Europe Boutique River Cruises 2015
European River Cruises with Uniworld
Europe draws travelers in with the wondrous allure of her history, architecture, art, and culture. Visit Europe, and you can feel the warm sun streaming through the rose windows of Notre Dame Cathedral.
Taste rich chocolate sachertorte in a Viennese coffeehouse. Stroll through the vibrant and fragrant Keukenhof Gardens in Amsterdam. Or bask in the glow of old-world traditions at the holiday markets in Germany. Imagine discovering the unique scenic treasures of Europe from the luxurious serenity of your river cruise ship.
Sailing Europe’s glorious rivers—the Danube, Main, Rhine, Moselle, Rhône, Saône, Seine, Po, and Douro—you will discover the heart of Europe’s charming waterside villages and exciting cultural centers while enjoying the most relaxing way to vacation.Select your river cruise year and itinerary below.
- Special Cruises
2015 | Paris to Bordeaux | 15 days
Journey from glittering Paris to the Norman countryside and on to the lush vineyards of Bordeaux. This picture-perfect journey blends your passion for the good life—art, culture, and gastronomy—with a broad sweep of picturesque French landscapes. Experience the romance of Paris and then sail the Seine to Normandy, discovering the gems of the region. Bike along the Seine in Rouen, and tour the former smugglers’ harbor in Honfleur. Follow in the footsteps of Monet at his beloved Giverny and Van Gogh in Auvers-sur-Oise. Explore Roman Saint-Émilion, with its astonishing Monolithic Church, and ancient Blaye, with its famous citadel.
2015 | Bordeaux to Bordeaux | 8 days
Discover the unparalleled riches of Aquitaine and its charming capital city, Bordeaux. Though settled by the Romans and formerly ruled by the English, Aquitaine is profoundly French. From its noble châteaux to its breathtaking estuary, Bordeaux (as the region is also known) is an oenophile’s paradise and every traveller’s dream. You’ll sail three stunning rivers—the Garonne, the Dordogne, and the Gironde—on one amazing journey, all aboard your elegant floating hotel.
2015 | Avignon to Lyon | 8 days
From Côtes du Rhône to crêpes suzette and sun-glazed fields to Van Gogh’s Arles—this is a journey of exquisite pleasure for all your senses.
Follow in the footsteps of Van Gogh, Cézanne, and Gauguin on this exquisite journey through southern France; the same beautiful countryside and culture that inspired the masters will now inspire you. You’ll cruise the serene Rhône and Saône rivers on Uniworld’s striking Super Ship, S.S. Catherine, enjoying the region’s incomparable wine and cuisine and discovering its many treasures—from the medieval wonders of UNESCO-designated Avignon to the hum and thrum of lively Lyon’s Les Halles food market—along the way.
2015 | Basel to Amsterdam | 8 days
Be inspired by the fairytale beauty and romantic spirit of the castle-laden, vineyard-rich Rhine.
Flowers tumble from baskets lining streets of half-timbered houses, and lights glint off quiet canals. A mighty river carries ships and cargo through a landscape shaped by time and history. The spires of medieval churches and castles appear around each bend in the river, and vineyards climb the verdant hillsides.
2015 | Nuremberg to Frankfurt | 8 days
Everyone believes in fairytales at Christmastime. Once upon a time, people gathered on cobblestone squares to buy the special tools and ingredients they needed to make the treats of the season. They kept warm with hot spiced wine, music, and games while they shopped and chatted with the local tradesmen. Those were the first Christmas markets, five hundred years ago. Today, though the light comes from twinkling electric bulbs rather than torches, bonhomie and fun still prevail.
2015 | Vienna to Prague | 10 days
Discover the matchless beauty of the danube river and the pride of the czech republic—prague. Sheer cliffs rise above the mighty river, with tiny baroque villages nestled at their feet. Terraced hillsides are topped by time-mellowed monasteries. The vineyards along the Danube have supported farmers for centuries; these days ambitious vintners apply the latest techniques to making luscious white wines from ancient vines—and you’ll get to taste the fruits of their labour.
2015 | Budapest to Passau | 8 days
Celebrate the holiday season with centuries-old traditions and brand-new style. Budapest has celebrated Christmas for one thousand years, since the reign of St. Stephen, the king who founded Hungary and encouraged the spread of Christianity throughout his realm. As you ramble through the Christmas Market on Vörösmarty Square, admiring the handmade porcelain, stop to enjoy as kürtös kalács (a pastry) is baked on rods over an open fire and then coated with sugar before it’s handed to you.
