12 days from Baden-Baden to Frankfurt (or reverse)
Sailing date – June 14, 2020 for this itinerary. Other dates available upon request
Spark your creativity !!! We’re excited to announce Uniworld’s newest Floating Paint & Wine Workshop featuring artist Davi D’Agostino. On this cruise sailing only for 2020 Davi will join us for her sixth workshop as part of this very popular Paint & Wine series.
Davi’s workshop will introduce you to acrylic painting, provide the materials for you to paint a locally-inspired scene and keep the delicious regional wines flowing throughout the process. You won’t want to miss this experience!
DAY 1: Baden-Baden (Arrive)
Arrive at Frankfurt Airport. If your cruise/tour package includes a group arrival transfer or if you have purchased a private arrival transfer, you will be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to the Dorint Hotel Maison Messmer Baden-Baden.
DAY 2: Baden-Baden
Baden-Baden is known as a spa town, and appropriately so. The city’s contemporary flair meshes with hot springs, spas and unspoiled nature, offering a wonderfully diverse collection of relaxing and invigorating experiences. Whether you embark on a tour of the city with a visit to the Festspielhaus or take full advantage of Baden-Baden’s curative powers at the Caracalla Thermal Bath or Sea Salt Grotto, you’ll leave feeling relaxed, rejuvenated and ready for everything else that’s in store.
Choice of Baden-Baden city tour with casino or Festspielhaus guided visit or Caracalla Thermal Bath or Sea Salt Grotto
DAY 3: Baden-Baden, Strasbourg
Today, you’ll check out of your hotel in Baden-Baden and head to Strasbourg to board the River Queen, one of our most unique ships on Europe’s waterways, for the cruise portion of your tour.
DAY 4: Strasbourg
Strasbourg is invariably described as quaint, with its cobbled lanes, half timbered homes, giant stork nests and impossible-to-resist pastry shops. You can choose to see Strasbourg, which will give you an enlightening and relaxing overview of this historically important city; or you can experience the historic core as the locals do, with a walking tour.
Choice of Strasbourg panoramic tour with Cathedral and Old Town walk or “Do as the Locals Do” Strasbourg walking tour
In the evening, a special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you.
DAY 5: Speyer
Expect the unexpected in Speyer, where ancient treasures harmoniously coexist with modern day innovation. For something really unexpected, venture into a mysterious, candlelit tasting room to sample flavorful elixirs made from wine vinegars. Utterly unique and surprisingly delicious. The ship docks in Speyer, where you’ll have to choose between boarding a motorcoach for a guided walking tour or taking in a private tasting at a local vinegar estate.
Choice of Speyer walking tour or Private Doktorenhof Vinegar Estate visit and tasting
DAY 6: Cochem
Perhaps one of Germany’s most colorful cities, Cochem feels just like a storybook with its dramatic castle, impressive landscapes and pastel-colored shops, restaurants and buildings lining the banks of the Moselle. Perched high above on a cliff sits the brilliant Cochem Castle, or Reichsburg Cochem, which brings German history and culture to life and provides panoramic views of the Moselle and Cochem below, which you’ll have the chance to see during the nighttime glow.
Featured Excursion: Evening visit to Cochem Castle
DAY 7: Cochem
The picturesque town of Cochem is nestled in a particularly scenic area of the Moselle Valley. The Moselle River cuts through the town, leaving Cochem in two distinct halves on two steep hills. Discover Cochem’s perfect quaintness on foot, with stops along the city wall’s medieval gates and Marktplatz. Uncover Cold War secrets in the quiet residential area of Cochem-Cond, the location of a bunker that held replacement currency during the war. Or opt for an active jaunt along the Moselle with a bike tour, mountain golfing or hike.
Choice of Cochem walking tour or The secrets of the Cold War or “Let’s Go” Active on the Moselle
DAY 8: Trier
Trier is no stranger to famous landmarks, stunning cathedrals, natural beauty, UNESCO World Heritage Sites and architectural treasures. See Trier’s Roman heritage and Gallic charm as you stroll to some of the city’s most notable spots. Marvel at the stone Roman gate, Porta Nigra, the Karl Marx house, Imperial Baths and more.
Featured Excursion: Trier panoramic walking tour
DAY 9: Trier
Trier is a city encased in stunning ruins and remnants from the Roman Empire, and not to mention neighbor to the small country of Luxembourg. Experience a healthy dose of history with a visit to the expansive Luxembourg American War Cemetery and Memorial, where General George S. Patton is buried.
Featured Excursion: Luxembourg with WWII Cemetery
DAY 10: Bernkastel
Bernkastel sits peacefully in the Moselle Valley and is as romantic and picture-perfect as it gets. Explore by foot its scenic streets, taverns and vineyards, and enjoy a tasting of exceptional regional Rieslings. Aside from the medieval marketplace, a must-see is the Graach Gate, the last remaining town gate of Bernkastel-Kues. Its original purpose was that of protection, helping to ward off foreign aggression in the 1300s, but now it’s a museum of local history and a beloved landmark. If a bike is your transportation of choice, cycle along the dreamy paths of the Middle Moselle.
Choice of “Let’s Go” biking the scenic Middle Moselle or Bernkastel village and vineyard walk with Riesling tasting
A special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.
DAY 11: Boppard, Rüdesheim
Wander through Boppard’s stone-paved streets, riverside walking paths and historic center, stopping in for wine at the half-timbered taverns serving up exceptional Riesling from grapes grown on nearby vineyards. In Rüdesheim, make your way up to arguably the best view in the entire region, Rhine Bend, by scenic chairlift ride. See the Rhine River at its most astonishing point and stroll through its vineyard-dotted hillsides before heading back down to its waterfront streets. Enjoy a visit to Rheinstein Castle and learn the history of this long-standing medieval castle, or embark on a walk around town, complete with local treats.
Choice of Boppard village stroll or “Let’s Go” Rhine biking or “Let’s Go” Rhine hiking or Rheinstein visit or “Let’s Go” hike from Rüdesheim to Assmanshausen or Rüdesheim walk with local treats
DAY 12: Frankfurt (Disembark)
Disembark the ship. If your cruise package includes a group purchase or transfer, you will be transferred to Frankfurt Airport for your flight home.
More about Davi –
Davi D’Agostino is an internationally award-winning artist and teacher who began drawing and painting at the age of 9. She continued her passion for art through her graduate studies and beyond her 33-year career supporting the U.S. Congress. Her paintings have won international competitions and awards, including more than 6 awards in international online competitions. Today, she belongs to the Springfield Art Guild, the Vienna Arts Society, and the Art Guild of Clifton (VA). She also serves on the Boards of Directors and Advisors of the Vienna Arts Society (2016, 2017) and is a juried member of the Oil Painters of America organization. Fun fact: One of her works is hanging in a private collection in Paris, France, while others are in collections from California to Iowa to Delaware.