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Scenic cruises cruises have become one of today’s most popular choices for vacations, tourism and sightseeing. Some of the best river cruises offer picturesque sailing aboard luxury ships. This is truly the way to go when travel is on your mind. Luxury Danube river cruises have to be experienced to be fully enjoyed. Imagine this… […]

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Scenic cruises cruises have become one of today’s most popular choices for vacations, tourism and sightseeing. Some of the best river cruises offer picturesque sailing aboard luxury ships. This is truly the way to go when travel is on your mind.

Luxury Danube river cruises have to be experienced to be fully enjoyed. Imagine this… the surreal feeling of sailing along the beautiful river past many of the most exciting landmarks, beautiful cities and historic towns.

Here are three European River cruises you won’t want to miss:

1. The Luxury Danube River Cruise

Spend eight days aboard a ship that glides as gracefully as a swan along the Danube River from Nuremberg to Budapest. If eight days isn’t enough, experience the eleven-day Classic Prague to Nuremberg to Budapest cruising soiree. These are some of Europe’s oldest and most historic cities filled with tourist delights and impressive architecture of centuries’ old castles and buildings.

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Days and nights full of glorious food, fun and activities aboard ship or ashore sound just perfect don’t you agree?

2. The Temptations of the Magical Moselle and Thine River

Another luxury river cruise to enjoy is the Moselle and Rhine River Cruise. This twelve-day cruise is a veritable fairy tale full of all of the romance of the Black Forest, picturesque castles and delightful temptations of regional cuisine. The Moselle and Rhine River Cruise begins upon arrival in Basel, Switzerland. The next day the fairy tale begins with a visit to the Black Forest followed by the exclusive elegance of Strasbourg, Mainze and several other of Europe’s loveliest, traditional cities.

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No cruise on the Moselle and Rhine is complete without a stop in Amsterdam.

3. Cruising the Great Rivers of Europe in Classic Elegance

Ship accommodations offer a level of luxury that make guests feel like royalty. Cabins, state rooms and one-bedroom suites are furnished in upscale design with every amenity provided. Relax aboard the spacious deck or take a daily swim in the pool. At night, enjoy the bar and lounge with its enticing views from floor-to-ceiling windows. Enjoy late evening cocktails with a romantic view seen only from a cruise ship. No other form of travel offers this level of elegance or scenic vistas.

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When the travel urge begins, consider booking a river cruise, we promise you won’t regret it!

Have you experienced a river cruise yet in an exciting location?

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Budapest, Hungary – Europe #21 [VIDEO] http://www.aswetravel.com/budapest-hungary-travel-video/ http://www.aswetravel.com/budapest-hungary-travel-video/#comments Sun, 02 Oct 2011 06:00:32 +0000 http://www.aswetravel.com/?p=23830 jQuery(document).ready(function(){ var options = { sites : new Array("facebook","twitter","gplus","linkedin","stumpleupon"), plugin_url : "http://www.aswetravel.com/wp-content/plugins/all-in-one-social/" }; load_all_in_one_social_banner(options); });

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Coming from Eastern Europe, Budapest felt very much like the gateway to Western Europe – one example is the train system: in Budapest the trains finally leave on time – such subtle changes, but very noticeable. But the city still has that Eastern feel and tradition, where being offered a shot of plum brandy in the […]

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Coming from Eastern Europe, Budapest felt very much like the gateway to Western Europe – one example is the train system: in Budapest the trains finally leave on time – such subtle changes, but very noticeable.

But the city still has that Eastern feel and tradition, where being offered a shot of plum brandy in the morning is nothing strange at all!

It’s a city with many things to see and do, a place where you can come any time of the year and it will still be beautiful and you can still have fun.

To read more about our time in Budapest, make sure you check out:

We hope you enjoyed our Budapest video, and stay tuned for at least 1 new video every week – Next stop Slovakia!

(Our Budapest Episode was Sponsored by InterRail & Backpack Budapest)

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Returning To Budapest – Our Second Impressions http://www.aswetravel.com/returning-to-budapest-second-impressions/ http://www.aswetravel.com/returning-to-budapest-second-impressions/#comments Sat, 01 Oct 2011 12:00:06 +0000 http://www.aswetravel.com/?p=21387 jQuery(document).ready(function(){ var options = { sites : new Array("facebook","twitter","gplus","linkedin","stumpleupon"), plugin_url : "http://www.aswetravel.com/wp-content/plugins/all-in-one-social/" }; load_all_in_one_social_banner(options); });

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Budapest was our last stop on our very first around the world trip together in 2008, which is why it felt quite special to be going back there a few years later. A lot of things have changed since we were there last time. Not so much with the city itself, but with us - […]

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Budapest was our last stop on our very first around the world trip together in 2008, which is why it felt quite special to be going back there a few years later.

A lot of things have changed since we were there last time. Not so much with the city itself, but with us - yes that is us on the right there back in 2008 —>

Back then Budapest was a part of Europe which we had never seen before, and I remember that we thought it was such a rough place and that the people were very unwelcoming.

You think you learn a lot from a “once off” trip around the world, but the truth is that your first trip around the world is merely an introduction, it’s the travels you make after that which makes you grow and learn even more.

This time around, we arrived there after having traveled through most areas in Eastern Europe, and our impressions were quite different from the previous time.

Coming from Eastern Europe, Budapest felt very much like the gateway to Western Europe – one example is the train system: in Budapest the trains finally leave on time – such subtle changes, but very noticeable.

But the city still has that Eastern feel and tradition, where being offered a shot of plum brandy in the morning is nothing strange at all!

