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Castles Along the Rhine

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Tour Pace: Leisurely
Rhine River Valley
Tour Style: Boutique River Cruises
8 Days from $2,999 per person

Cruise along the Rhine—Germany on one side, France on the other. Discover Alsace, whose dual French and German heritage has given it fabulous food and a winemaking tradition that goes back to the Romans. 

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 towns of Riquewihr, Kaysersberg and 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.

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  1. Arrive at EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg. 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.

    meal(s):Dinner
  2. A charming town dominated by a 17th-century hilltop cathedral, Breisach is your gateway to the Alsatian wine road. This is your launching point for one of two excursions along the celebrated route des vins, which hugs the foothills of the Vosges mountain range. You can visit Kaysersberg and Riquewihr, two of the most picturesque villages in the region, or take a tour of the larger town of Colmar, considered one of the most beautiful destinations along the wine road and the capital of Alsatian wines. If you’re interested in doing something a bit more physically challenging, you could stay in Breisach and walk or bike through the surrounding vineyards.

    Featured Excursions:
    Choice of Alsatian “Village Day” or Colmar city tour

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch and Captain’s Welcome Gala Dinner
  3. Kehl, directly across the river from Strasbourg, will be your ship’s base while you explore the Alsatian capital, which is known as the “Crossroads of Europe” for its strategic location halfway between Paris and Prague. You may choose to see Strasbourg via its historic canals (the way Strasbourg has been seen by its visitors through the centuries), which would give you an enlightening and relaxing overview of this historically important city. Or you may experience the historic core as the locals do, with an exclusive walking tour. If you’re feeling adventurous, take advantage of Uniworld’s bicycles or Nordic walking sticks and explore the banks of the river.

    Featured Excursions:
    Choice of Strasbourg by canal or Exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Strasbourg walking tour

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  4. The ship docks in Mannheim, where you’ll have to choose between boarding a motorcoach to the nearby town of Speyer for a guided walking tour or taking in an exclusive tasting at a local vinegar estate.

    Featured Excursions:
    Choice of Speyer walking discovery tour or Exclusive Doktorenhof vinegar estate visit and tasting

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  5. Your floating hotel arrives in Rüdesheim, one of the most charming ports of call in the Rhine Valley. This city has a long history going back to Roman times and is famous for the Drosselgasse, a narrow, bustling lane of shops and wine bars, as well as its impressive Niederwald Monument, built to celebrate the re-establishment of the German empire in the late 19th century. You may opt to visit a renowned vineyard or, for a more active jaunt, take the long way shoreward from Niederwald with a vineyard hike that includes a stop at a unique museum.

    Featured Excursions:
    Choice of Exclusive Castle Vollrads wine tasting or Exclusive guided “Go Active” hike from Rüdesheim to Assmanshausen or Boppard village stroll

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  6. As you come upon Koblenz, you’ll sail past Deutsches Eck (German Corner) with its historic monument to Kaiser Wilhelm I, at the confluence of the Moselle and Rhine rivers. You have wonderful tours from which to choose today.

    Featured Excursions:
    Choice of Koblenz walking discovery tour or Marksburg Castle visit or Guided “Let's Go” bicycle ride

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  7. Cologne is the largest and oldest city of the Rhineland and a cultural mecca, with more than 30 museums and hundreds of art galleries. A congenial atmosphere and a mix of ancient, modern and reconstructed buildings characterize the heart of the city.

    Featured Excursion:
    Choice of Cologne walking discovery tour with Cologne Cathedral

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

    meal(s):Breakfast, Lunch and Captain’s Farewell Dinner
  8. 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 Amsterdam Schiphol Airport for your flight home. Alternatively, you may continue your adventure with our optional post-cruise Amsterdam extension.

    meal(s):Breakfast
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  • All Gratuities All Gratuities
  • All Meals All Meals
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options
  • Professional Cruise Management Professional Cruise Management
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • Six-Star Ships Six-Star Ships
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels

Taste

  • 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 waterAll meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients

Travel

  • 7-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the exquisite S.S. Antoinette or the elegant River Empress
  • All transfers on arrival and departure days

Explore

  • 4 countries
  • 6 days of excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
  • Guided “Go Active,” “Do as the Locals Do,” “Village Day” and “Gentle Walking” programs
  • 3 UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions
  • Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks

