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Uniworld River Cruises | Springtime Tulips & the Rhine

Springtime is the most glorious time to discover the natural, cultural, and culinary wonders of Germany and the Netherlands. This springtime cruise through the Netherlands and Germany is designed to delight the senses. You’ll experience the myriad highlights of this region, traveling along the Rhine and Main rivers, from canal-laden Amsterdam to sophisticated Frankfurt. This is the time of year when the countryside—especially the world-famous Dutch Tulips—is bursting with lush color. Combine the natural wonder with timeless works of art from Van Gogh and centuries-old castles and cathedrals, and this is a voyage not to be missed.

From amazing Amsterdam to fabulous Frankfurt, you’ll experience all the glories of springtime as you explore charming towns, bustling cities, and vine-covered hillsides bursting with new life.

Discover the many natural highlights of this region, including the famed Keukenhof Gardens, whose acres of fragrant tulips showcase Dutch flower culture at its most majestic. Step back in time to view the traditional side of Dutch life at Zaanse Schans, an open-air museum. Experience the genius of the great Impressionist painters at the Van Gogh and Kröller-Müller museums. Visit the fairytale towns of Braubach and Rüdesheim, and wander through a 700-year-old castle and grand cathedral, all while tracing the fascinating sweep of Roman, Medieval, and 20th-century world history.

Join Uniworld on this special springtime sailing. With only four departure dates available, you’ll want to plan your springtime cruise now.

Who will enjoy this cruise
Art lovers will find beauty in the world-class museums; gardeners will relish visiting the world’s largest flower garden; and history buffs can trace the events of the region’s past.

Epicurean Adventurer Program™
Brew-pub visit in Cologne
Dutch culinary delights
German craft beer tasting with beer sommelier, and beer-pairing dinner
Special food-and-wine pairing dinner

TRUE ALL-INCLUSIVE BOUTIQUE RIVER CRUISING™ in 2014: All gratuities onboard and onshore; unlimited beverages onboard including an extensive selection of distinctive wines, craft and regional beers, spirits, cocktails, and non-alcoholic beverages; shore excursions with local experts as your guide; free Internet and Wi-Fi; and all arrival and departure day transfers.

 

Information is subject to change.

 

Springtime Tulips & the Rhine

Amsterdam to Frankfurt 8 Days
Date Range: Mar 2014 - Apr 2014 Ships River Ambassador
Program offerings are subject to change.
Day 1:
Amsterdam (embark) MotorcoachEmbark/Disembark
Arrive at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship. (D)
Day 2:
Amsterdam UNESCOChoice Is YoursUniworld ExclusiveMotorcoachMuseum

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of canal cruise with Van Gogh Museum or exclusive "Do as the Locals Do" Amsterdam walking tour

Glide along the UNESCO-designated 17th-century canals of Amsterdam and view all that this remarkable capital has to offer: stately architecture, tree-lined streets, picturesque bridges, and so much more. Visit the Van Gogh Museum, which houses the largest collection of the artist’s work, including iconic paintings like The Potato Eaters and Sunflowers. Or see Amsterdam’s highlights during a unique walking tour that provides an intimate look at how Amsterdammers live on the water today. Then it’s on to the Maritime Museum, where you’ll learn about Dutch naval history and tour the Amsterdam, a replica 18th-century cargo ship. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner. (BB, L, WD)
Day 3:
Amsterdam, Zaandam Choice Is YoursMotorcoachMuseum

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of full day at Keukenhof Gardens or Keukenhof Gardens combined with Zaanse Schans

Spend all day at the Keukenhof Gardens, the largest flower garden in the world, which is only open seven weeks a year. You’ll be dazzled by the visual and olfactory splendor of seven million bulbs planted on a seventy-acre site. Or split your day between the gardens and Zaanse Schans, an entrancing open-air museum that gives you an authentic taste of Dutch life in the old days. Historic windmills, houses, and shops were relocated to this picturesque area, creating a typical 18thcentury village where you can watch cobblers and cheesemakers at work. (BB, D)
Day 4:
Arnhem Choice Is YoursMotorcoachMuseum

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of guided tour of Kröller-Müller Museum or WW II Airborne Museum in Oosterbeek

Arnhem is your gateway to the Kröller-Müller Museum, home to a huge collection of Van Gogh’s paintings (including Café Terrace at Night), as well as works by Picasso, Mondrian, Rodin, and many contemporary European artists. It also boasts one of Europe’s largest modern sculpture gardens. Or, visit the WW II Airborne Museum in Oosterbeek to learn about the 1944 Battle of Arnhem. History comes alive through veterans’ recordings and a large collection of artifacts. You’ll also stop at the Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery. This is the final resting place of over 1,600 men, many of them Allied soldiers who lost their lives in the effort to take the bridge at Arnhem (a story told in the 1977 film A Bridge Too Far). (BB, L, D)
Day 5:
Cologne MuseumWinetasting

FEATURED EXCURSION: Cologne walking tour with Roman-Germanic Museum and Kölsch beer tasting

