I have traveled extensively most of my life but have avoided travel tours unintentionally. To my delight, I chose wisely in my first experience on a tour of the Scandinavian countries plus the Netherlands with Firebird Tours this past June of 2017.
We visited Copenhagen, Oslo, Flam, Bergen, Stockholm, Helsinki and Amsterdam in just two weeks. Initially, I compared Firebird with other companies and found their personnel, their choices of itinerary and cost to be favorable from the outset.
But, as they say, the proof is in the pudding. And it was with Firebird. My review of their services is a four and a half stars out of five.
Upon arriving at the airport at Copenhagen, Denmark and being met by a chauffeur, as well as every other city on our tour, Firebird provided more than comfortable transportation and capable guides to add to our enjoyment.
That first day was a happy harbinger of our entire trip. After giving us the opportunity to adjust to the hotel and time zone after a 13 hour overnight flight from San Francisco, we met with our small tour group of twenty.
Twelve were from the United States, the ages ranged from mid-twenties to mid-seventies and all were cultured and friendly fellow travelers.
We fit in well and became close for the two weeks on the road. We traveled between the cities by ferry, train and airplane and we liked the arrangements provided by the tour.
The hotel accommodations were stellar on the average and the mixed modes of transportation fit well with our tastes.
The most particular part of the whole tour we appreciated was the level of comfort and the timing of each day to include a guided bus tour every day plus plenty of time to explore on our own.
The last thing I wanted to do was to wake up at some ungodly hour of the morning to travel on an uncomfortable bus or car for hours to get to an ancient historical site to see a ten thousand-year-old relic.
Since our visit to Amsterdam was a personal extra, we left our tour group with fond farewells and promises to keep in touch by Facebook.
We were escorted to the airport at Helsinki and met at the airport in Amsterdam by a personal chauffeur and then at the hotel by our personal Firebird guide.
For the visit to Holland, we had our very own guide who took us on a walking tour of the city.
These two weeks were absolutely fabulous but did not come with bargain basement prices. For my wife and me, the cost involving airfare, the tour, extra meals and miscellaneous charges, the dent in my bank account was appreciable. But we did not book a no-frills vacation, camping in a tent and traveling by bicycle or local bus lines.
Firebird gave us what they promised and we are presently preparing a tour with Firebird to Spain and Portugal for next summer.
We would recommend you use Firebird Tours if what we described is to your preferences.