Europe and Mediterranean: Classic Germany and Amsterdam Cruise

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises

Begin your cruise in Amsterdam and pass through the Dutch countryside to arrive in Cologne, where a blend of medieval charm and dramatic architecture are just a sample of the enchantments you'll find over the course of the week. Continue on through storybook towns, their castles perched amongst the gorgeous natural landscapes. Along the way, you'll uncover a region steeped in history, a fascinating mix of miraculously undisturbed and painstakingly restored cultural gems. Sample the region's iconic treats, from brandy-spiked Rudesheimer coffee to the Rieslings produced at the vineyards banking the Rhine. Wander into these picturesque riverscapes with a "Let's Go" hiking path that will bring you high up in the trees above the Steigerwald forest and a canoe ride through the Mainschleife Nature Reserve. Then discover a full range of life along the Rhine and Main with visits to quaint villages and lavish palaces. Between breathtaking backdrops and rich local culture, this journey from Amsterdam to Nuremberg will leave you speechless.

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 US $ 50 shipboard credit per person (maximum US $ 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 centre 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 3Rudesheim am Rhein

Overview

Rüdesheim is among the Rhine's most delightful towns. The lively Drosselgasse, a narrow cobbled lane, is renowned for its cozy restaurants and wine taverns filled with music and merriment. The grand 16th century Bromserhof houses a fascinating collection of mechanical musical instruments, while the 10th century Bromserberg Castle serves as a museum of the Rheingau wine region's bounty.

Day 4Miltenberg

Overview

Miltenberg has a wonderfully photogenic setting, nestling tightly below wooded hills on a bend of the Main, 45km upstream from Aschaffenburg. Although its population has never numbered more than a few thousand, the Altstadt stretches for over 2.5km, its boundaries marked by two fourteenth-century gateways, the Würzburger Tor to the east and the Mainzer Tor to the west. Much of the area in between consists of a single street, Hauptstrasse, which is lined with the half-timbered buildings so characteristic of central Germany, as well as others of stone. One of the finest examples of the former is the Gasthaus Zum Riesen at no. 97, an inn with an uninterrupted tradition since the fifteenth century which assumed its present aspect at the end of the following century. A little further west, at no. 137, is the Altes Rathaus , a fourteenth-century Gothic sandstone building which was originally the municipal weigh house. About halfway along its length, Hauptstrasse widens out to the south to form the triangular Marktplatz , which has a Renaissance fountain, the Marktbrunnen , and some of the finest houses, notably the Weinhaus , which is distinguished by a beautiful two-storey oriel, and the Alte Amtskellerei directly opposite. The latter now houses the Museum der Stadt Miltenberg (May-Oct Tues-Sun 11am-5pm; Nov-March Wed-Sun 11am-4pm; DM4/?2), which contains a distinguished collection of artefacts from the Roman period, notably an enigmatic five-metre-high monolith, the Toutonenstein . There's also a Jewish section: Miltenberg still preserves its tiny medieval synagogue, but it is marooned in the backyard of the Kalt-Loch brewery and seldom accessible to the public. Just to the north of the square is the Stadtpfarrkirche St Jakobus , a Gothic church whose external appearance was sharply modified by the addition of two Neoclassical sandstone towers in the 1830s. Inside are a fifteenth-century relief of the Adoration of the Magi and a huge sixteenth-century crucifix. On its other side, Marktplatz slopes uphill to the outer defensive system of the Mildenburg (May-Oct Tues-Sun 11am-5.30pm; DM2/?1), the feudal frontier castle of the Mainz archbishops on the hill above. By its courtyard entrance is a late fourteenth-century residential building which was partially remodelled in Renaissance style a couple of hundred years later. Higher up is the keep, which formed part of the original fortress erected around 1200. It can be ascended for a grandstand view over the town and its surroundings.

