Visiting Paris in a day by coach

The beautiful City of Love is nearer than you think with coach travel, which also represents the most budget-conscious way of getting to this fabulous destination. Thanks to the excellent ferry service from the UK to France, it’s possible to reach Paris in just a few hours, making it easy to do this destination in a single day trip. If you’re planning on going to Paris for one day, you’ll need to make sure you fit in the very top landmarks and attractions.

Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower is the most famous landmark in Paris, and for good reason. Head there as soon as you arrive, and before the afternoon crowds appear. Once you’ve made it as high as you’re prepared to go, you can enjoy the spectacular views, all in time for lunch.

Lunch in Paris

If you feel like splashing out then make a reservation to eat at the Jules Verne restaurant up the Eiffel Tower itself. Alternatively, if you’re looking for something cheaper then head to a small riverside café along the Seine to enjoy a baguette… even the most simple cuisine in Paris is prepared with passion.

Le Louvre/Notre Dame

Walk east along the Seine from the Eiffel Tower and you’ll find the famous Le Louvre museum. If you don’t fancy the walk, take a boat trip. Give yourself an hour at the very least to explore this vast gallery, but preferably a good couple of hours. If you have time, then the nearby Notre Dame Cathedral is well worth a visit before heading out to dine ahead of boarding your connecting coach home.

The Shopping alternative

If you’ve visited Paris before, you’ve probably already seen the famous landmarks. In this case, you can enjoy a day of unadulterated shopping. In the morning head to the exclusive Boulevard Haussmann and the Grands Boulevards, where the famous luxury department stores of Paris can be found. In the afternoon, head to the eclectic Le Marais area to spend what you have left on antique finds, hand crafted jewellery, cosmetics and art.

Paris is easier to reach than ever by coach via either ferry or the Eurotunnel. A day in this city is the ideal break to get away from everyday life, and when you take a coach it’s cheaper than you think!

Breath-taking Bruges by coach

Considering just how close the country of Belgium is to the UK, it really is astonishing that so few of us ever consider the possibility of travelling to this historic and quaint kingdom. Especially when you bear in mind that there is a city within this small nation that is only a stone’s throw away from our English Channel car ferry ports: namely the ‘Venice of the North’ – which is its affectionate moniker – Bruges.

If you have been thinking along the lines of purchasing a couple of coach tickets to a destination that is a little different lately, you could do far worse than directing your attention to Bruges. This historic city sits right in the middle of the region of Flanders and can be reached via a thoroughly pleasant coach trip from the UK in just a few hours. Whether you travel via Calais, in France, or the Belgian seaport of Ostend, it really doesn’t matter, as either way, it will always be a relatively short coach trip to reach this enchanting city.

As soon as your coach drives into the centuries-old town centre, your mouth will gape at the spectacular architecture that will greet you. Bruges really does look as though it has been transported straight from the pages of a childhood fairy tale and the prominent Belfour belltower is always one of the first attractions you will see.

The city has often been compared with Amsterdam, and as we said above, it is regularly referred to as the Venice of the North due to the sheer number of canals that snake and twist their way through the town. You should definitely set time aside to enjoy a canal trip in Bruges. These tours are usually provided in many different languages, including English, and you will learn plenty about the fascinating history of this city along the way.

While in Bruges, you should also aim to visit the Chocolate Museum, where you will learn about the history of this immensely popular confection and understand exactly why the Belgians boast the reputation of producing some of the best chocolate in the entire world. Make sure you leave a few euros free to purchase some of the chocolate for the journey home.

So, when you next think about booking some cheap coach tickets, make sure you consider the gorgeously quaint city of Bruges.

The freedom of coach travel

Freedom is something we all crave, and nothing offers freedom like cheap coach tickets – your ticket to everywhere and anything. You won’t be restricted to rails, you’ll be surrounded by scenery every step of the way – not just clouds like if you took a plane. Coach tickets are the way to journey into the unexpected.

Unexpected here meaning in the sense of adventure. The coach trip will always take you where you want, but it can include things you’d never realised before. You can let your imagination run free, because there are so many options open to you.

You don’t have to go to that extreme but cheap coach tickets can take you on a variety of adventures. The list of shows you could see is endless, from London’s West End to the Edinburgh Fringe, not to mention an array of great theatres across the country. Whether it’s a Christmas Panto or an intense Pinter adaptation, cheap coach tickets can get you there. The list of destinations is also endless. Across the UK, Europe or the world, you can see it all with coach tickets.

