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The History of Half-Timbered Houses: Our Medieval Germany Cruise

Synonymous with ancient European towns and villages, it’s hard to miss the charming half-timbered houses so prevalent in German architecture. Known as fachwerk in German and maison à colombages in French, these timber-framed buildings with their sloping roofs and dark wooden beams, so typical of the building style of the late medieval period, may also ...

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Discover 10 of Our Tours That Visit Olympic Destinations

A true honour for any country, the Summer Olympic Games began officially in Athens in 1896 and has captured nations ever since. Whether a budding Olympian or seasoned sports fan, it’s hard not to feel swept up by the Olympic magic and feel proud of the commitment the athletes have to their craft and country. ...

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The Magic of the Matterhorn and Glacier Express

Twisting its way through breathtaking alpine scenery, the Glacier Express is said to be one of the world’s greatest rail experiences. Our Tour Manager Kim Riddell shares her experiences of this tour, which she has looked after for nearly 15 years. Her philosophy from the start of her career as a tour manager was, and ...

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5 Great Reasons to Visit The Netherlands

Flat it may be – the highest mountain in the Netherlands is just 322.7m high - but this diminutive, cycle-loving country is perfectly formed, with vibrant cities, iconic landscapes, strewn with iconic windmills and bisected by a network of canals, interesting architecture, world-class art, good cheese and some of the friendliest (as well as the ...

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Celebrating 37 Years of Riviera: Where It All Began

This year, Riviera turned 37. In these extraordinary times for the travel industry that’s definitely something to be celebrated and since we’re all feeling a bit reflective, we wanted to share some of our special memories, as penned by Amy, who has been with us for over 25 years. We’re extraordinarily proud of our heritage; from ...

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Celebrating International Women’s Day with Our Incredible Riviera Tour Managers

Today marks International Women’s Day, a celebration of social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, an annual event since 1911. At Riviera, we are marking the day by celebrating women at Riviera who inspire us, as well as hosting workshops and shining a light on women who are “amazing just for being themselves”. ...

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7 Must-See UK Landmarks

From the heights of John o’Groats to the tip of Lizard Point, there’s no doubt the beautiful British Isles has so many jewels just waiting to be discovered, or even rediscovered. Whether you love taking a step back in time, seeking out local wildlife or simply soaking up the natural beauty of an area, every ...

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Sample a Slice of History: the Sachertorte

Rich melted chocolate, springy layers of sponge and a jammy apricot glaze are essential ingredients for the iconic sachertorte. The decadent dessert was first sliced and served with a signature dollop of cream in 1832, when apprentice chef Franz Sacher created this culinary combination for Prince Metternich and his guests. Since then, the sachertorte has ...

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Announcing Our 2020 Photography Competition Winner…

From Japanese gardens to stunning Mediterranean coastlines, we have loved flicking through your memories from our Riviera holidays. After much deliberation, we are delighted to announce the winner of our photography competition is Peter, with his picture of Alhambra on the Classical Spain tour. This fantastic image, with 11 others, now features in our 2021 ...

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Our New UK Tours: Everything You Love About a Riviera Holiday on Your Doorstep

Whatever the weather, our passion for travel shines on, and our love of discovering, exploring and learning about somewhere new is as strong as it’s ever been. A year unlike any other in Riviera’s history, we’ve certainly had our thinking caps on, and whilst we know you love travelling the world with us, we completely ...

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