Day 5Wurzburg

Overview

Wurzburg is a city in Germany's Bavaria region. It's known for lavish baroque and rococo architecture, particularly the 18th-century Residenz palace, with ornate rooms, a huge fresco by Venetian artist Tiepolo and an elaborate staircase. Home to numerous wine bars, cellars and wineries, Wurzburg is the centre of the Franconian wine country, with its distinctive bocksbeutel (bottles with flattened round shapes).

Day 6Volkach

Overview

Volkach is situated on a bow in the Main, in the heart of the Franconian wine-growing country. Volkach is situated in the north of Bavaria in Franconia.

Day 7Bamberg

Overview

Situated in the heart of Upper Franconia, Bamberg is an historical yet dynamic city. It is a town of tradition and progress, both of which successfully complement each other. In short, Bamberg is a beautiful city which for many reasons is always worth a visit. The locals like to stress that their city spreads across seven hills like Rome, has a network of waterways like Venice, and an old city which is at least as beautiful as Prague and on which the same architects left their unmistakable mark. Those who know Bamberg will agree that these claims are not unjust. A glance at just four of the many sights is enough to understand why. The Old Town Hall, which like the bow of a ship parts the flow of the River Regnitz, can only be reached by two stone bridges; the Romanesque/Gothic Cathedral is endowed with four unique towers of the same height; the picturesque fishermen's houses of "Little Venice" prop each other up on the river bank and the magnificent New Residence boasts a splendid baroque room known as the Emperor's Hall. Bamberg is not just a work of art which happens to be of historical interest but a dynamic, pulsating city with a population of 70,000. Bamberg has all the facilities a city, its inhabitants and visitors need. It is ideal for shopping, working and living, for spending holidays and holding conferences. After just a few hours in Bamberg, every visitor comes away with that special Bamberg feeling. Bamberg offers a wide and interesting range of leisure facilities; it knows how to please the eye, appeal to the ear and surprise the tastebuds. In summer, Bamberg's beer cellars or "Keller" are a special attraction. Here the locals and tourists can appreciate a locally brewed beer and savour a typical Franconian snack. Bamberg is a lovely town for those who also enjoy a stroll. The possibilities are many and include the Hain, an extensive wooded park on the periphery, or the pretty paths along the canals and the River Regnitz. Bamberg has a lot to offer not only for those who have cultural leanings, but also for those who enjoy sports.

Day 8Nuremberg

Overview

Nuremberg is the largest city in Franconia and the natural centre of North Bavaria. In terms of population it is the second largest city in Bavaria and the thirteenth largest in Germany. Together with its neighbours Fürth, Erlangen, Schwabach and the surrounding rural districts, Nuremberg is part of one of Europe’s most important economic areas, where the EU and its Eastern neighbours meet. Nuremberg is surrounded by attractive landscapes: to the East the Franconian hills, to the North "Franconian Switzerland" and to the South-West the Franconian Lakes. Centuries of art and architecture made Nuremberg a treasure. During the 15th and 16th centuries, Nuremberg enjoyed a cultural flowering that made it the centre of the German Renaissance, bringing together Italian Renaissance and German Gothic traditions. In the artists' workshops were found such great talents as Veit Stoss, Peter Vischer, Adam Krafft, Michael Wolgemut, and above all, Albrecht Dürer. Koberger set up his printing press here, and Regiomontanus built an astronomical observatory. Here, too, flourished the guilds of the Meistersingers, composed of prosperous artisans; Wagner made their most famous member, Hans Sachs, the hero of his opera Die Meistersinger von Nuremberg. Many of Nuremberg's most important buildings, including some of the finest churches in Germany, have been restored or reconstructed. The old part of the city, the Altstadt, lies mainly within a pedestrian zone. Today's visitors can see the ruins of the ramparts that once surrounded the city as well as more modern sites, such as the Justice Palace, where the War Crimes Tribunal sat in 1946. Visitors can also see the Zeppelinfeld arena, the huge amphitheatre where, from 1927 to 1935, Hitler staged those dramatic Nazi rallies that were immortalized by Leni Riefenstahl in Triumph des Willens (Triumph of the Will). Hitler's architect, Albert Speer, constructed what has been called a "concrete mecca," whose grounds today have been turned into a park with apartment blocks, a trade fair, and a concert hall. Speer's Congress Hall, larger than the Colosseum in Rome, has become a recording studio and warehouse.

