Visiting Europe’s Christmas Markets on a Viking River Cruise

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I’ve always heard that the European Christmas markets are spectacular but to be honest, I’d never had a strong desire to see them since I’m more of a warm weather kind of guy. I’d rather visit Europe in the spring, summer or autumn and save my winter travel for places like the South Pacific or […]

11 Reasons to Go on a European River Cruise

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River cruising is one of the fastest-growing segments of the travel industry, so recently, I decided it was time for me to put away my prejudices (ie: river cruising is only for older people) and check it out for myself. I went on two European river cruises in the past six months: the first was […]

Viking European Christmas Market Cruise: Budapest, Hungary

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DAY 7: Budapest, Hungary Saturday The day began by getting up early and going on a bus tour of both sides of the city: the older Buda and more cosmopolitan Pest. Our boat was docked on the Pest side in an ideal location — right across the street from the Four Seasons Gresham Palace (If […]

12 Reasons to Take a Scenic River Cruise in Europe

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River cruising is one of the fastest-growing segments of the travel industry, so recently I decided it was time for me to put away my “only for old people” stereotype and check it out. I jumped at the first invite I received, which was to join Scenic Cruises on a seven-day trip up the Danube. Note: The […]

Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Spa in Budapest

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When I arrived in Budapest, I was worried I might have contracted malaria because I had just come in from Africa and had developed a fever. I wasn’t even staying at the Four Seasons but a couple of friends, (Stacy Small and Laura Fairweather) informed the Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace to contact me to […]