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8 Day Castles Along the Rhine

Uniworld River Cruise starting in Amsterdam and finishing in Basel

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Overview
Operator: Uniworld
Type: River Cruise (Premium)
Duration: 8 Days
From: Amsterdam to Basel
Tour Code: UNICAR_R
Visits: Holland, Germany, France, Switzerland
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$ 5,049
Per Person ($AU)
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Day By Day
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Amsterdam (Embark)
Arrive at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship.
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Cologne
Featured Excursions: Cologne walking discovery tour with choice of Cologne Cathedral OR Kölsch beer tasting or Museum Ludwig.
You have an array of choices for how you wish to experience Cologne's many treasures. Those interested in history and architecture will want to stroll with a local expert through Old Town to the city's iconic UNESCO-listed Gothic Cologne Cathedral. For beer connoisseurs, you'll wish to visit a brewery to taste the traditional local brew of the city, Kölsch. And for lovers of art, you won't want to miss one of the most important contemporary museums in Europe, Museum Ludwig. Cap the day off at the Captain's Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.   Note: On Sundays and Catholic holidays, tours inside the cathedral are not allowed, but individual visits are still welcomed.
3
Koblenz, cruising the romantic Rhine River, Boppard
Featured Excursions: Choice of Koblenz walking discovery tour OR aerial cable car ride to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress or exclusive guided 'Go Active' bike ride, and Marksburg Castle visit.
Watch the waters of the Moselle meld with the Rhine's as you stand at the German Corner during your discovery tour. If you prefer to see the city from above, take an aerial tram to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. For a more active exploration, bike from Boppard to Koblenz. You will also get a close-up look at Marksburg Castle. Note: The aerial tram to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress is only available on cruises that depart on or after April 2.
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Cruising the romantic Rhine River, Rudesheim
Featured Excursions: Choice of exclusive Castle Vollrads wine tasting OR exclusive guided 'Go Active' hike from Rüdesheim to Assmanshausen, and guided Boppard village stroll.
Wine connoisseurs will want to go on a private tour and Riesling tasting at Castle Vollrads. Adventurers will want to soar up to the Niederwald Heights on a gondola, followed by a hike. Then, after a cruise along the UNESCO-designated Upper Middle Rhine, stroll through quaint Boppard.
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Germersheim (Speyer)
Featured Excursions: Choice of Speyer walking discovery tour OR exclusive Doktorenhof vinegar estate visit and tasting.
Stroll through Speyer's charming Old Town to the city's grand cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Alternatively, for a different spin on the Palatinate wine region, visit the Doktorenhof vinegar estate to sample unique aperitifs made from wine vinegars.
6
Kehl (Strasbourg)
Featured Excursions: Choice of Strasbourg by canal OR exclusive 'Do as the Locals Do' Strasbourg walking tour.
The Alsatian town of Strasbourg boasts a UNESCO-designated city center, a grand Gothic cathedral and half-timbered houses. See the sights on a delightful canal cruise through the picturesque Petite France district, or if you wish to do as the locals do, opt for an Old Town walking tour with stops for pastries and coffee. Note: The canal cruise has limited capacity.
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Breisach (Kayersberg and Riquewihr or Colmar)
Featured Excursions: Choice of Alsatian 'Village Day' OR Colmar city tour.
Breisach is your gateway to the Alsatian wine road, your launching point for one of two excursions. You can visit Kaysersberg and Riquewihr, two of the most picturesque villages in the region, sampling local delicacies and getting a feel for daily life, or take a tour of the larger town, Colmar, considered one of the most beautiful destinations along the wine road. Enjoy the festive Captain's Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.
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Basel (Disembark), transfer to the airport
Disembark the ship and transfer to the EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg, or extend your stay in Basel and Lake Lucerne.
1
Amsterdam (Embark)
Arrive at Amsterdam Schipol Airport. If your cruise package includes a group arrival transfer or if you have purchased a private arrival transfer, you will be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to the ship. The ship will set sail in the afternoon for your first port of call, Cologne.
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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 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.
3
Koblenz, Cruising the Romantic Rhine River, Boppard
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 walking discovery tour.   Today brings you a plethora of Rhine delights. You begin in Koblenz, a 2,000-year-old town at the northern end of the most scenic section of the Rhine, where you’ll decide between two very different experiences, a walking tour of medieval Koblenz or explore one of the most extraordinary castles on the banks of the river—followed by yet another choice: You see a close up view of the beautiful region via bicycle, or once you arrive in Boppard, you can opt to take a leisurely stroll through the fascinating village.
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Boppard, cruising the Romantic Rhine River, Rüdesheim
