Did you pay for this out of your own pocket or was it re-imbursed by your employer?NM said:The train will be cheaper, but taxi will be faster. Last trip cost me about 40 Euros.
Twas a business trip, so covered by my employer. It is my employer's view that a point to point taxi is better value that using a train for such a connection.JohnK said:Did you pay for this out of your own pocket or was it re-imbursed by your employer?
Actually he is on a Cosmos tour. It is one of 3 main hotels Cosmos uses in Frankfurt along with the Best Western and Holiday Inn Downtown. I got to stay in the latter 2 hotels during my recent tour.NM said:Given the destination of Bad Homburg, there is a good chance the OP is also on a business trip and likely to also be reimbursed for their costs.
Strange place for a tour hotel. Given the choice I would rather be downtown Frankfurt as there is not much happening at bad Homburg.JohnK said:Actually he is on a Cosmos tour. It is one of 3 main hotels Cosmos uses in Frankfurt along with the Best Western and Holiday Inn Downtown. I got to stay in the latter 2 hotels during my recent tour.
Tell me about it. Unfortunately when on a tour you get no choice of which hotel to stay. One of my biggest gripes on my recent tour as some of the hotels were in the middle of nowhere with no choice for meals or drinks.NM said:Strange place for a tour hotel. Given the choice I would rather be downtown Frankfurt as there is not much happening at bad Homburg.
Some nights have dinner at the hotel, other nights you will find a place to eat around the corner, in some areas there are supermarkets nearby or buy a baguette or two during the lunch stops to have for dinner. Ask your tour director for this information, they are more than happy to provide and they are experts. The food is different and not easy on the stomach so occassionally some bread, ham and fetta cheese was more than enough for me. I don't know if you are alone or have company but some nights you are able to hook up with someone for dinner. Some groups went to the city for a little exploration and dinner.stevemilo said:What do you do in the evenings then if the hotels are so far away from the city ?
If you don't do these "optional dinners", what do you do for dinner if the hotels are so far away from the city ?
Yes I forgot about those, they are all worth it. I would also recommend Potsdam, nice little town and you will see where they signed the treaty for the end of WWII. And probably the Best of Medieval Prague would be OK as well. All of these were quite popular with the tour group.stevemilo said:I will definitely do the Wieliczka Underground Treasures (Salt mines) & Illumination in Budapest. I might also do the KRAKOW EXPERIENCE & PANORAMA & KRIZIKOVA FOUNTAIN in Prague.
These I did not do at all. To give you an idea from 32 people in our group the most that went to one of these was the Munich one and that was 11 people. One of them, I think it was Prague, Cosmos wanted to cancel as there was only 4 people interested but the tour director persevered and they eventually went along. The other tour group cancelled one of the folklore dinners as they had a small response and they were on the other side of town. So most of these did not get a very good response.stevemilo said:The rest are mainly those folklore dinners.
Not everyone had the stamina to go out every night. There are a lot of people in their 60s and 70s on these tours.stevemilo said:In the evenings, how did most people get into town ? Did they just walk or did everyone take a taxi and split the fare ? I'm not worried about during the day but I'm just a little concerned about feeling that I am stranded in these hotels in the middle of nowhere at night.
If your tour has been allocated a different set of hotels than the ones I described that may well be the case. If you are staying in the hotels I listed then apart from MDM and possibly Justyna you will be a long long way from the centre of town.stevemilo said:P.S - I have looked at these hotels on the net and they say that the ones far out are approximately 3 km from the city centre so that would be a good 1/2 hour walk or thereof. Please advise.
I am almost certain we are talking about the same tour. Cosmos Tour Code 6070, 15 day Central Europe Tour. Although the 15 days is a little debatable as all you do on the first day is check in to the hotel and have a 15 minute meeting with the tour director and tour group and on the last day check out of the hotel. I would call it a 13 day tour.stevemilo said:Boy, it's sounding worse by the minute LOL. When you get a chance it would be great if you could tell me which tour you did. I am doing teh 15day Central Europe Tour. You can check on cosmos.com.au
This is only one persons experience. Please do some research before resigning to the fact that you will hate the tour. I mentioned that overall I thought the whole experience was good but as with everything you cannot please everyone. You will enjoy it.stevemilo said:The hotels I looked at say approx 3km out of the city centre. Oh well, hopefully there is public transport nearby so I can catch a train into the city. I guess I will just have to wait and see, but by the sounds of it, it will definitely be an experience that's for sure.