TUI Rhine Gems 2020 River Cruise
On this itinerary, you’ll travel along the UNESCO-ticked stretch of the Rhine that’s inspired artists, authors and composers for centuries.
This itinerary starts in Germany’s financial hub, Frankfurt. The cosmopolitan city’s nicknames – Manhattan and Chicago on the Main – might lead you to think it’s modern through and through. But you couldn’t be more wrong. Its centrepiece is a carefully reconstructed old town, known as Romerberg, which is fit-to-bursting with timbered buildings. Plus, there’s the 54-acre Palm Garden, which opened in 1871, and a whole district of museums.
You’ll reach the start of the romantic Middle Rhine Valley this morning. Koblenz also happens to be the place where the Rhine and Moselle meet. You can visit the exact spot at Deutsches Eck, AKA German Corner. Then, follow the pretty riverside promenade all the way along to the neoClassical Electoral Palace. Depending on how you’re doing for time, you can also take a cable car up to the hilltop fort.
It’s all about history today, as you pull into Mainz. Dating back to the 1st century AD, this place is one of Europe’s oldest cities. On a wander around, you’ll want to stop and stare at the Romanesque cathedral, the central Marktplatz and the Gutenberg Museum, which is dedicated to all things printing. You’re here all day, which means there’s also time to do the Three Bridges Walk – a two-hour riverside circuit.
Your next port of call is Medieval meets modern. You can wander its Marktplatz, tour its lavish Baroque palace and visit countless museums. This is a city that Forbes called one of the world’s most inventive. It was here that Karl Drais introduced the first bike in 1817 – and a sculpture marks his inaugural ride. A huge TV tower moves things into the 21st century. You can head up for the views or the revolving restaurant.
You get two stops in one today. You’ll arrive in Kehl, Germany, which is just across the river from the French city of Strasbourg. This place has been passed between Germany and France for centuries, and you’ll notice stamps everywhere you turn. There’s the ever-so-pretty Palais Rohan and the Petite France district – all half-timbered houses, canals and pretty bridges. Its cathedral’s a must-see, too. Climb to the top of its tower and you can gaze across the Black Forest.
After docking in Rastatt last night, you can rise as early as you like to explore Rastatt – a city of palaces. There are two opulent mansions to choose from – both are perfectly preserved, as they weren’t hit by any World War Two raids. Schloss Rastatt’s striking coral exterior is matched by an equally extravagant interior of frescoes, chandeliers and tapestries. And it’s the same story at Schloss Favorite, which features a room covered in mirrors
Wine’s at the heart of today’s town. You’ll glide into Rudesheim nice and early, giving you plenty of time to tour its taverns and timber-dominated old town. Make a beeline down Drosselgasse to sample the local Riesling. Or make for the hills and the hard-to-miss Niederwald Monument – a walk or cable car ride away. From the top, you can take in the Rhine Valley’s striped vineyards, castles and winding river bends.
You’ve come full circle today, as you arrive back in Frankfurt. If you’ve got time, you can wrap things up with a spot of sightseeing – whether it’s ogling the old opera house, sampling local cuisine at Kleinmarkthalle, or rattling through the city on a tram tour.
|12 July 2020||£1,349|
|26 July 2020||£1,279|
|20 September 2020||£1,379|
|4 October 2020||£1,169|
|18 October 2020||£1,119|
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- 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)
- 1GB of Wi-Fi per cabin, per week
- £120 excursion credit, per person, per 7 days
- All tips and port charges
- Walking tour of Koblenz
- Hilltop fortress & scenic cable car
- Walking tour of Mainz & Gutenberg museum
- Eberbach Monastery & wine tasting
- Heidelberg city tour & castle
- Mannheim walking tour with 'Bertha Benz'
- Speyer city tour
- City tour of Strasbourg
- Half day tour to Colmar
- Uncover the bets of Baden-Baden
- Villages of the Black Forrest
- Walking tour of Rastatt
- Winzerexpress, cable car & old town
- Rudesheim wine-tasting
- Winzerexpress & Siegfried's Mechanical Music Cabinet
- Rastatt city shuttle