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  1. We've never taken a Viking river cruise so I can't speak specifically for them. But we've found that generally prices are lower during the summer months because it's much hotter & more crowded during the summer than it is during the "shoulder season"-May, September & October. Also, many Europeans go on their vacations during August so some restaurants/attractions/etc. may be closed then. Hope this helps a bit!
  2. Uniworld is getting more expensive every year. In the past we've waited until about February or so when they start discounting their trips & then taken whatever sailing they had available for a July/Aug departure on an itinerary we were interested in. But this time we decided to go for it with Tauck & book early to give ourselves something to look forward to for 2021. Let's just hope it's better than 2020 is!
  3. We looked at that itinerary as well, it looks great. We had a hard time deciding between the two but decided since we couldn't travel this year we'd go for the full two weeks. Hopefully 2021 will be a better year for travel!
  4. We've done land tours w/ Tauck & their dress code is casual during the day (shorts/jeans tees, etc) & somewhat dressier at night. Think black pants/dressy tops or maybe a sundress, etc for dinner with people dressing up a bit more for the Welcome/Farewell dinners. What french river cruise are you looking at? We are booked on Tauck's French Escapade river cruise next July-our 1st Tauck river cruise. We've done 4 on Uniworld & are looking foward to trying Tauck.
  5. Any news on Uniworld's new ship the La Venizia (the old River Baroness) that was supposed to debut back in March? It's not on the list above for 2020 or 2021.
  6. Last week we booked a Tauck river cruise on the Rhone for July 2021. Hoping things are somewhat back to normal by then otherwise we'll rebook for 2022. Here's hoping!
  7. Hi All, DH & I have decided to forget about 2020 (aka the travel year that wasn't) and look ahead to July 2021. We are interested in Tauck's 14 day Paris to the Riviera & were wondering if anyone has been on this trip & can give a few pros/cons/tips, etc. Any info at all would be greatly appreciated! If you've done a cruise on the Rhone that wasn't with Tauck we'd be happy to hear from you as well. For background: We've done 4 Uniworld RC's & love their overall product as well as 9 Tauck land tours. We've never done a Tauck RC as they are just beyond our vacation budget but with zero vacations this year our budget for next year is just a bit bigger. Again, any & all info about anything Tauck or the Rhone is greatly appreciated!! Here's to starting to plan vacations again (fingers crossed of course)! Thanks in advance:)
  8. Chiming in again...we just got back Friday from our Uniworld Castles on the Rhine trip. While it wasn't a Generations sailing there were still about 5 kids on board from 4 different families. They ranged in age from about 6 to late high school & while they didn't really interact w/ each other much they all seemed to be enjoying themselves. The high school girls were the first on the dance floor every night & the little boy got a different fist bump/high five from the Dining Room Manager at every meal. He even took him down to the kitchen one night & gave him his own chefs hat. You know your son best but I'd say he'd be just fine on a river cruise. If you travel in summer there's a strong chance he wouldn't be the only kid aboard as well. Happy Travels!
  9. Thanks so much for your review, really enjoyed all the pic's!!
  10. Just wanted to chime in with a yes vote for Uniworld's Generations cruises. The first river cruise DH & I did was Uniworld's Paris & Normandy & the sailing happened to be a Generations one (we don't have kids, that was just the departure date that worked best for us). There were about 8-10 kids aboard ranging from about kindergarten to middle school age. Uniworld offered several excursions geared more toward the kids interests so some families did those while others took the kids on the regular excursions. Uniworld was fine In letting them do whichever they felt more in tune with. Uniworld also converted one of their single cabins into a game room for the sailing-full of DVDs & video games & all the kids congregated in there whenever we were sailing or after dinner. From all the laughing going on it sounded like they were all having a blast. Overall though I think if your son is already a well adjusted traveler then I think he'd be just fine on a river cruise whether it was with other kids or without. Enjoy your planning!!
  11. Great to know, we love hopping on but somehow never hop off til we're back to where we started:)
  12. Everything sounds awesome, so glad you enjoyed it. Welcome home! Now you can start planning for next year:)
  13. Awesome! I thought it looked close but wasn't quite sure. We love to walk & try to skip cabs/public transportation whenever we can. Last year in Paris we walked from near the Eiffel Tower to Notre Dame to the Luxembourg Gardens & back in one afternoon. I thought our legs were going to fall off! So glad to hear the Trois Roi is right where we want to be.
  14. Thanks for the Kunstmuseum recommendation, we may try to work it on the day we get there. I'm glad you let us know about the construction-I hope we can find our way around. We're staying at the Hotel Trois Roi & I'm hoping it's not too bad a walk or tram ride to the Old Town.
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