Castles Along the Rhine River Cruise

Uniworld - Basel to Amsterdam

July 7-15, 2018

Sat / Sun - 9 Days

Find inspiration in the romantic, soul-stirring beauty of the fabled Rhine! Flowers tumble from baskets lining streets of half-timbered houses, and lights glint off quiet canals. A mighty river carries ships and cargo through a landscape shaped by time and history. The spires of medieval churches and castles appear around each bend in the river, and vineyards climb the verdant hillsides. Cruise along the Rhine—Germany on one side, France on the other. Discover Alsace, whose dual French and German heritage has given it fabulous food and a winemaking tradition that goes back to the Romans. Marvel at castles that were once mighty fortresses and get an insider’s look at one of the only castles on the Rhine that has never been destroyed, Marksburg Castle. Visit historic cities, including ancient Cologne and picturesque Strasbourg; stroll through the fairytale towns of Riquewihr, Kaysersberg and Rüdesheim; and taste delightful white wines in the villages where the grapes are grown. Beethoven and Byron loved the romantic landscapes of the Rhine River, and the beauty that inspired them is still yours to experience.

Romantics who love the picturesque and the historic will find medieval castles, splendid cathedrals and scenes that have inspired great poets, painters and composers alike. Share the enchantment of this region with the special people in your life. This cruise not only features unique, fun-filled adventures for families to enjoy together, it’s also packed with culturally and historically significant experiences designed to spark creativity and lifelong learning.

Itinerary Riverboat

Sat, Jul 7: Overnight flights to Europe.

Sun, July 8: Basel.: Arrive in Basel, Switzerland, then transfer to Uniworld’s elegant S.S. Antoinette. The luxurious décor of the 443-foot, 154-passenger vessel is Uniworld’s first Super Ship—featuring fine Brazilian marble on the walls and floors, a 19th-century Venetian glass mirror, a stylish Bar du Leopard with full-service bar, and an onboard cinema! The two-story foyer boasts a 10-foot blue Strauss Baccarat chandelier with huge sapphires, a stunning piece that once hung in New York's famous Tavern on the Green—and a collection of original artwork is displayed throughout the ship. Get acquainted with the ship. If you arrive in the early morning, take time to walk about Basel – containing the country's highest concentration of museums.

Mon, July 9: Breisach, Germany (Kayserberg and Riquewihr or Colmar, France). Breisach, a charming town dominated by a 17th-century hilltop cathedral, is your gateway to the Alsatian wine road and the launching point for your included excursions along the celebrated route des vins, which hugs the foothills of the Vosges mountain range. You can visit Kaysersberg and Riquewihr, two of the most picturesque villages in the region, sampling local delicacies or take a tour of the larger town of Colmar, considered one of the most beautiful destinations along the wine road. If you’re interested in doing something a bit more physically challenging, you may stay in Breisach and walk or bike through the surrounding vineyards.

Tue, July 10: Kehl, Germany (Strasbourg, France). Strasbourg is invariably described as quaint, a rather overused word that in this case is perfectly apropos. Whether you see it via a canal boat or on foot with an insightful local expert, this historic town with its cobbled lanes, half-timbered homes, giant stork nests and impossible-to-resist pastry shops will win your heart. Kehl, directly across the river from Strasbourg, will be your ship’s base while you explore the Alsatian capital, which is known as the “Crossroads of Europe” for its strategic location halfway between Paris and Prague. You may choose to see Strasbourg via its historic canals (the way Strasbourg has been seen by its visitors through the centuries), which would give you an enlightening and relaxing overview of this historically important city. Or, you may experience the historic core as the locals do, with an exclusive walking tour. If you’re feeling adventurous, take advantage of Uniworld’s bicycles or Nordic walking sticks and explore the banks of the river.

Wed, July 11: Mannheim (Speyer). Expect the unexpected in Speyer, where ancient treasures harmoniously co-exist with modern day innovation. Here you will choose from a historical walking tour in Spyer, or for something really unexpected, venture into a candlelit tasting room at the exclusive Doktorenhof Vinegar Estate to sample flavorful elixirs made from wine vinegars. Utterly unique and surprisingly delicious, and something you’ll experience with no other river cruise line.

