River Cruises: Ports of Call

River Cruises: Ports of Call The only thing more stunning than going aboard one of these vessels is stepping off.River Cruises: Ports Call 1195408887862.jpg Each European river cruise has its own unique appeal. See Europe by way of its lovely waterways and unlock whole new worlds at the heart of your destination city. Whether you consider yourself an adventurer, a history buff or a curious site seer hoping to experience the local flavors on offer, there is something for everyone to enjoy. You will gather wonderful insights into Europe’s vibrant cultural centers, its historic treasures as well as its charming vistas. Your cruiser will be able to get into the smaller ports due to its nimble size, giving you the option to visit towns, villages, and sights you might otherwise not be able to see.
Famed Rivers of France
France offers many distinct regions recognized throughout the world, and a river cruise will allow you to visit them. From its majestic Bordeaux region and gastronomic Lyon, to historic Normandy and scenic Provence, not to mention fabulous Paris, France has something for everyone. Aquitaine, once upon a time one of Europe’s most influential kingdoms, boasts gorgeous vineyards, farmland, and forested areas as well as picturesque ports of call. You can go Cognac tasting at the Camus distillery in Périgord and after that go hunting for its famous truffles. Savor France’s most sought after oysters just brought in from the bay at Arcachon. In Bordeaux, don’t forget the wonderfully sweet wine crafted in Sauternes, or the mouthwatering reds of the Médoc and Saint-Émilion. Whichever river you select for your cruise through France – the Gironde, Seine, Rhône, or Dordogne -- the country’s fascinating history, beautiful art, and delicious food culture will delight.
Historied Rivers of Central Europe
If you want to tour the ancient fortresses and picturesque towns of Germany and the Czech Republic, choose a cruise down the Elbe River. Wine lovers will love a trip on the Mosel River, known as the Moselle in France, which flows through the region in Germany best known for its cultivation of the Riesling grape. If you favor Central Europe, consider a cruise down the Danube to Budapest, the Hungarian city famous for its calming banyas (thermal baths); or to Vienna, where you can take a lesson in the waltz, which became popular in the ballrooms of the Austrian court. Austro-Hungarian cuisine will enchant food lovers, while those that like to explore places that do not see as many travelers can go to one of the many charming smaller cities like Passau or Bratislava.
The Waterways of the Tsars
Visit Russia as never before on waterways of the Tsars where you’ll notice the swirling onion domes of St. Basil’s Cathedral and the stout towers of Moscow’s Red Square. Admire the extensive collections of the Hermitage Museum, the second biggest museum in the world. Envision Peter the Great luxuriating in massive Peterhof Palace, then see how many different families shared living space at a Soviet-era kommunalka. And last but not least, don’t forget to taste some Russian delicacies like caviar and blini pancakes, borscht, pirog, or solyanka. The history of the Dnieper River was greatly impacted by Ottoman, Mongol, Greek, Cossack, Tatar, Jewish, and Russian forces. From Odessa to Kiev you will see monuments remaining from the region’s Soviet era, old monestaries and churches, and enthralling museums, and you can take in performances of traditional dance and music.
Portugal's Duoro River Valley
The Douro River in Portugal will carry you to the exciting capital city of Lisbon, where you can step back in time in the city’s old town or visit the newer areas filled with great cafes, bars, restaurants, and art galleries. Tour the lush vineyards that produce the country’s famous Port wine and enjoy traditional cuisine, wine and fado singing. A designated UNESCO site, the Douro River Valley was in addition the first demarcated wine appellation in Europe and the world.
Nordic Wonders
After first checking out the gorgeous Nordic region, head to the Rhine River and all it has to do and see. Start in Bergen, a historic city where the Vikings landed, then go to the picturesque village of Flåm and the nearby fjords, historic Kristiansand, and the more vibrant modern cities of Stavanger and Olso. From the coastal village of Skagen, Denmark, navigate the North Sea to Amsterdam, and on to visit Holland’s famous windmills in Kinderdijk.
The various sights and tastes of Germany along its riverways
In Germany, Cologne’s magnificent cathedral and Ehrenbreitstein Fortress are sights you will not want to overlook. A designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, the gorgeous Middle Rhine should really be high on your list, with stunning old forts, breathtaking churches, charming towns, and fascinating history. Explore France’s multicultural Strasbourg and Germany’s storied Black Forest before disembarking in cultured Basel. Absolutely nothing on board is cookie-cutter, so your time onshore shouldn’t be either. Experience all you are able to of the sights, sounds, and tastes available to you at each local stop. And just as each vessel is a work of art on water, each place you travel to is a work of art on land.

