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Time out or Concept?

1 Nov 2010 Explorer1214371 asked

Hello! Iv been told that the concept tours are far more sociable when the tour ends each night, and are more suitable for solo travellers, however i like the look of the time out hotels. Has anyone got any advice on which to look at, or better?
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  • 1 Nov 2010 Wez said


    I do the Timeouts because of the better accommodation (and generally better hotel locations) and they seem very sociably in my opinion with the majority of people being solo travelers. The only thing is that the crowd will probably be older (mid twenties rather than teens) on a Timeout as oppose to a concept.

  • 2 Nov 2010 Explorer1214371 said



  • 2 Nov 2010 cdm115 said


    I’ve done both and I do think the concept tours tend to be a bit more social. I think there area variety of reasons for that. BUT, Timeout tours are social – it’s not a bunch of people going to there rooms at night like some have said – and depending on the group can be more social then concept tours.

    If you feel like a Timeout tour will suite you better, then take a Timeout tour.

  • 23 Nov 2010 Moey88 said


    Hi All,

    Im also stuck on thi. I am planning on going on a European tour mid 2011 (Haven’t chosen which one yet. I am 23 and traveling with a friend who is 25. We are both single males.

    Im not too fussed, but my friend may be leaning towards the timeout option.

    Obviously everyone prefers comfort, but I have a feeling that concept would be a lot more social and a better way to meet people?

  • 27 Nov 2010 Georgia said


    Hey, u should look at the european panorama tour. Its a timeout experience but the things u do look incredible. U also get 2 spend at least 2 days in each place so u can look around instead of spending the whole day travelling. Smiler<!--graemlin::)-->

  • 29 Nov 2010 Explorer1217966 said


    I did the European Experience tour in May 2009, it’s a concept tour. I found the accommodation pretty good, and seeing as though you don’t really spend a lot of time in the rooms except for sleeping and getting changed it didn’t really make much difference to my experience over there. Plus the concept tours are cheaper and go more places and countries which is what I was after.

    As for socialising, the concept tours all have bars at the campsites which everyone would go to and chat, my tour was full and everyone got along with each, the ages were varied aswell with the youngest being 18 and 19 and even people that were 35, I think it depends alot on which nationalities were on the tour, you’ll find that if there are more Australians on the tour then its a more relaxed and friendly tour, we met up with some other tours at some of the campsites and they had mostly canadians and americans and weren’t having as much fun as our tour.

    It depends what your looking for really, if you want a tour that sees more and is cheaper then do a concept tour.

  • 8 Dec 2010 Laura Harbourne said

    Laura Harbourne

    im booked to the the European experience tour concept on july 8 2011. My single girl friend and i chose this option because we herd that a lot of couples do the Hotel tours. Were from Australia so were down to party!!!

  • 9 Dec 2010 dee-kay said


    My partner and I are doing the time out tour only because it lets us stay in a room together and not share a room with others. Which might be the reason why more couples do a time out tour.

    …And we plan to live it up as much as anyone else on tour.

    I’d say it really depends on the group dynamics overall and not whether tours have more couples or not as to whether or not a tour is sociable.

  • 30 Dec 2010 LittleMissKate said


    I went on a Concept tour last June (Euro, Contrats, which was AMAZING by the way Smiler<!--graemlin::)-->) and I have to say the accomodation was great everywhere but one place, and they were building new accomodaiton there during our stay so it should be fine by now. You actually dont spend much time in your room between sight seeing and socialising (especially in the case of concept tours at the on-site bars!), so I guess you have to weigh up whether it is worth the extra money for a few hours sleeping in a nicer room, or if you would rather spend it on other things?

    Also, our tour did have to spend a couple of nights in hotels at the start due to the other accomodaiton being full, and I have to say the food on the Concept tours was much better (surprisingly) than what we got at the hotel… Hope that helps! Big Grin<!--graemlin::D-->

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