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UPDATE - September 2011

OzBus is back!

Circumstances beyond our control resulted in the former Oz-Bus UK Ltd ceasing trading in August.

As from September 1st 2011 Busdeluxe acquired the assets, databases, website and operating systems of OzBus UK LTD from the liquidator.

A similar program of overland tours and an exciting  range of new tours will be operated by the new company under the name of OZ BUS TOURS and it will have two offices one in England and the other in Australia.

Please watch this space for an exciting new range of overland tours and other great value holidays.

Some passengers lost monies paid for future tours with the collapse of OzBus UK Ltd.  OzBus Tours is in the process of assessing claims and will be contacting all of those people personally and provide a credit for the full amount to be used for any new tours operated by OzBus Tours.

 

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2012 OLYMPIC SPECIAL - Sydney to London via Beijing and Moscow

All roads will lead to London in 2012 as the Olympic Games arrives in the British capital - and OzBus will be proving that old saying with the launch of a spectacular special adventure from Sydney to arrive just before the start of the action.

LNY1 Birds Nest, BeijingOver the course of 81 days, the 2012 Olympic OzBus will cross through three continents, 17 countries and seven Olympic host cities - Sydney (2000), Melbourne (1956), Beijing (2008), Moscow (1980), Berlin (1936), Amsterdam (1928) and London, which will become the first city to host three Olympics (1908, 1948 and 2012).

Leaving Sydney, the trip will follow the route of the traditional London to Sydney trip in reverse, through the Outback, Bali, Java, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand to Bangkok where a flight joins the itinerary up to the first half of the London to New York route.

Starting and finishing a 10-day loop of China in Beijing, the route heads through Mongolia and onto the spectacular Lake Baikal as the Trans-Siberian Railway takes the strain across Russia to Moscow. Back on the OzBus, it is off to St Petersburg before the final leg across Europe kicks off through the Baltic States and into Poland, Germany. the Netherlands and Belgium before crossing from France into England.

Setting off on May 6, 2012, the 81-day journey finishes in London on July 25 - two days before the Opening Ceremony. The cost is £6,999.

See a full overview of the 2012 Olympic Special route here

"The introduction of the 2012 Olympic Special is a thrilling development for OzBus," said client experience manager Rob Freeman. "Not only does it celebrate what promises to a spectacular occasion and see the return of an OzBus journey from Sydney to London, but it introduces a remarkable new route crammed full of highlights from two of our epic three-month adventures.

"The Olympic link and history along the way adds an extra spice, but this experience should not be limited to sports fans - the host cities along the route all have so much more to offer than their Olympic heritage.

"And there are some extraordinary experiences to be shared along the route - Uluru and the Outback, the beaches of Bali and Koh Samui, the chaos and thrills of Bangkok, the sheer size and life of Beijing and China, the travel must-do which is the Trans-Siberian Railway, the splendour of St Petersburg and so, so much more.

"It really is a golden way to celebrate the 2012 Olympics and to enjoy one of the ultimate travel experiences."

For more information or to register initial interest, contact us at info@oz-bus.com on +44 (0)1480 810080

London to Sydney update for 2012

Day 87 Kings Canyon to Ayers rock (27)The price of the London to Sydney budget trip is £6499 and the comfort option is £6999

The price for London to Kathmandu trips is £3899.

Bangkok to Sydney trips are  £2,999.

All trips are also subject to a local payment, payable on departure.

If you are looking for the experience of a lifetime, now is the perfect time to hop on board the OzBus.

Check out the full London to Sydney itinerary and options

Budget or Comfort? You decide

OzBus21 - Balloon flight over Capaddocia I

OzBus has made a major announcement about the London to Sydney New Year Special and the Comfort alternative to the classic three-month trip across three continents.

London to Sydney fare is now £6999 comfort and £6499 budget style and both styles now include breakfasts and dinners on most days.

The Comfort trip was announced last year in response to customer feedback and is designed to provide more in the way of creature comforts to appeal to couples, friends, the more mature passenger - or just those who fancy a bit more luxury.

Passengers opting for the Comfort option will enjoy private twin share hotel accommodation - rather than hostels on sections of the journey.

Passengers continue to enjoy the great outdoors in Australia, where quality campsites are used from Darwin to Sydney, as well as still using local operators that reflect an authentic experience of the country through which the bus is passing.

The first trip under the new Comfort banner was due to leave in October 2011 - but now OzBus passengers heading from London to Sydney will get to choose whether they want the Comfort or traditional Budget options on all departures from April 2012

"Once again we have adapted to what our customers want," said client experience manager Rob Freeman. "We have heard from customers who want to travel in October, but want to make the journey in the classic Budget style.

"In contrast, other customers have asked to take the Comfort option but want to make the journey at a different time of year.

