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5 Unforgettable Things to Do in Cordoba, Spain

My top tips when visiting Cordoba – including a can’t miss photo spot!

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The Fashion FolksJune 16, 2016 - 8:34 am

These are lovely tips, so many gorgeous places!

JoyceJune 16, 2016 - 10:58 am

All of these places are so pretty! I love all your pictures & how organized all your tips are. Hopefully I can stop by some of these cities in my July trip to Spain this year. And also loving all your travel fashion! <3

Maggie KrolJune 16, 2016 - 11:55 am

I love this post so much! My fiancé and I are actually looking for places to go on our honeymoon and this seems so romantic. The photos are beautiful. Truly appreciate the detailed breakdown of your adventure.

SherJune 16, 2016 - 3:56 pm

Thank you Maggie! Spain is a great honeymoon destination :)

Vishu SaumyaJune 16, 2016 - 4:13 pm

Such an informative post. I am in love with the pictures.Good read and amazing clicks!

LouJune 17, 2016 - 1:57 pm

Nice article and pictures ! We subscribe to your blog :)

Siddhartha JoshiJune 17, 2016 - 11:41 pm

Wow! Loved the pictures and the post :)

mark wyldJune 18, 2016 - 8:22 pm

Looks like a great place to visit. We are heading Spain later this year but could only fit in Granada and Seville wish we had time for Corboda aswell. I have always loved the look of the Roman bridge

JoyJune 18, 2016 - 9:25 pm

so beautiful, I m sure you had fun. I can’t wait to go to Spain.

Vicki LouiseJune 18, 2016 - 10:30 pm

Wow! I never realised there was so much to see and do in Cordoba – it looks like a beautiful part of the world!

Lara DunningJune 19, 2016 - 12:55 am

I love the breakdown of the sites, hotels and places to eat. Very helpful. I’m particularly drawn by the mosque and the roman bridge.

BriannaJune 19, 2016 - 11:27 am

Wow! I love all these photos- expecially the Roman Bridge! I also really like how you added your own personal tips!

Carly MooreJune 19, 2016 - 2:27 pm

1st Century Roman Bridge… I’d be all over that. Your photo’s are fantastic and your blog makes me want to redesign mine a bit lol.

Michelle WJune 19, 2016 - 2:42 pm

Such gorgeous, dreamy photos! I went to Cordoba in 2012 and I loved it!! Happy to see I’ve done most of the things you recommend. Going back to Spain this summer but only for about 5 days unfortunately

ReaJune 19, 2016 - 3:58 pm

Let me start by saying that you have some really beautiful pics! I love Spain so much, especially Andalusia as the mixture with the Arabic culture makes is really special. Although I am originally from Slovenia, I spent 6 years living in Granada and went to Cordoba a couple of times. I’m afraid I’ll have to disappoint you because, to be honest, I’ve only been to Mezquita, while I spent the rest of the time wandering around the streets, having cerveza along with some really good tapas :) I guess I’ll have to go back to tick off the rest of its landmarks! :)

Karla StrandJune 19, 2016 - 5:49 pm

Love this post! So thorough and such beautiful photos! Pinned :D

CarmenJune 19, 2016 - 10:59 pm

Cordoba, actually all of Andalucía, is such a beautiful part of Spain. Your photos are lovely, thanks for sharing. Happy travels :)

KerriJune 20, 2016 - 12:11 am

It’s all stunning but I think Calleja de las Flores would be the place I would love to spend some time. Gorgeous photos and I love all the alleys.

TravelGretlJune 20, 2016 - 4:05 pm

Love your pictures and the way you style your blog! Much better than many I’ve seen (including my own website really ;) So congratz, well done :D

Lauren Meshkin @BonVoyageLaurenJune 20, 2016 - 5:21 pm

I fell in love with Seville and Granada recently, but have yet to visit Cordoba! It’s going on my list now. Beautiful pictures :)

Jackie Sills-DellegrazieJune 20, 2016 - 10:12 pm

What an informative post! I’d love to see the CALLEJA DE LAS FLORES! How true it is to visit popular sights in the morning or at night to avoid the crowds. I did this in Prague and got amazing photos of the city. Cordoba looks incredible. I can totally picture myself strolling the streets and admiring the architecture.

SherJune 21, 2016 - 12:02 am

hey jackie, i hope you check it out! yes, always going early and later seems to help a bit with crowd control :)

SamanthaJune 24, 2016 - 11:32 am

Your photos are absolutely stunning. I would love to visit Spain and your pictures make me want to check out Cordoba!! Amazing scenery and wow, that Cathedral! Thank you for sharing this post!

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Cristal DyerJune 24, 2016 - 6:03 pm

Beautiful pictures! Definitely makes me want to visit <3

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LaurenJune 27, 2016 - 11:49 pm

Such a wonderfully indepth list! I loved Córdoba when I visited when I was 26. Truly romantic… Love the photos.

KorinnaJuly 23, 2016 - 2:47 am

Your photos are amazing! Made me wanna go to Cordoba :)

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MalikaDecember 28, 2017 - 11:33 am

Lovely post! Followed your itinerary. However I feel that you should rename No.3 as Museo Alzcazar Reyes Cristianos. It is confusing as we keyed in Alzcazar de los Reyes Cristianos and ended up wasting half an hour by reaching the other side of the castle where there was no entry.

SherDecember 28, 2017 - 1:06 pm

Hi Malika – glad you liked the post! Sure, ill add in that tip. Thanks!

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3 Mouthwatering Tapas Bars in Seville, Spain

Because you can’t visit Spain without multiple bites of tapas.

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ThuyJuly 21, 2016 - 12:57 pm

I like the tip about Seville not being English-friendly. I also like the tapas guide you had at the bottom. Very helpful!

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Love this! I really enjoyed how you included the popular tapas as well – great read for someone unfamiliar with the common dishes! xx

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Review: What It’s REALLY Like Aboard Viking River Cruises

I sailed on the Rhine River Getaway from Basel to Amsterdam. Read my Viking River Cruise review for the itinerary, best sights, on-board experience & more!

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DabinMay 24, 2017 - 9:59 am

Those photos are just perfect! They made me want to travel Europe more. Thanks for sharing such an informative post! :)

LynzyMay 24, 2017 - 7:58 pm

This looks so amazing. Your pictures are absolutely stunning. Such a great informative post.

SherMay 24, 2017 - 8:03 pm

Thanks Lynzy!

MelanieMay 24, 2017 - 9:17 pm

I have never been on a river cruise abroad. I am not sure that the tour that we did on the Ohio river would count as a cruise lol! I would like to visit here. All of your photos make me really want to plan a trip.

