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Rhine River

Castles along The Rhine

8 Days | Basel to Amsterdam

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Amsterdam

Start or end your trip with a three-day adventure in the Netherlands’ beloved capital city. Explore amazing Amsterdam and discover its legacy of history, art and architecture.

Included in your 3-day stay:

  • 2 nights at the Hilton Amsterdam Hotel (or similar)
  • Breakfast daily and all service charges, taxes and porterage
  • Amsterdam canals and famous Rijksmuseum
  • English-speaking expert
  • All transfers

Day to Day:

2023 Amsterdam Pre-Cruise Day to Day Overview (click here for details)

Day 1: Amsterdam
Once you’ve cleared customs, you will be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to the hotel. There you will check in, drop off your bags and, if you wish, go out and explore the city on your own. Your Uniworld local host can offer suggestions for your leisure time. The best-known city in Holland boasts an amazing panorama of history, art, culture, architecture, food and drink, canals, cobblestone streets, museums, and bicycles.

Day 2: Amsterdam
FEATURED EXCURSION: The Famous Rijksmuseum & Amsterdam Canal Cruise
Start your morning with a tour of the Rijksmuseum. You’ll walk to the famous museum, where an expert guide will help you navigate the largest and most renowned collection of Dutch and Flemish art and artifacts in the world, now arranged to reveal the history of Dutch art. After your guided tour, you’ll have some time to explore the museum on your own.

Additionally, your tour manager will provide a canal cruise ticket for you to use at your own leisure. Amsterdam is called the Venice of the North for a reason: canals crisscross the heart of the old city, and bridges link approximately 90 islands. As the principal city in a newly independent Holland, Amsterdam was a boom town in the early 17th century, rapidly outgrowing its medieval walls. The city’s fathers responded by demolishing most of the old city and building anew, creating Europe’s first planned city. That “new” district is now 400 years old, and as you glide along the main canals, you’ll pass stately merchants’ houses-built centuries ago. But the canals are not merely scenic; they are essential thoroughfares—people take water buses to work and live in houseboats along the banks—so a canal cruise gives you a look at the busy modern city too.

MASTERPIECE COLLECTION EXCURSION*: Hidden Amsterdam
Embark on an exploration of Amsterdam’s icons, starting with a look behind the scenes at something most visitors only admire from the outside: one of the city’s most beautiful canal houses. You’ll see many of them as you walk around town, but Museum Van Loon stands apart from the rest. Built in the 17th century, this private-residence-turned-museum is an immaculately preserved homage to Dutch Golden Age style.

Next, stop for a cup of coffee and a slice of the country’s famous apple pie before heading to a colorful flower market or a hidden courtyard known as the Begijnhof, the historic home of a collective of unmarried religious women.

Day 3: Amsterdam
You’ll have some free time today before your river cruise adventure begins. Amsterdam is full of amazing museums, lively street life and intriguing shops, all of which you can easily explore on your own. Your local host can offer suggestions. In the afternoon, you’ll board the motorcoach and transfer to the ship to begin your all-inclusive river cruise.

*Masterpiece Collection are optional experiences that go above and beyond our daily selection of included excursions and can be booked for an additional fee. Masterpiece Collection excursions may not operate if they occur on a holiday or if they require a minimum number of participants and that minimum is not met.

2023 Amsterdam Post-Cruise Day to Day Overview (click here for details)

Day 1: Amsterdam
FEATURED EXCURSION: The Famous Rijksmuseum & Amsterdam Canal Cruise
Start your morning with a tour of the Rijksmuseum. You’ll walk to the famous museum, where an expert guide will help you navigate the largest and most renowned collection of Dutch and Flemish art and artifacts in the world, now arranged to reveal the history of Dutch art. After your guided tour, you’ll have some time to explore the museum on your own.

Additionally, your tour manager will provide a canal cruise ticket for you to use at your own leisure. Amsterdam is called the Venice of the North for a reason: canals crisscross the heart of the old city, and bridges link approximately 90 islands. As the principal city in a newly independent Holland, Amsterdam was a boom town in the early 17th century, rapidly outgrowing its medieval walls. The city’s fathers responded by demolishing most of the old city and building anew, creating Europe’s first planned city. That “new” district is now 400 years old, and as you glide along the main canals, you’ll pass stately merchants’ houses-built centuries ago. But the canals are not merely scenic; they are essential thoroughfares—people take water buses to work and live in houseboats along the banks—so a canal cruise gives you a look at the busy modern city too.

