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UNIWORLD – Castles along the Rhine – Basel to Amsterdam – 8 days

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Castles along the Rhine

BASEL TO AMSTERDAM – 8 DAYS
Date Range: Mar 2014 – Nov 2014 Ships: S.S. AntoinetteRiver Queen
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Basel to Amsterdam – 8 Days

Program offerings are subject to change.

Day 1:

Basel (embark) MotorcoachEmbark/Disembark
Arrive at EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg, where you will be transferred to the ship.

Day 2:

Breisach (Kayserberg and Riquewihr or Colmar) Choice Is YoursMotorcoachVillage Days

Featured Excursions: Choice of Alsatian wine villages or Colmar city tour

Starting from Medieval Breisach, the gateway to the Black Forest, you will cross the Rhine and head for the Alsatian Wine Road, which hugs the foothills of the Vosges Mountains. Charming villages, pastoral landscapes, and lush vineyards line this beautiful winding road. You may prefer to linger in the historic center of enchanting Colmar or continue on to the wine villages of Kayserberg and Riquewihr, where you will ramble along narrow lanes and pass half-timbered Medieval houses with conical roofs that are straight out of a fairytale illustration. Whichever you choose, you’ll be treated to an Alsatian specialty,flammekeuche, a delectable flatbread topped with bacon and onions. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.

Day 3:

Kehl (Strasbourg) UNESCOChoice Is YoursUniworld ExclusiveMotorcoachInsider

Featured Excursions: Choice of Strasbourg by canal with Notre Dame Cathedral orexclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Strasbourg walking tour

Situated halfway between Paris and Prague, the Alsatian town of Strasbourg is known as the “Crossroads of Europe.” The heart of the old city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is crisscrossed with Medieval canals. You’ll board a canal boat and cruise past ancient covered bridges and their watchtowers, the picturesque Petite France district with its beautiful half-timbered houses and flower-filled window boxes, and the magnificent Gothic cathedral. You’ll also see the dynamic modern city that hosts numerous European Union organizations. Or, if you prefer, take an intimate walking tour through Old Town, strolling through lively Broglie Square to elegant Place Kléber. Learn about the culinary traditions of Alsace and indulge in tasty pastries and coffee at a charming café. Then spend your afternoon at leisure in this beautiful
city; a shuttle will take you to and from the ship.

Day 4:

Germersheim (Speyer) Choice Is YoursUniworld ExclusiveMotorcoach

Featured Excursions: Choice of Speyer walking tour or exclusive Doktorenhof vinegar estate visit and tasting

A guided walking tour through Speyer reveals a Medieval town with a grand heritage and a compact historic center dominated by the largest Romanesque cathedral in Europe. With its basilica laid out in the form of a Latin cross, including four towers and two domes, this architectural marvel is a symbol of Medieval imperial power; the rulers of three dynasties are interred here. Nearby, a well-preserved mikvah, or ritual bath, bears witness to a Jewish community that dates to roughly the same era; it is the oldest remaining bath of its kind in Europe. Alternatively, come with us to discover a unique aperitif—wine vinegars made from grapes grown in the wine lands of the Palatine—with a visit to the Doktorenhof vinegar estate, where antique vinegar recipes find new life. Tour the cellars and taste the honey- or herb-flavored elixirs made there.

Day 5:

Rüdesheim, cruising the romantic Rhine River, Boppard UNESCOUniworld ExclusiveMotorcoachWinetasting

Featured Excursions: Exclusive Castle Vollrads wine tasting and guided Boppard village stroll

Rüdesheim has been a magnet for romantics since the 19th century. Among its most famous sights is the Drosselgasse, a narrow alleyway lined with wine taverns and shops. Explore the town at your leisure, then be our guest at a princely wine tasting at prestigious Castle Vollrads, a handsome 14th-century castle perfectly situated in the vineyard-covered hills of the Rheingau. Though it is one of the smallest wine-growing regions of Germany, it is world famous for its Rieslings—and Castle
Vollrads is one of the world’s top wine estates for the varietal. Later, find a spot on deck for an afternoon of scenic cruising along the romantic Rhine and take in the breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage-designated Upper Middle Rhine Valley. Picturesque castles appear around every bend in the river for a 40-mile stretch, a sight that inspired poets, painters, and composers throughout the 19th century. End your day with a guided stroll around Boppard, a typical wine village on the shores of the Rhine.

