It's Autumn and at last the post has come with my new Summer holiday brochure for next Summer from AT Travel who are based in Edinburgh these days. I excitedly search through the pages to find a holiday. Perhaps there is a new one this year!
I get on the phone to one of the friendly staff and she and I go through all the details ie date, seat number, pick-up point, cabin on ferry, etc. I pay a little extra for single room supplement and outside cabin including dinner and breakfast on the ferry. You have the same seat all the way.
San Marino(Photo source A T Travel)
I know with this company I get a driver, courier and coach all the way from pick-up point and back again. They pick up all over Scotland including Stirling and some areas of the north of England.
We are never on the coach for longer than two and a half hours when we stop for coffees and lunches. Of course this has to do with the driver's hours - he must comply with regulations on that score.
Lake Maggiore(Photo source A T Travel)
On the day of departure we get to Hull for our ferry, is it really that big ship! and cross to Zeebrugge or Rotterdam in Belgium depending on our route. By this time we have all got to know each other, the bus usually holds around 49 passengers. Off we go early the first morning in Belgium to our first overnight stop sometimes there are 2 or 3 ,we enjoy all the sights and the courier has some interesting facts to tell us about the area we are going through. We stay in some beautiful hotels I know I could not afford to stay in myself!
We have some excursions included in the price and the courier tells us about some extra trips we can pay for if we wish.
I have been to some wonderful places but my favourite is Italy especially the Italian Lakes. I love the Italian way of life.
Panoramic Austria and the Italian Dolomites(Photo source A T Travel)
I have met some lovely people including my husband who was a driver and married him 8 years ago this year.So you can understand why I think coach holidays are wonderful!