Castles Along the Rhine River Cruise with Dave Spano

September 19, 2020 to September 27, 2020

 

Join Dave Spano from Annex Wealth Management as we cruise the soul-stirring beauty of the fabled Rhine. 

Flowers tumble from baskets lining streets of half-timbered houses, and lights glint off quiet canals. A mighty river carries ships and cargo through a landscape shaped by time and history. The spires of medieval churches and castles appear around each bend in the river, and vineyards climb the verdant hillsides.

Cruise along the Rhine—Germany on one side, France on the other. Discover Alsace, whose dual French and German heritage has given it fabulous food and a winemaking tradition that goes back to the Romans. Marvel at castles that were once mighty fortresses and get an insider’s look at one of the only castles on the Rhine that has never been destroyed, Marksburg Castle.

Visit historic cities, including ancient Cologne and picturesque Strasbourg; stroll through the fairytale town of Rüdesheim; and taste delightful white wines in the villages where the grapes are grown. Beethoven and Byron loved the romantic landscapes of the Rhine River, and the beauty that inspired them is still yours to experience.

Your journey begins at Chicago O’Hare Airport, where you will board your overnight flight to Amsterdam.

Upon arrival Amsterdam Schipol Airport you will be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to the ship. The ship will set sail in the afternoon for your first port of call, Cologne.

You simply cannot visit Cologne without paying homage to its most notorious site, the Gothic masterpiece that serves as the city’s cathedral. A local expert will show you favorite haunts around the Old Town and share some of the cathedral’s most intriguing and magical secrets with you. Cologne is the largest and oldest city of the Rhineland and a cultural mecca, with more than 30 museums and hundreds of art galleries. A congenial atmosphere and a mix of ancient, modern and reconstructed buildings characterize the heart of the city.
Featured Excursion: Cologne walking tour with Cologne Cathedral

This evening, a special Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you.

No other river valley on earth boasts more castles than the Rhine, and today you’ll have an opportunity to experience real-life “Game of Thrones” ambiance deep within the medieval walls of Marksburg Castle. Not into dungeons and dragons? Get to know Koblenz, a historic town with a colorful past and eclectic architecture and enjoy a walking discovery tour. Today brings you a plethora of Rhine delights. You begin in Koblenz, a 2,000-year-old town at the northern end of the most scenic section of the Rhine, where you’ll decide between two very different experiences, a walking tour of medieval Koblenz or explore one of the most extraordinary castles on the banks of the river—followed by yet another choice: You see a close up view of the beautiful region via bicycle, or once you arrive in Boppard, you can opt to take a leisurely stroll through the fascinating village.
Featured Excursion: Boppard village stroll. Choice of Koblenz walking tour or “Let's Go” biking the castles or Marksburg Castle visit

Experience Germany’s fabled Rhine River in one of two ways—an exclusive tasting of estate-grown Rieslings at Castle Vollrads or an invigorating vineyard hike. Your floating hotel arrives in Rüdesheim, one of the most charming ports of call in the Rhine Valley. This city has a long history going back to Roman times and is famous for the Drosselgasse, a narrow, bustling lane of shops and wine bars, as well as its impressive Niederwald Monument, built to celebrate the re-establishment of the German empire in the late 19th century. You may opt to visit a renowned vineyard or, for a more active jaunt, take the long way shoreward from Niederwald with a vineyard hike that includes a stop at a unique museum. Choice of Castle Vollrads wine tasting or “Let's Go” hike from Rüdesheim to Assmanshausen.

Expect the unexpected in Speyer, where ancient treasures harmoniously co-exist with modern day innovation. For something really unexpected, venture into a spooky, candlelit tasting room to sample flavorful elixirs made from wine vinegars. Utterly unique and surprisingly delicious, and something you’ll experience with no other river cruise line. The ship docks in Germersheim, where you’ll have to choose between boarding a motorcoach to the nearby town of Speyer for a guided walking tour or taking in an exclusive tasting at a local vinegar estate.
Choice of Speyer walking tour or Private Doktorenhof vinegar estate visit and tasting.

Strasbourg is invariably described as quaint, a rather overused word that in this case is perfectly apropos. Whether you see it via a canal boat or on foot with an insightful local expert, this historic town with its cobbled lanes, half-timbered homes, giant stork nests and impossible-to-resist pastry shops will win your heart. Kehl, directly across the river from Strasbourg, will be your ship’s base while you explore the Alsatian capital, which is known as the “Crossroads of Europe” for its strategic location halfway between Paris and Prague. You may choose to see Strasbourg, which would give you an enlightening and relaxing overview of this historically important city. Or you may experience the historic core as the locals do, with a walking tour. If you’re feeling adventurous, take advantage of Uniworld’s bicycles or Nordic walking sticks and explore the banks of the river. Choice of Strasbourg panoramic tour with cathedral and Old Town walk or “Do as the Locals Do” Strasbourg walking tour.

Look up “charming and “picturesque” in the dictionary and it could very well show images of today’s choice of destinations—two of Alsace’s best-known wine villages or a town some have hailed as the prettiest in the world. See for yourself from our uniquely Uniworld perspective. A charming town dominated by a 17th-century hilltop cathedral, Breisach is your gateway to the Alsatian wine road. This is your launching point for one of two excursions along the celebrated route des vins, which hugs the foothills of the Vosges mountain range. You can visit Kaysersberg and Riquewihr, two of the most picturesque villages in the region, or take a tour of the larger town of Colmar, considered one of the most beautiful destinations along the wine road and the capital of Alsatian wines. If you’re interested in doing something a bit more physically challenging, you could stay in Breisach and walk or bike through the surrounding vineyards. Choice of Alsatian “Village Day” or Colmar city tour.

A special Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner will be prepared for you this evening.

