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Castles along the Rhine

Basel-Amsterdam - Example 8 Day Cruise aboard River Queen
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Find inspiration in the romantic, soul-stirring beauty of the fabled Rhine in a unique with the River Queen. The spires of medieval churches and castles appear around each bend in the river and vineyards climb the verdant hillsides. 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.


 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Basel | Embark
Day 2 : Breisach
Day 3 : Kehl (Strasbourg)
Day 4 : Mannheim (Speyer)
Day 5 : Rüdesheim | Boppard
Day 6 : Boppard | Koblenz
Day 7 : Cologne
Day 8 : Amsterdam (Disembark)

Highlights

  • Explore the village Kaysersberg, one of the most picturesque villages in the region.
  • Experience the Strasbourg historic town on foot with an insightful local expert.
  • Enjoy a visit to the stunningly medieval Marksburg Castle in Koblenz
  • Wander through the Old Town of Cologne,where three medieval gates remain standing.

Ship

River Queen

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Romantic evening light over Basel Explore quaint towns along the Rhine Visit beautiful and historic Strasbourg Stop to explore Mannheim View castle ruins near Rudesheim Visit castle ruins in the German countryside

Day 1 Basel | Embark

Arrive at EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg. Be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to the ship. 

Day 2 Breisach

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Breisach is the gateway to the Alsatian wine road and the launching point for one of two excursions along the celebrated Route des Vins, which hugs the foothills of the Vosges mountain range. 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 this evening. 

Day 3 Kehl (Strasbourg)

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 the 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 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 4 Mannheim (Speyer)

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Speyer—“spire” in English—is well named, since the four red towers of the Romanesque cathedral dominate the Old Town. Enjoy your day walking through the town.

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

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

Day 5 Rüdesheim | Boppard

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In Rüdesheim, 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 or Fairytale Rheinstein Castle
**These excursions are only available on sailings that belong to the Generations program.

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

Day 6 Boppard | Koblenz

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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, 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 or Medieval Marksburg
**These excursions are only available on sailings that belong to the Generations program. 

Day 7 Cologne

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 or 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.

Day 8 Amsterdam (Disembark)

Disembark the ship this morning and depart for the airport for your flight home.

River Queen

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$3,899
River Queen Classic Cabin
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Classic
Magnificently appointed riverview stateroom (151 sq ft - 14 sq m) located on Moselle Deck. Handcrafted Savoir Beds of England, built-in closet, safe, hairdryer, individual thermostat, flat TV screen, and bottled water. Marble bathroom with Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, waffle bathrobes, and slippers
River Queen Deluxe Cabin
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Deluxe
Sumptuously appointed riverview stateroom (151 sq ft - 14 sq m) located on the Danube deck and Main Deck. Handcrafted Savoir Beds of England, built-in closet, safe, hairdryer, individual thermostat, flat TV screen, and bottled water. Marble bathroom with Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, waffle bathrobes, and slippers.
River Queen French Balcony Cabin
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French Balcony
Luxuriant appointed riverview stateroom (151 sq ft - 14 sq m) located on the Rhine Deck with a French balcony. Handcrafted Savoir Beds of England, built-in closet, safe, hairdryer, individual thermostat, flat TV screen, and bottled water. Marble bathroom with Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, waffle bathrobes, and slippers.
River Queen Suite
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Suite
Lavishly appointed riverview suite (214 sq ft - 20 sq m) located on the Rhine Deck with a French balcony. Handcrafted Savoir Beds of England, built-in closet, safe, hairdryer, individual thermostat, flat TV screen, and bottled water. Marble bathroom with Hermès bath and body products, plush towels, towel warmer, waffle bathrobes, and slippers. Additional special amenities and services.

Notes

Please Note: Fares are capacity controlled and are subject to change at any time without notice.

- All fares are per guest in US Dollars based on double occupancy unless otherwise noted.
- Single Supplement applies for single accommodation. Solo occupancy pricing is dependent on cabin type, contact us for details.

Included in Cruise Fare:
  • 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, specialty coffee and tea, soft drinks and mineral water
  • 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” and “Village Day” programs
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions
  • Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks
  • 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
  • Visits to 4 countries: France, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland
  • Visits to 4 UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
  • Captivating onboard local entertainment
  • Cultural enrichment, including a Signature Lecture
  • All transfers on arrival and departure days
  • All gratuities, both onboard and onshore
  • Exclusive Generations Family Program on select summer departures
Excluded from Cruise Fare:
  • Prices exclude additional port charges of $190 per person
  • Airfare, international or local
  • Passport or Visa fees
  • Travel protection plan
  • Extensions or land tours 
  • Losses or costs incurred as a result of medical services obtained while on tour
  • Any additional personal expenses
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 on board on the first day of your cruise.
 
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