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Remarkable Rhine and Historic Holland

Operated by: Uniworld River Cruises

11 Days from $3,999 per person
Panorama of Cologne and the Rhine River at night, Germany

Countries Visited

Netherlands, Germany, France, Switzerland ...more Netherlands, Germany, France, Switzerland

Locations Visited

Zaandam, Arnhem, Rotterdam, Cologne, Oberwesel, Mainz, Frankfurt, Bacharach, Speyer, Strasbourg, Basel ...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

    Enjoy the luxury of a full day in the “Venice of the North,” starting with a “Morning with the Masters” tour of the Hermitage Amsterdam. Afterwards, explore the city on foot.

    This evening, a special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you.

    Featured Excursion: “Morning with the Masters” at the Hermitage Amsterdam

    Choice of Amsterdam walking tour with brewery visit or Amsterdam canal cruise

    Jewish Heritage Excursion: Visit to the Portuguese Synagogue and Jewish Museum

    “Morning with the Masters” at the Hermitage Amsterdam
    The doors open early to give you a crowd-free viewing of an extraordinary collection of Dutch master paintings: 30 monumental group paintings from the golden age that have been called “cousins of The Night Watch.” Drawn from both the Amsterdam Museum and the Rijksmuseum, these works have rarely been displayed because of their enormous size. The Amsterdam Hermitage, however, devotes an enormous gallery space to this exhibit, which reveals the connections and activities of Amsterdam’s power elite in the 17th century. Meet mayors and regents, colonels of the civil guard, wealthy merchants and their wives and learn something of their lives and the lives of the artists who painted these massive portraits.

    Amsterdam canal cruise
    It’s called the “Venice of the North” for a reason: Canals crisscross the heart of the old city, and bridges link some 90 islands. As the principal city in a newly independent Holland, Amsterdam was a boom town in the early 17th century, rapidly outgrowing its medieval walls. The city’s fathers responded by demolishing most of the old city and building an entirely new one, creating Europe’s first planned city. That “new” district is now 400 years old, and as you glide along the main canals, you’ll pass stately merchants’ houses built centuries ago (some of them are now house museums you can visit on your own). But the canals are not merely scenic; they are essential thoroughfares—people take water buses to work and live in houseboats along the banks—so a canal cruise also gives you a look at the busy modern city.

    Jewish Heritage Excursion: Visit to the Portuguese Synagogue and Jewish Museum
    Anyone who has read The Diary of Anne Frank knows what happened to Amsterdam’s Jews under the Nazis. But not everyone knows that the Jewish community began in the city when Sephardic Jews fled Spain and Portugal after 1492, a group of successful merchants and professionals who in turn sponsored Ashkenazi migrants fleeing Central Europe in the 17th century. Visit the Jewish Historical Museum, with its meticulous re-creation of the Great Synagogue, compelling exhibit called “Friday Night” and lively children’s area, and the nearby Portuguese Synagogue, before strolling through the former Jewish Quarter (Rembrandt lived in this neighborhood, and he often asked his Jewish neighbors to pose for his Old Testament scenes; his house is now a museum and is one of the few original houses still standing in the area). Today’s Jewish community is largely centered in Amstelveen, where some 15,000 Jews live, work and worship in one of the largest and most vibrant communities in Europe.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Welcome Reception & Dinner
  3. Day 3 Harlingen

    You’ll spend your day exploring the coastal Netherlands city of Harlingen.

    Choice of "Let's Go" biking the islands or Harlingen "Village Day"

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Day 4 Arnhem

    Arnhem, almost completely destroyed in WWII, has blossomed into a burgeoning Dutch city, with several museums, shop-lined streets and historic landmarks.

