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Style Style Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.
Retreats Similar to a self guided tour but staying in one location only with activities and day outings included as a part of the stay.

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Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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Travel Style Travel Style Flexible schedule A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full schedule For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Balanced schedule You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

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A Taste of Italy: 8 Days

Omega Tours
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8 days
$ 183 / day
$ 1,462
From : $ 1,609
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Travel Style : Array Mixed
Physical Level : Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments. Very Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Visits:
Italy
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Magical Bavaria

7 days
$ 684 / day
$ 4,785
From : $ 6,460
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Travel Style : Array Mixed
Physical Level : All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
    Day 1 – Munich
  • Arrival to Munich and private transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to spend at your leisure. You can discover the capital of the state of Bavaria is famous for its Oktoberfest, which is annually celebrated in September. Accommodation at the Eden Hotel Wolff****. (B)
  • Day 2 – Munich
  • Today you join the rest of the group. We visit the city’s main attractions, concluding the tour at the Marienplatz square with its famous clock tower. Munich, the capital of the state of Bavaria is famous for its Oktoberfest, which is annually celebrated in September. The afternoon is free to explore at your leisure. In the evening, you enjoy a traditional Bavarian dinner. Accommodation at the Eden Hotel Wolff****. (BD)
  • Day 3 – Munich – Berchtesgaden – Munich
  • After breakfast, we start our day excursion to Berchtesgaden. Berchtesgaden is a typical traditional Alpine village at the foot of Mount Watzmann. The region’s attractions include the salt mines, Lake Königssee and Obersalzberg with the Eagle’s Nest, once the site of Hitler’s mountain retreat. After a visit to the infamous Eagle’s Nest (depending on the weather conditions), you have time to take a boat tour on Lake Königssee (not included). In the afternoon, we return to Munich. Accommodation at the Eden Hotel Wolff****. (BD)
  • Day 4 – Munich – Rothenburg ob der Tauber – Nuremberg
  • In the morning we travel to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in Romantic Germany. Sightseeing tour of this lovely medieval town concluding with a Schneeballen (snow ball) tasting, a pastry considered the signature dish of Rothenburg. Next, we travel to Nuremberg. We visit Nuremberg’s historic city center and learn more about its impressive history with a tour of the well-preserved castle, Gothic churches, romantic houses and peaceful squares. Accommodation at the Hotel Park Plaza****. (B)
  • Day 5 – Nuremberg
  • Today we visit the Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Ground. Still today, the gigantic remains of buildings in the southern districts of Nuremberg are a reminder of the megalomania of the National Socialist regime. Across eleven square kilometers, a monumental backdrop was to be created for the self-staging of the Nazi Party. Today the unfinished Congress Hall, houses the Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Grounds. Accommodation at the Hotel Park Plaza****. (B)
  • Day 6 – Nuremberg – Würzburg – Frankfurt
  • In the morning we travel from Nuremberg to Würzburg. Arrival at Würzburg, a pretty town on the banks of the Main. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city. One of the tour highlights is a visit to the Residenz Palace in Würzburg. On the way to Frankfurt we have a brief stop at the Mespelbrunn Castle. Accommodation at the Hotel Mövenpick Frankfurt City****. (B)
  • Day 7 – Frankfurt
  • After breakfast transfer to the airport. End of tour. (B)
Visits:
Germany
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Vic Falls to Kruger

Intrepid Travel
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9 days
$ 139 / day
$ 1,155
From : $ 1,749
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Travel Style : Array Full on
Physical Level : All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. Moderate
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic (2*)
Highlights
  • Visit the Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust and learn about the rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife, human-wildlife conflict and anti-poaching efforts.
  • Pay the elephants and lions of Hwange National Park a visit in an open-air safari vehicle, stopping along the way for the perfect wildlife photographs.
  • Track rhinos on foot with an expert local guide in Matobo National Park – an exhilarating way to experience the wildlife of Zimbabwe.
  • Immerse yourself in the ancient culture of the Venda people at a two-night village homestay in South Africa's Limpopo province.
  • Marvel at the unforgettable views of Blyde River Canyon. This spectacular gorge is up there with the world's largest and is probably the greenest of the lot.
Visits:
Hwange National Park, Johannesburg, Kruger National Park, Limpopo, Rhodes, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana
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The Beautiful Blue Danube

6 days
$ 382 / day
$ 2,293
From : $ 2,820
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Travel Style : Array Relaxed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights

CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Tour the major capital cities along the Danube
  • Bask in the idyllic landscapes of the Wachau Valley
  • EXCURSIONS INCLUDED:
    • Imperial Vienna and the Schoenbrunn Palace
    • Budapest, 2000 years of history
Visits:
Budapest, Bratislava, Passau, Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, Germany
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Northern Lights Escape

Intrepid Travel
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6 days
$ 308 / day
$ 1,845
From : $ 2,491
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Travel Style : Array Mixed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • On this trip we are travelling in our own private minibus as this allows us to reach some more off the beaten path destinations and gives us flexibility which would not be possible by public transport. And on top of that all our vehicles in Iceland have complimentary Wi-Fi.
  • There's a lot more to Iceland than ice and vikings. Follow the scenic 'Golden Circle', visiting geothermal springs and geysers, the mighty waterfall of Gullfoss and the site of the nation's first parliament at Thingvellir
  • Drive along the island’s spectacular South Shore past the Reynisdrangar Rocks and volcanic black sand beaches
  • Head to Skaftafell National Park and get adventurous with a hike to Vatnajokull, Europe's largest glacier
  • The aurora borealis is the best lightshow on Earth, and this trip is your ticket. Stay up late to see the northern sky dance with green light (subject to weather conditions and activity)
Visits:
Gullfoss, Blue Lagoon, Iceland
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The Loire Valley, a Royal legacy

6 days
$ 472 / day
$ 2,829
From : $ 3,480
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Travel Style : Array Relaxed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights

CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Cruise on board a paddle steamer
  • EXCLUSIVE TO CROISIEUROPE the Loire from above(2)
  • EXCURSIONS INCLUDED
    • Full-day excursion to the castles of the Loire Valley: guided tours of the castles of Ussé, Azay-le-Rideau and the gardens of Villandry
    • Wine-tasting* in the cellars of the Brissac castle
    • Secret courtyards and covered passageways in Nantes
    • The Saint-Nazaire shipyard, embodiment of French pride
    • The wine route of the Muscadet through the vineyards of the Nantes region
Visits:
France
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7-Day Madrid, Andalusia and Toledo - English Mono ...

7 days
$ 212 / day
$ 1,484
From : $ 1,825
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Travel Style : Array Mixed
Physical Level : Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments. Very Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Visits:
Madrid, Spain
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European Magic Reunion

Contiki
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10 days
$ 222 / day
$ 2,223
Travel Style : Array Mixed
Physical Level : All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. Moderate
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic (2*)
Highlights
  • Take a traditional Motoscafo across the iconic lagoon to the island of Venice
  • See the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge's Palace & St. Mark's Square
Visits:
Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London, Lucerne, Munich, Paris, Venice, Austria, Belgium, England, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Switzerland, United Kingdom
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Dubrovnik to Santorini

Intrepid Travel
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22 days
$ 183 / day
$ 5,205
From : $ 5,447
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Travel Style : Array Mixed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Take a cruise on stunning Lake Ohrid – which straddles the mountainous border between Macedonia and Albania – and watch shorefront villages stream by.
  • Albania's pastel-coloured capital Tirana is on the verge of becoming Europe’s next big thing, so pay it a visit before the rest of the world does.
  • Head to a remote village outside Syros for a sunset feast of local specialties, all served up in a small taverna that overlooks the Aegean Sea.
  • Spend a half-day exploring the ruins that decorate the island of Delos, a living museum of crumbling palaces, columns and statues.
  • Take a hike around the rim of the caldera Santorini is built on, walking through little villages, passing steep cliff faces and taking in breathtaking views.
Visits:
Athens, Berat, Delos, Dubrovnik, Kruja, Mykonos, Santorini, Skopje, Tirana, Albania, Croatia, Greece, Macedonia, Montenegro
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Highlights of Italy

Intrepid Travel
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8 days
$ 176 / day
$ 1,595
From : $ 1,975
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Mixed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic (2*)
Highlights
  • Explore rocky coastal pathways and pastel-coloured villages with a Cinque Terre day pass, which allows you to hike at your leisure and use the coast's public transport.
  • Get lost in the floating city of Venice and wander the city's maze of alleyways, canals and lagoon islands, and choose whether to enjoy an optional gondola ride.
  • Spend two days in Florence, a city known for its beauty and rustic Tuscan cuisine, and choose to discover the cities culinary traditions on optional food excursions.
  • Squid ink spaghetti, rich Tuscan soups, a slice of pizza eaten while you gaze on centuries-old architecture – the food culture in Italy is intoxicating.
  • Discover the landmarks of Rome with your leader and wander around the Colosseum, Arch of Constantine, the Forum, the Pantheon, the Spanish Steps, Via Dei Condotti.
Visits:
Cinque Terre, Florence, La Spezia, Pantheon, Rome, Venice, Tuscany, Vatican City, Italy
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Barcelona to Berlin

