10 famous landmarks in Europe!

 

10 famous landmarks in Europe!

 

Want to be truly inspired on where to go for your hols? Then find a coach tour that will take you to exactly the places you want to be! Find below 10 famous European landmarks to get you started and book that coach tour today:

 

1. Colosseum: Rome, Italy

Hear tales of the glory of ancient Rome! Visit the Colosseum and overlook the Forum on the Road to Rome (2016) tour!

Colosseum

One of the must see sights in Rome

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2. Eiffel Tower: Paris, France

Eiffel Tower - Possibly the world's most famous landmark

Possibly the world’s most famous landmark

In France’s glittering capital city, see the Eiffel Tower, cruise River Seine, visit a French perfumery, tour the Palace of Versailles and see the Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysees and Notre Dame Cathedral, before exploring the museums, boutiques, cabarets and cafes of Paris at your own pace on the Paris Break tour.

 

3. Big Ben: London, United Kingdom

From Royal Horse Guards to iconic red double-decker buses, cosy English pubs and world-famous sightseeing, London is a city of wonderful and quirky extremes. Go and explore on the Delights of London and Paris 2016 tour.

As famous landmarks go Big Ben is way up high on the list

Big Ben in an unmistakable London landmark

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4. Berlin Wall: Berlin, Germany

Hear an exciting account of Berlin’s rich and momentous history during the Best of Germany and Austria tour. Admire the Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden Boulevard, the Reichstag Building, German State Opera House, Tiergarten and the shopping and entertainment district of Kurfürstendamm.

Berlin Wall

The Berlin Wall which once divided Germany

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5. Parthenon: Athens, Greece

Explore Athens including the Acropolis and Parthenon, the Temple of Zeus and the historic site of the modern Olympics. Cruise around the Aegean and visit picturesque islands including Rhodes, Crete and Mykonos on the Ancient Lands Premier 2016 tour.

Parthenon

Parthenon

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6. Hagia Sophia: Istanbul, Turkey

 

Over thousands of years, many civilisations have settled in Turkey, including Romans, Persians and Armenians, each leaving their imprint. Explore the legacy of these civilisations on this Treasures of Turkey tour. Turkey’s historic sites, natural wonders and value for money make it a very attractive destination.

Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia

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7. Moscow Kremlin: Moscow, Russia

 

Immerse yourself in the wonders of Russia on the Wonders of St Petersburg and Moscow tour! See the sights of St. Petersburg including the Winter Palace and the Hermitage Museum. Take a high-speed train to the capital and admire the landmarks and highlights of Moscow, which include Red Square and St. Basil’s Cathedral.

Kremlin Red Square

Kremlin Red Square

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8. San Francisco Cathedral: Madrid, Spain

 

Discover the delights of this forgotten part of Spain on the Northern Spain – End Madrid tour, from the misty green hills of Galicia and Asturias to the laid back beach resorts of the Basque Country. Compare Oviedo’s ancient churches with Barcelona’s crazy Sagrada Familia.

 

9. Buckingham Palace: London, United Kingdom

 

You can see Big Ben and watch the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace on the London Week Thistle Marble Arch tour. Cruise the River Thames and shop along Oxford Street, even watch a West End show or explore the city; the choices are endless!

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

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10. Blarney Stone: Cork, Ireland

Make the most of the Emerald Isle on a charming CIE tour through scenic Ireland. Explore the wonderful city of Dublin before moving on to historic Kilkenny and its castle. Don’t forget to kiss the Blarney Stone before reaching the Ring of Kerry, part of the Iveragh Peninsula. Take in the picturesque Adare and enjoy a traditional Guinness stew in Killaloe on Lough Derg!

Blarney Castle

Blarney Castle

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What to expect on a Viking River Cruise!

You’ve probably seen the Viking logo on numerous occasions when watching a T.V programme and so also probably wondered who on earth Viking River Cruises were. Well, they are one of the world’s most popular river cruise lines who can provide a wealth of information about their amazing river cruise tours!

