Uniworld announced five new itineraries and a revised one for 2015 last week. Ranging from 7 to 13 nights long, the new itineraries cover countries along the Danube River, Holland and Belgium, France, and Spain and Portugal. *All itineraries below except the Ultimate France are offered in reverse order.*
1. Holland and Belgium at Tulip Time
Offered in the spring only with weekly sailings starting March 29, 2015 and the last one on April 26, 2015 from Brussels to Amsterdam.
Sailing 7 nights, highlights include visits to 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks, and an onboard lecture “A Unified Modern Europe: From Maastricht to Brussels.”
2. Delightful Danube and Prague
Starting May 6, 2015 to November 9, 2015, there will be sailings from Nuremberg to Budapest plus two nights in Prague.
The highlights of this 10 day river cruise include: 2 nights in Prague at the Art Deco Imperial Hotel (or similar) with breakfast, visiting 4 countries and 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, use of of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks throughout the cruise, and the onboard Signature Lecture “Main-Danube Canal: History of an Engineering Milestone.”
3. Eastern Europe Explorer
Immerse in eastern European culture for 10 days sailing from Budapest to Bucharest on the Danube River. Sailings start April 8, 2015 with the last one on September 28, 2015.
Visit 5 countries and 2 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks are also available to use throughout the cruise. The onboard Signature Lecture is “The Orient in Europe: Eastern Influences on the Western World.”
4. Grand European Explorer
For 19 days with nine embarkation dates to choose from starting April 27, 2015 through to September 28, 2015, you can sail the Danube River with Uniworld to visit 8 countries. The journey starts in Prague and ends in Bucharest.
With an itinerary like this comes an extensive list of highlights: 7 UNESCO World Heritage sites, use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks throughout the cruise, 2 Captain’s Welcome and 2 Captain’s Farewell Receptions (instead of 1), 2 Welcome and 2 Farewell Gala Dinners (instead of 1), 2 nights in Prague at the Art Deco Imperial Hotel (or similar), and 2 nights in Bucharest at the Radisson Blu Hotel (or similar).
5. Ultimate France
If you would like to explore as much of France as possible by river cruise, then this is it. Uniworld’s Ultimate France is 3 France cruises in one package: 3 ships, 3 regions and 21 nights of cruising.
From Paris to Lyon, sail the Seine River, the Bordeaux region and the Rhone River. Expect to be gastronomically pleased with food and wine. Other highlights include: 3 Welcome and 3 Farewell Gala Dinners, 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks, and 18 days of excursions.
6. Jewels Of Spain, Portugal & The Douro River
Sail for 7 nights on the Douro River from Oporto, Portugal to Vega, Spain after spending two nights in Lisbon. This is similar to what Uniworld has offered for years, but the difference here is Madrid has been added to make the trip 2 nights longer, making it a 12 night cruise.
Sailings start April 17, 2015 to October 1, 2015. Highlights include: 11 days of excursions, 2 nights in Lisbon at the Tiara Park, Atlantic Lisboa Hotel (or similar) with breakfast, 3 nights in Madrid at the Westin Palace (or similar) with breakfast, 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and the onboard Signature Lecture “Portuguese Seafarers and Spanish Explorers.”
If you’re interested in any of these river cruises, there’s an early booking bonus that expires January 15, 2015. Book and pay in full by October 31, 2014 and you’ll save even more money. Contact us to learn more about this offer. Speak with a River Cruise Expert today by calling 1-800-565-2784.
*Maps courtesy of Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection.