The top FAQ I get asked is “where and when does my tour start?”
You have a choice of tour operators and a choice of places to join your tour, depending on the operator. Our most popular tours are multi-country tours that start in London and cross the channel by ferry. With Trafalgar, Insight, Contiki or Cosmos, you can join in central London or at the first hotel in Europe which will usually be in Amsterdam, Brussels or Paris. Additionally with Cosmos you can join the tour at Dover and park your car free with a voucher. Leaving the tour, you can say ‘au revoir’ at the last hotel on the tour or ride back to Dover or London, depending on your plans.
So where and when do you meet in London?
CONTIKI AND COSMOS tours depart from the north entrance of the Royal National Hotel, Russell Square, Central London. This meeting point is attached to the Royal National Hotel. Check in for Cosmos is by 8.45am and departure at 9am. The coach usually gets back to Russell Square around 5pm. Click the following link to view the Cosmos joining point or copy and paste the link into your browser for Google Streetview: http://tinyurl.com/RoyalNationalNorthSide Contiki has it’s ‘basement’ under the hotel where helpful staff will give you the departure time the night before for their tours. It’s usually much earlier than Cosmos.
For those not staying in a recommended hotel before the tour, Trafalgar Tours visiting UK and Ireland, Paris or Brussels depart from and return to their London Reception Centre 75 – 79 York Road, London SE1 7AQ behind the ‘London Eye’ http://www.trafalgar.com/lrc
If you wish to book your own hotel, try this hotel price comparison site http://tinyurl.com/GCThotels and search in the Waterloo area if your tour leaves from the London Reception Centre
Trafalgar Tours going to Amsterdam as their first stop depart from and return to a designated/Trafalgar recommended hotel. Ask for details.
Insight Vacations tours depart mostly from the Thistle Marble Arch Hotel which is also the return point for their tours. However this is subject to change so check with us. This link shows the location: http://tinyurl.com/qwhcxy This is the hotel’s own web site: http://www.thistle.com/en/hotels/united_kingdom/london/thistle_marble_arch/index.html Approximate departure times. You must always reconfirm the time by calling 020 7828 4388 a day or two before departure as times are subject to change.
European Tours 0630hrs, check-in 0615hrs
British Tours 0645hrs, check-in 0630hrs
For all tour operators, let Global Coach Tours book you a pre and/or post night in the hotel nearest to the departure point.