The misconceptions of escorted tours meaning endless hours on old uncomfortable coaches, mere glimpses of famous monuments and no free time, couldn't be further from the truth.
Escorted touring is the ultimate way in which to see world famous sights, breathtaking scenery to experiencing the local culture and sampling traditional cuisine, making in all an unforgettable experience of a lifetime.
The benefits of escorted tours mean your holiday begins the moment you board the coach making it a hassle free experience from start to finish so you can sit back and relax and not worry about, reading maps, planning routes and booking individual hotels.
Itineraries are carefully planned and include selected hotels mostly centrally located, many meals, sightseeing, excursions to the attractions, entertainment, first class coaches with experienced drivers, luggage handling and the invaluable services of a tour director helping you to get to know the culture and customs of the country you are visiting. Some tours include flights for a quicker and more convenient start to your holiday.
Aside from the traditional touring holidays, operators offer a wide variety of themed holidays, the list is endless with tours such as city breaks, beach breaks, carnivals, culinary, wine tasting, Christmas Markets and sporting events, there is sure to be something for everyone.
Below is an example itinerary of an escorted tour to Europe, or use the search form on the left to find European tours available from your area.
European Experience - Cost Saver - 12 Days
Day 1: London - Amsterdam
Greetings from our Tour Director as we drive to Dover to board our ferry to Calais. Then we drive through Belgium to lively Amsterdam.
Hotel: Dorint Amsterdam Airport (SF)
Day 2: Amsterdam - Rhineland
First to German Cologne, then we take a scenic Rhine cruise before continuing to our hotel. BB D
Hotel: Europa (MF)
Day 3: Rhineland - Innsbruck
Today we drive southwards to the picturesque region of Bavaria. Then onto Innsbruck, the provincial capital of the Tyrol. BB D
Hotel: Bon Alpina (MF)
Day 4: Innsbruck - Venice
We take the Brenner Pass and enjoy an exhilarating drive through the Alps to Italy. We continue to the romantic city of Venice where we take our included canal cruise by vaporetto to St. Marks Square. Here we see St. Mark's Basilica, the Doge's Palace and visit a traditional glass-blowing work-shop before free time. BB D
Hotel: Sirio (MF)
Day 5: Venice - Rome
This morning we drive via Bologna and the Apennines to Tuscany. Then through Umbria and Lazio to Rome. BB
Hotel: Aran Park (F)
Day 6: Rome sightseeing and at leisure
Our sightseeing tour features St. Peter's Basilica and views of the Forum and the mighty Colosseum. There is free time later to explore on your own. BB
Day 7: Rome - Florence
We drive through Umbria to the Renaissance city of Florence in Tuscany. Here we enjoy spectacular views of the city from Piazzale Michelangelo before having time to visit Piazza Signoria, the Duomo and Giottos Bell Tower, or to shop for high quality leather goods and 18-carat gold jewellery before continuing to our hotel. BB D
Hotel: West Florence (F)
Day 8: Florence - Lake Lucerne
First we cross through the Apennines to the great northern plain and pass by the city of Milan. Then we head north to the Swiss border passing stunning Lake Como before taking the scenic Gotthard route to Lake Lucerne. BB D
Hotel: Stanserhof (ST)
Day 9: Lucerne orientation and at leisure
Orientation shows us the medieval Chapel Bridge and the poignant Lion Monument. Then you have time to perhaps ascend a nearby mountain peak or shop for delicious chocolates and precision-made timepieces. BB D
Day 10: Lake Lucerne - Paris
We cross into France at Basel and skirt the Vosges Mountains before travelling through the great wine region of Burgundy and arriving in elegant Paris! BB
Hotel: Mercure La Defense 5 (F)
Day 11: Paris sightseeing
Our guided tour includes views of the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Champs Élysées and Notre Dame. Time at leisure. BB
Day 12: Paris - London
We drive to Calais to board our ferry back to Dover and then return to London where our tour comes to an end. BB
All prices are per person, twin share.
Accommodation in twin-bedded rooms with private facilities
11 buffet breakfasts (BB)
6 three-course dinners (D)
All hotel service charges, local taxes, baggage handling and hotel tips are included
Touring by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats
Services throughout the tour of a professional multi-lingual Tour Director
Specialised local guide in Rome and Paris
A stylish wallet, tour documents and a Welcome on Tour book
MF - Moderate First Class
F - First Class
SF - Superior First Class
ST - Superior Tourist
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