Intrepid Travel
Premier
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15 days
$ 238 / day
$ 4,220
From : $ 5,001
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Travel Style : Array Mixed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic (2*)
Highlights
  • Explore the walled city of Avignon, crossing the 12th-century Pont St-Benezet bridge and munching on classic French fare like baguettes with cheese.
  • Visit a mixture of well-known and lesser-touristed cities for a real snapshot of Western Europe, from Eiffel Tower to alleyway bars.
  • Spend two days or more in most destinations for a chance to go deeper than the highlights – with some help from Lonely Planet and your Intrepid leader of course.
  • Three days in Amsterdam gives you time to see the varied sides of the city, from the sidewalk cafe culture to the leafy parks and master-filled museums.
  • Admire the panoramic landscapes and weaving coastline from Barcelona to France’s Provence region. With all transport arrangements taken care of, you can focus on soaking it all up.
Visits:
Amsterdam, Avignon, Bar, Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels, Luxembourg, Paris, Antwerp, Berlin Wall, Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain
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Europe Christmas Markets: Munich to Budapest

Intrepid Travel
Premier
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8 days
$ 249 / day
$ 1,990
From : $ 2,687
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Mixed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • This trip takes you to a variety of Christmas markets across central Europe. Contrast the various traditions, cuisines and of course, mulled wine, in several amazing cities
  • Munich's Christmas markets are probably the most famous of them all. Authentic Bavarian food, ale and music make this an unforgettable Christmas experience
  • Explore Salzburg’s markets and travel high above the rooftops of the Baroque historical district to the fully preserved castle, the Hohensalzburg Fortress
  • Vienna's Christmas markets are as ornamental as its architecture. Austria's capital provides a spectacular seasonal shopping affair, with tonnes of hand-crafted toys, candles and paintings on offer. Where better to pick up those last-minute gifts?
  • Jolly Budapest really embraces the Christmas spirit. Take a walk through the streets to find every street, tree and market lit up in lights
Visits:
Budapest, Munich, Salzburg, Vienna, Austria, Germany, Hungary
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5 Different Rivers: The Rhine, Neckar, Main, Mose ...

9 days
$ 342 / day
$ 3,081
From : $ 3,790
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Travel Style : Array Relaxed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights

CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS

  • The cultural diversity of five authentic rivers
  • EXCURSIONS INCLUDED:
    • Frankfurt, a dynamic and international city
    • Luxemburg
    • The Cochem Castle overlooking the Moselle
    • Trier and its Roman ruins
Visits:
Strasbourg, Heidelberg, Trier, France, Germany, Luxembourg
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Hike in Porto, the Douro Valley (Portugal), and S ...

8 days
$ 331 / day
$ 2,644
From : $ 3,252
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Relaxed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights

CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Walking tours with a qualified mountain guide:
    • Hike to Provesende
    • The Portuguese vineyard
    • The Douro National Park all the way to the Vultures' Cliff
    • Along the coastline in Porto
  • Non-walkers' program:
    • Porto and its historic riches
    • Vila Real and the formal gardens at the Mateus Palace
    • Salamanca, beautiful university city
    • The Porto Wine Route
    • Figueira de Castelo Rodriguo, one of the 12 historic villages in Portugal
Visits:
Porto, Portugal, Spain
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From Prague to Berlin: Cruise on the Vltava and E ...

9 days
$ 371 / day
$ 3,343
From : $ 4,112
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Relaxed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights

CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS

  • EXCURSIONS INCLUDED
  • EXCLUSIVE TO CROISIEUROPE Cruise on board a paddle riverboat
  • Our ship is moored in Prague
  • Discover:
    • Golden Prague
    • Litomerice, charming city full of history
    • Elbe Sandstone Mountains, natural and architectural wonders
    • Dresden, the Florence of the Elbe
    • Meissen and its porcelain
    • Lutherstadt Wittenberg, birthplace of the Reformation
    • Potsdam, and the gardens of the Sanssouci Palace
    • Berlin, symbolic capital
Visits:
Dresden, Meissen, Czech Republic, Germany
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34,691 Europe Tour Reviews - Summary 91% Recommend

4.5 out of 5
Excellent 24,889
Great 6,029
Average 1,265
Disappointing 512
Terrible 1,996
Value
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Guide
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Activities
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Lodging
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Transportation
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The worst waste of money in my life

1.0
  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 1.0
  • Activities 1.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Transportation 1.0
  • Meals 1.0

This trip was the most poorly organized and executed trip I have ever been on. I have attended other trips by other companies in the past and always had a wonderful experience.

