We have just returned from a Uniworld Heart of Europe River Cruise and wish to praise the company for such a wonderful holiday.
The Art Deco boat was luxurious and spotless at all times, as was our very comfortable stateroom. All staff and tour guides were extremely knowledgeable and passionate about their subjects. We loved our tour Manager, Hildegarde who kept us well informed at all times. Meals were delicious and often produce from the regions were used with matching wines. The tours were well-paced, and interesting and the local talented evening artists were all of a consistently high standard. We would recommend this trip to anyone and we will definitely be doing another one with Uniworld. There were 90 passengers on our cruise, which we thought was a nice number as it was easy to get to meet everyone.
We boarded the boat in Vienna and had 3 days exploring this charming city.
Then we sailed up the Danube, Main, Reine and Moselle rivers passing many villages, castles and beautiful autumn scenery. It was fascinating going through the 70+ locks also. Every day we stopped at one of the villages or towns and explored with very knowledgable and entertaining guides. There were visits to the Audi Factory, beer brewery where they make ‘smokey beer’ (an acquired taste) glass blowing factory, lederhosen factory, horse-drawn carriage ride through the forest after eating sourdough bread (from an outside oven) and elderberry tea.
One highlight was our visit to Schloss Lowenstein Castle where we met the Prince in his private chapel – a most eloquent man who told us all about his life. Then we went to his vineyards for a tasting – sadly none of the wines are sold in Australia. There was ample time for shopping in most of the towns and villages and a local café/restaurant experience. Hard to find a space to fit more food in after being so well fed on the boat!
We have travelled overseas extensively but this would have to rate as one of our best trips. Even a rep from Uniworld to meet us off the shuttle bus at Paris airport and guide us to the check in desk was a lovely surprise.
Col and Alex Conwell
Guide took us by train and tram giving us an insight into everyday life in Vienna.
Belvedere Palace was amazing and our guide gave us a very interesting historical review.
We also learnt quite a lot about Gustav Klimt. Excellent guide.