2015 | Budapest to Prague | 10 days
All the delights of the glorious danube and historic prague are yours to savour on this exciting cruise. Experience dynamic Budapest and imperial Vienna. Marvel at ravishing scenery as your luxurious ship glides through the Wachau Valley, celebrated as one of the world’s most beautiful landscapes, into Germany and past charming Bavarian villages. This enchanting voyage provides a variety of ways to enjoy captivating destinations as well as plenty of time to relax onboard as you sail from Budapest to Nuremberg. Two nights in exquisitely preserved Prague serve as a fitting end to this remarkable journey.
2015 | Budapest to Bucharest | 10 days
An extraordinary voyage awaits the traveller who wishes to venture off the beaten path in eastern europe. Experience the mystery and beauty of Eastern Europe as you sail through five fascinating nations—Hungary, Croatia, Romania, Serbia, and Bulgaria—linked by the majestic Danube. Gaze in wonder at the great stone cliffs rising out of the Danube, where ancient Roman ruins still cling to steep banks. Sail through the legendary Iron Gates; meet the people of Osijek in an intimate setting; and see exciting Budapest, booming Belgrade, and eye-opening Bucharest on a cruise that combines ample leisure sailing and intriguing ports of call.
2015 | Passau to Budapest | 11 days
Experience the enchantment of the holidays on the Danube and ring in the New Year in grand style. Celebrate the holiday season in truly extraordinary fashion with a special Uniworld itinerary that gives you the best of four different countries at their most magical time of year. Cruise the mighty Danube, visiting classical capitals like Budapest and Vienna. Hear the largest organ in Europe on Christmas Eve in Passau, and then ring in the New Year in elegant style with a gala dinner and ballroom dance in Budapest. Festive celebrations are plentiful during this cruise—what better way to create perfect holiday memories?
2015 | Budapest to Passau | 8 days
Pay tribute to the “queen” of Europe’s great rivers, the enchanting Danube. German poet Friedrich Hölderlin called the Danube “a refreshing, melodious river, sometimes foaming with high spirits, at other times dreaming serenely.” For centuries, this exquisite waterway has cast its spell on poets, musicians, and artists of all kinds. Now it’s your turn to be inspired.
2015 | Nuremberg to Vienna | 8 days
Discover the delights of the season in Germany and Austria. “Welcome, young and old, to my little community of wood and cloth.” These words spoken by the Christkind open the Nuremberg Christmas Market. Though the iconic representative of the market is named for the infant Jesus, she—yes, she—is a girl dressed as a crowned angel. All over Germany, the Christkind is a symbol of the holiday’s magic.
2015 | Budapest to Amsterdam | 15 days
Travel through time along three great rivers, uncovering the true jewels of European history, culture, and art. Embark on a history-steeped, perfectly paced European journey that takes you through four countries along three great rivers—the Danube, Main, and Rhine—and to countless UNESCO World Heritage sites.
2015 | Vienna to Amsterdam | 14 days
Three great rivers—the Danube, the Main, and the Rhine—carry you through the heart of Europe. By day, marvel at the terraced slopes of the Danube-carved Wachau Valley and the castle-dotted banks of the romantic Rhine. By night, gaze out the window of your riverview stateroom as the twinkling lights of little villages drift past. Then sail the tranquil Main past red-roofed Franconian towns and Rhenish vineyards, encountering fairytale landscapes and centuries-old legends, before cruising the romantic Rhine. Will you hear Lorelei on her rock, luring sailors as you approach Rüdesheim?
2015 | Nuremberg to Budapest | 13 days
Discover heaven on Earth with a grand cruise through picture-perfect Christmas countries. If you’re looking to celebrate the holidays and welcome the New Year in incredible style, this special holiday and New Year’s cruise is for you. You’ll sail through Germany, Austria, and Hungary along the shimmering Danube and past incredible sights on this unique itinerary. Explore charming Old World villages and Gothic cathedrals, and escape the hurry and hassle of the holidays, as you relax onboard a luxurious ship and cruise through the ravishing landscapes of the Danube.
2015 | Basel to Vienna | 15 days
Discover the riches of four nations as you cruise along the rhine, main, and danube rivers. Travel along three majestic rivers—the legendary Rhine, the meandering Main, and the enchanting Danube—and be inspired at every turn. Encounter some of the prettiest towns in Europe—Strasbourg, Heidelberg, and Bamberg—and tour Austria’s imperial capital, Vienna. Explore legendary landmarks, including Melk Abbey and the Würzburg Residenz. Tradition, history, art, and a host of irresistible flavours are yours to discover on one grand journey.
