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Koblenz: Upper Middle Rhine Valley Castle Boat Tour

1. 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.

Heidelberg: Riverboat Tour to Neckarsteinach and Audio Guide

2. Heidelberg: Riverboat Tour to Neckarsteinach and Audio Guide

Discover the castles of the Neckar valley on this riverboat tour from Heidelberg to Neckarsteinach. Relax aboard a comfortable ship with a covered seating area where you can choose your seat. Have the option of choosing a one-way trip or a round-trip cruise. Check in at the activity provider's office and board the spacious ship. Set off through the countryside. Pass under one of the arches of the 18th-century Old Heidelberg Bridge. Admire the ruins of the Renaissance Heidelberg Palace. Set off through the winding waters through the verdant countryside. Capture pictures of the four castles of Neckarsteinach. Look for local wildlife like deer, boar, and birds as you sail through the verdant Neckartal-Odenwald Nature Park. Relax and purchase delicious food and refreshing drinks onboard as you sail along. With your round trip ticket, you can stay in Neckarsteinach to visit the castles or travel back to Heidelberg at any time.

Bonn: 1.5-Hour River Cruise on the Rhine

3. Bonn: 1.5-Hour River Cruise on the Rhine

Marvel at some of Bonn’s most important — and beautiful – sights on the 1.5-hour cruise down the mighty Rhine River. Gaze upon the former West German capital’s governmental district, complete with the Hammerschmidt Villa, the former residence of the president of the Federal Republic of Germany.  Continue cruising down the Rhine and you’ll reach Königswinter, an idyllic wine village at the food of the mighty Drachenfels. From there, you’ll have a perfect view of the Drachenburg Castle — a 19th-century palace so directly pulled from a fairytale that it’s hard to believe that it’s real. On the way back, sample some German snacks and refreshments from the concession stand as you sail down the Rhine and return to the pier from which you departed.

Heidelberg 6-Hour Tour from Frankfurt

4. Heidelberg 6-Hour Tour from Frankfurt

Experience the charm of Heidelberg on this day trip from Frankfurt which includes entrance to Heidelberg Castle. Board a bus in the morning and spend the day seeing sights like the one of the largest wine bottles in the world.  Hop aboard an air-conditioned bus at a centrally-located bus stop in Frankfurt. Sit back and relax on the drive to Heidelberg. Visit the world-famous ruins of Heidelberg Castle which has a stunning combination Gothic and Renaissance elements.  Stroll through the expansive courtyard and admire the views from the terrace. Marvel at one of the largest wine barrels in the world. Wander through the medieval town center to find the Old Bridge, the Karlstor, and the Church of the Holy Spirit. Admire the Haus zum Ritter (Knight's house) with its magnificent Renaissance façade. Take a walk on old narrow lanes lined with half-timbered houses. Pass by Germany’s oldest university and is full of interesting stories.  Extra time can be spend philosophizing on the Philophenweg (Philosophers' Way) or purchasing a glass or two of excellent regional wine. Return to Frankfurt by bus at the end of your tour. 

Heidelberg: Sightseeing Bus and Castle Tour

5. Heidelberg: Sightseeing Bus and Castle Tour

First enjoy a comfortable bus tour with a certified guide, where you will learn more about the history of the city. Enjoy an unobstructed view of the spectacular Heidelberg Castle. Then, visit the grounds of Heidelberg Palace and admire its beauty up close. See the elegant inner courtyard and the famous Great Heidelberg Tun (wine barrel.) After exploring the castle, ride the funicular railway back to the Old Town.

Heidelberg: Private 3-Hour Tour with Castle Visit

6. Heidelberg: Private 3-Hour Tour with Castle Visit

Discover Heidelberg and immerse yourself in the fascinating history of the old town. In just a few hours you can explore all the historical sights. Learn interesting information and get great insider tips that won’t be found in any guide book – specifically tailored to your wishes. Stroll along one of the longest pedestrian zones in Germany directly through the picturesque old town and admire the magnificent Baroque buildings. See the beautiful Old Bridge and the impressive Church of the Holy Spirit, which once housed a collection of valuable documents. Walk through the former Hortus Palatinus (Garden Palatinate) to Heidelberg Castle ruins. After a detour to Scheffel Terrace with breathtaking views of the city and the Rhine River, you will head to the castle complex itself. Here you can see the largest ever wine barrel and enjoy wine tasting in the castle cellar or visit the Pharmacy Museum in the courtyard.

