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Remarkable Rhine with 5* Uniworld River Cruises - Best Offer Ever!

Remarkable Rhine with 5* Uniworld River Cruises - Best Offer Ever!

Basel, Switzerland

From: R 31,730.00
  • Prices

    From: R 31,730.00
  • Trip Reference

  • Flights

    No Flights Included
  • Duration

    9 Days
  • Valid From

    14th of March 2018 (Wednesday)
  • Valid To

    5th of November 2018 (Monday)
  • Need Visa's

    South Africa: No
    British: No
    European Union: No
    American: No
Quick Holiday Overview

Art, action & authentic encounters along the fabled Rhine River
Our newest itinerary on the Rhine River is a tantalizing mix of art, action & authentic encounters, showcasing The Netherlands, Germany, France & Switzerland at their postcard-perfect best & deeply delving into local culture & traditions to reveal the rich complexity that lies within.

Find inspiration in the romantic, soul-stirring beauty of the fabled Rhine

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 towns of Riquewihr, Kaysersberg and 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.

About the Holiday


Day 1 - Basel (Embark)

Arrive at EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg and be transferred to the ship.

Day 2 - Basel

There’s much more to Switzerland than chocolate, cuckoo clocks and snow-capped mountain peaks (although we’re big fans of all these things). The cosmopolitan city of Basel is also a hotspot for contemporary art, was once the epicenter of the Zionist movement and has a historic and elegant charm that make it a delight to explore.You’ll have a choice of adventures today in Basel, a refined and cosmopolitan Swiss city synonymous with art and culture. Our “Do as the Locals Do” walking tour is a delightful way to experience Basel’s medieval town center. Alternatively, take a guided “Go Active” bike ride along the Wiese River, making a stop at the renowned Fondation Beyeler Museum. The museum’s ingenious architecture is reason enough for a visit; inside, the art collection is equally awe-inspiring, ranging from Monet to Warhol. A third option is our Jewish Heritage tour of Basel, a city considered the cradle of modern Zionism.

Featured Excursions:
Choice of Exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Basel walking tour or Exclusive guided “Let's Go” bicycle ride with Fondation Beyeler Museum visit or Jewish Heritage, Basel’s Zionist legacy.

Day 3 - Strasbourg

Strasbourg is invariably described as quaint, a rather overused word that in this case is perfectly apropos. Whether you see it by bicycle, on foot with an insightful local expert or opt to delve into the town’s Jewish past, Strasbourg’s cobbled lanes, half-timbered homes, giant stork nests and impossible-to-resist pastry shops will win your heart.Postcard-perfect Strasbourg is the very definition of picturesque, with its magnificent Gothic cathedral, cobblestone lanes and half-timbered homes adorned with flower-filled window boxes. After docking in town, you’ll have a chance to discover Strasbourg’s many charms with a choice of excursions: A guided “Do as the Locals Do” walking tour of the Petit France district, stopping to try traditional Alsatian treats along the way; a “Go Active” bike tour that covers a bit more ground, including the European district; or an in-depth look at the city’s rich Jewish history, which dates back an astonishing 2,000 years. After lunch onboard, spend the afternoon at your leisure, perhaps shopping for handcrafted souvenirs bearing images of white storks—a beloved symbol of the city.

Featured Excursions:
Choice of Exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Strasbourg walking tour or Guided “Let's Go” Strasbourg by bicycle or Jewish Heritage, Alsace’s Jewish past.

Day 4 - Speyer

Expect the unexpected in Speyer, where ancient treasures harmoniously co-exist with modern day innovation. Take it all in during a walk with a local expert, or—for something really unexpected—venture into a spooky, candlelit tasting room to sample flavorful elixirs made from wine vinegars. Utterly unique and (surprisingly) delicious! A third option is our Jewish Heritage excursion to an ancient center of learning and religion.Join a local expert for a guided stroll through the historic small town of Speyer, famous for its vast Romanesque cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll also have some free time to wander on your own, perhaps to have a coffee at a sidewalk café on the town’s bustling central plaza. If you prefer, head to the nearby Doktorenhof vinegar estate for a truly immersive and memorable cultural experience. Discover how the grapes cultivated on this family-run estate are transformed into unique wine vinegar aperitifs, then don a monk’s cloak and sample these rare (and surprisingly delicious) elixirs by candlelight in an atmospheric tasting room. Guests who prefer to take an intimate look at local Jewish history can choose an excursion to Worms, an ancient Jewish center of learning and religion.

Featured Excursions:
Choice of Exclusive Doktorenhof vinegar estate visit and tasting or Jewish Heritage excursion to Worms or Speyer walking discovery tour.

Day 5 - Frankfurt

Frankfurt is known as the “Mainhattan” of Europe, a financial powerhouse with soaring skyscrapers as well as traditional Old Town architecture. Experience the city with your choice of adventures today—visit Germany’s oldest museum, take a guided “Go Active” bike ride or learn  about the Rothschild family’s rags-to-riches saga.Today we briefly leave the Rhine and cruise the Main to the dynamic metropolis of Frankfurt, the epicenter of German finance and international business. Step ashore and walk a short distance to the Old Town for our “Do as the Locals Do” walking tour. This part of the city has charming old homes, stately churches and a lively covered market where you can sample all sorts of local delicacies. Later, you can visit Germany’s oldest museum, the Städel, with 700 years of European art housed under a single roof. If you prefer, opt for a guided “Go Active” bike ride that takes you through the Old Town, along the Main River promenade and down the city’s world-famous “Museum Mile”—which boasts no fewer than 13 acclaimed institutions. For something completely different, you can spend your time in Frankfurt delving into the city’s fascinating Jewish legacy.