"Making the Comfort trip an optional upgrade gives greater flexibility to our passengers, allowing them to travel how they want, when they want.

"The dual classification also applies to the sectors of the trip - London to Kathmandu and Bangkok to Sydney. We also look to accommodate anyone who wants to get on or off at different parts of the journey."

For full details, please contact us at info@oz-bus.com, +44 (0) 1480 810080.

The number of upgrades available on some trips are limited

Prices for both trips include all travel, accommodation, breakfast daily, tour leader, local guides and national park permits.

London to New York - Three continents, no flights

LNY2 27 Mar 11"The most exhilarating, remarkable thing I have ever done, crammed with a collection of places, sights, experiences, moments and people which will live with me forever - can I do it again?"

That is the response from one of the intrepid party which completed the FIRST overland trip from London to New York.

The group included a range of ages from an 18-year-old student to an 81-year-old grandmother, as well as a range of nationalities including Spanish, Dutch, Australian and Irish.

Following in their footsteps, the passengers on the second version of this remarkable trip have now arrived in New York - 87 days after heading off from The Embankment in London (pictured).

Since leaving London, they have travelled by a combination of bus and train (including the iconic Trans-Siberian Railway) through Europe, Russia, Mongolia and China, taking in the likes of the Red Square, Lake Baikal in Siberia, the Great Wall of China and a night in a Mongolian ger. From there, they hit the high seas with a crossing of the Pacific Ocean on a cruise liner, before venturing into the wilds of Alaska and Canada and taking on the final crossing of the USA from Seattle to New York.

The 2012 edition of this remarkable adventure will last for 90 days, leaving London on March 18th and reaching New York on June 15th, and is already filling up fast with a host of early bookings.

We can now announce the price for 2012 at £7,999.

"We have strived to keep the rise in price for 2012 to a minimum," said OzBus client experience manager Rob Freeman. "With three extra days, it represents excellent value for what constitutes an amazing series of adventures.

"Places on next year's trip are already being snapped up fast and, nine months out, we are already close to have sufficient numbers to confirm the departure."

Listen to a live BBC Radio interview with tour leader Michele Cook from the ancient Chinese city of Pingyao

Want to know more? Check out a complete overview of the trip - and find out exactly how you travel from London to New York without a single flight - HERE and follow the full route on a Google Map here

You can also CLICK HERE to read an article on last year's trip and CLICK HERE to follow blogs from this year's adventure and relive the pick of last year's blogs

New bus stops

ozbus20_oktober 24 2010_0083OzBus will break new ground in 2011 as it introduces an 18th country to the route from London to Sydney - Singapore.

And the updates to the 2012 itinerary also include a stop in Melbourne, which has not featured on the trip since the earliest versions of this classic journey.

The fascinating diversion to the island republic of Singapore comes in response to passenger feedback and, as well as providing a great new destination, cuts out several long days travelling through Sumatra. Instead of crossing the Melaka Straits from Malaysia into Sumatra, the route will now carry passengers down to Singapore and then - via a short flight - onto Jakarta and through Java.

Melbourne's return to the itinerary provides a thrilling new aspect to the final week of the trip  as well as introducing a new highlight to the Australian leg - The Great Ocean Road.

Having journeyed from Darwin to Adelaide through the Outback, stopping off at the likes of Alice Springs, Uluru/Ayers Rock and Coober Pedy, the spectacular Great Ocean Road adds another iconic Australian sight to the journey.

The other major change to the 2011 route will see a flight direct from Kathmandu to Bangkok, rather than journey down to Kolkata before catching the plane (the flight is necessary to bypass Burma). Again, this change is in response to feedback from customers and replaces some lengthy days on the bus.

The 2011 route will also NOT visit Pakistan. Following safety advice from the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, we will continue to fly direct from Tehran to Amritsar (rather than Karachi) and take a tour of Rajasthan, stopping off at Sri Ganganagar, Bikaner, Jodhpur and Jaipur before reaching Delhi.

Check out the full 2012 London to Sydney itinerary

Hail The Bus

Day 56 Kwai Markets and Tigers (48)So you fancy London to Sydney but cannot join the trip for the first couple of days? Want to join London to New York, but have plans to get off and stay somewhere before the end? Live in mainland Europe and would rather catch the bus nearer to home? Or simply cannot spare three months to make the full journey?

Whatever your travel plans, OzBus will try to meet your needs with shorter or specially-designed versions of our trips.

The most straightforward options are the sections of the major trips - London to Kathmandu, Bangkok to Sydney or London to Beijing, each of which can be booked as stand-alone trips. Clink on the links for more details and dates.

Alternatively, we can arrange to pick you up at certain stops along the way and drop you off before the end of the trip.

European travellers can hop on board in the likes of Heidelberg or Prague while Australian travellers can depart in Bali or Darwin if they do not want to journey through their homeland.

