Virtuoso Traveler - February/March 2018 - 16
Compass | BON VOYAGE
A new Rhine River cruise brings western
Europe's rich Jewish heritage to life.
Gliding along the mighty Rhine,
river cruisers get an intimate perspective on medieval castles, lush
vineyards, and historic villages. But for
those also hoping to trace the region's
extensive Jewish roots, Uniworld's
new-for-2018 Rhine itinerary features
themed Jewish-heritage excursions at nearly every port. Don't-miss
experiences include visits to Basel's
Great Synagogue, Israel Park, and sites
significant to the Zionist movement's
inception; the Museum Judengasse in
Frankfurt, featuring the foundations of
five homes from Europe's first Jewish
ghetto, Judengasse (Jew's Alley), and an
adjacent Holocaust memorial; Amsterdam's former Jewish Quarter, where
Rembrandt lived - the Dutch painter's
works often depicted local Jewish citizens, and his house, now a museum, is
one of the few originals still standing in
the area; and Strasbourg's Old Town
to tour the Alsatian Museum's Jewish
collection and model prayer room.
Traveling through the Netherlands,
Germany, France, and Switzerland,
cruisers have the opportunity to mix
and match shore excursions as they
please, and all ports offer plenty of
non-Jewish heritage options as well.
Just a few suggestions: Join a local
guide for an insider's tour of Speyer
to glimpse its UNESCO-designated
Romanesque cathedral; hike to Bacharach's twelfth-century Stahleck Castle;
head into Cologne for a Kölsch beer
tasting; and bike along the Rhine in
Basel before stopping at the Fondation
Beyeler to view works by Cézanne,
Klee, and other masters. The sailing
also provides special access to art
collections in multiple countries, along
with a family program for travelers
ages 4 to 17 designed to spark a desire
for lifelong learning.
GO: All-inclusive, nine-day sailings
from Basel to Amsterdam (or reverse)
aboard the 130-passenger River Empress include transfers, onboard meals,
guided shore excursions, and more.
Departures: Multiple dates, March 14
through November 5, 2018; from $2,199.
Uniworld's River Empress along Europe's Rhine River.
T R AV E L E R
From art to ancient wonders,
three more special-interest
voyages for 2018.
In northern France, an art-focused
cruise along the Seine aboard Avalon
Waterways' 128-passenger Tapestry
II features a tour of Monet's garden in
Giverny and visits to towns that inspired
such icons as Van Gogh. Eight days,
round-trip from Paris. Departure: July
28, 2018; from $2,499.
Viking River Cruises' 52-passenger
Ra takes guests on the Nile to experience
Egypt's pyramids, temples, and spice
markets. Twelve days, round-trip from
Cairo. Departures: Multiple dates, June 1
through December 21, 2018; from $5,399.
Guests of Abercrombie & Kent's China
and Yangtze tour spend three nights
on the 124-passenger Sanctuary Yangzi
Explorer to cruise the "Long River"
while learning about traditional Chinese
medicine and boarding "pea pod" boats
poled by Tujia boatmen. Thirteen days,
Beijing to Shanghai. Departures: Multiple
dates, March 16 through October 26,
2018; from $5,995.