Christmas & New Year 2015/2016 Coach tours!

Again, it’s that time of year when we start to think about Christmas Time.



Whether it be thinking about what presents to buy, worrying about who to invite on Christmas day or  just stressing about the cost of it all, the build up to Christmas can be eventful to say the least.




There is an alternative though. Why not spend Christmas doing something else instead by taking a coach trip and letting other people take all the stress!

I’m not saying you should do it every year but every now and again won’t hurt. What’s more, there are coach trips designed especially with Christmas and New Year in mind.




Expat Explore do an excellent tour of Britain around the festive season called the ‘Great Britain Christmas Tour’.

 The tour starts in England, taking in beautiful Cambridge and the great City of York, before heading into Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh where you will celebrate Christmas Day. You will then experience the amazing scenery of the Scottish Highlands while travelling to Liverpool – the home of ‘The Beatles’ and two world famous premier league football clubs! Next, head to Wales’ Capital, Cardiff  before visiting the birthplace of William Shakespeare – Straford-upon-Avonand. Next stop is Bath – a UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring some of the finest architecture in Europe. Enjoy a guided walking tour of the town, and learn about the historical significance of the region, including the natural hot springs which supply the Roman baths the famous Roman Bath site in Bath.



Bath’s famous Roman Baths


Christmas time and New Year in Europe is also a fabulous place to be. Full-blown winter in Europe arrives in December and lasts until mid-March, and for most of Europe, winter is really cold. But winter in Europe is a celebration that greets you with the true warmth of festive joy and cheer. Snow-covered rooftops, Christmas markets and cities decorated with amazing displays of light will take your breath away.



Christmas market


Expat Explore also do an excellent tour of Europe called the ‘Europe Christmas Taster Tour’.

The tour starts in London and takes you on to Paris where you will see some of the city’s most treasured landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower! Spend two days in Paris before heading off to the Swiss Alps and the dramatic Swiss mountain scenery. Spend two days here soaking up the wonderful snow-capped peaks and tumbling mountain waterfalls. Take an optional excursion up to Jungfraujoch, the highest train station in Europe! Next, travel to Germany’s famous Rhine Valley and relax on board a Rhine riverboat which takes  you to your hotel in the heart of the Rhine Valley. This is the most concentrated stretch of castles in all of Europe, and it also features vineyards, charming medieval towns and lofty cliffs – wonderful at Christmas. For the next two days you can enjoy Christmas time in the Netherlands and Bruges, both enchanting places at the best of timers, never mind Christmas!



Bruges at Christmas


Some of the most popular and impressive destinations in Europe are just waiting to be explored on these Christmas and New Year tours. Recapture the magic of this wonderful time of year by doing something a bit different and discovering Europe’s Christmas cultural traditions as well as the truly delicious Christmas treats that are created especially for this magical time of year.


Top Touring Coaches!

People often ask “what are the coaches like?”  when they are thinking of joining a coach tour.
Will we be comfortable enough?
How many people are travelling?
Can we sit near a window?
The answer to the first question is, of course you will be comfortable enough on one of the most modern and luxurious coaches that are around today.
Answering the second question, coaches can fit up to 50 people but most have around 40-45 people travelling at any one time.
The third question can be answered by explaining that most tour operators have a policy on seat rotation whereby passengers change seats every few days giving all passengers the opportunity to sit at the front, middle and back of the coach and gives everyone the opportunity to mix with fellow travellers on their coach tour.

Expat Explore’s Coaches

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On tour your safety and comfort is their highest priority. Expat Explore uses a fleet of modern coaches for their various tours across Europe and other destinations. The coaches come equipped with reclining seats, safety belts and an on-board toilet. Coaches are also air-conditioned for your comfort and have large windows for viewing the scenery as you travel through Europe.


As well as comfort, coaches have also been designed for your entertainment needs so include DVD players and stereo sound systems. For the duration of the tour the coach is like your second home, and your Expat Explore driver will take care to maintain its cleanliness. Seat rotation is also an Expat Explore policy ensuring everyone has an opportunity to sit at the front, middle and back of the coach.

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Your Cosmos coach is a quiet smooth-riding high cruiser, equipped with:

Soft, semi-reclining lounge seats

Huge panoramic windows

A high-fidelity sound system


Wi-Fi (not available on all coaches)

For all passengers comfort, all Cosmos coaches are non-smoking, but there are plenty of opportunities to smoke during the frequent stops.
 How long you are on the coach for depends on the itinerary,  but even if you are travelling all day,  the coach will make frequent stops for photo-opportunities / viewpoints and of course,  comfort stops.
Tourist on Saint Istvan Basilika in Budapest

Cosmos also aim never to be travelling non-stop for more than 2-3 hours.

All Cosmos tours also operate a seat-rotation system. This ensures that everyone rotates (with their travelling companion) around the coach,  and will spend some time towards the front of the coach, and some time on either side, thus giving everyone a different perspective.  The only exception to this might be if there were fellow-travellers with access or mobility needs, but even in such cases, they will be allocated seats convenient for the exits,  not simply the front seats.