Europe

Posted in Cruises, Culinary, Europe, Food, Golf, River Cruising, Theme Vacations, on 15 October 2021, by , 0 Comments

Do you have a hobby that you adore or an interest in something that keeps you excited?
Well, why not experience it in a different way by taking it to the sea or river.

This week we are highlighting some specialty/themed cruises that may just pique your interest. These cruise lines have taken care to curate voyages for enthusiasts from all walks of life. Food, wine, culture, wellness, sports, music are just some of the many options. So if you just want to be around like-minded people while cruising or if you belong to a special interest club or organization that is looking for a different meeting place or conference then let us know and we can arrange an amazing specialized voyage for you. It’s one of our favorite things for us travel tailors to do.

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1. AmaWaterways – Wine Cruises
AmaWaterways’ Celebration of Wine River Cruises allow you to discover the world’s most fabled wine regions. On your journey, you’ll be accompanied by a North American Wine Host, who will
guide you through the wonderful vineyards and wines of Europe.

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Posted in Europe, River Cruising, on 1 October 2021, by , 0 Comments

In Central and Eastern Europe, you’ll find some of the most spectacular landscapes, wine, architecture—castles, churches, and war memorials—as well as some of the most colorful, inviting cultures in the world.  But what’s the best way to see it all? An AmaWaterways cruise down the Danube River, of course.

Vilshofen Germany | Danube| Ingenious Travel

Germany 

The journey begins with a guided tour through the beautiful medieval city of Nuremberg where you’ll see the Imperial Castle, the famous town wall, and the legendary fountain of the Market Square. For history buffs, there’s a guided tour of the city’s most significant WWII sites, including the Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Grounds, and the Nuremberg Trials Memoriam and Courtroom 600 (if the courtroom is not in session).

Next, you can savor traditional Franconian specialties including Nuremburger bratwurst, rotbier (red beer) and lebkuchen (gingerbread). While en route to the next destination, Regensburg, you’ll cruise through the man-made Main-Danube Canal.

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Posted in Europe, on 20 August 2021, by , 0 Comments

There are plenty of things to do in Edinburgh, Scotland other than just walking around or running after poltergeists along Old Town’s Royal Mile.

If you are in the city, you are just minutes away from exciting activities. You can jump on a train and go beach-hopping or wildlife watching. You can also swim with sharks in gigantic aquariums, explore magnificent palaces or hike around scenic trails. Of course, don’t forget about playing a round of golf at striking world-class courses. These are just some of the many options available for enthusiastic tourists visiting Scotland’s capital.

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Ireland | Ingenious Travel

Posted in Europe, on 16 July 2021, by , 0 Comments

Have you been to Ireland? Perhaps you were supposed to visit last year? Well, the good news is, Ireland is opening to US travelers again next week, July 19th!

You’ve put off visiting the Cliffs of Moher, Killarney National Park, and Blarney Castle long enough. It’s finally time to take that trip to Ireland! We applaud that decision, but before you book that brewery tour or get too excited about visiting Dublin’s Grafton Street, here are a few tips to make for a more enjoyable trip.

Consider Car Travel

The best sites in the Emerald Isle are seen via public transportation or tour buses, but renting a car is not a bad idea to get to those obscure sites. Be sure the vehicle you rent is a small one, as rural roads in Ireland are narrow. Oh, and the Irish drive on the left side of the road and pass on the right.

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Posted in Europe, Golf, Groups, River Cruising, Theme Vacations, on 25 June 2021, by , 0 Comments

Ocean cruises have been a popular way to vacation for decades, and for good reason. They’re affordable, convenient, and offer travelers peace of mind knowing that everything they need for a fantastic getaway is all in one place. What could be better than that? Well, consider a river cruise.

You might think that the words “inland” and “cruise” are incompatible. Well, let me show you on AmaWaterways just how superbly well they go together. AmaWaterways river cruises combine all the comfort and convenience of an ocean cruise with the excitement of European excursions at each port of call.

