TUI Winter Wonderlands 2022 River Cruise
If you’re yearning to get your hands on Germany’s Christmas markets, this trip’s right for you – it lines up five of the country’s biggest and brightest.
One of Germany’s top wine cities, Wiesbaden, is first on the to-see list. The city and its surrounding countryside is known for producing sekt, a sparkling white wine that’s often referred to as German Champagne. The city centre’s loaded with restaurants, bars and wineries, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to try some of the local tipple. When it comes to sightseeing, you can visit an Orthodox church, snap some photos of the whitewashed parliament building, and wander around the 130-stall Christmas market.
You’ll pull into Aschaffenburg today, a Bavarian town that’s been on the map since the Middle Ages. The sightseeing offering here’s got an international flair – think Roman-style villas, public gardens that look like they belong in the Chelsea Flower Show, and a pretty plaza that’s dotted with Mediterranean trees. The Christmas market here’s no pushover, either. You can get your hands on mulled wine, roasted almonds and potato pancakes at the food stalls, and snap a selfie in front of its life-sized nativity scene.
Frankfurt’s front and centre today. It’s Germany’s fifth-biggest city, so there’s lots to see and do. For starters, the city’s Christmas market has achieved legendary status. Its roots date back to the 1300s, and nowadays it packs in over 200 food and souvenir stalls. Frankfurt’s also a great place to get to know Germany’s modern and Medieval sides – the city centre mingles glass-fronted malls and boutiques with traditional half-timbered houses.
You’ll arrive in Mannheim in the morning, giving you a whole day to wander around its square-filled city centre. The headliner here’s Mannheim Palace, a 400-year-old Baroque castle that’s filled with tapestries, paintings and porcelain exhibits. Elsewhere, you’ll find the 200-stall Christmas market at the feet of another of Mannheim’s mainstays – the 60-metre-tall Wasserturm water reservoir.
Before arriving back in Wiesbaden in the afternoon, you’ll anchor in the town of Rudesheim. It’s nestled in the heart of the Rhine Gorge, a UNESCO-protected region that’s known for its vineyards and collection of history-soaked castles. You’ll have another mega-sized Christmas market to explore here, as well. When you return to Wiesbaden, you can tick off any sights you might have missed on your first day, like the 150-year-old Town Hall and the tree-lined lanes of the Kurpark.
Depending on when your flight to the UK’s set to depart, you’ll have a couple of hours to get in some last-minute R&R on board your ship. Alternatively, you can cap off your river cruise with a final early-morning walk around Wiesbaden’s waterfront.
|28 November 2022||£709|
|13 December 2022||£699|
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- Direct flights from a range of UK airports with 20kg luggage allowance
- 5 nights on board TUI Maya
- Includes £85 experience credit per person
- 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
- Aschaffenburg’s life-sized nativity scene
- Globe-trotting festive treats in Rudesheim
- Spice-infused wine in Frankfurt