Monthly Archives: February 2013

Christmas In The Heart of Germany

Christmas In The Heart of Germany – This holiday season, sail along the picturesque Main River between Frankfurt and Nuremberg.  Explore the Bavarian regions of Germany, tour the dramatic sandstone ruins of Heidelberg Castle, the Romantic Road to Rothenburg, historic Nuremberg, and best of all, experience Germany’s world-famous Christmas markets.  Many of our seasonal traditions began in Germany.  So come along and explore the magnificent Christmas markets of Germany on this amazing cruise.

Day 1- Nuremberg – Arrive in Nuremberg and transfer from the airport to embark your ship.  After boarding, relax, or begin exploring this historic city on your own.  After dinner, relax and enjoy musical entertainment in the lounge.

Day 2- Nuremberg – Morning tour of the city’s most prominent landmarks, enjoy the iconic Christmas market in the Old Town’s Main Market Square.  Browse booths with colorful ornaments, gifts, and fragrant treats; there is no better place to shop for handmade wooden toys and nutcrackers.  Savor the traditional lebkuchen and gluhwein.  Free time this afternoon to further explore Nuremberg before boarding your ship for dinner.

Day 3 – Bamberg – Visit Bamberg with its medieval city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Your walking tour includes a visit to the 11th- century cathedral and picturesque city hall built on an island in the middle of a river.  Free time to walk around Bamberg or visit its traditional Christmas markets.

Day 4 – Wurzburg & Rothenburg – Disembark in Gerlachshausen for a full day in two of Northern Bavaria’s most charming destinations.  Walk through Wurzburg and tour the Bishops’ Residenz, a beautiful baroque palace.  Then take a deluxe ride along the Romantic Road to Rothenberg.  Lunch at a local Bavarian restaurant and shopping in its joyful Christmas Market.  Rothenberg is also home to Germany’s Christmas Museum.  Return to Wurzburg for onboard dinner.

Day 5 – Wertheim – Enjoy scenic cruising this morning; sail into Wertheim, located at the confluence of the Main and Tauber Rivers.  You will experience life in a typical small German town on your walking tour.  Free time to visit Wertheim’s Christmas market.  Onboard enjoy Wertheim’s traditional glassblowing art as you sail toward Frankfurt.

Day 6 – Heidelberg – Arrive at Frankfurt for a full-day excursion to Heidelberg, home to Germany’s oldest university.  Tour the red sandstone ruins of Heidelberg Castle, originally built in the 12th century.  Your tour ends at Old Town and marketplace where you will have time to shop at the Christmas market.  Shop for gifts, sample delightful treats, lunch at a local cafe.  After dinner onboard, you will have free time to explore Frankfurt this evening to discover Frankfurt’s charming elegant city.

Day 7 – Frankfurt – Our Christmas in the Heart of Germany ends and we return home with suitcases full of gifts and our hearts full of memories. #rivercruises

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A Walk In Elvis Steps-American Queen River Boat Cruise

A Walk In Elvis Steps-American Queen River Boat Cruise.

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A Walk In Elvis Steps-American Queen River Boat Cruise

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This week we are “rolling on the river.”  We are cruising on the mighty Mississippi River with the Great American Steamboat Company on the beautiful American Queen steam paddle boat.  Our journey starts in New Orleans and travels up the Mississippi River, visiting popular towns and cities on the way to Memphis – home of the “King of Rock and Roll.”  Join us as we “roll on the river.”

New Orleans to Memphis – 9 days

(7 night cruise) 1 night hotel in New Orleans.

Day 1: Hotel Stay – New Orleans
Included in your voyage is a luxury hotel stay. Your accommodations will be either The Westin New Orleans Canal Place or Hilton New Orleans Riverside. Tomorrow, you will board the American Queen.

DAY 2: New Orleans, LA
Departure: 6:00 p.m.

Enjoy the sights and sounds of New Orleans today. This afternoon, you will board the American Queen to begin your voyage. Kick off the festivities with a Welcome Aboard Dinner.

