Remarkable Rhine & Historic Holland 2021 Uniworld River Cruise
Explore Europe’s rich history and Jewish heritage on an incredible discovery of the Netherlands, Germany, France and Switzerland. Dive deep into the region’s culture, natural wonders, traditions and historical significance in a one-of-a-kind experience along the Rhine. Delve into the region’s world-renowned museums. Along the way, indulge in Central Europe’s delicious cuisine—Dutch cheese and fries, Alsatian choucroute, Swiss-style sausages, Kölsch beer, unique wine vinegar aperitifs and Germany’s famous white wines. Not only that, but you’ll discover Central Europe’s fascinating Jewish ties as part of the Jewish Heritage programme.
Oh, and did we mention the scenery? Standing on the top deck of your ship, watching the ever-changing landscape turn increasingly dramatic, you’ll understand why people have been raving about the Rhine River Valley for centuries—and there’s definitely no cause to stop.
Arrive at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. 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.
Enjoy the luxury of a full day in the “Venice of the North,” starting with a “Morning with the Masters” tour of the Hermitage Amsterdam. Afterwards, explore the city on foot or via a canal cruise. This evening, a special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you.
Jewish Heritage Excursion: Visit to the Portuguese Synagogue and Jewish Museum
Featured excursions: "Morning with the Masters" at the Hermitage Amsterdam & Choice of Amsterdam walking tour with brewery visit or Amsterdam canal cruise
You’ll spend your day exploring the coastal Netherlands city of Harlingen.
Featured excursions: Choice of "Let's Go" biking the islands or Harlingen "Village Day"
Arnhem, almost completely destroyed in WWII, has blossomed into a burgeoning Dutch city, with several museums, shop-lined streets and historic landmarks.
Featured excursions: Choice of Kröller-Müller Museum visit or "Let's Go" Arnhem airborne cycle route
You have an array of choices for how you wish to experience Cologne’s many treasures. Those interested in history and architecture will want to stroll through the Old Town, featuring 12 stunning Romanesque churches. Guests interested in the city’s Jewish past are welcome to explore the centuries-old mikveh and Cologne’s Jewish quarter.
Jewish Heritage Excursion: Cologne’s Jewish Quarter
Featured excursions: Cologne walking tour with Old Town visit
Bacharach is an ancient village that appears straight out of the pages of a storybook. Enjoy a guided stroll through town and taste some locally grown Rieslings, a specialty of the region. Alternatively, join a “Let's Go” hike that will take you past the old town walls and up to a fortified 12th-century castle.
Featured excursions: Choice of Bacharach village stroll with Riesling tasting or “Let’s Go” Castle Stahleck hike
Frankfurt is known as the “Mainhattan” of Europe, a financial powerhouse with soaring skyscrapers as well as traditional Old Town architecture.
Jewish Heritage Excursion: Frankfurt's Jewish history
Featured excursions: Frankfurt city tour
Expect the unexpected in Speyer, where ancient treasures harmoniously coexist with modern-day innovation. Explore the baroque palace of Mannheim, visit a vinegar estate for a tour and tasting, or join the “Jewish Heritage” excursion to an ancient centre of learning and religion in Worms.
Featured excursions: Choice of Baroque palace of Mannheim or Private Doktorenhof vinegar estate visit and tasting
Jewish Heritage Excursion: Excursion to Worms
See Strasbourg on foot with an insightful local expert, where this historic town with its cobbled lanes, half-timbered homes, giant stork nests and impossible-to-resist pastry shops will win your heart. Or take an in-depth look at the city’s rich Jewish history, which dates back an astonishing 2,000 years.
Featured excursions: Choice of Strasbourg panoramic tour with cathedral and Old Town walk or Alsatian house with tasting
Jewish Heritage Excursion: Alsace’s Jewish past
Ramble with your guide through the historic heart of Basel. Every historic square you see will hold a special charm. This evening, a special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you.
Featured excursions: Choice of Basel walking tour with local treats or “Let’s Go” Basel by bike
Jewish Heritage Excursion: Jewish Basel
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 airport for your flight home.
- 10-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the elegant River Empress
- Lavishly appointed riverview staterooms and suites have handcrafted Savoir of England beds, high-thread count 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets, and a menu of pillow options
- Free Internet and Wi-Fi access
- All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients - 10 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 10 dinners
- Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions
- Welcome and Farewell Dinners
- Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and mineral water
- 4 countries: France, Germany, The Netherlands, Switzerland
- 6 UNESCO World Heritage sites
- Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
- Guided "Jewish Heritage," “Let's Go” and “Do as the Locals Do” programs
- All transfers on arrival and departure days
- All gratuities, both onboard and onshore
- Captivating onboard local entertainment