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Remarkable Rhine

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Tour Pace: Comfortable
River Empress
Tour Style: Boutique River Cruises
9 Days from $2,799 per person

Art, action and authentic encounters along the fabled Rhine River

Our newest itinerary on the Rhine River is a tantalizing mix of art, action and authentic encounters, showcasing The Netherlands, Germany, France and Switzerland at their postcard-perfect best and deeply delving into local culture and traditions to reveal the rich complexity that lies within.

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  1. Arrive at EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg and be transferred to the ship.

    meal(s):Dinner
  2. You’ll have a choice of adventures today in Basel, a refined and cosmopolitan Swiss city synonymous with art and culture. Our “Do as the Locals Do” walking tour is a delightful way to experience Basel’s medieval town center. Alternatively, take a guided “Go Active” bike ride along the Wiese River, making a stop at the renowned Fondation Beyeler Museum. The museum’s ingenious architecture is reason enough for a visit; inside, the art collection is equally awe-inspiring, ranging from Monet to Warhol. A third option is our Jewish Heritage tour of Basel, a city considered the cradle of modern Zionism.

    Featured Excursions:
    Choice of Exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Basel walking tour or Exclusive guided “Go Active” bicycle ride with Fondation Beyeler Museum visit or Jewish Heritage, Basel’s Zionist legacy

  3. Postcard-perfect Strasbourg is the very definition of picturesque, with its magnificent Gothic cathedral, cobblestone lanes and half-timbered homes adorned with flower-filled window boxes. After docking in town, you’ll have a chance to discover Strasbourg’s many charms with a choice of excursions: A guided “Do as the Locals Do” walking tour of the Petit France district, stopping to try traditional Alsatian treats along the way; a “Go Active” bike tour that covers a bit more ground, including the European district; or an in-depth look at the city’s rich Jewish history, which dates back an astonishing 2,000 years. After lunch onboard, spend the afternoon at your leisure, perhaps shopping for handcrafted souvenirs bearing images of white storks—a beloved symbol of the city.

    Featured Excursions:
    Choice of Exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Strasbourg walking tour or Exclusive guided “Let's Go” Strasbourg by bicycle or Jewish Heritage, Alsace’s Jewish past

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Join a local expert for a guided stroll through the historic small town of Speyer, famous for its vast Romanesque cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll also have some free time to wander on your own, perhaps to have a coffee at a sidewalk café on the town’s bustling central plaza. If you prefer, head to the nearby Doktorenhof vinegar estate for a truly immersive and memorable cultural experience. Discover how the grapes cultivated on this family-run estate are transformed into unique wine vinegar aperitifs, then don a monk’s cloak and sample these rare (and surprisingly delicious) elixirs by candlelight in an atmospheric tasting room. Guests who prefer to take an intimate look at local Jewish history can choose an excursion to Worms, an ancient Jewish center of learning and religion.

    Featured Excursions:
    Choice of Speyer walking discovery tour or Exclusive Doktorenhof vinegar estate visit and tasting or Jewish Heritage excursion to Worms

    Note: Because the Speyer Cathedral is an active place of worship, no tours of its interiors are given.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Today we briefly leave the Rhine and cruise the Main to the dynamic metropolis of Frankfurt, the epicenter of German finance and international business. Step ashore and walk a short distance to the Old Town for our “Do as the Locals Do” walking tour. This part of the city has charming old homes, stately churches and a lively covered market where you can sample all sorts of local delicacies. Later, you can visit Germany’s oldest museum, the Städel, with 700 years of European art housed under a single roof. If you prefer, opt for a guided “Go Active” bike ride that takes you through the Old Town, along the Main River promenade and down the city’s world-famous “Museum Mile”—which boasts no fewer than 13 acclaimed institutions. For something completely different, you can spend your time in Frankfurt delving into the city’s fascinating Jewish legacy.

    Featured Excursions:
    Choice of Exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Frankfurt walking tour with Städel Museum or Exclusive guided “Let's Go” Frankfurt by bicycle or Jewish Heritage, Frankfurt Jewish Museum and the legacy of the Rothschilds

  6. Bacharach is an ancient village that appears straight out of the pages of a storybook. Enjoy a guided stroll through town and taste some locally grown Rieslings, a specialty of the region. Alternatively, join a “Go Active” hike that will take you past the old town walls and up to a fortified 12th-century castle.

