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Senior Tours in Europe - Best Tours & Trips 2019

By far one of the most popular travel destinations in the world is Europe. Home to many diverse countries, landscapes, cultures and languages, Europe borders the North Atlantic Ocean to the west and the bright blue Mediterranean sea to the south. It remains a fascinating place to visit time and time again.

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Senior Tours in Europe Tour Reviews - Summary
91% Recommend

4.5 out of 5
Excellent 911 Great 428 Average 83 Disappointing 27 Terrible 22
Value
4.5 Guide
4.5 Activities
4.5 Lodging
4.5 Transportation
4.5 Meals
4.5

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Surprisingly charming and delightful! October 2018

5.0

11 Day Classic Poland 2018 Itinerary

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
I recently returned from the 11 day Classic Poland trip which I took with my cousin. We were pleasantly surprised with just how whimsical and charming much of Poland is. Our guide, Jolanta Postrzygacz, was fabulous. She consistently went the extra mile to make everyone happy including offering "treats" representative of Poland during longer coach rides. While the hotels weren't super deluxe, they were pretty comfortable and most of the included meals were wonderful. The tours were very informative and enjoyable. It was an excellent trip and I highly recommend it! Read more

Operator Gate 1

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Does Not Recommend

Misleading and often just plain dishonest. October 2018

1.0

European sojourn

  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 3.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 3.0
  • Transportation 1.0
  • Meals 3.0
We paid for a 3 week luxury river cruise but received a large group bus trip across Europe with many days of packing and unpacking. I called our Viking representative when we received an email message just 2 days prior to departure that mentioned a possibility of problems with low river levels. I was assured that everything was "normal" In reality, as we learned later from ship personnel, nothing has been normal for at least 3 months. About 2 weeks prior to departure, we received by mail, lovely personalized booklets describing all the details of our voyage on the Viking Lif, which we were to board in Russe, Romania. Instead, we boarded the Viking Aegir but not at Russe, because the Danube was too low. Instead we rode buses upstream to a port on the Romanian side directly opposite our first scheduled stop at Nikopol, Bulgaria. We had a beautiful cruise through the Iron gate gorge, but after three more scheduled stops in Bulgaria, Serbia, and Croatia, our voyage was terminated in Mohacs, Hungary, an unscheduled place two days short of reaching Budapest. So we were herded into buses for a 1.8 hour ride each way to our scheduled stop at Kalocsa. The next day we retraced the journey to Kalocsa and continued an extra 1.5 hours to reach Budapest. We lost the entire morning in Budapest and spent the night at the Marriott hotel. The next day we lost the entire afternoon in that city because we had to take a 4 hour bus ride to Vienna. Where we were put aboard the Viking Embla. Our voyage on that ship ended two steps later at Passau Germany. After a day in Passau we went upriver for a short distance and it seemed that we had entered the canal to take us to the Main river. But much to our surprise, it was a dead end channel for an industrial port. We spent two days there with our balcony room moored tightly against another Viking ship so there was nothing to look at but the scenery at that site was even worse than looking at someone else's window and the balcony was unusable anyway due to the unpleasant odors at that site. The pattern continued with a long round trip bus ride the next day to our scheduled stop at Regensburg and a 3 plus hour trip the following day to Nuremberg where we finally boarded the Viking Lif. A crew member told us that the Lif had not traveled east of Nuremberg for 3 months. We sailed from Nuremberg to scheduled stops in Bamberg, Wurzburg, and Werthiem and then our voyage terminated for good at an unscheduled port in Mainz. Once again we endured a long round trip journey to our next scheduled stop at Koblenz, followed by a 10 plus hour bus trip (with lunch and a walking tour in Cologne) to Amsterdam and a night in a hotel. Despite a promise that our bags would be in our rooms (they did take great care to provide us with tags so they could easily keep our bags organized) all the baggage was dumped in the hotel garage and it took a good 15 minutes of searching to find it and then take it to our rooms ourselves. There is much more, but it would only be more descriptive of the misery of this trip. We know Viking didn't cause the low river levels, but they did not need to lie to us and make us suffer because of it. Read more

Operator Viking River Cruises

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Does Not Recommend

Globus Scicilian LP915 is not ready for prime time September 2018

3.0

The Sicilian

  • Value 3.0
  • Guide 1.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 2.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 1.0
The Sicilian is a new tour this year. Globus needs to do a lot of work to fix this tour. First and foremost, you go to Italy for the food. Except for two places, the food on this tour was terrible. The restauranteurs are clearly taking advantage of Globus and ripping off the tourists. I believe it was in Syracuse we went on an extra tour to an island with a boat ride and dinner at a restaurant. Our guide said we would eat inside where it was air-conditioned. well, the owner did not turn the three air conditioners on. he charged a person who ordered a soda $2.50 a glass and people who ordered a beer were charged $4. The tour plan clearly states everyone is entitled to one drink. When our tour director went to him to complain and get a refund he refused. The meal we got was the worst of the trip. Everything was fried, deep fried vegetables and fried sardine and a rice ball, no salad, no pasta, no dessert. Most of the other food was no better, we were never served a meat dish and any place.
Our tour director was also far from the best. He has never done this tour, we were his first victims. He lives in Rome and not Sicily. He didn't know where some of the places we were going to were so you would see him asking store owners where his next stop was. he was very disorganized, constantly changing times to meet and places to meet. all in all, this was my third Globus tour and it will be the last. there are better tour companies. Globus has clearly declined in service. The hotels were clearly not up to expected standards. the breakfast was mostly sub-par and we were not at one hotel that offered eggs or omelets made to order. Just pre-made scrambled eggs. And if we were served breakfast before the hotels official opening time, we would minimal offerings and the standard menu would not come out until later. As stated, a new tour, don't go on it until they get new restaurants to go to and qualified tour directors.
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Operator Globus

