Wines of the Rhine – NEW GROUP TOUR
A tour of delicious wines amidst breathtaking scenery.
Vines cling to the Rhine Valley’s slopes. This is Germany’s primary wine-producing area, and therefore an expanse of green vineyards stretches out from the river. A wonderful way to admire the area’s stunning scenery is to drift through it on a river cruise. Enjoy a cruise to Boppard, one of the towns in the Rhine Gorge’s UNESCO World Heritage site. Then, spend some time exploring Boppard’s cobbles and coloured houses. Visit Vineum, a family run winery, to sample local wines including ice wine. During your tasting, you’ll hear about the production of wine in the area, along with its challenges.
Potter through the winding streets of picturesque Rüdesheim. Explore this pretty little town and perhaps relax in its cosy taverns. From here you can take a chair lift up over the vine-covered slopes. Spectacular views will surround you. At the top, you’ll find the impressive Niederwald monument, commemorating the unification of Germany in 1871. Visit charming Mainz too, with its pretty pedestrian areas and fascinating museums. Perhaps visit the Gutenberg Museum – one of the oldest printing museums in the world, it is a delight for book lovers. Furthermore, head to the ethereal Eberbach Monastery. During your tour, you’ll uncover the monastery’s history and sample the aromatic wines the produced there.
16th June & 14th July 2019
Arrive in the Rhine Valley
Drive to Dover for your ferry to Calais. From there, travel across France and continue into Germany. See the beautiful landscape unfold you you travel to your hotel in the Rhine Valley.
Cruise to Boppard
Travel along the Rhine on a scenic river cruise, and relax as you enjoy the verdant landscape of the Rhine Valley. Arrive in Boppard, one of the prettiest towns on the river. Spend some free time exploring the streets of half-timbered houses. After lunch at leisure, enjoy a wine tasting at Vineum, a family run winery. As you taste the wine, you’ll be given an introduction to the production process, influential environmental factors, and the difficulties and challenges of producing and harvesting wine as well as ice wine in this region. The tasting includes a red wine, white wine, an ice wine and a peach liquor. Transfer back to your hotel by coach.
Rüdesheim is one of the most famous riverside towns on the Rhine, and with good reason. Take a stroll along the famous Drosselgasse, a lively, narrow cobbled street with bars, cafes and restaurants. Perhaps visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Museum to see and hear some remarkable musical instruments. It’s quick and easy to pop across to Rüdesheim by train, cruise or you may want to take a ride in a cable car over the vineyards to the Niederwald monument high above the town for some magnificent views. Walk through the forest to a second chairlift which goes back down, directly to Assmannshausen.
Perhaps late this afternoon, enjoy a wine-tasting at the hotel. The family produces wine from grapes grown in their own vineyard and they are very keen to indulge you with different flavours and bouquets.
Mainz and Eberbach Monastery
Today, venture to the beautiful city of Mainz at the confluence of the Rhine and Main rivers. This beautiful town boasts a Romanesque cathedral, marvellous windows by Chagall in St Stephan’s church and the fascinating Gutenburg museum – a haven for bibliophiles. Explore the town at leisure before continuing to the preserved 12th Century Monastery of Eberbach in the afternoon. This remarkable monastery is so atmospheric, is was used in the filming of The Name of the Rose. Enjoy a guided tour followed by a Riesling wine tasting in the building’s wine cellars.
The time has come to return to the UK. Leave the Rhine Valley behind and begin your journey home via the Channel ports.
Featured hotel – Inspected by Greatdays staff in July 2018
Hotel Alte Bauernschänke, Assmannshausen ****
At this traditional family-run hotel, the hosts provide a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Located in the charming town of Assmannshausen, you enjoy all the beauty and romance of the Rhine away from the crowds. The historic hotel building has a charming traditonal facade and inside you’ll find a bar, wine store, sauna and spa facilities. The traditional decor continues throughout. Although recently renovated, the dining room retains its authenticity and is in keeping with the style of the area. The en suite rooms feature telephones, safes, TVs and some also boast historic ceiling beams. Free WiFi throughout. Free coach parking less than 5 minutes walk from hotel.
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|5 Day Tour||Half Twin||Single Supplement|
|16th June 2019
14th July 2019
|From £285.00 per person||From £65.00 per person|
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