Celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Vienna’s Ringstrasse

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Vienna is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful cities in Europe…in the world, even. I recently visited Vienna on a Viking River Cruise, stopping to visit some of the most famed Christmas markets in the world. And they didn’t disappoint. Vienna knows how to do Christmas in style and anyone who goes will […]

Off-Season Week in Bohemia, Part 5 — Wachau Valley, Austria

Vineyards of Domäne Wachau

This is the fifth and final installment in a five-part series following JohnnyJet.com writer Cynthia Cunniff through her experience of touring Bohemia with Insight Vacations. Check out Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4—and thanks for reading! On the road from Cesky Krumlov to Vienna, we made our way through the rolling greens of […]

Off-Season Week in Bohemia, Part I — Vienna, Austria

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This is the first installment in a five-part series following JohnnyJet.com writer Cynthia Cunniff through her experience of touring Bohemia with Insight Vacations. Check out Part 2 and Part 3, and then stay tuned for Part 4 on Monday, June 30. Every time I travel to Vienna I initially feel its austerity—and then something quaint and neighborly happens, and I have […]

Travel Contests: Week of April 2, 2014

The Emerald Sky in Budapest

This week’s travel contests include: Blogger Contest: Win a Emerald Waterways European River Cruise for Two! (JohnnyJet.com contest) Win one of 52 trips to Australia Win a 7-day trip to your dream destination for two from Switchfly (Twitter contest; Johnny is a judge!) Win an 11-day safari-themed trip for two to South Africa Win a free […]

Viking European Christmas Market Cruise: Durnstein, Austria

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Durnstein While most of the passengers went on an optional wine tour to sample some local vintages from this famous, wine-producing region, Natalie and I walked into the small village with a population of 250; it was a short 10-minute walk. There is no longer a Christmas market here – that ended a few years […]

Viking European Christmas Market Cruise: Melk, Austria

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DAY 4: Melk, Austria Wednesday This was the one day we overslept, which was a bummer because we missed the morning tour of the 900-year-old abbey at Melk. We later walked up there (about 20 minutes from the boat) but they wouldn’t let us into the Benedictine monastery without a guide and during the winter […]

Viking European Christmas Market Cruise: Linz, Austria

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DAY 3: Linz & Salzburg, Austria Tuesday We woke up in Linz, Austria and after breakfast aboard our boat, we boarded one of the four tour buses headed to the city of Salzburg. It’s a scenic two-hour drive through the Austrian countryside when we returned back to the boat in time for dinner but skipped […]

Viking European Christmas Market Cruise: Vienna, Austria

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DAY 5: Vienna, Austria Thursday We woke up in the Austrian capital of Vienna. This is the one destination we needed to take a bus into the center of town since it’s a good 20-minute ride without traffic. Some passengers took the subway, which was smart because our ride along the Ringstrasse, which replaced the […]