Museums and cultural institutions in Prague at night

Museums and cultural institutions in Prague will open their doors to visitors at an unusual time: at night, after hours. Entrance is free.
This extraordinary event, which is visited by more than 100,000 people every year (since 2004), presents a unique opportunity to explore the cultural treasures of the Czech capital and of many regional towns in a completely different ambiance.
On June 14th, from approximately 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., museums, galleries and other cultural institutions will be open to Prague residents and visitors. A total of 39 institutions will offer programmes in almost 70 buildings around Prague.


unique atmosphere of the Museum night in Prague…

As usually there will be a rich accompanying programme available: musical performances, amusement for all generations, boat trips along Certovka, open workshops, also physical experiments and even art barbeque party!
Good to know: public means of transportation are FREE that night

Are your groups staying in Prague or wherever in Czechia around 14th June? Let`s suggest them to participate on the Museum Night and feel free to contact us for recommendations.

For more information about group packages to Prague contact

Prague botanical garden at night
Steam car next to the Tecnical museum


charming Spanish synagogue at night


illuminated summer palace “Hvezda” (Star)

 

G Adventures Top 5: Vegetarian Hotspots

By: G Adventures
With a voracious appetite for vegetables, there are more than a few long-time vegetarians at G Adventures. If vegetables could talk, you’d hear them screaming when they trek into town.

Here are some memorable vegetarian stops we’ve had the pleasure to enjoy during wandering travels around the world.

#1 Chiang Mai, Thailand — While travelling through Thailand the most common vegetarian dishes are usually variations on veggie pad Thai or veggie Thai curry. While both are great dishes, don’t you wonder what the vegetarian Thai eats? In Chiang Mai we found a place that serves up the true North Thailand vegetarian experience. Mangsawirat Kangreuanjam is a small place within the city walls that serves up 20 to 30 different authentic thai dishes daily. Opening early in the morning this is a fantastic place for breakfast. All your choices are right in front of you and you can load your plate for less than two bucks.

#2 Rajasthan, India — (winner of our Best Vegetarian Country award) – India has got to be the best place in the world for a vegetarian meal. The variety in choices of dishes from north to south is mind boggling. One place that stands out however, is the Dream Heaven Guest House in Udaipur, Rajasthan. The meal of choice was a thali dinner consisting of 6 spectacular dishes served with rice, roti and papad. The open air roof top patio has a fantastic view over the lake, the old city and the floating palace. We enjoyed a Kingfisher beer as the sun went down and then enjoyed our meal in the cool evening air.

#3 Cuzco, Peru — Unlike India, South America can be a tough place to find a really good variety of vegetarian food. After a month touring around Peru we found ourselves a little tired of rice, beans and eggs and craving fresh vegetables. While in Cuzco we tried a place called Granja Heidi that had a Mediterranean theme. We had a delicious fresh green salad and penne pasta. Although the dishes were not peruvian, we did enjoy the meal with a Cusqueña beer.

#4 Chamonix, France — Okay, here is one of our favourite lunches. While in the Alps in early June we packed up a lunch consisting of fresh baguette, brie, olives, avocado and a great bottle of red wine and headed out for a hike through the mountains. After an amazing morning hiking through the forests, up the mountain and across alpine meadows we found a stunning view of the surrounding snow caps. There we sat in silence and enjoyed one of the best lunches we have ever had. Don’t forget the corkscrew.

#5 New Brunswick, Canada — No matter where you are you can usually find a vegetarian dish on the menu. But when you stumble upon a vegetarian restaurant in the most unexpected place it is a fantastic score and means you have more than one choice. While travelling through New Brunswick, Canada, we were fortunate, and surprised, to find a vegetarian restaurant just down the street from our bed and breakfast in a residential area of Moncton. The staff at Café Calactus restaurant were very friendly and they served us up some fantastic veg dishes at very reasonable prices.

Ditch the meat and contact R and B International Travel to visit one of these vegetarian hotspots!

Boston Tours with Collette Vacations

By: Johnny Quest and Collette Vacations
All of Collette’s New England tours visit historic Boston, MA. Doesn’t matter if it’s fall foliage or sunny beaches you are after – we have the trip for you.