LisaMay 24, 2017 - 9:37 pm

Wow, amazing indeed! I have to add this to my bucket list of places to visit! Your pictures are Stunning!!

TamiMay 24, 2017 - 11:32 pm

The itinerary for this trip is near perfect. I think I’d enjoy every single thing planned. I especially like what’s scheduled on the third day.

Melissa DixonMay 25, 2017 - 9:25 am

These photos make me want to head out on a cruise right now. I love the exotic feel of the settings in these photos and the breathtaking views. Someday I will get it together enough to visit.

SherMay 25, 2017 - 10:44 am

Strasbourg is definitely a highlight! Supposedly the university is fantastic and has affordable tuition, i might just apply!

SherMay 25, 2017 - 10:45 am

Hey Melissa, glad you like the itinerary/photos! Hope you get to experience it soon :)

Amy Stenehjem-KelschMay 25, 2017 - 1:46 pm

I was sooooooo excited to read your article! I have wanted to go on a Viking River Cruise for awhile now. Thanks so much for the helpful information.

SherMay 25, 2017 - 6:45 pm

It was my first Viking River Cruise and I totally loved it (as you can tell from the post) Let me know if you have any questions and I hope you sail with them soon!

Deborah NicholasMay 27, 2017 - 1:47 pm

Oh that looks amazing and your photography is beautiful. I would really love to do one of these holidays but with 6 children i worry about all the water! lol

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Jeannine CliffordMay 30, 2017 - 8:39 pm

This sounds much better than I expected! Some family members have been trying to get me to do one of these. Thanks for sharing!

Danielle TheriaultMay 31, 2017 - 7:37 am

This was an excellent review! I’ve always wondered about Viking River Cruises and have strayed away from them because I just had never heard much about them. I love cruising on the big ships though, so I’m sure I would love a river cruise as well!

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BrianneJuly 8, 2017 - 9:28 pm

Hey! Thank you so much for the detailed information about your cruise. I am actually headed on this cruise in a week and I’m very excited.

SherJuly 8, 2017 - 9:29 pm

Ah you’ll love it!! Have fun :)

AlyssaJuly 9, 2017 - 6:37 pm

Im obsessed with this blog! My fiancé and I are taking our honeymoon early and heading on the Rhine Getaway in 2 weeks. Is there and particular must dos in the other places where you don’t have the more thorough blog posts? Also do you have any more pictures of the verandah room, as that is the room type we will be in, and of the ship itself? What was the weather like? Are there specific things we should be packing as far as clothes or anything else?

SherJuly 9, 2017 - 6:55 pm

Hi Alyssa, ooh have fun! Hm I think Viking’s included tours do a great job of showing you the main highlights in each town, while giving you some free time to explore or have lunch in town if you wish.

I did the optional tour to Augustusberg palace which I really enjoyed, its on the Cologne day. Just a gorgeous, unique palace and hunting lodge. There’s also an optional to see the top of Cologne’s cathedral which other people on the ship liked. And then one night there’s a fancy dinner in a palace – I didn’t sign up for it but almost regretted it bc it got rave reviews from those who did! I think its the same night as the German dinner night on board so whatever you pick you’ll have a fabulous dinner. Definitely recommend the Colmar optional, which I have the post about. If you havent been to Amsterdam before you might want to stay longer after.

We went in early May and it rained a bit and was pretty cold. Viking has huge umbrellas, which was a nice touch bc I forgot to bring mine. Other than that nothing specific to pack – its pretty casual. It’s summer now so I’m sure the weather will be much better for you!

You’ll love the rooms! I was so impressed with how comfortable they were given that its a river cruise and the ship is small. My pictures of our room didn’t come out so nice because my stuff was sprawled everywhere ha.. but we had a veranda room as well! Loved the balcony. All the bathrooms have heated floors which I loved and now want to install in my bathroom. I snuck a peek at the suites which have a separate living room area and look really really nice. I’ve also never seen a more diligent cleaning staff!!

We sailed on the Hlin ship, which I think they said was 8 years old, but looked almost brand new to me. Viking takes amazing care of their river ships! I chatted to the staff one day and they spend the winter season breaking everything down, cleaning and doing engineering things to keep it in great shape.

Oh! Do the roundhouse mini tour where you get to see the caption’s… office thing on the roof. He tells you how the ship steers and has some fun facts about the mechanics. I always find that kind of stuff interesting (how things work, how they became ships captain etc). If I remember correctly its something you can sign up for on one of the slow days when we’re cruising. Only if you’re interested, its not an official tour or anything!

SherJuly 9, 2017 - 7:06 pm

Oh and bring binoculars if you have them! It’ll come in handy the morning where we saw the german forts on the Rhine. I brought a gigantic zoom lens to take those photos, the castles are high up on hills while the ship sails in the middle of the Rhine. Feel tree to shoot me any more questions and I’ll do my best to answer :)

Can’t say enough great things about Viking and I’m already dreaming about doing another with them!

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AlyssaJuly 15, 2017 - 3:15 pm

Thanks! Any chance you have a list or something of the times you were in and out of each port? I’d love to know how long we get to stay each place

SherJuly 15, 2017 - 3:16 pm

No. You can try checking the viking journey site for more info. It was generally around a 1 hr tour and maybe an 30min – hour of free time

AlyssaJuly 15, 2017 - 8:54 pm

But like the whole day how early could you get off the ship and how late could you start in port before you had to be back on? I can’t find that information anywhere.

SherJuly 15, 2017 - 9:47 pm

It depends on when the ship gets into town and if it’s departing for a different town that evening or docking overnight.

AlyssaJuly 16, 2017 - 4:08 pm

Do you remember which ports you were docked at overnight?

SherJuly 16, 2017 - 9:10 pm

Don’t remember off the top of my head but check your My Viking Journey portal! Lots of helpful info there :)

Nancy JohnstonJuly 19, 2017 - 8:40 am

We did the Viking Paris to Normandy cruise in September of 2016. It was wonderful. We’re booking the Rhine Getaway today for September of next year. Thanks so much for all the helpful information!!

TiffanyJuly 21, 2017 - 2:58 pm

Did you fly nonstop to Basel or make a connection? I’ve bookmarked this page as I will be doing the same cruise next summer. :)

SherJuly 21, 2017 - 3:39 pm

Hey Tiffany – I had a connection in Europe. I do recommend checking out flight pricing with Viking – they surprised me with cheaper airfare than I could find on my own and they also took care of the transfers. You can just ask them what the flight price will be before committing and do a little comparison check with google flights. Enjoy your trip, its a fab river cruise experience :)

BonnieJuly 22, 2017 - 3:29 pm

Loved your post. I’m thinking of going next April. I have two questions: what are the temperatures like and is there a fitness or exercise room on board? It sound silly, but with all that eating I’ll want to do something to keep the weight off.

