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European COACH HOLIDAYS

2017 COACH HOLIDAYS NOW ONLINE!

OPERATED BY SKILLS HOLIDAYS

Our Skills European programme offers modern and stylish coach adventures into the heart of Continental Europe. Our European coach holidays can be joined throughout the East Midlands in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire and South Yorkshire giving you even more opportunities to experience Europe by coach.

Why face airports?! Travel in comfort in one of our stylish Skills coaches and tour Europe's most exciting holiday destinations... the perfect way to explore the continent.

BELFAST: LEGEND OF THE TITANIC & GIANT'S CAUSEWAY 2018

This short break is your chance to follow the extraordinary story of the largest moving object ever built by man on a walk around tour through the Titanic Exhibition which uses original material alongside vintage photographs, heart-wrenching recordings and news reels to bring the story back to life.

4 DAYS

4* CHRISTMAS IN BELGIUM 2017

This Festive season spend Christmas in Belgium, staying at a 4* hotel in the peaceful village of Bouillon we have included a full Christmas package and excursions to picturesque Dinant and Reims Champagne region.

5 DAYS

4* CHRISTMAS IN HOLLAND 2017

According to Dutch tradition; Christmas is a time to share with family and friends (and delicious food!) And that’s exactly what we have in store for you on our Christmas in Holland getaway. With an unbeatable Christmas package at the hotel and visits to Amsterdam, The Hague and Scheveningen you’re guaranteed to have a “Prettige Kerstdagen” (Merry Christmas).

5 DAYS

80's MINI CRUISE TO AMSTERDAM

Once again we will be enjoying the host of facilities on board a P&O Cruise Ferry as we travel across the channel, on a great value mini cruise to Amsterdam. 

Dig out your leggings, plump up the shoulder pads, apply your eyeliner and join us for the best 80’s fun since Pac-Man hit the arcades!

Complete with live band 'Totally Tina' is simply the best tribute to Queen of Rock. This 80s diva tribute performs classics such as What’s Love Got To Do With It and Proud Mary.

no 80s line-up would be complete without the legend that is Whitney Houston. X Factor star Beverly Savarin promises to deliver a performance packed full of both power and emotion.

Pop rocking 80s bring you the very best of 80s Pop and Soft Rock. There’s going to be beads galore as you fill the dancefloor.

On arrival in Rotterdam our coach will take you to Amsterdam for a full day to explore.

 

3 DAYS

ALPINE AUSTRIAN CHRISTMAS 2017

Spend a white Christmas in the enchanted Austrian Alps. Staying in a charming 4-star hotel overlooking the snowy Austrian Alps we visit Feldkirch Christmas Market and Chur Cathedral. Indulge in a sleigh ride with a complimentary Schnapps and enjoy a captivating ride on the Rhaetian Railway, regarded as one of the World’s most spectacular journeys on this fantastic Christmas getaway that you will cherish forever.  

8 DAYS

Amsterdam & Highlights of Holland

Experience the very best of Holland, from the traditional towns of Volendam and enchanting Utrecht to the capital city of Amsterdam there is so much to see and do on this brand-new break.

4 DAYS

Andre Rieu in Antwerp 2018

The ‘King of Waltz’ returns to Belgium! Experience the magic of André Rieu in Anwerp, and discover why André Rieu is one of the best-selling live acts in the world! On this break we also enjoy free time in the beautiful cities of Valkenburg and Maastricht.  

4 days

AUSTRIAN CHRISTMAS MARKETS 2017

Experience the magic of the world-famous Austrian Christmas markets on this break that combines the stunning Christmas Markets of Innsbruck and Salzburg – each market offers visitors the chance to pick up something different from what you would find back home, with unusual handmade crafts and delightful delicacies. We also include an optional excursion to Munich, one of Germany’s most popular destinations.

7 DAYS

BEAUTIFUL BRUGES 2018

You will love this new city break to Bruges, a picture-perfect city full of awe-inspiring Gothic buildings, cobbled streets and medieval houses. On this short break we include excursions to the city of Ghent and the opportunity to visit Ypres and experience the moving Last Post Ceremony at Menin Gate.

4 DAYS

BRUGES & GHENT CHRISTMAS MARKETS MINI CRUISE 2017

Treat yourself to a short break with a difference on this mini cruise to Bruges and Ghent. Following the resounding success of our 2016 mini cruise programme we invite you to discover two of Europe’s hidden treasures as they are transformed into a wintery wonderland for the Christmas festivities.

