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Castles Along The Rhine 8-day Luxury River Cruise with FREE Flights*!

Fly FREE to Europe in 2020!*

Find inspiration in the romantic, soul-stirring beauty of the fabled Rhine river between Amsterdam and Basel. Book in March on selected 2019 sailings for an amazing bonus: either fly FREE to Europe, or reduce your fare to as little as $3,989pp!

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7 nights
  • All inclusive
  • Day tours
  • Free wifi
  • Selected meals
  • Selected transfers
  • Selected drinks
  • Tips & gratuities
  • Shore excursions
  • Accommodation
  • Flights

About this holiday

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"Castles Along the Rhine" cruise itinerary

LIMITED TIME ONLY: Book a 2020 Uniworld river cruise of Europe (departing between 01 Mar-15 Nov 2020) and you can fly FREE to Europe and back - or fly Business Class return from just $3,999 per person or if you don't need flights, you can save $1000 pp on your cruise.*

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.

Cruise along the Rhine—Germany on one side, France on the other. Discover Alsace, whose dual French and German heritage has given it fabulous food and a winemaking tradition that goes back to the Romans. Marvel at castles that were once mighty fortresses and get an insider’s look at one of the only castles on the Rhine that has never been destroyed, Marksburg Castle. Visit historic cities, including ancient Cologne and picturesque Strasbourg; stroll through the fairytale town of Rüdesheim; and taste delightful white wines in the villages where the grapes are grown. Beethoven and Byron loved the romantic landscapes of the Rhine River, and the beauty that inspired them is still yours to experience.


  • 7 nights cruising aboard the S.S. Antoinette or River Empress (depending on departure date)
  • 20 meals including 1 welcome dinner and 1 farewell dinner
  • 12 included excursions
  • 1 exclusive experience
  • 4 Unesco Heritage sites


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French Balcony upgrade available. Please contact us for more information.


  • Luxurious riverview stateroom (163 sq ft - 15 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 Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, towel warmer, waffle bathrobes, and slippers

Travel dates

LIMITED TIME ONLY: Book a 2020 Uniworld river cruise of Europe (departing between 01 Mar-15 Nov 2020) and you can fly FREE to Europe and back - or fly Business Class return from just $3,999 per person or if you don't need flights, you can save $1000 pp on your cruise.*

Below prices based on Classic Stateroom using the 2020 Air Offer*:


Twin share - from $5299 per person*

  • 29 Mar 2020
  • 25 Oct 2020

Twin share - from $5999 per person*

  • 12 Apr 2020
  • 18 May 2020
  • 24 Jul 2020
  • 07 Aug 2020
  • 21 Aug 2020

Twin share - from $6199 per person*

  • 26 Jun 2020
  • 10 Jul 2020

Twin share - from $6399 per person*

  • 26 Apr 2020
  • 10 May 2020
  • 24 May 2020
  • 07 Jun 2020
  • 21 Jun 2020
  • 05 Jul 2020
  • 02 Aug 2020
  • 16 Aug 2020
  • 30 Aug 2020
  • 11 Oct 2020

Twin share - from $6499 per person*

  • 19 Jul 2020

Twin share - from $6899 per person*

  • 13 Sep 2020
  • 27 Sep 2020


Twin share - from $5299 per person*

  • 22 Mar 2020
  • 05 Apr 2020
  • 01 Nov 2020

Twin share - from $5899 per person*

  • 17 Jul 2020
  • 31 Jul 2020

Twin share - from $5999 per person*

  • 19 Apr 2020
  • 11 May 2020
  • 19 Jun 2020
  • 14 Aug 2020
  • 28 Aug 2020

Twin share - from $6199 per person*

  • 03 Jul 2020

Twin share - from $6399 per person*

  • 03 May 2020
  • 17 May 2020
  • 14 Jun 2020
  • 28 Jun 2020
  • 12 Jul 2020
  • 26 Jul 2020
  • 09 Aug 2020
  • 23 Aug 2020
  • 18 Oct 2020

Twin share - from $6599 per person*

  • 31 May 2020

Twin share - from $6899 per person*

  • 06 Sep 2020
  • 20 Sep 2020
  • 04 Oct 2020

Solo traveller rates available on request. Please call 1300 414 198 for details. Why not extend your stay in Europe - we can book your flights, accommodation and assist with travel insurance.


