Written on: 22/08/2013 by Vedam (1 review written)
We were a party of 5 from Houston, and have nothing but rave reviews for the European Delights 12 day with Disneyland tour (Aug 8, 2013), the Star Tours company and the our tour manager, Raymond.
We researched several tour companies desi and non-desi, and concluded that the best value for money was from Star Tours (which desi isn't after a good bargain, hey?!). We had some trepidation that the tour might compromise on the hotel quality or food. Were we mistaken! The excellent freshly cooked desi food (by the caravan team) was amazing. Make no mistake - the food IS the second highlight of this tour. The hotels were all 3 and 4-star quality (except Lago Verde).
The tour manager Raymond was knowledgeable and witty, and I have no hesitation in saying that the tour was doubly enjoyable because of Raymond's commentaries. He went out of the way to recover an inexpensive but sentimental ring left behind at a hotel by a teen on our tour (two thumbs-up, Raymond!)
Now for where it can be improved: The choice of the attractions were good in several places. The glass factory tour should be shot out of existence, and the time better used. The Swarovski factory is a bit of a joke. The Italian guide at the Vatican was terrible! Several "extras" should be included in the tour price (except Lido). Buses should have power outlets to charge cameras, etc. Movies during stunning views of the Alps should be avoided.
Note that several hotels in Europe don't have air-conditioning, but rather some primitive air-forced-cooling: take a room at the upper level and open the windows!
The wake-up-call at 6AM - breakfast at 7AM - out at 8 AM regimen was good. But be aware of the super-tiny elevators that can take just a couple of bags and people at a time and so long lines at check-in and check-out. Hint: carry small bags that you can walk up the stairs. Be also aware of the ebullient Chinese tourists at most hotels and attractions: apparently the word "queue" does not exist in their language. Use shoulders and shoving liberally when confronted with such situations.
I have no hesitation recommending this tour. You will enjoy it.
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