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Castles along the Rhine

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This 8-day voyage aboard the River Empress is an ideal holiday for castle lovers. Sail along the Rhine river and 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.
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Highlights
  • Explore the the capital of Alsatian wines, Breisach on a guided tour
  • Enjoy a visit the Romanesque cathedral, a UNESCO world heritage site in Speyer
  • Experience Koblenz, a historic town with a colorful past and eclectic architecture
  • Walk through Strasbourg and experience its historic core as the locals do
Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.
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Day 1: Amsterdam | Embark

Arrive at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. 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: Cologne

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  • 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

 

Day 3: Koblenz

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  • 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

Day 4: Boppard | Rüdesheim

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Experience Germany’s fabled Rhine River in beautiful Rüdesheim. Enjoy a private tasting of estate-grown Rieslings at Castle Vollrads or explore Rüdesheim and the impressive Niederwald monument.

Day 5: Germersheim (Speyer)

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  • 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.

Day 6: Kehl (Strasbourg)

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  • 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 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.

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

Day 7: Breisach

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
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.

 

Day 8: Basel | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
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 EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg for your flight home (unless, of course, you’ve decided to extend your trip with the post-cruise extension to lovely Lake Lucerne).

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S.S. Victoria

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Royal Suite
Luxurious riverview suite with a spacious living room, King-sized bed, fine custom linens, walk-in closets, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, and flat-screen TV with infotainment center (506 sq ft - 47 sq m)
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Luxurious Riverview suite, King-sized bed (convertible to 2 singles), fine custom linens, built-in closets, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, and a flat-screen TV with infotainment center (253 sq ft - 23.5 sq m)
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Luxurious riverview stateroom with King-sized bed (convertible to 2 singles), fine custom linens, built-in closets, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, espresso machine, and a flat-screen TV with infotainment center (253 sq ft - 23.5 sq m) *Please note that stateroom 202 is 237 sq ft (22 sq m), 16 sq ft smaller than the other Signature French Balcony staterooms
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Luxurious riverview stateroom with a King-sized bed (convertible to 2 singles), fine custom linens, built-in closets, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, espresso machine, and a flat-screen TV with infotainment center (188 sq ft - 17.5 sq m)
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French Balcony
Luxurious riverview stateroom with a King-sized bed (convertible to 2 singles), fine custom linens, built-in closets, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, espresso machine, and a flat-screen TV with infotainment center (188 sq ft - 17.5 sq m)
Included
  • 7 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • 7 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Bilingual English-speaking guide
  • Unlimited Wifi
  • All gratuities, shipboard and shoreside 
  • Bicycles & Hiking Sticks equipment if needed
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions
  • Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, specialty coffee and tea, soft drinks, and mineral water
  • Guided “Do as the Locals Do” and “Let's Go” programs
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions
  • Cultural enrichment, including a Signature Lecture
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  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Airport Tax
  • Port Fees
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Passport or Visa fees

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