Europe and Mediterranean: Castles Along the Rhine Cruise

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises

Cruise along the Rhine – Germany on one side, France on the other – and savour French joie de vivre and German Gemutlichkeit. Discover Alsace, whose dual French and German heritage has given it fabulous food and a wine-making tradition that goes back to the Romans. Bicycle beside the river, passing Roman ruins and Romanesque churches. Marvel at castles that were once mighty fortresses guarding territory and trade routes, and that now tower above the water as romantic ruins. Visit the fairytale cities of Riquewihr, Kaysersberg, Colmar, Strasbourg, and Rudesheim, and taste delightful white wines in the villages where the grapes are grown. Beethoven and Byron loved the romantic landscapes of the Rhine River. The beauty that inspired them is still yours to experience.

All-Inclusive Cruise

  • True All-Inclusive Boutique River Cruising™

  • All gratuities for onboard services

  • Unlimited fine wine, beer, spirits and nonalcoholic beverages**

  • Shore excursions with local experts as your guide

  • Internet and Wi-Fi

  • All arrival and departure day transfers

Executive Member Benefit

  • Executive Members earn an annual 2% Reward on Costco Travel purchases

  • Receive a $50 shipboard credit per person (maximum $100 per stateroom)♦

Costco Shop Card

  • Member Exclusive: Costco Shop Card with every Uniworld river cruise†

Sailing Itinerary

Note: Cruise itineraries are subject to change. Please verify ports and times directly with the cruise line.

Day 1Amsterdam

Overview

Amsterdam is the Netherlands’ capital, known for its artistic heritage, elaborate canal system and narrow houses with gabled facades, legacies of the city’s 17th-century Golden Age. Its Museum District houses the Van Gogh Museum, works by Rembrandt and Vermeer at the Rijksmuseum, and modern art at the Stedelijk. Cycling is key to the city’s character, and there are numerous bike paths.

Day 2Cologne

Overview

Cologne (Köln), the largest city in the Rhineland, is so rich in antiquity that every time a new foundation is dug, the excavators come up with archaeological finds. Devastating though the World War II bombing was - nearly all the buildings of the Altstadt were damaged - reconstruction brought to light a period of Cologne's history that had been a mystery for centuries. Evidence showed that Cologne was as important and powerful during the early Christian era as it was during Roman times and the Middle Ages. Cologne traces its beginnings to 38 B.C., when Roman legions set up camp here. As early as A.D. 50, the emperor Claudius gave it municipal rights as capital of a Roman province. In the early Christian era, a bishopric was founded here and a number of saints were martyred, including the patron of the city, St. Ursula. During the Middle Ages, as Cologne became a center for international trade, Romanesque and Gothic churches were built with prosperous merchants' gold. Today there is much to see from every period of the city's 2,000-year history - from the old Roman towers to the modern opera house. But Cologne is also a bustling modern city, with a lively population. It's also increasingly becoming the fine-art capital of Germany.

