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Castles Along the Rhine
(Basel to Amsterdam)

8 days with Uniworld  Rating: Deluxe

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  • Past passengers of African Travel, Brendan, Contiki, Insight, Trafalgar and Uniworld save an additional 5% on this vacation. Click here for eligible departures.
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River Cruise Itinerary

Day 1 – Basel
Arrive at EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg, where you will be transferred to the ship.

Day 2 – Breisach (Kayserberg and Riquewihr or Colmar)
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Alsatian “Village Day” OR Colmar city tour

Venture ashore to the postcard-perfect wine villages of Kaysersberg and Riquewihr, or take a tour of Colmar’s historic center. Whichever you choose, be sure to taste the regional specialty flammekueche, a delectable flatbread topped with bacon and onions. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.

Day 3 – Kehl (Strasbourg)
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Strasbourg by canal OR exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Strasbourg walking tour

The Alsatian town of Strasbourg has a UNESCO-designated city center with a magnificent Gothic cathedral and charming half-timbered houses. Take a canal cruise through the quaint Petite France district, or choose an Old Town walking tour that stops for pastries and coffee. Spend the afternoon at your leisure.

Day 4 – Germersheim (Speyer)
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Speyer walking discovery tour OR exclusive Doktorenhof vinegar estate visit and tasting

The medieval town of Speyer has a compact historic center boasting the largest Romanesque cathedral in Europe, as well as the Continent’s oldest mikvah—a Jewish ritual bath. Alternatively, you can learn about unique wine vinegar aperitifs on an excursion to the Doktorenhof vinegar estate.

Day 5 – Rudeshiem, cruising the romantic Rhine River, Boppard
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Exclusive Castle Vollrads wine tasting and guided Boppard village stroll

Explore Rüdesheim and its famously narrow Drosselgasse before enjoying a wine tasting at a 14th-century castle. Return to the ship for a cruise along the spectacular, UNESCO-protected Upper Middle Rhine—a 40-mile-long stretch of the river lined with castles. End the day with a guided stroll around the wine village of Boppard.

Day 6 – Cruising the romantic Rhine River, Koblenz
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Koblenz walking discovery tour OR aerial cable car ride to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress

After a morning of scenic cruising, head ashore for a tour of Koblenz or an aerial tram ride up to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, which offers dazzling views of the Moselle and Rhine rivers. 

Note: The aerial tram to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress is only available on tours that depart on or after April 3.

Day 7 – Cologne
FEATURED EXCURSION: Cologne walking discovery tour with Cologne Cathedral visit

Weave through the narrow Old Town streets of Cologne en route to the city’s imposing Gothic cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Inside this centuries-old pilgrimage site is a shrine believed to hold relics of the Magi—the Bible’s fabled Three Kings. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner. 

Note: On Sundays and Catholic holidays, guided tours inside the cathedral are not allowed, but individual visits are still welcomed.

Day 8 – Amsterdam (disembark), transfer to the airport
Disembark the ship and transfer to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport for your flight home, or extend your stay in Amsterdam.

Tour Map
All This Included

Savor the fairytale ambiance and dramatic beauty of the castle-lined Rhine River.

This scenic cruise along the Rhine—with Germany on one side and France on the other—is one of our most popular itineraries. Explore Alsace, a region whose dual French and German heritage has given it fabulous food and a winemaking tradition dating back to Roman times. Marvel at castles that were once mighty fortresses guarding territory and trade routes, now romantic ruins looming high over the water. Visit historic cities, including ancient Cologne and picturesque Strasbourg, stroll through storybook hamlets such as Riquewihr, Kaysersberg and Rüdesheim, and taste delightful whites wines in the villages where the very grapes were grown. Beethoven and Byron were completely enchanted by the region’s natural splendor—see how much it inspires you as you experience it from the perspective of a luxurious Rhine River cruise.

Family Program (Select sailings)

Share the enchantment of this region with the special young people in your life. Our all-inclusive 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 life-long learning.

  • 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, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and mineral water
  • 6 days of excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
  • Guided “Do as the Locals Do,” “Village Day” and “Gentle Walking” programs
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audioheadset system on all excursions
  • Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks
  • 7-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the exquisite S.S. Antoinette or the elegant River Empress
  • 3 UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
  • Captivating onboard local entertainment
  • Cultural enrichment, including a Signature Lecture: “The Rhine River: Shaping European History from the Romans to the European Union”
Accommodations on this Tour

Cruising: Cabin on board S.S. Antoinette or River Empress

  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • Itineraries 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.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.

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