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.
Visit charming Rüdesheim by train, where we sample some of the areas excellent local wines
Embark on a journey on the steam-hauled Brocken Railway, winding to the summit of the Brocken Mountain
Discover the Harz Mountains on the Selketel Railway, travelling through pretty valleys and green forests
Step back in time in the beautiful medieval towns of Quedlinburg, Wernigerode, and Goslar
Set sail through the middle Rhine Valley on a scenic riverboat cruise through the magnificent Rhine Gorge
The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
Exclusive meeting point at our dedicated Departure Office in St Pancras
Food & Drinks
14 meals including 9 breakfasts and 5 dinners
What’s not included
Cancellation & Travel Insurance is not included in the price of the tour but can be arranged
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
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.
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
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.
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Travelling by Standard Class Rail
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information about these options, please call us.
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