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Rhine River Hop On Hop Off Cruise on Castle Route

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Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

Revel in the beauty and history of one of Europe's great waterways with this hop-on/hop-off cruise pass on the romantic Rhine River. Admire passing scenery like legendary Loreley Rock and imposing castles while sipping a coffee or beer on deck, and customize your itinerary with 19 different stops at tiny medieval towns and bigger cities along the way. The pass is valid all day on the UNESCO-listed Middle Rhine from Cologne to Linz and Koblenz to Mainz.
  • All-day Rhine River cruise pass
  • Hop on and off at any of 19 different stops between Cologne and Linz and Koblenz and Mainz
  • See the world's highest concentration of castles on the UNESCO-listed Middle Rhine
  • Watch the passing scenery from the deck of a comfortable river cruiser
  • Design your own itinerary to explore medieval towns, modern cities, and Rhineland's famous castles
  • Enjoy onboard amenities including restrooms, indoor/outdoor seating, and a cafe
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One day Rhine Pass for use between Mainz and Koblenz, as well as between Cologne and Linz
All taxes, fees and handling charges
Gratuities
Food and drinks, unless specified
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

1: 65385 Rüdesheim am Rhein, Germany
2: Mainz, Mainz, Rhineland-Palatinate

Return Details

Konrad-Adenauer-Ufer 2-4, 56068 Koblenz, Germany
Kick off your customized voyage at any of the 19 different stops on the KD cruise line between Koblenz and Mainz and Cologne and Linz. Check the timetables ahead of time, and present your voucher at the ticket window before hopping on board a comfortable river cruiser equipped with restrooms, indoor and outdoor seating, and a cafe. With the highest concentration of castles anywhere in the world, the Middle Rhine is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and and has inspired countless artists and writers throughout the centuries.

Stay on board to discover new views around every river bend, or hop off and on at your choice of stops like big-city Koblenz and Cologne or medieval gems like Bacharach, St. Goar, and Boppard, where winding streets and half-timbered houses create an atmosphere straight from a Grimms fairytale. See the legendary Loreley Rock, steeped in sailor’s lore, and admire 20 different castles perched high above the river banks, from beautifully restored Marksburg and Schönburg to the ghostly ruins of Rheinfels.

Stay as long as you like in each town, and plan your onward and return trips using the KD timetables. Just be sure not to miss the last boat of the day! While on board, enjoy a snack and coffee, beer, or wine from the cafe (own expense) and settle into a front-row seat for one of the world’s most scenic river cruises.

Note: Ticket is not valid on special theme or dining cruises.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Marksburg
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Ehrenbreitstein Fortress
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Burg Stahleck
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Schloss Stolzenfels
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Loreley
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Restaurant available onboard.
  • The Rhine Pass is valid on all scheduled KD day cruises between Cologne to Linz and Koblenz to Mainz (except special theme cruises and cruises including gastronomic service).
  • Complete tour operator information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, are included on your Confirmation Voucher.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Koln-Dusseldorfer

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Rhine River Hop On Hop Off Cruise on Castle Route?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Rhine River Hop On Hop Off Cruise on Castle Route.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Rhine River Hop On Hop Off Cruise on Castle Route?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Rhine River Hop On Hop Off Cruise on Castle Route.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Rhine River Hop On Hop Off Cruise on Castle Route?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Rhine River Hop On Hop Off Cruise on Castle Route.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Rhine River Hop On Hop Off Cruise on Castle Route?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Rhine River Hop On Hop Off Cruise on Castle Route.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Rhine River Hop On Hop Off Cruise on Castle Route?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Rhine River Hop On Hop Off Cruise on Castle Route.

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  • "Not a lot of protection from the sun if you sat outside, and a hot day." See review
  • "It was worth the trouble to se the beautiful castles and sites!" See review
  • "We were able to start in Koblenz at 9am, hop off at St Goar, board three hours later, continue to Bacharad, board two hours later and finally disembark in Rudesheim." See review

