What time will I usually start the day?
On most guided tours you are up early most days. There are exceptions to this rule, and all Operators make it clear in their itineraries and inclusions if the itinerary is designed to be more leisurely with later departures. But in general, most depart soon after breakfast to get the best vantage spots or to get into your destination earlier for more free time.
Can I have laundry done?
Most hotels offer laundry services, however, it is a good idea to try and pack enough clothing without having to do laundry. It can be costly - but if do, then wait until you have a two night stopover during your journey.
Am I going to have issues with electrical appliances?
Electrical currents vary in Britain, on the continent of Europe and also in different countries throughout the world. Some newer appliances have dual voltage, but if not, we suggest you carry a converter for your electric shaver, travelling iron and other small appliances to prevent damage.
Additionally, plugs/outlets differ everywhere, so you'll need a universal electrical travel adaptor before you go in order to use your appliance. Australia and NZ have the same voltage and plug designs.
How do I change my currency while on a multi-country itinerary?
Currency can be exchanged at airports or banks. Most bank machines (ATM's) throughout Europe and many parts of the world accept debit cards. Or better yet, bring along a travel money card.
How do I keep in touch with family and friends?
Almost all hotels will add a service charge to the cost of any phone calls you make from your room. This charge can be high, especially for international calls. Set-up your mobile for roaming before you leave, or buy a sim when you arrive and swap out (but keep safe) your existing sim. This is iften the cheapest method and short term (pay as you go) plans are not very expensive.
Will there be seat rotation?
Almost always. Your Tour Director/Guide will implement a seat rotation system, whereby passengers rotate seats on the coach daily. This allows for all passengers to experience the different views from various seats and to maximise interaction.
What if I arrive late and miss a feature on the tour?
Your Operator will not refund for missed experiences, meals or sightseeing on tour.
Can I drink the water in the countries I will visit on my tour?
In Australasia, the UK, Western Europe and Scandinavia, the answer is 'yes'. For other countries your Tour Guide will keep you informed during your journey.
Is smoking allowed on the coach?
No Operators allow smoking onboard the coach. However, there are plenty of comfort stops, allowing you ample opportunity to smoke if you wish, stretch your legs, take a scenic snapshot or enjoy a cup of coffee.