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Visit Czech Republic

In this small country at the heart of Europe, you will always have a copious wealth of natural and cultural treasures within reach.
Nowhere is too far for you to be able to set out for. Discover the historical heritage of the Czech Republic: the most interesting castles and chateaux, UNESCO monuments and also the fascinating atmosphere of ancient cities. Treat yourself to a stay in the Czech spas and allow yourself to be pampered, body and mind. But don’t forget the monasteries, mountains and national parks. In short, stay in the places you like and make time for unusual experiences according to your taste and inclination!

Beautiful Czech Republic

Rick Steves' Europe Travel Guide | In the Czech Republic, we visit Prague to experience its massive castle, beloved statue-lined bridge, evocative Jewish Quarter, and thrilling 20th-century history while enjoying its infectious love of music and perhaps the best beer in Europe. With a beautifully preserved Old Town, Prague deserves its nickname: the Golden City of a Hundred Spires. © 2014 Rick Steves' Europe – June 2015

Journey of a Ship: The Viking Venus Story - May 17, 2021
May 16, 2021
Viking Ocean Cruises
On May 17, Norwegians—and members of the Viking family—around the world celebrate Norwegian Constitution Day, signifying Norway’s independence. On this day in 2015, we introduced the first ship in our ocean fleet, Viking Star, with a traditional naming ceremony in Bergen. Today, join us as we officially welcome Viking Venus to our ocean fleet. Follow her journey, from the drawing board to welcoming crew on board, during a special program with Karine Hagen, Executive Vice President of Viking, along with members of our Viking family. Get an exclusive look at the ship’s planning and construction, key milestones—including her float out—and the moment when British journalist Anne Diamond was asked to be the vessel’s godmother. In addition, enjoy insights from our crew, who are excited to welcome guests back to sailing this summer.

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By Kensington Tours
Current requirements and restrictions on travel
Updated May 20, 2021
Covid-19 has transformed international travel and each country has implemented unique entry requirements that are changing constantly.
Kensington Tours has partnered with CIBTvisas to create the Entry Guide below, which offers up-to-date information on the official requirements for each destination. If your required destination is not showing any information on entry requirements, please scroll down the page to find additional notes.
Underneath the Entry Guide is a list of countries clients can currently travel to safely and securely with Kensington Tours. We work closely with these destinations to ensure they're ready to accept our clients.
Travel rules are changing daily – provided for information purposes only
As a reminder, any outbound passenger should check with the Canadian Government on the country specific information and the airline before finalizing travel plans.

Exploring Colombia - Full Travel Documentary
In this Colombia documentary, I take you on a journey through Colombia with 2 of my best friends as we explore different parts of the country and its culture. ➸ My Guide for Colombia: https://www.back-packer.org/colombia - Backpacker Steve – March 2021

Photo credit: Fernando Álvarez Rodríguez @nando0515 - Unsplash

The Best New Hotels in Europe: 2021 Hot List
For the 25th edition of the Hot List—Condé Nast Traveler’s picks of the year's top hotel and industry openings—these 16 winners represent the best of the best.
May 6, 2021
This year’s annual Hot List of the best new hotels from around the world is a story of resilience. Despite enormous hardship in the travel industry, exceptional properties have continued to open across the globe (nearly a thousand last year in the U.S. alone). As always with this endeavor, each of the 69 picks on this year’s list was safely vetted by our international network of correspondents. But as we’ve learned in the past year, everything is connected, which is why we’ve also expanded the scope of hot to include restaurants, transportation, and destinations, as well as more news we’re excited about set for later this year. In spite of it all, these 16 best new hotels in Europe represent a success story all their own. We think they’re a pretty great way to mark the 25th anniversary of this list.

