Spend two days in beautiful Lucerne before joining the Uniworld's luxurious SS Antoinette in Basel for a stunning river cruise down the Rhine to Amsterdam.
A river of legend and romance, celebrated in art, poetry, literature and music, the Rhine is a joy to cruise. Every turn brings with it new vistas of rolling vineyards and picturesque villages seemingly unchanged in hundreds of years, and the stretch known as the Middle Rhine Valley, overlooked by 40 fairytale castles, has been recognised as a World Heritage Site in its own right. Appreciate this inspiring river from the comfort of the spectacular SS Antoinette, the finest cruise ship to sail its waters.
We begin with Titan's VIP Home Departure Service® to London Gatwick Airport and a direct scheduled British Airways flight to Zurich. Upon arrival, we transfer to our historic 4★ hotel, the Wilden Mann, where we enjoy an included dinner.
Lucerne is a delight to explore, and this morning's guided walking tour will take you through its quiet lanes, attractive squares and picturesque bridges. This afternoon and evening you are free to enjoy the wonderful lakeside setting, where you will find plenty of pavement cafes and cosy bars serving excellent local fare.
We check out of the hotel this morning for our included guided excursion to Mount Rigi. After a pleasant cruise across the lake to Vitznau, we board the famous mountain train to the summit of Mount Rigi. Here, you can enjoy the wonderful views and free time for lunch, before descending on the cable car to Weggis, where our coach awaits. After a brief stop to collect our luggage in Lucerne, we continue to Basel, where you will be welcomed aboard our ship, SS Antoinette.
From the medieval town of Breisach, your included excursion takes you across the Rhine and towards the Alsatian wine route that hugs the foothills of the Vosges Mountains. The scenic route winds through charming villages and lush vineyards, and you can stretch your legs with stops in Colmar and the picturesque village of Riquewihr. (Please note, lunch is not included on excursion). We sail later today, and arrive into Strasbourg, where we enjoy the Captain's Welcome Dinner this evening.
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Situated halfway between Paris and Prague, the Alsatian town of Strasbourg is known as the "crossroads of Europe". It is home to a magnificent Gothic cathedral and beautiful half-timbered houses. On our included excursion, we will view Strasbourg in the way that it has been seen through centuries - on a canal cruise. In addition to viewing the town's covered bridges, Medieval watchtowers, old tanners' district and the modern building that houses the European Parliament, you will see 'La Petite France', the picturesque district that seems as if it had been lifted from the pages of a fairytale. We sail late tonight.
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This morning, our included guided walking tour through Speyer reveals a Medieval town with a grand heritage and a compact, historic centre dominated by the largest Romanesque cathedral in Europe - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Alternatively, if you prefer, you can choose to explore daily life with a stroll through the quaint University town of Germersheim.
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Rüdesheim is truly one of the prettiest towns in the Rhine Valley and is famed for its winemaking tradition dating back to Carolingian times, with its famous Drosselgasse, a narrow alleyway lined with wine taverns and shops. This morning we enjoy an included wine tasting at the prestigious Castle Vollrads, which is perfectly situated in the vineyard covered hills and is one of the world's top wine estates for Rheingau Rieslings. We then set sail this afternoon and enjoy the scenery en route to Boppard, where you can enjoy a stroll before dinner this evening.
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This morning, you can experience some of the most beautiful scenery to be found on the Rhine, as we sail through the Rhine Valley. Along this section of the river, historical monuments have been wonderfully preserved and you will enjoy views of vine-filled slopes, numerous castles strung out along the hills and the famous Lorelei Rock. We arrive in the 2,000-year-old city of Koblenz, located at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers, where you can take an aerial tram to Ehrenbreitstein, Europe's oldest fortress, or take a guided walk through its narrow streets and romantic fountained squares. We set sail late tonight.
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Today we visit the cathedral city of Cologne, where your guided city walking tour will introduce you to a number of medieval monuments,churches, and the highlight of the tour, the symbolic Gothic Cathedral. A masterpiece of the High Gothic period, it is one of the largest cathedrals in Europe and attained even greater status after the Second World War, as it remained standing proudly amid the ruins of the city centre. Captain's Farewell Dinner this evening.
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We disembark and transfer to the airport for our return British Airways flight to London Gatwick Airport. On arrival, our staff will greet you and transfer you to Titan transport for your journey home to your own front door.
