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Encore European Tour — Budapest to Amsterdam with Christmas Markets

November 19, 2018 | 15 Days | 16 Cities | 5 Countries

From $1799

including all taxes and port charges! 55% Off the competition! This sailing is expected to sell out.

Let’s get Christmassy!  Join us on our grand lady the MS Johann Strauss for a festive European adventure like no other!  After embarking in Budapest we sail upstream towards Bratislava, once the coronation city of Hungarian and Austrian royalty & Vienna, one of the most beautiful & vibrant cities in the world.

We sail through the breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage Wachau Gorge visiting the gorgeous wine town of Durnstein and the majestical Benedictine Abbey in quaint Melk.  Our last stop in Austria is bustling Linz before we cross the border into Germany where we visit the beautiful cities of Regensburg with its ancient sausage kitchen and medieval stone bridge.  Nuremberg with its fascinating WWII past, Bamberg, home of smoked beer & Wurzburg with its magnificent Residenz Palace and wineries.  Enjoy a festive atmosphere as Germany and the rest of Europe prepare for a magical Christmas season with their Christmas Markets as we head towards the Main Danube canal and the Main river.  Here we visit gorgeous Wertheim, home to 7th generation glass blowing Ittig family & historic Miltenberg before reaching the magnificent Rhine river with its old half-timbered wine towns such as charming Rudesheim.  Mighty Koblenz at the confluence of the Rhine & Mosel rivers is our next stop with its many historical churches and stories.  We then sail towards the cultural hive of Dusseldorf before ending our adventure in Amsterdam where you will disembark with so many wonderful memories.

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Welcome to Budapest! Your Royal European Cruise beings here in the picturesque city of Budapest, one of Europe’s oldest and most alluring cities. This is the perfect starting place for your Teeming River Cruises’ European tour. After settling in your cabin, which will be your floating hotel room for the duration of the cruise, please join us to raise a glass to toast our voyage at the Captain’s Welcome Reception.

Meals: 5-course Welcome Aboard Dinner

Lodging: Aboard Johann Strauss

Teeming City Guided Walk App Complimentary

City Walk App Available- 15 Walks to choose from $5

 

Port PowerPoint – Bratislava

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Discover Bratislava’s unique blend of modern and medieval. While one of the youngest European capitals, this historic gem boasts over a 2,000-year history and is the ideal start to your encompassing tour with Teeming River Cruises. Wind through the labyrinth of cobblestone lanes lined with colorful 18th-century buildings and sidewalk cafes in the traffic-free Old Town, the historic heart of Bratislava. Take in seventeen centuries of Slovak history while exploring its 13th-century Old Town Hall, St. Martin’s Cathedral (coronation site of many of the Kings of Hungary), the Art Nouveau Little Blue Church and the Neoclassical Primatial Palace. The landmark Bratislava Castle majestically overlooking the city is truly postcard perfect.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging: Aboard Johann Strauss

City Walk App Available- 11 Walks to choose from $5

Guided City Walking Tour $15

 

Port PowerPoint- Vienna

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In the early evening, arrive in Vienna, capital of Austria, known as both the “City of Dreams” (thanks to Sigmund Freud’s influence) and the “City of Music” (inspiring creative geniuses such as Strauss, Mozart, and Beethoven). The evening is yours to begin your exploration of this enchanting imperial city. Immerse yourself in Viennese culture at the Music Film Festival on Rathausplatz, with succulent tastings of food and film in the large square in front of City Hall (Rathaus). Or you could soar to new heights in Vienna’s famous giant Ferris Wheel (Wiener Riesenrad), which has been turning high above the city and the Danube for over a century. The night is yours; the choice is yours.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging: Aboard Johann Strauss

Teeming City Guided Walk App Complimentary

City Walk App Available- 21 Walks to choose from

 

Port PowerPoint- Durnstein

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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging: Aboard Johann Strauss

Teeming City Guided Walk App Complimentary

City Walk App Available- 21 Walks to choose from $5

 

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Sail on from Melk via the captivating Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to the delightful village of Durnstein. Sometimes referred to as the ‘Pearl of the Wachau,” Dürnstein was first mentioned in 1192 when Richard the Lionheart was held captive in the town’s famous Keunringer castle. Although there only ruins remaining now, it was obviously once impressive enough to hold one of Europe’s most legendary rulers. Hike up to the castle and back into history. Use your imagination and you might also hear the enchanting secret song Richard’s servant used to locate the king. Among the oldest settlements in Austria, surrounded by stunning vineyards and a fairytale-like setting, this city is likely to hold you captive too. Wind down your day at an old stone wine cellar sipping on some of the region’s superb wine as you soak in the whimsical charm of Durnstein.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging: Aboard Johann Strauss

