5 Favorite Small Cities in Europe

With Hotel and Dining Recommendations

Best Small Cities EuropeOne of the advantages of running small group tours to Europe, is that we get to visit a variety of different places.  Sometimes we do it with our small group tours, sometimes we visit these small cities when doing research for a tour. In today's blog post The Traveling Professor tells you about his favorite small cities in Europe, one each in France, Italy, and Norway and two in Austria.

Saturday, January 5, 2019/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (300)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 5.0

Christmas in Bavaria and Austria

How It Differs from the United States. Check our Photos Too

Christmas Markets of Bavaria and AustriaWe've spent the last two Christmas seasons in Bavaria and Austria.  We've enjoyed it very much with all of the traditions and special customs.  In today's blog post, I will try to describe how the holiday season is celebrated in these different countries, according to our experiences in our small group tours to the Bavarian and Austrian Christmas tours that we have done in the past.  My overall comment about how Christmas is celebrated in this part of the world is that it is less commercial than what we do in the United States.  Of course there are malls and gift giving, but in Bavaria and Austria it seems to be more of a social event. See my blog post for more details.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (166)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
Categories: Germany & Austria

4 Places to Go in the Winter

Less Crowds and Lower Costs

Small Group Tours to IcelandAs I write this, it is over 90 degrees Farenheit in the Northeast United States.  Boy, do I wish I could go somewhere where it is cool now. I'm thinking of some of my favorite destinations to visit in the winter time.  Check out The Traveling Professor's blog post and get some advice on some good places to go when the weather isn't hot.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (306)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5

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 (511)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
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 (785)/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 (668)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 3.8
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 (690)/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 6, 2017/Author: The Traveling Professor/Number of views (1273)/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 (990)/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 (1007)/Comments ()/ Article rating: 4.5
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How to Deal with London's LHR Airport

Getting Through LHR securityWhile we appreciate the concern for tight security at airport screening stations at every airport, London's Heathrow Airport has a particularly thorough procedure.  Along with lengthy times to transfer between any of its 4 passenger terminals (terminals 2-5), passing through LHR to transfer to another flight can be a particularly stressful exercise in making a connection on time.  For instance, on a recent trip from Glasgow to LHR to Dallas, we had a 2 1/2 hour layover.  We needed almost every minute on that layover in London to make that connection.  In this blog post, I give tips on what to consider, and how to deal with transferring through London's Heathrow airport.

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4 Ways to Save on Airfare that Make No Sense

crazy ways to find low airfaresNo one can figure out how airlines price fares. There are a lot of theories like always fly on a Tuesday or Saturday, buy airfares on a Tuesday, and many other ideas.  The Traveling Professor prices out airfares for hundreds of travelers each year, and although it is difficult to find any consistency to how airfares are prices, check out some of the techniques The Professor uses to find the best fares.

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5 of the Best Markets in Paris

best markets in ParisOn The Traveling Professor's small group tours to Paris, we always find time to visit at least two or three of the best markets in Paris. Every market has its own distinctive features and characteristics.  Some may feature food, some may feature only organic products.  Some may feature clothes and accessories.  Some of the best markets in Paris feature a combination of all of the above. In any case, there are few things as authentic as strolling through a market in Paris. Check out The Professor's blog post and find out about the best markets in Paris.
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Top 10 Traits of the Experienced Traveler

Experienced Traveler TraitsThere was a time where The Traveling Professor was an inexperienced traveler.  He packed too much, spent much more money than he should have, wasted a lot of time, and missed out on great local culture and food.  But after years on the road, The Professor has learned much and is happy to pass his wisdom on to you.  Here are his Top Ten Traits of the Experienced Traveler.

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How to Plan a Trip to Machu Picchu

How to Plan a Trip to Machu PicchuPeru and Machu Picchu is on just about everyone's bucket list. The Traveling Professor has done 20+ small group tours to Peru and Machu Picchu.  A trip to this exotic destination requires some planning since the logistics can be a bit complicated and difficult to book. Take a look at The Traveling Professor's tips and learn how to plan a trip to Machu Picchu.

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Two Side Trips from Florence Italy

small group tours to ItalyThe Traveling Professor loves taking his small group tours to Italy.  Florence is one of the most popular destinations.  But beyond Florence there is so much to see in Italy. There are plenty of destinations that are easy to get to, especially by train and even bus. On The Professor's small group tours, we never hesitate to go beyond the city of Florence to explore more of Italy.  Check out today's blog post to see wait awaits the traveler beyond renaissance Florence.

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