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2014 advanced preview We have been working hard over the past few months to create our 2014 brochure. Enclosed is an advanced preview including Festive breaks and tours up until April 2014. We have enhanced and expanded our winter/ spring programme to offer more choice to customers looking to escape the full and dreary months. This new edition sees the inclusion of brand new destinations and tours as well as new properties.

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As a special offer we are offering all customers an exclusive early booking discount. Enjoy 5% discount off any 2014 holiday or break travelling between January and April 2014 featured in this brochure when you book direct with Skills before the 31st August 2013. We have also frozen prices on selected tours to keep the great value we are renowed for. Just look out for “PRICE FREEZE” on selected pages. (5% discount is only available on new bookings that are featured in this brochure and are booked direct with Skills, no further discounts apply).

We hope you enjoy your sneak peek into what’s happening during 2014. Keep your eyes peeled for our main edition brochure set to be released late September. It guarantees to feature all of our customer favourites as well as some new and exciting editions.

2 days from just £69 chinese new year in london price freeze London’s Chinese New Year celebrations are the largest outside Asia. Every year, hundreds of thousands of people descend on the West End to wish each other “Kung Hei Fat Choi” (or Happy New Year). Trafalgar Square comes alive with a stunning array of dance, acrobatics and music including a colourful dragon dance and an incredible lion dance performed on platforms raised meters off the ground. Experience a unique taste of Asia a little closer to home.

During Your Stay

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Day 1 - Greenwich - Departure by coach to Greenwich, a World Heritage Site and home to several famous landmarks such as the Cutty Sark and the National Maritime Museum. We then continue to our Hotel in Croydon for a one night stay. Day 2 - London - Spend time in London enjoying the exuberant Chinese New Year celebrations based in Trafalgar square and China Town.

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Holiday Inn Express, Croydon

Located in Croydon town centre, the Holiday Inn is a modern and comfortable choice with great travel links to London. Hotel facilities:

• Breakfast Lounge

Accessibility:

En-suite bedrooms: • TV • Tea/ coffee making facilities

• • Lift to all floors

Includes 1 night bed and breakfast Excursions as stated

Book now on 08456 66 55 44 9am-10pm or online anytime at www.skills.co.uk

london theatre break weekends

2 days from just £99

Our incredible selection of London Theatre break Weekends provides you with comprehensive information about what’s hot and what’s not in the West End; now there really is no excuse for missing your favourite show when they’re in the world’s number one entertainment capital - LONDON. Whilst in London explore the sights and sounds, visit the museums and galleries or buy out the shops. London combined with a theatre show guarantees a magical experience that’s not easily forgotten.

during your stay Day 1 - We make the journey to London to enjoy the matinee performance of your chosen theatre show, before continuing onto our hotel for our evening meal. Day 2 - Enjoy the morning at leisure in London; alternatively take a ride on the London Eye which gives panoramic views over our capital city. We depart London at approximately 2.30pm. (London Eye £23 per adult, £15 per child- must be booked at the time of booking your holiday).

list of shows Matilda Inspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl, Matilda is the captivating musical that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and the inspiring story of a remarkably clever girl who dares to change her destiny.

Phantom of the Opera Far beneath the majesty and splendour of the Paris Opera House, hides the Phantom in a shadowy existence. Shamed by his physical appearance and feared by all, the love he holds for his beautiful protégée Christine Daaé is so strong that even her heart cannot resist. War horse War Horse, based on the beloved novel by Michael Morpurgo, is a powerfully moving and imaginative drama, filled with stirring music and magnificent artistry. South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company brings breathing, galloping, full-scale horses to life on the stage — their flanks, hides and sinews built of steel, leather and aircraft cables. Wicked The spectacular, multi award-winning musical Wicked has become the most successful new musical in years. If you thought you knew the Wizard of Oz, then think again. Wicked tells the alternative story of the Wicked Witch of the West as an unlikely but profound friendship between two girls first develops at sorcery students and orchestrates their future paths in life.

