The Viking Travel team doesn't get to travel often, but when we do, we like to share our experiences. Below you will find a collection of slideshows showcasing our travels, both on our personal leisure, and business related travel.
Costa Rica, Tauck's 'Pura Vida'
Ellen has been arranging Tauck tours on behalf of clients for nearly 40 years. These are a few of the pictures from her first Tauck tour. She got to experience Tauck's 'Pura Vida' itinerary, which visits the jungle regions of Costa Rica. The Pre-Columbian Gold Museum in San Jose, conservation centers, Tabacon hot springs, rafting, ziplining, and coffee plantations are all on display here.
Club Med Columbus Isle, San Salvador
Paula recently enjoyed an extended weekend of training with Club Med at their awesome resort on San Salvador. Although she was primarily there for training, you can see she had a lot of fun too. The beach is perfect. The atmosphere the staff at Club Med creates is pure enjoyment. Paula braved a tropical storm with an outdoor yoga class, under some stairs. Check out the awesome pool day hosted by the staff, including singing, dancing, and a watersports demonstration.
Ellen spent a day seeing the sights in Venice on her way through Northern Italy while visiting relatives. In this slideshow you can see classic views of gondolas and canals, the Venetian churches, and the entrance to the WW2 Jewish Ghetto of Venice.
Avery drove from Kristiansand to Trondheim in one day, an 11hr drive. The collection of pictures in this slideshow starts with a medieval church they stumbled upon along the way. This is not one of the famous stave churches, but the most recent weather vane has a date in the 1700's. After arriving in Trondheim, they drove south down the coastline. The last batch of pictures here shows off Nidaros Cathedral (link to Wikipedia). This is the most important church in Norway; the resting of place of St. Olav. Originally built between 1070 and 1300.
Avery stayed at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel in Bryggen (link to Wikipedia). This property is ideal for travelers to Bergen; situated right in the harbor, directly adjacent to the old row houses of Bergen (a UNESCO world heritage site), Avery walked up the hill, away from the harbor, and into the residential area surrounding the area. After lunch with the locals at a favorite bar/restaurant (away from the other tourists), they went to the top of the fort which protects the harbor. The sun set at 11:00pm that night, and you can see how picturesque a summer evening in Bergen can be!
Movik Fort, Kristiansand, Norway
Avery visited a small harbor city in Norway called Kristiansand, although this town isn't on most itineraries, this is a must see for any World War 2, or military history buff. The town hosts a large World War 2 fort complex, now called Møvik fort (link to Wikipedia). This was built during WW2 by the Nazi's with labor from captured Norwegians and Russians. The significance of this lies in its coastal artillery battery. Called Battery Vasa by the Germans, they planned on installing four of the largest naval cannons produced during WW2. Three of the four guns made it, and were fit for operations, however, this battery was never used in combat. The bunker complex now hosts the Kristiansand Cannon Museum, and one of the large guns remains.