If you are traveling in Europe for the first time, I highly recommend Trafalgar Guided Tours. For our honeymoon, Hubby and I chose the European Cavalcade Tour, which allow us to see a lot of Europe in a short span of 17 days.
Our tour director, Bernie, was fantastic and engaging. He shared a lot on history of Europe, as well as things to look out for such as pickpockets, gypsy scams and free toilets. Toilets are expensive, about Euro 0.70-1.50, which cost SGD $1-2.25.
The tour was fast paced, we felt tired at the end of the tour but I like it because it is “efficient” and value for money. We spent a lot of money just on the air ticket to Europe and I want to cover and see as much as possible, rather than relaxing. I can relax anytime in nearby Asian country, during a hotel staycation or even at home!
The hotels we stayed at were better than expected (3-5 stars) while the food was acceptable, with some exceptional dinners and breakfasts.
I am the sort of person that lose interest to travel once I get tired, hence following a tour leaves me no choice but to push on and not lose the opportunity to sight see. I appreciate the time on the coach to nap, rest and recharge before arriving at the next attraction.
Another benefit of following a tour is that you don’t have to queue to enter into attractions such as The Vatican, The Colosseum and The Palace of Versailles. This is because the Trafalgar has already made bookings with these attractions and we just waltz straight in. For tourists who travel on their own, the queue is quite a horrendous 2-3 hour wait for EACH attraction.
A plus point about Trafalgar is they operate differently from many Singapore tour companies. Trafalgar is very organized, professional and they do not waste your time bringing you to shops and expect you to buy stuff there so they can earn commission. There is little time for shopping during the tour; in fact I was rushing to shop(much to Hubby’s delight as he does not need to wait for too long). If you wish to shop more, you can extend your stay in Paris at the end of the tour.
The package includes 16 buffet breakfasts and 7 3-course dinners. We extended 1 night stay before and 1 night stay after the tour in London.
The tour director would list the optional excursions available. Hubby and I attended all of them which cost us a total of 1862 Euros. Payment for the optional excursions can be done by cash, credit card or with cash and credit card. The coach has a credit card machine on board.
I would spend the next few months blogging about my Europe honeymoon. Stay tuned!