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Insider Guide: Pasta Perfection

by the Insider Guide While we adore crispy authentic pizza and we can never say no to gelato, if one food makes us think of Italy, it has to be pasta. Italians from up and down the country may swear allegiance to their local specialities, but there’s no denying that Bologna is home to some of ...


River Cruising for Art Lovers

by Sue Bryant River cruising is made for art lovers. Just about any voyage you choose will take you through cities where world-famous museums house legendary works, not to mention artists’ houses and studios, and landscapes that inspired great painters such as Monet, Cézanne and Van Gogh. You might even want to pack a sketch pad ...


Insider Guide: Portugal’s Amazing, Underrated Food

by the Insider Guide It’s time for Portugal to step out of its neighbour’s culinary shadow. We all know Spain is a gastronomic VIP; from sensational tapas to incredible seafood, we’ve spent many a holiday eating our way through the country’s menus. Somehow the top-quality dishes on offer just next door have been overlooked, but we’re ...


Insider Guide: Bite into Berlin’s Original Street Food

by the Insider Guide Street food is on everyone’s lips; food trucks are lining pavements from Bangkok to New York and we show no sign of losing our appetite for them. This is great news for all of us hungry travellers who fancy tasty, imaginative food without forking out restaurant prices at every meal. Some cities have ...


5 Reasons to Travel Solo on Our New Budapest, Bratislava & Vienna Tour

1. Devin Castle As soon as you see the castle you are immediately transported into a fairy-tale.  Clinging precariously to a cliff edge on the border of Austria and Slovakia at the confluence of two rivers, it really is a fantastic place to take a photograph to send to your friends!   2. Traditional spas The classic spas in Hungary, notably ...


Adventure in the Alps: Escorted Touring vs. Independent Travel

James, a member of the Riviera Travel team, takes us on his journey of discovery during his very first escorted tour experience, comparing it to his usual self-planned holidays. We think we've converted him! Back in time The year is 2015, the month is October and the cold Autumn mornings are starting to become a familiar acquaintance. ...