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Heidelberg and Rhine Valley Day Trip With Wine Tasting and Dinner from Frankfurt

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Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Heidelberg and Rhine Valley Day Trip With Wine Tasting and Dinner from Frankfurt

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Spend an unforgettable day touring some of Southern Germany’s most lovely destinations! Depart Frankfurt on a scenic journey to riverside Heidelberg, where you'll marvel at stunning city sites from medieval Old Town to bustling Heidelberg University. Soak up the many sites and flavors of Germany as you visit castle ruins, see lovely villages and vineyards, cruise along the UNESCO-listed Rhine River, and indulge in a delectable dinner and wine-tasting session.
  • Visit two must-see German attractions in one day
  • Explore the ruins of Heidelberg Castle, and see the world's largest wine barrel
  • See River Neckar, the Karl Theodor Bridge and Heidelberg University
  • Sample wines from the Rhine Valley region
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Professional guide
Air-conditioned vehicle
Dinner
Wine-tasting session
Gratuities
Food and drinks, unless specified
Wiesenhüttenpl. 38 , Wiesenhüttenpl. 38, 60329 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Departure at 09:30 am at the bus stop in front of the Le Meridien Hotel, Wiesenhuettenplatz 38 in Frankfurt

9:30 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Discover the treasures of the Baden-Württemberg region on this 11-hour tour of charming Heidelberg and the Rhine River Valley. Your journey departs Frankfurt in the morning. With your private guide, leave behind the big-city and head 50 miles (80 km) south to beautiful Heidelberg, hugging the banks of the Neckar River. As you pull into town, marvel at the red-hued rooftops set against a backdrop of lush green hills. 

Head to Heidelberg Castle, strategically perched upon a hilltop overlooking the city, where you’ll have time to tour the building’s impressive ruins. Explore the site’s architecturally diverse buildings and spaces, admire the sculpted portraits of famous German leaders, and check out centuries-old artifacts such as the Great Barrel that once stored up to 130,000 liters (about 34,342 gallons) of wine! Next, stroll along the cobbled streets of Old Town, peeking into cloistered courtyards and viewing impressive landmarks like the Karl Theodor Bridge, the Church of the Holy Spirit and Heidelberg University.

After your tour, re-board your coach for the short ride to Kaub where you’ll transfer to a boat for a scenic float along the UNESCO-listed Rhine River. Along the cruise, relax in the climate-controlled boat and enjoy views of lovely villages, picturesque vineyards and riverside castles. Upon arrival in Rudesheim, savor an included dinner and wine-tasting before heading back to Frankfurt for evening drop-off.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Alte Universitaet
Oldest University of Germany
Stop At:  
Schloss Heidelberg
famous castle Heidelberg
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Old Bridge (Karl Theodor Bridge)
famous old bridge of Heidelberg
Pass By:  
Altstadt (Old Town)
medival old city center
Stop At:  
ETS Touristik GmbH
Departure Office of ETS Greenline
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Audioguide in several languages available on request (approx. 5.00 euros)
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Infants and children must sit in a child seat, which means they need a separate seat, no matter which age (legal regulation)
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 60 travelers
  • OPERATED BY ETS-Frankfurt
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Heidelberg and Rhine Valley Day Trip With Wine Tasting and Dinner from Frankfurt?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Heidelberg and Rhine Valley Day Trip With Wine Tasting and Dinner from Frankfurt?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Heidelberg and Rhine Valley Day Trip With Wine Tasting and Dinner from Frankfurt?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Heidelberg and Rhine Valley Day Trip With Wine Tasting and Dinner from Frankfurt?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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  • "Everyone got the same dinner included in the cost but drinks (including soda or water) and dessert cost extra." See review