    Choice of "Let's Go" Arnhem airborne cycle route or Kröller-Müller Museum visit

    Kröller-Müller Museum visit
    Helene Kröller-Müller bought seven Van Goghs in a single day in 1912, valuing the painter’s then-little-appreciated work for his “great and novel humanity.” She went on to purchase many more of his paintings, and in the process, she almost single-handedly rescued him from obscurity and established his modern-day reputation. The Kröller-Müller Museum, which she founded in the 1930s on a family estate, features some 97 works by the master, including The Bridge at Arles. But Kröller-Müller didn’t stop with Van Gogh; her goal was to found the first museum in the Netherlands devoted to modern art, so the collection also boasts exceptional works by Pablo Picasso, Piet Mondrian and Auguste Rodin, among many other late-19th- and 20th-century artists. Join an expert guide for a one-hour tour, then revisit the galleries for a closer look or go out into the extensive sculpture gardens on your own. The museum has commissioned a sculpture a year for decades, so the collection is unusual, contemporary and diverse.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day 5 Cologne

    You have an array of choices for how you wish to experience Cologne’s many treasures. Those interested in history and architecture will want to stroll through the Old Town, featuring 12 stunning Romanesque churches. Guests interested in the city’s Jewish past are welcome to explore the centuries-old mikveh and Cologne’s Jewish quarter.

    Featured Excursion: Cologne walking tour with Old Town visit 

    Jewish Heritage Excursion: Cologne’s Jewish Quarter

    Cologne walking tour with Old Town visit 
    As you walk through the narrow lanes of the Old Town, you’ll find it hard to believe that more than 70 percent of the city was destroyed by bombs during WWII. Three medieval gates remain standing, as does the old city hall with its Renaissance facade. The famous 12 Romanesque churches were reconstructed from the rubble, and the cathedral, Cologne’s iconic landmark, rises magnificently in the city center. Though it was badly damaged by WWII, the great UNESCO-designated cathedral retains many of its original treasures—the relics of the Magi and other sacred figures, which inspired its building in the 12th century, the 14th-century stained-glass windows that were stored safely throughout the war and the beautifully painted choir stalls—though other treasures are displayed separately. Enter the awe-inspiring nave and learn about the history of the cathedral and its art collections, especially the pieces surrounding the Shrine of the Magi.

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

    Jewish Heritage Excursion: Cologne’s Jewish Quarter
    It's a short walk from the cathedral—where the protections granted Jews in 1266 are etched in stone—to Cologne's ancient Jewish quarter. Jews crossed the Alps with the Romans and were part of Cologne's history from the beginning: Emperor Constantine signed an edict allowing Jews to be elected to the curia in 321. No one knows for sure what happened when the Romans retreated south—did Jews remove with them or remain to form the nucleus of the substantial community that flourished in Cologne a few centuries later? The earliest physical remains of the Jewish community date to the 11th century. The medieval Judengasse, the synagogue and the mikveh were all close to the town hall. An archaeological excavation is slowly revealing the elements of this neighborhood, which is wonderfully well documented, but only the mikveh is open to the public at this time. On today's excursion, see first-hand how Cologne is once again home to a thriving Jewish community.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day 6 Oberwesel

    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 “Let's Go” hike that will take you past the old town walls and up to a fortified 12th-century castle.

    Choice of Bacharach village stroll with Riesling tasting or “Let’s Go” Castle Stahleck hike

    Bacharach village stroll with Riesling tasting
    What would a cruise on the Rhine be without a stop at one of the picturesque and historic wine villages that dot the banks? Bacharach, first documented in the 11th century, was once critically important to the wine trade as a port where wine casks were transferred from smaller boats, which could navigate the rocky narrows above the town, to larger ones. Join a local guide to stroll among the timbered houses—the oldest dates to 1368 (it’s now a restaurant called, appropriately, Altes Haus)—pausing for a look at the remains of the old town walls, demolished by the French during the Nine Years’ War, the gothic ruins of the Werner Chapel and the single spired St. Peter’s Church. Vineyards rise in terraces all around the town, producing excellent Rieslings; following your tour, you’ll have a chance to taste some of them and find out for yourself just how good they are.

    “Let’s Go” Castle Stahleck hike
    The round tower and sturdy stone walls of Castle Stahleck guard the heights above Bacharach. The counts Palatine used the fortress to defend their territories from other German lords and from numerous French incursions, so it suffered considerable damage over the centuries, but it has been beautifully restored and enjoys a new life as a youth hostel. Join your guide for a hike—it won’t be too strenuous but you will be climbing the hill outside the village—through the vineyards up to the castle. You’ll be rewarded with fabulous views of the Rhine and the Lorelei valley as well as the town below.

    meals 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.