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.   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.
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Germersheim (Speyer)
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 Germersheim, 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.
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Kehl (Strasbourg)
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.
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Breisach (Kaysersberg and Riquewihr or Colmar)
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.
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Basel (Disembark)
Disembark the ship. If your cruise package includes a group departure transfer or if you have purchased a private departure transfer, you will be transferred to EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg for your flight home (unless, of course, you’ve decided to extend your trip with the post-cruise extension to lovely Basel and Lake Lucerne).
Uniworld Inclusions
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Included Meals
Included Meals
  • 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
River Cruise Inclusions
River Cruise Inclusions
  • 6 days of excursions, including "Choice Is Yours" options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
  • Guided "Go Active," "Do as the Locals Do," "Village Day" and "Gentle Walking" programs
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audioheadset system on all excursions
  • Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks
  • 7-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the exquisite S.S. Antoinette or the elegant River Empress
  • Lavishly appointed riverview staterooms and suites have handcrafted Savoir® of England beds, high-thread count 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets, and a menu of pillow options Free Internet and Wi-Fi access
Sightseeing Highlights
Sightseeing Highlights
  • 4 countries: France, Germany, The Netherlands, Switzerland
  • 3 UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
  • Captivating onboard local entertainment
  • Cultural enrichment, including a Signature Lecture: 'The Rhine River: Shaping European History from the Romans to the European Union'
  • All transfers on arrival and departure days
  • All gratuities, both onboard and onshore
  • Exclusive Generations Family Program on select summer departures
Trip Notes
Trip Notes
  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions are subject to change.
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. International flights not included.
Included Meals
Included Meals
  • 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
River Cruise Inclusions
River Cruise Inclusions
  • 6 days of excursions, including "Choice Is Yours" options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
  • Guided "Let's Go," "Do as the Locals Do," "Village Day" and "Gentle Walking" programs
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audioheadset system on all excursions
  • Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks
  • 7-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the exquisite S.S. Antoinette or the elegant River Empress
  • Lavishly appointed riverview staterooms and suites have handcrafted Savoir of England beds, high-thread count 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets, and a menu of pillow options Free Internet and Wi-Fi access
Sightseeing Highlights
Sightseeing Highlights
  • 4 countries: France, Germany, The Netherlands, Switzerland
  • 3 UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
  • Captivating onboard local entertainment
  • Cultural enrichment, including a Signature Lecture: 'The Rhine River: Shaping European History from the Romans to the European Union'
  • All transfers on arrival and departure days
  • All gratuities, both onboard and onshore
  • Exclusive Generations Family Program on select summer departures
Trip Notes
Trip Notes
  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions are subject to change.
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. International flights not included.
Reviews (6)
Trip reviews from past clients of Global Journeys who have travelled on Castles Along the Rhine with Uniworld.
QLD, Australia
Mar 2018
1 Helpful Vote
1 Trip
“Castles on the Rhine”
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Very comfortable journey, everything met our expectations. Crew and staff were first rate. Hannah from Global was very professional. Booking and all relative procedures went very smoothly. Very happy with whole exercise.
VIC, Australia
May 2016
1 Trip
“Our cruise was wonderful”
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The cruise was wonderful. The service was outstanding. I believe with feedback from our other companion travellers, we started with the best. Nothing was a trouble. Lots of fun. We knew we where somewhere special when there was a pillow menu. Beds where turned down with little treats each night. For us we know we will only travel with Uniworld if ever we cruised again. Out of 10 my score is 12!
Australia
Mar 2014
1 Trip
“An amazing experience”
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An amazing experience with service second to none.
Australia
Sep 2013
1 Trip
“Highly recommend the Uniworld line”
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My sister Andrea and myself cannot say enough wonderful things about this cruise. The SS Antoinette is an amazing ship and the staff likewise. From the moment we stepped aboard, they could not do enough for us. The service was exemplary and everyone was wonderful. The tours were so well organised by the cruise director Tamas and staff, and we enjoyed experiencing this part of Europe. We would highly recommend the Uniworld line and, would also like to thank Yvonne at Global Journeys for her assistance in booking this cruise. Yvonne was prompt in answering all our questions and ensured that we received all the necessary paperwork to make this holiday a very memorable experience. Thanks again, we plan on booking a Christmas Markets cruise in 2015!