Port PowerPoint – Melk

 

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Experience the wonder of the imposing Melk Abbey perched high above the small Austrian village. This illustrious Benedictine monastery dates back 900 years and is considered one of the finest examples of Baroque architecture in all of Europe. View the library which includes around 80,000 volumes of priceless works, the library’s spiral staircase, the Abbey Church, the Abbot’s chambers and the Emperor’s Gallery (Kaisergang). After touring the Abbey, enjoy lacing your way down through the small town which boasts a 16th-century Town Hall (Rathaus) and House at the Rock (Haus am Stein), Melk’s oldest building built in the 15th century. Cruise the picturesque Danube through the UNESCO-designated Wachau Valley on your way to Vienna.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging: Aboard Johann Strauss

Port PowerPoint- Linz/Salzburg

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Docking right in the heart of town will allow you to easily explore Linz, Austria’s third largest city. First founded by the Romans, it is steeped in both history and culture. The Old Town is perfect for leisurely strolls past centuries-old architecture, or you explore the riverside Lentos Kunstmuseum renowned for its modern art. The picturesque Hauptplatz (The Main Square) of Linz is one of the largest enclosed squares in Austria and ideal for meandering.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging: Aboard Johann Strauss

Teeming City Guided Walk App Complimentary

 

Port PowerPoint- Regensburg

 

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Step into Regensberg and back in time. The history-drenched Bavarian city of Regensberg is often described as “Germany’s medieval miracle” and is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. With more than 1,400 original historic buildings still standing, it is easy to envision what life would have been like centuries ago as you wind through the narrow streets lined with 13th and 14th century patrician houses and cross old town squares. There is a myriad of treasures to uncover from Germany’s oldest surviving stone bridge, the imposing St. Peter’s Cathedral, the stunning interior of Old Chapel (Alte Kapelle), the enchanting Old Town clock tower, and Porta Pretoria (arched gate to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 AD) ~ just to name a few. If you worked up an appetite with all your exploring, treat yourself to a sausage at the Old Sausage Kitchen (Alte Würstküche), Germany’s oldest restaurant. You might also enjoy sampling some regional dishes and a cold mug of beer at a traditional Bavarian Beer Garden (such as Alte Linde or Bischofshof am Dom).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging: Aboard Johann Strauss

 

Port PowerPoint- Nuremberg

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Immerse yourself in history as you tour the Bavarian city of Nuremberg, which dates back to the 11th century. Explore its more recent history centered on the pre-war Nazi rallies and the Nuremburg Trials, visiting haunting sites related to the war. Although most of the city was destroyed by World War II bombing, many of the buildings, including the medieval Nuremberg Castle, have been restored to their former splendor using the original stones. Visit Hauptmarkt, Nuremberg’s large market square in the heart of the city, showcasing The Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche), the ornate Schoner Brunnen monument and Lebkuchen Schmidt (a gingerbread shop dating back to 1610). After feasting your eyes on historical landmarks, delight in some regional specialties such as its famous bratwurst, gingerbread and dark beer.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging: AboardJohann Strauss

* Most stores are closed on Sunday in Germany.

Teeming City Guided Walk App Complimentary

City Walk App Available- 10 Walks to choose from $5

 

 

Port PowerPoint- Bamberg

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Expanding over seven hills, each crowned by a church, Bamberg is often called “Franconian Rome”. Locals like to reverse the phrase, humorously claiming that Rome is the “Italian Bamberg” (It’s all a matter of perspective, right?) One thing is for certain, you will love your viewpoint as you spend your day sauntering along the cobbled lanes bordered by half-timbered buildings, blooming flowers and waterways. Arched bridges add to the fairy-tale image of this medieval town. In fact, the entire Old Town is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While there you might also like to try Bamberg’s distinctive smoke-flavored beer first brewed in 1536 before returning to the ship.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging: Aboard Johann Strauss

Christmas Market:

The World Heritage City of Bamberg has its own charm in the winter months. The markets have four different shapes and sizes. The traditional market at Maxplatz, the medieval market at Geyerworth Palace, the Advent market in the Sand, and the arts and crafts market at Jakobsplatz square. The 2018 Christmas Market dates have not been released but can be estimated based on the 2017 dates, November 30 – December 23, 2017. Click here for more information on the Bamberg Christmas Market.

