Koblenz and Three River Valleys

with Tony Pragnell, including Classical Mechelen

Tuesday 25th - Sunday 30th July 2017


6 days

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We welcome back Tour Guide Tony Pragnell for this short holiday to a popular and beautiful region of Germany, combining the redwine growing valley of the Ahr, therugged Rhine Gorge and the gentle Mosel. As host city to the recent BUGA Garden Festival, Koblenz has been transformed into a handsome riverside town, with colourful gardens, promenade, a new cable car to the castle across the River, and a network of charming lanes and tiny squares in the Old Town. The Rhine and the Mosel meet at Deutches Eck, just a gentle stroll from our hotel, and the Ahr flows intothe Rhine a short drive away, making it easy to incorporate all three rivers into our itinerary.

Your Holiday Hotel

First night at the Novotel in Mechelen, followed by four nights at the modern, stylish 4-star Mercure Koblenz. The Hotel sits alongside the Rhine, with Ehrenbreitstein Castle on the opposite bank. Delicious breakfasts each day, buffet dinners included on three of the four evenings there, with one evening left at leisure to enjoy delicious local cuisine in old Koblenz. The Hotel has a lift.


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(DAY 1) Tuesday 25th July

Ferry crossing Dover to Calais and then into Belgium, arriving at the excellent Novotel Mechelen Centre late afternoon. Dining out is a pleasure here, as this charming and historic little city is full of cafes and restaurants. A table outside on a summer’s evening by the water, or in the shadow of St. Rombout’s Cathedral, or in the delightful setting on the ornate square known as Grote Market.

(DAY 2) Wednesday 26th July

Having left Mechelen after breakfast we are at leisure in Koblenz later this afternoon, enjoying the Rhine views, perhaps a ride up and over the river by cable car to the huge Ehrenbreitstein Castle, or a stroll to Deutches Eck. Dinner is included at our hotel this evening.

(DAY 3) Thursday 27th July

Over the Hunsruck Hills and down to the Mosel. We visit Andreas Schlagkamp-Desoye, one of the most respected wine producers in the region. We will be treated to an informative and amusing talk in his cellars, tasting room and Museum of Viniculture. Various Mosel wines will be sampled and you can buy inexpensively and load the coach! Photostop and lunchtime in Beilstein, one of the prettiest of the Mosel villages, and then some time in Cochem, with chairlift, castle, river-boats, cafes and restaurants. Dinner is included at the Hotel this evening.

(DAY 4) Friday 28th July

Today we follow the Red Wine Route alongside the River Ahr, intoa landscape of old castles, craggy rocks, forests and terraced vines. We have a wine-tasting arranged, and then lunchtime in the medieval walled town of Ahrweiler. A real beauty! Later in Koblenz we are free to dine out this evening. Try the Weindorf, tucked between our Hotel and the River. This traditional wine village comprises a courtyard of timbered houses with a great summer atmosphere.

(DAY 5) Saturday 29th July

A scenic 40-mile drive along the banks of the Rhine, with 25castles, rugged scenery and blankets of vines. We divert to the Lorelei Rock, a magnificent viewpoint, and then to Rudesheim at the end of the Rhine Gorge. We visit Asbach Brandy Visitor Centre, and there will be time for lunch and a visit to the Drosselgasse. You might like to take a chairlift over the vines to the Niederwald Monument, visit Siegfried’s Music Museum, or tour the town and its leafy vineyard slopes by road-train. If we have a nice sunny day you can choose to cruise part of the way back, taking a boat along the most scenic part of the Rhine from Rudesheim to St. Goar. Dinner at the Hotel thisevening.

(DAY 6) Sunday 30th July

We drive back to Calais for our afternoon Eurotunnel crossing then return to Sussex to meet the waiting taxis.