Take in the handsome towns and cities that grace the banks of the Rhine whilst staying at the traditional family run Hotel Gorres in the picturesque village of Wachtberg. Treats include two-thousand-year-old Koblenz, home to the breathtaking Ehrenbreistein Prussian Fortress, the medieval tourist town of Boppard and the splendid city of Konigswinter. Our journeys are bookended with stops in Beethoven’s Bonn and the cathedral city of Cologne.
Day One. We journey to Hull for our overnight ferry to the continent enjoying dinner, entertainment and breakfast on board.
Day Two.We head to Bonn for some free time. This fine city is the birthplace of Beethoven and home to the composer’s house and museum with exhibits including his manuscripts and last piano. We continue to the Hotel Gorres and check in for our three night dinner, bed and breakfast stay.
Day Three. Look forward to a scenic drive to Koblenz. Perhaps hop aboard the state-of-the-art cable car that whisks you up to the amazing Prussian Ehrenbreitstein Fortress which houses the state museum of antiquities along with exhibitions and medals. Or relax at German Corner – a square at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle overlooked by an imposing statue of Kaiser Wilhelm. Later we continue to Boppard, known as the ‘Pearl of the Rhine’ and bustling with medieval charm.
Day Four.Today we visit the delightful resort of Konigswinter where you might like to take a ride on the Drachenfels cog railway up to magnificent Drachenburg Castle. This neo-Gothic fortress features fairytale turrets whilst the grounds are arranged with landscaped terraces featuring fountains and mini steeples along with breathtaking views. We also make a short stop in Remagen made famous by the capture of the Ludendorff Bridge towards the end of World War II.
Day Five. After breakfast we travel to Cologne where you might like to visit the waterside museum devoted to chocolate or view the Picasso collection on display in the Museum Ludwig – don’t miss Cologne’s UNESCO cathedral which houses the Shrine of the Three Kings.From here, it’s onwards to our ferry back to Hull with dinner, entertainment and breakfast on board.
Day Six. We make our way home.