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Christmastime on the Rhine

Discover the true joy of a traditional Christmas on this festive mini cruise in the Rhineland. Explore historic German towns and cities dressed in seasonal finery and enjoy all the atmosphere and magic of this exceptional time of year.

Shop for festive gifts at Christmas markets in Speyer filled with the aroma of cinnamon and roasting chestnuts. Admire Strasbourg’s giant Christmas tree and sip hot cherry liqueur in beautiful Breisach.

Enjoy luxury sailing on board TUI Maya with elegant accommodation and a choice of formal and informal dining options, both serving award-winning cuisine. Savour the beauty of the Rhineland’s winter landscape from the magnificent Sun Deck.

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  • Cruise Line: TUI
  • Ship: TUI Maya
  • Duration: 5 Nights
  • Departure: November 2024

Christmastime on the Rhine Cruise Itinerary

Discover the real spirit of the festive season on this Christmas time cruise on the beautiful Rhine. Perfect for pre-Christmas shopping, get ready for the festive season on this magical 5-night voyage. Experience Germany’s famous Christmas markets with handcrafted gifts, artisan demonstrations, and delicious local treats. Guests sail in luxury on board TUI Maya with spacious and elegantly-appointed accommodation and a choice of dining options serving award-winning cuisine.

Day 1


Fly to Frankfurt Airport and transfer to Mainz, where guests board the luxury cruise ship TUI Maya. Mainz offers visitors over 2,000 years of history. Explore the iconic Markt Square in the shadow of the cathedral, home to the city’s famous Christmas market.

Day 2


Enjoy a full day in Speyer, a beautiful historic city where the Christmas market takes over the picturesque old quarter. Discover festive stalls burgeoning with gifts and seasonal fare. Guests can even try their hand at baking festive biscuits.

Day 3


Drop anchor on the west bank of the Rhine and enjoy the delights of Strasbourg, an eclectic mix of French and German influences with Bavarian-style half-timbered houses. Discover the festive market surrounding a giant Christmas tree.

Day 4


This morning, arrive in Breisach with the whole day to spend wandering around this medieval-style town, completely rebuilt after the Second World War. Enjoy the unique demonstrations like cuckoo clock carving at the Christmas market.

Day 5


Mannheim is described as a ‘chessboard’ city with the streets laid out in a strict grid formation dating back to the 17th century. Visit historic Baroque landmarks like the Jesuit Church and Mannheim Palace, plus the Christmas market, one of the largest in Germany.

Day 6


If you have late flights, why not enjoy the day in Mainz? Take a walk on the Rhine promenade, which runs from the customs port to the old city centre with beautiful views. Art lovers can browse at the Kunsthalle Mainz art gallery.

Christmastime on the Rhine Cruise Ships

TUI Maya

Enjoy a choice of spacious and well-appointed staterooms and suites aboard the TUI Maya, all located on the outside of the vessel. Low passenger numbers mean space and intimacy in communal areas with a peaceful library and luxurious Club Lounge to relax in pre/post-dinner.

155 Passengers
40 Crew
135 Metres Long

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Christmastime on the Rhine River Cruise Deals

Discover the True Origins of Christmas in Germany on a Festive Rhineland Voyage with Crui.se

5 Nights

Christmastime on the Rhine

  • Mainz (EMBARK)
  • Speyer
  • Strasbourg
  • Breisach
  • Mannheim
  • Mainz
£898pp Est. Price per person
  • TUI Maya

Christmastime on the Rhine Cruise Review

“This was our first Christmas cruise (although not our first trip on the Rhine) and we were both amazed at how different and magical the river is in winter. As regular summer cruisers, this has really changed our view. The Christmas markets epitomise what the festive season should be all about. The ship was luxurious, and the food divine, with plenty of regional festive favourites on the menu. Book it! You won’t be disappointed.”

Janey Peterson, Bristol

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