Read reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Uniworld's 15 Day Grand European Discovery. A soul-stirring odyssey through the heart of Europe. Travel along three majestic rivers-the legendary Rhine, the tranquil Main and the enchanting Danube-finding newfound inspiration...read more at every turn. Encounter some of the prettiest towns in Europe-Strasbourg, Heidelberg and Bamberg-and tour Austria's stately capital city, Vienna. Taste the Rheingau's renowned Rieslings in the very vineyards where the grapes were grown, wander along the crooked medieval lanes of Regensburg and explore acclaimed landmarks, including two baroque masterpieces-Melk Abbey and the Würzburg Residence.
Tradition, history, art and a host of irresistible regional flavors are yours to discover on this grand and perfectly-paced journey. Family Program (select sailings). Share the enchantment of this region with the special young people in your life. Our all-inclusive cruises not only feature unique, fun-filled, all-inclusive adventures for families to enjoy together, they are also packed with culturally and historically significant experiences designed to spark creativity and life-long learning.
Arrive at Cologne Bonn Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship.
Featured Excursions: Cologne walking discovery tour with choice of Cologne Cathedral OR Kölsch beer tasting OR Museum Ludwig OR Jewish Heritage, Cologne's Jewish Quarter.
You have an array of choices for how you wish to experience Cologne. Those interested in history and architecture will want to stroll with a local expert through Old Town to the UNESCO-designated Gothic Cologne Cathedral. Beer connoisseurs will want to go to a brewery to taste the traditional local brew of the city, Kölsch. Lovers of art won't want to miss one of the most important contemporary museums in Europe, Museum Ludwig. And for those who wish for more exploration of Germany's significant Jewish heritage, visit the oldest Jewish community in Europe north of the Alps. Cap your wonderful adventure off at the Captain's Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.
Braubach, cruising the romantic Rhine River
Featured Excursions: Choice of Marksburg Castle visit or exclusive guided 'Go Active' Marksburg Castle mountain hike.
Visit one of the only castles on the Rhine that has never been destroyed, Marksburg Castle. If you would like a more invigorating excursion, hike from Braubach through the mountains to the castle.
Cruising the Main River, Miltenberg (Frankfurt, Wertheim)
Featured Excursions: Miltenberg walking discovery tour with exclusive 'Village Day' and choice of Jewish Heritage, Frankfurt Jewish Museum & the legacy of the Rothschild family OR Jewish Wertheim.
Get a glimpse of village life in enchanting Miltenberg with a choice of excursions - meet an artist at her atelier, taste beer at a local brewery, try your hand at lawn bowling or visit a nearby family-owned vineyard. You may prefer to go to Frankfurt to learn more about its Jewish heritage, as well as visit the former palace of the Rothschild family, which is now home to the Jewish Museum, depicting how the community lived over the centuries. Alternatively, you can stroll through quaint Wertheim, where you'll see commemorative reminders - embedded stones of the names of the victims from the Nazi regime; in fact, in 300 other places in Germany, you can see these reminders as well.
Featured Excursions: Würzburg Residence and choice of Weikersheim 'Village Day' OR exclusive guided 'Go Active' cycling through the romantic Tauber Valley.
The opulent Würzburg Residence, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offers a true sense of the history of this region through the European Renaissance, containing the world's largest ceiling fresco by Tiepolo. Later, visit Weikersheim, a dreamy village in the romantic Tauber Valley. Here, visit the 'mini Versailles' palace along with its glorious baroque gardens. Be treated to a tasting of local wine and other regional products, or choose to enjoy a guided bike ride through the Tauber Valley.
Kitzingen (Rothenburg), cruising the Main River
Featured Excursions: Choice of the Romantic Road - medieval Rothenburg OR exclusive guided 'Go Active' Tauberhase vineyard hike and barbecue.
Travel along the 'Romantic Road' to Germany's best-preserved walled city, Rothenburg, with half-timbered houses and charming shops. For a more active adventure, hike through the Tauberhase vineyards and enjoy a barbecue lunch with Franconian wine.
Featured Excursions: Nuremberg city tour and Bamberg walking discovery tour OR choice of Jewish Heritage Nuremberg WWII and Documentation Center visit OR exclusive guided 'Go Active' bicycle ride along the Main and Regnitz.
Choose how you wish to experience this area with either a tour of Nuremberg and Bamberg, or a visit to Nuremberg's Documentation Center and Courtroom 600, where the famed Nuremberg trials took place. For a more active adventure, enjoy a bike ride along the Main and Regnitz rivers.
Featured Excursions: Nuremberg city tour OR Nuremberg WWII Historical Tour with Documentation Center visit .
Nuremberg, cruising the Main-Danube Canal
Featured Excursions: Choice of Nuremberg city tour OR Nuremberg WWII historical tour with Documentation Center visit.
Partake in a tour of Nuremberg, enjoying Old Nuremberg. WWll history buffs may wish to go on a guided tour of significant WWII sites, including Courtroom 600, the venue for the historic Nuremberg trials. Later, your ship will traverse the most impressive section of one of the modern marvels of engineering, the Main-Danube Canal, a masterwork that allows ships to cruise from the North Sea all the way to the Black Sea. Note: Courtroom 600 is an active court. Visitors will only be permitted to see the courtroom during trial breaks.
Featured Excursions: Choice of '2, 000 Years in One Hour' Regensburg walking discovery tour OR Jewish Regensburg walking discovery tour OR BMW factory visit.
