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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.

Highlights

  • 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

Joyce C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The trip was great. We especially enjoyed the boat trip and the tour of the castle.

Raymond L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great day of touring took the double tour of Heidelberg castle and Rhine valley what a way to spend a day seeing the castle ruins and taking a boat ride up the majestic Rhine river, great memories !

Theresa M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Our guide Adrien was funny and nice. The castle was very lovely and having the chance to explore the town of Heidelberg on our own was very fun. We then returned to Frankfurt to retrieve a few more tourists and drop of a few. The ride to the Rhine Valley was easy and the boat trip was beautiful. Dinner at the restaurant was an experience, the decor was like nothing ever seen before. Food was fine. A great way to end our 4 week vacation of Europe.

Allan W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Great trip. Tour guide Adriane was very entertaining and knowledgeable.

James R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!

craigshannon2624

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Everything went well on this trip. Maybe could have used a little less humor and a lot more information.

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.

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