Coach holiday tours sometimes get a rather bad press, with certain folks perceiving long stints of travel as anything but relaxing or vacation-like. However, coach holidays in Europe have grown in popularity with an estimated £2.93 billion spent in 2011 according to the UK Coach Tourism Council.
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There are plenty of good reasons why more people may be considering coach travel as opposed to other methods. The most obvious and selfish reason is the low cost, which has its firm appeal in times of recession. More altruistically, is the environmental impact of travelling by coach – which uses 6 times less energy than planes and cars and 2 times less than trains. In addition, rising fuel costs are prohibiting some families from taking their own car and travelling across the continent.
So, what if you’re new to the idea of a coach holiday? What is on offer on the market and how much is it likely to cost? Here are five top European Coach tours departing from the UK this summer:
1. Florence and Tuscany
Many coach travel operators offer tours of Florence and Tuscany, however, Travelstyle’s “Treasures of Tuscany” tour at £499.95 for 10 days is one of the best value options. Highlights include the Renaissance architecture of Florence, the world heritage site of Sienna and the eternal city of Rome.
A major part of the original European Grand Tour, coach holidays to Greece are still very popular with trips to the ancient city of Athens usually high on the itinerary. Prices start from around £765 for an 8 day tour departing from London. Coachholidays.com offer a good range of options to Greece.
The Brits love their sunny beach holidays and Spain has always been a favourite. Coach holidays to Spain depart regularly from across the UK and are usually for 8 to 10 days. Prices start from around £565 which usually includes coach travel and Eurotunnel, plus overnight hotels on the outward and return journeys.
4. Disneyland Paris
According to the Coach Tourism Council; shorter coach holidays are becoming increasingly popular too, with Disneyland Paris amongst the most popular. Prices for a 4 day trip for 2 adults and 2 children start at around £750.
Finally, coach tours are a great way to see the mountainous areas of mainland Europe too. 10 days in Austria will often include scenic excursions to Salzburg alongside the countries natural wonders. Leger Holidays offer tours from just £420 per person.
If you’ve never considered a coach holiday before, check out the sites referenced to see more of what’s on offer.
James Hubbard is a freelance travel writer based in Hove.
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