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Three Hotels in Austria

Vienna, Salzburg, and Innsbruck

Christmas Markets of ViennaThe Traveling Professor recently completed a small group tour to the Christmas Markets of Austria.  We visited Vienna, Steyr, Salzburg, and Innsbruck.  We had a delightful time at these Austrian Christmas Markets!  Our itinerary included 3 nights to visit the Vienna Christmas markets and a day trip to the Steyr Kristkindl Christmas markets.  We arrived in Salzburg for the Christmas Markets there for 3 nights then 2 nights for the Innsbruck Christmas Markets.   Read about my hotel recommendations and reviews here.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (183)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0
Categories: Germany & Austria

Are Europeans Rude to American Travelers?

Are Tourists No Longer Welcome in Europe?

are europeans rudeI am a semi-regular guest on the Scott Thompson radio program in Hamilton, Ontario.   In between interviews on the eclipse and Jerry Lewis, Scott spoke with me on-air about stories he heard about tourists no longer being welcome in Europe such as this one.  He also had some anecdotal stories of being treated rudely in Italy.  We had about 10 minutes to talk on air and afterwards, my website lit up like a Christmas tree.  See my comments on tourists being treated rudely or not being welcome in Europe.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (398)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0

Christmas Markets of Austria and Bavaria

Vienna, Salzburg, Innsbruck and Munich

christmas market tourLast year, The Traveling Professor ran the inaugural Christmas Markets of Austria and Bavaria tour.  Our journey was like going back in time, to the Christmas you remember as a child. Local markets with hand-made crafts, hot mulled wine, horses clip-clopping on the cobblestone, trumpeters in the evening, carolers,  and lots of good cheer.  This year we go back with a slightly modified itinerary.  See my blog post on what its like to visit Austria and Bavaria for at Christmas time.

Monday, August 14, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (221)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 3.3
Categories: Germany & Austria

Top 5 Things to Do in Vienna

A Visit to the Most Beautiful City in Europe

christmas market tourThe Traveling Professor took his first small group tour to Vienna last November-December when travelers went on the inaugural tour to the Austrian and the Baviarian Christmas markets.  There is plenty to see and do in Vienna, and by itself, deserves a 5-7 day itself. In this blog post, The Traveling Professor tells you the Top 5 things to do in Vienna.

Thursday, May 25, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (401)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.3
Categories: Germany & Austria

New Tour for 2017: Budapest, Vienna, and Prague

It's What Our Clients Have Been Asking For

small group tour to pragueThe Traveling Professor is adding a new small group tour for 2017:  Budapest, Vienna, and Prague.  There is no doubt, these are the most beautiful cities in Europe.  And yes, I will go out on a limb and say they are more beautiful than my beloved Paris.  The cities of Budapest, Vienna, and Prague offer an unusually good value compared to other parts of Europe.  We have picked special hotels, have developed a wonderful small group tour itinerary, and have some great itineraries lined up.  Read more in the blog post.

Friday, January 06, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (784)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Germany & Austria
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My Favorite Cities Few People Visit

They're in Italy, Germany, Norway, and Austria

small group tours to venice If you ask me, cities like Rome, Venice, and Paris are barely worth visiting during peak times.  Our Traveling Professor small group tours avoid these cities in the summer and certain holiday periods.   However, there are gems located all over Europe that can be visited any time of the year.  Each has it's own charms for different reasons.   On your next tour to Europe, try visiting one of these cities, even for only a day.  I guarantee you will enjoy them.

Saturday, December 31, 2016/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (651)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.3

Paris vs. Vienna

Which City is Better?

small group tour viennaThe Traveling Professor has been to both Paris and Vienna multiple times in 2016.  Both of them are wonderful cities.  I would visit any of them any time.  But which one is better?  Where would you prefer to travel to right now.  In today's blog post I compare the two cities and let you decide.  By the way, The Traveling Professor will be running small group tours to Paris in 2017 as well as small group tours to Vienna, Budapest, and Prague.