Arrive in Cologne and walk the narrow streets of Old Town with your guide, passing by tiny squares, little churches, and awe-inspiring Cologne Cathedral, the city’s most famous landmark and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Cologne was founded by the Romans nearly 2,000 years ago; today you’ll tour the Roman-Germanic Museum, which was built around a Roman villa that was discovered in 1941. It contained an incredibly well-preserved mosaic of Dionysus that now joins numerous finds illuminating everyday life in the Roman city of Colonia Claudia Ara Agrippinensium (the Roman name of Cologne), including the world’s largest collection of Roman glass vessels and a unique assortment of Roman jewelry. Then it’s off to a local pub for a tasting of Kölsch beer, a special pale brew unique to Cologne. (BB, L, D)
Day 6:
Braubach, cruising the romantic Rhine River, Rüdesheim UNESCOChoice Is YoursMotorcoach

FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of guided visit to Marksburg Castle or Koblenz walking tour

Awaken in Braubach, a charming town with many half-timbered houses. Visit historic Marksburg Castle, the only Rhine River fortress to have remained occupied and undestroyed for over 700 years. Feel like you have stepped into the daily life of the past as you walk through the kitchen and banqueting hall, the armory, and the chapel. Don’t miss the recreated Medieval garden, which features 150 plants used in the Middle Ages for curative (or magical) purposes. Or take a walking tour of Koblenz, the town where the Moselle and Rhine rivers meet. Your guide will provide an enlightening lesson in world economic and military history when explaining the strategic importance of Koblenz’s location at the confluence of the rivers. Stroll through the pretty Old Town district with its romantic narrow streets and historic squares. You’ll find plenty of picturesque alleyways and fountains, as well as the 12th-century churches of St. Florin and Our Beloved Lady. A highlight of the day will be sailing the beautiful Upper Middle Rhine Valley, a UNESCO-designated landscape, en route to Rüdesheim. (BB, L, D)
Day 7:
Cruising the romantic Rhine River and Main River, Frankfurt

FEATURED EXCURSION: Frankfurt "Espresso" tour

Discover the highlights of Frankfurt in a one-hour city overview. Ride up to the Main Tower’s 650-foot-high viewing platform, where your guide will introduce you to the city and its most engaging destinations. You’ll learn what sites no visitor should miss, and then be able to structure the rest of the day to your liking. Frankfurt is Europe’s financial capital; it’s a sophisticated and energetic city with no shortage of exciting corners to explore. Roam the heart of its historic center, Römer Square, or visit one of its many museums. You might also enjoy delving into the colorful Kleinmarkthalle, an indoor food and flower market with over 60 stalls. Sample the famous local sausage and try the local cider, called ebbelwoi. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner. (BB, L, FD)
Day 8:
Frankfurt (disembark) Embark/DisembarkMotorcoach
Disembark the ship and transfer to Frankfurt International Airport for your flight home. (CB/BB)

Note: Order of sightseeing may change throughout the itinerary.  Substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to water levels or other uncontrollable factors.

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Departure date: 2 April 2014