Inspired by Patriots’ Day, the 115th Boston Marathon, and the Red Sox finally coming around, here are five Boston highlights:

  • The U.S.S Constitution – Old Ironsides! – the oldest commissioned warship in the world.
  • Old North Church – Grab your lanterns. “One if by land, and two if by sea.”
  • Beacon Hill – The historic neighborhood that’s home to the State House. Walking its streets is like stepping back in time.
  • Old South Meeting House – Organizing point for the Boston Tea Party.
  • Faneuil Hall – A must on the Freedom Trail, historic Faneuil Hall offers great shopping and some nice places to eat.

Wherever you go in Boston you are walking in the footsteps of history. It seems it’s always the oldest or first of something. Consider this list a starting point for visitors.

Other favorites of mine include, Fenway Park, the Bell-in-hand Tavern (America’s oldest continually operated tavern) and Boston Common.

For Collette Vacations offers contact R and B International Travel.

 

Akrotiri Thera: after seven years it was well worth the wait!

By: Voyages to Antiquity

Aegean Odyssey really was in the right place on Sunday when we were the first cruise ship to visit the re-opened Akrotiri Thera site on Santorini. Regarded by many as the ‘Pompeii of Greece’ the site was destroyed by a volcanic eruption nearly 4,000 years ago and was closed to tourists after a safety incident in 2005.

Many of our guests were unaware that the site was being re-opened and as the first cruise ship into the island, we were assured of a warm welcome and most importantly few other visitors.

Commenting on his first visit to site, Dr Matthew Nicholls, one of our guest lecturers onboard said, “The winding road up from the port takes you over the rocky spine of Santorini and you can imagine what life would have been like on the island before the volcanic eruption which covered the town and its inhabitants. The archaeological site has been completely rebuilt and covered with a new steel roof and is now fully open to visitors.

“We were lucky to have been accompanied by one of Voyages to Antiquity’s tour guides which helped us uncover the wonders of the site. You really need a guide to get the most out of the visit as many of the signs and info boards have yet to be completed. This made our whole experience so much richer and enjoyable.”

“One of the best parts of a Voyages to Antiquity visit is you don’t have to fight through hordes of visitors. We had the site to ourselves and were able to see so much. This really is a ‘must see’ for anyone interested in Greek history. The whole site dates back 850 years before Homer and is truly unique. We were privileged to have seen the re-opened site in its newly refreshed style and I hope to be back in the coming years to discover more.”

Be Inspired by the Rhine River with Avalon Waterways

By: Avalon Waterways
As it winds through castle-dotted hillsides, dramatic rocky gorges and picturesque Old World villages, the Rhine River is the essence of romance. Born as an untamed river in the Swiss Alps, the Rhine takes the scenic route to the North Sea, illuminating some of Europe’s most fascinating sights and customs. Historically and culturally, the Rhine has been a crucial source of sustenance, pride and inspiration. Fortresses and castles along the Rhine’s embankments highlight the value ancient empires placed on these waters. While ancient times saw the Rhine as a dividing force, today the cities along its shores are an intriguing blend of cultures. Vineyards along the Rhine produce world-renowned vintages and riverside cafés and restaurants celebrate the region by pairing local wines with delectably fresh fare. With scenic splendor and enriching surprises around every bend, the waters of the Rhine set the stage for the very finest moments to be had in Europe.

15th century Attractions. 21st century amenities. Contact R and B International Travel and come experience the comfort of an Avalon Waterways Rhine river cruise.

Historic First for Silversea in Corfu

By: Silversea

For the first time in the 18-year history of Silversea Cruises, three of our ultra-luxury ships — Silver Cloud, Silver Wind, and Silver Spirit — called in the same port on the same day. The historic convergence of the three ships took place in beautiful Corfu, a Greek island renowned for its lush green hills and pure white beaches.

Surrounded by the sparkling turquoise waters of the Ionian Sea, Silver Cloud, Silver Wind and Silver Spirit greeted each other by sounding their whistles as they sailed into this charming and sophisticated port.

Corfu (or Kérkyra in Greek) is the second largest of the Ionian islands, and a land rich in history and myth. It was likely the last stop for Homer’s Odysseus on his fabled journey back to his homeland of Ithaca. For Silversea, Corfu will always carry special significance as the port that hosted an important milestone in our company’s own unfolding story.

