Rhine Walking Trail (Mainz to Koblenz) Self-Guided Walking Holiday
Self-Guided | 11 days, 8 days, 5 days | From £309 per person
Many legends rank around the Rhine, uncountable castles and fortresses, quaint winegrower villages and fascinating scenic view points. Enjoy two of the most remarkable Rhine Walking routes.
Nestled in idyllic vineyards of Rhinegau and impressive Middle-Rhine valley, which has been enlisted as UNESCO heritage. This impressive tour ends as stylish as it started – at Deutsches Eck in Koblenz.
Luggage transfers: Included
Maps and route notes: Included with picturebook directions
Meal options: Bed and Breakfast.
Difficulty: Moderate. Please see our Difficulty Guide for more information.
Walking Tour Highlights
• Explore the famous vineyards of the Rhine Valley
• Many scenic viewpoints
• A region listed in the UNESCO heritage directory
• Walk through the villages and hamlets of the Wetterstein Massif.
• Varied walking tour for hikers with a good level of basic fitness.
Walking Route Features
Wine-grower paths, solitary walking paths and old bridle paths ensure varied walking. Basic fitness and sure footedness is required for uphill/downhill sections on the mountain ridges of Middle-Rhine valley. Walking times of up to 6.5 hrs and distances of up to 24 km are to be reckoned.
The approximate difficulty level for this tour
1st Day: Individual journey to Mainz
The rustic old town around Dome St. Martin sets the style of the coming tour. Most interesting the Gutenberg-Museum, the elector’s palace, a Roman amphitheatre and medieval old town with half timbered houses.
2nd Day: Mainz – Schlangenbad
By boat to the start of today’s walking tour. You walk past the castles Biebrich/Freudenberg and through the Rhinegau vineyards you walk to the thermal spa Schlangenbad im Taunus.
Details: approx. 4,5 hours | 17 km | Up 390 m / Down 190 m.
3rd Day: Schlangenbad – Oestrich-Winkel
Visit impressive Monastery Eberbach, often used as backdrop for history films. Founded in the early 12th century it had a zenith in the 18th century.
Idyllic wine-grower community Oestrich-Winkel on Rhine is your overnight place for today.
Details: approx. 6 hours | 24 km | Up 510 m / Down 700 m.
4th/1st Day: Oestrich-Winkel – Rüdesheim
Walk along the ”Rieslingwegs” (sparkling wine path) to the well-known vineyard at Schloss Vollrads. Light deciduous forests line your way to Kloster Marienthal (a monastery), which is a place of pilgrimage.
You will have great views into the distance whilst walking to the famous St. Hildegard abbey through the Blaubachtal valley and the well-cultivated vineyards.
The old wine-growing town, Rüdesheim, where winegrowing has been carried out since the Roman times will welcome you with traditional wine inns and historical half-timbered houses.
Details: approx. 5 hours | 17 km | Up 370 m / Down 370 m.
8-Days tour and 5-Days tour: Individual journey to Rüdesheim.
5th/2nd Day: Rüdesheim – Lorch
Climb the high rides of Middle-Rhine valley (by cable car) and enjoy the beautiful views on the estuary of Nahe. Wine-grower communities Assmannshausen and Lorch disply many half-timbered houses.
Details: approx. 5,5 hours | 21 km | Up 660 m / Down 680 m
6th/3rd Day: Lorch – Dörscheid/Kaub
You will walk along diverse paths and along the mountain ranges with fantastic panoramic views across the Rhine valley until you get to the historical shipping port, Kaub or to Dörscheid.
Today’s stage is a real experience what with the Nollig castle ruin, castle Gutenfels and what is no doubt the day’s highlight – the imposing toll castle Pfalzgrafenstein.
Details: approx. 4 to 4,5 hours| 13 km | Up 460 m / Down 460 m.
7th/4th Day: Dörscheid/Kaub – St. Goarshausen/surroundings
Climb on legendary Loreley-rock and look down on river Rhine. Three fortresses in St. Goarshausen are expecting you.
Details: approx. 6 hours | 19 km | Up 590 m / Down 620 m.
8th/5th Day: St. Goarshausen/surroundings – Kamp Bornhofen
5-Days tour: Individual departure or extra days
Walk on idyllic paths to wine-grower communities on the river Rhine. Fortress Liebenstein and fortress Sterrenberg are two „hostile brothers“ from the 12th/13th century.
Details: approx. 6 hours | 21 km | Up 690 m / Down 690 m.
9th/6th Day: Kamp Bornhofen – Braubach
Fortress Liebeneck, Dinkelholder mills and a completely conserved Marksburg fortress are your faithful companions on the stage to Braubach, a wine-grower town with fortification wall and many half-timbered houses.
Details: approx. 5,5 hours | 17 km | Up 610 m / Down 620 m.
10th/7th Day: Braubach – Koblenz
Cross a tributary river to Rhine at Lahnstein and ascent to Westerwald. One final highlight is Ruppertsklamm – a dramatic gorge and then the grand final: the Deutsches Eck (German Corner) in Koblenz where river Moselle joins the waters of Rhine.
Details: approx. 5,5 hours | 20 km | Up 680 m / Down 680 m.
11th/8th Day: Individual departure or extra days
Wine-grower paths, solitary walking paths and old bridle paths ensure varied walking. Basic fitness and sure footedness is required for uphill/downhill sections on the mountain ridges of Middle-Rhine valley.
Walking times of up to 6.5 hrs. And distances of up to 24 km are to be managed.
Where is the starting point of the holiday?
Tour Route Map (Rudesheim to Koblenz)
The Rhine Walking Trail (Mainz to Koblenz) tour stays in pretty 3*** hotels and country hotels carefully chosen for their location, hospitality and proximity to your tour route.
Your stay includes the daily transfer of luggage to the next hotel and permanent assistance in case of problems.
- 10, 7 resp. 4 overnight stays incl. breakfast
– Wine tasting
– Luggage transfer
– Ferry fare Mainz – Biebrich (11 day tour)
– Carefully elaborated route
– Detailed route instructions
Mountain hiking ▲▲▲
Wine-grower paths, solitary walking paths and old bridle paths ensure varied walking. Basic fitness and sure footedness is required for uphill/downhill sections on the mountain ridges of Middle-Rhine valley. Walking times of up to 6.5 hrs. And distances of up to 24 km are to be walked.
We recommend flying to Frankfurt or Cologne and arriving by train to the starting point in Rudesheim. The region is covered by the DB ‘Rhineland-Palanitnate’ Ticket and is valid from the airport and all local public transport in the area. For more information, please visit Deutsche Bahn.
By train to Mainz or Rüdesheim and a few walking minutes/short taxi ride to the hotel.
Parking: Most starting hotels have free hotel car parks, no reservation. In Mainz public park house for approx. €10 per day.
Return to starting point by train, duration 1 hour.
Rhine Walking Trail (Mainz to Koblenz), 11 days, 8 days, 5 days
All prices are per person sharing a double or twin room. A number of single rooms are available at a supplement. This holiday is also bed and breakfast.
2018 Walking Holiday Prices:
Prices are based on seasonal date bands
Season 1: 07.04. – 20.05. | 01.10. – 14.10.2018
Season 2: 21.06. – 24.06. | 20.08. – 09.09.2018
Season 3: 25.06. – 19.08. | 10.09. – 30.09.2018
Any local tourist taxes are not included in the holiday price, and are payable at the hotel.
Holiday Price: £309
Single Supplement: £109
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