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Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Splendours of the Rhine

An all-inclusive Crystal River cruise sailing through Germany from the vibrant city of Amsterdam with visits to fascinating cities and quaint, historical villages. Includes unlimited complimentary drinks on board and guided excursions.

Cruise Only
10 nights from £6440pp

River Cruise Holiday
  • Basel Switzerland,
  • Black Forest, Germany
  • Amsterdam Canal
  • Amsterdam Canal and Bikes
  • Breisach, Germany
  • Cologne, Germany
  • Koblenz Castle, Germany
  • Speyer Old Gate, Germany

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Enjoy a luxury, all-inclusive cruise along the scenic Rhine River from Amsterdam to Basel. Discover charming historical villages and explore magnificent cities that are bursting with culture.

Visit the world-renowned Rijksmuseum and enjoy cheese and wine tasting in the heart of Amsterdam. Witness one of Europe’s most celebrated architectural wonders in Germany's city of Cologne, tour the ancient city of Koblenz and appreciate breath-taking views of the Rhine Valley from Rüdesheim's iconic Niederwald Monument.

Discover 2,000 years of history in the imperial city of Speyer and explore Riquewihr, one of the 'Most Beautiful Villages of France' with a local tour guide. Finally reach Switzerland, mooring in Basel and cruise on the pristine lake in the picturesque town of Lucerne.

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Splendors of the Rhine Itinerary

Day 1 - Amsterdam (Netherlands)

Culture and history seep from the narrow, cobbled streets of this vibrant city. If you arrive in Amsterdam in the morning, you can enjoy a complimentary private Canal Boat Tour and visit to Rijksmuseum. Embark your ship in Amsterdam this afternoon.

Day 2 - Amsterdam

Spend the day exploring the unique city of Amsterdam. Experience living Dutch traditions such as the windmill village of Zaanse Schans with its authentic crafts and houses from the 18th and 19th centuries or enjoy a private cheese and wine tasting in the heart of Amsterdam.

Day 3 - Amsterdam

On your last morning in Amsterdam, why not discover 'Little Amsterdam', North Holland's second largest city which boasts exceptional architecture and grand museums. Alternatively, explore the Jewish Quarter on a fascinating guided walking tour including a visit to the Jewish Historical Museum and Portuguese Synagogue. Set sail on the beautiful Rhine for Cologne at 2pm.

Day 4 - Cologne (Germany)

Arrive in Cologne early afternoon. Explore the historical city with a guided walking tour which visits Cologne's most renowned sights including the magnificent Kölner Dom cathedral; one of Europe’s most celebrated architectural wonders and Germany's most visited attraction. Alternatively, take a coach journey to Bonn and enjoy a guided walking tour of the former capital city and birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven. Hear fascinating stories of the musical genius and visit fascinating historical landmarks such as Koblenzer Gate, the former entrance to the city, still standing from the 1200’s.

Day 5 - Koblenz

Arrive in Koblenz this morning and choose from an array of shore excursions. Explore the fascinating city on foot with a tour guide or glide by cable car to the glorious Ehrenbreitstein Fortress to discover the ancient history and appreciate the spectacular views or visit the fairy-tale-like Eltz Castle in Wierschem.

Day 6 - Koblenz - Rüdesheim

Explore the medieval old town of Rüdesheim, enjoy a scenic cable car ride to the iconic Niederwald Monument or take in Rüdesheim's enchanting landscapes on a miniature train ride. This evening, experience Crystal's Signature Event; an exclusive evening of classical music hosted at one of the region’s landmark venues, Kurhaus Wiesbaden.

Day 7 - Speyer

This morning arrive in Speyer; a beautiful city which has 2,000 years of fascinating history dating back further than the Romans. Choose from a range of shore excursions including a Speyer city walk with pretzel tasting, a cycling adventure to the Schwetzingen Palace or a walking tour of Speyer's Jewish community which remarkably dates back to 1084.

Day 8 - Kehl

Today you can explore the charming and picturesque town of Kehl which features narrow canals, captivating old towers and half-timbered buildings. Visit the famous Cathedral Notre-Dame and enjoy an exclusive organ recital or take a panoramic coach tour of Strasbourg, known as the 'Venice of the North' which includes a guided walk and canal boat cruise.

Day 9 - Breisach

Surrounded by the iconic Black Forrest, the lively city of Breisach boasts quaint cobbled streets and a magnificent Romanesque church. Why not visit the Black Forest Open Air Museum to discover what life in the forest was like more than 400 years ago! Explore Riquewihr, one of the most beautiful villages in France on a guided walking tour and taste delicious regional wines.

Day 10 - Basel (Switzerland)

Arrive in Basel early morning, a city which sits on the three-border intersection of Switzerland, Germany and France giving it a noticeable international flair. Take a coach journey to the captivating city of Lucerne which on the shores of a tranquil lake and is surrounded by snow-capped mountains; enjoy a guided tour as well as a one-hour cruise on the glistening lake. Alternatively, if you are of exceptional architecture or have a keen interest in arts and design, why not visit the Vitra Design Museum and the Beyeler Foundation.

