Jewish history and culture
along the Rhine

Europe's Jewish HeritageJewish history and culture along the Rhine

"#1 River Cruise Line"

Uniworld’s newest themed river cruise showcases the rich Jewish history and culture of Germany, now home to a thriving Jewish community. Rhine-Main Discovery & Munich provides a balanced and in-depth exploration of the region, with opportunities to remember the past, rejoice in the rebirth of Jewish communities and look ahead to a promising, peaceful future. For travellers seeking transformative experiences, this soul-stirring 10-day itinerary adds yet another dimension to a tale that never can be told enough.


Explore Germany’s rich, tumultuous and extraordinarily complex history, a journey encompassing trial and tribulation, discrimination and survival.


As Europe’s most diverse country, Germany presents an intriguing kaleidoscope of emotion and discovery for today’s Jewish Heritage travellers.


Come away with an even more profound respect and appreciation for the enduring strength, spirit and resilience of the Jewish people.

Germany's Jewish Revival

For anyone with an interest in Jewish history and culture, few places today hold greater significance than Germany, now home to the world’s fastest-growing Jewish community.

Uniworld’s Jewish Heritage cruises celebrate the 2,000-year-old Jewish legacy in the Rhineland. Our distinctively different programme—the only Jewish Heritage itinerary on the Rhine River—showcases Jewish communities and the many positive developments that can be seen throughout Germany today.

While visits to Jewish cemeteries, memorials and WWII camps are an important part of this journey, our aim is to tell the whole story—the story of how the Jewish people thrived for centuries in Germany and are flourishing there once again.

We hope our Jewish Heritage theme cruises serve as cross-cultural “Bridges of Understanding.” Experience the Uniworld difference onboard the only Jewish family-owned river cruise line—there’s no finer way to discover today’s Germany.

Uniquely Uniworld

With a motto of “no request too large, no detail too small,” Uniworld takes great pride in being the world’s only authentic boutique cruise line. We’re known for our one-of-a-kind ships, welcoming ambiance and unsurpassed service, signature elements that elevate all-inclusive river cruising to a whole new category of luxury travel.

Iconic Ships

Iconic Ships

The elegant River Ambassador features the old-world craftsmanship and sophisticated amenities that set our ships apart, such as Savoir® of England beds, original art and beautiful antiques. Cruising aboard a floating boutique hotel allows for step-to-shore access and up-close views of dramatic scenery – plus, you only have to unpack once!

A Legacy of Service

A Legacy of Service

At Uniworld, exceptional service begins with you. By getting to know your personal preferences, our resourceful staff can better anticipate your every need. With one of the highest staff-to-guest ratios on the rivers, your every request is swiftly fulfilled. Guests staying in suites also enjoy extra pampering provided by our team of professional butlers.

Iconic Ships

Culinary Excellence

The gourmet (non-kosher) meals served onboard are prepared with the finest local ingredients. We also offer a generous choice of complimentary beverages, including fine wines curated by our expert sommeliers. The readers of SAVEUR named us "Best Culinary Cruise Line," and our Culinary Director Gerard van Helvoot was recently inducted into the prestigious Chaîne des Rôtisseurs culinary guild.

Shore Excursions

What makes the excursions on our Jewish Heritage cruises different from all others? Here are just a few reasons why Rhine-Main Discovery & Munich is so unique:

  • Uniworld is the only river cruise line offering Jewish Heritage tours along the spectacularly scenic Upper Middle Rhine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site lined with more castles and fortresses than any other river valley on earth.
  • Our meticulously planned shore excursions feature an enticing mixture of old and new, past and present, with visits to magnificent synagogues, Jewish cemeteries and memorials, exceptional museum collections, historic ghettos and more.
  • Our commitment to building cross-cultural “bridges of understanding” is the foundation of everything we do, and you’ll remember the local people you meet as much as the places you visit.
  • All shore excursions are led by knowledgeable, sensitive and enthusiastic guides who can explain complex social and historical realities in understandable and relatable terms. Passionate and articulate, they possess a genuine love for the “Jewish way of life” and their stories and insights are completely captivating.
  • Customize your trip with our robust menu of adventures—select a Jewish Heritage tour, one of our standard or Choice Is Yours tours, or venture ashore to explore on your own.

*Guests have a choice of Jewish Wertheim or Frankfurt’s Judengasse Museum.

Onboard Life

While there are many tantalizing things to see and do on our Jewish Heritage itinerary, there’s also ample time to relax and enjoy the River Ambassador’s luxurious amenities.

Onboard Uniworld Onboard Uniworld

A Sophisticated Sanctuary

Carrying no more than 116 guests, the River Ambassador is quite a departure from ocean-going ships – you’ll never have to wait in long lines to tender into port, navigate a maze of corridors or endure multiple seatings for dinner. Your intimate ship also makes it easy to meet other guests and allows our staff to devote more personal attention to you.

Uniworld Lectures

Signature Lectures

Attend lectures by local experts on “The History of the Jews in Europe” and “Jewish Intellectuals, Writers & Musicians,” programs developed to deepen your understanding of the remarkable Jewish legacy found throughout the Continent.

Uniworld Workshops

Special Workshops

Learn how to bake challah or join “An introduction to Kosher Cooking” workshop covering the basic principles of Jewish dietary laws.

Health & Wellness

Health & Wellness

Indulge in a massage at the Serenity River Spa, workout in our Fitness Centre or sign up for personal training with our Wellness Coach. Practice Sun Salutations on the top deck or simply sit back and admire the ever-changing views along the Rhine River.

What's Included


Rhine-Main Discovery & Munich
Munich to Cologne / 10 Days

Your all-inclusive Uniworld boutique river cruise includes:

  • 7-night cruise/tour in a riverview stateroom on River Ambassador
  • 2 nights in Munich at Le Meridien Munich (or similar) with breakfast
  • All transfers on arrival and departure days
  • Port charges and all gratuities, both onboard and onshore
  • All meals onboard, with in-room dining available 24/7
  • Unlimited beverages onboard
  • 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions
  • Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners
  • 8 days of shore excursions with expert guides
  • 4 UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Services of an experienced Cruise Manager
  • Personal Quietvox audio headsets

Available on all dates on this itinerary

Remarkable Rhine

Remarkable Rhine


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2018 Jewish heritage highlights

  • Basel
  • Strasbourg
  • Speyer
  • Frankfurt
  • Cologne
  • Amsterdam