 

 

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to know exactly what to expect on a Viking River Cruise!

To know what  the accommodation is like and what the view is like from the ship!

Even to know what type  of clothes you need to take!

 

Well, the video below might give you some idea, so take a look on board their amazing Longships:

 

 

The Viking Longships are revolutionary vessels setting innovative standards in style, space and comfort. With names inspired by the legendary Viking Gods, the Viking Longships represent a quantum leap in design, elegance and state-of-the-art engineering.

What’s more, a Viking river cruise is remarkable value for money with just about everything included in the price!

 

 

The reason I would choose a Viking River Cruise is because of their excellent quality, service and outstanding value for money. They also have a reputation that is second to none and are also the world’s most award winning river cruise line!!

 

Why river cruise with Viking

Spacious Accommodations

Every stateroom has an “outside” river view with a window or balcony for viewing scenery, and on every ship, most windows open to the fresh air. Experience the comfort of hotel-style beds with European linens and duvets, and satellite television with BBC, CNN and other programming.

 

Gourmet Cuisine

Enjoy sumptuous breakfasts and wonderful lunches and dinners with Viking. Created by European and well known chefs, our menus combine regional specialties with gourmet fare to delight the most discriminating palate. While meals are casual, open-seating affairs, the atmosphere is always elegant.

 

Expert Planning & Execution

When you travel with Viking, you can relax knowing that all the details of your experience, both on board and ashore, will be fun and interesting. Our knowledgeable Programme Directors, all Viking staff members, are completely devoted to ensuring that every trip you take with us exceeds your expectations.

Cultural Enrichment

On every Viking itinerary, our expert Programme Directors provide background, context and regional perspective. Demonstrations, lectures and workshops supplement on-shore exploration. And now, we take you to a wider range of destinations than ever before—which means more cultural traditions, cuisines and wines, games, music and dances to experience and enjoy. This adds up to a personalized, in-depth experience wherever you travel with Viking.

Consistently Excellent Service

Wherever we sail, you enjoy the same standard of service—because we manage it all: nautical, technical, catering, sightseeing and guides. With operational headquarters in Switzerland and offices in both Russia and China, we oversee these regional shipboard operations.

 

The World’s Most Award-Winning River Cruise Line

We have consistently placed high on competitive rankings like Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List, Reader’s Choice and Best Small Ships awards; and Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best; we have also been honored by prestigious international organizations like the World Travel Awards. Meanwhile, travel agents have recognized us with awards including TravelAge West’s Best Line for River Cruising and Travel Weekly’s #1 River Cruise Line. And Viking is featured in National Geographic’s The 10 Best of Everything.

 

Embark on a Viking River cruise today!

 

THE BEST CRUISES, THE BEST SAVINGS!

 

Never thought of a river cruise as a fantastic getaway before?

Not ever occurred to you what a wonderful holiday may await you?

Well think again because there truly is not a comparison for what you get on a Viking River Cruise!

I should know because I’ve been there and done it, and boy was it an experience to treasure! Basically, with Viking  you can look forward to a journey filled with inspiring destinations, exceptional accommodation, fabulous food and superb service. 

Staterooms

Exceptional accommodation.

Fabulous food.

Superb service.

Also, included in the price are:

* Return flights from the UK.

*Deluxe en-suite accommodation with river view.

*All on board meals.

*Specially selected wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner.

*A wide range of guided tours to must-see attractions and World Heritage sites.

*Cultural enrichment programme for an in-depth understanding of the places you visit.

Amazing value!

What’s more, they are even offering an amazing £1,000 saving per person on their best-selling 2014 itineraries!

ship

For example, if you went on the VIKING Grand European 15 day Tour  on the 28th June 2014 and had the French Balcony ( D ) room, the cost would be £3795 instead of the original £4795!

Another example would be the VIKING Elegant Elbe 10 day tour. If you went on their cheapest standard (D) room on the 3rd May 2014, the cost would only be £1995 instead of the original £2995!

