Zurich & the Rhine River Valley

10 Days | Nuremberg to Zurich

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Bamberg, Germany
  • 10 days
  • 3 countries

Follow the Rhine’s course through Germany, visiting two more countries at the heart of Europe along the way, to delight in the wide array of wonderful experiences this region is home to.

Immerse yourself in history as you stroll through beautifully preserved medieval towns and a stunning imperial palace. Sample the fruits of the Rhine’s famously excellent wineries and enjoy traditional treats as you follow your local guides through the destinations they call home. And, to fully appreciate the lush environment of this verdant river valley, we’ll give you several opportunities to get active out in nature.

The Rhine also gives us access to such remarkable destinations as the Alsatian capital of Strasbourg or the multicultural city of Basel in Switzerland. And not too far from Basel lies a destination every world traveler should visit at least once, the scenic, lakeside city of Zurich. We’ll spend two nights here in five-star luxury at The Dolder Grand Hotel, expanding our journey on land to embrace Swiss cultural highlights in the country’s largest city.

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  • UNESCO
  • Motorcoach
  • Embark/Disembark
Note: For 2023 and 2024 departures that embark in Basel, the ship will dock outside of Basel in the port of Breisach. The itineraries presented are subject to modification due to water levels, closures because of public holidays or other uncontrollable factors. Every effort will be made to operate programs as planned, but changes may still be necessary throughout the cruise. This day-to-day schedule is subject to change. Your final day-to-day schedule will be provided onboard on the first day of your cruise.
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Optional Extension

Prague Pre-Cruise Extension

Prague

Visiting the “City of Spires” is the perfect way to begin or end your enchanting cruise. Prague has been a center of arts, commerce, and politics for a thousand years, and it offers a stunning array of medieval, baroque, and art nouveau architecture.

  • 2 nights at the Cosmopolitan Hotel (or similar)
  • Breakfast daily and all service charges, taxes, and porterage
  • Prague Old Town & Castle District
  • English-speaking expert
  • All transfers

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Day 1

Nuremberg (Embark)

Nuremberg

Arrive at Nuremberg Airport. If your cruise includes a group arrival transfer or if you have purchased a private arrival transfer, you will be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to the ship.

Note: For Arrival, Departure and Transfer details, please visit Uniworld.com/transfers. For Port Location details, please visit Uniworld.com/ports.
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Day 2

Bamberg

Bamberg

Bamberg in its entirety is not only described as beautiful but has often been regarded as one of Germany’s most attractive settlements, with its picturesque architecture, intersecting canals and rivers, and charming stores and restaurants, all framed by rolling hills.

In the evening, a special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you.

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Bamberg Walking Tour

Now a pleasant city with a lively student population and a world-famous symphony orchestra, Bamberg was the center of economic and political life for a huge swath of Central Europe in the Middle Ages. Spared WWII bombing, the entire heart of historic Bamberg is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The...

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Bamberg Walking Tour

Now a pleasant city with a lively student population and a world-famous symphony orchestra, Bamberg was the center of economic and political life for a huge swath of Central Europe in the Middle Ages. Spared WWII bombing, the entire heart of historic Bamberg is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The medieval layout of the city remains intact, along with 2,000 historic buildings; it is yours to explore today.

In the splendid late-Romanesque Imperial Cathedral you will find the only papal tomb in Germany, that of Pope Clement II (who was the bishop of Bamberg before he became pope), as well as the tomb of Emperor Henry II (who established the bishopric). Cross the cobblestone footbridge to the Old Town Hall, which is adorned with colorful frescoes, and ramble along the narrow lanes lined with picturesque half-timbered houses.

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Let’s Go: Treetop Hike

Venture into the Steigerwald Nature Park to experience the forest from a completely different perspective—high up in the treetops. A wooden pathway winds around the trees, then spirals upwards to culminate in a 41-meter tower.

Along the way you’ll pass a deer park, live camera feeds...

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Let’s Go: Treetop Hike

Venture into the Steigerwald Nature Park to experience the forest from a completely different perspective—high up in the treetops. A wooden pathway winds around the trees, then spirals upwards to culminate in a 41-meter tower.