SherJuly 22, 2017 - 4:17 pm

Hi Bonnie – I went in mid May and it was still chilly..anywhere from 40-60 degrees. This year I remember being surprised, because we had a very late spring season so it’s hard to say what 2018 will be like! It rained a couple times in the first 2 days of the trip, and I forgot to pack my umbrella, but luckily Viking has some HUGE umbrellas on board for guests to borrow. I know for me personally, even though it can be colder I prefer traveling to Europe in April/May before the crowds hit.

River cruise ships are small so there’s usually no room on board for a dedicated fitness room. That said on the roof of the ship, they have a track loop so some runners used that to their advantage. I think it was 13 laps on the roof deck equaled 1 mile and I only remember that because my mom kept up with her daily mile runs ha. On Viking’s ocean cruises, those ships are bigger and I believe Viking has both a fitness room and a pool on ocean routes.

All of the included daily tours are walking tours, so you do walk some of it off although I agree with you – it’s hard to restrict yourself on vacation and there can be some longer bus rides where you just sit and sit! Have a fabulous trip and let me know if you have any other questions

sunny fletcherJuly 25, 2017 - 8:22 pm

Hi,
My name is Sunny Fletcher, I really enjoyed your write up and it was super inspiring! My boyfriend and I loved this particular itinerary but did not see it on the viking site when we searched for this particular 7 day cruise. Do you have any other cruise lines you could suggest? Also what is the predominate age group on these cruises. We are in our 40’s would we feel out of place? Thanks for your help.

Sunny Fletcher

SherJuly 26, 2017 - 3:06 am

Hi Sunny! So glad you liked it. I would say you would be more in place than I was on the trip ha! Im in my 20s and went with my mom. The crowd has a good mix of age groups, predominantly 40+ to retirees and I would say Viking is a more active program than other river cruises. I do a lot of tours with my family so I guess I’m maybe more used to being the odd one out, but I don’t mind as long as the itinerary is good!

Here is the cruise we took, it’s called their Rhine Getaway route. I heard that they also offer the same route during the holiday season, when Christmas markets are open so you might like that idea too.

https://www.vikingrivercruises.com/cruise-destinations/europe/rhine-getaway/2017-amsterdam-basel/index.html

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JerryJuly 29, 2017 - 12:37 am

Enjoyed your piece on the Viking Rhine Getaway. We’re likely going to book it for May 2018. With both artificial hips, spine issues, etc., I don’t walk so well, or far, anymore. My wife is fine, can walk forever. With my cane I can do probably a mile before a rest. I’m wondering about the shore excursions, many of which are “walking tours”. Will I be able to do them? If not, what are the options?
Many thanks,
Jerry

SherJuly 29, 2017 - 2:39 am

Hi Jerry! I think you would love the cruise and will try to provide my perspective.

All the included excursions are walking tours but some cities involve a bus to get to the town first while other cities viking can dock right in town so the actual walking part is not necessarily that strenuous. Cities like Colmar and Basel have compact Old Towns so the walking is quite short, but Marksburg Castle was very uneven inside (lots of cobblestone old steps) that I even found that shaky.

Regardless i would say that Viking is very accommodating.

There was a man on our tour who was blind and used a cane and he did all of the walking tours. Sometimes the guide gave him a hand. For some towns, Viking offered bicycle tuk tuks or cabs to drive passengers right to the town center. I felt the tours were quite leisurely paced and if at any time you don’t want to continue, you can leave the group to explore at your own pace or do your own thing altogether.

JerryJuly 29, 2017 - 3:20 pm

Many thanks for your reassuring reply. Most likely I’ll be fine. I wonder if Uber is available along the Rhine River route?

A couple more questions. I’m trying to do a little research on flights in and out. We’ll probably book through Viking, but I’d like to see what the options are regarding connections, etc. Do you remember what the required times were to get aboard the ship, and to leave at the end? Should we plan to arrive a day before departure?

Jerry

SherJuly 31, 2017 - 5:12 am

Hm not sure about Uber. Lots of European countries ban it so I wouldn’t count on it, but there are regular cabs and the bike tuk tuks. Plus viking’s bus coaches.

You can arrive early or stay later but I flew in the day of departure. If I remember right, the boat sets sail in early evening so arriving the day of in the morning is fine. If you want to explore more of town, then I would stay extra.

We did the Basel > Amsterdam route. Basel is very small and I felt like we saw enough on the day of. If you arrive in the AM, Viking is nice and provides a complimentary informal walking tour of the old town! Lots of people extended their stay in Amsterdam since you don’f actually see that city during the itinerary.

I don’t remember the exact time you should leave, because we flew to Copenhagen on a very early flight. I think maybe they ask you to leave by early afternoon? So they have time to clean the boat before the next sailing route. Hope that helps!

DoloresAugust 7, 2017 - 10:04 am

Hi,I have taken two Viking trips, the Danube Waltz two years ago and the Balzel to Amsterdam last year, I can’t say enough about how wonderful the trips themselves were, however, the air fair provided was another story. I understand it is offered free, BUT, when you are stuck in the last row in the plane, get told this is the only food option that is left and sorry there is NO WATER AVAILABLE, it made for a very long ride home from France with a man in front of us who had definitely not showered in a while.

SherAugust 7, 2017 - 10:34 am

Hey Dolores – sorry to hear you had a bad flight! To be honest I hate the entire flying experience and never have a great flight! I don’t think Viking has anything to do with the airline (ours wasn’t free) and we had a couple options for flight options/ seats etc

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Ron ellisAugust 16, 2017 - 2:00 pm

Nice read. Quick question what is Vikings policy to bringing your own alcohol drinks on board. It sounds like it would be nice to sit on the room balcony with a bottle of wine.

Lynda KarlsonAugust 26, 2017 - 7:48 pm

HELLO, we are taking the Rhine River cruise in late Oct. I know no one can accurately forecast the weather,wondering what kind of jacket/coat should I pack. Also, will the christmas markets be open?

SherAugust 26, 2017 - 8:40 pm

Hi Lynda, I would think it’d be pretty cold. Usually October in central Europe is ~50s during the day and as low as ~40s around night time. I would probably pack jeans/long pants, light sweaters and either a wool coat like this http://bit.ly/2vz4X6w or if you’re wearing layers, a windbreaker like this one: http://bit.ly/2wz0plj.