Mamma Mia! A mother, a daughter, three possible fathers and a trip down memory lane you’ll never forget; Catherine Johnson’s sunny, funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings 3 men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. Billy Elliot Billy Elliot is a funny, moving, feel-good celebration of hope and the power of dreams. Adapted from the classic 2000 Brit movie drama starring Jamie Bell, this play incorporates music and choreography to deliver an emotional storyline as Billy stumbles from the boxing ring and into the world of Ballet. Les Miserables In its 28th year, Cameron Mackintosh’s legendary production of Boubil and Schönbergs Les Misėrables is a global sensation. Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misėrables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption- a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. NEW for 2014 THE FULL MONTY Directed by Sheffield Theatres’ artistic director Daniel Evans, the play is written by Simon Beaufoy, who has adapted his own film for the stage. The show features songs from Donna Summer, Hot Chocolate and Tom Jones, which appear in the film.

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Novotel Stevenage

This modern and relaxing hotel is situated at the entrance to Knebworth House. With friendly and welcoming staff and stylish rooms, this hotel is a perfect choice for our Theatrebreak Weekend. Charlie & the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl’s deliciously dark tale of young Charlie Bucket and the mysterious confectioner Willy Wonka comes to life in a brand new West End musical. When Charlie wins a golden ticket to the weird and wonderful Wonka Factory it’s the chance of a lifetime to feast on the sweets he’s always dreamed off, but beyond the gates astonishment awaits as not everything is as sweet as it seems. Jersey Boys Jersey Boys, the internationally acclaimed musical, tells the remarkable rise to stardom of one of the most successful bands in pop music history. Discover how four New Jersey boys from the wrong side of the tracks invented their own unique sound, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and sold 100 million records worldwide. With spectacular performances of all their main hits this is an electrifying show. Lion King Julie Taymor’s reimaging of Disney’s animated film The Lion King celebrates its 14th year in production for what is an all-time family favourite. Set against the majesty of the Serengeti Plains to the evocative rhythms of Africa, this spectacular production explodes with glorious colours, stunning effects and enchanting music to tell the timeless story of Simba and his epic journey to fulfil his destiny as King of the Pridelands.

Includes 1 night dinner, bed and breakfast Matinee performance of chosen theatre show Free time in London

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Theatre Theatre Single Show Seating Price Supp. Charlie & The Chocolate Factory GC £139 £20 Mamma Mia GC £145 £20 Les Miserables UC £129 £20 Matilda S £145 £20 Billy Elliot DC £119 £20 Warhorse C £139 £20 Wicked S £109 £20 Charlie & The Chocolate Factory GC £129 £20 Phantom of the Opera S £119 £20 Matilda UC £139 £20

Abbreviations for Theatre Seating Areas: UC= Upper Circle S= Stalls DC= Dress Circle RC= Royal Circle C= Circle Location of seating in the theatre is subject to availability and tickets may occasionally be substituted with others of equal or higher price.

Book now on 08456 66 55 44 9am-10pm or online anytime at www.skills.co.uk

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2 days from just £89

historic tales of the past price freeze Our tour guide on these tours is Simon Entwistle, who is well known for his incredible knowledge of haunted and historic areas. He is also a specialist ghost story teller and is famous for his knowledge of the Pendle Witches and their fascinating story. He has been on TV and radio telling his stories and comes highly recommended!

During Your Stay The Haunted Inns of the Ribble Valley

The Haunted Ribble Valley & Pendle Witches

Day 1 - Meet Simon - Departure by coach to meet our guide. We visit the six ancient haunted Inns of the Ribble Valley, where you will hear unique stories about each inn and its ghostly residents. Whilst travelling between inns we will also discover the stories of the Ribble Valley.

Day 1 - Meet Simon - Departure by coach to Pendle Hill where we meet our guide. We visit the scenes where the witches lived and were cursed in 1612. We also learn the hidden truths about the Ribble Valley.

Day 2 - Samlesbury Hall - We visit the stately home that is Samlesbury Hall. We enjoy a tour of the hall guided by Simon taking in the beautiful surrounding and exhibits whilst listening to the myths and legends the walls of this place are hiding.

