Be Bold with Insight Luxury Gold!

An Insight Gold Vacation tour is the ultimate in luxury and refinement when you want to indulge in a fabulous holiday.

Insight Gold is a selection of unique itineraries offering above and beyond the basics to offer something extra when it comes to style, service and comfort.

These standout tours also provide an all-inclusive experience where all visits, sightseeing, activities and evening dining are included.

Try new foods and experience meals as the locals do. By doing this, you can expect to taste plenty of amazing authentic flavours in some beautiful and unique restaurants.

Insight Gold not only takes you to many destinations iconic highlights, it will also delve more deeply into each place with activities, sights and events that only Insight Gold can bring.

These are ‘Signature Experiences’ that allow you to gain a better understanding and appreciation of the country you’re in and the cities and towns you visit.

These Signature Experiences will allow you to live like a local by introducing you to the regional culture and the local people who live there.

Doors can be unlocked that are normally closed to the public, giving you the unique chance to get to know a destination in full, away from the usual tourist sights.

You can learn the art of working sheepdogs in the Scottish Highlands or even try glassblowing in a Bohemian crystal glass factory in Prague, an exciting Signature Experiences is awaiting you!

Insight Gold vacations also means staying in some of the finest hotels that the world has to offer.

These hotels are chosen for their prime location, ambiance, and outstanding level of luxury, as well as a warm welcome and professional service.

They are also located in scenic, central areas in order to give you the best experience and impression of every destination you visit.

Insight Gold offers the ultimate in guided vacations, from delicious regional food to fascinating local culture, unique moments that bring your vacation to life to outstanding, luxurious hotels.

 With Insight Gold Vacations, you won’t just see Europe; you will become a part of it.

 

Christmas & New Year Travelling!

The first snowfall is always a good reminder that winter is hear, if not just around the corner.

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That means Christmas is also not far away, and for some, this is a very special time to celebrate.

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It can also be a wonderful time of the year to travel the globe and see this magical season in a different light.

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A good way to do this is by coach on a guided tour lasting a few days which will enable you to experience and soak in the different cultures during your travels.

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Although a lot of people enjoy coach tours during the warmer weather, winter getaways are becoming ever more popular with more and more people wanting to experience the world during the colder seasons.

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Europe is a very popular destination during winter as its rich cultural diversity takes on a magical form around Christmas time.

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Take in the extraordinary Swiss Alps, revel in the lights of  Paris in France, Barcelona in Spain or Sorrento in Italy and discover some of the finest Christmas Markets in the world! Most tours add extras like a complimentary meal on Christmas day and, of course, Hogmanay festivities when visiting Edinburgh in Scotland.

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Please note that most of these extraordinary photos are by Gerd Altmann from Freiburg, Deutschland on Pixabay.

Applying for a Schengen Visa!

It’s great to imagine a spontaneous visit to the UK or Europe. If you are from one of the following countries you don’t need a visa for a tourist stay of up to 90 days: UK, European Union, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, and  this list is by no means a complete one.

However, if your passport is from India, China, Pakistan, Indonesia, any African country, most South American countries and many others, then you must apply for a visa for the UK and the ‘Schengen Area’. First, however, it would be helpful to understand some background information in order to understand what the Schengen Area actually is.

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The background to the Schengen Area stems from the formation of the European Union (EU) in 1993. The EU is a group of 28 mostly European countries that participate in the world economy as one economic unit and have one official currency, the euro.

 

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From this European Union, the Schengen Agreement was signed which created the Schengen Area. Countries in the Schengen Area have removed border controls with the other Schengen members and strengthened border controls with non-Schengen states. Of the 26 countries bound by the Schengen agreement, 22 are part of the EU and the other 4 are part of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA).

 

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 The countries that are not part of the EU but are part of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) include Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and Lichtenstein. The other six EU members that do not form part of the Schengen Area include Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Romania, Ireland and the United Kingdom. The first 4 are legally obliged and wish to join the area, while the last 2 have opted-out.

 

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This may all sound very complicated, but for the benefit of travelling around Europe, it does have its advantages as only one visa is needed to cover your journey – the Schengen Visa. To apply for the Schengen Visa it is advisable to allow at least 8 weeks for the process as you have to pay for your travel arrangements in advance, and these travel arrangements form part of the evidence you need to show to the consulate where you are applying. Correct paperwork is also essential for the consulate to issue a visa, so checking you have the right information beforehand is very important.

 

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Notably, the booking conditions of most tour and travel arrangements do not provide a full refund within 8 weeks of travel. A sliding scale of cancellation charges kicks in usually within 8-10 weeks before departure. If you have to cancel your travel plans you will lose your airfare, your tour deposit and probably a lot more since you won’t know if your visa has been granted until possibly a couple of weeks before travel. Unfortunately, visa refusal is not an insurable event. The best thing to do is make sure you have all the information you need in the first place to obtain your visa.

 

Key points to remember:

  • Apply to consulate of your main destination. If you are visiting different countries in the Schengen area, but one country in the Schengen area is where you will be spending most of the time (in number of days) that is your MAIN destination.

