Island Trader Vacations Reviews The Romantic Rhine

Neuschwanstein Castle Germany small 300x214 Island Trader Vacations Reviews The Romantic RhineThe Rhine River spans all of Central and Western Europe flowing through or along the borders of the Netherlands, France, Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein and Switzerland. Divided into regions, one of its most popular is the Middle Rhine Valley, otherwise known as the Romantic Rhine Valley, part of the expanse running through Germany. Home to countless wineries, historic sites, UNESCO World Heritage Sites and beautiful small towns and castles, it is easy to see what makes this a romantic must travel destination. Situated between Rudesheim and Koblenz, this section of the Rhine River makes its way through the Rhenish Slate Mountains, past castles, along hillside and steep fields dotted with trees and vineyards, this region is one more like a fairytale then reality. Idyllic little villages which nestle into mountainsides near Towers and Gothic churches with massive steeples, this is by far one of Germany’s most popular tourist destinations. While it can get busy in summer and early autumn, the entire area tends to shut down tourism in the winter. Despite the crowds this relatively large area still offers ample opportunities to get away from it all and just enjoy the peace and solitude of the Rhine. Home to many small towns and even larger cities, this popular area is a great place to enjoy river cruises, explore wineries, ancient castles and just take a break from it all.

One of the most noted sites within the Middle Rhine region is the Upper Middle Rhine Valley stretching from Bingen to Coblenz. Known for its many small towns, vineyards and ancient ruins, this region has been one of importance throughout history. A transport route, the Rhine has served as the central link between the southern in northern end of the continent since early times. In addition to its long navigation history, its wine history is also one of the oldest in the world dating back to over a thousand years. Within this UNESCO World Heritage Area, visitors can see some 40 hilltop castles which were erected over a period of over a thousand years. Though many of the castles were abandoned or ruined in the 1600’s and 1700’s, today they represent some of the top areas for travel appealing to the Romantic movement of the region.

Noted as one of the most important trade routes in Europe this area was also named for its importance to the history and culture of the entire region as well as being noted for its protection the traditional ways of life in present day. A modest inway and natural landscape help keep this area unique and unchanged unlike many others. Today thanks to UNESCO and other natural protection agencies, the landscape remains largely untouched and monuments preserved for generations to come.

Hundreds of interesting site areas of natural beauty and more provide visitors with days, weeks and even months of things to see do and explore. Of all these many things to do, one must not miss destination is known as the Assmannshausen. Offering a stunning river view, this area provides visitors the chance to explore a little history, enjoy the wine region, take a stroll and even go for a cable car ride. A little berg known for its wine red wines, this small town is accessible by train or ferry and is a must see for any traveler

Another must see attraction perfect for spending the night or just exploring for the day are the castles Liebenstein and Castle Sterrenberg. Otherwise known as the hostile brothers, these castles are situated in the heart of the Upper middle Rhine Valley. This history of these ancient castles tell of feuding brothers, Kings, inheritances and interesting roots. Built in the 13th century, this area is noted for a massive wall which stands between the two castles, further adding to the interpretation of the feud which occurred long ago. Today, the castle offers hotel rooms, medieval dining, and special accommodations including candlelight dinners. Visitors to this area can begin a boat tour on the Rhine River which is one popular way to see the sights. Additionally, nearby hiking on the Rheinsteig, one of Germany’s most scenic hiking trails is easily accessible as well.

From romance to adventure beauty to peace and solitude, Germanys Romantic Rhine River Valley is one destination nobody should miss. Island Trader Vacations reviews invites you to spend more time exploring this and other top destinations for travel with us. Explore and be inspired when you travel with Island Trader Vacations reviews.

 

 

Island Trader Vacations Reviews The Thousand Islands Region

wisconsinsm 300x199 Island Trader Vacations Reviews The Thousand Islands RegionOne of many islands located in and around New York State, the Thousand Islands include over 1,800 islands in the Saint Lawrence River between New York and Ontario. Ranging in size from over 40 square miles to rocky outcroppings just big enough for birds to take a break on, these islands are home to a variety of wildlife in addition to state parks, historic sites and much more.

A haven for nature lovers, the Thousand Islands are truly a paradise in the region. Visited by millions from both Canada and the U.S. each year, the Thousand Lakes region is home to no fewer than 30 state parks in addition to Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site and two golf courses. Take a closer look at this amazing destination for travel with us.