Experience

  • Captivating onboard local entertainment
  • Cultural enrichment, including a Signature Lecture: “The Rhine River: Shaping European History from the Romans to the European Union”
  • Exclusive Generations Family Program on select summer departures
  • Itinerary in reverse
Cruise Start Date CATEGORY 5 CATEGORY 4 CATEGORY 3 CATEGORY 2 CATEGORY 1 SUITE Availability Price
Itinerary in reverse
25 Mar 18 $2,999pp $3,099pp $3,899pp $4,099pp $4,499pp $6,399pp Request Quote
SHIP: S.S. Antoinette
Amsterdam to Basel
1 Apr 18 $3,099pp $3,199pp $3,999pp $4,199pp $4,599pp $6,499pp Request Quote
SHIP: S.S. Antoinette
Basel to Amsterdam
Itinerary in reverse
8 Apr 18 $3,099pp $3,199pp $3,999pp $4,199pp $4,599pp $6,499pp Request Quote
SHIP: S.S. Antoinette
Amsterdam to Basel
15 Apr 18 $3,799pp $3,899pp $4,699pp $4,899pp $5,299pp $7,199pp Request Quote
SHIP: S.S. Antoinette
Basel to Amsterdam
Itinerary in reverse
22 Apr 18 $3,599pp $3,699pp $4,499pp $4,699pp $5,099pp $6,999pp Request Quote
SHIP: S.S. Antoinette
Amsterdam to Basel
29 Apr 18 $3,799pp $3,899pp $4,699pp $4,899pp $5,299pp $7,199pp Request Quote
SHIP: S.S. Antoinette
Basel to Amsterdam
Itinerary in reverse
6 May 18 $3,799pp $3,899pp $4,699pp $4,899pp $5,299pp $7,199pp Request Quote
SHIP: S.S. Antoinette
Amsterdam to Basel
13 May 18 $3,799pp $3,899pp $4,699pp $4,899pp $5,299pp $7,199pp Request Quote
SHIP: S.S. Antoinette
Basel to Amsterdam
Itinerary in reverse
20 May 18 $3,899pp $3,999pp $4,799pp $4,999pp $5,399pp $7,299pp Request Quote
SHIP: S.S. Antoinette
Amsterdam to Basel
27 May 18 $3,799pp $3,899pp $4,699pp $4,899pp $5,299pp $7,199pp Request Quote
SHIP: S.S. Antoinette
Basel to Amsterdam
Itinerary in reverse
3 Jun 18 $3,999pp $4,099pp $4,899pp $5,099pp $5,499pp $7,399pp Request Quote
SHIP: S.S. Antoinette
Amsterdam to Basel
10 Jun 18 $3,799pp $3,899pp $4,699pp $4,899pp $5,299pp $7,199pp Request Quote
SHIP: S.S. Antoinette
Basel to Amsterdam
Itinerary in reverse
17 Jun 18 $3,799pp $3,899pp $4,699pp $4,899pp $5,299pp $7,199pp Request Quote
SHIP: S.S. Antoinette
Amsterdam to Basel
24 Jun 18 $3,799pp $3,899pp $4,699pp $4,899pp $5,299pp $7,199pp Request Quote
SHIP: S.S. Antoinette
Basel to Amsterdam
Itinerary in reverse
1 Jul 18 $3,599pp $3,699pp $4,499pp $4,699pp $5,099pp $6,999pp Request Quote
SHIP: S.S. Antoinette
Amsterdam to Basel
8 Jul 18 $3,599pp $3,699pp $4,499pp $4,699pp $5,099pp $6,999pp Request Quote
SHIP: S.S. Antoinette
Basel to Amsterdam
Itinerary in reverse
15 Jul 18 $3,599pp $3,699pp $4,499pp $4,699pp $5,099pp $6,999pp Request Quote
SHIP: S.S. Antoinette
Amsterdam to Basel
22 Jul 18 $3,599pp $3,699pp $4,499pp $4,699pp $5,099pp $6,999pp Request Quote
SHIP: S.S. Antoinette
Basel to Amsterdam
Itinerary in reverse
29 Jul 18 $3,799pp $3,899pp $4,699pp $4,899pp $5,299pp $7,199pp Request Quote
SHIP: S.S. Antoinette
Amsterdam to Basel
5 Aug 18 $3,599pp $3,699pp $4,499pp $4,699pp $5,099pp $6,999pp Request Quote
SHIP: S.S. Antoinette
Basel to Amsterdam
Itinerary in reverse
12 Aug 18 $3,599pp $3,699pp $4,499pp $4,699pp $5,099pp $6,999pp Request Quote
SHIP: S.S. Antoinette
Amsterdam to Basel
19 Aug 18 $3,699pp $3,799pp $4,599pp $4,799pp $5,199pp $7,099pp Request Quote
SHIP: S.S. Antoinette
Basel to Amsterdam
Itinerary in reverse
26 Aug 18 $3,799pp $3,899pp $4,699pp $4,899pp $5,299pp $7,199pp Request Quote
SHIP: S.S. Antoinette
Amsterdam to Basel
2 Sep 18 $3,799pp $3,899pp $4,699pp $4,899pp $5,299pp $7,199pp Request Quote
SHIP: S.S. Antoinette
Basel to Amsterdam
Itinerary in reverse
9 Sep 18 $4,099pp $4,199pp $4,999pp $5,199pp $5,599pp $7,499pp Request Quote
SHIP: S.S. Antoinette
Amsterdam to Basel
16 Sep 18 $4,099pp $4,199pp $4,999pp $5,199pp $5,599pp $7,499pp Request Quote
SHIP: S.S. Antoinette
Basel to Amsterdam
Itinerary in reverse
23 Sep 18 $4,099pp $4,199pp $4,999pp $5,199pp $5,599pp $7,499pp Request Quote
SHIP: S.S. Antoinette
Amsterdam to Basel
30 Sep 18 $4,099pp $4,199pp $4,999pp $5,199pp $5,599pp $7,499pp Request Quote
SHIP: S.S. Antoinette
Basel to Amsterdam
Itinerary in reverse
7 Oct 18 $4,099pp $4,199pp $4,999pp $5,199pp $5,599pp $7,499pp Request Quote
SHIP: S.S. Antoinette
Amsterdam to Basel
14 Oct 18 $3,299pp $3,399pp $4,199pp $4,399pp $4,799pp $6,699pp Request Quote
SHIP: S.S. Antoinette
Basel to Amsterdam
Itinerary in reverse
21 Oct 18 $3,299pp $3,399pp $4,199pp $4,399pp $4,799pp $6,699pp Request Quote
SHIP: S.S. Antoinette
Amsterdam to Basel
28 Oct 18 $2,999pp $3,099pp $3,899pp $4,099pp $4,499pp $6,399pp Request Quote
SHIP: S.S. Antoinette
Basel to Amsterdam
Itinerary in reverse
4 Nov 18 $2,999pp $3,099pp $3,899pp $4,099pp $4,499pp $6,399pp Request Quote
SHIP: S.S. Antoinette
Amsterdam to Basel
  • Itinerary in reverse : This departure's itinerary operates in reverse order.

