Koblenz, Germany
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Overview

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.)

Itinerary

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

Reviews

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A
, 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.

W
, 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.

R
, Oct 2017

cruise trip worthy to include in your travel bucket list

L
, 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.

R
, 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.

J
, Jul 2017

The all-day pass is a good value, but be aware that you probably can't see the entire route and get off at a couple stops unless you commit to starting first thing in the morning at Koblenz or Rudesheim, and sticking around all day. The schedule is available on this website. The Subway on board our boat was not open until after noon, but there were snacks available on the top deck. The tour itself is nice. A recording presents information in a few different languages.

Also - on our specific day, there was an American woman who ruined the entire experience for a lot of us because of her obnoxious yelling about the Subway not opening when she wanted it to and her children being out of control. Kids are kids, but hers were screaming inside the restaurant and she was nowhere to be found. Meanwhile, she was yelling at crew at the top of her lungs. As a fellow American, I was embarrassed by her idiocy and how the crew neglected to handle the situation. They could have removed her from the boat at the next stop, but she carried on and on for over an hour. If you read a really negative review from the end of June 2017 about how the Subway wasn't open, do not heed it. She literally cursed me out for asking her children to be quiet and for asking her to calm down so that we could enjoy our cruise. No wonder Europeans don't have the best view of Americans.

P
, 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!

J
, Sep 2016

Loved the rhine cruise. The weather was perfect and
we had an enjoyable day.
Joan and Mark

J
, 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.

M
, 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


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