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Prague, Vienna, Bohemia & the Danube Valley Tour
Our 2nd trip with Riviera and once again a truly wonderful experience. Huge thanks to our guide Halina who was excellent on all counts. She handled our large party admirably especially in what proved to be exceptional heat for that time of the year. (temperatures sometimes reaching 30/35 degrees) making sure for our comfort at all times. Her guided walking tours were so informative and gave us a real insight to whatever area we were visiting. All the hotels were very comfortable and situated in areas very close to the centre of the cities which made access perfect. It’s hard to pick out a highlight of the holiday as we loved it all and enjoyed the contrasts the tour provided. Our one comment would be that how we wished we had had even just one more day in Vienna but not at the cost of any existing visits or tours please as the variety offered within the holiday was excellent. Special thanks must also go to our driver Slarvick…(.hope that is spelt correctly) a most careful and considerate driver at all times. Looking forward to our next Riviera trip!
Review by Jeff & Barbara Frankel on 29 September 2016
Yesterday I returned from my second Riviera trip and felt compelled to write to you to say what a wonderful experience I and my fellow travellers enjoyed. What superb locations and excellent hotels, although the ‘open plan’ bathroom in Vienna did take some getting used to! Each of the three hotels was in a good location, was impeccably clean and comfortable and served good food. The icing on the cake however was most definitely our guide Helina. What a treasure and indeed what an asset to your organisation. She was extremely well-informed and was able to answer questions from the sometimes challenging members of the group! She was always patient and constantly went out of her way to give added information to help us enjoy the free time we spent doing whatever it was we had chosen to do and, incidentally, I think that the balance between free time and organised trips was just right.
Today I have received your brochure for 2017 and am already planning next year’s holiday so keep up the good work Riviera and I look forward to further travel experiences with you in the future.
By the way, our coach driver was also first class and the city guide in Vienna (Marco) was to say the least unforgettable but at the same time brilliant.
Sincerely yours, and with many thanks
Review by Valerie Prichard on 21 September 2016
I would like to say ‘Thank You’ for a wonderful Riviera holiday - my third. It was truly lovely. Wonderful places to see, sights not to be missed, well organised and I think we all felt we were very lucky to have Helina as our guide. She was clearly passionate about her country and we learnt so much from her.
I particularly liked the idea of having a communal dinner at the beginning and end of the holiday, seemed to work well in our case. Great holiday
Review by Elizabeth Wilson on 21 September 2016
2nd time with Riviera and another brilliant holiday. A very well organized tour with excellent hotels and very good value for money. The rep, Matt (sorry cant remember his surname) was excellent. In fact he was better than excellent. Extremely knowledgeable, helpful, very friendly, nothing was too much trouble for him. A real people person with a great sense of humour who looked like he really enjoyed everyone’s company. He is definitely an asset to your organization. Well done again for providing us with a great holiday. Will definitely be travelling with you again
Review by christine Killen on 27 June 2013
An excellent tour of two beautiful cities and Bohemia. Thought it very good value for money. Felt so well looked after by very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable guides and rep. Hotels all good, particularly the first two. Couldn’t have wanted more. Loved it all and we all enjoyed the Blue Duck restaurant in Prague on our final night. Already booked next year on one of your river cruises.
Review by Maureen Stokes on 6 July 2013
I recently returned from taking one of Riviera’s 8-day trips to Vienna and Prague, and would like to commend the tour guide, Neil Woodward, for his caring attitude and concern for the people on the tour. He is an excellent guide in every way. I certainly will be considering taking your trips in the future.
Review by Patricia Vanderwood on 14 August 2013
This was our first trip with Riviera and we were very impressed, well organised, good hotels and guide. We loved all the places we visited but Prague was the best. We shall certainly use Riviera again.
Review by Jane Scott on 16 August 2013
I would agree with all the other reviews about this holiday. We also had Neil Woodward as our tour guide - he was excellent and looked after us all very well. Nobody got lost which is quite an achievement on these holidays! There is plenty of time to visit different places in Prague whilst there and the river boat trip is very good value. We also enjoyed the meal in the Blue Duck (after we had dried ourselves out after a huge thunderstorm on our way there) and the staff there were very attentive. I can thoroughly recommend this holiday. It also makes you want to return for a longer visit to Vienna as there is so much to see there. This is our fourth Riviera holiday, so now looking out for our next trip.
