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Castles along the Rhine - Basel to Amsterdam

From £1,959pp

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Shore Excursions Included*

5★ All-Inclusive Luxury River Cruising*

Unlimited Drinks & Gratuities Included*

Sail With Uniworld, As Seen On Channel 5's Cruising With Jane Mcdonald


Cruise Overview

  • Duration 7 nights
  • Departs 21 Aug 2020
  • Sails from Basel, Switzerland
  • Ship River Empress
  • Flights and transfersYes
  • Cruise code ‍1457123‍

Your Itinerary

Fly from London to Basel Fri 21 Aug 2020

Regional and premium class flights may be available on request

Rhine river in Basel Switzerland

Basel, Switzerland Fri 21 Aug 2020

Rhine river in Basel Switzerland

Basel is a beautiful medieval city in northwest Switzerland which centres around the Marktplatz and features stunning examples of old and new architecture.

Breisach am Rhein

Breisach Sat 22 Aug 2020

Breisach am Rhein

Look up “charming and “picturesque” in the dictionary and it could very well show images of today’s choice of destinations—two of Alsace’s best-known wine villages or a town some have hailed as the prettiest in the world. Is it really? See for yourself from our uniquely Uniworld perspective. A charming town dominated by a 17th-century hilltop cathedral, Breisach is your gateway to the Alsatian wine road. This is your launching point for one of two 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, or take a tour of the larger town of Colmar, considered one of the most beautiful destinations along the wine road and the capital of Alsatian wines. If you’re interested in doing something a bit more physically challenging, you could stay in Breisach and walk or bike through the surrounding vineyards.

 

Featured Excursion:

Choice of Alsatian “Village Day” or Colmar city tour

 

Spend the afternoon onboard, simply enjoying the views from the ship’s lounges or decks and sampling some of the ship’s amenities. Sip a cocktail on the Sun Deck or relax with a massage.  A special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.

Church of St. Paul in Strasbourg at sunrise, France

Strasbourg Sun 23 Aug 2020

Church of St. Paul in Strasbourg at sunrise, 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.

 

Featured Excursion:

Choice of Exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Strasbourg walking tour or Strasbourg panoramic tour with cathedral and Old Town visit

 

You have the entire afternoon to see more of Strasbourg on your own. Note: Shuttle service will be provided to and from the center of Strasbourg in the afternoon.

Cathedral at Speyer Germany

Speyer Mon 24 Aug 2020

Cathedral at Speyer Germany

Expect the unexpected in Speyer, where ancient treasures harmoniously co-exist with modern day innovation. For something really unexpected, venture into a spooky, candlelit tasting room to sample flavorful elixirs made from wine vinegars. Utterly unique and surprisingly delicious, and something you’ll experience with no other river cruise line. The ship docks in Mannheim, where you’ll have to choose between boarding a motorcoach to the nearby town of Speyer for a guided walking tour or taking in an exclusive tasting at a local vinegar estate.

 

Featured Excursion:

Choice of Speyer walking discovery tour or Exclusive Doktorenhof vinegar estate visit and tasting

 

A shuttle is available to take you to and from Speyer if you wish to explore it on your own. Romans founded the city, and the Historical Museum of the Palatinate has an interesting collection of Roman antiquities (as well as Celtic and early German objects) you might enjoy investigating.

Rudesheim, Germany

Rudesheim Tue 25 Aug 2020

Rudesheim, Germany

Experience Germany’s fabled Rhine River in one of two ways—an exclusive tasting of estate-grown Rieslings at Castle Vollards or an invigorating vineyard hike. Later, join your Cruise Manager for a village stroll highlighting stately riverfront homes and the lingering traces of Boppard’s fascinating Roman past. 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 that includes a stop at a unique museum.

 

Featured Excursion:

Choice of Exclusive Castle Vollrads wine tasting or Exclusive guided “Let's Go” hike from Rüdesheim to Assmanshausen or Boppard village stroll

 

Cruising out of Rüdesheim you’ll enter the sublimely beautiful Upper Middle Rhine Valley. Byron described it as “a work divine, a blending of all beauties.” Turner painted it. Wagner used it as inspiration for his opera Götterdämmerung. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this scenic 40-mile (65-kilometer) stretch of the Rhine features a stunning, castle-dotted landscape that many 19th-century composers, painters and poets considered the embodiment of an ideal romantic spirit. Each bend and twist of the river affords new delights: Steep riverbanks are graced with sloping vineyards and picturesque towns, and hilltops are crowned by fairytale castles. Each one of those castles tells a tale: of great families raising fortresses against each other, of warfare and ruin and rebuilding through the centuries. Some castles have been entirely reconstructed; others tower above the water in majestic ruin, still an inspiration for romantics. You won’t want to miss the scenery as you sail into Boppard.

