Travel Europe on the Cheap – How to Enjoy Bus Tours

Many would-be travelers dream about strolling down the Avenue des Champs-Elysees but are not willing to mortgage their future to finance the trip. However, traveling Europe on the cheap does not require backpacking and hitching free rides from strangers! One affordable solution that offers a happy medium between a super luxurious getaway and “roughing it” is a packaged bus tour.

Packaged bus tours offer the best value per day, due to the tour operator’s ability to secure group rates on hotel accommodations, ground transportation, and sightseeing attractions. They also provide peace of mind, which is priceless: the discerning traveler does not need to obtain an international driver’s license, rent a car (let alone remember on which side of the road to drive!), or read train schedules in foreign languages.

To get the most out of a European bus tour, remember the following travel tips.

Tips to enjoy a Europe bus tour:

  • Dress Comfortably: You will spend much of your time sightseeing or riding on the bus. Wear sensible clothes that you can wear while walking around in public areas, and that also fit well while sitting down.
  • Be Camera Ready: Pack extra batteries for the camera. Packaged bus tours feature numerous attractions and will often visit multiple countries. However, once the tour leaves for the next attraction, there is usually no turning back. Get that last photo op!
  • Eat Wisely: Carry snacks to ward off hunger attacks on the bus, and take advantage of any breakfast inclusions available at the hotel. Be wary of purchasing food at major sightseeing venues where prices are the highest.
  • Bring Entertainment: You will have downtime in between attractions and tours. Pack an MP3 player or a book and magazine to keep yourself occupied while en route to the next exciting destination.
  • Keep an Open Mind: Touring Europe provides a unique experience to enrich your mind. Interact with passengers to discover similar interests, and learn about local cultures and traditions.
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2009 Solar Eclipse Tours – China

2009 will be an exciting year for both professional astronomers and amateur sky gazers to catch a glimpse of a total solar eclipse in China! This is a rare occurrence when the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth so that the Sun is wholly obscured. People will travel from around the world to see this spectacular natural phenomenon. GotoBus is offering Solar Eclipse Tours departing from Shanghai and Solar Eclipse Tours departing from Beijing that provide a great opportunity to go sightseeing in post-Olympic China and observe a total solar eclipse.

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Winter Getaways to Hawaii

Need to get away to a tropical island? Yes, yes, and YES! With a winter storm warning in effect today for Cambridge, MA nothing sounds better than relaxing on a Hawaiian beach enjoying the warm sunny weather. Even in tough economic times it is possible to plan a budget friendly Hawaii getaway and GotoBus can show you how.

If your prefer a hassle free vacation where hotel accomodations, airport transfers, and sightseeing activities are included look no further than our 4-5 Day Hawaii Vacations. Our most popular tour, the Hawaii 4-Day Tour Package-C currently sells for $196. That is less than $50 per day! These rock-bottom prices won’t last forever so be sure to book your trip early.

Free spirited travelers who like to spend lots of time on the beach and enjoy a less structured experience can enhance their vacation by booking some Hawaii sightseeing activities. Sightseeing tours range in duration from a couple of hours to a full day and focus on a single activity or theme. GotoBus currently offers over 40 different Hawaii sightseeing tours so there is an acitivity to suit every traveler. The best part about these mini-tours is that they can be booked around your “relaxing schedule” and the prices start at just $25. Check out some of GotoBus’ most popular activities like the Waikele Center and Waikele Premium Outlets Trolley Tour, Diamond Head, Rainforest and Scenic Shores Tour, Hawaii Volcano Adventure and Hiking, Snorkeling and Boogie Boarding Eco-Tour Adventure .

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West Coast Fun

For those who need to escape the cold weather there is no place better to go than the West Coast. San Francisco is well known for its history, rich culture, architecture, and food. There are also many tourist attractions nearby. GotoBus currently offers tours departing from San Francisco starting as low as $19. You can take a city tour, ride the San Francisco Ducks, cruise along the bay, or check out the Golden Gate Bridge.

If you want to go further and explore the surrounding areas a multi-day tour would be your best bet. San Francisco departure options include tours to Disneyland, Universal Studios, Sea World, Legoland, Death Valley, Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Yosemite National Park, Antelope Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Hearst Castle, Southern California, Northern California, Mexico Ensenada, Muir Woods, Wine Country and much more!

See All San Francisco Tours Here

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Get thee to the slopes!

If you live up north you know that it has gotten cold. REAL COLD. In Cambridge, MA the temperatures reached a whopping 20 degrees Fahrenheit today and it is only December 8! Since it looks like we are in for long winter ahead of us we might as well enjoy it. GotoBus has just released super discounted 2 Day Ski Tours starting at just $108. We know times are tight but for that price it is time to fire up your inner recessionista and hit the slopes. If you really need an excuse to get away just say you are “stimulating the economy.”

All ski tours and complete ticketing information can be found here.

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Experience History in the Making!


Senator Barack Obama won the United States Presidential Election on November 4, 2008. On January 20, 2009 he will become the 44th President of the United States and the first African-American to hold this position. Be there to experience history in the making! GotoBus is offering two different tour packages that will let you get in on the action.

