49 Newtownards Road
028 9015 1030
ATOL No. 11029
RUDESHEIM & COLOGNE
08 - 15 June 2017 – 7 Nights
Cost: £865 per person sharing.
Single Supp. £110pp
•Romantic Castles & Picnic Lunch £28pp
•Walk & Taste. A wine-tasting tour of Rudesheim £12
Flight Details: (Provisional)
Thu 15 June Aer Lingus EI657 Dep Frankfurt 20.50 Arr. Dublin 21.25
Rüdesheim is a picture-postcard village, nestled between the mighty River Rhine and the vineyards, which sweep down from the surrounding hills. With half-timbered houses dating back many centuries, narrow cobbled alleyways and quirky shops and cafes, you will wonder if it’s all actually just a dream. As with many of the villages along the Rhine, Ruedesheim built its wealth on trade and the production of wine. In fact, The Romans introduced vines here two thousand years ago and even today, along with tourism, this is the major income in the town. Medieval castles, the former homes of knights and crusaders, provide a backdrop to the colourful, half-timbered houses which line the Oberstrasse. Everything you expect a village on the Rhine to be will be found in beautiful Ruedesheim. If you’re ever going to have a holiday on the banks of the majestic Rhine, it just has to be in the heart of the UNESCO world heritage site of the Middle Rhine Valley.
We return to the 3* superior Trapp Hotel, possibly the cleanest and friendliest hotel we have ever featured. With a coveted “Feinschmecker” award for the high quality of its food and accommodation managed with meticulous care, you will be sure to enjoy your stay here. Your holiday includes a hearty breakfast and a lovely three course evening meal with tea or coffee. Rooms are all repainted annually and refurbished regularly, to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable stay. Some rooms have been completely rebuilt to a very high standard in 2015 & 2016. A recent addition to the hotel is a summer verandah, where you can relax with a book or enjoy a glass of wine before dinner. Some of our clients are returning for their third and fourth visits.
Once again, we have updated the excursions for 2017. We have kept the favourites, such as the cruise on the Rhine, stopping at the fairytale towns of Bacharach or Oberwesel. We have added a few new tours, too. There will be a full day excursion by train, featuring the Rhine and Moselle. We will visit wonderful towns and villages, such as Koblenz and Cochem, tracing the rivers and valleys and then back to Rüdesheim. We will offer you an excursion by express train to Cologne, a beautiful city which balances a history dating back to the Romans with an effervescent hub-bub of street cafes, ultra-modern shopping and myriad museums. Famously destroyed during WW2, Cologne has regenerated into one of the most exciting cities in Germany. Optional excursions will involve walks in the hills, cable-car and horse-drawn carriage rides, cycling, picnics or barbecues. Some of the details of the excursions may change slightly but the overall content will hardly be affected.
This is a full-day excursion, departing the hotel immediately after breakfast at 09.00am for the ferry at 09.15am. We will travel to either Bacharach or Oberwesel, where we make a one hour stop, before continuing on to St. Goar, arriving in good time for some lunch and maybe a visit to the castle. We set sail again at 2.10pm, passing the statue of Loreley sitting on the rock, combing her hair as she draws sailors to certain death on the rocks. We arrive back in Rüdesheim around 5.00pm. This is the most spectacular part of the Rhine and is not to be missed. Meals are not included on this trip.
Today we depart from the hotel at around 09.40am for the train at 10.00am to Koblenz. Travelling along the Rhine, we reach Koblenz in about an hour and have time here to explore the ancient city, try some retail therapy in the superb stores or enjoy a coffee and cake in one of the many cafes. We travel onwards to Cochem, our train snaking along the winding Moselle, through quaint villages and past hillsides, adorned with ripening vines. Cochem is a beautiful town, nestling beneath the Reichsburg Castle which has protected the region for centuries. A visit to the castle is a must! Stroll through the narrow alleyways or enjoy a one-hour sightseeing cruise on the beautiful Moselle. We stop here for our evening meal Our train returns to Rudesheim, departing at 7.40pm and arriving at 9.50pm.
