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Amsterdam

Spend time discovering Holland’s best-known city, which is filled with history, art, architecture, canals, cobblestone streets, museums, bicycles, and so much more.

Included in your 3-day stay:

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

Pricing:

£519 per person (for 2 guests)

For solo travelers, there is a single supplement of £249.

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

Day to Day:

  • DAY 1: Amsterdam
    The best-known city in Holland boasts an amazing panorama of history, art, culture, architecture, food and drink, canals, cobblestone streets, museums and bicycles. Your visit to this international gem will give you an insider’s appreciation of the legacy of Amsterdam’s golden age. After you’ve made your way through customs, you will be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to the hotel. Check in and then head out and explore this fascinating city. Your local host can recommend great places to visit and the best restaurants in the area. You might stop by the floating flower market near the Mint Tower to survey Holland’s best-known export, or enjoy the lively street scene on Leidse Square.

    DAY 2: Amsterdam
    FEATURED EXCURSION: Amsterdam Canals and Famous Rijksmuseum
    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 some 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*: Polders and Windmills
    Windmills, cheese, clogs—if these are the first things you think of when you hear the name 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,” and 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, or 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 cheese is produced in the traditional way; of course, you'll get to taste some!

    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 exciting journey through the heart of Europe.

    *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 1: Amsterdam
    FEATURED EXCURSION: Amsterdam Canals and Famous Rijksmuseum
    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 some 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—especially starving artists, since the area once housed the city’s poorest immigrant workers—and Rembrandt was buried in a pauper’s grave here at the West Church. Now you’ll find charming and unique little shops here, just like in the nearby Nine Streets neighborhood. Enjoy the street performers on Leidse 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 the former Ashkenazi synagogue complex nowadays hosts the biggest Jewish Historical Museum outside Israel. Call upon your guide’s deep local knowledge for recommendations; he or she will be happy to suggest sights and destinations that will delight you.

    MASTERPIECE COLLECTION EXCURSION*: Polders and Windmills
    Windmills, cheese, clogs—if these are the first things you think of when you hear the name 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,” and 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, or 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 cheese is produced in the traditional way; of course you'll get to taste some!

    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.

Basel & Lake Lucerne

Included in your 3-day stay:

• 2 nights at the Grand Hotel Les Trois Rois (or similar)
• Breakfast daily and all gratuities, service charges, taxes and porterage
• Lucerne walking discovery tour with Lake Lucerne boat ride
• Basel walking discovery tour
• English-speaking expert
• All transfers

Pricing:

£729 per person (for 2 guests)

For solo travelers, there is a single supplement of £249.

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

Day to Day:

  • DAY 1: Basel
    Once you’ve made your way through customs at the airport in Basel, you will be greeted by a Uniworld representative, who will help you with your baggage and direct you to the motorcoach and your hotel. At the hotel, your local host will provide you with information about the neighborhood where you are staying. The rest of the evening is at your leisure. Your historic hotel is located right on the banks of the Rhine, and if you like, you can take a behind-the-scenes tour of the hotel itself. You may wish to rest from your journey, enjoy dinner at the hotel’s celebrated restaurant, or pop out for a bite to eat and get a jump-start on your sightseeing. On the border of three nations (Switzerland, France and Germany), Basel is both cutting-edge and traditional: The city’s medieval Old Town coexists with modern buildings by notable contemporary architects. And the Rhine runs through the heart of it.

    DAY 2: Basel, Lucerne
    FEATURED EXCURSION: Charming Lucerne - Switzerland in a Nutshell
    Journey from Basel to beautiful lakeside Lucerne, where you’ll meet your local guide for a stroll through the picture-perfect—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 EXCURSION*: Mt. Pilatus golden round-trip
    The view from the crest of Mt. Pilatus is truly stunning: on a clear day you can see more than 70 alpine peaks, from the Bernese Alps to the French Alps, and serene blue Lake Lucerne spread out at its foot far below. Climb the nearly 7,000-foot (585-meter) massif via a cogwheel train—its gradient is the steepest in the world—watching rock outcroppings and alpine meadows fall away on either side as the train climbs the switchbacks. Once you reach the top, you have time to hike one of the crest trails, have a coffee or snack on your own at a restaurant with a truly matchless view, and take some photos. Your route down the mountain is equally breathtaking—you’ll descend via aerial cable car to Fräkmüntegg, then switch to a small aerial gondola for the rest of the journey to the base. The ride is as thrilling as the view.

