TUI Rhine Gems 2022 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 neo-Classical Electoral Palace. Depending on how you’re doing for time, you can also take a cable car up to the hilltop fort.
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.
The cosmopolitan city of Basel’s settled in the north-west corner of Switzerland, very close to the borders of France and Germany. Spend half a day here in the Medieval old town – it’s dominated by a 16th-century, red-brick town hall and is the setting for a farmers’ market on weekends. Nearby, you’ll find Basel’s 12th-century Gothic cathedral.
You’ve got all day to explore the German town of Breisach. Its buildings, each with a red roof, stretch up to the Gothic turrets of St Stephen’s Church – the town’s shining star. Breisach’s particularly popular with fans of wine, too. The Kaiserstuhl hills, 20 minutes’ drive north, are known for producing some of Germany's finest reds.
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.
You’ve come full circle today, as you arrive back in Frankfurt. Disembark after breakfast on board and trasnfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.
|8 April 2022||£1,249|
|22 April 2022||£1,299|
|22 May 2022||£1,449|
|3 July 2022||£1,529|
|5 August 2022||£1,569|
|4 September 2022||£1,489|
|25 September 2022||£1,519|
- 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
- Koblenz hilltop fortress & scenic cable car
- Walking tour of Koblenz
- Koblenz tourist train & wine tasting
- Mannheim walking tour with ‘Bertha Benz’
- Heidelberg city tour & castle
- Speyer city tour
- Exploring the Black Forest
- Half-day trip to Colmar
- Strasbourg city tour
- Lucerne city tour
- Sightseeing tour of Basel
- Colmar city tour
- Walking tour of Breisach & wine tasting
- Walking tour of Speyer
- German wine route and tasting session
- Heidelberg Castle & city tour