A truly fantastic price for an absolute wonderful experience for sure. But please do hurry as these river cruises do sell out fast and you don’t want to miss out on these amazing offers!

Book through River Cruise Tours as soon as possible and start dreaming…………….

6 Family fun places to visit in London!

 Find fantastic family fun in London!

Believe it or not, London is much more family-friendly than you’d expect  to find in  such a vibrant and busy city. There is so much more to offer so bring the kids along and have fun together. Take a coach tour that will cover London and discover the wonderful sights while there!

 

1.  The Museum of London Docklands is a wealth of history from Roman settlements to the Docklands’ regeneration. Unlock the history of London’s river, port and people in this historic warehouse and discover a wealth of objects from whale bones to WWII gas masks in state-of-the-art galleries, including Mudlarks, an interactive area for kids; Sailortown, an atmospheric re-creation of 19th century riverside Wapping; and London, Sugar & Slavery, which reveals the city’s involvement in the transatlantic slave trade.

FREE ENTRY!! 

  

2.  The Science Museum chronicles the development of science and industry in Great Britain over the centuries, with an extensive collection from biochemistry and photography to meteorology and astronomy.

FREE ENTRY!! 

science

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 3.  Diana Memorial Playground:

This free playground in Kensington Gardens thrills children of all ages. There is an enormous wooden pirate ship surrounded by a sandpit! The  kids adore this and the bigger ones love to climb the mast for the views. There’s also a sensory trail, an outdoor music space, teepees,  swings, slides and climbing frames to keep everyone happy. The cafe also serves great coffee for the grownups too. 

FREE ENTRY!! 

4. The  Natural History Museum is a centre of scientific excellence in the discovery of taxonomy and biodiversity, this world-famous museum promotes the discovery and enjoyment of the natural world through such exciting exhibits as the Life and Earth Galleries, wildlife garden and geological collections. Absolutely outstanding!!

FREE ENTRY!! 

historymus

 

5. Coram’s Fields:

A free central London playground and park, not far from the British Museum, with play equipment for all under 16’s including a huge sand pit for toddlers, slides and water features. There are even some farm animals and no adult can enter without a child so it’s a safe space to be too. 

FREE ENTRY!! 

 

6. Hamleys Toy Store:     

Hamleys Toy Store is paradise on Earth for children, teens and adults. The magnificent seasonal windows, the displays and installations of various themes and the hundreds of toys create the “myth” of Hamleys and make children from all countries want to visit. You can literally spend hours just taking in all the wonderful and entertaining surroundings.

FREE ENTRY!! 

 

Find a Coach Tour that suits you!

Not sure which tour operator to book with when deciding on a coach tour?

Don’t know who provides what and when?

Just too much choice out there!

Well worry no more as I can explain what some of the leading tour operators have to offer. There is  a simple way to decide on which Tour Operator to look at first – by age group and budget.

The number game!


Massive Contiki Savings

Contiki tours are ‘fun and funky’ but only available to you if you are 18-35 years old.

It’s a shame if you are young at heart, but this policy is strictly adhered to. If there are two of you travelling as a couple, Contiki will consider you if ONE of the partners is 17 and has permission from a parent or guardian. Or 36/37 might be considered if ONE partner is 35 or under. They have a worldwide choice of destinations at competitive prices. In Europe they have tours for different budgets such as hotel, resort and camping. There is even a boat option!

The minimum age on a Trafalgar and Insight tour is 5 years but 8 years on a Cosmos tour.

The tour operators decided years ago that small children don’t enjoy coach touring and they introduced these lower age restrictions. There is no upper age restriction. Apart from the Contiki brand, the average age on most coach touring vacations is 50 with a fair mix of 20’s-40’s and retired folks. Age 50 is just an average and it’s impossible to know the exact age groups on any given tour. 

If you are in good health and can walk at a gentle pace without difficulty then coach touring is for you. If you can’t walk very far, but can manage the steps on and off the coach you will still be able to participate in most of the tour. If you use a wheelchair let the Tour Operator know about this in advance, it must be the fully collapsible, manual kind, not electric. You must also be accompanied by an able-bodied companion who is capable of helping you on and off the coach and pushing your chair.