Top Walks Around the World

Top Walks Around the World The greatest journeys are more than the steps you take, they are about the understanding and influence you receive from the destination - they are about stepping into a destination’s culture and history. Still, these adventures are not as effortless they sound. They will test you physically and engage you mentally, leaving you with an indelible perception of the richness of our planet. A list of the world's top hikes is shown below.
Peru: Inca Trail - 26.7 miles and 4 days
Memorable moments are plentiful on the Inca Trail, but none can compete with the time you go through the Sun Gate and first see the sight of the forgotten city of Machu Picchu. Perfect time to go: May to September
Colombia’s Lost City ~ 5 days and 27 miles
Trail blaze through the abundant jungle across rivers before coming to the ruins of Teyuna. Arrive here first and the Lost City will be yours to enjoy all by yourself. The best months to go are December to March.
Nepal's Everest Base Camp - 38.5 miles - 13 days
The hike will connect you more to the men and women of the Himalayas while creating an opening to the top of the world.Top  Walks Around World 5005175488.jpg After viewing Everest, you will never look at our world in the exact same way. The best months to go are August to November.
Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania - 21.1 miles in 8 days
Mt Kilimanjaro at 5,895m (19,340 ft.) is Africa's tallest point. It is daunting to say the least, but unlike other tall peaks, it provides those brave enough to get to the summit. Ideal time to go: September to March.
Europe: Mont Blanc - 77.7 miles - 8 days
With the Tour du Mont Blanc you make your way one hundred miles through three countries: Switzerland, Italy, and France. It is best to go from June to September
Patagonia's Torres del Paine Circuit - 82.6 miles in 10 days
Best-known for its views, you will find breathtaking volcanic backdrops, massive glaciers, and vast steppe-like plains leading to the horizon. The best months to go are December to March.
Mt. Roirama in Venezuela - 6 days & 21.1 miles
The splendid mountain of Roraima is almost holy to the area’s natives and may have inspired Arthur Conan Doyle to pen the novel, "The Lost World." When to go: November to April is the perfect time to walk the Roraima path but anytime of the year is good.
The Camino de Santiago, Spain - 466 miles - 30 days
The remarkable Camino de Santiago, also known as the St. James Trail, was a major Christian trek during the Middle Ages, and it is still considered a very important spiritual retreat to this day. The walk can be done at any time of the year but between autumn and spring is ideal, but also very congested.

The Wonders of Asia

The Wonders of Asia Hong Kong is one of the most contemporary cities on the Asian continent and is a hub for international business and finance. To explore some of Thailand’s most iconic scenery, beaches, and culture, be sure to pay a visit to Phuket, its largest island.Wonders Asia 3911256725542934580.jpg Located in India’s Kerala state, Cochin (or Kochi) is affectionately called “Queen of the Arabian Sea” and is famous for its history and cultural influences, including St. Francis Church built by the Portuguese and the Jewish Community’s seven synagogues, dating back to 1503 and the 12th century, respectively. Still another must-see is Petra, the Jordanian city designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, which is known as “Rose City” because it was made of rose-colored stone. When you travel the world by cruise ship, you can see bustling metropolises and tiny tribal villages, rain forests and mountains, polar bears and lions, all while taking advantage of the luxurious comfort of your ship.

