Basel • Breisach (Kaysersberg and Riquewihr or Colmar) • Kehl (Strasbourg) • Germersheim (Speyer) • Rüdeshiem/Boppard • Koblenz • Cologne • Amsterdam
Arrive at EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg, where you will transfer to the ship. If your cruise package includes a group arrival transfer or if you have purchased a private arrival transfer, you willbe greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to the ship.
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 routes des vin, 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 capital of Alsatian wines. If you're interested in doing someting a bit more physically challenging, you could stay in Breisach and walk or bike through the surrounding vineyards.
Spend the afternoon onboard, simply enjoyng the views from the ship's lounges or desks and sampling some of the ship's amenities. Sip a cocktail on the Sun Deck or relax with a message. A special Captain's Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.
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-timber 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.
You have the entire afternoon to see more of Strasbourg on your own. Note: Shuttle service will be provided to and from the centre of Strasbourg in the afternoon.
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 flavourful 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 motor coach to the nearby town of Speyer for a guided walking tour or taking in an exclusive tasting at a local vinegar estate.
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.
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 favourite 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.
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.
|Direction of Travel||Amsterdam to Basel||Basel to Amsterdam|
|May||5, 19, 21||26, 28|
|June||2, 16, 21, 30||9, 23, 28|
|July||5, 14, 19, 28||7, 12, 21, 26|
|August||2, 11, 16, 25, 30||4, 9, 18, 23|
|September||8, 22||1, 15, 29|
|October||6, 20||13, 27|
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