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Coach trips/tours

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jordana Wed 21-Feb-18 16:10:51

We don't know whether to try a coach trip this year. We drive to lots of places and stay at hotels etc and we do like the independence of stopping when we feel like it and go off the Beaten track. Now we are getting older and there is so much traffic now, I don't find it as relaxing as I used to so thought a coach trip might be an alternative. Has anyone been on holiday by coach? Only for the UK I might add

gillybob Wed 21-Feb-18 16:17:38

My sister, DD and I have done a few short National holidays (mainly 2 and 3 nights but the do full weeks too). We always had the best fun. Mainly places like Scotland, Yorkshire Dales, Lake District etc. there are so many different ones to choose from and something for most people, whether you like the great outdoors, walking, site seeing, shopping.... whatever.

Smithy Wed 21-Feb-18 19:15:18

Would agree, National coach trips are extremely varied, there is something for most people. The hotels are usually very good and the prices are low.

hildajenniJ Wed 21-Feb-18 19:28:48

Just down the road from me is a local coach company. They do tours and we've been with them on several holidays. We went to the Malvern's a couple of years ago, and last summer we went with them to Torquay. We've even been abroad with them, but just to The Netherlands. You can opt out of the excursions, but we went on all but one last summer, as we were meeting up with relatives on one of the excursion days. There were plenty of comfort breaks on the journey down to Devon, and the coach has reclining seats. We were really well looked after, and the hotel we were based in was 4 ?.

hildajenniJ Wed 21-Feb-18 19:30:08

PS we are doing a Turkey and Tinsel in the Trossachs at the end of November.

tanith Wed 21-Feb-18 19:33:03

I've often looked into a coach trip as OH won't fly but we both suffer with bad backs and sitting still for hours on end is the stuff of nightmares for us both. Do they stop frequently enough and would we be able to stand and move around a little? Maybe those of you have done one could advise .

Alima Wed 21-Feb-18 19:38:14

We have done more coach trips than I can count. All over America and Europe and for the last few years around Britain. We booked one today to go to Norfolk at Easter. No worries, they take responsibility every step of the way. Maybe some would say they are a bit regimented but for us they are ideal. Give it a go Jordana, even a few days trip would show if a coach trip is for you.

Alima Wed 21-Feb-18 19:42:59

tanith, generally the gap between comfort stops is about two hours. Leger Coaches, do Europe and UK, have Silver Service coaches where they have an area at the rear of the coach set around a table where one can go for a change of scene. Probably other companies do too.

Humbertbear Wed 21-Feb-18 21:11:25

We have done rail/ coach holidays but only in France and Italy. We went with Riviera and Travel Editions and they were very successful and enjoyable, never done one in the uk, my parents used to enjoy them though

MissAdventure Wed 21-Feb-18 21:23:27

I'm hoping for a couple of day trips out during the summer holidays. Its the best way to see far flung places, which is virtually everywhere if you don't drive.

merlotgran Wed 21-Feb-18 21:37:53

I would love to do something like a coach tour as I have to do all the driving but DH isn't really keen.

I keep telling him I would be able to actually SEE the scenery instead of it just flashing by and when you're sitting up high you can see a lot.

I'll keep working at it! grin

Maggiemaybe Wed 21-Feb-18 21:39:10

We've had some great coach holidays, here and abroad. They're such good value, and if, like me, you can read and snooze on the journey, so much the better! I always check out the hotels on Tripadvisor first though, as according to the reviews some are bad. One tip - if you're flexible on dates and can book at the last minute, prices often go down for the last few seats.

Greyduster Wed 21-Feb-18 21:44:55

We’ve done some very good coach holidays to Ireland, Scotland, the South West, Austria and Germany, all with good local companies. We only did one that was not a success. It was not a company we had used before, and the hotel was pretty dire, but fortunately it was only for two nights. Why not try a weekend before committing yourself to anything longer.

JackyB Thu 22-Feb-18 06:43:19

My DH hates driving and we decided to see Andalusia by coach a couple of years ago, especially as we had driven in Andalusia and remembered that the roads are bad and the distances excrutiatingly long.

The food at the hotels was not quite so good, as we were always served a menu for a large group rather than being able to choose and take our time, and we didn't always have as long to stop at some places as we may have liked.

But the advantages outweighed all that:

- you are not as tired from the travelling as you don't have to navigate/drive
- you sit mich higher up in a coach and can both of you enjoy the view from this vantage point
- time spent travelling is put to use whilst the tour guide tells you interesting facts about the area in general or the particular place you are stopping at next
- you don't have to worry about accommodation - it's all done for you, and you have the option of choosing a more, or less, expensive tour depending on the standard of hotel you would like
- and a very big PLUS for Andalusia: entrance fees and visits to places like the Alhambra and Cordoba cathedral are booked and paid for in advance and you sail past the long queues of individual tourists, and get straight off the coach, go straight in and a guide is waiting for you.

So, as naff as a coach tour sounds, it really is a very good option. And there were some young couples in our group, too - it wasn't all baby boomers and merry octegenarian widows.

