Thanks to all posters, your information has been very helpful in planning our trip. We will be arriving to the Koln airport May 15th at 12 noon and from there driving to see the cathedral. After we want to go tour Burg Eltz and after the tour we head to Bielstein to check in at our hotel. We are staying two nights in Bielstein. The following is what we are interested in doing:
Wine tasting in Zell (try Black Cat wine)
Bielstein - visit some wine cellars, market square, bachstrasse
Drive between Cochem and Bernkastel-Kues
One hour cruise from St. Goar to Bacharach or the reverse
Visit St. Goar and Bacharach
This might seem like alot, but we will only be touring one castle. Mostly interested in walking the towns, doing some wine tasting, the one hour cruise and driving along both rivers. Need some help deciding the best order to do this. Also, what is the fastest way to get from the Mosel to the Rhine? On the third day we drive to Rothenburg. Once again thank you and I look forward to reading your suggestions.