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Basel to Cologne 8 Days

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Uniworld SS Antoinette

Discover the roots of our Christmas traditions as you explore some of Europe’s most charming towns on a luxury, all-inclusive Rhine River cruise. 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.

Savour tantalizing once-a-year treats with Uniworld’s “Taste of Christmas” programme, including gingerbread, crepes with cinnamon and warm spiced wine. Revel in brightly painted carousels and handmade ornaments, medieval squares illuminated by twinkling lights, life-sized Nativity figures and joyful brass choirs. Sail through castle-strewn hillsides and visit charming towns decked in holiday finery for a holiday season you will never forget.

What's Included

  • Transfers to and from airport and ship
  • 7-night, all inclusive, boutique river cruise
  • Unlimited drinks onboard including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, speciality coffee, tea and bottled water*
  • All gratuities onboard and ashore
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio headset system on all excursions
  • Included shore excursions with English speaking guides, as per itinerary
  • Epicurean Adventurer Program
  • Captain's Welcome and Farewell Dinners
  • Onboard entertainment and insightful lectures
  • Flights or Rail available on request

*Unlimited drinks excludes premium wines and spirits

Uniworld Cruise Companion

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Day 1: Basel

Map of the Rhine, Main & Moselle Rivers
Map of the Rhine, Main & Moselle Rivers

Arrive at EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg, where you will be transferred to the ship.
Included Meals D

Day 2: Basel

Included Excursion: Basel walking discovery tour with Christmas Market

Your walking discovery tour will introduce you to Basel and its marvelous Christmas Market, located in the heart of the Old Town. With more than 150 stands, it offers many locally made craft items, unique ornaments and delicious seasonal baked goods. Later, take a stroll down Christmas Street, beautifully decorated with more than 100 Christmas trees adorned with twinkling lights. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.
Included Meals B L D

Day 3: Kehl (Strasbourg)

Included Excursion: Choice of Strasbourg by canal with Christmas Market OR exclusive “Taste of Christmas” walking discovery tour

Strasbourg is particularly picturesque during the festive holiday season, as you’ll discover on a canal cruise through Petite France, a neighborhood of cobblestone streets and half-timbered houses. Your tour concludes with a visit inside magnificent Notre-Dame Cathedral. Just outside, in the cathedral square, you’ll find Strasbourg’s famous marche de Nöel, the largest and oldest Christmas Market in France, ideally situated in the historic heart of the city. Or, enjoy the flavors of the season on a “Taste of Christmas” walking discovery tour.
Included Meals B L D

Day 4: Mannheim (Heidelberg)

Included Excursion: Choice of full-day Heidelberg tour with Christmas Market OR exclusive Doktorenhof vinegar estate visit and tasting

Your tour of Heidelberg—one of Germany’s most beautiful cities—will take you past the romantic ruins of Heidelberg Castle and the Old Town’s lavishly decorated shops, followed by free time to explore the local Christmas Market. Or, opt for an excursion to the Doktorenhof vinegar estate to sample unique aperitifs made with honey- and herb-infused wine vinegars.

Note: Lunch is not included with the full day Heidelberg tour
Included Meals B L D

Day 5: Mainz, Rüdesheim

Included Excursion: Siegfried’s Museum of Mechanical Musical Instruments with Christmas Market

Enjoy a leisurely stroll through Mainz and its St. Nicholas Christmas Market before cruising to Rüdesheim, located in the heart of the fabled Rhine Valley. There, you can see a lighthearted collection of self-playing musical instruments at a local museum, and browse the stalls of Rüdesheim’s unique Christmas Market, which highlights Christmas traditions from around the world. Browse more than 120 stalls packed with holiday delights, and don’t miss Rüdesheim’s amazing, life-sized Nativity scene—one of the largest in Germany.
Included Meals B L D