 

 

Premium, First Class, Cost-saver or budget?

 

If you look at individual tour pages at Global CoachTours you will see a price per day for the tour. This is shown so you can easily compare the cost of one tour with another. It varies considerably from country to country. For example the cost of premium touring in Morocco is much less than in Scandinavia. For all brands, all hotel room bathrooms are private so you don’t have to leave your room!

 

Insight

Insight is a premium first class brand. Insight guests expect and receive personalized service, balanced itineraries and carefully chosen, well located first class and premium first class hotels. The coach has a maximum of 40 guests and extra legroom seating.

 

Trafalgar

Trafalgar has both a First Class and Cost Saver brand. Both provide exceptional value for money, with the same professional service of a Tour Director and Driver and comfortable coaches. First Class tours include First Class Hotels, buffet breakfast daily and more sightseeing inclusions. Cost Saver hotels are guaranteed Superior Tourist class or better and continental style breakfast daily. Dinner is provided on selected nights.

 

Cosmos

Cosmos provide  great value budget tours – hotels vary between 2-4 star, but are usually in edge-of-city locations or at airports. For European tours they include breakfast and some dinners. They don’t include any food on their USA tours.

When travelling alone,  some clients do not want to incur the expense of an additional single room supplement. However, to avoid having to pay this supplement, Contiki,  Cosmos, Insight and Trafalgar all offer a twin share option whereby you agree to share a room with someone (same sex of course) at no extra cost. As you can imagine, this is a very popular option.

 

Whichever brand of tour operator you decide to  choose, you can be sure that Global Coach Tours will look after you and handle your booking with the utmost care and personal attention.

Whatever you’re looking for, we can guarantee you’ll find a coach tour that’ll take your fancy.

 

 

Give the family an adventure to remember this summer with Explore

Give the family an adventure to remember this summer with Explore!

Give the family an adventure to remember this summer with Explore  – 

Instead of booking a week on the beach this summer, how about taking the family on an adventure they’ll never forget? Whether you’re chasing the thrill of zip wiring, canyoning and whitewater rafting, or the more relaxed pursuits of kayaking, cycling, and boat cruises, an active break is just the way to keep the whole family entertained over the holidays. With over 16 different family tours departing to Europe alone this summer – from the Azores, to Tuscany, Croatia, Turkey, Greece, Spain, Portugal and Italy  – there’s an Explore adventure to suit all interests.

Below are a selection currently on offer in Europe:

 

Family Active Andalucia!

Cycle, kayak and walk through some of southern Spain and Portugal’s most remote areas. In this rural corner of Western Europe, discover a landscape of forested hills, mountain villages and shimmering lakes. Later, cruise along the scenic Guadiana River, travel to the coast and relax among its beautiful sand dunes. Departing in August 2013, this eight day family adventure starts from £739 per adult and £696 per child including return flights; seven nights hotel with breakfast; transport; and the services of a tour leader and driver. Minimum age is six.

 

Tuscan Active Adventure

This energetic holiday explores Tuscany’s hidden gem – the Garfagnana Valley. Combine outdoor activities such as canyoning, climbing, kayaking, and riding zip wires with time to relax by the pool at a beautifully restored Tuscan villa. Walk the ‘Cinque Terre’ coastal path, and cycle on the ancient city walls of Lucca. At the end of each day, return to a homely farmhouse and enjoy home-cooked Tuscan cuisine. Departing July and August 2013, this eight day adventure starts from £1,064 per adult and £967 per child including return flights; seven nights hotel with breakfast; eight other meals; local transport; and the services of a tour leader and driver. Minimum age is 11.

