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Chocolate Connoisseurs Cruise

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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 this cruise 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

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The rest of this fabulous itinerary:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

Vienna_Austria_2DSC_1356_bDay 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.

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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:   Early Booking Discount on cruise plus $100 shipboard credit.96ZwLoTNQ5Z8Zk9IDYWXBSZOJQ4

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British Isles Cruise

British Isles Cruise.

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British Isles Cruise

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We are on the North Sea this week on the beautiful Royal Princess Ship visiting Ireland, Scotland, England, and France.  A 12 night cruise with breathtaking scenery, castles, lochs, Irish pubs, and maybe a sighting of Loch Ness Monster.  This cruise has it all.

 

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Itinerary:

Day 1:  Overnight flight to London.

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Day 2:  London (Southampton)- The south of England boasts a dramatic coastline that encloses some of the most beautiful countryside in Britain.  The landscape of hills and heaths, downs and forests, valleys and dales, is without rival. We enjoy this countryside on our 2 hour transfer from London to Southampton.

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Day 3: Guernsey (St. Peter Port), England- The British Isles of Guernsey lies just eight miles off the coast of France.  Second largest of the Channel Islands with a mild climate, breathtaking scenery and unspoiled ambience.  One of the prettiest harbors in Europe.

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Day 4:  Cork, Ireland (Blarney Castle)- Cork is our gateway to romantic Ireland.  See the Lakes of Killarney or scale the narrow passages of Blarney Castle to kiss the Blarney Stone.  This region is home to one of the densest concentrations of prehistoric monuments in Western Europe.

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Day 5: Dublin, Ireland-One of Europe’s premier destinations, Dublin is an intimate place that is easy to explore.  Visit St. Stephen’s Green, Trinity College-Ireland’s oldest university, and of course try out a few of Dublin’s 1,000 pubs.

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Day 6: Liverpool, England- The Beatles made Liverpool a household name, but the city possesses charms outside the Beatles.  We visit the Beatles museum, churches, the beautiful lake district, maybe take a steam locomotive trip.

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Day 7: Belfast, Northern Ireland- This graceful city of Victorian and Edwardian buildings is a cosmopolitan tourist destination, Belfast is our gateway to the rich, Irish countryside of Counties Antrim and Down.  Belfast is famous for it’s fine Irish Linen-a great souvenir.

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Day 8 and 9: Glasgow, Scotland- Glasgow boasts some of the finest Victorian architecture in the United Kingdom.  Visit Loch Lomond, Culzean Castle, Inverarey Castle, Glasgow Cathedral.  With an overnight stay in Glasgow, we have the opportunity to visit the Royal Military Tattoo-highly recommended.

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Day 10: Inverness/Loch Ness, Scotland- Welcome to the Highlands known as the “Great Glen.”  Legend has it the Loch Ness Monster inhabits a cave beneath the picturesque ruins of Urquhart Castle.

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Day 11: Edinburgh, Scotland- Nestled between the Highlands and the Border Hills, Edinburgh is a gracious city noted for its superb skyline, impressive architecture and beautiful parks.  Visit Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Castle, St. Andrews-home of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club, British Golf Museum, stroll the Royal Mile.

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Day 12: Paris/Normandy, France- Visit the landing beaches of Normandy, or take a trip to Paris for a sightseeing tour including the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Versailles Palace and Gardens.

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Day 13: Southampton/London:  Our British Isles tour comes to an end as we leave with our heads full of memories and our suitcases full of Irish and Scottish souvenirs.

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**Booking begins this week.

Date: July 31-August 13, 2015.

Call me for additional details and pricing.  This cruise covers all the major tourist attractions in Northern Ireland and Scotland.  I strongly recommend everyone viewing the Royal Military Tattoo.  I chose this cruise date so we could visit the Tattoo which is only offered in August.

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MAGNIFICENT MEKONG

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MAGNIFICENT MEKONG

From its source high up in the Tibetan Plateau the powerful Mekong River courses for over 3,000 miles through China, Burma, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam, providing a lifeline for millions of people.This week we are going on an adventure on the Mekong River visiting Thailand,

Cambodia, and Vietnam. This cruise is quite different from our previous cruises, but equally beautiful and full of culture and history.  We will be visiting many cities and towns along the Mekong Delta.  Ancient ruins, historic sites, and an opportunity to learn about new cultures, activities, and religions – this cruise vacation has it all!.  *On a personal note, I was in high school during the Vietnam war but remember it well.  I have talked to many veterans who would like to go back.  For them, it will be a trip down memory lane-not a happy memory-but one they would like to take to see what changes the war made for Vietnam and it’s people.  I hope they can join me on this memorable journey.

