Christmas Time on The Rhine (8 Days)

Cruise Line: Crystal Cruises
Basel, Switzerland to Amsterdam, Netherlands
Dates: 29 Nov 2019 - 06 Dec 2019

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29 Nov 2019
Basel, Switzerland
12:00 PM
30 Nov 2019
Strasbourg, France
9:00 AM 10:00 PM
01 Dec 2019
Karlsruhe, Germany
7:00 AM 10:00 AM
Mannheim, Germany
2:00 PM
Mainz, Germany
6:00 PM
Rüdesheim am Rhein, Germany
9:30 PM
02 Dec 2019
Rüdesheim am Rhein, Germany
3:00 PM
Koblenz, Germany
7:00 PM
03 Dec 2019
Koblenz, Germany
2:00 PM
Cologne, Germany
8:00 PM
04 Dec 2019
Cologne, Germany
3:00 PM
05 Dec 2019
Amsterdam, Netherlands
9:00 AM
06 Dec 2019
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Christmas Time on The Rhine map

Virtuoso Voyages Benefits


$200 USD Shipboard Credit Per Person

Valid for Crystal River itineraries: Crystal Mozart, Debussy, Bach, Ravel and Mahler and each guest receives a $200 per person ship board credit (first 2 full-fared guests only).

Restrictions may apply. Please refer to the Terms & Conditions.

About the Ship

Crystal Symphony & Crystal Serenity
Crystal Debussy

Crystal River Cruises was voted “Best River Cruise Line” in the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards in 2017. Step aboard one of our exceptional river yachts and discover the exacting attention to detail and gracious hospitality that defines our reputation for excellence.

What's Included


  • Crystal River Cruises™ All-inclusive cruise-only fare includes: complimentary airport transfers on days of embarkation and disembarkation, 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; Butler service; and choice of guided Crystal Adventures® shore excursion in every port.

    Complimentary All-Inclusive Luxuries aboard Crystal River Cruises

    Gratuities included for all shipboard staff throughout the River Yacht including housekeeping, bar, dining staff and butlers.

    All meals included, featuring Crystal’s innovative and acclaimed six-star cuisine, highlighted by regional specialties

    Unlimited soft drinks and premium beverages including champagne, fine wine and spirits throughout the River Yacht

    All soft drinks, beer and bottled water in-suite

    24-hour self-service pantry featuring specialty coffees, teas, wines and nonalcoholic beverages

    24-hour room service

    24-hour Wi-Fi access (via satellite) including free Wi-Fi/Internet usage of 60 minutes per person, per day.  

    State-of-the-art interactive TV system including in-suite movies on demand, extensive music library


    Onboard entertainment and enrichment programs

    Daily yoga and fitness classes

    Daily choice of electronic international newspapers

    Self-service guest laundry

    Choice of complimentary curated Crystal Adventures shore excursions in every port

    Complimentary culinary experience at highly renowned local establishments on many sailings

    Complimentary Nordic walking poles

    Complimentary audio headphones on all organized Crystal Adventures

    Complimentary airport transfers to/from river yacht to airport

    All transfers will be group transfers by motor coach on embarkation and debark days only.

    Airport/River Yacht - Motor coaches will leave the main international arrival airport every hour between 10:00 am and 10:00 pm. (Times will be dependent on local traffic conditions.)

    River Yacht /Airport - Transfers will run until 10:00 am on the day of debarkation



    A la carte, buffet and early risers breakfast offerings

    Multiple dining venues

    Open seating dining

    Crystal Casual dress code

    European sourced and trained chefs and hotel staff


    Shipboard Public Spaces

    Hydraulic Sun-Deck Bar (available on Bach, Mahler, Debussy and Ravel only)

    Fitness Center with state-of-the-art TechnoGym equipment and dedicated yoga area

    Massage services


    Non-smoking environment in all indoor spaces (Except Connoisseur Club on Crystal Mozart)

    Onboard currency exchange – shipboard currency Euros


    Onboard Entertainment & Enrichment

    Destination-focused entertainment and enrichment program, including onboard lecture series

