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

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: River Cruises, Europe

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

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

As 2017 wraps up and we turn our attention to 2018, some travel trends continue to soar in popularity. The vacation that US News called one of the “Biggest Travel Trends to Watch in 2017,” is once again on our radar for the new year. 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 this year’s choice for travelers of all ages. Here’s why a river cruise should be part of your travel plans for this upcoming year:

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Topics: River Cruises, Europe

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, History, River Cruises

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. Here are our top picks for what to see and do in Arles.

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