Coach holidays abroad are fun and affordable with Expat Explore
Coach Tours: Know before you go
Expat Explore specialises in coach tours, which means that our expertly-planned tours include transport on comfortable coaches or minibuses, depending on which tour you choose. Guests on our European tours travel in our branded busses, while travellers who join Expat Explore groups in Africa, the Middle East, USA, Asia and South America are more likely to travel by means of more compact vehicles. It all depends on how big the group is, and which roads we’ll be travelling. Both options are equally comfortable and convenient.
Why we choose to conduct our trips as coach tours
Coach tours are safe and comfortable
When you sign up for an Expat Explore coach tour, you can rest assured that your safety and comfort are our highest priorities. Our elegant coaches come equipped with safety belts, reclining seats, air-conditioning, on-board toilets and plenty of legroom to ensure that your global coach tour is a pleasure from the moment you set foot on the bus, and throughout your journey.
It’s a great way to see more of the countries we visit
Our coaches are fitted with large, expansive windows that allow our guests to drink in the beautiful landscape as we travel from one riveting destination to the next.
Our seasoned coach tour drivers add to the whole experience
All of our coach tours are conducted by seasoned drivers who know the landscape and roads by heart; together with our expert tour leader, they will answer any questions that you might have.
Coach tour FAQs
Here are the answers to a few frequently asked questions with regard to our coach travel procedures:
How much time will we spend on the bus?
It is difficult to tell you exactly how long you will spend on the coach as some driving days are longer than others. We can assure you that we try to make our journeys as comfortable as possible. Many of the countries we visit are vast and varied, and there will be some long driving days on your tour. This gives you the opportunity to enjoy watching the changing countryside as it rolls past your window, to share music with your fellow travellers, watch a few movies or get involved in some of the games and quizzes hosted by your tour leader. Where possible, we have also included stops at points of interest in order to give breaks during the long drives.
We have many early mornings so travellers also often take the time on the coach to rest. We make regular stops for your comfort every 2-2,5 hours, so you will get to stretch your legs and get something to eat on a regular basis.
What facilities can I expect aboard the coach?
- Full air-conditioning
- 24-hour roadside assistance
- On-board toilet
- USB charging points (on most coaches)
- Full entertainment system (including auxiliary cable)
Is there a WiFi connection on board?
Our coaches do not have WiFi onboard but all the hotels on our accommodation roster offer WiFi.
Are there USB ports onboard?
Yes, all coaches have USB charge points on board. On some buses it will be located at the seats, on others, it may be located in one of the communal spaces, e.g. near the restroom.
Are there toilets on board and can we use them?
We do have a toilet on board. Although the toilet should always be open and available, we do ask passengers to use it in case of emergencies only. The reason for this is that the septic tank can get full quickly and there are limited locations where we can legally clean out the tanks.
How big are the overhead compartments?
The overhead storage compartments on the coaches we use are quite small (approximately 30cm deep and 20cm high). Travellers are allowed to keep daypacks with them aboard the coach. This is ideal to keep everyday necessities (e.g. camera, water bottle, sun cream, hat etc.) handy while travelling, sightseeing or on overnight excursions. Try to keep this bag as light as possible. Ideally, it should not exceed 5kg.
Can I sit in the front due to a medical concern?
Expat Explore has a policy on seat rotation that requires passengers to change seats each day. This way everyone gets to know their fellow travellers and has the opportunity to enjoy their journey from the front, middle and back of the bus throughout their tour. On each new drive day, each passenger will move two rows in a clockwise direction. On shorter tours, the rotation roster may be modified to four rows every day. As such, we, unfortunately, cannot promise the front seats to specific passengers who have knee problems or suffer from motion sickness ( we recommend bringing along tablets to counteract the latter).
How will I know what the coach procedures are?
On the first day of the tour, the tour guide will set the expectation of the passengers in terms of:
- Using the toilet on board
- Tipping the guides
- Seat rotation
- And much more.
Luggage on the coaches
Be sure not to pack more than you can carry as you are required to carry your own bags on Expat Explore tours. You are allowed one piece of main luggage (maximum weight of 20kg). In addition to your main bag, you will need a small daypack for everyday things (camera, sunscreen, water bottle etc.) - this will stay with you on the bus and as you explore.
Checked-In Baggage Guidelines
The size specification below includes handles, pockets and wheels.