Premium Tour Options:
Premium Choice Tour #1 – The Big Easy City Tour – Embarkation Day

DAY 3: Steamboating
Settle into a rocking chair and just let the scenery glide by. Or join in the fun of our numerous onboard activities. Your full day of leisurely steamboating on the river sets the tone for an unforgettable vacation.

DAY 4: Natchez, MS
Arrival: 12:00 p.m. — Departure: 5:00 p.m.

Step into the plantation lifestyle of the antebellum south in Natchez, site of numerous restored mansions. Visit historic Jefferson College, or just amble down the Natchez Trace.

Hop-On Hop-Off Tour: Natchez is the center of the Antebellum South. From Spring Pilgrimage to Christmas, there’s no shortage of excitement in this small town as you tour the antebellum mansions of Natchez, drink in the history and enjoy the entertainment. Stop at the Natchez Visitors Center to peruse the gift shop and bookstore, or view exhibits and films illustrating the rich history of Natchez. Take a narrated tour of Stanton Hall which was built in 1857 and is considered the grandest of the Natchez mansions. See the Magnolia Hall, Rosalie Mansion and William Johnson House. Also on our route is Twin Oaks, the antebellum mansion of Regina Charboneau, the Chef de Cuisine of the American Queen, and the Eola Hotel for shopping.

Premium Tour Options:
Premium Choice Tour #1 – Entertaining Southern Style with Regina Charboneau
Premium Choice Tour #2 – Music, Mistresses and Marriage

DAY 5: Vicksburg, MS
Arrival: 8:00 a.m. — Departure: 1:00 p.m.

Discover a unique blend of old and new in Vicksburg, Mississippi. Take in the diversity from Vicksburg National Military Park to the Waterways Experiment Station. Billed as the “Red Carpet City of the South,” Southern hospitality is alive and well and awaiting your arrival.

Hop-On Hop-Off Tour: Board your hop-on hop-off Steamcoach for a narrated tour experience of Vicksburg Mississippi, a city bursting at the seams with local culture, character, art, entertainment and outdoor adventure. The Red Carpet City of the South, Vicksburg perfectly blends Southern culture and heritage with exciting modern-day attractions. Your deluxe Steamcoach will first take you through Vicksburg’s shopping district. You will stop at The Church of the Holy Trinity, a place of spiritual refreshment to Vicksburg for more than 125 years. Two blocks from the church you will find the Southern Cultural Heritage Center.

The next stops are Pemberton’s Headquarters; as you return to the downtown area, continue to the Old Courthouse Museum, which showcases thousands of artifacts from pre-Columbian times to Civil War implements. Finally, visit Washington Street for more shopping, or discover other interesting museums including the Biedenharn Coca-Cola Museum, Yesterday’s Children Antique Doll and Toy Museum, the Old Depot Museum, and Lower Mississippi River Museum.

Premium Tour Options:
Premium Choice Tour #1 – The Battle of Vicksburg – The “Up-Close” Tour

DAY 6: Steamboating
The Great Waters of the Mississippi river system originate in Lake Itasca and roll relentlessly to the Gulf of Mexico. This force of nature is your constant companion during a magical day of uninterrupted cruising.

DAY 7: Helena, AR
Arrival: 8:00 a.m. — Departure: 1:00 p.m.

Let gospel voices lift your heart, hear soulful Delta blues, and sample King biscuits and sausage during an eventful day.

Hop-On Hop-Off Tour: Hop aboard your deluxe Steamcoach and begin an adventure by visiting the Cherry Street Historic District. Many of the exteriors were used in the 2005 Johnny Cash biopic “Walk the Line.” Along the way you’ll find a number of treasures including the famous theatre from the movie “Walk the Line,” the Malco Theater; boutiques such as the Delta Gypsy Caravan; the Cotton and Kudzu Mall; the Handworks Boutique which was featured on “ABC World News Tonight”; and the Gist Music Company whose rare collectibles will transport you back in time.

