I like buses, love trains but do not like having to be downstairs at 7 pm and being led around like sheep.
Think I have only ever done it once or twice whilst overseas and really had problems conforming and being there on time.
One time I was late as did not see why we had to leave for the airport some 4 hours before our plane was due, so the rebellious side of me turned up 10 minutes after 6 am in stead of 6 am....I got in the bus and they all clapped, and i think it was then I decided this is not for me, and didnt do another bus tour!
We went on a bus tour around Western Australia many years ago, but apart from that, we haven't done a bus tour overseas. I am not fond of the early starts either, but you get to see quite a lot, and there is ample time at most places,( from my experience), to see all that there is to see. The people who run the tours are professionals and they speak the language, which is a bonus if you are travelling. They take you to all the main spots and then some. When we were in Western Australia, the bus tour really suited us. Someone else was doing the driving, they were very knowledgable, we had jokes and sing-a-longs. It really was such a wonderful time, and we met some great people. We stayed in contact with a few. Bus tours are great for people who don't know the area, and who are on limited time. Most people who work are, and can't afford the luxury or the cost of spending months driving around spontaneously, like Grey Nomads. It sounds great, but unless you have oodles of holiday leave to take all at once, you have to wait for that, until you retire. That's why bus tours are ideal. You still see everything, but in a shorter amount of time. My husband always says that we go on the tour, see the state or country, and you can GO BACK and explore it at your leisure another time, and only visit the places you enjoyed the most. That's what we plan to do in Western Australia some time.
I've done both and prefer to be on a bus where I can take in more because of not driving. New Zealand, Germany, Bavaria, The Netherlands, Hungary, and so on. One of the nicest ones was around Prague and there weren't any really early morning starts, but I don't sleep much so it didn't bother me anyway. I think if you do your homework on where the tours take you, you can decide if that particular tour is for you, of not. One place where I was glad we were on a bus tour was in France. Just waching some drivers hit the cars in front and behind when parking made me thankful we weren't in a rental car trying to park on the busy streets, let alone play chicken with pedestrians on the marked pedestrian crossings🗼
The only BUS Trip which I have done as a journey to places I have not seen before, was a school one which took us from Victoria, through South Australia, including the fabulous Coober Pedy where we were invited into several of the generous resident's own underground homes, and then up to Central Australia where we could still get up close and personal with Ayers Rock and the Olgas too!!! It was amazing walking the entire 5 mile base of THE Rock with aboriginal guides at nighttime!!! While we stayed at Alice Springs on the banks of the totally dry Todd River, we were gifted with the incredibly unexpected surprise of RAIN!!! So much of the wet stuff that we were rudely wakened in the small hours and instructed to grab all of our belongings which were in the tents, and move them to much higher ground!! THEN we had to go back and save the tents as well!!! For teenagers this was a very exciting highlight to a lengthy school trip which was loads of fun anyway!! Oh! How I have changed as I have gotten older though!!! If and when I travel, I love to do WHAT I like, WHEN I wish to do it!! These days, I think that Train travel would be my choice for long distance travel, whether here or overseas.I have never done a bus tour in any other country at all.It has never interested me at all.