Uniworld 8D Castles Along The Rhine
ONBOARD S.S. ANTOINETTE (RIVER QUEEN | RIVER EMPRESS) FROM BASEL TO AMSTERDAM
- 7-night cruise with meals onboard
- 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners
- Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners
- Unlimited beverages onboard
- 6 days of excursions
- 4 UNESCO World Heritage sites
- All transfers on arrival and departure days
- All gratuities, both onboard and onshore
- Exclusive Generations Family Program on select summer departures
ONBOARD S.S. ANTOINETTE
- 2021 Sailings: Mar 21^, 28 | Apr 4^, 11, 18^, 25 | May 2^, 9, 16^, 23, 30^ | Jun 6, 13^, 20, 27^ | Jul 4, 11^, 18, 25^ | Aug 1, 8^ 15, 22^, 29 | Sep 5^, 12, 19^, 26 | Oct 3^, 10, 17^, 24, 31^
- 2022 Sailings: Mar 20^, 27 | Apr 3^, 10, 17^, 24 | May 1^, 8, 15^, 22, 29^ | Jun 5, 12^, 19, 26^ | Jul 3, 10^, 17, 24^, 31 | Aug 7^, 14, 21^, 28 | Sep 4^, 11, 18^, 25 | Oct 2^, 9, 16^, 23, 30^
ONBOARD RIVER QUEEN
- 2021 Sailings: Apr 18^, 25 | May 2^, 9, 16^, 23, 30^ | Jun 6
- 2022 Sailings: Apr 24^ | May 1, 8^, 15, 22^ 29 | Jun 5^
ONBOARD RIVER EMPRESS
- 2021 Sailings: Jun 19^, 26 | Jul 3^, 10, 17^, 24 | Aug 20^, 27 | Sep 3^
- 2022 Sailings: Jun 18^, 25 | Jul 2^, 9
^Itinerary operates in reverse
4 countries: France, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland
Itinerary from Basel to Amsterdam
DAY 1: Basel (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.
DAY 2: Breisach (Freiburg)
Breisach is your gateway to the Alsatian wine road and your launching point for an excursion along the celebrated Route des Vins, which hugs the foothills of the Vosges mountain range, or a city tour of Freiburg.
Choice of Freiburg city tour or Alsatian villages
Generations Excursion: Alsatian villages (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 3: Kehl (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. If you’re feeling adventurous, take advantage of Uniworld’s bicycles or Nordic walking sticks and explore the banks of the river.
Choice of Strasbourg panoramic tour with cathedral and Old Town walk or Alsatian house with tasting
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 4: Mannheim (Speyer)
Speyer—“spire” in English—is well named, since the four red towers of the Romanesque cathedral dominate the Old Town.
Choice of Baroque Palace of Mannheim or Private Doktorenhof vinegar estate visit and tasting
Generations Excursions: Speyer climbing forest | Submarines & space shuttles (These excursions are only available on sailings that belong to the Generations program)
DAY 5: Rüdesheim, Boppard
Experience Germany’s fabled Rhine River in the towns of Rüdesheim and Boppard. Enjoy a private tasting of estate-grown Rieslings at Castle Vollrads, take a stroll through beautiful Boppard, or hike through some of the most beautiful landscapes that line the Rhine.
Choice of Castle Vollrads wine tasting or "Let's Go" Rhine hiking or Rüdesheim wine village and panoramas of Niederwald Monument or Boppard village stroll
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 6: Boppard, 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
Generations Excursions: Koblenz scavenger hunt | Medieval Marksburg. (These excursions are only available on sailings that belong to the Generations program)
DAY 7: Cologne
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
Generations Excursion: Gothic cathedrals, gargoyles and chocolate (This excursion is only available on sailings that belong to the Generations program)
In the evening, a special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you.
DAY 8: Amsterdam (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 Airport Schiphol for your flight home.
Alternatively, you may continue your adventure with our optional post-cruise Amsterdam extension.
Note: Selected sailing dates are operated in reversed itinerary. Itinerary will be provided on request basis. 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.
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.
ABOUT THE SHIPS
The luxurious décor of the 443-foot, 152-passenger S.S. Antoinette—Uniworld’s first Super Ship—features 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.
Total 76 staterooms; 9 suites include Grand Suite and 67 staterooms from Classic to Deluxe Balcony.
One of the most unique ships cruising Europe’s waterways, the River Queen has an exterior resembling the steamships of the 1930s and an elegant Art Deco interior. Decorated in richly textured blue and white fabrics—with marble bathrooms and inspiring artwork—River Queen is a sublime floating hotel designed with your every comfort in mind. River Queen was rated the #1 ship in the entire cruise industry (both river and ocean) in the 2012 Condé Nast Traveller Readers' Cruise Poll.
Total 64 staterooms; 4 suites and 60 staterooms from Classic to French Balcony with its measurement of 361ft in length and 37.5ft in width. Carrying up to 128 guests and 42 staff.
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.
Total 65 staterooms; 4 suites and 61 staterooms from Classic to French Balcony with its measurement of 361ft in length and 37.5ft in width. Carrying up to 130 guests and 42 staff.
Terms and Conditions:
- All 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.
- Single Supplement applies for single accommodation.
- Itineraries, hotels, and vessels may change, and substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to water level fluctuations and other uncontrollable factors.
- The order of sightseeing and docking ports are subject to change according to port authority assignments.
- Prices exclude additional port charges of range from US$200 – US$310 per person.
- Other terms and conditions apply.