Optional Excursions:

Teeming City Guided Walk App Complimentary

 

Port PowerPoint- Wurzburg

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Taste of Würzburg’s charm and discover first-hand why it is known as the “Pearl of the Romantic Road”. Although much of the city was destroyed by World War II (nearly 80%), a considerable amount has been restored to its former glory. This Franconian city is not only surrounded by lush hillside vineyards, but also adorned with Baroque & Rococo architecture and steeped in history. Take in the wonder of the UNESCO-listed Residenz, an 18th-century, Versailles-like palace built for Wurzburg’s prince-bishops. With one of the city’s enduring traditions being winemaking, consider enjoying a glass of Franconian wine (known for its dry, fruity flavor and distinctive rounded bottle).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging: Aboard Johann Strauss

Christmas Market:

Würzburg’s Christmas Market dates back hundreds of years. The aroma in the air from the 100 decorated wooden booths and Christmas songs being played fills the Town Hall. The 2018 Christmas Market dates have not been released but can be estimated based on the 2017 dates, December 1 – 23, 2017. Click here for more information on the Würzburg Christmas Market.

Optional Excursions:

Teeming City Guided Walk App Complimentary

 

Port PowerPoint- Wertheim

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Experience the charming fairy-tale town of Wertheim, where the Main meets the Tauber river. Admire the imposing ruins of the Wertheim Castle, perched on a hill overlooking the town. If you’re looking for something more active, consider hiking uphill to the castle, approximately a 15 minute walk from the village. The views from the castle ruins are spectacular and there’s even a restaurant and beer garden. For those desiring a more leisurely pace, shop in quaint boutiques and enjoy an enticing fresh baked pretzel at Fritz Frischmuth bakery (offering arguably the best pretzels in Wertheim). Search out the leaning Pointed Tower of Wertheim. Strike a pose beside this 13th century tower, formerly a prison for drunkards and “quarrelsome wenches” and one of the most photographed landmarks of the city.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging: Aboard Johann Strauss

Port PowerPoint- Miltenberg

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Spend your morning discovering the historic town of Miltenberg. This Bavarian village consists almost entirely of half-timbered houses which amazingly escaped both fire and war damage. As you meander along the cobble streets you feel as if you have entered your own storybook complete with a hilltop castle. Admire the enchanting Market Square with its Renaissance fountain. Visit one of if not the oldest inn in Europe, Giant’s Inn (Gasthaus zum Riesen). Enjoy a leisurely afternoon of scenic cruising while traveling to Wertheim.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging: Aboard Johann Strauss

Christmas Market:

Miltenberg’s Christmas Market is held on all four weekends before Christmas. There are crafts, arts, concerts, and local food favorites. The town is filled with romance and some call it the most colorful market in north Bavaria. The 2018 Christmas Market dates have not been released but can be estimated based on the 2017 dates, December 1 – 23, 2017. Click here for more information on the Miltenberg Christmas Market.

Port PowerPoint- Rudesheim

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Today you will experience the town of Rudesheim, located in the Rheingau-Taunus-Kreis district in the Regierungsbezirk of Darmstadt in Hesse, Germany. The east bank is on the southern approach to the Lorelei. Rudesheim is a wine-making town, especially known for Riesling wings. While at this UNESCO World Heritage site, tour the Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet dating back three centuries. View the architecture of the aristocratic residences on Oberstrasse. The most famous dwelling dates back to 1542 to the  Brömser family.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging: Aboard Johann Strauss

Christmas Market:

Rudesheim’s Christmas Market is set in the chocolate-box old quarter. Take your time visiting the 120 stalls and Drosselgasse Lane presenting Christmas traditions, or ride the cable car up to the Niederwald recreational area. The 2018 Christmas Market dates have not been released but can be estimated based on the 2017 dates, November 27 – December 23, 2017. Click here for more information on the Rudesheim Christmas Market.

Optional Excursions:

Teeming City Guided Walk App Complimentary

 

 

Port PowerPoint- Koblenz

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Koblenz truly is a feast for the eyes with its backdrop of vineyards, forests and mountains. Snap a photo as you lean on the giant bronze thumb sculpture at Koblenz’s famous German Corner (Deutsches Eck), where the Rhine meets the Moselle River. After leaning on the “thumb”, lean into history as you wind your way through the Old Town. Explore the French influence and ancient remnants of Roman walls. Stroll along the river promenade and roam the town’s romantic narrow streets, where you might encounter flower-filled parks, sidewalk cafes or possibly a weinstube (wine tavern). Sample a Moselle Riesling while drinking in the amazing atmosphere of the oldest wine regions in Germany.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging: Aboard Johann Strauss

Christmas Market:

The traditional Christmas Market of Koblenz has over 130 festive wooden stalls filling up the old town. Koblenz has one of the largest Christmas Markets in the growing region. Enjoy a carriage ride through the old quarter and taste the flavors from local bakeries. The 2018 Christmas Market dates have not been released but can be estimated based on the 2017 dates, November 24 – December 22, 2017. Click here for more information on the Koblenz Christmas Market.

