Europe

Amsterdam

Book now if your cool 2013 travel plans include Europe, especially if you’re looking at popular river cruises or events like Holland’s tulip festival where ground zero is Keukenhof with its seven million blooms, open from March 31 to May 30.

Amsterdam is a terrific base for both and easily accessible with direct flights from Vancouver. Apart from dodging the multitude of bicycles, this is a pedestrian-friendly city where everything in the historic centre is walkable or just a short tram ride away.

To take full advantage, pick up an “I amsterdam” smart card for canal rides and free public transit plus admission or discounts on museums, attractions, food and drink.

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Rhine River Cruise

Starting in Basel, Switzerland, and sailing the Rhine to Amsterdam aboard Viking Sun is about the best way I can think of to experience European culture and explore one of the continent’s great waterways. Stops in Switzerland, France, Germany and Holland.

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Story first appeared in Okanagan Life magazine, October, 2011.

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