If you're one of those people who never really considered a cruise because you've always thought of them as just laying by the pool in a big boat on the ocean -- which certainly has its place -- think again. There is another kind of cruising known as river cruising, with a greater emphasis on spending time on land between stops, and some great tours to be had.
One of the biggest and best companies that specializes in river cruises is Viking River Cruises, and boy have they got some great adventures on their roster of tours. From Europe to China to Russia, immerse yourself in different cultures along with the luxuries of fine dining and first rate travel by sea. Or river, anyway.
Out of all the trips they offer, this one just may be the coolest: Venice to Istanbul, where you can see the whirling dervishes firsthand. the romance and nostalgia of Venice, writing than gondolas in the canals and dining on fine Italian cuisine than travel through Croatia and Greece to the last stop in Istanbul and visiting all of the ancient mysteries of ornate mosques and a whole other world.
The video shows a little taste of what you're missing by not visiting Istanbul, which many travelers wouldn't even think about putting on their list with so many other popular tourist attractions in the world. But see if you can watch this video and not want to run out and book a Viking River Cruise tour for 2014.
- Day 1 | Venice, Italy
- Day 2 | Pula, Croatia
- Day 3 | Dubrovnik, Croatia
- Day 4 | Kotor, Montenegro
- Day 5 | Cruising the Ionian Sea
- Day 6 | Santorini (Thira), Greece
- Day 7 | Athens (Piraeus), Greece
- Day 8 | Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey
- Day 9 | Istanbul, Turkey
- Day 10 | Istanbul, Turkey
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