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Rhine Christmas Markets: Basel to Amsterdam

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Join this 11-day Westbound Rhine River Cruise from Basel to Amsterdam aboard the Crystal Bach. On your way visit Breisach, the gateway to the surrounding Black Forest; the city of France - Strasbourg, which is one of the world’s most photogenic towns; Speyer's fine museums and festive taverns. Take a walk at Mainz that is located at the union of the Rhine and Main rivers. Discover the beauty and nature of gorgeous Rüdesheim and lovely Koblenz, view the dazzling wonder of Cologne Cathedral’s market. Finally, reach the fascinating Amsterdam.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Basel, Switzerland | Embark
Day 2 : Basel, Switzerland
Day 3 : Breisach am Rhein, Germany
Day 4 : Strasbourg, France
Day 5 : Speyer, Germany
Day 6 : Mainz | Rhine River Cruising | Rudesheim
Day 7 : Rüdesheim | Middle Rhine Valley | Koblenz
Day 8 : Cologne, Germany
Day 9 : Rhine River Cruising | Amsterdam
Day 10 : Amsterdam, Netherlands
Day 11 : Amsterdam | Disembark

Highlights

  • Discover one of the world’s most photogenic towns - Strasbourg
  • Explore Rüdesheim’s famed Christmas Market of Nations
  • View Rhineland’s largest Christmas tree
  • Visit Germany’s most visited landmark - gorgeous Cologne Cathedral

Ship

Crystal Bach

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Basel at Christmas, Switzerland View of Strasbourg city Visit beautiful and historic Strasbourg Koblenz at night Cologne, Germany Ehrenfels Castle on Rhine River near Rudesheim Western Church with water canal view in Amsterdam

Day 1 Basel, Switzerland | Embark

Embark on the Crystal Bach at the lovely Basel port in Switzerland and start your adventure.

Day 2 Basel, Switzerland

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 3 Breisach am Rhein, Germany

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Between the supremely scenic towns of Freiburg and Colmar lies Breisach, the gateway to the surrounding Black Forest. There is much to keep travelers within the embrace of this lively city, too, including its Romanesque church with a late-Gothic altar and cobbled streets lined by pastel-hued buildings. Nearby, explore the star-shaped fortress town of Neuf-Brisach, or New Breisach, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 4 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 5 Speyer, Germany

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Speyer’s history reaches past the influences of the Roman age to a settlement by the Celts. Cobbled streets wind through the centuries, passing half-timbered buildings, the remains of a medieval synagogue, fine museums, and festive taverns, culminating at the town’s UNESCO-listed Romanesque cathedral, called Kaiserdom, housing the tombs of eight Holy Roman emperors and German kings.

Day 6 Mainz | Rhine River Cruising | Rudesheim

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 7 Rüdesheim | Middle Rhine Valley | 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.

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 8 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 9 Rhine River Cruising | Amsterdam

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy aboard the Crystal Bach while sailing towards your next destination.

Day 10 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 11 Amsterdam | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Enjoy your breakfast aboard the Crystal Bach and finally disembark at Amsterdam.

Crystal Bach

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Petite Suite Seahorse Deck (S5)
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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Petite Suite Crystal Deck (S4)
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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Deluxe Suite (S3)
237 sqft. King-size bed or two twin beds, full-length mirror, writing desk, vanity, and flat-screen HD TV. Butler service is provided.
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Deluxe Suite (S2)
253 sqft. Supreme comfort king-size bed with fine Egyptian cotton linens. Butler service is provided.
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Deluxe Suite (S1)
253 sqft. Supreme comfort king-size bed with fine Egyptian cotton linens. Butler service is provided.
Crystal Penthouse
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Crystal Penthouse (CP)
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.
Crystal Suite
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Crystal Suite (CS)
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

Solo Supplement: A select number of cabins are available for single use. The single supplement varies by cabin type, please contact us for details.
Child Discount: Children age 11 or under receive 50% off when sharing a cabin with two full paying guests. Children, regardless of age pay full rate in a double occupancy cabin.

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
  • Complimentary shore excursion 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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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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