Let Contiki Indulge your Wanderlust!

Taking time out after months of hard study and exams is one sure way to get your head, mojo or whatever you feel you need to get back !

A lot of students like to indulge their wandering spirits by setting off on an adventure of a lifetime either between college and university or between university and getting that dream job.

This allows for a real cooling off period from all the stress that has engulfed their lives during their strive for academic success.

We all need an off switch that enables us to ‘just live’ without all the constraints of the on button that tells us to ‘succeed’ no matter what.

Most employers would probably be glad to have someone on board that has lived a bit and experienced some of what life’s got to offer!

Take heart that you are not alone for this thirst for adventure. I think the need to explore this wondrous world of ours is there the minute we are born and never really leaves us.

Some prefer to do it alone, wandering the earth to see what will behold them. Others, not so much, as being part of a group is one way to get to know new people on their once in a lifetime journey.


Planning is the key – it allows you to pick and choose the places you most want to see.

Being part of a tour is even better because others do the hard work for you.

Say you wanted to visit Dubrovnik in Croatia so you can see for yourself where ‘Game of Thrones’ is filmed, or the home of the legendary explorer Marco Polo, or just the blue water & rocky Adriatic coastline.

A Croatian Island Hopper tour would be just what you are looking for.

A Croatian Island Hopper tour would be

The choice is vast out there for anyone wanting the time of their life. You can decide where you want to go, what you want to see and when you want to see it by just browsing and  choosing a tour that best suits you.

Forget having to choose different hotels and worrying about how you are going to get about, every thing is done for you – your only job is to enjoy yourself big time!!

Contiki Tours even do a Backstage pass that gives you an incredible exclusive experience. From exclusive food to exclusive accommodation to exclusive access to the best sights, your Backstage Pass gives you unbeatable value & a completely unique travel experience.

Contiki Holidays – an excellent choice for young adventure seekers!



Do you seek adventure and have a hankering for all things British?

Want to explore the amazing sights and sounds of England, Scotland and Wales?

Does the thought of Ireland make you want to leave everything and go there now?

Well look no further as Contiki tours has one of the widest choices available, from quick breaks to epic journeys, Contiki trips cover the world from all angles for 18-35 year old adventure seekers!

From Contiki tours Europe to Contiki tours UK, you cannot fail to find something especially for you.

Contiki tours UK combines the most picturesque countries in Europe – England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland.

From short and date specific tours such as ‘St. Patrick’s Day (Ends in London)’ 4 day tour to more extensive tours such as their ‘Great Britain & Ireland (Ends in London)’ 16 day tour, Contiki holidays has the adventure you are looking for.


Contiki tours also offer an amazing ‘England & Scotland’ 9 day tour which can either end in Glasgow or London. This tour has the lot and includes a whirlwind of sightseeing, amazing medieval history & culture , and of course legends – watch out for the Loch Ness monster. 

What’s more, although there are some cheap places to stay in the UK, Contiki trips also offer a way of extending your stay with their ‘London Explorer (2 nights) (Imperial Hotel, Ends in London)’ short tour. It’s more like a  self-guided package which you can add onto your other Contiki holidays. Having said that, there are Contiki tours UK Representatives in central London  on hand to help you out with sightseeing info and tips on getting around. There are also plenty of day trips from London to choose from if you want to go further afield.


You can book a Contiki tour plus all Contiki  tours Europe with BIG SAVINGS all year round. Book with Global Coach Tours and they will give you an extra 8% DISCOUNT off most Contiki tour prices listed on their website that are 8 days or longer.

This is additional to other Contiki savings, including group savings when 4 or more friends book together and last minute deals – wow!

Book a Contiki holiday for the most amazing experience of  your life and the best holiday deal to match!!

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 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 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 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.



Packing guidelines for a Contiki Winter tour!




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!



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.   


• 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) 


• Comfortable walking shoes 

• Thongs/flipflops/sandals 

• ‘Going out’ shoes 



• Toiletry bag and contents 

• Aspirins/medications 

• Suntan lotion 

• Handkerchiefs/tissues 

• Insect repellent


• 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!

Make your life count with Contiki!

Massive Contiki Savings


They say that one day your life will flash before your eyes. So you’d better make sure it’s worth watching.

A Contiki tour will take you on the most amazing journey that will last with you for a lifetime. Come and experience some extraordinary moments as you delve into the  most diverse and incredible places on earth.  

These tours are about a journey of discovery – a time to discover your dreams and a time to discover yourself along the way.

 Imagine a travel buddy who knows the world inside out and upside down – where to eat, sleep, party, shop and find authentic local experiences. The people at Contiki are more than just walking, talking guidebooks, they’re lifelong travellers whose sole passion is to make sure you have the time of your life – so let the journey begin……….

Contiki offer global coach tours in over 46 countries and 6 continents, from quick breaks as short as 3 days to epic journeys as long as 6 weeks. You can choose short or longer journeys for your global tour, just remember – don’t count the days but certainly let the days count on any trip you do!  


With Contiki, there is even more choice now with some exciting new tours for 2016! Go beyond in Europe, China and Thailand and experience even better itineraries – if that’s possible!

New Asia tours

Tours are now available to see the likes of the Great Wall, impressive Terracotta Warriors and bustling cities of China ‘China Adventure’ . Also, take in Thailand’s amazing beaches made famous in the  film ‘The Beach’ Thai Island Hopper West and  Thai Island Hopper East.


New European tours

 There are now even more amazing sights than ever before to see in Europe, as well as more options to cruise around the stunning Med and Greek Islands  

 Get a discounted rate when you book through Global Coach Tours.

