Late Spring by the River
Enjoy the natural beauty of both the Mosel and Rhine rivers on this nineteen night late Spring tour. Our tour begins in Luxembourg where we will have the opportunity to visit the city for a day before making our way to our first stop on the Mosel River at Trier.
From Trier we will follow the course of the Mosel to Bernkastel-Kues and then onwards to Koblenz. Along the way we will pass by the many vineyards and beautiful villages which border the river. When we reach Koblenz our campsite is located directly at the confluence of the Mosel and the Rhine.
After spending some time in Koblenz we will make a small deviation to the beautiful old town of Limburg an der Lahn before continuing our journey to Strasbourg the European Capital. Strasbourg is the capital and principal city of the Alsace region and is the official seat of the European Parliament. Strasbourg’s historic city centre, the Grande Ile (Grand Island) was classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988.
Our final stop will be on the Rhine at Rüdesheim am Rhein where we will have time to explore this charming town, and sample the local wines and culinary treats. During our stay in Rüdesheim we will have a coach excursion to Wiesbaden and the famous Eberbach Monastery. Our Farewell Dinner will take place in a local restaurant
Day 1 – Friday 13th May
The tour begins here in Luxembourg. You should aim to reach the campsite during the afternoon and in the evening we will all meet at the Tour Director’s van for welcome drinks, introductions and a tour briefing.
Day 2 – Saturday 14th May
Today we have a free day. Luxembourg City can be easily reached from the campsite using the nearby public transport and you should take the opportunity to visit the city.
Day 3 – Sunday 15th May
Today we will travel to Trier and our first campsite on the banks of the Mosel River. Trier is Germany’s oldest city and the birthplace of Karl Marx. During the 1st Century BC Trier became the centre of power for the Western Roman Empire. It is possible to reach the town centre on foot via the footpath which borders the river or alternatively there is public transport available nearby. 35 Miles
Day 4 – Monday 16th May
This morning we will be taken into town to the Porta Nigra – the magnificent 2nd Century City Gate, where we will meet our guide who will take us on a walking tour of the city focusing principally on its Roman legacy including the Imperial Baths and Amphitheatre. After our guided tour there will be free time for lunch, sightseeing or shopping before returning in your own time to the campsite.
Day 5 – Tuesday 17th May
It is only a short distance to our next campsite at Bernkastel-Kues. We will follow the meandering course of the Mosel to our destination. There will be ample time to stop off at one or more of the charming wine villages which abound the route. The campsite is located just on the outskirts of town and is surrounded on two sides by the Mosel. 27 Miles
Day 6 – Wednesday 18th May
We will be collected this morning, from the campsite, by an “Open Vintage Tourist Bus” for a journey up through the steep vineyard slopes to the castle ruins which overlook the town. Once we reach the castle we will have time for exploration and photographs before continuing our journey back through the vineyards and into town. Once back in town, there will be some free time before we meet for lunch in a restaurant located in the heart of the town. After lunch more free time followed by a “Wine Tasting” in one of the town’s prestigious cellars. You may then continue sightseeing before making your own way back to the campsite – approx. 2km of level walking, or you may choose to take a taxi
Day 7 – Thursday 19th May
Today is a free day and you may choose to stay on the campsite and relax, walk back into town for further exploration, take a river trip or if you are a cyclist, explore the surrounding area with its many miles of flat, easy and safe cycle toutes
Day 8 – Friday 20th May
We drive to our next location at Koblenz once again following the meandering course of the Mosel. As you make this journey you will be surrounded by vineyards clinging to the steep slopes leading down to the river edge. 77 Miles
Day 9 – Saturday 21st May
This morning we will take the passenger ferry across to the “Deutsches Eck” (German Corner) where we will meet our guide for a morning tour of the most important parts of the city. Lunch in a local restaurant is provided. The afternoon is free for you to further explore the city.
Day 10 – Sunday 22nd May
Join our Tour Director’s this morning for a visit to the “Ehrenbreitstein Fortress” with its amazing views over the city and its wonderful exhibitions and events. You will travel over the Rhine on the BUGA cable car, built as an attraction and an environmentally friendly means of transport specifically for the “Bundesgartenschau 2011” (Federal Horticultural Show 2011). After our visit to the fortress you will be free to explore the area before returning by cable car to the city and our campsite in your own time.
