Throughout Europe (especially Germany and Eastern Europe), in a historic tradition dating back hundreds of years, many towns and villages open their “Christmas Market” for the holiday season. Buildings light up with Christmas decorations, vendors sell hand-made, traditional toys and other Christmas mementos, and the town square is turned into an open-air celebration of Christmas. (You can watch this short video to get an idea of what to expect at a European Christmas Market.)
The Christmas Markets in Europe are rich with tradition and history, each one a unique reflection of local culture. If you have an interest in a unique Christmas vacation you’ll remember for a lifetime, consider a European Christmas Market tour with Viking River Cruises.
Let’s pick a few major cities and take a closer look at what makes some of the more notable destinations on the European Christmas Market river cruise so special.Continue reading
One reason Italy is so popular as a travel destination is the food and drink. Italian cuisine is a popular favorite and can be richly varied depending on which parts of the country you visit. To make things a little easier on you, we’ve put together a basic guide to the kinds of food and wine you can find around Italy, and what to expect from each region.Continue reading
The cruise world impatiently awaits the launch of Royal Caribbean International’s Quantum-class ships scheduled to debut in the Fall of 2014.
Royal Caribbean’s ships are known for their leading signature experiences aboard including the FlowRider® surf simulators, Rock Climbing Walls, and Ice-Skating rinks and AquaTheaters. Taking their innovation by leaps and bounds, they’ve introduced even more “groundbreaking” new experiences aboard this up-and-coming class that’s sure to wow the avid cruiser and cruise novices alike.Continue reading