TUI Legends of the Rhine 2022 River Cruise
This itinerary leaves none of the Rhine Valley unexplored, combining cities like Dusseldorf and Cologne with charming wine-making towns.
You’ll kick-start your cruise in Frankfurt, a modern metropolis with a historical underbelly. Most tourists breeze right past the shimmering skyscrapers of the financial district. And, who’d blame then when there’s a cute-as-a-button old town to explore? The Romerberg area was rebuilt to the original Medieval plans after WWII, so it’s gabled, half-timbered houses as far as the eye can see. The ship won’t leave until night-time.
On your second day, you’ve got a full day in Koblenz, where the Moselle and Rhine rivers meet. Top of the list here is a ride on the cable car up to the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. You’ll get panoramas of the Rhine Valley on the journey up. Plus, once you arrive, you can tour the huge fortress at the top, which has been destroyed and rebuilt over the centuries. As it stands, it’s the second-biggest in Europe.
Rhine in Flames - 12 August 2022 sailing - In the evening, you’ll be able to watch the huge firework displays that headline the Rhine in Flames festival – hundreds of thousands of people flock to the town every year to watch them.
You’ll arrive in trendy Dusseldorf in the morning, and the ship won’t leave until late. As such, you can squeeze in as much sightseeing as you want. Konigsallee and Schadowstrasse are the best shopping streets to hit up. After all, this is Germany’s fashion capital. It’s also made a name for itself on the arts and music scene, so it’s got museums and galleries coming out of its ears. They cover everything from maritime and archaeological history to sculpture, architecture and fine art.
There’s history around every corner in Cologne. You’ll pull in bright and early and the ship won’t leave until late into the night. This city’s got churches and museums galore. Museum Ludwig’s a top pick – pieces by Picasso, Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein decorate its walls. And, in between sightseeing, you can top yourself up with a chilled one from any of the beer halls in the old town – Cologne has the most pubs per person in the country.
Everything about today’s city is grand. It’s the birthplace of composer Beethoven, and you can still visit his family home to this day. Its elaborate town hall is decked out in pink and gold. And even its university is housed in a former, four-winged palace. You won’t leave here ‘til the evening, so you can relax after sightseeing with a glass of the locally grown Pinot Noir.
You’ve well and truly entered Germany’s wine country today, with a visit to two of its prettiest towns. Your morning stop’s in Boppard, home to the largest vineyard in the region, Boppard Hamm. Around midday, you’ll make the move to Rudesheim. You’ll leisurely cruise along the Rhine Gorge, so you’ve got lots of time to soak up the idyllic scenery. You’ll reach Rudesheim late afternoon. Here, you’ll want to head to Drosselgasse – a charming, cobbled lane lined with wine taverns and shops.
The city of Speyer’s over 2,000 years old. It overlooks the Rhine, and is crammed with churches and a big cathedral. Use your full day here to visit the clock tower, which has got two ornate clock faces. Head inside to climb to the top of the tower and you’ll find far-stretching views across the cityscape. Back on the ground, head to one of the city’s many wine bars for a glass of locally produced vino.The next morning you’ll arrive in Mainz. You’ll have all day and evening to explore this bustling city, which boasts more than 2,000 years of history. Its red, Romanesque cathedral is one of its architectural masterpieces – as is the old town, filled with half-timbered wine taverns. Plus, you can see the first printed Bible at the Gutenberg Museum, which is housed in a pink-and-white Renaissance townhouse.
Come morning, you’ll pull into your last port, Frankfurt. If there’s time before your flight home, you can tick off some of the must-sees you missed first time around – like the Palmengarten botanical garden or the Goethe House Museum.
|17 July 2022||£1,429|
|12 August 2022 *Rhine in Flames*||£1,599|
|11 September 2022||£1,459|
|21 October 2022||£1,319|
- Selected sailings are All Inclusive
- Upgrade to All Inclusive from £266pp
- Direct flights from a range of UK airports with 20kg luggage allowance
- 7 nights on board TUI Isla or TUI Maya
- Airport transfers - to and from your ship
- Full board plus - breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Tea, coffee and juices with breakfast
- Wine, beer and soft drinks at lunch and dinner
- Barbecues on deck (weather permitting)
- Free WiFi (signal permitting)
- £120pp Experience Credit per 7 days
- All tips and port charges