Konigswinter's Fairytale Castle, Cologne and the Ahr Valley

                                5-days Coach Holidays
Departing                                July - August 2018
From                                  £319.00* per person
* Price shown: 26 July 2018
Konigswinter's Fairytale Castle, Cologne and the Ahr Valley
A delightful summertime break in Germany

This wonderful, five-day holiday reveals exquisite Rhineland scenery and a pair of historic German cities. Explore the ancient spa city of Aachen, travel over the vineyard-covered slopes of the Ahr Valley, take a scenic train ride to breathtaking Drachenburg Castle and tour the ancient, cobbled streets of Cologne's charming old town.

What The Price Includes
  • Visit with entrance to Schloss Drachenburg Castle, Konigswinter
  • A return journey on the Drachenfels cog railway
  • Visits to Aachen and Cologne
  • A ride on Cologne's 'Bimmelbahn' Road Train
  • Scenic tour of the Ahr Valley
  • Four nights' bed and buffet breakfast in the four-star Amber Hotel, Hilden
  • Coach travel throughout
  • Return Channel crossings
  • The services of a friendly Tour Manager

Single rooms are available for a supplement 

Itinerary

Day One: 

Travel to Germany


Join our coach at your chosen pick-up point this morning for our Channel crossing to France and the onward journey to Germany. We should arrive at our hotel during the early evening.


Day Two:


Visit historic Aachen


Today's journey takes us to Aachen, an ancient spa city sometimes referred to as the Spa of the Kings due to the 'healing' powers of the Elisa Fountain's steaming spa-waters. See the city's impressive, UNESCO-listed cathedral and head to a cafe to taste the local culinary delicacy known as Printen: a hard, spicy biscuit.


Day Three: 


Explore the Ahr Valley and Konigswinter


Enjoy a morning of exquisite scenery as we take a journey through the picturesque Ahr Valley, where pretty spa towns nestle amid the rolling vineyards. After the tour we'll continue to Konigswinter for a ride on the Drachenfels cog railway to majestic, multi-turreted Drachenburg Castle. Disembark to explore the castle's grandiose living and reception rooms, and enjoy a stroll in the grounds to marvel at the beautiful views over the Rhine.


Day Four:


See the sights of Cologne


Today we take a day trip to Cologne. We'll start the day with a guided tour on the 'Bimmelbahn' Road Train, which offers the perfect introduction to the city's key sights; see the twin-spired Gothic cathedral and the cobbled streets of the altstadt, which is packed with cafes, bars and cake shops selling mouth-watering treats. After the tour, explore at leisure and enjoy an early evening meal (payable locally) before returning to the hotel for a final evening.


Day Five: 


Travel back to the UK


After breakfast, board the coach for the return journey to the UK. We'll cross the channel during the mid afternoon and should arrive back in your local area during the mid-to-late evening.

Further Information


Itinerary changes

Each day's itinerary is subject to small changes at the Tour Manager's discretion. Due to the extensive itinerary on this tour, we regret that we are not able to accommodate individual requests for visits en route.


Appropriate footwear

We strongly recommend that comfortable walking shoes be worn during the excursions on this holiday.


Coach seating arrangements

Your seats on the main coach will be allocated for you in advance, taking into consideration any special requests wherever possible. Your Tour Manager or driver will advise you where to sit as you board the coach. This will be your seat for the duration of the tour. (Seats are not allocated on any connecting services to and from the main coach.)


Joining your holiday

Your final travel documents, including the exact time and place of departure, will be sent to you approximately 7 days prior to departure, providing all payments have been made. We are unable to give exact departure times before this.


Meal arrangements

Where meals are not included, your Tour Manager will ensure there are suitable stops made for you to purchase and enjoy lunch and/or dinner each day.


Triple rooms

The majority of these consist of a double bed and an extra bed that is often only suitable for children. If this is a concern, you may wish to consider booking more than one room for your group.


Special requirements

If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.


Disabled access

The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made. The nature of the terrain on this tour means that those with walking difficulties may find parts of the tour difficult.


Channel crossings

Where possible, we will cross the Channel by ferry at the beginning and end of your holiday. However, we reserve the right to substitute crossings by Eurotunnel when necessary.


Foreign Office travel advice

Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.


Hotel information

Amber Hotel ★★★★

Amber Hotel ★★★★
Located next to the pedestrianised area in Hilden city centre, the four-star Amber Hotel is the perfect springboard for exploring the Rhineland.
Facilities & Amenities

Facilities include a bar, a restaurant serving a range of regional and international dishes, a winter garden and a beer garden for summertime drinks. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel, and there is also a business corner with internet access.

