Tour group was excellent and well managed by Travelmarvel. What could have been frustrating was organised well with the way bus seat rotation was implemented - everyone was happy. We travelled over 4000km and had a good taste of the country and culture with excellent information, much of it humorous, from the tour leader. We would have enjoyed more photo opportunities but the roads just did not allow a large bus to park safely at times. For the length of the tour time spent in places was appropriate. Tour provided a great overview of NZ.
The whole trip was a very enjoyable experience - there is no better way to explore Cambodia and Vietnam than by river boat! Global Journeys made the whole booking process simple and stress free - all information was readily available and any questions I had were answered promptly and professionally by Hannah. I will definitely book future trips through Global Journeys.
Travelmarvel exceeded my expectations. The pre and post accommodation was of a high standard and the cruise itself outstanding. The cabins on La Marguerite were larger than expected and the included excursions extensive. The highlight of the trip was the amazing tour director, guides and crew - all locals with their own stories to tell.
We had many opportunities to visit local communities and explore places outside the normal tourist sites. The tour group (79 people, mainly from Australia and Britain) was divided into three smaller groups for each excursion which made disembarking and embarking the river boat a very organised process. We look forward to future trips with Travelmarvel.
Had a great trip with a wonderful tour guide and a congenial bunch of travellers. Missed a few excursions due to heavy snowfall around Banff causing road closures - winter in the Rockies is the opposite of Oz in summer (heat waves and bushfires)!
What can I say, four women off to Europe on a Christmas Markets river cruise, we had a wonderful holiday and it was made very easy for us as we had the best crew on board and one of the best tour directors in Karla. There was plenty of food, wine and beer. Would highly recommend this cruise nothing was to much trouble and everything went as planned.
What a great journey! Travelmarvel were great, all the staff and Sue our tour director were wonderful. There was no chance to go hungry... so much food and very nice. The tours off the ship were well organised and plenty of time to do your own thing if you wanted to. My favourite place was Cesky Krumlov. Had a great time and met some lovely people. Great value for money too. Thank you Travelmarvel and thank you Georgie for organising this tour for us.
Covered just about all of Tasmania. Well worth the trip it was just a pity that the weather was not kind to us being cold and windy throughout. The hotels, coach, and Travelmarvel staff were all very good. The itinerary was a bit rushed but you kind of expect it on these coach tours. The coach drivers have to have their rests. Yes the trip was well worth the money paid and I will be looking through the Travelmarvel brochure to book future tours with you.
We thoroughly enjoyed this trip. Some of the hotels were magnificent especially the one at Yala National Park. Some of the hotels were dated and needed renovations, all were comfortable. I think this tour had been outsourced as usually with Travelmarvel most meals and accompanying drinks are included and some people were irritated by having to buy their meals. More emphasis needed to be placed on the fitness level required as some of our group were certainly not up to climbing the number of steps at some sights.
Our Tour Director and both drivers ensured that we had an excellent rail tour of New Zealand. The APT tour was varied and enjoyable, with well-paced days and something for everyone. The hotels were good, most of the included breakfasts and dinners were of a good standard and the hotels well located for when we had personal time. Couldn't expect any more from a tour (and we've done maybe 15) so we would be happy to travel with APT again in the future. Jemma at Global Journeys was excellent in providing us with timely information and answering questions, etc.
What a cruise - fantastic, a great experience. Let's start with Global Journeys - Yvonne was faultless, found us a great deal, organised our flights, looked after us really well - highly recommended. Travelmarvel - our cruise co-ordinator Jude went out of her way to ensure we had the best time and that we got the best out of our cruise, really looked after any little problem for everybody. The boat "Sapphire" was great - cabins quite comfortable and a good size. The on board entertainment was great, we were kept well fed, hydrated, entertained, informed and worry free.
This cruise travels through some very scenic and beautiful river valleys and towns, the onshore excursions ensure you experience another lifestyle in many different countries with castles, churches, buildings and unlimited history. Your cruise can be as relaxed or as busy as you wish, there are things to do everyday or you can choose to stay and relax, no pressure. Another great thing - the ship has a maximum of 150 passengers which means a great social atmosphere and the opportunity to make many new friends.
Had a wonderful time travelling from Capetown to Tanzania, via a number of fantastic highlight experiences. Some of the most memorable bucket-list animal encounters you could ever imagine. Seeing 4 cheetah brothers posing for a National Geographic photo on a termite mound, then picking their way past the safari vehicles (so close you could have reached out and touched them) and staging a military precision hunt taking down two gazelles will never leave us. That was just one of several things that we treasure forever.
The trains were great and everything (especially the scenery) was what was promised. The hotels in St Moritz and Zermatt were terrific - beautiful rooms and outlook. The provided meals were lovely (great buffet breakfasts) but often served too late in the evening to be really appreciated. It was the overall organisation of the tour that left us unimpressed. Our introduction was a hotel room in London that was so tiny we could not have two suitcases open at any one time if we wished to actually walk around the room. The meeting time with the Tour Director was changed from 6pm to 4:30pm and it was sheer luck we were there rather than out sightseeing. Instead of starting out in the morning, it was almost midday before we caught a train which meant that our overnight stop was in darkness when we arrived so there was no chance of even trying to have a quick look at the city. I could go on but I guess what I want to say is, we would not do such a tour again.
