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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.

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 CANAL FESTIVAL

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 and this break is your perfect opportunity to experience the magic for yourself.    

4 DAYS

ANDORRA: HIDDEN GEM OF THE PYRENEES & RACK RAILWAY

Tucked away in the mountains of the Pyrenees between France and Spain, the Principality of Andorra is a land of narrow valleys and mountainous landscapes. Picturesque villages host Romanesque churches and houses, built in a unique, local style that have been preserved through the country’s seclusion and if you happen to wander off the beaten track you’re likely to find a Pyrenean spot to call your own.

7 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

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 2017

Experience an authentic German adventure on this short break. Cologne Cathedral is the magnificent centrepiece of the city whilst Düsseldorf’s old town is renowned as having some of best traditional German markets and shops. From brilliant architecture and food in Düsseldorf to the impressive history in Cologne this bargain break offers something for everyone to enjoy!

4 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

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

DELIGHTFUL BELGIUM 2017

Don’t be fooled by its size! Belgium is a European hotspot with 35 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, over 200 museums, a vibrant theatrical and artistic style, 2,000 chocolate shops and glorious food there is something for everyone! Let yourself be captivated by the country that painter Rene Magritte and art nouveau master Victor Horta called home.

5 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

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

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

LAKE GARDA & VENICE 2017

Renowned for its beauty, Lake Garda is a blend of picturesque villages and lakeside promenades framed by breathtaking mountains which make it one of Italy's best loved tourist destinations. Discover more as we combine a peaceful Lake tour with trips to cosmopolitan Venice, the Dolomites including Passo Pordoi and Ortisei.

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 - NIGHT AT THE MOVIES

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 Bruges. 

Calling all dancing queens and general musical nuts. Set sail on the most toe-tapping, jazz-handing minicruise at sea with tributes to both the mighty Abba and Dirty Dancing.

What’s more, you'll enjoy the wonderful Movie Mayhem, featuring the best tracks from your favourite flicks. 'Have the time of your life' as the fabulous Dirty Dancing Tribute take to the stage. Packed with high energy routines and great live vocals as our very own Jonny and Baby re-live some of the greatest Movie moments.

To round off this fabulous line-up 'Movie Mayhem' encourage you to get footloose on the dancefloor as they cover the biggest hits from your favourite movies including Saturday night fever, fame and the rocky horror picture show to name just a few

On arrival in Zebrugges you will have a full day to explore Bruges at your own leisure.

 ** This break includes music from the movies and Dirty Dancing tirbute act -  not actual movie showings**

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

MURDER MYSTERY MINI CRUISE

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 Bruges. 

It’s murder onboard the ship! Spend the evening unravelling clues and solving the mysteries. For all those budding Miss Marples or Sherlock Holmes this is definitely the minicruise for you.

For one leg of your journey the 'It’s Murder Crew' are dying to entertain you with live actors and a three course buffet meal. Dress your best and come prepared to solve some riddles.

The entertainment doesn’t stop there! You’ll also spend an evening with our gin connoisseur. With the opportunity to taste four fine gins and take full advantage of his knowledge and expertise.

On arrival in Zebrugges you will have a full day to explore Bruges at your own leisure.

 

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.

 

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"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

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 the magical Christmas markets in Maastricht.

4 DAYS

VIENNA

Vienna is one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, with a rich history and traditions! Our interesting new tour allows you to discover the treasures of the City on a variety of different modes of transport – each bringing their own unique experience to this break. We feature a journey on the Schönbrunn Panorama Train around Austria’s largest palace; a guided tour of the city on a nostalgic tram and an amusing little journey around Vienna’s funfair on an open-top miniature steam engine!

8 DAYS

 
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