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8 DAYS FROM BASEL TO AMSTERDAM (Castles along the Rhine 2020)

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8 Days 7 Nights
Availability : 22 Mar 2020 - 01 Nov 2020
Basel
Amsterdam
Min Age : 15+
Tour Details
CASTLES ALONG THE RHINE 2020

8 DAYS FROM BASEL TO AMSTERDAM

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 town of 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.

Who will enjoy this cruise

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.

Generations Family Program (select sailings)

Share the enchantment of this region with the special young people in your life. These cruises not only feature unique, fun-filled adventures for families to enjoy together, they’re also packed with culturally and historically significant experiences designed to spark creativity and lifelong learning.

Departure & Return Location

Departure: Basel
Return: Amsterdam

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • Accommodation7-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the exquisite S.S. Antoinette, the regal River Queen or the elegant River Empress
  • DinningAll meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients, Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, specialty coffee and tea, soft drinks and mineral water
  • Excursions6 days of excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
  • Experiences4 countries: France, Germany, The Netherlands, Switzerland & 4 UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • TransfersAll transfers on arrival and departure days

Price Excludes

  • Guide Service Fee
  • Driver Service Fee
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Room Service Fees
  • Air Fare to Basel or/from Amsterdam
Prices quoted in US$

Terms & Conditions

  • PRICINGAll fares are per guest in US Dollars based on double occupancy unless otherwise noted.
  • Fares are capacity controlled and are subject to change at any time without notice.
  • Availability of all stateroom categories cannot be guaranteed.
  • Prices exclude additional port charges of $170 per person
What to Expect

S.S. Antoinette, the regal River Queen or the elegant River Empress

  • Welcome and Farewell Gala DinnersCaptain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions
  • Guided "Let's Go," "Village Day" and "Do as the Locals Do" programs
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions
  • Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks throughout your cruise
  • Captivating onboard local entertainment
  • Lavishly appointed riverview staterooms and suites have handcrafted Savoir® Beds of England, high thread count 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets, and a menu of pillow options
  • Free Internet and Wi-Fi access
  • Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
  • All gratuities, both onboard and onshore
  • Exclusive Generations Family Program on select summer departures
Itinerary
Note: The itineraries presented are subject to modification due to water levels, closures because of public holidays or other uncontrollable factors. Every effort will be made to operate programs as planned, but changes may still be necessary throughout the cruise. This day-to-day schedule is subject to change. Your final day-to-day schedule will be provided onboard on the first day of your cruise.

Day 1Basel (Embark)

Arrive at EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg. 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.

Important Note: Uniworld’s airport services and transfers to the ship will take place on the Switzerland side of the Basel-Mulhouse Airport. Be sure to enter Customs on the Switzerland side, as guests cannot return to the Switzerland side after they have exited the airport from the France side.

Day 2Breisach

Breisach is your gateway to the Alsatian wine road and 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, the capital of Alsatian wines.

Choice of Alsatian “Village Day” or Colmar city tour

Generations Excursion:
Storybook Village saunter

This excursion is only available on sailings that belong to the Generations program.

This morning, enjoy leisure time as you sail the scenic Upper Rhine to Breisach. A special Captain’s Welcome Reception and
Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.

Day 3Kehl (Strasbourg)

See Strasbourg on foot with an insightful local expert, where 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. Experience its 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.
Choice of “Do as the Locals Do” Strasbourg walking tour or Strasbourg panoramic tour with cathedral and Old Town walk

Generations Excursion:
Canals, cobblestones and cathedrals
This excursion is only available on sailings that belong to the Generations program.

You have the entire afternoon to see more of Strasbourg on your own.

Day 4Mannheim (Speyer)

Speyer—“spire” in English—is well named, since the four red towers of the Romanesque cathedral dominate the Old Town.
Choice of Speyer walking tour or Private Doktorenhof vinegar estate visit and tasting

Generations Excursions:
Submarines & space shuttles
Speyer climbing forest
These excursions are only available on sailings that belong to the Generations program.

Day 5Rüdesheim, Boppard

Experience Germany’s fabled Rhine River in one of two ways—an exclusive tasting of estate-grown Rieslings at Castle Vollrads or take the long way shoreward from the Germania monument with a vineyard hike.

Featured Excursion:
Boppard village stroll
Choice of Castle Vollrads wine tasting or “Let’s Go” hike from Rüdesheim to Assmanshausen

Generations Excursions:
Cable car climb to Niederwald Heights
Fairytale Rheinstein Castle
These excursions are only available on sailings that belong to the Generations program.

This morning, you’ll cruise out of Rüdesheim and into the sublimely beautiful and romantic Upper Middle Rhine Valley.

Day 6Boppard, Koblenz

Get to know Koblenz, a historic town with a colorful past and eclectic architecture, and enjoy a visit to the stunningly medieval Marksburg Castle. As you come upon picture-perfect Koblenz, you’ll sail past Deutsches Eck (German Corner) with its historic monument to Kaiser Wilhelm I.

Featured Excursion:
“Let’s Go” bike the castles
Choice of Koblenz walking tour or Marksburg Castle visit

Day 7Cologne

History buffs will enjoy an expertly led tour through Cologne’s Old Town, where three medieval gates remain standing, as does the old city hall with its Renaissance façade. Wander through the city’s historical center and take in its charming atmosphere, narrow alleyways flanked by old houses and countless breweries. No matter how you choose to explore Old Town, you’ll also have ample free time to explore on your own.

Featured Excursion:
Cologne walking tour with Old Town visit

Generations Excursion:
Gothic cathedrals, gargoyles and chocolate
This excursion is only available on sailings that belong to the Generations program.

Day 8Amsterdam (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 Amsterdam Schiphol Airport for your flight home. Alternatively, you may continue your adventure with our optional post-cruise Amsterdam extension.

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