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Remarkable Rhine & Historic Holland

Operated by: Uniworld River Cruises

11 Days from $2,999 per person
River Empress

Countries Visited

Netherlands, Germany, France, Switzerland

Locations Visited

Zaandam, Arnhem, Rotterdam, Cologne, Oberwesel, Mainz, Frankfurt, Bacharach… more Zaandam, Arnhem, Rotterdam, Cologne, Oberwesel, Mainz, Frankfurt, Bacharach, Speyer, Strasbourg, Basel
  1. Day 1 Amsterdam (Embark)

    Arrive at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and be transferred to your ship. 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.

    meals Dinner
  2. Day 2 Amsterdam, Zaandam

    Enjoy the luxury of a full day in the “Venice of the North,” starting with a private “Morning with the Masters” tour of the Amsterdam Hermitage. Afterwards, visit significant Jewish Heritage sites or explore the city on foot or by bike. 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. 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:
    Exclusive “Morning with the Masters” at the Hermitage Museum
    “Do as the Locals Do” Amsterdam walking explorer
    Choice of Jewish Heritage visit to Portuguese Synagogue and Jewish Museum or “Let’s Go” Discover Amsterdam–the lively Jordaan district by bike or Discover Dutch crafts, windmills and museums at Zaanse Schans

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Welcome Dinner
  3. Day 3 Rotterdam

    You’ll spend your day exploring Rotterdam’s historic splendor, vibrant culture, varied architectural landscape and maritime heritage. Embark on a stroll around the port city’s most enticing spots, like Market Hall. The impressive residential and office building is adorned with a futuristic, all-glass façade, doubling as an art installation of sorts. While you’re in the heart of the city, you’ll stop along the way to sample mouthwatering Dutch pastries. Venture to the nearby village of Kinderjik and marvel at a group of 19 towering windmills. The World Heritage Site holds the largest concentration of old windmills in The Netherlands and its entire vicinity is a protected village view. Rotterdam is the “Gateway to Europe” and you’ll want to discover why. Upon your arrival in Arnhem that evening, choose to explore the Genealogy Museum of Jewish People.

    Featured Excursion:
    Dutch Culinary Stroll of Rotterdam’s SuperDutch, supersized Market Hall
    Choice of Kinderdijk – 19 windmills to harness the elements or Jewish Genealogy Museum visit

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Day 4 Arnhem

    Arnhem, once almost completely destroyed by WWII, has blossomed into a burgeoning Dutch city, with several wonderful museums, charming shop-lined streets and historically significant landmarks. Get a glimpse into Arnhem’s WWII-era past at the Airborne Museum. It’s dedicated to the Battle of Arnhem, where Allied Airborne Forces (paratroopers) attempted to secure bridges in the surrounding areas to prevent further invasion. Learn the history of the infamous battle from enemy, ally and civilian perspective and explore an extensive collection of equipment and weaponry. Opt for more active exploration on the Arnhem Airborne Cycle route. Bike past major battle landmarks such as John Frost Bridge, Doorwerth Castle and the Airborne Cemetery as you travel along the river banks.

    Featured Excursion:
    Arnhem Airborne Museum WWII
    Choice of Arnhem Airborne Cycle Route

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day 5 Cologne

    You simply cannot visit Cologne without paying homage to its most notorious site, the Gothic masterpiece that serves as the city’s cathedral. A local expert will show you favorite haunts around the Old Town and share some of the cathedral’s most intriguing and Magi-cal secrets with you. Afterwards, you have a choice of three enticing excursions highlighting beer, contemporary art or Jewish history. 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:
    Cologne and its Cathedral
    Choice of Cologne–Gothic Cathedral and Museum Ludwig or Jewish Heritage: Cologne’s Jewish Quarter

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

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day 6 Oberwesel (Bacharach)

    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:
    Bacharach: storybook wine village walk & Riesling tasting
    Choice of “Let’s Go” romantic Castle Stahleck hike on the old town walls

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. Day 7 Frankfurt

    Frankfurt is known as the “Mainhattan” of Europe, a financial powerhouse with soaring skyscrapers as well as traditional Old Town architecture. Experience the city with your choice of adventures today—visit Germany’s oldest museum, take a guided “Go Active” bike ride or learn about the Rothschild family’s rags-to-riches saga. 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:
    Frankfurt “Do as the Locals Do” and world-class Städel Museum
    Choice of “Let’s Go” Frankfurt by bike or Jewish Heritage: Frankfurt Jewish Heritage Museum and the legacy of the Rothschilds

    meals Lunch, Dinner
  8. Day 8 Speyer (Worms)

    Expect the unexpected in Speyer, where ancient treasures harmoniously co-exist with modern day innovation. Take it all in during a walk with a local expert, or—for something really unexpected—venture into a spooky, candlelit tasting room to sample flavorful elixirs made from wine vinegars. Utterly unique and (surprisingly) delicious! A third option is our Jewish Heritage excursion to Worms, an ancient center of learning and religion. 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.

    Featured Excursions:
    Exclusive Doktorenhof vinegar estate visit and tasting
    Choice of Speyerhistoric small town and German kings or Exclusive Vinegar Gourmet Cooking Class at the village farm with Chef Matthias or “Let’s Go” biking along the Rhine shores & city walls or Black Forest & Baden Baden

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  9. Day 9 Strasbourg

    Strasbourg is invariably described as quaint, a rather overused word that in this case is perfectly apropos. Whether you see it by bicycle, on foot with an insightful local expert or opt to delve into the town’s Jewish past, Strasbourg’s cobbled lanes, half-timbered homes, giant stork nests and impossible-to-resist pastry shops will win your heart. 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 on board, spend the afternoon at your leisure, perhaps shopping for handcrafted souvenirs bearing images of white storks—a beloved symbol of the city.

