10 Good Reasons to Visit Italy!

Visit Italy in 2016

There are many good reasons to visit Italy. Experience extraordinary architecture, remarkable works of art, fascinating history, as well as delicious cuisine and glorious natural beauty. Italy also has the greatest number of UNESCO World Heritage sites in the world, and is top of the list for world-class tourist attractions.


Monuments in Rome

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Rome is bursting with historical monuments, ruins and artifacts. These include the world famous Colosseum, Roman Forum and Trevi Fountain.
Explore the Vatican city and see the Sistine Chapel painted by Michelangelo and the incredible St. Peter’s Basilica.


2. Venice

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If you visit Italy and bypass Rome, then you must not miss Venice. World famous for its 117 small islands which are separated by sleepy canals and linked by exquisite bridges. Add to that the gondolas and beautiful architecture, including Saint Mark’s Basilica. You can create memories that will last forever.


 3. Florence

Bridge in Florence

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The Renaissance City of Florence is extraordinary in its beauty. View the magnificent Baptistery, Michelangelo’s David and visit Piazza della Signoria, with its stunning statues and palazzi. Stroll along the Ponte Vecchio, a Medieval stone bridge in Florence, best known for the many shops built along it.


4. Pisa

Pisa Square of Miracles

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Pisa is a city best known for its iconic Leaning Tower. The Leaning tower of Pisa is a freestanding bell tower which stands next to the cathedral of Pisa, and started tilting during its construction in the 12th-century.


5. Siena


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Discover Siena, a picturesque medieval town in the heart of Tuscany, famous for its medieval brick buildings. Admire the wonderful architecture on Piazza del Campo, including the the Gothic palace, Palazzo Pubblico,  and its tower, Torre del Mangia.


6. Bologna


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Bologna is the capital of the Emilia-Romagna Region in Northern Italy, and is famous for its medieval towers. It is also known for its food and where tortellini, mortadella, tagliatelle and ragù originated from.


7. Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre

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The Cinque Terre is a district where five centuries-old seaside villages are set along the rugged Italian Riviera coastline. See the enchanting colourful houses and ancient vineyards clinging to the terraces, soak up the amazing views, and experience the sheer beauty of the place.


8. Italian Lakes

Italian Lake

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Witness breathtaking views and serene surroundings when you visit the Italian Lakes region. From Lake Lugano to Lake Garda and the Dolomite Mountains, bask in the peaceful beauty of it all. Take a trip to Bellagio in the Province of Como, commonly known as ‘the pearl of Lake Como’, and be enchanted by this heavenly place.


 9. Naples

Bay of Naples

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The cosmopolitan city of Naples is Italy’s third-largest city and boasts a vast assortment of  archaeological treasures. This wonderful place is bursting with many historic palaces, monuments and statues, and the view as the sun sets on the Bay of Naples is outstanding.


10. Pompeii

Ruins at Pompeii

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Visit the excavations at Pompeii and prepare to be astonished by this haunting experience. Buried for centuries beneath volcanic ash after Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD, this  archaeological site lies preserved for all time. The ruins of Pompeii are simply extraordinary, providing a fascinating insight into ancient Roman life.



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Quite simply, immerse yourself in the Italian culture and let your heart be captured by this wonderful country.

You can plan to visit Italy with Global Coach Tours

A Guide to Iceland!

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The beautiful country of Iceland has been in the news lately because of its football team and the fact that they beat England in the European Championships 2016. With a population of just 332,529, and the fact that most players are part time footballers, it’s hardly surprising. However, if you take a look at the overwhelming support of their fans and the teams celebratory “Viking cry” at the end of each match to show their appreciation, it’s no wonder this dedicated team is on a roll. You can be talented up to a point, but it takes your state of mind and drive to succeed to take you all the way! We all like an underdog so now England have spectacularly gone out of the competition, it’s only natural that we wish Iceland the best, well I do anyway.

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Iceland has also been on the telly lately because of its food. English celebrity chef and television presenter Rick Stein filmed a new television series based on food around the world, in which Iceland was included. This gave us a real insight into Iceland, especially the culinary delights of Reykjavik, and the search for the perfect Icelandic cod.


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This may be all well and good, but the real attraction to Iceland is the overwhelming beauty of the place. It is quite literally a world of natural phenomena, from the hot-springs at Geysir to the mighty waterfalls at Gullfoss , stunning landscapes of every shape and form can be found at every turn. A guided coach tour could take you to some of the most wonderful places on earth.