Day 3Koblenz

Overview

At a glance, the city of Koblenz reflects all the typical military clichés in German history. Ritter des Deutschen Ordens (Knights of the German Order) settled at the confluence of the rivers Mosel and Rhine and named the tip of land between the two bodies of water the “Deutsches Eck” (German Corner). There, the German Emperor Wilhelm I reigns on his bronze battle horse while looking down imperiously from his monument’s pedestal on the two rivers flowing together in front of him, the Rhine and the Mosel. On the other bank of the Rhine, the threatening Prussian fortress, Ehrenbreitstein is visible. This side of Koblenz reminds us of military and war, of sables rattling and canon shots thundering. The green hills of the Eifel region, of Hunsrück, Taunus and Westerwald meet where the Mosel flows into the Rhine. Facing the monument at Deutsches Eck back in 1930, the satirist Kurt Tucholsky called it the “gigantic cake decoration” and found that the area was much too pretty for this “rocky clump”. Deutsches Eck, the Emperor’s monument and the Prussian fortress still attract many tourists to the city every day. The buzzing of video cameras and snapping of pictures sometimes even drown the clamor of international voices. Surely the labyrinth of winding little streets in the romantic old city center has utterly delighted many a Japanese traveler and then, driven them to resignation and despair. With eyes on the binoculars at all times, the enthused visitors from the Far East can easily lose their orientation and get lost, only to find themselves in one of the many wine bars and then, surrendering to their fate, trying to console themselves with many pints of wine from the Rhine or Mosel region. This all wouldn’t be necessary if visitors from faraway Nippon would consult a handy travel guide by Karl Baedecker, who currently runs the travel publishing house, Baedecker, in Koblenz. But the palatable regional wine doesn’t particularly care whether it is drunk with or without the travel guide. And neither do the dozens of local bar owners. The bar and restaurant owners in Koblenz may be pleased about the money the tourists spend when visiting the city, but otherwise during high season, the 110,000 inhabitants avoid the old city center overrun with tourists. The inhabitants of Koblenz don’t have much time for tourist leisure, as people seem to work a great deal. The Rhine harbor, industry, the service sector, and of course, the numerous public authorities of the state of Rheinland-Pfalz, as well as the Federal Republic of Germany, are places where the people earn their daily bread. In Koblenz, 12,000 members of the German armed forces fulfill their daily duties. The concentration of military in the city has always been a characteristic of Koblenz, from the Roman times until the present. The situation wasn’t always rosy for the city on the Rhine and Mosel. During the World War Two, destiny struck at the gates of the city like Ludwig van Beethoven’s 5th Symphony. Allied bombers blew Koblenz, an important military center, into debris and ashes. Speaking of Beethoven, Maria Magdalena, the composer’s mother was born on Wambachstrasse in Koblenz. Nowadays you can visit the largest private Beethoven exhibition in the world here. One of the contemporaries for whom Ludwig van Beethoven felt the deepest contempt was Prince Metternich. The conservative hard-liner of the 18th century was born in Koblenz in 1773. It’s strange how time passes and history evolves in one place. To have a sense of this change, just think of the new university campus at Koblenz. It was once a place where military commands were bellowed and now its a quiet place for academics. An old barrack complex hosts students and professors. And Where? In Metternich, a district of Koblenz.

Day 4Boppard

Overview

In the Valley of the Lorelei Rock as well as on the heights of the nearby Hunsruck Mountains, Boppard has a lot to offer in many respects both to residents and guests. In the course of history, all kinds of people have felt at home here, whether Celts, Romans or Franconians. All of them have left their mark on the 2000 year-old history of the town and at every turn there is witness in stone of their presence. Boppard is beautiful. The charming, unmistakable natural beauty of the town and its surroundings as well as the numerous monuments to its culture and history evoking memories of the different epochs of its history are called to mind as one walks through the town. One of the few national Goethe Institutes has its seat in Boppard which was set up here twenty years ago and there are four partner towns in France, England, Hungary and Japan which underline its international character. Boppard's wines are among the best to be had anywhere. The wine produced here has a very high reputation and was mentioned in official records over 1350 years ago. This is well understood when one remembers the fact that the largest net of vineyards along the central Rhine area in Bopparder Hamm count among the steepest wine-growing districts with an approximate cultivated surface of 75 hectares. There are many opportunities to enjoy Boppard's wine during the course of the year. For example: at "Boppard Wine in the Spring", at "Bopparder Weinkost" (wine-tasting) or – and this especially – at the Boppard Wine Festival. The vintners of Boppard market their wines themselves. It's a good idea to leave enough room in the back of the car for later home consumption! If you don't want to wait for one of the wine festivals, then Hotel Deutsches Haus regularly offer wine-tasting. How wonderful nature is! Historical Boppard lies at the foot of an unspoiled, wooded mountainous area which is part of the slate hills of the Rhine's littoral countryside. Nature lovers, botanists and ornithologists are in their element when it comes to an exploration of Boppard and its environs. The unique character of the natural surroundings make it an ideal place to ramble. One can discover the hiker's paths for oneself or spy out the Rhine's tributaries and their valleys in the high places above it. Furthermore, for your leisure and pleasure: tennis, golf (18-hole golf course), swimming, riding, gliding, cycling, boat trips. Of particular and unique interest in Boppard is the Thonet Museum (Bentwood furniture) with its approximately 100 exhibits. Take your time about enjoying your time. It's a good idea to join a guided tour to show you all the delights of this charming little town. If not on foot, then by town tour with the mini-train. The chair-lift offers visitors a bird's eye view of the largest Rhine meanderings together with the Bopparder Hamm. After a trip with the Hunsruck Railway, which takes you through breath-taking scenery, there is the possibility of hiking in the forests. Boppard has seen a turbulent past. At a time when the area lying between the Rhine and the Moselle, the Hunsruck region, was still thickly wooded, the Celts came to settle here. About fifty years B.C., Roman legions marched to this point along the Rhine, then a liquid territorial boundary or "limes". Later they erected a large fortress. After the fall of the Roman empire, Franconian tribes settled in what is now Boppard which, in the Middle Ages, later became an imperial city. An impressive building is the electoral castle (Kurfurstliche Burg, also known as the Kurtrierische Burg), which Balduin von Trier erected in 1327. The small fortress served as a customs castle on the Rhine, a building which assured its owner of a lucrative living from the tithes and tolls levied upon Rhenish traffic.The Archeological Park leads back into Roman times. Also of considerable interest is the mainly late romanesque building of St Severus Church on the Market Square. One thing which must not be missed is the Carmelite Church, built in 1300 which, after fire in 1730, was re-constructed in the baroque style. The cloister belonging to it is the town's administrative building today.

