TUI Marvels of the Main 2020 River Cruise

This German jaunt along the Main River includes stops in the historic heart of flashy Frankfurt, the spooky Black Quarter in Miltenberg, and the wineries of Wurzburg.



A hearty cache of museums and village-style neighbourhoods sit shoulder to shoulder with gleaming skyscrapers in Frankfurt. From the outside, this German city looks like the important business hub that it is – but wind your way into the centre and you’ll find a surprisingly historic heart. You’ve got until late evening to explore, so make the most of the extra hours and sit down to dinner before reboarding the ship. The locals promise that apple wine goes well with Frankfurter rippchen – slow-cooked pork cutlets.

You’ll exchange the fast tempo of the city for something a little slower today. You’ve got until mid-afternoon to leisurely explore Miltenberg, an attractive town balanced on the Main’s green riverbanks. This place gets top marks for its photogenic buildings – many of them are built in the traditional half-timbered style and criss-crossed with beams. The oldest part of the town is called the Black Quarter and nestles between the river and the Greinberg Mountain. It’s considered quite a spooky place – find out why by jumping on a guided tour.

Welcome to Wurzburg, the centre of Franconia’s wine country. You’ve got the whole day to peel back its layers of lavish Baroque and Rococo architecture to discover the many wine bars, cellars and winery estates underneath. Don’t go home without picking up a traditional bocksbeutel – a wine bottle with a funny flattened round shape. Then go and check out the striking buildings, like the 18th-century Residenz Palace. Have your camera ready for snaps of the elaborate staircase and ornate bedrooms.

Today you’ll sail in the morning, and then arrive in Bamberg in the afternoon. Some of the buildings in this town date back to the 11th century, including the Romanesque Bamberg Cathedral, which has four looming towers and some tricky stone carvings. The city is UNESCO-protected, and you can learn all about this at the Bamberg History Museum. Keen photographers will also love the rose garden next to Bamberg Palace. There are nearly 5,000 roses planted here, and the flowerbeds are flecked with fountains and statues

Sausages, beer and reconstructed buildings are just the start of what’s on offer in Nuremberg – and you’ve got a morning to fit in as much as possible. This city was almost demolished in World War Two, but painstaking work has rebuilt it so it’s still got a Medieval feel. Visit the City Museum Fembohaus for a full historical rundown, including information about the Nazi Rally Grounds that were very much a part of Nuremberg’s past. Then head to the Hausbrauerei Altstadthof brewery for pints of beer paired with curly sausages and dishes of pork schnitzel.

Today you’ll hit the most southern point of the Main River, in the town of Marktbreit. Time seems to stand still here – half-timbered and heron-grey stone buildings flank quiet streets. It’s worth popping into the local museum, the Malerwinkelhaus, for an insight into the village’s Medieval past. You can also visit the former home of Dr Alois Alzheimer, the man who identified Alzheimer’s Disease. Elsewhere, Seinsheimer Castle and the town hall are spoton examples of Renaissance architecture and great for a photo stop while exploring.

Tick off another German city today in Wertheim. You’ve got most of the day, so there’s plenty of time to include some of its most famous landmarks, like its castle and Medieval town centre. You’ll also find a major shopping outlet here, called the Wertheim Village. You can shop across an A to Z of big name brands – from Armani’s clothes to Zwilling’s kitchen products – and break for lunch at one of the village’s many restaurants.

On your last day you’ll return to Frankfurt for another full day of exploring. Make a beeline for one of the city’s many museums – you’ll find at least 11 of them flanking an area called the Museumsufer along the river. Try the Stadel Museum – it dates back to 1815 and now ranks as Germany’s oldest museum. You can see European art from the early 14th century through to the present day. And in the Senckenberg Natural History Museum, pop into the dinosaur exhibition – there’s a giant T-rex skeleton in here.

Price Guide

Date Price (pp)
19 July 2020 £1,279
11 October 2020 £1,099

What's Included

  • Savings of £300pp on March - May 2020 departures - book by 31st March 2020
  • Upgrade to All Inclusive from £98pp
  • Direct flights from a range of UK airports with 20kg luggage allowance
  • 7 nights on board TUI Isla
  • 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)
  • 1GB of Wi-Fi per cabin, per week
  • £120 excursion credit, per person, per 7 days
  • All tips and port charges

Excursion Guide

  • Walking tour of Miltenberg
  • Wurzburg city tour
  • Bamberg city tour
  • Mountains & places in Franconian Switzerland
  • Nuremberg city tour
  • Natzi party grounds tour
  • Marktbreit city tour
  • Wertheim walking tour & glass museum
  • Bamberg city transfer
  • Marktbreit city transfer
  • Nuremberg city shuttle