Monaco must be one of your stops

Monaco is a sovereign city state that is situated in Southern Europe. Monaco has much to offer visitors. There are so many thrilling sites to see there. It is also known for its glitzy casinos and its yacht-lined harbour. It is truly a mesmerising place to visit. Many of our tours stop there such as The Principalities of Europe by Insight Vacations. Here you will find the list of things to visit in Monaco.

The Oceanographic Museum and Aquarium in Monaco

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This was established by the scientist prince Albert I in 1910. It is one of the fascinating must-see spots in Monaco, especially if you like aquariums. This place has everything, you can see there numerous species you have never seen in your lifetime. You can discover the fantastic mix of sea life, art and historical artifacts. Likewise, if you go there, it offers a nice rooftop view, a new playground as well as a cafe. Moreover, this is a very easy museum and aquarium to get through and children can wander around at their leisure. So, you will have a good time exploring the aquariums there. You will see some very exotic and large fish.

Monte-Carlo Casino

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This Grand Casino is a luxury palace located in the central quarter of the principality of Monaco. This Casino is made up of gorgeous architecture and stained glass. It is set in a formal garden and can give you splendid views over Monaco. Therefore, if you like to play games, the atmosphere is full of richness and glamour there. Inside this beautiful building, it’s extraordinarily lavish. There is a wide range of table games like the « Salons Privés », « Salle des Amériques » and « Les Supers Privés ». Besides, there are the usual slot machines to try. Apart from that, if you want to explore some other beautiful sites in Monte Carlo, you can rent a luxury car at gpluxurycarhire, it helps you to complement the visit.

The Exotic Garden of Monaco

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In French, this spot is called « Jardin Exotique de Monaco ». It is located in the principality of Monaco on the Mediterranean coast between Nice and Menton. The garden contains lots of tropical plant life and had a nice layout that allows you to leisurely stroll through to enjoy everything. This garden worth a visit as you will see hundreds of cacti and succulents. Furthermore, you can get amazing views across Monaco there. Many different vistas and plenty of seats are found there as well. After making a tour of the garden, there is a large cavern that you can visit at the bottom of the garden. The cavern is full of stalactites, stalagmites, curtains and columns that you can discover.

Some genuine yachts to see in Monaco

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This whole city is beautifully clean and picturesque with tons of enviable yachts. There, you can see at least 4 of the top yachts in the world at any one time. For a case in point, you can uncover the Silver Fast, the Solandge, the Twizzle and the super yacht I Dynasty. The luxury of the yachts in Monaco is unbelievable. You can attend the Monaco Yacht Show where some of the newest luxury yachts are on display. You can even wander round the fantastic yachts and super yachts in this city.

In this way, you should not miss out all these places. There are lots of things you can do in Monaco such as admiring the Oceanographic Museum. It is a great opportunity to visit Monte Carlo that has an elegant casino as well. Additionally, you can spend a few leisurely moments at the Exotic Garden.

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.

 

 

Travelling with Insight Vacations

If you are planning to travel overseas or to another country that you may not be familiar with, guided vacations and planned tours will assist you in making the most out of your experience. Coach tours through the United Kingdom, United States and other areas of Europe enable you to board a bus for the trip of a lifetime. Not only does this give you the chance to see new areas of the world that you may not have known about before, but you will have the opportunity to relax in comfort and style as you make your way around the country without having to do any of the driving or travelling yourself.

Guided Vacation Tours

Insight vacations are luxury escorted tours that bring you to different areas and provide you with a variety of insight and information on each destination. You are able to find some of the latest and greatest Insight Vacations offers by simply selecting the destination that you would like to visit and the ideal duration of your trip. Many of these vacations can last anywhere from 4 days to 16 days and up. For example, get a taste of the “Gems of Britain” in 5 days and stop by Edinburgh Castle and Lively Liverpool, or view five countries in 8 days with the sensational “European Breakaway”.Insight_logo
 
Not only do these tours increase your overall travel experience, but also provide you with an affordable way to vacation in style. Your vacation will include all accommodations and sightseeing with directors from around the world. There is truly no better way to travel.
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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.

