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Author: calumet62

Joined: 7/17/2012
Posts: 1
Trips Taken: 1
Traveler Since: 2012

July 17, 2012

Wonderful trip.  Prague was beautiful in every way...wonderful city...great 'old'  flavor to it and yet very easy to get around on metro trains and streetcars.  All the cities visited were great...but some of the best, in my opinion, were Bratislava, Czeny ***orov , and Kutna Hora.  These were fascinating...and the ossurary  in Kutna Hora was something very unusual...I have never seen before.

I definitely recommend the extension in Prague to give yourself time to explore and enjoy the city at your own pace and to fit your own tastes.  It is worth the extra money.

About the only complaint that I have is the amount of time available to explore on our own...I think this was particularly true in Salzburg which has much to offer but we did not have time to do.  For example, I would have liked to go to the fortress...but there simply was not enough time available after lunch before we had to get back to the bus.

Author: nanaandpapa

Joined: 3/30/2011
Posts: 494
Trips Taken: 15
Countries Visited:

Aruba, Austria, Australia, Bermuda, Belgium, Botswana, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Rep., Egypt, England, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, South Africa, Spain, St. Marten (fr), St. Martin (nd), Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, USA, Vatican, Zimbabwe

Traveler Since: 2002

July 17, 2012

 We did this cruise several years ago and totally agree with all of this Lunch in Salzburg should be on you own. Lunch itself was mediocre, at best, when we went, and took too much time. Even if lunch is included, we would skip it and get something on the run, to allow more time for touring on our own.

Author: svncontinents

Joined: 11/25/2011
Posts: 230
Trips Taken: 13
Traveler Since: 2007

July 19, 2012

 This was our very first trip with Grand Circle, and we felt it was excellent.  We too, concur with what has been written so far, but in spite of the shortcomings, we still feel that it was an excellent trip.  We'd do it again.

Author: rstrzalka

Joined: 7/23/2012
Posts: 3
Trips Taken: 1

July 23, 2012
 

Dear  calumet62
I see you just went on your trip.  Do you agree that the lunch was mediocre and should be skipped?  I'm leaving in 2 weeks and thought I would ask.
 

Proo

Author: grammyflo

Joined: 3/15/2010
Posts: 169
Trips Taken: 13
Traveler Since: 2002

July 23, 2012

Always find having a meal out with 35/40 people a waste of time unless it is expedient that we do eat as a group.  We like to find our own little place where we dont have to wait for 35/40 people to give their meal orders and eat their dinners before we move on.  We can socialize at meals on the ship.  We want to enjoy the short time in a town, shop quickly, etc.

It is time lost in a venue where we have such little time on our own.

But, when in (Rome).......................

Author: 2xbadgers@fronti...

Joined: 12/14/2013
Posts: 1
Trips Taken: 6
Traveler Since: 1999

December 14, 2013
Just returned from the Prague/Blue Danube November1st cruise with extension to Poland. While it was a great, "Bucket List" trip, there were some short comings. On arrival night in Prague, Krakow and Warsaw, we were expected to find dinner on our own with little or no prior knowledge as to where to go, or exactly how to get there as far as restaurants were concerned. There were not many very close to the hotels in any city except Warsaw. Trams and buses were near, but you needed local currency as that varied from Euros to Czech Crona, to Polish Zloty. Fortunately, our home bank suggested getting the various currencies prior to leaving and offered a favorable rate of exchange superior to what was charged at the ATM's or kiosks in Europe (they also repurchased the paper bills upon our return home). While the hotels in Prague and Krakow were first rate as far as the rooms were concerned, be aware that the tub/showers can be dangerous. They have a high step-over and limited grab bars they also lack sufficient non-slip tread in the bottom. Several of our fellow travelers fell and one gentleman actually cracked ribs (undiagnosed until after his return to The States). Non-slip bath mats and a step stool would help access/egress. A great trip over all. Just be careful using those tub/showers please.

Author: imcewen

Joined: 6/5/2013
Posts: 1
Trips Taken: 18
Traveler Since: 1999

December 14, 2013

After nearly breaking a leg in a bathtub in Vietnam, I always sacrifice a hand towel to stand on in bath tubs with slippery bottoms. 

 

Author: nanaandpapa

Joined: 3/30/2011
Posts: 494
Trips Taken: 15
Countries Visited:

Aruba, Austria, Australia, Bermuda, Belgium, Botswana, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Rep., Egypt, England, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, South Africa, Spain, St. Marten (fr), St. Martin (nd), Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, USA, Vatican, Zimbabwe

Traveler Since: 2002

December 14, 2013

 Unless you VERY sure on your feet, you should bring rubber soled shower shoes on any trip where you stay in a hotel. Even if the tub/shower has adequate traction, the tile floors of the bathroom could be very slippery when wet. 

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