Day 6:

Cruising the romantic Rhine River, Koblenz Choice Is YoursMotorcoach

Featured Excursions: Choice of Koblenz walking tour or aerial cable car ride to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress

Awaken on the romantic Rhine and enjoy a morning cruise along the castle-lined river. German Corner, with its famous monument to Kaiser Wilhelm I, announces your arrival in Koblenz, where the Moselle and Rhine rivers meet. Choose a walking tour highlighting the appeal of Koblenz—its charming lanes and historic squares, the picturesque alleyways and fountains in the old quarter, and the 12th-century churches of St. Florin and Our Beloved Lady. Or take a thrilling ride on an aerial tram across the Rhine to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress—whose ruined walls once inspired Lord Byron—which in one form or another has stood high on the hill overlooking the rivers’ confluence since its beginnings as a fortification in 1,000 BC. The view from the fortress is dazzling.

Day 7:

Cologne UNESCO

Featured Excursion: Cologne walking tour with Cologne Cathedral visit

Stroll through the narrow streets of Old Town Cologne with your guide, passing by tiny squares and small churches as you make your way to Cologne Cathedral, the city’s most famous landmark. It took 632 years for Germany’s largest cathedral to be completed, and it is one of the most important Gothic churches in Europe. Inside this UNESCO World Heritage Site, the earthly remains of the fabled Three Kings—the Magi—are believed to lie at rest. You’ll learn about the history of the cathedral and its artwork, especially the pieces surrounding the Shrine of the Magi. Christian pilgrims have been flocking here for centuries. In fact, one of the cathedral’s expansions was intended to accommodate the many faithful who travel from far and wide to experience the wonder of this sacred site. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.

Note: On Sundays and Catholic holidays, guided tours inside the cathedral will not be possible.

Day 8:

Amsterdam (disembark) Embark/DisembarkMotorcoach
Disembark the ship and transfer to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport for your flight home, or extend your stay in bustling Amsterdam.Note: Order of sightseeing may change throughout the itinerary.  Substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to water levels or other uncontrollable factors.
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Pricing Details Per Person (from)

Cruise Start Date Cruise Only Ship
Sunday, March 15, 2015* £2,024 S.S. Antoinette
Sunday, March 22, 2015 £2,084 S.S. Antoinette
Sunday, March 29, 2015* £2,184 S.S. Antoinette
Wednesday, April 01, 2015* £2,284 River Empress
Sunday, April 05, 2015 £2,284 S.S. Antoinette
Wednesday, April 08, 2015 £2,284 River Empress
Sunday, April 12, 2015* £2,404 S.S. Antoinette
Wednesday, April 15, 2015* £2,344 River Empress
Sunday, April 19, 2015 £2,534 S.S. Antoinette
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 £2,529 River Empress
Sunday, April 26, 2015* £2,664 S.S. Antoinette
Wednesday, April 29, 2015* £2,634 River Empress
Sunday, May 03, 2015 £2,734 S.S. Antoinette
Wednesday, May 06, 2015 £2,664 River Empress
Sunday, May 10, 2015* £2,734 S.S. Antoinette
Sunday, May 17, 2015 £2,734 S.S. Antoinette
Sunday, May 24, 2015* £2,734 S.S. Antoinette
Sunday, May 31, 2015 £2,734 S.S. Antoinette
Sunday, June 07, 2015* £2,734 S.S. Antoinette
Sunday, June 14, 2015 £2,734 S.S. Antoinette
Sunday, June 21, 2015* £2,734 S.S. Antoinette
Sunday, June 28, 2015 £2,604 S.S. Antoinette
Sunday, July 05, 2015* £2,604 S.S. Antoinette
Wednesday, July 08, 2015* £2,534 River Empress
Sunday, July 12, 2015 £2,604 S.S. Antoinette
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 £2,604 River Empress
Sunday, July 19, 2015* £2,604 S.S. Antoinette
Sunday, July 26, 2015 £2,604 S.S. Antoinette
Sunday, August 02, 2015* £2,604 S.S. Antoinette
Sunday, August 09, 2015 £2,604 S.S. Antoinette
Sunday, August 16, 2015* £2,604 S.S. Antoinette
Wednesday, August 19, 2015* £2,604 River Empress
Sunday, August 23, 2015 £2,734 S.S. Antoinette
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 £2,734 River Empress
Sunday, August 30, 2015* £2,854 S.S. Antoinette
Sunday, September 06, 2015 £3,054 S.S. Antoinette
Sunday, September 13, 2015* £3,054 S.S. Antoinette
Sunday, September 20, 2015 £2,984 S.S. Antoinette
Sunday, September 27, 2015* £2,924 S.S. Antoinette
Wednesday, September 30, 2015* £2,924 River Empress
Sunday, October 04, 2015 £2,924 S.S. Antoinette
Wednesday, October 07, 2015 £2,854 River Empress
Sunday, October 11, 2015* £2,734 S.S. Antoinette
Wednesday, October 14, 2015* £2,734 River Empress
Sunday, October 18, 2015 £2,474 S.S. Antoinette
Wednesday, October 21, 2015 £2,474 River Empress
Sunday, October 25, 2015* £2,224 S.S. Antoinette
Wednesday, October 28, 2015* £2,024 River Empress
Sunday, November 01, 2015 £2,094 S.S. Antoinette
Wednesday, November 04, 2015 £1,964 River Empress
Sunday, November 08, 2015* £2,024 S.S. Antoinette
*On these dates Cruise operates from Amsterdam to Basel.
  • Port Charges: £105 per person are included in the cruise price
  • Prices shown above include cruise in Category 5, twin share.
  • Single supplement applies for single accommodation.
  • Airfare is not included in the prices listed above.

