Germany Trip Plan:
5 Day Vacation Package on the Rhine River

Germany trip plan: 5 Day Vacation Package on the Rhine River
View of Heidelberg
[ source: Wikipedia]

From the Rhine itself it the best way to explore the meandering river. Taking a boat cruise is not only a scenic way to travel (and avoid traffic), but peaceful as well.




Note: This is a trip plan (self-driving, stay in a vacation apartment, explore on your own)
Duration: 5 days
Recommended Destination Airport: Düsseldorf Airport

Trip Plan Details:

The trip proposal includes the following items that are included in the estimate:

  • 5 nights in a nice vacation apartment or standard hotel room
  • 5 x breakfast buffet
  • 5 x dinner
  • 1 x Rhine River Cruise Rüdesheim - St. Goar / Rhein
  • 1 x Rhine River Cruise Traben Trarbach - Bernkastel / Mosel
  • 1 x Rhine River Cruise Mettlach - Saarschleife / Saar
  • 1 x Rhine River Cruise Heidelberg - Neckarsteinach / Neckar

    Cost Estimate:

    We compiled some starting prices and rough estimates to help you better with your Germany trip planning.

    Lodging: starting at $492 for 2 persons / 5 days
    Admissions: starting at $544 for 2 persons / 5 days
    Car Rental: starting at $360 / 5 days
    Gas: starting at $180 / 5 days
    Estimated Total Cost:2 persons, starting at $1576 / 5 days
     4 persons, starting at $2270 / 5 days

    Travel Itinerary

    Day 1: Arrival

    Day 1: Arrival
    Arial View of the Rhine
    [ source: Wikipedia]

    Check into your vacation apartment on the Moselle and the Rhine. Accommodation is in a good vacation apartment or hotel with a minimum of shower, toilet, and TV.


    Day 2: Rhine River

    Day 2: Rhine River
    Niederwald Monument
    [ source: Flickr]

    Well rested after breakfast you drive to each location with your coach to Rudesheim. With its castles, the Niederwald Monument and of course the Drosselgasse Rüdesheim is famous throughout the world. You have the possibility to take a stroll through Rüdesheim or visit the Mechanical Music Cabinet.

    In the afternoon, you start with the ship in the direction of St. Goar where numerous castles and castle ruins line the banks and then heads up past the famous Lorelei rock. After a 2 hour drive from St. Goar, you have an opportunity to stroll through the town and intake the sights before returning to your bus back to the hotel.


    Day 3: Mosel

    Day 3: Mosel
    On of the iconic houses of Bernkastel
    [ source: Wikipedia]

    Today you take your coach to Traben-Trarbach. There you will have an opportunity to explore this pretty little town on your own to stroll through the many narrow streets and enjoy a coffee or a snack in one of the many localities.

    By boat you can then reach Traben-Trarbach to Bernkastel. See how it winds through the landscape of the Moselle and enjoy the view over the vineyards.

    Once you arrive in Bernkastel, you have the opportunity to take a stroll or a walking tour of this beautiful half-timbered town.


    Day 4: Saar

    Day 4: Saar
    Mosel River
    [ source: Wikipedia]

    After breakfast you head to the bus for a journey to Mettlach. There you will have the option of visiting the porcelain factory Villeroy & Bosch by ship along the beautiful Saarschleife. The beginning of the trip highlights Mettlach the sheath of the vessel from 156 to to 167 meters above sea level. You will now head into the protected area of the 7 km long Saarschleife.

    The river takes a 300° loop, which has been carved out over millions of years from rock. At the forested ridges in the Saarschleife are the monastery and the ruins of St. Gangolf Montclair.


    Day 5: Neckar

    Day 5: Neckar
    View of Heidelberg
    [ source: Wikipedia]

    Well rested after a hearty breakfast you can take your coach to Heidelberg, the old capital of the Palatinate. The famous castle dominating the romantic old university town of Heidelberg, and there are, apart from the castle, a marketplace and the University of space may be found here. From the ship in the afternoon sunlight Neckarsteinach is an idyllic town.


    Day 6: Day Trip Home

    Day 6: Day Trip Home
    Wave goodbye to the Rhineland!
    [ source: Flickr]

    Following the past four impressive days, it's time to take the journey back home.


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    Cochem

    Cochem
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    Heidelberg

    Heidelberg
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    Rheinsberg

    Rheinsberg
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    Rüdesheim am Rhein

    Rüdesheim am Rhein
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    Traben-Trarbach

    Traben-Trarbach
    [ source: Wikipedia ]

    Traben-Trarbach is a municipality in the district Bernkastel-Wittlich, in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. It is situated on the river Moselle, approx. 15 km east of Wittlich and 5 km north-east of Bernkastel-Kues.  [ + ] More Details

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