Coach tours of Great Britain


One of the most enjoyable summer vacations for the 50+ retired traveler is the coach tour holiday. There are many reasons for this.  If you’ve traveled independently your whole life, you may have your doubts about coach travel but it’s worth trying it out.  You will find knowledgeable tour guides with extensive knowledge of the destinations, travel by a deluxe coach kept beautifully clean and an assistant on board the bus who helps with luggage and hotel check-ins.  These coach tour companies offer a selection of very good hotels and preselected restaurants for meals.  We’ve found some excellent companies which offer coach tours of Great Britain.  These summer tours include destination cities in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales.

We’ve chosen four of the best tour companies offering coach tours of Great Britain this summer.  These tours offer excellent value for the price, good hotels and expert guided extension tours.  Superior luxury coaches will transport you from destination to destination.  Some tours include all meals and evening entertainment. If you need assistance, the tour guide and assistant are there to help you on and off the bus. These tours run from May to September this year.

Here’s a look at what four of the top companies are offering in the way of coach tours of Great Britain.  We take a look at Trafalgar, Globus, Goway and Shearings Holidays in the U.K. in this article.

Trafalgar offers coach tours this summer from $1,508 per person for their 11 day “Britain and Ireland Delight” tour.   Trafalgar’s the 24 day “Britain and Ireland Grandeur” tour covering Glastonbury to Belfast, Dublin, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London is available for $4,832 per person.   For $2,995 per person, Trafalgar offers the “Scottish and Irish Connections” coach tour which blends the landmarks that connect Scotland and Ireland.

The “Scottish and Irish Connections” takes travelers from Edinburgh to the Scottish Highlands to Belfast, and Dublin. The cost of this tour is $2,995 per person.

If you’re interested in visiting Britain and Ireland this summer, Trafalgar’s  coach tour blends Britain and Ireland in their “Britain and Ireland Delight.”  This is an in depth tour of the castles, churches and old-fashioned towns of the UK and Ireland.  One can book tour dates anywhere from May until September of this year. Priced at $1,508 per person, this is a good bargain for a holiday.

Another top company Globus offers many coach tours of Great Britain.  Their most popular coach tour is the “Britain Sampler” an 9 day tour from London to Scotland with a stop in Wales and returning to London for $2,069 per person.  On this tour you’ll visit all of the famous landmarks in London: the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace and St. Paul’s Cathedral.  If the Changing of the Guard is available at the time of your tour, you will be able to see this.  Also on the tour is Stratford-upon-Avon, Stonehenge, Llangollen in northern Wales and Edinburgh Castle in Scotland.

Goway tours is a small company offering and more personal small group tours in mini buses for $3,464 for 8 days touring Scotland.  Goway’s Scottish Journey is a round trip from Edinburgh to Edinburgh.  What you’ll see on this coach tour of the Scottish Highlands:  ancient castles, breathtaking scenery,  lochs, and a visit to the Isle of Skye.

In the U.K., Shearings Holidays is the number one coach holiday operator.  They offer a unique variety of tours to Europe and in-depth coach tours of Great Britain, traveling by either coach or train.  Also available are unique tours by train as well as last minute deals.  They offer many coach tours of various regions in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland as well as travel to Europe.

For most of these tours, you will need to book a flight to the U.K. because the tours begin in the U.K. Coach tours are an easy holiday for seniors.  The tour companies have selected the best hotels, travel is with an air conditioned, spacious bus, the tour guide has the knowledge of the history and culture of the destinations.  If you need assistance when traveling, that extra help is there when you need it. To book any of these coach tours of Great Britain, talk to a travel expert by contacting your local  travel agent.


A typical seaside village in the U.K.