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The history of the region dates back hundreds of years in terms of modern history. By the 1800’s, this region was already becoming a popular escape for the rich and famous and hotels, and even steamboats made their way to the region offering the ultimate in luxury for those who could afford it. At some point, visiting wasn’t enough and the wealthy began to build summer homes. Today, castles such as Singer Castle on Dark Island, once named Dark Island Castle and Boldt Castle located on Heart Island, remain as a look into this part of the region’s history. Singer Castle is one of the most popular attractions for history lovers in the region today. Open to the public, visitors can enjoy guided tours of the unique architecture of the castle in addition to its over 100 year old history. Boat transportation is available to this islands from the U.S. Boldt Castle is also one of the most popular sites of the region today. Built in the early 1900’s at the behest of millionaire George C Boldt, it was built as a tribute to his wife, construction ceased when she passed away. For 70 years the property sat vacant until it was brought back to life by the TIBA who now own and operate the castle on Heart Island.

State parks represent many of the other popular areas in the region however, these parks are not all located on islands but are found along the shoreline of the area as well. Hosting programs, tours and presentations throughout the year, these parks also offer visitors a great place to camp and enjoy the beauty of the region as well.

For the adventurous, this area of New York is said to have some of the best wreck diving found in fresh water in the world today. Many wrecks can be found along the St. Lawrence Seaway, and are accessible to a variety of skill levels.

To learn more about this region, visit the Thousand Islands Region on the NYSParks website.

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Island Trader Vacations Reviews The Friendly Isles

UpoluSamoasm 300x200 Island Trader Vacations Reviews The Friendly IslesThe islands of Tonga , officially the Kingdom of Tonga, is a sovereign state made up of almost 200 islands scattered over 700 square miles in the Pacific Ocean. Inhabited by just over 100,000 people, this lovely and peaceful island nation earned the name the Friendly Isles when Captain Cook first landed in 1773. Since then, Tonga has been welcoming thousands of visitors from around the world. From its pristine beauty to its rich heritage, come with us as we explore the Friendly Isles on the Island Trader Vacations review.

From sailing to fishing to bird watching to diving, whale watching or exploring, thousands of opportunities exist throughout the islands for travelers to suit any interest however, there are some things which just set this destination apart. Take a look at some of the most unique and special reasons to travel to this beautiful Pacific Island paradise.

A Look at History and Culture – Nicknamed the “true” South Pacific, Tonga enjoys a more authentic piece of the South Pacific thanks to its remote location. A unique blend of old and new cultures, visitors looking to experience the more historic side of Tonga may enjoy sites including its small villages in the outer islands, the Ene’io Botanical Garden, the Ha’amonga ‘a Maui trilithon and the Talamahu Market. No visit to the islands would be complete also without a traditional Tongan feast.

Taste the Flavors – Part of the experience of really getting to know a destination is about the food and nowhere is this more true than in the Pacific. From the freshness of the seafood to the history and culture related to the traditional Tongan feasts, food and eating is an integral part of these islands. Visit a local market and buy some local produce or fish to cook on your own or visit one of the many locally owned restaurants featuring traditional foods and fresh ingredients.

Natural Beauty – With over 170 islands, only 52 of which are inhabited, there are plenty of opportunities to explore the beauty of the region both above and below the Pacific. Tours of nearby islands by seakayak or on guided tours of outlaying islands present visitors with a unique and peaceful look at the Tongan Islands. Popular areas for travel include Eua Island for its rainforests and cliff sides and the beautiful and pristine waterways of Vava’u.  Throughout the islands, volcanic landscapes, rainforests, atolls and coral reefs abound.

Whale Migrations – Each year the might Humpback Whales make their way through this part of the Pacific and provide visitors with a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with these gentle giants of the deep.

Experience True Tranquility – While many islands of the Pacific have given in to the resort life, Tonga remains a peaceful, slow paced, laid back island destination. While there are plenty of accommodations to choose from for even the most discerning island traveler, visitors can also enjoy that most of the islands remains unspoiled, easygoing, peaceful and still uncrowded especially when traveling to the outlaying islands which remain uninhabited and offer an experience unmatched in the Pacific today.

