TUI Mistletoe & Rhine 2021 River Cruise
Feel the magic of Christmas come alive on this brilliant 6 day TUI River Cruise, exploring the incredible Christmas markets and festive sights along the Main and Rhine river.
You might hear Frankfurt referred to by another name – Mainhattan, alluding to the city’s setting on the Main River, as well as its futuristic skyline. But, mixed in with the new, there are timber houses and red-brick churches. Lots of the city was damaged in World War Two, but it’s since undergone a huge restoration project. Römerberg square’s now lined with traditional, Medieval-style buildings. Palmengarten is Frankfurt’s version of Kew Gardens, with zones dedicated to rainforest, sub-Antarctic and desert plants. And the 200-year-old Städel Museum houses artworks by Van Gogh, Monet and Rembrandt. Get a feel for Frankfurt on the Ebbelwei Express tram, which does a circuit of the city, rattling past the zoo and Römerberg.
Cologne’s an iconic German city for so many reasons – like its beer halls, Christmas markets and a cathedral that’s graced many a holiday brochure cover. It’s also a city of contrasts where ancient Roman walls and Medieval churches rub shoulders with a postmodern quarter chock-full of chic shops. For drinks, head to Paffgen, a popular beer hall and garden. Or visit the Imhoff-Schokoladenmuseum on the waterfront – a museum dedicated to the history of chocolate. Try to pronounce its name while sampling a tasty chunk or two. And don’t leave Cologne without walking through its cathedral. This World Heritage Site hovers majestically over the roofs of the city, and its interior’s just as impressive as its two spikey spires.
Dusseldorf is one of the most modern cities that flank the Rhine. At first glance it looks very business-orientated, with its banking, advertising and fashion industries recognised globally. Spend a few hours exploring, though, and you’ll discover an old quarter where pork knuckles are served with beer, and archaic theatres are set back off the pavement. Also of note is Dusseldorf harbour. It’s one of the city’s latest developments, and is recognised for its impressive avant-garde architecture – like Claude Vasconi’s Grand Bateau, built to resemble an ocean liner. Dusseldorf’s metroline’s an arty masterpiece, too – it’s decorated with geometric shapes and projections of planets and even has some LED walls.
Settings like Koblenz’s don’t come around often. The city’s a meeting place of mountains and rivers and the Rhine and Moselle rivers come together here, too. The waterfront’s dotted with UNESCO-stamped forts and palaces, while fairy tale castles christen the hilltops on the edge of town. And the surrounding valleys are teeming with terraced vines and world-class wineries. You can take a cable car up to the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress for spectacular views over the city and its two rivers. When you arrive at the fort, you can explore its many museums, as well. Alternatively, catch a bus to Schloss Stolzenfels. This hilltop-castle-turned-palace is super-grand, which is fitting considering it’s played host to guests like Queen Victoria.
Rudesheim’s a little town in the heart of Germany’s wine country. It’s part of the Rhine Gorge, a 65-kilometre-long, fortress-filled UNESCO World Heritage Site. Gothic, 16th-century houses line the water’s edge. And this is backed by a hillside sprinkled with walking trails for hikers, castles for historians and vineyards for wine-lovers. In fact, some of the biggest vineyards in Germany are found near here. Stick about in the centre of town, and you’ve got plenty of shops and bars to nip in and out of, plus a collection of museums focusing on toys, musical instruments and wine. Don’t miss the Niederwald Monument. The ride up to this giant, 100-year-old statue serves up incredible views of the town down below.
Your journey ends today in delightful Frankfurt.
|23 November 2021||£829|
|25 November 2021||£789|
|3 December 2021||£939|
|5 December 2021||£889|
|13 December 2021||£819|
|15 December 2021||£749|
- Upgrade to All Inclusive from £180pp
- Direct flights from a range of UK airports with 20kg luggage allowance
- 5 nights on board 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)
- All tips and port charges
- Cologne's breweries with sightseeing
- Cologne city tour with cathedral
- Cologne city tour
- Walking tour of Dusseldorf
- Dusseldorf pub crawl
- Dusseldorf city tour with Rhine tower
- Koblenz hilltop fortress & scenic cable car
- Walking tour of Koblenz
- Koblenz tourist train & wine tasting
- Winzerexpress & Seigfrieds mechanical music cabinet
- Winzerexpress, cable car & old town
- Rudesheim wine tasting