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Legendary Rhine with Oberammergau 2020

11 days with Crystal River Cruises  Rating: Deluxe

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River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 Overnight in Munich, Germany

Day 2-3 Oberammergau, Germany Pre-Cruise


Day 4 Basel, Switzerland - Embark 
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. 
 
Day 5 Strasbourg, France
When you glimpse the steep-peaked, half-timbered buildings, the place waters of narrow canals, flowers blooming on balconies and bridges, and old towers standing sentry over the scene, you know you have stepped into Strasbourg – either that, or the very pretty pages of a fairytale. The capital of the Alsace region and seat of the European Parliament, Strasbourg is simply one of the most photogenic old towns in existence. It boasts a breathtakingly gorgeous Gothic cathedral (with the tallest cathedral tower in France), twisting alleyways, a sweet collection of the aforementioned half-timbered buildings and a 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 6 Mannheim, Germany
In 1885, “driving a Benz” meant operating a three-wheeled, open-air carriage glorified by the world’s first purpose-built, rear-mounted internal combustion engine – the brainchild of Karl Benz, innovator and engineer extraordinaire. The name Benz is still synonymous with automotive innovation, of course, and the city of Mannheim is where this legacy began. It is still home to Daimler, the automotive giant with whom Mercedes-Benz eventually merged. Also born in Mannheim was the “man-powered running machine” (better known as a bicycle), the Lanz Bulldog tractor and first rocket-powered aircraft, firmly establishing Mannheim as the place for innovation and industry. Mannheim is actually the place for many things. A university town on the banks of the Rhine and Neckar, Mannheim is alive with hubs of diverse food, drink and shopping, as well as a thriving art and musical culture.
 
Day 7 Rudesheim, Germany - Koblenz, Germany
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.
 
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. Overnight in Koblenz.
 
Day 8 Koblenz, Germany
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.
 
Day 9 Rhine River Cruising - Cologne, Germany
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.
 
Days 10 & 11 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Disembark 
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. Overnight in Amsterdam on day 10 and disembark on day 11.

All This Included
The Historic Oberammergau Passion Play: The dramatic history of the Oberammergau Passion Play began with the promise of a village suffering through the Black Plague in 1632. The town’s population was so depleted by the disease that villagers vowed to perform the Passion of Christ every 10 years going forward, if only their community would be spared further loss. Amazingly, the town was indeed spared.

Since its debut in 1634, residents of Oberammergau have presented the Passion Play, a performance depicting the final stage of Jesus’ life, once every decade for a period of weeks during the summer. 2020 will see the 42nd production of the play, which traditionally takes place on an open-air stage against a backdrop of stunning Bavarian scenery featuring world-class music and costuming. 

Legendary Rhine: 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.

Oberammergau
  • 5-star accommodations in all locations (Munich and Oberammergau), with breakfast daily; two lunches; two dinners
  • Munich city tour and Oberammergau walking tour
  • Ticket for the Passion Play: 2.5 hours of the Passion Play; Break for included dinner; 2.5 final hours of the Passion Play
  • All transfers between airport, Munich, Oberammergau and your Crystal river ship. Transfers from airport to hotel upon arrival are Private
  • Group Leader in Munich and Oberammergau
Cruise
  • Farm-to-table dining featuring Crystal’s innovative and acclaimed six-star cuisine with regionally-inspired menus
  • Unlimited fine wines, champagnes, premium spirits, beers and unlimited soft drinks and bottled water in-suite
  • 24-hour room service, including selections from Waterside Restaurant
  • The only river cruise line to include European Butler service for every room category
  • The only all-suite river ships in Europe; every suite featuring a king-size bed, most with walk-in closets and double sink vanities
  • High-tech in-suite amenities including bedside iPad directory
  • All gratuities, shipboard and shoreside included
  • Complimentary airport transfers between the airport and the river ship on days of embarkation and disembarkation
  • Unmatched collection of multiple Complimentary Crystal Adventures® ashore in each destination: cultural, active and overland options
  • Complimentary, unlimited Wi-Fi/Internet
  • Complimentary use of Atlanta eBikes
  • Complimentary Crystal Signature Event on every itinerary

Accommodations on this Tour
cabin on Crystal Debussy
Notes
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • Port charges are not included in the prices shown above.
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* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.



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