It doesn’t even have to be that extravagant, you don’t need to think big with cheap coach tickets. You can visit areas that others don’t travel to – the quiet places of beauty. Imagine cheap coach tickets taking you around the snow capped vistas of Snowdonia National Park or its surrounding areas of great shops at Betws-y-Coed. These kinds of remote places are often only reachable by coach or car.

Surely that’s the definition of freedom, it’s all up to your choice. You’re not restricted by where you can travel to, and you don’t have to get another form of transport to reach your destination. Freedom is given to you in a direct fashion with coach tickets. So whatever the need, wherever the destination, coach tickets are your key to the world.

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Why you should start your holiday on a coach

When you’re booking your next holiday – whether you are travelling abroad or staying in the United Kingdom – you should give some serious thought to travelling by coach. Here are four reasons why you should start your holiday by buying a coach ticket:

1. Views

The height of coaches mean that they offer better views than from the car. You can see clearer across the horizon, which – when you are in a place that you have never been before – can actually be rather awe-inspiring. Don’t miss these hidden treasures by choosing to travel by car or plane.

2. Relax

If you travel by car or plane, not everyone in your party can relax. For starters, whoever is driving must focus on the road at all times. Then for flyers, there is also the added stress of making it to the gate on time so you don’t miss your flight.

3. Direction

If you choose to drive to your holiday destination, you run the risk of taking a wrong turn or getting lost. This can severely delay the start of your holiday and leave you feeling frustrated. Meanwhile, coach drivers will know the route like the back of their hand and get you from A to B before you even know it. This means your holiday won’t start on a sour note.

4. Price

Travelling by coach will typically be the cheapest way to travel. The cost of a flight tends to be substantially higher, while the price of travelling by car can be inconsistent due to the cost of petrol, traffic and the route taken. With coaches, you’ll pay a set price up front.

Enjoy your coach trip

You won’t regret buying coach tickets for your next holiday. As well as finding the journey to be speedy and with an amazing service, you can also trust that it will be the cheapest way to start your trip. So just sit back, relax and enjoy your journey.

Three fabulous girls’ weekends by coach

What could be better than a weekend away with the girls? And why go to the bother and expense of making complicated travel plans when you can arrive at the heart of your destination by coach, often with a lot of loose change in your purse? After all, everyone knows that girls just wanna have fun. Here’s our pick of the top three pamper destinations.

Paris

Paris isn’t only for soppy doe-eyed couples – it’s actually a fantastic location for a luxury shopping spree, some wonderful art galleries and a chance to taste the most delicious (and glamorous) cocktails in Europe. Throw on that little black dress, grab those kitten heels and pose with the best of them. And who knows, maybe there will be romance in the air after all.

Don’t miss: Ideally located for the to-die-for shopping opportunities around St-Germain, Grace Leo-Andrieu’s wonderful boutique Hôtel Bel Ami is the perfect place to sleep in style (www.hotel-bel-ami.com).

Bath

Bath has been famed since Roman times for its natural thermal springs and it is therefore the perfect place to relax and unwind after a busy week. Book a pamper session in one of this World Heritage City’s many health spas and then make the most of its countless high quality restaurants and bars. After all, you deserve it!

Don’t miss: Take a well deserved dip in the famously cleansing and warm water at Thermae Bath Spa. Try Watsu, an aromatherapy massage or even hot stones therapy and take in the incredible views of this wonderful and historic city from the glamorous rooftop pool (http://thermaebathspa.com/).

London

When you’re tired of London you’re tired of life, and there really is far too much to do in one weekend. We recommend booking a top notch West End show and then dancing until dawn with the rich and famous in one of London’s hot night spots. And what could be better than finishing the evening with a salt-beef bagel from one of the all night bagel bakeries? Enjoy!

Don’t miss: Make a reservation and arrive early at The Cuckoo Club. You might even bag yourself a royal dance partner – Prince Harry is known to frequent this nightclub (http://www.thecuckooclub.com/).

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German Christmas markets by coach

Before we know it, Christmas will be upon us – but have you ever seen Christmas? As in, real Christmas, as only Germany can do it? The German Christmas markets are now a festive season staple and are popular from the last days of November well into December. A chance to stock up on seasonal trinkets and Christmas gifts, visiting the markets by coach cuts down the problems of baggage allowances that air travel invites.

