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Escorted Rail Tours to Heidelberg

Full of Romantic history

Enjoying an idyllic location in a wooded valley by the River Neckar, Heidelberg boasts one of the longest and richest histories of all German cities. In 1907 the remains of 'Heidelberg Man' were declared to be the oldest ever discovered in Europe, being at least 200,000 years old. Heidelberg developed largely as the capital of the Palatinate - a position it held for more than five hundred years. During this time a vast wealth and influence became apparent in the city. The castle was built to strengthen Heidelberg's defences, and its world-famous university was established and garnered an impressive reputation.

In the 16th century the city was sacked twice by French troops; the castle was damaged and left to decay as the Palatinate capital was moved to Mannheim. Having lost its position of prominence, Heidelberg was largely forgotten by the time the Romantics discovered it in the late 17th century. To these people, the wistful ruins of the castle only added to Heidelberg's charm. The city soon became the place for poets, writers and artists to be found, and it saw a massive increase in tourism as a result.

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Harz Mountains & Rhine Gorge

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.

Departs from April 2017 to October 2017.
10 days from £1,395per personView tour details
Heidelberg & Frankfurt Markets

With its idyllic location and romantic castle, Heidelberg has long been one of Germany's most popular destinations. Discover the city and its Christmas Market, before visiting Frankfurt's own world-famous Christmas Market.

Departs in November 2016.
Late departures available
5 days from £685per personView tour details
Luxury Rhine Cruise

Follow the winding Rhine on this fantastic tour through central Europe. Explore the canals of Amsterdam before charting a course through the charming vineyards of northern Germany, pass briefly through France and end your exploration in the Swiss city of Basel

Departs from June 2017 to September 2017.
8 days from £2,695per personView tour details
Rhine Christmas Markets Cruise

Enjoy a fabulous rail-cruise tour along the Rhine, visiting fascinating riverside towns and exploring charming Christmas Markets from the comfort of the elegant 5-star MS Amadeus Princess.

Departs in November 2016.
Late departures available
4 days from £625per personView tour details
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Heidelberg's Old Town
Steps were soon taken to preserve the magnificent, historic Old Town, which has remained undisturbed to this day - it even avoided damage in the Second World War. Having been admired by tourists for centuries now, Heidelberg is one of Europe's best-loved cities.

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