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  • Vacations-on-bikes becoming a hot market
    Vacations-on-bikes becoming a hot market
    Are you a little adventurous, in fairly good shape, and thinking about a vacation (perhaps a somewhat different kind of getaway this year)? If so, consider a tour of exotic destinations where you’d get around from place to place on bikes.The...
  • Check out Dracula's Castle in Transylvania -- no kiddin', it's really there
    Check out Dracula's Castle in Transylvania -- no kiddin', it's really there
    Movie-goers in 1931 gasped as “Renfield” – a young English lawyer sent to Transylvania to do business with a scary count in a scary castle – faints after spotting a bat. Baring fangs, the count’s three scary wives...
  • 'Napoleon' set to fight at Waterloo again -- with 168,000 spectators looking on
    'Napoleon' set to fight at Waterloo again -- with 139,000 spectators looking on
    The folks who hang their hats around the little Belgian village of Waterloo are shortly going to have a lot of company. That’s because an expected 139,000 spectators will be heading their way for the upcoming bicentennial reenactment of a...
  • Zip around Germany in high-speed trains
    Zip around Germany in high-speed trains
    Picture yourself downing a stein (or two) of suds and belting out choruses of Ach, du leiber Augustin in a beer hall in Munich. Or standing on the spot where President John F. Kennedy made his famous "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech in...
  • The Balkan Odyssey: A seven-nation journey through history
    The Balkan Odyssey: A seven-nation journey through history
    Check out a map of southeast Europe, and you’ll find the Balkan Peninsula (known as “the Balkans”) covering a bunch of countries running parallel to Italy down the east side of the Adriatic and Ionian Seas and stretching inland...
  • The trains in Spain run mainly on the plains
    The trains in Spain run mainly on the plains
    Take three of Spain’s most colorful cities, link them by super-high-speed trains, find some upscale hotels to stay in between train rides, allow lots of time for sightseeing and then let a savvy tour operator put everything together for you....
  • Bike Barcelona to Rome on the trail of Hannibal
    Bike Barcelona to Rome on the trail of Hannibal
    Attention serious cyclists: How would you like to join some new friends for a bike trip across Spain, France and Italy in the footsteps of the Carthaginian general Hannibal? On the 28-day journey you’ll peddle over the Pyrenees, the Alps and...
  • New: A chance to explore Portugal on a royal barge
    New: A chance to explore Portugal on a royal barge
    If you watched TV on June 3, 2012, chances are you were among the millions of people who enjoyed the eye-popping sight of a flotilla of 1,000 boats on the Thames River in England. The event was the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant, and the...
  • Romance calls -- from a cave
    Romance calls -- from a cave -- on the Greek island of Santorini
    How romantic can you get? Imagine honeymooning in a luxury cave on the cliffs of a Greek island 1,000 feet above the bluer-than-blue waters of the Mediterranean. It’s all yours at the Iconic Santorini on the fabled island of Santorini&rsquo...
  • A voyage to Iceland with the Vikings
    A voyage to Iceland with the Vikings
    SOUTHERN NORWAY, Viken Bay -- It’s 879 A.D., and Hallgerdyur is getting her 19-year-old son Skarphedinn ready for his first (and quite possibly his last) voyage to the New Lands. She packs his clothes and a few toiletries in a little box,...
  • Germany this summer: From rock to Bach
    Germany this summer: From rock to Bach
    Music is said to be “in the blood” of Germans – so it’s no wonder Germany has a full slate of music festivals planned for the summer. Here are some of the biggies:Rock am Ring: Set for June 5-8 in Eifel, the country’s...
  • Tourists can mosey around Dracula's castle on a new tour of Romania and Hungary
    Tourists can mosey around Dracula's castle on a new tour of Romania and Bulgaria
    Calling all history fans: Here’s a chance to get a first-hand look at the old-world cultures of Bulgaria and Romania – including a visit to the eerie Bran Castle in Transylvania (yes, the one said to be Dracula’s lair in Bram...
  • WW II 'Battle of the Bulge' museum opens in Belgium
    WW II 'Battle of the Bulge' museum opens in Belgium
    It’s late 1944, and after landing on the French beaches at Normandy the Allied forces are pressing forward to Germany. Hitler’s army, thought to be on the run, surprises the Allies by mounting a huge counterattack. Their objective is...
  • Cruising Norway: All four seasons work, experts say
    Cruising Norway: All four seasons work, experts say
    When's the best time to cruise the Norwegian fjords? In the summer – when most of the major cruise lines move their ships there – right? The weather is nice and you'll have loads of daylight to explore everything from glaciers...
  • Archaeological, history tours to explore Sicily
    New archaeological tours spotlight Sicily
    Memo to history fans: A new 13-day tour of Sicily will soon let you explore the archaeological legacies of the Italian island's Phoenician, Greek, Roman, Arab, Norman, Byzantine and Aragonese invaders. But hurry, the tour is limited to just 16...
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