I had little idea what to expect as I awaited my flight to Frankfurt, way back during my traveling days in 2019. To begin my education, I stopped at an airport bar for a beer and soft pretzel—a duo I planned on sampling frequently while in Germany. I’d never been to that country before, but I was pretty sure there would be plenty of great food and drink.

Other than food favorites and some basic history, I knew very little about Germany. But my lack of preparation didn’t worry me much. I had booked a river cruise with Vantage Travel and was sure I’d get a full immersion with little effort on my part. I’d learned on a previous cruise that Vantage’s guides are superb and the cruise programs include educational opportunities.


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