G Adventures – great adventure travel on a budget

G Adventures encourage you to step off the beaten path, embrace the unexpected and immerse yourself in the extraordinary. Their award-winning trips embrace authentic accommodation and local transportation to bring you face to face with the world’s most fascinating cultures, customs and awe-inspiring wildlife. Their grassroots approach provides a more affordable way to travel, so they are able to deliver the adventure of a lifetime at a fraction of the cost.


They believe single travellers should enjoy the same advantages as others in their group. They’ll gladly pair you up with a roommate of the same sex to ensure you get the same price.

They also have the most guaranteed departures from which to choose. Go ahead and choose a guaranteed departure date for complete peace of mind. Kick back, relax—and start looking forward to the adventure of a lifetime!

Discover the World with Contiki Tours for 18-35s

Traveling the world is a dream for many people. When you are ready to travel to another country and immerse yourself in the culture, you will need to plan your adventure. With the help of Contiki tours, you can easily have the great vacation of your dreams.
When many travelers think of tours, they think of rigidly structured tours that give you only hours to explore some of the greatest attractions in the world. When you want to explore the world your way, you will want to choose a tour company that provides you with tons of options so you can see everything that you’ve waited for.
Many tour companies also schedule very little free time for guests. When you are in a foreign country, you will want to see the sites on a guided tour, but you will also want to have some time to explore on your own. Tours that offer this allow you to have a quiet dinner out or explore some of the local shops without worry.
When you book your tour, you will want to make sure you are traveling with your peers. Traveling with people your own age makes foreign tours much more exciting and adventurous. You may also make some new friends along the way. Contiki cater exclusively for the 18-35 age group.
Tours are easy to book and will provide you with plenty of travel options. Customizing your tour will help you get the most out of your vacation. Plan ahead for fun and adventure on your next tour abroad.

Bed hopping around the world

Double, Single, Queen, King, Twin, Triple, Quad, Suite, Full Size, Wide Double, Olympic, Super King, California King, King Long, Stateroom?
These are all terms used by bed mattress makers worldwide, but when it comes to travel, they mean different things in different countries!

We all like a nice comfy bed after a busy day sightseeing on an escorted tour of Europe or Britain.

A double bed in a London hotel

A double bed in a London hotel

At Global Coach Tours, we are always explaining the terms, so at last, here is the full explanation you wanted, but were afraid to ask.

All these terms are bed configurations within rooms, except did you spot the deliberate mistake?
The word ‘stateroom’ is not a bed, but is a type of room used on board ships and river cruise boats.

Four poster

A romantic four poster double bed in a country house hotel

A single room or bed in North America might mean ‘a room’ rather than a suite, but in Europe it means a room for one or a bed wide enough for only one person to sleep in.

Touring by coach in Britain & Europe you will get a “twin room” as standard. That’s a room with two single beds in it  (approx 90 x 190 cm aka a twin). If you are travelling as a couple, you can request a double (aka a full size bed) but as you will be staying in a variety of hotels, demand may outstrip supply in some hotels. You should get your request fulfilled for most of your tour.  The size of a double will be at least 140 x 190 cm, but you may get a larger bed in some hotels.

Put simply, request ‘double bed’ if you are travelling as a couple and like to sleep in the same bed. This means one larger/wider bed sleeping two, rather than two narrow beds sleeping one person each.

A triple room can either be a double plus a single or three singles. A quad room could be any configuration that sleeps four people, including two separate rooms.

Are you travelling alone? Touring with Trafalgar, Insight and Cosmos, single room prices apply if you want a room to yourself. If you wish to save money, on most tours you are guaranteed to be matched with a room mate of the same gender at the start of the tour and only pay the standard twin-share price. Should there be nobody to share with on day 1 of the tour, you would get a single room at no extra cost, but this doesn’t happen very often. The only way to be guaranteed a room for sole occupancy is to agree to pay the single room price when you book. 

For a definitive explanation with exact bed sizes, please see this Wikipedia article



Coach tours for Every Age Group

With so many tour companies available to you, there’s absolutely no need to feel limited while seeking out coach tours that are the perfect fit for your needs. Here’s a preview of the variety available to you when you shop at globalcoachtours.com. This is your one stop for tours that are suitable for a wide range of age groups.
There’s no denying that younger crowds require a special class of touring experience: those between the ages of 18 and 35 are more likely to seek out a unique trip full of action and adventure with a free-spirited group of their peers. Touring with Contiki is ideal for precisely that: catering only to individuals in this age range, over 50% of Contiki’s customers travel alone. This is ideal for those who don’t want to feel like the odd man out and wish to form lasting and meaningful relationships with other young adults. If that isn’t enough, Contiki offers the opportunity to explore over 46 countries across 6 continents, all on exceptional trips that are designed to minimize your expenses and maximize excitement.

With an average touring age of 40, Expat Explore are ideal for the young at heart.

Even though you might not have as much free time for traveling as a twenty something doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy yourself on holiday. Options abound with Cosmos Tours, which gives you the chance to fit in a quick weekend getaway or take the long break you’ve been putting off for all these years. Those on a fixed income will appreciate Trafalgar Tours’ varied offerings, which can go for less than £100 per day.  If you’d prefer fewer options and would like everything included in your tour from the get-go, try CIE Tours. Travel is all-inclusive so that you don’t have to worry about paying for additional excursions once you get to your destination.
The real deal tourist gondolas

The real deal tourist gondolas

No two tour companies are alike; look into all the options available to you on this site so you can find the right fit. No matter what your choice is, you’re sure to have an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experience abroad.