This itinerary is available in both directions. Please enquire for dates and pricing.

DAY 1: Amsterdam (Embark)

Arrive at Amsterdam Schipol Airport. 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. The ship will set sail in the afternoon for your first port of call, Cologne.

DAY 2: 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.   Cologne is the largest and oldest city of the Rhineland and a cultural mecca, with more than 30 museums and hundreds of art galleries. A congenial atmosphere and a mix of ancient, modern and reconstructed buildings characterize the heart of the city.

Featured Excursion: Cologne walking discovery tour with Cologne Cathedral

A special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.

DAY 3: Koblenz, Boppard

No other river valley on earth boasts more castles than the Rhine, and today you’ll have an opportunity to experience real-life “Game of Thrones” ambiance deep within the medieval walls of Marksburg Castle. Not into dungeons and dragons? Get to know Koblenz, a historic town with a colorful past and eclectic architecture, and enjoy a walking discovery tour.   Today brings you a plethora of Rhine delights. You begin in Koblenz, a 2,000-year-old town at the northern end of the most scenic section of the Rhine, where you’ll decide between two very different experiences, a walking tour of medieval Koblenz or explore one of the most extraordinary castles on the banks of the river—followed by yet another choice: You see a close up view of the beautiful region via bicycle, or once you arrive in Boppard, you can opt to take a leisurely stroll through the fascinating village.

Choice of Koblenz walking discovery tour or Marksburg Castle

DAY 4: Boppard, cruising the Romantic Rhine River, Rüdesheim

Experience Germany’s fabled Rhine River in one of two ways—an exclusive tasting of estate-grown Rieslings at Castle Vollards or an invigorating vineyard hike.   Your floating hotel arrives in Rüdesheim, one of the most charming ports of call in the Rhine Valley. This city has a long history going back to Roman times and is famous for the Drosselgasse, a narrow, bustling lane of shops and wine bars, as well as its impressive Niederwald Monument, built to celebrate the re-establishment of the German empire in the late 19th century. You may opt to visit a renowned vineyard or, for a more active jaunt, take the long way shoreward from Niederwald with a vineyard hike that includes a stop at a unique museum.

Choice of Castle Vollrads wine tasting or “Let's Go” hike from Rüdesheim to Assmanshausen

DAY 5: Germersheim (Speyer)

Expect the unexpected in Speyer, where ancient treasures harmoniously co-exist with modern day innovation. For something really unexpected, venture into a spooky, candlelit tasting room to sample flavorful elixirs made from wine vinegars. Utterly unique and surprisingly delicious, and something you’ll experience with no other river cruise line.   The ship docks in Germersheim, where you’ll have to choose between boarding a motorcoach to the nearby town of Speyer for a guided walking tour or taking in an exclusive tasting at a local vinegar estate.

Choice of Exclusive Doktorenhof vinegar estate visit and tasting or Speyer walking discovery tour

DAY 6: Kehl (Strasbourg)

Strasbourg is invariably described as quaint, a rather overused word that in this case is perfectly apropos. Whether you see it via a canal boat or on foot with an insightful local expert, this historic town with its cobbled lanes, half-timbered homes, giant stork nests and impossible-to-resist pastry shops will win your heart.   Kehl, directly across the river from Strasbourg, will be your ship’s base while you explore the Alsatian capital, which is known as the “Crossroads of Europe” for its strategic location halfway between Paris and Prague. You may choose to see Strasbourg via its historic canals (the way Strasbourg has been seen by its visitors through the centuries), which would give you an enlightening and relaxing overview of this historically important city. Or you may experience the historic core as the locals do, with an exclusive walking tour. If you’re feeling adventurous, take advantage of Uniworld’s bicycles or Nordic walking sticks and explore the banks of the river.