Day 5Germersheim

Overview

Germersheim is a town in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate, of around 20,000 inhabitants. It is also the seat of the Germersheim district. The neighboring towns and cities are Speyer, Landau, Philippsburg, Karlsruhe and Wörth.

Day 6Kehl

Overview

Kehl is a town in southwestern Germany in the Ortenaukreis, Baden-Württemberg. It is located on the river Rhine, directly opposite the French city of Strasbourg.

Day 7Breisach am Rhein

Overview

The Cathedral of St Stephanus, the town`s most prominent landmark, is visible from far and wide. It stands perched high above the Rhine on the Münsterberg (Cathedrakl Hill), which has been the site of human settlements for over 4,000 years. Breisach lies in one of the warmest parts of Germany, directly next to Alsace and the famous wine-growing region of Kaiserstuhl.

Day 8Basel

Overview

These multiple facets influence the artistic and cultural life of the place. Apart from its contrasting architectural styles, it has over 30 museums and galleries as well as many small theatres - besides the City Theatre with its repertoire of operas, operettas and plays - and the first Musical Theatre in Switzerland, all waiting to be visited. The new art and cultural scene is nothing like the traditional version. For example, many industrial buildings have been converted and now serve as the setting for concerts and club evenings. The possibilities of Basel are unlimited and its borders are always open for a quick trip into neighbouring France or Germany. Nestled in the Three Countries of Germany, France and Switzerland, Basel is a city full of surprises. The city canton with roughly 190,000 inhabitants and a 2000-year history is located on the bend of the Rhine on the borders with France and Germany. The city offers a unique range of culture and art, and possesses one of Europe's most attractive and best-preserved Old Towns.

Onboard the S.S. Antoinette

Costco Member Reviews

4.8 of 5 stars4.8/5 (135 Reviews)

Ship Rating

4.0/5

When you step aboard the S.S. Antoinette, you'll understand why the "S.S." precedes "Antoinette," as this appropriately means "Super Ship." Aboard ship, the ambiance is reminiscent of France's Château de Versailles during the late 18th century, with the character of the past thoughtfully blended with unusual touches to create a feeling of luxury, warmth and elegance. A blue Strauss 10-foot Baccarat chandelier with huge sapphires, originally hung in New York's famed Tavern on the Green, graces the two-story lobby. Fine Brazilian marble adorns the walls and floors, and a sparkling 19th-century Venetian glass mirror rests high above the reception desk, providing an air of grandeur. The S.S. Antoinette shares the same exquisite standards and meticulous attention to detail reflective throughout Uniworld's fleet. Haute design with comfortable décor symbolize the style and grace for which Uniworld ships are known.

Onboard Activities

Activities & Services (included in cruise)

Spa

  • Theater/Show Lounge
  • Fitness Center
  • Spa Services/Massage
  • Pool - Outdoor
  • Bars/Lounges
  • Elevators

Activities & Services (available for an extra fee)

Duty-Free Shops

  • Dry Cleaning/ Laundry Service
  • Duty-Free Shops/Boutiques

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Dining

Main Dining

Main Dining

Restaurant de Versailles (open seating): This seating option allows you to choose when and with whom you dine. Menus are a blend of classic cuisine with a touch of contemporary elegance, and are created using only the finest and freshest ingredients often brought onboard from local ports of call. You'll be surrounded by the beauty of passing riverbank towns and villages.