3 DAYS

CATALONIAN CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR IN THE COSTA BRAVA 2017

Leave behind the cold and grey and spend this festive season on Spain’s beautiful Costa Brava, enjoying Christmas and New Year with all the trimmings in the popular Hotel Volga. Complete with a fantastic Christmas and New Year package and excursions to Barcelona, Tossa de Mar, Lloret de Mar and Girona this break will leave you ready for whatever 2018 has to offer.

13 DAYS

CHRISTMAS MARKETS IN THE BLACK FOREST 2017

Experience for yourself the charm of the Black Forest and share in the evocative winter fairy-tale atmosphere on this festive retreat which takes us to Strasbourg the ‘Capital of Christmas’ who host the oldest Christmas Market in Europe, Freiburg Christmas Markets, the Christmas village at Wolfach and includes a visit to the last glass blowing factory in the Black Forest.

6 DAYS

COLOGNE & DUSSELDORF CHRISTMAS MARKETS 2017

PRICE FREEZE

“First Skills break and we had an amazing time” –Mr J Law
“The overall trip was very enjoyable and Skills were excellent.” – Mr P Patel


Prepare to explore the enchanting Christmas markets in Cologne and Dusseldorf on this fantastic value mini-break. The festive season turns these two wonderful cities into a winter fairy-tale as enticing aromas of cinnamon and mulled wine fills the air and hundreds of stalls line the streets lovingly decorated in twinkling lights.

4 DAYS

COSTA BRAVA & BARCELONA 2017

Renowned for its friendly inhabitants, relaxed lifestyles, cuisine, vibrant nightlife and world famous folk laws and festivities, the Costa Brava is arguably the prettiest of Spain’s Costas. Made up of rugged cliffs and secluded coves, which give way to fishing villages and seaside towns, amongst it all are the long beach’s that have been attracting holidaymakers here since the Fifties.

9 DAYS

COSTA BRAVA & BARCELONA: SPRING SPECIAL 2018

Wave goodbye to the winter blues and step onto the Costa Brava and Barcelona on our new spring special! Providing a beach escape and much, much more, we stay in the palm-dotted waterfront of Calella de la Costa, with guaranteed sunshine and included excursions to Tossa de Mar, Lloret de Mar, Girona, Besalú and Barcelona this is the perfect break to let the worries of everyday life disappear!

8 DAYS

CROATIA - POREC & THE ISTRIAN RIVIERA 2017

This simply breath-taking tour takes you around some of the best spots in Croatia, spend 7 nights on the historically beautiful Istrian Riviera in Poreč, considered to be the ‘Tuscany of the Adriatic’ and join us for a journey of exploration never to be forgotten.

12 DAYS

CRUISE & MARITIME: CANARY ISLANDS & MADEIRA 2018

Relax on board the impressive Magellan with her expansive deck areas and spacious lounges. This taste of springtime in the Canary Islands provides a splash of colour and sunshine. Sail south to Gibraltar, three popular Canary Isles, beautiful Madeira and historic Lisbon. You’ll find busy harbour fronts, lush hillsides and valleys descending to sandy bays and beaches, fascinating cities and tempting shops of every description.

16 DAYS

CRUISE & MARITIME: GRAND BALTIC CITIES & ST PETERSBURG 2018

Rich in history, art and culture, the Baltic Sea is one of the most fascinating cruising destinations. Medieval cities contrast with cosmopolitan capitals and architectural influences reflect both east and west. Highlighting this cruise is an overnight stay in St Petersburg with two days to explore ornate churches and cathedrals, the magnificent Hermitage Museum and opulent palaces once home to Russian tsars.

15 DAYS

CRUISE & MARITIME: MAJESTIC FJORDLAND 2018

A delightful mix of some of Norway’s prettiest towns and villages set against a backdrop of spectacular scenery, this cruise brings you some of the best of Fjordland. Columbus takes you deep into the heart of the Norwegian fjords and every day promises a host of new and exciting landscapes from towering peaks and beautiful valleys to tumbling waterfalls and deep blue waters.

