Luxury boutique river line, Uniworld, has promised a journey of epic proportions – a new itinerary which takes cruisers through nine countries and two continents over 46 nights.
The ‘Rivers of the World’ itinerary departs on May 20, 2023 where visitors will travel from Cairo to Lisbon along some awe-inspiring rivers and lakes on five of Uniworld’s luxurious ships.
Starting in Egypt, you’ll be one of the first onboard the line’s brand-new S.S Sphinx where for 11 nights, you’ll float down The Nile with an Egyptologist.
The next 11 nights is spend on the new S.S Venezia which will take you through the historic Venice Lagoon and then onto the Po River.
From there, travellers will head to Hungary and sail on the legendary route between Budapest to Passau on the S.S Maria Theresa. One of the shore excursions included is a private tour of the Schönbrunn Palace, the former imperial summer residence during Maria Theresa’s reign.
After that, the S.S Joie de Vivre will then take you through the best of France along the Seine for seven nights before completing the journey in Portugal on the S.S Sao Gabriel through the Douro River Valley.
Guests taking this cruise will enjoy luxurious suites and all-inclusive drinks, WiFi, excursions, scheduled airport transfers and flights in between cruise segments, along with a Traveling Concierge who accompanies the guests and assists them with everything they might need.
Here’s what you get:
Ship:S.S. Sphinx Destination: Egypt Days: 11
The Nile was home to the world’s first river cruises, so it’s apt that we start our voyage here. Join us as we celebrate our inaugural Rivers of the World Cruise in style at our opening event in Cairo. Then embark on the first part of your epic journey with luxury hotel stays in Cairo and onboard our newest Super Ship–S.S. Sphinx. Along the way, you’ll be joined by an expert Egyptologist and explore such fascinating ancient wonders as the temples at Abu Simbel.
Ship:S.S. La Venezia Destination: Italy, Switzerland Days: 11
Cross the Mediterranean Sea as you fly into the Swiss Alps to stay at the beautiful Lake Town of Lugano, situated on the border of Switzerland and Italy. Then move onto a land tour in chic Milan before setting sail on the Venice Lagoon and Po River for your cruise through Northern Italy on the newly transformed S.S. La Venezia.
Ship:S.S. Maria Theresa Destination: Hungary, Austria and Germany Days: 7
Cruise through the heart former Holy Roman Empire onboard a ship inspired by its most famous queen, Maria Theresa. Expect stunning natural landscapes, hidden gem villages and awe-inspiring regal architecture—which you’ll get VIP access to on such experiences as a private tour of the Schönbrunn Palace.
Ship:S.S. Joie de Vivre Destination: France Days: 7
Head to the Seine for the penultimate leg of our trip. Here, you’ll indulge in the casual elegance of Paris, enjoy sumptuous wine and cuisines, explore a unique array of charming local towns in Northern France and form a profound emotional connection with the historic beaches of Normandy. Culminate your time in France with an iconic show at the Moulin Rouge, sure to be a highlight.
Ship:S.S. São Gabriel Destination: Portugal, Spain Days: 11
Experiencing the spectacular Douro River Valley onboard the new S.S. São Gabriel is the perfect ending to this once-in-a-lifetime cruise, with no shortage of colourful cities and lush river views. Cap off your incredible journey with a land tour in Lisbon, during which you’ll visit the one-of-a-kind cities of Sintra and Cascais, and a glamorous Farewell Event in Lisbon.
“At Uniworld, we always have elevation at top of mind and strive to continuously take steps forward in fresh and exciting ways,” said Ellen Bettridge, President and CEO of Uniworld Boutique River Cruises.
“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 true vacation of a lifetime with surprises at every turn.”