Unfortunately the Christmas markets don’t open until late November but I would think October would be a beautiful time to see fall folliage along the river? Autumn is my favorite season so I’m sure it will be even more magical in Europe. Have a great trip!

DanaSeptember 20, 2017 - 1:44 am

Thanks for the great review. I’m taking this trip in April 2018 but in reverse. This answered many of my questions. Thanks for all the great details. I can’t wait.

debbieSeptember 23, 2017 - 9:22 pm

Lots of helpful info there! Someone just told me that she had been on 3 river cruises — I think all Viking — and that you had to leave the ship around 7:30 a.m. if you wanted to join the walking tour. I’ve never heard anyone else mention such an early start. Did you experience this on your trip?

SherSeptember 23, 2017 - 9:34 pm

Hm.. I think I got up by 7:30am but I don’t think we left the ship quite that early. I want to stay it was about ~7:30am breakfast, leave by 8:30-9am. There are generally 2 time slots for tours per day, one in the morning and one after lunch – you can do both or just do one. Usually everyone does the morning one and if you book an optional tour, that would be your afternoon option.

FTo be honest, every land group tour that I’ve been on and when I travel personally, I get up very early to see as much as possible so I felt like Viking was nice and a “slower pace”. One lady at dinner mentioned she thought the times were early for her, so I guess it depends on your personal travel style!

Once you book a tour, Viking has a section of their website called “my viking journey” where you can see the optional tours offered and it makes it very easy to see the tour times so that you don’t double book yourself. Hope that helps!

SherOctober 1, 2017 - 12:38 am

Hi Ron – sorry for the delayed response, I think I missed seeing this! Yes, you can definitely sit on your room balcony and enjoy your own bottle of wine. Just so you know, all wine is included during meal times as well. I’m not a huge drinker but spent lots of mornings enjoying my coffee on the balcony.. it was so relaxing! :)

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Margie BeckettOctober 19, 2017 - 3:17 pm

If the intinerary shows a tour for morning or morning and afternoon does that mean they leave after the tour or do they stay till evening so you can mull around?

SherOctober 19, 2017 - 3:33 pm

Hi Margie – it depends! If the ship is staying in town and not sailing onward, you can stay out on your own after the tour, have lunch in town instead of on the ship, wander etc. For example, I think in Strasbourg some of us did this. Also in Cologne we docked overnight so you could hang out all night until the early AM if you wanted!

If you decide you’ve seen enough when the tour ends, then you can take advantage of the included shuttle bus to take you back to the ship.

Sometimes, the ship sails onward or if it’s an optional tour it might be a town far away from the dock, so it’s expected that you’ll go with the group. For example, the Colmar optional tour which I took takes you to Colmar (which is not close to the dock) so you wouldn’t want to linger. Hope that helps!

MelissaOctober 23, 2017 - 2:29 pm

I love the idea of a river tour, especially the unpacking bit. ;) How was the social situation on board? Were the other guests mostly much older? I think that’s what’s holding me back on trying it myself. I don’t want to be the only 30-something on a ship full of seniors. :\

SherOctober 23, 2017 - 2:36 pm

Hi Melissa! Ha yes the unpacking part and luxurious room were too good to pass up. Hm.. it’s definitely an older crowd, most people in their late 40s – 50s if I had to guess their ages. Some retirees as well. But, I do lots of group tours with my family and I would say its more of the “active” older / retired crowd vs those who just like to be shuttled from place to place.

There were some 30 something couples on board and at dinner you can either eat solo or mingle, so it just depends on what you prefer. If you prefer a really social atmosphere, European hostels are the best bet or I’ve had friends who went solo and joined something like a G Adventures tour for the social atmosphere.

Would you be going solo?

Because cabins are usually meant for 2 people, river cruises in general tend to charge a single supplement fee (I think Viking does, but I’m not certain).

Colleen KleinhansNovember 4, 2017 - 12:41 am

Sher, My husband and I are traveling next June on Viking River Cruise Paris to Swiss Alps. I was wondering if you would suggest we bring binoculars and a camera with a zoom lens to see and get good pics from the river itself. Also wondering if you know how flexible they are regarding problems clients have with food issues? I was glad to hear that if the pace of the tour was too fast or slow that you could break away from the group, however are cabs fairly easy to find if you find yourself needing to return to the boat? Do you suggest a particular app for your phone to translate? Also wondering about carrying cash or credit cards for excursions, should we have both or did you find one better than the other? Thanks I know that’s a lot of questions!

SherNovember 4, 2017 - 1:26 am

Hi Colleen,

Ooh Paris! Sounds like a good itinerary.

1) I’m a bit of a photo fanatic so I was very glad I brought my zoom lens. I think my mom would have appreciated binoculars, especially since she has poor vision. You can definitely see the castles from the naked eye on the boat, but if you want to see detail binoculars are helpful. Did you check out my German castles post? All those photos were shot with a 70-200mm lens (mostly at the 200mm mark) so as an example, you won’t see the individual castle windows or small town churches like in those photos without a zoom or binoculars. I mentioned it in the post because I didn’t bring binoculars on a safari trip to Africa and while I could see the animals just fine, a kind man lent me his for a day and it was such a better view! ha. So just personal preference.

2. Hm, I don’t personally have any dietary restrictions so I’m not sure. For dinner, there are always several options to choose from, including a vegetarian one. I *think* they have options for gluten free but I’m not 100% sure – you can try using the chat bot on the viking website or calling a customer service rep to make sure.

The waiters and all the staff are exceptionally friendly / helpful and can make menu substitutions if you don’t like anything or are allergic. I remember they had ipads during dinner service to jot notes & things. They also have excellent memories! If you wanted two appetizers or ahem, two desserts (like I sometimes did), they’re very generous with that, it’s not an issue. Or if you wanted appetizers instead of mains, that sort of thing is easy for them to accommodate.

3. I think cabs would be easy to find. I didn’t do the exact route you’re mentioning so some cities would be different, but in general I find that the stops were small European towns so it’s easy to wander and find your way back to the main square. Even Paris is not so big a city :)

Usually at the front desk, they will have maps of the city so ask for one of those before you disembark and if you want to explore on your own, then you can use the map. Also a tip is to download the offline Google Maps for each city you’ll be visiting. I always do that before I travel! I’m a big walker so with the offline map downloaded, you can navigate yourself back to the main square or the dock. And of course if you get cell service using something like Know Roaming (which I’ve reviewed on my blog briefly here) then you can get cell service too for emergencies.

Viking uses these headphone systems which are pretty good and they split the passengers into smaller groups, so if you see yourself wanting to explore more of the city just let the guide know you’re leaving the group and you can find out about local cabs or meeting points, etc. Every evening, they leave a pamphlet in your cabin so you can get a sense of what you’ll be visiting the next day.