TwiceAsNice Thu 22-Feb-18 08:07:24

My friend and I have been on coach holidays to Scotland and Yorkshire. Both lovely . This was when I s still living in Wales so we had to get a taxi to take us to a pick up point at motorway services. However now I've relocated to the SE there is a local company who will pick you up by taxi at your home and transfer you to the coach. We had several excursions but you can opt out and stay at your base town if you want to. Some excursions were better than others. Hotels were fine and cost reasonable. Poor weather in Scotland but you can't do anything about that!

Blinko Thu 22-Feb-18 09:12:51

We've done several coach trips both in the UK and abroad. For me, the biggest bugbear is the difference in the time it takes to get to wherever you're going. What takes about two hours by car can take anything up to four hours on a coach. Otherwise, as others have said, it's fine.

silverlining48 Thu 22-Feb-18 10:53:03

We have been on a few Coach tours, our last, and one of the best was with saga round cuba. A friendly group where no one felt left out.
Have also had some good 4/5 day trips to the Rhine/Mosel.
Its easy having someone else doing the worrying, passengers just sit back and enjoy the scenery. Definitely worth a try.

henetha Thu 22-Feb-18 11:00:53

I did a coach trip to Scotland last year which was marvellous. I've also done Italy and Spain which can be a bit wearying, so it's best to do one which incorporates a night's stop over. Generally they are great as you can just sit back and relax.

Maggiemaybe Thu 22-Feb-18 13:39:13

For European trips, a bonus is that you can get an interesting mix of people on the coach. We did a Danube tour, Prague, Budapest, Vienna, and most of the group were American and Canadian, great fun. It was interesting to see Europe through their eyes.

Eloethan Thu 22-Feb-18 14:51:09

I took my elderly Mum on a 5-day Crusader coach holiday to Somerset. Accommodation was a Warners Hotel with half board. The journey to Somerset took the good part of a day but we had an hour or so's stop in Salisbury to get lunch.

We had two coach day trips within the package - one to Wells and Street Outlet Village (why? many of the passengers asked themselves) and the other to Bridport and Lyme Regis. Both rather nice trips with not too long on the coach.

For older people especially I found this to be quite a good holiday as there was a comfortable hotel base with good food, plus day trips.

I haven't been on a coach holiday where the coach stops at different hotels each night. I don't think I would enjoy a coach holiday abroad where you are stuck on a coach for hours on end day after day.

Floradora9 Thu 22-Feb-18 18:03:57

We did a lot of these holidays in the past . My only complaint was that the driver played the most terrible music all the time . I enjoyed the company and the fact that you could relax and let the driver take the strain .

Mauriherb Thu 22-Feb-18 21:13:49

We have done several coach tours, both in the UK and abroad. We've always had good hotels and good drivers. Some of the holidays have involved flying from the UK then touring around. On the longer journeys I enjoy audio books which enable me to look at the scenery and "read" a book at the same time.

Kate51 Fri 23-Feb-18 10:34:37

My Husband and I have done quite a few of these since we retired 2 years ago. All have been in the uk, have used 3 different tour companies. We really enjoy them , had some really nice hotels and met lots of lovely people. We have only had 1 hotel we didn't feel was up to scratch, it was the only one I hadn't checked on trip advisor first. Last year we took my Mum 81 and our daughter 21 on a 5 day trip with us,they both really enjoyed it. It's very relaxing not driving and as others have said because you are higher up in the coach,the views are great. I would do your research and try a 3 or 4 day one to start.

radicalnan Fri 23-Feb-18 10:37:26

I took my then teenage son, on a Leger trip to the WW2 Dunkerque sites. We had people on board who had been there duing the battle. He loved it!! He was Call of Duty player and very interested in war history.

I loved being able to sit and read, didn't have to think about anything much at all and had plenty to talk to him about.

For the mixed ages we were, it was a good holiday. Not a choice I would have made for myself but where else can 50+ mum go with teenage son and not have to amuse him all the time, or spalsh out loads of cash????

He was home schooled so it gave us plenty of topics to persue and at 26 now he retains an avid interest in war time history.

I have serious spinal problems, was able to adjust the seat a little and they can lower the coach for you to get on and off. Drivers very helpful and knowledgeable. It reminded me a lot of my childhood because of all the old war films my parents watched, and the privations of occupation that my old (French) granny spoke of.

Some have wi fi now too.

I turned my Kindly print up, so that people behind me could use it as an eye chart, made it easy got me to read while travelling.

marpau Fri 23-Feb-18 10:54:59

I was reluctant to go on a coach holiday however last year we did our first one and I loved it! We used a local company who picked us up from home in a feeder bus to meet the main coach which avoided lots of pick up points. I had thought it would be full of old people so was surprised to find most of the people were our age!!! We had lots of comfort breaks and tea coffee etc could be purchased on the coach much cheaper than the service stations so we only needed to use the toilets there. It is amazing how even local scenery looks different from the height of a coach. We travelled to Holland first crossing on p&o ferry which was so stress free. The driver collected all passports and came back with the tickets all we had to do was walk straight on the ferry and go to our cabin much better than queues at airport check ins. We have since been to Skye and also took 6yr old DGS to Longleat which I would not have attempted in the car as we live in Scotland.