Australia
Jun 2011
1 Trip
“Very pleased”
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Fabulous cruise, it was everything and more as described in the brochure.
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Airport Transfers: Included
Balconies: French & Private Balcony
Shore Excursions: Included
Drinks: Local Wine, Beer & Spirits Included
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  • Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom (151 sq ft - 14 sqm)
  • Fixed window(s)
  • Handcrafted Savoir® of England bed
  • Built-in closet, hair dryer, safe
  • Individual thermostat
  • Flat-screen TV with infotainment center and satellite
  • Bottled water
  • Marble bathroom with L’Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, heated mirrors, cozy bathrobes, and slippers
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  • Lavishly appointed riverview suite (215 sq ft - 20 sqm)
  • Handcrafted Savoir® of England bed
  • Built-in closet, hair dryer, safe
  • Individual thermostat
  • Flat-screen TV with infotainment center and satellite
  • Bottled water
  • Marble bathroom with L’Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, heated mirrors, cozy bathrobes, and slippers
  • Additional special amenities and services include: in-suite butler service; packing and unpacking assistance; in-room breakfast; daily fruit and cookie plate, and an elegant evening snack; iPod dock; Nespresso coffee machine and fine teas; fully stocked mini bar; bottle of wine upon arrival; shoe shine; free laundry service
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16 Sep 2018
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30 Sep 2018
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14 Oct 2018
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28 Oct 2018
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04 Nov 2018
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11 Nov 2018
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24 Mar 2019
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31 Mar 2019
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21 Apr 2019
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28 Apr 2019
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05 May 2019
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12 May 2019
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19 May 2019
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26 May 2019
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21 May 2019
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28 May 2019
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02 Jun 2019
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09 Jun 2019
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23 Jun 2019
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21 Jun 2019
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28 Jun 2019
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07 Jul 2019
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05 Jul 2019
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12 Jul 2019
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14 Jul 2019
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21 Jul 2019
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19 Jul 2019
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26 Jul 2019
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6,399

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28 Jul 2019
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04 Aug 2019
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02 Aug 2019
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09 Aug 2019
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11 Aug 2019
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18 Aug 2019
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6,699

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16 Aug 2019
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23 Aug 2019
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6,399

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25 Aug 2019
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01 Sep 2019
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6,699

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194

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30 Aug 2019
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06 Sep 2019
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6,399

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185

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08 Sep 2019
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15 Sep 2019
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7,199

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209

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22 Sep 2019
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29 Sep 2019
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7,199

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209

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06 Oct 2019
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13 Oct 2019
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7,199

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20 Oct 2019
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27 Oct 2019
S.S. Antoinette

6,299

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182

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03 Nov 2019
Sunday
10 Nov 2019
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6,299

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