With Christmas looming on the horizon, it seems 2014 is just around the corner. Which means it’s the perfect time to consider what may be on your holiday agenda next year. Perhaps a delightful luxury river cruise through Europe might take your fancy. Uniworld is a premier tour company that takes guests to experience the history, art, culture and architecture of Europe. Enjoy excellent value, with all onboard and onshore gratuities, meals, shore excursions and more taken care of with Uniworld’s fantastic all inclusive cruise packages. You can relax and unwind as you sail through incredible scenery whilst enjoying unparalleled luxury.
Here are our favourite five Uniworld river cruises for 2014.
Castles along the Rhine
This romantic river cruise will take you on an 8 day voyage from Basel to Amsterdam. Sailing along the Rhine River, you will be met with medieval castles and flourishing hillside vineyards. Find yourself in the old world city Strasbourg, where you can admire the grand architecture of the Notre Dame Cathedral which features the amazing Strasbourg Astronomical Clock. A wine tasting tour at the prestigious Castle Vollrads will also be on the agenda, followed by a guided village stroll around Boppard. Take an aerial cable car ride to the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress for spectacular views, before strolling through Old Town Cologne.
Paris and Normandy
Cruise along the peaceful Seine River as you journey through Paris and the enchanting countryside of France. Embrace your inner artist and explore Monet’s home village Givenchy, which was the inspiration behind many of his famous works. Spend time exploring the historic beaches of Normandy before taking an excursion to Rouen. Here you can marvel at the town’s medieval architecture, Gothic cathedrals and see the Renaissance clock tower. Set right on the beautiful harbour, you will also visit the quaint French town Honfleur. You may recognise many of the striking buildings in Auvers-sur-Oise from the works of Vincent van Gogh after he spent two months here.
Venice and the Gems of Northern Italy
Begin your Italian adventure in the charming canals of Venice. As you glide through the picturesque waterways, you will be confronted with colourful architecture, pretty arched bridges and wandering gondolas. Tour the walled Italian city Padua and see the grandeur of the Palazzo della Ragione and the Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padua. For a sumptuous treat, enjoy an excursion to the renowned food city, Bologna. Browse the lavish food markets and join a pasta making workshop to discover the secrets of traditional Italian fare. Another highlight of your cruise is sure to be a visit to the incredible Po Delta Nature Reserve, home to over 300 species of bird.
Portugal, Spain and the Douro River Valley
Be captivated by the passion of Portugal and Spain, with an 11 day cruise along the Douro River. In Lisbon, see firsthand the iconic Belem Tower and the striking Padrão dos Descobrimentos monument. Visit the popular street Santa Catarina in Porto for spot of shopping and climb the Clerigos Tower for breathtaking views across the city. Enjoy an excursion to the fascinating Douro Museum before taking a stroll through the beautiful gardens surrounding the Mateus Palace. Taste the region’s favourite nectar in Pinhao with a local wine tasting tour. Enjoy a vibrant flamenco show in Salamanca before touring the medieval streets of Castelo Rodrigo.
This 15 day tour will take you on a whirlwind adventure through the Danube, Main and Rhine rivers. Begin your holiday in Budapest with a visit to the Grand Market and be tempted by fragrant Hungarian foods. Sail through the idyllic Wachau Valley, stopping to sample the local wines in the small village, Weissenkirchen. Step back in time with as you stroll through Germany’s medieval town, Regensburg and embark on an intriguing historical tour at Nuremberg. Marvel at the striking Renaissance castle ruins in Heidelberg before heading through the UNESCO World Heritage listed Upper Middle Rhine Valley.