When you sail the Seine River, which of these activities will you remember most?
A) Explore Rouen where Joan of Arc took her last breath.
B) Visit the WWII Landing Beaches of Normandy
C) Be part of a masterpiece when visiting Monet’s Giverny Gardens.
D) In Paris, walk along the Seine River to admire such architectural wonders as the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe.
E) Follow the footsteps of Van Gogh in Auvers-sur-Oise
We've been in conversation with garden clubs and clients with green thumbs about the Floriade Expo 2022. What is the Floriade Festival? It's a once-in-a-decade phenomena celebrated in the Netherlands. The Floriade is one of the world’s premier horticultural events, providing a unique look behind the scenes of the international horticultural sector. Countries and cities from five continents will present themselves in beautiful pavilions and iconic buildings - with surprising attractions and delightful international and local products. Guests will have an opportunity to explore 148 acres of ground and discover numerous gardens filled with coniferous and deciduous trees, hedges and grasses, flowers, fruit trees and aquatic plants. Visitors will see, taste, smell and feel the contribution made by plants to creating a healthier world.
Every 10 years since 1634, the citizens of Oberammergau, Germany have performed the Passion Play in their quaint, Bavarian village. In 2020, for the first time, the performance was postponed..BBut, the good news is there is still space left for this once-in-a-lifetime experience in 2022. Don't miss the Passion Play and a tradition that has endured the test of time (+ plagues and now, a pandemic). Be a part of this rich tradition, surrounded by majestic mountains, picturesque meadows and Oberammergau’s unique history. This is the stuff dreams are made of!
Are you ready to let your love for travel flow along the romantic Rhine River? It's not only the river of princes, poets and painters, but adventure seekers as well. A place where over forty castles take center stage on clifftops that rise above medieval hamlets and vineyard-clad hillsides. That's why the Upper Middle Rhine River has become a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
One river. Six countries - Switzerland, Principality of Liechtenstein, Austria, Germany, France and the Netherlands before flowing into the North Sea at Rotterdam. The Rhine River not only entwines distinct countries, cultures and cuisines, it also connects to other renowned waterways to create a thoroughly comprehensive river cruise vacation.
Just announced! AmaWaterways® will enable guests to uncover their family story throughout a memorable Rhine River cruise, adding a new element to Heritage Travel on the Rivers. In partnership with AncestryProGenealogists® July 30, 2022, on board the 156-guest AmaStella will offer groundbreaking family history experiences on river cruises. Sailing from Amsterdam on a remarkable seven-night river cruise along the Rhine River, with port stops in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, France and Switzerland passengers have the opportunity to trace their roots and follow along in their ancestors’ footsteps.
Home to fabled castles, quaint local villages, and iconic capital cities, the Danube River welcomes those who are eager to discover or rediscover Europe’s treasured destinations. Each day on the Danube offers a new opportunity to discover your next favorite hidden gem. From small towns to scenic beauty, there’s a reason this is Europe’s most popular river.
Did you know: The Danube is the only major European river to flow from west to east? Coursing from Germany through Eastern Europe and into the Black Sea, it passes some of Europe’s oldest and most beautiful cities. The Danube is not only Europe's second-longest river it's also the scene of 2000 years of history. Venture to some of the most significant cities of Central Europe
Did you ever cancel a trip because of hip issues or other mobility impairment? Have you avoided cruises and family events that require travel for fear you’ll need oxygen mid-trip? Relax. Today’s world is more accessible than ever, and for anyone with special requirements for traveling, there’s a world of information and help waiting for you.
It’s disappointing to be left behind or to have to leave a loved one behind because of a physical limitation or special travel need. Not having everyone around diminishes the fun for those who do make the trip, especially if the trip is a family event. Out of town weddings, family celebrations, reunions and multi-generational trips are simply more fun and more memorable for everyone, when every member of the family or group can participate.
European river cruise ships have been inaccessible for North Americans for over a year. To maintain and stimulate interest and enthusiasm for travel, several lines have shared a glimpse of their specialty recipes inviting you to try them at home to experience and celebrate the rich and varied cultural traditions of the destinations visited on their itineraries.
From Crystal Cruises:
Crystal Cruises Prego’s Forest Mushroom Soup:
“This signature dish boasts a rich, creamy texture from several combined mushrooms, each adding its own character. To balance this heavy creamy texture and enhance the soup’s flavors, we recommend Produttori del Barbaresco Riserva Asili 2004, with its earthy personality, fine acidity, firm tannin and aromas of dried fruits and dried rose petals. The time, patience and passion with which this Barbaresco is made makes it the best companion for the dish and rewards you with a joyful experience of taste and texture.” – Ilija Marojevic, Restaurant Manager
Peace of mind, health, and safety of river cruise line's guests, crew members and partners is always a topmost priority. On-trip safety standards throughout the pandemic have been in place to ensure the readiness to welcome guests back to travel when the world is ready. Encouraged by the progress being made with the COVID-19 vaccines, several lines consider the vaccine requirement is simply the best way to ensure the safest possible experience for all on board their vessels.
Solo travelers have long struggled with the punishing cost of the single supplement. River cruise lines in recent years have recognized the fact that river cruising is an ideal travel mode for those who prefer traveling alone or those just wanting their own cabin while traveling with friends or family. Several river cruise lines have a dedicated number of cabins to be sold without or with a very low single supplement.
Riviera River Cruises has kicked it up a notch by announcing a lineup of sailings just for solo travelers. On select departures, all staterooms and suites on the entire ship will be single occupancy with no single supplement! Each cabin will have a maximum of one passenger.
Scooter Tessari, MCC, owns The Cruise Center, Inc. in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and operates the website Tasteful Journeys devoted to enrichment vacations with a culinary accent and featuring cruises, tours, and custom designed vacation packages.