The Secrets of our Sites | Stonehenge | with Mary-Ann Ochota
Stonehenge in Wiltshire is a wonder of the ancient world and perhaps the most iconic prehistoric monument on Earth. But to fully understand what this unique place meant to the people who built it, we have to look to the wider landscape... revealing some surprising connections. Join anthropologist and author Mary-Ann Ochota as she uncovers some of the hidden secrets of this world-famous English landmark. Visit Stonehenge: https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/vi.
English Heritage – Dec 2020

At home in Porto with Sara Mello and Barbara Levy Cruz
Hosted by Barbara Levy Cruz and Sara Mello
Explore the vibrant neighborhoods of Porto and discover their captivating history and traditions with Viking guides Sara Mello and Barbara Levy Cruz. Take in the scenic views of this charming Portuguese city as they lead us to iconic landmarks, including the Sé do Porto (Porto Cathedral), São Bento Railway Station and Porto’s historic center in the medieval district of Ribeira. Stroll the streets of Porto from the comfort of home and see what you can look forward to when you join us on our Portugal’s River of Gold itinerary  Viking TV – May 14, 2021

At home in The Isles of Scilly with Mike Nelhams
Hosted by Mike Nelhams
Join us for a garden tour in Tresco—a small, family-run island located in the Isles of Scilly—with Mike Nelhams, curator of the Tresco Abbey Garden. This remarkable garden was established around the ruins of a Benedictine Abbey in the 19th century. Today, it is home to plants from across the world’s Mediterranean climate zones, from Brazil to New Zealand and Burma to South Africa. Follow Mike as he shows us around these beautiful gardens, discusses how they are cared for and shares what visitors can look forward to when exploring these little-known islands. Viking TV - April 30, 2021

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Cruise Lines Are Turning to Smaller Ships to Attract Eco-Minded Travelers
With new itineraries and more eco-friendly vessels, small-ship cruise lines are proposing an alternative way to traverse the world’s waterways.
May 21, 202
It’s no secret that the pandemic rocked the cruise industry—as well as the travel industry overall—to its core. But a year with virtually no trips helped people think more carefully about why and how they travel. As vaccinated travelers dream about their triumphant return, they're bringing a new level of consideration to their plans. No doubt, they're turning to the romance of epic voyages—as competitive bookings for 2022 and beyond show—but as they do it, they want to explore more consciously. As a result, small-ship cruise lines are taking center stage for their mission-driven approach to slow travel.

Footsteps | Short Doc about a trio of Foley Artists and How Movie Sounds are Made
An inside look at the world of the Foley artist. This short documentary is a sneak peek into a unique post-production sound facility located in rural Ontario, an hour north of Toronto. A selection of Short of the Week, the web's leading curators of quality short films.  May 20, 2021, Short of the week

A Stitch in Time s01e03 The Hedge Cutter
Elizabeth - Feb 12, 2018

Gordon Ramsay's Spicy Cheeseburger Recipe from South Africa
With Labor day around the corner and a UK bank holiday weekend ahead, Gordon's cooking up a delicious cheeseburger with local ingredients from his trip to South Africa. From a Spicy Braai inspired dry rub to a local halloumi, this is a burger you don't want to miss. This was shot during Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted. If you missed the show you can catch up on the show here: https://on.natgeo.com/2lTaCVW
August 30, 2020 - Gordan Ramsay

Comedy legend John Cleese's funniest ever interview 
There aren't too many comedians who could boast that they've changed the face of comedy, but John Cleese can, even if he's far too modest to make such a claim. From Monty Python to Fawlty Towers, John Cleese has created some of the funniest and most enduring characters of our times. And at 75, he's showing no signs of retiring. He's just penned an autobiography, and while it explains a lot about the man, one thing he can’t explain is why John Cleese makes us laugh. John Cleese’s new book ‘So Anyway’ is available in all good bookstores.  60 Minutes Australia – October 15, 2020

India's trucks are works of art
Why India’s trucks are so colorful. Bedfords were first introduced to British India during World War II. This truck model and others similar to it stuck around, and since then they've been produced commercially throughout the country. But today, they’re not just functional and mundane — their paintings make them stand out. Colorful trucks aren’t rare in India, and their designs aren’t random. Artists that specialize in painting these trucks put a lot of thought into the art form, making the vehicles a spectacle of beauty in India. This Vox Borders episode looks at why truck art is such a staple in India.

These animals change colour when it snows ❄️🦊 BBC
The natural world is full of colours. For us, they are a source of beauty, but for animals they are a tool for survival. David Attenborough reveals the extraordinary ways in which animals use colour: to win a mate, to fight off rivals and to warn enemies. Attenborough's Life in Colour | Series 1 Episode 2 | BBC May 5, 2021

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