Review by Ann Kendall on 1 November 2013
We just wanted to say how much we enjoyed our trip to Prague and Vienna, how well organised it was and how good Jean Marie our tour guide was. His input was really above and beyond the call of duty. As this was our first trip with Riviera we had no idea what to expect, so we were more than pleasantly surprised. Many thanks and especial thanks to Jean Marie
Review by Colin Harris and Felicity Taylor on 7 November 2013
Just back from the Prague, Vienna, Bohemia and the Danube Valley tour and we wanted to say a huge thank you to Matt our Tour Manager. He was amazing-patient, knowledgeable, helpful and great fun. He made the tour a success. The tour was great value and the hotels were better than we expected. One more day in Vienna would have been nice!
Review by Barry Dennis on 16 May 2014
A big thank you to Matt, our Tour Guide - he was amazing - very well organised and great fun. A really good trip.
Review by Evelyn Hood on 21 May 2014
We had a wonderful time and lots of different experiences. We could have done with more time in Vienna. Didn’t care much for Jury’s Inn in Prague - nothing like the quality of the other two excellent hotels - and something more central and 4* would have been so much better. Our guide Katerina was excellent, so friendly, so well organised and she really looked after us all. The city guides were superb, especially in Prague. Our last evening meal at the Blue Duck was something extra special too. We have travelled with Riviera several times and have never been disappointed but we would have been prepared to pay a little more just to get that extra day in Vienna….and maybe an extra day in Prague too. Despite the awful weather, the Danube Valley was still so beautiful. There’s just so much to see and do on this trip.
Review by Anne on 27 May 2014
This was our first time with Riviera. Six of us went as a group and all agree that the holiday was superb. The itinerary was very busy but well worthwhile. Hotels were good in well chosen locations. Food in the hotels, and in the chosen restaurants was very good. The coach driver was very good. The guide in Prague, Ivana, was very knowledgeable and did a great job. But the whole thing was brought together as a package by the brilliant tour manager, Katerina, who had it all so fantastically organised. Totally top class.
Review by Mrs Carol Garfield on 7 June 2014
Once more your tour has been a great success. Our 4 day break to Prague was wonderful. The flight was good and on time, the hotel was splendid so friendly with beautiful rooms and fabulous breakfasts. Our guide Ivana was brilliant and she looked after us so well. This has been our 5th trip with you and everyone has been great. We are looking at Bruges for next year. Thank you.
Review by MR A R BEST on 26 June 2014
As always with Riviera, an excellent tour, well planned in every detail. An wonderful guide, Halina, fluent, knowledgeable, patient and good humoured always with her flock. We had temperatures of 30-32o throughout which, for us older ones, made sightseeing quite tiring - perhaps some Riviera tours could be targeted at the less energetic customer - thus enabling Riviera fans to continue with you for years more ! We had an excellent driver - and a most congenial group of travellers. Hard to pick out the high spots - but dinner at the Blue Duck was a memorable finale to the trip. We’re saving up for our next Riviera tour. You can’t be bettered.
Review by Dorothy PADDON on 4 August 2014
Would like to commend Halina for her vast knowledge and good humour throughout. A very enjoyable tour, if somewhat tiring in the 30+ degrees sunshine (not in your control, obviously !) Hotels comfortable, also restaurant on last evening memorable. Pity there wasn`t apparently the equivalent of a one-day travel card to make it easier for tourists in Prague, as the time-limited ticket system seemed arcane. Flight times in both directions turned out to involve late hours for arrival at hotel and at Stansted. The latter was a nightmare! Nevertheless we saw much of interest in this attractive part of Europe and are tempted to go there again.
