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Aug182013

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Luxembourg Day Trip from Brussels: Two Countries in One Day

Brussels, Belgium

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

First with the not so great aspects of the trip - there were too many people - 60 - which made it difficult for the tour guide to effectively give his tour. Walking through Luxembourg is hilly and some members on the tour had trouble walking, they didn't realize how extensive the walking would be. Lastly, there was not enough time at Bastogne, only about 20 minutes, and we were left to our own. It would have been nice to have a tour, especially for those who did not know much about the importance of the battle and town.

Now for the good. Our tour guide was exceptionally knowledgeable and willing to give extra details of interest if you asked. He walked us through Luxembourg and shared all he knew about the country/city. You are on your own for lunch, where there are several delightful restaurants to choose from, and to tour more of the city on your own (about an hour/hour and a half). We also had about 30 minutes to walk around the town of Bastogne, a lovely little town.

There is a lot crammed into the day, well worth it!

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  • Rapperswill
  • Luxembourg
  • Bastogne

Aug012013

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World War I Battlefields Tour of Flanders from Brussels

Brussels, Belgium

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

After two weeks of touring Europe, this was by far the best day trip we took. The tour guide was not only extremely knowledgeable, but also had a great interest in WWI. It was a small group, 16 people, which made it more enjoyable. The guide was willing to adjust the tour a bit to make sure we saw all the monuments that interested us.

The trip was a highlight for personal reasons too. We found our great-grandfather's grave at Vladslo. Another man on the trip also got to experience where his father fought in WWI, It was a moving experience for all.

This was a long day, but well worth it. The walking isn't too extensive, especially when compared to other tours we've been on. If you have an interest in history or WWI, this is a don't miss!

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  • Menin Gate Last Post Ceremony
  • Tyne Cot Cemetary

Jul222013

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Heidiland and Liechtenstein Tour from Zurich: Two Countries in One Day

Zurich, Switzerland

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

You get to experience quite a lot on this day trip. After a drive around Zurich and a stop to see the Chagall windows and Fraumunster church, we head out to Rapperswill. Along the way, our tour guide was very informative and we passed several small villages. In Rapperswill, we did a quick, 20 minute tour and then had about 45 minutes to get lunch and see more of the city on our own. The guide recommended a place to get a quick (and inexpensive) quiche - go there - it's great, fast and cheap! Back on the bus, driving through the Swiss countryside, to Heidiland. Even if you're not a fan of the Heidi story, it's a lovely place to see with great views. You have the option of going in the Heidi house (for a fee) or just walk around the grounds. Most of us stayed outside taking in the breathtaking views and getting a sense of the Swiss countryside by looking at the buildings on the property. After about 30 minutes, it's back on the bus to Liechtenstein. Our guide continued to be very informative. We had almost an hour of free time to check out the shops, church, get your passport stamped and get a postcard stamped/mailed from the Principality. Then it's back to the bus for a quiet ride back into Zurich. It's a good time to sit back and enjoy the scenery. We would have preferred more time to explore Liechtenstein, another hour would have been ideal. Note, there is a decent amount of walking, so be prepared.

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  • Mount Rigi
  • Heidiland

Jul212013

Tour/Activity

Mount Rigi and Lucerne Summer Day Trip from Zurich

Zurich, Switzerland

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

This is a nice trip to see the Swiss Alps and also a charming Swiss town. The tour guide (we had a great one filled with information) brings you to the bottom of Mount Rigi and gives you the tickets to head up the mountain. You'll take a gondola and then a cog wheel train to the top. There was confusion as to which train to take (there are several red ones). Get off the train at the last stop and you can walk to the very top of the mountain, walk around, have lunch. On the day we were there, men were playing the alpenhorne, a nice treat! The tour gives you a partial timetable for trains/ferries. We waited until we thought we could take the 1st one, but there were others that we could have taken. Also, we took an old steam train down, which was lovely, but took longer, so we missed the ferry we wanted to take to Lucerne. We spent the extra time walking around Vitznau, a charming small town on the lake. The ferry was crowded and there was some confusion at first whether we were on the right ferry. Lucerne is a great town, we wish we had more time to explore. You should plan for at least 2 hours. You have time to walk around the city on both sides of the lake. There are lots of restaurants and shops and sites to explore. Everything is pretty self-explanatory, but you may want to check out what you want to see in Lucerne before you take the trip to make the most of your time there.

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  • Lucerne

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