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Castles along the Rhine

Basel to Amsterdam - Example 8 Day Cruise aboard S.S. Antoinette
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Find inspiration in the romantic, soul-stirring beauty of the fabled Rhine. 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. The spires of medieval churches and castles appear around each bend in the river, and vineyards climb the verdant hillsides. Beethoven and Byron loved the romantic landscapes of the Rhine River and the beauty that inspired them is still yours to experience.

Select departures run in reverse (Amsterdam to Basel)
Explore quaint towns along the RhineStrasbourg at duskStop to explore MannheimKlosterkirche near RudesheimRiver through Koblenz GermanyStop in beautiful Basel, Switzerland
Highlights
  • Visit Kaysersberg, one of the most picturesque villages in the region.
  • Wander through Strasbourg, the historic town with its cobbled lanes.
  • Experience the exclusive tasting of estate-grown Rieslings at Castle Vollrads.
  • Explore stunningly medieval Marksburg Castle in Koblenz.
Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Basel | Embark

Arrive at EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg and 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 a 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 the ship sails 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.

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.

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 and 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, 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

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

Ship/Hotel

S.S. Antoinette

S.S. Antoinette Lobby
S.S. Antoinette Grand Salon Bar
S.S. Antoinette L'Orangerie Sky Lounge

Dates & Prices

My Preferred Start Date

Per person starting at
$2,999
Classic Cabin
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Classic
Magnificent appointed riverview stateroom (163 sq ft - 15 sq m) located on the La Countesse Deck. Handcrafted Savoir Beds of England, built-in closet, safe, hair dryer, individual thermostat, flat TV screen and bottled water. Marble bathroom with Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, towel warmer, waffle bathrobes, and slippers.
French Balcony Cabin
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French Balcony
Sumptuous appointed riverview stateroom (196 sq ft - 18.2 sq m) located on the La Duchesse Deck. Handcrafted Savoir Beds of England, built-in closet, safe, hair dryer, individual thermostat, flat TV screen and bottled water. Marble bathroom with Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, towel warmer, waffle bathrobes, and slippers.
Deluxe Balcony Cabin
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Deluxe Balcony
Luxuriant appointed riverview stateroom (196 sq ft - 18.2 sq m) located on the La Princesse with an open-air balcony. Handcrafted Savoir Beds of England, built-in closet, safe, hair dryer, individual thermostat, flat TV screen and bottled water. Marble bathroom with Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, towel warmer, waffle bathrobes, and slippers.
Suite
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Suite
Lavishly appointed riverview suite (294 sq ft - 27.3 sq m) with open-air balcony. Savoir Beds of England, built-in closet, safe, hair dryer, individual thermostat, flat TV screen and bottled water. Marble bathroom with Hermès bath and body products, plush towels, towel warmers, heated mirrors, bathrobes and slippers. Additional amenities and services, are included.
Grand Suite
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Grand Suite
Luxurious riverview grand suite (391 sq ft - 36.3 sq m) with open-air balcony, and a spacious living room. Savoir Beds of England, built-in closet, safe, hair dryer, individual thermostat, flat TV screen and bottled water. Marble bathroom with Hermès bath and body products, plush towels, towel warmers, heated mirrors, bathrobes and slippers. Additional amenities and services, are included.

Notes

Included in Cruise Fare:
  • All meals on board, 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 on board, 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
  • 7-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the exquisite S.S. Antoinette.
  • 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 on board and on shore
  • 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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