Review by Jill Sutcliffe on 5 August 2014
We had a most enjoyable holiday. Chris, our tour guide was very very caring and helpful. She made sure everybody was looked after and had an extensive knowledge of the places we visited. Our first hotel, the Clarion Congress Hotel at Ceske Budejovice was very comfortable but had very unpredictable lifts. We thoroughly enjoyed the visit to the Budweiser Budvar Brewery and were very impressed by the automation. Melk Abbey was very beautiful and our guide was very capable. The Lindner Hotel in Vienna was also very comfortable but there was a concern about security of bags in the breakfast room. I feel something could have been put in place to address this. We went to a very enjoyable concert and as musicians, we were impressed by the quality of the performers. Nancy, our local guide gave us a very detailed and enjoyable account of many of the attractions. We visited the Sisi Apartment Museum and found the first part very claustrophobic. There were guided parties blocking the way through and with us having limited time, we found ourselves getting anxious. The layout was better later on and we enjoyed the majority of the visit. We had a most enjoyable visit to the Schonbrunn Palace with a very good audio guide and plenty of beautiful sights and scenery. The vast crowds were well catered for. Our last hotel, the Jurys Inn in Prague was comfortable. The security was good, people having to swipe their cards to use the lift and access the stairs. There was a noisy party of Irish men but they did not cause us undue concern. The tour of Prague was most enjoyable and our local guide, Ivana, was very friendly and capable. She took us on two tours and joined us on the evening cruise down the Vltava. We were particularly pleased to be able to view the famous clock ‘perform’ from an upstairs cafe immediately opposite. We had seen this clock before but had to mingle with the vast crowd below. The visit to the castle and St. Vitus Cathedral was also very good. We saw many things that we had not experienced on our previous visit. We had a very friendly group of people with us who were a delight to be with and we were also pleased that nobody smoked! Our coach driver, Yardie, was very skillful and although he had a limited command of English, was very friendly. Fortunately, Chris was able to talk to him adequately. We flew from and to Manchester Airport and decided to stay overnight at the Hilton Hotel both ways. The flights were efficient and uneventful and we were processed efficiently at both airports. We have many happy memories of this holiday and would like to thank Chris for her friendliness and care. Our last holiday was with another company and it was obvious that the tour guide was getting ‘back-handers’ from everywhere! This was certainly not the case this time and Chris acted with great integrity. She is a credit to your company. Thank you for a well organized and very enjoyable holiday. We hope to book another holiday with you in future.
Review by Robert McMillan on 23 August 2014
We had a wonderful three days in Prague. The success of this is in large part due to the way Halina our guide was able to weave together up to date facts with the city’s vibrant history, for which she is to be complimented. As a result, we intend returning to this lovely city in the future.
Review by Dr Margaret Knight on 13 October 2014
We have just returned from a most enjoyable week in Prague and Vienna. Although the weather could have been better we enjoyed it all. Our tour guide Katerina was excellent, very well organised and a pleasure to travel with. The only things we would change would be an extra day in Vienna, at cost, and for entrance to Prague Castle to be included in the cost of the holiday, as we did not see much in the old town that was free of charge. But we would certainly recommend this holiday.
Review by Sandra Whittington on 29 May 2015
My wife and I have just returned from the above tour and would just like to say how much we enjoyed the experience, although only our second Riviera tour, after Berlin, Dresden and Colditz last year, both have surpassed our expectations.
We have to say that the Tour Manager, Neil Woodward was first class throughout, even down to producing a tooth repair kit when my wife lost a crown! That is consideration of the highest order. Backing Neil up were the team of local tour guides in Vienna and Prague and Jan our coach driver who were all of the highest quality.
Review by John and Patricia Webb. on 3 June 2015
This was our 3rd trip with Riviera and they have all been excellent. Thanks to Halina our wonderful tour guide. The hotels were 1st class, the organisation amazing. We would have liked another day in Vienna but we can always return. I came back head bursting with amazing facts and feet aching from so much walking on cobbled streets. Now we are settling down with a glass of wine to decide where to go next with Riviera. Thank you
Review by Marian Campbell on 14 June 2015
We have just returned from a holiday to Prague & Vienna with your tour manager Neil Woodward but unfortunately at the airport didn’t get the chance to thank Neil personally for a really great tour. Would you please pass on our thanks to Neil for making it a memorable trip, and also for going that extra mile (literally) for finding out information for us on the possibility of visiting Lidice.
This was our first holiday with you and must say we really enjoyed it. We will certainly be travelling with you again and are already looking at your brochure for the next one.
Review by Aileen and Paul Campbell on 25 June 2015
We have just returned from another fantastic Riviera holiday. This time we have been to the Czech republic and Austria. Halina was our tour guide who met us at the airport on arrival and left us at the airport in time for our departure. She has been a wonderful guide, always prepared to go the extra mile to ensure we were satisfied. She arranged a concert trip in Vienna for those of us who wanted to experience this and we also participated in a dinner and cruise in Prague. Both of these trips were very enjoyable and were over and above what we expected. The hotels we stayed in were in excellent locations and were clean and comfortable. Josef was our coach driver who was with us for most of the tour. He was very knowledgeable and even managed to fix the coach when the on board computer said there was a problem. We always felt safe when he was driving. Thank you and we are already looking to book our next trip with you…!
Review by Mr H Franklin on 27 June 2015
Just returned from our 6th tour with Riviera, once again everything 1st class. Great hotels, great company and of course a great tour manager in Katerina, she did everything she could to make the holiday a success, as well as being a lovely caring person. The local guides that we had were also 1st class. The only adverse comment is another day needed in Vienna. Thank you to all concerned for a lovely holiday.