Prior to leaving on our trip we had researched rbe hotels listed and had some concerns about the one we would be using in London: the Copthorne Tara. Reviews mentioned blood in beds, floors, general uncleanliness and even MAGGOTS IN THE BEDS. We called EF with our concerns and were essentially dismissed. This was our first sign to run.

The flights on the way to the trip were just fine, but our accommodations in London were extremely subpar. We checked in at 1pm and our hotel room was not ready until almost 6pm. Other people from our trip arrived and checked in after us and had their rooms ready before us. Once we entered the room we were greeted with the smallest single beds I have ever seen. The room was a room with a adjoining door, this door was broken and did not lock, which is a major security concern for two young women alone. We found blood on our wall and in one bed as well as a curtain. When this information was shared with the front desk we were met with complete apathy. There was no urgency and no concern. A girl on our trip ended up with bedbugs from this hotel, and the rest of the trip we spent in fear that we too would become contaminated. The air conditioning in the room was broken and when we shared this with the front desk we were told someone would be up to address it which never happened. At once point the temperature in our room exceeded 90 degrees Fahrenheit when the weather outside did not go above 70. We shared this as a concern about the heat being activated and were told there was none in our room.

The girl that ended up with the bedbugs was told that they would contact a doctor for her l- they called a doctor once and he never arrived. She finally had to resort to calling back to the USA with a tele health appointment in order to be sure that the rash she had was bedbugs. She was confirmed with rjem and covered all over with bites. She had to miss most of her trip cleaning her belongings and the trip did nothing to assist.

Then we went to Paris. The hotel there was no better. Cleanliness and concern and consideration lacking. Each night from midnight to two am there was a intense clanking outside our bedroom that came from the GRAVEYARD we were next to. When we complained about the noise again we were met with zero concern. The beds were just as small, and I had an allergic reaction to something in their linens.

Amsterdam was the only hotel that was nearly worth our money, but on the way there my friends luggage was stolen. When this was reported to the THALYS employees they did absolutely nothing and did not even check the train to see if the luggage had been moved. We made a police report and reported it with EF but there was again no urgency.

The trip home was also a mess. We arrived at the Amsterdam airport 4 hours before our flight (as requested by the airport) and were told we were unable to check in or check our luggage for two more hours. We waited two hours in line and then checked in. We then waited over two and a half hours for security and almost missed our flight, which when we expressed this concern to the airline, and to the airport employees we were regarded with disinterest. We had to run to make it to our flight only to find out our plane had not arrived on time.

Our flight was then delayed over two hours on the tarmac and when we finally took off, we realized we would miss our next flight because we only had a two hour layover. The only reason we managed to make our flight was because the wonderful employees of Dublin airport and their assistance. We ran to our flight again and made it with less than a minute to spare, the doors closing behind us and the plane taking off minutes after we sat down. The travel time that was estimate to take a total of 17 hours for the two flights and all the in between times turned into close to 24 by the end of the time when we arrived home.

Through all of these issues our tour guide was downplaying the seriousness of all these issues. She refused to believe that our friend was actually infested with bedbugs, and did not get a doctor involved, making them call an emergency service in the United States. In addition she told our friend with this affliction to lie to the rest of the trip and not tell us that she had the bedbugs because she did not want to cause a panic. This is a violation of medical codes and could cause serious harm to others. When we had our issue with the stolen luggage she did not want to accompany us to make a police report and only did so after I asked her to come with us.

For a company charging for an “upgraded trip experience” and for the additional money we paid, we did not receive any of the upgraded “4-5 star accommodations”. I want my money back. I look forward to receiving a refund for the “upgraded” part of the experience, and will be sharing the service I received widely throughout my networks.

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Operator EF College Break (EF Ultimate Break)

Exceptional Tour of Italy's Treasures

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

We took the A & K Small Group Tour to Rome, Florence & Venice. The experience exceeded expectations! Wonderful itinerary (with the ability to flex to the group's unique needs & requests!). Our guide (Emmanuela) was exceptional! Fun, extremely organized, considerate of all group members & always making sure that we had a 5-Star experience. Highly recommend this company (& this tour) - we will travel with A & K again!

