#1 You’re stuck with the group
Sure, when we’re travelling from one destination to the next you’ll be in close confines with your travel group, but once we arrive you are free to go, do and see whatever you please. We might also mention that most groups we’ve accompanied grew to like each other so much that they actually ended up spending most of their free time together as well!
#2 They’re all American. Or Australian. Or Asian.
They are not. We have a lovely bunch of diverse people on all our tours. They vary in age, gender and nationality. In fact, we’ve had coach tour groups with up to 20 nationalities on one bus! How’s that for a multi-national travel experience?
#3 Everyone is in your face, all the time
Yes, you are on a coach together and yes, you will spend your travel time with one group for the entirety of the tour. But think about it this way – you get the opportunity to meet people from all walks of life and you’ll have the time to really get to know one another. Then, when you have free time and free days you can break from the pack to meet locals, fly solo or spend the day hanging under a tree for that matter.
#4 It’s uncomfortable
Our coaches are really well tended, with super comfortable seats and all the amenities you could wish for. Additionally, the accommodation venues our tour groups stay at are mostly 3- and 4-star hotels with en-suite bathrooms (breakfast included). This is about as comfortable as you’re gonna get.
#5 It’s more a 20-something-young, free and drunk person’s type of tour
We love culture, good food and make a point of providing our guests with a well-rounded travel experience. Some tour-goers do like to to let their hair down on occasion, but this is by choice and will never be allowed on the bus or encouraged during communal excursions.
#6 You will spend endless hours on a friggin’ bus
Yes, there will be times when you will spend extended time on the bus. But then again, to be honest, you have to get around somehow and sitting on a coach with reclining seats and an in-bus movie to distract you isn’t all that bad. You could also take the time to drink in the passing scenery or jot down travel mementos in a journal. Sure, you could get around by train or airplane if you want to cut down on travel time, but the coach is able to get into small villages and towns along the way – local flavour you’ll miss out on otherwise.
#7 It’s expensive
Nope. Completely untrue. When you travel by coach with Expat Explore, breakfasts, walking tours and accommodation have all been paid for. Budget-minded travellers can also save their spending money by hunting down tasty street side fare for lunch and dinner, using local public transport services, and hiring a bike or travelling on foot during free exploration periods. Here’s to safe, affordable and hassle-free travelling along some of the most scenic routes.
There’s no reason to dismiss an awesome, affordable, well-planned tour that visits your favourite European destinations simply because you’ll be travelling by coach. In fact, it should be seen as a bonus! Here’s to safe, hassle-free travelling along Europe’s most scenic routes.