & evening meal, plus 2 lunches and a complimentary bar on 2 of the evenings

  • Eurostar Standard Class rail travel

  • Standard Class rail travel to Remagen and return

  • All transfers, excursions & admissions as detailed

  • Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

 

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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