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The Joy of Travel is staffed with fun, experienced agents who live and breathe to plan great trips for you.  Our promise to you is simple- we won't recommend anywhere we haven't tried first.  Find out for yourself if our first hand experience doesn't make all the difference.  Small Town friendly-Big City expertise. 

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Isn't it time for your "Trip of Lifetime"?

Are you a discerning traveler who can appreciate the destination-focused approach to cruising Viking is famous for?  The world's leading river cruise company is waiting for you, and we have Viking Master Agents here at The Joy of Travel who can not only help you select the perfect ship and itinerary, but also save you money in the process. We offer two for one cruising, up to free airfare, and best of all our final price is going to be less than the pricing you'll find online.  Give us a call and let us prove it to you.  The Joy of Travel River Cruise Specialist Team can be found under the "Meet Us" tab at the top of the page.  If you seriously want to have the river cruise of a lifetime, join us on one of our personally escorted river cruise adventures.  Find out more under the "Travel With Us" tab.  The Joy of Travel-we put the JOY back in travel!



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The Latest from Our Blog

Lyon and Perouges

Perched high on a hill about 30 miles from Lyon is the charming hilltop city of Perouges.  Since the beginning it has been a village of craftsmen, never under the control of a Lord.   The simplicity and authenticity of the place are a huge part of the appeal.  There are no relics, no imposing cathedral, no electric lines; just uniform timbered homes and quaint cobbled streets.

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Knights Templar Falsely Accused

Have you noticed most issues are not how they seem to be on the surface?  Take the end of the Knights Templar for instance.  Their demise had nothing to do with heresy and everything to do with money.

The Knights Templar were one of the most respected orders in medieval times.  In a world where both the crown and the church were corrupt beyond belief, the Knights Templar seem to have actually taken their vows to the people seriously.  They protected the people, provided for them, and in the process managed to create what would become our modern banking system.

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Most Beautiful Plumbing, Pont du Gard

No other structure in southern France is as famous as the Roman Aqueduct of the Pont du Gard aka “The World’s Most Beautiful Plumbing System”.  The enormous bridge is part of the Nimes aqueduct, a system of over 31 miles that brought fresh water from a fresh water spring at Uzes to the Roman settlement in Nimes (Nemausus) back in the first century.

The Pont du Gard is the highest of all elevated Roman aqueducts (160 feet high with three levels of archways) and one of the best preserved.  After the fall of the Roman Empire the bridge served as a toll bridge, which contributed to its’ upkeep and current excellent condition.

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