Optional Excursions:

Teeming City Guided Walk App Complimentary

 

Evening Talks

How to take great photos wiht your Smart Phone

Port PowerPoint- Düsseldorf

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Dusseldorf is an engaging mix of ancient and modern, with medieval history and urban trendiness. As you take in the sites of this one-time small fishing village, you will understand why it is rapidly becoming one of Europe’s top vacation destinations. Begin your exploration on the waterfront street Rheinuferpromenade (“Rhine promenade”), which connects the historic Old Town with the MedianHafen (i.e. the modern harbor). Visit landmarks like the Rathaus (City Hall), Burgplatz, St. Lambertus Basilica and Rheinpark. Stroll the luxurious shops along the renowned Konigsallee, Germany’s most elegant avenue. With its beautifully restored houses, bridges, and fountains; the promenade is more than just a shoppers’ paradise but also an attraction itself. At the end of Konigsallee, you will find yourself in the tranquil Hofgarten, Dusseldorf’s version of New York’s Central Park. The park is home to the spectacular Schloss Jagerhof palace, a stunning reproduction of 18th century Rococo architecture. Complete the day in Old Town, locally nicknamed “the longest bar in the world”, with a glass of the local specialty Altbier.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging: Aboard Johann Strauss

Christmas Market:

Dusseldorf is thriving with Christmas energy during its Christmas Markets. The town illuminates from the crystals at the “Sternchenmarkt” creating the Christmas atmosphere. Take your time and view the famous ginerbread houses or ice skate at the rink. The 2018 Christmas Market dates have not been released but can be estimated based on the 2017 dates, November 23 – December 23, 2017. Click here for more information on the Dusseldorf Christmas Market.

Port PowerPoint- Amsterdam

 

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Like countless tourist before you, pose by or even climb on the iconic IAmsterdam letters. Explore the 700-year-old city of Amsterdam with its maze of canals and teetering, gable-topped buildings dating back to the city’s 17th century “Golden Age”. The centuries old Canal Ring Area of Amsterdam is not only iconic of this bustling city, but also a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. At your leisure, stroll the cobbled streets, soak up some culture at one of the world-class museums (such as the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum or the Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art), visit the Anne Frank House, take a canal cruise, experience a lively outdoor market or shop along the Nine Streets with their charming boutiques. As our Royal European Tour winds to end, join the crew for good-byes and a final farewell toast at the Captain’s Farewell Reception, then dine like royalty at the Farewell Dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, 5 – Course Farewell Dinner
Lodging: Aboard Johann Strauss

* Most stores are closed on Sunday.

Christmas Market:

From the Christmas Markets, to the Amsterdam Light Festival, to Ice Skating Amsterdam offers a variety of local activities to enjoy the Christmas Atmosphere. The 2018 Christmas Market dates have not been released but can be estimated based on the 2017 dates. Click here for more information on the Amsterdam Christmas Market.

Optional Excursions:

City Walk App Available- 21 Walks to choose from $5

 

 

Evening Talks

How to use your Smart Phone with a City Walk app.

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Your cruise comes to an end in the historic city of Amsterdam. Our hope is your journey on the waters of the Rhine, Main, and Danube has likewise proven refreshing, therapeutic and even healing.

Depart after breakfast, with freedom to explore this world-class city on your own.

While this is the end of your cruise, your memories will live on from your Encore European Tour. Thank you for cruising with Teeming River Cruises, where vacations come first and memories last.

Meals: Breakfast
Lodging: Aboard Johann Strauss

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Arrival: Embark 3 PM or Later
Depart: 11:30 PM

 

Welcome to Budapest! Your Royal European Cruise beings here in the picturesque city of Budapest, one of Europe’s oldest and most alluring cities. This is the perfect starting place for your Teeming River Cruises’ European tour. After settling in your cabin, which will be your floating hotel room for the duration of the cruise, please join us to raise a glass to toast our voyage at the Captain’s Welcome Reception.

Meals: 5-course Welcome Aboard Dinner

Lodging: Aboard Johann Strauss

Teeming City Guided Walk App Complimentary

City Walk App Available- 15 Walks to choose from $5

 

Port PowerPoint – Bratislava

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Arrival: 3:00 PM
Depart: 9:00 PM

Discover Bratislava’s unique blend of modern and medieval. While one of the youngest European capitals, this historic gem boasts over a 2,000-year history and is the ideal start to your encompassing tour with Teeming River Cruises. Wind through the labyrinth of cobblestone lanes lined with colorful 18th-century buildings and sidewalk cafes in the traffic-free Old Town, the historic heart of Bratislava. Take in seventeen centuries of Slovak history while exploring its 13th-century Old Town Hall, St. Martin’s Cathedral (coronation site of many of the Kings of Hungary), the Art Nouveau Little Blue Church and the Neoclassical Primatial Palace. The landmark Bratislava Castle majestically overlooking the city is truly postcard perfect.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging: Aboard Johann Strauss