What It Takes to Arrange A Family Getaway

What It Takes to Arrange A Family Getaway Organizing your family vacation can be challenging as you have lots of people to consider.Takes Arrange Family Getaway 95455945.jpeg Families grow and evolve, and so do the interests and hobbies. It does not matter if you are traveling with a large extended family or a smaller tight-knit unit, the ideal holiday is possible for all. Family vacations are key for families to enjoy quality time together, especially in today’s world where life can get so frantic. Doing things as a family is not only good for each member independently, it also works to reconnect the entire family. And they make everyone step back, get in touch with the world, and create memories. Family vacations, however, can be a daunting task. Finding enough fun-filled activities to keep everyone focused is challenging!
So what is the secret to a great family holiday?
The bottom line is to keep all ages amused at all times. Teens and tweens will have requirements that are rather different from the younger children. As pointed out, family time is significant, but teenagers require independence, adventure, time with peers and to hang out by the pool. Immersive travel is a way to learn more about the place you are visiting and permits your family to be more than typical tourists. Experiencing the lifestyle close up and personal will enable you to become a part of the community and let it become part of you. Uncovering the stars in the night sky, feeling the splash of a whale, witnessing the hatching of a sea turtle and roaming through the jungle will make you understand there is nothing more valuable in this world than travel. You can have unique adventures: make croissants in a French boulangerie, visit neighborhood school children, like the Masai Mara, or get up close and personal to a glacier in Antartica. Everyone in the family can enjoy grasping a bit of the local language, as well as trying some of the exotic foods that will delight even the pickiest of eaters.
Those looking for a luxurious and relaxing setting or wanting to uncover far-away places, the options are limitless.
Below are just some of the places to visit:
Nihi Sumba Island, Indonesia
There is no other hotel in the world like the Nihi Sumba in Indonesia – it has been named the finest and most pleasurable hotel in the world. Here you will find a spa situated under a waterfall, a luxurious wellness center, a private place to surf, horseback riding and an open air Land Rover Safari.
Cruise the Italian Riviera
There is nothing like luxury yacht travel where the choices are unlimited with shopping, touring, water sports or if relaxation is your aim, quiet time. Begin your travels in Naples, head to the Blu Grotto in Capri, Positano, and conclude them on the volcanic island of Stromboli.
The Ranch at Rock Creek, Montana
Perhaps your ideal trip is going fishing, trekking or horseback riding. But collapsing into a plush bed at the end of the day is still your dream, then the amazing Ranch at Rock Creek located in Montana is the right place for you and your loved ones. Rock Creek offers grandiose cabins and the most current spa treatments available.
African Safari
If your wish is to get your kids off their phones and to re-connect to the natural world, then a safari is for you. No one, not even your hard to please teenager, will be left uninspired by the sublime beauty of the African plains or the exotic wildlife.
Iceland
Iceland has rapidly become the place to visit and for very good reasons. It’s great if you are traveling from the east coast and want to explore a magical place. And it offers both adventure for the young ones and luxury for you. That is not all, your kids will amaze their friends back home with photos of the Northern Lights.
Patagonia
One other great locale to get away from the summer heat is San Carlos de Bariloche in Patagonia; a gorgeous alpine style town set in the hills of the Andes Mountains. Bariloche, as it is known locally, is only a 2-hour flight from the city of Buenos Aires.
Costa del Sol, Marbella
If your young one wants to practice his/her tennis skills with a professional and your only desire is to relax by the beach, then you will want to arrange your next holiday at the Puente Romano Beach Resort in Marbella, Spain.
Bermuda
Bermuda has great weather all year and is not a long trip from the East Coast. The Hamilton Princess & Beach Club, also called “The Pink Palace” by the local people, is ideal for all family members. Whatever the family holiday, it is bound to evoke intriguing and inspiring tales for many years to come.

How are River Cruises Different from Ocean Cruises?

How are River Cruises Different from Ocean Cruises? When selecting the best cruise for you, it is good to keep in mind that while river cruises are comparable in many ways to ocean cruises, there are also some big differences.River Cruises Different Ocean Cruises? 0977098798410305404.jpg In general, ocean liners are massive in size and have more accommodations in each cabin. Many more passengers can travel on them thanks to their more substantial size. Since river ships hold fewer people, passengers tend to get to know each other better and often develop lasting friendships. Another big difference is that river cruises generally do not ever sail a full day, as opposed to ocean cruises which might be at sea for many days at a time. Each day takes travelers to a different port of call. The feeling of seeing new places is also felt while the ship is sailing since the outside view is constantly changing. If you are worried you might become seasick, a river cruise is the way to go because land is always in your line of vision, the water is not deep, and there is barely any turbulence. Of course, with their greater size, ocean cruises can offer additional things like onboard gyms, live performances, and many more options for where and what to eat. But the majority of river cruises offer inclusive value, so your Wi-Fi, water, alcohol and included excursions are covered in the total price.
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