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PLEASE NOTE: After the 29th March 2019 UK citizens should have six months left on their UK passport from the day of arrival, applicable to adult and child passports.

If a passport is required to be renewed before its expiry date, extra months may have been added to the new passports expiry date. Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the 6 months that should be remaining for travel to most countries in Europe.

The new rules will apply to passports issued by the UK, Gibraltar, Guernsey, the Isle of Man and Jersey.  Currently, UK passport holders can travel to all EU countries as long as they have enough remaining validity to cover the length of their stay, so it’s important to be aware of the above changes in a ‘no deal’ Brexit.”


European COACH HOLIDAYS

2018 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.

4* Christmas in Holland 2019

 “We Wish You a Prettige Kerstdagen” (a Merry Christmas), all the way from Holland! On this festive getaway we will visit the enchanting canal-lined city of Amsterdam and Brussels. Plus, our Christmas Day festivities are sure to be filled with delcious food, music, dancing and plenty of Christmas cheer from our hotel in Zevenbergen.

5 DAYS

4* Lake Garda, Venice & Verona Featuring Arena di Verona Opera Performance

Renowned for its timeless beauty, Lake Garda is the perfect mix of stunning rustic scenery, enchanting towns and glistening lake promenades framed by breathtaking mountains which make it one of Italy’s most cherished destinations. 

8 DAYS

4* Western Irish Experience: Cliffs of Moher, Galway & Birr Castle

The West Coast of Ireland encapsulates some of the finest and most dramatic aspects of the Irish landscape. During our stay you can experience firsthand the alluring beauty of Ireland’s West Coast with excursions to the Cliffs of Moher, admission into Birr Castle Gardens & Science Centre and visits to Athlone and Dublin. 

4 DAYS

Amsterdam New Year 2019

Whether you’re young of years or young‐at‐heart Amsterdam is a great city to ring in this New Year! As one of the most popular cities in Europe, the Dutch know how to have a good time and with a whole host of events happening around the city throughout the evening, including the city’s famous firework’s display – Amsterdam promises to be a ‘gezellige’ (warm and friendly host) helping you create lasting memories!

4 DAYS

Andre Rieu in Antwerp 2020

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 visits to Lindt Chocolate Warehouse and Roermond Outlet Centre.

4 DAYS

André Rieu Live in Vienna Featuring Budapest

Welcome to Vienna – Baroque streetscapes and imperial palaces set the stage for a spectacular performance by André Rieu – one of the best-selling live acts in the world!

8 DAYS

Andrea Bocelli in Tuscany 2019

The world’s most popular living tenor and a best-selling crossover artist – Andrea Bocelli is one of the finest artists of our generation! Now, you can see him LIVE as Andrea Bocelli will once again play a very special performance in his home of Lajatico, Tuscany at the Teatro del Silenzio. A beautiful open-air amphitheater, set against the Tuscan hills, which was built especially for his concerts. Selling over 80-million albums worldwide and boasting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, this concert promises to be the most ambitious yet, and the first to be immortalized by television cameras!

8 Days

Belfast: The Legend of the Titanic & the Giants Causeway

Follow the extraordinary story of the largest moving object ever built by man – the Titanic – with a walk around the Titanic Experience, docks and pumphouse, which uses original material alongside vintage photographs, heart-wrenching recordings and news reels to bring the story back to life.

4 DAYS

Belfast: The Legend of the Titanic & the Giants Causeway

Follow the extraordinary story of the largest moving object ever built by man – the Titanic – with a walk around the Titanic Experience, docks and pumphouse, which uses original material alongside vintage photographs, heart-wrenching recordings and news reels to bring the story back to life. 

5 DAYS

BELGIAN COASTAL ESCAPE

Sail away with us on this Belgian Coastal Escape, a wonderful way to relax and enjoy the summer sunshine. Each with its own character and unique atmosphere, on this break you can enjoy the resorts of Ostend and Blankenberge as well as visits to Bruges and Brussels.

5 DAYS

Blooms on the Lakes Como & Maggiore

The Lakes Como and Maggiore are undoubtedly some of the most famous Italian lake destinations; sun-kissed and surrounded by dramatic cliffs, they are the epitome of elegance, beauty, history and culture. This springtime, you can also discover the beautiful camellias flowering in Locarno’s Parco delle Camellie on the shores of the picturesque Lake Maggiore – and delight all of your senses! 