Day 11 - Basel

Disembark your ship.

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary.

Price Includes

  • 10-night all-inclusive luxury cruise
  • Complimentary overseas transfers
  • Choice of guided excursions
  • Unlimited soft drinks and premium beverages including champagne, fine wine and spirits plus soft drinks, beer and bottled water in-suite
  • Choice of dining venues
  • Gratuities
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access
  • 24-hour room service
  • Self-service guest laundry
  • Daily yoga and fitness classes

Price Does Not Include

  • Return flights from the UK - please contact us for a quote
  • Supplementary optional excursions

Additional Information

  • Amsterdam - Private Canal Boat Tour and Visit to Rijksmuseum - Complimentary
  • Amsterdam - Michelin-Star Dining at Bolenius 249€
  • Amsterdam - Michelin-Star Dining at Ron Gastrobar 249€
  • Amsterdam - Afternoon Canal Cruise 180€
  • Amsterdam - Living Dutch Traditions - Complimentary
  • Amsterdam - Private Cheese Tasting in the Heart of Amsterdam - Complimentary
  • Amsterdam - Van Gogh Painting Workshop 149€
  • Amsterdam - Evening Canal Cruise 180€
  • Amsterdam - Private Half-Day Car & English-Speaking Guide 699€
  • Amsterdam - Private Full-Day Car & English-Speaking Guide 1179€
  • Amsterdam - Private Half-Day Van & English-Speaking Guide 729€
  • Amsterdam - Private Full-Day Van & English-Speaking Guide 1239€
  • Amsterdam - Michelin-Star Dining at Bolenius 249€
  • Amsterdam - Highly Acclaimed Experience at Hemelse Modder 249€
  • Amsterdam - Anne Frank's House 149€
  • Amsterdam - Visit of Haarlem - Complimentary
  • Amsterdam and Jewish Heritage - Complimentary
  • Amsterdam - Van Loon Museum 199€
  • Cologne - A True Taste of Kölsch - Complimentary
  • Cologne - Cologne Walk & Cathedral Visit - Complimentary
  • Cologne - A Walk Through Beethoven’s Bonn - Complimentary
  • Cologne - Strokes of Genius: Düsseldorf’s Art Scene 229€
  • Cologne - Private Half-Day Car & English-Speaking Guide 749€
  • Cologne - Private Full-Day Car & English-Speaking Guide 1399€
  • Cologne - Private Half-Day Van & English-Speaking Guide 829€
  • Cologne - Private Full-Day Van & English-Speaking Guide 1559€
  • Koblenz - Koblenz City Walk & Jewelry Workshop - Complimentary
  • Koblenz - Koblenz City Walk & Jewish Quarter - Complimentary
  • Koblenz - Ehrenbreitstein Fortress by Cable Car - Complimentary
  • Koblenz - Marksburg: Invincible Medieval Castle - Complimentary
  • Koblenz - Koblenz City Walk with the Night Watchman 39€
  • Koblenz - Pottery Workshop with Anja Bogott 99€
  • Rüdesheim - Crystal Signature Event: Evening of Classical Music at Kurhaus Wiesbaden - Complimentary
  • Rüdesheim by Foot & by Cable Car - Complimentary
  • Rüdesheim - Mechanical Music Museum & Miniature Train Ride - Complimentary
  • Rüdesheim - Rheingau Safari Adventure 599€
  • Speyer City Walk & Pretzel Tasting - Complimentary
  • Speyer - Jewish Speyer: Past & Present - Complimentary
  • Speyer - Heidelberg Castle & City Walking Tour, Half Day - Complimentary
  • Speyer - Heidelberg Castle & City Walking Tour, Extended - Complimentary
  • Kehl - Strasbourg Foie Gras & Wine Tasting - Complimentary
  • Kehl - Panoramic Tour of Strasbourg & Canal Boat Cruise - Complimentary
  • Kehl - Organ Recital at Strasbourg Cathedral - Complimentary
  • Kehl - Cooking & Conversation with the Locals 269€
  • Breisach - Riquewihr Village Walk & Wine Tasting - Complimentary
  • Breisach City Walk - Complimentary
  • Breisach - Sculpting Memories: Soapstone & Alabaster Workshop 199€
  • Basel - Basel by Foot - Complimentary
  • Basel - Vitra Design Museum & the Beyeler Foundation - Complimentary
  • Basel - Lovely Lucerne & the Lake - Complimentary
  • Basel - The Art of Swiss Chocolate Making 139€
  • Basel - Swiss Alps Helicopter Flightseeing 1069€
  • Basel - Private Half-Day Car & English-Speaking Guide 1159€
  • Basel - Private Full-Day Car & English-Speaking Guide 2169€
  • Basel - Private Half-Day Van & English-Speaking Guide 1219€
  • Basel - Private Full-Day Van & English-Speaking Guide 2289€
  • Basel - Michelin-Star Dining at Bel Etage 249€
  • Basel - Michelin-Star Dining at Les Quatre Saisons 249€
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