Enjoy breakfast before leaving the ship. You will be transferred to the transferred to EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg in Basel for your flight home to Chicago O'Hare Airport.


Air-Inclusive Transportation Package

  • Optional Motorcoach to/from Chicago O’Hare from Northeast Wisconsin:  $45.00 per person, each way (from select cities)
  • Round trip flights from Chicago O’Hare to Amsterdam and return from Basel, Switzerland
  • Motorcoach transfers between the airport and ship when purchasing our air inclusive package

River Cruise Highlights

  • Deluxe 7-night Uniworld river cruise in a riverview stateroom on the beautiful S.S. Antoinette
  • Gratuities to your onshore and shipboard staff, local guides and coach drivers
  • All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  • Unlimited complimentary fine wine, beer, spirits, and soft drinks onboard the ship
  • Remarkable service from your English-speaking crew and on-board tour director
  • Luxuriously appointed river view staterooms with hotel beds, hair dryer, safe and flat-screen TV with satellite for complimentary movie and entertainment options; iPhone/iPod charger and player

Tour Highlights & Services

  • Join Dave Spano of Annex Wealth Management on this enticing journey!
  • Daily excursions, including “Choice Is Yours” options, all fully hosted by English-speaking local experts. Guided “Let’s Go” active tours, and “Do as the Locals Do” specialty excursions designed to give you an authentic inside-look into your destination.
  • Experienced Fox World Travel Tour Manager to accompany the group
  • Remarkable service from your English-speaking crew and on-board tour director
  • Shore excursions, fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
  • Customized informative travel documents containing all trip details and helpful packing and planning information

Not Included: Meals unless noted; gratuities unless noted; medical services; airline imposed baggage fees; trip cancellation insurance, or any other items of a personal nature. A valid passport with a validity of at least six months beyond the return date is required.

Note: Itinerary is subject to change.

 

Cruise Only

Classic Cabin

Two small riverview windows
Based on double occupancy

French Balcony

French Balcony
Based on double occupancy

Deluxe Balcony

Deluxe Open Air Balcony
Based on double occupancy

Air-Inclusive from Chicago O’Hare

Classic Cabin

Two small riverview windows
Based on double occupancy

French Balcony

French Balcony
Based on double occupancy

Deluxe Balcony

Deluxe Open Air Balcony
Based on double occupancy

*Air-inclusive pricing is per person based on double occupancy in your choice of cabin category and subject to availability. All taxes and fees of $430.75 are INCLUDED and subject to change.  Single pricing available upon request. Triple accommodations not available.
Initial Deposit: $700.00 per person
Final Payment Date: May 14, 2020

Optional Uniworld Pre & Post Cruise Packages are available.

Uniworld Pay In Full Discount – Promotion Expires 9/27/19

Double Occupancy:   From $380.00 – $520.00 per person based on cabin category

Note: Must pay in full at time of booking to receive discount.

Uniworld Past Passenger Discount

Past passengers of Uniworld and sister companies may be eligible to receive an additional discount per person.

Please contact us for details.

Note: Past Passenger Discounts apply if clients have traveled with Brendan Vacations, Contiki, Insight Vacations, Trafalgar, or Red Carnation Hotels within the last five years. All passenger discounts are subject to change.

The luxurious décor of the 443-foot, 154-passenger S.S. Antoinette—Uniworld’s first Super Ship—features fine Brazilian marble on the walls and floors, a 19th-century Venetian glass mirror, a stylish Bar du Leopard with full-service bar, and an onboard cinema.

The two-story foyer boasts a 10-foot blue Strauss Baccarat chandelier with huge sapphires—a stunning piece that once hung in New York’s famous Tavern on the Green—and a collection of original artwork is displayed throughout the ship.

 

Flights from Chicago O’Hare are Pending

Flights from Chicago are pending: The air-inclusive package includes air that has not yet been assigned, the identity of the carrier, which may include the carrier’s code-share partner, will be assigned and disclosed at a later date.

Flight schedules are subject to change and FWT has no control over flight changes, seat assignments, delays or cancellations.  Tickets will be non-refundable once issued. Changes will be subject to a fee plus any fare difference. Additional restrictions may apply. Checked baggage fees may apply.

*Air and Land Package includes a group air economy class ticket.  For other air options including seat upgrades, please speak with your agent

Pricing and flight options from other cities available upon request.

Host – Dave Spano, Host of Money Talk on 620 WTMJ

Dave Spano, CEO of Annex Wealth Management, hosts the Saturday morning radio show “Money Talk” on 620 WTMJ.  Spano has over 25 years of experience in the financial planning profession, where he has the designation of Certified Financial Planner® professional.

Spano has served as the Chairman of the Board of the Financial Planning Association of Southern Wisconsin, where he has also served as President and Director of Government Relations. A prominent figure in the community, he is also the President of the Italian Community Center, Festa Italiana and The United Ethnic Festivals.

In his personal time, Spano is an avid musky fisherman and spends as much time as possible in Wisconsin’s north woods. He and his wife, Kim, are raising their children in Elm Grove, Wisconsin.

Optional Insurance:

Cancellation and travel protection is strongly recommended. Fox World Travel offers several plans with Travel Guard Insurance. Details and rates can be obtained from your travel consultant.

Cancellation Penalties:

  • Date of Booking to May 14, 2020: Deposit amount $700.00 per person
  • May 15, 2020 – June 19, 2020: 50% of trip cost + applicable airline fees
  • June 20, 2020 – July 20, 2020: 75% of trip cost + applicable airline fees
  • July 21, 2020 to departure: No refund

Airline tickets are non-refundable once ticketed.

A valid passport is required with a validity of at least six months beyond the return date of the trip.

Note: Daily Itinerary is subject to change. 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.

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