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We are experts in European river cruises, escorted tours, European spa vacations, and European independent vacations.
We are experts in European river cruises, escorted tours, European spa vacations, and European independent vacations.

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Portugal was voted World's Best Tourist Destination at the World Travel Awards as the best country to travel to in 2017. The reward was handed over by the World Travel Awards organization at the JW Marriott Hotel in Phu Quoc Emerald Bay, Vietnam.

Portugal is the first European country to win the title after defeating all other major European countries and international competitors such as Brazil, Greece, Maldives, USA, Morocco, Vietnam or Spain.

The highest distinction is accompanied by more prizes: Lisbon won the Best Destination for City Break award for the first time and Madeira Island was considered Best Island Destination in the World.

Portugal appeals to tourists looking for old world charm, friendly locals, and safety. It is famous for its white washed villages like Obios dating back to Moorish times and other Important centres of culture and education like the town of Coimbra that boasts one of the earliest universities in the world.

Portugal boasts many beautiful churches decorated by blue azulejos or lace-like Manueline towers.
Some of the famous churches are the Monastery of Santa Maria, founded by the Order of Cistercians in 1153 showcasing the tombs of the King Pedro and Ines de Castro, the tragic lovers of a long gone era.
The Monastery of Batalha, a masterpiece of Portuguese Gothic, is a magnificent piece of architecture that combines various influences from its lengthy period of construction, which lasted several reigns. Outstanding in the interior are the Founders' Chapel with its fine stained-glass windows, the cloisters, the Unfinished Chapels with their Manueline and Flemish Gothic features and the Chapter House.
If you appreciate something more mysterious, it is a must to visit Tomar a former center of the Knights of Templar with the best preserved surviving Templar church in Europe.
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Bavaria, the Most Romantic Part of Germany

This state in southern Germany, famous for its unique traditions, many original atmospheric medieval towns like Rotenburg, Regensburg and Bayreuth. Most cities and towns belong to the prestigious list of UNESCO World Heritage sites. Religious highlights like the little gem Altotting, a pilgrimage town that for 1250 years has been better known as “Bavaria’s spiritual center,” and of course the Ammergau Alps, home to the world-famous Oberammergau Passion Play. There is so much to explore in Bavaria! http://www.germanytraveltours.com/Munich-to-Frankfurt-tour.htm
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Leonardo da Vinci in Istanbul and the Golden Horn

From December 14 2017 until April 7 2018 a large scale Leonardo da Vinci expo, with original sketches and true-to-size replicas of this Renaissance genius' work, will be open for viewers at the UNIQ Istanbul Museum.

After a 10 year intensive study of Leonardo Da Vinci's collections by a team of historians, engineers, graphic designers, and craftsmen this exiting and unique exhibition was created featuring 100 replicas of Da Vinci's inventions which have been created from his detailed sketches.
The replicas range from small to large, from sixty centimeters to 5 meters in size, and some of them in the original dimensions as noted in Da Vinci's sketches. The largest piece of the exhibition is Leonardo Da Vinci's never-created bridge on the Golden Horn. In 1502, Da Vinci wrote a letter to Sultan II and proposed building a bridge across the Golden Horn. The replica shown in this exhibition has been scaled down to 7 meters; yet, it represents a significant piece of history and architecture that brings viewers a glimpse of this hypothetical bridge once planned in Istanbul.
Along with these replicas, there are nearly 200 original manuscripts, paintings, and drawings by Da Vinci himself. In addition, there are 30 original pieces by other Renaissance artists, such as Giorgio Vasari, Donatello, Verrocchio, Giambologna, Raphael, Francesco Guardi and Canaletto, who were inspired by Leonardo da Vinci's works.
This exhibition can be visited by people of all ages, and can serve as a useful tool for students and teachers in learning about the incredible artist, inventor, and architect, among many other innovative roles, that Leonardo da Vinci held. The expo will open on December 14, bringing to life hundreds of his designs in their 3D form.
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2018 Early Bird Discounts Extended until 30 Sep 2017

Early Booking Discount extended until 30 Sep 2017

Due to overwhelming demand for our popular 2018 cruise collection, the Early Booking Bonuses are extended on selected European cruises until September 30, 2017

$500 off on 7-night cruises in Europe
http://www.bluedanubeholidays.com/river-cruises-in-portugal-duoro.htm
$1,000 off on 10, 11 and 14-night cruises in Europe
http://www.bluedanubeholidays.com/c-rhine-danube.html
http://www.bluedanubeholidays.com/danube-cruise-budapest-vienna-munich.htm
$1,500 off on select Wine Cruises
http://www.bluedanubeholidays.com/Rhine_river_cruise_Amsterdam_Basel.htm

