Uniworld Boutique River Cruises announces new offerings for 2023, including itineraries, excursions, and cruise extension options. “Innovation is always at top of mind for us at Uniworld,” says Ellen Bettridge, President and CEO. “Each year, we strive to make the next river cruise season even better than the last. We’re rolling out fresh new offerings and expanding our portfolio with experiences that we’re confident both new and loyal guests will enjoy.”
In 2023, Uniworld will launch four brand-new itineraries across Europe and beyond. The 15-day Grand Central Europe itinerary will cruise along three iconic rivers—the Rhine, Main and Danube—through Switzerland, France, Germany and Austria. On-trip highlights include climbing to the treetops of Bamberg while wandering the Bavarian Forest; and sailing the picturesque Wachau Valley.
The 10-day Zurich & the Rhine River Valley itinerary will sail along the Rhine and Main rivers through Switzerland, France and Germany. Guests will immerse themselves in history and enjoy nature with activities such as a canoe ride through the Mainschleife nature reserve and a day in the lakeside city of Zurich. There will also be an option for guests to take a day trip to the blissful spa town of Baden-Baden, featuring two thermal baths and a famous casino.
A new 8-day Belgian Holiday Markets itinerary will showcase Belgium’s magical Christmas markets and delicious holiday treats at the most festive time of year. A lesser-known holiday market destination, Belgium boasts Christmas towns unlike any other in Europe.
Finally, a 46-night Rivers of the World cruise will depart on May 20, 2023, taking guests to nine countries aboard five luxury Super Ships. Combining both cruise and land, itinerary highlights include a visit to the astonishing UNESCO-protected temples of Abu Simbel in Cairo; exploring Schönbrunn Palace, the former imperial summer residence during the reign of Maria Theresa in Vienna; experiencing the iconic Moulin Rouge in Paris; and a day in the Portuguese beach town of Cacais and opulent town of Sintra.
Existing Uniworld itineraries are being revamped for 2023 in Italy and Vietnam. Aboard the S.S. La Venezia, guests will receive an even more immersive experience in the ship’s namesake city of Venice and the Veneto region on the Milan, Venice & the Jewels of Veneto sailing. New inclusions are a Po Delta sailing to witness Italy’s only delta and largest national reserve of wetlands; a bragozzo boat ride and wine tasting at the romantic Ca’Zen villa in Chiogga and a signature Murano glass blowing demonstration.
Additionally, the Timeless Wonders of Vietnam & Cambodia itinerary will go from 13 to 15 days, with two added days in Vietnam’s fascinating capital city of Hanoi at the end or beginning of the journey.
Exclusive New Evening Experiences
Initially introduced in 2022, Uniworld’s ‘Nights Out’ private evening experiences will be included on almost every European itinerary in 2023. The immersive excursions showcase top European cities in a new light, are specially co-curated by the Uniworld team and offer local on-ground connections solely to Uniworld guests. New experiences include an evening at Faber-Castell in Nuremberg, a German pencil dynasty and one of the oldest family businesses in the world founded in 1761 on the Delightful Danube itinerary; an after-hours visit to Bassins des LumieÌres in Bordeaux, the largest digital art center in the world devoted to major historical artists on the Brilliant Bordeaux sailing; and a private visit to Saint Sava church in Belgrade with a concert from the boys’ choir and brandy tasting from the Monks on the Highlights of Eastern Europe trip.
New Masterpiece Collection Experiences
Uniworld is adding new immersive shore excursions to their Masterpiece Collection portfolio, available to guests at an added cost. Masterpiece Collection optional excursions take shore exploration to the next level with unique activities that showcase a destination’s authentic culture, sights and cuisine. In 2023, Uniworld guests will have the option to visit the renowned Anne Frank House in Amsterdam; take a Bavarian country cooking class, visit a Bavarian farm or take a sausage making workshop in Germany; explore Germany’s mystical Black Forest and more.
New Trip Extensions
Guests looking to extend their trip can book Uniworld’s extensions, adding a few extra days to the front or back end in the form of a land program with luxury hotel or rail. Extension packages include a variety of hotel options, transfers and a dedicated destination expert to escort guests along the way. New extensions include 2 nights in Interlaken in conjunction with the Remarkable Rhine & Historic Holland itinerary with a visit to Jungfraujoch, the “Top of Europe;” 4 nights at the Red Sea Post in conjunction with the Splendors of Egypt & The Nile trip with a visit to the St. Catherine Monastery; a 4-night rail add-on to/from Venice and Zurich; and a 4-night roundtrip rail add-on to/from Budapest.