Monthly Archives: May 2013
Join us this week for an amazing cruise on the Romantic Danube River. Framed by rolling hillsides, lush vineyards, and medieval castles, the Danube River has captivated musicians, artists, and poets throughout the centuries. An added bonus on this cruise is Chocolate-Chocolate-Chocolate everywhere. Not only do we have legendary destinations to visit, but we are educated about, see live cooking demonstrations, and eat lots of chocolate. Now that sounds like something I could really “sink” my teeth into. So all you chocolate lovers out there, put April 25, 2014 on your list of must do’s for next year. Here are the added features of this exclusive chocolate cruise.
.Special Norman Love Confections Desserts
.Chocolate Mini-buffet Extravaganza
.Culinary Delights – Bites & Sights “Sachertorte & Schlumberger Cellar Tour”
.Educational Seminars on Chocolate
.Private Chocolate-making Demonstrations
.Decadent Chocolate Tastings
.Hosted by Norman Love-Chef, President & Founder of Norman Love Confections and Artisan Gelato by Norman Love
The rest of this fabulous itinerary:
Day 1. Overnight flight to Prague, Czech Republic.
Day 2. Arrive in Prague and check-in to your hotel. Balance of day is free to start exploring this beautiful city.
Day 3. Prague -Morning Sightseeing tour visiting historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit 1,000 year old Prague Castle, walk over Charles Bridge to the Old Town Square. Evening, optional “Folklore Dinner Show” provides an opportunity to learn about Czech music, dance and traditions.
Day 4. Prague – Day at leisure or take an optional excursion to Terezin, the infamous NAZI WWII concentration camp, now a memorial to those who perished. Or choose optional excursion to Lobkowicz Palace.
Day 5. Prague-Regensburg, Germany-We leave Prague this morning with a stop in Regensburg for guided walking tour of one of Germany’s best preserved medieval cities, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After lunch, we visit 1,200 year old Bavarian town of Vishofen and board our luxurious ship. We have a private “Oktoberfest” celebration in Vishofen, with traditional beers and Bavarian folk music and dancing.
Day 6. Vilshofen-Passau – Morning free to explore Vishofen’s beautiful old town before cruising to Passau. We will have either a walking tour of this 2,000 year old city-home to St. Stephan’s Cathedral (home of the world’s largest pipe organs”, or a guided bike tour along the Inn River to Weinstein.
Day 7. Linz-Austria-Gmunden – We have a choice of 3 different excursions in Linz- a visit to the historic town of Gmunden in the scenic Austrian Lake District-a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a visit to the Czech town of Cesky Krumlov, a beautifully preserved medieval town, or an excursion to Salzburg, Mozart’s birthplace, where we will take a walking gour of the historic center made famous by the “Sound of Music.”
Day 8. Melk-Krems – Guided tour will take us to Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe’s largest Baroque monasteries. We cruise the beautiful Wachau valley to Krems. We have a choice of two excursions in Krems. First a walking tour of the city, or a guided bike tour from Krems to Durnstein and back. We also will enjoy a wine tasting at a local winery.
Day 9. Vienna- Morning city tour of Vienna where we see the famous Opera House, the Ringstrasse, and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. The afternoon we are free to stroll through the historic city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We can take an optional excursion to Schonbrunn Palace. This evening we have the opportunity to enjoy an optional Mozart and Strauss concert.
Day 10. Bratislava, Slovakia – Scenic morning cruise to Bratislava, then a walking tour that includes the Old TOwn Hall, Mrbach Palace and St. Martin’s Cathedral. Or we can take a “communist” tour that includes such architectural landmarks as the Radio Building, Liberty Square and the Soviet War Memorial. Remainder of day is free to explore on your own.
Day 11. Budapest, Hungary – Sightseeing tour of the historic Buda Castle, with offers splendid views of the river and twin cities of Buda and Pest. We visit Fisherman’s Bastion, Royal Palace, St. Stephen’s Basilica, and Heroes’ Square. Aftger dinner, our ship will sail a special “Illuminations Cruise” past the illuminated river front of Budapest. This is a magnificent site to see.
