By: Dana Woods, Senior Travel Consultant, CTA Certified
Our Active and Discovery on the Danube with Avalon began in Budapest, and we arrived at night. Budapest by night was gorgeous. The Matthias Church Cathedral and Castle on the Buda side and the Hungarian Parliament Building on the Pest side illuminated stunning views that straddled the Danube River. Our Hilton Hotel sat centrally located atop the Buda Castle Hill in the castle district, right next to the Holy Trinity Square. We dined at a table situated directly in front of the glistening black Danube as ships sailed by in both directions. What made it more stunning was the Parliament building lit in opulent amber light as its backdrop. Dinner included a piping hot bowl of delicious traditional Hungarian Goulash.
By: Aga Olewinska, Senior Travel Consultant and CTA
“New life goal: do everything”. I saw this on the G Adventures website a few years ago, and I thought to myself…What a great idea! I can see the world or I can hike, bike, trek and multisport my way through it. And this is how I caught the Active Travel Bug.
The Galapagos are a small archipelago off the western coast of South America. From shorelines draped in mangroves, to rugged volcanic rocks, no two islands are the same. The Galapagos is famed as an incredible place for wildlife sighting opportunities because of the island’s isolation. The uniquely diverse local wildlife never developed a fear of humans, so travelers can get up close and personal with giant tortoises, marine iguanas, Darwin’s finches, blue-footed boobies, and small Galapagos penguins.
Avalon Waterways introduced a new itinerary called “Active Discovery” that I knew I wanted to partake as my first river cruise. This type of itinerary offers the action-packed adventures and interactive discoveries which allows all kind of explorers to choose their own Avalon excursions. I decided to explore the Rhine River on an 8-day Active Discovery from Mainz to Amsterdam.
Anyone can hop in the car and get from point A to B, but biking allows you to experience landscapes, to connect with nature and to truly see your destination in ways that aren’t possible on other trips. Here’s our the 5 best cycling trips in the world.