2015 | Prague to Bucharest | 19 days
Art, music, astonishing natural beauty, and fascinating history await you as you explore the best that Central and Eastern Europe have to offer. Beautifully preserved Prague has enchanted visitors for ages, but it is only a tiny part of this extraordinary voyage through eight nations. Sail past quaint villages and great cities on the glorious Danube, visiting baroque abbeys and medieval cathedrals, tasting fine wines, and encountering new cultures. Along the way, you’ll uncover the splendid Habsburg capitals of Vienna and Budapest, as well as the many hidden treasures of Croatia, Romania, Serbia, and Bulgaria.
2015 | Amsterdam to Istanbul | 29 days
Discover the best of Europe on one grand journey from the Black Sea to the North Sea. For centuries, people have dreamed of linking the great rivers of Europe, making it possible to travel by water across the continent between the Black and North Seas. Today that dream is a reality. Prepare for the cruise of a lifetime as you travel the length of Europe through 10 nations, exploring wonders of both the Old World and the New, East, and West.
2015 | Paris to Avignon | 15 days
Journey from historic Normandy to breathtaking Provence and vineyard-rich Burgundy. For Francophiles in love with the culture, history, cuisine, and romance of France, this grand voyage provides them all. Soak up the joie de vivre that makes France one of the most adored countries in the world. You’ll experience France from north to south, sailing three rivers and embarking upon in-depth shore excursions. Walk through Monet’s beloved Giverny, seeing the enchanting grounds that he made famous; kayak under the arches of the two-thousand-year-old Pont du Gard outside of Avignon; enjoy a recital of baroque favorites in a 12th- century cathedral in charming Viviers; and visit the famous food market (Les Halles) in lively Lyon. From the beaches of Normandy to the verve and romance of Paris, rich vineyard country to the sun-kissed shores of the Mediterranean, this itinerary in France is truly nonpareil!
2015 | Brussels to Amsterdam | 8 days
Discover the stunning beauty of Belgium and Holland in the springtime, when the fairytale countryside blooms with vibrant new life. Begin your adventure in Belgium’s sophisticated capital city, Brussels, where you’ll witness a demonstration of artisanal chocolate making at renowned confectioner Planet Chocolate—with a tasting included, of course! Next, delve into the history of another Belgian treat that’s famous the world over—beer—during a brewery tour in Antwerp. You’ll then move on to a feast for the eyes at the fascinating Rubens House, where the works of famed Baroque painter Peter Paul Rubens will come to life.
2015 | Istanbul to Vienna | 16 days
Legends come to life as you sail through eight countries and visit five capital cities on one majestic journey. Take this truly one-of-a-kind journey along paths forged by crusaders, conquerors, and kings through Turkey, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, Hungary, Slovakia, and Austria. From exotic Istanbul to regal Vienna, you will have ample time to enjoy the imperial wonders of some of Europe’s most majestic capitals. Explore Istanbul’s striking mosques and opulent palaces. Celebrate Budapest, the “Queen of the Danube,” and let the “City of Waltzes,” Vienna, dazzle you with its charm.
2015 | Lisbon to Madrid | 13 days
Delve into the rich cultural tapestry of ancient and modern Spain; Sail the verdant Douro river valley; And discover the enchanting towns and celebrated wines of Portugal. Experience three legendary Spanish cities: Madrid, renowned for its museums, stately royal palace, and vibrant nightlife; Toledo, a living monument to the most influential empires in Western history; and Salamanca, the lovely “Golden City.”
2015 | Amsterdam to Basel | 13 days
Travel through five remarkable countries along the legendary Rhine and vineyard-rich Moselle rivers. Discover extraordinary Roman ruins, romantic castle-dotted shores, and lively cities. Revel in the UNESCO-designated Rhine River Valley, with its vine-filled slopes and castle-dotted shores, and the mesmerizing Moselle, the Rhine’s breathtaking tributary. Explore the delights of five nations and savour the best these regions have to offer.
2015 | Paris to Paris | 8 days
Combine a passion for the good life with art, culture, and brilliant landscapes and you have Northern France. Is there a more romantic city in the world than Paris? Stroll along the Seine as evening falls and the lights begin to glimmer on the water. Stop by a café in the Latin Quarter for an aperitif while an accordion plays in the background. Marvel at Notre Dame’s flying buttresses and magnificently grotesque gargoyles. Paris’s charm is without peer, and it is the perfect place to begin and end your Seine River journey.
