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Channel Your Inner Van Gogh on this Avalon Discovery Shore Excursion in Amsterdam

Channel Your Inner Van Gogh on this Avalon Discovery Shore Excursion in Amsterdam

What happens when you put three non-painters in a painting workshop? Can you really learn to paint like Van Gogh in an afternoon?  Those were the questions on all our minds as we walked to an art atelier near where our river cruise ship, the Avalon Vista, was docked in the heart of Amsterdam.By: Lynn Elmhirst, BestTripTVI'm creative but I have zero artistic skill. Even my handwriting is famously illegible.  My friends, travel expert Ryan McElroy and travel and gardening journalist Tara Nolan,...


New Wellness Cultural Journeys from Abercrombie & Kent Enrich Mind, Body, Spirit

New Wellness Cultural Journeys from Abercrombie & Kent Enrich Mind, Body, Spirit

Run and train like a warrior with the Maasai or hike to a vantage point high above Machu Picchu. Feed your spirit with inspiration at a home for underprivileged girls in India, or a silent alms ceremony in Luang Prabang, and feed your body with healing, Ayurvedic herbs in India, or fresh local produce at a cooking demonstration on Krabey Island. Re-orient your mind through guided meditation with a local teacher at Kuang Si Falls, or learn about the meaning of...

New Wellness Cultural Journeys from Abercrombie & Kent Enrich Mind, Body, Spirit

7 Tips for Touring Tuscany

7 Tips for Touring Tuscany

If you close your eyes and picture 'Italy', chances are, it's the rows of vineyards and cypress trees, villas and farmhouses, fabled towns and household-name works of art of Tuscany that come to mind.There are a million reasons why Tuscany is the setting of so many escapist novels, movies and life-changing travels. Here are our favorites:FLORENCEThe red rooftops of Florence are the symbol of Tuscany's capital and epic Italian Renaissance magic. Wandering the alleys and cobblestoned streets, the Boboli Gardens and the...


GAdventures Launches Wellness Collection

GAdventures Launches Wellness Collection

Adventure travel for the thrill? Or to be well? More and more travelers are turning to the exploration of other cultures and landscapes in search of food for the body and soul, spiritual inspiration, interaction with nature, and mindful practices.Maybe you're jump-starting a healthier way of life, need to take a break to de-stress or heal or reinforce wellness practices, and want to do it in the company of a small group of like-minded travelers in some of the most inspiring and...

GAdventures Launches Wellness Collection

Isle Travel Amazing Travel Deals with Viking River Cruises

Isle Travel Amazing Travel Deals with Viking River Cruises

It's happening! I am super excited to share with you the deals we have with Viking River Cruises. If you're interested in travelling up the Danube River through the beautiful countries of Germany, Austria, Slovakia, and Hungary you can learn all about it at the link below. How about the Rhine or through France or China?Viking River Cruise deals with Isle TravelThe verdict is out and river cruising is growing in popularity at a rapid-fire pace. Think of the convenience...


Discover Amsterdam's Local Food Scene on this Avalon Waterways Shore Excursion

Discover Amsterdam's Local Food Scene on this Avalon Waterways Shore Excursion

Everyone wants to try 'real' local food when they travel. But we don't always have a real local to point us in the right direction. That's why we loved our Avalon Waterways' culinary tour of the Jordaan, a walking-sipping-snacking tour of the revitalized neighborhood in Amsterdam. It gets you out of the tourist core and into the heart of the Dutch lifestyle the way the locals in the Netherlands really live.  Want to taste the local beer? And the snack the locals order...

Discover Amsterdam's Local Food Scene on this Avalon Waterways Shore Excursion

The Chinese New Year Dish You Need To Try This Year

The Chinese New Year Dish You Need To Try This Year

Kung Hey Fat Choi! Chinese New Year celebrations brighten up the winter months throughout Asia and Asian communities around the world. It's the most important date on the Lunar calendar and includes weeks of festivities with family and friends from late January through March. Many activities give everyone a chance to get into the spirit of a fresh, healthy, happy and prosperous upcoming year.Among the many outstanding traditions like lion dances, flower markets, decorations of lanterns, red and gold banners, and orange...


6 Reasons We Love Seabourn Cruises to Alaska

6 Reasons We Love Seabourn Cruises to Alaska

America's Last Frontier is a destination everyone should visit at least once in a lifetime of travel. Alaska's vast, untouched waters and shores are rich in breathtaking scenery and abundant land and marine wildlife in an unparalleled spectacle of Nature.Cruising along the pristine, emerald coast between British Columbia and Alaska is one of the very best perspectives and ways to experience Alaska's riches.Not just any cruise; here's what makes an Alaska cruise on ultra-luxury Seabourn so special.By: Lynn Elmhirst, Producer/ Host,...

6 Reasons We Love Seabourn Cruises to Alaska

8 Facts About the Panama Canal

8 Facts About the Panama Canal

Panama is one of the fastest-growing destinations in Central America, and the Panama Canal is the country's star attraction. Although it's on everyone's list of things to experience, the canal is more important as a global shipping transit than tourist experience. Whether you sail the canal on your next cruise or watch in action from land, here are 8 things you need to know about this wonder of the modern world.1. It's a short cut between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.The...


Ponies and 3 More Reasons to Visit Scotland's Shetland Islands

Ponies and 3 More Reasons to Visit Scotland's Shetland Islands

They say on St. Patrick's Day everyone's a little bit Irish. So it's fair to say that on Rabbie Burns' Day, we're all a little bit Scottish. The national poet of Scotland – he wrote the song you likely sing every New Year's Eve: Auld Lang Syne – was born on January 25, 1759. And every year on January 25th, Scots and people of Scottish ancestry world-wide celebrate the man voted the 'Greatest Scot' in the country's history.In Scotland and in...

Ponies and 3 More Reasons to Visit Scotland's Shetland Islands