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A small-ship cruise of Croatia's dazzling Adriatic Coast.
A small-ship cruise of Croatia's dazzling Adriatic Coast includes plenty of fresh fish for dinner.
Rail travel into Mexico's Copper Canyon.
The Chihuahua al Pacifico Railroad introduces
vacationers to Mexico's spectacular Copper Canyon!
Welcome to the Travel with a Challenge Cruise and Train Travel Theme page, presenting our complete collection of feature articles showcasing European river cruise and barging vacations, worldwide small-ship expedition cruises and freighter travel, and exciting senior-friendly train journeys. Click on the images or titles to enter each richly-illustrated feature story.


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Article about river cruising on Myanmar's Irrawaddy River.
New star.Many readers are committed river cruise fans but have already explored Europe’s many rivers and canals. Marianne Scott shares her experience of river cruising along Myanmar’s storied Irrawaddy River and her encounters with the local people in a country where tourism is still in its infancy.
Article about river cruising on Myanmar's Irrawaddy River.


Article about traveling through Continental Europe by rail for 3 months.
Ever wondered what it would be like to buy a three-month Eurail pass and explore Continental Europe without a timetable? Award-winning book author, Karen McCann, shares her hilarious, harrowing, life-changing adventure as she and her husband visit 13 countries at their pace, mostly in Eastern Europe.
Article about traveling through Continental Europe by rail for 3 months.

Article about a small-ship expedition cruise through Alaska's Inside Passage.
A cruise through Alaska’s Inside Passage is a bucket list item for travelers around the world, but before booking a cabin on a giant cruise ship, consider a small-ship expeditionary vessel instead. This article illustrates the many benefits from itinerary flexibility and eye-level natural encounters to learning about native heritage direct from descendants of those settling the land 10,000 years ago.
Article about a small-ship expedition cruise through Alaska's Inside Passage.
Article about a 15-day luxury train journey between Hungary and Iran.
In the Fall of 2014, a new 7,000-kilometer luxury train journey was unveiled between Budapest, Hungary and Tehran, Iran (think Persia!). Its first 15-day trip sold out in just 10 days. Ride along through five countries as Sophie Ibbotson and Max Lovell-Hoare share their adventures and insights, including appreciative glimpses of Persia's archaeological treasures, and warm encounters with the Iranian people. More journeys are scheduled for 2015 and 2016.
Article about a 15-day luxury train journey between Hungary and Iran.

Article about small-ship cruising on Ontario's canals, rivers and lakes.
Lakes, rivers, narrow canals with complex lock systems, strollable historic towns and exquisite tiny islands are all part of a five-day Ontario waterways cruise that has been getting the itinerary right since launching in 1982. Julie Ferguson describes her experience aboard this 44-passenger vessel.
Article about small-ship cruising on Ontario's canals, rivers and lakes.

Article about best bird watching small ship cruises around the world.
Bird Watching is one of the world's most popular activities. Traditionally, most of it has been land-based, but increasingly small-ship cruises are being recognized as an ideal platform for spotting birds both while at sea and in remote places where land access is best made from a ship's landing craft. An expert shares his five favorite destinations for small-ship bird viewing around the world.
Article about best bird watching small ship cruises around the world.

Article about expedition cruising adventures to new travel frontiers.

If you are an experience-driven traveler, expedition cruising is just the ticket, taking participants on an educational, adventure-laced holiday journeying, often quite literally, to the ends of the earth. Alison Gardner describes her 16-day voyage to Australia's and New Zealand's rarely-visited Subantarctic Islands.
Article about expedition cruising adventures to new travel frontiers.
Article about the exciting transportation options in Switzerland for international visitors to experience.
Tom Koppel shares his up and down adventures with Switzerland's amazing transportation options throughout the country, ranging from trains on dizzying trestles and spiral tunnels to funiculars and gondolas. One convenient Swiss Pass allows visitors to experience them all and the fabulous vistas they offer for discount prices.
Article about the exciting transportation options in Switzerland for international visitors to experience.
Article about Freighter Travel across the Pacific Ocean, Seattle to Shanghai.
Travel with our author and photographer, Julie and Patrick Lawson, as they board a giant container ship in Seattle to discover the appeal of crossing the Pacific Ocean to Shanghai in a manner quite unlike the experience of a traditional cruise vacation. Could this be a new travel option for you?
Article about Freighter Travel across the Pacific Ocean, Seattle to Shanghai.
Article about self-guided narrow boat cruising in Britain.
Join Richard Blackburn on a self-guided narrow boat exploration of the Trent & Mersey Canal in the North Midlands of England. Britain's network of historic canals is an adventurous treat for senior vacationers like Richard and his wife, Jan, who navigated their 45-foot-long, 7-foot-wide narrow boat through some incredibly tight spaces, many locks and beautiful English countryside.
Article about self-guided narrow boat cruising in Britain.
Article about river cruising in France with Uniworld.
Step aboard an elegant river cruise ship with Travel with a Challenge editor, Alison Gardner, to sample a week of stimulating exploration along the Rhone and Saône Rivers from Arles in southern Provence, through Lyon and on to Chalon sur Saône in southern Burgundy. Every day the 130 guests have much to see and do!
Article about river cruising in France with Uniworld.
Traditional gulet cruise of Turkey's Turquoise Coast reveals Lycian archaeology.
Join retired social worker, Bea Faulkner, on her prize-winning archaeological adventure cruise of Turkey's Lycian southwest coast. As a winner, she was invited to write about her trip for publication in Current Archaeology World magazine. Here Bea shares those same impressions with our readers.
Traditional gulet cruise of Turkey's Turquoise Coast reveals Lycian archaeology.
St Lawrence River Cruises to Les Îles de la Madeleine, Magdalen Islands.
Sail from Montréal with Alison Gardner, Travel with a Challenge editor, aboard a 450-passenger cruise-ferry navigating the St Lawrence River and its Gulf to Québec's isolated Les Îles de la Madeleine (Magdalen Islands), brimming with personality, colorful history, unique landscapes, Acadian culture, and distinctive cuisine.
St Lawrence River Cruises to Les Îles de la Madeleine, Magdalen Islands.
Amazon Cruises Feature Wilderness and Wildlife.
Join anthropologist and travel writer, Susan Stafford, as she explores the upper reaches of Peru's Amazon Basin. Abundant wildlife viewing, pink-toed tarantulas, colorful stinkbirds, and visits to isolated Amazon villages are all accomplished from a comfortable river boat custom-built for international visitors navigating in a challenging environment.
Amazon Cruises Feature Wilderness and Wildlife.
Article about Canal Barging in Burgundy, France.
Join Travel with a Challenge editor, Alison Gardner on a classic cruise adventure, barging the picturesque Canal du Nivernais from Clamecy to Auxerre, while sampling the region's distinctive cuisine and enjoying daily excursions to historic chateaux, medieval towns and wine tastings en route.
Article about Canal Barging in Burgundy, France.
Canadian Rocky Mountains train journey article.
Travel writer, Alison Gardner, samples the famous vacation train’s GoldLeaf Service on a luxury two-day rail journey full of wildlife sightings, frontier history and spectacular scenery. Join her from Jasper, Alberta through the Canadian Rockies, across British Columbia to Vancouver and the blue Pacific.
Canadian Rocky Mountains train journey article.
Barging and canal boating cruises on Europe's waterways.
NEW CONTENT AND IMAGES FOR ONE OF OUR MOST POPULAR FEATURE ARTICLES EVER! Explore Europe's diverse cultures, cuisines, countrysides and historic towns from the unique perspective of a canal-based vacation. Ranging from all-inclusive luxury hotel barges to budget barge charters, meet operators who deliver memorable experiences in style.