5 Things To Know About European Rail Tickets

By: Europe Express

Point to point tickets or passes? Are reservations mandatory? Where and when are seat assignments required? First class or second class?

european rail travel
Travel Europe by Rail

Europe’s extensive rail system makes getting around easy and quick but picking the right ticket options and knowing the rules can be challenging. Here are 5 things to consider when navigating the world of European rail.

  1. Passes are not always the best option – Many people have the impression that rail passes are the most inexpensive way to travel by train in Europe but depending on the number of segments and routing, they can sometimes be more expensive then point to point. Also, some costs are not fully covered by passes; seat assignments or supplements may be required if a pass doesn’t include all countries en route, and some additional fees can apply on specialty and overnight trains. It’s a good idea to always look at the price and efficiency of point to point versus a pass, with all additional local fees included, before deciding which is best.
  2. Seat assignments are a great service – Not all tickets include seat assignments so it is important to clarify if one will need to be purchased in addition to the ticket. Many regional and local trains don’t require them, and some don’t offer them at all. For others, seat assignments are mandatory and must be are purchased locally before boarding if not purchased prior to travel. This is especially important when someone is traveling with a rail pass. Although passes allow for flexibility, they do not guarantee travel if the train is full so when possible, arrange these prior to departure to avoid confusion.
  3. Not all sleeper cars are created equal – When taking an overnight train there are many choices and configurations. Some trains have bunks while others simply have seats that recline. Passengers can also often choose how many people share their couchette. Trains tend to be full in Europe so travelers should be prepared to share a compartment and bathrooms if they did not pay for private facilities. To avoid confusion, be sure to qualify your expectations before booking.
  4. Be prepared to provide proper documents and passports – The conductor will almost always ask to see tickets and seat assignments if purchased separately, so it’s a good idea to always have these on hand. Also, regardless of how travelers get from one country to another, everyone will be asked to show proper documentation. On an overnight train the conductor may collect passports during boarding or shortly after, often not returning them until the following morning.
  5. Know when it is worth it to upgrade to first class – The amenities and quality of trains vary because there are over 50 different train companies throughout Europe. Depending on your expectations, it may be important to upgrade to first class. Trains and routes differ so it is essential to evaluate the specific amenities of each class before deciding what to purchase for a particular journey.

For other tips on navigating Europe’s 121,205 miles of track Contact R and B International Travel

10 best things to do in Caribbean ports

royal caribbean cruise line

A cruise to the Caribbean gives you the chance to partake in many fun and diverse shore excursions. Whether you want something action-packed or laidback, you can find your ideal activities ashore. Consider these:

Zip lining

Many Caribbean islands have zip lining parks. While in port in St. Martin/St. Maarten, visit Loterie Farm at Pic Paradis, where you’ll find not only zip lining but also an obstacle course high up above the trees.

Rainforest hike

If you’re on one of the islands that has a rainforest, consider hiking. Lush
and green, St. Lucia is a prime Caribbean port for this activity. See the
island’s exotic flora and fauna, and learn about the rainforest’s history and
ecology — and its effects on the island — from your guide.

City tours

You may be visiting an island, but the Caribbean still has some lively and
exciting cities to visit. A city tour through San Juan, Puerto Rico, is ideal
due to the many historic places located right in the city center. An expert
guide can share the stories of the sites and help you see as much as possible
before having to board your ship again.

Eastern Caribbean Cruise Guide

Shopping

With local crafts and high-end duty-free stores, shopping ’til you drop in the
Caribbean is easy to do. In St. Thomas, an island especially known for its
duty-free shopping, partake in an excursion that takes you to some of the best
shopping spots on the island.

Snorkeling

Nearly all Caribbean ports of call offer snorkeling — after all, these
locations are tough to beat. The Antilla Shipwreck in Aruba is a favorite spot,
as it’s shallow enough for snorkelers (not just scuba divers) to get a good
look at the wreck.

Six best places to snorkel/dive in Cozumel

Waterfalls and swimming holes

You don’t need to just swim in the sea while visiting the Caribbean. In
Jamaica, visit Dunn’s River Falls (see video here) and swim in the water at its
base. In Aruba, visit the Natural Pool, which is formed in the middle of large
rocks in a scenic location by the island’s coastline.