4. I use google translate on my phone for translation but I think you do need cell service for it to work. In general everyone in Europe speaks excellent English :)

5. I rarely bring cash to be honest, I bring a couple credit cards which carry no foreign fees and I bring my debit card for the atm / emergencies. I’m also not a shopper / I don’t buy souvenirs anymore but if you like to shop, cash is helpful for small things like street fairs, flea markets, christmas market stalls, food stalls. Do you have Chase bank? You can call ahead and ask your local branch, mine in NYC can exchange euros same day, so if you want to bring like 100 – 200 euro just to be safe, you can try that. I’m sure other banks do it too.

For the optional tours, I would recommend booking those in advance. Some of the popular ones fill up. If you login to the “My Viking Journey” website it will show you, day by day, which tours are available and also will warn you if you’re booking overlapping tours or things that conflict. I found it quite handy! So since you book those ahead, you book them all on credit card.

In general I prefer credit cards because I get points and I find carrying cash /dealing with change a pain. But that’s just me!

Hope that helps – feel free to reach out if you have more questions.

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PennyJanuary 4, 2018 - 11:01 pm

I enjoyed your account of the river cruise and I’m curious as to how dressy or casual folks were. Do you have a packing list for this trip?

Thanks,
Penny

SherJanuary 5, 2018 - 1:21 pm

Hi Penny! Glad you liked the article.

People were pretty casual (pants, jeans, cold weather jackets etc) but I also went in May when the weather was still pretty chilly. For dinner time, I believe they ask for closed toe shoes and no shorts, but there isn’t a requirement for jackets so it’s no where near formal.

I haven’t written a packing guide yet but have gotten a couple requests so I’ll add that to my list of posts to write!

Michelle GershenJanuary 5, 2018 - 6:39 pm

What did you do at night?

SherJanuary 5, 2018 - 6:42 pm

We either went back into town, had drinks in the lounge or stayed in to watch Downton Abbey (LOL).

It’s generally pretty quiet at night since it’s a small ship vs. huge ocean liners.

NancyJanuary 12, 2018 - 1:05 pm

We also loved our river cruise! We left from Amsterdam in August and finished in Budapest with the optional trip to Prague.
One word of caution, while the glassblower’s demonstration was awesome, he has yet to send us any of the items we ordered and paid for. He said it would be 3 weeks…it is now about 5 months. After multiple emails to him (unanswered) and emails and phone calls to Viking we are giving up and disputing the charges on our card. I’ve seen other complaints on trip forums about him. I’m disappointed Viking still brings him on board!

SherJanuary 12, 2018 - 1:11 pm

Hi Nancy – glad to hear you liked the cruise as well! Wow, I had no idea about the glassblower. I’m wondering if it’s the same glassblower since the one on our trip didn’t have large items to ship, he brought lots of little items (candle holders, ornaments, figurines, vases, etc) that you purchased right there, they packaged up for you and then you took it with you right away.

I got one of the glass ornaments and hung it on my tree this past Christmas!

I’m so shocked to hear the glassblower you had didn’t ship promptly. Have you reached out to Viking customer service to file a claim and let them know? That’s very disappointing and you should dispute the charge if it’s been 5+ months and no package. Credit card companies are usually great about resolving that in your favor.

NancyJanuary 12, 2018 - 3:24 pm

The glassblower was Karl Ittig. His business is Glas Haus Wertheim. We bought some shot glases from him on the ship and brought them
home with us. The problem is with what we ordered. We ordered 2 ornaments that were to have names etched in them along with the year. We also ordered a set of his Jagermeister shot glasses for our son with his monogram etched on them. Our friends also ordered his salad dressing bottles. They also have received nothing. We have contacted Viking several times. They said they’d look into it but nothing happened. The last time they were the ones to say to dispute the claim. It’s disappointing that Viking does not seem to care that much. It makes us wonder if they get some kind of a kickback from the glassblower.

SherJanuary 12, 2018 - 3:31 pm

I just google searched his name and photos of him came up. He’s not the same glassblower who was on my river cruise (Viking has so many ships I’m sure they have many, many glassblowers that they partner with).

Viking probably does get a kickback. Pretty much every travel company or tour builds in visits to local businesses and in return they get a % of commissions, just like a shoe salesman at any dept store. If you ever go on a Chinese tour – man, those take the cake for how many shopping visits they can pack in, all because they get a commission! Same with hotel concierges – they usually recommend restaurants they get a kickback from. such is life!

It’s really unfortunate that you haven’t received the items and that he essentially stole your money. If you paid via credit card, you should definitely get your money back. In my experience, American credit card companies (is yours american?) have fantastic customer service and you can file a dispute online very easily.

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MichelleFebruary 25, 2018 - 4:58 pm

My husband and I are taking this river cruise next year for our 20th anniversary and I can’t wait. I really enjoyed reading your take on it and seeing all the pictures. Can you tell me where the above picture was taken with the yellow/cream colored building with all of the decorations and red hearts? It looks like a fun place to visit. Thank you, Michelle

SherFebruary 25, 2018 - 6:18 pm

Hi Michelle – have fun! It’s a great cruise. The yellow building with the hearts is in Colmar, France – possibly one of the cutest towns I’ve ever been to :)

DawnFebruary 27, 2018 - 9:49 am

We’re considering this same cruise (from Basel to Amsterdam). Curious to know, are there better views on one side of the ship than the other? We were thinking of getting a french balcony versus the veranda. Which did you have?

SherFebruary 27, 2018 - 10:52 am

Hi Dawn! We didn’t feel like there were better views on one side or the other. Hm, I can’t remember the name of our room but we had a small narrow balcony with 2 chairs and a side table where we could drink coffee outside. It was nice to get fresh air and we sat on it once or twice during sailings. We also peeked into some suites and those looked HUGE!

I think the standard rooms are fine, since you don’t spend all that much inside.

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SarahMarch 26, 2018 - 7:34 pm

Hi! My mom and I are thinking going on the same Vikings tour as you and your mom, but we are doing the reverse route. :) It’s nice to see that some other young people go as well! My question for you is that my mom will be 74 by the time we take this cruise. She can’t walk very long distances without needing to sit and rest for a couple of minutes. Bad knees and back. It seems like your excursions had a lot of walking involved. Do you think, in your experience, she will have issues with the walking tours that are provided by Viking?

