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We missed our free Viking port tour so this tour was the only introduction to Cologne we had. We really enjoyed the boat tour...we were 3 minutes late trying to find the pier so they held the boat for us - thank you. The tour about the city was excellent. We saw the main sights, and we enjoyed the comentary.
sally United States of ...
The cruise was lovely, well done and the narration was excellent - in English and in German. I was interested to see so many German tourists as well as people from all parts of the world taking this cruise. The hop-On Hop-Off bus tour - the first bus was excellent and the gal that did the narrating was excellent as well as the bus driver, The last bus driver - did not speak English, had a taped narration and was a bit crude since he did not know English. Plus he was late getting there.
This was our highlight of our Hop-On-Hop-Off and our stay in Cologne. This river ride is highly recommended and no visitor to Cologne should give this a miss.
Excelent I would recoment it to everybody who wants to travel to Cologne.
The Rhine river crousse , beautyful.
David B Australia
The river cruise was an excellent way to ge a feel for the Rhine and for Cologne. The commentary was very informative and easy to follow along. The two day open top bus pass was great as well. We used the first trip on the bus to get our bearings and find out where the main attractions and activities were. We then went back to the things we really wanted to see. The Cathedral is a Must and you need to allow at least 2 hours to do it properly. Bus guides were friendly and informative. On some bsues there was recorded commentary listened through headphones.
It might be good to include directions to the voucher/ticket booth. River cruise was awesome! Bus tour was good. The first bus I rode was with a live guide and very good. Unfortunately we encountered some mechanical issues and the bus had to stop for several minutes while they fixed the problem. Second bus I had to use head phones. This would not have been a problem if they had told me that and told me which dial number to use as I entered the bus. Tour was good for the price.
The hop-on hop-off tour was extremely convenient and took us to many attractions around town. The Rhine cruise provided some great views of Köln along the river. With this said the tour was ruined by some latecomers who were loud and shouldn and #39;t have been allowed on the boat (showed 5 mins late!)
A nice way to familiarize oneself with the various parts and attractions of Koeln.
River tour was short and no audio explaining the sights, but was neat to see the city from the water. The bus tour was very informative and a good way to see the city in a short amount of time.
Randy P United States of ...
The length of this tour 48 hours gives you plenty of time to see the sites of Cologne. The Cathedral is he highlight along with the Roman-Germanic Museum which is next door. The Canal cruise is nice but it could be a little longer. Take a full trip around first as is good with most Hop On Hop Off Tours and get an idea where you want to spend time. Recommend this Tour..
The bus tour was OK...finding the stops can be a little confusing. They are not the regular bus stops but the representative didn't give much instruction on what to look for. The buses only come every 30 minutes, so we waited quite a bit. One one bus, the commentary was only in German and my headset didn't work, but another bus had a much better guide who spoke German and English.
Once on the bus, it takes you to most major landmarks and attractions you would want to visit.
The river cruise made up for the shortcomings of the bus tour. We enjoyed it very much and also had commentary. Overall, I would recommend this experience.
If you do not get on at stop one you do not hear you are to tell the driver what stop you want to get off. Not that that matters if you only speak English! If you expect to be right near the sites when you get off a stop, sorry only three stops are near the attractions. At one stop I had to walk 20 minutes.
Good way to see the City. Too bad the head phones were working well.
It was okay. Hop on Hop off bus was okay. It's very hard to hear since the loud speaker was talking in German very loud and headphone was not very helpful. Boat ride was okay. Confortable, no announcement, just sightseeing. Only thing I found in Cologne interesting was Cathedral. Not much to see in Cologne.
A very pretty town - must remember to let the driver know that you want to get off - does not stop unless requested.
It was raining hard that day we did not enjoy it much. But it and #39;s a good way to see the city. Cologne is a simple city with gothic flare. A combination of old and new. Just be careful all the time and be mindful of your belongings. We are a victim of theft at the Central Station.
Cynthia C Canada
Nice tour to get overview of City. Changed the route from when I booked, so didn't see a couple of items.
Easy to locate near train station and Cathedral.
There is just not a lot to see in this crowded, dirty city. The botanical gardens were awesome and of course, the DOM was an amazing experience as well. Those are the only worthwhile reasons to get off the bus. Enjoyed this but needed more.
The bus tour station was difficult to find and the main central station did not really give us good direction.
The city was nice to see but I was not happy with the bus driver on my first day. The guide onboard did not speak English well and directed us to the wrong ticket office to exchange the voucher. The woman there said the drivers don't know where to tell people to go for the exchange we had to walk at least 15 minutes to get the ticket. I don't like the fact that even paying for the voucher we had to get a ticket somewhere else. That is inconvenient in a strange city so I doubt I will buy vouchers again.
We were also not offered a headset and when I did see others returning one I was glad I didn't have one because the same headsets were passed to other people without sanitation! I brought my own headset on the second day. I did enjoy the Rhine river cruise and would recommend that.
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