Rhine Valley & the Festival of Lights
5th October 2017
Price per person:
£15 per person per night single supplement.
For many years, towns along the Rhine and Moselle rivers celebrate their annual wine festivals in the autumn. The harvest is over and it's time to try the fermented, freshly pressed white and red grape juice, called Federweisser, which is traditionally matched with Zwiebelkuchen, a delicious type of onion tart.
Indisputable highlights are the fireworks at night tied to the Rhine in Flames festivities. Join in the celebrations on land to discover the heart & soul of this special region of Germany.
Day 1 After our local pick-ups we travel to Folkestone for the Eurotunnel crossing to Calais. We then proceed to our hotel with comfort stops on route.
Day 2 Today we will enjoy a leisurely cruise from Boppard along the Rhine to the ancient Roman town of Koblenz, positioned at the junction between the Moselle and Rhine rivers. Castles, palaces, fortresses and towers are ours to explore (local charges may apply) before we embark on our return river cruise to Boppard later this afternoon.
Day 3 Today you have a free day to explore the Roman town of Boppard, with its excellent promenade and panoramic views of the river on one side and the Hunsru?ck hills on the other. You can discover the Roman Fort, the 12th Century St. Severus Church, the 14th Century Carmelite Church, the baroque Church of St. Pankratius, the Provestry in Hirzenach and, in the town centre, the Electoral Castle of Boppard. In the evening you can enjoy the highlight of your holiday on the Rhine River. We depart at 5.30 pm for a boat cruise on the Rhine River from Boppard upstream sailing past numerous castles on the Rhine river. From approximately 8.30pm, the house fronts of St. Goar and St. Goarshausen and the medieval castles will be beautifully illuminated. Light rings will spread across the Rhine river and the castles Katz and Rheinfels and the Rhine river hills will be illuminates. Four firework displays will take place from Castle Katz, the harbor in St. Goar, the castle Rheinfels and from a ferry in the middle of the Rhine, lighting up the valley in a spectacular display. Whilst on board we enjoy a 1 course evening meal and from 6.00pm onwards there will be DJ music and dance on deck 2 for the young at heart (not so loud music of the 70s, 80s, 90s and hits of the last years). We return to Boppard on the Rhine River about 11.25 pm.
Day 4 Today we enjoy a scenic drive though one of Germany's most picturesque river valleys. We follow the twists and turns of the Moselle as we make our way towards the oldest German city, Trier. Here, you will have time to discover the Roman gate, Porta Nigra, and the 4th Century Roman Basilica, believed to have been the Emperor Constantine's throne room. You may also choose to visit the Roman Imperial Baths, the cathedral or the Trier Archaeological Museum during your time here (local charges will apply).
Day 5 After breakfast we make our way back to Calais for our Eurotunnel crossing with comfort stops along the way.