I'm In Europe, And It's Cheap(er)

I Am In Europe, And It's Cheap(er)

I Am In Europe, And It's Cheap(er)

I just landed at Munich's efficient international airport. My first order of business was to purchase a few items from the drugstore here at the airport. No need to get personal and detail my list to you. It wasn't pregnancy tester, I can tell you that. That's not why I am writing anyway. I wanted to let you know how cheap it is here now, relatively speaking. The cost of the items I purchased was just under 10 euros, and after swiping my card, I was immediately notified by Chase Bank that an international charge had been made for a total of US$10.63. The amount was a heck of a lot less than what it would have been in 2008, when the same purchase would have cost me US$16. Back then a single euro commanded US$1.60. Walletwise, I think I am going to enjoy my visit to Europe this time more than I have in a long time. I have three river cruises ahead of me and a preview cruise on the new Viking Star. Stay tuned, this is going to be fun.

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Avid Cruiser Podcast: Elisabeth Gouzien Talks Saint-Malo

Avid Cruiser Podcast: Elisabeth Gouzien Talks Saint-Malo

One of Northwest France’s most attractive coastal towns, Saint-Malo has something to offer all cruise ship passengers: sublime scenery, bustling bars, trendy restaurants and cafes, cultural attractions, outdoor activities and Brittany’s best beaches. I interviewed Elisabeth Gouzien, who represents Saint-Malo, while at Cruise Shipping Miami during mid-March. I met Elisabeth in Saint-Malo a few years ago and on subsequent trips …

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Aix Cathedral

Shore Excursions From Marseille: The One Religious Monument To Visit In Aix-en-Provence

If you only plan to visit one church in Aix-en-Provence, I know just the one. It’s located on the route of the Roman Road, and it has fragments of an old Roman wall. Step inside an impressive Roman Catholic Cathedral that was built on the site of a 1st century Roman forum. The impressive structure is the Saint Sauveur Cathedral, …

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Viking Longships 2015 Christening: Day 2

Viking Longships 2015 Christening: Day 2

Viking River Cruises Christens 12 New Ships in Amsterdam Tuesday, March 24, 2015 After a morning of touring the beautiful Dutch city of Haarlem, guests returned to Viking River Cruises Viking Skirnir, where the red carpet had been rolled out at the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam for the big event: the christening of 12 brand-new vessels for Viking. Of those 12, …

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In Pictures: Christening Uniworld's S.S. Maria Theresa

In Pictures: Christening Uniworld's S.S. Maria Theresa

A Firsthand Look at Uniworld's New S.S. Maria Theresa Thursday, March 26, 2015 It’s been a busy week of river cruising here in Amsterdam, and we’re still very much playing catch-up. But even as I write this at 2:44 a.m. in the morning, I have to skip ahead a bit to show you one of the most striking ships on …

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7 Days Of All-Inclusive Barging, Plus Three Hotel Nights & Tours, $3,995 Per Person

Ready to go barging with our group of intrepid travelers? We have a great trip planned — a really great trip — and at a great price, $3,995 per person, double occupancy.

You'll need to contact me directly to get this price, and it's easiest to do so by using this link

Here's what is included:

• Six nights/Seven days of all-inclusive barging from Arles to Sete*

• Tours included everyday of the barge trip.

• PLUS two pre-hotel nights in a five-star hotel in Arles, including breakfast**

• PLUS one post-hotel night in a four-star hotel in Montpelier, including breakfast**

• PLUS three additional exclusive tours: Avignon, Pont du Gard & Chateauneuf du Pape, Sete Gourmet Markets Tour & Montpelier Tour

• For only $3,995  per person

* Transfers to Arles at the beginning of the trip and from Montpelier at the end of the trip are not included ** Note that a few lunches and dinners are not included for the pre/post days

I believe this trip offers an exceptional value. Barge trips nearly always start at more than $4,000 per person. And those are the beginning prices for the barge portion only. We're adding three extra nights at four- and five-star hotels, plus we're also adding special tours. All for $3,995 per person. CroisiEurope's price for the barge cruise alone is $2,824.

You'll find all of the details of the trip here.

Please let me know as soon as possible if you'd like to book space by contacting me through the form at this link.

I'm excited about taking you along and showing you some of my favorite places in one of my favorite regions of the world - and via a mode of travel that I think you'll find particularly appealing, barging.

Bon voyage, Ralph Grizzle

Six Tips To Extract More Joy From Your Cruise

In this free special report, I’ve put together a half dozen actionable items that can make the difference between cruise vacations that are memorable and others that fail to measure up to all you had hoped they would be. I’ve cruised on hundreds of ships, as a solo traveler and with family and friends.  — Ralph Grizzle, The Avid Cruiser

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