 

Croatian Active Adventure

Join this week of exciting activities in stunning Croatian landscapes. Based in a rural hamlet with access to the Dalmatian Coast, enjoy the thrills of whitewater rafting, go sea kayaking and ‘canyon’ through caves and waterfalls. There is also time to discover Croatia’s historic sights or relax, making this an ideal trip for all the family. Departing in August 2013, this eight day holiday starts from £1,099 per adult and £1,034 per child including return flights; seven nights pension accommodation with breakfast; eight other meals; transport including bus, kayaking and raft; and the services of a tour leader, driver, instructor and support staff for all activities. Participation in canoeing, kayaking, or rafting (including whitewater) requires the ability to swim 25 metres unaided. Minimum age is eight.

Azores Adventure

Bathed by the warm waters of the Gulf Stream, these little-known volcanic islands rise dramatically from the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Spend time on two of the nine islands, Sao Miguel and Terceira, exploring their jagged landscapes and deep lava caves. Take a boat to search for elusive whales and dolphins and try local cuisine cooked in natural ovens cut out of the ground. Departing in July and August 2013, this eight day tour starts from £1,330 per adult and £1,234 per child including return flights; seven night’s hotel with breakfast; two lunches; local transport; and the services of a tour leader, drivers and boat crew. Minimum age is five.

 

 

Packing guidelines for a Contiki Winter tour!

Contiki

EXPERIENCE EUROPE IN WINTER!

 

Going for a Contiki European tour in the winter?

Not sure what to take with you?

Well worry no more as below there is an extensive list of the ideal items to take!

 

Winter packing:

 

  • The following is a suggested packing list for a Contiki winter tour to Europe. People are individuals though and often have personal preferences and opinions as to what to bring. The following then is not a definitive list, but should give you a good guide as to what you should pack for your European winter tour.
  • Clothes

  • 1 rainproof jacket/small umbrella

  • 1 or 2 shorts/skirts

  • 1 thick sweater

  • 1 swimwear (some hotels may have pools)

  • 2 or 3 pairs of jeans

  • 2 or 3 T-shirts

  • Underwear (lots)

  • Socks (lots)

  • 2 or 3 casual shirts

  • Trousers

  • Dresses

  • 1 set of smart clothes (eg tie, blazer, jacket or suit for evenings out while on tour)

  • 1 thick, warm jacket

  • scarf, gloves and warm winter hat

  • Shoes

  • Comfortable walking shoes – waterproof if possible – snow is cold and wet

  • Thongs/flipflops/sandals

  • ‘Going out’ shoes

  • Toiletries

  • Toiletry bag

  • Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Deodorant

  • Make up, moisturizers and hair products

  • Suntan lotion – just because it’s cold doesn’t mean there is no sun

  • Handkerchiefs/tissues

  • Insect repellent

  • Lip balm

  • Miscellaneous

  • Travel Clock

  • Sunglasses

  • Plastic bags

  • Washing powder

  • Sewing kit

  • Aspirins/medications

  • Pens and writing materials

  • Rechargeable phone card

  • Power adapters

  • Day bag

  • Overnight bag

  • (An overnight bag is simply a small backpack-sized bad that you bring yourself and you pack with clothes, toiletries and anything you think you may need for the next day. This can often make your travel experience easier as it is more practical than carrying a large bag or suitcase up small hotel stairs where there is no elevator, onto a ferry or onto a cable car up a mountain).
    Overnight bags are a good idea on some one night stops or for other overnight stops on tour where it is more practical to have a small bag rather than a large piece of luggage.
  • Label your suitcase inside and out with your name and your home address and perhaps attach a sticker, ribbon, patch or other unique identifier to your luggage to make it easier to spot.

  • Carry a copy of your passport, visas, travel and other important documents as well as your travellers cheque numbers (if you use them) with you in your luggage. You should also leave a copy of all this information at home with someone trusted and contactable while you are away.

  • Don’t pack your travel documents and passport in your luggage, rather take it with you in your carry luggage.

  • Remember to bring more than enough of any medication you might need along with you and carry prescriptions for any medications that you carry with you.

What to pack for a Contiki European Summer Tour!

