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Old 02-26-2015, 08:46 PM   #1
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Canals, Rivers and 5 Countries-updated 4/19

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My mother had passed away and now I inherited enough to take one of those ‘bucket list’ trips.

I had been on a tour to Britain, Wales, Ireland and Scotland, and saw most of the Mediterranean while serving in the Navy. I always WANTED to see Holland and Germany.This river cruise gives me the joy of not having to pack/unpack like on a cruise, with the ability to traverse countries like a land tour does.

I booked the trip with flights from San Francisco to Amsterdam, and from Budapest to Frankfurt to San Francisco.Initial cost was $9,561 including air, two extra days in Amsterdam pre-cruise, and the 15 day river cruise and trip insurance.

A couple of months later I found I was managing my inheritance better than I thought I would, so I upgraded my airfare from economy to business class.New price $13,156 for the same package with business class seats (first class going out, business class coming back). Remember, being single I still pay what a couple would pay for the shipand pre-cruise part. I only save on the airfare.

Then I called a motel that advertises in my California AAA magazine. $179 for night before flight including 14 days parking.An additional $7 per day for those beyond the included parking, and also reserved a room $149 for the day I flew back into San Francisco.

A week ago, all of my travel documentation arrived. So in Just over two weeks I am on my way. Since the cruise includes wireless internet.,I will try to make small posts during the trip, with a complete report after I return.
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I hope to do one of the river cruises one day, so I'm very excited to be following along on your adventures, Don!
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I've always wanted to do this cruise. I've been to all of the countries before, but seeing them from the river would be so interesting and relaxing. It'll be fun to compare your experience with the TR Pris wrote for her river cruise last year.
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Looking forward to hearing all about it! We really hope to do a river cruise one day. Is this on Viking?
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Oh, I can't wait to relive this trip through your eyes!!
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