Magic getaways by coach

Sunday Mail - Travel/Escape - - PHIL HOFFMANN TRAVEL -

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.

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