Note: Order of sightseeing may change throughout the itinerary. Substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to water levels or other uncontrollable factors.

To upgrade to a higher category, add per person the following prices below:

River Empress

Category 4  £155+
Category 2  £525+
Suite            £1,469+
Category 3  £370+
Category 1  £800+

S.S. Antoinette

Category 4  £170+
Category 2  £830+
Suite           £1,855+
Category 3  £560+
Category 1  £1,105+
Royal Suite  £2,895

Amsterdam to Basel – 8 Days – this is the reverse itinerary

Program offerings are subject to change

Day 1:

Amsterdam (embark) MotorcoachEmbark/Disembark
Arrive at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship.

Day 2:

Cologne UNESCO

Featured Excursion: Cologne walking tour with Cologne Cathedral visit

Stroll through the narrow streets of Old Town Cologne with your guide, passing by tiny squares and small churches as you make your way to Cologne Cathedral, the city’s most famous landmark. It took 632 years for Germany’s largest cathedral to be completed, and it is one of the most important Gothic churches in Europe. Inside this UNESCO World Heritage Site, the earthly remains of the fabled Three Kings—the Magi—are believed to lie at rest. You’ll learn about the history of the cathedral and its artwork, especially the pieces surrounding the Shrine of the Magi. Christian pilgrims have been flocking here for centuries. In fact, one of the cathedral’s expansions was intended to accommodate the many faithful who travel from far and wide to experience the wonder of this sacred site. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.

Note: On Sundays and Catholic holidays, guided tours inside the cathedral will not be possible.

Day 3:

Koblenz, cruising the romantic Rhine River, Boppard Choice Is YoursMotorcoach

Featured Excursions: Choice of Koblenz walking tour or aerial cable car ride to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress; and guided Boppard village stroll

Awaken on the romantic Rhine and enjoy a morning cruise along the castle-lined river. German Corner, with its famous monument to Kaiser Wilhelm I, announces your arrival in Koblenz, where the Moselle and Rhine rivers meet. Choose a walking tour highlighting the appeal of Koblenz—its charming lanes and historic squares, the picturesque alleyways and fountains in the old quarter, and the 12th-century churches of St. Florin and Our Beloved Lady. Or take a thrilling ride on an aerial tram across the Rhine to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress—whose ruined walls once inspired Lord Byron—which in one form or another has stood high on the hill overlooking the rivers’ confluence since its beginnings as a fortification in 1,000 BC. The view from the fortress is dazzling.  End your day with a guided stroll around Boppard, a typical wine village on the shores of the Rhine.

Day 4:

Cruising the romantic Rhine River, Rüdesheim UNESCOUniworld ExclusiveMotorcoachWinetasting

Featured Excursions: Exclusive Castle Vollrads wine tasting

Rüdesheim has been a magnet for romantics since the 19th century. Among its most famous sights is the Drosselgasse, a narrow alleyway lined with wine taverns and shops. Explore the town at your leisure, then be our guest at a princely wine tasting at prestigious Castle Vollrads, a handsome 14th-century castle perfectly situated in the vineyard-covered hills of the Rheingau. Though it is one of the smallest wine-growing regions of Germany, it is world famous for its Rieslings—and Castle
Vollrads is one of the world’s top wine estates for the varietal. Later, find a spot on deck for an afternoon of scenic cruising along the romantic Rhine and take in the breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage-designated Upper Middle Rhine Valley. Picturesque castles appear around every bend in the river for a 40-mile stretch, a sight that inspired poets, painters, and composers throughout the 19th century.

