The city of Prague has long enjoyed a reputation as one of the most beautiful and atmospheric cities in Europe, with centuries of history layered together to create an effect that personal travel manager Janice Lee found to be quite addictive on her recent famil.
Lee, who is TravelManagers’ representative for Surry Hills in Sydney, spent three nights soaking up the historic city’s sights on a luxury famil organised exclusively for CT Partners members and hosted by British Airways and the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group.
TravelManagers qualified for a place on the famil as one of CT Partners’ top three British Airways-selling members. Lee herself was selected by TravelManagers’ to take part in the famil on the basis of her British Airways sales during this period.
TravelManagers’ Executive General Manager, Michael Gazal, says the company are always supportive of personal travel managers (PTMs) taking part in such famils.
“We encourage any opportunity for our PTMs to experience new destinations for themselves as we know that first-hand experience leads to better service for clients and increased sales.”
Prior to her arrival in Prague, Lee and her group were also treated to three nights at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park in London, providing them with the perfect base from which to get in touch (or, as in Lee’s case, back in touch) with its sights.
“I haven’t been to London for several years so really enjoyed getting reacquainted with the feel and vibrancy of London,” says Lee. “The Mandarin Oriental is in a wonderful location over the road from Hyde Park and it gives you a great feeling of being a local as there are lots of apartments and inner city living, with easy access to the fantastic public transport system.”
For Lee, one of the highlights of the London leg of the famil was opportunity to dine at the hotel’s “Dinner by Heston Blumenthal” restaurant.
“It was such a unique experience; there was always an air of expectancy when each course arrived. The general consensus was that the pâté (which looked like a Mandarin) was the highlight of the meal.”
The famil was also an opportunity to experience British Airways A380 business class product between Singapore and London.
“We really enjoyed the A380 and Club World experience, especially as it meant we arrived in London fresh and ready to cope with a new day. We were also really impressed by the wonderful arrivals lounge at Heathrow where business clients can shower and breakfast before heading off to meetings.”
At the end of the group’s time in London, they were whisked off to Heathrow where they saw first-hand the significant amount of construction work taking place, before boarding another British Airways flight for the two-hour journey to Prague.
“Prague is one of the most beautiful cities I have visited and far exceeded my expectations. It’s a fantastic walking city, although the cobblestones make for hard going unless you have decent walking shoes,” she says.
Lee and her group spent three nights at the stunning Mandarin Oriental Prague.
“The hotel, which was previously a monastery, has a lovely charm and boasts an amazing Spa which we all had the opportunity to experience. I can honestly say it was one of the best I have been to recently.”
For Lee, their two half-day walking tours were a highlight of her time in Prague. Led by an 82-year-old local woman, they were an opportunity not just to walk around the sights but also to gain a personal insight into the changes the city has seen during and after the war.
“It was my first famil with TravelManagers, so I was very excited to find I had won a spot on such a luxurious trip,” says Lee. “Since my first trip overseas in 1977, I’ve been continually amazed and intrigued by the unique sights, sounds and tastes of different countries, customs and cuisines, but this was definitely a high point. All in all, it was a wonderful experience and I learnt so much.”
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