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During springtime the Dutch countryside gets alive with acres and acres of tulip fields greeting the new season. A rainbow of colors sparkle around from the lightest yellow to stunning shades of pink culminating in passionate deep red adorning our trip around the gentle Dutch waterways of Holland.
http://www.bluedanubeholidays.com/Tulip_time_river_cruises_in_Holland_and_Belgium.htm
As part of our spring tulip cruise we visit the famous Keukenhof Gardens with millions of tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and flowering bushes. A nice leisurely trip on our 5 star ships includes stops at charming old towns with gabled houses, cities built on canals, art museums with world famous works of Dutch painters and optional visits to the series of dams and delta works testifying to genius Dutch engineering.
You can also treat yourself to chocolate, waffles and beer on exclusive culinary tours. Visit Antwerp, Europe's diamond capital and medieval Ghent with optional excursion to Bruege, one of Belgium's medieval gems.
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One of the best preserve medieval cities in Europe, Tallinn's charming old town is fun to explore and discover. It is easy to navigate around on the narrow cobble stoned streets and the old center is compact , you won’t get lost for long. There are plenty of cafes, restaurants and shops to visit and enjoy, in case you get tired during your city exploration. http://www.europetraveltours.net/baltic-countries/
One of the other most visited sections near the old city is the Kalamaja, a bohemian district of artists and hippies. The name Kalamaja means "Fisher's House", in reference to the history of this village formerly inhabited by fishermen. At the northern part of the old town you bump into the round shaped tower of Fat Margaret once a costal gate and artillery tower to protect the city walls.
This former cannon tower contains exhibitions on Estonia's rich maritime life. From charts to ship models to antique diving equipment. These exhibitions span several floors all the way up to the roof. Even if you are not into naval stuff the view from the top of the tower is worth the entry fee.

An other tower, the Kiek in de Kok meaning "peek in the kitchen". According to former citizens from the top of the tower was possible to peak into the kitchens of neighboring houses. Underneath the tower, there is a complex system of tunnels that have been in used since medieval times, from war supplies passage in the middle ages, to bomb shelter during WWII, to nuclear shelter during the cold war.

Cat's Well, a Medieval well in the old town got its name from a rather peculiar practice. In ancient times people believed an evil spirit lived in the deepness of the well, which threatened to dry all the water. The only way to placate the spirit's appetite was by way of animal sacrifices, most of them, cats that happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. The well was definitely closed in the 19th century and Tallinn has enjoyed water 100% cat free ever since.

Dome Church, and Alexander Nevky's Cathedral were the most dominant edifices of worship. Dome Church is perhaps the oldest church in Estonia, built in 1219 by Danish invading forces. Once inside you would like to have a look at the remarkably designed pulpit and the church's organ.
Lennusadam, the sea plane harbor goes way back to tsarist times. It is one of the first egg-shell concrete structures ever built in the world (no columns!). Its halls contain various exhibitions including a real 1930s submarine completely restored to its former glory. The former hangars now house the Estonian Maritime Museum with models of former ships from old sail ships to modern freighters and passenger ships.
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Our most popular destination this year is Italy's less-visited South. Puglia is Italy's trending region, a place where savvy travelers bored by the crowds of the Amalfi Coast and Tuscany escape for something a bit less frenetic and manicured. Top of the list for prospective newcomers is the food. Puglia's "cucina povera" is about as earthy as Italian cuisine gets without eating it straight out of the ground. Then there's the unique architecture from white washed Baroque cities like Lecce or Ostuni, to houses carved in tufa rocks at Matera or the “portable” dwellings of Arberobello’s trullies. http://www.italytraveltours.biz/highlights-south-italy-from-rome

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Cruise to Normandy from Paris.
Sail on the 5 star river ship, the Ms Amalyra from Paris up on the Seine to Northern France. Enjoy the delights of Paris, the serenity of Monet's Garden and explore the historic sites of Normandy's Landing Beaches and medieval towns.
Save up to 2000 dollars per cabin on selected sailing dates. http://www.bluedanubeholidays.com/river-cruises-on-the-seine-paris-normandy.htm
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Visit former East Germany and the site of Martin Luther in conjunction with the 500th year anniversary of the start of the reformation.
We offer small group tours to “Luther Town”. Wittemberg where the reformation started on 31.10.1517 when Martin nailed his 95 theses to the portal of the Castle Church.

This year in 2017 we are celebrating 500 year anniversary of the start of Christian reformation with many events in cities and towns in Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia. http://www.germanytraveltours.com/esc/Luther-tour.htm
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Budapest October Music Festival
From 6 to 22 October 2018 Budapest again will host the international music and art festival. From contemporary classical chamber or orchestral music to theater premieres, from popular music and jazz to dance, visitors can again enjoy a selection of performances by local and international artists. Besides the work of Béla Bartók, the other focus of this year’s festival will be Israel and Jewish art and artists. for info visit www.allegroholidays.com
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