Christmas in the Austrian Lake District at Hotel Attergauho

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“ Christmas in the Austrian Lake District at Hotel...”

Written on: 27/12/2019 by Garden_of_England (1 review written)

I usually try to find some positives in any holiday but I have struggled to find anything to commend this trip.
The journey through the tunnel to the overnight stop in Cologne was tedious and might have been improved if the drivers had given us some information on our route but all we got was a very poor short DVD on a couple of the places with nothing of much interest.
The new onboard media with WIFI was so slow, with errors when trying to login and was virtually unusable. This continued for the whole of the tour.
The arrival at the Best Western in Cologne was met with no atmosphere, no Christmas spirit, no bar and no snacks available. This at 10:15 in the evening with no information on any local places to get something to eat or drink. (Hotel report on Tripadvisor). The very early shambles of a breakfast was OK.
Another long tedious day with no music or entertainment followed to arrive at our second hotel in Austria for our festive Christmas break. The first information given to us was "don't come to us if there is any problem with your rooms we are not plumbers or electricians - deal with the hotel direct" - Nice and helpful!
The hotel was basic with little Christmas atmosphere (report on Tripadvisor).
The organised trips were seriously hampered by the bad weather and although some of us would have preferred to miss the stop in Bad Ischl we were forced to spend 2 hours in freezing pouring rain in a small shopping town. It would have been better to return to the hotel get warm and visit the pretty local town and beautiful Church but no the itinerary is inflexible!
So much so we decided not to go on the next day trip so we could see the sites of the local town before everything closed up for the holidays.
The journey back to the UK via the 4* hotel in Liege was equally boring and another disappointing stop (Review on Tripadvisor).
Although not an expensive tour it would pay to increase the price and use a better hotel with better food for the main stop. I have travelled with Ledger, Newmarket and Crusader on Christmas trips to Germany and Austria but this offering from Shearings was by far the worst. It was our first and most likely last if the standard of this tour was anything to go by.

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