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A popular place in Arles, France, as we saw on our @VikingRiver #cruise #VikingLongships

Seen on our Viking River Cruise themed Portraits of Southern France

On the street in Arles, France

On the street in Arles, France

Sunrise, on our way to Arles, France with @VikingRiver #VikingLongships

Sunrise, on our way to Arles, France with

Walking in the steps of Vincent Van Gogh with @VikingRiver #VikingLongships

Walking in the steps of Vincent Van Gogh with

Our included walking tour took us to a UNESCO World Heritage Site @VikingRiver #VikingLongships

Our included walking tour took us to a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Lyon is surely one of those places visited by cruise ship that will go on the short list of locations to revisit later, staying longer. If our voyage ended in Lyon, our experience there would have been a wonderful way to wrap up a truly wonderful vacation.

The castle of King Rene was built in Tarascon because of its strategic location but the claim to fame comes from the amphibious dragon said to reside there at one time.

Continuing our series on Sailing France In Comfort, I think back to preparing for travel with Viking River Cruises on an itinerary themed Portraits of Southern France.  Working hard to prepare for the experience, we took Viking up on their recommended reading list, tapping a variety of sources for rich background information.  We took those books along with us too, supplementing what we experienced along the way.  To me, it’s all a part of getting the most out of the experience.  Prepared…

Continuing our series on Sailing France In Comfort, I think back to preparing for travel with Viking River Cruises on an itinerary themed Portraits of Southern France. Working hard to prepare for the experience, we took Viking up on their recommended reading list, tapping a variety of sources for rich background information. We took those books along with us too, supplementing what we experienced along the way. To me, it’s all a part of getting the most out of the experience. Prepared…

We could see this castle from our @VikingRiver #VikingLongship, docked in Tarascon, France

We could see this castle from our docked in Tarascon, France

Comfortable Viking River Cruise motorcoaches cover a lot of ground and let us see many different attractions in any given city.  Still, Viking saves the best parts for the included walking tour each day.  This photo shows our motorcoach parked in Lyon, steps away from the city center and, interestingly, a restaurant featured on Tony Bourdain's CNN show later in the year.   We walked right past it and remembered doing so while watching Tony's show on TV.  That was fun and typical of the…

Bringing you along for the ride as we travel, a lot of attention is given to how we go about it. Pre-cruise plans are detailed and strategies for handling

On the streets of Tarascon with @VikingRiver  about a 10 minute walk from #VikingLongships

On the streets of Tarascon with about a 10 minute walk from

Today we mix things up a bit and take another look at the world of cruise vacations, from a passenger point of view, highlighting a bunch of new ways to get more out of the experience.  Like with any mode of travel, it is rather easy to fall into a rut of sorts with cruising.More

One From Each Place on our Viking River Cruises Portraits of Southern France cruise

One would think the guides would know where this famous place was without the signs.  Ours did, others not so much

One would think the guides would know where this famous place was without the signs.

Seen in Arles, France while walking the same streets Vincent Van Gogh did a long time ago

Seen in Arles, France while walking the same streets Vincent Van Gogh did a long time ago

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