May 2016 - Oct 2016

15 Day Grand European Discovery

Uniworld River Cruise starting in Basel and finishing in Vienna

This tour is for those longing to experience old-world Europe and some of the Continent's finest wines and culinary delights. Travel along three majestic rivers - the legendary Rhine, the meandering Main and the enchanting Danube - and find inspiration at every turn. Encounter some of the prettiest towns in Europe - Strasbourg,...read more


Operator: Uniworld
Style: Premium
Duration: 15 Days
From: Basel to Vienna
Tour Code: UNIGED
Our Price From:
$ 8,014
Per Person
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$ 655
Per Person

Day By Day


Basel (Embark)

Arrive at EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship..


Featured Excursions: Choice of Strasbourg by canal OR exclusive 'Do as the Locals Do' Strasbourg walking tour.
Admire picturesque Strasbourg on a canal ride through the city's historic center, filled with half-timbered houses adorned with colorful flower boxes, or see the sights on foot with a local expert. In the evening, enjoy a Captain's Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner.

Cruising the Rhine River, Mannheim (Heidelberg or Nierstein), Nierstein

Featured Excursions: Exclusive Nierstein 'Village Day' with vineyard tractor ride, Riesling wine tasting and naturalist-led vineyard hike, and Heidelberg tour with castle visit.
Spend the day in Nierstein, where renowned white wines have been produced for centuries. Ride a tractor through scenic vineyards, sample fine Rieslings and learn about the region's viniculture from an expert naturalist. From there, head to Heidelberg, home to Germany's oldest university, where you'll see the ruins of the Heidelberg Castle courtyard and the city's Old Town.

Cruising the Main River, Miltenberg

Featured Excursion: Miltenberg walking discovery tour with exclusive 'Village Day'.
Miltenberg's cobblestone streets are lined with half-timbered houses that lean crookedly against one another, a lingering reminder of long-ago floods. Get a glimpse of village life 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. For a more active adventure, you might take a bike ride along the Main or a hike up to the castle ruins.

Cruising the Main River, Würzburg

Featured Excursions: Choice of Würzburg Residence visit OR exclusive Franconian 'Village Day'.
Relax onboard during a scenic cruise. Later, tour the Würzburg Residence—a magnificent example of baroque architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage Site—and see its lovely Court Gardens. Alternatively, meet the friendly residents of a Franconian village and learn more about daily life in the region.

Kitzingen (Rothenburg), Cruising the Main River

Featured Excursion: Tour of medieval Rothenburg.
Go ashore for a guided tour of Rothenburg, a well-preserved medieval town, followed by free time to explore on your own. After dinner onboard, stroll through ancient Würzburg, crossing the old stone bridge over the Main River for a superb view of the city lights.


Featured Excursion: Bamberg walking discovery tour.
Today's walking discovery tour of Bamberg—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—will take you past the Cathedral of St. Peter and St. George, the 17th-century New Palace and its glorious rose garden and the colorful fishermen's houses of Little Venice.


Leisure day in Nuremberg. Shuttles will be available to take you to and from the historic center of Nuremberg. Walk up to the castle grounds for a wonderful view of the second-largest city in Bavaria. Visit the half-timbered house where Albrecht Dürer lived and worked, now a museum displaying his original etchings, woodcuts, and paintings. Kaiserstrasse, in the heart of Old Town, hosts a daily farmers' market, and charming little shops line the alleys and lanes in the neighborhood. Stop by the Handwerkhof for handmade items, from leather goods to engraved glassware. Or sign out one of the ship's bicycles and bike along the Pegnitz River.

Nuremberg, Cruising the Main-Danube Canal

Featured Excursions: Choice of Nuremberg city tour OR Nuremberg WWII historical tour with Documentation Center visit.
Head ashore in Nuremberg for a panoramic tour of the city. Or, you can take a guided tour of significant WWII sites, including Courtroom 600, the venue for the historic Nuremberg Trials. Later, cruise the most scenic parts of the Main-Danube Canal, a marvel of modern engineering. 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.
Regensburg is one of Europe's best-preserved medieval towns, and your walking discovery tour provides a concise overview of its fascinating 2,000-year history. For a different perspective, explore sites associated with Germany's oldest Jewish community, dating back more than a thousand years, or 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.

Deggendorf (Theresienthal), Cruising the Danube River, Passau

Featured Excursion: Choice of exclusive Bavarian Forest village and Theresienthal glass manufactory visit OR exclusive guided "Go Active" bicycle ride along the Danube River, and Straubing, "A Day in Town".
Ride through the Bavarian Forest in a horse-drawn wagon, stopping to sample freshly baked bread en route to a renowned glassmaking workshop. If you'd like some exercise, take a guided bike ride along the Danube instead. Return to the ship and savor the beautiful scenery on the way to Straubing, where you'll spend the day and have a choice of activities.

Passau, Engelhartszell

Featured Excursions: Choice of Passau walking tour OR exclusive guided 'Go Active' Bavarian river bicycle ride.
Your guided walking discovery tour of Passau is a fine introduction to this charming and well-preserved town, strategically situated at the confluence of three rivers. You will also have free time to roam on your own. Or, you can choose to cycle along one of the most scenic sections of the Danube's riverside bike path with an expert guide.

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.
Enjoy a day full of wonderful activities in Weissenkirchen—stroll through the village, sample apricot-infused delicacies and taste local wines and hike through a vineyard. Or, you can choose to visit Melk's 900-year-old abbey, a significant center of learning for many centuries and home to the extraordinary library that inspired the novel The Name of the Rose. Later, relax onboard during a scenic cruise through the spectacular Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Featured Excursions: Choice of Vienna city tour with visit to Vienna State Opera OR exclusive 'Vienna, City of Arts' tour.
See Vienna's top sights on a panoramic tour showcasing the city's architectural heritage, followed by a stroll to the State Opera House for a guided tour. As an alternative, view the Gustav Klimt exhibit at the Belvedere, a remarkable collection that includes his most famous painting—The Kiss. In the evening, enjoy a Captain's Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner.

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..

Trip Inclusions

Uniworld Dining

  • 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

Uniworld Excursions

  • 12 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
  • Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks

Uniworld Accommodations

  • 14-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the stylish River Ambassador
  • 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

Uniworld Experiences

  • 4 countries: Austria, France, Germany, Switzerland
  • 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

Uniworld Family Adventure Departures Available

Operator Details

Region: Europe
Type: River Cruise
Average Age: 45 - 55
Tips: All Gratuities Included
Shore Excursions: Included
Balconies: French & Private Balcony
Flights: Not Included
Airport Transfers: Included
Pool on Ship: Yes
Free Onboard WiFi: Yes
Drinks: Local Wine, Beer & Spirits Included with Meals
* Source: Uniworld for river cruises in Europe . Some variances may occur on this cruise and info provided as a guide only.

Reviews (1)


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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May 2016 - Oct 2016

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Family program is available on these departures. Ages 4-18 cruise for half-price! View Family Brochure.

Cabin Upgrades & Deck Plans

  Deck Plans: River Ambassador
  Cabin Upgrades:
Category 3  (Prices Shown) $ 0
Category 2 $ 1,100
Category 1 $ 2,250
Category Suite $ 4,700

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Tour Notes
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