Along the way you’ll pass a deer park, live camera feeds into birds’ nests, learning stations and a petting zoo. When you reach the top of the walkway, you’ll find yourself high above the forest, enjoying spectacular views of the countryside.

Masterpiece Collection Providing the most all-inclusive luxury to our guests is the heart and soul of our brand and that will never change. Yet sometimes our guests want something that goes even "above and beyond" our included experiences. In light of this, we now offer guests a curated selection of optional excursions, available for an additional charge.

Bamberg Beer Experience

3 hours
Activity Level: Intermediate
$81
For VIP access to a classic German experience, enter the halls of Kundmüller Brewery. You’ll be treated to a close-up view of their operations and introduced to their beers with a tasting and some light snacks.
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Bamberg Beer Experience

Duration: 3 hours
Activity Level: Intermediate
$81 pre-purchase €69 EUR onboard

For VIP access to a classic German experience, enter the halls of Kundmüller Brewery. You’ll be treated to a close-up view of their operations and introduced to their beers with a tasting and some light snacks.

*Masterpiece Collection are optional experiences that go above and beyond our daily selection of included excursions and can be booked for an additional fee. Select Masterpiece Collection Optional Experiences can be pre-booked. Please note that requests to pre-book must be made by calling our Reservations Team no later than 6 days prior to departure and are subject to availability. Some venues are limited in the number of guests they can accommodate. Guests can book onboard (space permitting) and pay in Euros. Pre-booked Masterpiece Collection Optional Experiences are refundable up to 48 hours prior to the cruise/tour start date; if inside of 48 hours they are non-refundable. Select Masterpiece Collection Optional Experiences require a minimum number of participants and are subject to cancellation (with full refund) if minimum is not met. Masterpiece Collection Optional Experiences are non-commissionable. Prices are subject to change. 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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Day 3

Würzburg

Würzburg

The opulent Würzburg Residence, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offers a true sense of the region’s history through the European Renaissance. It even contains the world’s largest ceiling fresco by Tiepolo. Visit the Residence and its carefully restored gardens or get outdoors and enjoy a scenic hike around Festung Marienberg, a prominent landmark that was previously home to a long line of prince-bishops.

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Würzburg Residence Visit with Court Gardens

This incredibly lavish 18th-century palace was created under the auspices of two Schönborn prince-bishops, Lothar Franz and Friedrich Carl, who brought enormous knowledge and passion, as well as a budget for the best, to the project. Over the course of 60 years, they fostered the creation of a ...

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Würzburg Residence Visit with Court Gardens

This incredibly lavish 18th-century palace was created under the auspices of two Schönborn prince-bishops, Lothar Franz and Friedrich Carl, who brought enormous knowledge and passion, as well as a budget for the best, to the project. Over the course of 60 years, they fostered the creation of a 300-room palace that contains jaw-dropping baroque art. The magnificent grand staircase boasts the world’s largest ceiling fresco, painted by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo. Portions of the building were damaged by Allied bombing in 1945, but, fortunately, most of the historic furnishings had been stored off-site and key rooms were unharmed, so you can see the original—and matchless—artwork, gilding and statuary. Check out both the spectacular Hall of Mirrors and the imposing Imperial Hall, which boasts a large oval dome and 20 half-columns. Even the gardens have been restored, right down to the topiary fruit trees in the kitchen garden, which are re-creations of the trees grown there in the 18th century.

Note: Visitors may not take photos or videos or carry backpacks inside the Würzburg Residence.

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Let’s Go: Hike to Festung Marienberg

Perched on a hilltop high above the city of Würzburg, Festung Marienberg is visible from seemingly every direction. Lace up your sneakers and wind your way up to this beloved landmark. As you make your way to the top, you’ll enjoy the scenery of the Main’s left bank and views of...

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Let’s Go: Hike to Festung Marienberg

Perched on a hilltop high above the city of Würzburg, Festung Marienberg is visible from seemingly every direction. Lace up your sneakers and wind your way up to this beloved landmark. As you make your way to the top, you’ll enjoy the scenery of the Main’s left bank and views of enchanting Würzburg below. It was here that the first church north of the Alps was built in 704 AD, followed by 13th-century fortifications and several additional structures. The fortress was expanded and renovated numerous times during the Renaissance and baroque periods, giving it its own unique flair.

