My wife and I are planning a 4 night (3 full days) visit to the Mosel and Rhine Valleys in mid June of 2024. (It's never too early to start...right?)
Our intent is to base ourselves in Cochem and plan some sightseeing day trips from there. We will have a car, but also think traveling by train on a couple of these trips might work.
Here's what we're thinking. Any advice is appreciated.
Train to Cologne via Koblenz...Should we plan a full day for Cologne? I've seen comments in this forum suggesting Cologne "has no touristic value" or, "the Cathedral is the only attraction worth visiting"
Should we consider a shorter amount of time in Cologne and spend time in Koblenz on the return trip? Or,
Skip the train and drive to either or both?
Rhine River Gorge boat trip from either Koblenz or Bingen, with the understanding that the direction north from Bingen takes less time.
The idea being we could drive to the depature location, take the boat trip, with a possible stop in one of the towns along the route, and take a train back to our vehicle from wherever we decide to disembark.
Does this sound feasible?
3a. Drive to Bernkastel-Kues and return via Traben-Trarbach and other towns along the route?
3b. Bicycling along the Mosel to Bremm or Bullay and back?
Of those options, the Rhine boat tour has always been on our must do list. We're simply looking for advice as to the best way to accomplish it. Secondly, bike riding along the Mosel is high on our list and seems like it could be a very relaxing way to spend a day sightseeing. But we're not sure if that would involve having to ride along a busy highway with cars and trucks speeding by.
Also, I understand there is a regional travel pass available that discounts the cost of some of our transportation. Can anyone provide some additional information about weather it might be useful for our situation and how we would go about acquiring one should we need it?
Again, any advice or suggestions will be appreciated.