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Grand Central Europe & Zurich

From Zurich to Vienna, spend 17 days exploring down the Danube and Rhine on Uniworld’s unique itinerary featuring two nights at a hotel and an optional three-day extension.

Enjoy a mixed variety of attractions, from farms and wineries to stunning local architecture. Embark on bike rides, hikes, walking tours and scenic sailing over the course of your voyage.

Recline aboard your very own floating hotel – the River Princess. Designed to pamper you with the intimate experience you deserve, enjoy modern conveniences mixed with luxurious flair.

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  • Cruise Line: Uniworld
  • Ship: River Princess
  • Duration: 16 Nights
  • Departure: Jul - Oct
£6,699pp
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Grand Central Europe & Zurich Cruise Itinerary

Enjoy a jam-packed itinerary hand-crafted by our Uniworld team. Featuring a good mix of Featured Excursions and optional Masterpiece Collection outings, there’s something for everybody on this cruise. Tour, bike and pedal your way through the highlights found down the Danube and Rhine rivers.

Day 1

Zurich

Arrive to the airport and transfer to the Dolder Grand Hotel.

Day 2

Zurich

Embark on our ‘Zurich Discovery Tour’ or opt for our Masterpiece Collection ‘Chocolate Experience Tour’.

Day 3

Zurich / Basel (EMBARK)

Check out of your hotel, spend some free time in Zurich before transferring to your floating hotel.

Day 4

Breisach

After we moor in Breisach, considered the ‘gateway to the black forest’ – you’ll spend your time today on the ‘Black Forest Day’ excursion.

Fill your afternoon sailing along the Ilz River. Or, join a local geocaching guide and explore Passau’s historical wonders by collecting clues and hints and progressing from one station to the next. Each station has a special activity for children. [Both excursions are suitable for children to join]

Day 5

Strasbourg (Baden-Baden)

Choose between a ‘Baden-Baden City Tour with Casino’ and the ‘Strasbourg Panoramic Tour with Cathedral and Old Town Walk’.

Day 6

Mainz / Offenbach

Embark on the ‘Romantic Heidelberg’ excursion to one of Germany’s most stunning locales.

Day 7

Miltenberg

Get stuck in on the ‘Miltenberg Walking Tour with Brotzeit’, which will take you through the town alongside a local guide.

Day 8

Würzburg

Choose between a visit to the UNESCO-designated site on the ‘Würzburg Residence Visit with Court Gardens’ or the ‘Let’s Go: Hike to Festung Marienberg’.

Day 9

Bamberg

Embark on the ‘Bamberg Walking Tour’ or the ‘Let’s Go: Treetop Hike’ to explore this attractive settlement.

Day 10

Nuremberg

Enjoy a day at leisure to explore at your own pace.

Day 11

Nuremberg

Explore the unofficial capital of the Holy Roman Empire on the ‘Colour Outside the Lines’ featured excursion or choose between a ‘Faber-Castell Visit’ or ‘Nuremberg City Tour with WWII Rally Grounds and Documentation Center Visit’.

Day 12

Regensburg

Embark on our featured excursions; ‘The Adventure Ball’, ‘Nights Out: The Regensburg Cathedral Choir’, ‘Regensburg Walk Tour’ and ‘From Hops Field to Beer Stein Farm Visit’. Alternatively, embark on our Masterpiece Collection ‘Weltenburg Abbey Beer’.

Day 13

Straubing / Deggendorf / Vilshofen

Enjoy either the ‘Bavarian Forest Adventure’ or the ‘Into The Woods’ featured excursions.

Day 14

Vilshofen / Passau

Today, we offer featured excursions: ‘Let’s Go: Scenic Bavarian River Biking’, ‘Passau Walking Tour’ and ‘Pedal Passau’ for you to enjoy. Then, choose between the ‘Ilz River Splash’ or the ‘Treasure Hunt Trek’.

Day 15

Weissenkirchen

Start your day in the heart of Danube’s Wachau Valley, before embarking on the ‘All Hands on Deck’ Featured Excursions. Choose between excursions; ‘Melk Abbey with Library Visit’, ‘Weissenkirchen Village Walk with Wine Tasting’ or the ‘Let’s Go: Vineyard’s Hike’. Alternatively our Masterpiece Collection features the ‘Wachau Valley Wines by Boat’ adventure.

Day 16

Vienna

Enjoy Featured Excursions; ‘Schönbrunn Palace Tour’, ‘Magical History Tour’ and ‘Schönbrunn Royal Experience’.
Our Masterpiece Collection affords you the opportunity to go to the ‘Private Mozart and Strauss Concert’ and ‘Vienna Culinary Walking Tour’.

Day 17

Vienna (DISEMBARK)

Disembark your ship and transfer to Vienna International Airport.

OPTIONAL EXTENSION

Vienna

Extend your voyage for three days at the Palais Hansen Vienna Hotel (or similar).

Day 1

Vienna

Arrive at Vienna International Airport and transfer to embark your ship and.

Day 2

Vienna

Enjoy Featured Excursions; ‘Schönbrunn Palace Tour’, ‘Magical History Tour’ and ‘Schönbrunn Royal Experience’.
Our Masterpiece Collection affords you the opportunity to go to the ‘Private Mozart and Strauss Concert’ and ‘Vienna Culinary Walking Tour’.

