Cosmos Travel – Central Europe Tour – Part 1

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Part 1 – Opting to take a bus tour takes a leap of faith.  There are so many worries you can’t control.

Will we be surrounded by idiot tourists who are always late?  Will there be tour members who complain about everything?  Will the bus be noisy and uncomfortable?

Ingrid and I took that leap of faith and chose a ‘highlights’ of Central Europe tour with Cosmos Travel, based on our travel agent’s high praise.  Kelly at Terra Travel in Edmonton said she had taken this tour with her mom a few years ago and had a fantastic time.

Cosmos Central Europe 14-day Tour – Overview

The ‘Cosmos’ brand of guided tours is sold as a ‘budget’  or ‘affordable’ line of vacations.  The company says that hotels are typically 3- and 4-star rated, usually located close to city centres and include certain meals (usually breakfast and a selection of suppers.)

Our Central Europe tour ran from October 4 to 18, 2015, and included thirteen nights’ hotel accommodation, breakfast each morning, five suppers.  Our package DID NOT include transfer from the Frankfurt, Germany airport to our hotel on arrival day, nor did it include transfer from the hotel to the airport on departure day.

The Cosmos Central Europe 14-day tour cost was $2,255.00 Cdn per person.  Air fare was extra.  We flew Air Canada, Edmonton to Calgary and transferred to a connecting Air Canada flight, Calgary to Frankfurt, Germany.

Itinerary:  The Cosmos’ 14-day Central Europe tour starts in Frankfurt, Germany and goes to Berlin, Poland (Poznan, Warsaw, Jasna Gora, Auschwitz, Krakow), Slovakia, Hungary (Budapest), Austria (Vienna), Czech Republic (Prague), and back to Germany (Munich) ending where we started, in Frankfurt.

According to our driver, Franco, who’s driven this tour numerous times, the Central Europe route is about 4,000 km.

 

Next:  Part 2, 15-day Central Europe tour itinerary details

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