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.
7 nights cruise on S.S. Antoinette, River Empress or River Queen
The finest riverview cabins afloat, with included robes and slippers
All meals on board, impeccably prepared using the freshest and finest local ingredients
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 and Nordic walking sticks
Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board
6 included excursions and visits
Choice of Alsatian ‘Village Day’ or Colmar city tour
Choice of Strasbourg panoramic tour with Cathedral and Old Town visit or Exclusive ‘Do as the Locals Do’ Strasbourg walking tour
Choice of Speyer walking discovery tour or Exclusive Doktorenhof vinegar estate visit and tasting
Choice of Exclusive Castle Vollrads wine tasting, Exclusive guided ‘Let’s Go’ hike from Rüdesheim to Assmanshausen or Boppard village stroll
Choice of Koblenz walking discovery tour, Marksburg Castle visit or Exclusive guided ‘Let’s Go’ bike ride
Cologne walking discovery tour with Cologne Cathedral
Plus all these benefits
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service
Services of a Uniworld Cruise Manager and their expert crew
International flights (prices are based on return flights with a leading airline from London Heathrow or Gatwick. Supplements may apply from other airports)
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 (5T), River Empress (5T) or River Queen (5T).
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.
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 via its historic canals, or you may experience the historic core as the locals do, with an exclusive walking tour.
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.
Day 5 - Rüdesheim - Cruising the romantic Rhine - Boppard
Wine connoisseurs will want to go on a private tour and Riesling tasting at Castle Vollrads. Adventurers will want to soar up to the Niederwald Heights on a gondola, followed by a hike. Then, after a cruise along the UNESCO-designated Upper Middle Rhine, stroll through quaint Boppard.
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.
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.
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.
• 2018 departures include slightly different excursions in Strasbourg and Rüdesheim - please call for details.
• Reverse departures call in Germersheim for Speyer instead of Mannheim
The deposit for this holiday is £250pp or 10% whichever is greater.