Day 2: Amsterdam
How do you choose among Amsterdam’s sights and delights? You could ramble through the Jordaan district, not far from the Anne Frank house. It has always attracted artists—Rembrandt himself is buried at the West Church here. Today you’ll find charming and unique little shops, just like in the nearby Nine Streets neighborhood. Enjoy the street performers on Leidseplein Square or check out the huge and lively Albert Cuyp Market, home to a vast array of international foodstuffs. Visit the unique former Jewish Quarter where the Portuguese synagogue seems virtually untouched since the 17th century. Next door is the former Ashkenazi synagogue complex. Nowadays, it hosts the biggest Jewish Historical Museum outside Israel. Call upon your guide’s deep local knowledge for recommendations; they will be happy to suggest sights and destinations that will delight you.

MASTERPIECE COLLECTION EXCURSION*: Polders and Windmills, or Hidden Amsterdam
Polders and Windmills: Windmills, cheese, clogs—if these are the first things you think of when you hear Holland, this excursion is for you. Perhaps you should add one more word to that list: polder—land claimed from the sea. There's an old saying: “God created the world, but the Dutch created their own land.” Today, as you head off to Zaanse Schans, a wonderful living-history village, you'll get a close-up look at the land the Dutch created.

Zaanse Schans stands on the banks of the Zaan River, amid the Kalverpolder—land reclaimed from the sea 500 years ago and put to work supplying the needs of booming Amsterdam in the 17th century. Though water was pumped away from the land via windmills, the windmills you see in Zaanse Schans were early industrial mills, dedicated to grinding spices, oil, flour—whatever the city growing nearby needed. Some 600 windmills operated here, forming the country’s earliest industrial zone; today six working mills stand atop the dike on the banks of the Zaan. One of them will be in full operation when you arrive, and you can tour the interior with its operator, listening to the wind whirling through the blades of the mill and powering the heavy stones as they turn. Traditional arts and crafts are practiced in the historic cottages lining the dike: You can watch klompen (wooden clogs) being made—go ahead, try on a pair; it's fun! See how sails for windmills are woven, and sample liqueurs made at the distillery. As for cheese, your tour includes a stop at a farm where you will, of course, be treated to a taste of some traditionally made cheeses.

Hidden Amsterdam: Embark on an exploration of Amsterdam’s icons, starting with a look behind the scenes at something most visitors only admire from the outside: one of the city’s most beautiful canal houses. You’ll see many of them as you walk around town, but Museum Van Loon stands apart from the rest. Built in the 17th century, this private-residence-turned-museum is an immaculately preserved homage to Dutch Golden Age style.

Next, stop for a cup of coffee and a slice of the country’s famous apple pie before heading to a colorful flower market or a hidden courtyard known as the Begijnhof, the historic home of a collective of unmarried religious women.

Day 3: Amsterdam
You have sampled culinary delights and experienced the best that Amsterdam has to offer. Now it’s time to check out of the hotel and be transferred to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport for your trip home. Your Uniworld adventure may be over, but we know you’ll enjoy the memories you’ve made for years to come.

*Masterpiece Collection are optional experiences that go above and beyond our daily selection of included excursions and can be booked for an additional fee. Masterpiece Collection excursions may not operate if they occur on a holiday or if they require a minimum number of participants and that minimum is not met.

Pricing:

£699 per person (for 2 guests)

For solo travelers, there is a single supplement of £279.


Note: This extension is for cruises that begin or end in Amsterdam.

Lake Lucerne

Your Castles along the Rhine cruise will give you a brief and charming sample of Swiss culture with a stop in Basel—extend your time in Switzerland before or after your cruise with 2 nights in the pretty lake town of Lucerne to immerse yourself in the center of Swiss life.

