Travel in the Rhine Valley: useful information and recommended itineraries

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The Rhine, with its 1.326 kilometers, is one of the longest rivers in Europe! It originates in the Swiss Alps and, before flowing into the North Sea, passes through 6 different countries. But most of its course, over 800 kilometers, flows into German territory.
Over the centuries, many cities have developed along its banks that have taken advantage of its present to derive various economic advantages! Today, all of them the cities the villages and the nature reserves that lie along the river form the famous Rhine Valley, an area to be discovered!

Obviously, a month would not be enough to see all the small villages, castles and big cities, so it is important to select the things that might most interest you and prepare an ad hoc route. Here are all our tips for organize an unforgettable trip to the rhine valley!



Index

  1. Travel informed: useful information, safety and necessary documents
  2. Where it is
  3. 11-day itinerary: between the villages and castles of the Rhine, from Mainz to Cologne
  4. 7-day itinerary: discovering the Rhine Valley by bicycle
  5. Rhine Valley do it yourself: flights, costs, best time and advice
  6. User questions and comments
  7. Request a personalized quote

Travel informed: useful information, safety and necessary documents

  • Main towns: the two most important cities and which are taken as the end and start point of the Rhine valley are Mainz and Koblenz
  • Languages: German
  • Local currency: euro (€)
  • Weather: continental type, with hot summers, with mild temperatures and cold winters, with temperatures that even drop below 0. The best times to visit this area are the mid-seasons, when the temperatures are pleasant and the Valley offers postcard landscapes
  • Entry requirements: identity card, for Italian citizens and all citizens of the European Union, neither a visa nor a passport is required
  • Travel / health insurance: recommended.

    Where it is

    The Rhine Valley is located in Germany and develops around the river Rhine. It is made up of many villages, castles and cities, all of which develop on the banks of the river.
    The most visited part is that of the Middle Rhine Valley, which has respectively as its starting and ending point city ​​of Mainz and Koblenz. But the Rhine Valley goes even further north, in the part of the Upper Rhine Valley, where large cities such as Bonn, Cologne and Dusseldorf are located.



    11-day itinerary: between the villages and castles of the Rhine, from Mainz to Cologne

    1. First day: arrival at the airport in Frankfurt (1 h 40 min flight from Rome); transfer to Mainz and exploration of the city; overnight stay
    2. Second day: Breakfast at hotel; visit of the city of Mainz, its historic center, the 6-towered Cathedral and the Gutenberg Museum; in the evening, transfer to the city of Bingen am Rhein (30 km), hotel accommodation and overnight stay
    3. Third day: day in Bingen; morning visit to the Museum am Strom and the castle; afternoon hiking in the Binger Weintor area to the Sankt Rupertus Kloster Monastery; overnight stay
    4. Fourth day: departure in the morning to reach Sankt Goar; along the way stops to visit the Rheinstein castle and the Reichenstein castle in the morning, lunch break in the town of Niederheimbach, in the afternoon visit the town of Oberwesel; arrival in Sankt Goar and overnight
    5. Fifth day: day trip to the Rhine Gorge and afternoon in the historic center of the town; overnight in Sankt Goar
    6. Sixth day: departure in the morning from Sankt Goar, arrival after half an hour in Koblenz (40 km), hotel accommodation and lunch; afternoon visit of the historic center and the Schloss Koblenz; dinner and overnight stay
    7. Seventh day: visit of the city of Koblenz and important attractions such as Deutsches Eck, Fort Asterstein, Ehrenbreitstein Fortress and Prince Elector's Castle; overnight stay
    8. Eighth day: departure in the morning from Koblenz, arrival before lunch in Bonn (80 km, one hour by car); hotel accommodation and lunch; afternoon visit to Drachenburg castle in the town of Königswinter; dinner and overnight stay
    9. Ninth day: visit of the historic center, the Cathedral, the Beethoven House and the Poppelsdorf Castle; in the evening departure for Cologne (30 km, 28 minutes by car); hotel accommodation, dinner and overnight stay
    10. Tenth day: visit of the historic center of Cologne, including the main attractions such as the Cathedral, the Koln Triangle, the Altern Markt, the Frankenwerft; in the afternoon enjoy a cruise on the Rhine; dinner and overnight stay
    11. Eleventh day: take advantage of the last few hours for a last tour and for a tour in the Hohe Strasse, the shopping street; in the afternoon transfer to Cologne / Bonn airport and return to Italy (2 h flight to Rome)

