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Exploring Prague by Walking Tour

One of my favorite ways to get acquainted with a new city is to go on an organized walking tour. It’s the chance to stretch the ol’ legs, learn the lay of the land &, best of all, get recommendations from a local. So when I decided to visit Prague on my first big international solo […]

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Spending a Day in Salzburg

To prepare for our day in Salzburg, we did what any rational person would do: stayed up way too late watching (& singing to) The Sound of Music. Luckily, Viking River Cruises stocks their cabin TVs with movies that are relevant to their itinerary (we watched Amadeus the night before, in preparation of our trip […]

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Cruising Through the Wachau Valley

One of the highlights of any Danube River cruise is the voyage through the Wachau Valley. This UNESCO World Heritage site is a beautiful stretch of Austria with green rolling hills, miles of vineyards, tiny little towns & impressive castles & churches. We enjoyed cruising through the valley on a sunny, cold afternoon. With a […]

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Waltzing Through Vienna

Vienna, Austria is best known for its role in music, history, coffee & the waltz. We visited this surprisingly cosmopolitan city, illuminated by beautiful Christmas lights, on a very cold day in December on our Viking River Cruise down the Danube. The route below hits the highlights of our day, including plenty of stops to take advantage of Vienna’s […]

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Exploring Budapest

Budapest had long been on our list of places to visit, so we arrived a day early for our Viking River Cruise to explore the city a bit. It’s no wonder that Budapest is nicknamed the Pearl of the Danube, as this ancient city with an often turbulent history is truly a wonder to discover. […]

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Hotel Review: Aria Hotel Budapest

One of the first decisions we made after booking our Viking River Cruise trip was to fly into Budapest, our embarkation city, the day before to give us a chance to stretch our legs & explore a city that has long been on our travel bucket list. While there are many places to stay in Hungary’s capital, the Aria Hotel […]

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