Day 3

Weissenkirchen

Start your day in the heart of Danube’s Wachau Valley, before embarking on the ‘All Hands on Deck’ Featured Excursions. Choose between excursions; ‘Melk Abbey with Library Visit’, ‘Weissenkirchen Village Walk with Wine Tasting’ or the ‘Let’s Go: Vineyard’s Hike’. Alternatively our Masterpiece Collection features the ‘Wachau Valley Wines by Boat’ adventure.

Day 4

Vilshofen / Passau

Today, we offer featured excursions: ‘Let’s Go: Scenic Bavarian River Biking’, ‘Passau Walking Tour’ and ‘Pedal Passau’ for you to enjoy. Then, choose between the ‘Ilz River Splash’ or the ‘Treasure Hunt Trek’.

Day 5

Straubing / Deggendorf / Vilshofen

Enjoy either the ‘Bavarian Forest Adventure’ or the ‘Into The Woods’ featured excursions.

Day 6

Regensburg

Embark on our featured excursions; ‘The Adventure Ball’, ‘Nights Out: The Regensburg Cathedral Choir’, ‘Regensburg Walk Tour’ and ‘From Hops Field to Beer Stein Farm Visit’. Alternatively, embark on our Masterpiece Collection ‘Weltenburg Abbey Beer’.

Day 7

Nuremberg

Explore the unofficial capital of the Holy Roman Empire on the ‘Colour Outside the Lines’ featured excursion or choose between a ‘Faber-Castell Visit’ or ‘Nuremberg City Tour with WWII Rally Grounds and Documentation Center Visit’.

Day 8

Nuremberg

Enjoy a day at leisure to explore at your own pace.

Day 9

Bamberg

Embark on the ‘Bamberg Walking Tour’ or the ‘Let’s Go: Treetop Hike’ to explore this attractive settlement.

Day 10

Würzburg

Choose between a visit to the UNESCO-designated site on the ‘Würzburg Residence Visit with Court Gardens’ or the ‘Let’s Go: Hike to Festung Marienberg’.

Day 11

Miltenberg

Get stuck in on the ‘Miltenberg Walking Tour with Brotzeit’, which will take you through the town alongside a local guide.

Day 12

Mainz / Offenbach

Embark on the ‘Romantic Heidelberg’ excursion to one of Germany’s most stunning locales.

Day 13

Strasbourg (Baden-Baden)

Choose between a ‘Baden-Baden City Tour with Casino’ and the ‘Strasbourg Panoramic Tour with Cathedral and Old Town Walk’.

Day 14

Breisach

After we moor in Breisach, considered the ‘gateway to the black forest’ – you’ll spend your time today on the ‘Black Forest Day’ excursion.

Fill your afternoon sailing along the Ilz River. Or, join a local geocaching guide and explore Passau’s historical wonders by collecting clues and hints and progressing from one station to the next. Each station has a special activity for children. [Both excursions are suitable for children to join]

Day 15

Zurich / Basel (EMBARK)

Check out of your hotel, spend some free time in Zurich before transferring to your floating hotel.

Day 16

Zurich

Embark on our ‘Zurich Discovery Tour’ or opt for our Masterpiece Collection ‘Chocolate Experience Tour’.

Day 17

Zurich (Disembark)

Arrive to the airport.

OPTIONAL EXTENSION

Vienna

Extend your voyage for three days at the Palais Hansen Vienna Hotel (or similar).

Grand Central Europe & Zurich Cruise Ships

River Princess

This luxurious floating hotel sets an indulgent tone for your journey through Europe. Enjoy sophisticated decor consisting of jewel-toned greens, warm browns, and a mix of black and white. Recline in one of our stylish lounges with a good book or cocktails.

Max. Capacity of 128 Guests
Remodelled in 2011
French Balconies

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Grand Central Europe & Zurich Deals

Optional extensions to keep the good times going

16 Nights
Jul Oct

Grand Central Europe & Zurich

  • Bamberg
  • Breisach
  • Mainz / Offenbach
  • Miltenberg
  • Nuremberg
  • Regensburg
  • Strasbourg
  • Straubing / Deggendorf / Vilshofen
  • Vienna
  • Vilshofen / Passau
  • Weissenkirchen
  • Würzburg
  • Zurich
£6,699pp Est. Price per person
  • River Princess  

Grand Central Europe & Zurich Cruise Review

“Longer than average, this ended up being a very immersive stay for our family and I. We enjoyed the many excursions on offer and the variety of them. Some days were biking days, and some were a bit slower.”

Andrea Morton, Scarborough

Grand Central Europe & Zurich FAQ

Find answers to some of the most common questions about river cruising here.

What’s the maximum capacity of guests aboard the River Princess?

The River Princess has a maximum capacity of 128 guests.

How many days will be spent at a hotel?

Upon arrival, you’ll spend two nights of your journey at a hotel in Zurich

What’s the difference between Featured Excursions and Masterpiece Collection activities?

Featured Excursions are part of your regular itinerary and are at no extra expense to you. The Masterpiece Collection are paid opportunities.

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