Michelle Palma has the perfect solution for clients who have been unable to choose between travelling on the river or on the rails. The president for Uniworld Boutique River Cruises Canada notes that Uniworld is the only river cruise line offering a cruise and rail program.
“Combining the best of river cruising, land and train travel, Uniworld’s Cruise & Rail itineraries represent the most innovative and exciting new way to see the world,” she says. “As a pre- or post- cruise addition to clients’ time sailing in all-inclusive luxury with Uniworld, they’ll embark on the best private train experience the world has to offer. In partnership with Golden Eagle Trains, who offer an all-inclusive rail program, guests will enjoy a seamless, carefree holiday.”
Currently, four distinct itineraries are on offer, including:
Clients will spend 14 days exploring the most glamorous cities of Europe and its most off-the-beaten-path villages. Cruising through romantic northern Italy, they’ll then board a private train to soar by the snowy peaks and charming lakeside towns of the alps. Guests are spoiled for choice with experiences including a private pasta-making and Italian lunch in Bologna, a visit to Verona to discover the “City of Romeo and Juliet” and a visit to charming Chioggia’s market.
From Germany to Hungary, clients will sail down the fabled Danube River, before boarding a private train to Romania for a deep dive into the history surrounding the Dracula myth. By the end of the trip, guests will have visited five beguiling countries in just 12 days, discovering the highlights of Eastern and Western Europe. Locally-based destination experts will take clients well beyond the “must-sees” of each region, offering fresh takes on classic sites, insider knowledge of delightful under-the-radar locales, and VIP access to places only a privileged few will ever experience—such as a private early-morning viewing of the acclaimed art collection of the Kunstkammer Vienna.
Experience a unique blend of cultures, vibrant histories and architectural wonders over 18 days spent cruising the glittering Venice lagoon and gliding through the many nations of the Balkan peninsula. The client’s cruise is complemented by a trip on a private train to the transcontinental city of Istanbul, a dazzling metropolis full of bucket-list attractions from the Blue Mosque to the Grand Bazaar. Sleeping on the luxury Golden Eagle Danube Express with ever-changing views out the window, they’ll visit Alpine lake towns, historic cities across Eastern Europe, the Greek seafront and more along the way for an unforgettable journey.
Aboard the Trans-Siberian Express, clients will embark on the world’s longest journey by single train on this 15-day, rail-only adventure from Moscow, over the Urals, across magnificent steppes and alongside the shore of the world’s largest freshwater lake. Their home for this 15-day journey is the Golden Eagle, where they can expect well-appointed en suite cabins, fine dining and elegant surroundings. First-class service is included as standard, with a personal cabin attendant service, available at all times, to look after your needs. Uniworld guests on this voyage will enjoy access to an exclusive dining car, where some of our signature recipes will be served, and the services of a Uniworld Representative.
“I highly recommend travelling Europe by Cruise & Rail for an incomparable vacation, and for those yearning for exclusive and off-the-beaten-path experiences, there’s no better way to enjoy it all in pure luxury,” she says.