My family and I are living in Hamburg for a year. We are going to the Rhine River Valley later this week for the Pentecost holidays. Thanks to advice from this forum, we decided to stay in Boppard. We arrive Thursday afternoon by train & depart on Saturday. We do not have a car.
Friday will be the designated day for cruising the Rhine. My questions are about the logistics of boat and train. RS recommends river cruise between Bacharach & St. Goar & visiting Rheinfels Castle in St. Goar. However, St. Goar is 1/2 way between Boppard & Bacharach. So we would need to get off at St. Goar, walk around & see the castle, then get on another boat and go to Bacharach. Then take the train back to Boppard.
Based on this timetable (https://www.k-d.com/en/downloads) we could do the following:
-board 10am boat at Boppard. Arrive at St. Goar at 12:20.
-Eat lunch & visit castle.
-The next boat that stops at St. Goar is 4:10pm. That puts us in Bacharach at 5:20pm. Train options returning to Boppard are at 5:45, 6:15, 6:45, and 7:45 (it takes a bit under 30 minutes). We can either eat dinner there or in Boppard.
Does this schedule make sense?
Should we plan on building in time to wander around Bacharach?
Or are we better off doing the trip in reverse (take train to Bacharach, get the 12pm boat to St. Goar, then get the 3:30 or 5:30pm train back to Boppard)? This option would give us a bit under an hour in Bacharach and either 2 hr 50 min. or 4 hr 50 min. in St. Goar.
Can we re-board the boat with the same ticket (is it hop-on/hop-off)? Or would we have to buy 2 tickets?