Day 6: Cruising the romantic Rhine River, Koblenz

Included Excursion: Koblenz walking discovery tour with Christmas Market

En route to Koblenz, your ship will cruise along a spectacularly scenic 40-mile stretch of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Landscape lined with dozens of fairytale castles. Head ashore to explore the Koblenz Christmas Market, filled with charming stands brimming with handcrafted gifts, old-fashioned toys, roasted chestnuts and giant gingerbread hearts.
Included Meals B L D

Day 7: Cologne

Included Excursion: Cologne walking discovery tour with Cologne Cathedral visit and Christmas markets

Christmas is the perfect time to visit Cologne and its famous Gothic cathedral. This UNESCO World Heritage Site has a shrine said to contain relics of the Magi—the Three Kings—which has attracted religious pilgrims for centuries. Cologne has no fewer than eight Christmas markets, and you’ll have ample time to explore them at your own pace following your walking tour. Be sure to visit the Cologne Cathedral Christmas Market, as well as the Alter Market, Neurmarkt and the Medieval Market in front of the Chocolate Museum. 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.
Included Meals B L D

Day 8: Cologne

Disembark the ship and transfer to Cologne Bonn Airport for your flight home.
Included Meals B

Alternate Itinerary


Day 1: Cologne

Map of the Rhine, Main & Moselle Rivers
Map of the Rhine, Main & Moselle Rivers

Arrive at Cologne Bonn Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship.
Included Meals D

Day 2: Cologne

Included Excursion: Cologne walking discovery tour with Cologne Cathedral visit and Christmas markets

Christmas is the perfect time to visit Cologne and its famous Gothic cathedral. This UNESCO World Heritage Site has a shrine said to contain relics of the Magi—the Three Kings—which has attracted religious pilgrims for centuries. Cologne has no fewer than eight Christmas markets, and you’ll have ample time to explore them at your own pace following your walking tour. Be sure to visit the Cologne Cathedral Christmas Market, as well as the Alter Market, Neurmarkt and the Medieval Market in front of the Chocolate Museum. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.

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

Day 3: Koblenz, & Cruising the Rhine Gorge

Included Excursion: Koblenz walking discovery tour with Christmas Market

In Koblenz, head ashore to explore the Koblenz Christmas Market, filled with charming stands brimming with handcrafted gifts, old-fashioned toys, roasted chestnuts and giant gingerbread hearts. Later, your ship will cruise along a spectacularly scenic 40-mile stretch of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Landscape lined with dozens of fairytale castles.
Included Meals B L D

Day 4: Rüdesheim

Included Excursion: Siegfried’s Museum of Mechanical Musical Instruments with Christmas Market

In Rüdesheim, located in the heart of the fabled Rhine Valley, you can see a lighthearted collection of self-playing musical instruments at a local museum. Browse the stalls of Rüdesheim’s unique Christmas Market, which highlights Christmas traditions from around the world. Browse more than 120 stalls packed with holiday delights, and don’t miss Rüdesheim’s amazing, life-sized Nativity scene—one of the largest in Germany.
Included Meals B L D

Day 5: Mannheim (Heidelberg)

Included Excursion: Choice of full-day Heidelberg tour with Christmas Market OR exclusive Doktorenhof Vinegar Estate visit and tasting

Your tour of Heidelberg—one of Germany’s most beautiful cities—will take you past the romantic ruins of Heidelberg Castle and the Old Town’s lavishly decorated shops, followed by free time to explore the local Christmas Market. Or, opt for an excursion to the Doktorenhof vinegar estate to sample unique aperitifs made with honey- and herb-infused wine vinegars.
Included Meals B L D

Day 6: Kehl (Strasbourg)

Included Excursion: Choice of Strasbourg by canal with Christmas Market OR exclusive “Taste of Christmas” walking discovery tour

Strasbourg is particularly picturesque during the festive holiday season, as you’ll discover on a canal cruise through Petite France, a neighborhood of cobblestone streets and half-timbered houses. Your tour concludes with a visit inside magnificent Notre-Dame Cathedral. Just outside, in the cathedral square, you’ll find Strasbourg’s famous marche de Nöel, the largest and oldest Christmas Market in France, ideally situated in the historic heart of the city. Or, enjoy the flavors of the season on a “Taste of Christmas” walking discovery tour.
Included Meals B L D