Day 2 - Samlesbury Hall - We visit the stately home that is Samlesbury Hall. We enjoy a tour of the hall guided by Simon taking in the beautiful surrounding and exhibits whilst listening to the myths and legends the walls of this place are hiding.

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2 days from just £89

Price £89 £89

Single Supplement £20 £20

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The Mercure Foxfields Hotel, Blackburn Situated in a wonderful rural location (in the same area as Clitheroe Castle and Ewood Park) in the heart of the beautiful Ribble Valley, with panoramic views of Pendle Hill; perfect for our tour. Hotel facilities: • Bar • Restaurant • Health club

En-suite bedrooms: • TV • Tea/ coffee making facilities

Accessibility: • No Lift

Includes 1 night dinner, bed and breakfast Services of specialist tour guide Visit special locations

NEW london - ripley’s believe it or not Ripley’s Believe It or Not! London is a premiere attraction, located in Piccadilly Circus. Home to over 700 peculiar and amazing exhibits across 6 floors. Ripley’s London is a great place to visit for a day out of the ordinary. Open 365 days a year due to its increasing popularity this is an up and coming attraction that is not to be missed.

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Thistle Hotel London Euston

During Your Stay Day 1 - London - Departure by coach to London, with over 900 tourist attractions, countless shops and endless bars and restaurants everyone’s time will be well spent. We then continue to our Hotel in London for a one night stay.

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Day 2 - Ripleys Believe It or Not - Marvel at an unbelievable collection of jaw dropping artifacts from across the globe – many of which were collected by the ultimate explorer Robert Ripley himself. Want to see how will you measure up to the world’s tallest man? Will you dare to venture into Ripley’s Marvellous Mirror Maze? Begin your adventure into the world of the unbelievable!

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Price £89 £89

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Single Supplement £25 £25

This recently refurbished four star hotel adds a touch of luxury to our stay. Located just minutes away from Euston Station the hotel boasts great transport links in and around London and is the winner of the ‘Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence’ for 2013. Hotel facilities: • Bar • Restaurant

Accessibility:

• Lift to all floors

En-suite bedrooms: • TV • Tea/ coffee making facilities • Hairdryer • Air-Conditioning

Includes

1 night bed and breakfast Excursions as stated

Book now on 08456 66 55 44 9am-10pm or online anytime at www.skills.co.uk

3 days from just £119

NEW valentines weekend Hotel • • • • •

The Great Victoria Hotel, Bradford Built in 1867 and originally a railway hotel, the Great Victoria is a landmark Victorian building in the heart of the vibrant and exciting city of Bradford. Over the years, it has been a favourite haunt for wealthy merchants, stars of the stage, rock & pop and political leaders. Today it is one of the most stylish and contemporary hotels in Bradford with super chic, individually styled luxury bedrooms and the ever popular Corniche Restaurant & Grill and the R Bar. Hotel facilities: • Bar • Restaurant

Accessibility:

• Lift to all floors but the top floor

En-suite rooms:

• TV • Tea/ coffee making facilities • Bespoke toiletries

Join us for this romantic weekend away; an ideal gift for a loved one or partner. We begin our weekend by visiting the cosmopolitan city of Leeds, followed by the spa town of Harrogate and then the romantic Hodsock Priory showcasing its beautiful snowdrops in an idyllic surrounding, plus two nights at a out on a visit to a Turkish bath, or enjoy a cream tea in the world Famous Betty’s Tea Rooms. bespoke hotel.

During Your Stay Day 1 - Leeds - departure by coach to Leeds, we start our journey with a Bucks Fizz breakfast. Leeds is the ultimate shopping destination with the Trinity Shopping Centre, Victoria Quarter and Harvey Nichols. Day 2 - Harrogate - The spa town of Harrogate has long been known as a romantic destination. Splash

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Mercure Norton Grange Hotel & Spa, Rochdale Hotel facilities:

• Spa • Indoor heated pool • Jacuzzi • Gym • Bar & Restaurant

En-suite rooms:

• Tea/coffee making facilities • TV • Wi-Fi

• Please call for details

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Offering modern luxury the Kimberley hotel is one of Harrogate’s hidden gems and just a few minutes’ walk from the town centre.

