Coach Tour Versus Independent Travel?

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Travel can be costly at the best of times, especially if you try and arrange a trip on your own by booking each part of the trip separately.

This is where an organised tour comes into its own, taking the hassle out of travelling and  saving on cost.

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What’s more, organised tours offer an appealing product that provides expertise and security as well as great value, with a minimum of stress.

Not only great value, CostSaver by Trafalgar take the hassle out of your holiday by running expertly organised trips to suit everybody.

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Reasons why organized tours are the best:

  •  You know you’ll see the main iconic sights.
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Stonehenge.

 

  •  Making lasting friendships whilst on tour is made easy.
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Make lasting friends

 

  •  Every last detail taken care of.
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Everything taken care of including check-in, tips, tolls and porterage.

 

  •  Help with language or culture barriers.
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English speaking local specialist.

 

  •  Tours provide more peace of mind.
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Always an experienced person there to help get medicine or look after you if taken ill.

 

 

  •  You get higher quality and  better value with an organised tour.
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Tour providers get amazing hotel rates that are reflected in the total tour price.

 

 

But don’t take our word for it, take a look at the table below to see the amazing difference.

 

Here’s a comparison of a CostSaver 15-day tour that takes in London, Venice, Rome and other important cities. See how much more you get compared to travelling on your own.

15- day independent holiday  
Hotels
Included
Stay in quality, handpicked hotels with tips taken care of.
£775 + tips
Spend time researching and booking hotels.
Sightseeing
Included
Travel with an expert Travel Director with Local Specialists in Vienna and Rome. Plus get VIP entry to selected major sights and cruises on the River Rhine and on the Grand Canal Venice.
£193 + tips
With no included guides to help, you’ll be waiting in line at sights.
Meals
Included
You get 16 breakfasts and five dinners , tips included.
£279 + tips
Spend time researching quality restaurants and making reservations.
Transport
Included
Travel on a luxury coach with on-board WiFi and all fuel, toll charges and parking included.
£876 + tips and parking
Pay for car hire, navigate foreign roads and language barriers.
Total (Per Person) £1450 £2123

 

* Based on a 29th May departure

Discover Europe the CostSaver way from £66 per day!

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Yes, you can really travel Europe the CostSaver way from £66 per day!

 

With CostSaver, go beyond the expected on a budget from only £66 a day.

CostSaver holidays show you much more than just the usual icons and offer a good range of optional experiences.

Like on their 13-day Splendours of Italy tour where you get to see St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome and a traditional glass-blowing workshop in Venice. Plus, you are given the option to visit places like the ancient Catacombs.

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St Peter’s Basilica

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Catacombs.

  • CostSaver is the perfect way to discover a destination for the first time. You’ll enjoy incredible inclusions and unbeatable value on every trip.

  • You’ll enjoy an amazing tour that always includes breakfasts, an expert Travel Director, Local Specialists and more.

  • Your Travel Director gives you a real flavor of the destination. With their knowledge, past experience and passion for the destination, they’ll take care of all the organisation, so you enjoy a no-hassle holiday.

     

With CostSaver you’re always guaranteed just the right handpicked hotels, all your breakfasts, and up to half your three-course dinners.

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Delicious meals

All that, plus all the things you can’t put a value on. Here’s how CostSaver put their competitors in the shade:

             

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How good is the itinerary?
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How good is the service?
96% Guest Review Rating*
90% Guest Review Rating*
Airport Transfers
Always Included
2-3 options running per day**
Not included, additional cost of £28 or more per person
Travel Directors
Recognised as the best in the industrythanks to Trafalgar’s on-going, bespoke professional development programme
Have received an initial induction but no on-going training or professional development

 

* Reviews Ratings via Feefo for 12-month period ending July 2015  ** Except itineraries starting and/or ending in London.

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!

