I have Multiple Sclerosis and can walk about 3 blocks with a cane, but after that I have to sit down and rest. I love to travel, so I use a scooter when I do, as it really helps conserve my energy, and in the end I actually get to see more than I would with just my cane. I’d really like to go to Prague and Budapest, but I’ve had a heck of a time finding a travel agent with a decent knowledge about accessibility in this area. They all seem willing to help me, but I’m a bit dubious, as I don’t want to get there and then be stranded at the airport. Do you have any resources or advice for me.
Good for you for taking along a scooter when you travel. As you have discovered it can actually be very liberating. Prague and Budapest are absolutely gorgeous cities to visit, but yes, you do have to find somebody who actually has first-hand knowledge of access information. Dealing with a local tour operator directly is the best way to go in this situation, as it eliminates possible third-party miscommunications.
To that end Skagerrak Tours may be able to assist you. Established in 2006, this Budapest-based tour operator specializes in accessible incoming tourism, and they can provide a variety of services throughout Hungary. Along with accessible airport transfers and accommodations, they also offer tours around Budapest, as well as Lake Balaton trips, spa holidays and even active holidays that include handcycling, kayaking and caving. All tours are conducted in a lift-equipped minibus . Accessible tours to Austria, Slovakia and the Check Republic are also available. For more information, contact Skagerrak Tours at +36 1 2250329 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit their website at www.skagerrak.hu.
With a little advance planning, I think your trip to Prague and Budapest can become a reality.
Have a great trip!