With the markets a major national tradition, the destination options are enough to turn a December coach trip to Germany into an annual event. Berlin offers its own take as the nation’s capital, but don’t be distracted by the need to visit there first. Other cities are typically the location for four or five day trips by coach. The breaks tend to include excursions to other parts of the market cities, which allows for a more complete view of the market town.

The Cologne Christmas Market topped a poll as the most popular among non-Germans with a selection of markets. An option here could be the market on the Rhine River Cruise or the Medieval market in front of the city’s famous chocolate museum. Nuremberg, a medieval city in Bavaria, hosts the Christkindlesmarkt and is one of the most famous globally. Nuremberg’s market is renowned for its tasty bratwurst, festive smell of roasting almonds and memorably warm atmosphere. Bremen, known as the city of musicians, boasts the Christmas market in its old town (Altstadt) and plenty of other excursions are on hand with its grand Town Hall and historical town centre. The final tantalisation is Munich, the centre of Bavaria. Munich’s charming mix of old and traditional style buildings also offers oompah bands, Bavarian beer houses, and the Frauenkirche church which, with its Bavarian twist, is a sight to be seen.

Nothing completes the Christmas market experience more than the wooden mulled wine stalls – and of course the drink itself. If you are lucky enough to visit during a snowy season, then the Markets turn into a veritable winter wonderland. So what are you waiting for? It’s time to get booking those coach tickets for the most festive Christmas yet!

Visit Warsaw by coach

Whether you prefer exploring, soaking up cafe culture and outdoor theatre, admiring palaces or museums, or want to trace the footsteps of Chopin, you’ll find plenty in Warsaw to keep you happy and inspired.

The alleys and squares of its historic Old Town and New Town, with their welcoming cafes and vibrant street culture, come alive with colour and music in summer, with plenty of outdoor gigs, shows and art exhibitions to entertain you in the sunshine. Or admire the stunning architecture of the impressive Royal Castle, or the Lazienki Krolewskie or Wilanow Palaces with their beautiful grounds. Culture vultures will also want to take in the evocative collections at the POLIN (History of Polish Jews) and Warsaw Rising museums, the stunning art collection at the NMW and the fun, educational Copernicus Science centre.

Lovers of Frederick Chopin can spend their whole visit retracing his footsteps. As well as his own museum, and a monument in Lazienki’s royal gardens, there are plenty of other sites for pilgrimage in the city where he spent more than half his life, and first learned to present his extraordinary musical talent to an audience. Don’t miss the former Rectory at the Kazimierzowski Palace where he lived with his family from the age of a few months old. And look out for the many concerts celebrating his music which take place throughout the year, from intimate salon piano recitals to the now traditional spring and summer concerts by Poland’s finest pianists in Lazienki Park.

Cheap coach tickets to Warsaw

You may not have considered travelling to Warsaw by coach, but there are both British and Polish coach companies offering cheap coach tickets for direct routes from many UK locations. Travelling via Dover, France, Belgium, Holland, and Germany, you can settle into your seat and make yourself at home while you take in the sights and dream of the time you’ll spend soaking up the unique atmosphere of this vibrant, extraordinary Polish city. Whatever your starting point in the UK, there are coach tickets available to get you to Warsaw with the minimum of changes, fuss or delay.

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A weekend in the ‘Venice of the North’

When you hear the word Amsterdam, your mind may conjure up images of rowdy stag dos, night clubs and the Red Light District, and that is one part of the city that brings in thousands of tourists each year.

But visiting Amsterdam is also a perfect weekend getaway for families and couples alike. You can explore the extensive canal system with a bicycle tour, the most popular mode of transportation in the city, or relax on a river boat cruise as you take in the sights.

Kids will enjoy a visit to the city’s zoo, the science museum or the ‘Geitenboerderij Ridammerhoeve’ (Goat Farm). This organic farm is home to goats, chickens, cows, pigs, a horse and a pony with a cellar that makes cheese, yoghurt, buttermilk, butter, fresh cheese and even ice cream from goat milk all on site.

A visit to Anne Frank House is a humbling and worthwhile experience for all ages. You can admire the stunning Royal Palace, get spooked in the Amsterdam Dungeons, or try the tasty ‘Poffertjes’; fluffy pancakes that are usually eaten with sweet toppings, such as stroop (syrup), slagroom (whipped cream) or aardbeien (strawberries).

A visit to Amsterdam also wouldn’t be complete without taking a selfie in front of the infamous red and white ‘I Amsterdam’ Sign.

