S.S. Maria Theresa in front of the Parliament building in Budapest

Six Once-in-a-Lifetime Experiences
Offered Exclusively by Uniworld

Cruise Critic editors made Uniworld their top choice for “Best Shore Excursions” in 2015, an honor we strive to uphold each and every day. We offer our guests a generous menu of meticulously planned and expertly guided cultural experiences, many of which are exclusively ours. Here are some of our favorite moments on select 2017 itineraries:

Morning with the Masters

Venture inside the acclaimed Kunsthistorisches (Art History) Museum in Vienna for a special early opening and private tour. After viewing the Habsburg’s imperial treasures and works by Rubens, Rembrandt, Dürer, Titian and Tintoretto, enjoy a Bellini cocktail on the museum’s stunning cupola terrace. Experience it on "Enchanting Danube".

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Enchanting Danube

2017 | 8 DAYS FROM Budapest to Passau

SHIP: S.S. Maria Theresa

City Highlights: Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Dürnstein, Melk, Salzburg or Linz, Passau

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Discover the best of Eastern and Western Europe on a journey showcasing the region’s glorious history, art and architecture, music, and food and wine.

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Doktorenhof Vinegar Estate Visit & Tasting

Discover the complex, elegant and unexpectedly flavorful aperitifs made with premium wine vinegars at this unique estate’s atmospheric tasting room. The hooded monks’ robes, candlelit cellars and fascinating vinegar-inspired lore all contribute to a most memorable excursion in Germany. Experience it on these itineraries:

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Castles Along the Rhine

2017 | 8 DAYS FROM Basel to Amsterdam

SHIP: S.S. Antoinette, River Empress

City Highlights: Brussels, Antwerp, Maastricht, Heusden, Schoonhoven or Kinderdijk, Amsterdam

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This perennially popular itinerary is cherished for its dramatic natural beauty, fairytale ambiance and abundance of must-see cultural highlights.

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Legendary Rhine & Moselle

2017 | 13 DAYS FROM Amsterdam to Basel

SHIP: River Queen

City Highlights: Amsterdam, Cologne, Koblenz, Cochem, Trier, Bernkastel, Boppard, Rüdesheim, Speyer, Strasbourg, BreisachColmar or , Colmar or, Riquewihr, Basel

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Experience the enduring allure of the scenic Rhine and Moselle rivers, lined with vine-covered hillsides, medieval castles and bustling towns and cities.

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Rhine Holiday Markets

2017 | 8 DAYS FROM Basel to Cologne

SHIP: S.S. Antoinette

City Highlights: Basel, Kehl, Mannheim, Mainz, Rüdesheim, Koblenz, Cologne

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Discover the origins of cherished holiday traditions on a festive voyage showcasing seasonal treats and spectacular holiday décor.

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After-Hours Visit Inside St. Mark’s Basilica

Uniworld guests have an exceptionally rare opportunity to observe a private after-hours lighting ceremony inside St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice, Italy. The lights serve to enhance the elaborately adorned interior of this beautiful church, a sight that’s especially resplendent when viewed after the daytime crowds have departed. Experience it on these itineraries:

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Gems of Northern Italy

2017 | 10 DAYS FROM Milan to Venice

SHIP: River Countess

City Highlights: Milan, Venice, Padua, Bologna or Ferrara, Verona

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Italy’s many charms are on display throughout this carefully curated itinerary, an unforgettable journey for travelers looking to experience la dolce vita.

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Splendors of Italy

2017 | 15 DAYS FROM Milan to Rome

SHIP: River Countess

City Highlights: Milan, Verona, Venice, Chioggia, Polesella, Taglio di Po, Chioggia, Venice Islands, Florence, Rome

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Delve deeply into Italy’s vast cultural legacy, exploring ancient Roman ruins, Renaissance wonders, grand cities and delightful “hidden gems.”

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Guided Kayaking on the Gardon River

“Go Active” as you paddle your own kayak on a guided excursion along the tranquil Gardon River. This is a delightful opportunity to view the UNESCO-listed, millennia-old Pont du Gard from a fresh, fun and truly unforgettable perspective. Experience it on "Burgundy & Provence" (May through September departures only).

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Burgundy & Provence

2017 | 8 DAYS FROM Avignon to Lyon

SHIP: S.S. Catherine

City Highlights: Avignon, Tarascon, Viviers, Tournon, Lyon, Mâcon, Lyon

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Gaze upon the beautiful scenery and vibrant colors that have inspired generations of artists on this lavender-scented journey through sunny southern France.

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Artisanal Wine-Pairing Lunch at Chateau Royal de Cazeneuve

We treat our guests to a delectable wine-pairing lunch at Château de Cazeneuve, an 85-acre estate where local experts are happy to share their knowledge of Sauternes—the highly prized, golden-hued sweet wine that takes its name from the region. Experience it on these itineraries:

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Bordeaux, Vineyards & Châteaux

2017 | 8 DAYS FROM Bordeaux to Bordeaux

SHIP: River Royale

City Highlights: Bordeaux, Pauillac, Saint-Émilion, Blaye, Cadillac

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Embrace the centuries-old historic heritage and bucolic charm of one of the world’s most revered wine regions.

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A Portrait of Majestic France

2017 | 15 DAYS FROM Paris to Bordeaux

SHIP: S.S. Joie de Vivre, River Royale

City Highlights: Paris, Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, Vernon, Caudebec-en-Caux, Rouen, Vernon, Paris

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This all-encompassing voyage blends a passion for art, culture, food and wine with France’s postcard-perfect countryside and all the glamour and romance of Paris.

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Ultimate France

2017 | 22 DAYS FROM Avignon to Bordeaux

SHIP: S.S. Catherine, S.S. Joie de Vivre, River Royale

City Highlights: Avignon, Tarascon, Avignon, Viviers, Tournon, Mâcon, Vernon, Les Andelys, Rouen, Caudebec-en-Caux, Mantes-la-Jolie, Paris, Cadillac, Bordeaux, Pauillac, Blaye, Libourne, Bordeaux

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Discover the best of France from north to south on a luxurious voyage showcasing three spectacularly scenic itineraries. Truly magnifique!

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Concert, Dinner & Royal Ballroom Dancing in a Viennese Palace

There’s no better way to celebrate the holidays and the “City of Waltzes” than to spend a perfectly choreographed evening in a sumptuous Viennese palace. Enjoy a private concert of classical music by Austrian composers, a gourmet meal with fine wines and after-dinner dancing in an opulent Royal Ballroom. Experience it on select sailings of "Grand Christmas & New Year’s Cruise".

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Grand Christmas & New Year's Cruise

2017 | 11 DAYS FROM Passau to Budapest

SHIP: S.S. Maria Theresa

City Highlights: Passau, Linz, Grein, Melk, Dürnstein, Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest

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Three captivating countries along the Danube—Germany, Austria, and Hungary—provide the perfect backdrop for a memorable dual holiday celebration.

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