7 Days

Brussels, Bruges & Ghent Christmas Markets 2019

Be enchanted this Christmas with a break to Brussels, Bruges and Ghent Christmas markets. Walk along the cobbled streets and pretty squares of these iconic Belgium cities as they’re brought to life by twinkling lights and snow-dusted wooden chalets serving up delicious treats to warm up both hands and hearts!

4 Days

Canal Festival Amsterdam

The magnificent ‘Grachtenfestival’ Canal Festival is the largest classical music festival in the Netherlands and is one of Amsterdam’s summer cultural highlights. The twinkling canals in the centre of Amsterdam form the perfect backdrop for performers of classic music who come from all over the world to perform either by the canal or on the water. 

4 DAYS

Canary Islands & Madeira

This taste of summer in the Canary Islands provides a splash of colour and sunshine. Sail south to Morocco and Gibraltar, three popular Canary Isles, beautiful Madeira and historic Lisbon. You’ll find busy harbours, lush hillsides and valleys descending to the sea, fascinating cities and tempting shops. 

16 Days

Catalonian Christmas & New Year 2019

Spend this festive season on Spain’s beautiful Costa Brava, enjoying Christmas and New Year with all the trimmings! Complete with a fantastic Christmas and New Year package and excursions to Barcelona, Besalu, Tossa de Mar, Lloret de Mar and Girona, this break will leave you relaxed, recharged and ready for 2020!

13 DAYS

Cologne & Dusseldorf Christmas Markets 2019

Prepare to fall in love with all things festive as we visit the enchanting Cologne and Dusseldorf Christmas markets! With thousands of bargains to browse and the lovingly familiar aromas of cinnamon and mulled wine, this great value break is the perfect start to Christmas!

4 Days

Costa Brava, Barcelona & Girona

With its mountainous backdrops and staggering hidden coves, the Costa Brava is one of

the prettiest regions in Spain! On this enchanting stay discover miles of golden beaches

in Calella, as well as the traditional and charming resorts of Pals, Pertallada, Girona and

Besalu that wrap around old towns of cobbled lanes, plazas and delightful tapas bars. 

10 Days

Elvis & Buddy Holly Mini Cruise Party 2019

Oh boy! We “Can’t Help Falling in Love” with a Mini Cruise that pays tribute to both Buddy Holly and the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll himself – Elvis Presley! So pack your “Blue Suede Shoes” and get ready to dance the night away as these tribute acts deliver hit after hit.

3 Days

Iceland's Land of Ice & Fire

Geysers and glaciers, lava flows and volcanic craters, bubbling mud pools, stunning waterfalls and geothermal hot springs, Iceland has one of the world’s most dynamic landscapes. You’ll step ashore in four fascinating ports of call as you circumnavigate the spectacular ‘Land of Fire and Ice.’ 

Cruise & Maritime Voyages

Jersey Boys Mini Cruise 2019

Oh, what a night we have in store for you as we present this jukebox mini cruise from P&O! Featuring outstanding vocals, harmonies, presentation and choreographed dance routines they will bring you classics such as “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Walk Like a Man”. There’s nothing else to compare! It’s just too good to be true. Book today and don’t miss out.

3 Days

Lake Garda, Venice & Verona

Renowned for its timeless beauty, Lake Garda is the perfect mix of stunning rustic scenery, enchanting towns and glistening lake promenades framed by breathtaking mountains which make it one of Italy’s most cherished destinations. 

9 DAYS

Little Trains & Boats of the Rhine Valley

Journey through a storybook landscape filled with forests and enchanting towns and villages, bound together by the stunning River Rhine. This break is an incredible way to enjoy the famous river valley as we include a journey on the Drachenfels bahn Rack Railway and a relaxing boat cruise to Königswinter. 

 

5 DAYS

Luxurious Christmas in the South Tyrol

This Christmas experience the magical mountain scenery on this wonderful Italian getaway with memories that will last a lifetime. We enjoy a romantic horse-drawn carriage through Levico and the stunning Lagorai mountains as well as a typical Trentino dinner and a traditional Apple pie strudel and ‘Parampampoli’ tasting (typical winter drink)! on Christmas day relax in the comfortable hotel and perhaps take advantage of the luxurious spa.

