Bus Tour with a toddler

Old Dec 19th, 2014, 08:14 PM
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Bus Tour with a toddler

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Would it be convenient to take a 14/15 day Europe bus tour with a toddler?
Seeking advice from fellow travellers who have travelled with infants and toddlers.
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Old Dec 19th, 2014, 08:31 PM
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Most tour companies don't allow children that young - and w/ good reason. There is no allowance for nap times/feeding schedules/strollers/seating arrangements.

Just a very VERY bad idea.
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Old Dec 19th, 2014, 08:32 PM
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It's not something I would recommend. You'd be up early every day and have little time to relax or tend to the needs of a 'toddler'.
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Old Dec 19th, 2014, 08:56 PM
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It's not fair to the child to make him/her sit for hours on a bus and then go sightseeing. Nor is it fair to the other people on the tour who have paid a lot of money for the trip.
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Old Dec 19th, 2014, 09:03 PM
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Even the best-behaved of toddlers have their 'moments' - I definitely wouldn't want to be stuck on a bus tour with one of those.
To my mind it's a sure-fire way to make enemies of your fellow travellers.
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Old Dec 19th, 2014, 09:25 PM
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Thax a ton...
I think the idea is a non starter so wud not waste much time on it.
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Old Dec 19th, 2014, 09:57 PM
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I know of a tour company that does "Family Tours" orientated to families with children.. BUT the youngest they will take is 8 yr olds. Bus tours and toddlers.. that's not a good idea.
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Old Dec 20th, 2014, 02:25 AM
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I think one question would be for the OP, would you drive this long, unable to stop when you want, every day, hours IN YOUR OWN CAR with your child? Apparently not, because you asking about a bus tour. It really IS a non-starter, as said.
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Old Dec 20th, 2014, 04:55 AM
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You can search for a tour that allows children - but most don;t allow kids below the age of 12 of so - since they simply are not equipped for the rigorous schedule and being quiet enough for the other participants.
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Old Dec 20th, 2014, 05:27 AM
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Apart from the obvious fact that a toddler cannot cope with long hours stuck in a bus and a rushed sightseeing schedule - it would be purest egoism to force a whole tour group to adapt to the needs of a small child. Your littlie is the centre of your world but not of others'.
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Old Dec 20th, 2014, 10:32 AM
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can't do it, as someone says, no tour would allow it. I have seen some family tours for kids as young as five (eg, Trafalgars), but not toddlers. I think 8 or 12 is more common as a limit (Rick Steves has some special family tour that includes children 8+).

it's possible some of those do-it-yourself hopon/off bus tours might have no age limits, but that's just the bus, I believe, they don't arrange other things for you.

Toddlers aren't touring as they are too young. So the only reason to take them on a vacation is because you don't want to be away from them so long or don't have anyone to leave them with, not because they are participating in the tour's activities are learning anything.
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When I've traveled with small children, we've always stayed in one place, at most taking a few day trips. Toddlers take a while to adjust to a new bed, and a new room. Going through this day after day would make most toddlers a bundle of nerves.
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Old Dec 23rd, 2014, 03:49 AM
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Sumit: Many people responded to your question. It would have been nice of you to focus on their positive replies instead of the negative.

I'm an English teacher and I really didn't understand your post either but that's not the issue. The issue is organising a trip to accommodate your toddler.

You will receive more quality answers if you focus on your topic.

Thank you.
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Old Dec 23rd, 2014, 03:52 AM
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Thanks a lot Kleeblatt.
I understood your point. Would focus on issue at hand rather than creating a new one.
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Old Dec 23rd, 2014, 03:56 AM
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Having had three toddlers I would say don't do it. But traveling with kids is a great thing to do so hopefully you can find a way to travel in some fashion.

I'll only speak for myself but I think It is incredibly obvious what you were saying.
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Old Dec 23rd, 2014, 08:47 AM
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My son has three small children and they always stay at a centre, possibly taking short side trips. They like glamping.. That way, you can meet other families and children can play together. One of my grandsons at the terrible twos stage quickly learned to say "non!"
I can imagine, even a ten year old being bored to tears on a coach trip.
I wonder why people use txt spk nowadays., now that we have predictive texting and auto-complete. Mind you, autocomplete and spellcheck can sometimes produce interesting results.
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