1. 2016 Taste of Ireland
5, 6 or 7 Day Coach Tour
From £419. Now from £374 – Save £45 per person on early 2016 departures (Jan-May)
Book by December 31, 2015 and use code MKTOFI45123115UHighlights: Dublin’s Merry Ploughboy Pub Dinner/Show, Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet, Sheepdog Trials, Kiss The Blarney Stone, Ring of Kerry Tour and more!
Click here to view details including map, hotels, departure dates and prices.
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2. 2016 Irish Adventure
8 and 9 Day Coach Tour
From £639. Now from £569 – Save £70 per person on early departures (Jan-May)
Book by December 31, 2015 and use code MKADA70123115UHighlights: Cliffs of Moher, Sheepdog Trials, Blarney Castle, Titanic Belfast and more!
Click here to view details including map, hotels, departure dates and prices.
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3. 2016 Irish Legends
9 or 10 Day Coach Tour
From £809. Now from £719 – Save £90 per person on early departures (Jan-May)
Book by December 31, 2015 and use code MKLEA90123115UHighlights: Waterford Crystal Factory, Dingle Peninsula, Sheepherding at Rathbaun Farm, South Pole Inn and more!
Click here to view details including map, hotels, departure dates and prices.
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4. 2016 Irish Odyssey
12 Day Coach Tour
From £1,079. Now from £959 – Save £120 per person on early departures (Mar-May)
Book by December 31, 2015 and use code MKODA120123115UHighlights: Jaunting Car Ride, Glorious Dingle Peninsula, Kylemore Benedictine Abbey, Cabra Castle Hotel Stay and more!
Click here to view details including map, hotels, departure dates and prices.
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5. 2016 Scottish Dream
8 or 9 Day Coach Tour
From £1,049. Now from £934 – Save £115 per person on early departures (Mar-May)
Book by December 31, 2015 and use code MKSDRA115123115UHighlights: Scottish Evening in Edinburgh, Loch Lomond Scenic Cruise, St Andrews, Edinburgh Castle and more!
Click here to view details including map, hotels, departure dates and prices.
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6. 2016 Taste of Scotland & Ireland
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!
Click here to view details including map, hotels, departure dates and prices.
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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!
Click here to view details including map, hotels, departure dates and prices.
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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!
Click here to view details including map, hotels, departure dates and prices.
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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!
Click here to view details including map, hotels, departure dates and prices.
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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!
Click here to view details including map, hotels, departure dates and prices.
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Terms & Conditions: Offer valid on new bookings only. Not valid for group travel, and not combinable with other CIE Tours promotions or discounts. Other restrictions may apply.

 



SO WHY BOOK WITH EXPAT EXPLORE?

  • Guaranteed departures: Our Comfort tours are guaranteed to operate, so you never have to worry about your tour being cancelled at the last minute.
  • Early bird savings: Expat Explore offers the most competitive prices out there. But as seats are sold, prices go up – book early to get a great deal.
Make great savings on an Expat Explore tour when you book early – see below for an example of prices on their 7 day Europe taster tour.
Date Price Early Bird Save
22 Dec – 28 Dec 2015 £749 £619 £130 *Christmas departure.
29 Dec – 04 Jan 2016 £799 £579 £220 *New Years departure
14 Mar – 20 Mar 2016 £699 £499 £200 2016 Early Bird Rate!
28 Mar – 03 Apr 2016 £699 £489 £210 2016 Early Bird Rate!
11 Apr – 17 Apr 2016 £699 £519 £180 2016 Early Bird Rate!
25 Apr – 01 May 2016 £699 £479 £220 2016 Early Bird Rate!

 

 

The Early Bird offer applies to all Expat Explore tours so book early and secure  a seat with just a 10% deposit.

 

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.

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  

What are you waiting for?

Coach Tours – What to know Before you Go!

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Trafalgar are one of the most best coach tour operators out there and this is reflected in their ever growing popularity. Their attention to detail is renowned and this can be seen in their very useful guides to travelling.

Take a look below on a their guide on what to know before travelling on your remarkable coach tour.

Are airport transfers included?

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Transfers will depend on the trip you choose and vary amongst destinations. In general, if you are joining or departing your guided holiday on the first or last day, return transfers between the airport and hotel are included (excludes itineraries starting and/or ending in London). You’ll find specific information on your Trafalgar itinerary’s page.

Do I need travel insurance?

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Trafalgar strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance for peace of mind before and during your trip. It’s important that you protect yourself in case of trip cancellations, baggage delays or loss of baggage, and medical expenses.

Will I need a passport?

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Passports are needed when travelling outside of your home country. Your passport should be valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip.

Will I need a visa?

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You are responsible for obtaining all necessary visas prior to the departure of your trip. Depending on your nationality, you may need visas to enter certain countries included on your trip. Obtaining visas can take up to six weeks prior to your departure. Trafalgar strongly advise that you consult your travel agent and the local Consulate or Embassy of the country you are visiting well in advance to determine which visas they require.