Play with sea life

If you’re an animal lover, the Caribbean is going to make you love them even
more, with the opportunity to see dolphins, monkeys, lizards and ride horses
along the beach. At Stingray City in Grand Cayman, you can swim with hundreds of stingrays who make their home in the bay and are used to human touch.

Western Caribbean Cruise Guide

White-water rafting

Zigzag down a river while in the Caribbean on an exhilarating white-water
rafting shore excursion in the Caribbean. A popular place to do this is in
Jamaica down the Rio Bueno River, which takes you through fast rapids and
tropical scenery.

Local drinks

A distillery or brewery tour is a tasty way to get in touch with the local side
of an island. In the Dominican Republic, try some sips of its famous rum while
visiting a local distillery.

Southern Caribbean Cruise Guide

Ancient sites

The Caribbean isn’t just beaches and tropical adventures; you can also view the remains of buildings left over from ancient civilizations. Many Caribbean
cruises make stops along the eastern coast of Mexico near Cancun. While there, visit the ruins of Tulum to see remnants of the way ancient Mayan civilizations lived.

Can’t decide which activity you most want to do? Don’t worry — most Caribbean cruises visit multiple islands, meaning you can enjoy a different type of excursion in each port. For adventurous and diverse activities onboard as well, check out family-friendly cruise lines such as Norwegian Cruise Line, Carnival Cruises, MSC Cruises, Disney Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean International.

Discover Amazing Africa

 

 

By: Silversea

Are you among the many been-there, done-that travellers yearning to explore some of the world’s more exotic destinations? Then you need look no further than the enchanting African continent to satisfy your quest.

From the awe-inspiring drama of the world’s oldest desert to the humbling beauty of the Big Five, journeys to Africa speak to your soul. It’s a place where you can track zebra and gazelle across expansive plains, dine in the Namib Desert under towering dunes and brilliant stars, or visit verdant vineyards at the Cape where history lives alongside nature’s most dramatic landscapes.

Plan your amazing discovery with Silversea and R and B International Travel .

60 Second Geography – West Coast of Ireland

 

Travelers to West Ireland find it an easy area to drive and cover, with so much of its beauty and attractiveness right outside the windshield in the countryside. From the rugged western coastline to green stone-walled pastures the vistas are certainly a big part of

 the journey. But you can also sleep in ancient castles or spend the night in luxury modern spa hotels. You can visit ancient ruins and stone cairns of unknown origin. Whatever your mode of travel, West Ireland will put some magic into your visit to the Emerald Isle.The West Coast region includes some part of the following counties: Sligo, Leitrim, Galway, Mayo, Donegal, Southwest Offaly, Tipperary North, West Cork, Cork City, Kerry, Clare and Limerick.

  • The West Coast of Ireland is the Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking) region. In some areas all street signs are in “the Irish”. The Gaeltact is spoken over a wide area of West Ireland, especially Kerry, Cork, Mayo, Galway and Donegal and much of the local music, both traditional and modern, is in the native Irish.
  • Visit on the cheap – competitive airfares, bed and breakfasts, trains, ferries and self drives!
  • From North America, fly into either Dublin or Shannon for West Ireland. It’s easy to get around the country!
  • St. Patrick’s “Day” lasts a week in Ireland and their’s no shortage of festivals at other times like the Puck Festival or the Rose of Tralee Festival!
  • Fishing in western Ireland is hard to beat and a favorite outdoor sport of many travelers.
  • Self-drive vacations are easy…but remember to drive on the left and watchout for round-abouts and, in the rural areas, sheep!
  • If either hiking or biking is a favorite pastime, west Ireland boasts hundreds of miles of great countryside and spectacular coastline, including the Cliffs of Moher, just south of the Village of Doolin in County Clare, one of the most photographed locations on the planet.
  • The megaliths of Carrowmore, about 3 miles south-west of Sligo town, are located in the center of the Cúil Irra peninsula and are one of the oldest and largest collections of stone age monuments in Western Europe.
  • Churches and ancient castles dot the landscape like a great outdoor museum. Our favorites? Roscrea Castle, as well as the ruined “Abbey” of Roscommon. Be sure to see Ballyhannan Castle overlooking the River Shannon as well and the chance to spend the night at Dromoland Castle. Of course, you can’t leave out the Blarney Castle.

Are you ready to plan your West Coast of Ireland Getaway? Contact R and B International Travel to get started.

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