The tour went without a hitch with free time and trains to catch. Glad we went for portage, carrying bags would have been difficult. Rooms in general were on the small side. All transfers even to Zurich were confirmed well before time (thanks to tour leader Brian). Group size could have been smaller, I think 28 would have been a good size group. Over all a good trip. Special thanks to tour leader Brian.
My friend and I have just come back from an amazing tour of Canada and Alaska. Can highly recommend this tour and our Travelmarvel guide Jaqi was amazing and the most organised person I have ever met. Our driver Al was just as amazing manoeuvring the coach around tight areas with ease and always getting us to our destination. This tour will give you a taste of what there is in this part of Canada - with its beautiful scenery, wildlife and people. Would recommend arriving a day earlier as this tour is on the go for much of the time, but it's okay because you have the opportunity to rest up on the cruise if you wish. Thank you Georgie for organising us and answering all our questions. We had a wonderful time.
Myself and my travel buddy had the best time on our trip and even a couple of days bad weather couldn't put a dampener on the overall trip. So many highlights made all the better by Cheryl our land director and Bernie our coach driver. I highly recommend the Rocky Mountaineer (SliverLeaf) so many beautiful lakes, glaciers and wildlife just too many to list, every day was a highlight. Would happily revisit any of the hotels we stayed at but being able to fully unpack for a full 7 days was wonderful and after experiencing so many wonderful sights on the land leg was happily surprised that the cruise was full of just as many wonders.
This Travelmarvel tour started in beautiful Prague, visiting Dresden, Berlin, Warsaw, Krakow and Budapest. The itinerary was especially good for anyone interested in history, especially of World War 2. Although familiar with the story, it’s not until you visit Berlin and more tragically, Auschwitz, does the real horror of WW2 and its aftermath, emerge. On a brighter note, the Wieliczka Salt Mines, in Poland, would have to be the highlight of the trip. Everything - walls, floor and chandeliers made from salt. Overall, the scenery was beautiful; the itinerary was well organised, varied and smooth running. This was the 7th trip organised for us by Georgie and again, her organisation was efficient and reliable. Top marks!
When friends and family saw the photos from this trip most thought they'd been Photoshopped, the Inside Passage is mind blowing. Highly recommend the Wolf Dog sanctuary outside Calgary, would also suggest arriving a day or two early in Calgary as we didn't have enough time to take in the beautiful city. Also must do is the bear rescue in Ketchikan.
My sister ,Marianne, and I had an unbelievable holiday. The weather was good, the whole experience was wonderful. Being in "cheap" below cabins was still very good because we still had two rather large portholes. So I was happy. I can't tell you how much I loved this holiday. Everything was wonderful.
There is a down side though. In all of our communications to each other there was one thing that has to be addressed. When we got to Budapest we had a night in a hotel and from there we made our own way to where we had to board the Travelmarvel Diamond. It was a very hot day and no one knew where the ship was docked. There are three no. 8 docks in Budapest and we went to all three.
By the time we found the right one my sister and I had spent 3 hours walking in the hot sun dragging heavy suitcases. No water to drink and my sister started vomiting because she was dehydrated and I nearly fainted from the heat. Please, next time include on your information where the ship docks. All you to say was "the glass building that looks like a whale" everybody knows where that is. Also you should have included a phone number for the ship so that in case of trouble I could have rang the ship and said 'where are you?'.
I will definitely be holidaying again with you and your cruise ships. Maybe next time I'll go to France, down the waterways through the wineries. I just want to say thank you to you and all your staff for helping me make this holiday so special. Thanks again.
What a great 28 day holiday we had travelling around Canada, from the east to the west of Canada and a great three day Via Canada rail journey from Toronto to Jasper. The Rocky Mountaineer for two days gave us breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains and the beautiful lakes. We had perfect weather and of course the 7 day Alaska Cruise. Travelmarvel were fantastic - everything was well organised and we did not have to worry about anything but enjoying ourselves which we did. Thank you Travelmarvel.
From the moment we booked through Jemma at Global Journeys, everything went smoothly and to plan. Any pre tour questions were answered promptly and we booked at a great price. We upgraded to GoldLeaf on Rocky Mountaineer which was well worth the experience. Travelmarvel provided excellent service via experienced tour guides (Natalie and Greg), great accommodations close to towns and unique extras. The Alaskan cruise on Holland America Lines was a highlight and seeing the Northern Lights an added bonus! I would highly recommend using all of the above operators.
We thoroughly enjoyed the cruise, it was relaxing taking in the scenery as we cruised to our next village. The boat doesn’t sail at night therefore you get to sit on the deck and take it all in. You are not on the go all the time like some other tours, the fact that you are on board for a week means that you unpack and that’s it until you disembark for your next destination. The people on the boat were all very friendly. Our cabin was very noisy which was disappointing as we were on level three, we also experienced a smell from the drain.