There are few better places to admire and explore the history and culture of Germany than the Rhine Valley. Due to its strategic location, the Rhine Valley was a vital transport artery between the north and the south halves of the continent, and some forty castles and fortresses, built over a period of a thousand years, defended and controlled the waterway through the centuries. Many are still visible on the hilltops along the river, as well as vineyards and dozens of small picturesque towns. Come and experience the rich history, culture and cuisine of the region as we explore the heart of the Rhine Valley with no overnight travel.
Three-star hotel by the Rhine
Our three-star hotel is located on the Rhine in the traditional town of Boppard where historic castles, Roman ruins, and verdant vineyards combine to complement one of the regionís prettiest centres.
Located within the area of the Rhine Valley that has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, our comfortable three-star hotel serves as an excellent base from which to explore the region. At the end of each day, we will join together for an interesting Bible talk.
We will also have the opportunity to enjoy our optional excursion package, which takes us to see the highlights of the area in our own luxury double-deck coach: Koblenz, Cologne, Cochem, plus a boat ride on the river.
Enjoying a leisurely cruise
Perhaps the best way to experience the Rhine valley is from the river itself. As you cruise along on a river steamer, youíll have the opportunity to admire the beauty of the area, looking out for the numerous castles and fortresses that mark the hills along the valley. Weíll also pass by the rock of Lorelei, a prominent landmark in local lore and legend.
Cable car to the fortress
Sitting at the point of confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers, Koblenz has been a strategic settlement since ancient times. Enjoy the panoramic views as we take the Koblenz cable car over the Rhine and up to the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. Youíll be able to explore the second-largest preserved fortress in Europe, which has stood for more than a thousand years, and enjoy the view from its vantage point over the valley.
Vibrant new and old in Cologne
The city of Cologne has origins going back thousands of years. However, after much of the city was destroyed in World War II, the city was rebuilt to become the exciting and unique combination of old and new that it is today.
Visit one or two of the many world-class museums and galleries in the city, wander the rustic and charming alleyways of the Old Town, or take advantage of the best of the local cuisine; there are endless things to do and discover! Donít forget to visit the famous Cologne Cathedral; you wonít be able to miss its iconic spires rising high above the heart of the city.
Among the Moselle’s vineyards
We will also make a trip along the Moselle river to the town of Cochem. Nestled in the valley of one of the countryís main wine-growing regions, the vibrant green hills surrounding the town make the perfect background for Reichsburg Cochem, an 11th-century hilltop castle restored in the 1870s in the romantic and enchanting style popular in Germany at the time. As you stroll past squares lined by picturesque half-timbered buildings, you might also spot Cochemís three remaining medieval town gates.
Join us as we take in the beauty and history of this stunning region.