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Encore European Tour — Budapest to Amsterdam with Christmas Markets

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

15 Days From $1869

Dates: 11.19.2018 – 12.3, 2018

9 Days Christmas Markets From $1345

Dates: 11.25.2018 – 12.3, 2018  Join the cruise AFTER Thanksgiving in Nuremberg and sail 9 Days to Amsterdam with Special Guest John McEuen and John Cable, of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band fame.

7 Days From $729

Sail from Budapest to Nuremberg for 7 days.  Dates: 11.19.2018- 11.25.18
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Join us for 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.

Guest Musicians John McEuen, Multi-Grammy-winning artist and a Founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and John Cable.

Itinerary

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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’Encore 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

 

Port PowerPoint – Bratislava

Tourism Website Link

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

Teeming City Guided Walk App Complimentary

Port PowerPoint- Vienna

Tourism Website Link

In the early morning, 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 day is yours to begin your exploration of this enchanting imperial city. 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 day is yours; the choice is yours.

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

Teeming City Guided Walk App Complimentary

 

Port PowerPoint- Durnstein

Tourism Website Link

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

Teeming City Guided Walk App Complimentary

 

Tourism Website Link

Christmas market at Rathausplatz

Open from Friday 11.16.2018 to Wednesday 26.12.2018.
Daily from 10:00 to 21:30 o’clock,
Metro U2 U-Bahn station Rathaus
Close to: Town Hall   Parliament   Volksgarten

The popular Christkindlmarkt, the Christmas illumination and the Ice Dream in the Rathauspark should be visited from all tourists in Vienna during the advent season. Accordingly you need to be prepared for crowds of visitors. Like at all mentioned markets there is no entrance fee.
www.wienerweihnachtstraum.at

Christmas Village / New Year’s Eve Village at the Maria Theresien Platz

Opens 11.21.18
Sunday till Thursday from 11:00 to 21:00 o’clock,
Friday and Saturday from 11:00 to 22:00 o’clock,
Metro U3 U-Bahn station Volkstheater and U2 U-Bahn station Museumsquartier
Close to: Maria Theresa Monument   Hofburg   Burggarten

This well visited Christmas market is embedded between the magnificent Museum of Art History and the one for Natural History. In the center you can see the huge Maria Theresa Monument among several stands which offer art work or punch in all variations.
From 27th till inclusive 31st December the place transforms into a New Year’s Eve Village.
www.weihnachtsmarkt.at

Old Viennese Christmas Market at the Freyung

Opens 11.17.2018.
Daily from 10:00 to 21:00 o’clock
Metro U3 U-Bahn station Herrengasse and Metro U2 U-Bahn station Schottentor
Close to: Town Hall   Graben

The best description for this market is quite sure “small but excellent”. At the very well-kept stands you get besides art works several gastronomic specialties offered.
altwiener-markt.at

Christmas Market Am Hof

Opens 11.16.18
Monday – Thursday from 11:00 to 21:00 o’clock,
Friday – Sunday and 8.12. from 10:00 to 21:00 o’clock,
Gastronomy always open until 22:00 o’clock
Metro U3 U-Bahn station Herrengasse
Close to: Graben   Ankeruhr

The Christmas Market Am Hof is sponsored by a local radio station. Here you can find a broad offer at a large number of stands which all have a clearly arranged sign.
www.weihnachtsmarkt-hof.at

Winter at Museumsquartier

Opens 11.8.2018.
Daily from 16:00 to 23:00 o’clock,
Sat, Sun and Holidays from 12:00 o’clock
Metro U2 U-Bahn station Museumsquartier
Close to: Maria Theresa Monument   Hofburg

This is the place to enjoy the advent season in a hip way. Among other things there are futuristic designed pavilions were hot punch is served and cool music is playing.
www.mqw.at

Christmas Market at Stephansplatz

Opens 11.16.2018.
Daily from 11:00 to 21:00 o’clock,
on 24.12. from 11:00 to 16:00 o’clock,
25.12. and 26.12. from 11:00 to 19:00 o’clock
Metro U1 and U3 U-Bahn station Stephansplatz
Close to: Stephansdom   Kärntner Strasse   Graben

Due to the unique location in the center of the inner city you can find here also masses of people. But in return you are able to have a look at the Christmas lighting of the Haas Haus and the Stephansdom while warming up with a hot drink.
www.weihnachtsmarkt.at

