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