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I'm sure you're aware of the different river cruises as a travel consultant. We took Viking River Cruises from Budapest to Amsterdam last September. It was exceptional! Viking does the best job of all we have been on, and we just had a ball on this cruise. An extra day or two in Budapest is really recommended, since we really loved the city. Their current discounts make this trip very affordable.
Thank you so much for that feedback. I really appreciate it. You're absolutely right about the discounts. I have been showing them, (2 for 1 cruise + $1000 off air + complementary wine package) to my clients. That makes it all the more tempting. I do however have my eye on a River Cruise Line that has balconies on their ships. As you probably know, most of them don't. A lot of people say they don't spend much time in their cabin but me personally... One of the highlights on our Portugal Douro River Cruise was sitting out on our balcony enjoying the beautiful views of the towns and the vineyards along the way.
I adore Portugal. It's a shame because most people, especially Americans, just add on a bit, (maybe a couple of nights in Lisbon), to a Spain trip. I have been to Portugal 3 times and the last time, June '07, I spent 3 weeks on my honeymoon traveling all over the country from down South in the Algarve to up North in Porto where we took the cruise. We ended the trip with flying to Madeira and spending 4 nights in Reid's Palace which was delightful. Now that's the way to do Portugal properly although I haven't been to the Azores yet . Other than meeting some Americans on the cruise, (most were British), we didn't meet any other Americans on our entire trip. I blame it on the Portugal Tourism Bureau, as they don't market it enough in the US and I've told them that.