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(D) Day 2: Amsterdam FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of canal cruise with Van Gogh Museum or exclusive "Do as the Locals Do" Amsterdam walking tour Glide along the UNESCO-designated 17th-century canals of Amsterdam and view all that this remarkable capital has to offer: stately architecture, tree-lined streets, picturesque bridges, and so much more. Visit the Van Gogh Museum, which houses the largest collection of the artist’s work, including iconic paintings like The Potato Eaters and Sunflowers. Or see Amsterdam’s highlights during a unique walking tour that provides an intimate look at how Amsterdammers live on the water today. Then it’s on to the Maritime Museum, where you’ll learn about Dutch naval history and tour the Amsterdam, a replica 18th-century cargo ship. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner. (BB, L, WD) Day 3: Amsterdam, Zaandam FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of full day at Keukenhof Gardens or Keukenhof Gardens combined with Zaanse Schans Spend all day at the Keukenhof Gardens, the largest flower garden in the world, which is only open seven weeks a year. You’ll be dazzled by the visual and olfactory splendor of seven million bulbs planted on a seventy-acre site. Or split your day between the gardens and Zaanse Schans, an entrancing open-air museum that gives you an authentic taste of Dutch life in the old days. Historic windmills, houses, and shops were relocated to this picturesque area, creating a typical 18thcentury village where you can watch cobblers and cheesemakers at work. (BB, D) Day 4: Arnhem FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of guided tour of Kröller-Müller Museum or WW II Airborne Museum in Oosterbeek Arnhem is your gateway to the Kröller-Müller Museum, home to a huge collection of Van Gogh’s paintings (including Café Terrace at Night), as well as works by Picasso, Mondrian, Rodin, and many contemporary European artists. It also boasts one of Europe’s largest modern sculpture gardens. Or, visit the WW II Airborne Museum in Oosterbeek to learn about the 1944 Battle of Arnhem. History comes alive through veterans’ recordings and a large collection of artifacts. You’ll also stop at the Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery. This is the final resting place of over 1,600 men, many of them Allied soldiers who lost their lives in the effort to take the bridge at Arnhem (a story told in the 1977 film A Bridge Too Far). (BB, L, D) Day 5: Cologne FEATURED EXCURSION: Cologne walking tour with Roman-Germanic Museum and Kölsch beer tasting Arrive in Cologne and walk the narrow streets of Old Town with your guide, passing by tiny squares, little churches, and awe-inspiring Cologne Cathedral, the city’s most famous landmark and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Cologne was founded by the Romans nearly 2,000 years ago; today you’ll tour the Roman-Germanic Museum, which was built around a Roman villa that was discovered in 1941. It contained an incredibly well-preserved mosaic of Dionysus that now joins numerous finds illuminating everyday life in the Roman city of Colonia Claudia Ara Agrippinensium (the Roman name of Cologne), including the world’s largest collection of Roman glass vessels and a unique assortment of Roman jewelry. Then it’s off to a local pub for a tasting of Kölsch beer, a special pale brew unique to Cologne. (BB, L, D) Day 6: Braubach, cruising the romantic Rhine River, Rüdesheim FEATURED EXCURSIONS: Choice of guided visit to Marksburg Castle or Koblenz walking tour Awaken in Braubach, a charming town with many half-timbered houses. Visit historic Marksburg Castle, the only Rhine River fortress to have remained occupied and undestroyed for over 700 years. Feel like you have stepped into the daily life of the past as you walk through the kitchen and banqueting hall, the armory, and the chapel. Don’t miss the recreated Medieval garden, which features 150 plants used in the Middle Ages for curative (or magical) purposes. Or take a walking tour of Koblenz, the town where the Moselle and Rhine rivers meet. Your guide will provide an enlightening lesson in world economic and military history when explaining the strategic importance of Koblenz’s location at the confluence of the rivers. Stroll through the pretty Old Town district with its romantic narrow streets and historic squares. You’ll find plenty of picturesque alleyways and fountains, as well as the 12th-century churches of St. Florin and Our Beloved Lady. A highlight of the day will be sailing the beautiful Upper Middle Rhine Valley, a UNESCO-designated landscape, en route to Rüdesheim. (BB, L, D) Day 7: Cruising the romantic Rhine River and Main River, Frankfurt FEATURED EXCURSION: Frankfurt "Espresso" tour Discover the highlights of Frankfurt in a one-hour city overview. Ride up to the Main Tower’s 650-foot-high viewing platform, where your guide will introduce you to the city and its most engaging destinations. You’ll learn what sites no visitor should miss, and then be able to structure the rest of the day to your liking. Frankfurt is Europe’s financial capital; it’s a sophisticated and energetic city with no shortage of exciting corners to explore. Roam the heart of its historic center, Römer Square, or visit one of its many museums. You might also enjoy delving into the colorful Kleinmarkthalle, an indoor food and flower market with over 60 stalls. Sample the famous local sausage and try the local cider, called ebbelwoi. In the evening, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner. (BB, L, FD) Day 8: Frankfurt (disembark) Disembark the ship and transfer to Frankfurt International Airport for your flight home. (CB/BB) Note: Order of sightseeing may change throughout the itinerary.  Substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to water levels or other uncontrollable factors.

TRUE ALL-INCLUSIVE BOUTIQUE RIVER CRUISING™ in 2014: All gratuities for all onboard and onshore services; unlimited fine wine, beer, spirits, and non-alcoholic beverages; shore excursions with local experts as your guide; free Internet and Wi-Fi; and all arrival and departure day transfers. 

Your Cruise Package INCLUDES: 

TRAVEL

7-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the stylish River Ambassador
All transfers on arrival and departure days

TASTE
All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners
Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions
Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners
Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and bottled water

EXPLORE
2 countries
10 excursions, including "Choice Is Yours" options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
Guided "Do as the Locals Do" and "Gentle Walking" programs
2 UNESCO World Heritage sites
Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio headset system on all shore excursions
Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks

EXPERIENCE
Captivating onboard local entertainment
Cultural enrichment, including a Signature Lecture: "The Rhine—River of Culture and Trade"
Exclusive Epicurean Adventurer Program™

Information is subject to change.

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TRUE ALL-INCLUSIVE BOUTIQUE RIVER CRUISING™ in 2014: All gratuities for all onboard and onshore services; unlimited fine wine, beer, spirits, and non-alcoholic beverages; shore excursions with local experts as your guide; free Internet and Wi-Fi; and all arrival and departure day transfers. 

Your Cruise Package INCLUDES: 

TRAVEL

7-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the stylish River Ambassador
All transfers on arrival and departure days

TASTE
All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners
Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions
Welcome and Farewell Gala Dinners
Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and bottled water

EXPLORE
2 countries
10 excursions, including "Choice Is Yours" options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
Guided "Do as the Locals Do" and "Gentle Walking" programs
2 UNESCO World Heritage sites
Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio headset system on all shore excursions
Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks

EXPERIENCE
Captivating onboard local entertainment
Cultural enrichment, including a Signature Lecture: "The Rhine—River of Culture and Trade"
Exclusive Epicurean Adventurer Program™

Information is subject to change.

 

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