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Rhine Highlights

Amsterdam-Basel - Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Scenic Crystal
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Admire some of the most charming towns of central Europe and cruise along the Rhine. Explore the canals of Amsterdam, admire Cologne’s famous cathedral, tour Heidelberg Castle, relax in the historic spa town of Baden-Baden and stroll through romantic Strasbourg. Throughout the journey, relax aboard the luxurious Scenic Crystal and cruise along the historic Rhine.  

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Amsterdam | Embark
Day 2 : Amsterdam
Day 3 : Cologne
Day 4 : Koblenz
Day 5 : Mannheim
Day 6 : Baden Baden
Day 7 : Strasbourg
Day 8 : Basel | Disembark

Highlights

  • Enjoy cruising through Europe's beautiful Rhine river valley
  • Explore Amsterdam’s iconic canals and charming row houses
  • Stroll through Cologne and marvel at its soaring Cathedral
  • Discover the fascinating history of Heidelberg

Ship

Scenic Crystal

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Stop in beautiful Basel, Switzerland Cruise the Rhine through Cologne Stroll through romantic Strasbourg Spring flowers in Mannheim Koblenz at night
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Day 1 Amsterdam | Embark

The journey into wonder begins in this fascinating and compact harbor city. Relax and raise a glass to the days ahead at this evening’s welcome reception.

Day 2 Amsterdam

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Freechoice: Explore Amsterdam on a guided walking tour pausing along the way to sample the Dutch favorite, herring. Or, cruise the iconic canals that have made Amsterdam world famous. Alternatively, for something more active, join a guided cycling tour or, discover charming Volendam with its unusual raised homes and quaint wooden church before heading to the equally charming village of Edam. 

Day 3 Cologne

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Freechoice: Enjoy a scenic ride on the oldest cog railway in Germany and discover splendid Drachenburg Castle. Or, stroll through Cologne and get up close to the filigree twin towers of the famous cathedral. Alternatively, stay on board for a beer tasting, or learn the history of one of the city’s most famous namesake, Eau de Cologne, on a guided tour. 

Day 4 Koblenz

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Freechoice: Take a guided tour of Koblenz, which straddles two of Europe’s most beautiful rivers. Or, discover Cochem – a true medieval gem resting on the banks of the Moselle River. Cochem will make it feel as if stepping straight into a fairytale and be able to explore this charming city on a guided tour including a visit to Reichsburg Castle. Alternatively, visit a local winery and sample some of the fine wines of this region or take a guided cycling tour.

Day 5 Mannheim

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Freechoice: Join a local guide on a historic tour of Heidelberg and visit Heidelberg’s Renaissance Castle. The castle ruins are among the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps. Or, join a guide for an orientation tour of Heidelberg, followed by leisure time. 

Enrich: Enjoy a private evening concert at a fine Baroque palace. It’ll be an evening of grandeur unlike any other and a chance to create cherished memories for a lifetime. 

Day 6 Baden Baden

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive in charming Baden Baden, a spa town famous for its Roman baths.

Freechoice: Join the local guide on a tour of this picturesque town and tour the ruins of the Roman baths that have made this city famous, or take an active hike to Hohenbaden Castle. Alternatively, visit the Mercedes-Benz factory. 

Day 7 Strasbourg

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Freechoice: Visit Strasbourg, discover La Petite France and stroll through the Old Town with its half-timbered houses and distinctive Alsatian winstubs. Alternatively, journey to Mittelbergheim in the Alsace and sample some of the best wines the region has to offer. Or, explore the Black Forest region during a visit to the Vogtsbauernhof Open Air Museum. 

Day 8 Basel | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After a hearty breakfast, be transferred to Zurich Airport for your onward or homebound flight. You’ll be taking a lifetime of wonderful memories back with you. Please schedule flights to depart after 10am in Basel and 11.30am in Zurich.

Please note: Pre-release itinerary subject to change. 
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Dimensions: 160ft2. Standard Suites are located on the Jewel Deck with large picture windows to ensure a great view. They have a spacious design and clever layout alongside all the usual luxurious amenities and furnishings.
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Single Balcony Suite BS
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Deluxe Balcony Suite BD
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Balcony Suite A
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Balcony Suite PA
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Balcony Suite PP
Dimensions: 205ft2. Located on the Sapphire and Diamond Decks these stylishly decorated suites feature a full-length outdoor balcony with the exclusive Scenic Sun Lounge and offer private bathrooms with a luxurious vanity basin and shower.
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Deluxe Balcony Suite PD
Dimensions: 225ft2. Located in prime locations at the front of the ship on both the Sapphire and Diamond Decks, they offer all the features of the private Balcony Suites with the ingenious Scenic Sun Lounge, but with even more space to relax.
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Junior Balcony Suite RJ
Dimensions: 250ft2. These spacious Suites, located on the Sapphire and Diamond Decks, have a private full-length balcony complete with a Scenic Sun Lounge and elegant en-suite bathrooms featuring a large vanity basin and shower.
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Royal Balcony Suite RA
Dimensions: 315ft2. These Suites located on the Diamond Deck are the ultimate in luxury with more space, impeccable service, thoughtful touches, an outdoor balcony, lounge area, and an oversized bathroom.
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Royal Balcony Suite R
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Royal Panorama Suite RS
Dimensions: 325ft2. At 325ft², these are the largest suites on the ship. Located on the Diamond Deck, both suites enjoy fantastic views of the passing scenery from your private balcony complete with Scenic Sun Lounge. Each Suite has a lounge area and a luxurious bathroom.
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Royal Owner's Suite RO
Dimensions - 520ft2 including outdoor balcony. These Suites on the Diamond Deck are the ultimate in luxury with more space (315ft²), impeccable service, thoughtful touches, an outdoor balcony, lounge area, and an oversized bathroom.

Notes

All rates are quoted in USD and represent cost per person, based on double occupancy. Please contact us for the Single Supplement Rate.

All-inclusive highlights:

- 5-star Scenic Ship featuring Scenic Sun Lounges
- 1 exclusive Scenic Enrich experience
- Your choice of 11 Scenic Freechoice activities
- Up to five onboard dining options, from casual to fine dining
- 20 meals – 7 breakfasts (B), 6 lunches (L) and 7 dinners (D)
- Complimentary beverages all day, every day
- Butler service for all guests
- Exclusive Scenic Tailormade available throughout your cruise
- The freedom of our e-bikes – electronically assisted bicycles
- Cruise Directors to guide and assist
- Expert local guides
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
- All tipping and gratuities
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