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Operator Abercrombie & Kent

Abandoned

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  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 3.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 3.0

I’m writing a review of what really happens on Trafalger tours. My husband and I were on a 14 day Trafalger tour of Ireland called “Amazing Ireland”. We were on a bus with a number of people who were coughing and were repeatedly assured that it was just allergies. On the 6th day, I fell ill and tested positive for Covid-19. In Ireland, testing positive means that you are supposed to self-isolate for 7 days. Trafalger then pretty much abandoned us. The hotel Trafalger had booked for us refused to keep us saying they were full, meanwhile advertising vacancies online. Trafalger would not go to bat to help us. Their so called Trafalger Guest Support first emailed a great sounding note confirming our hotel room number, offering to help find other accommodations, and suggesting that we get in touch with our insurer and the airline. When we spoke directly with the Trafalger guest support person, he said that he wasn’t familiar with the area and would just be looking online for places and that we could do that ourselves. Trafalger said we should get a cab on the down low and quietly transfer to another hotel. They did not help us relocate or find a hotel. They suggested not to speak to the other Trafalger guests, even others who had tested positive (with whom we might have been able to problem solve). The Trafalger trip director said he would tell the group the next day, that there was no need to upset them before then. Trafalger was very happy to accept the substantial payment for our trip of a lifetime, that ended after only 6 days, but ensuring no refunds would be issued. So we are now abandoned by Trafalger, left to our own devices, isolating in a hotel room (that we had to find ourselves), on the opposite side of Ireland from our final destination. No arrangements were made by Trafalger to support us or help house, feed, or transport us. We have also not heard a further peep from the Trafalger Guest Support person, nor the Trip Director (since he replied to a text asking him to give the other Covid guests our phone number). We’re very disappointed in Trafalger, to say the least, and recommend never to sign up for a Trafalger tour. Trafalger simply wants your money, and don’t really care at all about supporting their guests.

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Operator Trafalgar

We found a rat in our hotel room.

1.0
  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 3.0
  • Activities 3.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Transportation 1.0
  • Meals 1.0

We found a rat in our hotel room. We had to move three rooms in three nights. Very overpriced for the service they provide.

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Operator Monograms

DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME/MONEY WITH CIE!

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  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 1.0
  • Activities 1.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Transportation 1.0
  • Meals 1.0

I gave this return 1 star only because that’s the lowest possible option, otherwise they would receive 0 stars!!! I had a trip planned for September of 2021 to Iceland. 12 days before the trip, my husband got Covid. Even though it was 12 days before the travel date, they still would not allow me to reschedule the trip. My husband has Alzheimer’s and this would likely have been his last trip out of the country, had I been able to reschedule. I was told I could put in a claim to get a partial refund. Since September 5, I have been battling with CIE to get said refund. Countless emails and phone calls claiming my check would be in the mail by “next week.” I eventually contacted Trip Mate to see if I could get any answers and they informed me that the check couldn’t be sent out because CIE hadn’t released the money. I tried countless times to reach the customer service manager, Mary Larkin, but every time I called she was “on another call” or “at a meeting.” Eventually I was told I could only email her to get in contact with her. I did exactly that about my refund I have been waiting months to receive and she finally called me back. She said it was inexcusable that the refund had taken this long and assured me she would have the money released and have Trip Mate expedite sending the check to me “by next week.” This conversation took place on April 7 and no money has been received at this time. Better Business Bureau has been contacted to handle the matter from here. These people are thieves, do NOT under any circumstances book with them!!!

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Operator CIE Tours

No refund or future credit for COVID 19

1.0
  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 1.0
  • Activities 1.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Transportation 1.0
  • Meals 1.0

Great Value Vacations refused to issue a refund or future credit on the tour I had to cancel because of COVID-19. My total loss was $1,605.00, including airline extras. They offered me a future travel credit of $492.00, to be used only for this particular tour AND IT HAD TO BE BOOKED WITHIN FOUR (4) DAYS after the cancellation date AND the price may go up! During the two year period of COVID 19 I have canceled travel plans with Delta, Celebrity Cruises, Holland America Cruises and Trafalgar Tours. Each company has given me a 100% refund or future credit with no restrictions on itinerary. Great Value Vacations is at best unethical or far worse. DO NOT book individual or group travel with this organization.

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Operator Great Value Vacations

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