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Christmastime on the Rhine: Basel to Amsterdam

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Discover the magic of the Christmas season along the Rhine River during this 8-day cruise from Basel, Switzerland to the Netherlands' capital city, Amsterdam aboard the Crystal Debussy. Begin in Basel, a city of international flair known for its progressive art and design. Visit Strasbourg, which is one of the world’s most photogenic towns. Stop in the historic city of Karlsruhe is best known for its dynamic vitality and Mannheim, where the “man-powered running machine” (bicycle) was born. You'll also be able to explore the beautiful city of Mainz, Rüdesheim, Koblenz, and Cologne before crossing the Rhine River, to reach your final destination - Amsterdam.
Basel at Christmas, SwitzerlandWander the streets of RudesheimCruise the rivers of GermanyOld city of Koblenz by nightEnjoy a cozy Christmas market in Cologne
Highlights
  • Explore “Large Island,” the first city center named a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Visit Mainz, filled with historical sites, classic cuisine and local wines
  • Discover Mannheim, a place of innovation and industry
  • View the UNESCO-listed Cologne Cathedral
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  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Basel, Switzerland | Embark

Even with its international flair and reputation as an iconic center for progressive art and design, Basel’s medieval town center invites exploration by foot with an abundance of museums and galleries. While antiquity may be Basel’s strong suit, two of its native sons – architects Herzog & de Meuron renowned design London’s Tate Modern Beijing’s Bird’s Nest – bring a modern flair to the city’s design along with other notable architects including Frank Gehry.

Day 2: Strasbourg, France

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The seat of the European Parliament, Strasbourg is one of the world’s most photogenic towns. It boasts a breathtaking Gothic cathedral and a remarkable charm that oozes from virtually every cozy corner of Grande Île, or “Large Island,” the first city center to be named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 3: Karlsruhe | Mannheim | Mainz

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Located on the Rhineland Plain near the French-German border, the city of Karlsruhe is nestled between the Black Forest, the Vosges mountains and the Palatinate Forest. A forward-thinking and cultured city, it is regarded as a hub of science and technology. Arts and culture also flourish here, creating an atmosphere of dynamic vitality. Filled with parks and museums, Karlsruhe and nearby suburbs are lined with art nouveau townhomes, serving as a reminder of the city’s proximity to France.

The name Benz is synonymous with automotive innovation, and here is where this legacy began. Also born here was the “man-powered running machine” (or bicycle), the Lanz Bulldog tractor and first rocket-powered aircraft, firmly establishing the city as the place for innovation and industry. The university town is also alive with hubs of diverse food, drink and shopping, as well as a thriving art and musical culture.

With roots as a Roman outpost that helped stand guard over the empire’s far-north territory, Mainz has a rich history. Today, Mainz is inviting and intriguing, located at the union of the Rhine and Main rivers, with pedestrianized areas filled with historical sites, classic cuisine and local wines. Of course, most visitors associate Mainz with its cultural treasure, an original Gutenberg Bible, housed at the Gutenberg Museum.

Day 4: Rüdesheim | Koblenz

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
If Rüdesheim’s scenic location on the UNESCO-designated Rhine Gorge doesn’t sweep you off your feet, then the town’s medieval Old Town with its half-timbered buildings and narrow lanes, especially the Drosselgasse overflowing with charming shops and taverns, surely will. The region’s renowned Rieslings, produced here for centuries from vineyards dating to Roman times, promise to delight, too.

Day 5: Koblenz | Cologne

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Located where the Rhine and Moselle rivers and three mountain ranges meet, Koblenz’ scenery is unmatched. Add to that the city’s 2,000-year-old history, hilltop fortress and squares lined by classic Germanic architecture and you have a place ready-made for photos. Ambling along the town’s narrow lanes and river promenade, you might encounter medieval churches, flower-filled parks, sidewalk cafes and perhaps a weinstube, or wine tavern, ideal for sipping Riesling and drinking in the atmosphere.

Day 6: Cologne, Germany

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Germany’s most visited landmark – the UNESCO-listed Cologne Cathedral – dominates the skyline here, its magnificent Gothic twin-spires reaching toward the heavens. Peel your eyes away from the Kölner Dom, its local name, to see the space needle-like Rhine Tower, ancient Roman ruins, a modern museum, cozy beerhalls and the arches of the Hohenzollern Bridge, reconstructed after the war.

Day 7: Amsterdam, Netherlands

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Everyone has an image of Amsterdam. For some, it’s small boats gliding on the canals and locals two-wheeling on bikes to work and, as frequently, to meet friends for drinks. For others, it’s gabled buildings leaning, seemingly precariously, over cobbled streets and cozy taverns illuminated by candles. Still others imagine tulips in bloom and the paintings Vermeer, Van Gogh and Rembrandt. Each vision is even more beguiling when experienced in person.

Day 8: Amsterdam | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Enjoy one last breakfast on board and disembark at the port of Amsterdam.

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Crystal Debussy

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188 sqft. King-size bed or two twin beds, adjustable dining table, writing desk, vanity, and 40” flat-screen HD TV. Butler service is provided.
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253 sqft. Supreme comfort king-size bed with fine Egyptian cotton linens. Butler service is provided.
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253 sqft. Supreme comfort king-size bed with fine Egyptian cotton linens. Butler service is provided.
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506 sqft. The master bedroom features a large king-size bed facing the panoramic balcony-window, walk-in closet, flat-screen HD TV, fine Egyptian linens. Butler service is provided.
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759 sqft. Two lavish bedrooms each feature king-size beds, fine Egyptian linens, large flat-screen HD TVs, spacious closets, and expansive panoramic balcony-windows. Nightstands include charging pads and USB outlets. Butler service is provided.

Notes

A wide selection of specially curated and optional shore excursions are available on every itinerary.  In each port visited, there will be complimentary adventures to choose from, other excursions will be available at an additional cost.  ​

Cruise Fares Include:
  • Beverages including fine wines, champagne, premium spirits and all non-alcoholic beverages such as bottled water, soft drinks and specialty coffees
  • Gratuities for housekeeping, dining and bar staff
  • 24 hour self service coffee tea, soft drinks, wines
  • 24 hour room service
  • Personal Butler service
  • Daily yoga and fitness classes
  • Onboard entertainment and enrichment programs
  • Choice of one of two complimentary shore excursions in each port
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi for the duration of your voyage. 
Cruise Fares Exclude:
  • Airfare
  • Cruise port, security, navigation, berthing, stevedoring, and baggage handling/storage charges 
  • Fuel surcharges, fees or charges imposed by governmental or quasi-governmental authorities, 
  • Optional shore excursions,
  • Sightseeing or meals ashore, taxes, gratuities,
  • Visa fees
  • Laundry or valet service or any item or service whatsoever of a personal nature, such as medical treatment, expenses incurred on board or ashore in connection with medical treatment, medical condition, or medical debark
  • Massage, s­­­­­pa services or hairstyling for which separate charges may be imposed. 
  • Transfers between the airport and ship on the day of embarkation and disembarkation

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