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Day 4

Miltenberg

Miltenberg

The perfect German town calls for a day full of quintessential German experiences. Resting on the left bank of the Main, Miltenberg is classically quaint with its charming squares, farmland, biking and pedestrian paths, impressive castles and one of Germany’s oldest inns.

Featured Excursion

Miltenberg Walking Tour with Brotzeit

Nestled between the Rhine and the mountains along its banks, Miltenberg has changed little since the 17th century. Explore its iconic half-timbered architecture as you roam the town with your local guide, taking some free time to shop.

When our time in Miltenberg ends, we’ll move on to...

Read More >

Miltenberg Walking Tour with Brotzeit

Nestled between the Rhine and the mountains along its banks, Miltenberg has changed little since the 17th century. Explore its iconic half-timbered architecture as you roam the town with your local guide, taking some free time to shop.

When our time in Miltenberg ends, we’ll move on to Bürgstadt, a winegrowing community about an hour’s walk away. You’ll have the opportunity to either hop on a bus or join a nature walk to reach this town, where you’ll be welcomed with a drink and traditional Brotzeit snack.

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Day 5

Mainz

Your day in Mainz includes a visit to one of Germany's most stunning locales: Heidelberg.

Featured Excursion

Romantic Heidelberg

A motorcoach carries you to Heidelberg, sometimes called the most romantic city in Germany. It is home to the nation's oldest university, a charming baroque Old Town lying along the banks of the Neckar River, and extraordinarily beautiful castle ruins overlooking the town. Your tour will take you...

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Romantic Heidelberg

A motorcoach carries you to Heidelberg, sometimes called the most romantic city in Germany. It is home to the nation's oldest university, a charming baroque Old Town lying along the banks of the Neckar River, and extraordinarily beautiful castle ruins overlooking the town. Your tour will take you to the castle, with its views of the red-tile roofs of the town below, the handsome Old Bridge and the wooded hillsides beyond, and then into Old Town, where you will see the late-Gothic Holy Spirit Church, the Student Prison and the longest pedestrian street in Germany.

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Day 6

Rastatt (Baden-Baden), Strasbourg

Strasbourg is invariably described as quaint, with its cobbled lanes, half-timbered homes, giant stork nests and impossible-to-resist pastry shops. While we’re docked here today, make sure to get out and explore this charming town—but you won’t want to miss our day trip to the blissful spa town of Baden-Baden.

In the evening, a special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you.

Choose between...

or

Baden-Baden City Tour with Casino

Join a local guide for a walking tour of enchanting Baden-Baden, which will bring you past two thermal baths and the city’s famous Casino. Gain further appreciation for the Romans and their love of natural spa facilities as you pass by the Fettquelle, a public thermal fountain where it is...

Read More >

Baden-Baden City Tour with Casino

Join a local guide for a walking tour of enchanting Baden-Baden, which will bring you past two thermal baths and the city’s famous Casino. Gain further appreciation for the Romans and their love of natural spa facilities as you pass by the Fettquelle, a public thermal fountain where it is believed that the water is health-promoting. After learning about the curative powers of Baden-Baden’s water sources, explore the Casino Baden-Baden, and let its ambiance, architecture and atmosphere enthrall you. You’ll enjoy a tour of this grandiose building, complete with a walk through the gambling halls, which offer a look at the casino’s fascinating history dating back to 1855 and Dostoevsky’s novel “The Gambler”—written in Baden-Baden and based on this casino.

Note: Lunch will be on your own today.

or

Strasbourg Panoramic Tour with Cathedral and Old Town Walk

Controlled over the centuries by either France or Germany, Strasbourg—cross-cultural and bilingual—offers a delightful combination of old and new, as well as French and German characteristics. You'll see the city's highlights on a panoramic drive before disembarking the coach for a...

Read More >

Strasbourg Panoramic Tour with Cathedral and Old Town Walk

Controlled over the centuries by either France or Germany, Strasbourg—cross-cultural and bilingual—offers a delightful combination of old and new, as well as French and German characteristics. You'll see the city's highlights on a panoramic drive before disembarking the coach for a walking tour through the towns famously idyllic streets with your local guide.

