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Winter Wonderlands

Experience the joy of Christmas in Europe with a festive mini cruise that visits the best seasonal markets in Germany. Enjoy scenic Rhineland sailing through a picturesque winter landscape.

Discover the life-sized nativity scene in Aschaffenburg, visit the famous markets of Frankfurt and Speyer, and the ‘Christmas Market of Nations’ in Rüdesheim. Browse stalls with handmade gifts and artisan crafts and taste traditional Gluhwein.

TUI Maya provides spacious and luxurious accommodation with formal dining in the Verdastro Restaurant and casual cuisine in the Bistro. Enjoy panoramic views of the Rhineland in winter on a ship designed to showcase Europe’s finest river scenery.

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

Winter Wonderlands Cruise Itinerary

Immerse yourself in a continental Christmas on this 5-night seasonal cruise. Rekindle traditional festivities with visits to famous cities and historic towns and discover the magic of the German Christmas markets. Browse artisan stalls with handcrafted gifts and delicious seasonal treats like marzipan stollen and Gluhwein. Travel in style on the beautifully appointed TUI Maya with a choice of elegant suites and staterooms and two dining options serving award-winning cuisine.

Day 1


Fly to Frankfurt Airport, transfer to Mainz, and board the luxury river ship TUI Maya. Mainz is a historic city with Roman origins, picturesque half-timbered houses, and famous wine taverns providing a storybook backdrop for its Christmas market.

Day 2


Aschaffenburg is a charming Bavarian town with a pretty plaza, Roman-style villas, and sublime public gardens. The Christmas market does not disappoint, with beautifully decorated stalls lit by twinkling fairy lights and a life-sized nativity scene.

Day 3


Germany’s fifth-largest city offers one of the country’s best Christmas markets with something for everyone and a magical festive atmosphere. Located in Römerberg, the market has a beautiful half-timbered backdrop, a spectacular glittering Christmas tree, and a vintage carousel.

Day 4


A city with a long and illustrious past, head to Speyer’s famous Imperial Cathedral, the picturesque backdrop to its Christmas market, packed with festive gifts and stalls selling Gluhwein. Stroll the streets filled with architectural gems and beautiful churches.

Day 5


Drop anchor in Rüdesheim, in the heart of the magnificent UNESCO-listed Rhine Gorge, home to ancient castles and picturesque vineyards. Explore the Christmas market known as the ‘Christmas Market of Nations’ held in the historic Old Quarter.

Day 6


If you have late flights, why not enjoy the day in Mainz? Walk on the Rhine waterfront with stunning river views, or enjoy some R&R on board the ship. Art lovers can browse at the Kunsthalle Mainz, an exhibition space for contemporary art.

Winter Wonderlands 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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Winter Wonderlands River Cruise Deals

Re-discover the True Spirit of a Traditional Christmas on a Festive Rhineland Adventure with Crui.se

5 Nights

Winter Wonderlands

  • Mainz (EMBARK)
  • Aschaffenburg
  • Frankfurt
  • Speyer
  • Rüdesheim
  • Mainz
£823pp Est. Price per person
  • TUI Maya

Winter Wonderlands Cruise Review

“A friend recommended this cruise, and what a joy it was. We are familiar with Rhine cruises, but the port destinations were new to us and included more unusual locations. The Christmas markets were everything they promised to be, and it was so different to cruise at this time of year.”

Alison Burgess, Salisbury

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