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Does Not Recommend

Pay for a 4 star trip and get 2 star food September 2018

2.0

Treasures of the Mediterranean - Northbound 2018

  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 1.0
My husband and I took the Treasures of the Mediterranean tour two weeks ago. The food off the ship was very good. The food on the ship was subpar (2 stars out of 4 stars). We ended up ordering French Fries at the beginning of each meal so we would at least have something to eat. I called Tauck and voiced my concerns. They offered us a $250 voucher each for another trip. I hardly think the food portion on the yacht was $250. Why would I go on another Tauck trip when my first one, which was our retirement celebration due to the poor food. The majority of the people on the trip were dissatisfied with the food and their reviews reflected it. Read more

Operator Tauck

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Does Not Recommend

Terrible September 2018

1.0

Greek Island Escape

  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 1.0
  • Activities 1.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Transportation 1.0
  • Meals 1.0
If I could leave zero stars I would. The ONLY thing that made this trip worth booking through affordable world was that we didn't have to worry about transportation. But wait, we did! I booked the Greece trip through them. It was 10 days from Athens, mykonos, santorini. Unfortunately two of our first days were completely travel days because our first layover was delayed which caused us to miss both flights and be stuck at both airports for 5+ hours each one. I knew ahead of time and notified affordable world because as their policy states, they can't do anything if anflight is delayed but will do their best to accommodate of we notify them ahead of time, which I did. When I did I was told to notify them when I got to next destination (Turkey). I said I wouldn't have service in Turkey and that is why I'm notifying them now. The representative ignored me and just said to see what happens. We ended up getting to our hotel at 4am when we had to be up at 6am for our tour of Athens. Our tour guide skipped several spots on the tour and left us to fend for ourselves to get back to hotel when we had no map or WiFi. Then on our ferries, I upgraded each one to VIP as I read many reviews that said to do so, and my husband and I were seated on the opposite side of the boat from each other! In what world does that make sense when you need to book it for two people on the first place that you don't even get seats next to each other on top of paying more for VIP?!?! This happened on EACH of the three ferries! Now affordable world ignores my messages and won't respond with anything other than they are sorry but it's not their fault. Please do yourself a favor and book with a more reputable company like gate 1 travel! Read more

Operator Affordable World

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Senior Tours in Europe Attractions & Landmarks Guide

By far one of the most popular travel destinations in the world is Europe. Home to many diverse countries, landscapes, cultures and languages, Europe borders the North Atlantic Ocean to the west and the bright blue Mediterranean Sea to the south. It remains a fascinating place to visit time and time again.

Stepping Back to the Ancient World

Europe today showcases many throwbacks to its long storied past. Sprawling empires have reigned throughout the ages from Roman to Austro Hungarian. Fundamental philosophies we still adhere to today were formulated in Ancient Greece. Tales of intrigue surround it's many still standing castles.  

Of course ancient history preserved also has the side effect of some difficult navigation. Cobblestoned streets may sound idyllic but walking for an extended period over the uneven surface can be a major strain on hips, back, and feet.

Do be prepared for some walking though - many old sections of European cities are compact, with many attractions right on top of each other. Such that you may not realize how long you’ve actually been on your feet going from museum to cathedral to outdoor café.  

Europe Farther Afield

Turkey may not have been a common travel destination 20 years ago, but today this is a thriving and popular tourist destination. Turkey’s unique positioning in the world geographically makes it the perfect introduction to the Middle East. You'll notice many European influences as you wander the streets of Istanbul admiring the architecture and smelling the delicious food from various markets.   

Older travelers may have an ingrained mental block about visiting the balkan states or Central European countries such as Hungary or Slovakia. Iron Curtain remnants are still visible, and life under communist rule remains a not so distant memory for some. But it’s precisely this fact that can make a tour through these countries so impactful. Apart from being uncommonly beautiful, their recent and ancient histories are fascinating to learn about, particularly from local guides.

The mysterious and stunningly beautiful Scandinavian countries to the North deserve a mention as well. These hidden gems are extremely fun for history enthusiasts - prepare to discover the story of the vikings and their tremendous influence over the look, feel, and culture of such places as Finland, Norway, and Sweden. From castles to fjords, Scandinavia might be a little out of the way, but well worth the extra effort to get there.

Visiting Russia

Russia is an extremely proud, complex nation. Constantly at odds it seems, with its neighbors, it nonetheless has a fascinating history to learn about and landmarks to visit. Entering Russia can involve some hoops so make sure you’re really on board to dive into the culture and cover long distances. Consider choosing a guided tour company that has a lot of experience in Russia specifically. This can help unlock all the wonderful things about the country even further, and make the visa process less of a headache.

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