Thu, July 12: Rüdesheim, Cruising the romantic Rhine River, Boppard. Your floating hotel arrives in Rüdesheim, one of the most charming ports of call in the Rhine Valley. This city has a long history going back to Roman times and is famous for the Drosselgasse, a narrow, bustling lane of shops and wine bars, as well as its impressive Niederwald Monument, built to celebrate the re-establishment of the German empire in the late 19th century. You may opt to visit a renowned vineyard or, for a more active jaunt, take the long way shoreward from Niederwald with a vineyard hike. Later today, cruise to Boppard and join your Cruise Manager for a village stroll highlighting stately riverfront homes and the lingering traces of Boppard’s fascinating Roman past.

Fri, July 13: Cruising the romantic Rhine River, Koblenz. No other river valley on earth boasts more castles than the Rhine, and today you’ll have an opportunity to experience real-life “Game of Thrones” ambiance deep within the medieval walls of Marksburg Castle. Not into dungeons and dragons? Get to know Koblenz, a historic town with a colorful past and eclectic architecture, on a walking tour or scenic bike ride. As you come upon Koblenz, you’ll sail past Deutsches Eck (German Corner) with its historic monument to Kaiser Wilhelm I, at the confluence of the Moselle and Rhine rivers. You have wonderful tours from which to choose today.

Sat, July 14: Cologne. You simply cannot visit Cologne without paying homage to its most notorious site, the Gothic masterpiece that serves as the city’s cathedral. A local expert will show you favorite haunts around the Old Town and share some of the cathedral’s most intriguing and magical secrets with you. Cologne is the largest and oldest city of the Rhineland and a cultural mecca, with more than 30 museums and hundreds of art galleries. A congenial atmosphere and a mix of ancient, modern and reconstructed buildings characterize the heart of the city.

Sun, July 15: Amsterdam. Disembark the ship and transfer to the airport to fly home. Alternatively, you may continue your adventure with our optional post-cruise Amsterdam extension.

S.S. Antoinette.
Lavishly appointed riverview staterooms and suites have handcrafted Savoir® of England beds, 100% Egyptian cotton linens and a menu of pillow options. Staterooms and suites on the La Princesse Deck have full open-air balconies, and staterooms on the La Duchesse Deck have French balconies. Other amenities include generous built-in closets, hair dryer, individual climate-control thermostat, direct-dial telephone, infotainment center with flat-screen TV and complimentary movie and entertainment options, bottled water, and a safe. Marble bathrooms feature L’Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, special towel warmers, a backlit magnifying mirror, and cozy waffle bathrobes and slippers. Staterooms on the La Duchesse Deck have French balconies with floor-to-ceiling windows that can be raised or lowered with the touch of a button. All suites are uniquely decorated and have additional amenities and services, including in-suite special butler service, packing and unpacking assistance, full breakfast menu, daily fruit and cookie plate, elegant evening snack, robes and slippers, iPod® docking station, Nespresso coffee machine and fine teas, fully stocked mini bar, free laundry and shoe shine service, bottle of wine upon arrival, L’Occitane and Hermés bath products, one-per-person in-suite well-being treatment, and a special dinner in L'Orangerie Sky Lounge.



Castles Along the Rhine River Cruise Pricing

Per Person (Price does not include airfare)

Category 5 Window

Category 3 French Balcony

Category 1 Open Air Balcony

Double P/P

$3,299

$4,139

$4,739

Single

$5,039

$5,939

$6,539


Ambassadair Trip #7361

Highlights Include


  • Visit 4 countries: Switzerland, France, Germany & The Netherlands
  • 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Cultural Enrichment
  • Captivating onboard local entertainment
  • 6 days of included excursions

Package Includes


  • All transfers on arrival and departure
  • 7-night accommodations aboard Uniworld’s luxurious S.S. Antoinette
  • All meals on the ship
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions
  • Unlimited onboard beverages
  • Excursions per Itinerary

    Ship’s Registry: Switzerland

Note:

Pay in full at the time of booking and save 10% on cruise fare! Offer expires October 31, 2017. Advertised prices are cruise only and do not include airfare or hotel accommodations.


 
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