Tuesday, February 02, 2010
There is no need to enroll in French, Italian, German and Spanish classes for your European Tour. Your Tour Manager will fill you in on how to say some of the basics (eg. hello, please, thank you) in the native tongue of each of the countries you visit. It is often not only useful, but also polite to know a few of the basics in the local language and it’s a good idea to try and remember and uses these basics.
English is a widely spoken and understood as a second or third language amongst many Western Europeans, particularly those of the younger generations.
|Good Morning||Bonjour||Buenos Dias||Buongiorno||Guten Morgen||Kalimera||Goedemorgen|
|Good Bye||Au revoir||Adios||Arrivederci||Auf Wiedersehen||Yasou||Tot ziens|
|Please||S’il vous plait||Por favor||Perfavore||Bitte||Parakalo||Alstublieft|
|Thank You||Merci||Gracias||Grazie||Danke Schon||Effaristo||Dank u|
|Where is?||Ou est?||Donde ésta?||Dové||Wo ist?||Poo eeneh?||Waar is?|
|The toilet||Les toilettes||El lavabo||Il gabinetto||Die toilette||To oahlehtes||De toilet|
|The bank||La banque||Banco||Banca||Die bank||Trapeze||Bank|
|Post office||La poste||Correos||Ufficio postale||Die post||Takedromeo||Postkantoor|
|The bill||L’addition||La cuenta||Il conto||Die rechnung||To loghariazmo||rekening|
|Excuse me (sorry)||Excusez-moi||Perdon||Scusi||Entschuldigung||Sygnomi||Sorry|
These Languages are of use in….
French – France, Southern Belgium (including Brussels) parts of Switzerland
Spanish – Spain (Spanish will be understood in most parts of Spain, however Catalan and Basque are spoken in Barcelona and the North of the country)
Italian – Italy, parts of Switzerland, Albania
German – Varying dialects throughout Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Liechtenstein
Greek – Greece
Dutch – Dialects throughout the Netherlands and Northern Belgium
We also have specialty European Tour Operators sites:
Sunday, January 10, 2010
When will I receive my tour documents ?
Clients often ask when they will get “more” information about their tour. I always tell them after final payment is made, they will receive their documents delivered to their home by UPS and not to expect anything from the tour operator in the interim. In certain cases, especially the luxury travel tours, preliminary documents are sent, as well as personal registration forms to be filled out.
What Day Does My Tour Start ?
Just thought of another confusing question among clients. Day 1 with the budget and first class tours is “always” the overnight flight to Europe, arriving on Day 2 – this means Day 2 is your first hotel night.
Day 1 with the Deluxe & Luxury Tours is the day you arrive in Europe to start your tour.
I would advise clients to try to be a little flexible in their planning a trip. Sometimes by simply shifting a departure date we can find special promotions that offer additional benefits. We can also look at comparable suppliers for a similar itinerary to see if there is additional value added.
Each Operator may have a different policy. Please check the operator site for more details. Operators: Abercrombie and Kent Contiki Tours | Cosmos Tours | General Tours | Globus Tours | Insight Tours | Tauck Tours | Trafalgar Tours
Monday, May 23, 2011
Enjoy Japan’s culture, food & traditional performing arts. Here are some of the things you can experience
Take a moment and simply admire the sheer beauty of Kinkakuji, the Golden Temple, in Kyoto, Japan. Surrounded by water, rock gardens & manicured trees, its still reflection is certain to make a lasting impression on you.
Experience the traditional values or wabi (elegant stillness,) and sabi (antiquated elegance with calm,) which is essential to Japanese art. a Tea ceremony is a means of training concentration or spirit and of learning manners. There are a number of school in Japan, each presenting their own style of tea ceremony. The kimono is the traditional dress of Japan. It is common to be asked to remove your shoes before entering a tea ceremony.
Visit the Kiyomizu Temple, which is famous for its principal sanctuary built on a steep cliff. The Temple was registered as a World Cultural Heritage site in 1994. The 139 zelkova pillars that support the balcony are over 12 meters tall. It commands a wonderful view of the city of Kyoto. Expect a considerable amount of walking from the parking lot to the temple.
Geisha have to undergo intensive training. Geisha are trained in a number of skills: traditional Japanese dance, singing, playing instruments like shamisen (three stringed instrument), flower arrangement, wearing kimono, Japanese tea ceremony, calligraphy, conversation, alcohol serving manners and more.
Japanese Kaiseki is a traditional, multi-course dinner. Kaiseki-ryori uses the fresh ingredients of the season and are cooked in ways that enhance the original taste of the ingredients, and include anywhere from 6 to 15 different types of food including soup, vegetables, grilled fish, rice and dessert.
Shabu-Shabu is a popular beef dish in Japan. It is basically boiling meat in a broth…healthier than using oil at the Melting Pot! Some restaurants offer a Maiko performance during dinner.
Visit our Asia website for a selection of Japan travel packages.
Thursday, January 06, 2011
What a Stress Free, Hassle Free way to travel to Europe?
Leave all of the travel details to a tour operator. They provide you with comfortable transportation, several meals, a rich sightseeing program and much more.
Traveling can be stressful, especially if you are traveling to a country where English is not their first language. Something amazing happens when you feel comfortable. Your senses have the luxury to stray from the detail and worry, finding in their place anticipation and wonder. You'll feel comfortable staying in first class hotels located in clean, safe areas.
Save time and money. Spending hours in line to get into major attractions such as the Louvre or Vatican Museums can take all day. Groups have a separate entrance, and get to go in with little or no wait so that you have more time to enjoy the sites, and more free time in the city.
Nothing introduces you to the true flavors of your destination like fine local cuisine. Included three course dinners are carefully planned to avoid the repetition of entrees. From the tapas bars of Spain to the vineyards of Italy and France, the tour operator will include on your trip optional specialty dinners and plenty of free time to venture out on your own. For the evenings when dinners are not included, your tour director will have a number of suggestions for favorite nearby restaurants. After all, one of the best ways to learn about a foreign culture is to eat like the local do!
The tour buses are air conditioned are are equipped with emergency washrooms. The bus normally accommodates 53 seats, but they install fewer seats (44) for extra leg room.
If buses are not for you, tour operators have many other options including city stays, rail packages and river cruises through Europe.
There are hundreds of tour operators you can choose from, however some have been in the business for over 50 years and have proven over time that they offer consumers the best value and service. Check with a travel agent if you need assistance finding a reputable operator.
We also have specialty European Tour Operators sites: