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Our most recommended Rhine, Germany Cruises & Boat Tours

Cologne: Panoramic City Cruise

1. Cologne: Panoramic City Cruise

Journey through the charming city of Cologne and discover its sightseeing highlights from the water. Grab some snacks and drinks from the onboard bar (at your own expense), and relax as you look out at Cologne’s historic landmarks and bridges. Get to know Cologne's Old Town, characterized by its beautiful churches and historic buildings. You'll also spot impressive modern buildings here and there, such as the Lindt chocolate museum. Admire the beautiful Cologne Cathedral and snap some photos from afar to capture the structure in all its glory.

Koblenz: Upper Middle Rhine Valley Castle Boat Tour

2. Koblenz: Upper Middle Rhine Valley Castle Boat Tour

Welcome aboard the La Paloma for a cruise in the Upper Middle Rhine Valley World Heritage Site. On no other stretch of the Rhine are the castles and palaces so beautifully strung together. On board the La Paloma, you can relax and enjoy the view. Start in Koblenz and first sail a short distance down the Rhine with a view of the Rhine in front of Koblenz, the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, and the famous "Deutsche Eck" (German Corner). At the mouth of the Moselle, the ship turns around and makes its way up the Rhine to Braubach to Marksburg Castle. The cruise takes you past the Electoral Palace of Koblenz (Kufürstliches Schloss Koblenz), the Koblenz Brewery, Lahneck Castle, Stolzenfels Castle and the Königsstuhl in Rhens. In Braubach the ship turns around and sails back to Koblenz.

Cochem: Panoramic City Cruise Options on Moselle River

3. Cochem: Panoramic City Cruise Options on Moselle River

Take in the sights of picturesque Cochem and the Moselle Valley aboard a relaxing river cruise. Opt for a 1-hour panoramic tour or 2-hour evening tour.  As you cruise down the Moselle River, enjoy amazing views of preserved timbered houses and lush vineyards. Marvel at the majestic sight of Reichsburg Cochem, a 1,000-year-old castle with a storied past perched high above the river on a mighty rock.     Learn about the history of this small town on the banks of the Moselle in the Rhineland-Palatinate region of southwestern Germany. During your trip, the audio guide will explain all the sights and important town historical events in both German and English.    You are welcome to enjoy snacks and drinks offered a la carte.

Rhine Valley Castles: 1.5-Hour Boat Tour from Rüdesheim

4. Rhine Valley Castles: 1.5-Hour Boat Tour from Rüdesheim

Experience a castle tour in the Middle Rhine Valley, where fine wines from ruby red Pinot Noir to shimmering golden Riesling are grown. Discover one of Europe’s oldest trade routes along former toll castles and robber barons' nests, where Victor Hugo, Goethe, and Heinrich Heine are onboard in spirit. Explore beloved places of the Middle Rhine Valley that inspired the poets who created Rhine Romanticism. This section of the Rhine, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2002, is home to more castles than anywhere else. Admire Rheinstein Castle, Reichenstein Castle (Trechtingshausen), the ruins of Ehrenfels Castle, and the fabled Mouse Tower of Binger Loch. See the Nahe river flow into the Rhine and marvel at Klopp Castle before continuing on to the Niederwald Monument with the Germania and the Niederwald Temple in Osteinpark. Let the myth of the Rhine Romanticism enchant you. Admire the red wine region of Assmannhausen with its famous Pinot Noir vineyards as well as the flourishing town of Bingen with the beautiful Rhine park of the 2008 horticultural show and Rüdesheim with the famous Drosselgasse.

1-Hour Panorama Boat Cruise Through Frankfurt am Main

5. 1-Hour Panorama Boat Cruise Through Frankfurt am Main

Hop on a boat tour along Frankfurt’s River Main and discover the bustling metropolis, departing at least 6 times each day. Take an hour to explore the riverine side of Germany's financial capital and experience stunning views from the water. Enjoy the best views of Germany’s most imposing skyline on board the new KD boat, the MS Palladium. Discover the impressive financial city of Frankfurt and get some insight into the history and traditions behind this dynamic city. On this unique tour along the River Main, you'll learn the history behind all of Frankfurt’s major attractions. The MS Palladium is also handicapped-accessible, making it possible for every person to experience Frankfurt by water.

Düsseldorf: Boat Cruise on the Rhine

6. Düsseldorf: Boat Cruise on the Rhine

Düsseldorf has a lot to offer – not just the carnival. Get to know the sights in Düsseldorf aboard a superb river cruise. Discover Germany's city of fashion at its best as you relax on board. Admire the ruins of the city and be impressed by the panorama of the picturesque Old Town. Located at the cultural and commercial heart of the Rhineland, you will see plenty of life on the river banks as you cruise by. Sail from a central location in the city center, and see the lovely banks of the Rhine River in comfort. During the trip on the Rhine, you will get to admire some of the city's major landmarks and sights from the water. On board the boat, you can grab some snacks and drinks from the bar at reasonable prices.

