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ADVENTURES FOR THE MODERN TRAVELER
"Having everything seamlessly crafted by STORY has changed my mind on how we travel!"

ROMANTIC RHINE CRUISE & SWISS ALPS JOURNEY

INCLUDES ARRIVAL STORY EXCLUSIVE
Arrival, STORY Exclusive & Boarding on SEP 5, 2019

POST-CRUISE TOUR TO ALPS
Sep 12 - 15, 2019

PART 2: DANUBE RIVER CRUISE EXTENSION
Sep 15 - 22, 2019

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HELLO!

MAKE THIS YOUR STORY.

We've worked diligently over the last two years researching river cruise lines and itineraries. Finally, I am pleased to announce we have found the 'right cruise line' for our amazing STORY® Guests.  We are excited to announce our find so we can explore the amazing rivers of Europe. Crystal® River Cruises is that line. 

We find in Crystal® a commonality as they, like STORY®, include most items with very few extras to consider. From all meals and unlimited soft drinks and premium beverages including champagne, fine wine and spirits throughout the cruise, 24-hour room service, included customary gratuities included for all shipboard staff including housekeeping, bar, dining staff and butlers, to included sightseeing tours with no more than 16 guests — sounds familiar! 

Take a moment to review what this amazing adventure has to offer and let us know of any questions. My team looks forward to serving you!

Good Travels to You!

— Mark

 

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Daily Itinerary
Romantic Rhine Cruise + Alps Journey

AMSTERDAM

DATES OF TRAVEL:
SEP 5 - SEP 15, 2019

ARRIVAL DAY 1: SEPTEMBER 5, 2019

EMBARCATION  • THE NETHERLANDS

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 special beverages. 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.

Upon arrival to the Amsterdam airport today (or yesterday if you flew in a day early), meet the STORY Representative who will transfer you and your luggage to our special venue for the included STORY Land & Sea® Welcome Experience. 

 

STORY Exclusive® — After arriving from the airport, you will enjoy an exclusive welcome with the Tour Captains (not the Boat Captain!) in Amsterdam. After a refreshing time we will provide your transfer to the boat where you and your luggage will be checked-in. 

Upon boarding the BACH begin to enjoy the sumptuous surroundings of our home for the next 7 nights. 

AMSTERDAM

DEPART 1:00PM

DAY 2: SEPTEMBER 6, 2019

WELCOME TO THE NETHERLANDS

There is no better way to see Amsterdam than by CANAL BOAT, cruising through the elegant grachten lined with stately homes dating back to Amsterdam's "Golden Age."

Enjoy time at leisure this morning and then later, we bid tot ziens (farewell) to Amsterdam as our journey is underway.

We will gather tonight for a reception and dinner onboard the BACH. 

Bon Voyage!

We are on our way! 

Daily Itinerary - Continues

COLOGNE

PORT: 2:00PM TO 11PM

DAY 3: SEPTEMBER 7, 2019

WELCOME TO 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 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.

8AM

KOBLENZ

DAY 4: SEPTEMBER 8, 2019

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.

KOBLENZ

7AM

DAY 5:  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2019

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.

CRUISING THE MIDDLE RHINE VALLEY - MONDAY

Enjoy the excellent amenities and ambiance of the Crystal® BACH today. 

RUDESHEIM - MONDAY

PORT 2:00PM TO 10:00PM

MIDDLE RHINE VALLEY

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.

During the holidays, the Rüdesheim Christmas Market takes center stage. Try some deliciously made Rüdesheim Coffee, locally made with Asbach Uralt Brandy and whipped cream, exclusively offered during the season. With more that 100 kiosks and stalls offering local wares and seasonal gifts, there is much to see at this annual event—from local Rüdesheim coffee to global flavors like Finnish specialties and even Mongolian food fare.

MANNHEIM

PORT 9:00AM TO 5:00PM

DAY 6:  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2019

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.

STRASBOURG

CRUISING

DAY 7:  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2019

FRANCE - USA PATRIOT DAY

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.

BASEL

6:00AM ARRIVAL

ARRIVING SWITZERLAND

We arrive Basel, Switzerland where we debark the BACH and begin our Land Journey to the Alps.

 

Your itinerary continues below with The Swiss Alps Land Journey: 

DAY 8:  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2019

Your Story Continues

THE SWISS ALPS

WELCOME TO SWITZERLAND

ALPS

LAND JOURNEY BEGINS

DAY 8 CONTINUES:  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2019

After we disembark in the beautiful city of Basel, we will enjoy a STORY Guided tour of
the Old Town. We’ll give you time for a nice lunch and shopping in the wonderful little
boutiques and make sure you visit the Lackerli Huus to taste the traditional Basel honey
cake.

