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Castles Along The Rhine - Luxury River Cruise

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Find inspiration in the romantic, soul-stirring beauty of the fabled Rhine river between Amsterdam and Basel.

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

About this holiday

"Castles Along the Rhine" cruise itinerary

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


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

Pricing based on 19 July, 2019 departure, twin share in a classic stateroom. Please enquire to confirm availability on alternative dates.

Twin share stateroom pricing starts at the following:

  • 24 March 2019 from Amsterdam - From $4129pp
  • 31 March 2019 from Basel - $5899pp
  • 14 April 2019 from Basel - $6599pp - Reduced solo supplement
  • 21 April 2019 from Amsterdam - $6599pp
  • 28 April 2019 from Basel - $6,999pp
  • 5 May 2019 from Amsterdam - $6,699pp
  • 19 May 2019 from Amsterdam - $7,199pp
  • 21 May 2019 from Amsterdam - $4269pp
  • 26 May 2019 from Basel - $7,199pp
  • 28 May 2019 from Basel - $4269pp
  • 02 June 2019 from Amsterdam - $7,199pp
  • 21 June 2019 from Amsterdam - $5519pp
  • 23 June 2019 from Basel - $4689pp
  • 30 June 2019 from Amsterdam - $5759pp
  • 05 July 2019 from Amsterdam - $5199pp
  • 07 July 2019 from Basel - $5039pp
  • 12 July 2019 from Basel - $5199pp
  • 19 July 2019 from Amsterdam - From $3989pp twin share (Limited reduced solo supplements still available. Enquire now to learn more.)
  • 21 July 2019 from Basel - $4619pp
  • 26 July 2019 from Basel - From $3989pp twin share (Reduced solo supplements also available)
  • 28 July 2019 from Amsterdam - $5279pp twin share
  • 02 August 2019 from Amsterdam - From $3989pp twin share (Reduced solo supplements also available)
  • 04 August 2019 from Basel - $5279pp twin share
  • 09 August 2019 from Basel - From $3989pp twin share (Reduced solo supplements also available)
  • 11 August 2019 from Amsterdam - $4619pp
  • 16 August 2019 from Amsterdam- $5309pp
  • 18 August 2019 from Basel - $5439pp
  • 23 August 2019 from Basel - $4719
  • 30 August 2019 from Amsterdam - From $3989pp twin share (Reduced solo supplements also available)


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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Fine print

Travel at 60 and Uniworld booking conditions apply. Please contact us for more information.

UNIWORLD DISCLAIMER *Our Best Offer is valid for new, individual bookings on select 2019 itineraries and departure dates only, made between 1 January 2019 and 31 March 2019. Offer applies to full-fare bookings only, after any other applicable discounts have been applied. Offer is available on all Staterooms categories, excluding suites on all European voyages, and subject to availability at time of booking. Availability of all stateroom categories cannot be guaranteed. All fares and savings listed are in AUD. Fares featured are for cruise or cruise/tour only, per person based on double occupancy (unless otherwise noted). Rates for single guests are available. Rates and savings vary by itinerary, departure date and category of accommodations. Offer is not combinable with any other promotional offer or program, except River Heritage Club savings/benefits. Offer is capacity controlled and may be modified or withdrawn at any time. Other restrictions may apply.

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