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(Tour code: HRJ19)

Germany's Mountains and heritage railways

Discover two of Germany's most picturesque regions on this fantastic two-centre holiday. We explore the halftimbered villages 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.

  • 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
  • Optional Bag Concierge

Harz Mountains & Rhine Gorge 2019Tour Details

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Day 1 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.


Please note: Departure HRJ1908 we will overnight in Bonn.

  • Dinner
  • Eurostar Meal (First Class only)
Day 2 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.

  • 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.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 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.

Burgberg - 'castle mountain' - is a 10th century stronghold that looms imposingly over the town. Quedlinburg's rambling, haphazard street plan leads you through charming streets lined with more than 1,600 timber-framed buildings. On one street, Wordgasse, there is a building reputed to be the oldest timber-framed house in Germany.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 Wernigerode

At leisure in Wernigerode

Explore Wernigerode at leisure. With elaborate halftimbered buildings, simply strolling through the steep narrow streets of the town provides a feast for the eyes, not to mention the impressive Wernigerode Castle and the charming medieval Town Hall.

  • Breakfast
Day 6 Boppard

Wernigerode to Boppard

Bidding farewell to the peaceful Harz mountains, we make a short coach transfer to Hildesheim where we join the train to Boppard, via Frankfurt (Standard Class), a romantic German village near the picturesque Rhine. We spend four nights at the Hotel Bellevue, situated in the centre of this typical Rhineland village.

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

Romantic Rhine Gorge

Today we enjoy a short walk to the riverside and board a boat for the journey along the River Rhine, through the prettiest and most celebrated section of the Rhine Gorge. Ancient castles peer from the top of the green banks, as we pass below. We arrive in the attractive riverside resort of St Goar We enjoy free time here and a chance to sample the fantastic local wines and enjoy a stroll through the charming town centre. We then rejoin the cruise back upstream to Boppard.

Day 8 is free for you to explore Boppard at your leisure. Situated on the beautifully scenic Rhine Gorge, the village is surrounded by a backdrop of vineyards, in which some of Germany's most popular wines are produced. The village boasts a remarkably well-preserved centre, crammed with timber-framed houses and crooked narrow streets - ensuring Boppard retains a reputation as a fantastic tourist attraction.

  • Day 7 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 8 - Breakfast
Day 9 Heidelberg

Excursion to Heidelberg

A coach excursion takes us to one of Germany's best loved cities, charming and historic Heidelberg. The town lies below its protective castle on the River Neckar and is home to the oldest university in Germany, founded in 1385. The backdrop to Sigmund Romberg's operetta, 'The Student Prince', Heidelberg was the capital of the Palatinate region for many centuries.

We enjoy a guided tour and some leisure time before returning to our hotel. Perhaps you'd like to discover Heidelberg's enchanting Altstadt or Old Town. Characterised by attractive squares where you can sit outside and people watch and a collection of different architecture, the Old Town is a joy to discover.

Alternatively you could visit Heidelberg Castle, sitting imposingly over the city the castle is an important landmark which dates back as far as 1214. Extraordinarily a lightning bolt destroyed the upper castle in 1537 and it has since been rebuilt. Tonight we enjoy a farewell dinner in Boppard.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10 Eurostar

Boppard to London

We travel by coach through the Rhine Valley to Cologne. Here, we board the high speed train to Brussels, then connecting with the Eurostar service to St Pancras International.

  • Breakfast
  • Eurostar Meal (First Class only)

Travel Options

We offer a Standard Class and First Class rail options for departures on this tour. You can find out which class each departure is by clicking on the information button in the pricing grid.

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 and Standard Class rail options available (Standard Premier Class on Eurostar journeys with a light meal and drinks)
  • All 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 Bellevue Rheinhotel Hotel in Boppard

Delicious meals included

  • 16 meals, including 9 breakfasts and 7 dinners including a farewell dinner in Boppard

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

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