Double Bay local, Eva Santo, has been organising and escorting group tours since 1996, with many of her guests returning year after year.
Eva European Tours is a unique holiday concept, specialising in personalised, luxury tours to enchanting destinations in Europe. Spa stays are incorporated in most itineraries. Born in Czechoslovakia, now Slovakia, Eva arrived in Australia after spending four years in Israel, where she did her army service. In addition to English, Eva speaks Hungarian, Hebrew, Czech, Slovak and Russian, which proves very useful when escorting her tours.
Eva has three tours departing in May and June this year, all featuring stays at a health spa in Piestany, the biggest and best known spa town in Slovakia, where the medicinal springs, specialising in treatments for rheumatic and arthritic conditions, have been popular since the Middle Ages. Over the years, the spa has attracted aristocrats from all over Europe as well as many famous patrons.
The first tour, departing 27 May 2015, spends four weeks at Health Spa Piestany in Slovakia. By staying 28 days guests will get 3 days free.
The second tour, departing 28 May 2015 and returning 25 June, includes 6 nights in Budapest and 21 nights at Health Spa Piestany.
The third tour, running from 2-25 June 2015 is the luxury 24 day fully escorted “La Dolce Vita” Tour, visits Rome for 3 nights, staying at The Empire Palace Hotel, right in the heart of the city. Includes a city tour and a visit to The Vatican. Spend 4 nights in Sorrento at Hotel Plaza for tours to Capri, Positano, Amalfi and Ravello before heading to Perugia, the capital of Umbria and staying at Hotel Brufani Palace for two nights. After a half day sightseeing tour, visit Perugina and the Baci chocolate factory. The next two nights are spent in Udine, known for its wines and prosciutto, staying at the elegant Astoria Hotel in the historic city centre. Explore the medieval centre with its arches and statues before visiting a prosciutto factory.
Crossing the border into Austria, the night is spent at Palais Hotel Erzherzog in the centre of Graz, before travelling the next day to Spa Piestany in Slovakia, to spend 9 delightful nights at the word renowned health resort, with all the latest amenities, in this picturesque spa town. Included at the Spa are 3 meals daily and 4 spa treatments each day, with each treatment lasting 20 minutes. In the evening enjoy dancing, music, concert, walking in the beautiful park and storybook spa town. Visit Bratislava and medieval Trencin. The tour departs from Vienna airport for travel back to Sydney.
The tour includes Emirates return economy airfares that can be upgraded for extra charge, 4 and 5 star centrally located hotels, daily breakfast and dinner, all sightseeing and entrance fees, visits to chocolate factory and prosciutto factory, plus the services of a local guide in each city and travel by deluxe coach between cities. Details: http://www.europeanspatours.com.au
Photos: John Pond – Budapest & Bratislava