    Featured Excursion: Frankfurt city tour

    Jewish Heritage Excursion: Frankfurt's Jewish history

    Jewish Heritage Excursion: Frankfurt's Jewish history
    The Rothschild family fortune began in Frankfurt, along with the family name—taken from the red shield on the family home on Judengasse, the quarter-mile-long street where all of Frankfurt’s Jews were required to live between 1462 and 1811. It was a crowded but prosperous community (it had to be prosperous since the only way Jews enjoyed imperial protection was by paying enormous fees to the emperor). Mayer Rothschild started as a coin dealer, expanded into dealing antiques, and by 1792, he was a wealthy banker with an international clientele. His five sons followed in his footsteps, extending the family business throughout Europe and lending their names to a raft of famous enterprises—and to numerous cultural and charitable institutions in Frankfurt and elsewhere. The Frankfurt Jewish Museum, located in a former Rothschild home that was recently renovated, offers a fascinating look at the family’s saga. Though none of the houses on Judengasse are still standing, you can see the foundations of some of them when you visit Museum Judengasse, which outlines the history of Jews in Frankfurt and their relations with the Christian community through the centuries. It abuts the Jewish cemetery and the memorial to victims of the Shoah, listing the names of 12,000 Frankfurt Jews who died in the death camps.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  8. Day 8 Speyer (Mannheim)

    Expect the unexpected in Speyer, where ancient treasures harmoniously coexist with modern-day innovation. Explore the baroque palace of Mannheim, visit a a vinegar estate for a tour and tasting, or join our “Jewish Heritage” excursion to an ancient center of learning and religion in Worms.

    Choice of Private Doktorenhof vinegar estate visit and tasting or Baroque palace of Mannheim

    Jewish Heritage Excursion: Excursion to Worms

    Private Doktorenhof vinegar estate visit and tasting
    For a different spin on the Palatinate wine region, visit the Weinessiggut Doktorenhof estate for a special vinegar tasting. Yes, you read that right—a vinegar tasting. Founded by Georg Wiedemann some 30 years ago, Doktorenhof produces vinegars from premium wines, rather than inexpensive ones. Gewürztraminer, Sylvaner, Riesling and Pinot Noir are aged with a century-old vinegar “mother,” as the bacteria that makes vinegar is known, and flavored with a variety of herbs and fruits. The results make complex and elegant aperitifs, intended to be sipped from a specially designed long-stemmed glass between courses or after a meal. The atmospheric tasting room (think candles, cloaks and choir music) is like no other you’ll ever experience.

    Jewish Heritage Excursion: Excursion to Worms
    Will you leave a pebble on the headstone of Rabbi Meir of Rothenburg? The great medieval scholar was born in Worms and is buried there, in the oldest surviving Jewish cemetery in Germany. In his day, Worms was one of three important centers of Jewish learning and trade in the Middle Ages, along with Mainz and Speyer, and was known as “little Jerusalem on the Rhine.” Rabbi Meir taught in Rothenburg for 25 years and died a prisoner in Alsace—and his reasons for refusing to allow anyone to ransom him were cited in discussions in 2011 when Israel exchanged 1027 Hamas prisoners for a single Israeli soldier. Today when you visit Worms’ ancient cemetery, with headstones dating to the 11th century, you’ll find a peaceful place that bears testimony to the long history of Jews in the region. Your tour will also include the re-created 12th-century synagogue and mikveh, which were destroyed on Kristallnacht.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  9. Day 9 Strasbourg

    See Strasbourg on foot with an insightful local expert, where this historic town with its cobbled lanes, half-timbered homes, giant stork nests and impossible-to-resist pastry shops will win your heart. Or take an in-depth look at the city’s rich Jewish history, which dates back an astonishing 2,000 years.

