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Old Oct 13th, 2002, 04:10 PM
don cramer
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tour companies

i would appreciate any recommendations for tour co. going prague, budapest, krakow, warsaw, etc. best of year to go, mid may to early june?
Old Oct 14th, 2002, 05:46 PM
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What type of tour are you looking for? Escorted, air/hotel package only (independent travel upon arrival at your destination), budget or otherwise.
Looking for a week, 10-day, or longer type of trip. Adults only, or will there be children traveling with you?

More details will get more responses!
Old Oct 14th, 2002, 07:48 PM
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Check out Paul Laifer Tours based out of NJ. Paul Laifer offers an independent trip. They book the hotels, air, transfers, trains, and a 1/2 day tour for you in each city. You get to decide how many days you want to spend in each city. The best time of year would be spring or early fall to avoid the crowds. Just an FYI, you can plan this trip yourself for about 1/2 to 2/3 the cost of what Paul Laifer charges and upgrade the hotels at the same time. You can easily hire private guides or else join city tours in each of the destinations you mention.

Old Oct 14th, 2002, 09:15 PM
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If it's an escorted tour you are looking into, try Trafalgar Tours. I believe they have tours to that area. I prefer spring & fall.

Old Nov 12th, 2002, 09:42 PM
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A year ago I took a small group tour of central europe with Odysseys Unlimited, web site I did not like the Insight tour (the more expensive wing of Trafalgar Tours)I took on an earlier trip. In fact, I swore off tours because it was soooo bad. We were herded like cattle, the itenerary was driven by the merchants we HAD to visit (they pay the tour director to bring the tour in) and the schedule of the options. But Odyssesy Unlimited was WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL!! We toured Warsaw, Krakow, Budapest, Vienna, and Prague - plus Czestochowa, Auschwitz, Birkenau, Szentendre, Esztergom, the Danube bend, salt mines outside of Krakow, and Cesky Kromlov. Katie, our tour director, added places, not on the printed itinerary, that she thought we would like - including the ruin of the castle where King Richard the Lionhearted was held for ransom, also, when people in the tour wanted to tour the the Vienna Woods, she made arrangements and found a local guide, within 24 hours, for those interested. She was up to date on the latest problems and gave us appropriate heads ups. We went the speed the group could move - we had some older people who needed to walk slower, but without missing anything. If you have not been in the area before, I would highly recommend the tour. Also, instead of every seat full in a 56 seat bus - as in Trafalgar, etc. Our "full" tour had 24 which left over half the seats empty and plenty of room for everyone to spread out. I'm jealous, I can't wait to see Krakow, Budapest, Cesky Krumlov and Prague again. I know you'll have a fabulous time!
Old Nov 13th, 2002, 01:07 PM
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I booked my trip though CSA (the Czeck Airlines). I've been dealing with Tetra Travel <[email protected]>.
They have various trips thoughout eastern Europe (as cheap or cheaper than Paul Laifer).

I will be spending all of my time in one city ... don't want to spend allot of time traveling inter-city.

Also, If you are interested in a tour check this out...

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