Do you love river cruising? Seeking a more full-bodied river vacation — one that lasts longer and covers more territory? Well, then Uniworld Boutique River Cruises may have just the perfect river experience for you!
Uniworld has unveiled its second annual “Rivers of the World” itinerary for 2024. It’s a dandy. The 55-day itinerary departs on October 3, 2024, from Lima, Peru. It will take 68 guests on a once-in-a-lifetime journey to 10 countries on three continents.
Guests will sail on four luxurious river vessels — one in South America, two in Europe and one in Southeastern Asia. This extravaganza of a vacation will end in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Guests will explore new-to-Uniworld destinations as well as enjoy special surprises and exclusive experiences. For those who love ocean world cruises, this itinerary is as close as one can get to a “River World Cruise.” The itinerary differs in that guests will not only sail but also stay on land in luxury hotels in many destinations and move from continent to continent via included air flights.
“We’re thrilled to debut our second ‘Rivers of the World’ sailing, back by popular demand, for 2024,” says Ellen Bettridge, Uniworld’s president and CEO. “Our guests are not only planning to travel more, but they are seeking longer trip durations that can cross off ‘bucket list’ destinations in one trip.”
Bettridge says that Uniworld is excited about the new sailing given its “even longer, farther-reaching itinerary, bringing our guests across South America, Europe, and Southeast Asia for the ultimate action-packed luxury journey.”
The Peruvian Amazon
Guests will begin their “Rivers of the World” journey in Peru’s Amazon region with a celebratory beach kick-off party and land stay at the renowned Country Club Lima Hotel, followed by a week-long cruise aboard one of two river ships, the Aria Amazon or Aqua Nera.
Then guests will continue with a land stay at the Tambo del Inka Hotel, a Marriott Luxury Collection property in Peru’s Sacred Valley. Guests will visit Cusco and ancient Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. But wait there’s more.
Next, two Rivers of the World-exclusive hotel stays will complete the South America trip portion. The first stay will be at Belmond’s Hotel Das Cataratas to visit Iguazu Falls from both the Argentinian and Brazilian sides. The second stay will be at the Belmond Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Rhine, Main and Danube
Continuing on to a new region of the globe, Uniworld’s guests will then board a flight to Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Soon, they’ll be cruising the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers aboard the 152-passenger S.S. Beatrice.
For 16 days, cruisers will travel through four countries in Central Europe. One highlight that’s sure to please classical music fans is a private Mozart & Strauss concert in Austria.
Next, guests will head to France and board the 159-passenger S.S. Catherine (see photo below) for seven nights. Cruisers can indulge in the fine wine and cuisine of Burgundy and Provence. They’ll also enjoy an immersive art and music experience at Carrières des Lumières.
To cap off the action-packed expedition, Uniworld’s guests will fly to Hanoi, Vietnam, where they’ll stay at Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi. In addition, the Southeast Asian adventure will feature an overnight cruise in Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage site that’s home to 1,600 islands and dramatic limestone scenery.
In addition, guests will journey to Siem Reap, Cambodia, for a stay at the Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort and exclusive access to Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom. They’ll be treated to a candlelight dinner at the Kravan Temple built in the 10th century during the reign of Harshavarman.
Then, they’ll embark the 68-passenger Mekong Jewel for a fourth and final sailing along the Mekong River. Guests will disembark in My Tho, Vietnam, where they’ll transfer to The Park Hyatt Saigon in Ho Chi Minh City for their final land stay.
Uniworld plans a grand finale gala dinner event at the stylish rooftop Chill Skybar, providing spectacular views of the Saigon skyline.
“What we particularly like is that the ‘Rivers of the World’ itinerary is all-inclusive,” says Shelby Steudle, president, Pavlus Travel. “Covered in the fare are onboard dining, unlimited premium wine, beer and spirits, Wi-Fi, excursions, scheduled airport transfers, onboard gratuities and flights between cruise segments.”
International air to/from the guest’s home city is separate, but Steudle says her agency often can arrange contract air pricing at a good discount for guests.
Assisting guests once the Uniworld vacation has begun? Steudle puts it this way: “Stand by for pampering. A dedicated traveling concierge will accompany guests for the entire journey, attending to their needs and answering any questions.”
In addition, the journey features river travel on four different Uniworld Super Ships. Each is a distinctive floating boutique hotel designed to reflect the destinations in which the vessels each sail. Uniworld is known for its one-of-a-kind river vessel design.
To see the full “Rivers of the World” itinerary, here’s the Uniworld website link. At press time, this incredible vacation experience was priced starting at $49,399 per person, double occupancy.
Pricing is subject to change.
Important Tip: Since space on this kind of unusual itinerary is likely to sell out quickly, we’d suggest contacting your travel advisor today to learn more and reserve space.
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