As many of you already know Uniworld River Cruises is an exceptionally special cruise line. Their ships and their service are fantastic. And this is an all inclusive product; even your shore excursions and onboard gratuities. You will cruise the Rhine River, visiting Breisach, Strasbourg, Speyer, Rudesheim, Boppard & Koblenz. If you've never tried river cruising, you will love it. If you have, welcome back.
Sharon Carr Travel
16800 Dallas Parkway, Suite 160, Dallas, TX 75248
(972) 233-3300 - (800)648-4856 Fax - (972) 233-4336 - www.sharoncarrtravel.com
Prices = based on DOUBLE occupancy - including round trip air.
For SINGLE occupancy - please call for pricing
PRICES REPRESENT A $2032 PER CABIN SAVINGS OFF REGULAR UNIWORLD AIR/SEA PRICES.
The world's only authentic boutique cruise line, Uniworld, is now one of the ONLY river cruise line to bring you a true all-inclusive luxury Europe river cruise in 2015.
Day 1: Amsterdam (embark) Arrive at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, where you will be transferred to the ship. Set sail this evening.
Day 2: Cologne Featured Excursion: Cologne walking tour with Cologne Cathedral visit Stroll through the narrow streets of Old Town Cologne with your guide, passing by tiny squares and small churches as you make your way to Cologne Cathedral, the city's most famous landmark. It took 632 years for Germany's largest cathedral to be completed, and it is one of the most important Gothic churches in Europe. Inside this UNESCO World Heritage Site, the earthly remains of the fabled Three Kings-the Magi-are believed to lie at rest. You'll learn about the history of the cathedral and its artwork, especially the pieces surrounding the Shrine of the Magi. Christian pilgrims have been flocking here for centuries. In fact, one of the cathedral's expansions was intended to accommodate the many faithful who travel from far and wide to experience the wonder of this sacred site. In the evening, enjoy a Captain's Welcome Reception and Gala Dinner. Note: On Sundays and Catholic holidays, guided tours inside the cathedral will not be possible.
Day 3: Koblenz, cruising the romantic Rhine River, Boppard Featured Excursions: Choice of Koblenz walking tour or aerial cable car ride to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress; and guided Boppard village stroll. Awaken on the romantic Rhine and enjoy a morning cruise along the castle-lined river. German Corner, with its famous monument to Kaiser Wilhelm I, announces your arrival in Koblenz, where the Moselle and Rhine rivers meet. Choose a walking tour highlighting the appeal of Koblenz-its charming lanes and historic squares, the picturesque alleyways and fountains in the old quarter, and the 12th-century churches of St. Florin and Our Beloved Lady. Or take a thrilling ride on an aerial tram across the Rhine to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress-whose ruined walls once inspired Lord Byron-which in one form or another has stood high on the hill overlooking the rivers' confluence since its beginnings as a fortification in 1,000 BC. The view from the fortress is dazzling. End your day with a guided stroll around Boppard, a typical wine village on the shores of the Rhine.
Day 4: Cruising the romantic Rhine River, Rüdesheim Featured Excursions: Exclusive Castle Vollrads wine tasting Rüdesheim has been a magnet for romantics since the 19th century. Among its most famous sights is the Drosselgasse, a narrow alleyway lined with wine taverns and shops. Explore the town at your leisure, then be our guest at a princely wine tasting at prestigious Castle Vollrads, a handsome 14th-century castle perfectly situated in the vineyard-covered hills of the Rheingau. Though it is one of the smallest wine-growing regions of Germany, it is world famous for its Rieslings-and Castle Vollrads is one of the world's top wine estates for the varietal. Later, find a spot on deck for an afternoon of scenic cruising along the romantic Rhine and take in the breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage-designated Upper Middle Rhine Valley. Picturesque castles appear around every bend in the river for a 40-mile stretch, a sight that inspired poets, painters, and composers throughout the 19th century. (You are going to love this!)
Day 5: Germersheim (Speyer) Featured Excursions: Choice of Speyer walking tour or exclusive Doktorenhof vinegar estate visit and tasting A guided walking tour through Speyer reveals a Medieval town with a grand heritage and a compact historic center dominated by the largest Romanesque cathedral in Europe. With its basilica laid out in the form of a Latin cross, including four towers and two domes, this architectural marvel is a symbol of Medieval imperial power; the rulers of three dynasties are interred here. Nearby, a well-preserved mikvah, or ritual bath, bears witness to a Jewish community that dates to roughly the same era; it is the oldest remaining bath of its kind in Europe. Alternatively, come with us to discover a unique aperitif-wine vinegars made from grapes grown in the wine lands of the Palatine-with a visit to the Doktorenhof vinegar estate, where antique vinegar recipes find new life. Tour the cellars and taste the honey- or herb-flavored elixirs made there.
Day 6: Featured Excursions: Choice of Strasbourg by canal with Notre Dame Cathedral or exclusive "Do as the Locals Do" Strasbourg walking tour Situated halfway between Paris and Prague, the Alsatian town of Strasbourg is known as the "Crossroads of Europe." The heart of the old city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is crisscrossed with Medieval canals. You'll board a canal boat and cruise past ancient covered bridges and their watchtowers, the picturesque Petite France district with its beautiful half-timbered houses and flower-filled window boxes, and the magnificent Gothic cathedral. You'll also see the dynamic modern city that hosts numerous European Union organizations. Or, if you prefer, take an intimate walking tour through Old Town, strolling through lively Broglie Square to elegant Place Kléber. Learn about the culinary traditions of Alsace and indulge in tasty pastries and coffee at a charming café. Then spend your afternoon at leisure in this beautiful city; a shuttle will take you to and from the ship.
