Why Club Med Bali?

Ever wondered why Club Med has been around for so long (did you know it started in 1950?), and why it is so popular?

On his recent trip to Bali, Allen Suss stayed at Club Med and interviewed the Chef de Village (General Manager), Jeremie Gonzalez. In this interview, Jeremie explains all Club Med Bali has to offer its guests.

Five Major European Rivers Perfect for River Cruising

Want to go on a European river cruise? In this article we reveal the top five European rivers perfect for river cruising.

Several major rivers connect the countries of Europe. River cruising these waterways is the perfect way to experience various countries. Several may be encountered in one trip.

The five major rivers are:

  1. Volga
  2. Danube
  3. Loire
  4. Elbe
  5. Rhine

The Volga River

european rivers perfect for river cruising - Volga


The Volga, regarded as the national river of Russia is 2, 294 miles (3530 kilometres) long. It begins in the Valdai Hills and ends at the Caspian Sea. It transports half of Russia’s river cargo. Water from the Volga irrigates the steppe regions of southern Russia. The Volga River holds mythological status with the Russian people because of its importance to their history and current economic security. Many iconic Russian sites are found along its banks.  The river is affected by winter conditions. The best months for cruising this river are from March to mid- December.

Famous Russian Cities along the Volga are:

  • Astrakhan
  • Volgograd
  • Saratov
  • Samara
  • Kazan
  • Nizhny
  • Ulyanovsk
  • Novgorod
  • Yaroslavl
  • Tver

The River Danube is 1,780 miles (2865 kilometres) long and is the second longest European river.

european rivers perfect for river cruising - Danube


It passes through ten countries.

  1. Germany
  2. Hungary
  3. Serbia
  4. Croatia
  5. Austria
  6. Slovakia
  7. Romania
  8. Moldova
  9. Ukraine
  10. Bulgaria


Famous Eastern European cities in the Danube region include:

  • Cologne
  • Vienna
  • Budapest
  • Nuremberg
  • Belgrade
  • Krem

The Loire River is 629 miles (1012 kilometres) one of several major rivers that run through France. It runs from east to west and midway divides France in two. The famous Loire Valley, famous for vineyards producing excellent wine, historic towns and many castles including Chenonceau and Chambord, is part of this river system. Paris is easily accessible from the Loire Valley

Famous French Cities found along the Loire are:

  • Orleans
  • Chartres
  • Brouges
  • Amboise
  • Tours
  • Blois
  • Descartes
  • Chedigny
  • Barrou

The River Elbe is 678 miles (1,091 kilometres) long. It is in central Europe. It rises in the Krkonose Mountains in northern Czech Republic, flows through most of Bohemia, then Germany. It flows into the North Sea north-west of Hamburg. It links Dresden and Prague. It was once the border between East and West Germany.

Famous Czech Cities on the Elbe are:

  • Hradec Kralove
  • Paradupice
  • Kolin
  • Karany
  • Melnik
  • Decin

Famous German Cities on the Elbe are:

  • Dresden
  • Wittenberg
  • Dessau
  • Magdeburg
  • Hamburg
  • Stade

The Rhine River is 766 miles (1233 kilometres) long and flows through Western Europe. Its source is in Switzerland, and it flows into the North Sea at Rotterdam in the Netherlands. It is known as “Old Father Rhine.” Picturesque towns, vineyards, and cliffside castles are seen from its banks.

european rivers perfect for river cruising - the rhine

The Rhine

The Rhine connects with the Danube.

The six countries the Rhine passes through are:

  1. Switzerland
  2. Principality of Liechtenstein
  3. Austria
  4. Germany
  5. France
  6. Netherlands

Famous Cities on the Rhine are:

  • Basel
  • Strasbourg
  • Bonn
  • Cologne
  • Neuss
  • Dusseldorf
  • Arnhem
  • Utrecht
  • Rotterdam


While these five European rivers perfect for river cruising, there are many other rivers in Europe. They are not as big as the rivers outline above. Examples are the Seine, Po, Oder, Volga, Don, Dneiper and Rhone.

Usually, cruises do not sail these rivers due to navigation restrictions, but they are still worth visiting.

Red King Crab Fishing in Norway

Majestic vistas and tranquil waters. Norway is home to some of the world’s best fishing and there are many ways to test your skill.

42. Ben Wilson – Medical Travel Companions

In this podcast episode, Allen speaks with Ben Wilson, co-founder of Medical Travel Companions (MTC).

What is Medical Travel Companions?

Medical Travel Companions is a unique service that assists people with their travel needs from a local domestic or complex international journey. There are a large number of individuals or families who choose not to travel due to a variety of reasons. MTC can remove many of the barriers that will allow many to realise their travel dreams.

MTC travel companions are experienced paramedics, nurses, or nannies, that have undergone a rigorous selection process. They have a range of knowledge including: families with elderly parents, young children, people with a mental health issue, disability, or simply people who just need reassurance or help on a holiday or in transit.

MTC companions are available on a global basis.

Key Benefits of Using Medical Travel Companions

Travellers can engage MTC services for travel on all forms of travel including, tours, cruises, flights, private vacations, or concierge transport services for local transportation requirements.

MTC companions are available to help you to your desired destination or even to stay with you for the duration of the entire trip. Medical Travel Companions is flexible and can tailor a solution to suit your specific needs.

MTC companions provide caring assistance to travellers such as:

  • Elderly
  • Disabled
  • Insurance recovery
  • Patient discharge
  • Sporting groups
  • School groups
  • People with a psychological condition
  • Children needing assistance
  • People recovering from surgery or illnes
  • Families
  • Or it could simply be a case of a person travelling on their own who requires a trusted companion to accompany them on their travel journey.


About Ben Wilson | Co Founder & CEO of Medical Travel Companions

medical travel companions - ben wilsonBen holds a Bachelor of Business Degree from the University of South Australia. Ben brings to MTC experience in the Airline, Airport, Travel, Health and HR sectors. Ben is responsible for the day to day strategic direction of MTC on a global basis.

Before starting Medical Travel Companions in 2000, Ben held management roles for a major international airline, and also at a global management consulting firm. Ben has travelled extensively, including completing a transatlantic sailing voyage.

He has lived and worked in the UK and Africa. Ben is married and has three children and enjoys boating, Kangaroo Island, diving, tennis and, of course, travelling.

Google Translate App

Travelling Overseas – Download the Google Translate App onto your smartphone or iPad.

Will you be travelling overseas to a country where the first language is not English?

Today, you are in luck, add GOOGLE TRANSLATE, to your smartphone, and you will be able to translate into numerous

The best part this app is free, download the language pack while you have WiFi, and you don’t need to be connected to the internet to use the translator.

Even available in Japanese, Indonesian, Spanish.

Just amazing.

google translate app

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