How to Book Tui River Cruises Excursions

On a Tui river cruise, your ship will visit one or even two ports each day so it’s important to understand how to make the most of every destination using Tui River Cruises shore excursions.

In this post, I explain how to check the shore excursions available for your cruise and how to book.

Tui River Cruises Excursions Voucher

Tui River Cruises gives every passenger £120 per seven-day cruise to spend on shore excursions. This voucher can be redeemed for shore excursions only and cannot be refunded if you don’t use it all.

Trips and excursions vary in price so it’s definitely worth looking at all of the options for your cruise to calculate how you want to spend the voucher.

If £120 does not cover everything you’d like to book for your Tui river cruise, you can pay extra.

You will receive a voucher code for your cruise via email. Please note, this is one voucher code that can be used by everyone in your booking.

Tui River Cruises is offering £120 excursion vouchers until autumn 2023. It is unclear if it will continue to be offered after that time.

Salzburg excursion

Tui River Cruises Shore Excursions List

You can access the full list of shore excursions available for any Tui river cruise, which are organised by ship and the date of your river cruise.

You can access this even before your cruise is booked so you can get an idea of the types of excursions available. If the shore excursions aren’t available yet for the dates you plan to cruise, try finding the same itinerary by switching the dates.

There is usually at least one excursion available in every port of call.

The shore excursions are available to view and book approximately six months before your river cruise. Below are some examples of Tui River Cruises excursions. It’s important to note that these may not always be available on every cruise.

River Cruise DestinationExamples of Excursions
AmsterdamCanal cruise
Cheese and windmills tour
Amsterdam city tour
ArnhemArnhem walking tour
Historic Arnhem tour
AschaffenburgAschaffenburg city tour
BamburgBamburg city tour
Bamburg shuttle bus
Franconian Switzerland tour
BaselBasel city tour
Lucerne city tour
BelgradeBelgrade city tour
Bohemian folklore show
Bernkastel-KuesBernkastel walking tour
BonnBonn city tour with Beethoven house
Drachenfels Mountain tram ride
BoppardBoppard walking tour
Marksburg Castle
Winery visit with tasting
Sightseeing and wine-tasting walking tour
BratislavaBratislava city train tour
BreisachBreisach walking tour
Breisach walking tour with wine tasting
Colmar city tour
BudapestSightseeing and Hungarian dance show
Budapest city tour
Hungarian horse show
CochemCochem walking tour
Cochem city tour with Reichsburg Castle
CologneCologne city tour
Beer and sightseeing
Donji MilanovacLepenski Vir archeological site and Golbulac Fortress
DurnsteinDurnstein walking tour
DusseldorfDusseldorf walking tour
Dusseldorf city tour
Beer and sightseeing
EsztergomEsztergom city train and Basilica
Budapest city tour
ForchheimForchheim city tour and beer tasting
KalocsaPecs city tour
Kalocsa suttle
Kalocsa tour with paprika and organ concert
KelheimWeltenburg Abbey and boat cruise
KoblenzKoblenz walking tour
Hilltop fortress and cable car
KremsKrems walking tour
Monastery tour and wine tasting
LinzLinz walking tour
Salzburg city tour and Austrian Lakes
Postlingburg tour
MainzMainz walking tour and Gutenburg Museum
MannheimMannheim city tour
Heidelberg tour with castle
MelkMelk Abbey
MohacsMohacs walking tour
Novi SadNovi Sad and monastery tour
Novi Sad walking tour
Novi Sad fortress and wine tasting
NuremburgNuremburg city tour
Nuremburg rally grounds and museum
Nuremburg city shuttle
OberweselOberwesel walking tour
PassauPassau walking tour
Beer tour
Bavarian boat cruise, beer and town tour
PiesportWine and sightseeing of the Moselle Valley
RegensburgRegensburg walking tour
Walking around Walhalla
RotterdamRotterdam walking tour
Rotterdam city tour and harbour cruise
Town tours of The Hague and Delft
RudesheimWine tasting
Winzerexpress and Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet
Winzerexpress, cable car and old town
SpeyerSpeyer walking tour
German wine route
StrasbourgStrasbourg city tour
Black forest tour
Traben-TrarbachTraben-Trarbach walking tour with underground cellars
TrierTrier walking tour
Luxembourg city tour
ViennaEvening concert
Schonbrunn Palace
Vienna city tour
Wine tour
VukovarVukovar walking tour
Winzerexpress & Siegfried’s Mechanical Music CabinetWinzerexpress & Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet
WurzburgWurzburg city tour
Wurzburg city tour with Wurzburg residence

Types of River Cruise Excursions

River cruise excursions vary depending on the destinations depending on the history, landmarks and culture.

