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Romantic Rhine Valley Day Tour from Frankfurt

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  • Enjoy the spectacular beauty of the Romantic Rhine!
  • See landscapes that inspired Wagner
  • Enjoy a scenic cruise on a Rhine steamer (summer months)
  • Sample some famous Rhineland wines
  • Expert local guide to go with you

The fairytale landscapes of the Middle Rhine Valley have inspired generations of artists, writers and musicians. Discover the spectacular beauty of this area on a delightful day tour from Frankfurt.

Travel through the region known as the “Romantic Rhine,” a UNESCO World Heritage Site where geology and history have combined to create scenes of matchless beauty.

Gaze at the towering cliffs, the pretty villages and the neat vineyards. Admire the mighty medieval castles picturesquely perched on crags above the great river.

See the massive bulk of Lorelei Rock, a giant slate outcrop reputed to spell doom to sailors navigating the river in the olden days. Have your camera ready to capture jaw-dropping views from Niederwald Monument.

Enjoy lunch in a beautiful riverside restaurant plus a delightful 90-minute boat trip on a Rhine steamer, in summer, or a visit to a castle in winter. Your tour also includes a chance to taste the delicious wines of the region and, time permitting, a shopping stop at Rüdesheim/Drosselgasse.

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Well organised tour, friendly tour guide. Pretty scenery, although would have liked to spend more time on the boat....

Daniel Teh Australia
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To join the Romantic Rhine Valley Day Tour from Frankfurt you should make your way to the tour office at Wiesenhüttenstr. 39, 60329 Frankfurt. Hotel pick-up can be arranged for an extra charge (approx euro 5.00 per person).

This coach tour takes you to the Middle Rhine, the most beautiful part of the great Rhine Valley that runs south to north through Europe. Known as the “Romantic Rhine”, this area has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its natural beauty and historic importance.

For millennia the River Rhine has been a vitally important trade route. In its middle section, it runs through a spectacular gorge with steep cliffs rising 200 meters on either side. The micro-climate within the rock walls provides perfect conditions for growing crops, especially vines. Rich agriculture and the booming trade along the river made the Middle Rhine wealthy and great castles were built on the crags to protect the trade route.

These magnificent castles, many now in ruins, add to the beauty of a landscape which has inspired many poets and artists. The Middle Rhine inspired Heinrich Heine to write his poem “Lorelei” and Richard Wagner used this stretch of the river as the setting for his opera “Götterdämmerung”.

On this tour you will see the famous Loreley Rock, an enormous slate outcrop rising 435 feet (132m) above the river. The rock squeezes the river into a deep narrow channel, interspersed with reefs and rapids, making navigation difficult and dangerous. Old legends say a siren called “Lorelei” would bewitch the hearts of sailors and, when they looked up to the rock, their boat would crash and sink.

Visit the Niederwald Monument in Niederwald Landscape Park and enjoy magnificent views. Inaugurated in 1883, the monument commemorates the foundation of the German Empire after the end of the Franco-Prussian War. 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.

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).

Please note
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details.
Please have your printed voucher in hand to present to staff upon boarding.

A vegetarian option is available for lunch. The tour guide will ask the group prior to arrival to the restaurant if they wish to have the regular lunch or the vegetarian lunch.
However, if participants wish to eat something other than the set meal (regular or vegetarian) they can order a la carte. Orders a la carte have to be paid extra and cannot replace the set meal.
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned coach
  • English-speaking guide
  • Lunch: German roast chicken with French fries and mixed salad (vegetarian option available)
  • 90-minute Rhine steamer ride (summer months only. In winter you can visit a castle instead)
  • Wine tasting session
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off (can be arranged at approx. euro 5.00 per person each way)
  • Drinks with lunch
  • Cable car ride (optional) (approx euro 4.50 for adults and euro 2.00 for kids - 5-14 years)
  • Audio commentary in languages other than English (cost euro 5.00 per person)
What happens after I book?
  • A booking voucher will be sent to you by email
  • Print all pages of the voucher
  • Present the voucher at the tour start point or attraction entrance
Activity schedule
When does it run?
Approximately 8 hours
Start time
1115h (11:15am)
Meeting point
Please make your way to Wiesenhüttenstr. 39, 60329 Frankfurt (close to Central Station/opposite to Hotel Savoy.
Please reach the meeting point 15 minutes earlier.
Hotel pick up and drop service is available for Frankfurt Hotels (payable direct at approx euro 5.00 per person each way). To request pick-up/Drop off, call the tour operator office on the number given on your confirmation voucher prior to the tour date.
Ending point
The tour ends at the starting point.
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Additional information
The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
In accordance with German law, a seat is provided for children of all ages.
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Dress for the weather. Don’t forget the camera

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