Author: Kathryn GerkenInternational Destination River Cruise

Cruising the Danube River

Two weeks ago, Tim and I boarded the Avalon Illumination in Budapest, Hungary to cruise up the Danube River. This is our first experience with river cruising. This itinerary is called Magnificent Europe. It spans 3 rivers and 68 locks over a 14-night cruise. As we boarded the ship, we were efficiently and warmly welcomed on board… Read more

Author: Kathryn GerkenGroup Travel International Destination Tours

Escorted Ireland

In February of 1991, a friend and I took our first international trip without our parents. It was an adventure to remember and one of our stops was Ireland. We braved the “wrong-sided” roads and explored the southern area of the Emerald Isle. I must admit that while I enjoyed the trip, we should have… Read more

Author: Kathryn GerkenInternational Destination

Is Europe On Sale?

The exchange rate between the Euro and the US dollars is great, right now. It is almost a 1:1 ratio, which makes traveling to Europe this year more attractive than ever. Not only is it more affordable, but the many travel style options that Europe offers makes it desirable on many levels. Europe in depth… Read more

Author: Kathryn GerkenFamily Travel Themed travel

Cruising Styles

      The world of cruising is vast. There are cruise ships, routes and experiences for every type of traveler. We are currently in the WAVE season. This is a term that the travel industry uses to describe the optimal time to book a cruise. Many of the cruise suppliers have the best sales… Read more

Author: Kathryn GerkenTours Travel Planning

Experience Travel

  Travel is all about experiences. Avid travelers are looking for the next experience to build their memories. Whether that is sampling unusual food in Asia, cave diving in Belize or just renting a kayak in Hawaii, we travel to experience. Most of my adult life I have traveled without the aid of a tour… Read more

Author: Kathryn GerkenInternational Destination

River Cruising

How do you like to cruise? This week I learned about river cruising through the Viking Cruise Lines. They offer European river cruising as well as paddle boat cruising on the Mississippi River and a few ocean cruises on smaller vessels. I am not particularly a cruiser. I tend to get seasick. However, the great… Read more