    DAY 3: Basel
    FEATURED EXCURSION: Basel walking tour
    Basel historically has been divided into two sections by the Rhine: Greater Basel, on the south bank, and Lesser Basel, on the north bank—and the Lällekönig has been sticking his long red tongue out at Lesser Basel since 1640. Though the original beaten-copper head with its crown and clockwork mechanism now resides in a museum, a replica still reigns near the Middle Bridge, insulting the grittier side of the city in its time-honored way. It’s on your itinerary today as you explore this most walkable of cities. So too are the squares in the historic heart of the city: Market Square, Barfüsser Square and, at the top of the hill overlooking the Old Town, Cathedral Square. Each one holds a special charm. The spectacular red sandstone 16th-century town hall faces Market Square; Barfüsser Square is named for the deconsecrated church that now houses the city museum (and the original Lällekönig, as well as a fine collection of Hans Holbein paintings); and Cathedral Square is dominated by Basel’s 800-year-old red sandstone Münster, where Erasmus is buried. (The great Renaissance scholar lived in the city for the last 10 years of his life; the university, Switzerland’s oldest, is named for him.) Afterwards, you’ll join the ship and embark on your Rhine River adventure.

    *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 1: Basel
    On the border of three nations (Switzerland, France and Germany), Basel is both cutting-edge and traditional: The city’s medieval Old Town coexists with modern buildings by notable contemporary architects. And the Rhine runs through the heart of it. Your local host will meet you this morning, after you disembark, and introduce this delightful city to you.

    FEATURED EXCURSION: Basel walking tour
    Basel historically has been divided into two sections by the Rhine: Greater Basel, on the south bank, and Lesser Basel, on the north bank—and the Lällekönig has been sticking his long red tongue out at Lesser Basel since 1640. Though the original beaten-copper head with its crown and clockwork mechanism now resides in a museum, a replica still reigns near the Middle Bridge, insulting the grittier side of the city in its time-honored way. It’s on your itinerary today as you explore this most walkable of cities. So too are the squares in the historic heart of the city: Market Square, Barfüsser Square and, at the top of the hill overlooking the Old Town, Cathedral Square. Each one holds a special charm. The spectacular red sandstone 16th-century town hall faces Market Square; Barfüsser Square is named for the deconsecrated church that now houses the city museum (and the original Lällekönig, as well as a fine collection of Hans Holbein paintings); and Cathedral Square is dominated by Basel’s 800-year-old red sandstone Münster, where Erasmus is buried. (The great Renaissance scholar lived in the city for the last 10 years of his life; the university, Switzerland’s oldest, is named for him.) Afterwards, you’ll join the ship and embark on your Rhine River adventure.

    DAY 2: Basel, Lucerne
    FEATURED EXCURSION: Charming Lucerne - Switzerland in a Nutshell
    Journey from Basel to beautiful lakeside Lucerne, where you’ll meet your local guide for a stroll through the picture-perfect—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 EXCURSION*: Mt. Pilatus golden round-trip
    The view from the crest of Mt. Pilatus is truly stunning: on a clear day you can see more than 70 alpine peaks, from the Bernese Alps to the French Alps, and serene blue Lake Lucerne spread out at its foot far below. Climb the nearly 7,000-foot (585-meter) massif via a cogwheel train—its gradient is the steepest in the world—watching rock outcroppings and alpine meadows fall away on either side as the train climbs the switchbacks. Once you reach the top, you have time to hike one of the crest trails, have a coffee or snack on your own at a restaurant with a truly matchless view, and take some photos. Your route down the mountain is equally breathtaking—you’ll descend via aerial cable car to Fräkmüntegg, then switch to a small aerial gondola for the rest of the journey to the base. The ride is as thrilling as the view.

    DAY 3: Basel
    You have sampled culinary delights and experienced the best Basel and Lucerne have to offer. Now it’s time to check out of your hotel and be transferred to the airport for your trip home. We hope 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.

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