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This utterly mesmerizing land is also home to Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in Europe, breathtaking fjords and Eyjafjallajökull, which is a volcano completely covered by an ice cap, which erupted as recently as 2010! Because Iceland is volcanically active, lava fields are prevalent in the landscape in the form of ragged block lava and more smoother ropy lava. Many of them have their origin in another volcano called Snæfellsjökull, the apparent ‘passage leading to the center of the earth’ as depicted in the Jules Verne (1864) novel, Journey to the Center of the Earth.

Snæfellsjökull in background

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Iceland is also known for its natural Icelandic hot springs, the most famous being the Blue Lagoon. This popular geothermal spa is situated in southwestern Iceland and is one of the most visited attractions in Iceland. The warm waters are rich in minerals and are reputed to help people suffering from skin problems. In fact, the Blue Lagoon also has a research program designed to help find cures for skin ailments using the mineral-rich water, which has average temperatures of  37–39 °C in the bathing and swimming area of the lagoon. You can visit and bathe in this wonderful place on the Trafalgar ‘Ultimate Iceland’ tour, which will also take you to the wall of giant books and the glacial mountain backdrop at a museum dedicated to Thorbergur Thordarson, Iceland’s most beloved 20th century author.


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Iceland maybe in the news at the moment for a number of reasons, but the extraordinary beauty of this outstanding land alone is enough to draw you into its enchanting web  time and time again.

5 ‘Brexit’ Effects on Travel Plans?

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‘Brexit’ refers to the British exit from the European Union, and you may be wondering,  How does this affect my travel plans?

Well, Here’s what we know up to now…


1. Impact on travel.

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If you’ve already booked or are planning to book a holiday, Brexit should have no impact on you as a traveller. This is because many of the effects of Brexit won’t happen immediately, the negotiations for the UK’s exit from the EU are expected to take around two years, so no sudden changes.


2. UK & Europe borders.

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Travellers with valid passports and the correct visas will be allowed to travel from London to all countries in Europe. Brexit  will not effect visa policies of the Schengen Regions in Europe.


3. British passports.

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The UK will remain part of the EU as long as it takes to negotiate its exit. For this reason, British passports will remain valid throughout this time, meaning no changes if you are planning to travel to Europe this year or in the next two years at least.


4. Excellent exchange rates.

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 With the UK’s vote to leave the EU came the inevitable effect on the pound, making it weaker against most other world currencies, and the same can be said for the Euro in the coming weeks and months. People travelling and planning to travel to Europe can therefore expect a better exchange rate in the UK and Europe in the foreseeable future.


5. Still safe place to visit.

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Finally, the UK and Europe is still one of the safest places to travel and Brexit should not put you off following your dreams. Excellent public transport, cultural diversity and amazing experiences to behold are just a few reasons to travel, especially on a guided tour so you know you are in extra safe hands.









Scandinavian Secrets!

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When we think of  Scandinaviathe three kingdoms of Denmark, Sweden and Norway come to mind.

These three great kingdoms historically share the Scandinavian Peninsula in northern Europe, and the term Scandinavia was first to used to describe them as recently as the the eighteenth century.

The term became even more popular as a unifying concept in the nineteenth century by the influences of people such as the famous poet and writer Hans Christian Andersen and his poem “I am a Scandinavian” which reflected his belief that all Swedes, Danes and Norwegians were “one people”.



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The word ‘Denmark’ can first be traced back to the 10th century when the Vikings were at their most fierce, plundering their way across Western Europe.

However, the Denmark today is very different from its historical past. With its beautiful natural landscapes and cosmopolitan cities full of cutting-edge culture, art and nightlife, Denmark is the perfect place to visit on a coach tour or guided vacation.


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Witness the amazing sight of the Little Mermaid and discover her creator, Hans Christian Andersen’s birthplace in Odense.

Denmark’s charismatic capital of Copenhagen cannot afford to be missed as you are treated  to its abundance of historical buildings mixed together with contemporary art and modern design.

Visit Denmark in the summer to witness the truly beautiful landscape or in winter for a magical Christmas wonderland.


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The history of Sweden again goes back to the Vikings, with evidence still seen today.

From rune stones and burial mounds, to medieval towns and fortresses,  the legacy of the Vikings still lives on.

Today Sweden is also one of the world’s most beautiful and cosmopolitan countries to visit on a coach tour.

From its arctic and pristine landscapes, amazing lakes and lush green fields and forests, Sweden has it all.


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Seek out a Dalecarlian horse or Dala horse, a traditional carved, painted wooden horse statuette which originated in the Swedish province of Dalarna.

