Board the Scenic Crystal in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, to begin your deluxe river cruise for adults only. Spend Days 1 and 2 in Amsterdam, famous for its maze of canals. Explore the city by bicycle or canal boat, or, if you’d like to venture farther out, you can visit Volendam and see its raised homes and wooden church. You also have the opportunity to visit the charming town of Edam, most notable for its round cheese. Your next stop is Cologne, where you can explore the city’s Old Town, an area filled with historic monuments, charming squares and Cologne Cathedral, the largest Gothic church in Germany and the tallest Roman Catholic cathedral in the world. You also have the option to take a scenic ride on the oldest cog railway of Germany and discover splendid Drachenburg Castle.
In Koblenz, a city established more than 2,000 years ago, take advantage of guided tours of the city or Reichsburg Castle in nearby Cochem. Start the following day in Rudesheim and enjoy a guided visit of Siegfried Mechanical Musical Instruments Museum aboard the Winzerexpress mini-train before taking a cable-car ride to the Niederwald Monument. Then, sail through Rhine Gorge, a section of the river characterized by numerous castles, verdant vineyards and the enchanting Lorelei statue of German folklore.
Dock in Mannheim the following day for several activity options. You can travel to Heidelberg to visit the sandstone ruins of the town’s famed castle, or you can attend the Sweet Tastes of Heidelberg tour for a chance to sample local chocolates, bon bons and gummy bears. If you prefer modern technology over history and sweets, visit the Technik Museum in nearby Speyer. Then rejoin the group to end the evening with your trip’s exclusive Enrich experience: a private tour of a Baroque-era palace followed by a classical concert. Sail next to Strasbourg, France, the capital of the Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine region and home to La Petite France, the city’s scenic historic quarter. Stroll picturesque streets lined with colorful houses and shops or journey to Mittelbergheim for wine tasting. Alternatively, you can take a guided visit to a local market with the onboard chef, or take a guided hike through the Black Forest and see the setting for “Hansel and Gretel” and other famous tales. After a hearty breakfast in Basel, Switzerland, disembark from the Scenic Crystal and transfer to Zurich Airport.
• Spend free time in Amsterdam discovering art and culture with visits to the Van Gogh Museum or the Rijksmuseum.
• Guests are invited to use Scenic’s electronically assisted bicycles (e-bikes) to cycle along the banks of the Rhine for up-close views of the river’s most popular attractions.
• Cologne’s medieval city walls and formidable city gates surround 12 immense Roman churches, among the most ornately designed structures in the region.