Day 7: Basel

Included Excursion: Basel walking discovery tour with Christmas Market

Your walking discovery tour will introduce you to Basel and its marvelous Christmas Market, located in the heart of the Old Town. With more than 150 stands, it offers many locally made craft items, unique ornaments and delicious seasonal baked goods. Later, take a stroll down Christmas Street, beautifully decorated with more than 100 Christmas trees adorned with twinkling lights. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.
Included Meals B L D

Day 8: Basel

Disembark the ship and transfer to EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg for your flight home, or extend your stay in Basel and Lucerne.
Included Meals B


  • Included Meals  Included Meals - B: breakfast, L: lunch, D: dinner.

  • Tour or Transfer by Luxury Motorcoach  Transfer or Tour via Luxury Motorcoach

Boutique River Cruise Ships


Overview

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.

Onboard Features & Facilities

  • 71 lavishly decorated outside staterooms most with French Balconies or full Outside Balconies
  • 9 individually decorated suites with Full Balconies
  • Full balconies can be enclosed in glass at the touch of a button to create a warm conservatory
  • Sun deck with panoramic views
  • Salon du Grand Trianon with full-service bar and dance floor
  • Bar du Leopard & l'Orangerie Sky Lounge
  • Elegant Restaurant de Versailles
  • Heated swimming pool
  • Le Cinema Pigale - 3D cinema
  • Fitness center & Serenity River Spa
  • Free Internet and Wi-Fi
  • Bicycles and Nordic walking sticks
  • Complimentary 24-hour specialty coffee and tea bar
  • 24-hour reception service
  • Elevator
  • Boutique*
  • Guest laundry & ironing room

* Payable locally.


Uniworld SS Antoinette - deck plan
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World Class Staterooms

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.

All Staterooms Feature

  • Handcrafted Savoir® of England beds
  • 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets
  • Marble bathrooms with L'Occitane en Provence bath and body products
  • Individual climate control
  • Telephone, safe, hair dryer & bottled water replenished daily
  • Infotainment center with flat-screen TV and complimentary movie and entertainment options
  • Generous built-in closets
  • Plush Christy towels
  • Backlit magnifying mirror
  • Cosy waffle bathrobes & slippers
  • Towel warmers

Royal Suite

Uniworld SS Antoinette - Royal Suite Uniworld SS Antoinette - Royal Suit Plan

Additional Features

  • Individually decorated suite size: 391 sq. ft.
  • In-room Butler service with packing and unpacking assitance
  • Spacious living room with sofas, table and chair
  • French Balcony & Full balcony that encloses with glass to create a conservatory at the touch of a button
  • large Marble bathroom with bath, shower & secluded WC area
  • Daily fruit & cookie plate, and an evening amuse-bouche
  • DVD & iPod® docking station
  • Nespresso coffee machine
  • Bottle of wine upon arrival & a special dinner in the l'Orangerie Sky Lounge
  • Morning coffee, tea & continental breakfast
  • Refrigerator
  • Free laundry service & shoe shine

Suites

Uniworld SS Antoinette - Suite 407 Uniworld SS Antoinette - Suit Plan

Additional Features

  • Individually decorated suite size: 294 sq. ft.
  • In-room Butler service with packing and unpacking assitance
  • Seating area with table and chairs
  • French Balcony & Full balcony that encloses with glass to create a conservatory at the touch of a button
  • Daily fruit & cookie plate, and an evening amuse-bouche
  • DVD & iPod® docking station
  • Nespresso coffee machine
  • Bottle of wine upon arrival & a special dinner in the l'Orangerie Sky Lounge
  • Morning coffee, tea & continental breakfast
  • Refrigerator
  • Free laundry service & shoe shine

Category 1 Staterooms

Uniworld SS Antoinette - Cat 1 Stateroom Uniworld SS Antoinette - Cat 1 Stateroom Plan