    Choice of Strasbourg panoramic tour with cathedral and Old Town walk

    Jewish Heritage Excursion: Alsace’s Jewish past

    Strasbourg panoramic tour with cathedral and Old Town walk
    Controlled over the centuries by either France or Germany, Strasbourg—cross-cultural and bilingual—offers a delightful combination of old and new, as well as French and German characteristics. You’ll see all the highlights on a city tour before venturing inside the cathedral, one of the city’s most famous sites. The same craftsmen who built Chartres worked on it, and the rose window may be Chartres’ equal. Don’t miss the astronomical clock or the truly remarkable statuary and carvings.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  10. Day 10 Basel

    Ramble with your guide through the historic heart of Basel. Every historic square you see will hold a special charm.

    This evening, a special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you.

    Choice of “Let’s Go” Basel by bike or Basel walking tour with local treats

    Jewish Heritage Excursion: Jewish Basel

    “Let’s Go” Basel by bike
    Fasten your helmet, mount your bike and pedal with your guide along the Wiese River (a tributary of the Rhine) to Fondation Beyeler, a contemporary glass jewel box of a museum designed by Renzo Piano that is set in a gracious green park in the village of Riehen. Some 250 impressionist and modernist works collected by Ernst and Hildy Beyeler are on view under Piano’s ingeniously designed glass roof, which can be adjusted to allow in more or less natural light; among the highlights of the collection are paintings by Monet, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Lichtenstein, Klee and Warhol. The Beyeler’s special exhibitions are as noteworthy as its core collection is, so be sure to spend some time checking out those display spaces before heading back to the ship.

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

    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 EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg airport for your flight home.

    meals Breakfast
  1. Day 1 Basel (Embark)

    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.

    Important Note: Uniworld's airport services and transfers to the ship will take place on the Switzerland side of the Basel-Mulhouse Airport. Be sure to enter Customs on the Switzerland side, as guests cannot return to the Switzerland side after they have exited the airport from the France side.

    meals Dinner
  2. Day 2 Basel

    Ramble with your guide through the historic heart of Basel. Every historic square you see will hold a special charm.

    This evening, a special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you.

    Choice of “Let’s Go” Basel by bike or Basel walking tour with local treats

    Jewish Heritage Excursion: Jewish Basel

    “Let’s Go” Basel by bike
    Fasten your helmet, mount your bike and pedal with your guide along the Wiese River (a tributary of the Rhine) to Fondation Beyeler, a contemporary glass jewel box of a museum designed by Renzo Piano that is set in a gracious green park in the village of Riehen. Some 250 impressionist and modernist works collected by Ernst and Hildy Beyeler are on view under Piano’s ingeniously designed glass roof, which can be adjusted to allow in more or less natural light; among the highlights of the collection are paintings by Monet, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Lichtenstein, Klee and Warhol. The Beyeler’s special exhibitions are as noteworthy as its core collection is, so be sure to spend some time checking out those display spaces before heading back to the ship.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Welcome Reception & Dinner
  3. Day 3 Strasbourg

    See Strasbourg on foot with an insightful local expert, where this historic town with its cobbled lanes, half-timbered homes, giant stork nests and impossible-to-resist pastry shops will win your heart. Or take an in-depth look at the city’s rich Jewish history, which dates back an astonishing 2,000 years.

    Choice of Strasbourg panoramic tour with cathedral and Old Town walk

    Jewish Heritage Excursion: Alsace’s Jewish past

    Strasbourg panoramic tour with cathedral and Old Town walk
    Controlled over the centuries by either France or Germany, Strasbourg—cross-cultural and bilingual—offers a delightful combination of old and new, as well as French and German characteristics. You’ll see all the highlights on a city tour before venturing inside the cathedral, one of the city’s most famous sites. The same craftsmen who built Chartres worked on it, and the rose window may be Chartres’ equal. Don’t miss the astronomical clock or the truly remarkable statuary and carvings.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Day 4 Speyer (Mannheim)

    Expect the unexpected in Speyer, where ancient treasures harmoniously coexist with modern-day innovation. Explore the baroque palace of Mannheim, visit a a vinegar estate for a tour and tasting, or join our “Jewish Heritage” excursion to an ancient center of learning and religion in Worms.