    Featured Excursions:
    Choice of Bacharach village stroll with Riesling tasting or Exclusive guided “Let's Go” hike to Castle Stahleck

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. Our first stop today is Cologne’s massive cathedral, a UNESCO-designated Gothic masterpiece with a shrine to the Three Magi that has drawn religious pilgrims for centuries. From there, beer aficionados can visit an Old Town pub for a taste of Kölsch, a brew made only in Cologne. Art lovers can see Europe’s most significant collection of contemporary art at Museum Ludwig. And guests interested in the city’s Jewish past are welcome to explore the centuries-old mikveh and other notable sites in Cologne’s Jewish quarter, once home to Europe’s first Jewish settlement north of the Alps. No matter which excursion you choose, you’ll also have ample free time to explore the city on your own.

    Featured Excursions:
    Choice of Cologne walking discovery tour with Cologne Cathedral or Kölsch beer tasting or Museum Ludwig or Jewish Heritage, Cologne’s Jewish Quarter

    Note: The number of visitors allowed in Cologne Cathedral is regulated by a very strict schedule of time slots. Sightseeing will be arranged around the time slots obtained. On Sundays and Catholic holidays, guided tours inside the cathedral will not be possible.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Farewell Dinner
  8. At your private “Morning with the Masters” tour of the Amsterdam Hermitage, you’ll have the museum’s extraordinary collection of Dutch Masters all to yourself, as an art historian shows you Portrait Gallery highlights and part of a special exhibition of Dutch art collected by Catherine the Great—a show available only through May 2018. Afterwards, choose from a trio of enticing excursions: Admire the city’s narrow, gabled homes lining the canals on a “Do as the Locals Do” walking tour; explore the hip and trendy Jordaan district on two wheels, the quintessential way to experience this bike-obsessed city; or opt for our Jewish Heritage tour, with stops at the Portuguese Synagogue and Jewish Museum.

    Featured Excursions:
    Choice of Exclusive Morning with the Masters at the Hermitage Amsterdam or Exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Amsterdam walking tour or Exclusive guided “Let's Go” Jordaan district by bicycle or Jewish Heritage visit to Portuguese Synagogue and Jewish Museum

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  9. 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’s Schiphol Airport for your flight home.

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

Taste

  • All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  • 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners
  • Farewell Gala Dinner
  • Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, specialty coffee and tea, soft drinks and mineral water

Travel

  • 8-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the regal River Empress
  • All transfers on arrival and departure days