  • If you are visiting different countries in the Schengen area, but you are spending an equal number of days in each country, your first port of entry in the Schengen area is the country you apply to. BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT NOW – Allow minimum 10 working days to have your passport returned after the appointment date!

  • Apply in your country of residence. If you are currently living in the UK as a student or worker you can apply in the UK as long as your UK residence permit is valid at least three months beyond the return date of the tour.

For the Schengen Visa Global Coach Tours will write you an application support letter when you have booked and paid in full for one of their tours. Again, you must have a UK resident permit to apply in the UK and not just here for a short visit. Your UK residence permit must be valid at least three months beyond the return date of the tour. You should apply in the consulate of the country where you spend the most time. Allow several weeks before your tour as you will be seen by appointment only.

 

 

Mobile friendly websites

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Global coach Tours website has changed for the better, making it even more mobile friendly.

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Recent research has revealed that for the first time in history, mobile has exceeded desktop Internet usage.

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Furthermore, did you know that Google award mobile-friendly websites with a higher natural ranking.

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They even display a ‘mobile-friendly’ label alongside them in search results making your website appear even more attractive!

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What’s more, a website that loads and displays correctly on a mobile device allows its visitors to have the best user experience possible.

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This means you can view our amazing coach tours from the comfort of just about anywhere. Choosing a coach tour has never been such a relaxing and comfortable experience, you’re a browse away from a fantastic holiday!

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Trafalgar – What Sets Them Apart!

Trafalgar are dedicated to giving you the most enjoyable holiday you will ever experience.

This is because Trafalgar have a passion for travel like no other, from the person who meets you at the airport, to the team who go looking for extraordinary experiences, you’ll see their passion for amazing holidays.

Trafalgar are known for their Insider Experiences whereby you are introduced to local characters; from chefs and artisans to historians, farmers and even taxi drivers. You’ll eat with them, drink with them; listen to their stories. This will allow you an understanding of your destination in ways you never imagined.

Trafalgar offer a hassle free  holiday to cherish. As a VIP guest, you’ll enjoy exclusive access to selected sights, avoid queues at major attractions, benefit from luggage porterage right to your room, and stay in carefully selected hotels.

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To help you do all this are Trafalgar’s Travel Directors, carefully selected for their knowledge and enthusiasm. From checking you into your hotel room to recommending a local eatery, your Travel Director’s aim is to make travelling easy and your trip unforgettable.

Trafalgar have had almost 70 years of knowledge and experience to enable you to have one of the best holidays you ever had. However, although no other guided travel company has received so many awards, what really matters to them is what their guests have to say.

The CostSaver Way!

A CostSaver tour is the perfect way to discover a destination for the first time.

You’ll enjoy incredible inclusions and unbeatable value on every trip.

A perfect way to savour Europe on a budget.

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CostSaver ‘Glimpse of Europe‘ tour visits Lucerne in Switzerland.

CostSaver tours are operated by Trafalgar, the industry leader, and  guarantee the best Travel Directors in the industry, 3 and 4-star hotels handpicked to showcase the destination and authentic local meals.

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Tour Director in Prague

CostSaver always includes must-see-sights where your expert team will share the stories and history of each destination. You will also get free time to explore on your own plus the chance to choose from a range of Optional Experiences to enhance your trip. Optional Experiences are quality-checked to complement your trip, and offer incredible value for money.

The awe-inspiring St. Peter's Basilica at night.

The awe-inspiring St. Peter’s Basilica at night.

Experience no hassle travel where everything is arranged for you, from your airport transfers and what you’ll see, to your hotel bookings, so you enjoy an easy, no hassle experience.

No hassle so you can relax more.

No hassle so you can relax more.

  • CostSaver tours include breakfast every day where you will wake up to a delicious selection of continental favourites including cereals, croissants and fruit. In the UK and Ireland, you’ll enjoy a traditional cooked breakfast.

    Typical continental buffet breakfast.

    Typical continental buffet breakfast.

    Relax between cities in a state-of-the-art, air-conditioned Trafalgar coach. There’s ample leg room to stretch out so you can sit back and enjoy the views, or the on-board Wi-Fi.

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    Luxury air-conditioned Trafalgar coach transport .

    After a day’s sightseeing, it’s good to have a local meal waiting for you. That’s why we include up to half of your three-course-dinners. Full of regional flavours these meals give you a real taste of local favourites. We also know you’ll enjoy exploring local bistros, tapas bars and pubs for yourself so we leave you lunches and some dinners free. Ask your CostSaver Travel Director for recommendations when looking for value, an authentic setting or a specific dish.

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    Delicious local pizza.

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    local tapas selection.

     

  • So, to sum it all up, What’s Always Included on a CostSaver tour:

    • Transfers to and from the airport on the first and last day of the tour*
    • A Trafalgar-trained, expert Travel Director
    • 3 and 4-star hotels
    • A sightseeing tour in all major cities
    • Local Specialists to bring locations alive
    • Itineraries with free time planned in
    • A choice of Optional Experiences
    • All breakfasts and up to half your three-course dinners
    • Luxury air-conditioned coach transport
    • All baggage handling, hotel charges and local taxes
    • Operated by Trafalgar, the leader and world’s best guided holiday company

    *except itineraries starting/ending in London  

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