Surely one of Germany’s most interesting and vibrant cities, Cologne has so much to offer every visitor. We travel today via Koblenz, departing the hotel at around 09.40am arriving in Cologne approx two hours later. Your guide and escort, Alan, will take you for a short guided tour (if you wish), telling you a little of the history of Cologne and visiting the magnificent St. Peters, the largest Gothic Cathedral in the world. You will have plenty of time to enjoy the shops, stroll through the “Altstadt”, enjoy a coffee, a glass or two of Kölsch beer or dine at one of the many open-air restaurants. Why not pay a visit to the Chocolate Museum...Yum!...or to the home of Eau de Cologne at 4711 Glocknergasse. Our return journey departs from Cologne’s amazing railway station at 4.45pm, getting us home in time for a great dinner.
This walking tour of Rudesheim gives you a great overview of the town and will take about two hours in total but will cover just over one mile of walking. The content of this tour is a surprise and we are sure you will enjoy it. It will take place on the day of arrival.
St Hildegard holds a key role in the history of Rudesheim and Bingen. Born almost 1000 years ago, Hildegard entered cloisters at the tender age of 10 years or so and she became one of Germany's most famous and most important women in history. She was a writer, composer, philosopher, mystic, visionary and became Abess at the age of 38 or so. Her literature and scientific knowledge are as revered today as they were by popes and medics over 900 years ago. Today we will take a six-kilometre walk up into the vineyards, stopping at the pilgrimage church at Eibingen before reaching the Benedictine Abbey, with magnificent views over the Rhine far below. Our walk back to Rudesheim is via a different route, through the vineyards. Learn about the viticulture, which has brought so much wealth to this region since Roman times.
This tour is for those who wish to learn more about the wines of the region. Tastings will take place in each of four locations, including the vaulted cellars of the Drosselkellerei. There is not too much walking and you will taste at least 4 different wines, possibly more.
We travel by ferry to the village of Trechtlinghausen, from where we have a steep climb up to the Burg Reichenstein, one of the Rhine's most romantic castles and museums. After a stop here to explore the museum or enjoy a coffee, we continue our walk through the forest, stopping en-route for a picnic lunch. After about 2km, we reach the Burg Rheinstein, from whose lofty height we overlook the pretty village of Assmannshausen across the river. Time for another stop to explore this beautiful castle before making our way down the steep slopes to the river and our ferry home.
By the very nature of the location of ancient castles, this is not a tour for anyone with any walking or health issues. Please do not register for it if you cannot manage very steep slopes, numerous steps and a hike along forest paths. It is a fairly tough hike but well worth it for the views and the experience. Too many people come to this region and never get inside one of the Rhine's world-famous castles. This is a unique opportunity to visit two in one day. The entrance fees and the ferry costs more than the cost of this tour, so it is remarkable value.
For most of the length of the River Rhine run cycle tracks, on both banks. Our tour today will be for a total of approximately 25km ( 14 miles) on almost completely flat terrain. We set off from Ruedesheim and make our first stop at the village of Geisenheim, where there will be time for a coffee or an ice-cream and, if you wish, a visit to the Rheingau Cathedral - cathedral built in a small rural village! We continue along the river, eventually arriving in the ancient village of Eltville. Time to explore the town and enjoy a coffee, beer or a snack at the riverside cafe. Then it's back along the route we came or, if you wish, travel back by train with your bicycle.
Full day excursion to Wiesbaden & Mainz - Price £12
Wiesbaden is the capital city of the state of Hessen and its sister city, on the opposite bank of the Rhine, Mainz is the state capital of Rheinland Pfalz. Both are important cities in theoir own rights. We will travel, via Wiesbaden and on to Mainz, where we will have a short walk around the historic area. There will be time to relax over a coffee or to visit the world-renowned Gutenberg Museum, featuring original copies of the first Bibles to be printed. These highly illuminated tomes are worth the visit on their own! We will then head back across the river to Wiesbaden, where we will have time to enjoy the old town and the superb shopping, before returning to Rudesheim, in time for dinner.
Click here or on the picture for a video of the hotel and Rudesheim.
Sorry, it's only in German, but you'll get a great overview.