Note: Lunch will be on your own today.

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Day 7

Breisach

Breisach

Breisach is often referred to as the gateway to the Black Forest, which you will venture into on today's excursion.

Featured Excursion

Black Forest Day

Black Forest Day

Black Forest Day

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Day 8

Basel (Disembark), Zurich

Zurich

Disembark from the ship, and transfer to the city of Zurich. As Switzerland’s financial capital, Zurich boasts the highest population in the country. Yet, while it rivals any other European metropolis, the city also has a unique charm. Historic and modern architecture mingle in the streets, all set on the shores of an expansive lake against a background of snow-capped alps. After today’s excursion transfer to The Dolder Grand Hotel.

Featured Excursion

Zurich Discovery Tour

Zurich’s Old Town cradles the Limmat River with a series of meandering alleyways and medieval buildings. Not only is this area historic, but it’s also the most popular neighborhood in town for locals and visitors alike, with an excellent shopping, restaurant, and bar scene. Explore the...

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Zurich Discovery Tour

Zurich’s Old Town cradles the Limmat River with a series of meandering alleyways and medieval buildings. Not only is this area historic, but it’s also the most popular neighborhood in town for locals and visitors alike, with an excellent shopping, restaurant, and bar scene. Explore the Old Town with your local guide, making your way through the car-free streets of the Niederdof, crossing the bridge over the river, and stopping to try a Luxembergerli (mini-macaron) at a popular local sweet shop. Along the way, keep your eyes peeled for the twin towers of the Grossmünster church, one of Zurich’s most iconic landmarks, as well as the clock tower of the St. Peter church. It boasts largest clock face of any tower in Europe. Ask your guide for tips on how to spend some free time after the tour, they’ll know just where to send you for some shopping, further sightseeing, or a good bite to eat!

Masterpiece Collection Providing the most all-inclusive luxury to our guests is the heart and soul of our brand and that will never change. Yet sometimes our guests want something that goes even "above and beyond" our included experiences. In light of this, we now offer guests a curated selection of optional excursions, available for an additional charge.

Chocolate Experience Tour

3 hours
Activity Level: Intermediate
$105

Note: This Masterpiece Collection excursion is also one of our MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experiences.

A long tradition of precision and great craftsmanship marks many Swiss products, including their famous chocolates. The rich taste and creaminess of Swiss chocolate have earned the...

Read More >

Chocolate Experience Tour

Duration: 3 hours
Activity Level: Intermediate
$105 pre-purchase €89 EUR onboard

Note: This Masterpiece Collection excursion is also one of our MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experiences.

A long tradition of precision and great craftsmanship marks many Swiss products, including their famous chocolates. The rich taste and creaminess of Swiss chocolate have earned the country’s chocolatiers worldwide acclaim. On tour through the Lindt Experience center today, you’ll learn about the history of chocolate, and what it takes to sustainably transform a cacao bean into an utterly delicious treat. All along the way, you’ll get a local’s perspective on exploring the city and sample a variety of handmade chocolates.

This MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience supports Global Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production.

Our MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experiences support sustainable tourism, offering our guests opportunities to directly impact the communities we explore in a positive way.

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*Masterpiece Collection are optional experiences that go above and beyond our daily selection of included excursions and can be booked for an additional fee. Select Masterpiece Collection Optional Experiences can be pre-booked. Please note that requests to pre-book must be made by calling our Reservations Team no later than 6 days prior to departure and are subject to availability. Some venues are limited in the number of guests they can accommodate. Guests can book onboard (space permitting) and pay in Euros. Pre-booked Masterpiece Collection Optional Experiences are refundable up to 48 hours prior to the cruise/tour start date; if inside of 48 hours they are non-refundable. Select Masterpiece Collection Optional Experiences require a minimum number of participants and are subject to cancellation (with full refund) if minimum is not met. Masterpiece Collection Optional Experiences are non-commissionable. Prices are subject to change. 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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Day 9

Zurich

Enjoy a day at leisure at The Dolder Grand Hotel. Perched like a castle on the hill above Zurich, this hotel offers a quiet, relaxed atmosphere in which to enjoy its many bars and dining venues, excellent spa or nature trails. And with its own funicular, private cars and shuttle services, it’s as convenient a location for exploration as any in the city center.