Rooms
Each room has a telephone, TV, free Wi-Fi, a private bathroom with a shower and WC, a hairdryer and a mini-bar.
We reserve the right to accommodate you in another hotel of the same category in the area. Should this be necessary, you will be advised of your allocated hotel when you receive your Joining Instructions and Itinerary. 
Departure Details 
 Departure countyPick-up points
BedfordshireBedford, Leighton Buzzard, Luton, Toddington Services M1
BerkshireBracknell, Chieveley Services M4, Maidenhead, Newbury, Reading, Slough, Windsor, Wokingham
BristolBristol
BuckinghamshireAmersham, Aylesbury, Beaconsfield, Chalfont St Peter, High Wycombe, Milton Keynes
CambridgeshireCambridge, Ely, Huntingdon, Peterborough, St Neots, Wisbech
CornwallBodmin, Launceston, Liskeard, Newquay, Penzance, Redruth, Saltash, St Austell, Truro
DerbyshireAshbourne, Derby, Ilkeston
DevonBarnstaple, Bideford, Dawlish, Exeter, Exeter Services M5, Exmouth, Honiton, Ilfracombe, Ivybridge, Newton Abbot, Okehampton, Paignton, Plymouth, Sidmouth, Tavistock, Tiverton, Torquay, Totnes
DorsetBlandford Forum, Bournemouth, Bridport, Christchurch, Dorchester, Ferndown, Poole, Shaftesbury, Sherborne, Weymouth, Wimborne Minster
DyfedCarmarthen, Haverfordwest, Llanelli
East SussexBexhill On Sea, Brighton, Eastbourne, Hastings, Lewes, Newhaven
East Riding Of YorkshireHull
EssexBarking, Basildon, Billericay, Braintree, Brentwood, Benfleet (replacement for Canvey Island), Chelmsford, Clacton On Sea, Colchester, Grays, Harlow, Romford, Saffron Walden, Southend On Sea, Thurrock Services M25, Witham
GloucestershireCheltenham, Cirencester, Dursley, Gloucester, Michaelwood Services M5, Stroud, Tewkesbury
GwentAbergavenny, Chepstow, Cwmbran, Magor Services M4, Newport, Pontypool
HampshireAldershot, Alton, Andover, Basingstoke, Cosham, Eastleigh, Fareham, Farnborough, Fleet Services M3, Fordingbridge, Havant, Petersfield, Portsmouth, Ringwood, Rownhams Services M27, Southampton, Totton And Eling, Waterlooville, Winchester, Winchester Services M3
HerefordshireHereford, Ross On Wye
HertfordshireBarnet, Birchanger Green Services M11, Bishops Stortford, Hemel Hempstead, Hertford, Hitchin, Letchworth, South Mimms Services A1 M, St Albans, Stevenage, Waltham Cross, Watford, Welwyn Garden City
KentAshford, Bexleyheath, Bromley, Canterbury, Chatham, Dartford, Deal, Dover, Folkestone, Gillingham, Gravesend, Herne Bay, Maidstone, Maidstone Services M20, Margate, Orpington, Ramsgate, Rochester, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Saltwood Services M20, Sevenoaks, Sheerness, Sittingbourne, Swanley, Tonbridge
LeicestershireCoalville, Donington Park Services M1, Hinckley, Leicester, Leicester Forest Services M1, Loughborough, Market Harborough, Melton Mowbray
LincolnshireBoston, Grantham, Grantham Services A1, Lincoln, Louth, Skegness, Sleaford, Spalding, Stamford
LondonCamberwell, Ealing, Eltham, Lewisham, Streatham, Wimbledon, Woolwich
Mid GlamorganAberdare, Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil, Pontypridd, Sarn Services M4, Swansea
MiddlesexEnfield, Feltham, Harrow, Hendon, Hounslow, Ruislip, Uxbridge, Wembley
NorfolkDereham, Downham Market, Fakenham, Great Yarmouth, Kings Lynn, Norwich, Thetford, Wymondham
NorthamptonshireCorby, Kettering, Northampton, Rushden, Wellingborough
NottinghamshireHucknall, Mansfield, Newark, Nottingham, Sutton In Ashfield
OxfordshireAbingdon, Banbury, Bicester, Didcot, Oxford, Oxford Services M40, Witney
South GlamorganCardiff, Cardiff West Services M4
ShropshireBridgnorth, Shrewsbury, Telford
SomersetBath, Bridgwater, Bridgwater Services M5, Clevedon, Frome, Glastonbury, Gordano Services M5, Shepton Mallet, Taunton, Weston Super Mare, Yeovil
StaffordshireBurton Upon Trent, Cannock, Hanley, Leek, Lichfield, Newcastle Under Lyme, Stafford, Stoke On Trent, Tamworth, Uttoxeter
SuffolkBury St Edmunds, Ipswich, Lowestoft, Newmarket, Stowmarket, Sudbury
SurreyCamberley, Croydon, Dorking, Epsom, Farnham, Godalming, Guildford, Kingston Upon Thames, Leatherhead, Redhill, Reigate, Staines, Sutton, Walton On Thames, Weybridge, Woking, Worcester Park
West MidlandsBirmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Halesowen, Solihull, Stourbridge, Sutton Coldfield, Walsall, West Bromwich, Wolverhampton
West SussexBognor Regis, Burgess Hill, Chichester, Crawley, East Grinstead, Haywards Heath, Horsham, Midhurst, Pease Pottage Services A23 M23, Worthing
WarwickshireLeamington Spa, Nuneaton, Rugby, Stratford Upon Avon, Warwick, Warwick Services M40
West GlamorganNeath, Port Talbot
WiltshireAmesbury, Chippenham, Leigh Delamere Services M4, Salisbury, Swindon, Trowbridge
WorcestershireBromsgrove, Droitwich Spa, Evesham, Hopwood Services M42, Kidderminster, Malvern Link, Redditch, Worcester

  

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Special Rates for Groups.  Extra dates may be added, 

We can organise Private Group visits for parties of 45 or more.

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