Tour code: 5326HEIDELRHINE
Spend an unforgettable day touring some of Southern Germany’s most lovely destinations! Depart Frankfurt on a scenic journey to riverside Heidelberg, where you'll marvel at stunning city sites from medieval Old Town to bustling Heidelberg University. Soak up the many sites and flavors of Germany as you visit castle ruins, see lovely villages and vineyards, cruise along the UNESCO-listed Rhine River, and indulge in a delectable dinner and wine-tasting session.


  • Full-day trip from Frankfurt to Heidelberg and the Rhine Valley
  • Visit two must-see German attractions in one day
  • Explore the ruins of Heidelberg Castle, and see the world's largest wine barrel
  • See River Neckar, the Karl Theodor Bridge and Heidelberg University
  • Take in majestic Rhineland scenery, bearing testament to its UNESCO World Heritage status
  • Enjoy a Rhine River cruise onboard a steamer boat
  • Sample wines from the Rhine Valley region

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What You Can Expect

Heidelberg and Rhine Valley Day Trip from Frankfurt

Heidelberg and River Rhine Day Trip from Frankfurt

Discover the treasures of the Baden-Württemberg region on this 11-hour tour of charming Heidelberg and the Rhine River Valley. Your journey departs Frankfurt in the morning. With your private guide, leave behind the big-city and head 50 miles (80 km) south to beautiful Heidelberg, hugging the banks of the Neckar River. As you pull into town, marvel at the red-hued rooftops set against a backdrop of lush green hills. 

Head to Heidelberg Castle, strategically perched upon a hilltop overlooking the city, where you’ll have time to tour the building’s impressive ruins. Explore the site’s architecturally diverse buildings and spaces, admire the sculpted portraits of famous German leaders, and check out centuries-old artifacts such as the Great Barrel that once stored up to 130,000 liters (about 34,342 gallons) of wine!
Next, stroll along the cobbled streets of Old Town, peeking into cloistered courtyards and viewing impressive landmarks like the Karl Theodor Bridge, the Church of the Holy Spirit and Heidelberg University.

After your tour, re-board your coach for the short ride to Kaub where you’ll transfer to a boat for a scenic float along the UNESCO-listed Rhine River. Along the cruise, relax in the climate-controlled boat and enjoy views of lovely villages, picturesque vineyards and riverside castles. Upon arrival in Rudesheim, savor an included dinner and wine-tasting before heading back to Frankfurt for evening drop-off. 

Customer Reviews

Marea P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The combination tour to Heidelberg and the Rhine Valley was fantastic -- it was my last full day in Europe and I could not have asked for a better send off. The Rhine Valley cruise especially was amazing -- so romantic and gorgeous. I was lucky to have perfect weather. I met some very nice and fun people on the tour, so I felt like I made some new friends even though I joined the tour myself.

Marian S United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This was actually two consecutive trips. Different experiences, both wonderful. Our time was limited in Frankfurt, and this was perfect.

Erin P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Great tour of the Heidelberg castle, was able to spend some time in the main square of Heidelberg, beautiful river tour where we saw many castles, and good meal for dinner and wine for a wine tasting.

Terry L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

My wife and I were in Frankfurt for only 1 day so we needed a tour which would give us the most opportunity to sightsee as possible. This tour fit the bill perfectly. The tour guide was informative, funny, and really enjoyed his work.
Highly recommend this tour for those with limited time.

Alistair K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Greatly enjoyed both tours! Heidelberg highlight was the castle. Rhine valley featured a cruise on the Rhine river (relaxing and picturesque) followed by dinner and wine tasting (the ice wine is worth trying). The guide (Adrian) was fantastic (very knowledgeable and funny)!

evelyn s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Wonderful experience.....beautiful....really enjoyed both

Peng Peng C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

I thoroughly enjoyed the tour! Adrian was funny and informative. The tour was conducted in a relaxed manner. I would highly recommend the tour as they know what they are doing!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

We took instead the full day rhine tour, which was unbelievable, a tour not to be missed, castles and vineyards everywhere, amazing, and then we took the full day heidelberg tour, also amazing, the castle, the town ,the bridge, wow so glad we split this tour into two separate days to see as much as we could see of both these world heritage sites, incredible!!!!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

It was great. It rained during our time at the castle so that was a bummer, but everything was beautiful. The river cruise was the best part. I wish there had been more time on the cruise.

Mario S Malta

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

A very enjoyable trip to the lovely city of Heidelberg, with a thorough commentary from tour guide Krista while visiting the ruins of the Castle and the walking tour of the town centre. The Rhine Valley tour in the afternoon provided a pleasant trip on the River Boat, with a good dinner at the Zum Anker Restaurant afterwards.

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