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South of France | Provence | Ingenious Travel

Posted in Europe, on 28 May 2021, by , 0 Comments

Nice is in the south of France. The Queen of the French Riviera, which the French call ” la Cote d’Azur” (Azure Coast or Blue Coast). It is a wonderful city with lots of charm and character; a mixture of French and Italian cultures where the people are easy-going and friendly even if you don’t speak French.

Although you might think it is a summer resort, you can visit Nice at any time of the year and still have a good time. If you happen to go in the winter, you will be surprised to see flowers in their numerous parks and gardens. Nice has a Mediterranean winter, so the temperature stays around 40 to 50 degrees during the coldest months but if you like skiing, ski resorts such as Valberg and Isola 2000 can be reached by car in one or two hours. If you go in the summer, get ready to share the city with lots of tourists. The popular streets where most restaurants and cafes are, can get crowded, but they can be a lot of fun if you enjoy people watching; and since most of the streets are closed to traffic, it is not hard to just walk around and enjoy the upbeat atmosphere.

Nice has a major airport and its close location to the city makes getting there a cinch.

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Posted in Europe, on 30 April 2021, by , 0 Comments

When one speaks of Bordeaux, what immediately comes to mind are the scenic countryside and its sprawling vineyards, elegant wine cellars, and lovely chateaus of this beautiful part of France.

Even if you do not care for any of these and would prefer a destination with a bubbly art, music, and culture scene, you will be pleasantly surprised that the city of Bordeaux is still a perfect fit for you. You don’t have to tour the wineries to enjoy your stay in the area. All you have to do is to stay within the city center and you can be sure to have a great time exploring the stylish metropolitan atmosphere.

It is easy to visit Bordeaux from various parts of France. Direct flights are available but trains and buses are more practical and provide a more scenic journey to the city. Those who are coming from the romantic City of Lights (Paris), can just hop on a train and be there in just about three hours. You also do not have to worry about scheduling your trip because you can just catch any of the 25 daily trains leaving Paris for Bordeaux’s Gare Saint Jean main train station.

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Croatia | Ingenious Travel

Posted in Europe, Family Travel, Groups, Travel, on 16 April 2021, by , 0 Comments

Nicknamed the “Pearl of the Adriatic”, Dubrovnik is certainly a treasure of picturesque and stunning scenery in the country of Croatia. The entire city is a wonderful sight to see, but its walled Old Town remains as the city’s crowning glory. There is no better way to explore this old fortress than to follow the direction of your own two feet.

You can begin your exploration from several other gates of the Old Town, but my personal favorite is from the ever-busy Pile Gate. Upon entry, it immediately sweeps you off your feet to a dizzying but exciting array of intriguing sights to see.

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Ireland Castle | Ingenious Travel

Posted in Europe, Family Travel, Girlfriend Getaways, Groups, Ireland, Luxury, on 5 February 2021, by , 0 Comments

Most people dream of one day living in the regal and whimsical castles they read about from childhood in storybooks. Now that many castles are opening their doors to the general public, you can live out your fantasy in the grandest fashion. Here are three of the best castles you can stay at in Ireland:

Ireland Castle | Ingenious Travel

Photo from Lough Eske Castle, County Donegal

Lough Eske Castle, County Donegal

The Lough Eske Castle has, over the years, witnessed conquest, defeat, destruction, and restoration. Its long and vibrant history has established it as a symbol of warm Donegal hospitality, attracting international guests for over 150 years. The castle has earned a long list of awards and accreditations during this time, and rightfully so!

This impressive architectural wonder, with its tall steeples and majestic forests, has something to offer everyone! Its interior is intricately designed, with scintillating marble flooring, romantic fireplaces, spiral staircases, and brimming, unashamed extravagance.

If you manage to pull yourself away from the opulent interior, you will get to experience what many call the “walker’s paradise” as the International Appalachian Trail passes by the castle. There are also many amenities, such as an indoor swimming pool, fine dining with local cuisines, and a luxurious five-star spa. There are many activities to participate in like horse riding, archery, kayaking, and even surfing – if you’re willing to make the trip to Rossnowlagh or Bundoran.

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