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Little Trains and Boats of the Rhine and Moselle

  • UNESCO World Heritage Upper Middle Rhine Valley, Castle Katz © Günther Bayerl, Lookphotos, LOOK Bildagentur der Fotografen, GNTB

    Germany - Rhineland - UNESCO World Heritage Upper Middle Rhine Valley, Castle Katz © Günther Bayerl, Lookphotos, LOOK Bildagentur der Fotografen, GNTB EXPIRES 27.11.2019
5 day tour
For £420 per person - minimum 25 passengers


The Rhine and Moselle Valleys boast spectacular scenery, vine-clad slopes, ancient castles and picturesque villages.

It’s unsurprising that the Rhine and Moselle Valleys have long been a favourite with visitors from the UK.  Between the breathtaking scenery and the warm welcome, this area has a lot to offer.  On the banks of the majestic Rhine, you base, Boppard has half-timbered houses, churches that require a closer inspection, narrow alleyways and many Roman and medieval remains. There’s also a fine riverside promenade, ideal for a gentle stroll, or sitting and watching the many boats passing by.

From Boppard, you will explore the best of this region with little boats and trains.  Trundle along a very scenic stretch of the Hünsruck railway – a steep adhesion railway.  Furthermore, chug along in wooden carriages on the Vulkan railway. Relax as you cruise along the Moselle river.  After exploring Cochem’s medieval squares and narrow streets, watch the scenery and towns of the Moselle Valley drift by. Another lovely cruise along the Rhine takes you past the Loreley statue to Rüdesheim.

Once you’ve visited this postcard perfect place, you’ll be sure to want to return.  With tranquil views, delicious locally grown wines and a host of fairytale-worthy towns, the Rhine and Moselle Valleys are begging to be explored.


Dates throughout 2022 & 2023

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1

Travel to the Rhine Valley

Enjoy the scenery unfolding as you travel to your hotel in Boppard.

Day 2

Boppard and the Hünsruck Railway

This morning take a guided walking tour of Boppard to discover its stories and secrets. Walk along to Boppard’s station for a return ride on the famous Hünsruck Railway. The 15km line to Emmelshausen is regarded as one of the most charming stretches of railway in Germany. It’s also the steepest adhesion railway in western Germany, at one point climbing 336 metres in just six kilometres. In the afternoon take the chair lift for a ride up to a plateau high above Boppard for some wonderful panoramic views of the Rhine.

Day 3

Rüdesheim and Rhine Cruise

Today we follow Rhine, stopping at St. Goar to view the world’s largest free-hanging cuckoo clock. We pass the famous Loreley Rock, and the roman village of Bacharach, crossing the Rhine by ferry to visit Rüdesheim, one of the most famous riverside towns on the Rhine. Take a stroll along the famous Drosselgasse, a lively, narrow cobbled street with bars, cafes and restaurants. Visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Museum to see and hear some remarkable musical instruments. Take a ride in a cable car over the vineyards to the Niederwald monument high above the town for some magnificent views. In the late afternoon we return by boat to Boppard.

Note: If a driver’s rest day is required, this excursion can be made by boat in both directions.

Day 4

Cochem and Moselle Cruise

This morning we take a scenic drive over the Hunsrück low mountain range to the ancient Moselle town of Cochem. The town enjoys a wonderful setting in one of the most romantic parts of the Moselle Valley, where the river curves between the Eifel and the Hunsrück mountains. There’s time to explore the old town to see the medieval squares, the beautiful baroque styled town hall built in 1739, the market-place with its ‘Martin’s Fountain’, and the old gabled houses built on steep, narrow alleys.  We then take a relaxing cruise on the Moselle and Perhaps afterwards, visit a local vineyard for a tour and tasting.

Day 5

Koblenz and Vulkan

Koblenz looks like an illustration in a book of fairytales. Today we visit this beautiful place and then take a ride on the picturesque Vulkan Railway. As the express chugs from Brohl to Engeln, admire wooded scenery and little villages from your wooden carriage.

Day 6

Return to the UK

The time has come to leave the beautiful Moselle and Rhine valleys.  Commence your homeward journey after breakfast.

Additional idea

Extend this tour and include a full day excursion to the romantic city of Heidelberg, famous for its majestic castle.

Suggested hotels

Ebertor Hotel, Boppard *** Superior

Family-run riverside hotel with pleasant outdoor terrace and wellness centre. Onsite coach parking.

Bellevue Rheinhotel, Boppard **** Superior

Stylish and elegant hotel overlooking the Rhine with elegant Art Nouveau décor. The hotel offers excellent wellness facilities including an indoor pool, sauna and gym as well as a restaurant, riverside terrace, bar and wine cellar. Rooms have satellite TVs, safes, telephones, minibars, fans and en suite bathrooms with bathrobes and hairdryers. Coach parking nearby. WiFi is available throughout.

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Dates Price
Dates throughout 2022 From £399.00 per person
Dates throughout 2023 From £420.00 per person

Prices are also available on request for travel by air. 

Price based on exchange rate of £1.00 = €1.17. All prices are per person based on sharing a double or twin room and with one free place in a single room, based on a minimum 25 full fare paying passengers. Prices do not include UK coach hire or travel insurance. Dates are subject to availability. Smaller groups can be quoted for on request. Greatdays Holidays Limited is a member of ABTA (Y0380) which means you have the benefit of ABTA's assistance and Code of Conduct. Please ask us to confirm what protection may apply to your booking. Greatdays Holidays Limited has an ATOL licence (4279) and all of our air package tours are protected under this licence. In the unlikely event of our insolvency, the Civil Aviation Authority will ensure that you are not stranded abroad and will arrange to refund any monies you have paid to us for an advance booking. All the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this tour are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: Our website policy is to use only copyright free images or images which have been authorised to us for free use by the owner. If you consider an image to be unauthorised or to be your property, please contact us immediately and if invalid we will have the image removed. If your image requires crediting or is missing a copyright statement then we will be pleased to add this to the webpage, contact us at

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