Thank you!
Sarah

SherMarch 26, 2018 - 8:20 pm

Hi Sarah – sounds fun! I think she could do it. There’s 1 walking tour per day in each city / stop. The walking tours are about 1 hour, give or take, but if you get tired or want to leave, there’s no problem with ditching the tour to go stop at a cafe or go shopping. The tours are optional too, so if you and your mom would prefer you can always just leave the ship on your own and come back when you wish, instead of doing the tour. It depends on the stop (sometimes the boat isn’t docked in the center of town so it’d be difficult in those instances, it just depends on the river / boat area).

From the top of my head – the Black Forest is very doable, Colmar is a very small town so we booked the optional tour but explored on our own, the windmills are within walking distance from the boat and you can go at your own pace. Cologne we docked right in town. I wouldn’t recommend Marksburg castle because it’s very old and entirely uneven cobblestones.

The Viking staff can help you arrange a taxi or bike peddler if you want to go into town in more comfort or come back early. Overall I felt like the cruise was very relaxing. Hope that helps!

SherMarch 27, 2018 - 12:18 pm

Hi Sarah – One thing I forgot to mention in my comment. Each day for the included walking tours, there is a designated group for those who want to explore at a slower pace. I didn’t join those groups so I’m not sure exactly how they work but thought that group could be great for your mom!

DianaMarch 29, 2018 - 6:35 pm

Considering this same cruise in 2019. Is there a bar on the ship to have a drink after dinner? Does Viking allow you to bring your own liquor on board?

SherMarch 30, 2018 - 11:49 am

Hi Diana – yes there is a nice bar and big lounge area. If you buy your own bottle of wine or spirits in the town, you can definitely bring it on board. I saw people drinking on their balcony. I’m not sure if you can bring your own liquor to the bar area though.

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KarinApril 9, 2018 - 10:10 pm

Loved the article. We just booked a Danube cruise so I’m excited and this is really helpful information. I can’t wait. It all sounds wonderful.

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kathyApril 21, 2018 - 6:33 pm

Sher,
Great Blog, thanks. You photos are sensational. How did you compensate for the movement of the boat? Were you using a tripod? What’s your preferred camera? (We leave in 2 weeks! so excited.)

SherApril 21, 2018 - 7:01 pm

Hi Kathy – thanks so much for the kind words! Do you mean the photos of the German castles? For the most part, I shot these photos on the day excursions into each town, so we were on foot and exploring. I do have a tripod (this one) but the boat moves slowly enough when it sails that you can still get handheld shots. All my gear is listed on my FAQ page here :)

Carol A. SmithApril 28, 2018 - 12:18 am

Thank you! Very helpful💃👍

PatriciaApril 28, 2018 - 2:32 pm

Thank you so much for your detailed comments from your Viking Riverboat Cruise on the Rhine. My husband and I are taking the same trip in June 2018 and were extremely impressed by your suggestions. It was wonderful reading about someone else’s experiences and recommendations. Your photography is oustanding. We are looking forward to our trip even more thanks to you!

SherApril 28, 2018 - 10:15 pm

Thanks so much for the kind words Patricia! Have a great time on your trip :)

Valerie SanchezMay 23, 2018 - 2:38 pm

Hi thanks for all the info in your blog….sounds like we have signed up for the right cruise.

We are taking the Rhine Getaway in July as a 70th birthday celebration for my husband. We are landing in Basel a couple days early and planned to take a train for a day trip to Lucerne (about an hour ride). Wondering if you have any thoughts about things to see/do in Lucerne?

We also extended a couple days in Amsterdam…any specific must sees (we were thinking of the hop on and off bus or canal boat give us flavor of city and an easy way to get around), and know we want to see the Ice Bar.

Thanks again for all you info!!!

SherMay 26, 2018 - 1:15 pm

Wow sounds like a great birthday celebration! Lucerne is very pretty, we just took it easy and walked around.

I have a post on day trips from Amsterdam here. The city itself is very popular, a bit crowded, so try to go early for things like the Anne Frank Museum. Try a canal cruise too! Since you have more time, I really liked visiting the Hague and Bruges. The Hague has some stunning buildings like the International Court of Justice while Bruges is more small town / medieval, very picturesque. Have a great trip!

SteveJune 27, 2018 - 8:33 am

Quite a thorough review. Many of our questions were answered.
We’ve not been to Germany before so we are curious and deciding between this river cruise or a land tour. It does sound like this would be a great first-time visit to upper Europe (We have been to Rome, Athens & Crete). I really would like to see the Alps too. We’d like to also see Lucerne(Cogwheel Train, Gondola) and Munich.

SusanJuly 19, 2018 - 11:23 am

Hello, Thank-You for ALL the tips on River Cruising. My 89-year-old mother and myself are planning a 2019 Paris and the heart of Normandy in Early April. any recommendations or comments on that trip?

johnAugust 12, 2018 - 12:08 pm

Great summary of the trip. We’re going on the Rhine cruise in November and can’t wait. Leaving from Miami to Basel. We’ve been in many cruises in large ships but this one will be a treat. Decided to go business class with Lufthansa and that will also be a treat. Thanks!

SherAugust 12, 2018 - 3:35 pm

Hi John – glad you liked my recap! Ooh, business class on Lufthansa will be such a treat. Have a great time – I think you will like the more intimate atmosphere on a river cruise!

MartyAugust 19, 2018 - 11:07 pm

Planning a 25th Anniversary trip for my wife in 2020.

Really enjoyed reading about your experiences. Not sure yet what trip we want to take, but you make a great argument for the trip you described in this Rhine Getaway river cruise.

Thanks for the detail.

SherAugust 20, 2018 - 1:22 pm

Sounds like an amazing anniversary trip! Have a great time Marty

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Sandra LamplughAugust 27, 2018 - 4:37 pm

Hello Sher,

Most important we do everything right on this trip in Sept Getaway Rhine. Long story, but neither myself or my companion has had a vacation in over 13 years — and I feel as if I’m planning in a vacuum. My companion is in his late eighties but wants to see the Rhine — I’m in my late seventies and just want to see something again. Would it be wise for us to just walk around the small villages rather than do the excursions? Some of them seem to take so long. My companion wants to see the war memorial in Colmar which we’ve signed up for and we have also reserved tickets to Van gogh exhibit. Am tempted to skip Heidelberg and Marksburg castle because of demanding climbs. All so confusing. Also, very important. we’ve been told many people wear jeans to dinner. True? Will appreciate your feedback — we must enjoy this trip. Thank you,
Sandra

SherAugust 28, 2018 - 5:03 pm

Hi Sandra – it’s up to you! Most of the guided tours take place in the morning (you’ll get a schedule the night before in your room), so you can decide what you’d like to do each day. I would suggest trying out 1 or 2 of the included free walking tours since you can always leave the group to go back to the ship or explore on your own if you no longer want to participate. Viking is very flexible and their tour guides are OK if you decide to leave mid-tour. Just let them know so they don’t include you in the headcount.