Winter Market in the Prater at Riesenradplatz

Opens 11.17.2018
Monday – Friday from 12:00 to 22:00 o’clock,
Sat – Sun and at Public Holidays from 11:00 to 22:00 o’clock,
24.12. from 12:00 to 17:00 o’clock,
31.12 from 12:00 to 2:00 o’clock in the morning
Metro U1 and U2 station Praterstern

This market gives you every day the chance to drink your Punch with a view at the romantic illuminated Giant Ferris Wheel. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday you get additionally into motion with some free live musicperformances on a big stage at the Riesenradplatz square.
www.wintermarkt.at Location on Map

Sail on from Vienna 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 only ruins remain 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

Teeming City Guided Walk App Complimentary

Port PowerPoint – Melk

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 to our last stop in Austria the bustling Linz.

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

Teeming City Guided Walk App Complimentary

Port PowerPoint- Linz/Salzburg

Tourism Website Link

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 can 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 Com

 

Open from 11.17.18

Christmas market in the Volksgarten

Daily from 09:00 – 19:00
Sundays and public holidays from 10:00 – 19:00
Gastronomy until 21:00

Christmas market at the main square

Daily from 10:00 – 20:00
Gastronomy until 21:00

Advent stroll in Linz

Starting from the main square, Linz offers opportunities for a wonderful Advent stroll.

Step into Regensburg and back in time. The history-drenched Bavarian city of Regensburg 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

Teeming City Guided Walk App Complimentary

Port PowerPoint- Nuremberg

Tourism Website Link

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 Nuremberg 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

 

Port PowerPoint- Bamberg

Tourism Website Link

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

Tourism Website Link

Taste 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

Tourism Website Link

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

Teeming City Guided Walk App Complimentary

Port PowerPoint- Miltenberg

Tourism Website Link

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-stoned 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 Rudesheim.

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 northern 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

Teeming City Guided Walk App Complimentary

Tourism Website Link

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 wines. 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

Tourism Website Link

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

 

Port PowerPoint- Düsseldorf

Tourism Website Link

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 is illuminated by the crystals at the “Sternchenmarkt” creating the Christmas atmosphere. Take your time and view the famous gingerbread 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.

Teeming City Guided Walk App Complimentary

Port PowerPoint- Amsterdam

As one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands, Nijmegen will be sure to delight!  It was once a fortified city and is full of interesting historic buildings and museums such as the Valkhof Museum, a fascinating museum with Roman antiquities and famous art pieces and once the site of a Roman camp.  The war memorials commemorate the residents of Nijmegen who were killed during World War II.  It is also home to the oldest shopping street in the Netherlands, the Lange Hezelstraat. Nijmegen is full of delights!

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

* Most stores are closed on Sunday.

Teeming City Guided Walk App Complimentary

Tourism Website Link

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 the Danube has likewise proven refreshing, therapeutic and even healing.

Depart after breakfast, with the 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

Teeming City Guided Walk App Complimentary

Tourism Website Link

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Date
Details

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’Encore 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

 

Port PowerPoint – Bratislava

Tourism Website Link

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

Teeming City Guided Walk App Complimentary

Port PowerPoint- Vienna

Tourism Website Link

Arrival: 5:00 AM
Depart: ~

In the early morning, 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 day is yours to begin your exploration of this enchanting imperial city. 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 day is yours; the choice is yours.

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

Teeming City Guided Walk App Complimentary

 

Port PowerPoint- Durnstein

Tourism Website Link

Arrival: ~
Depart: 1:00 AM

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

Teeming City Guided Walk App Complimentary

 

Tourism Website Link

Christmas market at Rathausplatz

Open from Friday 11.16.2018 to Wednesday 26.12.2018.
Daily from 10:00 to 21:30 o’clock,
Metro U2 U-Bahn station Rathaus
Close to: Town Hall   Parliament   Volksgarten

The popular Christkindlmarkt, the Christmas illumination and the Ice Dream in the Rathauspark should be visited from all tourists in Vienna during the advent season. Accordingly you need to be prepared for crowds of visitors. Like at all mentioned markets there is no entrance fee.
www.wienerweihnachtstraum.at

