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Carol Horner-Virginia Beach,VA

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Cruising the Heart of Germany on Viking Njord

Bamberg City Hall on an island
Bamberg City Hall on an island

Sailing Europe on a river cruise has always been on my list, but sailing the heart of Germany in November could not be resisted. Germany know for their Christmas markets and shops is a wonderful time of year to visit Germany. Our adventure began in Nuremberg, after arriving at the station, a short cab ride delivered us to the dock of the Viking Njord. The crew greeted us at dockside and took us straight to our room. Everything was beautiful on-board as we toured the ship and relaxed and started to meet fellow passengers. Dinner and entertainment on-board were delightful as we prepared for our first tour the next morning. We had decided to do a semi-private tour with 4 other guest to maximize our visit to Nuremberg. We visited the Old Town including the Imperial Castle and even a great gingerbread shop to sample many different kinds of gingerbread. The Christmas markets were setting up and Christmas was in the air. After leaving Old Town, we traveled to the Nazi parade grounds including the Documentation Center that went into great detail on how Nuremberg played into the growth of the Nazi party. That evening we set sail for our next stop Bamberg, home of magnificent cathedrals and the picturesque city hall built on an island in the middle of a river. Bamberg was founded in 902 and remains a medieval-looking city know for its symphony music and a specialty, "smoke beer". After a wonderful breakfast, we set out on a short bus ride to the city center. Meeting our guides for the day, we walked into the medieval town center and enjoyed hearing the history and the many viewing sites of interest. Bamberg is easy to walk around in with many shops and statues of interest. After passing over the bridges and through the city gates, we worked our way to the medieval Bamberg Cathedral. The cathedral combines the late Romanesque and early French-Gothic styles. What a step into a different time when Bamberg was the center of the Holy Roman Empire. All this touring did build up a thirst, so what better way to quench it than trying out the local beers. Smoked beer is well known in Bamberg so we had to try it out. After a few other samples, we headed back to the ship and prepared to set sail to our next two stops of Wurzburg and Rothenburg. After Breakfast, we departed for a full day in two of Northern Bavaria’s most charming destinations. We toured the Bishops’ Residenz, an exquisite baroque palace in Wurzburg. The Residenz is a very large structure that offers an excellent guided tour of the many hallways and rooms used by the Bishop. Gardens surround the palace and are worth a look. We then bused along the Romantic Road to Rothenburg, a great medieval town with its joyful Christmas market. The town is still walled and looks very similar to its medieval times. After arriving, we had a good lunch with our group at a local restaurant. Afterwards we set out touring the many sites within the town including the Christmas shops that were excellent. We were able to ship our purchases back home, which was very convenient. We returned to Wurzburg where the ship was waiting for us. The crew were all outside with welcome signs as we arrived. That evening the ship offered “A Taste Of Germany” that used all the public areas for a unique culinary experience featuring local German favorites and local music. We sailed the Main River in the morning, arriving in Wertheim around noon. Wertheim is located where the Main and Tauber Rivers converge. The old town is a reminder of medieval times with it’s half timbered homes and narrow streets. Flooding still remains an annual event with many buildings displaying markers of previous floods. The castle sits well above the town, but had been badly damaged during the Thirty Year War in 1634. After the tour, we continued with another guide that took us to a small museum that focused on the local impact to the Jewish community during World War II. It was a thought provoking experience about the events before and during the war even in small towns throughout Germany. We walked through the town one more time on the way back to the ship. The last day we arrived in Frankfurt around breakfast and disembarked for a full-day excursion to Heidelberg, home to Germany’s oldest university, founded in 1386. Upon arrival we visited the red sandstone ruins of Heidelberg Castle, originally built in the 12th century. Inside the castle is one of the largest wine barrels in the world. The town was a mix of medieval and college town all in one. The town had lots of energy and great food. We lunched at the Ritter Hotel in the heart of the town. The menu and service were very good. After some shopping and site seeing, it was time to head back to Frankfurt and our ship. The location of the dock was perfect for walking around the small old town of Frankfurt and the many shopping areas. The next morning we had an early departure for the airport, but we will always fondly remember our Heart of Germany Viking River Cruise.

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Our Wonderful Travel Agent
Carol is wonderful!!! Her planning and suggestions for travel are just what we needed... Her planning is complete and we know exactly where to go and what to expect. She has excellent ideas and alternatives for seeing a different place.
But when something goes unexpected she is right there to assist and solve the problem..She know when you are suppose to take off and land and if there is a glitch you can count on your email to "bing" with a question from her on your status and follow up solutions. We once missed a tour due to the in country agency mistake and she got our money back.
We have recommended her to our traveling friends and they have all had the same great experience.
You may think that just a travel guide book is enough but you will be missing
some great experiences if you don't talk to Carol and see what her ideas of what additional things to see and do.
By  Beau  from  Norfolk, VA
Traveled to  Costa Rica ~ Central America
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Carol Horner responded:
Thank you so much for your kind review. I have enjoyed all the vacations I have planned for you and your family and look forward to the upcoming ones. You know you can always count on me. Carol

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Best travel agent ever.
We have used Carol as our travel agent for many years and have referred many friends to her. Carol has always gone above and beyond with her help, her advice and her dedication to making your trip both easy and memorable.
By  The Gordons  from  Virginia Beach, VA
Traveled to  Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Carol Horner responded:
Thank you for the review. It has certainly been a pleasure to work with you and your family over the years. Carol

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The Best of Austria--Salzburg

Quick to return phone calls or emails.

A good listener

Follows through with the "good listener" discussions.

Provides a comfortable mannerism .

Follows through with customer desires / needs

By  Bay  from  Virginia Beach, Virginia
Traveled to  Austria ~ Europe
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We have been working with Carol for 10 years now and continue to have stellar service year after year. As her client I feel like I don't have to worry about anything because she takes care of everything. I feel like my vacation is so organized and well put together that all I have left to do is enjoy it! Carol also emails me along the way to make sure I am getting everything ready for the trip. It's nice to know I have someone there if I have a question or need help with anything, trust me she has done that before! One time there was a problem with our flights overseas and she was at her home after 9pm changing our flights so we didn't get stuck in a worker's strike and miss our honeymoon cruise. Now that's a dedicated travel agent! I hope we ne er have another bad incident but I know I can count on Carol to be there. She even checks on us after our trip and if we had a good time. Carol is an exceptional travel agent and a fabulous person. So much better than online services!
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Traveled to  Caribbean
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Fantastic European Christmas Market Trip
It was such a pleasure to work with Carol while our group made plans to travel to Austria and Germany. She set up every part of our travel and it was absolutely perfect!!! We will definitely have Carol help us with travel plans in the future!! We even received a handwritten Thank You note from her and it was waiting for us when we returned.
By  Barb  from  Virginia Beach, Virginia
Traveled to  Austria ~ Europe
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