A river ship excursion from Cologne will provide a great vantage point of seeing the Rhine Valley.
The Middle Rhine, located between Rudesheim and Koblenz, includes more than twenty medieval castles, vineyards, the famous Loreley Rock and picturesque villages.
Boat trips will range from 1-hour sightseeing cruises to round trips which last for an entire day, and tours that are available during the entire year, with reduced schedules during the winter season.
KD Rhine owns a large fleet of cruise boats. From early April to late October, this company will run frequent schedules on the Rhine River from Cologne to Mainz, as well as on the Moselle River between Koblenz to Cochen.
If you manage to purchase a 1-day KD Pass, you will be able to take up to 4 boat tours in one single day, being able to hop on and off the ship in any of the available stops along the way, including Bonn, Linz or Remagen. You can use the pass of SS Goethe, the last -remaining paddle steamer along the Rhine River, which will be sailing from Koblenz to Rudesheim.
Short Sightseeing Tours
KolnTourist will provide a 1-hour sightseeing tour which will run 5 times per day during summer season and in winter season, only on weekends. The ship will be providing panoramic landscapes of Cologne`s Old Town area, and will be passing under 4 historic bridges along the Rhine River.
The narration will be English and German. You will be able to break your tour at Rodenkirchen if you want to go ashore for exploring a fishing village, and then you may return to the boat later. KD Rhine will run a 2-hour afternoon sightseeing cruise, which will include coffee as well. On Saturday evenings in summer season, this company will provide a 3-hour dinner cruise tour which will include music as well.
Bus & Cruise Excursion
Book this excursion through the Cologne Tourist Board. Tickets can be bought from the Service Center located in opposite direction of the cathedral. This is a tour which will last for a full day, about ten hours to be more exact, starting in the front of Koln Cathedral.
The bus will travel along the Rhine River, will be passing a few towns like Linz, Bonn, Remagen, Bad Hommingen, where you will have some time for exploring the nearby areas or eat your lunch. In the second half of the day, you will be cruising back to Cologne pass the Rhine Valley on a riverboat. This cruise tour will be available each and every Sunday from early April to late October.