The end result: we visited Vienna, Prague, Budapest and Bratislava in 8 days! That’s approximately 48 hours (more or less) in each city/country, so you can bet it was like an Amazing Race ☺
But we managed and we enjoyed. And I’m so thankful our girls didn’t get sick or suffer from exhaustion from all the constant travelling. I won’t share here yet about which travel agency we booked our package from, though; I’ll tell you the details in a separate post because it will probably be a long one.
Anyway, let's start, shall we? ☺
Flight to Slovakia and Train Ride to Austria
We were booked on the Fly Dubai flight to Bratislava on Saturday morning. There were no delays and no turbulence, so we all managed to get some sleep during the 6+ hour flight. The food was Vegetarian Croquettes with potato wedges and green peas, but since they weren’t very appetizing, we ordered sandwiches from their in-flight menu. As for our kids, they happily consumed the homecooked food we brought for them: rice, hotdogs, eggs, and leftover pancakes from breakfast.
Hotel Gabriel, Vienna
Hotel Gabriel is a 3-star hotel located not too far from the city centre. The room our family stayed in was quite spacious, although the furniture was a bit outdated. Unfortunately, there was no airconditioning, but we were provided a trusty stand fan, and we occasionally opened the windows for some cool air. In the mornings, we ate our breakfast at the garden. It was a fare of pork sausages, cold cuts, cheese, eggs, cereals, breads, yoghurt, hot beverages, and fruit juice. I can’t comment much on the service, but the staff we did encounter were friendly and helpful when we asked for information and directions.
Since we only had one full day in Vienna and we wanted to see as many of its popular landmarks as possible, we did the practical thing and took the Big Bus Tour. It gave us views of the city, while allowing us to learn interesting historical facts through the pre-recorded commentary.