I am taking my mother and sister on a Rhine cruise in September and through reading extensively the posts on TA I have gathered quite a bit of information on how to plan it, but I still have a few questions.
We will stay the night in Mainz, take the early train to arrive 8:40 in Bingen, grab a bite at a bakery and get on the 9:30 KD boat cruise. Our plan is to get off at Boppard and spend the night there. The next day we will take the train to Cologne. Questions: Is there a combo train, boat ticket I should know of to save money? Can we drop off luggage if we want to get off the boat at Bacharach or other places?
What would be the best plan to see the castle at Marksburg? Drop off bags at hotel in Boppard and then..what? train/bus? There is a slow train and a fast train to Cologne. Is the slow train very scenic and worth the extra hour? thanks in advance for any suggestions.