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Rhine Cruise from Koblenz to Rudesheim on traditional Paddle Steamer

Koblenz, Germany
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Experience the magic and myth of the Rhine River Valley on a full-day nostalgia sightseeing cruise from Koblenz! Your excursion takes place aboard KD's exquisite Goethe paddle steamer. Admire the boat’s authentic art deco features as you travel down the UNESCO-listed Middle Rhine, passing castles, vineyards and charming riverside scenes. Hop on and off all day at the many stops along the Rhine and Moselle Rivers your flexible single-day ticket.
  • 1-day Rhine River pass for the Nostalgic Route from Koblenz to Rudesheim
  • See the beauty of the Rhine Valley while cruising at a leisurely pace
  • Travel along the Middle Rhine, admiring the castles and the Loreley rock
  • Flexibility to choose your own itinerary on your day of Rhine River sightseeing
Your full-day tour of the legendary Middle Rhine begins with morning departure from Koblenz. Make your way to the embarkation point near the Deutsche Eck on the Rhine promenade, and climb aboard the KD’s romantic Goethe ship. This paddlewheel steamer offers a unique atmospheric experience for all. Fall back in time to the Golden Twenties as you stroll through the ship’s saloons, bedecked in art deco accents.

Grab a comfortable seat, sip on a coffee or tea from the onboard cafe (own expense) and catch impressive views of key riverside sites. Your journey along the Nostalgic Route takes you past stunning castles, gorgeous vineyards, Loreley Rock and more. 

The 11-hour tour returns to the departure point in Koblenz by evening. (Please see ‘Itinerary’ section below for current timetable.)


9:00am - Depart - Koblenz

9:40am - Oberlahnstein

9:50am - Rhens

10:05am - Braubach

11:00am - Boppard

11:10am - Kamp-Bornhofen

11.25am - Bad Salzig

12:10pm - St. Goarshausen

12:20pm - St. Goar

12:50pm - Oberwesel

1:05pm - Kaub

1:30pm - Bacharach

2:30pm - Assmannshausen

3:00pm - Bingen

3:15pm - Arrive - Rudesheim

4:15pm - Depart - Rudesheim

4:30pm - Bingen

4:45pm - Assmannshausen

5:15pm - Bacharach

5:25pm - Kaub

5:35pm - Oberwesel

5:55pm - St. Goar

6:05pm - St. Goarshausen

6:30pm - Bad Salzig

6:40pm - Kamp-Bornhofen

6:50pm - Boppard

7:20pm - Braubach

7:30pm - Rhens

7:40pm - Oberlahnstein

8:10pm - Arrive - Koblenz
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An amazing time on the boat, the...
Allen L
, Nov 2017
An amazing time on the boat, the slow moving boat gives you time see all the sights, the towns castles and more, fall colors where wonderful, i would recommend this cruise, plenty of room on the boat, we even ate on the boat, the food was good.
Tour operator had people arriving at...
Wayne Hopper H
, Oct 2017
Tour operator had people arriving at the same time at our meeting location. He had to take the people with one half day trips to Neuschwanstein Castle first. He said he would be right back. He shows up at 9:20 am tour was supposed to start at 9:00. We had to go back to the castle to drop off two more people with one-half day trips. Now we are an hour late for our all day tour. The first stop was supposed to be Linderhof Palace. The route we took had a bridge that was out and this caused us another 45 minute delay to go around the mountain in a different direction. We toured the castle and when we returned, he said that he could only drive us through Oberammergau because of delays and the fact that our tour at Neuschwanstein castle was at 2:50. So we drive through Oberammergau instead of being able to visit the town, and then we are on our way again. Then we get about 5 miles out of town and he realizes that he should have filled up the tank with gas and we had to drive back to Oberammergau for gas. We booked the trip so that we could walk around Oberammergau and he seemed to think it was not important. More time lost. The van was not comfortable, windows not clean, and it was difficult to find the seat belt connectors due to a seat cover. The driver drove way to fast and it was scary. We have booked trips through Viator since 2005, and this is our second bad experience in two out of our last three trips. It seems the quality has gone down in that time frame. We will not use this service again.
cruise trip worthy to include in your...
Ramisis F
, Oct 2017
cruise trip worthy to include in your travel bucket list
We started the tour in Boppard and...
Leora V
, Aug 2017
We started the tour in Boppard and it was a perfect length for the cruise. We didn't wait for the paddle boat but took one of the others and it was still a great boat. We enjoyed the scenery and the service on the boat. Would recommend this to anyone interested in seeing the castles along the Rhine.
We my husband, adult daughter, and I...
Robin S
, Jul 2017
We my husband, adult daughter, and I are so glad that we took this one-day trip. The price was right, and the food and drink on-board was good and reasonably priced as well. We opted not to disembark earlier, but I can see that being a good option for those who want a slightly shorter or more diverse day. We used the full day trip to catch up on some reading while enjoying the castles, towns, and vineyards and the stories behind them. A shorter 3-4 hour? trip would have been plenty if our main objective was sight-seeing.
It was a wonderful day of cruising...
Phyllis M
, Oct 2016
It was a wonderful day of cruising past vineyards and castles, and beautiful cities. We were on the paddle boat and it was elegant. We ate a delicious lunch and met some very interesting people. We met people from all over the world. We were safe and saw some terrific views. We could have hopped on and off to another boat and toured in a city, but we would have lost the paddle boat then. It was so much fun. This is a wonderful one-day tour along a beautiful stretch of the Rhine. A must do!
This is a great cruise to see all...
Joseph R
, Sep 2016
This is a great cruise to see all the castles and beautiful landscape along the Rhine River in 1 day. If you don't want to stay on the cruise to the end you can get off anywhere along the way and take the next boat going back to your original destination. I highly recommend this cruise.
Loved the rhine cruise. The weather...
Joan H
, Sep 2016
Loved the rhine cruise. The weather was perfect and we had an enjoyable day. Joan and Mark
Helpful advice given when ticket...
Marc P
, Aug 2016
Helpful advice given when ticket collected about getting off at the pretty town of Bacharach and then exploring the town and castle above whilst waiting for the ship to return as two return sailings available at that time. The ship used, the paddle ship Goethe, was very well provided for with good staff and the breakfast and drinks at a price you would expect
Great tour. Need better parking...
Rene K
, Jun 2016
Great tour. Need better parking guidance/direction!!

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