Anyone visiting IKEA may have a recollection of this horse being sold in various colours, and may even own one not knowing its origin.

On a guided holiday, visit the cosmopolitan city of Stockholm which blends both classic historical buildings with modern Scandinavian style and architecture.

For a bit of fun, spend some time at ABBA The Museum, an interactive exhibition about the pop-group which can be found in Stockholm.



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Norway’s vast variety of scenic beauty makes it stand out as one of THE places to visit – it’s constant and awe-inspiring beauty making it one of the top destinations to tick off any bucket list.

Take in its breath-taking fjords, forests and mountains, spectacular waterfalls and glaciers, and be prepared for otherworldly and mysteries experiences to behold!

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This is because a large section of northern Norway is located within the Arctic Circle, providing the country with two of its most popular tourist attractions.

The first is the Midnight Sun during the summer months whereby you see endless days when the sun doesn’t set for the whole summer.

The second is the sighting of the amazing Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights during the winter months.

Stand witness to the sky coming alive with spectacular bluish green arcs of light, glowing and shimmering with their enchanting radiance flaring over the sky in a constant movement of divine dancing.


5 Things To Do In Florence!

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The two images above just about sum up my presumptions of Florence.

On the first picture, the gods seem to be dancing on this magnificent city, enjoying recollections of past events. On the second, the sheer architectural beauty cries out to be explored and feast upon.

Florence is the capital city of Italy’s Tuscany region and is famous for its glorious history. This includes being one of the the wealthiest cities of the medieval period and the birthplace of the Renaissance, and is widely regarded as the “the Athens of the Middle Ages”. It was also home to the Medici family, the most powerful family in Florence who ruled the city during the Renaissance era from the 15th to the 18th century.

Classed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site, Florence is one of the most visited places in the world, attracting  millions of tourists each year who come via coach tours to see the amazing architecture and monuments, and abundance of museums and art galleries bulging with Renaissance art.

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As a tourist, I believe my 5 main attractions would be as follows……….

1. The Duomo

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The most famous site of Florence is the domed cathedral of the city, Santa Maria del Fiore, also known as The Duomo. The actual dome was built by Filippo Brunelleschi around 600 years ago and is still classed as the largest dome built in brick and mortar in the world.

The exterior is covered in a mixture of pink, white and green marble, while the interior has a striking array of mosaic flooring. The only way to see the inside of the dome up close is to climb its 463 steps to the top, while also admiring Giorgio Vasari‘s frescoes of the Last Judgment (1572-9) on the way up.


2. The Tower of Palazzo Vecchio

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The Palazzo Vecchio is another architectural masterpiece which dominates Florence’s skyline, and literally towers over Florence at 95 metres high.

This majestic Tower is also an art museum, and overlooks the Piazza della Signoria with its copy of Michelangelo’s David statue and the gallery of statues in the adjacent Loggia dei Lanzi.

An interesting fact links to the replica of Michelangelo’s David statue. The original stood at the tower entrance from 1504  but was moved to the Accademia Gallery in 1873, with the replica subsequently being erected in 1910!


3. Michelangelo’s David

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Michelangelo’s David is a Renaissance marble statue standing at 5.17 metres and was created by the great artist between 1501 and 1504.

The statue represents the Biblical hero David, and was originally commissioned as one of a series of statues of prophets to be positioned along the roof line of the Florence Cathedral. This never happened, so instead the statue was placed outside the Palazzo della Signoria, and later moved to the Accademia Gallery.

Another interesting fact in regards to David is that during World War II, he was entombed in brick to protect him from damage coming from airborne bomb strikes!


4. Ponte Vecchio

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The Ponte Vecchio is a bridge which sits over the Arno River in Florence and is a truly magnificent piece of architecture that also houses an array of shops built along its edges and held up by stilts.

This wonderful bridge is known as the Old bridge and is also unique because of its Vasari Corridor, a covered passageway which runs above the shops.

The current bridge was rebuilt in the 14th century, and interestingly, is the only bridge in the city to have survived World War II intact because the retreating German troops chose to spare it in 1944!


5. Florence Baptistery

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The Florence Baptistery has the status of a minor basilica and is famous for its Gates of Paradise, magnificent doors found on the east of the building and created by Lorenzo Ghiberti.

The Baptistery is one of the oldest buildings in the city and has eight equal sides with a rectangular addition on the west, built in the florentine Romanesque style. It is crowned by a magnificent mosaic ceiling and decorated with majestic statues on its exterior.

