This concert was meant to be the highlight of a holiday in Vienna for my father. I think he may have been expecting something along the lines of an Andre Rieu spectacular, which it wasn't. The 16-piece orchestra was accompanied on alternate numbers by a male and female singer or a male and female ballet dancer. Dad was especially impressed by the dancers who managed to perform faultlessly on a small strip of stage in front of the orchestra. I don't know what the experience would have been like from the back of the room but our A section seats in the fourth row gave us a good view. It was a pleasant enough evening but I'm not sure it was worth the price we paid.
We decided to board the coach at its starting point at the bus station instead of being picked up at our hotel as there were 3 of us and we wanted to make sure we were seated together. Just as well we did because a minibus picked up the hotel passengers for three separate tours and delivered them to the almost full coaches where they had to make do with whatever remaining seats were available.
The trip was very enjoyable, starting with a drive through the very pretty little wine villages where everyone seemed to have vines in their back gardens. The Danube boat trip was lovely and very picturesque. We arrived at Melk Abbey at lunchtime and, as we only wanted a light snack, were very pleased with the €5 cheese plate which consisted of four or five different cheeses, apple, grapes, the most delicious fig preserve and two different kinds of bread.
After lunch there was a tour of the Abbey and museum which we didn't take because my elderly father is not able to walk very far. Our guide had said we would be able to go slowly at our own pace but clearly we were expected to stay together with the rest of the group so we stayed outside and enjoyed the pleasant gardens instead.
One thing that should be mentioned is that there are some very steep steps from the coach park down to and, more importantly back up from, the abbey. My father found these difficult to manage, and several much younger folk arrived back at the coach puffing and panting!
San Francisco, California
Excellent service. For two of us the cost was just under $5 more than we would have had to pay on the muni and BART and was so very much more convenient. We arrived at the airport with plenty of time to spare.
One thing to note - if you are an overseas visitor departing from SF you will need to have access to a local phone or have a local SIM. You have to contact the shuttle company by phone, which took us approx. 10 minutes, and you will receive a reminder call from them and also a call 2 minutes before the shuttle arrives. Their number is toll-free but would not be free for an overseas number.
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