Magic getaways by coach
THE days when coach tours were seen as only for older, inexperienced travellers wanting a low budget holiday are over.
Managing director of Phil Hoffmann Travel, Phil Hoffmann, says coach touring has evolved into something much more attractive.
He says picture yourself enjoying flexible sightseeing, more time to explore, luxurious comfort and smaller groups.
Coach tours arranged by AAT Kings allow guests to “get under the skin’’ of the places they visit with their warm and friendly tour directors.
“They embody the cheeky, down-to-earth nature of Australia and New Zealand and know the area like a local,’’ Mr Hoffmann says.
You can choose from a variety of holidays, including different short breaks – it’s a new way to explore Australia and New Zealand.
“These days, travellers are wanting more from their holidays than to simply tick off destinations from their sightseeing lists,’’ Mr Hoffmann says. “With AAT Kings, guests receive a deeper and more immersive experience in which they can get to know the locals.’’
You can take an indigenous walking tour of Fremantle, an optional farm stay in New Zealand or meet local provedores at Salamanca Markets in Hobart.
You don’t have to worry about driving strange roads or parking in tourist hot spots. On these coach tours, your experienced driver will get you to where you want to go.
“All you have to do is sit back and relax and take in the sights and sounds around you,’’ Mr Hoffmann says.
There’s no need to stress about accommodation or how you will get from one destination to another, and each vehicle is selected to suit each itinerary.
AAT Kings’ fleet includes 50-seater luxury coaches, mini coaches and custom four-wheel drive vehicles.
The top of the range 50seater coaches, used on guided holidays and day tours feature on-board restrooms, window blinds, individual airconditioners, extra leg room, free wi-fi, flat screen television, CD and DVD players.
You can save 50 per cent on the second traveller when booking various AAT Kings coach tours in Australian and New Zealand through Phil Hoffmann Travel by April 30.
For example, you can choose from a six-day Top End Highlights tour of Darwin, taking in spectacular Kakadu National Park, Mindil Beach and Katherine Gorge for $2350 per person (twin share).
The 18-day Best of New Zealand holiday from $5750 per person (twin share) takes you to the Waitomo Glow Worm caves, Rotorua, a Milford Sound cruise and Franz Josef Glacier. Details/bookings: Phil Hoffmann Travel, 1300 889 953 or pht.com.au
Kakadu National Park is just one of the destinations you can see close up in a relaxing coach tour.