Yes, I would definitely suggest you skip Marksburg. The castle is in ruins and the footpaths are cobblestone – very uneven, very challenging for unsteady walkers. Heidelberg Castle is on a hill, but it’s much flatter and easier to walk, so it’s up to you.

You can wear whatever you want to dinner, Viking is pretty casual! Jeans are fine. Hope that helps!

kathy gundersonSeptember 7, 2018 - 10:31 pm

Hi – great article, comprehensive & thoughtful! Wondering what time of year you went on the Viking river cruise?

SherSeptember 8, 2018 - 3:06 pm

Hi Kathy – I went in spring, at the beginning of the season!

DebbieOctober 19, 2018 - 7:37 pm

Thank you for all the great information. We will be doing the same trip the first week of November and it’s so nice to hear we made a great decision!

ScottNovember 9, 2018 - 6:15 am

Hi there! We’re on our final day of the Romantic Danube Viking River cruise. I agree with everything you’ve stated. Great ship, staff, food, and itinerary. Water levels are a huge deal, though. We’re presently completing a 3 hour bus transfer from Vienna to Budapest – missing one of the most scenic parts of the cruise. We are making our 2nd ship swap for the final night / our 3rd ship.

We received an email from Viking one week prior to departure telling us about the issue between Passau & Krems. Tuesday night our program director informed us of the additional issues past Vienna. We cruised the scenic Wachau valley after dark.

So we missed 2 of the 3 primary cruising segments. Spent 6-7 hours on buses – very nice buses- but buses.

We realize Viking can not control water levels, but their communication was late & misleading. They’ve been doing this for months – maybe years, yet acted like it was out of the ordinary. Passenger morale was affected. I’m not sure if they’ll offer vouchers. Some passengers were very upset.

Nothing about this on their website – apart from the fine print – but cruisers are blogging actively about this issue.

Great review, though.

-Scott S. from Boise

SherNovember 11, 2018 - 3:42 pm

Hi Scott – Wow, yikes! So sorry to hear that your cruise had an issue. I hadn’t known about the water levels issue as our cruise was on the Rhine River, and to my knowledge, the Rhine River hasn’t had any critically low water levels. I’m not an expert by any means though.

I sympathize with you since it’s a terrible situation all around. Viking cant control the water, but naturally you didn’t have the full experience. It’s good that Viking had a back up plan so you could still at least experience the cities on the itinerary.

Has customer service gotten back to you about vouchers or anything else they can offer?

Also, just curious – when they emailed you a week before departure, were you able to cancel the cruise and opt for a later date?

MariaNovember 17, 2018 - 6:16 pm

We river cruised on emerald last year,sounds very comparable to Viking. They did include wine or beer with lunch and the 5 course dinner. You mentioned wine with dinner. Does Viking also include included wine and beer with lunch? . Viking is maybe more catered to Americans (ie: flight prices transatlantic). We are trying to find the best river cruise from Amsterdam to Basel,Switzerland, and this trip you took sounds wonderful. I do recommend you try out Emerald,they are fantastic. What would be comparable to a cabin with a “balcony” ? Ie: a window that rolls all the way down? These answers will possibly help us to decide. Thanks so much.
Maria

SherNovember 17, 2018 - 6:26 pm

Hi Maria – I hadn’t heard of Emerald before, thanks for bringing them to my attention! I just looked them up and they seem to have very similar luxury river cruises. It seems like they are an Australian company?

You’re right that Viking has a big American market. I believe the owner / company ethos is Scandinavian but they seem to focus on the American market as there were lots of American travelers on our journey.

I’m not sure what you mean by “what would be comparable to a cabin with a balcony”. Are you asking about accommodation on Viking? All the rooms are quite nice, the more expensive rooms get you more a bigger floorplan, higher floor and potentially a small outdoor balcony. For us, we had a small outdoor area – not too big, just enough to fit a small table and chairs and have a glass of wine or morning coffee. Hope that helps!

Or do you mean what are the rooms like without a balcony? If you go to Viking’s website here and scroll down, they have a floorplan of the Europe river ships and each room. There’s also pictures of the standard / french balcony and veranda rooms. Hope that helps!

DougDecember 21, 2018 - 9:23 pm

Hi Sher – My wife and I will be going on our first cruise ever in September 2019 on the Amsterdam to Basel run, with an extra few days in Basel. I had booked a couple months ago and splurged on the two room Veranda suite. We’re very much looking forward to the trip but was curious if our suite is worth the cost. Will we find that we spend very little time there anyway? Thanks for your great website.

SherDecember 22, 2018 - 3:39 pm

Hi Doug – ooh fancy! We haven’t personally stayed in the suites before, but we’ve gotten a peak into the rooms and they look super spacious and very nice.

We definitely spend a lot more time in our rooms on river cruises vs. ocean cruises, as there’s not as much on board entertainment. Also if the weather is great, it’s very nice to sit on the balcony with a glass of wine during sailings and typically September is beautiful in Europe!

Karen BrewerDecember 24, 2018 - 4:52 pm

I was thinking of cruising the rhine w/viking, is November OK to do this??? Thx

SherDecember 24, 2018 - 8:36 pm

Hi Karen – Hm.. November might be a bit cold. I think May to October might be more comfortable weather wise!

AmandaJanuary 7, 2019 - 9:33 pm

I enjoyed this blog so much, we were thinking of doing a cruise, but now you have convinced me. Excellent writing, informative , and your photos are wonderful.
One question, my husband enjoys a good cigar and drink, is there a designated smoking section with a view or just an area for smoking?
Thank you again for such a great blog.
PS just started following you on Instagram!!

PeterJanuary 22, 2019 - 9:03 pm

Is their drinks package worth the price?

SherJanuary 23, 2019 - 5:59 pm

Hi Peter – it depends on how much you like to drink ;) Viking includes house wine with lunch and dinner. If you want other drinks, or perhaps cocktails after dinner, then I would say it’s worth getting. If you are fine with wine during meals, then don’t bother!

CraigFebruary 3, 2019 - 11:52 am

One of the best written river cruise reviews I’ve ever read. Sher, you have a great style in presenting activities as well as the cruise experience.

cliffFebruary 3, 2019 - 4:02 pm

Wondering how well the cruise would be for me as I am oxygen 24 hrs….Also is there much climbing involved?