    Choice of Private Doktorenhof vinegar estate visit and tasting or Baroque palace of Mannheim

    Jewish Heritage Excursion: Excursion to Worms

    Private Doktorenhof vinegar estate visit and tasting
    For a different spin on the Palatinate wine region, visit the Weinessiggut Doktorenhof estate for a special vinegar tasting. Yes, you read that right—a vinegar tasting. Founded by Georg Wiedemann some 30 years ago, Doktorenhof produces vinegars from premium wines, rather than inexpensive ones. Gewürztraminer, Sylvaner, Riesling and Pinot Noir are aged with a century-old vinegar “mother,” as the bacteria that makes vinegar is known, and flavored with a variety of herbs and fruits. The results make complex and elegant aperitifs, intended to be sipped from a specially designed long-stemmed glass between courses or after a meal. The atmospheric tasting room (think candles, cloaks and choir music) is like no other you’ll ever experience.

    Jewish Heritage Excursion: Excursion to Worms
    Will you leave a pebble on the headstone of Rabbi Meir of Rothenburg? The great medieval scholar was born in Worms and is buried there, in the oldest surviving Jewish cemetery in Germany. In his day, Worms was one of three important centers of Jewish learning and trade in the Middle Ages, along with Mainz and Speyer, and was known as “little Jerusalem on the Rhine.” Rabbi Meir taught in Rothenburg for 25 years and died a prisoner in Alsace—and his reasons for refusing to allow anyone to ransom him were cited in discussions in 2011 when Israel exchanged 1027 Hamas prisoners for a single Israeli soldier. Today when you visit Worms’ ancient cemetery, with headstones dating to the 11th century, you’ll find a peaceful place that bears testimony to the long history of Jews in the region. Your tour will also include the re-created 12th-century synagogue and mikveh, which were destroyed on Kristallnacht.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day 5 Frankfurt

    Frankfurt is known as the “Mainhattan” of Europe, a financial powerhouse with soaring skyscrapers as well as traditional Old Town architecture.

    Featured Excursion: Frankfurt city tour

    Jewish Heritage Excursion: Frankfurt's Jewish history

    Jewish Heritage Excursion: Frankfurt's Jewish history
    The Rothschild family fortune began in Frankfurt, along with the family name—taken from the red shield on the family home on Judengasse, the quarter-mile-long street where all of Frankfurt’s Jews were required to live between 1462 and 1811. It was a crowded but prosperous community (it had to be prosperous since the only way Jews enjoyed imperial protection was by paying enormous fees to the emperor). Mayer Rothschild started as a coin dealer, expanded into dealing antiques, and by 1792, he was a wealthy banker with an international clientele. His five sons followed in his footsteps, extending the family business throughout Europe and lending their names to a raft of famous enterprises—and to numerous cultural and charitable institutions in Frankfurt and elsewhere. The Frankfurt Jewish Museum, located in a former Rothschild home that was recently renovated, offers a fascinating look at the family’s saga. Though none of the houses on Judengasse are still standing, you can see the foundations of some of them when you visit Museum Judengasse, which outlines the history of Jews in Frankfurt and their relations with the Christian community through the centuries. It abuts the Jewish cemetery and the memorial to victims of the Shoah, listing the names of 12,000 Frankfurt Jews who died in the death camps.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day 6 Oberwesel

    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 “Let's Go” hike that will take you past the old town walls and up to a fortified 12th-century castle.

    Choice of Bacharach village stroll with Riesling tasting or “Let’s Go” Castle Stahleck hike

    Bacharach village stroll with Riesling tasting
    What would a cruise on the Rhine be without a stop at one of the picturesque and historic wine villages that dot the banks? Bacharach, first documented in the 11th century, was once critically important to the wine trade as a port where wine casks were transferred from smaller boats, which could navigate the rocky narrows above the town, to larger ones. Join a local guide to stroll among the timbered houses—the oldest dates to 1368 (it’s now a restaurant called, appropriately, Altes Haus)—pausing for a look at the remains of the old town walls, demolished by the French during the Nine Years’ War, the gothic ruins of the Werner Chapel and the single spired St. Peter’s Church. Vineyards rise in terraces all around the town, producing excellent Rieslings; following your tour, you’ll have a chance to taste some of them and find out for yourself just how good they are.