Reviews

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This Tour Only Operates on Weekends in Offseason
EasterCrew
, Oct 2019
We purchased this tour for October mid-week. We got to the tour operator and found out 2 things that were not apparent in the Tour Listing here: This Boat Tour leaves early in the morning...this isn’t a hop on/off tour like other river cruises. Also, in the off-season it only operates on the weekend, but we purchased the tour for a Thursday. So the ticket was useless. Viator issued a full refund promptly and we purchased a different type of tour (1-hour basic river tour) the next day at the river directly and had a great time.
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star-5
Most relaxing way to enjoy the countryside
VegasKB
, Oct 2019
This boat tour was wonderful! We were able to sit on the deck, or in the restaurant, or just indoors and enjoy the beauty along the Rhine River. The boat traveled at a relaxing but not too slow pace. We got off and enjoyed 2 of the stops, and then rode the boat back to our original stop. There was so much to see on both sides of the boat. We loved it!
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Rhine river cruise
lyndonb2014
, Sep 2019
The cruise was nice to see several castles but the advertising it as a hop on and hop off cruise is extremely miss leading. If you hop off your off for the rest of the way up the river and you have to wait till that ship goes the rest of the way up and than you can get back on that ship going back to Mainz. So if you get off you do not get to see anything up the river from that point on.
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star-5
Rhine River experience
Dreamer652351
, Sep 2019
We booked through another agency so that didn't go as smoothly as we wanted i.e. they never said where to go to meet boat and we just happened upon it as we were walking along the river. It was a great experience both on and off the boat and we enjoyed it very much!!
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star-3
not what I expected
sybille310
, Aug 2019
We booked this tour from the states. We read reviews but could not fully understand some of the issues. Overall we were content with it all. BUT the description was a bit misleading. It says hop on hop off, which is true in a sense, BUT with only 1 boat going up the Rhine and the same boat coming back, you could only hop off once and hop on at the same location when it returns, anywhere from 45 minutes to hours later. The only way to actually visit multiple castles and not just see them from the boat is to use the boat, a train or taxi or even car. The boat itself was fine. Food and drink. Not a lot of protection from the sun if you sat outside, and a hot day. A slide for the kids to keep themselves entertained. We ended up spending maybe 6 hrs on the boat total. Got off once and spent a couple of hours visiting the town and castle to give us an impression, BUT we had hoped to hop on and off to visit multiple castles. Not possible. The people on the boat, the staff, were also very helpful, or tried to be, to help us figure out the best possible way to see the most.
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star-5
Very relaxing experience
Nelida N
, Jul 2019
We started the trip in Koblenz and finished in Rudesheim. The trip was nice and relaxing. You need to exchange your tickets provided by viator before accessing the ship. You need to arrive 30 minutes prior to boarding.
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Dont waste your money
Andrew I
, Jun 2019
There is next to no detail on the actual booking detail or vendor website. We were able to scrape that there were 4 boats in operation from reviews. Also the ticket said departure time 8.30am to 8.30pm which would also seem to imply the crusie runs in a rotating fashion all day. Unfortunately when we turned up the closest port to frankfurt which was at mainz (75 minutes from Frankfurt as an fyi) we were told there was only one departure dialy from there and it was at 8.30am. Thus we lost our 160 aud in total with no compensation. What a disaster
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star-5
Explore the UNESCO area of the Rhine
MaryG152
, May 2019
Study the schedule, start early in the day, and plan in advance. We were able to start in Koblenz at 9am, hop off at St Goar, board three hours later, continue to Bacharad, board two hours later and finally disembark in Rudesheim.
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We took the cruise from Koblenz to...
Patrick M
, Sep 2018
We took the cruise from Koblenz to Bingen. The day we went was cloudy, but the views were still great almost as good as a Viking River Cruise commercial. The staff was pleasant and food service was good. Overall, we enjoyed the cruise and would do it again if we find ourselves in the region. Travel Note: we had a Viator voucher which needed to be exchanged for a ticket. Although the voucher states an electronic version can be presented, the ticket agent really wanted a paper print-out. By accepting the electronic version, she was required to complete a form before she could give us the tickets.
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May 2018 - Wonderful experience! The...
gfeild
, May 2018
May 2018 - Wonderful experience! The hop on/ hop off terminology is a bit misleading since you really need to look at the port schedules very closely. One boat travels up the Rhine and one travels down. Not all ports have convenient departure and return times. We ended up driving to the town of Rudesheim to have better departure times because Wiesbaden only had one departure time. Aside from the complexity of determining the departure time/place - the cruise was unbelievable! It was worth the trouble to se the beautiful castles and sites!
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Product code: 3320P29

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