Walking the Rhine Valley Wine Trail

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22 Apr 2020 - 5 Oct 2020
Duration: 6 days
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Historic railways, rambles and red wine! There’s no better way to explore the beautiful Rhine Valley. Relax to the train’s rhythm as we journey on the Kasbachtalbahn and nostalgic Vulkan Express. Enjoy visits to medieval Rheinstein Castle and picture-perfect Rüdesheim. Walking trails along the picturesque bank of the river, through the dense Niederwald and Trasshöhlen caves take us up-close to wonderful nature. We’ll then follow the bunches of grapes painted on posts and trees, tasting the wine on the Rotweinwanderweg.


  • Return Eurostar from London to Brussels
  • Return rail from Brussels to Cologne and connecting rail journey to Remagen
  • Five nights’ half board accommodation in Remagen
  • Packed lunch on all four walking days
  • Local rail & boat transfers for our excursions
  • Services of an experienced local walking guide and Tour Manager

Your rail journeys:

  • Journey on the historic Vulkan Express
  • Enjoy a trip on the Kasbachtalbahn railway

Your guided walks:

  • Visit Rüdesheim and walk the ‘Romantic Way’
  • Walk the Trasshöhlen Way
  • Indulge in some wine tasting along the ‘Red Wine Trail’ in the scenic Ahr Valley
  • Follow the picturesque River Rhine trail

Day 1: London – Remagen

We take the Eurostar service from London to Brussels where we join the high-speed rail service to Cologne. Our journey continues on the local train to Remagen where we’ll check in to our hotel for a five-night stay. Enjoy a welcome drink this evening before dinner in our hotel.

Day 2: Vulkan Express & Trasshöhlen Walk

Today we take the local train to Brohl and board the Vulkan Express for a nostalgic ride on this privately-owned, narrow-gauge train. Our journey, through one of the most scenic valleys on the Rhine, takes us past castles, across viaducts and through a tunnel as we climb into the Eifel Mountains. We alight in Engeln and take a connecting train to Burgbrohl for the first of our walks. Along the picturesque Trasshöhlen trail the incredible Trass Caves were formed when rubble and ash from volcanic eruptions solidified over the decades and was then shaped by mining expeditions. We see the Tonnissteiner mineral springs before reaching Brohl where we take the train to Remagen and enjoy a leisurely dinner.

Moderate walk: Duration: approx. 3 hours, distance: approx. 6.2 miles. Terrain: Unpaved tracks and forest trails.

Day 3: Rüdesheim’s Romantic Way

Rüdesheim am Rhein is one of Germany’s most prolific and scenic wine regions. Today’s walk through the beautiful Niederwald promises wonderful views over the dazzling Rhine Valley. From the small village of Assmannshausen we take the unpaved road leading up into the wooded area and follow a meandering trail stopping where the dense forest opens up to reveal spectacular vistas. Enjoy the incredible view across Bingen Loch from Rössel Tower, which marks Niederwald’s highest point. Our walk finishes at Niedrwalddenkmal Monument, built to commemorate the unification of Germany. We return to the quaint wine town of Rüdesheim and enjoy time at leisure before taking a local boat ride on this picturesque part of the river. Rheinstein Castle perches high on a rocky ridge and a short, steep climb takes us to the drawbridge and entrance to the imposing fortress. Enjoy a relaxing evening with dinner in our hotel.

Moderate walk: Duration: approx. 3 hours, distance: approx. 5.6 miles. Terrain: Mostly flat with a short, steep climb into the forest.

Day 4: River Rhine Trail to Linz & the Kasbachtalbahn Railway

Enjoy the enchanting scenery on today’s walk, which follows the River Rhine Trail, passing the iconic bridge at Remagen, before reaching Kripp where we take a ferry to the colourful little town of Linz am Rhein. Here we board the heritage diesel Kasbachtalbahn railway for a short scenic journey on one of the steepest tracks in Germany. We alight in Kalenborn and take a trail through the forest to the Old Brewery. Our walk continues to Rheinsteig and on to Erpel with a stop at the Erpeler Lay viewpoint to enjoy magnificent views of the Rhine and our surroundings. Dinner is served in our hotel this evening.

Moderate walk: Duration: approx. 4 hours, distance: approx. 7.5 miles. Terrain: Mostly flat, downhill through the forest with some short, steep climbs.

Day 5: The Red Wine Trail

The Ahr Valley, one of Germany’s smallest wine-growing regions, is a wonderfully peaceful pocket of greenery. Our final walk from Rech takes us along part of the famous Rotweinwanderweg, or ‘Red Wine Trail’. This well-trodden path takes us through wide sloping hillsides filled with perfectly-manicured vineyards and past whitewashed villages. In the wine village of Mayschoss, home to one of the world’s oldest wine-growing co-operatives, we’ll enjoy a tour of the cellars and taste some of the region’s wines. Our walk continues to Altenahr from where we take the train to Remagen and enjoy a farewell dinner in our hotel.

Easy walk: Duration: approx 4 hours, distance: approx 7.5 miles. Terrain: Easy walking on mainly flat natural paths.

Day 6: Remagen – London

This morning we depart our hotel and retrace our route to Brussels where we join the Eurostar for our return journey to London.

Please note: Due to train timetables the itinerary running order may vary

What walking equipment will I need?

All of our walks are of an easy-moderate nature and therefore we recommend that you have a reasonable level of fitness for our Off the Beaten Tracks range of holidays. It is also important to ensure you bring the right equipment with you and for our walking tours we would recommend:

  • A pair of good quality walking boots
  • Weather appropriate clothing – including layers
  • A comfortable rucksack
  • A water bottle
  • Walking poles (not essential but can aid climbs and descents)


    Outward Journey

      Departs London 08.55
      Arrives Remagen 16.47

    Return Journey

      Departs Remagen 10.24
      Arrives London 18.06

Hotel Pinger, Remagen

This 3-star hotel is owned by the Pinger family, who have been running hotels in the area since 1938. Conveniently located close to the railway station and town centre, the hotel’s comfortable en-suite rooms have a TV and telephone. Hotel facilities include a restaurant, coffee shop, bar and outside seating area. The hotel has a lift.