City Walk App Available- 11 Walks to choose from $5

Guided City Walking Tour $15

 

Port PowerPoint- Vienna

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Arrival: 5:00 AM
Depart: ~

In the early evening, arrive in Vienna, capital of Austria, known as both the “City of Dreams” (thanks to Sigmund Freud’s influence) and the “City of Music” (inspiring creative geniuses such as Strauss, Mozart, and Beethoven). The evening is yours to begin your exploration of this enchanting imperial city. Immerse yourself in Viennese culture at the Music Film Festival on Rathausplatz, with succulent tastings of food and film in the large square in front of City Hall (Rathaus). Or you could soar to new heights in Vienna’s famous giant Ferris Wheel (Wiener Riesenrad), which has been turning high above the city and the Danube for over a century. The night is yours; the choice is yours.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging: Aboard Johann Strauss

Teeming City Guided Walk App Complimentary

City Walk App Available- 21 Walks to choose from

 

Port PowerPoint- Durnstein

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Arrival: ~
Depart: 1:00 AM

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging: Aboard Johann Strauss

Teeming City Guided Walk App Complimentary

City Walk App Available- 21 Walks to choose from $5

 

Tourism Website Link

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Arrival: 8:30 AM
Depart: 11:00 AM

Sail on from Melk via the captivating Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to the delightful village of Durnstein. Sometimes referred to as the ‘Pearl of the Wachau,” Dürnstein was first mentioned in 1192 when Richard the Lionheart was held captive in the town’s famous Keunringer castle. Although there only ruins remaining now, it was obviously once impressive enough to hold one of Europe’s most legendary rulers. Hike up to the castle and back into history. Use your imagination and you might also hear the enchanting secret song Richard’s servant used to locate the king. Among the oldest settlements in Austria, surrounded by stunning vineyards and a fairytale-like setting, this city is likely to hold you captive too. Wind down your day at an old stone wine cellar sipping on some of the region’s superb wine as you soak in the whimsical charm of Durnstein.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging: Aboard Johann Strauss

Port PowerPoint – Melk

 

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Arrival: 1:30 PM
Depart: 8:00 PM

Experience the wonder of the imposing Melk Abbey perched high above the small Austrian village. This illustrious Benedictine monastery dates back 900 years and is considered one of the finest examples of Baroque architecture in all of Europe. View the library which includes around 80,000 volumes of priceless works, the library’s spiral staircase, the Abbey Church, the Abbot’s chambers and the Emperor’s Gallery (Kaisergang). After touring the Abbey, enjoy lacing your way down through the small town which boasts a 16th-century Town Hall (Rathaus) and House at the Rock (Haus am Stein), Melk’s oldest building built in the 15th century. Cruise the picturesque Danube through the UNESCO-designated Wachau Valley on your way to Vienna.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging: Aboard Johann Strauss

Port PowerPoint- Linz/Salzburg

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Arrival: 8:00 AM
Depart: 4:00 PM

Docking right in the heart of town will allow you to easily explore Linz, Austria’s third largest city. First founded by the Romans, it is steeped in both history and culture. The Old Town is perfect for leisurely strolls past centuries-old architecture, or you explore the riverside Lentos Kunstmuseum renowned for its modern art. The picturesque Hauptplatz (The Main Square) of Linz is one of the largest enclosed squares in Austria and ideal for meandering.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging: Aboard Johann Strauss

Teeming City Guided Walk App Complimentary

 

Port PowerPoint- Regensburg

 

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Arrival: 7:00 AM
Depart: 1:00 PM

Step into Regensberg and back in time. The history-drenched Bavarian city of Regensberg is often described as “Germany’s medieval miracle” and is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. With more than 1,400 original historic buildings still standing, it is easy to envision what life would have been like centuries ago as you wind through the narrow streets lined with 13th and 14th century patrician houses and cross old town squares. There is a myriad of treasures to uncover from Germany’s oldest surviving stone bridge, the imposing St. Peter’s Cathedral, the stunning interior of Old Chapel (Alte Kapelle), the enchanting Old Town clock tower, and Porta Pretoria (arched gate to an ancient Roman fort built in 179 AD) ~ just to name a few. If you worked up an appetite with all your exploring, treat yourself to a sausage at the Old Sausage Kitchen (Alte Würstküche), Germany’s oldest restaurant. You might also enjoy sampling some regional dishes and a cold mug of beer at a traditional Bavarian Beer Garden (such as Alte Linde or Bischofshof am Dom).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging: Aboard Johann Strauss

 

Port PowerPoint- Nuremberg

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Arrival: 9:00 AM
Depart: 7:00 PM

