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bristlingwiththelatestcreaturecomforts.Dave Richardson
tellsitlikeitreallyis…
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eweretolditwould Brussels);fournightsatLakeGarda,near haven’tyetrepeatedtheexperience.Coach
be a long day of Verona; and two nights taking a different toursarestuckwithanold-fashionedimage,
travelling,withonly routeback. just like holiday “camps” – especially
a couple of stops Daytwowastobethekiller,aslogalong amongpeoplewhohaveneverbeen.
and not to expect Germany’sautobahnsandovertheAustrian Amoderncoachcancostupto£250,000
dinneruntil9.30pm bordertoavillagenearInnsbruck.Itwas withallthelatestcomforts,andadvanced
–over12hoursaway.Iwasalreadycross- boring,buttherewerethreestopsandwe safetyandfuel-efficiencymeasures.Coach
ingmylegs,althoughtherewasatoileton arrived in good time for dinner at 8pm. tourmarketleaderShearingshasbought45
board. That’swhenIrealisedourtwocoachdrivers newSetracoachesthisyearofthesametype
It was day two of a nine-day Leger were good at psychology – make it seem used for the England football team – no
Holidays coach tour calledVerona Opera bad,andifit’sbetterthenyou’rehappy. wonderit’ssaying“BusitlikeBeckham”!
Experience,whichwehadjoinednearour I was in my mid-40s but I felt young, The hotels used are generally much
hometowninOxford.Twonightswouldbe with all the other passengers over 50 and improved too, and you may well stay at
spent on the way (the first was near manywellover60.Butwegelledwellasa chainhotelssuchasHolidayInnratherthan
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