Your full-day tour of the stunning Rhine Gorge begins at your leisure from Koblenz. Depending on your vacation schedule, choose a morning or afternoon start time, then make your way to the embarkation point near the Deutsche Eck on the Rhine promenade. Climb aboard the KD sightseeing boat and grab a comfortable seat on the outside deck or in the spacious indoor saloon.
The float to St. Goare takes approximately 3.5 hours, so sit back, listen to interesting onboard commentary and admire lovely views of castles, fortresses, vineyards, rustic villages and the breathtaking Loreley Rock, a mythic slate rock jutting 427 feet (130 meters) from the river.
Hop off the boat in the lovely village of St. Goare. Take as much time as you’d like to independently explore the town, browse for souvenirs like a signature cuckoo clock, sample local beer or have a relaxing meal (own expense). For a dose of medieval German architecture, purchase a visit to Stiftskirche or Rhienfels Castle. When you’re ready to depart, head back to the dock for the return trip to Koblenz.
Included in your excursion is roundtrip passage on the Koblenz cable car — the longest in Europe outside of the Alps — and admission to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. Your tickets are good all day, so choose to start or end your tour with this epic ride up to the 2,789 feet (850 meters) dropoff. From this lofty vantage point, marvel at unbeatable views of the UNESCO-listed gorge, then take you time touring the grand fortress and its historic museum.