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Harz Mountains and Rhine Gorge

4.4 stars(36 reviews)
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Germany's Mountains and heritage railways

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10 days From £1,645 per person

2021 Tour code: HRJ21

About the tour

We immerse ourselves in the culture and scenery of two of Germany's most picturesque regions. Explore the half-timbered houses and peaks of the Harz Mountains by railway before discovering the natural beauty of the Rhine Gorge, where the legendary Lorelei Rock still casts its spell.


What’s included


Days 1-2 - London and the Harz Mountains

Meet at our dedicated Departure Office in London St Pancras and take the Eurostar to Brussels, continuing to Cologne for the night.

On Day 2 we continue to Hanover. Here, we meet our coach for a journey through the Harz Mountains. We stop to visit the scenic mountain town of Goslar, a UNESCO-listed town where intricate carvings adorn timbered houses. We continue to Wernigerode, a quaint and colourful town which dates back to the 9th century, and looks as though it has been plucked straight from a fairytale. We spend four nights here.

  • Day 1 - Eurostar meal, Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - The Brocken Railway

We discover the dense forests and crystal-clear lakes of the Harz Mountains, a terrain ideally suited to narrow-gauge railways. The Brocken Railway connects the towns and villages of the Harz region, and today's rail journey takes us through vast pine forests in the foothills of the mountains, steam from the train evaporating into the tree tops. We climb steeply, enjoying magnificent views as we make our way to Brocken, the highest mountain in the area. After free time for lunch and to enjoy the impressive panoramas, we return by train to Wernigerode.

  • Breakfast
Day 4 - Quedlinburg and the Selketal Railway

We travel by coach to Alexisbad to board the Selketal Railway to Gernrode. This charming train makes its way on a nostalgic journey through mysterious landscapes, made up of dense forests and brooding mountains. On arrival into Gernrode, we continue by coach to beautiful Quedlinburg, a gorgeous town with a peaceful Romanesque church and incredibly preserved red-roofed houses that give the town the feel of a model village Winding up from the old town is a road which leads to Quedlinburg castle. From this vantage point, the Harz Mountains can be seen peeking out over green forests.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Days 5-6 - Assmannhausen

Explore Wernigerode at your own pace. There are various enticing attractions here, including a beautiful 'schloss', or castle, on a forested hill above the town. The town hall is also worth visiting, with its attractive half-timbered façade looking out at the colourful townhouses that line the cobbles of the main square.

Bidding farewell to the Harz mountains on Day 6, we take a coach to Hildesheim where we join the train to Frankfurt. We continue to Assmannshausen where we stay for the rest of our holiday. A picture-postcard town nestled among the vineyards of the Rhine Valley, Assmannshausen is a perfect base for us to explore this verdant region.

  • Day 5 - Breakfast
  • Day 6 - Breakfast, Dinner
Days 7-8 - Romantic Rhine Gorge

We stroll to the river, boarding a boat for a journey along the Rhine. The natural beauty and cultural importance of the Rhine Gorge has granted it UNESCO World Heritage status, and our time here gives us a glimpse into what makes the peaceful valley so special. We sail through the prettiest and most celebrated section of the Rhine Gorge, admiring ancient castles that peer from the top of the banks, and passing the striking Lorelei Rock - a legendary rock that soars out of the water. We arrive in the riverside resort of Boppard, where we sample some fantastic local wines and enjoy free time before cruising back to Assmannshausen.

Day 8 is free in Assmanhausen. For a unique experience and great views, you could ride on the Sesselbahn, a chairlift which rises high above the threadlike vineyards.

  • Day 7 - Breakfast
  • Day 8 - Breakfast
Days 9-10 - Rüdesheim and home

This afternoon we take the train to charming Rüdesheim. The town is famous for its excellent viticulture, and we visit a local winery to taste some of the wines the area is known for, before some free time. Perhaps visit the famous Drösselgasse - a street lined with traditional pubs and wine cellars. On Day 10 we transfer to Cologne by coach, continuing by rail to Brussels where we join the Eurostar back to London St Pancras.

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

Additional information

- 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.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.


Alte Bauernschänke Hotel, Assmannshausen

Alte Bauernschänke Hotel, Assmannshausen

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HKK Hotel Wernigerode, Wernigerode

HKK Hotel Wernigerode, Wernigerode

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4.4 stars4.4 / 5 · 36 reviews

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Martin Biswell

5 stars

Submitted 16 Sep 2020

Brilliant holiday great places visited but would have preferred to stay in the Herz mountains for whole holiday

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Mr K Williams

5 stars

Submitted 15 Sep 2020

Well organised; great trips out by steam train, coach, boat, and chairlift; travel competently rescheduled at short notice to cope with changes to Covid restrictions.

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Mr P Troutman

5 stars

Submitted 04 Nov 2019

This was our first trip to Europe. Our experience was beyond expectations. The tour director, the accomodations, the fellowship of the group all combined to make it memorable.

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Mrs B Herridge

4 stars

Submitted 13 Oct 2019

Great holiday in a lovely area. The hotel in Boppard was beautiful but it would have been nice to have a more varied choice of menu for the evening meal.

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Mr T Halliwell

4 stars

Submitted 22 Sep 2019

Rather too much coach travel this time

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Mr K Hockley

5 stars

Submitted 22 Sep 2019

The holiday was well organised.

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