I was among several journalists who boarded LOT’s (www.lot.com) inaugural direct flight from Newark to Warsaw. From the Frederick Chopin International Airport, we were driven to the luxurious Regent Warsaw Hotel (www.regent-warsaw.com) downtown, after which we left for the Sawa Bistro, named after the legendary Warsaw mermaid - the city’s guardian.
To make the most of your clients’ Poland experience, offer them accommodation in one of the many historic and beautiful castles that have been transformed into boutique hotels. Travelers to Poland have many unique opportunities to stay in places of historic significance, with the ability to experience and enjoy the nearby tourism sites, museums, local cuisine, and all that Poland has to offer. See these and more castle stay possibilities at www.poland.travel/en/castles-palaces
Allow me to take a few moments to introduce you to the latest love of my life, the lovely and lush country of Slovenia, a land of fairytales and forests that stole my heart for six days. You may remember it as part of Yugoslavia or know Slovenia as the birthplace of the First Lady of the United States, but you must travel to this verdant land to appreciate its magic. Slovenia connects the Alps, the Mediterranean and the Pannonian Plain in accessible distances. You can easily pair a trip to Slovenia with a visit to Austria, Hungary, Croatia or Italy. But you just may want to stay for a week, a while, or forever.
One of the primary reasons for my passion for this tiny country which is about the size of New Hampshire, is that it is full of diversity and surprises. Did you know that the noble white Lipizzaner horses hail from Slovenia? Or that Slovenia is home to Predjama Castle, the largest cave castle in the world? It seems almost implausible that a landscape dotted with ancient castles and steeples is just 26 years old. Join in a journey through the mountains filled with grazing pastoral animals, ribbons of greenery and breathtaking scenery.
With a long list of musicians, composers and artists, Germany has influenced Europe’s cultural scene for centuries. These days, Northern Germany commands the spotlight. Hamburg, one of the world’s fastest-growing ports, opened the stunning Elbphilharmonie concert hall. In Lübeck—celebrating its 30th anniversary as a UNESCO World Heritage Site—museums honor Nobel Prize-winning novelists Thomas Mann and Günter Grass. In Berlin, the capital, art-lovers flock to scores of galleries, including the newly opened Museum Barberini in Potsdam.
Recently, I had the opportunity to cruise the Rhine River onboard Uniworld’s river boat, the Antoinette. Like so many of you, I’ve been on lots of cruises, both ocean and river. I knew my travel agent friends would expect me to tell them what I thought about the experience, so for all seven days I ate, drank, went sightseeing, mingled with other guests and participated in the activities. It was Uniworld’s attention to detail made this cruise exceptional.
What does “Attention To Detail” mean? What does such attention mean to a passenger’s enjoyment of the trip? How does Uniworld stand out in this category? Let’s take a look....
With stunning islands and the most gorgeous water on the planet, Greece has always attracted tons of tourists, all clamoring for fun and relaxation in the Mediterranean sun. I just visited Greece and discovered a true treasure - Naxos - an island like no other. Go there now, for the secret is sure to be out soon.
Landing in Athens, I visited the Acropolis then marveled at the remarkable antiquities at The Acropolis Museum before I hopped a ferry to Naxos.
Boasting some of the world’s cleanest waters, charming islands and a coast lined with World Heritage sites, the Adriatic Sea is one of the world’s premier cruising grounds. Most of the vessels plying these waters are not large cruise ships, but rather large yachts, ranging from rustic traditional sail boats to luxury yachts, providing an unspoiled, uncrowded cruise vacation option for your clients.
Captivated by the rolling hills, forest and patchworks of vineyards full of lush grapevines, my journey is heightened by the sounds, sights, and smells of the fresh countryside as my train travels from Paris to the Champagne-Ardennes. This adventure is heightened by the vivid landscape of lush, green vineyards creating a striking contrast against a dark blue sky in the Champagne region that conjures up bright images, like those featured in a Chagall painting.
We came to this famous wine region to deepen our understanding and appreciation of some of the best wine produced in the world. Beaune, we soon discover, is a bustling town with a decidedly sophisticated rural ambience located in the very heart of the French countryside. Beneath medieval ramparts and former cloistered convents, vast mazes of wine cellars are connected under the entire ancient town, creating an extraordinary setting connecting the past with the present.
Rail travel is a quick, easy and efficient way to travel in Europe. France’s TGV and other high-speed routes speed clients from city to city, leaving more time for enjoying the attractions. On long trips, night trains can save time by combining sleep with changing cities. But convenience is not the only reason to tell your clients about Europe’s excellent rail network: riding one of the great scenic routes by train can be the highlight of your client’s vacation.
Any list of the world’s greatest train rides includes a number in Europe, where trains are the best vantage point for scenic landscapes. Remind clients that trains have a big advantage over driving: everyone can marvel at the scenery, as no one needs to be watching the road.