Coach holidays are a great, comfortable way to see the countryside and visit destinations with a driver and also often an escort for a more personal touch.
A coach holiday is often the best way to bond with other travellers and, when escorted, saves travellers time and energy by providing a structured schedule for taking in all the sights. A coach should not be confused with a city bus in terms of comfort on the road. Most coaches are luxury vehicles with temperature control, well-cushioned reclining seats with plenty of leg room, and high-tech suspension for a smooth ride. The windows are usually double-glazed for protection from the sun.
The availability of a helpful driver and escort make coach holidays less daunting that travelling on one’s own. Both the driver and escort will be familiar with travellers needs and they are trained to make the trip as enjoyable as possible. They will drop you off right at the door of your hotel or other destination and can provide whatever information and help you need to get started on the right foot. Coach travel is usually available in a wide array of options suitable for the budget traveller as well as those interested in more luxurious alternatives. According to the Coach Tourism Council (CTC) about 8 million people take coach holidays every year.
Quality standards for UK coach holidays are provided by organizations like CoachMarque. The Package Travel Regulations in 1993 require tour operators to provide protection to travellers in case a trip is cancelled for any reason. Look for the CoachMarque seal to ensure that various legal, safety and other standards are followed when considering a coach holiday.
The UK has a vast number of companies that provide coach holiday services. One place to look for tour operators is at the website of the Coach Tourism Council, which represents 140 UK coach operators. The CoachMarque website also provides a search engine that allows you to find approved coaches in your area.
There are a wide variety of possible coach holidays available from day trips to specialized tours and even hiring an entire coach for groups. Destinations can be local, continental and worldwide – in some cases requiring non-coach connections. Special discounts are available for group travel with the lowest prices reserved for the largest groups. Prices also vary depending on season with the steepest prices during high season.
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