We are booked for the Viking Rhine Getaway from Amsterdam to Basil in early October 2018. If anyone can help with any details, I would very much appreciate it. I know this is a lot to ask, so thank you in advance if you can help.
Kinderdijk - How are folks transported from the ship to the windmill tour? By coach, by foot, or both? If walking, about how far? Is there any places to sit and relax if I continue the tour and he decides to just take in the view? Does the coach drop off and pick up at the same location? One of my fears is that a coach may drop us off at one end of a tour and pick us up at another end of a tour. This would make it difficult for us to meet up again and I don’t want him to be left stranded.
Cologne, Germany - There is an included morning tour of the cathedral and the afternoon is free. Are you transported to the cathedral by coach and then transported back to the ship for lunch? If this is the case, it might make more sense for us to stay in town, explore a little, find our own place for lunch, and then return to the ship by taxi.
Koblenz, Germany - The castle tours are what interest me the most, but they are typically high on a hill it seems. How are folks transported to the Marksburg Castle? If by coach, is there a steep walk up to the castle? The website description says this tour is “demanding”. Can anyone tell me if there is any place to sit at the coach drop off point where he could walk around and take photos of the castle from below? Or better yet, a cafe close to the coach drop off point? Does the coach drop off pick up at the same location? What about the pedestrian-only Drosselgasse? Are we dropped off by coach or walk from the ship?
Heidelberg, Germany - This included tour takes us on a drive (that much I know) to Heidelberg. We then “ascend” to the Heidelberg Castle and “descend" into the Alstadt, or Old Town, for a walking tour (I’m getting this off the website description). Does this mean we will walk up to the castle and walk back the same way? Or are you expected to walk up to the castle, through the castle, down the other side, and walk in to Alstadt? If my husband is unable to walk with the tour to the other end, would he miss the pick up? This is one tour I am worried about that the coach will drop us off at one location and pick us up in another.
Strasbourg, France - Here it looks like we drive, I guess by coach, to city center where we take a walking tour of Petite France area. If he decides to skip the walking tour and just hang out and wait, will it be easy enough for me to get back to him for our return trip on the coach? Does the coach pick up at the same place?
Breisach, Germany - I’m not sure either one of us will do the included Black Forest tour. This might be the day we do an optional tour or explore on our own, possibly Colmar. It looks like we travel to Colmar by coach and then walking tour. Any tips?