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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 (129)/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 (294)/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 (171)/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 (341)/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 (725)/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 (584)/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 (649)/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 (872)/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 (343)/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 (1146)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Germany & Austria
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How to Get Free Travel Insurance

how to get free travel insuranceTravel insurance can be expensive.  I just ran a quote on $5,000 worth of travel insurance that included reimbursement for trip cancellation, trip interruption, emergency medical care, and medical transportation and a bunch of other options for an international trip.  The premium was $359.  That's more than 10% of the cost of a typical Traveling Professor small group tour.  In today's blog post, I will show you how to get free travel insurance.

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3 Good But Cheap Hotels in Paris

small group tours to parisOne of the primary and most expensive costs of vacationing in Paris is the cost of hotels. Everyone wants a hotel that is clean, quiet and comfortable.  Location is also of prime importance too. Here are 3 selections by The Traveling Professor for good and cheap Paris hotel choices. Check them out on your next trip to Paris.

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5 Places to See in Oslo

top things to do in OsloFor me, the most underrated city in Europe is Oslo.  It has it all.  Beautiful scenery as it sits on the base of a fjord. The Viking history and culture is impressive. The Opera house may be the most beautiful in the world. The city is clean, never overcrowded and the tram transportation system is easy and makes it a pleasure to get around. It has the feeling of serenity and easiness. There is plenty to see and do in Oslo, but take a look at The Professor's top 5 picks of things to see in Oslo.

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4 Things to Do in Copenhagen

Things to do in CopenhagenEveryone who goes to Copenhagen loves it.  It's a clean and casual city filled with plenty of things to do. We like the restaurants, pedestrian walkways, good transportation, and friendly people.  It is a bit on the expensive side, but if you purchase the Copenhagen Card, transportation and museum admission (including Tivoli Gardens) is free. Read about how to enjoy Copenhagen in today's blog post.

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3 Places to Eat in Florence

From all of my trips to Florence, and there have been many, I won't tell you what I do get tired from, but what I never tire from this the great food.  Vegetables, pastas, meats and even seafood. I'm not big on desserts, but believe me, Florence has that too.  From our Florence friend, Melanie Wilson, we have 3 restaurant choices for your next trip to this wonderful Tuscan city.  There is plenty here for those who like seafood, vegetarian dishes, and authentic Tuscan food. We'll tell you about the great pizza places in another post. 

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Top Ten Tips for Visiting the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and Basilica

small group tours to italyOn our Traveling Professor small group tours to Italy, one of the most popular destinations is a visit to the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica.  Go without making plans and risk long lines, big crowds and possibly not getting in at all.  With a little planning and insider information from The Traveling Professor, you can make the most of a trip to one of the top destinations in Europe. 

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5 Practical Tips for Getting Through Airport Security Quickly

how to get through security quicklyIf you ask me, the biggest hassle about traveling is flying.  Going through airport security is at the top of my list in terms what I dislike about flying.  In this blog post, The Traveling Professor gives some simple and practical tips about getting through security easily and quickly as possible in time for you to relax for a few minutes before boarding a flight.  It will only take a minute to read through these 5 practical tips to get through airline security to save you time and possibly from missing a flight.

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