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Rhine River: Our most recommended tours and activities

Koblenz: Upper Middle Rhine Valley Castle Boat Tour

1. Koblenz: Upper Middle Rhine Valley Castle Boat Tour

Welcome aboard the La Paloma for a cruise in the Upper Middle Rhine Valley World Heritage Site. On no other stretch of the Rhine are the castles and palaces so beautifully strung together. On board the La Paloma, you can relax and enjoy the view. Start in Koblenz and first sail a short distance down the Rhine with a view of the Rhine in front of Koblenz, the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, and the famous "Deutsche Eck" (German Corner). At the mouth of the Moselle, the ship turns around and makes its way up the Rhine to Braubach to Marksburg Castle. The cruise takes you past the Electoral Palace of Koblenz (Kufürstliches Schloss Koblenz), the Koblenz Brewery, Lahneck Castle, Stolzenfels Castle and the Königsstuhl in Rhens. In Braubach the ship turns around and sails back to Koblenz.

From Frankfurt: Rhine Valley Day Trip

2. From Frankfurt: Rhine Valley Day Trip

Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Rhine Valley, with its vineyards and picturesque towns and villages. See the mighty medieval castles – the area has the highest density of such buildings in the world. Marvel at the stunningly beautiful "Lorelei-Felsen," or Siren's Rocks, and enjoy fantastic views over the valley from the Niederwald monument. In the summer you can ride on the Assmannshausen cable car down into the valley (optional), have lunch in a marvelous restaurant on the banks of the Rhine (included), and then take a wonderful Panorama boat trip to St. Goarshausen, past the famous Loreley. Try fine wines on location in a small tavern and or just lose yourself in the picturesque little town of Rüdesheim. Please note that the tour will only stop at Rüdesheim if time allows.  In winter time it may be possible that steamers do not operate in case of bad weather or water conditions. In this case, you will visit a castle instead. You'll travel back to Frankfurt by bus when the tour is finished and will be dropped off at the meeting point.

Rhine Valley: Half Day Tour from Frankfurt

3. Rhine Valley: Half Day Tour from Frankfurt

Enjoy a bus trip to the Upper Middle Rhein Valley, one of the most famous cultural landscapes in Germany. Your tour guide will show you a beautiful part of the river valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Get to know the perfect panorama of steep vineyards, mighty medieval castles, and small, historical wine villages. A boat trip on one of the traditional Rhine steamer ships is also on the agenda. Your tour guide will tell you about the fascinating history of the valley through the centuries. During a wine tasting, learn more about the age-old tradition of wine growing, dating back to the ancient Romans. Don't expect an expert wine sampling, but rather a casual introduction to this tradition. The Rheingau is one of the best wine areas in Central Europe. A light dinner will then be served in a lovely restaurant right at the river promenade. And then it'll be time to return to Frankfurt, full of wonderful impressions of this scenic area.

Rüdesheim am Rhein: Christmas Boat Cruise on the Rhine

4. Rüdesheim am Rhein: Christmas Boat Cruise on the Rhine

Experience a romantic cruise on the Rhine River. Cruise past medieval castles and snow-capped ruins covered as you admire the view from your heated and cozy ship. Listen to festive Christmas music as the boat cruises and snack on freshly-baked waffles and local coffee from the onboard restaurant. Finish the day with a visit to the world-famous Rüdesheimer Weihnachtsmarkt der Nationen, where you can taste mulled wine and cookies while admiring the traditions of other countries.

Cologne: JGA Tour in der Altstadt mit Fotoshooting

5. Cologne: JGA Tour in der Altstadt mit Fotoshooting

Immortalize your special night out with a private walking tour and photoshoot in Cologne. Explore the city’s old town, stop outside the Chocolate Museum, and cross Hohenzollern Bridge for a view of the imposing cathedral. Strike a pose as your guide snaps pictures of your group’s best angles. Take your first set of pictures at the Chocolate Museum with a view of the Rhine. Continue with a stroll through the old town and learn about local history and which bars you should hit up afterward. Discover hidden corners and idyllic sidestreets, the perfect backdrop for unique group photos. Next is a photoshoot with the cathedral, best achieved by standing on Hohenzollern Bridge. See hundreds of love locks that couples tend to leave here and learn why the bridge is such a special place to tourists and locals alike. Go for one last shoot in the multicultural neighborhood of Schäl Sick on the other side of the Rhine from Cologne. Use the last series of photos to let loose and make some silly group poses. Your guide will email the group's contact person with 15 of the best photos from the tour as high-quality files for you and your group to share.

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What people are saying about Rhine River

This tour was a great opportunity for us to experience the beauty of the Rhein Valley. The tour guide was funny and informative. The lunch was acceptable at best. The cable ride was nice but it would have been better if they had included the other cable car ride (there was another one that was not included in the tour). The boat ride with view of the old castles was for me, the highlight of the tour. The wine tasting was the least enjoyable for me personally.

Good value for money, well informed in English as well as German. Food and drinks reasonably priced. A fun experience for over 2 hours up the Rhine

Our tour guide was great, and we met some great people along the way. Loved the restaurant and the wine at the wine tasting was phenomenal.

Peter was wonderful, informational and entertaining. He knows wine, and the region very well. Great tour.

Very beautiful cruise tour and cable car journey. Lunch also great