Washington DC on Inauguration Day 1-Day tour $279

New York – Washington DC – New York

Depart New York at 3:00am on your guided excursion to Washington DC. We will arrive in Washington DC at approximately 7:00am. Our tour guide will find the best available place where you can get see as much as possible

President Elect Obama Inauguration 4 Days Tour $599

• Day 1: New York
Your vacation begins. Our tour guide will meet you at the airport and transfer to the Hotel Pennsylvania, located in the heart of midtown is directly opposite Madison Square Garden and Amtrak’s Penn Station. The Empire State Building, Javits Center, Macy’s, the Theater District and many other New York City attractions are only a few blocks away. Begin your sightseeing on your The ALL LOOPS TOUR which includes 4 separate double decker tour loops that allow you to enjoy the best of Manhattan and Brooklyn with 48 HOURS of unlimited hop-on, hop-off opportunities at over 50 stops! See everything that you want from Times Square… to Central Park… to the Empire State Building… to Fulton Mall in Brooklyn.

• Day 2: New York
Continue on your sightseeing tour of New York, Uptown, Downtown, Brooklyn and a night tour.

• Day 3: New York – Washington DC – New York
Depart New York at 3:00am on your guided excursion to Washington DC. Become part of history and join the excitement of the first African American to be elected President of the United States. We will arrive in Washington DC at approximately 7:00am. Our tour guide will find the best available place and since the tour departs early, we will do our best to be as close to the action as possible. Return to New York in the evening at approximately 9:00pm

• Day 4: New York
Morning check out from your hotel and transfer to the New York airport.

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GotoBus Offers Shopping Tours to Woodbury Common Premium Outlets

GotoBus, the leading online marketplace for bus tickets and tours, now offers shopping tours to Woodbury Common Premium Outlets. Woodbury Common Premium Outlets, located in Central Valley New York, includes 220 top brand-name outlet stores such as Coach, Gucci, Polo Ralph Lauren, Saks Fifth Avenue and more. Departing from New York City daily, these tours accommodate holiday shoppers by providing $40 roundtrip transportation and VIP discounts.

For serious bargain hunters, GotoBus also offers a “Midnight Madness Tour at Woodbury Commons” for $30. This tour departs from New York City at 10:30 PM on Thanksgiving to take advantage of Woodbury Common Premium Outlet’s extended hours and early morning “Black Friday” sales. This tour package includes roundtrip transportation, a VIP coupon book worth hundreds of dollars in savings, and lunch/dinner discounts.

Two day shopping tours are also available for those that need more time to shop. For $140, patrons can shop at their leisure and enjoy a two day stay at the outlets. This tour package includes roundtrip bus transportation, one night hotel accommodation, breakfast for two, complimentary $50.00 gift certificate to any of Woodbury Common’s 220 stores and a $10.00 dinner coupon to Positano Grill.

See website for complete ticketing information about these shopping tours.

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Holiday Tours

GotoBus has recently compiled a list of the hottest holiday tours to match every personality type. Check out our holiday tours selection and see our recommendations below.

“Adrenaline Junkies”: Try parasailing, ATV tours, safaris, scuba diving, helicopter tours, or dog sledding

“Beach Bums”: Florida, California, Hawaii and Mexico make great warm weather getaways

“Connoisseurs”: Napa Valley tours are sure to impress even the most discerning recipient

“Eco-Travelers”: Explore nature’s finest by booking a trip to the Grand Canyon, Yosemite National Park or Niagara Falls

“Kiddies”: Disney World, Disneyland, Legoland, Sea World, and Hershey’s Chocolate World always top kid’s lists

“World Travelers”: Check out international tours in Europe, Canada, Mexico, and China

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Palm Springs- California!

GotoBus has just released 16 new sightseeing tours departing from Palm Springs, California. Palm Springs is a major tourist destination for travelers who crave warm weather, mountain views and desert excursions. With temperate winter climes averaging approximately 70 degrees Fahrenheit it is no wonder that northerners and locals alike choose to sightsee during these months.

Our Top Picks for Palm Springs Tours including:

1. Palm Springs Grand Tour: Visit the cities of Cathedral City (The re-born city), Racho Mirage (The Playground of the Presidents), Indian Wells (The wealthiest city in the nation), Palm Desert (Home of El Paseo Drive). While on this leg you will see the estates of Frank Sinatra, Walter Annenberg, the church that Dolly Sinatra re-furbished, walk through a nature garden and more. Next our tour will take a short break to experience the natural Dates of the valley. After the break you will head into the heart of the Old Movie Colony of Palm Springs and the Las Palmas area of Palm Springs. You will get up close and personal with the stars on the second leg of the tour. See the homes of stars like Bob Hope, Dina Shore, Alan Ladd, Elvis, Liberace, Celine Dion, Arnold Schwartzenagger, Ronald Regan, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and many more.

2. Desert Sampler 2 hours Excursion: An introduction to our local deserts, including a fascinating look at the destructive forces of the San Andreas Fault. BONUS: A quick history of our famous wind farms and facts about where we get our water. Perfect tour for those on a budget or just short on time.

3. Joshua Tree Adventure: This remote location takes you to an elevation of 5,518 feet…the 360 degree view is spectacular! Joshua Trees – This spectacular plant has become the symbol of the Mojave Desert. Mormon pioneers named the species for the biblical figure Joshua, because the trees uplifted limbs reminded them of Joshua praying and pointing to the heavens. Today its large size and unusual characteristics make it an appealing and attractive component of the desert

***SPLURGE OF THE MONTH***
Paleontologist For A Day:
Depart Palm Springs Airport via helicopter to a remote area of the Mojave Desert. There your luxury Hummer waits. Travel a short distance to an ancient marine fossil bed where your paleontogical adventure begins. Your “dig” will uncover 570 million year old fossils affectionately known as trilobites. All equipment and gourmet lunch provided.

Seriously, how cool is this? Treat yourself or give an unforgettable experience to a loved one!

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