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Rhine River Cruise from Koblenz to St. Goare: Loreley Rock, Ehrenbreitstein Fortress and Koblenz Cable Car

Koblenz, Germany
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Explore the UNESCO-listed Rhine River Gorge on a 2.5-hour sightseeing cruise from Koblenz! Soak up beautiful riverside scenery as you glide pass castles, vineyards and Loreley Rock, and stop at the charming village of St. Goare for an optional visit to Rheinfels Castle. Begin or end your trip with a ride on the Koblenz cable car up to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress for amazing valley views and an included tour.
  • Rhine River cruise from Koblenz to St Goare with entrance to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress
  • Enjoy panoramic views of the UNESCO-listed Rhine Gorge on a round-trip cable car ride to Ehrenbreitstein
  • Cruise down the Rhine River from Koblenz to St Goare, passing Loreley Rock
  • See sights like Stiftskirche or Rheinfels Castle independently, if you wish
  • Listen to commentary about the Rhine River valley while cruising
Your full-day tour of the stunning Rhine Gorge begins at your leisure from Koblenz. Depending on your vacation schedule, choose a morning or afternoon start time, then make your way to the embarkation point near the Deutsche Eck on the Rhine promenade. Climb aboard the KD sightseeing boat and grab a comfortable seat on the outside deck or in the spacious indoor saloon. 

The float to St. Goare takes approximately 3.5 hours, so sit back, listen to interesting onboard commentary and admire lovely views of castles, fortresses, vineyards, rustic villages and the breathtaking Loreley Rock, a mythic slate rock jutting 427 feet (130 meters) from the river.

Hop off the boat in the lovely village of St. Goare. Take as much time as you’d like to independently explore the town, browse for souvenirs like a signature cuckoo clock, sample local beer or have a relaxing meal (own expense). For a dose of medieval German architecture, purchase a visit to Stiftskirche or Rhienfels Castle. When you’re ready to depart, head back to the dock for the return trip to Koblenz.

Included in your excursion is roundtrip passage on the Koblenz cable car — the longest in Europe outside of the Alps — and admission to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. Your tickets are good all day, so choose to start or end your tour with this epic ride up to the 2,789 feet (850 meters) dropoff. From this lofty vantage point, marvel at unbeatable views of the UNESCO-listed gorge, then take you time touring the grand fortress and its historic museum.
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, Jun 2019
Excellent day trip. Great value for your dollar. Reccommed à one way trip to st goar then a train back to koln.
This could have been a 5 star tour...
Scott S
, Nov 2017
This could have been a 5 star tour for me, but there was one serious problem. There is no way to see Loreley and Ehrenbreitstein in one day!!! I was advised to go to Ehrenbreitstein first or else I would only have 30 minutes to see it after Loreley, so I did go to Ehrenbreitstein first. I took the later boat to Loreley, but it arrived just 30 minutes before the last boat in return! I wanted to see Loreley, and I didn't get to. If you do this tour, do your research, figure out which of the 2 attractions you want to see AND DON'T BE BULLIED INTO DOING WHAT THE RANDOM PERSON AT THE TICKET COUNTER DICTATES THAT YOU DO. Also, understand that this is really just 1 attraction, not 2!!!
This one of the better Viator...
David A P
, Sep 2017
This one of the better Viator offerings we've ever had. Excellent value for the money. We were able to see some of the highlights of Koblenz, the Rhine, and the added value was the cable car ride up to the fortress on the hill overlooking the surrounding area at no additional cost. Only two issues, if addressed could make the experience better: Parking is horrendous if you drive into Koblenz for the tour. If Viator provided locations parking was available, it would certainly make it less stressful. Another issue was the lack of information about those sights along the river route. Providing that would enhance the experience just that much more. Otherwise, my wife and I loved it. We sat in the dining area, ate and drank while we viewed some wonderful sights in a relaxed and pleasant atmosphere. I would recommend this tour to everyone.
How many castles can you stomach...
Geoff M
, Aug 2017
How many castles can you stomach? Beautiful trip on the is a 6 hour round trip....we cruised down to St.Goare...then jumped ship and caught the train back 25 would be a great idea to have this as a package cruise one way...train back....this was ideal...another 3 hours back up the river...slightly painful with the same scenery... The fortress was excellent and totally recommend this for history buffs..
The information about the tour did...
, Jul 2017
The information about the tour did not tell you that you had a three hour wait at St Goare before a boat could take you back to Koblenz. Additionally the Loreley Rock was really not part of the tour. St. Goare is before the Loreley Rock and to really see it you have to exit the boat the stop before St. Goare and walk quite a way. This was not explained, nor was there any mention of the Loreley Rock. That was disappointing.
The cruise was a pleasant way to see...
Carolyn H
, Jul 2016
The cruise was a pleasant way to see the many sights along the Rhine. Viator info was incomplete and caused us to get a very poor deal. We got to Koblenz before the 2:00 cruise to take the cable car to the fort, but the KD kiosk was closed for a 1 Hr lunch. We had to purchase tix adding to cost.
Excellent value for money,although...
james c
, Sep 2015
Excellent value for money,although the weather was a bit dull, there was plenty of sights to see and great photo opportunities. The crew were very helpful and attentive to our needs. Good food and drink made this a very pleasant trip. Recommended.
Tour from Koblenz to St Goar was...
Jennifer L
, Aug 2015
Tour from Koblenz to St Goar was great. We also rode the cable car but didn't have enough time to explore. I would highly recommend both of these.
Nice river cruise. Should have been...
Mrs V E M
, Jul 2015
Nice river cruise. Should have been more informed if the places to visit.
We wanted to take the 9AM river...
, Jul 2015
We wanted to take the 9AM river trip. We got to the kiosk at 8:45 and it took until 9:10 before the line got to the front. We were then told that we had to take the 2 PM trip because you had to take the fortress trip first - there was no 9 AM river trip. Very confusing. End result was that we were not back to Koblenz until 8 PM and were unable to see the things we planned for the later afternoon when we thought we would be back from the morning cruise.

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