Included in your 3-day stay:

  • 2 nights at the Bürgenstock Hotel (or similar)
  • Breakfast daily and all service charges, taxes and porterage
  • Lucerne City Walk with Boat Ride
  • English-speaking expert
  • All transfers

Day to Day:

2023 Lake Lucerne Pre-Cruise Day to Day Overview (click here for details)

Day 1: Lake Lucerne
Once you’ve cleared customs, you will be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to the hotel. There you will check in, drop off your bags and, if you wish, go out and explore the city on your own. Your Uniworld local host can offer suggestions for your leisure time.

Day 2: Lake Lucerne
MASTERPIECE COLLECTION EXCURSION*: Mt. Titlis
Summit over 10,000 feet for an adventure on top of one of the highest mountains in Switzerland that is open to tourists. From the peaks of Mt. Titlis, take in unbeatable views of the surrounding mountain ranges that spread out for miles. A popular day-trip destination for travelers and Swiss locals alike, any time of year, Titlis is famous for being the site of the world’s first rotating cable cars and Europe’s highest suspension bridge.

Day 3: Lake Lucerne
FEATURED EXCURSION: Lucerne City walk with boat ride
Meet your local guide for a stroll through the picturesque—and perfectly preserved—Old Town. Bloom-filled flower boxes line both Chapel Bridge, with its iconic medieval tower, and Mill Bridge, which spans the Reuss River just before it empties into the lake. Wine Market Square, with its frescoed palace façades and central fountain, the town hall, and the medieval ramparts—nine of its original towers remain—make up the heart of the district. A bit farther afield you’ll find the Lion Monument, which commemorates the hundreds of Swiss Guards who died in 1792 defending Louis XVI during the French Revolution.

See Lucerne from a completely different point of view during a scenic one-hour boat ride on Lake Lucerne. Picturesque onion-domed churches and historic palaces cast their reflection on the water, the snow-capped Alps tower in the distance. It’s an idyllic scene.

*Masterpiece Collection are optional experiences that go above and beyond our daily selection of included excursions and can be booked for an additional fee. Masterpiece Collection excursions may not operate if they occur on a holiday or if they require a minimum number of participants and that minimum is not met.

2023 Lake Lucerne Post-Cruise Day to Day Overview (click here for details)

Day 1: Lake Lucerne
Once you disembark the ship, you will be transferred to Lake Lucerne by motorcoach for today’s featured excursion.

FEATURED EXCURSION: Lucerne City walk with boat ride
Meet your local guide for a stroll through the picturesque—and perfectly preserved—Old Town. Bloom-filled flower boxes line both Chapel Bridge, with its iconic medieval tower, and Mill Bridge, which spans the Reuss River just before it empties into the lake. Wine Market Square, with its frescoed palace façades and central fountain, the town hall, and the medieval ramparts—nine of its original towers remain—make up the heart of the district. A bit farther afield you’ll find the Lion Monument, which commemorates the hundreds of Swiss Guards who died in 1792 defending Louis XVI during the French Revolution.

See Lucerne from a completely different point of view during a scenic one-hour boat ride on Lake Lucerne. Picturesque onion-domed churches and historic palaces cast their reflection on the water, the snow-capped Alps tower in the distance. It’s an idyllic scene.

Day 2: Lake Lucerne
MASTERPIECE COLLECTION EXCURSION*: Mt. Titlis
Summit over 10,000 feet for an adventure on top of one of the highest mountains in Switzerland that is open to tourists. From the peaks of Mt. Titlis, take in unbeatable views of the surrounding mountain ranges that spread out for miles. A popular day-trip destination for travelers and Swiss locals alike, any time of year, Titlis is famous for being the site of the world’s first rotating cable cars and Europe’s highest suspension bridge.

*Masterpiece Collection are optional experiences that go above and beyond our daily selection of included excursions and can be booked for an additional fee. Masterpiece Collection excursions may not operate if they occur on a holiday or if they require a minimum number of participants and that minimum is not met.

Day 3: Lake Lucerne
It’s time to check out of the hotel and head to the Zurich Airport for your trip home. We hope you will enjoy the memories you’ve made for years to come.

Pricing:

£1,199 per person (for 2 guests)

For solo travelers, there is a single supplement of £639.


Note: This extension is for cruises that begin or end in Basel.

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