European bus tours are an easy way to “see twenty countries in ten days”, as you cross several land borders each day and visit some of the world’s most beautiful sites. But does that mean you will be an expert on Europe at the end of your European bus tour? What are some of the drawbacks of a European bus tour?
European Bus Tours Highlight Tourist Destinations
You can only see so much on a European bus tour, which is why such tours will highlight some of the most popular tourist destinations rather than let you see more of the mundane, everyday sites. A European bus tour can be compared to a sample platter at a restaurant. You taste a small morsel, which is rich and tasty, giving you an idea of the ingredients that make up the sample platter. However, the sample is still just that, a sample and not much more. The same is true of European bus tours.
While you get a once-in-a lifetime opportunity to visit famed, enviable destinations such as the Louvre, the Tower of London or the Colosseum, you will not get to learn as much about the actual day-to-day culture of the countries you visit. You may be surprised to learn that many of the locals have not even visited some of the destinations you have been to on your European bus tour.
Language Barriers Still Exist
Unless you are already conversant in some of the languages that you will come across during your tour, you are unlikely to be well equipped to overcome the language barriers. Many European bus tours usually provide local tour guides who are able to bridge the language gap, thus making it easier for passengers to get by without having to practice the local languages.
European Bus Tours Are Not Intended to Turn You into European Experts
European bus tours are not intended to turn passengers into experts on all things European. In fact, unless you actually live like a local in Europe, you are unlikely to get a “real” feel for Europe, the history behind the castles, palaces and châteaux, what makes Europeans tick, why they take siestas, drive the way they do or engage in other activities that you automatically dismiss as odd or quaint.
European bus tours are an economical way to see a lot of different countries in a short space of time that you can rave about to your friends and family when you return home, but they also have their drawbacks. European bus tours only highlight the most popular tourist destinations, there is not much effort invested in overcoming language barriers and the tours will not turn you into an expert on Europe.