Immerse yourself in history as you tour the Bavarian city of Nuremberg, which dates back to the 11th century. Explore its more recent history centered on the pre-war Nazi rallies and the Nuremburg Trials, visiting haunting sites related to the war. Although most of the city was destroyed by World War II bombing, many of the buildings, including the medieval Nuremberg Castle, have been restored to their former splendor using the original stones. Visit Hauptmarkt, Nuremberg’s large market square in the heart of the city, showcasing The Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche), the ornate Schoner Brunnen monument and Lebkuchen Schmidt (a gingerbread shop dating back to 1610). After feasting your eyes on historical landmarks, delight in some regional specialties such as its famous bratwurst, gingerbread and dark beer.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging: AboardJohann Strauss

* Most stores are closed on Sunday in Germany.

Teeming City Guided Walk App Complimentary

City Walk App Available- 10 Walks to choose from $5

 

 

Port PowerPoint- Bamberg

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Arrival: 7:00 AM
Depart: 5:00 PM

Expanding over seven hills, each crowned by a church, Bamberg is often called “Franconian Rome”. Locals like to reverse the phrase, humorously claiming that Rome is the “Italian Bamberg” (It’s all a matter of perspective, right?) One thing is for certain, you will love your viewpoint as you spend your day sauntering along the cobbled lanes bordered by half-timbered buildings, blooming flowers and waterways. Arched bridges add to the fairy-tale image of this medieval town. In fact, the entire Old Town is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While there you might also like to try Bamberg’s distinctive smoke-flavored beer first brewed in 1536 before returning to the ship.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging: Aboard Johann Strauss

Christmas Market:

The World Heritage City of Bamberg has its own charm in the winter months. The markets have four different shapes and sizes. The traditional market at Maxplatz, the medieval market at Geyerworth Palace, the Advent market in the Sand, and the arts and crafts market at Jakobsplatz square. The 2018 Christmas Market dates have not been released but can be estimated based on the 2017 dates, November 30 – December 23, 2017. Click here for more information on the Bamberg Christmas Market.

Optional Excursions:

Teeming City Guided Walk App Complimentary

 

Port PowerPoint- Wurzburg

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Arrival: 1:00 PM
Depart: 8:00 PM

Taste of Würzburg’s charm and discover first-hand why it is known as the “Pearl of the Romantic Road”. Although much of the city was destroyed by World War II (nearly 80%), a considerable amount has been restored to its former glory. This Franconian city is not only surrounded by lush hillside vineyards, but also adorned with Baroque & Rococo architecture and steeped in history. Take in the wonder of the UNESCO-listed Residenz, an 18th-century, Versailles-like palace built for Wurzburg’s prince-bishops. With one of the city’s enduring traditions being winemaking, consider enjoying a glass of Franconian wine (known for its dry, fruity flavor and distinctive rounded bottle).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging: Aboard Johann Strauss

Christmas Market:

Würzburg’s Christmas Market dates back hundreds of years. The aroma in the air from the 100 decorated wooden booths and Christmas songs being played fills the Town Hall. The 2018 Christmas Market dates have not been released but can be estimated based on the 2017 dates, December 1 – 23, 2017. Click here for more information on the Würzburg Christmas Market.

Optional Excursions:

Teeming City Guided Walk App Complimentary

 

Port PowerPoint- Wertheim

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Arrival: 8:30 AM
Depart: 11:00 AM

Experience the charming fairy-tale town of Wertheim, where the Main meets the Tauber river. Admire the imposing ruins of the Wertheim Castle, perched on a hill overlooking the town. If you’re looking for something more active, consider hiking uphill to the castle, approximately a 15 minute walk from the village. The views from the castle ruins are spectacular and there’s even a restaurant and beer garden. For those desiring a more leisurely pace, shop in quaint boutiques and enjoy an enticing fresh baked pretzel at Fritz Frischmuth bakery (offering arguably the best pretzels in Wertheim). Search out the leaning Pointed Tower of Wertheim. Strike a pose beside this 13th century tower, formerly a prison for drunkards and “quarrelsome wenches” and one of the most photographed landmarks of the city.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging: Aboard Johann Strauss

Port PowerPoint- Miltenberg

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Arrival: 3:30 PM
Depart: 6:30 PM

Spend your morning discovering the historic town of Miltenberg. This Bavarian village consists almost entirely of half-timbered houses which amazingly escaped both fire and war damage. As you meander along the cobble streets you feel as if you have entered your own storybook complete with a hilltop castle. Admire the enchanting Market Square with its Renaissance fountain. Visit one of if not the oldest inn in Europe, Giant’s Inn (Gasthaus zum Riesen). Enjoy a leisurely afternoon of scenic cruising while traveling to Wertheim.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging: Aboard Johann Strauss

Christmas Market:

Miltenberg’s Christmas Market is held on all four weekends before Christmas. There are crafts, arts, concerts, and local food favorites. The town is filled with romance and some call it the most colorful market in north Bavaria. The 2018 Christmas Market dates have not been released but can be estimated based on the 2017 dates, December 1 – 23, 2017. Click here for more information on the Miltenberg Christmas Market.

