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Our trip in 2014 was a bus tour around the Mosel and Rhine River Valleys.

Spitzhäuschen -Pointed House
Spitzhäuschen -Pointed House

In September the people of the wine producing regions celebrate the harvest with lots of wine tasting, good food and music. Throw in buildings direct from the pages of a Grimm brother’s fairy tale and the experience is magical. Bernkastl-Kues is one such place with its half-timbered buildings which includes the amazing Spitzhäuschen (“Pointed House”). Nicholas of Cusa, one of the great figures in the history of Western ideas and thought was born and lived here. Cohem is a village to the north of Bernkastel-Keus is a favourite place for visitors. Legend, folklore and a rich web of history is woven into every street. Situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty in the Mosel river valley, between the Eifel and Hundsrück. It is surrounded by high elevations, steep vineyards and typical wine villages, offering tastings, festivals and genuine hospitality. Cochem Castle, (Schloss Reichsburg) dramatically rises above the town.

Bridge at RemagenYou might have seen the film the Bridge at Remagen which is about the Battle to capture the Luddendorf Bridge intact. The capture of this bridge was an important event of World War II because this was the only significant bridge still standing over the Rhine from the West into the heartland of Nazi Germany. Since it was a railroad bridge, this bridge was also strong enough that the U.S. Army could cross it immediately with heavy tanks and artillery pieces and trucks full of military supplies. Once the bridge was captured, the troops of the Wehrmacht began strenuous efforts to destroy or damage it, or to slow the U.S. Army's use of it. Among other things the Wehrmacht used heavy artillery and V-2 rockets against the bridge and it also sent frogmen at night to sabotage it. However, these were discovered and shot by soldiers of the U.S. Army Military Police Corps attached to the 9th Armored Division.

Koblenz is one of the most beautiful and oldest towns in Germany with over 2000 years of history. The name translates as ‘confluence’ because it stands at the meeting point of two major rivers the Mosel and the Rhine. It is the northernmost point of the Rhine Gorge which was declared a World Heritage Site in 2002.

Leave Koblenz and travel south to the city of Mainz through the Rhine Gorge. The city was home to Johannes Guttenberg who introduced the Printing Press to Europe which is widely regarded as the most important event in the medieval period.

Cochem Castle

The not so small print…
The flight leaves Dublin airport 20:20 on the 10th September arriving at Frankfurt-Hahn airport at 23:15. The return flight departs Frankfurt-Hahn at 21:50 on Sunday 14th September arriving into Dublin at 22:45.

The cost of the trip is likely to be in the region of €450.00 per person sharing. We regret due to the numbers travelling and the difficulty securing large numbers of hotel rooms in the same hotel at the same time we are unable to offer single rooms.

Note: the itinerary including destinations mentioned are subject to change until such time as hotel and flight arrangements have been confirmed.

A non-refundable deposit of €150 is required to secure a place. (it’s non-refundable once your flight has been booked due to Airline policy) The balance is due eight weeks prior to departure.