We enjoyed our 4 day stopover in Helsinki, using a 3 day Helsinki pass to cover public transport, free access to a number of main tourist activities and a discount on the Tallink Ferry to Tallinn.
It is only a 2 hour ferry ride from Helsinki to Tallinn, Estonia. The old town is a marvel and we spent around 6 hours wandering around. The Tallink Ferry is very new, with bars and restaurants, so the journey over is no hardship. Tallink offers a broad range of ferry crossings each day, allowing us to spend as much time as possible in Tallinn.
We took an Insight tour which circumnavigated Iceland over 8 days. I’m so glad we did more than the usual tourist route around the ‘Golden Circle’. I’m also glad we took a tour where all breakfasts and all but two dinners were included. Be prepared to pay more in Iceland. Iceland is a wildly beautiful place where the wind can almost knock you off your feet and the skies are more often gray than blue. I loved it. We were lucky enough to have teaming rain mostly while we were on the bus and not while we were stopped at sights.
Many thanks to the Carolyn Price and the team at API Travel for your assistance in making it all happen. Christine & Barbara - Aug 2018
Thailand is a very nice place to visit, guides very nice, hotels clean and tidy, did not think much of the Shangri La in Bangkok certainly not 5 star, the Anantara in Chiang Mai much better and staff more efficient and friendly than Bangkok. If we decide to go again will just go the Chiang Mai and the Anantara Resort, might do it if we have a side trip to Singapore or Hong Kong one day.
Have to thank Carmen Patterson of API Travel, I have known her since she started there over 30 years ago and she has always arranged a great package for me wherever I have been. Also a big thank you to her agent Thuan Nguyen with Wide Eyed Tours who delivered everything we wanted. Sandra & Denis
Hi Carmen, The trip was great but just a little disappointing to have to change into buses on occasions and also to miss out on a few of the paid and complementary trips. We had to bypass a few stops and travelled a fair bit at night so missed a few places. They were trying to get thru the river as fast as possible, in some spots the water was 1/2 a metre deep, we could see the mud churning as we moved along. We were the last boat at the time to get thru. The crew and the company did all they could to make things good for us though, so no complaints. Some of the complementary and paid excursions were not so good, in fact we feel that a few of them should be wiped from the schedules.
Singapore was lovely but they are still doing the renovations next door so a little noisy. we were out a lot of the time though, the red bus and the extras were really nice. We actually got caught in a thunderstorm which considering how little rain we got here, it was lovely. Switzerland is just magic, so clean and pretty. Food very expensive but that's Europe all over. Our Trafalgar guide in Switzerland Ananda, was great and the Matterhorn was magical. Accommodation was really nice but they have those pod coffee machines and we had trouble figuring the dam things out, bring back the good old kettle.
Thanks again for your organization of the trip. I did manage to get pick pocketed in Switzerland and they relieved me of all my Trafalgar information, luckily I had left the passports back at the hotel and my wallet was in another section of the back. Damn they were quick. Cheers Lyn
"To The API Team, Thank you for your care & attention to all travellers who deal with API. Even under these continuous difficult days your attention to detail is of critical detail that supports all who deal with API. We are now settled & secure after arrival on 20 March. All the best, Anne & Neal O'Connor"
Thanks for the update Carmen.
An outstanding effort by you and your team arranging refunds and credits. What you have done is greatly appreciated and the outcome is much more than I thought was possible.
I look forward to the time when we will again be able to organise more adventures.
You and your team are fantastic.