Occasionally each year, we offer special touring opportunities to our readers, giving you a chance to travel somewhere together with other like-minded fellow Travel Insiders, and usually accompanied by Travel Insider David Rowell himself. Indeed, one of the best features of our touring is the great group of people you get to share the touring with – usually interesting and successful people, often but not always retired, and with plenty of past travel experiences.
Our group travel is quite unlike traditional group travel experiences. We keep the schedule’s flexibility as high as possible. For example, if weather changes, or if the group as a whole wish to substitute something for something else, then – if at all possible – we’ll adapt, adopt and improve to ensure the best experience for the group, based on the varying situation and circumstances as they unfold. If the schedule allows, of course we’ll add impromptu photo stops on request. And so on.
We also never over-fill the coaches we use. Typically our coaches are no more than two-thirds full, giving people who are traveling alone or who wish a double seat to themselves plenty of room to spread out, and meaning no-one has to suffer a bad seat (eg with a wheel well directly in front).
Where possible, we add some special extra features and experiences into our touring to further enhance your overall experience.
In the past we’ve had tours to many different parts of the world, ranging from Russia and China (and even North Korea) to Sri Lanka and Scotland’s Islands; from New Zealand to Turkey, and through much/most of western and eastern Europe.
In the future, who knows! If you have requests or suggestions, by all means let us know.
Here is the schedule of up-coming tours that we plan to operate.
Scotland’s Highland Highlights
|September 2019||One of our favorite touring destinations is Scotland – it is a personal favorite of ours, and a reliable favorite of the people who travel with us.|
This year we’re offering a slightly different Scotland tour. It is designed so you can add your own traveling experiences on before and/or after a one week module with us, and in particular, it is timed so you could immediately connect on to our Loire Valley Land Cruise after this tour.
A wonderful highlight of this tour will be enjoying the almost brand new overnight sleeper train that travels from London up to Fort William. Then we have three lovely two night stays in lovely parts of the highlands, before taking you back to Glasgow.
Available to join now
Loire Valley Land Cruise
|Sep/Oct 2019||We’re offering another of our one week “land cruises”, this time based in the beautiful Loire Valley, south of Paris in France.|
You’ll enjoy a full week, based in the lovely town of Tours, with daily touring around the region.
Plus there is an optional pre-tour extension in Chantilly (of lace and cream fame!) and an optional post-tour extension to glorious Bordeaux.
As a pre-pre tour option, you also could do our Special Highland Highlights tour of Scotland, which ends immediately prior to this tour (see immediately above).
Available to join now
Grand European Tour
|December 2019||We’re offering a “land cruise” style Christmas markets tour. The core tour is a week based in Munich (9 – 16 Dec), with daily touring around the Bavarian area and hopping across the border into Switzerland and Austria too.|
After the main tour we offer our always-popular extension to Prague, featuring a wonderful central-city historic hotel right by the main historic market square.
Before the main tour we have a multi-layered pre-tour itinerary, which you can join at any part. In its full glory, it has us in Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Austria and Slovakia (two nights each in Trieste, Ljubljana and Zagreb, and three nights in Vienna with a day tour to Bratislava).
Available to join late May…..
|Holy Land Tour of Israel and Jordan||Feb 2020|
|A tour to Israel and Jordan, probably in February 2020.|
Details to follow in about March 2019.
|England u0026amp; Scotland||June 2020||A coach tour featuring England and Scotland. Probably in two halves, each one week, allowing you to choose one or the other or both.|
Details to follow perhaps in April/May 2019 (Brexit related uncertainties make it hard to exactly cost this far in advance.)
|New Zealand and Australia||October 2020||One of our very popular NZ Food and Wine themed tours featuring one of the country’s leading food and wine festivals in Hawke’s Bay as well as touring elsewhere, plus a week in Australia.|
Do either country, or both countries, as you may wish.
Details to follow in mid/late 2019.
|European Christmas Markets||Dec 2020||Another Christmas Markets themed European tour.|
Details to follow in late 2019.