Uniworld SS Antoinette
The SS Antoinette is Uniworld's flagship and the most luxurious cruise ship on Europe's rivers - truly deserving of its Super Ship classification
Walking onto the S.S. Antoinette, you will feel like you've stepped into Château de Versailles during the late 18th century. The character of the past thoughtfully blended with unusual artistic elements to create a luxurious elegance with welcoming warmth. A blue Strauss 10-foot Baccarat chandelier with huge sapphires, originally hung in New York's famed Tavern on the Green, graces the two-story lobby. The finest Brazilian marble adorns the walls and floors and a sparkling 19th-century Venetian glass mirror rests high above the reception desk reflecting an air of grandeur.The S.S. Antoinette shares the same exquisite standards and meticulous attention to detail reflective throughout all of Uniworld's fleet.
Arranged throughout the ship, is a collection of carefully selected original fine artwork from personal collections. Sketches in black and white, color lithographs, and oil on canvas paintings from a range of great artists, including Humphrey Jennings, John Bellany, and an extensive selection of work by Russian painters Yuri Matushevski and Viktor Templi are perfectly placed for guests' enjoyment.
Lavishly appointed riverview staterooms and suites have handcrafted Savoir® of England beds draped in 100% Egyptian cotton linens and a menu of pillow choices. Staterooms and suites on the La Princesse Deck have full balconies and staterooms on the La Duchesse Deck have French balconies.
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After one night in your magnificent riverview stateroom, you'll understand why sailing with Uniworld is truly the best way to see the world. Rated Top Cabins by Zagat Survey®, your elegantly appointed boutique stateroom comes standard with Uniworld - as does the ever-changing breathtaking river scenery.
Each stateroom has been decorated by the award-winning design team of Red Carnation Hotels with all the comforts necessary for a restful retreat. Every evening, you'll look forward to curling up in your handcrafted Savoir® of England bed which is draped in sumptuous high-thread count 100% Egyptian combed cotton sheets, along with an array of pillow options. As you sip your morning coffee, admire the sun rising from your picture window or balcony. And look forward to getting ready for your day in a luxurious marble bathroom stocked with L'Occitane products, plush towels, and soft robes.
Uniworld goes above and beyond with everything they do, including providing you with a truly remarkable dining experience. That's why Uniworld is the only river cruise company to be honored by Zagat Survey® as Top Dining.
An award-winning dining experience with Uniworld includes:
Sumptuous buffets at breakfast and lunch offer an extensive array of hot and cold selections. Breakfast features crispy Belgian waffles topped with whipped cream and warm maple syrup, a dozen or more homemade breads and jams, an omelet station, and hand-cut seasonal fresh fruit. Lunch offers a delectable feast with salads, soups, carved-to-order roasts, and more.
Evenings provide exquisite ambience with relaxed open seating. Each dish is flawlessly prepared using the finest ingredients-local meats and seafood along with tasty side dishes. Always included with lunch & dinner onboard are European fine wines and a selection of beer and soft drinks served by an attentive, caring staff. Of course, every meal concludes with a wide range of freshly prepared, decadent desserts that look every bit as delicious as they taste.
Uniworld also provides a variety of dining experiences including: al fresco under the stars and light-lunch dining-both on the sun deck; Captain's Welcome Gala and Farewell Dinners; early-riser breakfast; and afternoon tea. Plus, Uniworld gives you the choice of dining on lighter cuisine with our Traveling Lite menu.
On our boutique ships, meals are truly a feast for all the senses. From the delicious bouquet of a glass of perfectly aged pinot noir, to the inviting sight of candlelit tables draped in fine linen, to the pleasant sounds of friends engaged in intimate conversation, to the delicious flavor of each savoury dish, Uniworld's dining experiences have been designed to delight you.
Through integrated onboard and onshore programs, Uniworld provides a 360º encounter with each exciting port of call.
At Uniworld, we treat our guests as one might treat one's best friends and family, which means no request too large, no detail too small.
Since Uniworld is a proud part of The Travel Corporation, a family-run business, treating our guests-and our team of staff members-as an extension of our family comes naturally.
Providing truly personalized, gracious, and consistently exceptional hospitality to our guests starts from within the organization. This means hiring the very best team of professionals in the industry and providing them with ongoing training.
In addition, we constantly challenge ourselves, so we have put in place fastidious Quality Assurance programs with onboard ship inspections and third-party mystery shoppers to elevate our service to the highest possible level. Only then can we provide our guests with the award-winning hospitality for which we have been recognized by esteemed consumer publications such as Condé Nast Traveler and Travel & Leisure.
We do all of this because we truly care about creating harmony both onboard and onshore in order to bring joy to our guests and ensure that everyone has the most memorable experience possible. This is our commitment to our guests and our staff.
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