As its name suggests, this itinerary’s all about the Rhine River. Your first couple of days will be spent exploring Amsterdam, from its culture-crammed museums to its range of attractions, including the Heineken Museum. On day three, you’ll arrive in Cologne, Germany. This city is 2,000 years old, so it’s no surprise that there’s loads to fill your time. Cologne Cathedral’s Gothic spires should definitely be on your list. On day four, you’ll spend the morning in Koblenz. The must-do here is the cable car up to the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. It serves up views over the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, which has earned UNESCO World Heritage Site status.
In the afternoon, you’ll sail through the castle-sprinkled Lorelei Valley to Rudesheim, which is known for its Riesling wine. You’ll spend the rest of your day here, before heading off to Speyer, to see its towering cathedral and City Hall. On day six, it’s time to explore Strasbourg – look out for the 18th-century Chateau des Rohan. In the morning, you’ll arrive in Breisach. This place is bracketed by the Black Forest and the Rhine Valley’s vineyards. And, on your final day, you’ll find yourself in Switzerland. Basel’s old town is a historical gem, and you should make sure a visit to the Botanical Gardens is on your must-see list.
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All in all, you’ll tick off three countries on this Danube cruise, starting off in Hungary. Budapest is the country’s capital, and it’s a tale of two halves, divided by the Danube River. On one side, you’ve got Buda, with its castle and fort. And, on the other, Pest offers up a dramatic, Gothic Parliament Building. On day two, you’re on to another capital – Slovakia’s Bratislava, where you can get involved with the city’s lively bar scene. Two towns are on the agenda on day three, as you sail through the famous Wachau Valley. Durnstein’s top sight is its castle, while in Melk it’s the Baroque abbey.
On your fourth day, you’ll move on to Linz. This Austrian city combines its Baroque buildings with the cutting-edge Museum of the Future. Then, it’s on to Vienna, where you’ll spend your next two days. This place is known as the City of Music, and it’s hosted some of the world’s best composers including Beethoven and Brahms. Don’t miss the city’s grand opera house, concert halls, and coffee houses. On day seven, you’ll discover one of Hungary’s hidden gems, Esztergom, which hosts the country’s biggest church. Then, you’ll head back to Budapest for your final day. Make sure you visit the city’s famous bathhouses and its quirky ruin bars.
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The clue’s in the name with this itinerary – you’ll see the best of Europe’s vine-crossed countryside on your trip. On day one, you’ll have time to explore Frankfurt. Here, Germany’s ultra-modern financial district rubs shoulders with historical hotspots like the Museumsufer. On your second day, you’ll see where the Rhine meets the Moselle on your way to Koblenz. Check out the views from the Deutsches Eck headland, and snap a picture with a 37-metre tall statue of the first German Emperor, William I. Day three will bring you to Bernkastel-Kues, where you can learn about the town’s centuries-old wine-making traditions in the Mosel Wein Museum – you can opt in to a tasting, too.
On your fourth day, it’s all about history. Trier’s been around for centuries – it’s Germany’s oldest city – and it’s got nine UNESCO-accredited sites to prove it. Day six will take you to a pair of pretty towns – Piesport, then Traben-Trarbach. Piesport’s been making wine since the Romans were around, and Traben-Trarbach lines up a selection of family-run wineries and vineyards. Then, it’s time to head off to Cochem, to see its hilltop castle and pastel-painted houses. On day seven, you’ll start off in Boppard where you can choose between the chairlift up to Vierseenblick and the Hunsruckbahn train. In the afternoon, you’ll head over to Oberwesel, which features an impressive Medieval castle. Then, on your final day, it’s time to head back to Frankfurt to tick off all the sights you might’ve missed the first time around.
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This cruise kicks off in the Netherlands’ most famous city – Amsterdam. You’ll have two days to tick off the city’s best sights, including the Anne Frank House and the Rijksmuseum. Or, if you fancy, spend a day doing something a little different. Get strapped in to Europe’s highest swing at the top of the A’dam Tower, or take in bird’s-eye views of the city from the sky deck. On day three, you’ll spend the morning in Medemblik, where highlights include a high-class harbour, the Baking Museum and Radboud Castle. Then, you’ll sail off to Utrecht, where you’ll stay for the whole of day four. Make sure you bring your appetite, because this place is a favourite for foodies – keep an eye out for this place’s speciality, Utrecht vockingworst – a type of sausage.
On day five, your morning will be spent in Arnhem. Choose between exploring its wine museum – hello, tastings – riding a bike around the national park, and peeking into the past in the Netherlands Open Air Museum. Belgium’s next on your list, with a visit to Antwerp on day six. You’ve got a full day here, so art enthusiasts will have plenty of time to visit Peter Paul Rubens’ old house, and history buffs will be able to tick off the cathedral and fortress. Day seven’s all about Rotterdam, with its panoramic Euromast tower, bustling Markthal market, and bar-lined Witte de Withstraat. Then, it’s time to head back to Amsterdam – your final stop.
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There’s no denying that our itineraries take you to some standout destinations, but we want your trip with TUI River Cruises to be memorable both onboard and ashore. That’s why we’ve splashed out on upgrading our ships. Alongside chic interiors, all of them offer a pair of restaurants and two lounges for entertainment. You can get your breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the Verdastro restaurant – expect a menu that changes daily, featuring locally sourced ingredients. Breakfast is a buffet affair, and lunch and dinner are served à la carte. Meanwhile, in the Bistro, you’ll find a buffet spread and à la carte offering for all three meals. Nightly entertainment’s hosted at the Observatory, and coffee and cocktails are the sophisticated Club Lounge’s signature. When it comes to kicking back between stops, the top deck’s got you covered. It’s split into zones, so whether you want to relax on a sunbed or get involved with activities, you’re all set.
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