Transcendent beauty laden with spectacular treasures which has inspired painters, poets and composers for centuries.
- 14 night cruise Amsterdam to Frankfurt aboard Crystal Bach
- All main meals, 24-hour room service from our Waterside Restaurant plus a 24-hour self-service pantry featuring specialty coffees, teas, wines and non-alcoholic beverages
- All-suite accommodation complete with butler service
- Your choice of curated Crystal Complimentary Adventures shore excursions in every port
- Gratuities for all shipboard staff, local experts and drivers
- Onboard entertainment and enrichment programs
- Unlimited soft drinks and premium beverages throughout the ship, including select champagne, fine wines and beer, unlimited in-suite soft drinks and bottled water plus champagne and wine in your suite to welcome you onboard
- Complimentary airport transfers in our exclusive, spacious Crystal luxury motor coach, featuring complimentary Wi-Fi
- Daily yoga and fitness classes
(Flights are additional)
14 Night Cruise sailing from Amsterdam to Frankfurt aboard Crystal Bach.
Debuting in July 2016 with the launch of Crystal Mozart™ – followed by four brand new cutting-edge river yachts in 2017 – Crystal River Cruises completely re-imagines the very notion of river cruising with the most luxurious, spacious, state-of-the-art river yachts, marrying the award-winning amenities of the all-inclusive Crystal Experience® with the nuanced exclusivity of river travel. With unmatched space and luxury, the river yachts of Crystal® boast a butler for every suite, superb cuisine, and expertly curated itineraries with an abundance of overnight stays and complimentary Crystal Adventures® ashore in every port of call.
Aboard the Crystal River Cruises fleet – Crystal Mozart, Crystal Debussy™, Crystal Bach™, Crystal Ravel™ and Crystal Mahler™ – nothing is compromised, no detail too small, no experience too much. State-of-the-art technology takes independent exploration to entirely new levels with complimentary Nordic Walking Poles, GPS Whisper Guides, electronically assisted bikes, jet skis, kayaks and more.
Highlights of this cruise:
Everyone has an image of Amsterdam. For some, it’s small boats gliding on the canals and locals two-wheeling on bikes to and from 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 colors, both muted and vibrant, of the paintings Vermeer, Van Gogh and Rembrandt. All images are true and even more beguiling when experienced in person. Sit a spell in a convivial cafe, explore world-class museums and feel the significance of a unique history—one of a city reclaimed from the sea, rising in prestige and influence as merchants built trade and wealth, and forever known for its attics and attitudes that offered refuge from war. Narrow streets and great manses tell the story not only in images but with the aroma of appeltaart, a taste of the avant garde in newly constructed buildings and a feeling of warmth from the amiable locals.
What Milan is to Italy, Antwerp is to Belgium, a historic city that is on-trend with a finger on the pulse of fashion, art and entertainment. A dynamic energy fills Antwerp’s old squares, gorgeous with cobbled centers and edged, like a cake with decorative icing, by ornate buildings. High-reaching church towers and fountains with cherubic sculptures add to the feeling of antiquity, while the port—the largest in Belgium and one of the largest in the world—brings a sense of purpose and prosperity. Surely, you associate Antwerp with diamonds. More than 70 percent of all diamonds are traded through this sparkling city, one that also shines under the light of celebrated painter Peter Paul Rubens, who lived and worked in an Italianate city manse, now a museum.
A scan of Cologne’s skyline offers a short-hand of a long essay of architecture, varying from the space-needle-type Rhine Tower to the avant-garde buildings along the river to the spectacular spires of the cathedral. One look at the magnificent church and you can’t help but draw a breath of amazement—the structure is enormous and intricately glorious, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Germany’s most visited landmark. Peel your eyes away from the famed Kölner Dom, as it is locally called, to discover other architectural notables, including remains of the Roman wall, a modern museum complex, the contemporary philharmonic hall, cozy beerhalls and the span of the Hohenzollern Bridge, reconstructed after the war.
Take flight to witness views of Cologne from the air, offering breathtaking perspectives on its architectural monuments, including the cathedral, and the river that winds through Germany’s oldest and fourth-largest city. Get a closer appreciation of Cologne Cathedral with a visit that brings to fore its staggering size: The church is Germany’s largest cathedral, the largest Gothic church in Northern Europe and has the largest façade of any church in the world.
If Rüdesheim’s scenic location on the 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. Still more that promises to enchant and delight is the region’s renowned Rieslings, produced here for centuries from vineyards dating to Roman times. A glass of white wine or the other local specialty, Asbach brandy, sipped amid historic surroundings can make the heart flutter, not necessarily from the effects of the spirits but from the simple beauty of one of Germany’s, if not the world’s, most romantic locales.
Savor exceptional views as you board the cog railway for the ride to the summit of Niederwald Park overlooking the Rhine valley. At the Asbach Distillery, learn about the region’s famed Asbach brandy, produced here since 1892.
On the three-border intersection of Switzerland, Germany and France and unfolding in two sections from the banks of the Rhine, Basel has an international flair, a cultural vibrancy and is picturesque besides. A medieval town center invites exploration by foot, while an abundance of museums and galleries suggest an indoor stroll amid works of art and relics of history. The Museum of Fine Arts is home to the world’s oldest art collection accessible to the public. The city itself hosts Switzerland’s oldest university, dating to 1460. Antiquity may be Basel’s strong suit, as it is in much of Europe, but this corner of Switzerland also reveals a more modern countenance: Architects Herzog & de Meuron, best known for the design of the Tate Modern in London and the Bird’s Nest in Beijing, and Frank Gehry of Bilbao Guggenheim Museum fame have contributed their considerable talents to buildings here.
A high-powered international business hub with a bohemian spirit, Frankfurt is a city of contrasts. Although it’s home to futuristic skyscrapers and one of the world’s largest stock exchanges, it also hosts simpler and more traditional charms, like the famed medieval buildings in the Altstadt, or the old town; lush parks, forest areas, riverside pathways and botanical gardens that encompass more than half the city; a renowned collection of museums and galleries; and vibrant cider pubs where revelers from all over the world gather to raise a glass. In fact, Frankfurt is known for its multicultural diversity, with more than 180 nationalities represented among its residents.
Terms and Conditions
Book Now Fares are cruise-only, per person, in NZD (subject to currency fluctuations), based on double occupancy, apply to new bookings only, and include taxes, fees and port charges. Book Now Cruise-Only fare applies to category S5 on Crystal Bach. Solo Fares are available upon request. Complimentary transfers between airport and river yacht on embark/disembark days. Optional dining in the Vintage Room attracts an additional fee. All offers may not be combinable with other promotions, apply to first two full-fare guests in stateroom or suite, are capacity-controlled and subject to availability and may be withdrawn or changed at any time without notice. All fares, itineraries, programs, policies and shore excursions are subject to change. Restrictions apply. For complete Terms & Conditions, visit crystalcruises.com/legal. For more information please contact your House of Travel Agent. CRS030917-Crystal