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Castles along the Rhine

Basel to Amsterdam | 8 Days
Date Range: Mar 2015 - Nov 2015Ships: S.S. Antoinette, River Empress

Basel to Amsterdam | 8 Days

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Program offerings are subject to change.
Day 1:
Basel MotorcoachEmbark/DisembarkDinner
Arrive at EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg, where you will be transferred to the ship.
Day 2:
Breisach (Kaysersberg and Riquewihr or Colmar) MotorcoachBuffet BreakfastLunchWelcome Gala Dinner
FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Alsatian “Village Day” or Colmar city tour

Starting from medieval Breisach, the gateway to the Black Forest, you will cross the Rhine and head for the Alsatian Wine Road to Colmar. You may prefer to linger in Colmar’s enchanting historic center or continue on to the wine villages of Kaysersberg and Riquewihr, where you will ramble along narrow lanes and pass half-timbered medieval houses. Whichever you choose, you’ll be treated to an Alsatian specialty, flammekeuche, a delectable flatbread topped with bacon and onions. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.
Day 3:
Kehl (Strasbourg) UNESCOMotorcoachBuffet BreakfastLunchDinner

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Strasbourg by canal or exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Strasbourg walking tour

Situated halfway between Paris and Prague, the Alsatian town of Strasbourg is known as the “Crossroads of Europe.” The heart of the old city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is crisscrosse with medieval canals. You’ll board a canal boat and cruise past ancient covered bridges and their watchtowers, the picturesque Petite France district with its beautiful half-timbered houses and flower-filled window boxes, and the magnificent Gothic cathedral. Or, if you prefer, take an intimate walking tour through Old Town, strolling through lively Broglie Square to elegant Place Kléber. Learn about the culinary traditions of Alsace and indulge in tasty pastries and coffee at a charming café. Then spend your afternoon at leisure in this beautiful city.

Day 4:
Germersheim (Speyer) MotorcoachBuffet BreakfastLunchDinner

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Speyer walking tour or exclusive Doktorenhof Vinegar Estate visit and tasting

A guided walking tour through Speyer reveals a medieval town with a grand heritage and a compact historic center dominated by the largest Romanesque cathedral in Europe. With its basilica laid out in the form of a Latin cross, this architectural marvel is a symbol of medieval imperial power. Nearby, a well-preserved mikvah, or ritual bath, bears witness to a Jewish community that dates to roughly the same era; it is the oldest remaining bath of its kind in Europe. Alternatively, come with us to discover a unique aperitif—wine vinegars made from grapes grown in the wine lands of the Palatine—with a visit to the Doktorenhof Vinegar Estate, where antique vinegar recipes find new life. Tour the cellars and taste the honey- or herb-flavored elixirs made there.

Day 5:
Rüdesheim, cruising the romantic Rhine River, Boppard UNESCOMotorcoachBuffet BreakfastLunchDinner

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Exclusive Castle Vollrads wine tasting and guided Boppard village stroll

Explore Ru¨desheim and its famous Drosselgasse, a narrow alleyway lined with wine taverns and shops, at your leisure. Then be our guest at a princely wine tasting at prestigious Castle Vollrads, a handsome 14th-century castle perfectly situated in the vineyard-covered hills of the Rheingau (a region renowned for its delicious Rieslings). Later, find a spot on deck for an afternoon of scenic cruising along the romantic Rhine and take in the breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage-designated Upper Middle Rhine Valley. Picturesque castles appear around every bend in the river of this astonishing 40-mile stretch. End your day with a guided stroll around Boppard, a quintessential wine village on the shores of the Rhine.

Day 6:
Cruising the romantic Rhine River, Koblenz MotorcoachBuffet BreakfastLunchDinner

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of Koblenz walking tour or aerial cable car ride to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress

Awaken on the romantic Rhine and enjoy a morning cruise along the castle-lined river. Then, choose a walking tour highlighting the appeal of ancient Koblenz—its charming lanes and historic squares, the picturesque alleyways and fountains in the old quarter, and the 12th-century churches of St. Florin and Our Beloved Lady; or take a thrilling ride on an aerial tram across the Rhine to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress for dazzling views overlooking the confluence of the Moselle and Rhine rivers.

Note: The aerial tram to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress is only available on tours that depart on or after April 1st.

Day 7:
Cologne UNESCOBuffet BreakfastLunchFarewell Gala Dinner

Featured Excursion: Cologne walking tour with Cologne Cathedral visit

Stroll through the narrow streets of Old-Town Cologne with your guide as you make your way to Cologne Cathedral, the city’s most famous landmark. Inside this UNESCO World Heritage Site, the earthly remains of the fabled Three Kings—the Magi—are believed to lie at rest. You’ll learn about the history of the cathedral and its artwork, especially the pieces surrounding the Shrine of the Magi. Christian pilgrims have been flocking here for centuries. In fact, one of the cathedral’s expansions was intended to accommodate the many faithful who travel from far and wide to experience the wonder of this sacred site. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.

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

Day 8:
Amsterdam Embark/DisembarkMotorcoachContinental Breakfast/Buffet Breakfast
Disembark the ship and transfer to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport for your flight home, or extend your stay in bustling Amsterdam.

Note: 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.