SherFebruary 4, 2019 - 2:47 pm

Hi Cliff – The ship has an elevator on board that you can use. For the excursions, there wasn’t any climbing but the tour of Marksburg Castle had VERY uneven paths (broken stones) so I’d probably recommend skipping that.

suzzanne whitmoreFebruary 4, 2019 - 4:36 pm

Hi great information, was wondering when do you think is the best time of month to do this cruise? I was thinking March or October, any thoughts?

SherFebruary 4, 2019 - 11:54 pm

Hi Suzanne – the European river cruise season starts in May. Usually the clean the ships in the winter and do maintenance, upkeep etc, so I don’t think March sailings for the Rhine river are available. I could be wrong! I also think it would be too cold in March to enjoy.

October would be nice! I haven’t done any fall sailings but I think it would be much less crowded and perhaps the leaves would change. Plus there’s Oktoberfest in Germany in October!

DonnaFebruary 7, 2019 - 10:46 am

Hi, Sher
We are doing our first Viking cruise in October 2019. Amsterdam to Basel. We are arriving from Philadelphia. We do not have the pre or post add on days, but do want to see the Anne Frank house in Amsterdam. Do you think we will have time? Also, I was interested in the added excursion to the top of one of the cathedrals and was under the impression there was an elevator, however, also saw where you had to climb over 300 steps! I have found your website to be very informative.

SherFebruary 7, 2019 - 1:30 pm

Hi Donna, thanks! Hm.. I’m not sure if you have time for the Anne Frank house. On the last day of the cruise, you’re expected to leave the ship quite early (I believe before noon), but if your flight is that evening, you may have time.

Make sure to book your tickets online before your trip, you can do that on their official website. It’s one of the THE most popular attractions in Amsterdam so expect really long lines. Or, you can take a walking tour that covers the history of Ann Frank, these are pretty popular.

Regarding the cathedral.. I assume you mean the Cologne one? It’s been a long time since I went to the top (I went before the Viking trip) so I don’t quite remember. I believe there is no lift, as it’s a very historic, old church. But you can double check with Viking before booking their excursion!

Have a great trip :)

ElmerFebruary 12, 2019 - 9:24 am

Great info thanks

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ThuyJuly 14, 2016 - 12:06 pm

I like the way your posts are laid out. It’s very organized :)

TomJuly 16, 2016 - 1:44 pm

Nice photos of a beautiful place. But let’s not forget one of the other attractions of the place–the food.

ClaireJuly 16, 2016 - 4:32 pm

I’ve not yet made it to Granada, but I really want to go! Both the caves and the walking tour look right up my street!

Sarah YekinniJuly 16, 2016 - 8:34 pm

First, your site is beautiful! Love this post as well! I’ve visited Madrid twice, and although I had a great time, I would love to venture to other parts of Spain. You’ve helped put Granada at the top of that list!

SherJuly 16, 2016 - 10:02 pm

Thanks Sarah! Ooh would love to read your Madrid tips!

SherJuly 16, 2016 - 10:03 pm

haha of course Tom :) definitely can’t forget that! i have to say though, seville was the best town I visited in south spain, food wise. any granada restaurants you recommend?

CarmenJuly 17, 2016 - 1:21 pm

Granada is high up on my list! Great post, thanks for sharing. Happy travels :)

Ashleigh Cattermole-CrumpJuly 18, 2016 - 12:52 am

Gorgeous, wish i was there right now!!

KerriJuly 18, 2016 - 4:45 am

I’ve done a little of Spain, but Granada seems like a must do. I would definitely be up for the walking tour.

JessicaJuly 18, 2016 - 9:22 am

Great way to explore Granada. Never been there but will definitely use this as a guide when I get a chance to be there. I will not missed the Sunset at Mirador de San Nicolas and El Albayzin.

PaulJuly 18, 2016 - 9:22 am

Sounds like an amazing place to spend a few days. I’ve never been to Spain before but definitely heard good things about it recently. The photos that you’ve taken certainly make me want to visit!

Rachel TaylorJuly 18, 2016 - 11:14 am

Such a great itinerary for Granada. It is somewhere I visited when I was 3 but have no memories of it so I want to head back there! I didn’t realise you can have a moorish bath there.

Alex DatsevJuly 18, 2016 - 6:01 pm

Have always wanted to visit Southern Spain. Thanks for all the great tips!

Laura MarenoJuly 27, 2016 - 6:02 am

Oh you visited my city!! Glad you enjoyed it! your itinerary is really complete!! I would add the Mirador de San Miguel Alto, it’s one of my favorite places!! :D kisses:D

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I just want to say Thank you for putting together your travel blog and extensively detailing your trips. I came across this post from Pinterest as I’m planning my trip next year to Spain. I am really impressed and now I’m using your other Spain posts to supplement my research in other parts of Spain.

SherDecember 29, 2016 - 3:49 pm

Hi Dennie: thank you so much for the kind words!! It really means a lot. I spent ~2 weeks in Spain and focused on Andalusia and the two large cities of Madrid and Barcelona but there is so much more in the country that I’d love to go back to see. So glad you found it useful and please let me know if there is anything else you’d like to see :)

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VanessaSeptember 12, 2017 - 1:34 pm

Excellent guide for three days in Granada. I’m leaving for Granada next week for five days and I feel confident that your guide will help me use my time as efficiently as possible!!! Unfortunately, I didn’t book my Alhambra ticket in time for the Palaces, but I booked my ticket for the Generalife, Alcazaba, etc. everything else you can see besides that and I’m so incredible excited!

Thank you so much. Also, love your blog, new follower over here:)

KarenOctober 15, 2017 - 2:09 pm

I am finding your site to be SO helpful while planning the Andalusian triangle for December! Two questions:
1. Do you know anything about booking just the Nasrid Palace for evening/night? I can’t seem to find tickets for just this part of Alhambra. Already booked through Viator for a morning tour of the rest of the complex.
2. The Arabian Baths don’t show a schedule for December yet. Any other info you can provide will be great!
Thanks.

SherOctober 15, 2017 - 2:12 pm

Hi Karen, so glad you’re finding it helpful! Hm they used to sell an evening Nasrid Palace ticket but with all the recent changes im not so sure. It looks like the tour has been removed from both viator and ticketmaster.. Im traveling in Ireland at the moment but can look better for both your questions when I’m back home!

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SamNovember 11, 2018 - 5:38 pm

Where did you purchase your bus tickets from? I am looking online and it shows about 25 euros.

SherNovember 12, 2018 - 11:39 am

Hi Sam – I bought them directly on the bus website! Fares fluctuate depending on time of year, demand and how close you’re buying from your travel dates. 25 euros sounds about right. the 5 to 10 euro fares I mentioned are limited *deal* fares that pop up every now and then. Hope that helps!