Castles along the Rhine
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Cruise an iconic European waterway and choose which of its stunning neighbouring castles, towns and vineyards to explore. Discover the pretty settlements of the Alsace wine route. Tour Strasbourg by canal or on foot, admiring the fairytale half-timbered houses. Go on a tour tasting the delicious local Riesling, or enjoy a scenic hike. Cycle along the river, catching views of the imposing Marksburg Castle – or tour the castle itself. And marvel at the incredible Gothic cathedral in the Rhineland jewel, Cologne.
7 excursions and visits
Day 1 UK – Basel
Titans VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Basel. Meet your Uniworld representative on arrival and transfer to the port to embark your ship.
Day 2 Breisach (Freiburg)
This morning, enjoy leisure time as you sail the scenic Upper Rhine to Breisach. Breisach is your gateway to the Alsatian wine road and your launching point for an excursion along the celebrated Route des Vins, which hugs the foothills of the Vosges mountain range, or a city tour of Freiburg. A special Captains welcome reception and dinner will be prepared for you this evening.
Day 3 Kehl (Strasbourg)
See Strasbourg on foot with an insightful local expert, where this historic town with its cobbled lanes, half-timbered homes, giant stork nests and impossible-to-resist pastry shops will win your heart. Kehl, directly across the river from Strasbourg, will be your ships base while you explore the Alsatian capital. You have the entire afternoon to see more of Strasbourg on your own.
Day 4 Mannheim (Speyer)
Speyer – spire in English – is well named, since the four red towers of the Romanesque cathedral dominate the Old Town.
Day 5 Rdesheim – Boppard
Today youll cruise the sublimely beautiful and romantic Upper Middle Rhine Valley. Experience Germanys fabled river in the towns of Rüdesheim and Boppard. Enjoy a private tasting of estate-grown Rieslings at Castle Vollrads, take a stroll through beautiful Boppard, or hike through some of the most beautiful landscapes that line the Rhine.
Day 6 Boppard – Koblenz
Get to know Koblenz, a historic town with a colourful past and eclectic architecture, and enjoy a visit to the stunningly medieval Marksburg Castle. As you come upon picture-perfect Koblenz, youll sail past Deutsches Eck (German Corner) with its historic monument to Kaiser Wilhelm I.
Day 7 Cologne
History buffs will enjoy an expertly led tour through Colognes Old Town, where three medieval gates remain standing, as does the old city hall with its Renaissance façade. Wander through the citys historical centre and take in its charming atmosphere, narrow alleyways flanked by old houses and countless breweries. No matter how you choose to explore the Old Town, youll also have ample free time to explore on your own. A special Captains farewell reception and dinner will be prepared for you this evening.