Follow the romantic Rhine through quaint villages in Germany, Switzerland and Netherlands to explore Gothic cathedrals and imposing fortresses; stroll Rüdesheim’s famous Drosselgasse and savor local pinot noirs at a wine tavern.
Christmas Markets filled with crafts and foodstuffs have been held in Europe for centuries. While today’s are more brilliantly lit, and visited by far more than locals, these gathering places are in many ways still authentic time capsules of what medieval yuletide celebration was all about.
The sights, sounds, smells and unbridled enthusiasm cannot help but leave you filled with child like wonder.
Arrive in Basel and be transferred to the ship.
Day 2 - Strasbourg
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 - Mannheim
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 4 - Rudesheim & Koblenz
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
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’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
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)
Your festive journey has come to an end, begin making your way home after breakfast this morning.
Renowned as one of The World’s Most Luxurious River Cruise Lines™, Crystal River Cruises has the largest and most spacious ships on Europe’s rivers, ushering in a new era of luxury in the river cruising industry. With a focus on more overnight stays and longer days in port to maximize guests’ authentic experience in each destination, Crystal River Cruises showcases Europe’s most fascinating and fairytale locales.
The Crystal fleet has four identical ships, Crystal Bach, Crystal Debussy, Crystal Mahler and Crystal Ravel, which offer voyages along the Rhine, Main, Danube and Moselle rivers. They are the only all-suite, all-panoramic window balcony river ships in Europe, with every category of accommodation situated above the water line.
You can expect extraordinary personal attention, butler service for every suite and superb, farm-to-table cuisine are among the defining characteristics of Crystal River Cruises, as are plush onboard amenities, the largest luxury suites in river cruising, expansive social spaces crowned with skylights and glass roofs, and an ambience of boutique elegance.
An unparalleled range of all-inclusive amenities and services exceeds the expectations of the most discerning travelers. Crystal’s all-inclusive experience offers Michelin-inspired cuisine, unlimited pours of fine wines and premium spirits, all gratuities (shipboard and shoreside), daily fitness and yoga classes, unlimited Wi-Fi and use of Atlanta eBikes in select destinations.
Ashore, a curated “Crystal Collection” of complimentary experiences offers unmatched options for cultural enrichment and active adventure.
Your luxurious Crystal home away from home affords virtually every amenity and service one could wish for and even a few that defy imagination. Generously appointed suites have been designed with exacting attention to details large and small, from sweeping views and plush beds that deliver a perfect night’s sleep to dedicated butler service, 24 hour room service, the latest state of the art technologies and conveniences, and even spacious wardrobes.
|Dec 16||Debussy||Basel||Cabin Upgrades|
|Cat SG||Guarantee||188 ft², French Balcony||£2057||Was £4510|
|Cat S5||Middle Deck||188 ft², French Balcony||Please Call||Was £4510|
|Cat S4||Upper Deck||188 ft², French Balcony||Please Call||Was £4710|
|Cat S3||Middle Deck||237 ft², French Balcony||£3414||Was £5330|
|Cat S2||Middle Deck||253 ft², French Balcony||Please Call||Was £5750|
|Cat S1||Upper Deck||253 ft², French Balcony||£3934||Was £6360|
|Cat CP||Upper Deck||506 ft², French Balconies||Please Call||Was £11180|
|Cat CS||Upper Deck||759 ft², French Balconies||Please Call||Was £16865|
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