I have had my head filled with fancy notions of cruising along the Danube in a boat that holds 150 passengers and stops at new and quaint towns and villages each morning. I went to a swanky lunch with Viking River Cruises and now I am hankering to see the Christmas markets with their twinkly lights and wafts of cinnamon while I browse for gifts that only a horder would love.
Viking is famous for its European river itineraries, but newly added is the enticing sounding Yangtze which meanders through rural China and also includes Beijing, Xian and Shanghai and wisks you off each day to some cultural doings (or not – its your choice). Try Peking Duck where it was invented and see some amazing acrobatics that only those petite Chinese gymnasts can do.
But I was even more enthused by the thought of the Russia and Ukraine voyages with a few nights in St Petersburg and Moscow. This is pitched to those who have seen the major cities in Europe and now want something different. Learn a bit of history and get amongst the Cossaks and Vikings, visit ancient towns, open-air museums. Visit the Kremlin and Red Square, or Kiev and the Black Sea. Ooohh I feel a Russian dance coming on….
AND … here’s the drumroll bit … I am reliably informed that unlike in the past when the last to book got the best price, the whole tourism industry is undergoing a bit of a correction and now the earlybirds are being rewarded. SO that means get in quick.