This has been our second time booking with E & M Travel. Sophia has been an excellent person to work with on our vacation plans, and we would continue to work with her on future tours. We took a Tauck guided tour of Switzerland. Our accommodations were superb, the hotels were great and our tour guide, Karen was very knowledgeable about Switzerland. My husband and I enjoyed beautiful scenery, lush mountains, and interesting sites such as riding a cogwheel train up to the Mt. Matterhorn (Teddy Roosevelt climbed), and Mt. Jungfraujoch, the Ice Palace (made out of a glacier which we walked on). We visited many cities such as Zermatt, St. Moritz (we viewed the most beautiful scenery), Interlaken, Bern, Lucerne and had a side trip to Italy where we stayed at Lake Lugano. We had a beautiful balcony overlooking the harbor. The Swiss trains are punctual and clean. We rode the famous Glacier Express with big panoramic windows where we were able to view waterfalls, tiny alpine villages and glaciers. We finished our tour in Lucerne and traveled on a train to Basel, which we connected to the Basel airport by bus (very easy to do) to catch an EasyJet plane to Nice. We spent time in Monaco. We saw the market, palace, took a city tour, and the buses made it very easy to get around Monaco. It is very hilly and there are lifts to take from different levels which is helpful. In Nice we took a half day tour to Cannes (The film festival area for the celebrities) and our tour guide took us to the synagogue there. There was a Bat Mitzvah going on.
The Cannes synagogue was beautiful. We also saw Antibes (we drove along the beautiful coast and saw the harbor filled with big yachts and fine sandy beaches). Our last stop was St. Paul de Vence, a quaint village with narrow winding streets, vaulted alleyways, and shopping arcades. This village is noted for painters such as Marc Chagall. We returned to our hotel SAS Raddison where there was a wonderful pool on the roof overlooking the French Rivera beach. We saw at Lake Lugano at the Dan Hotel there is a kosher restaurant. Also, in Nice add a Chez Arthur kosher restaurant to your list. It is a kosher meat restaurant located in the magician district. Not too far from the city centre. We also found Temple Israelite synagogue in this city centre district. There are 30,000 Jews living in Nice.
Our trip was wonderful and we thank Sophia for helping us arrange these fine places and working on the fine details to make it an enjoyable trip for us.
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