    “Let’s Go” Castle Stahleck hike
    The round tower and sturdy stone walls of Castle Stahleck guard the heights above Bacharach. The counts Palatine used the fortress to defend their territories from other German lords and from numerous French incursions, so it suffered considerable damage over the centuries, but it has been beautifully restored and enjoys a new life as a youth hostel. Join your guide for a hike—it won’t be too strenuous but you will be climbing the hill outside the village—through the vineyards up to the castle. You’ll be rewarded with fabulous views of the Rhine and the Lorelei valley as well as the town below.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. Day 7 Cologne

    You have an array of choices for how you wish to experience Cologne’s many treasures. Those interested in history and architecture will want to stroll through the Old Town, featuring 12 stunning Romanesque churches. Guests interested in the city’s Jewish past are welcome to explore the centuries-old mikveh and Cologne’s Jewish quarter.

    Featured Excursion: Cologne walking tour with Old Town visit

    Jewish Heritage Excursion: Cologne’s Jewish Quarter

    Cologne walking tour with Old Town visit
    As you walk through the narrow lanes of the Old Town, you’ll find it hard to believe that more than 70 percent of the city was destroyed by bombs during WWII. Three medieval gates remain standing, as does the old city hall with its Renaissance facade. The famous 12 Romanesque churches were reconstructed from the rubble, and the cathedral, Cologne’s iconic landmark, rises magnificently in the city center. Though it was badly damaged by WWII, the great UNESCO-designated cathedral retains many of its original treasures—the relics of the Magi and other sacred figures, which inspired its building in the 12th century, the 14th-century stained-glass windows that were stored safely throughout the war and the beautifully painted choir stalls—though other treasures are displayed separately. Enter the awe-inspiring nave and learn about the history of the cathedral and its art collections, especially the pieces surrounding the Shrine of the Magi.

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

    Jewish Heritage Excursion: Cologne’s Jewish Quarter
    It's a short walk from the cathedral—where the protections granted Jews in 1266 are etched in stone—to Cologne's ancient Jewish quarter. Jews crossed the Alps with the Romans and were part of Cologne's history from the beginning: Emperor Constantine signed an edict allowing Jews to be elected to the curia in 321. No one knows for sure what happened when the Romans retreated south—did Jews remove with them or remain to form the nucleus of the substantial community that flourished in Cologne a few centuries later? The earliest physical remains of the Jewish community date to the 11th century. The medieval Judengasse, the synagogue and the mikveh were all close to the town hall. An archaeological excavation is slowly revealing the elements of this neighborhood, which is wonderfully well documented, but only the mikveh is open to the public at this time. On today's excursion, see first-hand how Cologne is once again home to a thriving Jewish community.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  8. Day 8 Arnhem

    Arnhem, almost completely destroyed in WWII, has blossomed into a burgeoning Dutch city, with several museums, shop-lined streets and historic landmarks.

    Choice of "Let's Go" Arnhem airborne cycle route or Kröller-Müller Museum visit

    Kröller-Müller Museum visit
    Helene Kröller-Müller bought seven Van Goghs in a single day in 1912, valuing the painter’s then-little-appreciated work for his “great and novel humanity.” She went on to purchase many more of his paintings, and in the process, she almost single-handedly rescued him from obscurity and established his modern-day reputation. The Kröller-Müller Museum, which she founded in the 1930s on a family estate, features some 97 works by the master, including The Bridge at Arles. But Kröller-Müller didn’t stop with Van Gogh; her goal was to found the first museum in the Netherlands devoted to modern art, so the collection also boasts exceptional works by Pablo Picasso, Piet Mondrian and Auguste Rodin, among many other late-19th- and 20th-century artists. Join an expert guide for a one-hour tour, then revisit the galleries for a closer look or go out into the extensive sculpture gardens on your own. The museum has commissioned a sculpture a year for decades, so the collection is unusual, contemporary and diverse.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  9. Day 9 Harlingen

    You’ll spend your day exploring the coastal Netherlands city of Harlingen.