Walking tours

In most ports a walking tour will be available. Transport is provided if the excursion visits a landmark or neighbouring town that’s not in walking distance.

Most excursions will be lead by a local tour guide who will have good knowledge of the local area and it’s history. You will need to use the Vox devices found in your cabin and headphones provided. At the start of the excursion, your tour guide will ask you to turn on the Vox device and ensure you are on the same channel as them. This allows you to hear the tour guide throughout the tour without needing to stay by their side.

Tui River Cruises uses vox headset devices during tour
Local tour guide using the Vox device during a tour

Other types of excursions to expect on your river cruise:

  • Walking tours
  • City tours (coach and walking)
  • Beer or wine tasting
  • Local dancing/dinner show
  • Visit to historical landmarks
  • Local food tasting
  • Shuttle to a town/city (free time to explore independently)
  • Boat cruises
  • Concerts

Step-by-step guide to booking your TUI River Cruises excursions

  1. Tui River Cruises will send you an email around six months before your river cruise departure date containing your shore excursion £120 voucher code
  2. Browse the shore excursions available for your river cruise and decide what you’d like to book by visiting the shore excursions page
  3. For each shore excursion you’d like to book, choose the number of tickets required and Add to Cart, the total price will appear
  4. If you’d like to book more than one experience per day, simply book and pay for your first one then log out and back into the system to select and book your second. This is if you are visiting two ports in one day
  5. Once you’re ready to pay, click the Shopping Cart in the top right of your screen, enter your personal details, shore excursions voucher code, your booking reference and payment method.
  6. You will receive a ticket for each shore excursion you book via email
  7. Print your excursion confirmation tickets and keep them safe

You can book your river cruise excursions by telephoning 0203 451 2688.

You can also book extra shore excursions when you’re on your river (if there is availability) through your Cruise Director.

Tui River Cruises excursions walking tour of Vukovar

Shore Excursions Cancellations

You are entitled to a full refund if you cancel a shore excursion up until two days before. If you cancel within two days of the shore excursion you may not be able to receive a refund.

Information about Excursions

You can find out important information about the river cruise excursions on the website and your excursion confirmation tickets. This includes:

  • Date and departure time for the excursion
  • Duration
  • Meeting point
  • What to expect
  • What is included in the excursion e.g. lunch, entry to landmark
  • Difficulty level and how much walking is involved

The Cruise Director and entertainment staff will also be able to help with any further queries you have when you get onboard.

Experience of Tui River Cruises Excursions

On our Tui river cruise we chose to take three shore excursions and explored independently in the other ports. The quality of our excursions were excellent but it can depend on your tour guides.

You can take a look at the excursions we did with Tui River Cruises on our Eastern Danube river cruise on Tui Skyla in the videos below.

In our ‘Cruising the Iron Gates’ video we took an excursion to the Lepenski Vir archeological site before visiting the Golubac Fortress where the river ship met us.

In the video below, we visit Vukovar, Croatia where we went on a walking tour of the town to learn about its history from a local tour guide.

Tui River Cruises Excursions Tips to Remember

  • Book your excursions as far in advance as possible so that you don’t miss out on particular ones you really want to do
  • If you have restricted mobility, read the difficulty rating and description carefully to decide if it’s suitable and you will enjoy it
  • Use your £120 excursion voucher from Tui River Cruises and decide if you need to spend extra on additional excursions
  • Take excursions that allow you to try local food, drink and learn about local culture
  • Carry some cash for tipping tour guides and bus drivers
  • Don’t be scared to ask your tour guides questions, they are usually local and love to tell you about their home town or city
  • Pack comfortable shoes for walking. Cobbled streets and uneven surfaces make it important that you are comfortable and safe
Tui River Cruises excursions tip
Tui River Cruises shared one of my tips on its social media
  • If you are in walking distance from your river ship, you may have the chance for free time after a walking tour but remember to be back onboard before sailaway. You will be left behind.
  • Don’t feel obliged to take an excursion with Tui, if you prefer to do your own thing, you can
  • Pack for the weather, this may be just an umbrella and lightweight coat or layers depending on the time of year you cruise – read what to wear for a river cruise in Europe

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