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DAY 1:HANOI

Fly to Hanoi, former capital of French Indochina, then transfer to our hotel for a 2-night stay, where we can relax or take a walk around Hanoi to start getting acquainted with the city.

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DAY 2:HANOI

After breakfast, we take a tour of this unique, thousand-year-old Asian capital where old and new combine in a lush setting of parks and lakes. Visit the Museum of Ethnology which includes a number of fascinating exhibits that bring Vietnam’s history and astonishingly diverse culture to life. Then tour the notorious “Hanoi Hilton,” a facility where American POWs were held captive during the Vietnam War.

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In the afternoon, visit Hanoi’s Temple of Literature. Founded in 1070 as Vietnam’s first university, this mazelike compound features inviting courtyards, gateways, pavilions, walkways, lakes and a museum. Continue on to the One Pillar Pagoda, an 11th-century monument that was rebuilt after being destroyed by the French in 1954. En route, pass some colonial landmarks such as the magnificent Opera House and St. Joseph’s Cathedral. Relax this afternoon before dinner at a local restaurant. (B, D)

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DAY 3:HANOI & SIEM REAP

In the morning, we take a leisurely ride through Hanoi’s Old Quarter by “green” electric car. Enjoy some free time before our short afternoon flight to Siem Reap in Cambodia. Check in to our hotel for a 3-night stay; tonight’s dinner is accompanied by a traditional Apsara dance show. (B, D)

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DAY 4:ANGKOR WAT & SIEM REAP

Siem Reap is the gateway to Angkor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most important archeological sites in the world.  We begin our day with a visit to one of Angkor’s largest Khmer temples, Angkor Wat, built for King Suryavarman II in the 12th century A.D. With its beautiful proportions and extensive, intricate bas-relief stone carvings, it is one of the most spectacular sights in Southeast Asia. Spend some time exploring the fortified city of Angkor Thom, which houses several of Angkor’s most popular sights such as the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper Kings with their dramatic bas reliefs.

Today we also visit the mysterious Bayon Temple, known for its giant, stone carved faces with their enigmatic smiles. Dine at a local restaurant and relax this evening. (B, D)

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DAY 5:ANGKOR & SIEM REAP

Today, ride to the spectacular 10th-century Hindu temple Banteay Srey (“Citadel of Women”) to see magnificent carvings of Shiva and Vishnu. Then, journey to Ta Prohm, one of the most popular of the temples of Angkor. Unlike many other buildings, it has been largely left intact as it was when discovered, with trees and large shrubs growing over the ruins.

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Return to Siem Reap this afternoon and learn how local crafts are alive and well in the modern-day city. Visit a vocational center that trains 650 young apprentices every year in the traditional crafts of stone sculpture, wood carving and painting; then mingle with the locals at some of Siem Reap’s open air markets or just relax before our final dinner in Siem Reap. (B, D)

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DAY 6:KAMPONG THOM & KAMPONG CHAM

After breakfast, visit a local village supported by Viking River Cruises and spend time with children at one of the village schools. Check out of our Siem Reap hotel and begin our coach tour through the Cambodian countryside which brings us to our ship in Kampong Cham, via the provincial capital of Kampong Thom. Due to its central location, this area is rapidly becoming an important hub for fishing and agriculture; it also has a rich archeological heritage, to which the 200 temples—some of which predate the Khmer empire—attest. This afternoon, board our ship; after we get settled in, meet the ship’s officers over a welcome cocktail. (B, L, D)

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DAY 7:KAMPONG CHAM

This morning visit the twin holy mountains of Phnom Pros and Phnom Srey with their many temples and pagodas, still used during traditional Khmer festivals. After visit an orphanage in Kampong Cham, whose students create beautiful paintings that are available to purchase. This afternoon the ship will set sail towards a silk weaving village. Take a walk through the village and admire the rich silk fabrics. (B, L, D)

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DAY 8:UDON MONASTERY & PHNOM PENH

This morning’s excursion takes us through a Cambodian village. After, take a short ride to Udon Monastery for a tour and to receive a blessing by the monks. Then continue to the next village, famous for its silversmiths. Rejoin our ship and have lunch as we cruise into Phnom Penh.

