DELRAY BEACH, FL, Jan. 29, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Valentine's Day is the ultimate opportunity to shower your sweetheart with well-deserved attention, affection, and luxury. This year, upgrade from clichéd roses and chocolates to a passionate voyage to Italy or France - two of the most romantic countries in the world. Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection offers spectacular all-inclusive boutique river cruises with all meals and unlimited beverages onboard, all transfers, prepaid gratuities, and fully hosted excursions in both countries. And by booking and depositing by February 28, 2014, couples save up to $600 , making this a value-packed gift that will enhance your love life for years to come.
Revel in Italy's la dolce vita with Uniworld's "Splendors of Northern Italy, Venice, Florence & Rome" - 13 infatuating days exploring Italian magnificence on the River Countess, recognized as the number one "Top River Cruise Ship" in Travel + Leisure's 2013 World's Best Awards. Spend seven evenings in the hypnotic water-bound city of Venice, indulging in the city's fabled pleasures while discovering the hidden gems of Northern Italy by day. Savor Italy's culinary capital of Bologna, learn about Padua's great center of learning, and explore Ferrara - "Italy's best-kept secret" - as well as Ravenna's UNESCO sheathed frescoes. Walk in the footsteps of literature's favorite star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, in enchanting Verona and perhaps even traverse their famous balcony. After embarking the ship in Venice, take to the birthplace of the Renaissance for two nights in Florence and tour Rome's Eternal City for three.
Gourmets and oenophiles delight in Uniworld's new "A Portrait of Majestic France" with 15 days of unbridled appreciation for the finer things in life. This journey pairs art, culture, and gastronomy with a thorough exploration of picturesque French landscapes and illustrious cities, including Paris' "City of Light" and Bordeaux, land of noble wines. Sail the Seine, Garonne, Gironde and Dordogne rivers and enjoy 22 included excursions while feasting on the finest flavors from each region. Delight in an onboard dinner menu designed by French Master Chef, Philippe Etchebest, and prepare for an evening of sensuality with an onboard Arcahon oyster tasting - the ultimate aphrodisiac. Satisfy cultural cravings by breathing in the fragrance of Monet's garden in Giverny and walk in Van Gogh's footsteps in Auvers-sur-Oise. Share a tender kiss under the glistening Eiffel Tower and celebrate the joie de vivre in the country that declared it an art form.
The undeniably romantic allure of France is also a focus for Uniworld in 2014. The exquisite S.S. Catherine, Uniworld's newest Super Ship and sister ship to the award-winning S.S. Antoinette, will be inaugurated in Lyon in March 2014 before setting sail along the breathtaking Rhône and Saône rivers with two spectacular itineraries: "Burgundy & Provence" and "Grand France." The River Royale, currently sailing these region, will move to her new home and Uniworld's newest destination, the stunning Bordeaux region on "Bordeaux, Vineyards & Châteaux" and "A Portrait of Majestic France" itineraries.
About Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
Los Angeles-based Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection, the world's only authentic boutique cruise line™, is recognized among the "World's Best River Cruises" by Travel + Leisure. Uniworld has also been recognized in their "Top 20 River Ships," with seven ships ranking in the top 20, along with the River Countess earning the highest score of all cruise ships, both river and ocean. Uniworld has been named in Condé Nast Traveler's prestigious Gold List for six consecutive years and in their Platinum Circle for two years. Uniworld was also ranked in their top three among the world's "Top Ten" cruise lines, both ocean and river. Uniworld's staterooms and dining are also ranked among the "Top Three in the World" by Zagat Survey®, with Uniworld being the only river cruise line named in the Zagat Survey® amongst the best of the best in the cruise industry. The editors of Cruise Critic handpicked Uniworld's S.S. Antoinette as the "Best River Cruise Ship," and Cruise International awarded Uniworld for the second year in a row, the "Best Luxury River Cruise Line." In addition, Uniworld has the highest rankings by travelers on Cruise Critic for both river and ocean cruise lines. Uniworld features luxurious boutique ships with an average capacity of 130 guests and the highest staff-to-guest ratio in the river cruise industry, as well as included shore excursions, world-class gourmet cuisine, and award-winning hospitality. Uniworld offers over 500 departures sailing on more than 15 rivers in over 20 countries throughout Europe, Russia, Egypt, China, Vietnam, and Cambodia.
Uniworld is a member of CLIA, Cruise Lines International Association
About The TreadRight Foundation
Uniworld Boutique River Cruises is part of a joint initiative with The TreadRight Foundation, a not-for-profit foundation established by The Travel Corporation to encourage sustainable tourism within our own family of brands and in the places we visit. To date, TreadRight has donated more than US $2 million to sustainable tourism projects around the world. To find out more about our work with TreadRight visit: www.TreadRight.org.
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