Christmas Village / New Year’s Eve Village at the Maria Theresien Platz

Opens 11.21.18
Sunday till Thursday from 11:00 to 21:00 o’clock,
Friday and Saturday from 11:00 to 22:00 o’clock,
Metro U3 U-Bahn station Volkstheater and U2 U-Bahn station Museumsquartier
Close to: Maria Theresa Monument   Hofburg   Burggarten

This well visited Christmas market is embedded between the magnificent Museum of Art History and the one for Natural History. In the center you can see the huge Maria Theresa Monument among several stands which offer art work or punch in all variations.
From 27th till inclusive 31st December the place transforms into a New Year’s Eve Village.
www.weihnachtsmarkt.at

Old Viennese Christmas Market at the Freyung

Opens 11.17.2018.
Daily from 10:00 to 21:00 o’clock
Metro U3 U-Bahn station Herrengasse and Metro U2 U-Bahn station Schottentor
Close to: Town Hall   Graben

The best description for this market is quite sure “small but excellent”. At the very well-kept stands you get besides art works several gastronomic specialties offered.
altwiener-markt.at

Christmas Market Am Hof

Opens 11.16.18
Monday – Thursday from 11:00 to 21:00 o’clock,
Friday – Sunday and 8.12. from 10:00 to 21:00 o’clock,
Gastronomy always open until 22:00 o’clock
Metro U3 U-Bahn station Herrengasse
Close to: Graben   Ankeruhr

The Christmas Market Am Hof is sponsored by a local radio station. Here you can find a broad offer at a large number of stands which all have a clearly arranged sign.
www.weihnachtsmarkt-hof.at

Winter at Museumsquartier

Opens 11.8.2018.
Daily from 16:00 to 23:00 o’clock,
Sat, Sun and Holidays from 12:00 o’clock
Metro U2 U-Bahn station Museumsquartier
Close to: Maria Theresa Monument   Hofburg

This is the place to enjoy the advent season in a hip way. Among other things there are futuristic designed pavilions were hot punch is served and cool music is playing.
www.mqw.at

Christmas Market at Stephansplatz

Opens 11.16.2018.
Daily from 11:00 to 21:00 o’clock,
on 24.12. from 11:00 to 16:00 o’clock,
25.12. and 26.12. from 11:00 to 19:00 o’clock
Metro U1 and U3 U-Bahn station Stephansplatz
Close to: Stephansdom   Kärntner Strasse   Graben

Due to the unique location in the center of the inner city you can find here also masses of people. But in return you are able to have a look at the Christmas lighting of the Haas Haus and the Stephansdom while warming up with a hot drink.
www.weihnachtsmarkt.at

Winter Market in the Prater at Riesenradplatz

Opens 11.17.2018
Monday – Friday from 12:00 to 22:00 o’clock,
Sat – Sun and at Public Holidays from 11:00 to 22:00 o’clock,
24.12. from 12:00 to 17:00 o’clock,
31.12 from 12:00 to 2:00 o’clock in the morning
Metro U1 and U2 station Praterstern

This market gives you every day the chance to drink your Punch with a view at the romantic illuminated Giant Ferris Wheel. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday you get additionally into motion with some free live musicperformances on a big stage at the Riesenradplatz square.
www.wintermarkt.at Location on Map

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

Sail on from Vienna 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 only ruins remain 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

Teeming City Guided Walk App Complimentary

Port PowerPoint – Melk

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 to our last stop in Austria the bustling Linz.

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

Teeming City Guided Walk App Complimentary

Port PowerPoint- Linz/Salzburg

Tourism Website Link

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 can 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

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Open from 11.17.18

Christmas market in the Volksgarten

Daily from 09:00 – 19:00
Sundays and public holidays from 10:00 – 19:00
Gastronomy until 21:00

Christmas market at the main square

Daily from 10:00 – 20:00
Gastronomy until 21:00

Advent stroll in Linz

Starting from the main square, Linz offers opportunities for a wonderful Advent stroll.

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

Step into Regensburg and back in time. The history-drenched Bavarian city of Regensburg 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

Teeming City Guided Walk App Complimentary

Port PowerPoint- Nuremberg

Tourism Website Link

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 Nuremberg 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.

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Port PowerPoint- Bamberg

Tourism Website Link

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.

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Port PowerPoint- Wurzburg

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

Taste 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.

