How very convenient! The cruise through the Middle Rhine Valley can be started from either the left or right banks of the Rhine. This means one less hurdle to overcome in this stretch of the Rhine that’s otherwise rather lacking in crossing possibilities. This is thanks to Bingen and Rüdesheim lying pretty much across the river from each other at the southern entrance to the Middle Rhine Valley. And KD naturally stops at both towns. It’s a good idea to set aside a whole day for an excursion through the UNESCO world heritage site that is the Middle Rhine Valley. Early birds on the right bank of the Rhine can board the first KD ship of the day at 9:15 from Rüdesheim in Hessen, while those from the left bank can join ship a quarter of an hour later from Bingen in Rhineland-Palatinate. It’s pretty cosmopolitan on board ship, with Asian tour groups making the early start along with Spanish families, French cycle tourers and all manner of day trippers from the immediate vicinity of Bingen and Rüdesheim and further afield as well.