Uniworld Boutique River Cruises has kicked off its inaugural Rivers of the World trip in Cairo, already completing the first segment of the 46-night journey. The itinerary is the first of its kind for Uniworld, taking 80 world cruisers to nine countries aboard five luxury Super Ships combining both cruise and land.
The itinerary features exclusive experiences and surprises throughout, such as the opportunity to visit the new Grand Egyptian Museum before it officially opens to the public, and a welcome celebration hosted by a surprise guest, Uniworld’s President & CEO, Ellen Bettridge.
Forty percent of bookings for the journey are from Australia and New Zealand, “a clear sign that Aussies and Kiwis are in search of unique and different programs, and keen to travel for longer periods than ever before”, says Alice Ager, General Manager, Australia/NZ for Uniworld.
“I’m thrilled to be in Egypt for the first leg of our inaugural world cruise, welcoming our fabulous guests on this trip of a lifetime with Uniworld,” Bettridge said.
“Egypt is the home of the first river cruise and a natural starting point for our journey. We enjoyed two days in Cairo and a fantastic week on the S.S. Sphinx along the Nile, and it’s only just the beginning.”
Bettridge said the Australia/New Zealand contingent were a “super fun bunch that are going to have a blast over the next month and a half togehter!”
Guests will cross the Mediterranean Sea and fly into the Swiss Alps with two nights in the lake town of Lugano, followed by two nights in Milan prior to boarding the new S.S. La Venezia for a weeklong cruise along the Venetian Lagoon.
Next, guests will continue to Hungary and sail on S.S. Maria Theresa from Budapest to Passau through the heart of the former Holy Roman Empire; board the S.S. Joie de Vivre in France and explore the best of Northern France along the Seine; and complete the itinerary in Portugal, beginning in Porto with a cruise aboard the S.S. Sao Gabriel through the Douro River Valley, followed by a three-night land stay in Lisbon and closing event.
Back by popular demand, Uniworld’s second annual Rivers of the World cruise is scheduled for 2024 and is currently available for booking. The 2024 trip is even longer and even farther reaching, taking 68 guests on a 55-day itinerary spanning three continents, 10 countries and four luxurious Super Ships including new-to-Uniworld destinations, Argentina and Brazil. For the travel advisor toolkit, click here.
Uniworld’s Rivers of the World itineraries are all-inclusive including onboard dining, unlimited premium wine, beer and spirits, wi-fi, excursions, scheduled airport transfers, onboard gratuities and flights between cruise segments. The trips also feature a dedicated Traveling Concierge to accompany guests for the entire journey to assist with all needs.