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(Tour code: HRJ20)

Germany's Mountains and heritage railways

Discover 2 of Germany's most picturesque regions on this fantastic holiday. We explore the half-timbered houses and stunning peaks of the Harz Mountains by heritage railway before visiting the stunning Rhine Gorge, where the legendary Lorelei Rock still casts its spell.

Highlights
  • Wernigerode
  • Quedlinburg
  • The Brocken Railway
  • Selketal narrow-gauge railway
  • Boppard
  • Rhine cruise
What’s Included
  • First and Standard Class Rail Options
    Heritage Rail Excursions
  • 4* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
  • NEW Inclusive Luggage Transfer
    Throughout 1x bag up to 25kg per hotel room

Harz Mountains & Rhine Gorge 2020Tour Details

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Day 1 Cologne
Cologne

Eurostar and First Class rail to Germany

Our journey to Germany begins at our dedicated Departure Office in St Pancras, where we board the Eurostar to Brussels. Sit back in your comfortable Standard Premier Class seat and enjoy a light meal and drinks before our arrival in the Belgian capital. Our journey continues by high-speed rail in First Class to Cologne for an overnight stay.

Includes:
  • Dinner
  • Eurostar Meal
Day 2 Goslar
Goslar

The Harz Mountains

Today we continue across Germany by high-speed rail, travelling in First Class to Hanover. Here, we meet our coach which takes us on a journey through the brooding Harz Mountains. The low-lying mountains surround a rivercarved landscape, where rushing streams wind through the rich green forests, and rugged rocky outcrops rise up towards the towering mountain peaks above.

We stop in the foothills of the mountains to visit the scenic town of Goslar, a UNESCO World Heritage destination where intricate carvings adorn the front of picturesque timbered houses. Leaving Goslar, we continue to Wernigerode, a similarly attractive town which sits nicely within the dark green scenery of the picturesque Harz region.

Wernigerode was formerly the capital of the medieval County of Wernigerode, following the Napoleonic Wars it became part of Saxony. We spend four nights at the HKK Hotel Wernigerode.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 Brocken Railway
Brocken Railway

Brocken Railway

This morning we begin a full-day excursion on the narrow forests and crystal-clear lakes of the Harz Mountain region creating a terrain ideally suited to narrow-gauge railways. The terrific Brocken Railway connects the small towns and villages of the Harz region. Today's journey takes us through the vast pine forests in the foothills of the mountains, steam from the train evaporating into the tree tops. We climb steep inclines, the mighty engine straining to tackle the gradient, as we make our way to Brocken, the highest mountain in the Harz region at over 3,700 feet (1,128 metres). After some free time for lunch and to enjoy the views, we return by train to Wernigerode.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 Quedlinburg
Quedlinburg

Quedlinburg and the Selketal Railway

Today we travel by coach to Alexisbad in order to board the excellent Selketal Railway to Gernrode. This charming train makes its way through the dense forests and past the gentle streams, granting special views of mysterious fairytale landscapes.

On arrival into Gernrode, we continue by coach to beautiful Quedlinburg, a gorgeous town with a delightful, peaceful Romanesque church and incredibly well preserved red-roofed houses that give the town the feel of a model village, as if it were created from children's toy bricks.

Winding up from the old town is a road which leads to Quedlinburg castle. From this vantage point, the distant Harz Mountains can be seen peeking out over green meadows and dusky forests.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 Wernigerode
Wernigerode

At leisure in Wernigerode

Explore Wernigerode at leisure. There are various attractions here, unique to the region, including a beautiful 'schloss' on a forested hill high above the town. Built on the ruins of older buildings, Wernigerode's castle today bares a similarity to the other fairytale castles of Bavaria and Germany, including Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau. The town hall is also worth visiting, with its attractive half-timbered façade looking out at the colourful townhouses which line the cobbles of Wernigerode's main square.

Includes:
  • Breakfast
Day 6 Assmannhausen
Assmannhausen

Wernigerode to Assmannhausen

Bidding farewell to the peaceful Harz mountains, we take a short coach transfer to Hildesheim where we join the train to Frankfurt (Standard Class). We then continue to Assmannshausen where we stay for the rest of our holiday. A picture-postcard town nestled among the vineyards of the Rhine's valley walls, Assmannshausen is a charming base for us to explore this verdant region.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Days 7-8 Rhine Gorge
Rhine Gorge

Romantic Rhine Gorge

We enjoy a short walk to the river, boarding a boat for the journey along the Rhine. We sail through the prettiest and most celebrated section of the Rhine Gorge, where ancient castles peer from the top of the green banks. We pass the imposing Lorelei Rock, a legendary rocky outcrop that soars 492 feet above the water line. The timeless natural beauty and cultural importance of the Rhine Gorge has granted this destination UNESCO World Heritage status, and our time here gives us a glimpse of just what makes this gorgeous and peaceful valley so special.

We arrive in the attractive riverside resort of Boppard, where we enjoy free time and a chance to sample the fantastic local wines. Rejoining the boat further upstream, we cruise back to Assmannshausen.

Day 8 is at leisure. There are a number of sights and attractions you may wish to visit. For the best views and unique experience, you may wish to take a ride on the Sesselbahn, a chairlift which scales the foothills and valley walls, rising high above the threadlike vineyards.

Includes:
  • Day 7 - Breakfast
  • Day 8 - Breakfast
Days 9-10 Rüdesheim
Rüdesheim

Rüdesheim and home

Today we visit charming Rüdesheim, famous for its excellent viticulture, for a visit to a winery which includes tastings. On Day 10 after transferring to Cologne by coach, where we travel back by rail to London via Brussels.

Includes:
  • Day 9 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 10 - Breakfast, Eurostar Meal

Travelling by Standard Class Rail

This tour also has Standard Class departures available. For more information about these options, please call us.

Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

What’s included

An escorted experience and all travel arrangements

  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • Exclusive meeting point at our dedicated Departure Office in St Pancras
  • First Class rail travel unless otherwise described (Standard Premier Class on Eurostar journeys with a light meal and drinks)
  • All rail and coach transfers

Comfortable accommodation in your destination

  • 9 nights' hotel accommodation including 1 outbound overnight stay in Cologne, 4 nights at the 4-Star HKK Hotel Wernigerode in Wernigerode and 4 nights at the 4-Star Hotel Alte Bauernschaenke in Assmannshausen

Delicious meals included

  • 15 meals, including 9 breakfasts and 6 dinners including a farewell dinner in Boppard

Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • Rhine Gorge cruise
  • Beautiful Quedlinburg
  • Scenic rail excursion on the Brocken Railway
  • Journey on the Selketal Railway
  • At leisure in Assmannhausen
  • Free time in Wernigerode

NEW FOR 2020: Inclusive Luggage Transfer

  • Inclusive luggage transfers throughout 1x bag up to 25kg per hotel room (size and weight may vary)
  • To arrange for a second suitcase up to 25kg (size and weight may vary) - prices start from £65 per bag. Just let us know at time of booking. View more information.

Please note: This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.

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