    How much? Price details

    • Price per person starting from: € 1.100,00
    • Custom quote: to request a personalized quote

    7-day itinerary: discovering the Rhine Valley by bicycle

    1. First day: arrival at the airport in Frankfurt (1 h 40 min flight from Rome); transfer to Mainz and visit of the city; overnight stay
    2. Second day: the Rhine Valley has one of the most beautiful cycle paths in all of Europe; departure from Mainz and arrival in Rüdesheim am Rhein (about 40 km); city ​​tour and overnight stay
    3. Third day: departure from Rüdesheim am Rhein and arrival in Sankt Goar (about 35 km); along the way stop in Lorely; accommodation in accommodation in Sankt Goar, dinner and overnight stay
    4. Fourth day: departure from Sankt Goar and arrival in Koblenz (about 36 km); along the way stop in Sankt Goar; accommodation in accommodation in Koblenz, dinner and overnight
    5. Fifth day: departure from Koblenz and arrival in Bad Godesberg (approx. 48 km); accommodation in accommodation in Bad Godesberg, dinner and apartment
    6. Sixth day: departure from Bad Godesberg and arrival in Cologne (about 40 km); accommodation in accommodation in Cologne, dinner and apartment
    7. Seventh day: tour of the city of Cologne; transfer to Cologne / Bonn airport and return to Italy (2 h flight to Rome)

    How much? Price details

    • Price per person starting from: € 800,00
    • Custom quote: to request a personalized quote

    Rhine Valley do it yourself: flights, costs, best time and advice

    A trip to the Rhine Valley is an unforgettable experience, as you can discover wonderful and postcard landscapes: from cities like Mainz (Mainz in German), Koblenz, Bonn and the beautiful Cologne, to small medieval villages on the banks of the river, from ancient castles to hiking trails.

    E' It is possible to organize a low cost trip among these beauties, for example by renting a car and moving freely and booking all accommodations in time. But if you want to live an even more authentic experience, our advice is to rent a bicycle: the Rhine Valley is crossed by one of the most beautiful cycle paths in Europe! On average you will spend about € 10,00 per day for a bike and along the way you will find rest stops and equipped parking lots. In addition, the route is very simple, mostly flat, with a medium / low level of difficulty, therefore really suitable for everyone!



    • Minimum period for a tour in the Rhine Valley: 7 days
    • Recommended cities for base: Mainz, Bingen, Bonn, Cologne
    • Getting around: by car or train, but the advice is the bicycle. Along the valley there is one of the most beautiful cycle paths in Europe, with a very simple route, also suitable for those who are not trained, with parking areas and stops along the way. Some cities can also be reached by ferry (eg from Bonn to Cologne).
    • Flights: there are 2 reference airports: Frankfurt (30 km from Mainz, starting point above all for the Middle Rhine Valley). Mainz can be reached by direct train (20 min, cost € 9,00) - flights to Frankfurt from € 70,00
      The second airport is Cologne / Bonn. Many tours of the Rhine Valley end in Cologne. The airport can be reached by direct train (15 min, cost € 3,00) - flights to Cologne from € 75,00
    • Accommodations and accommodations: in the larger cities you will have a wide choice of solutions and prices, while in the smaller towns the offer decreases and you can also live more typical experiences and stays. On average, the offer starts from € 50,00 per night per room, for small towns we advise you to book in advance to ensure affordable prices.
      Hotel and b & b starting from € 50,00 per room -


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