9 Days

Majestic Fjordlands

This cruise will introduce you to breathtaking views of cascading waterfalls, sheer grey cliffs and majestic mountains. In contrast you will be able to visit pretty fjord villages set among green fields and Bergen, the fjord capital, with its busy harbour and historic Hanseatic buildings. 

7 Days

Medieval Banquet in Glorious Tuscany

Tuscany – one of the most beautiful regions in Italy – is famed for its timeless landscapes, gentle rolling hillsides, Medieval towns and musical history. On this fascinating break we experience an authentic Medieval banquet and are treated to the fabulous Puccini de la sua Lucca Festival concert, this sensational musical evening is held in honour of the great composor Giacomo Puccini. As well as guided tours of San Gimignanom, Lucca & Florence. 

 

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8 DAYS

Mini Cruise‐ Keukenhof Gardens

 

Known as the ‘Garden of Europe’, the renowned Keukenhof Gardens attract thousands of visitors each year. Covering 30 hectares, the stunning 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: Amsterdam

Amsterdam is one of the greatest cities in the world! From it’s glistening canals to cobbled lanes, café culture and world-famous museums it is one of the most beautiful and laid back destination in Europe! 

3 DAYS

Mini Cruise: Bruges

Often described as a Medieval masterpiece, Bruges is a step back in time with a modern-day twist. As one of Europe’s most cherished destinations picture perfect Bruges is full of awe-inspiring Gothic and medieval architecture, ancient squares, winding canals and of course, delicious chocolate! 

3 DAYS

NEW AC/DC & Queen Mini Cruise Party 2019

“The Show Must Go On” – So get ready to rock out on this brand new Mini Cruise to Bruges. Hitting the stage are tributes to both legendary Queen and AC/DC with set lists packed FULL of their greatest hits!

3 Days

NEW Croatia: Dubrovnik, Split & Plitvice Lakes

Let Croatia capture your heart on this enchanting break of a lifetime. Home to some of Europe’s most spectacular scenery, whether you want to relax on a sun-kissed beach, explore the unspoilt beauty of the Plitvice Lakes National Park. Step back in time and visit the Roman ruins at Split or explore the modern masterpiece of Dubrovnik this trip has it all. 

“Those who seek paradise on earth should come to Dubrovnik” – George Bernard Shaw 

 

13 DAYS

NEW Halloween Mini Cruise Party 2019

Set sail for a frightfully fun All Hallow’s Eve on this spook‐tastic Halloween‐themed mini cruise to Amsterdam, complete with fantastic live entertainment! This Mini Cruise is perfect for families, couples, groups of friends or anybody looking to enjoy the witching hour in spooktacular style.

3 Days

NEW Highlights of Corfu 2020

One of the most cosmopololitan islands of Greece, Corfu is the most beautiful and popular island of the country. On this alluring stay
prepare to be charmed by Corfu’s Venetian style old town and its many turquoise, sun-kissed beaches including Paleokastritsa.

15 Days

NEW Sunny Portugal – Costa de Prata Featuring Porto & Lisbon

This Portuguese paradise is closer than you think! Treat yourself and enjoy Portugal’s sun-kissed beaches, Medieval architecture and captivating history on this jam-packed holiday. Discover this itinerary that’s filled with cultural diversity and spectacular beauty as we visit Porto, Lisbon, Coimbra, Figueira da Foz, Braga & Guimaraes. 

10 Days

NEW The Magic of Christmas Mini Cruise Party 2019

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and this year Skills and P&O have the perfect Mini Cruise to put you in a magical mood for the festive season! With festive classics playing on board and free time to explore Belgium’s most famous Christmas market.

3 Days

NEW: Festive Rouen & Caen Mini Cruise Featuring Honfleur 2019

Discover Festive Rouen on this great-value mini cruise break! Rouen’s grand Cathedral provides the backdrop to the enchanting Rouen Christmas Market. On this break we also enjoy visits to Portsmouth, Caen and Stratford-Upon-Avon – the perfect place to pick-up some stocking fillers!

