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Mistletoe & Rhine

Combine Gluhwein and the Rhine for an authentic taste of a traditional Christmas on a mini cruise showcasing the best German festive markets partnered with the breathtaking winter wonderland scenery of the Rhineland.

Visit the life-size advent calendar in Koblenz, try apple wine in Frankfurt, enjoy the six different Christmas markets in Düsseldorf, and experience the ‘Christmas Market of Nations’ in picturesque Rüdesheim.

Enjoy luxurious accommodation aboard the TUI Isla with panoramic views of the Rhineland guaranteed from elegant suites, staterooms, and spacious public areas. Savour delicious cuisine with both international and regional seasonal menus.

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

Mistletoe & Rhine Cruise Itinerary

Enjoy the ultimate traditional festive experience on this 5-night cruise, which visits the best of the iconic German Christmas markets. Wander stalls offering handmade gifts and local crafts with live demonstrations by artisan makers. Taste seasonal treats and delicious Gluhwein, the perfect way to prepare for Christmas. Guests enjoy luxury accommodation on board TUI Isla with a choice of suites and staterooms and two restaurants offering five-star formal and informal dining.

Day 1


Fly to Frankfurt Airport and transfer to the luxury cruise ship TUI Isla. Guests have time to explore this vibrant and cosmopolitan city and visit the Christmas market in the Old Quarter. Enjoy delicious Bethmannchen biscuits and Frankfurt’s signature apple wine.

Day 2


Home to plenty of UNESCO-ranked sights, Koblenz is a beautiful city famous for a magnificent equestrian monument marking the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers. Enjoy the impressive Christmas market in the Old Quarter, overlooked by the Baroque town hall.

Day 3


Arrive in Düsseldorf first thing in the morning with a whole day to explore. Famous for its arts and fashion industry, Düsseldorf straddles the banks of the Rhine. A ‘must-see’ is the Altstadt Markt and there are six different Christmas markets around the city.

Day 4


Dominated by its iconic twin-spired cathedral, Cologne offers four different Christmas markets. Visit the Cathedral Market, with one of the Rhineland’s tallest Christmas trees and stalls with artisan demonstrations. The Harbour Market is famous for its chocolates.

Day 5


Rüdesheim is a famous wine-making town in the spectacular Rhine Gorge. Quaint and picturesque, its festive market is often called ‘the Christmas Market of Nations’ and features an exceptional array of international food and drink plus a life-sized nativity scene.

Day 6


Dock in Frankfurt and there is plenty to see and do before your flights back to the UK. Try spiced Brenten biscuits or a glass of festive Gluhwein at the Christmas market. Culture vultures can head to the Museumsufer district.

Mistletoe & Rhine Cruise Ships

TUI Isla

Step aboard the TUI Isla, a luxurious river cruise vessel that offers opulent amenities and impeccable service. From fine dining to wellness facilities, to spacious staterooms with private balconies, the TUI Isla is the embodiment of elegance on the water.

155 Passengers
79 Cabins
2 Onboard Restaurants & Bars

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Mistletoe & Rhine River Cruise Deals

Experience a Traditional Christmas in the Rhineland with Crui.se

5 Nights

Mistletoe & Rhine

  • Frankfurt (EMBARK)
  • Koblenz
  • Düsseldorf
  • Cologne
  • Rüdesheim
  • Frankfurt
£925pp Est. Price per person
  • TUI Isla

Mistletoe & Rhine Cruise Review

“Our first ever cruise, and we certainly were not disappointed. We deliberately chose a short winter trip, and it seemed perfect to do this before Christmas. Expect to stock up on lots of lovely handmade gifts and crafts for under the tree as well as some delicious seasonal treats. The river ship was very comfortable and the atmosphere on board was quite magical.”

Heidi and Dan, Derby

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