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Amsterdam Roundtrip: Christmas and New Year

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Experience a journey along the river less traveled and the fairytale sites of Germany and the Netherlands. Board Crystal Bach and set off to explore the warmth, light, and cheer of the famed Christmas markets of western Europe. Enjoy Christmas day in Amsterdam before setting off to explore. In Cologne, marvel at the soaring Gothic towers of the UNESCO-listed Cathedral, one of Germany's most-visited sites. Admire the preserved architecture of Rudesheim, and sample the renowned local Riesling. Wander through medieval castles in Koblenz, and learn about the history of Arnhem in WWII. Return to bustling Amsterdam to join the local new year celebrations!
Enjoy a cozy Christmas market in CologneWestern Church with water canal view in AmsterdamOld city of Koblenz by nightKoblenz at nightExplore beautiful RudesheimSpring flowers in MannheimStroll through the romantic streets of AmsterdamEnjoy a cozy Christmas market with loved ones
Highlights
  • Explore historical Düsseldorf, whose past can be traced to the 8th century
  • Discover Spitzhaüschen (pointed house) that has stood strong since 1416
  • Take in the beauty of the surrounding hills at Cochem, Germany
  • Visit unofficial second capital of a reunified Germany - Bonn
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Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Amsterdam | Embark

Board the Crystal Bach and begin your amazing trip.

Day 2: Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • Ship
  • 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 of Vermeer, Van Gogh and Rembrandt. Each vision is even more beguiling when experienced in person.

Day 3: 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 4: Boppard | Lorelei | Rudesheim

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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: Mannheim, Germany

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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: Koblenz, Germany

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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 7: 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 8-9: Amsterdam, Netherlands

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  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Return to Amsterdam to join the local celebrations for the new year! Ring in 2023 in luxury, light, and the cozy warmth of this delightful city. 

Day 10: Amsterdam | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast aboard the Crystal Bach, disembark at Amsterdam for your continued journey home.

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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
  • Port charges of $270 per person

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