Contact us if you are interested in creating your own OzBus experience.

OzBus Africa

164Big cities, big game, big adventures - Africa has an intoxicating selection of sights and experiences to explore. OzBus Africa can take you to the heart of the action - whatever you want to see and do.

From Cape Town to the gorillas of Rwanda, from Victoria Falls to Kilimanjaro and all points and big game in between, we can take you there to experience this magical continent.

Enjoying an OzBus trip does not necessarily mean taking three months off work - OzBus Africa's selection of trips range from one week to the epic 59-day Full Circle trip. You can explore Eastern and Southern Africa from £445. And for Budget trips, you can now book a BONUS Masai Mara safari.

The safari can be added at either end of your trip - all for a small local payment of €160.

The Masai Mara has a justified reputation as one of the world's premier safari locations and has become a familiar sight on British television in recent years as the home of 'Big Cat Diary'.

As well as the big cats, the Mara boasts a remarkable and varied range of creatures for visitors to spot. All members of the 'Big Five' - lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhinoceros - are at home in the reserve, which can also boast the spectacular great migration of zebra, Thomson's gazelle and wildebeest from the Serengeti.

Among the other animals worth looking out for are hippopotamous, Nile crocodiles, leopards, hyenas, jackals and cheetahs - and many, many more.

More African adventures will be added in the next few weeks, so whatever you want to experience in this fascinating, exhilirating area, OzBus Africa can get you to the heart of the action.

Check out the wide range of options and new dates for 2012.

All ages show

LNY1 Mary (81), Forbidden CityIntrepid mature passengers have disproved the popular misconception that long, overland travel adventures are the sole domain of the young and gap-year students.

The trips from London to Sydney and New York continue to attract young travellers - two teenagers completed the first trek to the Big Apple while the original journey Down Under has been completed by a traveller of 17, the minimum age for the trip.

But, increasingly, older passengers are signing up - a trend which is set to grow with the launch of the new Comfort trip to Sydney. Latest statistics, gleaned from studies made over a year after OzBus was re-launched, show that 60% of bookings are from passengers aged over 30 - 25% by passengers over 60.

The oldest passenger was an 81-year-old grandmother who travelled from London to New York. Almost 58% of passengers are female.

OzBus product and operations manager Stephen Nattrass said: "While I was initially surprised by the numbers of older people wanting to travel on OzBus, I am delighted that we should hold such all-round appeal, and ultimately the demand has given us the flexibility to develop our product and offer much more complex and culturally-oriented itineraries, such as the London-New York trip.

"Having listened to our passengers' feedback, however, it became clear that many of the older passengers were keen to upgrade their accommodation.

"The younger adventure travel market is still very important to us and we recognise that this market is highly price sensitive so we have kept the budget trip and just added another level of product."

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NEW FOR 2011 - OzBus South America

Machu Picchu 4 HI-RESQuito to Rio via the bottom of the world in 83 days, taking in the heights of the Andes and Inca Trail, the wilds of Patagonia and the bustling, contrasting cities of Lima, Santiago and Buenos Aires before one amazing final flourish at the world's most famous Carnival.

And that's to say nothing of close encounters with fascinating cultures, breathtaking natural sights and the mystical past of this intriguing continent.

Mark M Iguassu FallsThat - and so, so much more - is all on the itinerary for the latest spectacular addition to the OzBus family.

The OzBus South America trips will leave the Ecuadorian capital of Quito and will arrive in time to join in the spectacular Carnival celebrations in Rio de Janeiro.

Among the highlights en route are Quito, Banos (Ecuador) - Lima, Ballestas Islands, Nazca Lines, Arequipa, Cusco (Peru) - Inca Trail - Lake Titicaca - La Paz, Potosi, Salt Flats of Uyuni (Bolivia) - Cafayate vineyards (Argentina) - Santiago, Pucon (Chile) - Barilochi - Patagonia - Marino Glacier (Argentina) - Torres del Paine National Park (Chile) - Ushuaia, Buenos Aires (Argentina) - Iguazu Falls - Parati and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil).

Along the way, it should be possible to trek to Machu Picchu - the mystical and mystifying ancient City In The Clouds - get up close to the world's largest glacier. spend the night with native Indian families on islands in the middle of Lake Titicaca and visit the bottom of the world at Tierra del Fuego.

"South America has constantly cropped up when we spoke to previous OzBus travellers about where they would like to go in the future," said OzBus client experience manager Rob Freeman. "We are delighted to unveil this route to answer those requests and add another collection of thrilling adventure travel experiences to the ones we already offer.

"A read through the tour itinerary shows this is an adventure packed with highlights, astonishing experiences and wondrous sights. This trip differs from other similar trips due to the amount of accommodation which is in hotels and hostels, as opposed to camping. Considerably more than half of the nights will be spent in hostels or hotels.

