Harz Mountains & Rhine Valley Christmas Cracker

Harz Mountains & Rhine Valley Christmas Cracker

Combining two of our favourite destinations at that 'wonderful time of the year', enjoy the pre-Christmas festivities in the wintry Harz Mountains, with tempting Christmas Markets & the Brocken by steam. Then celebrate Christmas itself by the Rhine in riverside Remagen, sailing along the Loreley Valley from beautiful Boppard, climbing through the Ahr Valley by train and experiencing the Vulkan Express.

9 Days From £1295.00

 

DEPARTS

Thursday 20 December 2018

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Standard Class travel from London to Germany and return

  • Dinner every evening, plus two lunches

  • Visit Goslar Christmas Market, arguably the finest in northern Germany

  • Contrast with Wernigerode’s charming Christmas Market

  • Steam ride to the top of the Brocken

  • Excursion by train to the scenic Ahr Valley

  • Christmas Party with live music and 5 course dinner

  • 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:

  • Dinner every evening at your hotel, plus two lunches

  • 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 high-speed trains into Germany. Our hotel in the Harz Mountains for three nights is the popular HKK Hotel in Wernigerode.

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DAY 2

A short local rail journey takes us to the historic and charming town of Goslar. At any time of year Goslar, with its imperial heritage and gorgeous Old Town, is worth a visit. With more than 1,500 half-timbered buildings, Goslar deserves its UNESCO World Heritage status. However, in the weeks leading up to Christmas, the town hosts one of northern Germany's best Christmas Markets in one of the most beautiful surroundings.

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DAY 3

Steam rules today as we enjoy an exhilarating ride aboard the Brockenbahn, a steam-hauled journey from Wernigerode through wintry landscapes up to the summit of the Brocken mountain to Germany's highest narrow-gauge station and the Harz region's highest peak. Returning to Wernigerode, we have some free time to discover the sights, sounds and smells of the Wernigerode Christmas Market, beautifully nestled within the market square in front of the picturesque town hall.

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DAY 4

Leaving the Harz Mountains behind, we return by train to western Germany and our hotel for five nights, the Hotel Pinger, in the Rhine riverside village of Remagen.

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DAY 5

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 winetasting and lunch platter at the winery, before returning to Remagen for a 5-course festive German-style Christmas dinner.

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DAY 6

Spend a relaxing Christmas Day in Remagen, where the day begins 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.

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DAY 7

On Boxing Day 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 Vulkan Express operates a heritage diesel train on Boxing Day, climbing up to the terminus station at Engeln. After some free time, we make the return journey back down the valley to the Rhine and onwards to Remagen.

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DAY 8

Travelling southwards along the Rhine to the beautiful riverside town of Boppard, 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.

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DAY 9

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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HOTEL

Hotel HKK, Wernigerode

This stylish, English-speaking, 4 star hotel is close by the historic Old Town, and features modern, comfortable en-suite rooms. Enjoy culinary delights in the buffet restaurant and relax in the Berliner Ziller bar or Top Fit Club.

 

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

£1295

Single Room Supplement

£175

 

8 nights’ bed, breakfast & evening meal, plus 2 lunches

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.

Name Address Contact Details
London St Pancras Int London St Pancras Int (LNE)

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