Masterpiece Collection Providing the most all-inclusive luxury to our guests is the heart and soul of our brand and that will never change. Yet sometimes our guests want something that goes even "above and beyond" our included experiences. In light of this, we now offer guests a curated selection of optional excursions, available for an additional charge.

Mt. Titlis

3 hours
Activity Level: Intermediate
$235
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 ...
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Mt. Titlis

Duration: 3 hours
Activity Level: Intermediate
$235 pre-purchase €199 EUR onboard

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. Select Masterpiece Collection Optional Experiences can be pre-booked. Please note that requests to pre-book must be made by calling our Reservations Team no later than 6 days prior to departure and are subject to availability. Some venues are limited in the number of guests they can accommodate. Guests can book onboard (space permitting) and pay in Euros. Pre-booked Masterpiece Collection Optional Experiences are refundable up to 48 hours prior to the cruise/tour start date; if inside of 48 hours they are non-refundable. Select Masterpiece Collection Optional Experiences require a minimum number of participants and are subject to cancellation (with full refund) if minimum is not met. Masterpiece Collection Optional Experiences are non-commissionable. Prices are subject to change. 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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Day 10

Zurich (Depart)

Check out of your hotel and begin your journey home. If your cruise package includes a group purchase or transfer, you will be transferred to Zurich Airport for your flight home.

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Note: For 2023 and 2024 departures that embark in Basel, the ship will dock outside of Basel in the port of Breisach. The itineraries presented are subject to modification due to water levels, closures because of public holidays or other uncontrollable factors. Every effort will be made to operate programs as planned, but changes may still be necessary throughout the cruise. This day-to-day schedule is subject to change. Your final day-to-day schedule will be provided onboard on the first day of your cruise.
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Day 1

Zurich

Zurich

Arrive at Zurich Airport. If your cruise includes a group arrival transfer or if you have purchased a private arrival transfer, you will be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to The Dolder Grand Hotel. Perched like a castle on the hill above Zurich, this hotel offers a quiet, relaxed atmosphere in which to enjoy its many bars and dining venues, excellent spa or nature trails. And with its own funicular, private cars and shuttle services, it’s as convenient a location for exploration as any in the city center.

Note: For Arrival, Departure and Transfer details, please visit Uniworld.com/transfers. For Port Location details, please visit Uniworld.com/ports.
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Day 2

Zurich

As Switzerland’s financial capital, Zurich boasts the highest population in the country. Yet, while it rivals any other European metropolis, the city also has a unique charm. Historic and modern architecture mingle in the streets, all set on the shores of an expansive lake against a background of snow-capped alps.

Featured Excursion

Zurich Discovery Tour

Zurich’s Old Town cradles the Limmat River with a series of meandering alleyways and medieval buildings. Not only is this area historic, but it’s also the most popular neighborhood in town for locals and visitors alike, with an excellent shopping, restaurant, and bar scene. Explore the...

Read More >

Zurich Discovery Tour

Zurich’s Old Town cradles the Limmat River with a series of meandering alleyways and medieval buildings. Not only is this area historic, but it’s also the most popular neighborhood in town for locals and visitors alike, with an excellent shopping, restaurant, and bar scene. Explore the Old Town with your local guide, making your way through the car-free streets of the Niederdof, crossing the bridge over the river, and stopping to try a Luxembergerli (mini-macaron) at a popular local sweet shop. Along the way, keep your eyes peeled for the twin towers of the Grossmünster church, one of Zurich’s most iconic landmarks, as well as the clock tower of the St. Peter church. It boasts largest clock face of any tower in Europe. Ask your guide for tips on how to spend some free time after the tour, they’ll know just where to send you for some shopping, further sightseeing, or a good bite to eat!

Masterpiece Collection Providing the most all-inclusive luxury to our guests is the heart and soul of our brand and that will never change. Yet sometimes our guests want something that goes even "above and beyond" our included experiences. In light of this, we now offer guests a curated selection of optional excursions, available for an additional charge.

Chocolate Experience Tour

3 hours
Activity Level: Intermediate
$105

Note: This Masterpiece Collection excursion is also one of our MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experiences.