Hotel facilities: • Bar • Restaurant

Accessibility:

En-suite bedrooms: • Tea/coffee making facilities • TV • Hairdryer

• Lift

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Day 2 - Manchester - We visit the centre of Manchester where you can indulge in the many shopping opportunities or visit some famous sites such as the Northern Quarter or Shambles Square.

Includes 1 night dinner, bed and breakfast Excursions as stated Selection of discounted spa treatments

2 days from just £69

york & harrogate The Kimberley Hotel, Harrogate

2 nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast Excursions as stated Bucks Fizz breakfast

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Skills’ Spa Breaks have been especially designed with you in mind. Following the success of the Skills ‘Ultimate Girls Day Out’, as featured on Channel 4, we now offer a choice of relaxing spa breaks which provide the best in high quality treatments. Day 1 - Enjoy a Bucks fizz breakfast en-route to your chosen spa for a day of relaxation. Treat yourself to a treatment and full use of the ample spa facilities.

Accessibility:

*N.B The house will be closed.

2 days from just £75

spa breaks Mercure Last Drop Village Hotel & Spa, Bolton

Day 3 - Hodsock Priory - Home to 12 acres of Snowdrop covered woodland and 5 acres of formal gardens, ideal for a romantic walk. The Snowdrop village is in the heart of the Snowdrops woods home to a luxury tea room and gift shop. The marqueed village is sited in front of our magnificent 19th Century country house* with direct access into the snowdrop woodland and gardens.

Two of the most visited parts of England together make a perfect weekend break. The elegant spa town of Harrogate is great for a spot of sightseeing with its handsome historic buildings and verdant gardens. Delve into the city of York and its café culture or visit a choice of great attractions like the York Minster.

During Your Stay Day 1 - York - Take time out to discover the many attractions this flourishing city has to offer from the York Dungeons to the York Chocolate Trail to name but a few. This medieval city is renowned for its quaint cobbled streets and unique architecture making it a must see for all.

Departure Dates Duration Saturday 29th March 2 days

Price £69

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Single Supplement £15

Day 2 - Harrogate - Known best for its smart little tea rooms and classy cafés this spa town has so much to offer. Spend time shopping in the quaint little boutiques or visit the beautiful Turkish Baths.

Includes 1 night dinner, bed and breakfast Excursions as stated

Book now on 08456 66 55 44 9am-10pm or online anytime at www.skills.co.uk

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2 days from just £99

legoland & windsor price freeze Enjoy a fun filled weekend break in the historic town- Windsor. Full of history and home to the oldest occupied castle in the world, this interesting town is full of things to see and do. The fantastic fun packed Legoland theme park is a place where magical family memories are made, the rides and attractions offer a great day out for the whole family. Hotel • • • • •

Holiday Inn, Reading

An exceptional four star hotel with modern and vibrant interior design, an abundance of facilities and a warm welcome can always be guaranteed.

During Your Stay Day 1 - Windsor - One of the UK’s most visited areas, with over 1000 years of history and home to Windsor Castle, the largest and oldest occupied castle in the world! Its glorious riverside location offers great shopping, fantastic restaurants and amazing sights.

Day 2 - Legoland - With over 55 interactive rides and attractions, including ‘Lego Star Wars’ Miniland Model Display, magical underwater adventures on the Alantis Submarine Voyage and not forgetting the thrilling rapids. All this is set in 150 acres of beautiful parkland making Legoland Windsor a fun packed family day out.

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Departure Dates Duration Sat 12th April 2 days Child (2-11 years) priced at £84 when sharing a room with 2 adults

2 days from just £95

Price £99

Single Supplement £20

Hotel facilities:

• Bar • Restaurant • Health & fitness centre • Indoor pool, sauna & steam room

En-suite bedrooms: • Tea/coffee making facilities • TV

Accessibility: • Lift

Includes

1 night dinner, bed and breakfast Excursions as stated

london & harry potter price freeze A weekend full of real excitement for all the family, combining the thrill of our buzzing capital with the global phenomenon that is JK Rowling’s creation Harry Potter. Guaranteed to be a magical break full of spells, witchcraft and wizardry!

