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Top 10 Things to Do in Transylvania

The mythical land of Vlad the Impaler, Transylvania is the wild frontier of once-secretive Romania. It’s a mysterious region encircled by the Carpathian Mountains and is rapidly opening up to the West. It’s home to enticing Saxon-cum-Baroque cities, medieval villages, fortified churches and magical castles. There’s so much to see and do, but here are our picks for the top 10 things to do in Transylvania:

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August 26, 2015 by | Comments Off

10 Best Things to See in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mostar on the Neretva River, in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina has an ancient history at the crossroads between east and west in Europe, and a multiculturalism that reflects this legacy in its architecture, food, literature and art. Add to that the country’s unspoiled natural beauty and determination to fight back after the tribulations of the Balkan Wars of Independence, and it’s no wonder people are once more discovering this gutsy little land. Here are the 10 best things to do in Bosnian and Herzegovina — just get there before the crowds.

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August 24, 2015 by | Comments Off

August Top Photos of the Month: Mediterranean Travels

Make sure to enjoy all of Croatia, including the Plitvice Lakes National Park waterfalls

We want to dig our toes in the sand, kick up the ocean waves on a cruise and pull out our binoculars from the highest mountain tops to make the most of our Mediterranean travels with Viator’s August Top Photos of the Month!

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August 12, 2015 by | Comments Off

Spending the Day at Trakai

Trakai Castle.

Lithuania is a country with rich history, beautiful scenery and Baroque architecture that will undoubtedly soon be a firm fixture on the destination hotlist. The small Eastern European nation joined the EU 10 years ago and is the home to the historic capital city of Vilnius. There are many charms lying within easy reach of Vilnius. One of the most popular day trips from the capital is to Trakai.

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August 10, 2015 by | Comments Off

Five Sights Not to Miss in Slovenia

Beautiful Bled

Ljubljana’s pastel-painted Old Town, castle, Baroque churches and edgy Metelkova district intriguingly combine clashing architectural styles, making it a perfect destination to spend a few days. But beyond this lovely city lies some of central Europe’s most spellbinding countryside. Here are five sights not to miss in Slovenia — many still remarkably overlooked on the tourist trails and just waiting to be explored.

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August 4, 2015 by | Comments Off

Five Top Sights in Lithuania

Vilnius Old Town.

Lithuania’s lovely, small capital of Vilnius has a deliciously photogenic Old Town and many reasons to tempt visitors to explore; but outside the capital there are many more attractions to discover, from remote sandy beaches to bravura Baroque architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage memorial constructed from crucifixes. Here are five top sights in Lithuania, all within easy reach of Vilnius:

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July 30, 2015 by | Comments Off

Small Carpathian Wine Country Day Trip

Daytripping to Carpathian wine country from Bratislava

The Carpathian Mountains run from Western Slovakia, near Bratislava, all the way to Transylvania in Romania. Slovakia was formerly behind the Iron Curtain, and part of the sprawling Austro-Hungarian Empire prior to World War I. Then it separated from Czechoslovakia to become its own country. Does Slovakia have an identity of its own? The locals certainly think so. I booked the Small Carpathian Wine Country Day Trip From Bratislava, the capital, in order to find out.

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July 28, 2015 by | Comments Off

Ten Great Day Trips from Riga

Sunset on the Jurmala coast.

Sandwiched between Estonia and Lithuania, Latvia’s capital of Riga has exploded with fun things to do since the end of Soviet occupation and has become party-central of the Baltic. Outside the capital, the frenetic pace of life slows right down in towns and villages where time has virtually stood still. To see the contrast between the country’s turbulent history and its natural beauty, check out these suggestions for day trips from Riga:

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July 23, 2015 by | Comments Off

A Walk Through Culture & Food of Sofia

Bulgarian sausages and dried meats.

To learn about the city we took a Food Tasting and Cultural Walking Tour on our first day in Sofia–which proved to be the perfect introduction. We set out to spend three hours sampling Bulgarian cuisine and discovering the layers of this fascinating city.

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July 20, 2015 by | Comments Off

Five Reasons to Visit Bucharest

Get off the beaten path in beautiful Bucharest

Often overlooked by visitors as a drab, post-Communist city, Bucharest is actually anything but. In addition to centuries’ worth of architecture to discover, the city has a vibrant, celebratory vibe that mingles with a café culture and edgy nightlife. The Soviet blues are fast disappearing but prices are still cheap in comparison to other European cities, so stay a while to explore the five top things to do in Bucharest.

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July 14, 2015 by | Comments Off

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