A long tradition of precision and great craftsmanship marks many Swiss products, including their famous chocolates. The rich taste and creaminess of Swiss chocolate have earned the...

Read More >

Chocolate Experience Tour

Duration: 3 hours
Activity Level: Intermediate
$105 pre-purchase €89 EUR onboard

Note: This Masterpiece Collection excursion is also one of our MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experiences.

A long tradition of precision and great craftsmanship marks many Swiss products, including their famous chocolates. The rich taste and creaminess of Swiss chocolate have earned the country’s chocolatiers worldwide acclaim. On tour through the Lindt Experience center today, you’ll learn about the history of chocolate, and what it takes to sustainably transform a cacao bean into an utterly delicious treat. All along the way, you’ll get a local’s perspective on exploring the city and sample a variety of handmade chocolates.

This MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience supports Global Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production.

Our MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experiences support sustainable tourism, offering our guests opportunities to directly impact the communities we explore in a positive way.

mtm-logo

*Masterpiece Collection are optional experiences that go above and beyond our daily selection of included excursions and can be booked for an additional fee. Select Masterpiece Collection Optional Experiences can be pre-booked. Please note that requests to pre-book must be made by calling our Reservations Team no later than 6 days prior to departure and are subject to availability. Some venues are limited in the number of guests they can accommodate. Guests can book onboard (space permitting) and pay in Euros. Pre-booked Masterpiece Collection Optional Experiences are refundable up to 48 hours prior to the cruise/tour start date; if inside of 48 hours they are non-refundable. Select Masterpiece Collection Optional Experiences require a minimum number of participants and are subject to cancellation (with full refund) if minimum is not met. Masterpiece Collection Optional Experiences are non-commissionable. Prices are subject to change. 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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Day 3

Zurich, Basel (Embark)

Check out of your hotel and enjoy some free time in Zurich before it is time to transfer to the ship. After settling in onboard, you’ll have the rest of the day at leisure in Basel.

In the evening, a special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you.

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Day 4

Breisach

Breisach

Breisach is often referred to as the gateway to the Black Forest, which you will venture into on today's excursion.

Featured Excursion

Black Forest Day

Black Forest Day

Black Forest Day

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Day 5

Strasbourg (Baden-Baden)

Strasbourg is invariably described as quaint, with its cobbled lanes, half-timbered homes, giant stork nests and impossible-to-resist pastry shops. While we’re docked here today, make sure to get out and explore this charming town—but you won’t want to miss our day trip to the blissful spa town of Baden-Baden.

Choose between...

or

Baden-Baden City Tour with Casino

Join a local guide for a walking tour of enchanting Baden-Baden, which will bring you past two thermal baths and the city’s famous Casino. Gain further appreciation for the Romans and their love of natural spa facilities as you pass by the Fettquelle, a public thermal fountain where it is...

Read More >

Baden-Baden City Tour with Casino

Join a local guide for a walking tour of enchanting Baden-Baden, which will bring you past two thermal baths and the city’s famous Casino. Gain further appreciation for the Romans and their love of natural spa facilities as you pass by the Fettquelle, a public thermal fountain where it is believed that the water is health-promoting. After learning about the curative powers of Baden-Baden’s water sources, explore the Casino Baden-Baden, and let its ambiance, architecture and atmosphere enthrall you. You’ll enjoy a tour of this grandiose building, complete with a walk through the gambling halls, which offer a look at the casino’s fascinating history dating back to 1855 and Dostoevsky’s novel “The Gambler”—written in Baden-Baden and based on this casino.

Note: Lunch will be on your own today.

or

Strasbourg Panoramic Tour with Cathedral and Old Town Walk

Controlled over the centuries by either France or Germany, Strasbourg—cross-cultural and bilingual—offers a delightful combination of old and new, as well as French and German characteristics. You'll see the city's highlights on a panoramic drive before disembarking the coach for a...

Read More >

Strasbourg Panoramic Tour with Cathedral and Old Town Walk

Controlled over the centuries by either France or Germany, Strasbourg—cross-cultural and bilingual—offers a delightful combination of old and new, as well as French and German characteristics. You'll see the city's highlights on a panoramic drive before disembarking the coach for a walking tour through the towns famously idyllic streets with your local guide.

