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All in a day in Lucerne, Switzerland

Posted by on Nov 27, 2016

Lucerne’s magnificent natural surroundings, temperate climate, city amenities, Old World charm, and easy access by road and rail has attracted travelers for over 200 years. It is one of the top tourist resorts in Switzerland.

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Mt. Pilatus: a voyage on a boat, train, cable cars and a bus

Posted by on Nov 27, 2016

During our visit to Lucerne we rode a classic steamboat across the lake to the world’s steepest cogwheel railway at Mt. Pilatus.

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A Taste of Germany on our Viking River Cruise

Posted by on Nov 3, 2016

Taste of Germany night was a fun fest, with staff in dirndls and lederhosen, kitchen tours, and local musicians.                   An array of German wines, beers and schnapps complemented traditional favorites like pork knuckles, sausages, dumplings, sauerkraut and strudel. The evening was topped off by live music. And all were invited to tour the kitchen.  ...

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Castles of the Rhine

Posted by on Oct 25, 2016

While palaces and their treasures were magnificent status symbols, castles were built to protect against medieval invaders.

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Viking River Cruises’ culinary tours: the flavors of Vienna

Posted by on Oct 23, 2016

For this visit to Vienna we opted for Viking River Cruises’ “Best of Culinary Austria” excursion, tasting and learning to prepare regional specialties.

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Best day trips in Switzerland: the castle, lake and vineyards of Spiez

Posted by on Oct 11, 2016

We spent a beautiful sunny day in Spiez. The most leisurely way to get there is by boat on beautiful Lake Thun.

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The Grand European Tour: A Viking River Cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam

Posted by on Sep 24, 2016

European river cruises have surged in popularity with good reason. Everything is taken care of while passengers travel from destination to destination with ever-changing scenery and the comfort and convenience of a luxurious floating hotel.

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Through the Heart of Europe: the second time around

Posted by on Sep 20, 2016

Fourteen years ago we took our first Viking River Cruise to celebrate a special birthday. Our journey along the Danube, the Rhine, and the canal that connects them was one of our best trips ever, something so many of our fellow passengers said, as well. Would the Grand European Tour from Budapest to Amsterdam be as much fun the second time around?

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The Fairmont Le Château Frontenac’s Le Champlain Restaurant

Posted by on Mar 30, 2016

Although you may want to reserve a window table, it is likely that you will be so absorbed with this culinary extravaganza and the restaurant’s contemporary glamor and the Old World charm that you forget about the view of the majestic St. Lawrence.

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The Faroe Islands: The Sheep Islands

Posted by on Jan 31, 2016

These 18 volcanic islands between Scotland and Iceland were formed millions of years ago have remained much undisturbed by the outside world. Residents are descendents of Vikings who arrived in longships over a thousand years ago in search of new uninhabited land. Today, the Faroe Islands are a self-governing part of the Kingdom of Denmark.

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Hurtigruten: A journey to the top of the world

Posted by on Sep 16, 2015

The stunning West Coast of Norway was living up to its reputation as the most beautiful coastline in the world. This region is renowned for its spectacular landscape of fjell, fjord, and foss (mountains, fjords, and waterfalls).

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The Flavour Trail on L’Isle-aux-Coudres

Posted by on Jul 6, 2015

Five stops on the Flavour Trail in the province of Quebec’s Charlevoix region are along the sixteen mile route around L’Isle-aux-Coudres.

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The Imperial City: the grandeur of Vienna

Posted by on Dec 22, 2014

Austria is one of the most prosperous countries in the European Union, and the quality of life in Vienna, its capital and largest city, consistently ranks #1 globally in the Mercer Quality of Living Rankings. The Imperial City is also one of the most beautiful in the world…

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Through the Heart of Europe in a Viking Longship: The Romantic Danube

Posted by on Dec 6, 2014

Viking River Cruises’ longship Njord is named for the Norse god of the wind and sea. The voyage, called The Romantic Danube, was along some of the river’s most scenic stretches.

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A day in port in Costa Rica

Posted by on Sep 22, 2014

Costa Rica is Spanish for “rich coast”, an appropriate name for a country with such biodiversity.

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Nova Scotia: Peggy of the Cove with Ivan Fraser

Posted by on Sep 16, 2014

Our most unforgettable stop during our day in the Halifax region was our visit to Ivan Fraser’s family home while en route to Peggy’s Cove

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The ultimate road trip in southwestern Nova Scotia

Posted by on Aug 19, 2014

With the new Nova Star taking passengers and cars from Portland, Maine to Yarmouth, in the southwestern part of Nova Scotia, we decided to take a week-long road trip to explore this end of the province.

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A cruise to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia aboard the new Nova Star

Posted by on Jul 24, 2014

We recently cruised round trip between Portland, Maine and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia aboard the new Nova Star, which began service on May 15, 2014.

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Nicaragua: Land of Lakes and Volcanos

Posted by on Jul 20, 2014

This Land of Lakes and Volcanoes has fourteen crater lakes, more than any other country, and seventeen volcanos, all in a row, eight of which are active.

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Catalina Island: Island of Romance

Posted by on Jul 4, 2014

Catalina Island is a place to relax, to find adventure, and a renowned island of romance. Just an hour by boat or fifteen minutes by helicopter or private plane from the Los Angeles area, this sunny island resort with crystal clear waters and cool ocean breezes might be a distance of twenty-six miles but it feels a million miles away.

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