This time we didn’t find Budapest rough, and apart from an angry woman yelling at me throwing her heavy key chain trying to hit me with it twice on the street – people were quite friendly…

It’s a city with many things to see and do, a place where you can come any time of the year and it will still be beautiful and you can still have fun.

We were there during the summer, and it was super hot outside. Wintertime is the ultimate time to go there if you want to check out the thermal baths, but during summer it’s the perfect weather to check out the rest of the city.

Budapest is a city you can spend quite a few days in and every day it shows a different side.

I’d like to describe Budapest as a city that grows on you. I liked it better the second time than the first, and I can see myself liking it even more if I go back there a third time and really give the city some time to show me its hidden gems.

I have a feeling that Budapest will become like one of those acquaintances that you never planned to get to know but happen to run into randomly every now and then, creating a friend-ship over time.

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City Guide – 24 Hours In Budapest, Hungary http://www.aswetravel.com/city-guide-24-hours-in-budapest-hungary/ http://www.aswetravel.com/city-guide-24-hours-in-budapest-hungary/#comments Tue, 15 Jun 2010 12:00:15 +0000 http://www.aswetravel.com/?p=3436 jQuery(document).ready(function(){ var options = { sites : new Array("facebook","twitter","gplus","linkedin","stumpleupon"), plugin_url : "http://www.aswetravel.com/wp-content/plugins/all-in-one-social/" }; load_all_in_one_social_banner(options); });

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Budapest give you a very different experience to the western part of Europe. There is a rough unpolished beauty about Budapest,  one that you don’t experience in nearby places like Vienna where the buildings are white, clean, and pretty. KnowIt: Budapest is divided into two parts: Buda & Pest = Budapest 8 am – Pálinkás […]

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Budapest give you a very different experience to the western part of Europe. There is a rough unpolished beauty about Budapest,  one that you don’t experience in nearby places like Vienna where the buildings are white, clean, and pretty.

KnowIt: Budapest is divided into two parts: Buda & Pest = Budapest

8 am – Pálinkás jó reggelt!

Start the morning with a hearty breakfast and a palinka (Hungarian alcoholic shot), and greet your fellow travelers with the traditional greeting “Pálinkás jó reggelt!”, which means “Good morning with Pálinkás!”

Budapest is a beautiful city to see from afar, so you will get the best views from the top of the hill of Buda.

9 am – Start the day on top.

Take the castle bus up to the Fisherman’s Bastion. An amazing panoramic view over the city and Donau river. You’ll also see the best side of the majestic Parliament building, which is a lot nicer from a distance than up close.

11 am – Chain Bridge and Oldest Cafe In Town

Walk over the famous Chain bridge and take some nice photos. Have lunch or a coffee break at one of the oldest cafes in town, Cafe Gerbeaud. It’s a cafe with a long history dating back to 1858, and is known for its huge variety of cakes and sweets. It’s quite a touristy place, so finding cafes is not a problem in Budapest, there is a cafe around every street corner!

1 pm – Shop at the Market

Soak up the food culture and buy some of the traditional handicrafts in the Central Market Hall. Don’t forget to buy some of their beloved Paprika spice that they happily cover ALL food with.

2 pm – People & History

A visit to the Holocaust Memorial Center would be interesting even for those who don’t like museums. It’s a very strong, moving experience, and you really get an insight in the history of Budapest and an understanding of why the city looks and feels the way it does. See the pain and suffering the people have gone through.

Being here and then going back to town and see all the old houses with bulletholes all over is tough, especially if you’re staying in one of the hostels (where we stayed) in the old Jewish Quarter, which used to be the old Jewish Ghetto the Nazi’s created during world war2.

4 pm – Shop Vintage

Walk along the streets, there are many vintage and second hand shop with some really interesting stuff.

5 pm – Luxury Latte

Have another coffee and cake – this time make sure it is at the New York Cafe, probably the most beautiful cafe in Europe. A visit to this luxurious cafe is a true experience in itself. The cafe is covered with gold decorations and details everywhere – be aware: it’s VERY expensive – but such an amazing thing to see!

The cafe dates back to 1894 and used to be very popular among the rich writers, poets and journalists who belonged to the upper-class folk of Hungary.

6 pm – Pleasures Of Life

Take a dip and play some chess in the Hungarian thermal pools. Many to choose between, but can get really crowded. Széchenyi is a beautiful thermal bath, and also one of the biggest in Europe.

There are 15 different pools for swimming, massaging or just relaxing playing a game in chess, including all-year outdoor pools which is really nice to relax in when the weather is a bit chilly.

The building is of a Neo-baroque style and was built in 1913, so not only will you enjoy soaking in the sun but also get a chance to soak up some history.

9 pm – Dinner Time

There are so many restaurants to choose between, and the famous award winning Gunde right by the Heroes Square might be a bit pricey for the normal backpacker. If you can afford it however, it’s worth a visit. In 1913, Károly Gundel decided to open a family-type restaurant in the same neighborhood for the visitors of the Budapest Zoo. Only women cook and serve the dishes, it might sound a bit sexist but it sure is different.

For more budget options, check out this site for a list of great budget restaurants.

If you have a spare day

A great thing to do is to join a free guide tour around the city.

The Free Budapest Walking Tour starts at 10.30 am and goes on for about 3 hours, and the guides are local students looking to get some extra cash (they get payed by tip). The goal of this walking tour is to discover and experience Budapest through the eyes of the insiders, to bring to life streets, bridges and statues.

Visit triptobudapest for more info.

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