    Destination expert on each voyage

    Regional affairs experts on many voyages



    Twice daily housekeeping services including evening turndown service

    In-suite hors d'oeuvres

    Individual climate control

    Flat-screen TV in each suite

    English-speaking and international TV stations

    Butler service for each suite

Not Included

  • Air fare, some Crystal Adventure Shore Excursions, Casino

About Us

For the past 26 years, Crystal Cruises has redefined luxury ocean travel by providing the finest travel experience. Building upon its unrivaled reputation, The World’s Most Awarded Luxury Cruise Line™ has now embarked on the most significant brand expansion in the history of luxury travel and hospitality: over the next three years, Crystal will introduce three brand-new classes of cruising and even its own luxury aircraft. Winner of the “Best Luxury Cruise Line” by Virtuoso for three consecutive years (2014, 2015, & 2016).

Insider Tip

“World’s Best Cruise Ship” in Condé Nast Traveler’s Reader Choice Awards for 23 years; been voted “World’s Best Large Ship Cruise Line” by Travel + Leisure readers for 20 consecutive years.

Terms & Conditions

Cruise-only fares are per person in U.S. dollars, double occupancy, include all promotional saving and do not include cruise port, security and handling charges. Promotional Book Now Cruise-Only Fares are per person for new bookings only. Optional air add-ons are available from Crystal Cruises’ designated gateway cities in the U.S. and Canada and include all government taxes and fees. Shipboard spending credit is not redeemable for cash and cannot be used in the casino, for bingo or toward future cruise booking deposits. All offers may not be combinable with other promotions, apply to first two full-fare guests in stateroom or suite, are capacity-controlled, subject to availability and may be withdrawn or changed at any time without notice. All itineraries, fares, programs and policies are subject to change. Other restrictions apply. ©Crystal Cruises, Inc. Ships’ Registry: The Bahamas.

An initial deposit of 20% of the total booking amount (including land packages and air add-ons) for all categories is required. Deposits are due within 7 days of booking. Staterooms (all categories) are subject to cancellation if required deposits are not received within the specific option period.

Final payment is due no later than 90 days prior to sailing. All reservations are subject to cancellation if payments are not received by the due date. Crystal Cruises reserves the right to review and adjust deposit and final payment dates based on inventory for each individual cruise. Crystal Cruises reserves the right to cancel any bookings not fully paid by the due date.

The trademarks VIRTUOSO, the Globe Swirl Logo and SPECIALISTS IN THE ART OF TRAVEL are registered trademarks of Virtuoso, Ltd. Virtuoso, Ltd. has a U.S. copyright registration for the Globe Swirl Logo, ©2000. All rights reserved. Virtuoso CST#2069091-50. California CST# 2069091; TA# 808 - Registered Iowa Travel Agency; Washington UBI # 601 554 183. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California.


Shore Excursions

Amsterdam, Netherlands - 06 Dec 2019

Offered by: European Connection
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Length: 4 hours
Meals: Unknown
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Family Vacations • Sightseeing
Half-Day Amsterdam Walking Tour

Meet your local guide in the hotel lobby for your private 4 hours Amsterdam city walking tour, including a visit to Anne Frank Museum.

Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, is a fascinating maritime city built on a network of canals. Its Rijksmuseum is world famous for its paintings by the great 17th-century Dutch Masters such as Rembrandt and Vermeer. The Van Gogh Museum contains many of Van Gogh's greatest paintings and the Stedelijk Museum has an extensive collection of modern works. Other important sights are Anne Frank's House, where she hid from the Nazis and wrote her famous diary, the baroque Koninklijk Paleis and Rembrandt's House. With its gabled canal houses, houseboats and specialized shops, the city is wonderful to explore on foot or bicycle. Amsterdam is famed for its tolerance of soft drugs and sex, but it also offers higher pursuits such as classical music in the renowned Concertgebouw, home of Amsterdam's orchestra.

Offered by: ITB holland
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Length: 4 Hours
Meals: Unknown
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Sightseeing
Private walking tour of Amsterdam (4 hrs)

Your local specialized guide will take you on a discovery journey of the hidden courtyards in the city. These courtyards were a sort of retirement and had a social housing function for old and poor people who could live there for free. The number of courtyards in Holland is difficult to estimate because of renovations and reconstructions, but the estimates number is close to 200.

