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German in the Rhineland

3 & 4 Day Study Experience Tours from £189 per student
Departing: Throughout 2017 & 2018

The Rhineland is one of the best known regions of Germany and a firm favourite with student groups. As well as the spectacular cities of Aachen, Cologne, Bonn and Koblenz, the region boasts enchanting castles, picturesque villages, medieval towns and vineyards that rise steeply on either side of the great river after which the region is named.

The Rhineland is an ideal destination to introduce students to German life, culture and language.

The delightful city of Aachen, once the favourite residence of Charlemagne, is renowned for the Mediterranean flair of its historical old quarter, which is filled with bubbling fountains and its famous cathedral. It is still often referred to as Aix-la-Chapelle, after Charlemagne’s great Palatine Chapel, now part of its glorious treasure-filled cathedral and a ‘must’ for all art-lovers.

Cologne was one of the most important cities of the Holy Roman Empire and its mighty cathedral was designed to house the relics of the Three Wise Men. Known as the Dom, the cathedral was once the world's tallest building and is arguably still the world's greatest gothic edifice, attracting pilgrims from all over Europe - indeed it remains Germany's most visited attraction. The city's location on the Rhine has long been key to its status as capital of the region. Visitors come not only to see the awe inspiring Dom and Romanesque churches, but also for the city’s fine museums and the Schokoladenmuseum Cologne, unsurprisingly a popular choice with students.

Located next to the Rhine, Bonn is best‑known for being the birthplace of the world-famous composer Beethoven but it’s history dates back to the 1st century BC when Roman soldiers were stationed in the city and the largest known Roman fort was built at Bonn. The city’s cultural scene is thriving and the city is famous for its Museum Mile.

Koblenz is situated within the picturesque landscape of the Rhineland. Its abundance of cultural monuments and historical buildings, the cosy little lanes and alleyways, and the relaxed and happy atmosphere of its squares and river promenades make it a charming town.

The regal city of Mainz, the delightful town of Boppard located in the Loreley Valley, and Rüdesheim located at the foot of the Niederwald on the Rhine’s east bank, are also all worth considering during a visit to the region.

Everyday, practical situations offer the opportunity to practice speaking the language through conversing with native speakers, helping to re-enforce what students have been taught in the classroom. Immersing your students in the culture contributes towards their learning objectives and helps to improve a student’s confidence and develop their language skills.

From late November, the region’s Christmas Markets welcome and delight both local and international visitors.

What the price includes

  • Exclusive coach hire throughout your trip including pick-up and drop-off at your school or college
  • 2 or 3 nights' accommodation
  • Continental breakfasts and dinners
  • Return Channel crossings to Calais
  • Transfers between your accommodation and chosen activities each day
  • Services of a Study Experiences Tour Manager throughout your trip
  • Individually tailored itinerary
  • Educational Visits and Attractions Guide
  • 1 Free Staff Place for every 8 students
  • All Government Taxes, City Taxes, Service Charges & VAT
  • 24 hour emergency cover and support

Tour Highlights

The Rhineland is the ideal destination to introduce students to German life, culture and language. It is home to a vast array of renowned sights and attractions and you will need to consider carefully how to spend your time away, as there is so much to see and do! Study Experiences can arrange a wide range of visits and excursions, such as:

Boppard to Koblenz Rhine Cruise

Combine a Rhine River cruise past castles and vineyards with a breathtaking ride on the cable car from Koblenz over the Rhine to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. The combination of a cruise (1½ to 2 hours long), the return cable car ride and admission to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress is a popular choice.

Romanticum Koblenz

Housed in an impressive building this interactive exhibition of the Middle Rhine Valley is staged around and area of 800 m2. Setting out as a passenger on a steamboat you are taken on a journey through time, experiencing the romance of the Rhine up close, its’ romance, legends, and fairytales.

Schokoladenmuseum Cologne

The Chocolate Museum is located in a glass and metal building constructed to look like a ship on the Rheinau harbour peninsula near Cologne Cathedral. It takes you on a tour through the 3,000 year history of chocolate - from the Aztec ambrosia "food of the gods" to modern industrial chocolate products.

Beethoven-Haus Museum

Ludwig van Beethoven's birthplace is of great importance for people throughout the world and the main attraction in the musical city of Bonn.

Phantasialand Theme Park

Situated in Brühl approximately 25kms south of Cologne, this theme park is one of the best in Europe. With 7 themed areas you will experience unlimited fun, action, adventure and the very best in live entertainment.

Further Information

Travel Arrangements

Our prices are based on a minimum group size of 40 and maximum 49 students. Travel arrangements are based on providing your group with exclusive use of a 48, 49 or 53 seat coach. For groups of between 20 and 40 students, we are able to offer travel by coach for your exclusive use, however we will need to charge an appropriate small group, coach under-occupancy supplement. As schools located in the north of the UK can require a longer period of coach hire, a small regional supplement may apply.

NEW - Choice of Crossing

For groups based in the north of England or Scotland we can now arrange crossings from Hull to Zeebrugge.

Your Accommodation

Your group will stay in one of our carefully selected hotels. Our range includes properties such as the Hotel Zum Guten Onkel in Bruttig-Fankel, Hotel Wagner Kamp-Bornhofen, and the Hotel Balladins in Troisdorf.

Your Meals

Your package price includes continental breakfast each morning and evening meals. For lunches your Study Experiences Tours Specialist can pre-book packed lunches for you.

Your Study Experiences Tour Manager

Throughout your trip your expert Tour Manager will be on hand to assist and support you and your students.

Your Choice of Travel Dates

As our Rhineland trips are available throughout the year, during term time and also during half terms and holidays, you are able to select travel dates that suit you and your students.

Your Educational Visits & Attractions

To ensure that you make the most of your trip to the Rhineland region your Tours Specialist is able to arrange a wide choice of educational visits and activities. Full details of everything you might wish to see and do are available in our Rhineland ‘Educational Visits and Attractions Guide’.


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