Times, costs and other specifics are outside the control of Costco Travel. All information is at the sole discretion of the cruise line and is subject to change without notice. Dining time and table size preferences are submitted to the cruise line on a first-come, first-served request basis and are confirmed aboard ship. Questions, concerns and/or special needs regarding dining arrangements must be addressed with the maitre d' hotel aboard ship. Every effort is made to accommodate travelers' preferences; however, Costco Travel cannot guarantee dining arrangements. In specialty restaurants, space is limited and reservations are recommended. A cover charge and dress code may apply.

Staterooms

Classic Stateroom with Window (Category: CL)

Category: CL

  • Luxurious riverview stateroom (163 sq.ft – 15.1 sq.m)
  • Handcrafted Savoir® Beds of England, built-in closet, hair dryer, safe, flat-screen TV with infotainment center and satellite, individual thermostat, and bottled water
  • Marble bathroom with Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, towel warmer, waffle bathrobes and slippers

French Balcony Stateroom (Category: FB)

Category: FB

  • Luxurious riverview stateroom (196 sq.ft – 18.2 sq.m) with a French balcony
  • Handcrafted Savoir® Beds of England, built-in closet, hair dryer, safe, flat-screen TV with infotainment center and satellite, individual thermostat, and bottled water
  • Marble bathroom with Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, towel warmer, waffle bathrobes and slippers

Deluxe Stateroom with Full Open-Air Balcony (Category: DB)

Category: DB

  • Luxurious riverview stateroom (196 sq.ft – 18.2 sq.m) with open-air balcony
  • Handcrafted Savoir® Beds of England, built-in closet, hair dryer, safe, flat-screen TV with infotainment center and satellite, individual thermostat, and bottled water
  • Marble bathroom with Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, towel warmer, waffle bathrobes and slippers

Suite with Full Open-Air Balcony (Category: S)

Category: S

  • Luxurious riverview suite (294 sq.ft – 27.3 sq.m) with open-air balcony
  • Handcrafted Savoir® Beds of England, built-in closets, hair dryer, safe, individual climate-control thermostat, direct-dial telephone and flat-screen TV with infotainment center
  • Marble bathroom with Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, special towel warmers, backlit magnifying mirror, heated mirrors, cozy bathrobes and slippers
  • Additional amenities and services, including: in-suite butler service; packing and unpacking assistance; in-room breakfast; daily fruit and cookie plate, and an elegant evening snack; iPod dock; Nespresso coffee machine and fine teas; fully stocked mini bar; bottle of wine upon arrival; shoe shine; free laundry service; and a special dinner in L'Orangerie Sky Lounge

Grand Suite with Full Open-Air Balcony (Category: GS)

Category: GS

  • Luxurious riverview grand suite (391 sq.ft – 36.3 sq.m) with open-air balcony and a spacious living room
  • Handcrafted Savoir® Beds of England, built-in closets, hair dryer, safe, individual climate-control thermostat, and flat-screen TV with infotainment center
  • Marble bathroom with Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, special towel warmers, cozy bathrobes and slippers, separate rain shower and tub, backlit magnifying mirror, heated mirrors, and a secluded toilet and bidet area
  • Additional amenities and service include: in-suite butler service; packing and unpacking assistance; in-room breakfast; daily fruit and cookie plate, and an elegant evening snack; iPod dock; Nespresso coffee machine and fine teas; fully stocked mini bar; bottle of wine upon arrival; shoe shine; free laundry service; and a special dinner in L'Orangerie Sky Lounge

Deck Plan

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Ship Facts

S.S. Antoinette ship image
  • Ship Name: S.S. Antoinette
  • Year Built: 2011
  • Year Entered Present Fleet: 2011
  • Ship Class: Sister ship to River Beatrice
  • Maximum Capacity: 164
  • Number of Passenger Decks: 4
  • Number of Crew: 45
  • Officers' Nationality: International
  • Ocean-View without Balcony: 20
  • Ocean-View with Balcony: 53
  • Capacity Based on Double Occupancy: 164
  • Country of Registry: Switzerland
  • Total Staterooms: 82
  • Suites with Balcony: 9
  • Crew/Hotel Staff Nationality: International
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Terms & Conditions

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Ship's registry: Switzerland

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