Uniworld Boutique River Cruises has introduced three new European itineraries for 2023 on the Rhine traversing Germany, Switzerland and France, a longer voyage also encompassing the Main and Danube into Austria, plus a new holiday market cruise in Belgium to round out the year.
The 8-day Rhine River Valley will operate between Nuremberg and Basel (or vice versa) aboard the 128-passenger River Princess. Port calls include Bamberg, Volkach, Miltenberg, Frankfurt and Strasbourg, with nine departures scheduled between 6 May and 21 October 2023. Prices start from AU$5,599 per person twin share.
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Guests can extend the voyage by two days, ending their cruise in Basel and staying two nights in Zurich (or pre-cruise if sailing from Basel), to make the 10-day Zurich & The Rhine River Valley itinerary. Lead-in rates begin at $AU6,699 per person, which include transfers to five-star The Dolder Grand Hotel.
Complementing those journeys is a new 15-day Grand Central Europe itinerary between Basel and Vienna (or the opposite direction), also offered aboard River Princess. This voyage includes the additional ports of Regensburg, a trip into the Bavarian Forest National Park, Passau, Weissenkirchen and The Melk Abbey, and a full day and night in Vienna. Departures will operate from April to October 2023 with prices starting at AU$10,299 per person twin share.
To round out Uniworld’s new offering for next year is an 8-day Belgian Holiday Markets journey aboard River Empress. Operating roundtrip from Brussels, and limited to just four departures (25 November and three in December 2023), the itinerary features a walking tour of the Christmas Markets in Brussels, Ghent, Hasselt, Maastricht, Aachen and Antwerp. It is priced from AU$4,699 per person twin share.
Alice Ager, Uniworld’s General Manager, Australia told LATTE the new itineraries had been developed based on guest feedback.
“The demand for the longer two-week cruises and an alternative to the old-school European Jewels, Amsterdam to Budapest,” Ager said.
“We are seeing fast take-up of the Grand Central Europe from Basel to Vienna with our Australian and NZ markets which is fantastic. It’s always fun to have something new to talk about, and something fresh to offer our loyal past guests,” Ager told LATTE.
Both the Grand Central Europe and Rhine River Valley itineraries include a AU$1,500 per person air credit as part of Uniworld’s Fly Back Into Cruise promotion.
Lead image: Miltenberg, Germany | Credit: Uniworld Boutique River Cruises