3 Days

NEW: Golden Italy: Easter Ligurian Coastal Escape Featuring Pisa & Lucca

Escape this Easter to alluring Liguria on this truly captivating coastal break. Away from the crowds you’ll discover the enchanting Cinque-Terre region – a UNESCO World Heritage listed strip of historic multi-coloured villages overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Nestled between rocky reliefs and steep cliffs we’ll visit the quintessential villages of Manarola and Vernazza. On this spectacular stay, we’ll also enjoy visits to Pisa, home to the famous leaning tower and Lucca, birthplace of Puccini.

7 Days

NEW: Mini Cruise to Haarlem: Holland’s Best Christmas Market 2019

If you’re looking for a memorable way to celebrate the holiday season, a trip to Haarlem should sit at the top of your Christmas list! Home to ancient buildings, cobbled streets and winding waterways – the medieval city of Haarlem is one of the most photogenic destinations in the Netherlands and during Christmas time the city plays host to one of the Netherlands’ biggest Christmas markets.

3 Days

NEW: Prague, Dresden & Brno Christmas Markets 2019

Escape to the enchanting city of Prague on this festive getaway. Known as the ‘Golden City’ it’s one of the most beautiful cities in the world! On this break, you can also experience Andrea Bocelli – classical music’s biggest‐selling living artist. Best known for his performance with Sarah Brightman on this song ‘Con Te Partiro’ (Time to Say Goodbye).

9 Days

NEW: Rouen & Monet's Garden – Featuring Chartres Light Festival

A treat for art lovers and gardeners alike! Giverny, the idyllic former home of the Impressionist Claude Monet, is renowned for Monet’s small home that was built around a stunning garden – which served as the scene for his most famous works! Discover the enchanting Monet Gardens for yourself, visit magnificent Rouen and explore Chartres Light Festival on our mesmerising short break.

4 DAYS

Northern Soul Mini Cruise 2019

We welcome back P&O’s fabulous Northern Soul Mini Cruise! So, don’t fight it baby – it’s soul time! With a whole host of great DJ’s and live entertainers performing whilst on‐board and an excursion to Amsterdam, this is a break not to be missed!

3 Days

Ostend at Anchor Featuring Bruges & Ypres

Every year Ostend hosts the largest annual festival ‐ Ostend at Anchor ‐ this special event is a celebration of everything nautical showcasing sailing ships, sailors, sea‐crafts and maritime markets. On this fantastic value for money break we have also included excursions to Bruges and Ypres. 

 

5 DAYS

Ostend Beach Break

Discover the stunning Belgium coastline on our Ostend Beach Break. With over five miles of beautiful sandy beaches, Ostend is renowned as the ‘City by the Sea’ – and on this great value break you can enjoy its sandy beaches for even less! 

5 DAYS

Paris – The City of Love featuring Chartres & Versailles

Make this Valentine’s Day the best one yet in Paris – the city of love! Lose yourself in its streets; meet in front of the ‘I love you’ wall in the Jehan‐Rictus Square or lock away your love forever on the famous Pont des Arts Bridge. With glamorous attractions, and delicious bistros and restaurants Paris is full of ideas to say ‘I love you’. 

 

4 DAYS

Polish Discovery & Highlights of Prague

Embark on an exploration through the heart of Poland. Explore ancient city squares and streets unchanged since medieval times and admire the World Heritage Sites across this spectacular land! On this enchanting trip, we also take you to Prague, known as the ‘Golden City’ it’s one of the most beautiful cities in the world! 

 

9 DAYS

Rhine in Flames

The Rhine in Flames festival is Germany’s oldest and largest fireworks spectacular. Experience the majestic River Rhine burst into mesmerizing colours as beautifully illuminated boats sail out and firework displays light up the river. 

 

7 Days

Rhine in Flames

The Rhine in Flames festival is Germany’s oldest and largest fireworks spectacular. Experience the majestic River Rhine burst into mesmerizing colours as beautifully illuminated boats sail out and firework displays light up the river. 

7 Days

Rhine in Flames

The Rhine in Flames festival is Germany’s oldest and largest fireworks spectacular. Experience the majestic River Rhine burst into mesmerizing colours as beautifully illuminated boats sail out and firework displays light up the river. 

