Viking River Grand European Tour Carries On An Age-Old Tradition

Magnificent Melk Abbey, along the Danube River's Wachau Valley

The English historian, Edward Gibbon, once remarked that, “According to the law of custom, and perhaps of reason, foreign travel completes the education of an English gentleman.” Gibbon might well be considered an authority on the issue. In 1763, he embarked on a tour of continental Europe. A year later, while sitting amid the ruins … Read more

Bratislava, Slovakia: Like its Castle and River, a Story of Perseverance

Primacialny Namestie (Primatial Square) in the historic center of Bratislava is artfully illuminated by night

I can’t say when I first learned of the Danube River. Perhaps a zealous geography teacher impressed the name in my adolescent mind. More likely, I read about it in one of the National Geographic magazines that were always stacked haphazardly in the front hall of my childhood home. Back then, the name evoked romance, … Read more