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Hunt for Truffles During the Festive Wine Harvest Season in France

truffle hunting

With the end of summer and changing color of the leaves comes a fairy tale time in the French annual calendar, the wine harvest season. It is a festive time of year across France, providing excellent opportunities for foodies and wine lovers alike to experience some of the country’s best cultural and gastronomic traditions. European Waterways’ guests have the chance…

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Scenic Ruby Delivers Perfect ‘Rhine Highlights’ River Cruise

Castle on Rhine River

By Kathy M. Newbern and J.S. Fletcher Scenic Cruises’ Scenic Ruby sails the Danube, Main and Rhine rivers in style throughout the year, allowing cruisers to take advantage of Europe’s musical heritage, seasonal wine festivals, stunning scenery, Oktoberfest, Christmas markets, or, as we discovered, Holland’s fantastic tulip season. With only 165 passengers aboard, we found ourselves quickly making friends from…

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Viking Offers New Itinerary to Experience Oberammergau Passion Play

Viking Durnstein Ship

Viking® (www.vikingcruises.com) today announced a new river cruisetour itinerary that will allow guests the rare opportunity to experience The Passion Play in Oberammergau, which is performed only every 10 years. Traveling between Munich and Budapest from May through October 2020, the Oberammergau, The Passion Play itinerary will focus on the 42nd installment of The Oberammergau Passion Play and will allow…

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CroisiEurope Inaugurates Three New Ships

MS Camargue on the Rhone

In line with its development vision, CroisiEurope, the leader in European river cruises, inaugurated three new ships this spring, bringing its fleet to a total of 55 vessels. These new additions reflect the continued growing demand for river cruising. Two of this year’s inaugurations are for ships that underwent complete redesigns, while the third is a new build. The MS…

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Seabourn’s 2018 Northern Europe Summer Voyages Showcase New Shore Excursions

Seabourn Iceland

Seabourn, the world’s finest ultra-luxury travel experience, will be traveling the waters of Northern Europe this summer, from the North Atlantic and North Sea to the Baltic Sea, Kiel Canal and more as the slanted sun warms cities from Iceland to Estonia and beyond. Travelers touring the region in utmost luxury and comfort on board Seabourn Quest and the maiden…

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Why is Small Ship Cruising the Best Way to Explore Iceland?

panorama ship

Iceland is definitely trending as a tourist destination, but a scarcity of accommodations has made the hotels increasingly expensive and rooms hard to find. Small Ship cruising with Beyond Cruises by Group IST is the best option for exploring Iceland, providing a memorable and private yacht experience. Guests embarking on a Beyond Cruises’ voyage can relax on the Panorama, a…

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Luxury Cruising on the Danube River with AmaWaterways

AmaViola on the Danbe

By Kathy M. Newbern and J.S. Fletcher Having relished extensive ocean cruising the past two decades, in recent years we’ve added several river cruises in the mix, with great delight. Our latest, aboard the 158-passenger AmaViola provided several check-offs on our must-see list: the Danube, Prague, Budapest and one of the newest ships from highly-rated AmaWaterways. “Ama” comes from the…

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CroisiEurope Introduces Extended Loire Itinerary for 2018

CroisiEurope Loire

Europe’s largest river cruise operator, CroisiEurope, is introducing a brand new extended Loire River itinerary for 2018: Chateaux of the Loire Valley. This new 7-day cruise program features their popular Loire cruise combined with a trip to the Châteaux of the Loire Valley and an overnight stay in Paris. Prices for this 7-day program start at $2,417 per person with multiple departures…

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CroisiEurope to Offer Exclusive 2020 Oberammergau Passion Play Danube Cruise

CroisiEurope MS Symphonie

Europe’s largest river cruise operator, CroisiEurope, has announced details of an exclusive Danube cruise that includes two nights in Oberammergau plus the best seats for the world-famous 2020 Passion Play. The 8-day itinerary includes a 6-day Danube cruise followed by 2 days in Oberammergau (the reverse itinerary is also available) where they’ll enjoy orchestra seats for a performance of the…

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