    Choice of "Let's Go" biking the islands or Harlingen "Village Day"

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  10. Day 10 Amsterdam

    Enjoy the luxury of a full day in the “Venice of the North,” starting with a “Morning with the Masters” tour of the Hermitage Amsterdam. Afterward, explore the city on foot.

    This evening, a special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you.

    Featured Excursion: “Morning with the Masters” at the Hermitage Amsterdam

    Choice of Amsterdam walking tour with brewery visit or Amsterdam canal cruise

    Jewish Heritage Excursion: Visit to the Portuguese Synagogue and Jewish Museum

    “Morning with the Masters” at the Hermitage Amsterdam
    The doors open early to give you a crowd-free viewing of an extraordinary collection of Dutch master paintings: 30 monumental group paintings from the golden age that have been called “cousins of The Night Watch.” Drawn from both the Amsterdam Museum and the Rijksmuseum, these works have rarely been displayed because of their enormous size. The Amsterdam Hermitage, however, devotes an enormous gallery space to this exhibit, which reveals the connections and activities of Amsterdam’s power elite in the 17th century. Meet mayors and regents, colonels of the civil guard, wealthy merchants and their wives and learn something of their lives and the lives of the artists who painted these massive portraits.

    Amsterdam canal cruise
    It’s called the “Venice of the North” for a reason: Canals crisscross the heart of the old city, and bridges link some 90 islands. As the principal city in a newly independent Holland, Amsterdam was a boom town in the early 17th century, rapidly outgrowing its medieval walls. The city’s fathers responded by demolishing most of the old city and building an entirely new one, creating Europe’s first planned city. That “new” district is now 400 years old, and as you glide along the main canals, you’ll pass stately merchants’ houses built centuries ago (some of them are now house museums you can visit on your own). But the canals are not merely scenic; they are essential thoroughfares—people take water buses to work and live in houseboats along the banks—so a canal cruise also gives you a look at the busy modern city.

    Jewish Heritage Excursion: Visit to the Portuguese Synagogue and Jewish Museum
    Anyone who has read The Diary of Anne Frank knows what happened to Amsterdam’s Jews under the Nazis. But not everyone knows that the Jewish community began in the city when Sephardic Jews fled Spain and Portugal after 1492, a group of successful merchants and professionals who in turn sponsored Ashkenazi migrants fleeing Central Europe in the 17th century. Visit the Jewish Historical Museum, with its meticulous re-creation of the Great Synagogue, compelling exhibit called “Friday Night” and lively children’s area, and the nearby Portuguese Synagogue, before strolling through the former Jewish Quarter (Rembrandt lived in this neighborhood, and he often asked his Jewish neighbors to pose for his Old Testament scenes; his house is now a museum and is one of the few original houses still standing in the area). Today’s Jewish community is largely centered in Amstelveen, where some 15,000 Jews live, work and worship in one of the largest and most vibrant communities in Europe.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch, Farewell Reception & Dinner
  11. Day 11 Amsterdam (Disembark)

    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 Airport Schiphol for your flight home.

    meals Breakfast
RRAB Remarkable Rhine And Historic Holland Map Uw 2020
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Jewish Heritage Program

This cruise itinerary enables you to explore Jewish history and culture with its Jewish Heritage Program, the only one of its kind on the rivers. The in-depth itinerary dives into Central Europe's enduring Jewish legacy with visits to museums, memorials, synagogues and more. Available on every departure.

Dining

  • All meals 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, soft drinks and mineral water

Accommodations

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

Excursions

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

Experiences

  • 4 countries: France, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland
  • 6 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

All fares are per guest in US Dollars based on double occupancy unless otherwise noted.

Fares are capacity controlled and are subject to change at any time without notice.

Availability of all stateroom categories cannot be guaranteed.

Single Supplement applies for single accommodation.

Itineraries, hotels, 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.

Prices exclude additional port charges of $280 per person.