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Day 6

Mainz, Offenbach

Your day in Mainz includes a visit to one of Germany's most stunning locales: Heidelberg.

Featured Excursion

Romantic Heidelberg

A motorcoach carries you to Heidelberg, sometimes called the most romantic city in Germany. It is home to the nation's oldest university, a charming baroque Old Town lying along the banks of the Neckar River, and extraordinarily beautiful castle ruins overlooking the town. Your tour will take you...

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Romantic Heidelberg

A motorcoach carries you to Heidelberg, sometimes called the most romantic city in Germany. It is home to the nation's oldest university, a charming baroque Old Town lying along the banks of the Neckar River, and extraordinarily beautiful castle ruins overlooking the town. Your tour will take you to the castle, with its views of the red-tile roofs of the town below, the handsome Old Bridge and the wooded hillsides beyond, and then into Old Town, where you will see the late-Gothic Holy Spirit Church, the Student Prison and the longest pedestrian street in Germany.

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Day 7

Miltenberg

Miltenberg

The perfect German town calls for a day full of quintessential German experiences. Resting on the left bank of the Main, Miltenberg is classically quaint with its charming squares, farmland, biking and pedestrian paths, impressive castles and one of Germany’s oldest inns.

Featured Excursion

Miltenberg Walking Tour with Brotzeit

Nestled between the Rhine and the mountains along its banks, Miltenberg has changed little since the 17th century. Explore its iconic half-timbered architecture as you roam the town with your local guide, taking some free time to shop.

When our time in Miltenberg ends, we’ll move on to...

Read More >

Miltenberg Walking Tour with Brotzeit

Nestled between the Rhine and the mountains along its banks, Miltenberg has changed little since the 17th century. Explore its iconic half-timbered architecture as you roam the town with your local guide, taking some free time to shop.

When our time in Miltenberg ends, we’ll move on to Bürgstadt, a winegrowing community about an hour’s walk away. You’ll have the opportunity to either hop on a bus or join a nature walk to reach this town, where you’ll be welcomed with a drink and traditional Brotzeit snack.

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Day 8

Würzburg

Würzburg

The opulent Würzburg Residence, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offers a true sense of the region’s history through the European Renaissance. It even contains the world’s largest ceiling fresco by Tiepolo. Visit the Residence and its carefully restored gardens or get outdoors and enjoy a scenic hike around Festung Marienberg, a prominent landmark that was previously home to a long line of prince-bishops.

Choose between...

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Würzburg Residence Visit with Court Gardens

This incredibly lavish 18th-century palace was created under the auspices of two Schönborn prince-bishops, Lothar Franz and Friedrich Carl, who brought enormous knowledge and passion, as well as a budget for the best, to the project. Over the course of 60 years, they fostered the creation of a ...

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Würzburg Residence Visit with Court Gardens

This incredibly lavish 18th-century palace was created under the auspices of two Schönborn prince-bishops, Lothar Franz and Friedrich Carl, who brought enormous knowledge and passion, as well as a budget for the best, to the project. Over the course of 60 years, they fostered the creation of a 300-room palace that contains jaw-dropping baroque art. The magnificent grand staircase boasts the world’s largest ceiling fresco, painted by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo. Portions of the building were damaged by Allied bombing in 1945, but, fortunately, most of the historic furnishings had been stored off-site and key rooms were unharmed, so you can see the original—and matchless—artwork, gilding and statuary. Check out both the spectacular Hall of Mirrors and the imposing Imperial Hall, which boasts a large oval dome and 20 half-columns. Even the gardens have been restored, right down to the topiary fruit trees in the kitchen garden, which are re-creations of the trees grown there in the 18th century.

Note: Visitors may not take photos or videos or carry backpacks inside the Würzburg Residence.

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Let’s Go: Hike to Festung Marienberg

Perched on a hilltop high above the city of Würzburg, Festung Marienberg is visible from seemingly every direction. Lace up your sneakers and wind your way up to this beloved landmark. As you make your way to the top, you’ll enjoy the scenery of the Main’s left bank and views of...

