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Hiking the Rhine Valley 4 Days/3 Nights Departs Daily with Avanti

Rüdesheim am Rhein is one of the famous wine making
towns along the Middle Rhine Valley, with a romantic hillside setting on one of the more scenic parts of the river. It makes a good base for
hiking in this beautiful region. Rolling hills and great views.
Rudesheim am Rhine
Day 1 ~ Arrive Rüdesheim:
The town sits on the east bank of the Rhine. Find your hotel, the 4-star Rüdesheimer Schloss, near the main road along the river. You’ll receive a welcome cocktail when you check in. Rüdesheim has a charming old town, particularly the Drosselgasse, a walking street, easily reachable from your hotel. Explore the shops and cafes of this charming town, but be sure to return to your hotel for the Four-Course Dinner this evening.


Day 2 ~Rüdesheim:
After breakfast, pick up your walking sticks and backpack,
and get ready to explore the many options for hiking. One of the best is the Rheinsteg, an almost 200-mile trail on
the east side of the Rhine. To head north, take the cable car from Rüdesheim up to the Niederwald Monument above
the town, where you can join the trail. It leads along the vine-covered hills, with many great views of the river. You’ll
pass the ruins of Ehrenfels Castle before the path leads down to the charming riverfront village of Assmannshausen. The trail crosses several small valleys before you can enjoy another classic view
of the Rhine at the Drei-Burgen-Blick viewpoint. From there, you can take an afternoon Rhine River boat back to
Rüdesheim—the boat ride takes about 1 ½ hours, or you can come back morequickly by train. This hike is about 14 miles long, and will take about 7 hours.
Day 3 ~Rüdesheim:
After breakfast, you have options: you could take a morning
train or boat from Rüdesheim to Lorch, and continue hiking the Rhine 3Reinsteg as far as the town of Kaub. Much of this walk
will be along the Rhine river, with views of Bacharach on the other side and of Burg Stahleck Castle which sits above the town. Another option is to take the cable car up to the Niederwald again and headsouth on the Rheinsteg. This section of the trail leads through vineyards towards the Abbey of St. Hildegard, founded bythe legendary Hildegard of Bingen. The trail also takes you past two other abbeys to Schloss Johannisberg, one of the most famous wine-making estates in Germany and the main producer of Johannisberger Riesling. This hike is about 7 miles and
will take about 3 hours; however, it is about a half-hour’s walk from the trail to the Johannisberg estate, if you choose to visit.
Afterwards, descend the hill to the town of Geisenheim, where you can catch a train for the short trip back to Rüdesheim. In the late afternoon, enjoy a wine tasting at Georg Breuer Winery, located a short distance from your hotel, on Geisenheimer Strasse. Founded in 1880, the family-run Breuer estate produces excellent and well-known Rieslings.


Day 4 ~Depart Rüdesheim:
After breakfast at your hotel, take a last look around the town before you hop the train to your next Avanti destination!
If you are interested in more information please contact Susan Hickman at 626 449-3220 or email susan@distantlands.com

Discover the Real World of Westeros in Northern Ireland

Home of Thrones – 8 Day Self-Drive Vacation

Murlough Bay
Murlough Bay, N. Ireland

Charming seaside villages, mysterious landscapes and a ton of Game of Thrones locations, Northern Ireland is the   place to be if you’re a fan of the hit HBO series. Explore the real-life Westeros with caves, castles, forests and the famous Dark Hedges used as the location for the Kingsroad.  Explore the locations at your own pace, knowing that all of your travel plans are taken care of.