Port PowerPoint- Rudesheim

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Arrival: 3:00 PM
Depart: 7:00 PM

Today you will experience the town of Rudesheim, located in the Rheingau-Taunus-Kreis district in the Regierungsbezirk of Darmstadt in Hesse, Germany. The east bank is on the southern approach to the Lorelei. Rudesheim is a wine-making town, especially known for Riesling wings. While at this UNESCO World Heritage site, tour the Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet dating back three centuries. View the architecture of the aristocratic residences on Oberstrasse. The most famous dwelling dates back to 1542 to the  Brömser family.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging: Aboard Johann Strauss

Christmas Market:

Rudesheim’s Christmas Market is set in the chocolate-box old quarter. Take your time visiting the 120 stalls and Drosselgasse Lane presenting Christmas traditions, or ride the cable car up to the Niederwald recreational area. The 2018 Christmas Market dates have not been released but can be estimated based on the 2017 dates, November 27 – December 23, 2017. Click here for more information on the Rudesheim Christmas Market.

Optional Excursions:

Teeming City Guided Walk App Complimentary

 

 

Port PowerPoint- Koblenz

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Arrival: 8:00 AM
Depart: 10:00 PM

Koblenz truly is a feast for the eyes with its backdrop of vineyards, forests and mountains. Snap a photo as you lean on the giant bronze thumb sculpture at Koblenz’s famous German Corner (Deutsches Eck), where the Rhine meets the Moselle River. After leaning on the “thumb”, lean into history as you wind your way through the Old Town. Explore the French influence and ancient remnants of Roman walls. Stroll along the river promenade and roam the town’s romantic narrow streets, where you might encounter flower-filled parks, sidewalk cafes or possibly a weinstube (wine tavern). Sample a Moselle Riesling while drinking in the amazing atmosphere of the oldest wine regions in Germany.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging: Aboard Johann Strauss

Christmas Market:

The traditional Christmas Market of Koblenz has over 130 festive wooden stalls filling up the old town. Koblenz has one of the largest Christmas Markets in the growing region. Enjoy a carriage ride through the old quarter and taste the flavors from local bakeries. The 2018 Christmas Market dates have not been released but can be estimated based on the 2017 dates, November 24 – December 22, 2017. Click here for more information on the Koblenz Christmas Market.

Optional Excursions:

Teeming City Guided Walk App Complimentary

 

Evening Talks

How to take great photos wiht your Smart Phone

Port PowerPoint- Düsseldorf

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Arrival: 6:00 AM
Depart: 12:00 PM

Dusseldorf is an engaging mix of ancient and modern, with medieval history and urban trendiness. As you take in the sites of this one-time small fishing village, you will understand why it is rapidly becoming one of Europe’s top vacation destinations. Begin your exploration on the waterfront street Rheinuferpromenade (“Rhine promenade”), which connects the historic Old Town with the MedianHafen (i.e. the modern harbor). Visit landmarks like the Rathaus (City Hall), Burgplatz, St. Lambertus Basilica and Rheinpark. Stroll the luxurious shops along the renowned Konigsallee, Germany’s most elegant avenue. With its beautifully restored houses, bridges, and fountains; the promenade is more than just a shoppers’ paradise but also an attraction itself. At the end of Konigsallee, you will find yourself in the tranquil Hofgarten, Dusseldorf’s version of New York’s Central Park. The park is home to the spectacular Schloss Jagerhof palace, a stunning reproduction of 18th century Rococo architecture. Complete the day in Old Town, locally nicknamed “the longest bar in the world”, with a glass of the local specialty Altbier.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging: Aboard Johann Strauss

Christmas Market:

Dusseldorf is thriving with Christmas energy during its Christmas Markets. The town illuminates from the crystals at the “Sternchenmarkt” creating the Christmas atmosphere. Take your time and view the famous ginerbread houses or ice skate at the rink. The 2018 Christmas Market dates have not been released but can be estimated based on the 2017 dates, November 23 – December 23, 2017. Click here for more information on the Dusseldorf Christmas Market.

