Saturday, March 28, 2015

River Cruise with solo cabins

New ship with SOLO cabins for a River Cruise!
Could this be the year for a SOLO
River Cruise???

LA Times article shared with me by John Lang

Travel Cruises

On this river cruise ship, solo travelers get their own rooms

The MS Birdsong river cruise ship features 18 cabins for single travelers -- without an extra charge
Good news for single travelers who like to cruise but don't like to pay a single supplement. The MS Birdsong, a river cruise ship set to debut March 2016, is to feature 18 cabins for solo passengers at no extra cost.
MS Birdsong staterooms for singles are on the middle and upper decks and have French balconies, according to a news release from Tom Harper River Journeys. Cabins cover 132 square feet and have pullout sofa beds.
The company's new ship is to offer eight- to 13-day tours along Europe's main rivers.
Other features include an expanded fitness and wellness center, a sauna, a wine bar, a two-story atrium lobby and free Wi-Fi on board.
Land excursions, walking tours, a cocktail reception, gratuities, port charges, wine and beer with meals and other extras are included on Tom Harper trips. (Note that prices for extensions before or after cruises do charge a single supplement.)
The company emphasizes small-group travel, with land tours limited to 24 passengers.
Cabins are now on sale for nine cruises aboard the MS Birdsong in 2016. Prices start at $1,799 per person for six-night cruises on the Main and Rhine rivers in Germany.
Info: Tom Harper River Journeys, (855) 464-2773

Thanks to John Lang for sharing this.  John can book sea or river cruises for you.

John Lang
The Cruise People at CruiseShipCenters North Durham
Toronto 416.900.0889
North America 800.961.5536
Cell 647.299.7447

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Discovering Germany, Solo

Going outside your comfort zone is difficult
 for many of us.

As a solo traveler I have challenges every day I am on the road exploring and experiencing new places.

My Italian blog, Home to Italy rewards me with several months each year in a country that has many secrets to share with this Italian American. 

In April I will return to Germany for the first time in  years.  My short previous visit was part of the college '21 days' to see all of Europe trip.  One quick stop and a great train ride south to Switzerland.

This adventure covers 7 cities considered off the beaten track:
Munster, Koblenz, Wiesbaden, Wurzburg, Regensburg, Augsburg, Heidelberg and Trier.    

If you know Germany and can suggest the oldest cake store in town, what hand made product the town is known for or even a tradition/festival I can experience, please share.

Watch for posts from Germany in April!   A new country, a new experience, a big step outside the comfort zone.  I do not speak German!


Thursday, March 5, 2015

Italy: Learn Italian in Sorrento

Mature Solo Travel Readers:                                 there is a special offer 

Sorrento Lingue

Study Italian in Italy - Special Offer for March 2015
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Study Italian in Italy - Special Offer  2015

Come and learn Italian in Italy at Sant'Anna Institute!
Are you looking for a complete and exciting Italian language program?
Choose Sant’Anna Institute (Sorrento, Italy) and get one of the following special offers reserved to you!
OFFER for Former students: students who come to attend a second course will get 20% off + Enrollment fee free of charge!!!! For each friend enrolling with you receive 20% off your course! Bring 5 friends and attend your course for FREE!
OFFER for New students: 10% off on the Italian course rates and Enrollment fee at 60€ instead of 75€.
If you want to stay for 2 weeks, book: 2 weeks Italian BASIC course + 2 weeks family accommodation B&B + enrollment fee at 590€
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