Duration: 5 Days
Cologne and Rhine Valley Explorer
This tour is a perfect introduction to Germany. Cologne Cathedral is inspiring and the funicular ride to Konigswinter provides breath-taking views across the Rhine. The drive along the Rhine valley takes you past some of the most beautiful scenery in Germany (one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites) and there are many stunning castles and striking cliffs as you pass through the Rhine gorge.
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The Edventure Travel Package
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- Return ferry crossing
- Executive coach throughout
- All travel when at your destination
- Accommodation based on bed and breakfast with students in multi-bedded rooms
- Teachers free of charge sharing twin rooms
- All meals mentioned in the itinerary
- All activities mentioned in the itinerary unless otherwise stated
- Travel Insurance
- Single Room Supplements
- Personal Expenditure
- Overseas departure taxes if applicable
- Tips for guides and drivers
- Full Time Tour Director
- Activities not mentioned
- Meals not mentioned
Depart the UK
Travel from the UK to Dover for your ferry crossing to Calais. Upon your arrival you will continue your journey to your hotel near the Rhine Valley.
Spend a morning in Cologne and visit the Cathedral and chocolate museum. Spend the afternoon in Konigswinter and take the funicular railway to enjoy the stunning views over the Rhine.
This morning you will drive through the Rhine Gorge with the option to take a river cruise past the famous Loreley statue. Spend the afternoon in Koblenz and see the Moselle at the Deutsches Eck. You can spend some free time shopping.
Spend the full day in Germany’s exciting theme park Phantasialand.
Depart the hotel and return to Calais for your ferry crossing to the UK.
Cologne Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral which was constructed from 1248 until 1880. It presents the largest facade of any church in the world. It is the seat of the Archbishop of Cologne and of the administration of the Archdiocese of Cologne. It is a renowned monument of German Catholicism and Gothic architecture and was declared a World Heritage Site in 1996. Students can go on a journey of discovery, to experience the diversity of the Cathedral, its history, its works of art and above all its spiritual dimensions.
Drachenfels Bahn Railway
The Drachenfels is a rack railway line in the North Rhine-Westphalia region of Germany and is one of only four rack railways still operational. The line runs from Königswinter to the summit of the Drachenfels Mountain at an altitude of 289m where your students can take in views of the Rhine Valley and view the early 12th century castle ruins. Your group can visit the workshop of the Drachenfelsbahn and learn about the technology of the oldest cog railway in Germany and have the opportunity to take a look behind the scenes.
Koblenz is an ancient city in central Germany, and a gateway to the terraced vineyards and ruined castles of the Rhine Gorge. It was established as a Roman military post around 8BC and is situated on both banks of the Rhine where it is joined by the Moselle. Its name originates from the Latin meaning confluence of the two rivers. Cologne Chocolate Museum is an interactive experience which will take your group through the process of making handmade chocolates.
If your group is studying art then you could visit the Museum Ludwig , which is located in Cologne, and houses a collection of modern art. It includes works from Pop Art, Abstract and Surrealism and has one of the largest Picasso collections in Europe. The building is also home to the Kölner Philharmonic. The museum emerged in 1976 as an independent institution and during that year the chocolate magnate Peter Ludwig agreed to endow 350 modern artworks. In return the City of Cologne committed itself to build a dedicated ”Museum Ludwig” for works made after the year 1900.
Freiburg and The Black Forest
Your group can enjoy a visit to the medieval town of Freiburg, the gateway to Germany’s Black Forest, which sits deep in wine-producing country. Appreciate old Freiburg, with its spectacular minster, cobbled plazas, gabled houses and little streams. This drive is along one of the most picturesque routes in Germany’s alluring Black Forest, passing the old-world villages, pine forests and lush pastures of this magnificent region. Students can learn how the area inspired many of the Brothers Grimm fairy tales.
Strasbourg is the ultimate European city and one of the three main capitals of the European Union. It sits right on the border of the two countries, in the historic region of Alsace. Students will discover that Strasbourg is steeped in Franco-German culture, and although violently disputed throughout history has been a cultural bridge between France and Germany for centuries, especially through the University of Strasbourg, and the coexistence of Catholic and Protestant culture. It is also home to the largest Islamic place of worship in France, the Strasbourg Grand Mosque.
Europa Theme Park
Europa-Park is a theme park and the largest in Germany, and the second most popular theme park resort in Europe, following Disneyland Paris. Europa-Park is located in Rust, in south-western Germany, between Freiburgand and Strasbourg, Alsace. Your students can enjoy a day riding the 13 roller coasters, the oldest being Alpenexpress Enzian, a powered coaster that speeds through a diamond mine. Your group could also experience some of the 25 water attractions, including 17 water slides which include a wave pool, a surf simulator and a wild river.
Phantasialand Theme Park
Phantasialand is one of Europe’s top Theme Parks and has earned the accolade ‘Best German Theme Park’. So get your students ready for an unforgettable day! The Park has six themed lands with unique rides and award-winning shows. Top of the attractions is the inverted roller coaster Black mamba, which hurtles through ravines and waterfalls with twists, screws, loop the loops and death-defying drops. Don’t let your group miss the Maus au Chocolat – the world’s first interactive 3D fun ride. Another highlight is the head-spinning Talocan – a suspended top-spin ride and the only one of its kind in Europe. You can take your students on a journey around the world from China, Mexico and Africa to Berlin. Don’t miss the exciting new adventure with Chiapas – DIE Wasserbahn. This is the world’s most advanced log flume ride with the steepest drop of any log flume ride in the world. A breathtaking experience!
Cologne Chocolate Museum
Allow your group to enjoy a visit to the chocolate museum which is located near the Cologne Cathedral. The exhibits show the entire history of chocolate, from its beginnings to its contemporary products and production methods. Your group will start at a large model cocoa tree and then pass through a 10-metre-high tropical greenhouse and follow the journey of cocoa from its harvest, through the stock exchanges of world markets, to its transport into the chocolate factory.
Get an exciting insight into the five-thousand-year history of cocoa through to the instantly available treat that it has become today. Allow your students to be indulged with delicious cake and chocolate specialities in the café while enjoying the glorious view.
This trip offers students the opportunity to develop their independence and self-confidence by putting themselves into a new environment.
School trips can offer the opportunity for students to develop their relationships and interactions with others.
This trip can help develop a student’s motivation for the subject and inspire them when back in the classroom due to personal experience.
Knowledge and Perspective
Personal experience and close interactions with these locations can help students understand the subject and put it into perspective.
A trip can make a students engage with a subject and become more positive about a subject.
This tour is great for history students, giving them an insight into the events that took place and a sense of what it was like during this period in history.
Students can practise their language skills when exploring this fascinating country.
This tour provides and insight into the religious beliefs of the country and explores their values and principles.