No border checkpoint – Salamanca Spain from Portugal’s Douro River on CroisiEurope cruise
Main square in Salamanca Spain

No border checkpoint – Salamanca Spain from Portugal’s Douro River on CroisiEurope cruise

By Eileen Ogintz SALAMANCA, Spain -- We are biking across an ancient Roman bridge – so old that it dates to the first century after Christ. Despite the chilly, wet…

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Porto: Booming city in Northern Portugal popular for river cruises
CroisiEurope river boats in Porto

Porto: Booming city in Northern Portugal popular for river cruises

This region has become so popular with Americans that TAP Air Portugal now has several non-stop flights a week from the USA and many daily flights from Lisbon which take under an hour

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Taking the Kids — places made memorable in 2018 by what we ate
Mel and Andy dish out their Build Me Up Butternut red chili at the CB Chili and Beer Fest 2018

Taking the Kids — places made memorable in 2018 by what we ate

I realize as I look back over this past year that food has played a role in my family’s most memorable experiences. Here are five stand-out food memories for 2018:

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Taking the Kids — on a river cruise designed for families
Uniworld's River Countess docked in Venice Italy

Taking the Kids — on a river cruise designed for families

If you thought river cruises were only for seniors, think again. As the cruise industry reports rising interest in such trips, different lines are seeking ways to broaden their audience with more active excursions, an emphasis on food and wine and yoga and bikes onboard

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A Little Taste of Italy – Part 1

A Little Taste of Italy - October 2018 - Pt 1 - Starts in Milano with tour of Verona and Valpolicella Wine Region, followed by 6-day Uniworld River Cruise aboard the River Countess. Excursions to Ferrara, Padua, Chiccogia and Turano, with lots of time to explore Venice.

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Taking the Kids — and the whole family on a cruise
Windstar's Wind Spirit sailing in ahiti

Taking the Kids — and the whole family on a cruise

There are ships to suit every budget and travel style, from adventure-minded families chartering a small ship from a company like AdventureSmith Explorations that accommodates as few as a dozen guests, to a river cruise in Europe to a megaship in the Caribbean

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On a European river cruise with kids of all ages
Boarding the AMA Waterways Stella at the end of a 20 kilometer bike ride from Bratislava

On a European river cruise with kids of all ages

The all-inclusive nature of these cruises also seems to de-stress the experience — just choose which shore excursion you like, borrow a bike, enjoy complimentary wine and beer and more on some ships.

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Taking the Kids — on an adventure when they’re in or out of college
Our group of 30 Backroads bikers at lunch stop on last day of cruise-bike adventure

Taking the Kids — on an adventure when they’re in or out of college

Welcome to a Backroads Breakaway trip. Besides the biking, there are special walking tours in various cities and lunches in out-of-the-way local spots.

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