One of the biggest surprises about Mexico is the quality of their inter-city bus services. They boast one of the most modern bus fleets in the world.
Buses run every 15 to 30 minutes between the major cities and key places of interest.
Even in small towns and villages you can select which class of travel you want to enjoy or pay for.
Affordable first class bus travel provides air conditioning, wide reclinable seats, leg rests and a layout with a single seat on one side of the aisle with two seats on the other. On-board male and female toilets plus a boxed lunch provided for longer journeys.
I recently travelled from San Miguel de Allende to Mexico City in one of these buses and the 4-hour journey was a wonderfully relaxing way to enjoy the ever-changing passing scenery. If you have the time and want to see as much of the country as possible then take a bus. The service, on-time departures and comfort make this a much better option than hanging around airports and the inevitable delays with check-in and waiting for luggage. What’s more the bus stations are generally located in or close to the heart of the city which makes accessing your hotel so much quicker and easier.
Big Yellow Suitcase travellers joining its tours to Puglia and/or Sicily/Malta (May/June 2016) are in for a treat when travelling through Rome.
“We want our clients to take full advantage of time in Rome before they embark on our tours to Puglia, and/or Sicily/Malta and through our connections, we’ve created two amazing authentic Rome adjuncts which our clients, may, at no extra cost, elect to participate.”
BYS travellers may choose to experience Rome as a true local through:
- Join local cooking legend, Nonna (Grandma) in her Rome kitchen for 4 amazing hours learning how she has been making roman specialties for decades. Always using local, fresh seasonal ingredients, Nonna’s menu (and cooking lesson) includes a popular antipasto (appetizer), homemade pasta, a local meat dish and dessert. Clients then join Nonna for the feast, accompanied by wine from regional vineyards and great company!
- Embark on a four-hour guided walking tour of Testaccio, the original foodie neighbourhood of Rome, where cucina romana (roman cuisine) was born. Wander through this truly original Rome neighbourhood while being regaled (by our local guide) with stories and insights into Rome’s culture, history and food. The walk features nine authentic food stops with 12 fabulous tastings allowing you to experience the best tastes the community has on offer.
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Having been a solo traveller for many years I decided when I started Big Yellow Suitcase that there would be no single supplements. There would also be no single rooms or twin share with strangers – every guest will enjoy a full size queen or king size room and bed. Everyone will have a window seat on an air-conditioned coach for journeys and transfers longer than an hour.
Our small group tours would be designed for people who wouldn’t normally join a tour but are now at a stage where they would like some company for some of the time. It’s good on occasion to just let someone else take care of the details, find the best local restaurants and beat the crowds with priority access to popular spots and invitations to private homes, palaces and villas.
We deliver small group tours for single people and couples who wouldn’t normally join a tour.
For complicated multi-destination flights I’ve found it easier to visit a trusted travel agent or contact my preferred airline direct. It’s still not that easy to try and do online.
For more straightforward bookings the following websites are a good place to start, offer very competitive deals and are particularly easy to navigate.
Why not visit Barcelona for a pre-tour experience before joining us in Sicily in early June. Vueling the Spanish discount airline offers much more than your average cheap flight offer. If you take the Optima fare up to 23kg of luggage is included in the price. Most other discount airlines charge extra for luggage. This is great for international travellers who need more than an overnight bag. (more…)
A couple of our favourite travel agents has given us the lowdown on great deals for Business and Premium Economy for those who prefer their long haul flying to be in style and comfort.