Port PowerPoint- Amsterdam

 

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Arrival: 12:00 PM
Depart: ~

Like countless tourist before you, pose by or even climb on the iconic IAmsterdam letters. Explore the 700-year-old city of Amsterdam with its maze of canals and teetering, gable-topped buildings dating back to the city’s 17th century “Golden Age”. The centuries old Canal Ring Area of Amsterdam is not only iconic of this bustling city, but also a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. At your leisure, stroll the cobbled streets, soak up some culture at one of the world-class museums (such as the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum or the Stedelijk Museum of Modern Art), visit the Anne Frank House, take a canal cruise, experience a lively outdoor market or shop along the Nine Streets with their charming boutiques. As our Royal European Tour winds to end, join the crew for good-byes and a final farewell toast at the Captain’s Farewell Reception, then dine like royalty at the Farewell Dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, 5 – Course Farewell Dinner
Lodging: Aboard Johann Strauss

* Most stores are closed on Sunday.

Christmas Market:

From the Christmas Markets, to the Amsterdam Light Festival, to Ice Skating Amsterdam offers a variety of local activities to enjoy the Christmas Atmosphere. The 2018 Christmas Market dates have not been released but can be estimated based on the 2017 dates. Click here for more information on the Amsterdam Christmas Market.

Optional Excursions:

City Walk App Available- 21 Walks to choose from $5

 

 

Evening Talks

How to use your Smart Phone with a City Walk app.

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Port Location Not Assigned

Arrival: ~
Depart: Disembark AM

Your cruise comes to an end in the historic city of Amsterdam. Our hope is your journey on the waters of the Rhine, Main, and Danube has likewise proven refreshing, therapeutic and even healing.

Depart after breakfast, with freedom to explore this world-class city on your own.

While this is the end of your cruise, your memories will live on from your Encore European Tour. Thank you for cruising with Teeming River Cruises, where vacations come first and memories last.

Meals: Breakfast
Lodging: Aboard Johann Strauss

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Please Note: For navigational reasons and passenger safety, Teeming River Cruises and the captain reserve the right to modify the cruise itinerary as necessary. These Optional Excursions may or may not be offered, since availability is subject to number of participants and weather conditions.

Meet Your Cruise Director

Kate Barella

We welcome back Kate as she will again be a treat for Teeming River Cruises and for all aboard!

Kate lives in Eastbourne – south on the coast of England. She has worked as a Tour director and Cruise director (Ocean and River), for 17 years. Her native tongue is English but speaks French fluently after living in Normandy for 4 years.

Kate has toured and cruised to; Scandanavia, Arctic Circle, Iceland, Russia, the Baltics, North Africa, Egypt, Italy, Spain, France, Ireland, Hungary, Slovakia, Vietnam, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Austria and UK. She has worked on following rivers as Cruise director; Rhine, Rhone, Bordeaux, Seine, Dutch waterways, Belgium, Main river, Main-Danube canal, Danube.

Kate trained professionally in London at a theater school and worked professionally as an actor and still does the odd bit of voice over work and just finished a drama documentary. Her hobbies include – travel(of course!), history, film, fine dining, nature walks …… cycling (completed 400km bike ride across Tanzania for charity).

What's Included

Highlights of What’s Included:

  • Luxury Ship – MS Johann Strauss
  • 15-Day Cruise visiting 16 Cities & 5 Countries
  • Captain’s Welcome & Farewell Receptions with Sparkling wine & hors d’oeuvres
  • Welcome Aboard Dinner & Farewell Dinner
  • All Meals Included Daily (on board your ship)
  • Locally inspired cuisine
  • Early Riser Breakfast in addition to Buffet Breakfast
  • Daily Afternoon Tea
  • Daily Midnight Snack
  • Complimentary Coffee & Tea
  • Drink Packages will be available for house wine, beer and sodas:
    • Soda, Beer and House Wines with Lunch and Dinner is $179 for the cruise (both occupants of cabin must purchase, so $358 per cabin)
    • All other drinks and cocktails are available at an additional cost
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Complimentary Teeming/PopGuide App City Walking Tour in most ports
  • Tech Talks
    • Using Your Smartphone As Your Personal Tour Guide
    • Photography With Your Smartphone- Leave Your Camera Behind
  • Nightly Port Talks
    • Museums/Sites/History/Architecture
      • Opening Times
      • Entry Fees
      • Locations
  • Musician for Live Music Onboard
  • Room Steward and Daily Housekeeping Service
  • Evening Turndown Service
  • Onboard Fitness Center
  • Non-Smoking Ship Interior
  • Port Taxes & Fees

Trip Notes:

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change.
  • Disruptions in cruising and itinerary may occur.
  • Prices are for cruises only. Flights are not included.
  • Transfers to and from airport are not included in tour package.
  • Drink packages exclude premium spirits and select wines, which are available for an additional fee.
  • Shore Excursions are not included in tour package. These may be purchased for an additional cost.
  • Due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased.
  • Prices exclude gratuities.