Rhine Falls: Coach Tour from Zurich

7. Rhine Falls: Coach Tour from Zurich

As you travel towards the Rhine Falls in northern Switzerland on this coach trip, you’ll pass through the charming farming village of Marthalen, with its traditional frame houses. You’ll also see the 16th-century Munot Fortress and the area’s renowned vineyards. The highlight of the trip will undoubtedly be the sight of the Rhine Falls. This natural feature is located on the Upper Rhine River and has been around since the Ice Age. During the summer you can take an optional boat ride to the middle of the falls, at the heart of the cascading waters, and enjoy the magnificent spectacle from the viewing platforms. Alternatively, you can enjoy a leisurely hour on the banks of the river. The return journey takes you over the border to southern Germany for a short stretch. Back in Zurich, you’ll be dropped off in the city center. A multi-lingual guide leads the excursion. The tour is a great way to start or end your vacation.

Zurich: Rhine Falls and Best of Zurich City Full-Day Tour

8. Zurich: Rhine Falls and Best of Zurich City Full-Day Tour

Marvel at Europe’s largest waterfall on a combined scenic and city tour of Zurich and the Rhine Falls in northern Switzerland. Start your tour in the farming village of Marthalen. Admire its old houses, the 16th-century Munot Fortress, and pass vineyards. Visit the Rhine Falls at Laufen Castle and marvel at the landscape that dates back to the Ice Age. In summer, take an optional boat ride to the heart of the Rhine Falls and enjoy the sights from viewing platforms. Return to Zurich for a guided tour of the Old Town. See Europe’s largest clock face at St. Peter’s Church and the Swiss National Museum. Admire the Grossmünster church and the Fraumünster church with its impressive stained-glass windows by Marc Chagall. After a stop at Lake Zurich, continue to the Zürichberg district to see the stately mansions of the old aristocracy. Continue to the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, one of the highest-ranked engineering colleges in the world, where past alumni include Albert Einstein.

Mannheim: Guided Walking Tour, Modern & Historical Mannheim

9. Mannheim: Guided Walking Tour, Modern & Historical Mannheim

Start the tour from Europe’s second-largest Baroque palace. Meet your expert guide who will provide more information about this stately former residence of the city the former residence of the Prince-electors of the House of Wittelsbach. Next, see the magnificent Jesuit Church located nearby in the city center. Stroll through the heart of the city and discover several charming squares, the assembled buildings of the Reiss-Engelhorn Museums, and the beloved “Planken” shopping street. Learn more about the monuments and memorials and uncover tales of Mannheim’s eventful history. Discover contemporary works of art at the atmospheric Art Nouveau square at Friedrichsplatz. Learn more about the varied gastronomic scene and the modern spirit of the city. Admire the view of Mannheim’s landmark historic water tower before finishing up your stroll through the city.

From Frankfurt: Heidelberg & Baden-Baden Full-Day Tour

10. From Frankfurt: Heidelberg & Baden-Baden Full-Day Tour

The romantic old city of Heidelberg and the famed spa town of Baden-Baden form the setting for this day trip across southeastern Germany. See the remains of a famous Renaissance castle, explore the enchanting woodland of the Black Forest, and get a firsthand look at the region's iconic sights. Your day starts with a ride south to Heidelberg, a picturesque city on the river Neckar. Tour the famous Heidelberg Castle for a look at the long courtyard, the mighty terrace, and one of the largest wine barrels in the world. Then, take a walk in the city's medieval town center to marvel at the Old Bridge, Karl's Gate, the Church of the Holy Spirit, and the House of the Knights, as well as the oldest university in Germany. In the afternoon, your tour continues to Baden-Baden, one of Europe's most beautiful health resorts and best-preserved spas. When you arrive, pay a visit to the elegant Kurhaus, where you can check out the immaculate gardens and parks around the stylish casino. Next, take a tour through the enchanting coniferous woods of the Black Forest and visit the Mummelsee, a glacial lake among the mountains that was left behind by the last Ice Age. Take some free time to relax amid this beautiful scenery and check out the locally crafted cuckoo clocks, which carry on a tradition that began here in the woods, before you set out for the return trip north to Frankfurt.

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The tour of the castle was very interesting! Mrs. Christine Lerch brought life in the castle to life. Ms. Lerch knew how to make the tour entertaining and exciting through many stories of the "former" castle residents. You could really immerse yourself in the past! Will recommend the tour!

Great trip! We were a very small group, the trip was smooth and overall enjoyable. It felt more personal. Keiko, our tour guide, was very helpful and knowledgeable. Would definitely book with them again!

Everything went great with the vouchers. The boat trip was very nice, even if the audio guide didn't make it very clear.

A great trip on the MS Queen Silvia. And great space in the beach chair. A brilliant ride in dream weather

The guide we very knowledgeable and explained the happenings perfectly