In previous blogs I've discussed the first steps in planning a holiday to Europe and how to decide which places to visit. Now that you have an idea of where you're going to travel within Europe, you'll need to decide how to get from place to place. Will you choose to take an escorted tour, buy a rail or bus pass, or drive yourself?
If your time is limited, you're a first time traveller to Europe or you're a bit apprehensive about getting around by yourself, a fully escorted tour is definitely worth considering. For years Aussie travellers have been introduced to the UK and Europe on an escorted tour and they are a hassle-free way to see the sights. With all your accommodation pre-booked, it's just a matter of hopping on the coach each morning and being taken to your next destination where your hotel room awaits. The major tour companies like Trafalgar, Insight and Globus, use large coaches and generally cater for around 40-50 people per tour but an increasing number of small group tour companies are offering itineraries for more intimate groups, with passenger numbers generally not exceeding 12.
Coach travel isn't the only option on escorted tours, either. There are a number of small group tour companies that offer fully-escorted European and British itineraries but utilise the excellent rail networks instead of travelling by coach.
River cruising is another popular way of seeing Europe - from the comfort of your own floating hotel. European river cruising has become one of the most popular forms of travel in Europe in recent years and with no need to pack up and move hotels each night, as well as the myriad inclusions in the cruise price, it's little wonder it's so popular.
If you'd prefer to travel at your own pace, the European rail network offers a fast and efficient way to get from A to B. With modern trains and regular services, trains can get you to most places fast! You can even travel from London to Paris or vice versa in only 2.5 hours thanks to the Channel Tunnel and the super-fast Eurostar. Eurail and Britrail passes have always been a popular option for non-EU residents and if you are planning on making a few train journeys, these could be ideal for you. Rail passes are purchased for a set number of days travel within a two month period and prices vary depending on the number of countries you intend to visit by train.
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Similar to a rail pass is a bus pass with BusAbout offering a number of itineraries to choose from. The company's buses do various circuitous journeys in Europe and pass holders are able to get on and off as they please for the duration of their pass.
Repeat travellers to Europe are often inclined to rent or lease a car and drive themselves around. Once the unusual feeling of driving on the 'wrong' side of the road is overcome, driving can give you the greatest flexibility of all. Visitors heading to more rural locations generally find car hire essential and with a few safety precautions in mind, it can be a most enjoyable experience.
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So, now it's up to you to decide which way you'll travel around in Europe and the UK.
Next time, I'll discuss the different types of accommodation on offer in Europe.