Discover Regensburg, one of Europe's best-preserved medieval towns, whether walking through the cobbled lanes of the UNESCO-designated Old Town or exploring Germany's oldest Jewish community. Should you wish to do something completely different, tour the state-of-the-art BMW factory. Note: If the tour lands on a day when the BMW factory is closed, we will visit the Audi factory instead. The Audi production line is closed on weekends, so if your visit is scheduled for a weekend, you will see the Audi museum instead.
Straubing, Deggendorf (Theresienthal)
Featured Excursions: Choice of exclusive Bavarian Forest village with Theresienthal glass manufactory visit OR exclusive guided 'Go Active' bicycle ride along the Danube River, and Straubing, 'A Day in Town'.
Deggendorf - gateway to the magical Bavarian Forest - awaits via a traditional horse-drawn wagon. En route to a Theresienthal glass manufactory, enjoy freshly baked bread and schnapps. If you'd like to be more active, bicycle along the Danube to Straubing, where you will meet up with your fellow travellers and have a choice between participating in a lively exploration of local brewing traditions or experiencing daily life in this enchanting town.
Featured Excursions: A 'trifecta" of choices to experience Passau - walking discovery tour OR city tour with old town walk OR exclusive guided 'Go Active' Bavarian river bike ride .
You have three ways to experience Passau - strolling with a guide through its medieval lanes lined with baroque buildings; taking a panoramic tour followed by a shorter walk through the heart of the charming city; or going active by cycling first along the Danube's riverside bike path and ending in Passau's Old Town.
Weissenkirchen (Weissenkirchen or Melk), cruising the Wachau Valley
Featured Excursions: Choice of Weissenkirchen 'Village Day' with exclusive guided 'Go Active' vineyard hike with wine tasting OR Melk Abbey with library visit.
Cruise through the UNESCO-designated Wachau Valley before arriving in Weissenkirchen. You have a choice of two equally enchanting excursions. Experience the fruits of the land at a tasting of apricot-infused delicacies and local wine and then hike through the storied vineyards and orchards. Alternatively, you may wish to experience Melk's 900-year-old abbey, home to the extraordinary library that inspired the novel The Name of the Rose.
Featured Excursions: Choice of Vienna city tour with Vienna State Opera OR exclusive 'Vienna, City of Arts' tour.
See the city of imperial architectural marvels on a tour featuring the stately Ringstrasse lined by impressive buildings such as St. Stephen's Cathedral. Visit the legendary opera house in the heart of the city. If you prefer to experience the sheer number of artistic gems, then partake in the 'City of Arts' tour featuring a Gustav Klimt exhibit at the Belvedere, a remarkable collection that includes his most famous painting - The Kiss. Note: The Vienna State Opera House is occasionally closed to visitors for rehearsals or special events without advance notice. If we cannot visit the opera house, we will visit an alternative venue instead.
Vienna (Disembark), transfer to the airport
Disembark the ship and transfer to Vienna International Airport for your flight home, or extend your stay in Vienna.
All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
14 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 14 dinners
2 Welcome and 2 Farewell Gala Dinners
2 Captain's Welcome and 2 Captain's Farewell Receptions
Unlimited beverages onboard, including fine wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, and mineral water
13 days of excursions, including 'Choice Is Yours' options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
Guided "Go Active," "Do as the Locals Do," "Village Day" and "Gentle Walking" programs
State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio headset system on all excursions
Lavishly appointed riverview staterooms and suites have handcrafted Savoir® of England beds, high-thread count 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and European duvets, and a menu of pillow options Free Internet and Wi-Fi access
2 countries: Austria, Germany
6 UNESCO World Heritage sites
Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
All transfers on arrival and departure days
All gratuities, both onboard and onshore
Captivating onboard local entertainment
Cultural enrichment, including 2 Signature Lectures
Exclusive Multigenerational Family-Friendly Program on a select July departure
Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions are subject to change.
Prices are for land/cruise only. International flights not included.
Uniworld Family Adventure Departures Available
Uniworld's unique family program is available on select departures.
* Source: Uniworld for river cruises in Europe. Some variances may occur on individual cruises and information is provided as a guide only. Refer to Trip Inclusions section for more details.
Sue & Geoff Australia
Trip Date: 14/08/2015
“Cruise met or exceeded all of our expectations”
Our cruise met or exceeded all of our expectations. The quality and enthusiasm of all staff was a prime factor in achieving this. To maintain the cruise schedule, despite the record low water levels was a credit to the Captains (Michael - Germany and Frank - Netherlands) and their crew.120 passengers on a river cruise made for a far more personal experience that could ever be achieved on an ocean cruise involving thousands. 80% staff knew us by Christian name ie Mrs Susan, Mr Geoff which made us feel like we were the only ones on board. The high staff:guest ratio made this a luxury holiday. The chefs aboard constantly produced superb meals (especially the pastries) and no request by guests was too difficult.
Having a ships Doctor on board from Austria to Romania was reassuring. The total absence of "gastro" related ailments was testament to the general standard of hygiene on board and in particular the kitchen. As health professionals ourselves, this is to be commended. Our cruise manager, Monika (Netherlands), worked tirelessly long hours to ensure every guest was able to enjoy all aspects of the cruise day and night. Those with mobility issues were thrilled to participate in all activities in the gentle walkers group. After a month of travelling with her we felt like all we didn't want to leave her behind. Tears were shed by many as we bade our farewells. Our travel agent Hannah was fantastic. She was always prompt responding to all enquiries and her organisational skills and professionalism is an asset to Global Journeys. Would we take another river cruise......yes indeed.
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