Day 1 - London to Boppard
We depart St Pancras International by Eurostar for
Brussels. On arrival in the Belgian capital, we continue on the
high-speed service to Cologne, before heading along the Rhine
Valley to the wine town of Boppard for a four-night stay at the
Hotel Bellevue, where a welcome drink awaits.
Day 2 - Cochem and its Christmas Market
Today's excursion follows a scenic rail line along the banks of
the Moselle Valley to Cochem. Along with a small Christmas Market,
Cochem features a magnificent 1,000-year-old fairytale castle
towering above the vine-covered hillsides. Cochem's Christmas
Market takes place amidst the half-timbered buildings of the Old
Town. We also enjoy a guided tour of Cochem.
Day 3 - At leisure in Boppard
You are free to spend today as you wish. Relax in the hotel, and
make use of its leisure facilities, or perhaps explore the quaint
town, which has a few remains from its time as a Roman settlement.
Alternatively, take a ride on the local Hunsrückbahn
Railway. The steepest standard gauge railway in Germany, the
Hunsrückbahn climbs 984ft in the space of just five
miles as it rises from Boppard to the village of Emmelshausen.
Day 4 - Cruise to Rüdesheim and its Christmas Market
Today we join one of the KD cruise ships for a magnificent
journey through the Lorelei Valley. Our ship takes us past some
beautiful scenery, with hilltop castles overlooking the rows of
precious vines and unspoilt riverside villages below, as we make
our way to Rüdesheim. In Rüdesheim you are free to explore the
pretty town and its 'Christmas Market of Nations', where more than
120 stalls represent 12 nations, their specialities and traditions.
Along the Drosselgasse and in the Old Town, shops and stalls offer
a variety of produce, and the town's winemakers open their cellars
to serve wine and other winter treats. Another option is to take a
cable car ride up through the vineyards for panoramic views or to
visit Siegfried's Mechanical Music Cabinet. We return to Boppard by
rail this evening. (B)
Day 5 - To Brussels and London
We travel to Cologne and then join the high-speed rail service to
Brussels. Here we join the connecting Eurostar back to St
Pancras International. (B)
B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
These meals, where shown, are included in the price of the