Contiki

EXPERIENCE EUROPE IN SUMMER!

Going for a Contiki European tour in the summer?

Not sure what to take with you?

Well worry no more as below there is an extensive list of the ideal items to take!

 

Summer packing:

 

 

  • Keep in mind this is not a definitive list – everyone has individual fashion tastes, preferences, opinions, and styles in terms of what they want to wear and bring along! This is meant to be a good guide to help you in packing for your European vacation.   

Clothes

• 1 rainproof jacket/small umbrella 

• 2 or 3 shorts/skirts 

• 1 thick sweater 

• 1 or 2 Swimwear and beach towel 

• 1 or 2 pairs of jeans 

• 2 or 3 T-shirts 

• Underwear 

• Socks 

• 2 or 3 casual shirts 

• Trousers 

• Dresses 

• 1 set of nice clothes (eg going out dress, tie, blazer, jacket or suit for evenings out on tour) 

Shoes

• Comfortable walking shoes 

• Thongs/flipflops/sandals 

• ‘Going out’ shoes 

 

Toiletries

• Toiletry bag and contents 

• Aspirins/medications 

• Suntan lotion 

• Handkerchiefs/tissues 

• Insect repellent

Miscellaneous

• Travel Clock 

• Sunglasses 

• Plastic bags 

• Washing powder 

• Sewing kit 

• Pens and writing materials 

• Rechargeable phone card 

• Power adapters 

• Day bag

• Overnight bag

  • (An overnight bag is simply a small backpack-sized bag that you bring yourself and you pack with clothes, toiletries and anything you think you may need for the next day)
  • Label your suitcase inside and out with your name and your home address and perhaps attach a sticker, ribbon, patch or other unique identifier to your luggage to make it easier to spot. Carry a copy of your passport, visas, travel and other important documents as well as your travellers cheque numbers (if you use them) with you in your luggage. You should also leave a copy of all this information at home with someone trusted and contactable while you are away.
  • Don’t pack your travel documents and passport in your luggage, rather take it with you in your carry luggage. Remember to bring more than enough of any medication you might need along with you and carry prescriptions for any medications that you carry with you.

Camping and Concept/Budget Tours

 

If you are traveling on a Camping or Concept/Budget Tour you should also pack:
• Towel – perhaps a quick dry towel if you like to shower on the departure mornings so you won’t have to pack a wet towel in your luggage
• Sleeping bag
• Toilet tissue
• Flashlight Laundry Facilities Information regarding Laundry Facilities as you travel through Europe.

For the lowest price accommodation, try Hostelbookers 
 

We also have a number of London tours/companies to suggest for London activities

 
 
 
London in one day and other tours  
 
Enjoy your trip to Europe!

Travel your way with Cosmos Tours!

Cosmos
Using a great tour company is like hopping on a magic carpet: They take care of all the bothersome details while the traveller experiences a series of wonderful adventures in distant lands. Cosmos Tours is that magic carpet offering the four corners of the globe in well-planned holidays filled with world-renowned sites.
For those seeking the wonders of nature, Cosmos has tours of the vast fjords in Oslo, the Alps of Switzerland or Mount Vesuvius. The relaxed charm of the Old World lifestyle can still be found in their tours of Portugal, Greece or Madrid while others may prefer New York or Las Vegas. There is something for all tastes here.
At Cosmos, tours are suitable for all ages from 8 years to senior citizens. Multi-generational travel is now very popular. Families share an experience together. Parents, their children and grandparents alike. Travellers with Cosmos will find themselves in a group of people with whom they can feel comfortable, the first requirement for having fun.
Instead of rushing through a blur of destinations as quickly as possible, travellers can take more leisurely tours. Coach or rail tours are available in many popular locations, allowing travellers to enjoy the landscape flowing by. This is travel as it should be.
Every coach tour is carefully planned to give maximum enjoyment without worry or inconvenience. The planners at Cosmos know what travellers love, and they are experts in supplying it. To see the world your way, see Global Coach Tours, and book that magic carpet today!