North American Adventures with Insight Vacations

Whether you’re dreaming of a romantic cruise getaway, you need a relaxing family vacation, or you want a solo break from everyday life, touring with a top name in the industry like Insight can get you to a variety of North American locations.
History buffs will delight in the Boston, Cape Cod, and the Islands tour, where you can walk Boston’s two-and-a-half mile long Freedom Trail, learn facts about Pilgrims and maritime sailing, enjoy a one-of-a-kind bowl of New England clam chowder, and eat a sumptuous Cape Cod seafood feast. Off the opposite coast of the United States, Alaska has become a rising tourist destination, with people from all over the world drawn to its expansive wilderness and untouched beauty. The Jewels of Alaska tour with cruise allows you to immerse yourself in Alaskan culture over 14 days, complete with a visit to the Native Heritage Center; budding photographers can set their sights on the picturesque scenes of Denali National Park. Fans of the Olympics will surely be appreciative of Whistler village, along with a visit to Lake Louise and wine tasting on the Grand Canadian Rockies tour.
If you had less snow and more sun in mind, North American beaches abound with Insight Vacations. A tropical trip awaits you on the Hawaiian Dreams tour, where you’ll visit four of Hawaii’s islands and find out what relaxation truly means as you adjust to the carefree “anything goes” attitude that sets this state apart from all the rest. Mountainous waterfalls, gorgeous sunsets spent on the beach, and volcanic views create one unforgettable trip. Looking to stay on the mainland? Discover the tumultuous history of America’s South in the Southern Elegance tour, with stops located all through North Carolina, South Caroline, and Georgia.
Having the pros do the planning for you is integral to enjoying your limited time away from home. You’ll be grateful you hired someone else to do all the driving and navigating while you’re busy creating memories that will last a lifetime. Global Coach Tours are experts in advising you on your Insight tour.

How do I choose a coach tour when there’s so much choice?

We feature many brands of tour companies. There’s a simple way to decide on which brands to look at first. By age group and budget.

Contiki tours are ‘fun and funky’ but only available to you if you are 18-35 years old. We are sorry if you are young at heart, but this policy is strictly adhered to. If there are two of you travelling as 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.

A new arrival in the last few years is Expat Explore They are aimed at 18-40 age group, but unlike Contiki they don’t have an upper age limit. Just as long as you are fit, healthy and young at heart you are very welcome on their budget ‘comfort’ tours which are amazing value.

Can I bring my baby and my great grandma?

The minimum age is 8 with Cosmos.  With Trafalgar and Insight it’s 5 years. 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 20s-40s and retired folks. 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 we must know about this in advance, it must be the fully collapsible, manual kind, not electric. You must 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, CostSaver or budget?

If you look at individual tour pages 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 Scandinavia. For all brands, all hotel room bathrooms are private, 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 CostSaver 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. CostSaver hotels are guaranteed Superior Tourist class or better and continental style breakfast daily. Dinner is provided on selected nights.

Cosmos Tours are 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.

CIE tours are the market leaders in tours to Ireland and are fantastic value for money

Leger Holidays are budget tours aimed squarely at the UK and special interest market, such as battlefield tours and Disneyland Paris. All other brands above are for worldwide English speaking clients.

Just You are part of the Page & Moy group and are primarily for single UK travellers. Their big selling point is ‘no single supplements’. You always get your own room. With Cosmos, Insight and Trafalgar you can avoid a single supplement by agreeing to share a room. This is a very popular option.

Allied T Pro and American Tours International (ATI) are US tour companies providing value and budget tours in the USA. Continental breakfast is included on some of their tours, but mostly there is no food included. This is not a problem as there is always a wide choice of places to eat close to most stops.

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