October 2011: Uniworld Boutique River Cruises has an expertly planned 2012 Europe cruise showcasing
Floriade so horticulture fans can enjoy the spectacle while also sailing on the elegant River Ambassador.
It is one of 32 itineraries ranging from 8 to 32 days along the region’s great waterways within Uniworld’s
2012 Europe and Russia programme.
Uniworld’s luxury, value-packed boutique river cruises include: all meals with complimentary fine wines,
choice of beer and soft drinks served during lunch and dinner onboard; captivating and fully guided shore
excursions; the Epicurean Adventure Program; Signature Lectures; and all transfers on arrival and departure days.
The itinerary showcasing Floriade is The Gems of Germany, Belgium & the Netherlands with Floriade, an 8-day cruise from Brussels to Cologne priced from $3679 per person twin share cruise only. There are 14 departures throughout the year. Floriade 2012 also features on Uniworld's 17-day Grand Treasures of Europe cruise from Brussels to Prague.
Uniworld General Manager Scott Cleaver said the ship anchoring in Venlo was a real strength as opposed to Floriade
visitors having to coach from nearby cities in Holland or Germany.
“With up to 35,000 people a day expected to go to Floriade being right in Venlo allows Uniworld clients to enjoy a full day at the site rather than spend their precious time on a coach.
“With our signature Red Carnation Hotel Collection interiors and service, as well as an average capacity of 130 guests on our luxurious river cruise ships, holidaymakers are able to enjoy their 2012 adventure in boutique Uniworld style and elegance.”
The 2012 World Horticultural Exposition Floriade is taking place from April 5 to October 7, 2012 in Venlo, the Netherlands. Referred to as the Theatre of Nature, this global spectacle, held only once every 10 years, has the world's most exquisite and exceptional flowers, plants and trees on display.
More than 100 exhibitors from dozens of countries will together pay tribute to the world of horticulture. There are five themed worlds, each with its own décor, and cultural programs of music, dance, literature, theatre and visual art. Each world is designed for visitors to see, feel and experience nature in a constantly changing way.
Clients cruising on the Floriade itinerary with Uniworld will also discover the sights and sounds of Germany’s UNESCO - designated Upper Middle Rhine Valley and its Dutch and Belgian tributaries, uncovering the best of old and new world Europe in such exciting destinations as Brussels, Maastricht, Dusseldorf and Cologne.
The Epicurean Adventure Program includes chocolate demonstration and tasting at the artisanal Planet Chocolate factory, family brewery visit with beer tasting and a special wine and food pairing dinner.
Visit: www.uniworldcruises.co.nz .
Uniworld offers more than 500 departures on 39 itineraries sailing on 12 rivers in 20 countries throughout Europe, Russia, Egypt, China, Vietnam and Cambodia.
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