Kristine – Brilliant. Very personable, helpful, well-organised, good English and a sense of humour. Kristine kept us well informed of any changes in arrangements
(e.g. meeting times) and managed us, the drivers and local guides to perfection.
The majority of the local guides were first-class, providing excellent commentary and having good English.
The standard of accommodation was very good/excellent. The majority of the rooms were comfortable and spacious. All the hotels were very conveniently situated,
within walking distance of restaurants, cafes and local transport where this was required.
The coverage of Eastern Europe was comprehensive, and the local guides provided all the information we could have possibly wanted – and more! Many of the
places visited had a real ‘WOW’ factor (e.g. Grand Palace of Peterhof, Rundale Palace and Park, Kremlin), or an OMG factor (e.g. Hill of Crosses, Lithuania;
Wolf’s Lair, Poland; Latvian Soviet bunker, Ligatne; Wieliczka Salt mines, near Krakow). Other sights were extremely interesting, thought-provoking,
stunning/lavish – and educational. There was not a single excursion/attraction on the itinerary that we didn’t enjoy. A good balance between ‘organised’
and ‘at leisure’ time. We were happy with the length of stay in each place – two or three nights in most of the places visited made for a better opportunity
to explore the city/town and a more relaxing time not having to ‘move on’ every morning.
Having only 14 people in the group was great. Apart from making it easier for the guides to manage, especially when there were huge crowds in some places
such as Prague, entry into museums, palaces, etc was a lot more efficient than was the case with the many tour groups of 30+ people; we couldn’t help
but draw the comparison and appreciate the benefits of our small number. Having a large bus for 14 people was also a bonus, with plenty of room to
‘spread out’! We quickly got to know everyone well and all in the group were inclusive and friendly. The indications, as we said our good-byes, were
that contact with at least some of our fellow travellers will be maintained in the future.
Thank you, Darren, for your meticulous attention and service. You have been exceedingly helpful and have responded promptly to all our requests for information
and ensured that we were kept informed of what was required at each step of the booking process. Appreciate your input into what was an outstanding
and memorable trip.
R & C Mogridge