Frankfurt: River Main Sightseeing Cruise with Commentary

7. Frankfurt: River Main Sightseeing Cruise with Commentary

The 50- or 100-minutes boat trips depart from Eiserner Steg. The boat leaves every hour. You have can choose between either 50/100 minutes downstream or 50/100 minutes upstream. Sailing towards Griesheim, see the urban areas of Frankfurt towards the Western harbor. Here you have a wonderful view of the skyscrapers of Frankfurts Financial Center or you can enjoy the museums along the embankment, for example the Städel. The ship will turn around before the Griesheim lock. At 12h00 the tour will take you upstream. Sail past the beautiful embankments of the river main towards the Eastern harbor of the city. You can see the district Sachsenhausen and its museum embankment. You will have the chance to get off at "Gerbermühle", a historic landmark to Frankfurt's poet Goethe. All tours are accompanied by commentaries in English and German.

Düsseldorf: Brewery Tour with Alt Beer Tastings

8. Düsseldorf: Brewery Tour with Alt Beer Tastings

Experience a fun way to explore the beautiful city and history of Düsseldorf with the renowned brewery tour. Meet your young and energetic guide, an experienced professional who will happily take you on a trip through the city's most famous breweries. Not only will you learn a little bit about the breweries and the local brewing culture, but most importantly taste the result of hundreds of years of brewing experience. Enjoy the warm and traditional atmosphere as the brewery tour shines a light on Düsseldorf's weirdest, most interesting, and hilarious facts and legends. The tour covers not only the most historical and experienced breweries such as the “Im Füchschen”, but also the more modern masters in “Alt Beer” brewing such as the “Kürzer”. Begin at the Radschläger Brunnen opposite the famous Brewery “Zum Goldenen Ring”. The guides are easily spotted, equipped with black backpacks and a signature red nametag. They will gather all the participants before starting the tour giving you an opportunity to meet the rest of the beer lovers and make some friends as well as ensuring that nobody gets left behind. After getting acquainted, no time is wasted as the tour starts the thirst-quenching journey to 3 different breweries, where you will taste delicious local beer to find the one that best suits you. On this tour, the guides have the freedom to choose which breweries to take you to. This allows them to make decisions based on the group dynamic ensuring that everyone is entertained and satisfied. No matter whether you’re there with your friends, families, coworkers, sports team or even by yourself, the public brewery tour will satisfy each and every one of you.

Düsseldorf: 2-Hour Evening Rhine River Cruise with Live DJ

9. Düsseldorf: 2-Hour Evening Rhine River Cruise with Live DJ

See Düsseldorf light up as the sun goes down on this 2-hour Rhine River cruise. As twilight envelops the city, experience the charm of the ruins and Old Town from the comfort of a gentle cruise ship. Relax with a live DJ, commentary from your guide, and immaculate views of the historic German city. See the striking buildings in the state capital shine in the soft light and hear from your guide about Düsseldorf’s rich heritage. Watch the sunset on the horizon and witness the city’s vibrant nightlife awaken. Enjoy music from the onboard DJ throughout your 2-hour journey for a perfectly chilled-out atmosphere. Check out the bar and barbecue for a selection of cocktails, beers, or tasty snacks.

Cologne: Brewery Tour with Three "Kölsch" Tastings

10. Cologne: Brewery Tour with Three "Kölsch" Tastings

Explore the beautiful city and history of Cologne in a fun and interactive way. Take a brewery tour as you get to know the culture and the beer of the city. Take part in a tour where the guides have the freedom to choose which breweries to take you to. Allow these Kölsch connoisseurs to make decisions based on the group dynamic, ensuring that everyone is entertained and satisfied Begin your experience near the cathedral's grand entrance by the Kreuzblumen monument. Start the thirst-quenching journey to 3 different breweries, where you will taste 3 delicious local beers to find the one that best suits you. Learn about the breweries and the local brewing culture as well as tasting hundreds of years worth of brewing experience. Visit traditional breweries such as the 700-year-old Brauhaus Sion, as well as younger upstarts like Früh am Dom, Cologne's largest.

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based on 296 reviews

We have gone on several winery tours in the past, but this one by far surpasses them all. There were many factors that made this one the best. The first was our phenomenal tour guide, Andreas. His amazing knowledge on both the history of wine in the area and the science behind wine making were superb. He delivers the information with great passion and in a very friendly way. Next, was the unbelievable food that his wife prepared for us and how the wine was paired with each of the four courses. Overall, between the walk through the vineyard and meal, the tour was an incredible 6 plus hours that just seemed to fly by.

I really enjoyed this cruise. The boats are amazing - much nicer than expected. The service onboard was great and the food fantastic. Konigswinter is lovely. I recommend getting the cable car up to the mountain.

A highly recommended tour, especially if you are a group 6-7 persons the boat. The tour started punctual and was fun to relax in the boat and enjoy the tour for around 2 hours.

Peter was wonderful, informational and entertaining. He knows wine, and the region very well. Great tour.

The experience was really amazing. The route is so scenic & serene