 

After our time in Basel we off to the heart of Switzerland for the next three nights!
After our time in Basel we will board our STORY chariot as we journey into the heart of
the Bernese Oberland to Interlaken. Couched between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the
Bernese Highlands is the fabled resort of Interlaken. With a whole network of trains,
funiculars, boats, cable-cars at your disposal, Interlaken can be your springboard for
journeys into the formidable Bernese Alps, ruled by three immense peaks: Jungfrau,
Eiger and Mönch.

We will be enjoying either: the Victoria•Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Resort in Interlaken, or
the magnificent Burgenstock Resort and Spa located high above Lake Lucerne.

STORY Exclusive® - Enjoy a special welcome with your Tour Captain to toast the beginning of our Alps Land Journey. 


STORY Way® Dining - A welcome dinner that fits a welcome to the Swiss Alps! 

SWITZERLAND

SOAK UP THE ALPS

ASCEND & EXPLORE

DAY 9:  FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2019

This morning after a hearty Swiss breakfast we head into the Alps. We will use the famous Interlaken Line for our train journey to Grindelwald, the heart of the mountainous Jungfrau Region. Once in the postcard perfect Grindelwald we will use the gondola to float up to an area high above the village known as First. With the wonderful panoramic Bergrestaurant as our base as we arrive to First, we can take in the amazing views here at the top of Europe. Thrill seekers will join the Tour Captain for a walk to the “First Cliff Walk”.  The terrace rises 45 meters out into the void. In order to reach it, visitors must first climb to dizzying heights on the west side of the First summit: on the First Cliff Walk presented by Tissot, not only is the view into the valley beautiful, so is the view of the mountainside: the rocks with their layers and niches serve the as a take-off and landing place for the alpine choughs. Don’t worry if this is not for you as you can sit on the deck of the restaurant sipping Swiss Chocolate and have plenty of awe-inspiring views.

 

On the return Gondola you can choose to stop half way down and try a ride on a Trottibike back to the village (all downhill) in warmer months. The Trottibike inherited the best features of the scooter and the bicycle. You stand upright on a wide footboard and roll along pleasantly even on bumpy surfaces, thanks to the suspension fork and large tire with tread. Need some speed? The Trottibike awaits you. After all, it has great brakes, so you can stop at any time from Bort to Grindelwald to view the meadows and farmhouses.

 

You can then spend time in Grindelwald. You might enjoy a little shopping or just cozy up to a nice fire and enjoy the atmosphere of this Alpine Village in the clouds.  After your time in Grindelwald you take the train back to Interlaken with time to browse shops offering regional products like precious jewelry and watches. Or visit Harder Kulm, a mountain overlooking Interlaken, and take a cable car to the top and take in splendid views before you return in the late afternoon to your spectacular resort.


OPTIONAL DINING: You can choose to join your Tour Captain tonight or explore on your own.

ALPS

SWITZERLAND

PERSPECTIVE

DAY 10:  SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2019

Today is a day to enjoy as your leisure.

There are wonderful spa treatments to pamper yourself at the hotel or you can opt for the Interlaken Cruise Day Pass for Lake Thun and Lake Brienz. We have included this wonderful pass in the event that you care to explore the area from the picturesque lakes.

The turquoise Lake Brienz and neighboring Lake Thun are set amid the spectacular mountain scenery of the Bernese Oberland. Passengers aboard the "Lötschberg" paddle steamer from the Belle Epoque (built in 1914) are inspired by its wonderfully nostalgic atmosphere.

• Stops Lake Brienz

Boenigen: Typical
Oberland chalet village: 
Giessbach: Waterfalls, Grand Hotel Giessbach
Brienz: Wood-carving, Open-air Museum, Steam Cogwheel Railway

• Stops Lake Thun
Beatushoehlen-Sundlauenen: Cave
Spiez: Castle and Church;  Oberhofen: Castle;
Hilterfingen: Castle Huenegg
Thun: Castle and Shopping.

STORY Exclusive® — Enjoy a reception before dinner tonight with your Tour Captain. 

STORY Way® Dining — Farewell Experience — 
One of our favorite nights of fun and celebration, as we toast one another to a wonderful journey on the water, land and in the Alps together. It is a night of great dining and awesome wine along with our new and not-so-new friends.