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Our afternoon is free to explore Phnom Penh’s historic riverfront area, with its restaurants, art galleries and silk shops, or perhaps visit the distinctive Central Market or the “Russian Market” where you can buy jewelry, curios, clothes and souvenirs. You might prefer to visit more of the city’s wats—Wat Langka, Wat Botum, Wat Koh or Wat Ounalom—each with its own special character and purpose. Late this afternoon there will be a presentation aboard on recent Cambodian history by a local expert. Dinner is served on board. (B, L, D)

DAY 9:PHNOM PENH

After breakfast, disembark in Cambodia’s lovely waterfront capital and explore the city in style, in a cyclo. This mode of transportation provides many Cambodians with a source of income and visitors with a speedy and enjoyable way to move around. See the magnificent Royal Palace with its spectacular Silver Pagoda, built in the 19th century by the French but inspired by the centuries-old architecture of the Khmer. Then take a tour of the National Museum of Cambodia, which houses treasures of Khmer art and craftsmanship and also displays art that predates the mighty empire.

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After lunch, join an excursion to the sobering memorial in the Tuol Sleng detention center, a former high school in which thousands of victims of the murderous Khmer Rouge regime died, and the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek, or explore the city’s maze of small alleys, markets and busy streets on your own if you prefer. Tonight’s dinner is accompanied by a folkloric performance. (B, L, D)

DAY 10:MEKONG RIVER SCENIC CRUISING

Sail down the Mekong, one of the world’s great rivers, toward the Vietnamese border. The Mekong is truly the Mother River of Southeast Asia, sustaining civilizations through the centuries. Pass by some of the Mekong rice fields—the Khmer empire was founded on a rice surplus and rice is still the main staple of Vietnamese cuisine. (B, L, D)

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DAY 11:TÂN CHÂU & VINH HOA

Today we will have a rare glimpse of rural life as it has been lived for ages. Begin our morning with a ride on a traditional rickshaw in Tân Châu. Afterward, visit the floating fish farm by wooden sampan, then take a boat ride to Vinh Hoa, known as “Evergreen Island.” Here we take a short walk to see various methods of traditional Vietnamese farming and the crafts and other daily activities of local people firsthand.

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Set sail in the afternoon, observing daily life along the river along the way. This evening, enjoy a screening of the filml’Amant (The Lover) which will prepare us for tomorrow’s visit to Sa Dec. (B, L, D)

DAY 12:SA DEC & CÁI BÈ

This morning, board a sampan boat to explore the backwaters and canals of the Delta. Small factories line the river channels here; get a glimpse of industry in the region with a visit to a brick factory. Stop in Sa Dec and you will see the house of Mr. Huynh Thuy Le, the protagonist in Marguerite Duras’s beloved autobiographical novel,l’Amant (The Lover). Duras, who grew up in what was then French Indochina, is one of France’s best-selling authors. After lunch, visit the colorful floating market of Cái Bè; see local workers producing rice noodles, coconut candy and a host of other handmade products. This evening, attend an onboard screening of the 2002 film The Quiet American, based on Graham Greene’s novel set in 1952 Saigon. (B, L, D)

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DAY 13:MY THO & HO CHI MINH CITY

Bid farewell to our ship this morning as our cruise through Cambodia and Vietnam comes to an end. Disembark in My Tho, a busy river port not far from the capital of Southern Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon. Upon arrival, we take a tour of Reunification Palace—the site of South Vietnam’s defeat. See the Central Post Office and Notre Dame Cathedral. After our tour, we check in to our hotel for a 2-night stay, then spend the rest of the day at leisure, getting acquainted with this lively city at your own pace—see some of the historic French colonial architecture and soak up some of the city’s youthful energy. Tonight’s dinner is in a local restaurant. (B, D)

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DAY 14:HO CHI MINH CITY

After breakfast, begin another tour of this bustling metropolis with a visit to its historic center. Take a stroll along Dong Khoi Street, the main shopping boulevard in the old colonial heart. See the grand city hall, the old opera house with its soaring arched entryway, the Chinatown area and a Lacquer Factory. Complete the morning tour at Ben Thành Market.

