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Germany's Mountains and heritage railways

10 days From £1,495 per person

2020 Tour code: HRJ20

About the tour

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.

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What’s included

Itinerary

Day 1 - 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
Cologne
Day 2 - 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
Goslar
Day 3 - 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
Brocken Railway
Day 4 - 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
Quedlinburg
Day 5 - 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
Wernigerode
Day 6 - 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
Assmannhausen
Days 7-8 - 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, 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
Rhine Gorge
Days 9-10 - 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
Rüdesheim

Additional information

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.

Hotels

Alte Bauernschänke, Assmannshausen

Alte Bauernschänke, Assmannshausen

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HKK Hotel Wernigerode, Wernigerode

HKK Hotel Wernigerode, Wernigerode

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Trains

Brocken Railway
Eurostar
ICE Train
InterCity
Selke Valley Railway
Thalys

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Upgrades

Inclusive Luggage Upgrade
Extending your European holiday in Cologne
London Hotels
UK rail connections

Reviews

91% of travellers would recommend this tour

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Mr P Troutman

Submitted 04/11/2019

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.

Anonymous

Submitted 03/11/2019

We only did the Harz mountains leg, but it all went well as usual.

Anonymous

Submitted 03/11/2019

Very well organised, friendly staff, great tour manager. Varied days, good selection of tours.

Mrs B Herridge

Submitted 13/10/2019

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.

Mr T Halliwell

Submitted 22/09/2019

Rather too much coach travel this time

Mr K Hockley

Submitted 22/09/2019

The holiday was well organised.

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