Featured Excursions:
Choice of Exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Frankfurt walking tour with Städel Museum or Exclusive guided “Let's Go” Frankfurt by bicycle or Jewish Heritage, Frankfurt Jewish Museum and the legacy of the Rothschilds.

Day 6 - Oberwesel (Bacharach)

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 “Go Active” hike that will take you past the old town walls and up to a fortified 12th-century castle.

Featured Excursions:
Choice of Exclusive guided “Let's Go” hike to Castle Stahleck or Bacharach village stroll with Riesling tasting.

Day 7 - 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. Afterwards, you have a choice of three enticing excursions highlighting beer, contemporary art or Jewish history.Our first stop today is Cologne’s massive cathedral, a UNESCO-designated Gothic masterpiece with a shrine to the Three Magi that has drawn religious pilgrims for centuries. From there, beer aficionados can visit an Old Town pub for a taste of Kölsch, a brew made only in Cologne. Art lovers can see Europe’s most significant collection of contemporary art at Museum Ludwig. And guests interested in the city’s Jewish past are welcome to explore the centuries-old mikveh and other notable sites in Cologne’s Jewish quarter, once home to Europe’s first Jewish settlement north of the Alps. No matter which excursion you choose, you’ll also have ample free time to explore the city on your own.

Featured Excursions:
Choice of Cologne walking discovery tour with Cologne Cathedral or Jewish Heritage, Cologne’s Jewish Quarter or Kölsch beer tasting or Museum Ludwig.

Day 8 - Amsterdam

Enjoy the luxury of a full day in the “Venice of the North,” starting with a private “Morning with the Masters” tour of the Amsterdam Hermitage that includes part of a special exhibition of Dutch art collected by Catherine the Great—a show available only through May 2018. Afterwards, visit significant Jewish Heritage sites or explore the city on foot or by bike.At your private “Morning with the Masters” tour of the Amsterdam Hermitage, you’ll have the museum’s extraordinary collection of Dutch Masters all to yourself, as an art historian shows you Portrait Gallery highlights and part of a special exhibition of Dutch art collected by Catherine the Great—a show available only through May 2018. Afterwards, choose from a trio of enticing excursions: Admire the city’s narrow, gabled homes lining the canals on a “Do as the Locals Do” walking tour; explore the hip and trendy Jordaan district on two wheels, the quintessential way to experience this bike-obsessed city; or opt for our Jewish Heritage tour, with stops at the Portuguese Synagogue and Jewish Museum.

Featured Excursions:
Choice of Exclusive “Do as the Locals Do” Amsterdam walking tour or Exclusive guided “Let's Go” Jordaan district by bicycle or Exclusive Morning with the Masters at the Hermitage Amsterdam or Jewish Heritage visit to Portuguese Synagogue and Jewish Museum.

Day 9 - Amsterdam (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 Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport for your flight home.

Includes & Excludes
  • All transfers on arrival & departure days
  • 8 nights cruise in a riverview stateroom on-board the River Empress
  • All dining & unlimited beverages on-board including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee & tea & bottled water
  • Captains Welcome & Farewell Receptions
  • Welcome & Farewell Gala Dinners
  • Visit 4 UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • 7 excursions, including "Choice is Yours" options
  • Assistance of an English-speaking local expert & experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
  • Guided "Jewish Heritage", “Go Active,” “Do as the Locals Do,” “Village Day” and “Gentle Walking” programs
  • On-board local entertainment
  • Free internet & Wi-FI access
  • Port charges

Set departure dates 25 MAR 2018, 01 APR 2018, 28 OCT 2018 & 04 NOV 2018. 

Book & pay a 10% deposit per person within 72 hours of booking & final payment is due 120 days prior to departure. 

Pay by 31 Mar.18 & SAVE 20%, discount already included in the price.

  • International return flights to Basel or Amsterdam
  • Visas
  • Health and Travel Insurance
  • Pre and post cruise accommodation
  • Items of a personal nature
Package Conditions:

Please note: Set departure dates 25 MAR 2018, 01 APR 2018, 28 OCT 2018 & 04 NOV 2018. 

Book & pay a 10% deposit per person within 72 hours of booking & final payment is due 120 days prior to departure. 

Pay by 31 Mar.18 & SAVE 20%, discount already included in the price.

The above package is subject to availability at time of reservation. Price is per person sharing. Prices are subject to change in accordance with currency fluctuations and increased airfares. When making a booking enquiry it is important that you are in possession of the correct documentation to travel i.e. visas, inoculation certificates etc. Please check that all names and surnames are spelt exactly as they appear in the relevant passports. Fares, where indicated, are based on low season rates.

Basel is Switzerland's third most populous city. Located in north-west Switzerland on the river Rhine, Basel functions as a major industrial centre for the chemical and pharmaceutical industry. The city borders both Germany and France.

During the days of the Roman Empire, in 44 BC, the settlement of Augusta Raurica was founded 10 or 20 kilometres upstream of present Basel, and a castle was built on the hill overlooking the river where the Basel MŁnster now stands. The town of Basel was called "Basilia" in Latin. In 1356 the Basel earthquake destroyed much of the city along with a number of castles in the vicinity.

The best time to go to Basel is in Spring (May/April) and Autumn (October/November). The colours and richness of the countryside are ripe and crowds are minimal.
Terms and Conditions

Prices are based on per person sharing.
Due to the volatility in the South African currency and the price of fuel affecting the price of air tickets we cannot ensure the accuracy of the price as mentioned. The price was correct at the time of printing on 02 March 2018.

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