Day 5:

Germersheim (Speyer) Choice Is YoursUniworld ExclusiveMotorcoach

Featured Excursions: Choice of Speyer walking tour or exclusive Doktorenhof vinegar estate visit and tasting

A guided walking tour through Speyer reveals a Medieval town with a grand heritage and a compact historic center dominated by the largest Romanesque cathedral in Europe. With its basilica laid out in the form of a Latin cross, including four towers and two domes, this architectural marvel is a symbol of Medieval imperial power; the rulers of three dynasties are interred here. Nearby, a well-preserved mikvah, or ritual bath, bears witness to a Jewish community that dates to roughly the same era; it is the oldest remaining bath of its kind in Europe. Alternatively, come with us to discover a unique aperitif—wine vinegars made from grapes grown in the wine lands of the Palatine—with a visit to the Doktorenhof vinegar estate, where antique vinegar recipes find new life. Tour the cellars and taste the honey- or herb-flavored elixirs made there.

Day 6:

Kehl (Strasbourg) UNESCOChoice Is YoursUniworld ExclusiveMotorcoachInsider

Featured Excursions: Choice of Strasbourg by canal with Notre Dame Cathedral or exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Strasbourg walking tour

Situated halfway between Paris and Prague, the Alsatian town of Strasbourg is known as the “Crossroads of Europe.” The heart of the old city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is crisscrossed with Medieval canals. You’ll board a canal boat and cruise past ancient covered bridges and their watchtowers, the picturesque Petite France district with its beautiful half-timbered houses and flower-filled window boxes, and the magnificent Gothic cathedral. You’ll also see the dynamic modern city that hosts numerous European Union organizations. Or, if you prefer, take an intimate walking tour through Old Town, strolling through lively Broglie Square to elegant Place Kléber. Learn about the culinary traditions of Alsace and indulge in tasty pastries and coffee at a charming café. Then spend your afternoon at leisure in this beautiful
city; a shuttle will take you to and from the ship.

Day 7:

Breisach (Kayserberg and Riquewihr or Colmar) Choice Is YoursMotorcoachVillage Days

Featured Excursions: Choice of Alsatian wine villages or Colmar city tour

Starting from Medieval Breisach, the gateway to the Black Forest, you will cross the Rhine and head for the Alsatian Wine Road, which hugs the foothills of the Vosges Mountains. Charming villages, pastoral landscapes, and lush vineyards line this beautiful winding road. You may prefer to linger in the historic center of enchanting Colmar or continue on to the wine villages of Kayserberg and Riquewihr, where you will ramble along narrow lanes and pass half-timbered Medieval houses with conical roofs that are straight out of a fairytale illustration. Whichever you choose, you’ll be treated to an Alsatian specialty, flammekeuche, a delectable flatbread topped with bacon and onions. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell and Gala Dinner.

Day 8:

Basel (disembark) Embark/DisembarkMotorcoach
Disembark the ship and transfer to EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg for your flight home, or extend your stay in Lucerne.Note: Order of sightseeing may change throughout the itinerary.  Substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to water levels or other uncontrollable factors.

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YOUR CRUISE PACKAGE INCLUDES:

TRUE ALL-INCLUSIVE BOUTIQUE RIVER CRUISING™ All gratuities for all onboard and onshore services; unlimited fine wine, beer, spirits, and non-alcoholic beverages; shore excursions with local experts as your guide; free Internet and Wi-Fi; and all arrival and departure day transfers.

TRAVEL
7-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the exquisite S.S. Antoinette or the elegant River Empress

TASTE
All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions
Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners
Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and mineral water

EXPLORE
4 countries
6 days of excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
Guided “Do as the Locals Do,” “Village Day,” and “Gentle Walking” programs
3 UNESCO World Heritage sites
Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio–headset system on all shore excursions
Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks

EXPERIENCE
Captivating onboard local entertainment
Cultural enrichment, including a Signature Lecture: “The Rhine River: Shaping European History from the Romans to the European Union”
Exclusive Multigenerational Family-Friendly Program on select July departures

Information is subject to change.

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