Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection has announced the launch of two new themed cruise programs for 2016 in Europe.
The Monarch Collection explores Europe's aristocratic lifestyle and heritage with departures onboard Uniworld’s royal fleet on select summer 2016 itineraries, while The Connoisseur Collection, available on select France 2016 itineraries, explores the world of French cuisine with exclusive excursions and events.
Aimed at guests intrigued by European royalty and culture, The Monarch Collection treats travelers to a cocktail reception at Artstetten Castle with Princess Anita von Hohenberg, an onboard Liszt piano concert, intimate themed dinners, an onboard pâtisserie demonstration, and a cocktail reception followed by a private guided tour of the Royal Lipizzan Stallions and Spanish Riding School at the Hofburg in Vienna. “European Jewels” travelers also enjoy dinner and a concert at Castle Weikersheim while those on the “Enchanting Danube” itinerary will experience an exclusive concert at a Viennese palais. Departures are available from June to August on select “European Jewels” sailings from Budapest to Amsterdam, and “Enchanting Danube” sailings from Budapest to Passau.
The Connoisseur Collection is a getaway for foodies, offering travelers a variety of onshore and onboard culinary activities ranging from an onboard Valrhona chocolate tasting and wine pairing to a cooking demonstration and tea party at the Institut Paul Bocuse. Other highlights include tasting apples, cheese, cider and calvados at a local apple farm; Cognac tasting at Rémy Martin Estate; hunting for truffles at a truffle farm; and visiting La Couronne, where Julia Child’s first French meal changed her life—and eventually American’s perspective on French cooking. Guests can choose from select “Paris & Normandy,” “Burgundy & Provence,” and “Bordeaux, Vineyards & Châteaux” departures, as well as the combination cruises, “A Portrait of Majestic France” and “Grand France.”