Did you know that the “Gates of Paradise” situated in the Baptistery today are a copy of the originals? After five hundred years of exposure, it was decided that the panels were to be removed and preserved for future prosperity in a more protective environment in the  Museo dell’Opera del Duomo, the museum of the Duomo’s art and sculpture.

Back-Roads – The Roads Less Travelled!



A fully packaged popular coach tour can really tick all the boxes when deciding on a well deserved break. Sometimes though, a more laid back and intimate experience is what people need, something a bustling coach tour just can’t provide.

Well, there are touring companies out there that can fill that need, companies like Back-Roads Touring who are experts in small group and tailor made touring holidays. With their small group size tours, they offer a unique range of fascinating and leisurely regional tours throughout the UK and Europe.

With Back-Roads Touring, the journey is just as important as the destination, so you get to travel along the beautiful back roads, enjoying spectacular scenery and exploring hidden gems all along the way.

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What’s more, you will also experience specially selected accommodation loaded with charm and home comforts, dine at the local restaurants sitting amongst the locals, meet traditional local producers and mingle with local characters.

This is the Back-Roads Difference!

Maximum Group Size of 18


For most Back-Roads tours there is a maximum of 18 passengers, which allows the professional tour leaders to offer a more personalised experience.

This in turn enables more attention given to the interests of individuals, flexible touring days and a less obtrusive style of touring.

Less people means more intimate hotels and restaurants with local charm and character can be selected.


Scenic Back-Roads not Freeways

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Back-Roads Touring mini-coaches may be smaller but they are also are extremely comfortable.

Unlike larger motor coaches, their smaller size allows them to travel along smaller local roads and across breath-taking mountain passes to find charming villages and picturesque vistas.

They also usually drive into the centre of tiny villages and towns to park beside charming accommodation and intimate local restaurants.


Authentic Local Experiences

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With Back-Roads Touring you will be shown the heart and soul of a nation with their Authentic Local Experiences.

You’ll really get to know the people, customs and history of a region in depth by enjoying intimate concerts and seeing demonstrations by local producers and tradesmen.

You’ll also get exclusive access to private tours of country houses and gardens, as well as being able to explore towns and villages that aren’t on the tourist trail.

Leisurely Paced Itineraries

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A lot of other tours can start their days early and finish late, but not Back-Roads Touring.

Most days begin around 9 am and itineraries are carefully planned to avoid cramming too much into a day, as well as keeping long drives to a minimum.

Discoveries can be made at a more leisurely pace with time to socialise or delve deeper into attractions on your own.


Charming Accommodation

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Accommodation is carefully selected to always reflect the character and charm of the destination you are staying in.

Whether an old country estate, traditional villa or castle hotel, the accommodation will be situated in a stunning setting or have interesting historical and architectural heritage.

Others may be chosen for their owner-hosted welcome or excellent food, with guaranteed quality and comfort a given.

Culinary Experiences

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Back-Roads Touring makes sure tasting the local cuisine is an important part of any holiday, and ensures that particular emphasis is placed on food and drink whilst on tour.

Their included Culinary Experiences enable you to enjoy truly authentic cuisine at iconic restaurants run by award-winning chefs.

You’ll also be able to enjoy cooking classes using regional ingredients and visit local farms and wine tastings.

Touring Weather! Check the climate and the season to prepare for your tour of Europe.

Europe  probably has a wider range of weather conditions than anywhere else on earth.

Europe is home to huge mountains and vast lakes and rivers, and is surrounded by the Arctic Ocean, Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea, resulting in a diverse array of weather conditions which are changeable all year round.

Touring Europe is also something you can do all year round, so knowing the weather conditions of some of the places you may visit would be a bonus.

Look below for weather information on some of the most popular places to visit in Europe:


England – London

The UK is well known for its unsettled weather conditions where many types of weather can be experienced in one day. However, England does tend to have warmer temperatures throughout the year than the rest of the UK, with the sunniest month being in July. It rains on less days throughout the year than other areas in the UK, with the driest month being May. Strong gales are also not as common in England, while the  prevailing wind direction for the UK is normally the south-west.