Why do I need to Express Check-In?

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Trafalgar’s Express Check-In helps us provide you with the best possible travel experience, and so we can collect important details. We’ll use the information to tailor your trip, plus we’ll take your passport details and next-of-kin contacts.

When will I receive my booking documents?

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Trafalgar Travel documents are usually sent 21 days prior to your trip’s departure by e-mail.

How much luggage can I bring?

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You can bring one suitcase per person with the dimensions of 76cm x 46cm x 25cm (30” x 18” x 10”) and weight not exceeding 23kg (50 lbs) due to the limited space on the coach. You can also bring one piece of hand luggage, provided it is small enough to take on the Trafalgar coach and does not have telescopic handles.

Is luggage handling provided?

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Trafalgar provide all baggage handling at no extra charge. One suitcase per person will be brought to your hotel room.

Are tips included?

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Trafalgar will check you in, look after your luggage and take care of all hotel porterage, tips and gratuities –whether it is for restaurant staff, chambermaids or porters.

Can I bring a wheelchair on my trip?

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Yes, in most circumstances you’re able to travel with a wheelchair on your trip, as long as you’re travelling with someone who’s willing to provide personal assistance. Please advise Trafalgar at the time of booking if you plan to bring a wheelchair to ensure we can meet your requirements.

Will I need to pack formal clothes?

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This will depend on not only your personal preference, but the destinations you’re visiting and the time of year you’ll be travelling. Trafalgar recommend bringing at least one smart outfit for special evenings.

Will I need any vaccinations?

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This will depend on your trip destinations. Speak to your travel agent or doctor to find out if vaccinations are required for the countries you will be visiting. If you’re taking medication or suffer from any form of illness, ensure you have an adequate supply of medication before departing for your holiday. For more information, Trafalgar recommend that you visit your country’s travel health and advice bureau website.

Coach Tours – What to know While on the Go!

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Trafalgar are one of the most best coach tour operators out there and this is reflected in their ever growing popularity. Their attention to detail is renowned and this can be seen in their very useful guides to travelling.

Take a look below on a their handy guide whilst travelling on your remarkable coach tour.

ON THE ROAD

Touring with Trafalgar

Touring with Trafalgar

What are Optional Experiences and when can I book them?

We realise that everyone likes some time to themselves, which is why we’ve left free time on all of our itineraries. You could spend it exploring, eating, shopping or relaxing. Or you could choose one of our Optional Experiences. If you want to get the most out of your destination, our Optional Experiences let you tailor your trip. Your Travel Director will tell you about all of the Optional Experiences available on the first day of your trip. Payment can be made by credit card or cash.

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Why not visit the Moulin Rouge, France

Will I need electrical adapters?

Electrical plugs and outlets differ throughout the world. So Trafalgar recommend bringing a universal travel adapter that’s suitable for the countries you are travelling to.

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Bring a universal travel adapter that’s suitable for the countries you are travelling to.

Will I be able to get laundry done?

Most hotels do offer a laundry service and in some cities Laundromats are also available. However, Trafalgar advise that it’s sensible to try and pack enough clothing to avoid having to do laundry, as it can sometimes be costly or inconvenient.

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Laundromats may be available in some cities.

Is there seat rotation on the coach?

Yes, your  Trafalgar Travel Director will implement a seat rotation system, whereby all guests will rotate their seats on the coach daily. This allows for everyone to experience the spectacular views from different seats, and you’ll have a better opportunity to get to know your fellow travellers.

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Trafalgar have a seat rotation system.

What if I become ill on my trip and am unable to continue?

Your Trafalgar Travel Director will assist you with a doctor’s visit or hospitalisation should you require. Trafalgar has a dedicated Customer Care Department in Europe, or our Operations Department in the relevant country will contact you to offer assistance and advice, coordinate with your travel insurance company and keep in touch until you are able to re-join the trip or return home. This service is included in the cost of your trip; however it is not a replacement for travel insurance, which we strongly advise you to purchase.

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Trafalgar has a dedicated Customer Care Department in Europe.

What if I arrive late and miss a part of the trip?

We regret that no refunds can be made for absences from a trip, including experiences such as missed meals or sightseeing.

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Try not to arrive late.

Can I drink the water in the countries I visit?

In Western Europe, Scandinavia, the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, it’s fine to drink the water from a fresh-supply tap. For other countries, your Trafalgar Travel Director will let you know if it’s okay.

