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Sri Lanka’s Elephants


From my very first visit to a zoo, I have always loved elephants.  As my trip to Sri Lanka grew closer, it dawned on me that I would finally get to see these incredible creatures in the wild for the first time.  Sri Lanka is home to around 6,000 Asian elephants – that figure was ...


5 photos that will make you want to visit Switzerland

At Riviera Travel, we send our staff on educational trips to the wonderful destinations where we take customers on our escorted tours and cruises.  This gives our team the specialist insight needed to constantly improve our customers’ experience.  After all, how can we offer the best service if we don’t actually experience first-hand what our customers ...


Helsinki, Tallinn & Riga – an architectural treat

We’re excited to have launched a brand new tour for 2017 spanning across three different countries with fascinating histories and heritage; Finland, Estonia and Latvia. We start with Helsinki, the largest city and capital of Finland, with a population of 629,000. It was founded in the 16th Century by a Swedish king. In 1747, the Swedish ...


Behind the scenes of our TV ad

Our latest TV advert featuring our luxury river cruises was shot in captivating Cologne. Here's a look at the inspired thinking behind the scenes, starring real-life travel experts and local specialities. The piercing alarm went off at 5am on a Monday morning – we had to be on film location at 6am sharp. Who said that making TV ...


A Morning In Burma

It’s 05.30 in the morning and I can’t get back to sleep. Enclosed by a white conical semi-transparent mosquito net, I lie there waiting for the soft light of sunrise to sneak under the doorway of my room. I’m in Burma, staying in a simple hotel, built of wood and on stilts over the luminous waters ...


A Walking Tour of Rome

Rome, a city of ancient and magnificent structures that span thousands of years, numerous empires, dynasties and papacies; an enthralling city of long lost riches and shadows of majesty. Today that grandeur is echoed in the exquisite Baroque and Renaissance architecture that stands firm amongst the remnants of this ancient city’s landscape. Whether you choose to ...