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The rest of our afternoon is free for exploring the city’s neighborhoods or doing a bit of last-minute shopping at the local markets before this evening’s festive final dinner at a local restaurant. (B, D)

DAY 15:HO CHI MINH CITY

After breakfast, check out of our hotel and proceed to the airport for our return flight.* Or, continue your Southeast Asia adventure with a 3-night stay in Bangkok, Thailand’s astounding capital. (B)

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Heart of Germany 2015 Christmas Cruise

Heart of Germany 2015 Christmas Cruise.

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Heart of Germany 2015 Christmas Cruise

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Imagine sailing along the picturesque Main River between Frankfurt and Nuremberg at Christmastime. Explore the Franconian and Bavarian regions of Germany, tour the dramatic sandstone ruins of Heidelberg Castle, ride along the Romantic Road to Rothenburg, see the sights of historic Nuremberg, and perhaps best of all, experience Germany’s world-famous Christmas markets. Find out how so many of our seasonal traditions began on this unforgettable journey.  The spirit and romance of the holidays come alive with the scent of gingerbread and the tunes of traditional carols around every corner.  We will enjoy a wonderful feast of tasty treats, as well as dozens of stalls brimming with unique and inspiring handcrafted gifts.  If you have a “hard to buy for” loved one, a Christmas cruise is a unique present.  This cruise is my Christmas present to myself.  I will be on this sailing December 3, 2015.

Itinerary: 7 days/6 guided tours

DAY 1:Frankfurt

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Arrive in Frankfurt, also known as Frankfurt am Main—Germany’s fifth-largest city. Transfer from the airport to embark our ship. After boarding, relax and get settled in, or spend some time exploring the city, a stunning blend of traditional charm and modern elegance, on your own.  I will be exploring Frankfurt if you would like to join me. After dinner, relax and enjoy musical entertainment in the Lounge. (D)

DAY 2:Heidelberg

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Today, take a full-day excursion to Heidelberg, home to Germany’s oldest university, founded in 1386. Tour the imposing red sandstone ruins of Heidelberg Castle, originally built in the 12th century. Our guided walk ends at Heidelberg’s Old Town and marketplace, where you will encounter the first of our Christmas markets. Shop for toys and gifts, sample delightful local treats, or perhaps get some lunch at a local café. Return aboard for dinner as we continue cruising. (B, D)

DAY 3:Wertheim

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Sail into Wertheim, located at the confluence of the Main and Tauber Rivers, while we are finishing breakfast. During our morning walking tour, experience life in a typical small German town. Take some free time to visit Wertheim’s Christmas market or explore the town before returning aboard for lunch. We sail into the evening, docking at Würzburg in the wee hours of the morning. (B, L, D)

DAY 4:Würzburg & Rothenburg

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Disembark after breakfast for a full day in two of Northern Bavaria’s most charming destinations. Tour the Bishops’ Residenz, a beautiful baroque palace with many paintings and frescoes. Then, ride in a deluxe motorcoach along the Romantic Road to Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Stop for a hearty lunch in a local restaurant and take time to explore this medieval town and its joyful Christmas market. Rothenburg is also home to Germany’s Christmas Museum, open all year, and offers a local pastry, the Schneeball (snowball), to try. Rejoin our ship in Gerlachshausen, dine aboard and cruise through the night. (B, L, D)

DAY 5:Bamberg

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Sail through the morning; after lunch, visit Bamberg, with its medieval city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our walking tour includes a visit to the magnificent 11th-century cathedral, reworked in late-Romanesque style in the 13th century, and the picturesque city hall built on an island in the middle of a river. We remain docked well into the evening, so feel free to walk around Bamberg or visit its traditional Christmas markets, especially beautiful when lit up after dark. You can also follow Bamberg’s popular “Route of Nativity Scenes” to view diverse crèche displays at a few dozen churches, museums and other public spaces. (B, L, D)

DAY 6:Nuremberg

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Arrive at Nuremberg during a leisurely breakfast. Take a tour of the city’s most prominent landmarks, and enjoy the iconic Christmas market laid out in the Old Town’s Main Market Square. Browse the booths with their colorful ornaments, gifts and fragrant treats; there is no better place to shop for handmade wooden toys and nutcrackers, and you may even spot the golden curls of the Christkind, an angel who brings children’s toys. You must taste the traditional lebkuchen (gingerbread), skinny local bratwurst (sausages) and glühwein (hot spiced wine), and chances are you will hear carolers harmonizing. Lunch and dinner are served aboard and you can come and go as you please. (B, L, D)

DAY 7Nuremberg

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After breakfast, disembark and we will leave for the airport for your return fight.  Or, extend your journey and join me with three nights in Prague, the Czech Republic’s glorious, romantic capital. We will be located near Prague’s Old Town and a tour of the city’s highlights, including the landmark Prague Castle, is included. (B)

What a great itinerary.  Be sure to bring an extra suitcase for all those gifts!  Let’s go shopping!

