We are pleased to return to the wonderful Bellevue Hotel for this festive stay on the banks of the Rhine. We have plenty of time to soak up the atmosphere in Boppard, visit the Christmas Market in Traben-Trarbach, take guided walks through the town and surrounding areas, visit the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress by cable car, and enjoy a boat trip on the Rhine!
Day 1 After our taxi pick ups, we travel to Dover for the short sea crossing to Calais. Making comfort stops en route, we travel directly to our hotel to arrive in time for a welcome drink and dinner.
Day 2 After breakfast we join the coach for a drive to Traben-Trarbach where we have time to explore the underground Christmas Market held in their historic wine cellars. Here you’ll find local specialities, including wines and crafts; there is also time to sample the local eateries.
Day 3 Christmas Eve. This morning we have a traditional Christmas Walk* to explore the local area visiting a vineyard along the way. We return to the hotel for hot soup, before having a free afternoon to stroll through Boppard, along the Rhine promenade and explore the historic streets. This evening is the most important in a German Christmas and we enjoy the 5-course Holy Night Dinner accompanied by a pianist.
Day 4 Christmas Day. Happy Christmas! A free morning to relax and enjoy the atmosphere before a one-plate served lunch at the hotel. In the afternoon tea and cake will be served during a visit from Father Christmas, and this evening we enjoy a turkey dinner.
Day 5 Boxing Day. Today we have a leisurely 2½-hour boat trip from just outside our hotel along the beautiful Rhine. The remainder of the day is free in Boppard, or you can join a guided stroll through the streets of Boppard with mulled wine on the way.
Day 6 This morning we travel by coach to Koblenz. We have an included cable car ride and entrance to the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress on a rocky promontory high above the Rhine. Alternatively, we can explore this historic town and get lunch before returning to the hotel mid-afternoon. Tonight there is our Farewell Dinner at the hotel, during which we enjoy live music.
Day 7 Leaving our hotel after breakfast, we travel north and board the ferry for our crossing from Calais to Dover. Once in the UK we make our way to the local area where we meet our taxis.
This lovely four-star hotel, in a premier location right in the centre of Boppard overlooking the promenade and the Rhine, combines traditional service with modern luxury and style. The hotel has WiFi, a fine restaurant, bar, wine cellar and modern spa with indoor swimming pool. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, hairdryer and minifridge. The hotel has a lift.