The city of Amsterdam has 47 courtyards and 50% are situated in the popular and nowadays trendy neighbourhood  “de Jordaan”. Originally Amsterdam had 51 courtyards, so only 7 disappeared.

Courtyards are normally open to the public but lately more and more are closed for the public. They are also very difficult to locate, even most people from Amsterdam don't know of their existance.

Examples of famous Courtyards in Amsterdam: Claes Claeszhofje, Van Brienenhofje and het Begijnhof. Halfway the tour you can stop in a typical Dutch bar for a drink, your guide can suggest a lot of nice places.

Offered by: ITB holland
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Length: 4 Hours
Meals: Unknown
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Food & Wine • Sightseeing
Private Dutch beer and canal tour (4 hrs)

Meet your local guide in the lobby of the hotel and walk to the pier where the discovery of Amsterdam starts on board of the Canalbus. This regular boat service offers a journey through the cultural centre of Amsterdam, a cruise past historical landmarks passing modern architecture in the city’s newer areas, see a windmill, warehouses, two of the busiest markets in Amsterdam, museums and the IJ river. Leave the boat for a short walk to the local market called Albert Cuyp and visit the Heineken experience.  Enjoy a voyage of discovery through the “World of Heineken”. Walk through malt silos, take a peek inside the mash coppers and stand in the lager cellars where young beer was once matured and of course you will enjoy a refreshing glass of Heineken beer in the Brew House. The former Heineken brewery is a National Monument and is listed as an anchor point along the European Route of Industrial Heritage. After the visit continue your tour on board of the canalbus, while you guide will show you the highlights along the way and give directions, as you can continue to use your canalbus pass for the rest of the day. Your guide will be at your disposal for maximum 4 hours.

Offered by: ITB holland
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Length: 4 Hours
Meals: Unknown
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Family Vacations • Sightseeing
Private tour Famous Dutch villages

In the surrounding of Amsterdam there are many beautiful and typical Dutch villages which are worth visiting. During this tour we first visit Marken, a former island, now connected to the mainland by a dike. A unique place to visit with elevated houses on pillars, traditional green painted houses and folkloristic customs and customes. Walk along the small bridges and little alleys and admire the historic houses.

Continue to Monnickendam. This town is a former fisherman’s village and has an interesting history. During the city walk you will see the beautiful City Hall and ‘De Waag’ a place where they used to weigh the ship’s cargo coming in from overseas. Try some Dutch fish specialties: ‘gerookte paling’ (smoked eel) or herring.

Proceed to Broek in Waterland. Here you will stop for a refreshment, but not before you have seen the characteristic wooden houses this village proudly owns. Famous people like the French philosopher Victor Hugo, the emperor Alexander of Russia and Napoleon visited this small village. (4 hours)

Offered by: ITB holland
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Length: 8 Hours
Meals: Unknown
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Family Vacations
Private tour Aalsmeer, Rotterdam and Kinderdijk Windmills (8 hrs)

Depart from the hotel by private car and your local guide and depart for a full day tour.

The first stop on this tour is at the town of Aalsmeer, the center of flower culture. Visit the flower auction (closed on Saturdays and Sundays) The most important flower auction in Holland and see how millions of flowers are auctioned daily and shipped to all corners of the world. Learn about the trade and process of buying and selling. Continue to Delft, a lovely medieval town, famous for its “Delft Blue” pottery (stop for a short visit). Afterwards proceed to Rotterdam, one of the world’s largest commercial transits harbours in Europe and famous for modern architecture and design.

The former headquarters of the Holland America Cruise line has been transformed in a hotel / restaurant and could be a nice place for lunch (not included). Enjoy the architecture of Rotterdam and visit one of the cubical houses, a unique experience! Proceed to the Kinderdijk windmill area. Nowhere in the world you will find as many windmills as neat as at Kinderdijk. Around 1740 no less than 19 sturdy mills were built here. They have been well preserved to the present day. The mills drain the excess of water from the polders (reclaimed-land below sea level). The Powerful mill wings  serve to transmit the windforce to large paddlewheels scooping up the water. Nowadays electric power driven pumping engines do the job. Visit the kinderdijk village, and the inside of a windmill.

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