DAY 1 • High speed to Aachen
Lunchtime departure from London St. Pancras via the Channel
Tunnel and Brussels to Aachen for an overnight stay.
DAY 2 • Aachen and the Eiffel
Aachen (the Belgians call it Aix La Chapelle) is on the border between
the two countries and consequently has a long history as a gateway
city. Free morning to explore the traffic free city centre with its
imposing cathedral and public buildings before taking a train to
Cologne. Then we head south west into the Eiffel region at Gerolstein.
DAY 3 • Meandering in the Eiffel
The dominant scenery in this area is upland agricultural land and
forest. Gerolstein was once an important rail hub but many lines have
now closed or become freight only. One such headed east across this
sparsely populated region and reached the Rhine at Andernach. Part
of this line remains open at weekends in the summer season as a
means of providing access to visitors and it is still operated by the old
classic four–wheel German railbuses. The journey is an hour each
way and provides an interesting reminder of a typical branch line of
the “old days”. There will be sufficient time to either explore Gerolstein
or use your InterRail Pass for a trip on the main line. The old city of
Trier dating back to Roman times is within striking distance.
DAY 4 • The Mosel Valley and Cochem
A relaxing morning journey via Trier brings us to Cochem, one of
the most beautiful small towns along the Mosel River. There is time
for an optional river cruise to Koblenz where you can catch the train
back to Cochem.
DAY 5 • Full Day Tour by Train and Paddle Steamer
Our circular tour starts by heading back to Trier and then continuing
along the scenic river valley towards Saarbrücken where we have a
two hour break. We head for Bingen on the Rhine and meet up
Thursday 9 September to Thursday 23 September 2010
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