9 DAYS

CRUISE & MARITIME: SPAIN, PORTUGAL & GIBRALTAR 2018

Mouth-watering variety is the key word for this southbound cruise as you discover each destination’s unique scenery, charm and ambience. Grand architecture gives way to charming old quarters and contrasting cities reveal a wealth of fascinating history. You’ll be tempted with shopping bargains, or choose to simply relax, enjoy the local cuisine, and let the world go by.

13 DAYS

DANISH FESTIVE FAIRYTALE FEAT COPENHAGEN 2017

Copenhagen oozes with atmosphere during the winter months of Hygge. On this winter getaway, we include a guided tour through historic Copenhagen and an excursion to Hands Christian Andersen Christmas market. Don’t miss your chance to taste a popular Danish cake or the hugely favourite Smorrebrod on the magical Festive Fairytale escape.

6 DAYS

DIANO MARINA: ITALIAN & FRENCH RIVIERAS

The Italian Riviera resonates with style, charm and irresistible allure. The sweeping shore curves between France’s blue waters and have been a haven for artists, celebrities and Royalty since the 1800s. Explore the picturesque resorts of San Remo and Portofino, the jewel of the Italian Riviera and as well as Menton, Eze and Monaco, famous for its glamorous casino along the French Riviera, one of the world’s most famous coastlines. On this elegant break that promises attractive coastlines, blue waters and sunshine the whole year round.

9 DAYS

DISNEYLAND PARIS 2018

Imagine a place where the wonderful word of Disney comes alive, imagine a Disneyland® Park where make believe is real and a place where dreams really do come true! This year the magic is closer than you think!

4 DAYS

DISNEY'S ENCHANTED CHRISTMAS 2017

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Unwrap the best Christmas gift this year at Disneyland® Paris - The halls are decked in the season’s finery, and the whole family can fa-la-la-la-la as Disney Characters perform in Disney’s Christmas Parade. Meet Santa and a sackful of Disney Characters, as it’s a sleigh-full of family Christmas activities sure to leave every member of your family merry long after the grand finale in Disneyland® Park.

4 DAYS

DUBLIN & BELFAST AT CHRISTMAS 2017

The perfect pre-Christmas treat for that traditional Irish festive atmosphere! We think you’ll agree that there is nothing better than wandering through the cobbled streets of Dublin and Belfast exploring the endless shopping and sightseeing opportunities !  Soak up the festive atmosphere and finish off your Christmas shopping.

4 DAYS

DUBLIN & WICKLOW BY RIVER & RAIL

This short break to Ireland’s popular East Coast is filled with treats as we discover Ireland’s seaside, city and countryside by river and rail! Staying in Wicklow we take you on a boat cruise of Dublin – where you will be able to experience the history of Ireland’s capital city – before enjoying a guided rail tour from Bray on the DART train to the coastal town of Malahide.

4 DAYS

FESTIVE AMSTERDAM 2017

NEW & IMPROVED ITINERARY

“We enjoyed our day in Amsterdam” – Mrs E Whatton


Gentle canals make the perfect backdrop for this festive mini-break to Amsterdam. With an included excursion to Haarlem Christmas markets, the largest in Holland! The Christmas season is a wonderful time to be in Amsterdam when the city sparkles with bright lights, snowy scenery and festive good cheer.

3 DAYS

ITALIAN & FRENCH RIVIERA: EASTER SPECIAL 2018

Add some colour to your cheeks and a glow to your skin on this elegant Easter escape to the sun-kissed shores of the Italian and French Riviera. With included excursions to San Remo, Eze and Nicé this irresistible break promises golden coastlines, blue waters and sunshine the whole year round.

7 DAYS

LAKE COMO & THE BERNINA RAILWAY - 2017

One of the most famous Italian lake destinations, Lake Como is the epitome of elegance with a spectacular setting rich in beauty, history and culture. Enjoying an all-inclusive stay in good company, we include excursions to exquisite Milan, St. Moritz and Tremezzo as well as a picture-perfect journey on the Bernina Express, a private boat trip along Lake Como and a guided tour of Lugano, Locarno and Ascona – experiences not to be missed.

9 DAYS

LUXEMBOURG, METZ & BERNKASTEL KUES CHRISTMAS MARKETS 2017

Sandwiched between Belgium, France and Germany the multicultural Christmas market in Luxembourg offers a range of European flavour.  Held on the Place d'Armes, you will find delights such as Stollen from Saxony alongside French Christmas log.  Metz, the second largest market in France will get you into the spirit of the festive season and enjoy the warmest of welcomes as you visit the Christmas markets on the city’s six main squares attracting millions of visitors each year.  With more than 40 miniature half-timbered houses, the narrow little streets in Bernkastel Kues with their quaint romantic houses make the perfect Christmas market setting .Every day a new advent door is opened in the regions largest advent calendar.