Your Self-Drive Vacation Includes:

  • Private Airport Arrival & Departure Transfers
  • 1 night in Dublin at 4-star Camden Court Hotel
  • 2 nights in Belfast at 4-star The Europa Hotel
  • 1 night on the Antrim Coast at 4-star Ballygally Castle
  • 1 night in Coleraine at the Breezemont B&B
  • 1 night in Londonderry at the 4-star Maldron Hotel Derry
  • 1 night in Dublin at the 4-star Camden Court Hotel
  • Hertz Car Rental Standard Automatic – based on Group G rental for 6 days
  • Full Breakfast Daily
  • Sightseeing Activities: Dublin City Walking Tour, Guinness Storehouse, Belfast City Sightseeing Hop on Hop off bus tour, Titanic Experience, Londonderry City Walking Tour

Interested in finding out more about the epic Game Of Thrones® filming locations?  Here’s a quick guide to all the spectacular locations in Northern Ireland.


1) Dragonstone, Downhill Beach, Co. Londonderry

Downhill, Beach, N. Ireland
Downhill Beach on the Causeway Coast

Downhill Beach is used in the filming of Game of Thrones as Dragonstone, where the Seven Idols of Westeros were burned and Melisandre, flames dancing into the night sky, proclaimed: “For the night is dark and full of terrors.”

2) The Stormlands, Larrybane, Carricka-Rede, Co. Antrium

Larrybane was the dramatic spot chosen for Renly Baratheon’s camp in Season 2. This is where Catelyn Stark agrees a treaty with Renley on Behalf of her son Robb.

3) Pyke, The Iron Islands , Ballintoy Harbour, Co. Antrim

This pictureque coastal nook is where Theon Grejoy arrives back in the Iron Islands and where he later admires his ship, the Sea Bitch. This is also where he first meets his sister Yara.

4) Storm’s End, Murlough Bay, Co. Antrim

Murlough Bay
Murlough Bay, N. Ireland

Murlough Bay becomes the Iron Islands in Season 3. This is the spot where Theon Greyjoy rides on the horse with his sister Yara. It’s also the spot where Davos Seaworth is shipwreked after the battle of Blackwater Bay.

5) The Stormlands, Cushendun Caves , Co. Antrim

In Seaon 2, Crushendun is where Melisandre gives birth to the shadow baby after being brought ashore by Davos Seaworthy.

6) The King’s Road, Dark Hedges, Co. Antrim

Dark Hedges
Dark Hedges, Ballymoney, N. Ireland

The Dark Hedges live up to their haunting name in Season 2. These spectacular trees line the King’s Road as Ayra Stark makes her escape from King’s Landing.Disguised as a boy, Ayra travels with Yoren, Gendry, Hot Pie and all the others off to join the night watch.

7) Winterfell, Castle Ward, Co. Down

Castle Ward is the prime location for Winterfell and the lands surrounding Winterfell in the North. This is where King Robert Baratheon and his retinue arrive and are met by the Starks in Season 1. This is also the place where Bran and Osha’s scenes in Season 1 take place.

8) Robb Stark’s camp, Audley’s Field Strangford Lough

Audley’s Field was used during Season 1 as King Robert Baratheon and his retinue arrive at Winterfell. It’s the backdrop of Robb’s camp in Season 2 and the place where he first meets Talisa. Later on, Audley’s Field is where Alton Lannister is imprisoned with Jamie ( and doesn’t live to tell the tale).

9) Riverrun, River Quoile, Co. Down

River Quolile
River Quolile, N. Ireland

The River Quolie features at a couple of key points in Season 1. This is where Robb’s army needs to cross the Trident, so Catelyn Stark goes to bargin with Walder Frey to seek permission. In the next episode, it’s the place where Catelyn and robb learn of Ned’s beheading and declare ” We will kill them all”.

10) The Haunted Forest, Tollymore Forest Park, Co. Down

You might remember this haunting forest from the scene in which a member of the Night’s watch rides through the snowy forest and stumbles upon dismembered Wildling bodies. It’s also where ed Stark and his boys come across the gored stag and find direwolf pups.

11) Beric Dondarrion’s Hideout, Pollnagollum Cave, Mable Arch Caves Global Geopark, Co. Fermanagh

The exterior of Pollnagollum Cave was used to film Beric Dondarrion’s hideout in Season 3.

If you would like more info contact: Susan Hickman (626) 449-3220 or e-mail susan@distantlands.com