The Shipping News
Brian Johnston seemed destined to become a travel writer and author: he is an Irishman born in Nigeria and raised in Switzerland, who has lived in Britain and China.
The sprawling region offers a surfeit of pleasures, from emerald green rice terraces to temples, thriving cities to lively tea houses.
From Flemish art and Belgian chocolate to lively towns and monuments galore, here are 20 reasons you should visit this European nation.
Riverbanks flaunt thousands of years of history: serene Buddhas, golden temple spires and ruined palaces.
'We only got here twice last year, so we're lucky today,' says our expedition leader.
Laidback, graceful Esfahan is centred on Imam Square, one of the world's great ensembles of Islamic architecture.
The four Viking Sun cruises can be joined to create a 245-day Ultimate World Cruise.
Darwin might have a short urban history, but a walking tour digs up plenty of rollicking good stories.
One of Europe's most stunning peninsulas has enticed aristocrats, poets and romantics for centuries.
Norway provides one of the world's most magnificent coastal landscapes, best appreciated from the sea. Brian Johnston is gobsmacked as he sails on Viking Star.
Join two or more select itineraries into one for lengthened stays across nine different regions.
From restaurants to ruins, train rides to ski resorts, national parks to sublime beaches.
From World War II history to vegan fare, Berlin is a city with amazing food, city beaches and spectacular nights out.
The new Coral Adventurer expedition ship will have all outside-facing cabins with French windows or private balconies.
The Middle Ages was a decorative time of statue-studded fountains, gargoyles and carved doors, and Dinkelsbühl leaves it that way.