4 DAYS

MINI CRUISE - AMSTERDAM 2018

Step on board and start your mini break on one of our great value for money mini cruises with P&O ferries. Treat yourself to a short break with a difference with a mini cruise from Hull to Amsterdam, Zeebruges or Keukenhof and explore what one or all of these wonderful cities have to offer!

 

Full of excitement, culture and wonderful architecture, Amsterdam is home to some of Van Gogh’s most famous masterpieces as well as the renowned history of Anne Frank’s House.  Alternatively, visitors can simply soak up the relaxed Dutch atmosphere with some shopping, unwind in one of its cosy cafes or enjoy a cruise along one of the many canals.

3 DAYS

MINI CRUISE - BRUGES 2018

Step on board and start your mini break on one of our great value for money mini cruises with P&O ferries. Treat yourself to a short break with a difference with a mini cruise from Hull to Amsterdam, Zeebruges or Keukenhof and explore what one or all of these wonderful cities have to offer!

A Medieval Masterpiece- Bruges is a step back in time with a modern twist.

Listed on the UNESCO World Heritage list, Bruges has always been one of Europe’s most cherished cities and is full with ancient squares, pretty cobbled streets, winding canals and grand architecture. Renowned for luxurious chocolate and intricate lace, in every direction sits a quaint shop to discover.

3 DAYS

MINI CRUISE - KEUKENHOF GARDENS 2018

Step on board and start your mini break on one of our great value for money mini cruises with P&O ferries. Treat yourself to a short break with a difference with a mini cruise from Hull to Amsterdam, Zeebruges or Keukenhof and explore what one or all of these wonderful cities have to offer!

 The world’s most photographed garden; Keukenhof Gardens in bloom is not to be missed.

Known as the ‘Garden of Europe’, the world famous Keukenhof Gardens attracts thousands of visitors each year. Covering 30 hectares, the gardens are a true celebration of spring in all its magnificence with 7 million hand planted bulbs creating the most vibrant displays of tulips, daffodils and other delightful flowers.

3 DAYS

MINI CRUISE - NORTHERN SOUL & MOTOWN

Once again we will be enjoying the host of facilities on board a P&O Cruise Ferry as we travel across the channel, on a great value mini cruise to Amsterdam. 

 

Baby, it’s time to soul time as the Northern Soul and Motown minicruise returns. With a whole host of great DJs including Keith Fletcher (BBC Radio), Pete45 (Amsterdam Soul Club) and Mark Taylor (Doncaster) it’s really not one to be missed. Come get your kicks out on the floor. Hey don’t fight it book today.

 

On arrival in Rotterdam our coach will take you to Amsterdam for a full day to explore.

 

3 DAYS

MINI CRUISE - ST MALO

Step on board and start your mini break on one of our great value for money mini cruises with Brittany Ferries.  Brand new to 2017 this destination is added to our very popular Mini Cruise programme!

The ancient walled city of St Malo is considered to be one of the most attractive places in France and a walk through St Malo’s Old Town feels like you’ve stepped back in time.

 

 

3 DAYS

MINI CRUISE - ST MALO 2018

Step on board and start your mini break on one of our great value for money mini cruises with Brittany Ferries.  Popular in 2017 we've featured this top destination in our very popular Mini Cruise programme again for 2018!

The ancient walled city of St Malo is considered to be one of the most attractive places in France and a walk through St Malo’s Old Town feels like you’ve stepped back in time.

 

 

3 DAYS

NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS AT TITANIC BELFAST 2017

Ring in this New Year with a truly unbeatable celebratory evening in front of the iconic Titanic Staircase. With a special New Year’s Eve Gala Ball at Titanic Belfast and excursions to Giant’s Causeway we guarantee this New Year will be unlike any other.