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Canadian Rockies & Glacier National Park

Canadian Rockies & Glacier National Park.

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Canadian Rockies & Glacier National Park

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I have a great trip for you this week.  We are taking a break from river cruising this week to visit the majestic Canadian Rockies and Glacier National Park.  This destination has been on my bucket list for many years.  I am so excited to visit next year and would like to invite all my friends and fellow travelers to experience all the natural beauty with me. Our tour combines the best of the prairies, the majesty of the Canadian Rockies, and the beauty of Montana’s Glacier National Park, giving us a superb overview of these U.S. and Canadian wonderlands.  Each park we visit this week along with the picturesque landscapes are a photographer’s paradise.  As they always say, pictures are worth a thousand words!

Highlights:  Calgary-Waterton Lakes National Park-Glacier National Park-“Going To The Sun Road”-Banff-Columbia Icefield.

Itinerary:

Day 1: Calgary-Alberta-Our adventure begins. We have a free afternoon to discover Calgary.

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Day 2: Calgary-Waterton Lakes National Park. Journey south to the prairie lands while enjoying views of the spectacular Rockies. Visit Head-Smashed-In buffalo Jump, a UNESCO World Heritage site.  Head-Smashed-In has been used continuously by Aboriginal people for 5,500 years.  Enroute to Waterton Lakes National Park, we pass through quaint villages and travel along roads sometimes traversed by grizzly bears, mountain goats, cougars, wolves, moose and elk.  We arrive at our hotel for 2 nights at the Prince of Wales Hotel.  This hotel I first discovered in National Geographic about 30 years ago.  I always wanted to sleep at least one night in this hotel before I pass on.  Now I have that opportunity.  I can’t tell you how excited I am.

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Day 3: Waterton Lakes National Park-Glacier National Park: Today we will explore Glacier National Park.  A naturalist’s paradise, Glacier preserves over one million acres of forests, Alpine meadows and lakes.  We enjoy a ride aboard one of the famous Jammer cars, built in the 1930’s over one of the most breathtaking roads in North America. “Going to the Sun Road” stretches across the Continental Divide and offers incredible views of the valley and Glacier National Park.

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Day 4: Waterton Lakes National Park – Banff, Alberta: Today we travel to Banff where we arrive at The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, known as the “Castle in the Rockies,” for a luxurious 3 night stay.

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Day 5: Banff: We start our day with breathtaking views of Banff’s Sulphur Mountain.  We take a gondola ride to the summit where we enjoy breakfast overlooking the town and valley.  A sightseeing tour of the Banff area including stops at the lovely Bow Falls and the fascinating Hoodoos, also known as the “Land of Sleeping Giants.”  We visit an ammonite specialist to learn about this rare gemstone that is found only in Alberta.

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Day 6: Icefields Parkway & Columbia Icefield: A wonderful day of sightseeing is in store as we journey along the unforgettable Icefields Parkway and behold lofty waterfalls, rushing rivers, glacial peaks, imposing cliffs and snowcapped mountain ranges.  We stop at the Columbia Icefield for a ride across the mass of glacial ice which is over 1,000 feet thick.  We take a guided walk on the Skywalk to experience the breathtaking views of the Sunwapta Valley and view the dramatic landscape from the glass floored platform.  A stop at Peyto Lake, a turquoise glacier-fed lake that evokes pure serenity.  Be on the lookout for bears and elk on our way back to Banff.  We have a delicious dinner at one of Banff’s great restaurants included.

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Day 7: Our tour ends today, leaving us with many pleasant memories of two of the world’s most beautiful areas-the incomparable Canadian Rockies and Glacier National Park.

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What’s included:

8 meals, 7 day/6 night, all transfers, included excursions, 8 meals-6 breakfast-2 dinners.

Call 919.708.8217 for additional details about this itinerary.  A Calgary pre-tour stay is available if you would like to experience more of Calgary.

Hope you can join me on this scenic visit.  You will be glad you did.

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