Harz Mountains & Rhine Gorge
We explore the half-timbered villages and stunning peaks of the Harz Mountains by heritage railway before visiting the stunning Rhine Gorge, where the legendary Lorelei Rock still casts its spell.
Discover two of Germany's most picturesque regions on this fantastic two-centre holiday. We explore the half-timbered villages and stunning peaks of the Harz Mountains by heritage railway before visiting the stunning Rhine Gorge, where the legendary Lorelei Rock still casts its spell.
Highlights and Inclusions
- First & Standard Class Rail
- Eurostar Standard Premier
- Scenic rail excursion on the Brocken Railroad
- Journey on the Selketal Railroad
- 9 nights hotel accommodations
- 15 meals, including 9 breakfasts and 6 dinners
- Selected Departures Guaranteed
- Rhine cruise
Day 1 - Cologne
Our journey to Germany begins at our dedicated Departure Office in St Pancras, where we board the Eurostar to Brussels. Sit back in your comfortable Standard Premier Class seat and enjoy a light meal and drinks before our arrival in the Belgian capital. Our journey continues by high-speed rail in First Class to Cologne for an overnight stay. (D)
Day 2 - The Harz Mountains
Today we continue across Germany by high-speed rail, traveling in First Class to Hanover. Here, we meet our coach which takes us on a journey through the brooding Harz Mountains. The low-lying mountains surround a rivercarved landscape, where rushing streams wind through the rich green forests, and rugged rocky outcrops rise up towards the towering mountain peaks above.
We stop in the foothills of the mountains to visit the scenic town of Goslar, a UNESCO World Heritage destination where intricate carvings adorn the front of picturesque timbered houses. Leaving Goslar, we continue to Wernigerode, a similarly attractive town which sits nicely within the dark green scenery of the picturesque Harz region.
Wernigerode was formerly the capital of the medieval County of Wernigerode, following the Napoleonic Wars it became part of Saxony. We spend four nights at the HKK Hotel Wernigerode. (B, D)
Day 3 - Brocken Railroad
This morning we begin a full-day excursion on the narrow forests and crystal-clear lakes of the Harz Mountain region creating a terrain ideally suited to narrow-gauge railroads. The terrific Brocken Railroad connects the small towns and villages of the Harz region. Today's journey takes us through the vast pine forests in the foothills of the mountains, steam from the train evaporating into the tree tops. We climb steep inclines, the mighty engine straining to tackle the gradient, as we make our way to Brocken, the highest mountain in the Harz region at over 3,700 feet (1,128 metres). After some free time for lunch and to enjoy the views, we return by train to Wernigerode. (B, D)
Day 4 - Quedlinburg & the Selketal Railroad
Today we travel by coach to Alexisbad in order to board the excellent Selketal Railroad to Gernrode. This charming train makes its way through the dense forests and past the gentle streams, granting special views of mysterious fairytale landscapes.
On arrival into Gernrode, we continue by coach to beautiful Quedlinburg, a gorgeous town with a delightful, peaceful Romanesque church and incredibly well preserved red-roofed houses that give the town the feel of a model village, as if it were created from children's toy bricks.
Burgberg - 'castle mountain' - is a 10th century stronghold that looms imposingly over the town. Quedlinburg's rambling, haphazard street plan leads you through charming streets lined with more than 1,600 timber-framed buildings. On one street, Wordgasse, there is a building reputed to be the oldest timber-framed house in Germany. (B, D)
Day 5 - At leisure in Wernigerode
Explore Wernigerode at leisure. With elaborate halftimbered buildings, simply strolling through the steep narrow streets of the town provides a feast for the eyes, not to mention the impressive Wernigerode Castle and the charming medieval Town Hall. (B)
Day 6 - Wernigerode to Assmannhausen
Bidding farewell to the peaceful Harz mountains, take a short coach transfer to Hildesheim where we join the train in Standard Class to Frankfurt. We then continue to Assmannshausen to check into our hotel the 4-Star Hotel Alte Bauernschaenke. (B, D)
Day 7 - Romantic Rhine Gorge
Today we enjoy a short walk to the riverside and board a boat for the journey along the River Rhine, through the prettiest and most celebrated section of the Rhine Gorge. Ancient castles peer from the top of the green banks, as we pass below. We arrive in the attractive riverside resort of St Goar We enjoy free time here and a chance to sample the fantastic local wines and enjoy a stroll through the charming town center. We then rejoin the cruise back upstream to Assmannhausen. (B)
Day 8 - A day at leisure in Assmannhausen
Today is free for you to explore Assmannhausen at your leisure. (B)
Day 9 - Rüdesheim
Today we visit charming Rüdesheim, famous for its excellent viticulture, for a visit to a winery which includes tastings. (B, D)
Day 10 - Assmannhausen to London
We travel by coach through the Rhine Valley to Cologne. Here, we board the high speed train to Brussels, then connecting with the Eurostar service to St Pancras International. (B)
Train and Hotel Accommodations
HKK Hotel Wernigerode, Wernigerode
In Wernigerode we stay at the 4-Star HKK Hotel Wernigerode, located close to the railroad station and within walking distance of the quaint Old Town and marketplace. From here the narrow-gauge railroad network, Harzer Schmalspurbahnen is just a short walk away. The hotel's facilities include a restaurant, bistro, three bars, sauna, steam room, whirlpool and fitness equipment. The modern rooms feature a telephone, television, radio and a hairdryer.
