Explore The Rhine Gorge On Foot Special Offer – Walk In 2016 At 5% LESS Than 2015 Prices – Book By Oct 31
One of Europe’s leading self-guided walking tour operators, On Foot Holidays, is offering an eight-night trek along Germany’s famous Rhine Gorge in 2016 for five per cent less than the 2015 price if booked by October 31, 2015.
The aptly-named Castles of the Rhine walk offers hikers more castles per square kilometre than anywhere else in Europe. The route from Bingen to Koblenz leads through picturesque villages, above the legendary Lorelei Rock and past 20 castles that loom over the meandering Rhine.
The World Heritage-listed Rhine Gorge has been an inspiration for painters, poets and composers of the Romantic era, including Heinrich Heine and Richard Wagner. Featuring woodlands, vineyards, fine restaurants, historic buildings, villages and stunning views of the gorge, the route provides a unique and memorable walking experience.
The eight-night inn-to-inn walking tour begins in the historic town of Bingen, where guests will stay before beginning their walk through woodland, visiting the Rheinstein and Sooneck castles – both perched high on the side of the gorge – on their way to the sleepy village of Oberheimbach. The journey then continues through vineyards to the riverside town of Bacharach, before finishing the day by crossing the Rhine to the little town of Kaub, where guests will stay at a family-run restaurant-with-rooms. The following day will include the opportunity to visit the iconic Lorelei Rock formation, which soars 120m above the waterline and is the subject of many local legends, before travellers take a ferry trip across the Rhine to St Goar. The next day will be easier and includes impressive views of the Lorelei and Burg Rheinfels, a ruin with a long military history.
Hikers will then travel northwards to Boppard, which dates back to Roman times, where they can ramble round the old streets and Roman fort, before climbing up to ‘4-Seen-Blick’, a lookout where the Rhine appears like four separate lakes, and down to Rhens, where guests will stay for the night. The final full day takes walkers through woodland hills into Koblenz, where they complete their journey.
The hike is of medium difficultly, with 3½ to 6½ hours spent walking each day (depending on the option chosen), and is available from April to end October. The package includes eight nights’ accommodation, all breakfasts, some picnic lunches, one evening meal and all luggage transfers – meaning hikers simply carry a day pack. If booked before October 31, 2015, the walk can be taken in 2016 for £637 (approx $A1387 depending on exchange rates), twin-share, which is a five per cent reduction on 2015’s price, thanks to decreased costs following a weakness in the Euro. Quote code ‘PMR 16’ when booking to access the discount. Upgrades are also on offer for guests to stay at castles in St Goar and Kamp Bornhofen instead of the included inns.
Based in the UK and specialising in the ‘art of slow travel’, On Foot Holidays offers international walkers 24 self-guided tours across unspoilt areas of Europe for independent travellers who prefer intimate encounters with destinations. Walkers can select their own departure dates and all routes are designed by locals and tested by staff from On Foot Holidays.