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Always check that the water will be OK to drink.

Can I smoke on the coach?

There is a no smoking policy when on board the coach. We do, however, make plenty of comfort stops.

No smoking policy when on board the coach.

No smoking policy when on board the coach.

 

Global Coach Tours Useful information!

Global Coach Tours specialize is multi-stop tours of several countries which include coach travel, hotels and sightseeing with experienced guides and tour directors. A fully escorted coach tour vacation is an amazing experience and truly unbeatable value! See below some useful information when booking your tour:

 

1.What’s the difference between a cheaper tour and a more expensive tour that appears to cover the same route?

There are more included excursions and meals on first class tours and the hotels are generally better quality and in the best locations for sightseeing. Budget and CostSaver tours often use hotels away from the centre of towns.
Typical CostSaver hotel used by Expat Expore

Typical CostSaver hotel used by Expat Expore

 

2. Are there any discounts available?

We will calculate the best discount available for you where you are eligible for one. e.g. child, triple share, group or early payment.
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Find the best price for you

 

3. Is there any overnight travel and how long do we spend on the bus?

Most tours travel during the daytime only. Departures can be early and are often very early on the first day when leaving from London. Comfort stops will be made every 2-3 hours or by request. There is rarely any travel longer than 3 hours without a stop for sightseeing or a break. Tours are all planned and well paced to maximize sightseeing.
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Cosmos comfy coaches.

 

4. What are the coaches like?

All tour buses are late model executive coaches with reclining seats, air conditioning (some lower prices tours in the UK and Ireland may just have forced air). The windows are large and panoramic. Seat belts are fitted. All first class and premium touring coaches have on board washrooms. Many UK and European buses have both an entrance at the front and another one in the middle, so everyone can board quicker.
Typical Expat explore coach interior.

Typical Expat explore coach interior.

 

5. How do we book optional excursions?

Optional tours are reserved through the tour director whilst on board and cannot be pre-booked before you leave unless this is specifically stated. However, sightseeing in London before and after your tour can be pre-booked via our partners.
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London at twilight.

 

6.What time do the tours depart?

London Departutures: For Trafalgar and Insight tours leaving London they all depart between 5.30am and 7.30am. You must phone the London reception centre a couple of days before to confirm the time and central London meeting point. Expat Explore Tours leave from Greenwich. Cosmos tours leaving from London and heading for a Dover to Calais ferry crossing, depart from the Novotel London West in Hammersmith at 8.45am and return around 5pm. For all other operators and tours leaving from locations other than London, please ask. We offer some tours with and without flights.

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Ferry crossing

 

7.Where do we use the Euro? €

The 19 countries of the eurozone are Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuiania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain. They have switched to using euro notes and coins, ending the use of their national currencies in shops and banks. The currency consists of seven notes from five to five hundred euros (careful if you get that one!) and eight coins from 1 cent to 2 euros. A euro is divided into 100 cents. The euro is also being used in Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, the Vatican, and French overseas territories including Martinique and Guadalupe in the Caribbean and Reunion in the Indian Ocean.
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Euro money

 

8.Where you might not be able to use the Euro.

Denmark, Sweden and the UK and some recent members of the EU in the east of Europe have not yet adopted the euro – however, they have not ruled out joining in future. The euro may be accepted by major retailers in the UK and Switzerland. So on your tour of Europe it’s now much easier to shop and you won’t have to keep changing money as your travel.
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Denmark do not accept Euros at the moment.

Trafalgar’s Really Useful Holiday Tips!

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So Trafalgar have compiled this very useful guide to provide you with as much information as possible to help you prepare if you are lucky enough to be travelling with them on one of their coach tours.

Take a look below before you travel on your remarkable global coach tour.

Luggage Allowance

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This is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10” (76x45x25 cm) and a maximum weight of 50 lb (23 kg). Hotel porterage of this luggage is included in your Trafalgar holiday price. Hand luggage should be one piece per person and small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. This is your responsibility and should be carried on/off the coach with you. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach and cannot be accepted as carry-on luggage. If a second suitcase is carried, or if it exceeds the permitted weight and/or dimensions, a charge of €6/£5 per travelling day will be collected by your Travel Director. Airlines may have additional restrictions and may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage. Please contact your airline or refer to its website for detailed information regarding your airline’s checked baggage policies. Please note that airport porterage at the beginning and end of your guided holiday is not included. Loss or damage to luggage or any of your belongings is at your own risk, so please protect yourself with appropriate insurance.