Choice of Strasbourg panoramic tour with cathedral and Old Town walk or “Do as the Locals Do” Strasbourg walking tour

DAY 7: Breisach (Kaysersberg and Riquewihr or Colmar)

Look up “charming and “picturesque” in the dictionary and it could very well show images of today’s choice of destinations—two of Alsace’s best-known wine villages or a town some have hailed as the prettiest in the world. Is it really? See for yourself from our uniquely Uniworld perspective. A charming town dominated by a 17th-century hilltop cathedral, Breisach is your gateway to the Alsatian wine road. This is your launching point for one of two excursions along the celebrated route des vins, which hugs the foothills of the Vosges mountain range. You can visit Kaysersberg and Riquewihr, two of the most picturesque villages in the region, or take a tour of the larger town of Colmar, considered one of the most beautiful destinations along the wine road and the capital of Alsatian wines. If you’re interested in doing something a bit more physically challenging, you could stay in Breisach and walk or bike through the surrounding vineyards.

Choice of Alsatian “Village Day” or Colmar city tour

A special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.

DAY 8: 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 for your flight home (unless, of course, you’ve decided to extend your trip with the post-cruise extension to lovely Basel and Lake Lucerne).


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DISCLAIMER - *Flight offers are only valid for new bookings made between 27 March and 31 August 2019. Prices are per person and represent adult fares including any applicable taxes and fuel surcharges. The offer is based on fares to the nearest available online European city to the cruise embarkation point or an available alternative as advised at time of booking. Participating air carriers are Qatar Airways and Singapore Airways, and are selected at the discretion of Uniworld, based on available fare classes at the time of booking and must be purchased in conjunction with an applicable 2020 Uniworld Europe departure. Departure from Australia can be taken when convenient for the guest and not prior to 1 March 2020, subject to availability. The airfare cannot be sold in isolation and is subject to availability. Uniworld reserves the right to correct errors or omissions and to change all fares, fees and surcharges at any time. Airfares are valid departing from SYD/MEL/ADL/PER/BNE and arriving into AMS, ATH, BCN, BER, BRU, BUD, BUH, CPH, DUB, EDI,FRA,GOT, IST, LON, MAD, MAN, MIL, MLA, MOW, MUC, NCE, OSL, PAR, PRG, PSA, ROM, STO, VCE, VIE, WAW, ZAG and ZRH, subject to selected carrier and routing. Surcharges apply if the required booking class is not available and a higher booking class is required and for select arrival cities. Payment terms Economy Airfares: 10% cruise deposit and a non-refundable $1,500 per person additional deposit is due within 5 days of booking. Payment terms Business Class Airfares: 10% cruise deposit and a non-refundable $1,500 payment towards business class airfare is due within 5 days. Final payment of cruise fare and balance of any airfare is due 120 days prior to cruise departure. Guests who do not wish to book airfares under this air offer, may receive a $1,000pp discount off their cruise fare. In this case, standard Uniworld booking conditions apply. By paying the applicable deposits you accept the Terms and Conditions of the Uniworld Air Offer, and tickets will be issued. Our partner airlines reserve the right to advise an earlier airfare Ticketing Time Limit date, subject to booking conditions and restrictions. Stopovers are subject to an additional surcharge and flight restrictions apply. After ticket issuance, date changes and cancellation fees apply. For customers purchasing Uniworld Gold Seal Protection (GSP), GSP will not apply to the additional deposit collected to participate in the air offer. Any cancellation charges will be deducted from the GSP credit – see website for full Terms and Conditions. The promotion is capacity controlled, and may not be combined with any other offer, except for River Heritage Club savings. This offer is valid on all available cabin categories on all 2020 departures across Europe (excluding Holiday Season voyages) sailings from 1 March to 15 November 2020. For cruise departures where flights are out of date range at time of booking, we will issue tickets only when the return date is within range, approximately 331 days prior to the selected return date. Tickets will only be issued when proposed flights have been confirmed by you or your travel advisor, and must be ticketed by 15 November 2019, unless out of date range, at which point tickets must strictly be issued 3 days after flight confirmation from Uniworld. We will do everything reasonably possible to fulfil the air offer. However, if we are unable to fulfil the flights for any reason, we will revert your booking to the cruise only early booking promotion available at the time your booking was made. Offers may be withdrawn or amended at any time. Please contact Uniworld for details.

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