Onboard the River Princess

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Ship Rating

3.5/5

River Princess features all river-view staterooms; a cozy library that provides the perfect haven for inviting conversation, game playing or simply a place for deep contemplation; a fitness centre where you can unwind from a day of sightseeing; and a lounge with a full-service bar where you can gather with friends for cocktails while the evening's entertainment provides a soothing backdrop.

Onboard Activities

Activities & Services (included in cruise)

Fitness Centre

  • Card Room
  • Movies
  • Beauty Salon
  • Fitness Centre
  • Sauna/Steam Room
  • Bars/Lounges
  • Concierge Desk
  • Duty-Free Shops/Boutiques
  • Elevators
  • Safe Deposit Boxes

Activities & Services (available for an extra fee)

Full-Service Spa

  • Full-Service Spa
  • Self-Service Laundromat

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Dining

Main Dining Room

Main Dining

Main Dining Room (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 Small Window (Category: CL)

Category: CL

  • Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom (151 sq.ft – 14 sq.m)
  • Handcrafted Savoir® Beds of England, built-in closet, hair dryer, safe, flat-screen TV with infotainment centre and satellite, individual thermostat, and bottled water
  • Marble bathroom with Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, backlit magnifying mirror, cozy bathrobes and slippers

Deluxe Stateroom with Window (Category: DE)

Category: DE

  • Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom (151 sq.ft – 14 sq.m)
  • Handcrafted Savoir® Beds of England, built-in closet, hair dryer, safe, flat-screen TV with infotainment centre and satellite, individual thermostat, and bottled water
  • Marble bathroom with Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, backlit magnifying mirror, cozy bathrobes and slippers

Stateroom with French Balcony (Category: FB)

Category: FB

  • Lavishly appointed riverview stateroom (151 sq.ft – 14 sq.m) with a French balcony
  • Handcrafted Savoir® Beds of England, built-in closet, hair dryer, safe, flat-screen TV with infotainment centre and satellite, individual thermostat, and bottled water
  • Marble bathroom with Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, towel warmer, cozy bathrobes and slippers

Suite with French Balcony (Category: S)

Category: S

  • Lavishly appointed riverview suite (214 sq.ft – 20 sq.m) with a French balcony
  • Handcrafted Savoir® Beds of England, built-in closet, hair dryer, safe, flat-screen TV with infotainment centre and satellite, individual thermostat, and bottled water
  • Marble bathroom with Asprey bath and body products, plush towels, towel warmer, waffle bathrobes and slippers
  • Additional special amenities and services

Deck Plan

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Rhine Deck
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Ship Facts

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  • Ship Name: River Princess
  • Year Built: 2001
  • Year Refurbished: 2010
  • Year Entered Present Fleet: 2001
  • Maximum Capacity: 132
  • Number of Passenger Decks: 3
  • Number of Crew: 36
  • Officers' Nationality: European
  • Ocean-View without Balcony: 44
  • Ocean-View with Balcony: 18
  • Capacity Based on Double Occupancy: 132
  • Country of Registry: Switzerland
  • Total Staterooms: 66
  • Suites with Balcony: 4
  • Crew/Hotel Staff Nationality: International
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Terms & Conditions

*Price shown is per person based on double occupancy and is valid for select stateroom categories only. Click on Terms & Conditions link below for details.

**Unlimited beverages include premium wine and premium spirits. Diamond List of wine and spirits is available at an additional cost.

♦Executive Members receive a US $ 50 shipboard credit per person, maximum US $ 100 per stateroom. Executive Member benefit is valid for primary cardholder only. Shipboard credit is per stateroom based on double occupancy. Shipboard credit will be applied to your onboard account. Any unused portion of the credit is nontransferable, nonrefundable and may not be redeemed for cash.

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Ship's registry: Switzerland

    Package ID: UNIPRIEUR20210403