Weather in London

Germany – Berlin

Germany can have cold, cloudy, wet winters and moderate warm to cool summers.  In the north and northwest of Germany, the climate is extremely oceanic and rain can fall all through the year.  In the east, the climate reflects the continental and has very cold winters for long periods, and warm summers. In the centre and the south, Winters are mild and summers quite cool. Berlin has a Maritime temperate climate and a mild continental climate due to its inland position, with winter frosts being quite common.
Weather in Berlin

Greece – Athens

 Greece’s climate is Mediterranean with hot and dry summers and quite cold and wet winters. The north of Greece can be very cold during the winter with even snow being common in the higher mountains. In the south of Greece and the islands, the winters will be much milder. Summers in Greece are usually very hot, especially in July and August where temperatures can reach 30 to 35°C, and even 40°C and more.

Weather in Athens

Italy – Rome

Italy has various climate systems depending on whether you are in the north or south. The northern areas of Italy have a humid subtropical climate compared to the south which has a more Mediterranean climate. The north and south can also have considerable differences in temperature, especially during the winter. Rome has a more Mediterranean climate with cool winters and hot summers, with January the coldest month and July and August the warmest. The best time to travel to Rome is in the springtime, between March and May, and Autumn, in September and October.

Weather in Rome

Perfect Paris!


Paris is and always will be one of the most dramatic and romantic places to visit on earth!

There are not many people that have not heard of this wonderful place, making it one of the most popular destinations to visit.

Its beauty, flair and style make it a must see place in the day, while its literally brilliant nightlife warrants it the name ‘City of Light’!


As you can see from the picture above, Paris is a vast city brimming with life, from the majestic architecture to the intricate artworks, Paris has it all.

In fact, it is so vast that you would struggle to see it in one day! A few days in Paris is needed to truly appreciate its delightful beauty, but how would you get around?

Well, you could start with one of the most popular forms of transportation – The Metro!


The Metro

The Paris metro was opened in 1900 and is one of the oldest and best underground systems in the world, rivalling London and New York. There are 14 lines and 380 stations connected

by in excess of 130 miles of track. It is generally seen as the most efficient way to explore the great city,  getting near a couple blocks of anywhere you want to go. The metro runs from

5:00 am to 12:30 am and tickets can be bought at the ticket booth in the station.


The RER Train

In addition to the metro is the RER train that was first opened in 1961.This is a commuter suburban line that is integrated into the metro system and goes further

outside the city as well as having several stops in central Paris. There are lines that connect to Orly Airport, Charles De Gaulle Airport, Versailles or Disneyland, as

well as other suburban destinations.



The bus system in Paris is also exceptional, it’s also a good way to see and familiarize yourself with the city. Metro tickets can be used on the buses and can be bought on the bus as well

as in the metro stations.  Most of the buses run from 6:30 am to 8:30 pm with a few running until 12:30 am.

Paris L’OpenTour buses are also a great way to visit all the major places of interest in the city while enjoying the amazing views from the open top deck.

Enjoy fantastic views from the open top deck. Explore the best of what Paris has to offer through a Hop On Hop Off bus tour. These buses run daily at 30 minute intervals from

9:30 am to 6:30 pm.



There are nearly 15,000 Taxis in Paris which are quite easy to find.

You can hail one on the streets or get your hotel to book one for you.

Taxis are not too expensive and probably the easiest way to get home after a day or night of walking around.



What better than a ride on a riverboat shuttle service which takes you on the Seine and to the heart of Paris.

The Batobus runs up and down the seine with eight stops on the route, allowing you to experience a different view of Paris along your journey.

 Take in the Champs Elysées, Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Musée d’Orsay, Hôtel de Ville, Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Notre Dame, and Jardin des Plantes.

The boat departs daily at 25 minute intervals from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm, Monday Tuesday Wednesday  and Thursday, and 25 minute intervals from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm



Coach Tour Deals, Deals, Deals!

 Towards the end of the year, people often start thinking about their holidays for the year ahead. Not only this, they also tend to look for what’s the best offer out there.

Fortunately, they don’t have to look too far with Trafalgar Tours!

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 Trafalgar Tours are specialists in escorted coach tours and have  great savings at the moment on many of their coach tours.

Their ‘Early  Payment discounts’ offer gives 10% discount on the land-only part of your trip if you pay the full amount by the 27 January 2016.

You can also save all year round on Trafalgar Tours with these awesome discounts below:

On our Family Experiences itineraries, we take the hassle – and some of the cost – out of group travel planning.

We offer a 5% discount to groups of five to eight people, a triple and quad room share reduction, plus a Young Traveller Discount.

Have you travelled with us or one of our sister companies in the last five years? If so, we’ll give you 5% off your next trip.


Only one discount is available per person, per year, and can be redeemed against each further land-only part of a trip. Frequent Traveller Discount does not apply to City Breaks and extra nights’ accommodation.