Friday, December 16, 2016/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (710)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5

Austrian Bavarian Christmas Market Tour Report

Vienna, Steyr, Salzburg and Munich

Christmas market tourThe Traveling Professor just returned home from our inaugural small group tour to the Christmas Markets of Bavaria and Austria.  Ten travelers joined us for a over a week of Christmas scenery, foods, traditions and fun.  We started our small group tour in Vienna, worked our way to Salzburg via Steyr, spent time in Salzburg and finished up in Munich.  See the blog post for details on our tour.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (918)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.6
Categories: Germany & Austria

We're Off on a Traveling Professor Research Trip

Germany, Austria and Italy - See Our Itinerary

small group tours to austriaWhen planning a small group tour, a considerable amount of research needs to be put into the trip before we can bring travelers to a destination.  So this week Linda and I will be on the road putting together plans for several different trips.  We'll be visiting Germany, Austria and Italy.  For the details of our itinerary, read today's blog post.

Thursday, August 25, 2016/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (383)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5

The Beauty of Salzburg

The Gem of Austria

tour of salzburgThis past December and January, The Traveling Professor toured Germany and Austria as part of doing research for his upcoming "Bavarian and Germany Christmas Markets" tour.  I had the opportunity to spend some time in Salzburg, Austria.  You know it as the home of Mozart and "The Sound of Music".   We toured with professional and licensed guide, Michaela Muhr of Salzburg Experience who showed us a side of this wonderful city that we never thought existed.   Not only did we see the major sites, but she introduced us to the wonderful people of Austria like shop owners, friends, and the charming people who make this small city their home.  I thought it best for Michaela to tell you about Salzburg and today's blog post is authored by her.

Thursday, March 31, 2016/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1215)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Germany & Austria
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3 Places to Eat in Cusco, Peru

Hanz Cusco The Traveling Professor recently completed a small group tour to Peru including Cusco, Machu Picchu, and the Amazon. We saw some great sites and had an amazing time. Peru has come a very long way in recent years in terms of being one of the top food destinations in the world. Where else can you dine in some of the best restaurants in the world for under $50 and sometimes even under $25. Check out The Traveling Professor's choices for some of the best places to dine in Cusco, Peru.

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Travel Product of the Month

Bluffworks Travel Product of the MonthA few months ago, I found a travel product that has been one of the most practical travel products I have ever used.  When on the road, it is always difficult for me to pack a variety of clothes for the different locations I go to and the different functions I attend.  For instance, I might spend a few days in Iceland, then I am off to Peru, then I need to go to Scotland for some business meetings.  I have found a product that is perfect for me, and maybe perfect for you.  Read the blog post to find out more.

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5 Things to Do in Edinburgh, Scotland

small group tours to scotlandLinda and I just returned from a week in Scotland.  We spent a short stay in Edinburgh, the city of famous writers like Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson.  It's a busy and beautiful city of stone. We found the people to be over-the-top friendly, the food to be hearty and good, lots of things to see and do. We enjoyed or stay and plan on bringing The Traveling Professor's small group tours to Scotland and of course, Edinburgh. But for a start, see what we liked on our tour to the capital city of Scotland where the motto seems to be, "Today's Rain is Tomorrow's Whisky".

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4 Paris Lunch Spots

best paris lunch spotsI don't know about you, but my favorite activity in Paris is to have lunch!  After many small group tours to Paris, I have found some of the best Paris lunch spots that I am sure any traveler would enjoy.  Some are very simple, one or two are on the elegant side.  In any case, a visit to one of these Paris lunch spots may be the best part of your next trip to Paris

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Two Small Hotels in Florence

best hotels in florence italyEveryone loves to travel to Florence, Italy.  And why not?  There's David at the Accademia, the Uffizi Gallery, and lots of other wonderful places to see.  It's a great walking city with everything within 15 minutes of each other.  There are great transportation connections to wineries and other small cities in Tuscany like Lucca, Siena, and San Gimignano.  And the food!  Probably the best in all of Italy.  It's no wonder why The Traveling Professor's small group tours to Italy and Florence always fill up as soon as they are offered.  Read about my two favorite hotels in Florence in today's Italy blog post. 

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3 Tips for Flying to Europe

how to get best air itineraryI am constantly on the lookout to get a good air itinerary.  Getting a good air itinerary doesn't always mean getting the best price, it means getting a flight that gets you there without cumbersome layovers and most comfortably.  I'll be flying to Europe from the United States quite a bit in 2018 (I've already done 5 trips already this year) and I have some strategies for getting good flights at good prices. Read my blog post and learn how to fly inexpensively and in style!

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