Cruise With Me In 2022: Budapest To Amsterdam or Christmas Markets

Seems that every time I host a cruise, I end up committing to hosting more. In 2022, I am now hosting a total of five trips. Three of those are sold-out barge trips that got pushed forward from 2019. Two, however, are brand new, and I am excited about both of these trips because they sail a couple of my favorite itineraries.

Magnificent Europe On Crystal Mahler

The first trip takes us from Budapest to Amsterdam, July 6-20, 2022. We’ll cruise for 14 nights on Crystal Mahler on the Danube, Main and Rhine rivers. This is a wonderful way to experience the heartland of Europe. I’ve cruised this itinerary before, and I could have easily stayed on board to repeat it in the opposite direction. After all, what’s not to love about these gorgeous riverscapes and the cities and villages along three of Europe’s most storied rivers?

You can view the full itinerary on Crystal’s website, but return here for special pricing and to join our group. We’ll also enhance Crystal’s program with pre- and post-trip activities as well as special events and excursions along the way.

If you are at all interested in this trip, please complete the form below.

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Christmas Markets On The Rhine With Oscar Wilde

I know what you’re thinking. Hasn’t Oscar Wilde been long dead? Yes, the Irish poet passed away in Paris in 1900, but his spirit lives through the ship that carries his name for Riviera River Cruises. If you’re not familiar with the company, check out my post, Seven Ways That Riviera Seeks To Stand Out.

We’ll cruise roundtrip Cologne. You can view the full itinerary on Riviera’s website, but return here for special pricing and to join our group. We’ll also enhance Riviera’s program with pre- and post-trip activities as well as special events and excursions along the way.

Riviera is providing incentives for booking, including a limited selection of solo cabins with no single supplement and a complimentary drinks package for anyone who books and deposits up until the end of January 2022. 

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Your Hosts: Ralph Grizzle & Tamera Trexler

If you’re a regular reader of River Cruise Advisor you already know me, but you probably do not know Tamera. We both are active adventurers, probably more like active soft adventurers, but for those who enjoy biking, hiking or walking, we’ll be leading several day adventures on each of these trips.

Ralph and Tamera

Ralph & Tamera, cycling in Croatia on a Backroads/Ponant adventure in 2019.

About Ralph Grizzle

Ralph began his journalistic career at the age of 32, following the conclusion of his “sabbatical decade.” From 1980 through 1990, he bicycled across America, pedaled through Europe and island-hopped the South Pacific. After backpacking through Bali, bussing through Java, hopping a boat to Singapore and crossing Malaysia to Thailand, he flew into Burma, tramped to Dhaka and endured a 32-hour train ride from calamitous Calcutta to bustling Bombay. From there, he hopped a plane for Greece and traveled to Switzerland before returning home, where he settled, quite naturally, into a career of travel writing. Ralph’s work has appeared in numerous consumer magazines. He is the founder of and as well as the author of Remembering Charles Kuralt and other books, including the Ultimate River Cruising Handbook.

About Tamera Trexler

Tamera has been a nomad/global traveller and nature lover for her entire life. After holding a professional career in counseling for 25 years and living in England for six years, she embarked on the epic journey of through-hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2007. Today, her hikes include not only the AT but also Western North Carolina; the West Highland Way in Scotland, Yosemite, Glacier, the Long Trail, Pacific Crest Trail sections, Mount Rainier, Olympic National Park. True to her passion, Tamera is a hiking guide for Asheville’s Blue Ridge Hiking Company, owned by National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Jennifer Pharr Davis.

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