 

Packing

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Trafalgar advise that you pack each suitcase with day and evening clothing for each person when travelling as a couple. This is because in the unlikely event one of your suitcases is mislaid on your flight, you’ll still be able to manage. Ensure that your personal and holiday details are written on a label inside each suitcase (including name, address, telephone number, departure and return flight details), but write only your name and destination address on outside labels. Make sure that your luggage is in good secure condition, and use a TSA approved lock for US security checkpoints. Use a rigid style suitcase for protection when carrying fragile items. Check-in only your own suitcases. Do not carry items packed by other people. Under no circumstances ever accept packages or articles from anyone unknown to you to carry on board the aircraft. There are strict airport security regulations on items that may be carried on board aircraft such as liquids/gels and metal objects. These usually need to be placed in a clear bag for viewing at checkpoints. Please consult your airline or travel agent regarding these and other restricted items and how they must be displayed at airport security checkpoints. We suggest you pack only essential items for daytime use in your hand-baggage, both for your flight and while on the coach. For example, your camera, medicines, anything that you use frequently or is particularly valuable. Expensive items such as jewellry should be left at home for your peace of mind.

Clothing & Footwear

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A general tip in regards to suitable clothing and footwear would be to make sure you bring comfortable walking shoes as a number of cities in Europe are developing as havens for pedestrians. What to Bring will depend upon your own personal preferences, where you are travelling to and the time of year you are travelling. Casual, lightweight, drip-dry clothing that requires little or no ironing is generally recommended. Laundry facilities are available at most of the places you stay, however, take sufficient clothing to last for about a week. Below is a list of clothing items to consider packing for your Trafalgar holiday:

• Good walking shoes

• Swimsuit

• Undergarments

• Sandals

• Socks

• Hat

• Sleepwear

• Shorts/skirts

• Jeans/trousers

• Warm jacket

• Pullover/cardigan

• Waterproof jacket

• Shirts/blouses

General Items

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Below is a list of general items to consider packing for your Trafalgar holiday:

• Camera/memory cards

• Spare batteries/charger

• Medications & prescriptions

• Power plug adapters/ converter

• Toiletries • Collapsible umbrella

• Insect repellent

• Sunscreen

• Travel sewing kit

• Pocket calculator

• Plastic bags

• Travel alarm clock

• Water bottle

• Sunglasses (screw top lid)

• Sachets of washing powder

• Money belt or holster Essentials

• Passport (& Visas)

• Travel insurance policy

• Trafalgar documents

• Airline tickets

• Credit cards/pre-loaded currency cards

Tip:  Only take the essential identifiers like your drivers license and just two credit cards  in your wallet or purse – one to carry, another to be locked in your hotel room safe.

 

Budgeting

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Trafalgar itineraries include many features that will save you money on your trip, including many highlight visits and sightseeing, as well as meals and entertainment. For personal items such as souvenirs, gifts, taxi fares, laundry and gratuities, we suggest you allow €9-€11 per day in Europe and £8-£10 per day in the UK.

 

Meals

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Lunches are usually not included in your Trafalgar trip and individual requirements vary, but we suggest you allow €10/£9 per person per day. Where evening meals are not included, the cost will depend on the type and locations of restaurants used. As a guide, allow €25-€30/£22-£30 per day. You should budget for drinks with meals and refreshment stops during the day. Non-alcoholic drinks cost approximately €2-€3/£1.50-£2.50 each.

American Dreams with Trafalgar

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Take a tour of the USA with Trafalgar!

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From Washington to the Wild West, the United States of America is actually a mix of 52 very different and vibrant states. Dynamic, inspirational and optimistic, the USA is where you can dare to dream. Innovative and awe-inspiring, America has long been a place of wonder, marching ahead of the rest of the world. Varied, vibrant and vivacious, as a vacation destination, America’s appeal is limitless.

 

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 For beautiful beaches and wildlife, you cannot beat Florida or California.

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Florida sunset

Immerse yourself in jazz and a supremely chilled vibe in New Orleans.

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New Orleans Mardi Gras

 In idyllic Hawaii, the USA’s only island state, you can enjoy music and dancing and go scuba diving or just relax on the beautiful beaches.

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Hawaii beach

If you’re looking for shopping and excitement, there’s New York. The city of New York has a fast pace of life and never ceases to amaze  its visitors.

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New York skyline