For Ukraine, the visa-free space of Europe was opened and the desire to see and visit Europe was realized. From 18.08.17 to 22.08.17 I visited four countries and I want to share my impressions.
The decision was made and I used the services of Lviv travel company "Algol". The modern bus, filled with our tourists with Ukrainian numbers, set off on time, the head of the group was Anna. The border passed almost without incident, the first stop in Krakow.
Polish guide (elderly woman) at an accelerated pace held a sightseeing tour of Krakow. Krakow was filled with tourists, prices for everything in the city center were above the norm. Remained in the memory of the negative attitude of some animators in the center, the demand for money for photography, in Lviv there is none. In Krakow stayed 5 hours, including a modest lunch for 10 euros.
At 18.00 we went to the Czech Republic, 270 km stopped in Olomouc and settled a pretty decent hotel. I did not want to sleep, and we went to see Olomouc on our own. The city is interesting with its sights, interesting cafes and a friendly population. It is a pity that I just spent the night in this city and did not really look anything.
At 7.00 next day, a buffet and a trip to Prague, 280 km. Very beautiful city. The guide who met us, spent almost all of his stay in Prague, literate and interestingly setting out the history of Prague. We visited a sightseeing tour, strolled along the Vltava boat and took a night tour of Prague. About 22.00 we were settled on the outskirts of Prague in a horrible hotel (rather a hostel) without air conditioning and internet. In the morning breakfast and transfer to Vienna, 350 km. Vienna more pompous in architectural terms met us with its luxury and biting prices. Beer - a minimum of 4.5 euros, water 300 gr. - 2,5 euros. A competent guide acquainted us with the main sights. There was a sightseeing tour, a visit to the imperial castle of the Habsburgs, saw the luxury of the emperors of the Holy Roman Empire, visited Schonbrunn Castle.
In the evening they left Vienna and drove to Budapest - 250 km. We were expected to take a boat trip along the Danube, but it did not take place due to the celebration of Independence Day. 1,5 hours circled around Budapest trying to get to the hotel. We drove 250 km., And did not see Budapest, only spent the night in a medium-quality hotel.
In the morning breakfast and again on the road - 200 km., In Miskolc - Tapolca (cave baths). 3.5 hours provided to us in bathing suites were used for one hundred percent. A bit cheerful went to Ukraine - 460 km.
As a result, I came to the conclusion that it's impossible to catch a glimpse of Europe and such a four-day excursion is very tiring. 2200 km. The bus is difficult to sustain. I want to thank the drivers for the ability to manage the bus and the head of Anya, who followed us like chickens.
Conclusion: do not choose express tours, because you really will not see anything. Europe has opened borders for us, but we are not yet able to fully use expensive services and feel the fullness of service because of the biting prices for everything.