Explore

  • 4 countries
  • 7 days of excursions, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
  • Guided "Go Active" and “Do as the Locals Do programs
  • 4 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
  • Generations Program
  • Itinerary in reverse
Cruise Start Date CATEGORY 5 CATEGORY 4 CATEGORY 3 CATEGORY 2 CATEGORY 1 SUITE Availability Price
Itinerary in reverse
14 Mar 18 $2,799pp $2,899pp $3,499pp $3,699pp $3,999pp $5,599pp Request Quote
SHIP: River Empress
Amsterdam to Basel
22 Mar 18 $2,799pp $2,899pp $3,499pp $3,699pp $3,999pp $5,599pp Request Quote
SHIP: River Empress
Basel to Amsterdam
Itinerary in reverse
30 Mar 18 $2,799pp $2,899pp $3,499pp $3,699pp $3,999pp $5,599pp Request Quote
SHIP: River Empress
Amsterdam to Basel
7 Apr 18 $3,199pp $3,299pp $3,899pp $4,099pp $4,399pp $5,999pp Request Quote
SHIP: River Empress
Basel to Amsterdam
Itinerary in reverse
15 Apr 18 $3,199pp $3,299pp $3,899pp $4,099pp $4,399pp $5,999pp Request Quote
SHIP: River Empress
Amsterdam to Basel
23 Apr 18 $3,299pp $3,399pp $3,999pp $4,199pp $4,499pp $6,099pp Request Quote
SHIP: River Empress
Basel to Amsterdam
Itinerary in reverse
1 May 18 $3,499pp $3,599pp $4,199pp $4,399pp $4,699pp $6,299pp Request Quote
SHIP: River Empress
Amsterdam to Basel
9 May 18 $3,499pp $3,599pp $4,199pp $4,399pp $4,699pp $6,299pp Request Quote
SHIP: River Empress
Basel to Amsterdam
Itinerary in reverse
17 May 18 $3,599pp $3,699pp $4,299pp $4,499pp $4,799pp $6,399pp Request Quote
SHIP: River Empress
Amsterdam to Basel
10 Jun 18 $3,599pp $3,699pp $4,299pp $4,499pp $4,799pp $6,399pp Request Quote
SHIP: River Empress
Basel to Amsterdam
Itinerary in reverse
18 Jun 18 $3,499pp $3,599pp $4,199pp $4,399pp $4,699pp $6,299pp Request Quote
SHIP: River Empress
Amsterdam to Basel
Generations Program
26 Jun 18 $3,299pp $3,399pp $3,999pp $4,199pp $4,499pp $6,099pp Request Quote
SHIP: River Empress
Amsterdam to Basel
Generations Program
Itinerary in reverse
4 Jul 18 $3,299pp $3,399pp $3,999pp $4,199pp $4,499pp $6,099pp Request Quote
SHIP: River Empress
Basel to Amsterdam
12 Jul 18 $3,299pp $3,399pp $3,999pp $4,199pp $4,499pp $6,099pp Request Quote
SHIP: River Empress
Amsterdam to Basel
Itinerary in reverse
20 Jul 18 $3,199pp $3,299pp $3,899pp $4,099pp $4,399pp $5,999pp Request Quote
SHIP: River Empress
Basel to Amsterdam
Generations Program
28 Jul 18 $3,299pp $3,399pp $3,999pp $4,199pp $4,499pp $6,099pp Request Quote
SHIP: River Empress
Amsterdam to Basel
Generations Program
Itinerary in reverse
5 Aug 18 $3,299pp $3,399pp $3,999pp $4,199pp $4,499pp $6,099pp Request Quote
SHIP: River Empress
Basel to Amsterdam
13 Aug 18 $3,299pp $3,399pp $3,999pp $4,199pp $4,499pp $6,099pp Request Quote
SHIP: River Empress
Amsterdam to Basel
28 Oct 18 $2,799pp $2,899pp $3,499pp $3,699pp $3,999pp $5,599pp Request Quote
SHIP: River Empress
Basel to Amsterdam
Itinerary in reverse
5 Nov 18 $2,799pp $2,899pp $3,499pp $3,699pp $3,999pp $5,599pp Request Quote
SHIP: River Empress
Basel to Amsterdam
  • Generations Program : This departure includes special programs, events and excursions designed specifically for young travelers.

  • Itinerary in reverse : This departure's itinerary operates in reverse order.

Jewish Heritage cruise available on all sailings.

Click here for more information about Uniworld’s unique Generations family program.

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.  Port Charges are an additional $160 per person.

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

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.

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Length: 361 ft / Width: 37.5 ft / Voltage: 110/220 volts / Guests: 130 / Staff: 41

Suite: 4 (214 sq ft) / Staterooms: 61 (151 sq ft) / Rivers: Rhine River, Danube River, Main River

The cosmopolitan style of River Empress, with its rich jewel tones and vibrant atmosphere, is certain to captivate you. Whether you’re dining in the ship’s sleek restaurant—reminiscent of a New York jazz and supper club—or relaxing over a cup of tea on the Sun Deck as you gaze out at the 360-degree view, there is no better or more relaxing way to travel through the scenic heartland of Europe.

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Staterooms

Suite

Lavishly appointed riverview suite (214 sq ft - 20 sq m) with a French 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

Additional special amenities and services

Category 1

Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom (151 sq ft - 14 sq m) with a French 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

Category 2-3

Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom (151 sq ft - 14 sq m)

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, backlit magnifying mirror, cozy 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. 

Lobby

Library

Lounge

Fitness

Patio

Restaurant

  • 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.

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