 

http://titanicbelfast.com/Blog/September/Titanic-Belfast-Named-Best-Attraction-in-Europe!.aspx

"Titanic Belfast is delighted to have been been named as Europe’s Leading Visitor Attraction at the prestigious World Travel Awards"

4 DAYS

NEW YEAR IN THE BLACK FOREST 2017

Charming towns and magnificent winter scenery await you this New Year in the Black Forest. On this enchanting journey we have included a stunning, scenic drive along Germany’s famous Schwarzwaldhochstrasse road and excursions to Strasbourg, Gengenbach, Freiburg, Zell, Baden-Baden and Obernai.

7 DAYS

NEW YEAR IN TUSCANY 2017

Enjoy a fantastic New Year in the pretty Tuscan town of Montecatini. Surrounded by picturesque scenery and immersed in Italian culture and delicious cuisine our New Year package includes a New Year’s Eve Gala dinner, entertainment and excursions to Florence, Pisa and Lucca.

8 DAYS

NEW YEAR IN VALKENBURG 2017

'This trip to Valkenburg was outstanding and beats any other New Year tour we have done' - Mrs J.B Tainton

Celebrate the New Year in one of Europe’s best kept secrets; Valkenburg.

This pretty town is full of festive cheer around the holidays so you won't be short of things to see and do and with a celebratory meal and entertainment on New Year's Eve this tour comes highly recommned by our customers.

4 DAYS

RUDESHEIM & FRANKFURT CHRISTMAS MARKETS 2017

From mulled wine to unique gifts and tasty local delicacies on this festive treat we visit Rüdesheim and Frankfurt. Home to Germany’s most popular Christmas market and full of seasonal atmosphere it really is the season to be jolly.

4 DAYS

SPRING IN LAKE GARDA 2018

Lake Garda is renowned for its beauty, so this spring let breath-taking mountains form the backdrop for shimmering waters and picturesque villages as we explore Italy’s largest lake. On this break we include a lake tour and excursions to Sirmione and Verona.

8 DAYS

ST PATRICK'S DAY IN BELFAST 2018

Green is the theme for this break as we travel to Belfast to celebrate St Patricks Day! An experience which will get your feet jigging. On this short break, we also include a coastal drive along the stunning Antrim Coast and free time in Portrush.

4 DAYS

TREASURES OF TUSCANY 2017

One of the most beautiful regions in Italy, Tuscany is famed for its breath-taking rolling landscapes, medieval towns and beautiful coasts. On this tour we visit a treasure of great places including Florence, Italy’s city of art and culture, Pisa, home to the famous leaning tower, one of the world’s most famous landmarks, graceful Lucca, birthplace of Puccini and Siena, which charms its visitors with an array of fine architecture. 

TURKEY AND TINSEL FESTIVE BREAK IN VALKENBURG 2017

Enjoy all the fun of the festive season on our new Turkey & Tinsel break in Valkenburg – a pretty market town in Holland. Our unbeatable entertainment package means the party starts as soon as you arrive and with excursions to Maastricht, Aachen and the Netherlands American Cemetery, makes for a wonderful pre-Christmas break.

5 DAYS

TWIXMAS IN MONSCHAU 2017

Our new Twixmas break in Monschau, Germany, is a wonderful chance to treat yourself after the busy Christmas period and relax knowing that everything else is taken care of. This 3 night half-board stay with free access to its sauna is the perfect opportunity to recharge your batteries and with excursions to Maastricht and Aachen, it’s simply too good to miss.

4 DAYS

VALKENBURG CHRISTMAS CAVES 2017

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED HOTEL
PRICE FREEZE

“Excellent value for money” – Mr A Woods
“Hotel was pleasant, staff very friendly” – Mr J Lees

 

Start off your fantastic festive season with a visit to Valkenburg’s unique and cosy Christmas Market hidden away in the atmospheric Velvet Cave – if you’re looking for something unique then this is for you. On this popular break we also visit Maastricht for free time.

4 DAYS

VENICE CARNIVAL FEATURING VERONA 2018

The annual Venice Carnival is a one of a kind celebration held in one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Believed to have started in the 12th century, the magnificent carnival is world famous for its traditional local allure and is not to be missed!

8 DAYS

Winter Wonderland on the Swiss Glacier Express 2018

Prepare to melt your winter blues away on this Winter Wonderland adventure through the heart of the Alps in Austria, Switzerland and Liechtenstein. On this trip, we include a romantic sleigh ride through Bregenzerwald accompanied by a Schnapps and an unforgettable journey on the world-famous Glacier Express train.

7 DAYS

 
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