What a fantastic 26 day trip to Europe, covering nine countries!
This was our first long-haul overseas holiday, organised by Karen from Travel Team. Our journey began with a 2 night stopover in Dubai. Yes it was hot, but well worth it to experience the different culture. Only wish we had more time here!
We then flew to Paris to connect with our Travelmarvel tour. This was a real experience for us: centuries old buildings, narrow, cobblestone streets, crazy Paris traffic and the Louvre (much bigger than we realised!). Other highlights included lunch and the view from the Eiffel Tower, the Moulin Rouge Cabaret and a Seine River Cruise. Our accommodation and local guide were faultless.
Our coach trip from Paris to Amsterdam saw us having breakfast in France, lunch in Belgium and dinner in The Netherlands. We experienced beautiful, lush green fields and Dutch windmills. We cruised the canals and visited the Red Light District.
Next, we were welcomed on board Travelmarvel Jewel for our 15 day cruise to Budapest. Every aspect of the ship and its crew was exceptional. The cultural entertainment, demonstrations and meals provided catered for everyone, and they went out of their way to accommodate my many food allergies. It was all like 5 star!
Our daily excursions went like clockwork. Led by very knowledgeable, local guides, we walked through ancient cities, toured palaces, castles and abbeys and visited WWII sites. We shopped in the local markets and sampled local food and drinks. We also experienced the famous Sound of Music tour in Austria. The Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers provided magnificent scenery, and the autumn colours were breathtaking!
We then travelled on to Prague. A walk around Prague Castle and St Vitus Cathedral with its impressive entrance and stained glass windows is a must, along with the changing of the guards. The sunset cruise on the Vltava River and the hop on, hop off bus tour is a great way to experience this amazing city. Once again, our accommodation and guide in Prague were faultless.
Our consultant, Karen was willing to go ‘over and above’ to ensure we had a stress-free, memorable holiday. Thank you, Karen! We’ve already booked our next trip with Travel Team.