    Featured Excursions:
    “Do as the Locals Do” Strasbourg walking explorer
    Choice of “Let’s Go” Strasbourg by bike: Petit France and the European district or Jewish Heritage: Alsace’s Jewish past

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  10. Day 10 Basel

    Basel historically has been divided by the Rhine into two sections: Greater Basel, on the south bank, and Lesser Basel, on the north bank—and the Lällekönig has been sticking his long red tongue out at Lesser Basel since 1640. Though the original beaten-copper head with its crown and clockwork mechanism now resides in a museum, a replica still reigns near the Middle Bridge, insulting the grittier side of the city in its time-honored way. It’s on your itinerary today as you explore both sides of this most walkable of cities, crossing between them via a traditional ferry that is powered solely by the Rhine’s current. Ramble with your guide through the historic heart of Basel, stopping to nibble some of the city’s delectable specialties, including its celebrated honey-almond cookies, and getting a glimpse of the remarkable range of shops, which display everything from designer fabrics, antique books, quirky figurines and, of course, timepieces. Every historic square you see will hold a special charm: The spectacular red sandstone 16th-century town hall faces Market Square; Barfüsser Square is named for the deconsecrated church that now houses the city museum; Cathedral Square is dominated by Basel’s 800-year-old red sandstone Münster, where Erasmus is buried.

    Featured Excursions:
    Basel art & food: old town walk, with local tastings, Cathedral & cloisters, Rhine ferry
    Choice of “Let’s Go” Bike & Art: bike along the Wiese River to Foundation Beyeler Museum or Basel: Theodor Herzl and the first Zionist congress

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Farewell Dinner
  11. Day 11 Basel (Disembark)

    Disembark the ship and be transferred to Basel airport for your flight home.

    meals Continental Breakfast/Buffet


  • All meals included onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  • 10 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 10 dinners
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions
  • Welcome and Farewell Dinners
  • Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and mineral water


  • 10-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the elegant S.S. Empress
  • Lavishly appointed riverview staterooms and suites have handcrafted Savoir® of England beds, high-thread count 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets, and a menu of pillow options
  • Free Internet and Wi-Fi access


  • 9 days of excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
  • Guided "Jewish Heritage", “Let's Go,” “Do as the Locals Do,” "Village Day" and “Gentle Walking” programs
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions
  • Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks


  • 4 countries: France, Germany, The Netherlands, Switzerland
  • 5 UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
  • All transfers on arrival and departure days
  • All gratuities, both onboard and onshore
  • Captivating onboard local entertainment
Dates & Prices
Airfare is not included, but can be added to quote upon request
  • Jewish Heritage
Cruise Start Date Classic Deluxe French Balcony Suite Availability Price
Jewish Heritage
6 Sep 19 $4,399pp $4,999pp $5,399pp $7,799pp Request Quote
SHIP: River Empress
Basel to Amsterdam
Jewish Heritage
16 Sep 19 $4,399pp $4,999pp $5,399pp $7,799pp Request Quote
SHIP: River Empress
Amsterdam to Basel
Jewish Heritage
26 Sep 19 $4,699 pp
$3,699 pp
$5,299 pp
$4,299 pp
$5,699 pp
$4,699 pp
$8,099 pp
$7,099 pp
Request Quote
SHIP: River Empress
Basel to Amsterdam
Jewish Heritage
6 Oct 19 $4,499 pp
$3,499 pp
$5,099 pp
$4,099 pp
$5,499 pp
$4,499 pp
$7,899 pp
$6,899 pp
Request Quote
SHIP: River Empress
Amsterdam to Basel
Jewish Heritage
16 Oct 19 $3,999 pp
$2,999 pp
$4,599 pp
$3,599 pp
$4,999 pp
$3,999 pp
$7,399 pp
$6,399 pp
Request Quote
SHIP: River Empress
Basel to Amsterdam
Jewish Heritage
26 Oct 19 $3,999 pp
$2,999 pp
$4,599 pp
$3,599 pp
$4,999 pp
$3,999 pp
$7,399 pp
$6,399 pp
Request Quote
SHIP: River Empress
Amsterdam to Basel
  • Jewish Heritage: This departure includes special programs, events and excursions that showcase the rich Jewish history and culture of Germany.

Spring 2019 beckons with the debut of a new Super Ship, S.S. Empress. The River Empress will be stunningly transformed into her upgraded status, boasting a completely redesigned interior with a new design scheme, even more striking décor and updated features.

Click HERE to view a pdf of ship facts (and click HERE to download software to open a pdf file).


Inaugurated: 2001
Renovated: 2019
Guests: 130
Staff: 42

Suites: 4 (214 sq ft)
French Balcony: 18 (151 sq ft)
Deluxe: 34 (151 sq ft)
Classic: 9 (151 sq ft)

Length: 361 ft
Width: 37.5 ft
Voltage: 110/220 volts


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


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


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

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. 

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.

Independent Reviews
Anthony Catencamp
Travel date: Friday, August 17, 2018
everthing, they even walked us to the hospital so my wife could get treated for an infection. The ship and crew were just great the best.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are sorry to hear about the unexpected trip to the hospital, but glad to see that our team was able to step in and help out during that stressful time.
Friday, August 17, 2018
because they took care of everything including air.
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