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Island Trader Vacations Reviews the Falkland Islands

Hebridessm 300x200 Island Trader Vacations Reviews the Falkland IslandsThe Falkland Islands may once have been known only as a stopover destination for those on a journey to the Antarctic however, more and more, these lovely and historic islands are gaining in popularity and becoming a journey all their own. Come with us as we explore the Falkland Islands, a unique island destination for travel.

Situated in the South Atlantic Ocean on the Patagonian Shelf, the Falkland Islands, a British Overseas Territory can be found. Home to a small population of an estimated 3,000 residents, this group of islands lie at the boundary of the subarctic and temperate maritime climates. Once known only for fishing and farming and some exports, the Falkland Islands are also growing in popularity for tourism thanks in part to its vast natural resources and uniquely unpolluted environment. Whether you are looking for an adventure or an escape, the Falklands are a wonderful choice.

Made up primarily of two main islands, East and West Falkland, in addition to a number of smaller islands scattered around, each destination of the group has something unique to offer. From the remote island settlements to the bustling capital of Stanley, there is no place you can’t find something to enjoy.

East Falkland is the largest of the islands within the archipelago and is home to over 80% of the island’s population, most of which can be found in Stanley, the capital. Popular day areas abound throughout as well including many beaches such as Bertha’s Beach and Bull Point as well as Darwin Settlement, named after Charles Darwin, a historic site just two hours from Stanley.

West Falkland is popular for many travelers wishing to escape the crowds and commune with nature while having nearby amenities as well as overnight accommodations. Fox Bay is located here. A settlement which is the largest in West Falkland, Fox Bay is home to a monument which pays tribute to the Falklands Conflict as well as many fossils dating back to early times.

The Outer Islands – Considered a highlight for many visitors to the region, the Outer Islands are accessible by plane and in some cases by boat as well. Diverse and wild, these small islands including Bleaker Island, Carcass Island, Pebble Island, Saunders Island, Weddell and Sea Lion Island offer visitors the opportunity to enjoy the wilds of the region. From whales to penguins, farms to historic settlements, the opportunities abound throughout.

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Island Trader Vacations Reviews The Aeolian Islands

Aeolian Islandssm 300x195 Island Trader Vacations Reviews The Aeolian IslandsA great way to enjoy Italy in all its glory without the crowds, the Aeolian Islands are known for their culture, history and their charm. Despite their beauty and all they have to offer, they remain somewhat unknown to mainstream tourism making them an ideal location for those wishing to get off the beaten track.

Featuring 7 inhabited islands, each known for its own unique characteristics, the Aeolian Islands are actually part of a volcanic ridge which lies between Mt. Etna and Mt. Vesuvius. Unique and beautiful, the islands were named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2000.  Now is the time to get out and enjoy the lesser known Aeolian Islands this summer. Don’t wait, the word is out and now is the time to explore these amazing island destinations. Take a closer look at these islands with us and start planning today.

Lipari – Largest and most populous of the islands, Lipari is home to over 10,000 residents and sees the majority of the tourism in the region. Volcanic in nature, this geologic nature is still producing pumice today. Boat rides and tours are popular here as are historic tours of prehistoric ruins of the region.

Vulcano – Famous for its mudbaths and smoking crater this island is popular in August and can get crowded.

Salina – Home to three towns including Leni, Malfa and Santa Marina Salina, Salina is the greenest of the islands in the Aeolian archipelago and is famous for its production of capers and Malvasia, a distinct wine with a sweet flavor which is derived from raisins. Markets, shops, docks and bustling little towns present plenty of opportunity for travelers. In addition, the lushness of this island offers plenty of places to hike and enjoy.

Stromboli – Perhaps most famous for its natural beauty, this island is in permanent eruption and is one of the most active volcanoes in the world.

Filicudi – The Island which is located closest to Alicudi, Filicudi is a bit larger than her neighbor. Home to Sicily, Messina and Lipari, Alicudi is the second smallest and the wildest of the islands. Despite the lack of sandy beaches, it offers plenty of rocky shores and stunning coastal views.

Alicudi – Perfect for the adventurer, Alicudi is the westernmost island in the chain. Only one hotel, and one restaurant, this island offers the ultimate opportunity to simply relax and enjoy the culture unique to the region.

Panarea – Smallest of the islands, this island is famous for its international visitors. Home to luxury accommodations and dining, Panarea is small enough that the island is still quiet and offers plenty of places to enjoy the outdoors as well.

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