Restaurant prices in Berlin are certainly very much on a par
with those in the UK, while in Poland everything is considerably
cheaper. Worth taking into account, however, is the rather
confusing tipping system in Poland. If you say ‘thanks’ when the
waiter takes your money, he will automatically keep the change,
however much you have given him!
Except for one clear day, outings were organised for
us on a daily basis, while still leaving part of the day to explore
more extensively on our own. The baggage is transported
to the various stations, although everyone is responsible
for their own luggage. This meant getting it onto the
train ourselves, and sometimes hoisting it up onto a
Travelling by train can also have its problems. At one point
our carriage overheated and our whole group had to evacuate.
Another time the lunch car that should have been attached to
our train, somehow wasn’t, and an overnight stay at a railway
hotel which did not have any air-conditioning resulted in my
bedroom being invaded by hundreds of flies because the
window was open.
Despite these small incidents, which added a bit of
unexpected excitement, there was a great deal of camaraderie
built up on the trip and, I am sure, many friendships forged.
The trip was arranged through Great Rail Journeys. Their
Warsaw Express escorted tour to Germany and Poland costs
from £1,590 per person sharing, including first class rail
travel, 12 nights half board hotel accommodation, sightseeing
tours and excursions, and the services of a tour manager
Rail tickets were provided by Eurostar www.eurostar.com;
Rail Europe www.raileurope.co.uk; and Deutsche Bahn www.bahn.co.uk
Great Rail Journeys: T. 01904 521980 www.greatrail.com
The picturesque old town
in the Polish capital
Web site created by Mark Griffin