Discover historic downtown Helena with two museum sites that preserve and present the heritage of the 27-county region of eastern Arkansas at the Delta Cultural Center. If you are into the Blues, Bubba’s Blues Corner offers the best selection of hard-to-find Blues music in the nation. Next is Biscuit Row, a future development project trying to rehabilitate several buildings at this gritty intersection that was once the home of the Blues in Helena. Our next stop is the Helena Museum and its eclectic collection of artifacts from prehistoric times through the Civil War and on to the present. Then, connect to two pieces of Civil War History at the magnificently restored Moore-Hornor House and the nearly full-size replica of the Union’s Fort Curtis rebuilt just a short distance from where it originally stood. Our final stop highlights some of the most beautiful historic architecture in the region, the Pillow Thompson House, a late 19th century mansion that serves as the location for many weddings, parties, and other special events.

Premium Tour Options:
Premium Choice Tour #1 – GOSPEL, BLUES and a TASTE OF SOUL- Exploring the Delta Roots in Helena Arkansas
Premium Choice Tour #2 – Mississippi ECO Wildlife “Safari”- By Private Canoe

DAY 8: Memphis, TN
Arrival: 8:00 a.m.

The American Queen will arrive in Memphis today, just in time for the Memphis in May Festival. Today, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the festival and then return home to the comforts of your home away from home, the American Queen.  Today is where you can visit Graceland.
Premium Tour Options:
Premium Choice Tour #1 – In the Footsteps of Elvis

DAY 9: Disembark in Memphis, TN
Disembark in Memphis and enjoy the city or continue your journey home.

Premium Tour Options:
Premium Choice Tour #1 – The Bluff City & Elvis – Disembarkation Day

ADDED BONUS:  Onboard credit of $150.oo per person.

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longships__11_600x398_tcm43-32045Tulips and Windmills River Cruise

Join me on a 10 day cruise to Holland and Belgium.  Check out this great itinerary.  Be sure to get those camera’s ready because the tulips and windmills will be well worth the pictures.  We will be sailing on one of Viking Cruise Line’s new Longships.

Itinerary:  Amsterdam-Antwerp-Amsterdam *10 days/8 guided tours/2 countries

Day 1: Amsterdam – Fly to Amsterdam, board river cruise ship, and enjoy free time in Amsterdam.

Day 2: Amsterdam Canal cruise via glass-topped boat, free time, perhaps visit the Anne Frank House or Van Gogh Museum

Day 3: Ijsselmeer Scenic cruising along Holland’s waterways

Day 3: Hoorn-Guided walk featuring cheese warehouses and the main square

Day 4: Arnhem-Tour of Paleis Het Loo & gardens; afternoon at leisure or optional battlefield & Airborne Museum tour

Day 4: Nijmegan-Evening at leisure to stroll cobbled streets

Day 5: Kinderdijk-Tour Kinderdijk windmills, a UNESCO Site

Day 5: Antwerp-Evening at leisure

Day 6:Antwerp-Half-day city tour including Cathedral of our Lady & Steen Castle; afternoon free time

Day 7: Ghent-Excursion to Brugge, a UNESCO Site, including guided walk with CHurch of Our Lady & Beguinage

Day 8:Middelburg-Delta Works excursion

Day 8:Holland’s Waterways-Scenic afternoon cruising

Day 8:Rotterdam – Evening at leisure to explore on your own

Day 9:Amsterdam-Keukenhof Gardens excursion & Free time to visit Museum Square or sample local fare

Day 10:Amsterdam-Fantastic cruise is coming to an end as we leave for the airport.


10 day cruise with river-view stateroom

8 guided tours with audio headset

All meals: 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches,  9 dinners, featuring regional specialties and including Welcome Cocktail Reception and Dinner and Captain’s Farewell Dinner

Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with onboard dinner and lunch service

Visit 2 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Culture Curriculum: Learn how wooden shoes are made; find out how windmills work; attend lectures on Belgium’s political landscape and Holland’s 17th century tulip craze; enjoy a folkloric performance; sample Dutch cheese and jenever

All port charges

Free wi-fi connection

Added Early Booking Bonus: 2 for one cruise and discounted airfare

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Golden Trails Of Africa

Golden Trails Of Africa.

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