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Coach Tour of Europe for family - Need some guidance

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Coach Tour of Europe for family - Need some guidance

Hi our family (husband, myself & two kids aged 14 & 16) are going back to the UK in September next year 2014. We would like to do a coach tour of Europe (as my husband & I did one before the kids were born). I am looking at a Cosmos Cosmopolitan Europe 14night 15 day tour. Just really confused; as I don't want a really expensive one if you will get much the same itinerary and sights, or because this is cheaper we only 'drive' past the sights and therefore have to pay to visit them. The cities on this tour are Brussels, Wurzburg, Prague, Vienna, Venice, Rome, Florence, Lake Lucerne, Paris and return to London. Any help would be greatly appreciated from anyone that has just done a coach tour of Europe.

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This itinerary sounds horrendous, particularly for youngsters! Hope you all like sitting on a coach on boring motorways.

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I think that sounds like the trip from hell for children. I'd have thought you';d enjoy it more if you pick 2 or places to explore thoroughly... and try to pick trips that will interest the children. Eg the Harry Potter studio tour if they like HP. Have you found out how much time you spend on and off the coach on the trip you suggest? You could easily spend a week in each of the places you mention.. and I'd have thought that'd be far more enjoyable than becoming extremely well acquainted with the inside of a bus.

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Have a look at Trafalgar cost saver tours, they are slightly cheaper. I did one two years ago and had no regrets in booking with them. It will depend of course on where you want to go.

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Noone here would recommend this.

I understand the wish to see as much as possible when investing in a European vacation but the only thing you will remember for your investment is being herded on and off a bus constantly. You will get no value from this and your children will likely be miserable.

Please consider selecting 2-3 places that you really want to see and planning your own trip.

It's not hard with the great advice from TA and it will create better memories for your whole family.

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>> we only 'drive' past the sights and therefore have to pay to visit them<<

If you even have time to get off the coach! I agree this itinerary is just awful, and your kids would probably want to kill you by the third day. In addition to that, it is unlikely there will be any other youngsters on such a tour, making it doubly miserable for your two.

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Sorry - got to agree with previous posters. This sounds like the perfect way to put your kids of Europe for life! I can (just) about see such tours appealing to the elderly and very mobility impaired who would struggle to get around any other way but even then there must be better itineraries which allow you to actually visit the places you're just speeding past on this itinerary.

Can you and your kids invest some time in planning a trip together yourselves based on everybody's interests (and efforts)? Better life experience and learning if nothing else.

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Rail travel is so very easy and relatively inexpensive in Europe. I have done an overnight coach once to Paris from London and that was horrendous. The thought of any longer on one fills me with horror. Surely these days it's easier than ever to organise a trip based around what you want to do rather than a if it's Tuesday it must be Belgium kind of trip. You will remember absolutely nothing afterwards except a coach interior.

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Have you considerd purchasing first class Eurails instead?

Travel in style and comfort for a reasonable price. The alternative is to purchase point to point rail tickets from reputable sites such as www.bahn.de

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With children of that age, I would do a 2 centre London and Rome trip. You can have London for shopping, youth culture, a show and their pick of what they would like museum wise etc and Rome for slightly better weather, the Colosseum, The Forum, st peters etc.

I have been to all the other places on that list and apart from Paris there isnt much for teens unless they are especially cultured which yours may well be but if that is so then they will want to get stuck in not just drive through quickly.

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We are really trying to be constructive.

If you really want to do it this way I suggest there must be a website somewhere specialising in reviews of coach tours.