TUI Rhine Explorer 2020 River Cruise
Find out why the Rhine is one of Europe’s best-loved waterways on this eight-day river cruise that sails you from Amsterdam in the Netherlands, through Germany, to Medieval Basel in Switzerland.
Today you’ve got all day to find out why it’s one of the most popular cities in Europe. There are almost 9,000 buildings that date back to the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, so you certainly won’t be short of sightseeing. Hire a bike and cycle your way down narrow lanes, or jump onto a canal cruise for a guided tour with commentary.
You’ve got this morning to tick off anything you didn’t do yesterday. Amsterdam’s art galleries and museums are recognised worldwide – if you’re going to visit one, make it the Hermitage. This place is a branch of the Hermitage in St Petersburg in Russia and is packed to the rafters with paintings, figurines and valuable artefacts. There’s a constantly changing programme of exhibitions, so you could see anything from Dutch Master canvases to Ancient Greek sculptures
Today you’ll sail into Cologne, just in time for lunch. You’ve got all afternoon to explore this 2,000-year old city, so start by treating yourself to a meal that’s a favourite with locals – a halve hahn. This open rye bread sandwich is spread with butter and topped with thick slices of Gouda cheese and onion. Order it with Kolsch, the official beer of Cologne. Once you’re refreshed, make a beeline for the Gothic spires of the cathedral. For a few euros you can climb to the top of one of the towers for unbeatable views of the chimney-speckled city.
This morning you’ll have a few hours to explore Koblenz. No visit would be complete without taking the cable car up to the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. This place overlooks the UNESCO-protected Upper Middle Rhine Valley and has eye-widening views of the point where the Rhine and Moselle rivers meet. At lunchtime you’ll set sail through the castle-freckled Loreley Valley, arriving in the town of Rudesheim in the evening. The area is famous for its wine production – try a glass of Riesling at one of its many bars for a crisp flavour of the region.
The cathedral looms like a fairy-tale giant over the town. Don’t miss its eerie crypt, full of fascinating graves of German emperors, kings, queens and bishops. Then wander past City Hall – the council chambers in here are an A-star example of Rococo architecture. Finish by exploring one of Speyer’s most important sets of stone ruins, which were once part of a busy Jewish community in the Middle Ages.
Draw back the curtains on Strasbourg this morning. You’ll dock in the port of Kehl and make your way to the city on the other side of the river, entering the north-east of France. Originally a Celtic village, Strasbourg today is home to the European Parliament and is peppered with French and German influences. You’ve got until early evening to tick off its major landmarks, like the restored Cathedral of Notre-Dame, and the 18th-century Chateau des Rohan.
This town’s slotted between the rolling vineyards of the Rhine Valley and the spinach-green treetops of the Black Forest. Its main landmark, St Stephen’s Cathedral, is at the centre of a web of pastel-coloured houses and cobbled streets. Head into one of Breisach’s cafés for a thick slab of goose liver pate paired with a bottle of merlot.
Your cruise ends today in Basel, Switzerland. The old town’s a must-do for first-time visitors – it’s full of well-preserved historic buildings that sit snugly next to each other. Gardening enthusiasts will love the Basel Botanical Gardens. In here, you can spy giant water lilies, prickly cacti and orchids.
|17 May 2020||£1,319|
|24 May 2020^||£1,399|
|14 June 2020^||£1,429|
|5 July 2020^||£1,369|
|12 July 2020||£1,399|
|19 July 2020^||£1,319|
|2 August 2020||£1,369|
|30 August 2020^||£1,369|
|20 September 2020||£1,399|
|27 September 2020^||£1,349|
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- Direct flights from a range of UK airports with 20kg luggage allowance
- 7 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)
- 1GB of Wi-Fi per cabin, per week
- £120 excursion credit, per person, per 7 days
- All tips and port charges
- Amsterdam city tour
- Amsterdam canal cruise
- Cologne city tour
- Cologne's breweries with sightseeing
- Walking tour of Koblenz
- Hilltop fortress & Scenic cable car
- Rudesheim wine-tasting
- Walking tour of Speyer
- Half-day trip to Heidelberg
- Germany wine route & tasting session
- City tour of Strasbourg
- Exploring the Black Forrest
- Walking tour of Breisach & wine tasting
- Colmar city tour