Organising a trip for five to nine people? You can save 5% per person on the land-only part of your trip. Groups of 10 or more people can save even more on the land-only part of their trip. For more information, contact us or your local Travel Agent, who can give you a quote.

Have twice the fun – save up to 2.5% when you book a second Trafalgar trip. Book two Trafalgar trips – both seven days or longer – and save up to 2.5% on the land-only portion of your shortest holiday.


Please note that holidays must be booked at the same time. The discount is per person only and does not apply to City Breaks, extra nights’ accommodation, extensions and airfares, taxes and fees, and airport transfers. Europe – excludes all Eastern Mediterranean holidays except the Greek Island Hopper, the Best of Greece (without cruise), the Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) and the Best of Turkey. Autumn, Winter & Spring Europe – excludes Real Britain, Jordan, Egypt and Israel. Asia – excludes Highlights of China and the Yangtze, and China Tibet and the Yangtze.

Are you travelling alone but don’t want to pay a single supplement? On many of our trips, we’ll give you the option to room share with another same-gender solo traveller, on a twin-bed basis.

Please note that we cannot guarantee roommates will be of a similar age group. If we fail to match you, we will provide a single room at no extra cost. This service does not apply to City Breaks, extra nights’ accommodation and all Eastern Mediterranean holidays – with the exception of Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) and the Best of Turkey.Single supplements may also not be available on specific itineraries; you’ll be able to find this information in the departure notes on the Prices & Availability section of each trip’s itinerary page.

Travel with three people sharing one room and each of you will receive a reduction on the land-only portion of your trip’s price. Each itinerary lists the triple room reduction per person.


Triple room reductions are based on sharing a twin or a double bedroom with an extra bed, which may be a ‘roll-away’. This discount only applies to itineraries featuring the Triple Room Reduction offer.

If you’re travelling with a child between the age of five and 17, we’ll give you a discount of up to 10% on the land-only portion of their holiday. Young travellers must be under the age of 18 years on the date of departure, and must be accompanied by an adult (limit of one Young Traveller Discount per room).


CIE Tours and Expat Explore also offer fantastic deals – see below for some outstanding offers:


2016 Early Booking Discount

Save 10% up to £600 per couple

on all 2016 Ireland & Britain Tours

Save up to £670 per couple
on Select Ireland & Britain Tours!

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10 or 11 Day Coach Tour
From £1,029. Now from £914 – Save £115 per person on early departures (Mar-May)
Book by December 31, 2015 and use code MKTSI115123115UHighlights: Dublin Canal Cruise Dinner, Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet, Scottish Evening in Edinburgh, Cliffs of Moher and more!
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Taste of Scotland & Ireland - 10 or 11 Day Coach TourLoch Lomond
7. 2016 Best of Britain
9 or 10 Day Coach Tour
From £1,259. Now from £1,124 – Save £135 per person on early departures (Apr-May)
Book by December 31, 2015 and use code MKBOB135123115UHighlights: Traditional Scottish & Welsh Evenings, York Walking Tour, Windsor Castle, Shakespeare’s Birthplace and more!
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Best of Britain - 9 or 10 Day Coach TourWindsor Castle
8. NEW! 2016 Ireland’s Road To Freedom
9 Day Coach Tour
From £1,029. Now from £914 – Save £115 per person on early departures (Apr-May)
Book by December 31, 2015 and use code MKFREE115123115UHighlights: This special itinerary reveals the history of the fight for Irish Independence!
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Ireland's Road To Freedom - 9 Day Coach TourGeneral Post Office
9. 2016 Grand Tour of Britain & Ireland
24 Day Coach Tour
From £3,069. Now from £2,734 – Save £335 per person on early departures (Apr-May)
Book by December 31, 2015 and use code MKGRAND335123115UHighlights: In-depth Vacation with Prominent Visits, Five Capital Cities, Historic Castles and more!
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Grand Tour of Britain and Ireland - 24 Day Coach TourBeatles Museum
10. NEW! 2016 Irish Patriot Trail
12 Day Coach Tour
From £1,309. Now from £1,164 – Save £145 per person on early departures (Apr-May)
Book by December 31, 2015 and use code MKPAT145123115UHighlights: Travel throughout Ireland to trace the history of the struggle for Irish political freedom!
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Irish Patriot Trail - 12 Day Coach TourDerrynane House

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Christmas & New Year Travelling!

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


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

christmas sign

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


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.


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.

yellow stars

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


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.


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