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The Chiltern Hotel, Luton

Located on the outskirts of Luton town centre within easy access to the M1. This modern hotel has a friendly and welcoming atmosphere.

During Your Stay Day 1 - London - Departure by coach to London, with over 900 tourist attractions, countless shops and endless bars and restaurants everyone’s time will be well spent. We then continue to our Hotel in Luton for a one night stay.

Day 2 - Harry Potter Studio - Warner Brothers studio tour, London is a behind the scenes walking tour featuring authentic sets, costumes and props from the Harry Potter film series, located at the studios where they were filmed. A real fascinating insight into the ‘Making of Harry Potter’.

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Hotel facilities: • Bar • Restaurant • WiFi

Accessibility:

En-suite bedrooms: • Tea/coffee making facilities • TV • Hairdryer

• Lift

Includes 1 night dinner, bed and breakfast Excursions as stated

Book now on 08456 66 55 44 9am-10pm or online anytime at www.skills.co.uk

murder mystery weekend

2 days from just £65

A weekend with a twist and a complete sell out in 2013, this is a chilling weekend full of deviousness, lies and deceit. Will you be able to piece together the evidence and accuse the guilty party or will you be lead to believe an innocent party is the suspect? It’s down to you and your party to solve this murderous crime and ensure the killer is identified. Hotel • • • • •

Park Inn by Radisson, Cardiff North

During Your Stay Day 1 - Worcester - Departure by coach then onwards for a visit to Worcester. One of the UK’s less explored cities, this is an ancient city with a modern outlook; its boasts an abundance of heritage as well as a fascinating variety of modern shops. We then continue to our hotel for our Murder Mystery evening.

Day 2 - Cardiff - Enjoy time at leisure in your resort of Cardiff. The capital and largest city in Wales, Cardiff offers top class entertainment and quality shopping which sits alongside innovative architecture and historic buildings. We then return home.

A modern hotel offering convenient routes to Cardiff’s historic city centre, the docks and the Millennium Stadium. Hotel facilities:

• Bar • Restaurant • Leisure/ fitness facilities

En-suite bedrooms: • Tea/coffee making facilities • TV

Accessibility: • Lift

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Departure Dates Duration Sat 29th March 2 days Sat 12th April 2 days

Price Single Supplement £65 NIL £69 NIL

faulty towers weekend price freeze

Includes 1 night dinner, bed and breakfast Theme evening entertainment Excursions as stated

2 days from just £79

The fun, hilarity and down right stupidity of the hit TV series comes to life! An experience team of actors really do make a close comparison to the real thing providing an evening full of laughs, tricks and hilarious antics. A truly unique weekend that will guarantee side splitting fun.

recommended by our very own product team

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The Mercure Hull Grange, Hull

During Your Stay Day 1 - Leeds - Departure by coach then onwards for a visit to Leeds. A real up and coming destination, home to a distinct vibe and shopping opportunities to rival the bigger cities. We continue for a one night stay at our hotel in Hull for our themed evening.

Day 2 - Hull - Enjoy time at leisure in your resort of Hull. Located on the banks of the Rivers Hull and Humber, this is a city that combines a rich history and heritage with a cutting edge and vibrant social scene.

The Mercure Hull Grange is a 19th Century manor house that is located in 12 acres of beautiful landscaped gardens. The perfect location for Basil and his team to visit. Hotel facilities:

• Bars • Gym • Indoor swimming pool • Restaurant

En-suite bedrooms: • Tea/coffee making facilities • TV

Accessibility: • Lift to level 3

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1 night dinner, bed and breakfast Theme evening entertainment Excursions as stated

Book now on 08456 66 55 44 9am-10pm or online anytime at www.skills.co.uk

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2 days from just £59

During Your Stay Day 1 - London - Our capital city is an incredible place to visit at any time of year. With an abundance of tourist attractions, shops and sightseeing opportunities, whatever you decide to do you can guarantee your time will be well spent.

london & greenwich price freeze London and Greenwich are within a stone’s throw of each other, yet they couldn’t be any more different. Enjoy the exciting attractions of the City of London, before spending time in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, home of the internationally adopted, “Greenwich Meantime”.

