Europe: 54 sovereign states with 24 official languages, more than 700 million inhabitants and an infinitely-varied geography that ranges from the arid plateau of Spain’s La Mancha region to the deep fjords of Norway and the towering crags of Italy’s Dolomites. You can get lost in the bluebell forests of Belgium or find yourself on the slopes of an Icelandic volcano; you can breakfast on crêpes in Brittany and dine on pickled raw herrings in Amsterdam. A coach tour can be the ideal way to piece together an itinerary that ticks off many of your European bucket list items at once – here are some of the benefits to seeing the sights this way.
From Austria to Wales, Latvia to Liechtenstein, there’s a coach tour that will take you to every corner of Europe. Whether your preference is a tasting platter of countries or a feast in just one corner of the continent, your personal travel manager can help you find an itinerary that fulfils your wish list.
A coach tour ensures that your time is spent wisely, combining superstar highlights such as Neuschwanstein Castle and Buckingham Palace with off-the-beaten track experiences such as a home-cooked dinner in a Yorkshire country home or a visit to a family-run Hungarian winery.
Whether it’s learning the art of French cuisine at a cooking school in the heart of Paris or going behind the scenes of a famous Andalusian flamenco show in Seville, many coach tours come with included or optional extras that you simply wouldn’t be able to access on your own. These days, coach tours are all about taking you behind the scenes and sharing local secrets.
Meet the owner of a seventeenth-century rural French estate, visit a traditional, family-run Rovaniemi reindeer farm in Lapland or enjoy a glass of cold sangria in the sun-dappled courtyard of a Spanish olive farm: choosing the right coach tour will allow you connect with local families and businesses, learn about their lives and livelihoods, and in doing so, make a stronger connection to your destination.
No need to worry about how to navigate to your next destination in an unfamiliar car, find a place to park within walking distance of your hotel, or choose accommodation that measures up to its online promises: a coach tour is an exercise in harmony, because all the tricky stuff is taken care of and you can simply relax and enjoy the view outside your window. Overindulged in lunch overlooking Lake Como? Enjoy a postprandial nap while your driver whisks you to your next stop, but try to sleep with one eye open so as not to miss a moment of that stunning north Italian scenery!
From a poignant visit to the battlefields memorials and cemeteries of the French and Belgian countryside to an enchanting tour of England’s prettiest villages and country gardens, there are options to meet any number of special interests.
Now is a great time to book your 2019 Europe coach tours – your personal travel manager has access to all the best early bird deals.