Alte Bauernschänke, Assmannshausen
Our hotel in Assmannshausen is the family owned 3-Star superior Alte Bauernschänke, which celebrated its 600th anniversary in 2008. Originally a wine tavern dating from the 15th century, this half-timbered hotel stands in the center of the village. The Berg family has owned the Bauernschänke for three generations. Their other passion is the excellent red wine, which they produce in the family's local vineyards. Hotel facilities include two restaurants and two bars. The rooms are individually decorated and feature a television, telephone and safe.
The Brocken is the highest peak in the Harz Mountain range located in central Germany. A branch railroad line connecting the Brocken to the Harz Mountains' existing narrow-gauge railroad was proposed in 1869, but it was not until 1899 that the eighty-kilometre track was declared operational.
Damaged as a result of bombing and mortar fire in the Second World War, the Brocken Railroad was reopened following repair in 1949, but during the subsequent division of Germany into East and West the Brocken became a military base, its railroad used only for the transportation of supplies.
It was only after the historic reunification of Germany in 1990 that the train was returned to public use, and since 1992 passengers have once again able to make the spectacular rail journey, hauled by steam locomotive, to the summit of Brocken where they are rewarded with breath-taking panoramic views of the Harz Mountains National Park before them.
The high speed Eurostar trains link St Pancreas in London with Paris and Lille in France as well as Brussels in Belgium.
Eurostar's Standard Class coaches feature two seats on either side of the central aisle, most of which is arranged in an 'airline' seating configuration with drop down tray tables. There are two tables for four per carriage. Passengers traveling in Eurostar Standard Class coaches can take advantage of the Bar-Buffet which sells a range of snacks, meals, hot and cold drinks - including Champagne!
The highest class of Eurostar travel available for leisure customers is Standard Premier Class. In your dedicated Standard Premier carriage you'll find a less dense seat configuration, meaning the seats are larger and you have ample space to relax and stretch out. As part of the service you'll enjoy complimentary drinks and refreshments, served at your seat by friendly, helpful waiting staff.
For the class of travel used on your chosen tour, please refer to the 'What's Included' section of the tour page.
Named after the famous British express service, InterCity trains are long-distance services operating in a variety of different countries, such as Germany, Switzerland and Austria. InterCity trains are distinct from Inter City Express (ICE) and EuroCity services in that they operate on domestic routes within country borders.
Selke Valley Railroad
This quaint railroad is arguably the region's best-kept secret. The route ascends into the Harz Mountains through a varied landscape. This metre-gauge railroad was dismantled by the Soviets at the end of World War II, but was then subsequently rebuilt as far as Gernrode in the post-war years. With reunification the Selke Valley Railroad, or Selketalbahn, was acquired by the Harz Mountain Railroads and the line finally extended to Quedlinburg, allowing greater tourist access to this nostalgic journey through dense forests and mountains.
Thalys is a brand co-owned by German, Dutch, French and Belgian state railroads, and runs rail services linking Paris and Brussels with Amsterdam or Cologne. The trains are similar in design to French TGVs and can reach up to 190mph (305km/h) when traveling on dedicated high speed lines.
Comfort 1 (First Class) passengers benefit from spacious seating and are usually served complimentary light refreshments once underway. Both Comfort 1 and Comfort 2 (Standard Class) passengers have access to the Thalys Bar, which serves a selection of snacks, meals and hot and cold drinks during most journeys.
Dates & Prices
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|6th May 2020||$2,385||Book Now|
|3rd June 2020||$2,455||Book Now|
|15th July 2020||$2,425||Book Now|
|9th September 2020||$2,455||Book Now|
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: Departs 6th May 2020 ($2,385), 3rd June 2020 ($2,455), 15th July 2020 ($2,425), 9th September 2020 ($2,455)
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