Day 12. We bid farewell to Budapest and say goodbye to our new friends and fellow “Chocoholics.”
Remember: We do all this and have CHOCOLATES.
Hope you can join us on the one of a kind cruise.
Added bonus: 5% Early Booking Discount on cruise plus $100 shipboard credit!
Visit Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, and South Africa on this 19 day safari/cruise expedition.
Day 1 – Overnight flight to Nairobi, Kenya.
Day 2 – Arrive in Nairobi where you will have the evening free to explore Nairobi.
Day 3 – Nairobi – Amboseli – Drive to Amboseli National Park for a spectacular view of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing mountain in the world. Emjoy game drives through this stunning landscape. The home of the Maasai people, you will observe herds of elephant, cape buffalo, impala, lion, zebra and water fowl.
Day 4 – Amboseli – Morning and afternoon game drives where you encounter rhinos, cheetahs, and wildebeests. Visit traditional manyatas settlements of the Maasai where you will have a traditional feast and tribal dancing overlooking a big game waterhole.
Day 5 – Amboseli – Lake Manyara – Drive to Lake Manyara National Park to see tree-climbing lions, hippos, wildebeests, warthogs and giraffes. Also view over 300 migratory birds.
Day 6 – Lake Manyara – Ngorongoro National Park – Early morning game drive in Lake Manyara National Park. In Ngorongoro Conservation area, visit Ngorongoro Archaeological Museum and see fossilized remains of some of man’s oldest ancestors.
Day 7 – Ngorongoro National Park – Known as “the eighth wonder of the world,” the Ngorongoro Crater is one of Africa’s best known wildlife areas. Enjoy a full day game drive where 25,000 large mammals wander the plains-bull elephants, lions, wildebeests and buffalo.
Day 8 – Ngorongoro National Park – Serengeti National Park – Drive to Serengeti National Park for the next three nights. The park offers not only all the members of The Big Five, but also the annual migration of the wildebeests, an awe-inspiring sight.
Day 9 – Serengeti National Park – Tanzania’s greatest park is dominated by a spectacle of wildlife. Lion prides, leopards, cheetahs, and all three species of the African jackal, along with spotted hyena, blue wildebeest and 500-plus bird species. Daily morning and afternoon game drives.
Day 10 – Serengeti National Park – Morning and afternoon game drives through Tanzania’s greatest park.
Day 11 – Serengeti National Park – Arusha – Johannesburg – Fly to Johannesburg and enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure. This is a good time to buy those souvenirs.
Day 12 – Johannesburg – Zambezi Queen – Fly to Victoria Falls and transfer to Kasane. Here, board the Zambezi Queen, docked on the Chobe River. Depart for sunset cruise.
Day 13 – Zambezi Queen – Disembark for game drive in Chobe National Park, home of one of the densest populations of wildlife on the African continent. Encounter elephants, leopards, lions, gazelle and buffalo. Later, venture out on a tender boat for close-up views of the wild animals gathering along the river. Enjoy a delicious Boma dinner ashore, savoring the distinct flavors of Africa.
Day 14 – Zambezi Queen – Begin your day with a visit to Kasenu village where you will have time to shop for local artifacts. Board a mokono to explore the waterways and. Relax on the beach in rustic style tents as you enjoy local delicacies cooked from a traditional wood fire oven.
Day 15 – You have a choice between a game drive in the Chobe National Park or a fishing excursion for the famous tigerfish. Late afternoon, travel by boat to observe crocodiles, hippos and elephants in their natural habitat. Enjoy a traditional African barbecue prepared by the locals.
Day 16 – Zambezi Queen – Victoria Falls – Transfer to Victoria Falls, one of the greatest natural wonders of the earth. Enjoy the afternoon to explore the city and get in more souvenir shopping.
Day 17 – Victoria Falls – Today your local guide will take you on a tour of the remarkable Victoria Falls. Later, embark on a Sundowner Cruise along the Zambezi River.
Day 18 – Today our African journey draws to a close. We bid adieu to Africa.
Day 19 – Return home reminiscing about your trip of a lifetime.
**ADDED BONUS** – Dinner in Johannesburg & Dinner in Victoria Falls with my compliments!