A great, no-fuss option when it comes to transportation is to take a coach. Getwayz run a service that leaves London’s Victoria coach station up to three times a day and will take you directly to Amsterdam’s Sloterdijk station and Zuiderzeeweg coach park.

The trip takes just under 10 hours in total, and tickets start from as little as £1!

You can avoid lengthy bag check-ins or losing your bags in transit as can happen when you fly. You won’t need to negotiate the Dutch roads by driving yourself and there’s no expensive airport parking rates with this option, as the coach takes you directly to the city.

Whether it’s party boats or river cruises, night clubs or museums, this city has everything on offer and it’s all just a £1 ticket away.

Photo: I amsterdam by Dennis AB licensed under Creative commons 2

Don’t let hay fever ruin your summer trip – take the coach

The hot summer weather is finally here, and thoughts of sun-worshippers everywhere naturally turn towards the joys of a Great British day out or a UK staycation.

But although people will delight in the spectacular sunshine, the conditions also mean the return of that great summer inconvenience – hay fever.

In the UK alone, around one in four of us is thought to suffer from pollen allergies. That’s more than 16 million people.

And a new survey by a leading hay fever eye drop manufacturer has highlighted the dangers posed by sneezing or struggling with watering eyes while driving.

Nearly half of those surveyed said they had sneezed behind the wheel, and nearly a third admitted suffering from watery eyes in the car.

And the consequences are scary. If you sneeze and close your eyes while travelling at motorway speeds, you will cover more than 100 ft of the road, blind. Watery eyes can also blur your vision.

There is no need to risk it. Getwayz offers low prices to a host of destinations in the UK and Europe, so you can sit back, relax in your coach seat and enjoy the view, rather than battling hay fever and gridlock while trying to keep your eyes on the road.

There are also added benefits to leaving the car at home and instead choosing to get away from it all in a comfortable, air-conditioned coach.

For example, taking a trip to the seaside can help to alleviate the symptoms of your pollen allergy. The generally cooler conditions and onshore breezes experienced on the coast not only help to lower pollen levels but also tend to blow those pesky plant grains inland, away from you.

Getwayz offers a wide range of options for those heading to the coast.

So whether you are seeking the bright lights of the bustling resorts, such as Skegness, Brighton, Blackpool or Scarborough, or simply crave the sleepier charms of quieter beach-side locations, you will find the perfect spot to get away from the sniffles and sneezes of hay fever this season.

So take the coach and don’t let those troublesome allergies ruin your summer fun.

Follow in the footsteps of your favourite TV heroes

A new murder mystery ‘event’ TV series promises to do for Loch Ness what Broadchurch did for Dorset and Somerset.

ITV have begun filming on the six-part show, known simply as Loch Ness, and it’s already generating global buzz after pictures emerged of a mocked-up Loch Ness Monster skeleton.

But it isn’t the only show set in stunning surroundings – and most are a simple coach journey away thanks to Getwayz, our low coach ticket prices and wide array of destinations.

So, which magical TV location do you plan on visiting next?

Inverness

Murder-mystery drama Loch Ness is sure to generate additional interest, but it is not alone in doing its bit to promote the Highlands.

Time-travel love story Outlander features a woman from the 1940s who finds herself thrown back in time to the period immediately before the Battle of Culloden. It has won legions of fans and sparked increased interest in the Jacobite rebellions.

Why not visit the actual battlefield at Culloden, which today draws visitors from across the globe?

Dorset and Somerset

Although Broadchurch is set in Dorset, much of the filming for the show actually takes place in Somerset.

But that hasn’t stopped either county from cashing in. And, with plenty of wonderful scenery on offer in both counties, a trip to either would be well worth your time.

Clevedon in Somerset is home to many of Broadchurch’s famous locations, from its spectacular coastal scenery to the more everyday sights of the show’s streets. A trip to the shops in Clevedon is almost like walking on to a film set, and there aren’t many locations which can say that.

Northern Ireland

‘The’ water-cooler TV show of the moment has to be Game of Thrones. The volume of column inches devoted to the fate of Jon Snow after series five’s jaw-dropping finale illustrates just how much it has caught the public’s imagination, and the show has completed another epic run since then – but, shhh, no spoilers.

So let that imagination soar with a visit to Northern Ireland, one of the countries that provides backdrops for the show. Visit Northern Ireland has produced maps of key filming locations, while a visit to the spectacular Causeway Coast is worth the price of a coach ticket alone.