Day 7: Breisach (Kaysersberg and Riquewihr or Colmar) Featured Excursions: Choice of Alsatian wine villages or Colmar city tour Starting from Medieval Breisach, the gateway to the Black Forest, you will cross the Rhine and head for the Alsatian Wine Road, which hugs the foothills of the Vosges Mountains. Charming villages, pastoral landscapes, and lush vineyards line this beautiful winding road. You may prefer to linger in the historic center of enchanting Colmar or continue on to the wine villages of Kaysersberg and Riquewihr, where you will ramble along narrow lanes and pass half-timbered Medieval houses with conical roofs that are straight out of a fairytale illustration. Whichever you choose, you'll be treated to an Alsatian specialty, flammekeuche, a delectable flatbread topped with bacon and onions. In the evening, enjoy a Captain's Farewell and Gala Dinner.
Day 8: Basel (disembark) Day 8: Basel (disembark)
Note: Order of sightseeing may change throughout the itinerary. Substitute visits to other sites may occur during your trip due to water levels or other uncontrollable factors.
Your passport cannot expire for at least 6 months after your return. If you are not an American Citizen, you are responsible to have proper documentation to enter any of the ports of call. Failure to do so may result in being denied boarding.
PAYMENTS: A $800 per person deposit is due with booking. 2nd payment of $2000.00 per person is due March 1, 2015. Final payment is due June. 15, 2015. These prices reflect a 5% discount is paying by cash, check or money order. A 5% fee is added if using a credit card. We accept MC, VISA, and AX & DISCOVER.
Cancellations - If canceled before March 1, 2015 , a $400 per person fee is assessed. If canceled before June 15, 2015, an $800 per person fee is assessed. If canceled on or after June 15, 2015, - package is fully non-refundable. Name changes are allowed up to 100 days prior to departure at $200 per name change. Within 100 days, no changes are allowed for any reason. Once the airfare is booked & ticketed, it is nonrefundable, non changeable.
FULL LEGAL NAMES must be given as stated on PASSPORT. Please send us a copy of your passport .
INSURANCE: Cancellation insurance is highly recommended. Insurance information will be provided to you. If for some reason you have not been given an insurance application, please call our office immediately. Please read the information brochure carefully before sending payment to the insurance carrier. If you have a pre-existing condition, insurance must be purchased within 14 days after you pay your initial deposit.
SHARON CARR TRAVEL IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR WEATHER-RELATED OR MECHANICAL DELAYS. Any out of pocket expenses caused by airline delays are the sole responsibility of the client and any refunds due are at the sole discretion of the airline. Client must contact the airline directly for any reimbursement. Once again, INSURANCE IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
SHARON CARR TRAVEL are not the source or supplier of the travel services included in this package and they act solely as an agent for the actual suppliers of such service and assume no liability for injury, damage, loss, accident, delay, war, insurrection, vendor bankruptcy, revolt or other civil uprising, other military actions, strikes or any Act of God occurring in either the country of origin, destination or through passage, or for any reason whatsoever. The suppliers whose names appear in the information supplied are those who are responsible for providing the travel services purchased SHARON CARR TRAVEL will not be held responsible should any of these suppliers fail to provide the travel services purchased
SHARON CARR TRAVEL will not be held responsible for any loss or damage to luggage during the tour. Also SHARON CARR TRAVEL will not be liable regarding provision of medical care or the adequacy of any care that may be rendered. Acceptance of the Tour Contract will serve as a Release of Liability and Assumption of Risk Agreement. This agreement is binding on your heirs, legal representatives and assigns. If, for some reason, a trip must be rescheduled due to any of the above reasons, participants are bound by the new dates of travel, and can only obtain a refund if insurance has been purchased and insurer is contractually bound .
One of newest jewels in Uniworld's elite boutique fleet, the luxurious Super Ship (S.S.) Antoinette, is already garnering great praise by being included in a list of the Most Luxurious Cruise Cabins by Carolyn Spencer Brown, editor of Cruise Critic and contributor to Condé Nast Traveler. "Whether you're talking about its lavish public rooms, its airy spa, its cinema, or its staterooms," writes Brown, "S.S. Antoinette is not only the most gorgeous riverboat afloat, it's also quite possibly the most beautiful ship anywhere."
S.S. Antoinette was also named the world's "Best New River Ship" in 2012 Cruise Critic's Fourth Annual Editor's Picks Awards. Further, Condé Nast Traveler listed the S.S. Antoinette's "Castles along the Rhine," in the top eleven "Dream Itineraries for 2012," and is the only river cruise itinerary listed in the best of the best in the cruise industry.
Note: Staterooms and suites on La Princesse Deck have full open-air balconies that, with a touch of a switch to raise the glass, can become a completely enclosed conservatory. Suites have two mattresses with bed frames that can be loosened and slightly separated, except suite 403, whose frame cannot be separated.