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“The art and science of asking questions is the source of all knowledge”.

(Thomas Berger)

What facilities are there on the Gold Class’ coach?

Far too many to mention, but here is just a few, luxury leather reclining seats with seatbelts and magazine pockets, overhead lockers, restroom equipped, on-board sick bed, 3 screen DVD player, complimentary Wi-fi (on selected coaches only) and so much more.

How do I know if I’m booked on a ‘Gold Class’ coach tour?

Each of our ‘Gold Class’ coach tours feature the ‘Gold Class’ coach tour icon.  For tours that do not feature this icon we use third party suppliers of the same high standard.

What is the average size of the group(s)?

Bit hard to answer this one.  Our groups vary from small (remote areas) to large groups at festivals and events, however, there will be no more than 40 passengers on one tour departure.

What if I have special dietary requirements?

We can accommodate guests who are vegetarian and can assist with diabetic, gluten-free and other medically-recommended diets. Please advise us at time of booking.

When will I receive my tour documents?

Tour documents generally arrive to you 2 weeks prior to your departure.

Who will be escorting the tour?

Your Coach Captain is responsible for the overall running of the tour and is trained to deliver an interesting and entertaining commentary as well as making you feel safe and secure with their extensive on-road experience. Your host/hostess is on board to assist the Coach Captain and ensure you enjoy a smooth, hassle free holiday.

Are there likely to be changes to the itinerary?

The tour itinerary is a guide only, and although we will make every reasonable effort to adhere to the program, we reserve the right to make any alterations as necessary.

How much luggage can I take?

A baggage restriction of 17kg per person applies on all coach tours (regardless of flight and rail allowances) due to our Occupational Health & Safety standards.  You can also bring one small soft carry-on bag not exceeding 30cm x 30cm with a thickness of no more than 15cm that may be stowed in the overhead compartment.

What if I would like to fly from somewhere else other than what is on the tour itinerary?

Our consultants may be able to look at flights from other ports subject to availability.  The timing must suit the timing of the tour and there will be additional costs to travel outside of our group allocations.

Can I preselect my seat on the plane?

Our consultants will seat select for you when confirming the airline booking, however airline pre seating cannot be guaranteed as seats may need to be changed for operations, safety or security reason, even after boarding the aircraft

How often and when is the brochure released each year?

Our full colour brochure is released biannually in March and October of each year.

Can Fun Over Fifty organise my travel insurance?

Travel insurance is not included in your tour package and we strongly advise you purchase a comprehensive travel insurance policy through an independent travel insurance provider.

What are the Fitness Levels?

Fitness levels are extremely important when selecting a tour.  Every Fun Over Fifty tour has a Physical Rating of 1 – 3:

A Physical Rating of 1 (EASY)

A Physical Rating of 2 (MODERATE)

A Physical Rating of 3 (ACTIVE/MODERATE)

What type of clothes should I pack?

Will you need anything formal? This will depend on not only your personal preference, but the destinations you are visiting and the time of year you will be travelling. It is advisable to bring at least one ‘smart’ outfit for special evenings or highlight dinners, but this doesn’t mean a tuxedo or even a tie. If your itinerary visits places of worship, you may be required to wear items that cover your shoulders and in some cases, knees. When travelling, we recommend bringing items that are casual and lightweight, and require little or no ironing.  The Hotels that we partner with have a strict dress code and we ask that you dress smart/casual for dinner (no joggers/thongs etc)

Clothing:-

  • Underwear
  • Swimsuit
  • Good walking shoes & socks
  • Sleepwear
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Shirts/blouses
  • Jeans/trousers
  • Shorts/skirts
  • Pullover/cardigan
  • Warm jacket
  • Hat

What other items should I bring?

  • Toiletries
  • Medications – script and preventative for any ailments that might occur while you are away.  E.g. Pain relief; motion sickness; vomiting; diarrhoea; cold and flu etc.  Always carry script medication in your hand luggage
  • Umbrella
  • Insect repellent
  • Camera and spare batteries
  • Travel sewing kit
  • Travel alarm clock
  • Travel sachets of washing powder
  • Facecloth
  • Plastic bags for soiled clothing
  • Sunglasses
  • Handkerchief/tissues
  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottle (with screw top lid)
  • Beach towel
  • Torch
  • Spare prescriptions in case loss of medications

Will there be laundry facilities on tour?

The only chance you will have to do laundry is if you stay two or more nights in one place and get it done through the hotel service if there is not a coin operated guest laundry.  If you don’t wish to use hotel laundry services, then you can always wash items in the bath in your hotel room ensuring there is time for items to dry!

What are the Rules on Alcohol/Smoking?

The consumption of Alcohol and smoking is not permitted on any transport.  We have ample of stops along the way and we ask that you respect your fellow non-smoking passengers and light up in an area away from the group.  Please also note that smoking is not permitted in restaurants and other public places.

Can you advise other Handy Travel Hints?

  • Leaving Home – Cancel milk, paper and all other deliveries to your home. Leave a key with a neighbour or relative so they can keep an eye on the house, water the plants and collect your mail. Unplug all electrical appliances and remove all perishable goods. Arrange for the care of any pets. You may want to consider notifying your local police station that you will be away for a certain period of time and let them know who has a spare key.
  • Flying Hints – If flying label your case with the first destination and put your home address inside your case.  Ensure you carry all your travel documentation in your hand luggage, which also includes camera, medications, toiletries, reading material etc.  The longer flights can be made a little more enjoyable by wearing loose clothing, good comfortable shoes as well as walking the aisles regularly, eating sensibly and drinking plenty of fluids (not alcohol).
  • Travel sized products are lighter – Toothpaste, shaving gels, lotions and creams. They are all available in travel size from your local pharmacy. Not only will they save weight, but you can take them on an aircraft in your hand luggage if they less than 100ml.  Top tip! Hand sanitizer – visiting tourist places, you touch lots of things that lots of other people have just touched. Reduce the risk of catching a bug by regular use of hand sanitizer. And wear sunscreen!
  • Umbrella – Many couples share their umbrella. It means they only keep half dry. Travel with your own fold up umbrella (it’s better than a raincoat) and you will never be half wet, you’ll be totally dry. You may be lucky and have zero rainfall during your trip, but it’s best to be prepared for the odd shower.
  • Don’t let pickpockets spoil your holiday – Keep valuables under cover. When you travel you must protect your passport and cash.  Pickpockets are more skilled than you might think and unfortunately are common in the popular tourist areas all over the world (including Australia), so minimise your risk.  This is one of our most important packing tips: Use a neck or money belt that goes under your clothes.
  • Missing Luggage – Split belongings between two cases when travelling as a couple. If one case goes astray neither person is left without a change of clothes and necessities. Also, have a credit card or ATM card per person, so if one person loses their wallet or purse, you still have spending power.
  • Drinking Water – It is recommended that you carry with you plenty of drinking water, particularly in the warmer climates.
  • Protect and Keep Australia Beautiful – Help us protect and keep beautiful the countryside.  All coaches have waste disposal facilities which we encourage you to use.

Have you checked your checklist?

  • Passport (International travellers).  Double check your passports & IDs  aren’t expired
  • Travel insurance cards and documents
  • Emergency contacts/next of kin in your documents
  • Credit cards
  • Correct currency
  • Visa’s
  • Airline tickets
  • Fun Over Fifty holiday documents
  • Camera and/or a video camera, memory card, and charger/batteries
  • Phone/IPad chargers
  • Hand sanitizer or wet wipes
  • Glasses and case
  • Customs & Quarantine; Learn about restrictions and requirements relating to goods and currency you can take out of and bring into Australia.

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