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  1. We did Switzerland to Paris with Viking in the summer of 2018. The pre-trip Switzerland extension was fantastic. Geneva-Zermatt-Zurich with a trip across Switzerland on the Glacier Express. Best extension we have ever been on. Also, I find Paris in August a great time to visit. The city is much less crowded and the road along the Seine is turned into a pedestrian walkway, sand is brought in and it becomes a beach scene along the Seine. It's a fantastic walk under all the bridges. https://www.tripsavvy.com/paris-plages-pop-up-beaches-1618365
  2. When in London, I highly recommend London Walks. We took a few of their walks and enjoyed them immensely. Their day trip to Salisbury Cathedral and Stonehenge was excellent. We will be back in London next year for the Chelsea Flower Show and hope to take a few additional walks.
  3. Consider San Diego. It's so much nicer than LA; air is cleaner, less traffic, attractions are all within a short distance. San Diego is one of the nicest cities in the country. It's a major tourist destination and there are tons of things to do. With 70 miles of beautiful beaches, countless parks and gardens, dozens of golf courses, world class museums, Tony Award winning theater, great cuisine, over 70 micro breweries, best weather in the country, and the best zoo in the world, it's my choice as THE place to live and play in the USA. Some must see attractions are the world famous Zoo and Balboa Park. Known as the "Smithsonian of the West" Balboa Park is the largest urban cultural park in the country. Other attractions in the park are the Air and Space Museum, Ruben H. Fleet Science Center and IMAX theater, the Natural History Museum, the Model Railroad Museum, the Museum of Man, the Automotive Museum, the Old Globe Theatre, the Botanical Gardens, and the largest outdoor pipe organ in the world (free concerts on Sundays). http://www.balboapark.org http://zoo.sandiegozoo.org/ https://blog.trekaroo.com/top-10-things-for-families-to-do-in-san-diego/
  4. The time in Porto is very short and I don't believe there is a shuttle. You can also hop off the included tour and meetup at the bus parking lot later.
  5. OneSixtyToOne

    Wine List?

    The wine list will vary by itinerary. FYI Viking has a liberal BYOB policy and there is no corkage fee. If you are in a port and see something nice, buy a bottle to have for dinner.
  6. FYI Here is a link to the Mary Rose Museum https://maryrose.org/things-to-see/
  7. I was on the Viking excursion to the Alhambra earlier this year and passports or other form of government issued picture ID was required. At certain points in the tour you may be asked at random to show ID. This actually happen to people in our tour group. Security is tight and they require your name to be pre-printed on the tickets. This is one reason that it is such a hard tour to book (the other is the number of visitors daily is restricted so no add-on buses). Even if someone is a no-show or cancels (that happened in our group) they cannot book someone else in their place after tickets are issued. You won't be able to book this tour on-board because it will be sold out.
  8. It's at the top center of the map where the blue map pin with the airplane is.
  9. We booked the optional Bruges tour and I'm glad we did. We were on the Along Europe's Western Coast cruise earlier this year, which is almost identical to yours with the exception of the northern portion. I recall that if you did Bruges on your own you had to take a short train ride and I believe there was a shuttle to the train station. The port is very large and security is tight and it took a while to get outside of the port area where you might find other transportation. Bruges is a marvelous city and should not be missed. We've been there twice. BTW When in Portsmouth we took the included tour and hopped off the bus right at the Historic Dockyards and spent the afternoon touring the Mary Rose Museum (incredible museum, one of the best I've ever seen) and touring Nelson's flagship Victory. It was one of the best parts of the trip. I highly recommend it.
  10. The Cruise Ship Terminal is just north of the USS Midway. Looks like the parade sails right around it. https://www.google.com/maps/place/USS+Midway+Museum/@32.7170899,-117.178846,1875m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0xfbb78930404553b2!8m2!3d32.7137398!4d-117.1751265
  11. Be advised that Parade of Lights is on Sunday night 12/15 (and also 12/8). Hopefully you are in town to see it. The boats sail all along the bay front. It's obviously a free event and the entire waterfront is pack with people viewing the spectacle. Any downtown or Harbor Island (airport) hotel is within walking distance. EDIT: BTW I just looked up the Convention Center calendar and there is a private convention and trade show for veterinarians booked from 12-13 to 12-16. That is probably driving up the prices at all the downtown hotels.
  12. The resort/convention hotels downtown are all very expensive, especially if there is some convention or activity going on. 12/14 is a weekend right before Christmas. It’s one of the weekends for the annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights, an annual event where local boat owners decorate their boats and sail the bay at night. It’s quite the scene. https://sdparadeoflights.org/
  13. The entire waterfront walk is very safe. It's a convention area, containing many upscale hotels, as well as a downtown Major League ballpark and trolley line. It is full of tourists and is patrolled by Harbor Police, City Police and Transit Police.
  14. Yes it is. It's about a block from the convention center. https://embassysuites3.hilton.com/en/hotels/california/embassy-suites-by-hilton-san-diego-bay-downtown-SANDNES/index.html
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