2015 | Paris to Paris | 8 days
Paris is a dazzling package just waiting to be unwrapped. The “City of Light” glows with extra magic during the holidays. Every town in France boasts a marché de Noël in December, but Paris—naturally—boasts many, each one emblematic of its neighborhood. Stroll down the Champs Élysée for your Christmas shopping this year, or visit one of the boutiques on Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. Walk through the Tuileries Gardens and marvel at the spectacular holiday décor of the great department stores in the city where they were invented.
2015 | Lisbon to Porto | 11 days
Indulge your passion for food, history, and music as you discover the warmth of Portugal and Spain. Experience the “sunny side” of Europe, starting in radiant seaside Lisbon, then follow the Douro River through Portugal and into Spain. Feel the warm sun on your skin as you cruise past terraced hills, quaint villages, and acres of ripe vineyards.
2015 | Prague to Basel | 10 days
Discover the beauty of Prague, the “city of spires,” and sail down two glorious rivers—the peaceful Main and the romantic Rhine—on this culturally rich adventure. Begin your journey in the magical city of Prague, with its UNESCO-designated Old Town and its magnificent castle, before setting sail along the Main and Rhine rivers. Ancient castles, grand palaces, medieval towns with half-timbered houses, famous Rheingau Rieslings, and robust Franconia beers are yours to enjoy.
2015 | Basel to Cologne | 8 days
Share in the joy of the season while cruising along the legendary Rhine through three wonderful countries. Switzerland, France, and Germany provide the perfect backdrop for this true connoisseur’s Christmas-markets cruise. Discover the roots of our Christmas traditions as you explore some of Europe’s most charming towns. Browse for unique ornaments in Basel’s Christmas Market. Sip vin chaud as you stroll to Place Kléber to behold the enormous, brilliantly lighted tree that Strasbourg offers modern celebrants. See how the baroque town hall of Koblenz is transformed into an Advent calendar and find unexpected treasures in the red- roofed stalls clustered around Cologne’s magnificent cathedral.
2015 | Venice to Rome | 13 days
Discover the diverse pleasures of la dolce vita as you make your way from Venice to Rome. Birthplace of the Renaissance, Italy has given the world a splendid legacy of art, architecture, music, and poetry. No heritage is more splendid than that of Venice, the water- bound city adorned with luminous architecture and romantic canals. Experience the sheer bliss of spending five nights in Venice onboard your luxury floating hotel, conveniently docked so you can easily walk off the ship to indulge in all the pleasures this magnificent city has to offer. You will also discover Northern Italy’s superstars of Renaissance and Gothic treasures: Padua, Bologna, Verona, Ferrara, and Ravenna. These gems provide authentic insight into Northern Italian culture.
2015 | Amsterdam to Antwerp | 10 days
Everything that comes to mind when you think of the Netherlands and Belgium—canals, windmills, tulips, and old–world treasures—are yours to experience. From the canals of Amsterdam to the belfry of Bruges, you’ll discover the best of the Netherlands and Belgium. Stroll through acres of tulips at Keukenhof Gardens to get a sense of the Netherlands’ extraordinary connection to these blooms. Then visit the 19 UNESCO-designated windmills of Kinderdijk to better understand how these mighty windmills preserved the Netherlands from surrendering to water a long time ago.
2015 | Paris to Lyon | 22 days
From glimmering Paris to the windswept Atlantic coast, and historic Aquitaine to Mediterranean Provence, “Ultimate France” offers the crème de la crème.
This triumvirate of France brings you the very best of each region: Paris and the Normandy coast in the north, incomparable Bordeaux in the southwest, and the sun- drenched Mediterranean delights of Burgundy and Provence. You’ll tour glamorous capital cities in leisure and style; explore ancient villages still unspoiled by modern life; and walk in the footsteps of famous artists like Monet and Van Gogh. With Uniworld’s extraordinary exclusive excursions, you’ll visit the Palace of the Popes in Avignon; enjoy local wine tastings; stroll the charming medieval lanes of Viviers; and peruse the famed farmers’ market in Lyon and see the city spectacularly illuminated at night. All the while, savor the renowned wines and cooking traditions that have made French cuisine the most revered in the world.
2015 | Venice to Venice | 8 days
Celebrate the “Queen of the Adriatic” and uncover the hidden treasures of Northern Italy. Renaissance palazzi float mirage-like above the lagoon as singing gondoliers pole past. Such sights and sounds could occur in only one place in the world: Venice. This odyssey of Northern Italy’s best begins and ends in this iconic city, the “Queen of the Adriatic.” But Venice is not the only storied city in Northern Italy; Padua, Bologna, Ferrara, Verona, and Ravenna may lie slightly off the beaten path, but they offer stunning sights and amazing experiences as reward to the curious traveller.