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star-2
The bus is very very old and dirty! I have never took such kind of bus in Europe! We joined the all day tip , but the bu
YiShan_C
, Jul 2019
The bus is very very old and dirty! I have never took such kind of bus in Europe! We joined the all day tip , but the bus go back and forth between Heidelberg /Frankfurt/Frankfurt/Rhine Valley/Frankfurt, just for pick up the other afternoon group. Waist time!
star-5
Greats
Caroline T
, Jun 2019
The guide was very knowledgeable and truly enjoy the beautiful tour. Travel alone meant I have to find a tour that safe and great for me and also I don’t have to struggle with the language
star-5
Fantastic Day Trip
Amy W
, Jun 2019
We did Heidelberg in the morning with Andreas as the driver and Patricia as the guide. Both were great and we had a lot of fun. Patricia was very informative on all the interesting parts of the trip and things we passed on the way. We got a cheese & salami sandwich and a bottle of water for lunch. We returned to the office in Frankfurt then continued on to the Rhine Valley for the afternoon with a different guide. He too was very informative and funny. Stopped traffic on the highway made us take a detour through the backroads which took a bit longer but more interesting things to see. Had dinner at an interesting restaurant. Everyone got the same dinner included in the cost but drinks (including soda or water) and dessert cost extra. Then boarded the boat for a cruise which was one of my favorite parts of our trip. Very serene and peaceful with amazing views. Then we took a bus ride back to Frankfurt. Though slightly rushed at Heidelberg Castle, I thought we had plenty of time at both locations to see everything we wanted to. Even my husband who was skeptical as he you usually doesn't like group tours enjoyed it. I would definitely recommend this trip.
star-5
Awesome tour with amazing tour and very...
Pearl
, Aug 2018
Awesome tour with amazing tour and very experienced and knowledgeable tour guide
star-4
the rhine valley scenary was very...
Vincent N
, Aug 2017
the rhine valley scenary was very pretty,but the missed the heidelberg,
star-5
This was one of my fav tours I took...
Dion I
, Aug 2017
This was one of my fav tours I took. The Rhine valley is amazing.
star-1
We were a party of 4 and we...
Coral P
, May 2017
We were a party of 4 and we definitely expected much more than what we got. Out of 11 hrs, we spent around 6 hrs on a bus! Only 1.20 hrs on a boat. We would not recommend this tour.
star-5
This was a great trip. The weather...
Lorraine_T
, Nov 2016
This was a great trip. The weather was perfect and our guide Adrian was excellent. Our driver Alex did a great job of getting around the very narrow streets and avoiding cars...especially one going the wrong way. We did Heidelberg then the Rhine River cruise and dinner, and wine tasting. It was lot of fun and I would do it again. LT Canada
star-1
First, the tour was not what it was...
Steve A
, Oct 2016
First, the tour was not what it was advertised to be. The bus driver was on of the worst drivers ever. Dozing off, all over the rode, nearly crashing into other vehicles. Had to wake up the tour guide to ask if the driver was under the influence. One of the scariest bus rides I have ever been on. The wine tasting was a joke, they gave a size taste of wine. I would never book another tour through them. 1/2 star for the tour guide who was knowledgeable.
star-1
It was an 11-hour day but...
Steven D
, Sep 2016
It was an 11-hour day but unfortunately 6 hours of that was spent on an old, poorly-equiped bus. The trip to Heidelberg wasn't too bad - 1.5 hours but the the on-bus toilet was not operational. The tour guide Adrian was poorly presented scruffy old clothes, hair and not even an identifying badge. It seemed he and the bus driver Alex had their own deals going to avoid parking the bus in designated areas so we had to wait for pickup at two different spots in Heidelberg. The real problems began when we left Heidelberg. We diverted to pickup two more customers in Heidelberg, with the bus going down side-streets and getting stuck, having to reverse etc. We lost about 45 minutes. Then we were told by the guide the bus would take us back to the office in Frankfurt to drop off some customers and pickup others for the boat ride. It seemed the company just strung together two tours at their convenience not ours. We got off the bus in Frankfurt after a further 1.5 hours no bathroom break again! and got straight back on for the transfer for Kaub. This took a further 2 hours, all the while the guide telling us there was a possibility we might miss the last boat departure scheduled at 5pm. Thankfully they held the boat for 20 minutes so we got on. The boat cruise was good but light was fading fast. At the restaurant we were served a choice of a quarter chicken and fries or vegetables and fries - very poor. We moved to another room for a quick wine tasting that consisted of 5 plastic thimbles each with a splash of wine. It was embarrassing. We then got back in the bus for our return to Frankfurt that was then diverted to the cargo area of the airport to drop-off the two customers who had a car transfer back to Heidelberg. We have taken many Viator trips around the world - and never had such a terrible experience. A very bad way to end our stay in Germany and a waste of money.
star-2
Guide was great and I appreciated...
Xochitl S
, Sep 2016
Guide was great and I appreciated the effort to jam both events into one day, but both things could easily take up the better part of a day. Also there should be an option to pay less if you do not drink, which I do not.
star-5
We had an excellent day. Our guide...
Linda H
, Sep 2016
We had an excellent day. Our guide was knowledgable and very funny. I wish it could have been longer.
star-3
Our driver/guide was super nice...
Lisa J
, Sep 2016
Our driver/guide was super nice. That's the best thing I can say about the trip. I felt it was tremendously overpriced for the value. We were given a short tour of Heidelberg Castle ruins and then taken to the town and left on our own for an hour and a half. As far as the Rhine Valley sail, it was very nice, but it was followed by a sub-par dinner drinks, even water, cost extra! and a cheesy wine-tasting in a creepy, musty room. The whole thing could have been so much better.
star-2
Scene is beautiful, but most of the...
Irene_A
, Aug 2016
Scene is beautiful, but most of the time is on the road, don't have enough time to explore the place
star-4
Overall a full and fun day. It's...
Daniel F
, Aug 2016
Overall a full and fun day. It's two separate trips - you return to Frankfurt after the Heidelberg part, and then go to the Rhine. Our guide, Adrian, was fun and informative.
star-3
The guide was good and it was...
Xante K
, Aug 2016
The guide was good and it was beautiful. Unfortunately the bus broke down, we waited for hours for the bus to be fixed and missed the second half of the tour. Despite the refund, it's disappointing
star-2
Tour guide and driver were great...
Nicole M
, Jul 2016
Tour guide and driver were great, however we expected much more for the price we paid based upon the write up. There was wasted travel time as it was really two half day tours, not one full day trip. Dinner was lackluster, the wine tasting wasn't at a winery and they only gave you thimbles worth.
star-5
The trip was great. We especially...
Joyce C
, Jul 2016
The trip was great. We especially enjoyed the boat trip and the tour of the castle.
star-5
Great day of touring took the double...
Raymond L
, Jul 2016
Great day of touring took the double tour of Heidelberg castle and Rhine valley what a way to spend a day seeing the castle ruins and taking a boat ride up the majestic Rhine river, great memories !
star-1
It's even a travel company run the...
Tianhao L
, Jul 2016
It's even a travel company run the tour. As it's a very poor car and no air conditioning in the car. Don't take this tour. Not worth the money.

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