Our days have been filled with new sights, tastes and discoveries - tonight enjoy reflecting on the incredible journey we've had together.

DEPARTURE DAY

ADIEU! 

MORNING DEPARTURE

DAY 11:  SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2019

Book your return flight out of Zurich for as late morning/afternoon as possible to avoid middle of the night transfers.

Your departure transfer to Zurich Airport is included. 

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Discover the joy of European River Travel with STORY & CRYSTAL®

$10543 Per Person (Cruise & Tour Only)
 

  • King size bed (convertible to two twin beds), king size pillows and fine Egyptian cotton linens

  • Panoramic Balcony-Window™

  • Full-length mirror

  • Vanity with back-lit mirror, integrated TV, drawers and heated towel rail

  • Glass-enclosed shower with both overhead and hand-held shower

  • ETRO terry robes and slippers

  • Hairdryer; Power socket 110/220V

  • Nightstands with wireless charging pad and USB outlets

  • Walk-in closet with shelving, full-height hanging and removable lower rail

  • In-closet safe

  • 40” wall-mounted, flat screen HD TV

  • Refrigerator and welcome drawer stocked with Nespresso cups, glasses, and Nespresso coffee machine

  • Writing desk/vanity area; adjustable height/extendable coffee/dining table; arm chair

  • Butler Service: Unpacking and packing upon request

  • Butler Service: Optional Experience Arrangements

  • Butler Service: In-suite hors d'oeuvres & canapes service

  • S1/S2: 253 sq. feet / 23.5 sq. meters | S3: 237 sq. feet / 22 sq. meters

  • Occupancy: 2 adults (Category S1/S2: Rollaway beds on request, subject to availability)

*inclusions per Crystal® Bach itinerary.

DELUXE SUITE WITH PANORAMIC WITH 
BALCONY-WINDOW -
CAT: Seahorse deck 2

NOTE: Petite suites may be available: call for details!

Your Cruise includes:

  • Complimentary select fine wines, champagne and premium spirits, as well as authentic, regional, local and seasonal wine and beer where available

  • Complimentary gratuities for all dining, bar, housekeeping and butler staff

  • Complimentary Michelin star-level cuisine

  • Expertly curated Crystal Complimentary Adventures ashore, featuring QUIETVOX® audio system, Nordic walking poles, E-Bikes and more

  • Complimentary In-suite binoculars and iPad tablet for duration of the voyage

  • Spacious Crystal luxury motor coaches with complimentary Wi-Fi

Now, consider which suite onboard the Crystal® BACH is right for you: Deluxe Suite?

Romantic Rhine Cruise & Swiss Alps Journey

We are truly excited to debut our first European River Cruise and Land Journey combined STORY Adventure®.
 

RHINE: AMSTERDAM TO BASEL 

This begins on Sep 5, 2019 in Amsterdam with your arrival transfer, STORY Exclusive Experience® in Amsterdam, and your arrival to the Crystal® BACH all organized. Enjoy the 7 Day cruise along the Romantic Rhine. 

SWISS ALPS: INTERLAKEN & GRINDELWALD
STORY Adventure® meets the Alps: we've crafted a very special 'finalé' that's all included. On Sep 12, 2019, debark the ship and continue seamlessly by land to Interlaken in the Alps in Switzerland. Our amazing home for the next 3 nights is the Victoria•Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa. 

MORE TO CONSIDER: DANUBE: VIENNA ROUNDTRIP • CRYSTAL RAVEL • 7 DAY CRUISE

Optionally consider extending your adventure with a voyage on the Crystal® RAVEL, round-trip from Vienna. The journey commences on Sep 15, 2019 in Vienna. 

The Romantic Rhine

Crystal® explains about the voyage this way: From the cultural powerhouse of Amsterdam to the storybook village of Rüdesheim, the Romantic Rhine mesmerizes in its spectacular beauty. Come see the dramatic Rhine Gorge and explore Cologne’s famed cathedral.

The Swiss Alps

STORY's spectacular 3 day experience into the Alps of Switzerland journey features a world-class 5-Star luxury hotel, Victoria-Jungfrau Grand Hotel & Spa located in Interlaken. 

ROMANTIC RHINE TO THE ALPS: CRUISE & LAND TOUR - Sep 5 - Sep 15, 2019
Deluxe Suite with Panoramic Balcony/Window

$10,543 Per Person (Cruise & Tour Only) + $175 Port Charges

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