"All too soon the holiday came to an end."
Sally & Melvyn
Here we are again back from another great Leger holiday.Our holiday started off with a bit of fun at Dover – we bumped into Phil and Roddy, two of our favourite drivers.
Unfortunately, they were not going to be our drivers this time, but we soon found out that Stuart and Ralph were going to be just as good company. Stuart was friendly, fun and very efficient in giving us information about our tour. Ralph was a great driver and very cheerful, to quote Ralph – “I haven’t got a serious bone in my body but I take my job of driving very seriously.”
Our first stop in Prague started with a guided walking tour with a very knowledgeable guide, followed by a lovely meal and a pleasant river cruise.
On the second day in Prague we did not join the optional excursion, but found it very easy to get into the centre of Prague from the hotel by the Metro, where we covered a lot of ground and had a traditional Czech meal for lunch.
In the evening 20 of us went on a tram ride round the city on one of Prague’s very old trams with a conductor serving us sparkling wine.On our way to Budapest we visited Bratislava which we found to be a pretty, charming town. The first evening in Budapest and we went on a coach tour to see the city all lit up, again with a knowledgeable tour guide. What a great sight – seeing all the buildings lit up and reflecting in the river.
On our first full day in Budapest we did our own thing in the morning visiting the massive Saturday indoor market before joining some of our group for a lunch cruise on the River Danube – and what a lunch with wine included – so much to choose from that we didn’t really need the full meal that evening at the hotel.
Again, on the second day in Budapest, we went off on our own and got the local bus into the city and then walked a long way! All the way to Heroes Square taking in the sights on the way, including the Basilica, House of Terror, Opera House and Synagogue.
From Budapest we made our way to Vienna, stopping at Gyor (a charming little town) and then the Schonbrunn Palace. The interior of the palace is something to see and the gardens are fantastic.On the full day in Vienna we had a coach tour with a guide who was lovely – he gave just enough information and was very amusing with his stories and comments about the buildings we were passing. He even showed us the best place to have some lunch before we embarked on our own walking tour of Vienna.
After Vienna we went to Salzburg – one of my favourite cities where we had a few hours to have lunch and walk around the many sights, including the Mirabell Gardens.
We stayed in some great hotels over the 12 days, but the ones that impressed us most were the Novotel in Budapest and the City Hotel in Stockerau in Austria.
All too soon the holiday came to an end but not before we had stopped for a large lunch in Kurk. Again we had met some great people, made new friends, and, we bumped into Phil and Roddy at Calais one more time, before getting on our feeder coach home – 3 very satisfied travellers!