5 DAYS

Rhine in Flames - Centenary Special

The Rhine in Flames festival is Germany’s oldest and largest fireworks spectacular. Experience the majestic River Rhine burst into mesmerizing colours as beautifully illuminated boats sail out and firework displays light up the river. 

 

7 DAYS

Rhineland Wine Festival

The traditional Rhine Valley Wine Festivals are a sight to behold! Sample some of the finest wines Germany has to offer and celebrate the joy of wine – just like a local. Combined with the mesmerising Rhine in Flames, the air is filled with music and the sweet scent of wine, as streets, lanes and squares are all carefully decorated with wooden chalets and trimmed with colourful garlands and ribbons!  

5 DAYS

Rüdesheim & Frankfurt Christmas Markets 2019

Join us for a taste of Christmas as we visit Rüdesheim and Frankfurt Christmas markets! The German Christmas markets are some of the most popular in Europe and from unique stocking fillers to mulled wine and tasty local delicacies, this great value break promises to kick start your festivities.

4 Days

Sardinia

Discover breathtaking Sardinia, home to magnificent golden beaches, this island is full of allure, intrigue and boasts a rich Bronze Age history. Surrounded by glistening oceans and covered in blankets of emerald-green next to towering mountains, this trip will take you away to an enchanting paradise. 

13 DAYS

Singles: The Italian Dolomites

Uncover the beautiful secrets of one of the most stunning mountain ranges in the world; declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2009 the Dolomites are an Eden of striking peaks, lush valleys and hidden lakes. Spend your time wandering through sweeping valleys, past clear lakes and magnificent castles on this absolutely unmissable break. 

8 DAYS

Skills Mini Cruise Party to Amsterdam 2020

Forget the January blues as we set sail for a fantastic Mini Cruise Party to Amsterdam! Hosted by Skills & DFDS Ferries, on this getaway you’ll be joined by Skills Representatives for an exclusive sales Promotional event as well as an evening party and free time in Amsterdam.

3 DAYS

Spanish Mini Cruise Break

Escape, relax and re-discover on this short Spanish Mini Break. Set sail with us on-board Brittany Ferries’ flagship Pont-Aven and enjoy a luxurious and vibrant cruising experience as we journey to Santander, Spain for a short stay with visits to the culinary treasures of San Sebastian. 

5 DAYS

The Rhine Valley

The Rhine is one of Europe’s most beautiful rivers, flowing from Switzerland all the way to the Netherlands and the North Sea, one of the most appealing sections of this might river flows straight through Germany’s incredible Rhine Valley, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. On our extraordinary break, you will discover scenery so spectacular that it’s been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site! 

 

5 DAYS

The Ultimate Christmas Experience: Valkenburg, Aachen & Maastricht Xmas Markets

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

5 Days

Treasures of Tuscany

One of the most beautiful regions in Italy, Tuscany is famed for its breathtaking rolling landscapes, medieval towns and stunning 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 and one of the world’s most famous landmarks and graceful Lucca, birthplace Siena. 

 

9 DAYS

Treasures of Tuscany

One of the most beautiful regions in Italy, Tuscany is famed for its breathtaking rolling landscapes, medieval towns and stunning 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 and one of the world’s most famous landmarks and graceful Lucca. 

8 DAYS

Valkenburg & Lights of Liege Nocturnal Festival

For just one night every year, Liége’s historic streets, monuments and most treasured sights twinkle in the romantic ambiance of candlelight as over 22,000 candles and flaming torches light up its enchanting streets like you have never seen before.

 

 

“With the fluttering candles covering every corner of the old city, time just seems to stand still during the Nocturne. This is something everyone should experience once in their life time.” 

4 DAYS

Winter Wonderland on the Swiss Glacier Express 2020

All aboard! You don’t want to miss this incredible journey on the world famous Swiss Glacier Express combined with a fabulous hotel package, on this very special coach holiday. First introduced in 1930, this exhilarating rail journey takes you through some of Europe’s most beautiful and dramatic scenery. During our stay we also enjoy a warming winter punch on arrival, nightly entertainment and a romantic Sleigh ride in the snowy Hittisau, as well as admission into the Rolls-Royce Museum and visits to Kloster, Davos, Vaduz & Altdorf.

 

7 Days

 
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