Amsterdam to Basel | 8 Days

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Program offerings are subject to change.
Day 1:
Amsterdam (embark) MotorcoachEmbark/Disembark
Arrive at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship.
Day 2:
Cologne UNESCO

Featured Excursion: Cologne walking tour with Cologne Cathedral visit

Stroll through the narrow streets of Old Town Cologne with your guide, passing by tiny squares and small churches as you make your way to Cologne Cathedral, the city’s most famous landmark. It took 632 years for Germany’s largest cathedral to be completed, and it is one of the most important Gothic churches in Europe. Inside this UNESCO World Heritage Site, the earthly remains of the fabled Three Kings—the Magi—are believed to lie at rest. You’ll learn about the history of the cathedral and its artwork, especially the pieces surrounding the Shrine of the Magi. Christian pilgrims have been flocking here for centuries. In fact, one of the cathedral’s expansions was intended to accommodate the many faithful who travel from far and wide to experience the wonder of this sacred site. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.

Note: On Sundays and Catholic holidays, guided tours inside the cathedral will not be possible.

Day 3:
Koblenz, cruising the romantic Rhine River, Boppard Choice Is YoursMotorcoach

Featured Excursions: Choice of Koblenz walking tour or aerial cable car ride to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress; and guided Boppard village stroll

Awaken on the romantic Rhine and enjoy a morning cruise along the castle-lined river. German Corner, with its famous monument to Kaiser Wilhelm I, announces your arrival in Koblenz, where the Moselle and Rhine rivers meet. Choose a walking tour highlighting the appeal of Koblenz—its charming lanes and historic squares, the picturesque alleyways and fountains in the old quarter, and the 12th-century churches of St. Florin and Our Beloved Lady. Or take a thrilling ride on an aerial tram across the Rhine to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress—whose ruined walls once inspired Lord Byron—which in one form or another has stood high on the hill overlooking the rivers’ confluence since its beginnings as a fortification in 1,000 BC. The view from the fortress is dazzling.  End your day with a guided stroll around Boppard, a typical wine village on the shores of the Rhine.

Day 4:
Cruising the romantic Rhine River, Rüdesheim UNESCOUniworld ExclusiveMotorcoachWinetasting

Featured Excursions: Exclusive Castle Vollrads wine tasting 

Rüdesheim has been a magnet for romantics since the 19th century. Among its most famous sights is the Drosselgasse, a narrow alleyway lined with wine taverns and shops. Explore the town at your leisure, then be our guest at a princely wine tasting at prestigious Castle Vollrads, a handsome 14th-century castle perfectly situated in the vineyard-covered hills of the Rheingau. Though it is one of the smallest wine-growing regions of Germany, it is world famous for its Rieslings—and Castle
Vollrads is one of the world’s top wine estates for the varietal. Later, find a spot on deck for an afternoon of scenic cruising along the romantic Rhine and take in the breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage-designated Upper Middle Rhine Valley. Picturesque castles appear around every bend in the river for a 40-mile stretch, a sight that inspired poets, painters, and composers throughout the 19th century. 

Day 5:
Germersheim (Speyer) Choice Is YoursUniworld ExclusiveMotorcoach

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

A guided walking tour through Speyer reveals a Medieval town with a grand heritage and a compact historic center dominated by the largest Romanesque cathedral in Europe. With its basilica laid out in the form of a Latin cross, including four towers and two domes, this architectural marvel is a symbol of Medieval imperial power; the rulers of three dynasties are interred here. Nearby, a well-preserved mikvah, or ritual bath, bears witness to a Jewish community that dates to roughly the same era; it is the oldest remaining bath of its kind in Europe. Alternatively, come with us to discover a unique aperitif—wine vinegars made from grapes grown in the wine lands of the Palatine—with a visit to the Doktorenhof vinegar estate, where antique vinegar recipes find new life. Tour the cellars and taste the honey- or herb-flavored elixirs made there.

Day 6:
Kehl (Strasbourg) UNESCOChoice Is YoursUniworld ExclusiveMotorcoachInsider

Featured Excursions: Choice of Strasbourg by canal with Notre Dame Cathedral or exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Strasbourg walking tour

Situated halfway between Paris and Prague, the Alsatian town of Strasbourg is known as the “Crossroads of Europe.” The heart of the old city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is crisscrossed with Medieval canals. You’ll board a canal boat and cruise past ancient covered bridges and their watchtowers, the picturesque Petite France district with its beautiful half-timbered houses and flower-filled window boxes, and the magnificent Gothic cathedral. You’ll also see the dynamic modern city that hosts numerous European Union organizations. Or, if you prefer, take an intimate walking tour through Old Town, strolling through lively Broglie Square to elegant Place Kléber. Learn about the culinary traditions of Alsace and indulge in tasty pastries and coffee at a charming café. Then spend your afternoon at leisure in this beautiful 
city; a shuttle will take you to and from the ship.

Day 7:
Breisach (Kaysersberg and Riquewihr or Colmar) Choice Is YoursMotorcoachVillage Days
Featured Excursions: Choice of Alsatian wine villages or Colmar city tour

Starting from Medieval Breisach, the gateway to the Black Forest, you will cross the Rhine and head for the Alsatian Wine Road, which hugs the foothills of the Vosges Mountains. Charming villages, pastoral landscapes, and lush vineyards line this beautiful winding road. You may prefer to linger in the historic center of enchanting Colmar or continue on to the wine villages of Kaysersberg and Riquewihr, where you will ramble along narrow lanes and pass half-timbered Medieval houses with conical roofs that are straight out of a fairytale illustration. Whichever you choose, you’ll be treated to an Alsatian specialty, flammekeuche, a delectable flatbread topped with bacon and onions. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell and Gala Dinner.
Day 8:
Basel (disembark) Embark/DisembarkMotorcoach
Disembark the ship and transfer to EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg for your flight home, or extend your stay in Lucerne.
Note: 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.
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