Motorcoach touring, or “roadtripping” as it is known in the vernacular, assures you will see nothing but the best of Great Britain in comfort and style.
The nation’s premier roadtrip organizers offer attractively priced tours of Britain’s most popular destinations. Choose among tours of northern England and Edinburgh, King Arthur’s Dorset, Wordsworth and Coleridge’s Lake Country, or rustic England including Stonehenge and Windsor Castle. Travel for just two or three days, or explore for two or three weeks.
If you wish to venture a little off the beaten path, leading roadtrip operators happily work with you to develop custom itineraries and arrange deluxe motor travel exactly according to your requirements and specifications. Mile-for-mile and pound-for-pound, roadtripping is by far Great Britain’s best travel value.
Roadtripping eliminates guesswork and uncertainty.
“Paddy D,” a regular contributor to tripadvisor.com, sums-up the case for roadtripping through Great Britain: “I can give you at least five very good reasons for Motorcoach touring through the UK,” he says. “First, motorcoach tours are by far the most efficient and economical ways to travel all around the countryside. Second, the drivers are spectacular: they know the roads, the traffic, and all the minute particulars of the places they visit. Third, lodgings and food are very good, and I appreciate not having to make all those arrangements for myself.
I also appreciate that in some of the nicest places, you may spend an extra night, and join the next day’s tour. Finally, my last and favorite feature of a motorcoach tour—I put the young ones up front with the driver, and the wife and I sat well toward the back. To me, that is luxury.”
Enjoy excellent accommodations and fine meals.
When you book with the UK’s finest roadtrip organizers, you enjoy four-star lodgings and the finest European cuisine. Exacting travel professionals select nicely appointed, well-equipped, well-maintained hotels; and they insist on world-class service. Because they boost hotels’ peak season occupancy rates and guarantee reservations, roadtrip organizers can negotiate preferred rates—often as much as 40 percent less than full price. Tour operators also arrange with restaurants to offer their clients the best items on their menus, including both local delicacies and worldwide favorites, making liberal allowance for kid-friendly choices, too.
Experienced, knowledgeable guides enrich your touring experience.
Naturally, your long-distance tour guide’s courtesy and consideration determine the quality of your trip, and the best UK tour operators not only screen their applicants for exceptional interpersonal skills but also train them in every aspect of extended motor coach travel. Tour operators recruit well-qualified guides from around the world. Roadtrip organizers select professionals according to their knowledge of British history and culture, and they hire only professionals with extensive travel experience of their own.
You travel with complete assurance your guide has been trained and tested in every aspect of vehicle safety, and he has been grilled and drilled on every detail of the scenic attractions and stops on your itinerary. He either has an authoritative answer for every one of your questions, or he can refer you to a qualified expert. As you travel, you may have complete faith in your guide’s expertise and trustworthiness.
Motor about London with a “Blue Badge Guide.”
The major airlines and principal charter operators fly into London’s Heathrow Airport, and the discount travel sites offer the majority of their low-priced roundtrip tickets to Heathrow. Steeped in history and tradition yet cosmopolitan and fashion-forward, London invites visitors to unrivalled museums, galleries, and landmarks. Of course, London is home to some of the best shopping anywhere on Earth.
Veteran London visitors very strongly recommend you tour the city and its outskirts with a “Blue Badge Guide,” a member of the Guild of Registered Tourist Guides. They know London as if they had built it themselves. The Guild itself explains, “Awarded by the Institute of Tourist Guiding, the Blue Badge is the highest guiding qualification in Britain. The training is detailed and comprehensive, the examinations rigorous and registration an achievement.”
In and around London, Blue Badge Guides transport you in their own exquisitely maintained luxury vehicles, indicating special points of interest, and regaling you with anecdotes and trivia few other people can share. One Blue Badge devotee exults, “When I toured with a Guild member, I felt like a member of the Royal Family—a real London insider.”
Roadtripping eases stress on families with children.
You’ll enjoy the luxury of concentrating on the sights instead of wrangling the back-seat ruffians. You and the family have room to spread-out, and motorcoaches are fully equipped with sound and entertainment systems. Guides make frequent stops at roadside attractions, so that travelers have plenty of opportunities to stretch their legs and satisfy their snack-food cravings. You may sit back, relax, and luxuriate in the peace of a “real” vacation. Neither map-reader nor navigation system required, and American tourists need not worry about driving “on the wrong side of the road.”
Especially for first-time travelers to the UK, “roadtripping” represents the best introduction to British history, culture and landscape. Roadtripping allows tourists to relax and drink-in the scenery while the guide manages all the details of sightseeing and travel. Most travel agents and experts agree roadtripping is the most efficient and economical way for families to see the best of Britain. They recommend booking early, because summer road trips fill-up fast.
Photo credits: English Countryside by Bex Ross/flickr; our tour guide by artethegray/flickr