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Let’s Go: Hike to Festung Marienberg

Perched on a hilltop high above the city of Würzburg, Festung Marienberg is visible from seemingly every direction. Lace up your sneakers and wind your way up to this beloved landmark. As you make your way to the top, you’ll enjoy the scenery of the Main’s left bank and views of enchanting Würzburg below. It was here that the first church north of the Alps was built in 704 AD, followed by 13th-century fortifications and several additional structures. The fortress was expanded and renovated numerous times during the Renaissance and baroque periods, giving it its own unique flair.

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Day 9

Bamberg

Bamberg

Bamberg in its entirety is not only described as beautiful but has often been regarded as one of Germany’s most attractive settlements, with its picturesque architecture, intersecting canals and rivers, and charming stores and restaurants, all framed by rolling hills.

In the evening, a special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you.

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Bamberg Walking Tour

Now a pleasant city with a lively student population and a world-famous symphony orchestra, Bamberg was the center of economic and political life for a huge swath of Central Europe in the Middle Ages. Spared WWII bombing, the entire heart of historic Bamberg is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The...

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Bamberg Walking Tour

Now a pleasant city with a lively student population and a world-famous symphony orchestra, Bamberg was the center of economic and political life for a huge swath of Central Europe in the Middle Ages. Spared WWII bombing, the entire heart of historic Bamberg is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The medieval layout of the city remains intact, along with 2,000 historic buildings; it is yours to explore today.

In the splendid late-Romanesque Imperial Cathedral you will find the only papal tomb in Germany, that of Pope Clement II (who was the bishop of Bamberg before he became pope), as well as the tomb of Emperor Henry II (who established the bishopric). Cross the cobblestone footbridge to the Old Town Hall, which is adorned with colorful frescoes, and ramble along the narrow lanes lined with picturesque half-timbered houses.

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Let’s Go: Treetop Hike

Venture into the Steigerwald Nature Park to experience the forest from a completely different perspective—high up in the treetops. A wooden pathway winds around the trees, then spirals upwards to culminate in a 41-meter tower.

Along the way you’ll pass a deer park, live camera feeds...

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Let’s Go: Treetop Hike

Venture into the Steigerwald Nature Park to experience the forest from a completely different perspective—high up in the treetops. A wooden pathway winds around the trees, then spirals upwards to culminate in a 41-meter tower.

Along the way you’ll pass a deer park, live camera feeds into birds’ nests, learning stations and a petting zoo. When you reach the top of the walkway, you’ll find yourself high above the forest, enjoying spectacular views of the countryside.

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Day 10

Nuremberg (Disembark)

Nuremberg

Disembark the ship. If your cruise package includes a group departure transfer or if you have purchased a private departure transfer, you will be transferred to Nuremberg Airport for your flight home.

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Optional Extension

Prague Post-Cruise Extension

Prague

Visiting the “City of Spires” is the perfect way to begin or end your enchanting cruise. Prague has been a center of arts, commerce, and politics for a thousand years, and it offers a stunning array of medieval, baroque, and art nouveau architecture.

  • 2 nights at the Cosmopolitan Hotel (or similar)
  • Breakfast daily and all service charges, taxes, and porterage
  • Prague Old Town & Castle District
  • English-speaking expert
  • All transfers

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What's Included

All-Inclusive - Dining

Dining

  • All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  • 9 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners
  • Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, specialty coffee and tea, soft drinks and mineral water

Excursions

  • 7 days of excursions, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
  • A variety of onshore tours, including guided “Let's Go” and “Village Day” programs
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio-headset system on all excursions
  • Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks

Accommodations

  • 7-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the regal River Princess
  • 2 nights in Zurich at The Dolder Grand Hotel (or similar)
  • Lavishly appointed riverview staterooms and suites have handcrafted Savoir® Beds of England, high thread count 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets, and a menu of pillow options
  • Free Internet and Wi-Fi access

Experiences

  • 3 countries: Germany, France and Switzerland
  • 2 UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise/Tour Manager
  • Group Transfers are included on arrival and departure days (please see terms and conditions for transfer guidelines)
  • Gratuities for onboard personnel (ship staff, crew, Cruise/Tour Manager) are included during the cruise/tour
  • Captivating onboard local entertainment

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