Day 11 – Monday 23rd May
Travel to Limburg today. Our campsite is located within easy walking distance of the town centre and boasts its own restaurant should you wish to give the ‘chef’ a night off. 35 Miles
Day 12 – Tuesday 24th May
A free day today -Take a short stroll along the banks of the Lahn into the historic town centre and enjoy the interesting architecture and the many “Timbered” buildings. Visit the amazing Castle and Cathedral or stop at one of the numerous pavement cafes/bars/ restaurants. This evening the Tour Directors will hold a “Cheese and Wine Evening” at their pitch so we can all enjoy some local produce.
Day 13 – Wednesday 25th May
Our journey today will take us to our campsite at Strasbourg. The campsite is located within 3km of the historic centre of the city and public transport is available from outside the campsite entrance. 165 Miles
Day 14 – Thursday 26th May
This morning we will make our way into town using public transport, tickets provided, and meet our guide for a tour of the historic part of the city. After this tour we will have lunch in a restaurant located in the Petite France area and later there will be free time for further sightseeing and exploration
Day 15 – Friday 27th May
A free day enabling you to relax on-site and catch up with some chores or use the excellent public transport to make your way back into the city for further sightseeing or shopping
Day 16 – Saturday 28th May
This morning we will have some free time before making our way into town and the “Quai Des Pecheurs” where we will board a River Boat for a lunchtime cruise around the historic city centre. After our cruise there will be the opportunity for that final bit of sightseeing in this wonderful city before returning in your own time to the campsite.
Day 17 – Sunday 29th May
Today we drive to Rüdesheim located on the banks of the Rhine. 125 Miles
Day 18 – Monday 30th May
This morning we will have a coach excursion, with an English Speaking Guide to Wiesbaden, after which there will be some free time for lunch, shopping or exploration before we re-join our coach for our afternoon visit to the famous Eberbach Monastery.
Day 19 – Tuesday 31st May
A free day today – Rüdesheim is a town that offers many opportunities for the tourist. You could take a cable car ride from Rüdesheim up to the Germania monument, a walk from the Germania monument to the Jagdschloss Niederwald Hotel where you can take a chair lift ride down to Assmannshausen and a riverboat tour back to Rüdesheim. You should also consider a visit to “Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet Museum which houses an amazing collection of over 350 musical instruments. The Tour Director’s will be able to advise you on the various options thus ensuring that you enjoy your day to the full. In the evening we will walk into town for our Farewell Dinner in one of the restaurants in the famous Drosselgasse. The wine will flow and we will have time to look back at the enjoyable time we have had together.
Day 20 – Wednesday 1st June
Motorhome with 2 people = £000 per person
Motorhome with 1 person = £0000
INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
- 19 Campsite nights with hook-up
- Transport for Excursions/Events where required
- Entrance fee’s on Excursions/Events as per the itinerary
- Tour Information Pack with suggested routes + GPS co-ordinates
- Services of Tour Directors throughout the tour travelling in their own motorhome
Excursions/Events & Meals
- Welcome Drinks Reception
- Morning Guided Tour of Trier
- Excursion by Open Vintage Tourist Bus to the Castle Bernkastel
- Lunch and a Wine Taisting in Bernkastel
- Guided Tour of Koblenz with Lunch
- Cable Car ride to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress and visit to exhibition
- Cheese and Wine Evening in Limburg
- Morning Guided Tour of Strasbourg with Lunch
- Lunchtime River Cruise in Strasbourg, including Lunch
- Coach Excursion to Wiesbaden and Eberbach Monastery
- Group Dinner in the Drosselgasse
This tour will start in Luxembourg, but if you would like to travel on the outward journey with the Tour Director+s, please book the optional tour package so that everything can be arranged on your behalf
OPTIONAL EXTRA PACKAGE
- Return Dover/Calais Ferry with 60 day Flexible Ticket + Club Class Lounge
- Camping stops in Kent & France with electric hook-up
- Tour information pack with suggested routes + GPS co-ordinates
- Services of experienced Tour Directors travelling in their own motorhome
OPTIONAL PACKAGE PRICE
Motorhome with 2 people = £000 per person
Motorhome with 1 person = £000