I recently organised a trip for some of my clients with mobility issues to Amsterdam and Brussels and it struck me how perfect these cities can be for a stress-free, highly accessible trip for those who are disabled. Holidays to these two European capitals are full of photo opportunities, quirky attractions and captivating culture which, with a bit of planning by a specialist travel company like ours, can be accessible to all.
Here is the itinerary I’d recommend for a week-long break to these two fascinating cities.
Four Nights in Amsterdam
I suggest letting my team book you into the modern, stylish DoubleTree, Hilton Amsterdam Centraal Station for your stay in the city – it’s one of our favourites. This centrally located hotel (which we have personally tested to meet our high accessibility standards) is a great choice for anyone with disabilities and many of our clients have given us great feedback about it.
With its 25 double mobility rooms with grab rails, wheel-in showers, shower chairs, wider doors and a raft of other accessible features, the hotel really does its utmost best to look after guests who are disabled. Holidays in the DoubleTree feel special thanks to its features including a SkyLounge rooftop terrace with bar and live music, stylish décor, and an excellent onsite restaurant.
Seeing the Sights
While the main sights in Amsterdam are largely accessible, you may encounter some difficulty getting to them due to areas of cobbled streets and a small number of bridges which are not yet wheelchair friendly. You can avoid all these issues, of course, by letting us arrange a beautiful canal cruise around the city for you. The boats have ramps for wheelchair users and audio guides, and they’re a great way to see the sights without worrying about how to get from place to place.
Paris in France is viewed as a standout amongst the most excellent, most charming and addicting urban communities to visit on the planet. The city is otherwise called the city of light.
What I like about Paris is its smooth, exquisite and magnificent structures, great exhibitions and their acclaimed castles and places of worship. The place likewise has a considerable measure of magnificent amusement parks, gardens with loads of trees, awesome looking blooms and a portion of the world’s best scaffolds adding to the sentimental climate of the place
On the off chance that you’ve advanced toward the guest focus, purchase your tickets for their twofold Decker transport. You will have the chance to visit the whole city inside the day. In the visit, you will be permitted to lease headsets to tune in to guided voiced visits with your own particular favored dialect. The value range is around 25-30 Euro, yet the view and the actualities that you will pick up is verifiably precious.
The Eiffel Tower is Paris’ fundamental fascination. It was worked around 1889. It takes off with a stature of 990 feet over the whole city and you can simply envision the wonder achieving its top and survey the whole city underneath. You can have visits that will manage you to the summit of the tower and you can make the strides or have your way up with the assistance of a lift. Always remember to carry your camera with you at the event and English talking visit aides can offer you benefits at the stall.
Notre Dame is situated in “Ile de la Cite” in the island of Seine. It is an excellent old recorded Cathedral and is presumably the most attractive one on the planet. It is gothic and the engineering is quite recently magnificent. It is one of the must find in your schedule and since it is allowed to visit, there is no chance to get for you to miss it out.
You will need a passport to go to Europe, including France. We recommend applying for a passport as soon as you register for a tour, as it could take few months to process. You can find out all you need to know about passports at the US government passport website. Airlines will not permit you to travel if the name on your ticket does not match exactly the name on your passport, including your middle name.
You may need a visa for your tour. Consult the destination countries consulates for more information and specific requirements.
Europe uses the Euro. You should familiar yourself with the exchange rate before departure. You will be able to get Euros with a credit card as soon as you arrive at the airport. ATMs are the most convenient since they accept a wide number of bank and credit cards; Visa and MasterCard are the most popular in Europe. Check with your bank to make sure your card will work abroad. Do not forget to get your PIN number from your credit card company (for each card you are planning on using) to be able to withdraw money from ATM machines. Before departure, always let your credit card companies know you are going to Europe. Vendors like stores or restaurants will take Visa and MasterCard; markets vendors will take cash only. Each time you use your Visa or MasterCard, for purchase or withdrawal, the credit card company will charge you a fee.
In May and September, the average temperature in the French Riviera is between 55 to 70 degrees. It is hard to predict what the weather will be like when you will be there, so bring something for cold and mild weather. Bring an umbrella (hopefully, it will stay in your luggage!!!), and don’t forget sunglasses and hats. You will be walking so bring comfortable shoes (tennis shoes are OK). The French dress up when going to restaurants; bring jeans, and also dress pants or dresses. No shorts. Don’t forget your camera! Bring your medicine! You will be able to carry your medicine in the plane with you, except liquids and gels (more than 3.4 oz or 100ml) which should go into your luggage. Pack everything in a plastic bag to show at the security check point. Aerosols are prohibited. Scissors, knives and tweezers should go inside your luggage, not in your carry-on. Visit http://www.tsa.gov for more details. Check out the baggage restrictions and carry-on rules with your airline. Don’t forget, you will certainly buy few things during your trip, so pack light!
A budget holiday somehow tends to give a feeling of inadequate enjoyment. When any one of us happens to mention that he or she is going for a budget holiday, we begin to imagine the inadequacies that they would be going through, just because they happened to mention the term “budget”. These days there are many travel and tourism related companies which provide excellent vacation packages and help you enjoy your holiday to the fullest.
When we talk about Europe, most of the people think of Switzerland, however Switzerland is not the only place which is beautiful in Europe there are many other places which are extremely beautiful and worth a visit. We all know that Switzerland is surely a place everyone would wish they could visit, but to say that the other places are not worth a visit would be wrong.