 

NOTE: Flights must arrive between 5am and 5pm and depart between 6am and 6pm. Airport arrival and departure transfers are included on arrival and departure days only.

Order of sightseeing may change throughout the itinerary. Substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to water levels or other uncontrollable factors.

Price shown is per person based on two people sharing a twin bedded Stateroom. Single rooms are available at a supplement. 2018 port charges are an additional $140 per person. 

Must Pay in Full at time of booking to receive Early Payment Discount where available. 

AARP Members are entitled to an exclusive Member Benefit Discount on all Grand European Travel vacations. Plus receive a free travel gift!  Call Toll Free: 1-866-847-3858 for details. 

Frequent Travelers: Save an additional 5% off the price of the cruise.

Special Discounts and Promotions: At times we offer discounted departures. These discounts are valid for new bookings only and are not combinable with any other discounts other than our Frequent Traveler Discount and $100 AARP Member Discount. Other restrictions may apply, please call for details.

View River Cruise Terms & Conditions 

Length: 443 ft / Width: 37.5 ft / Voltage: 110/220 volts / Guests: 154 / Staff: 57

Suites: 9 (294-391 sq ft) / Staterooms: 64 (163-196 sq ft) / Rivers: Rhine River

The luxurious décor of the 443-foot, 154-passenger S.S. Antoinette—Uniworld’s first Super Ship—features fine Brazilian marble on the walls and floors, a 19th-century Venetian glass mirror, a stylish Bar du Leopard with full-service bar, and an onboard cinema. The two-story foyer boasts a 10-foot blue Strauss Baccarat chandelier with huge sapphires—a stunning piece that once hung in New York's famous Tavern on the Green—and a collection of original artwork is displayed throughout the ship.

Click HERE to view a PDF of ship facts.

Staterooms

Royal Suite

Luxurious riverview royal suite (391 sq ft - 36.3 sq m) with open-air balcony, and a spacious living room

Handcrafted Savoir® of England beds, built-in closets, hair dryer, safe, individual climate-control thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment center 

Marble bathroom with L’Occitane en Provence and Hermes bath and body products, plush towels, special towel warmers, backlit magnifying mirror, heated mirrors, cozy bathrobes and slippers, separate rain shower and tub, and a secluded toilet and bidet area

Additional amenities and service include: in-suite butler service; packing and unpacking assistance; in-room breakfast; daily fruit and cookie plate, and an elegant evening snack; iPod dock; Nespresso coffee machine and fine teas; fully stocked mini bar; bottle of wine upon arrival; shoe shine; free laundry service; and a special dinner in L'Orangerie Sky Lounge

Suites

Luxurious riverview suite (294 sq ft - 27.3 sq m) with open-air balcony

Handcrafted Savoir® of England beds, built-in closets, hair dryer, safe, individual climate-control thermostat, direct-dial telephone, flat-screen TV with infotainment center 

Marble bathroom with L’Occitane en Provence and Hermes bath and body products, plush towels, special towel warmers, backlit magnifying mirror, heated mirrors, cozy bathrobes and slippers

Additional amenities and services, including: in-suite butler service; packing and unpacking assistance; in-room breakfast; daily fruit and cookie plate, and an elegant evening snack; iPod dock; Nespresso coffee machine and fine teas; fully stocked mini bar; bottle of wine upon arrival; shoe shine; free laundry service; and a special dinner in L'Orangerie Sky Lounge

Category 1

Luxurious riverview stateroom (196 sq ft - 18.2 sq m) with open-air balcony

Handcrafted Savoir® of England bed, built-in closet, hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat, flat-screen TV with infotainment center and satellite, and bottled water

Marble bathroom with L’Occitane en Provence bath and body products, plush towels, towel warmer, waffle bathrobes, and slippers

Features & Amenities

Lavishly appointed riverview staterooms and suites have handcrafted Savoir® of England beds draped in high-thread-count 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets, along with a menu of pillow options.

Our meticulously designed ships feature enticing public areas and luxurious amenities, including a lounge with full-service bar, well-equipped fitness center, restaurant, Serenity River Spa, and a Sun Deck where you can relax and take in the ever-changing views.

Reception

Sky Lounge

Pool

Welcome

Cinema

Salon Bar

  • U.S. citizens traveling to the Netherlands, Germany, France and Switzerland must have a current passport valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering these countries.

  • The currency in the Netherlands, France, and Germany is the Euro (€) and the currency in Switzerland is the Swiss Franc (CHF). While it’s a good idea to bring some money for when you first arrive, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. Keep in mind that your shoulders and knees should be covered while visiting religious sites. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

Reviews

Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : As with our previous tour with GET, I really would like a bit more information on the optional excursions and how to plan better. Otherwise, our agent did a great job with our last minute booking and helping us to get the essential information.
Vacation : This cruise was FABULOUS! Uni World and the crew and staff of the River Empress could not have been better. My only wish is to have a little more time in each of the lovely towns and villages that we visited, especially the Alsation Villages...they were so very lovely but we felt rushed. Thank you for a 5++++ star experience!

Add An Optional Cruise Extension Package:

Amsterdam

Included in your 3-day stay:

  • 2-nights at the Renaissabce Amsterdam Hotel (or similar)
  • Breakfast daily and all gratuities, service charges, taxes, and porterage
  • Amsterdam by canal with Rijksmuseum visit
  • English-speaking expert
  • All transfers

From $649 per person (single supplement $299)
Additional fees may apply, please call for pricing. 


Note: This extension is for cruises that begin or end in Amsterdam

Basel & Lake Lucerne

Included in your 3-day stay:

  • 2-nights at the Grand Hotel Les Trois Rois (or similar)
  • Breakfast daily and all service charges, taxes, and porterage
  • Choice of Lucerne walking discovery tour with Lake Lucerne boat ride or Vitra Architectural tour
  • Basel walking discovery tour
  • English-speaking expert
  • All transfers

From $949 per person (single supplement $399)
Note: This extension is for cruises that begin or end in Basel. 

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