Day 1: Amsterdam (Embark)
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. (Dinner)
Day 2: Amsterdam
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.
This evening, a special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you. (Breakfast Buffet, Lunch, Welcome Dinner)
Day 3: Rotterdam, Kinderdijk
You’ll spend your day exploring Rotterdam’s historic splendor, vibrant culture, varied architectural landscape and maritime heritage. Embark on a stroll around the port city’s most enticing spots, like the spectacular new Market Hall. Venture to the nearby village of Kinderdijk and marvel at a group of 19 towering windmills. (Breakfast Buffet, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 4: Arnhem
Arnhem, almost completely destroyed in WWII, has blossomed into a burgeoning Dutch city, with several museums, shop-lined streets and historic landmarks. (Breakfast Buffet, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 5: Cologne
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. (Breakfast Buffet, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 6: Oberwesel
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. (Breakfast Buffet, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 7: Frankfurt
Frankfurt is known as the “Mainhattan” of Europe, a financial powerhouse with soaring skyscrapers as well as traditional Old Town architecture. (Breakfast Buffet, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 8: Speyer (Worms)
Expect the unexpected in Speyer, where ancient treasures harmoniously coexist with modern-day innovation. Join a local expert for an intriguing guided stroll through the historic small town of Speyer, famous for its vast Romanesque cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Another option is our “Jewish Heritage” excursion to an ancient center of learning and religion in Worms. (Breakfast Buffet, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 9: Strasbourg
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 Petite France district, stopping to try traditional Alsatian treats along the way; a “Let’s Go” 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.
(Breakfast Buffet, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 10: Basel
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. (Breakfast Buffet, Lunch, Farewell Dinner)
Day 11: 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 airport for your flight home. (Continental Breakfast, Breakfast Buffet)
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 our Jewish Heritage program—the only itinerary of its kind offered on the rivers.
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.
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, specialty coffee and tea, soft drinks and mineral water
9 days of excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
Guided "Jewish Heritage," “Let's Go” and “Do as the Locals Do” programs
State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions
Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks
10-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the elegant S.S. Empress
Lavishly appointed riverview staterooms and suites have handcrafted Savoir® Beds of England, high thread count 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets, and a menu of pillow options
Free Internet and Wi-Fi access
4 countries: France, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland
6 UNESCO World Heritage sites
Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
All transfers on arrival and departure days
All gratuities, both onboard and onshore
Captivating onboard local entertainment
Cruising cabin onboard: S.S. Empress
The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.