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A Danube River cruise with Viking Cruises

My first river cruise was in 2015: a week-long cruise along the Rhine River with Viking Cruises. I had a fabulous time on that cruise and I promised myself that I would one day go on a cruise along another of Europe’s great rivers. When Viking Cruises invited me to join their 8-day Romantic Danube […]

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A romantic evening cruise in Budapest

Budapest, the capital of Hungary, is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. With its grand buildings and boulevards, bustling markets, historic thermal baths and eclectic architectural styles, Budapest is definitely one of my favourite European cities! I’d been to Budapest several times before but on my most recent trip, I did something I’d […]

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Luxury Myanmar river cruise – and the art of giving back

I met Janice and George Mucalov, two travel writers, on an Alaska cruise in 2011 and we’ve stayed in touch ever since, following each other’s travels via social media. Janice, George and I enjoy travelling in the same manner, i.e. comfortably, or rather… the ‘velvet’ way, so when Janice approached me with an idea for […]

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Viking Cruises on the Rhine River.

A Rhine Getaway with Viking Cruises

The Rhine is one of the most famous rivers in the world. From its source in Switzerland, the river winds its way into France, where it forms the border with Germany, before continuing into Germany and finally the Netherlands where it reaches the North Sea. I’ve driven the length of the Rhine from the Netherlands […]

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The magic of the Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands are famous the world over for their huge number of endemic species and were studied by Charles Darwin during the voyage of the Beagle. To be honest, despite my dream to visit this ecological paradise in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Ecuador, I harboured some doubts. These doubts rested on […]

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Sailing down the Nile in luxury

Along Shores of Time tells a story about a journey along the Nile. The majestic sail boat “Feddya” takes us on a soothing cruise through impressive ancient history, all along the shores of a river that has allowed Egypt to fluorish for centuries. A voyage of plenty, joy and excitement. Inspired by the Nile, visual […]

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Yangtze excursion boat

A luxury cruise on the Yangtze River

The Yangzi (or Yangtze) River is the world’s third longest river – with its humble origins in the Tibetan plateau, the river then grows in width and volume, flowing 6,400km (or almost 4,000 miles) to its mouth in Shanghai, where it empties into the East China Sea. The Yangzi River has historically acted as a […]

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Galapagos: things to consider before you go

A guest post by Kerry-Anne Smith. A nature lover’s paradise, botanist’s dream and photographer’s haven, the Galapagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador offer a variety of holidays for people with a range of interests. Due to this, choosing the right style of trip is important, and there are so many things to consider, from […]

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Enchanting spots: Tracy Arm fjord, Alaska

  Imagine a fjord with water the colour of jade. Littered with thousands of icebergs, the fjord is surrounded by mist-shrouded mountains and countless waterfalls tumbling down the forested slopes. Flocks of seagulls and bald eagles rest on the blue icebergs whilst seals frolic in the water. This is the enchanting Tracy Arm fjord in […]

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The hike to Baird Glacier

The hike to Baird Glacier in southeast Alaska A page from my Travel Journal. I hopped off the boat and landed on a bed of finely-polished stones. In the distance, I could just about make out the distinct appearance of a glacier, with its white-blue craggy surface. A cold wind blew down from the mountains, […]

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