If you think that taking a budget holiday would mean that you are being given inferior hotel rooms or food or even attendants in the hotel, then you are sadly mistaken. All the people who go in or budgeted holidays have had wonderful experiences and have even gone ahead and left testimonials of the splendid experience they have had.
I would suggest that if you plane to take a holiday in Europe and have a restricted budget, do visit the travel blogs and chat rooms where people chat about travelling experiences. Chatting in these chat rooms would give you a fair idea of what to expect and since you are getting this information from people who have already gone for such trips, you will have first hand information and realistic expectations.
Planning a great, memorable European tour? You will not want to miss out on the best that Germany has to offer. The country takes pride in its rich history, apparent in its modern-day architecture, landmarks and attractions with a conscious hint of the arts.
Germany also treats visitors to delightful outdoor and countryside scenery, satisfying and mouth-watering food, fantastic shopping prospects, ease in commute, and everything in between which continue to gain the admiration of tourists.
Powerful, influential and wealthy, this country makes it to the list of the top five economies in the world. This fact does not necessarily mean, however, that you will need to be moneyed in order to enjoy a tour of the country.
By simply doing your homework and getting to know your European destination, you will have a blast during the entire trip – from Hamburg to Munich, from Cologne to Berlin. Consider these no-nonsense tips for a great value tour in Germany:
Grab off-season plane tickets; they come cheap.
You can start by grabbing a plane ticket during off-seasons. Many tourists, locals and foreigners alike, go vacationing in Germany’s best spots during the summer months of June, July and August. You can also expect the influx of guests to peak on the Christmas and New Year holidays, so you may want to avoid that.
Food and drink is very expensive in Rome, but you can find some very nice cheaper cafes and restaurants if you come away from the main tourist areas.
There are hundreds of shops selling souvenirs but mostly selling the same kind of things, rosary beads and religious memorabilia.
You will never get to see everything in Rome in just a few days, but the easiest way to get an idea of the city is on an open top tour bus. They charge about 15 Euros and the ticket last for 24 hours. They will give you headphones which you plug into the socket beside your seat, and then you can listen to a running commentary of the places of interest that you are passing. Just jump off when you get to a place you want to visit and back on another bus whenever you feel like it.
St Peter’s is amazing. Try to avoid the weekend as it is extremely busy, but during the week hardly any queue. You have to go through the same security as you do at the airport to get in. If you go up to the dome, remember there are hundreds of steep steps to climb. They have a lift but this only takes you to the base of the dome. Do not forget to visit the shop run by the nuns inside. Where you will be able to buy rosaries that have been blessed by the pope. And look out for the Swiss guards as you leave the Vatican. They look really colourful and smart in their Orange, White & Blue Uniform.
The Colisseum will take your breath away. It costs 12 euros to get in but the queue is horrendous. For 20 euros join a guided tour. There are lots of people offering them outside. But make sure you choose someone who is wearing a licensed badge. You will not have to queue to get in, and that in its self is well worth the extra 8 euros. You will get a full guided tour of the Colisseum, The Palatine and The Forum which lasts about 2 hours. And if you’re lucky they will give you a ticket for a free tour in another part of the city.
If you are interested in European travel, keep in mind that it should be whatever you choose. No one knows better than you what your money and time limits are OR what interests you most.
Get a handle on your finances before making a plan. Each level of European travel requires a different financial outlay. When you choose small, out of the way destinations, you will find less expensive accommodations and often less expensive meals and fares as well. Trains that take you to large cities can drop you off in small ones to spend the night. Shopping markets for daily meals can keep your costs down considerably.
Another important financial aspect of your trip will be exchange rates. With the Euro as the main currency in sixteen or more European countries, the ratio of Euro-to-dollar will be important. England retains its own currency. The English pound measured against the dollar may be another factor in your decision. Or, you may want to research the exchange rate in Eastern Europe. The former Soviet states have the same beautiful architecture and interesting histories as their better-traveled Western European neighbors.
Also look at travel costs to European airports. Some have better deals than others. This can be like an invitation to discover the area. Renting a car is not necessary if you can rely on public transportation like buses or trains. With financial considerations in mind, you can plan and enjoy an extensive trip without the benefit of a pricey tour. Even boat travel is possible by choosing ferry routes over pricier tour boats.
The Coliseum is one of Rome’s most famous buildings, thousands of people and animals died within the Coliseum during the gladiator games and other fighting shows that were held here to entertain the people of Rome. The Coliseum is a very popular attraction which means that the queues can be quite long! In order to avoid the queues there are a number of guided tours you can join which will also provide you with some knowledge of the Coliseum’s history. I would advise that you look up some of these tours online to guarantee a place.
The Pantheon is another one of Rome’s famous buildings and was built as a temple for the Ancient Rome gods. One of the main things that makes the Pantheon a popular tourist attraction is its dome, it’s one of the largest in the world and the only light comes from the oculus (the centre of the dome). It is a marvellous site that is open every day and is free to enter, if you’d prefer a tour then this will only cost you a few Euros.
If you want to learn more about Rome then visit the Sistine Chapel within the Vatican, this is the most religious place in the world and full of culture. The Vatican museums are also a must as they provide you with all of the history and the wonderful Gallery of Tapestries which will leave you standing in awe at all the detail that went into these amazing pieces. The Vatican actually offers a Sistine Chapel and Vatican museum tour which I would recommend if you’re not familiar with the history. The guided tours cost around 30 Euros.
If you’ve still got some time left, then why not take a trip to one of Rome’s more relaxed attractions, the Pasta Museum. The museum is open every day and entry costs around 10 Euros per person.