Additional Features

  • Stateroom size: 196 sq. ft.
  • Full balcony that encloses with glass to create a conservatory at the touch of a button

Category 2 & 3 Staterooms

Uniworld SS Antoinette - Cat 2 & 3 Stateroom Uniworld SS Antoinette - Cat 2 & 3 Stateroom Plan

Additional Features

  • Stateroom size: 196 sq. ft.
  • French balcony with floor to ceiling glass that can be raised or lowered at the touch of a button

Category 4 & 5 Staterooms

Uniworld SS Antoinette - Cat 4 & 5 Stateroom Uniworld SS Antoinette - Cat 4 & 5 Stateroom Plan

Additional Features

  • Stateroom size: 163 sq. ft.

World Class Dining

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:

  • A certified Global Master Chef leading a professional culinary team in the preparation of gourmet cuisine that offers a delicious fusion of style, unique culinary creations, and tastes inspired by the regions of your itinerary
  • Menu selections that change every day and are designed for each region you visit and tailored to the season
  • All meals flawlessly prepared daily using only the freshest ingredients, which are often brought onboard from local farmers' markets
  • A distinctive, international menu of wines developed by Red Carnation Hotels' acclaimed sommelier from their Relais & Châteaux hotel
  • Award-winning Signature Dishes from Mrs. Beatrice Tollman, President and Founder of Red Carnation Hotels, Uniworld's sister company and partner
  • Relaxed open seating, so you can dine where and with whomever you wish
  • The refined and intuitive service of a professionally trained, caring staff standing ready to fulfill your wishes in an atmosphere of casual sophistication and elegance
Gourmet Dining onboard a Uniworld Ship

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.


Cultural Highlights

Through integrated onboard and onshore programs, Uniworld provides a 360º encounter with each exciting port of call.

  • Signature lectures
  • Intriguing onboard entertainment
  • Captivating shore excursions fully hosted by English-speaking local experts using state-ofthe-art Quietvox audio systems immerse you in the history, tradition, and culture of each stop on your itinerary.
  • With Uniworld's included Choice Is Yours, Go Active, and Gentle Walking, programs, you can customize your travel experience even more.

Uniworld Staff &Service

The Uniworld Standard

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.

DepartShipCat 5Cat 4Cat 3Cat 2Cat 1SuiteRoyal
Suite
Nov 28SS Antoinette£2489£2769£3119£3479£3869£4979£6319
Dec 5SS Antoinette£2409£2689£3039£3399£3789£4899£6239
Dec 12SS Antoinette£2249£2529£2879£3239£3629£4739£6079
Dec 19SS Antoinette£2249£2529£2879£3239£3629£4739£6079

Dates in blue denote cruises boarding in Cologne

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DepartShipCat 5Cat 4Cat 3Cat 2Cat 1SuiteRoyal
Suite
Nov 28SS Antoinette£2599£2699£3199£3599£3999£5399£6999
Dec 5SS Antoinette£2599£2699£3199£3599£3999£5399£6999
Dec 12SS Antoinette£2299£2399£2899£3299£3699£5099£6699
Dec 19SS Antoinette£2299£2399£2899£3299£3699£5099£6699

Dates in blue denote cruises boarding in Cologne

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Extend Your Stay

Why not extend your cruise with a stay in Amsterdam or Basel and Lake Lucerne.

Amsterdam

polaroid style photo Amsterdam Keizersgracht

2 nights B&B from £749 pp

Includes accommodation at the superior Grand Hotel Amrath Amsterdam (or similar), an Amsterdam discovery tour and all transfers.


Basel & Lake Lucerne

polaroid style photo Chapel Bridge, Lucerne

2 nights B&B from £749 pp

Includes accommodation at the deluxe Grand Hotel Les Trois Rois (or similar) in Basel, boat ride on Lake Lucerne, walking tours of Lucerne and Basel and all transfers.

Please call 0800 471 4754 for further information and assistance.

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