2017 Rhine Valley Christmas Markets & Steam

2017 Rhine Valley Christmas Markets & Steam

Hot chestnuts, almonds, glühwein - Germany's Christmas Markets are a taste sensation. Explore Cologne's varied markets, the quaint smaller markets of Linz and Ahrweiler, and explore the Rhine Valley by rail, including the Vulkan Express by steam!

5 Days From Only £499.00

 

DEPARTS

Thursday 7 December 2017

Thursday 14 December 2017

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Standard Class travel from London to Germany and return

  • 4 nights at the family-run Hotel Pinger in Remagen

  • Excursion to Cologne with its five Christmas Markets

  • Excursion to Linz & its Christmas Market

  • Return journey on the Kasbachtalbahn Railway

  • Return journey on the Vulkan Express by steam

  • Visit to Ahrweiler Chritsmas Market

 

Also included in your Tour Fare:

Dinner every evening at your hotel

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

DAY 1

We depart London St Pancras by Eurostar, speeding across Kent and towards France. Our Eurostar terminates at Brussels, where we change onto a high-speed train into Germany. Our hotel for four nights is the Hotel Pinger in the Rhine riverside village of Remagen.

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DAY 2

Today we travel to Cologne by train to visit its Christmas Markets. In the weeks before Christmas Cologne's squares are transformed into a sea of festive colour. From the station it is a short walk to Cologne's Gothic masterpiece cathedral, which overlooks the Christmas Market at the Dom, the largest Christmas tree in the Rhineland and over 100 stalls selling wooden toys, hearty food, warming drinks and a myriad of Christmas decorations. A short walk further is the Christmas Market at the Alter Markt in the Old Town amidst pretty squares and Cologne's famous brewery taverns. If you would like to venture further afield, a local road train connects you to Cologne's other markets, including the 'Market of Angels' at Neumarkt and the Rudolphplatz Christmas Market at Hahnentor, one of the old city gates. On the bank of the Rhine, close to the Chocolate Museum, is the Maritime Christmas Market with a nautical theme.

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DAY 3

This morning we take the train along the Rhine to Brohl, where we join the Brohltalbahn. Otherwise known as the Vulkan Express, the line meanders up through the Brohl Valley into the Eifel Hills, whose dramatic rock formations were created during a period of volcanic activity. The railway has recently reintroduced steam to the line and today's steam-hauled journey leads us to the village of Oberzissen. Returning to Brohl by steam, we continue by scheduled service through the Ahr Valley, an enclave of red-wine production, en route to the pretty walled-town of Ahrweiler. Here we enjoy free time at Ahrweiler Christmas Market, beautifully situated amidst the Old Town with traditional goods and tasty delights galore.

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DAY 4

Travelling across the Rhine, we switch to the river's right bank. At Linz-am-Rhein we enjoy another quaint little Christmas Market, set within the half-timbered buildings of the Old Town, offering a timeless atmosphere and the wonderful aromas of Germany during Advent. From Linz we join the heritage Kasbachtalbahn Railway, whose 1950s Uerdinger Railbus transports us to the 'Old Brewery' and another festively adorned Christmas Market.

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DAY 5

Leaving Remagen, we change trains onto the high speed line in Cologne. In Brussels we join the Eurostar service to London St Pancras

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B=Breakfast, 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

From London St Pancras International

£499

Single Room Supplement

£70

 

  • 4 nights’ bed, breakfast & evening meal

  • 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

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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London St Pancras Int London St Pancras Int (LNE)

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