"We already offer trips which traverse Europe, Asia, Australia, North America and Africa, so this means we can really offer a worldwide selection of adventure travel experiences.

"We look forward to the first group of South American OzBussers heading off this time next year."

Click here for a full overview of the OzBus South America experience

London to Beijing

SDC10853Fancy being part of the epic OzBus London to New York adventure, but don't have three months to spare? Now you can with the launch of a shorter trip from London to Beijing.

Following the same itinerary as the 87-day journey to New York, the London to Beijing trip will last a much shorter 40 days, but still cram in a host of memorable sights and travelling experiences - including the iconic Trans-Siberian Railway.

The first leg of the journey runs through Europe, taking in the likes of Bruges, Heidelberg, Prague, Krakow, Warsaw, Vilnius, Riga, Tallinn, St Petersburg and Moscow before the train takes the strain to the heart of Siberia with stops at the city of Irkutsk and Lake Baikal.

The Trans-Mongolian Railway then takes over, heading south through Mongolia - with a night in a traditional ger among the highlights - and on into a 10-day loop of China, which starts and finishes in Beijing.

Experience the sights and sounds, ancient and modern of this intoxicating capital and the equally fascinating cities of Xi'an and Pingyao with unmissable highlights such as the Great Wall, Forbidden City and Terracotta Warriors.

Check out a more detailed overview of the OzBus London to Beijing trip

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On the road

ozbus20_desember 01, 2010_0252It is the trip which started it all in 2007 and it remains OzBus' flagship adventure - three months on the road from London to Sydney, taking in amazing sights and experiences across three continents and 17 countries.

The start of 2011 saw the trip come of age as OzBus 21 rolled into Sydney on New Year's Eve, celebrating in spectacular fashion as the passengers marked the end of 97 days together by joining in the world-renowned New Year's Eve celebrations.

Following in the footsteps of OzBus 20, who headed away from London's Embankment three weeks earlier, after leaving England they journeyed through (deep breath) France, Belgium, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, Serbia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Iran, India, Nepal, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and, finally, through the Australian Outback on the final leg from Darwin to Sydney.

"I had quite expected that, by the time we reached Sydney, I would be pleased to be off the coach," said one passenger on OzBus 20. "Not a bit of it, I wanted the journey to go on forever!

"I expected to enjoy this journey, but it far exceeded my expectations in every way."

Rick Davey was a passenger on OzBus 20 and wrote an article on the whole experience for Australia & New Zealand magazine. Read the full article and check out some stunning pictures here

Read fellow passenger Debbie Ruddy's Ode to OzBus 20 - complete with some fascinating insights into the trip and vital knowledge of travel toilets.

OzBus 23 heads off on September 4 and is now a confirmed departure after passing minimum numbers. There are still places available if you want to sign up - but they are running out. Our New Year Special (OzBus 24) will head out on October 8, arriving in Sydney on New Year's Eve. Follow their progress here and in the OzBus e-newsletter.

Check out the full London to Sydney itinerary

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The Social Network

FacebookOzBus has launched a NEW, official Facebook site designed to bring past, present and future travellers together - sharing tips, stories and pictures from their adventures around the globe.

Thinking about taking a trip but want to know more? Ask the people who have gone before for their verdict. Already booked on a future trip? Get to know your fellow travellers and ask previous OzBussers how they got ready for three months on the road. A former or present OzBusser? Share your experiences, post your pictures and catch up with your travelling companions.

We will also be posting the latest news from the trips and a selection of the best articles and pictures about travelling and OzBus destinations.

Just go to our Facebook site and get the conversation started - or follow our Twitter feed @OzBusNews

Stay In The Loop

OzBus has launched a new e-newsletter to keep you up to date with all the latest details on our adventure trips. Crammed full of reports and pictures from OzBus trips past and present, it will bring you travel tips, the pick of the travel news and everything you need to get in the mood for the adventure of a lifetime - straight to your inbox.

Sign up for the newsletter to be kept right up to date with everything from OzBus.

A real Tweet for travellers

twitter_buttonKeep up with all the latest goings on from out on the road with OzBus 20 and 21 as they continue their journeys from London to Sydney by signing up to our Twitter feed @OzBusNews.

Don't miss the OzBus Dictionary, written by our travellers on the road, which reveals the unforgettable moments, phrases and day-to-day realities of life on the road. We will also bring you travel tips, news and photos from the road.

London to Sydney - Gap Year Mum

For 15 weeks from September 6 to December 11, 2009, passenger Jo Thompson wrote a weekly blog in the Daily Telegraph detailing the whole journey from London to Sydney.

Read about the whole trip stage by stage here

Don't forget to follow the pick of the OzBus blogs - both past and present.

 

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