Review by Teresa and Dave Shenton on 12 July 2015
We went on the Prague, Vienna, Bohemia and Danube Valley holiday w/s Mon 29th June 2015. The tour was excellent and our guides and driver outstanding. Katrin’s local knowledge was much appreciated and helped us get the best out of our stay. She ensured a relatively hassle free holiday dealing with the only problem we encountered ( fault of the hotel not her) in a efficient and pragmatic way. Will use Riviera again.
Review by Sue Clarke on 30 July 2015
Just returned from our Trip to Prague, Vienna, Bohemia and the Danube valley. Our tour guide was Halina, who went out of her way to provide lots of relevant and helpful information about each of the places we visited. She organised an evening concert for us to attend in Vienna, which was excellent and also a river cruise in Prague. Nothing was too much trouble! We toured with a fantastic, friendly group of people and it was overall a very enjoyable experience.
Review by Christine Estlin on 5 August 2015
My husband and I have just returned from this lovely tour with Riviera a company we have never used before but will definitely use again. This was a fantastic holiday, very good hotels, well organised and Katrina our tour guide was excellent and we felt in very safe hands with our coach driver Peter. We were especially impressed by the lovely evenings organised at local restaurants, the visit to an evening concert in Vienna and the evening river cruise in Prague. We were very lucky to have travelled with an excellent group of fellow travellers who were all very friendly which made for a very enjoyable experience. Looking forward to our next tour with Riviera.
Review by Christine Mitchell on 6 September 2015
Our first time with Riviera Travel. Hotels were superb and well located. Katerina was fantastic in ensuring all went well. Her knowledge is outstanding. Peter our driver was excellent in getting us there and back. We felt completely safe with him! Looking forward to next year and our trip to Rome. Thank you Riviera Tours.
Review by Rob and Kay Thompson on 7 September 2015
Having recently returned from our first Riviera coach trip, we can only say it was superb in every way. Katerina was an excellent guide, a lovely gentle person with a sense of humour; she organised everything for us so well, e.g. reserving places in very good restaurants, idyllic coffee breaks on our guided walks. etc. Peter was an excellent driver. We particularly enjoyed our visit to Cesky Krumlov, a beautiful place unfamiliar to us and which we would never have visited without this tour. Melk monastery was stunning. What added to the overall enjoyment of this trip was being in the company of very friendly fellow travellers. We have just received the new brochure - can’t wait to book the next holiday with Riviera travel!
Review by Peter & Philomena McLindon on 9 September 2015
We have just returned from our ninth tour with Riviera, and felt compelled to write to say how much we enjoyed the holiday. Katerina was a superb tour manager, and Peter an excellent driver. All the local guides were very good, especially Ivana in Prague. We appreciated the reservations made in local cafes and restaurants, which made life easy for us! Coffee breaks were very welcome during the morning guided walks. We met some lovely people too! This will definitely not be our last Riviera holiday.
Review by Pat and Richard Schofield on 13 September 2015
My wife and I have done 2 tours in the last 3 weeks, the first one was to Prague and Vienna. It was absolutely superb despite the temperatures being in the mid 30s! We were very lucky to have Katerina as our guide as she was very knowledgeable and a delight to deal with. We were especially lucky that she arranged places for us to eat and advised us on things to do in our spare time. Nothing was too much trouble and our driver was also excellent. I would advise people to do this tour. We also found our fellow travellers to be friendly and easy to get along with.
Review by Kilgarriff on 21 September 2015
Halina our guide was quite outstanding. She looked after our large group, from the time we emerged from baggage reclaim until we went to the departure area on our journey home. Halina’s depth of knowledge about the places we visited and their history was amazing. She guided us around in a very gentle manner and was ready to help with any eventuality. Halina made us feel very well prepared for each days visits. Well done Riviera for employing such a conscientious, friendly and efficient person.
Review by Derek Holness on 23 September 2015
I have just returned from an excellent trip to Prague, Vienna, Bohemia and the Danube Valley and I would like to say how excellent the organisation of the trip was. What was really out-standing however, was the quality of our tour guide, Halina. She managed 48 of us with charm and efficiency and answered our many questions with endless patience. She was very knowledgeable about all the places we visited and told us stories about historical figures and events and also about present-day Republic of Croatia. Her presence added enormously to the pleasure of the trip. We shall certainly be booking a Riviera trip again and hope to meet Halina on another one.