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Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection is introducing two new itineraries that incorporate cruise, land and train travel for 2021. In partnership with Golden Eagle Luxury Trains, the two packages will travel through Italy, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia, offering travelers the opportunity to explore a variety of destinations across several countries, combining major cities with little-known destinations.
Ellen Bettridge, president and CEO of Uniworld said in an official release that it made sense to add train travel to its itineraries, as “like river cruising, luxury train travel is an opportunity to bring our guests to the heart of Europe and with a view that changes daily.”
The new itineraries include the 14-day Cruise & Rail: Milan, Venice & the Swiss Alps that starts with a land portion in Milan, a round-trip cruise from Venice and ends with a train trip to Zurich; and a 12-day Cruise & Rail: Venice & the Swiss Alps starting with a train trip from the Zurich to Venice and then a round-trip cruise.
Both itineraries provide guests with the new opportunity to travel onboard the luxury train as it runs along Lake Zurich, stopping in destinations like the medieval town of Lienz, picturesque Lake Bled with a pletna rowing trip to Bled Island, and a tour of the capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana. Excursion highlights will include a visit to Gutenberg Castle in the town of Balzers, Liechtenstein, and enjoying an evening with a private concert in the caves of Postojna. Uniworld’s new Cruise & Rail 2021 itineraries go on sale later this month.
Good to know: The train journeys include all transfers, meals, drinks, excursions and gratuities, and all accommodations include a private, in-suite bathroom. The itineraries were created with sustainable tourism in mind, seeking to impact the destinations positively by bringing guests to eat at local restaurants and experience hidden-gem villages in addition to the popular cities.