Crown Jewels

Enjoy opulent history and elegant service aboard a European river cruise.

S.S. Maria Theresa in Budapest

Photo: Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection

Slide on your glass slippers, ladies, and your well-shined boots, gents, and step aboard an intimate Monarch Collection sailing on Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection’s elegant royal fleet. You’ll live like an aristocrat while you leisurely explore central Europe’s monarchical heritage and distinguished history, with everything included in your fare.

The exclusive, value-added collection is available on select all-inclusive summer departures of Uniworld’s eight-day “Enchanting Danube” cruise on the River Beatrice between Budapest and Passau; and its 15-day “European Jewels” Budapest-to-Amsterdam itinerary aboard the S.S. Maria Theresa, resplendent in 18th century decor in honor of the Habsburg Empire’s most beloved empress.

Weave through the heart of the continent on three of the great waterways that shaped western civilization—the Rhine, the Main and the Danube, which Napoleon fondly termed the “Queen of Europe’s Rivers.” Captivating, centuries-old stories of Europe’s royalty and nobility unfold, revealing the extent to which the aristocracy is woven through the historic tapestry of the Old World. Its influence touched art, architecture, politics, lifestyle and culture, and continues to do so today.

Lipizzaner stallions at Hofburg Palace

Photo: Rudi Froese / Anzenberger

Rare access inside this elite heritage is offered through the Monarch Collection’s private or exclusive experiences—like a behind-the-scenes tour of Vienna’s renowned Spanish Riding School at Hofburg Palace, home to a 450-year-old classical dressage tradition starring athletic, highly skilled gray Lipizzaner stallions and their riders. The House of Habsburg developed the Lipizzaner breed in the 16th century for military and noble use.

Further along your European river cruise, Princess Anita von Hohenberg—a direct descendant of Holy Roman Empress Maria Theresa—will warmly welcome you into her home, the 13th-century Artstetten Castle in Dürnstein, Austria, for a private cocktail reception. Visit Artstetten’s family crypt, the final resting place of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and Duchess Sophie—the princess’ great-grandparents—whose assassinations triggered World War I. A museum in the castle is dedicated to Ferdinand.

The lobby of the S.S. Maria Theresa

Photo: Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection

Back on board, you’ll live like a blue blood. Thanks to the highest staff-to-guest ratio of any river cruise line, service is impeccable. Indeed, those staying in suites during this European river cruise enjoy the same unsurpassed attentiveness as Buckingham Palace royals do from butlers trained at England’s Ivor Spencer School for Butlers.

Best of all, your wallet stays in the safe. Gratuities are included, as are culinary experiences (including a patisserie demonstration that includes Duchess Sophie’s favorite dessert), curated wine and beer tastings, premium spirits, unlimited beverages, personalized excursions, wellness classes, entertainment and lectures, Wi-Fi and scheduled transfers.

Interested in learning more about a Uniworld river cruise? Call 877-396-7159 or contact a AAA Travel Counselor for details about booking and ask about exclusive AAA Member benefits.

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Heidi Kazemi, AAA Travel Counselor, Roseville, Calif.

Customization is always my top priority when planning a client's vacation. I ask about their family and where they've been before. Their preferences guide our planning so the vacation is perfectly tailored for them.

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