To join the Romantic Rhine & Frankfurt City Day Tour you should make your way to the tour office at Wiesenhüttenstr. 39, 60329 Frankfurt. (Hotel pick up service is available for Frankfurt Hotels - payable direct at approx euro 5.00 per person.) On this combo tour you spend about eight hours exploring the Rhine and then enjoy two hours sightseeing in Frankfurt.
At the start of the day, you’ll travel in a comfortable coach to the most beautiful part of the Rhine Valley – the Middle Rhine. This is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its natural beauty and historic importance.
In its middle section the Rhine runs through a spectacular gorge. Rich agriculture and a booming water-borne trade made the area wealthy and great castles were built on crags to protect the trade route.
The glorious landscape has been celebrated by many poets and artists. It inspired Heinrich Heine to write his poem “Lorelei” and Wagner used this stretch of the river as the setting for his opera “Götterdämmerung”.
You will see the famous Loreley Rock, an enormous outcrop above a dangerous stretch of river. Old legends say a siren called “Lorelei” would bewitch the sailors and when they looked up to the rock their boat would crash and sink.
Your tour also visits the Niederwald Monument, in Niederwald Landscape Park, where you will see magnificent views. In the summer months, a cable car ride is also possible (payable direct).
Relax over lunch in a beautiful restaurant on the riverside. The set meal is German roast chicken with French fries and a mixed salad. A vegetarian option is available. Your guide will ask the group prior to arrival at the restaurant if they wish to have the regular lunch or the vegetarian lunch.
In the afternoon, in summer, enjoy a scenic 90 minute boat trip on a Rhine steamer up to St. Goarshausen. In winter, the river trip will be replaced by a visit to one of the splendid castles.
In the afternoon, you will also be invited to a wine tasting and if time permits there will be a shopping stop at Rüdesheim/Drosselgasse.
On returning to Frankfurt, you will be shown the highlights of the old and new parts of town. Now an important European banking center, Frankfurt is the former coronation city of the German emperors. If the weather is good, you will travel in an open-top bus; in bad weather the bus will be closed.
Close to the medieval Römer (the old City Hall) leave the coach for a stroll around the old part of the city, accompanied by your guide. Built in the 15th century, the Römer is Frankfurt's most important historic building, taking its name from the Roman settlements that once stood there.
You will see the neo-Gothic Frankfurt Cathedral, reconstructed after a fire in 1867, and St. Paul’s Church, which began life in 1789 as a Protestant church and later became the seat of the Frankfurt Parliament.
Hopping back on the coach, continue to Old Sachsenhausen, where you have a stop to explore this vibrant district, famous for its cider houses, bars and restaurants.
Back on board, you’ll head for Frankfurt's modern European banking center with its glossy skyscrapers. On the way you'll pass Goethe House, the birthplace of Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, the 18th-century poet, and the International Exhibition Grounds. Other famous landmarks you see before the end of the tour include the baroque Old Hauptwache building, the Zeil shopping center, the old city walls, and one of Europe’s largest rail stations.
Your tour ends back at the starting point at Wiesenhüttenstr. 39. Hotel drop-off can be arranged for an extra charge (approx euro 5.00 per person).