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Rhine Cruise day tour from Frankfurt

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Rhine Cruise day tour from Frankfurt

Looking for suggestions for companies that do a Rhine Cruise day tour that starts and finishes in Frankfurt. Would prefer a day tour, rather than independent travel.

Also not interested in tours that do wine tasting.

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1. Re: Rhine Cruise day tour from Frankfurt

http://www.k-d.de/english/home/ I suggest you take a train to Bingen and hop on a ship there, going from Frankfurt you cruise the Main River for quite a while before getting to the Rhine, the scenery on the Main will be heavy with industrial sites not very pretty.

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2. Re: Rhine Cruise day tour from Frankfurt

You can check March 24 post, "Cruise on the Rhine", for suggestions and more information. Or, above before Search, type Rhine cruise for many posts and suggestions. Good luck.

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3. Re: Rhine Cruise day tour from Frankfurt

Thank you for your reply. Was actually looking for tour operator suggestions for a day trip. Most of the information on the forums is about independent day trips.

I realise that some of the travelling for the day will be on a bus.

Edited: 01 April 2013, 00:24
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4. Re: Rhine Cruise day tour from Frankfurt

Since there aren't any listings here on Trip Advisor except for the one tour offered by ETS, have you tried a Google search instead? There are independent tour operators out there that just don't list on here. Those kind of tours are what you want and not one by ETS.

You may run across a tour offered by Viatour, but this is the same ETS tour. Ride a bus, go to Rüdesheim, get a lunch they picked out for you, have some wine they picked out for you, ride the chair lift, take a short cruise, ride the bus back. All for about 85 euro per person. Total rip-off.

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5. Re: Rhine Cruise day tour from Frankfurt

I have done a google search and not much comes up. Yes I have seen the one by Viatour and a few similar ones. I will have to search on here for the ETS one.

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6. Re: Rhine Cruise day tour from Frankfurt

day-tour.de/en/… azurever.de/frankfurt/besuch/tagesausflug-au… (German) can't vouch for them, it's what google came up with.

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7. Re: Rhine Cruise day tour from Frankfurt

The ETS tour and Viatour are the same one. No sense in searching, as the tour is as I described it. Viatour doesn't tell you who the tour operator is, but ETS does the tour.

ETS also does the tour, that Uta just posted a link to. Overpriced for what you get.

Edited: 01 April 2013, 13:44
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8. Re: Rhine Cruise day tour from Frankfurt

We did it on our own. A whole day for less than 40 euro per person. Very easy,

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9. Re: Rhine Cruise day tour from Frankfurt

Hi comaje, can you please share on how you did the cruise?

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10. Re: Rhine Cruise day tour from Frankfurt

We went from Frankfurt's main train station to Mainz. Then changed train, for St Goar. Took the KD line from St Goar to Rudesheim. Took the train from Rudesheim to Frankfurt.

At Frankfurt's main train station, the ticket office is to your left as you enter. Take a number. Tell the employee where you want to go -- which is Frankfurt, Mainz, Rudesheim, Frankfurt. You may be asked questions about the times you want. A schedule of all the information for the trains is printed out and you pay. Exit the ticket office and the S-Bahn to Mainz is on the last tracks on your right.

About 35 minutes later, at Mainz, you get off at the Romisches Theater station, which is the first stop after the bridge over the river. The train to St Goar is on track 14 just about 20 feet, in front of you, from where you got off, if you are in the first or second front section f the S-Bahn. If further back, turn left when you exit. Don't dilly dally, as the train leaves in 10 minutes(check your train schedules at the ticket office in Frankfurt). Sit on the right side facing the front of the train as you get a good view of the river along the way..

To St Goar takes a bit less than 1 hour. When you get off the train, walk straight ahead for about 100 feet, and the kiosk for the KD line ticket is practically in front of you. You can't miss it as you may see people with bicycles waiting for the boat. Show your train ticket when you buy the cruise ticket as you get a good discount. The boat left about noon. So we had a bit of time for a short visit.

Board the boat and head to the second level at the back of the boat as it is an open space. Sit on a chair, as the trip takes under 3 hours, since you go against the current. Inside you find a restaurant on the second level, and on the back deck you have a bar.

At Rudesheim the train station is to your left. You have to walk the street(about 400 yards) in front of the river to get to the station, but it's a very nice walk with a beautiful pedestrian alley(about less than 50 yards long and 10 feet wide). You can't miss it will all the people there. At the end of the alley you find some restaurants, quite nice for coffee or tea or... We spent over 1 hour slowly walking and looking at the restaurants and little shops on the main street.

You take the train back to Frankfurt(less than 1 hour). There is a stop half way. At Frankfurt, you get off at the last track, and turn right for the exit.

We left Frankfurt at around 8:30 am and came back before 6 pm. We wanted to take our time, and enjoy our day, which was most memorable. How many times in a lifetime would we do it?

If you have any questions, please fell free to ask.

Edited: 26 April 2013, 14:54