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The Most Scenic Rhine River Castles

The Rhine River’s lush hillsides are thick with wine grapes, thriving towns, and towering castles. The highest concentration of castles are in Germany’s 40-mile long Upper Middle Rhine Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This compact region contains 40 castles and fortresses.

The Rhine links northern Europe and the Mediterranean. Cities, castles, and impenetrable fortresses were built in key sites along the Rhine’s banks. A new spectacular sight greets you around each bend of the river, which makes river cruising the best way to appreciate the stunning scenery of the Rhine.

The castles of the Middle Rhine Valley are some of the best in Europe. Many of them were built in the 12th-14th centuries, during the peak of the Middle Ages. Imposing, beautiful, and largely still intact, these castles are perfect examples of the fortified structures that defined Europe for so much of its history.

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Topics: Europe, River Cruises

River Cruising : Still One of the Biggest Travel Trends to Watch

River cruising continues to grow in popularity thanks to its cultural immersion, slow-paced agendas and access to hard-to-reach ports of call -- making it the perfect choice for travelers of all ages.

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Topics: Europe, River Cruises

5 Ways to Prevent Seasickness On a Cruise

Don’t let the possibility of seasickness prevent you from booking the cruise of your dreams! Seasickness occurs when your brain receives conflicting signals from your senses. These mixed messages throw our bodies off balance and may result in dizziness, nausea, and vomiting.

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Topics: Planning a Vacation, Travel Tips, River Cruises, International Travel

10 Must-Pack Items When Taking a Cruise

You’ve been looking forward to your YMT Vacations Cruise for a long time. Your bags are packed and ready to go with everything you need – or so you think! Knowing what to pack for a cruise may seem straightforward, but vacations on a cruise ship are very different from land travel. This is especially true if you are booked on a transatlantic cruise, which can last up to 4 weeks. Before you zip up your suitcase for good, review these 10 must-pack items:

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Topics: Travel Tips, River Cruises

River Cruising: Up Close and Personal

When it comes to European river cruising, there are many options to choose from, but they all have one thing in common: an unforgettable vantage point. From Germany to the Netherlands, Austria to France, these sailings let you get up close and personal and prove that the joy truly is in the journey.

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Topics: River Cruises

A Trip for Every Mother

Mothers come in all shapes, sizes, and personalities. Some express their love quietly, while others shout it out for everyone to hear. All of them love us, and on Mother’s Day, we get to remind them we love them right back. 

This Mother’s Day, why confine yourself to gifts of flowers and brunch? Show the mom in our life you really care by giving her the trip of a lifetime. Perhaps she’d like a romantic cruise for two, or maybe a land adventure. It all depends on what type of mom you have.

While we can’t say for sure which trip your mom would like best, we do know a little about what certain types of moms like. So, here’s a list of the most common moms we see on our tours, and the type of tours we most often see them on.

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Topics: Asia, Alaska, Americas, Europe, Hawaii, Rose Parade, US National Parks, New England/Canada, Balloon Fiesta, River Cruises, History

Basic German Phrases Travelers Should Know

So you’re planning a trip to Germany?

It’s a journey that you’ll always remember. From Neuschwanstein Castle to Oktoberfest, Munich’s Christkindlemarkt to the Brandenburg Gate of the once-divided Berlin there is plenty to see and do in this picturesque country.

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Topics: Europe, River Cruises

Maid or Maiden?: Dirndl Dresses, Alpine Ladies and Oktoberfest

The traditional Alpine dress of Oktoberfest was first worn by female servants and housekeepers in the late 1800s. Later on, ladies of the upper class donned the peasant frocks to fit in with the locals while vacationing in the countryside. The traditional dirndl dresses followed regional color combinations and specific cuts which, no doubt, were designed to “boost” a woman's “assets.” However, the look wasn’t made for just anyone -- the original word for the dress means “young girl.” Always a bit sexy and known for creating ample cleavage, the way a dirndl is worn also reveals a secret.

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Topics: Europe, River Cruises

Exploring Cologne’s Cathedral and Other Must-See Sites

You may have to catch your breath a time or two as you climb the 509 steps to the dizzying heights of the Cologne Cathedral gallery. Housed in the 318-foot south tower, it is the highest church tower in the entire world, and once the tallest man made construction of any kind on the planet. 

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Topics: Europe, River Cruises, History

7 Things to Do and See in Arles, France

The ancient city of Arles, France is known for two things: Roman Ruins and Vincent Van Gogh. As the former capital of Provence, this spectacularly well-preserved city boasts dramatic bullfights and crumbling historical sites, an artistic heritage and a story that is written in the stars.

Discover why Arles and the Provence region of France was designated a European Capital of Culture by the European Union by learning about the best things to do in Arles.

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Topics: Planning a Vacation, Europe, Travel Tips, River Cruises