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Yuletide Treasures: Rhine River Cruise from Basel to Amsterdam

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Join this 12-day Westbound Rhine River Cruise from Basel to Amsterdam aboard the Crystal Bach. On your way to Amsterdam, visit the gateway to the surrounding Black Forest of Breisach, explore Strasbourg which is one of the world’s most photogenic towns, and marvel at Speyer's fine museums and festive taverns. Take a walk at Mainz which is located at the union of the Rhine and Main rivers, know the history of the discovery of the bicycle at Mannheim, explore Düsseldorf's edgy art culture and innovative business landscape. Discover the beauty and nature ofRüdesheim and Koblenz and see the dazzling wonder of Cologne Cathedral’s market. Shop at the town of Arnhem which is now known to be the center of fashion and design in Netherlands. Finally, explore the romantic and famous Amsterdam.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Basel, Switzerland | Embark
Day 2 : Basel, Switzerland
Day 3 : Breisach am Rhein, Germany
Day 4 : Breisach am Rhein | Strasbourg, France
Day 5 : Mannheim, Germany | Worms
Day 6 : Rüdesheim, Germany
Day 7 : Rüdesheim | Rhine River Cruising | Koblenz
Day 8 : Düsseldorf, Germany
Day 9 : Arnhem, Netherlands
Day 10 : Lelystad | Amsterdam
Day 11 : Amsterdam, Netherlands
Day 12 : Amsterdam | Disembark

Highlights

  • Explore Basel famous as iconic center for progressive art and design
  • Visit Romanesque church with a late-Gothic altar at Breisach
  • View classic Germanic architecture at Koblenz
  • Discover Düsseldorf, whose history can be traced to the 7th and 8th centuries

Ship

Crystal Bach

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Take a ride on the ferris wheel or take a stroll through the Christmas Market Explore Basel Basel at Christmas, Switzerland Place Kleber in Strasbourg Medieval bridge Ponts Couverts and cathedral City hall of Dusseldorf, Germany Explore beautiful Amsterdam

Day 1 Basel, Switzerland | Embark

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

Day 2 Basel, Switzerland

  • Ship
  • 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

  • Ship
  • 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 Breisach am Rhein | Strasbourg, France

  • Ship
  • 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 Mannheim, Germany | Worms

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 6 Rüdesheim, Germany

  • Ship
  • 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 7 Rüdesheim | Rhine River Cruising | Koblenz

  • Ship
  • 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 8 Düsseldorf, Germany

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
For a city whose history can be traced to the 7th and 8th centuries, Düsseldorf's edgy art culture and innovative business landscape are all the more impressive. The capital city of the North is decidedly posh, pushing the boundaries of high fashion and high-rise design, and a culinary and nightlife scene caters to the international elite who populate the city. Banking and tech industries have brought the city great wealth, making Dusseldorf one of the world’s most livable cities.

Day 9 Arnhem, Netherlands

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
People have been fighting over Arnhem for centuries. It’s no mystery, given its natural beauty, abundant parks and bicycle pathways, and lively scene of cafés and creative hubs. Its darkest hour came during World War II, when the Nazis invaded the Netherlands, occupying the whole country within one week. In resistance, Arnhem became the site of the largest airborne military operation in history. Today, this prosperous town is known as a center of fashion and design.

Day 10 Lelystad | Amsterdam

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

Day 11 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 12 Amsterdam | Disembark

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

Crystal Bach

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Cruise Savings
Discounted fares and additional savings may be available. These may include:
Past traveler discounts for returning passengers
Book Now Savings - inquire for details
Early payment savings
Please contact us for the best available rates.
Applies to all departures

Capacity-Controlled Rates
Fares are based on double occupancy and are capacity controlled. Rates may fluctuate at any time and subject to change without notice.
Please contact us for more details and current pricing.

Flexible New Booking Policy
For new bookings from March 9, 2020, forward pay a reduced deposit and cancel up to 7 days prior to departure and receive full credit toward a future voyage. Contact us for more details. Some restrictions may apply.
Applies to all departures up to Dec 31, 2020

Per person starting at
$12,998
Petite Suite
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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.
Deluxe Suite
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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.
Deluxe Suite
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Deluxe Suite (S2)
253 sqft. Supreme comfort king-size bed with fine Egyptian cotton linens. Butler service is provided.
Deluxe Suite
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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 at least two 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 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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