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Castles along the Rhine

Basel to Amsterdam

8 days from £2,099 per person


Cruise an iconic European waterway and choose which of its stunning neighbouring castles, towns and vineyards to explore. Discover the pretty settlements of the Alsace wine route. Tour Strasbourg by canal or on foot, admiring the fairytale half-timbered houses. Go on a tour tasting the delicious local Riesling, or enjoy a scenic hike. Cycle along the river, catching views of the imposing Marksburg Castle - or tour the castle itself. And marvel at the incredible Gothic cathedral in the Rhineland jewel, Cologne.

Your holiday includes:

8 excursions and visits

  • Choice of Alsatian ‘Village Day’ or Colmar city tour
  • Choice of Strasbourg panoramic tour with Cathedral and Old Town walk or ‘Do as the Locals Do’ Strasbourg walking tour
  • Choice of Speyer walking tour or Private Doktorenhof vinegar estate visit and tasting
  • Boppard village stroll
  • Choice of Castle Vollrads wine tasting or ‘Let’s Go’ hike from Rüdesheim to Assmanshausen
  • ‘Let’s Go’ biking the castles
  • Choice of Koblenz walking tour or Marksburg Castle visit
  • Cologne walking tour with Cologne Cathedral


  • 7 nights cruise on S.S. Antoinette, River Empress or River Queen
  • International flights. Prices are based on return flights with a leading airline from London Heathrow or Gatwick. Supplements may apply from other airports
  • All meals on board, impeccably prepared using the freshest and finest local ingredients


  • The finest riverview cabins afloat, with included robes and slippers
  • Unlimited drinks on board, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, speciality coffee, tea and mineral water (excludes premium wine and premium spirits)
  • Captain’s welcome/farewell receptions and dinners
  • Award-winning service, with the highest staff to guest ratio in the industry
  • All gratuities on board and ashore
  • All entertainment plus signature lectures
  • Shore excursions in the company of English-speaking local expert guides
  • Portable audio headset system on excursions
  • Complimentary use of bicycles/Nordic walking sticks
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board
  • Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service
  • Uniworld cruise manager

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  • VIP Outbound1

    Day 1 - UK - Basel

    Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Basel. Meet your Uniworld representative on arrival and transfer to the port to embark S.S. Antoinette (5-star), River Empress (5-star) or River Queen (5-star).

    S.S. Antoinette (5-star), River Empress (5-star) or River Queen (5-star)

  • Breisach

    Day 2 - Breisach (Kaysersberg and Riquewihr or Colmar)

    Breisach is your gateway to the Alsatian wine road, your launching point for one of two excursions. You can visit Kaysersberg and Riquewihr, two of the most picturesque villages in the region, sampling local delicacies and getting a feel for daily life, or take a tour of the larger town, Colmar, considered one of the most beautiful destinations along the wine road. Enjoy the Captain’s welcome reception and dinner.

    S.S. Antoinette (5-star), River Empress (5-star) or River Queen (5-star)

  • Strasbourg.

    Day 3 - Kehl (Strasbourg)

    Explore the Alsatian capital, known as the ‘Crossroads of Europe’ for its strategic location halfway between Paris and Prague. You may choose to see Strasbourg on a panoramic tour or as the locals do, on a walking tour.

    S.S. Antoinette (5-star), River Empress (5-star) or River Queen (5-star)

  • Speyer

    Day 4 - Mannheim (Speyer)

    Stroll through Speyer’s charming Old Town to the city’s grand cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Alternatively, for a different spin on the Palatinate wine region, visit the Doktorenhof vinegar estate to sample unique aperitifs made from wine vinegars.

    S.S. Antoinette (5-star), River Empress (5-star) or River Queen (5-star)

  • Rudesheim

    Day 5 - Rüdesheim - Boppard

    Arrive in Rüdesheim, one of the most charming ports of call in the Rhine Valley. This city is famous for the Drosselgasse, a narrow, bustling lane of shops and wine bars. Experience Germany’s fabled Rhine River in one of two ways - a tasting of estate-grown Rieslings at Castle Vollrads or an invigorating vineyard hike.

    S.S. Antoinette (5-star), River Empress (5-star) or River Queen (5-star)

  • Fortress Ehrenbreitstein

    Day 6 - Cruising the Romantic Rhine - Koblenz

    Watch the waters of the Moselle meld with the Rhine’s as you stand at the German Corner during your discovery tour, sharing views with a symbol of German unity, an equestrian statue of Kaiser Wilhelm I, who united the nation in the 19th century. Or cycle from Boppard to Koblenz, with views of ancient and colourfully painted half-timbered houses and the magnificent Marksburg Castle. A third option will take you to Marksburg Castle.

    S.S. Antoinette (5-star), River Empress (5-star) or River Queen (5-star)

  • Cologne

    Day 7 - Cologne

    You simply cannot visit Cologne without paying homage to the Gothic masterpiece that serves as the city’s cathedral. A local expert will show you favourite haunts around the Old Town and share some of the cathedral’s most intriguing secrets. Cologne is the largest and oldest city of the Rhineland, with more than 30 museums and hundreds of art galleries. Cap the day off at the Captain’s farewell reception and dinner. Please note: On Sundays and Catholic holidays, tours inside the cathedral are not allowed, but individual visits are still welcomed.

    S.S. Antoinette (5-star), River Empress (5-star) or River Queen (5-star)

  • VIP Inbound

    Day 8 Amsterdam - UK

    Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. Upon arrival your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.

    Arrive Home

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Important information about your destination

Please note: Reverse departures call in Germersheim for Speyer instead of Mannheim The deposit due for this holiday is £250pp


Castles along the Rhine

Basel to Amsterdam

8 days from £2,099 per person