Very long hours travelling but worth it to see 3 fantastic cities.
If travelling from South West (Plymouth), expect to sit on the coach from 5am until 10 pm on the first day. The rest of the days weren't so bad, but lots of early starts (5.45 wake up call the earliest) and lots of sitting on motorways. Expect lots of roadworks in Germany and Austria too!The hotels were all fine - Jury's Inn in Prague the best and the Delta in Vienna the worst. They are currently overlooking a building site and they start work at 6am! Not too bad as we had to be up early most days anyway. The food was mostly ok (we asked for veggie which was a bit of a problem for some of the hotels) but as to be expected for a party, there was no choice and set menus and times. The only time we had a choice was the last night at the Lille Hotel, France.The drivers were okay, but not overly helpful, although they did keep us informed over the 8 days. They tell you about the excursions (and extra ones you have to pay for) on the Sunday and a lot of our party couldn't hear properly and got confused by all the things you have to write down.We didn't go on most of the paying excursions and some people who did go, said the Brno trip was a waste of time and money. Enjoyed the Rhine river trip which was on the last Saturday (cost approx 17 Euros when we went). Spent the two days in Prague and Vienna on our own and got around on the underground/metro systems. They were really easy to use and a day ticket cost about £3.50 and £6 respectively. You don't need hardly any forints for the Budapest day as you are only there a few hours - just take about £20 worth for lunch.So an enjoyable, but tiring holiday and a 'taster' of 3 European cities. Enough to see if you want to go back for longer (we want to revisit Prague).