Bach, Legendary Rhine ex Basel to Amsterdam

Cruise Line
Crystal River Cruises
Crystal Bach
Cruise Departs
21 May 2021
Other Dates
Cruise Duration
7 Nights
Embark Ship
Basel, Switzerland
Disembark Ship
Amsterdam, Rivers
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Cruise Itinerary

21 May 2021
Basel, Switzerland
08:00 PM
22 May 2021
Strasbourg, France
09:00 AM 10:00 PM
23 May 2021
Karlsruhe, Germany
07:00 AM 10:00 AM
23 May 2021
Mannheim, Germany
02:00 PM 06:00 PM
23 May 2021
Rudesheim, Germany
09:00 PM overnight
24 May 2021
Rudesheim, Germany
03:00 PM
24 May 2021
Koblenz, Germany
07:00 PM overnight
25 May 2021
Koblenz, Germany
02:00 PM
25 May 2021
Cologne, Germany
08:00 PM overnight
26 May 2021
Cologne, Germany
03:00 PM
27 May 2021
Amsterdam, Rivers
09:00 AM overnight
28 May 2021
Amsterdam, Rivers

All itineraries and ports of call at the discretion of the cruise line subject to local weather conditions and may change without notice.

7 Night Cruise sailing from Basel to Amsterdam aboard Crystal Bach.

Follow the romantic Rhine through quaint villages in Germany, Switzerland and Netherlands to explore Gothic cathedrals, grand palaces and imposing fortresses; stroll Rüdesheim’s famous Drosselgasse and savor a locally produced pinot noir at a wine tavern.

Highlights of this cruise:

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.

With its location on the Rhineland Plain near the French-German border, the city of Karlsruhe is nestled between the Black Forest, the Vosges mountains and the Palatinate Forest. A forward-thinking and cultured city, it is regarded as a hub of science and technology, often referred to as Germany’s online capital. Known for its liberal attitude, arts and culture flourish here, creating an atmosphere of dynamic vitality.

A relatively young city by European standards, it was founded in 1715 by Margave Karl-Wilhelm von Baden. As the story goes, he dreamt of a star-shaped city in his sleep, and thus was born his idea for a city of “spokes” radiating from a mighty Baroque Residential Palace at its very heart. So impressive was this urban plan, it was adopted by Washington, D.C. Today, Karlsruhe is filled with rambling parks and museums, and the nearby suburbs lined with art nouveau townhomes serve as a reminder to the city’s proximity to France.

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.

Located where the Rhine and Moselle rivers and three low mountain ranges meet, Koblenz has a leg up in the scenery department. 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 photographs. You might start by aiming your lens at the Deutsches Eck, or German Corner, where the rivers merge around a corner of land marked by a monument to Emperor William I. Ambling along the river promenade and exploring the town’s narrow lanes, you might encounter medieval churches, flower-filled parks, sidewalk cafes and perhaps a weinstube, or wine tavern, an ideal venue for sipping dry Riesling and drinking in the atmosphere.

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.

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.

As the most luxurious all-suite, butler-serviced ships cruising the waterways of Europe, Crystal River Cruises also offers the largest luxury suites, the highest staff-to-guest ratio and an unrivalled standard of state-of-the-art design and amenities. Every suite aboard Crystal Bach, Crystal Debussy, Crystal Mahler and Crystal Ravel features an expansive Panoramic Balcony-Window, perfect for watching the beauty of Europe unfold before your eyes.

Their names alone portray the prominence to which they rise, yet it is their exceptional design and acclaimed service that captivates the world’s most discerning travellers. Built to the highest standards of contemporary luxury and spaciousness, each of Crystal’s four new all-suite ships are elegant sanctuaries of resplendent comfort, boasting the largest standard accommodations — many with walk-in closets and double-vanity bathrooms — in European river cruising, and the latest, cutting-edge technologies.

Ship Profile & Stats

  • Length: 135 m
  • Maiden Voyage: 2017
  • Passenger Capacity (dbl): 106
  • Ship Registration: Malta

Ship Amenities

  • Terry Robes and Slippers
  • Hair Dryer
  • Power socket 110/220 V
  • Safe
  • 40” wall-mounted, flat-screen HD TV
  • Refrigerator
  • Nespresso Coffee Machine

Ship Facilities

  • Palm Court
  • Library
  • Spa
  • Fitness Centre
  • Sun Deck
  • Sun Deck Bar and Grill
  • Steam/Sauna
  • Indoor Pool
  • Salon
  • The Pantry
  • Connoisseur Club
  • The Cove
  • The Bistro
  • The Vintage Room
  • Wheel House
  • Waterside Restaurant
  • Vista Deck Bar
  • Main Restaurant

Crystal River Cruises has reimagined luxury river cruising across Europe with an extraordinary attention to detail. Life on board flows to the rhythm of the rivers, an invitation to immerse yourself in the culture, history and wonder of legendary lands.

This is river cruising at its finest, with butler service for every suite, superb cuisine and unrivalled social spaces. Service is friendly and uncompromising, and enrichment both aboard and ashore provides authentic insight into each destination.

With multiple overnights and extended stays in port, customize your time ashore with our Crystal Collection of curated destination experiences, both inclusive and optional in every destination, as well as a complimentary Signature Event.

An exceptional standard of all-inclusive amenities and services elevates the comfortable luxury aboard each ship, from spirits and wines and all gratuities aboard and ashore to complimentary Wi-Fi, shore experiences, airport transfers and more.

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