Day 1 – Amsterdam (embark)
Arrive at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship.
Day 2 – 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 Welcome 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 3 – Koblenz, cruising the romantic Rhine River, Boppard
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 4 – Cruising the romantic Rhine River, Rudesheim
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 river lined with castles. End the day with a guided stroll around the wine village of Boppard.
Day 5 – 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 6 – 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 delightful 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 7 – Breisach (Kayersberg 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 Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.
Day 8 – Basel (disembark), transfer to the airport
Disembark the ship and transfer to the EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg, or extend your stay in Basel and Lake Lucerne.
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”
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.