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Port PowerPoint- Wertheim

Tourism Website Link

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

Teeming City Guided Walk App Complimentary

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-stoned 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 Rudesheim.

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 northern 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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Tourism Website Link

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 wines. 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.

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Port PowerPoint- Koblenz

Tourism Website Link

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

 

Port PowerPoint- Düsseldorf

Tourism Website Link

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 is illuminated by the crystals at the “Sternchenmarkt” creating the Christmas atmosphere. Take your time and view the famous gingerbread 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.

Teeming City Guided Walk App Complimentary

Port PowerPoint- Amsterdam

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

As one of the oldest cities in the Netherlands, Nijmegen will be sure to delight!  It was once a fortified city and is full of interesting historic buildings and museums such as the Valkhof Museum, a fascinating museum with Roman antiquities and famous art pieces and once the site of a Roman camp.  The war memorials commemorate the residents of Nijmegen who were killed during World War II.  It is also home to the oldest shopping street in the Netherlands, the Lange Hezelstraat. Nijmegen is full of delights!

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

* Most stores are closed on Sunday.

Teeming City Guided Walk App Complimentary

Tourism Website Link

Arrival: 3:00 AM
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 the Danube has likewise proven refreshing, therapeutic and even healing.

Depart after breakfast, with the 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

Teeming City Guided Walk App Complimentary

Tourism Website Link

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.

Deck Plans


Room Availability

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Mosel Deck Standard

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Danube Deck Suite

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Meet Your Cruise Director

Granted this is the Royal Crown, not The Love Boat; but still that theme song is playing in my head ~ “…exciting and new. Come Aboard. We’re expecting you.”

As noted in “Our Story”, the idea for founding Teeming River Cruises first emerged on a European river cruise owners Jeff and Gina Paglialonga took in the fall of 2016. “…Love, life’s sweetest reward. Let it flow, it floats back to you.”

Kate Barella

We are delighted to welcome back Kate Barella who debuted on our inaugural cruise. She is sure to again entertain, captivate and direct with her cheeky Brit humor for all aboard.

Kate lives in Eastbourne – on the south 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 all those years in Normandy.

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

Kate trained professionally in London at a theater school, worked professionally as an actor and still does the odd bit of voice-over work. She 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).

John McEuen

Multi-Grammy winning artist John McEuen, a founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, brings the eclectic side of his band’s history and his own music to the river cruise. This highly influential and acclaimed multi-instrumentalist (guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin), winner of many and varied awards as an artist and producer (Grammys, Western Heritage Award, Best in the West performer award (from Folk Alliance), Emmy nominations, others) is considered by many to be to country music what Jerry Garcia was to rock. McEuen initiated the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s classic multi-platinum landmark Will the Circle Be Unbroken album, recently inducted into Library of Congress as one of America’s most important recordings. McEuen’s show covers all the musical territory he has traversed in his 50 years in music (including being the first American band to go to Russia in 1977), and takes advantage of his storyteller renown, taking the audience on a time travel trip with music from the entire career, from pre-Mr. Bojangles ‘jug band days’ to current.

John’s book – The Life I’ve Picked – is recently published by Chicago Review Press. Last September he was inducted into the American Bank Museum Hall of Fame. His current album, Made In Brooklyn, is nominated for best Americana album.

John Cable

John is a veteran musician who began his career in the late 60s. After serving as lead guitarist and vocalist for Texas country-rock pioneers, Colours, John became a member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. In 1976, they became the first American band in history to perform in the Soviet Union. John became the first American to lecture at the Moscow Conservatory of Music on the history of western Blues and Rock music.
John has performed on The Tonight Show, Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert, The Midnight Special, Austin City Limits and the Grand Ole Opry. He has performed in some of the great concert venues, as well, including Wolftrap, Carnegie Hall and Red Rocks.
John is currently playing and touring with John McEuen in his Circle Band.

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 (onboard 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 in the Restaurant.
    • Soda, Beer and House Wines with Lunch and Dinner is $179 per person for the cruise.
    • All other drinks and cocktails are available at an additional cost.
    • The Drink Package does not include drinks in the ship’s lounge.
  • 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 the airport are not included in cruise fare.
  • Drink packages exclude premium spirits and select wines, which are available for an additional fee.
  • Shore Excursions are not included in cruise fare. These may be purchased for an additional cost.
  • Due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased.
  • Prices exclude gratuities.