07 April 2014

Of wine trails and chateaux in Bordeaux, France, with Viking River Cruises

Viking River Cruises' 'Chateaux, Rivers and Wine'—a voyage through Bordeaux. All photography unless noted is the property of EuroTravelogue™. Unauthorized use is prohibited.
Viking River Cruises' "Chateaux, Rivers and Wine"—a voyage through Bordeaux. All photography unless noted is the property of EuroTravelogue™. Unauthorized use is prohibited.

After the extraordinary Viking christening in Avignon the previous day, we were whisked off from Marseille to Bordeaux for our 4-day preview cruise of Viking River Cruises' brand new itinerary—"Chateaux, Rivers and Wine," a voyage through the heart of Bordeaux—celebrated chateaux surrounded by undulating hills of verdant vineyards, followed by wine tastings of some of the finest vintages in the world! Join me on the wine trail and river cruise through sumptuous Bordeaux!

29 March 2014

Viking River Cruises Christens 16 Longships in Avignon and Shatters World Record

Welcome to Avignon and the 2014 Viking River Cruises World-Record-breaking Christening of 16 Viking Longships! All photography unless noted is the property of EuroTravelogue™. Unauthorized use is prohibited.
Welcome to Avignon and the 2014 Viking River Cruises World-Record-breaking Christening of 16 Viking Longships! All photography unless noted is the property of EuroTravelogue™. Unauthorized use is prohibited.

In 2012, there were six. In 2013, 10 more. And now in 2014, in an unprecedented, world-record breaking event that spanned two days but yet only 24 hours in Amsterdam; Avignon, France; and Rostock, Germany; Viking River Cruises christened 16 more Viking Longships for a grand total of 30 new ships in three years! With the recent explosion of the river cruising industry and with Viking's unrivaled marketing savvy, it comes as no surprise that this industry leader who currently enjoys 48 percent market share, fills these ships as quickly as they can build them. And the ceremony was later certified by Guinness World Records as the 'The Most Ships Inaugurated in One Day by One Company.' If you didn't know, Viking held the previous record for 10 ships launched in a single day in Amsterdam 2013. Let's celebrate in true Viking fashion, the events of the day followed by a show-stopping gala at the Pont du Gard later that evening—an unforgettable inaugural event for all!

09 March 2014

Life Onboard the Viking River Cruises Longships

Life onboard the Viking River  Cruises Longships. All photography is the property of EuroTravelogue™ unless noted. Unauthorized use is prohibited.
Life onboard the Viking River  Cruises Longships. All photography is the property of EuroTravelogue™ unless noted. Unauthorized use is prohibited.

Have you ever wondered what life is like onboard a Viking River Cruises longship as you cruise from one splendid destination to the next? I invite you to savor the journey as well as the destination on this voyage, and you'll find that the time onboard can be just as sublime as the exciting destinations you visit along the way. These are the highlights of my recent voyage with Viking last December, my "Danube Waltz" from Germany to Hungary—with unforgettable moments, sneak peeks behind the scenes and connecting with new friends and cultures.

09 February 2014

ArtSmart Roundtable: Danube river cruise - Voyage of contrasts in scenery, architecture and time

Cruising into Budapest, Hungary, by night revealed a contrasting panorama of gold against the darkness of night. All photography is the property of EuroTravelogue unless noted. Unauthorized use is prohibited. This photo only: WikiMedia.org.
Cruising into Budapest, Hungary, by night revealed a contrasting panorama of gold against the darkness of night. All photography is the property of EuroTravelogue™ unless noted. Unauthorized use is prohibited. This photo only: WikiMedia.org.

Welcome to the February edition of the ArtSmart Roundtable—a company of travel bloggers passionate about sharing our love of art while we travel around the world. On the first Monday of each month, we publish articles featuring one particular study in art and this month it's "contrast." Having just returned from my Danube River cruise with Viking River Cruises, we traveled through four countries from Germany to Hungary and along the way, discovered many interesting compositions offering striking contrasts in art, architecture and the natural beauty of the landscape. Come explore and be sure to check out the rest of the roundtable's contributions, including one from our newest members: Lydian and Pal of ArtWeekenders.

08 February 2014

7 Lesser-Known Things to Do in Tuscany

The Duomo di Prato (Prato Cathedral) is about a half-hour drive northwest of Florence, Italy. Photo: WikiMedia.org.
The Duomo di Prato (Prato Cathedral) is about a half-hour drive northwest of Florence, Italy. Photo: WikiMedia.org.

I am honored to introduce this week's guest blogger, James Jones, of MyTravelGuidePosts.com. An avid traveler and blogger always looking for new opportunities to document his experiences and share them with people, James has visited Italy four times and among his most memorable visits were taking part in Ivrea's battle of oranges festival, visiting the Vatican and exploring the marble quarries of Carrara in Tuscany. Check him out on his site where you'll find many more articles about Italy including "Underrated attractions in Italy and places to visit."

Home to pleasant weather, picturesque rolling hills, Chianti wine, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and Florence's Ponte Vecchio, it’s not surprising Tuscany is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Italy! However, this post is about showcasing some of Tuscany’s lesser-known attractions that fall “under the radar” of many tourists visiting the region.

27 January 2014

Top 5 Lake Destinations In Europe

It's twilight on Lake Bled's only island - the Church of the Assumption rises in the center. Photo: WikiMedia.org.
It's twilight on Lake Bled's only island - the Church of the Assumption rises in the center. Photo: WikiMedia.org.

For those who love to vacation on or near the water, there's a tendency to look toward southern Europe's incredible beaches and coastal towns. Indeed, all along the Mediterranean Sea and near Spain and Portugal's coasts on the Atlantic, travellers can find some of the most picturesque beaches, and most pleasant coastal towns, anywhere in the world. However, for travellers who like to find destinations that are "off the beaten trail," so to speak, it's important to recognize that European tourism for water lovers isn't entirely limited to the southern coasts!