Barging and canal boating cruises on Europe's waterways.
Sailing Croatia's islands of Korcula, Hvar, Vis and Brac.
Between Croatia’s historic cities of Split and Dubrovnik lie the major islands of Korcula, Hvar, Vis and Brac, coveted and occupied by many masters from Greek and Roman times through the 20th century. A traditional wood and polished brass motorsailer with plenty of cabin comfort and super-fresh Dalmatian cuisine is home for an exploration of these “Jewels of the Adriatic”.
Sailing Croatia's islands of Korcula, Hvar, Vis and Brac.
Visiting Croatia's island of Vis to sample history and wine.
Visiting Croatia's island of Vis to sample history and wine.
Guests on a Dalmatian sailing cruise are treated to an authentic insider glimpse of culture and history on Croatia’s little known Island of Vis, where the guide proudly points to gravestones marking his family’s roots there for more than 500 years and hosts these international visitors at his family vineyard and winery.
European River Cruise from Amsterdam to Vienna.
Until 1992, it was only a fabulous dream to river cruise uninterrupted from Amsterdam on the North Sea to Vienna, never mind following the Danube all the way to the Black Sea. Today it still remains a rare possibility which Alison Gardner recounts for readers from her own experience in 2007.
European River Cruise from Amsterdam to Vienna.
European Waterways Scottish Highlander barge cruise.
European Waterways Scottish Highlander barge cruise.
Explore the Scottish Highlands from the Atlantic Ocean to the North Sea on a one-week barge cruise through the Caledonian Canal, Loch Ness and other lakes [lochs] of the deeply-chiseled Great Glen. There will be heather-clad hills and clan castles that reflect this ancient land’s colorful history, and the famous Scotch whiskey is guaranteed to be on the educational agenda too!
Mountain railway journey in North India, Darjeeling Himilayan Railway. Born and raised in India before settling in Canada 30 years ago, Margaret Deefholts shares her lingering passion for her birth country with a ride into the mountains aboard an historic miniature railway chosen by the United Nations in 1999 as a cultural World Heritage Site.
Mountain railway journey in North India, Darjeeling Himilayan Railway.
French Polynesia travel, passenger cargo ship travel, freighter travel Marquesas Islands. Sail the South Pacific on a 16-day adventure with travel writer, Margie Goldsmith, as she boards a very modern freighter delivering cargo to the remote Marquesas Islands year round while introducing up to 200 passengers per trip to the best of traditional Polynesian culture and heritage, 900 miles from its home base in Tahiti.
French Polynesia travel, passenger cargo ship travel, freighter travel Marquesas Islands.
Link to Sail Training Vacations for Seniors. Link to Sail Training Vacations for Seniors.
Both novice and veteran sailing enthusiasts will be inspired by our thoughtful spotlight on worldwide Sail Training adventures for the older traveler where historic, multi-masted Tall Ships offer satisfying physical challenges and the immeasurable camaraderie of team work.
Link to Mexico's Copper Canyon.
Link to Mexico's Copper Canyon.
All aboard for a three-part exploration of Mexico's fabled Copper Canyon, including a spotlight on a unique rail journey, the canyon system's natural history and geology, and perfect places to stay and explore along the way.
Eastern &  Orient Express Train.
Eastern &  Orient Express Train.
Helena Zukowski whisks readers from Singapore through Malaysia to Thailand while sampling the luxurious trappings and gastronomic delights of Eastern & Orient's restored rail car service.

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