Uniworld Boutique River Cruises has revealed plans for a 46-night trip covering nine countries aboard five of its Super Ships – three of them brand new.
Combined with a land tour, it is the longest-ever itinerary offered by the luxury line and echoes an all-new trend in river cruise companies offering the equivalent of an oceangoing world cruise. Departing in May 2023, the Rivers of the World journey will take passengers from Cairo to Lisbon on the boutique ships, each individually designed to reflect the destinations in which they sail.
Earlier this year AmaWaterways announced plans for 45 and 46-night European sailings in the spring and summer of 2023.
Uniworld’s epic journey begins in the home of the world’s first river cruises, Egypt, with a celebratory pre-cruise event and two-night land stay in Cairo, followed by a week-long cruise on the brand new super ship S.S. Sphinx. Passengers will then fly into the Swiss Alps with two nights in in the lakeside town of Lugano, followed by two nights in Milan prior to boarding the new S.S. La Venezia for a week-long cruise along the Venice Lagoon and Po River. Next, guests will continue to Hungary and sail on the S.S. Maria Theresa from Budapest to Passau before boarding the S.S. Joie de Vivre in France to sail along the Seine. The itinerary will finish in Portugal with a cruise along the Douro on the new S.S. Sao Gabriel following by a three-night land stay in Lisbon and farewell party.
Itinerary highlights include a visit to the UNESCO-protected temples of Abu Simbel in Cairo; exploring Schonbrunn Palace, the former imperial summer residence during the reign of Maria Theresa in Vienna; experiencing the Moulin Rouge show in Paris; and a day in the Portuguese beach town of Cacais and town of Sintra.
Ellen Bettridge, President and CEO of Uniworld Boutique River Cruises said:
“At Uniworld, we always have elevation at top of mind and strive to continuously take steps forward in fresh and exciting ways. We’re so proud to announce the inaugural Rivers of the World itinerary; our longest and most action-packed sailing to date spanning nine countries aboard five of our world-class Super Ships. It’s an itinerary like none other and a true holiday of a lifetime with surprises at every turn.”
The Rivers of the World itinerary is all-inclusive including on board dining, unlimited premium wine, beer and spirits, Wi-Fi, excursions, flights, transfers and tips. The itinerary also features a dedicated travelling concierge who will accompany guests for the entire journey to assist with all needs.
Fares start at £31,499 per person, and a 10% early booking discount is currently available, leading in at £28,313 per person.
Known as the ‘River Cruise Queen’, Jeannine Williamson is an award-winning travel writer, cruise expert and our cruise correspondent, who has clocked up thousands of nautical miles.
Photographs courtesy of Uniworld Boutique River Cruises