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Explore the Castles of Transylvania from Bucharest

The impressive exterior of Peles Castle.

The Peles and Bran castles are a few hours drive outside of Bucharest, therefore making a great day trip to our Romania travel plans. Since we were traveling without a car, I chose to book the Castles of Transylvania from Bucharest Private Tour in order to discover the true history of the region.

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October 7, 2015 by | Comments Off

Festivals Around the World in October

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Photo credit: nicolicreer via Flickr.

From religious ceremonies to hot air balloons, October is filled with a variety of festivals. The changing colors in many places, along with cooler days, and the refreshing calm before the hectic holiday season draw locals and travelers to some of the world’s most famous – and obscure – events. Since festivals often showcase local and traditional music, arts and crafts, dance and food, attending an event is one of the best ways to learn about regional traditions, customs, cuisines and values. Here’s a roundup of October festivals around the world.

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October 2, 2015 by | 0 Comments

The Best of Bucharest With a Private Guide

Downtown Bucharest

Razvan Trancu has 13 years of tour guide experience as well as a varied background that includes a law school degree and operations work in a film studio. He was born and raised in Bucharest and enjoys the cultural exchange of his profession as well as putting travelers at ease as he takes them on tours around his city as a Viator private guide. He took the time recently to provide us his local perspective on Bucharest’s interesting history and many attractions.

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September 29, 2015 by | Comments Off

A Slovenian Coast and Karst Region Day Trip

Predjama Castle

From the moment my tour guide, Peter, introduced himself, I knew it was going to be a fun day. I’d arrived in Ljubljana, the charming capital of Slovenia, the day before this trip, eager to learn as much as possible about this small but vibrant country. I climbed into a comfortable, air-conditioned van and introduced myself to the other seven participants on the Slovenian Coast and Karst Region Day Trip from Ljubljana.

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September 14, 2015 by | Comments Off

Viator Instagram ‘Summer Staycation’ Photo Contest Winner

Summer is coming to a close and so is the Viator Instagram ‘Summer Staycation’ photo contest. Viator insiders explored their own cities to bring us amazing photos and insider travel tips. Take a look at our top ten favorites:

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September 10, 2015 by | Comments Off

The Beginner’s Guide to Food in Ljubljana

Discover Ljubuljana's culinary delights.

The Slovenes adore food and the ceremony of eating with family and friends; they are proud of their national cuisine and one of the best-loved sayings is “love comes through the stomach.” Their food is heavily influenced by the country’s history and surroundings. Arising from the ashes of the bitter break up of former Yugoslavia in the 1990s, tiny Slovenia is a wealthy country with a healthy GDP and a small, sophisticated capital city. At a cultural crossroads in Europe — Slovenia is surrounded by Italy, Croatia, Hungary and Austria — Ljubljana has borrowed from the cuisines of these countries.

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September 4, 2015 by | Comments Off

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

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