Dates & Prices
Airfare is not included, but can be added to quote upon request Trip prices are based on double occupancy; single supplement discounts are available on select departures, call us at 1-877-622-9109 for more info
Classic Deluxe French Balcony Suite Availability Price
Start Date: Wed, Mar 31, 2021
Return Date: Sat, Apr 10, 2021
River Empress Amsterdam to Basel
$3,999 pp $4,599 pp $5,199 pp $7,399 pp Request Quote
Start Date: Sat, Apr 10, 2021
Return Date: Tue, Apr 20, 2021
River Empress Basel to Amsterdam
$3,999 pp $4,599 pp $5,199 pp $7,399 pp Request Quote
Start Date: Tue, Apr 20, 2021
Return Date: Fri, Apr 30, 2021
River Empress Amsterdam to Basel
$3,999 pp $4,599 pp $5,199 pp $7,399 pp Request Quote
Start Date: Fri, Apr 30, 2021
Return Date: Mon, May 10, 2021
River Empress Basel to Amsterdam
$4,499 pp $5,099 pp $5,699 pp $7,899 pp Request Quote
Start Date: Mon, May 10, 2021
Return Date: Thu, May 20, 2021
River Empress Amsterdam to Basel
$4,699 pp $5,299 pp $5,899 pp $8,099 pp Request Quote
Start Date: Thu, May 20, 2021
Return Date: Sun, May 30, 2021
River Empress Basel to Amsterdam
$4,699 pp $5,299 pp $5,899 pp $8,099 pp Request Quote
Start Date: Sun, May 30, 2021
Return Date: Wed, Jun 9, 2021
River Empress Amsterdam to Basel
$4,699 pp $5,299 pp $5,899 pp $8,099 pp Request Quote
Start Date: Wed, Jun 9, 2021
Return Date: Sat, Jun 19, 2021
River Empress Basel to Amsterdam
$4,499 pp $5,099 pp $5,699 pp $7,899 pp Request Quote
Start Date: Tue, Aug 10, 2021
Return Date: Fri, Aug 20, 2021
River Empress Basel to Amsterdam
$4,499 pp $5,099 pp $5,699 pp $7,899 pp Request Quote
Start Date: Fri, Sep 10, 2021
Return Date: Mon, Sep 20, 2021
River Empress Basel to Amsterdam
$4,499 pp $5,099 pp $5,699 pp $7,899 pp Request Quote
Start Date: Mon, Sep 20, 2021
Return Date: Thu, Sep 30, 2021
River Empress Amsterdam to Basel
$4,499 pp $5,099 pp $5,699 pp $7,899 pp Request Quote
Start Date: Thu, Sep 30, 2021
Return Date: Sun, Oct 10, 2021
River Empress Basel to Amsterdam
$4,499 pp $5,099 pp $5,699 pp $7,899 pp Request Quote
Start Date: Sun, Oct 10, 2021
Return Date: Wed, Oct 20, 2021
River Empress Amsterdam to Basel
$3,999 pp $4,599 pp $5,199 pp $7,399 pp Request Quote
Start Date: Wed, Oct 20, 2021
Return Date: Sat, Oct 30, 2021
River Empress Basel to Amsterdam
$3,999 pp $4,599 pp $5,199 pp $7,399 pp Request Quote
Start Date: Sat, Oct 30, 2021
Return Date: Tue, Nov 9, 2021
River Empress Amsterdam to Basel
$3,999 pp $4,599 pp $5,199 pp $7,399 pp Request Quote
Ship Information
SOVEREIGN SOPHISTICATION MEETS COSMOPOLITAN CHARM

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.

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

 

Inaugurated: 2001
Renovated: 2014
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

SUITES

Lavishly appointed riverview suite (214 sq ft) 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 Hermès bath and body products, plush towels, towel warmer, waffle bathrobes, and slippers

Additional special amenities and services

FRENCH BALCONY

Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom (151 sq ft) 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 Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, towel warmer, waffle bathrobes, and slippers

DELUXE

Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom (151 sq ft)

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 Asprey 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. 

Reviews
Service
Vacation
Independent Reviews
Anthony Catencamp
Friday, August 17, 2018
Service
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
Vacation
because they took care of everything including air.
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