Cruising the romantic Rhine Tue 25 Aug 2020

Boppard, Germany

Boppard, Germany Tue 25 Aug 2020

Boppard, Germany

Cruising the romantic Rhine Wed 26 Aug 2020

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, and enjoy a 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.

 

Featured Excursion:

Choice of Koblenz walking discovery tour or Marksburg Castle visit or Guided “Let's Go” bicycle ride

Koblenz, Germany Wed 26 Aug 2020

The romantic Rhine River flows down from the Swiss Alps and meanders its scenic route through central and Western Europe until it reaches the North Sea. Historically significant for centuries, a Rhine River cruise means sighting waterfront castles and fortresses, medieval bridges and fairy-tale villages, hilly vineyards and stunning landscapes.

Cologne Thu 27 Aug 2020

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 Magi-cal 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.

 

Featured Excursion:

Choice of Cologne walking discovery tour with Cologne Cathedral

Canal at sunset, Amsterdam

Amsterdam, Netherlands Fri 28 Aug 2020

Canal at sunset, Amsterdam

Although equally famous for its rebellious contemporary edginess, Amsterdam is a picturesque city with a fascinating history and rich artistic heritage.

Fly to London Fri 28 Aug 2020

Transfer to the airport for your flight to London (regional and premium class flights may be available on request)

What's included *

  • Sail with Uniworld as featured on Channel 5's Cruising with Jane McDonald
  • Impeccable service with one of the highest staff-to-guest ratios of any cruise line
  • All gratuities, both on board and onshore
  • Elegant and well-appointed river view staterooms and suites, with the finest linens, towels and Savoir of England beds for an incredible night’s sleep
  • Butler service for all suites
  • Delicious on board dining
  • Unlimited beverages, including many premium spirits and wines
  • On board fitness centre
  • On board exercise and wellness classes, led by certified wellness instructors in Europe
  • Bicycles and Nordic walking poles for onshore use
  • Shipwide Internet and WiFi access
  • On board entertainment and Signature Lectures
  • Return flights (regional and premium class flights may be available on request) and overseas transfers
  • River Heritage Club members receive an additional £125pp off the advertised fares
  • Plus, book an Ocean View cabin or above by 8.30pm 23rd January 2020 and receive a case of Six Fine Wines
  • ROL Cruise will donate £10 per booking to the Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery for those experiencing unprecedented bushfire activity

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Cabins & Prices

* Prices shown are per person, based on two adults sharing a twin cabin and include all cruise offer discounts and savings.

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Classic

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Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom (151 sq ft - 14 sq m) Handcrafted Savoir® of England bed, built-in closet, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment centre and satellite, and bottled water Marble bathroom with L’Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, backlit magnifying mirror, cosy bathrobes, and slippers

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Deluxe

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Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom (151 sq ft - 14 sq m) Handcrafted Savoir® of England bed, built-in closet, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment centre and satellite, and bottled water Marble bathroom with L’Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, backlit magnifying mirror, cosy bathrobes, and slippers

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French Balcony

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Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom (151 sq ft - 14 sq m) with a French balcony Handcrafted Savoir® of England bed, built-in closet, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment centre and satellite, and bottled water Marble bathroom with L’Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, towel warmer, waffle bathrobes, and slippers

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Lavishly appointed riverview suite (214 sq ft - 20 sq m) with a French balcony Handcrafted Savoir® of England bed, built-in closet, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment centre and satellite, and bottled water Marble bathroom with L’Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, towel warmer, waffle bathrobes, and slippers Additional special amenities and services

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The Ship - River Empress

The cosmopolitan style of River Empress, with its rich jewel tones and vibrant atmosphere, is certain to captivate you. Whether you’re dining in the ship’s sleek restaurant—reminiscent of a New York jazz and supper club—or relaxing over a cup of tea on the Sun Deck as you gaze out at the 360-degree view, there is no better or more relaxing way to travel through the scenic heartland of Europe.

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* Terms & Conditions

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Booking conditions of Uniworld and Reader Offers Limited Agency terms of business apply. Fares are per person based on two adults sharing and may increase or be withdrawn at any time. Offers apply to new bookings only. Regional and premium class flights will incur supplementary costs and may require an additional overnight stay. Unlimited drinks are subject to the cruise line’s T&Cs. Savings are based on two adults sharing on selected sailings. Tours are subject to change and may not be suitable for guests with mobility restrictions. 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. Spa facilities will incur an additional charge. Cruise Miles T&Cs apply. E&OE.

Case of six fine wines is based on one per booking, for UK mainland addresses only when booked by 8.30pm 23rd January 2020. 

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