• Bar • Restaurant • Gym

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2 days from just £69

Price £59 £59

Single Supplement Nil Nil

En-suite bedrooms: • Tea/coffee making facilities • Flat screen TV’s

• Lift

1 night dinner, bed and breakfast Excursions as stated

cotswolds & bath price freeze The Cotswold Hills area contains the most English of English landscapes representing traditional British customs, village life and enchanting scenery. Sleepy idyllic villages, sweeping valleys and beautiful landscapes all combine to make this an area of outstanding natural beauty. Day 2 - Bath - Designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, Bath showcases some of the finest architectural sights in Europe alongside Britain’s one and only natural hot spring. This compact city also offers irresistible shopping opportunities.

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Price £69

Single Supplement £20

2 days from just £69

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Madison Hotel, Swindon

The Madison Hotel in Swindon offers well-furnished bedrooms in a fresh and welcoming style to provide a comfortable and well-equipped retreat, perfect for any short and relaxing break. Hotel facilities:

• Bar • Restaurant • Wi-Fi connection

Accessibility:

En-suite bedrooms: • TV • Tea/coffee making facilities • Iron/trouser press

• No Lift

Includes 1 night dinner, bed and breakfast Excursions as stated

norwich weekend

During Your Stay

Norwich is the most complete medieval city in England. Bursting with cultural vibrancy, heritage and 1000 year old architecture and not forgetting being one of the UK’s top ten places to shop. There is so much to discover including the magnificent Norwich Cathedral, Norwich Castle and the original Colman’s Mustard Shop.

Day 1 - Kings Lynn - This Hanseatic town in Norfolk was once one of the most important ports in England. Full to the brim with history from its maritime past which is still evident today, the cobble lanes and fine merchants houses are a must see for all.

Day 2 - Norwich - Discover the delights of this historic city with its magnificent cathedral, a Norman castle and cobbled streets. With a great mix of independent shops in the Norwich Lanes including the famous Colman’s Mustard Shop it’s no wonder Norwich is one of the best places to visit.

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Day 1 - Stow-on-the-Wold & Bourton-On-the-Water - Set in the heart of the Cotswold these two villages are undoubtedly the most popular, both full of character, romance and magic. Bourton –On-theWater is known as the Venice of the Cotswold and is often voted the pretties village in England.

Surrounded by natural beauty and historical landmarks, the Holiday Inn Stevenage is a striking, modern building located in the town centre.

Day 2 - Greenwich - A World Heritage Site famous for its historic landmarks including the National Maritime Museum, the Royal Observatory, old Royal Naval College and the recently refurbished Cutty Sark Chipper Ship.

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Holiday Inn Stevenage, Stevenage

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Holiday Inn Norwich City, Norwich Enjoy a warm and friendly welcome at the Holiday Inn Norwich City which is just a 10 minute walk from Norwich’s walled city centre. Hotel facilities:

En-suite bedrooms:

• Restaurant • TV • Bar & Lounge • Phone • Health and Fitness Centre • Hair dryer • Tea/coffee making facilities

Accessibility:

• Lift to all floors

Includes 1 night dinner, bed and breakfast Excursions as stated

Book now on 08456 66 55 44 9am-10pm or online anytime at www.skills.co.uk

saturday specials 2-for-1 price freeze 2 days from just £59 Hotel • • • • •

Park Inn Cardiff North, Cardiff A modern hotel offering convenient routes to Cardiff’s historic city centre, the docks and the Millennium Stadium. Hotel facilities:

• Bar • Restaurant • Leisure/fitness facilities

En-suite bedrooms: • TV • Air conditioning • Tea/coffee making facilities

Accessibility: • Lift

The lively and modern capital of Wales; Cardiff has so much to offer from great historic attractions to quality shopping experiences. Full of culture and history this is definitely a must see city.

During Your Stay Day 1 - Cardiff - Discover this city’s historic progress from a small settlement to the worlds busiest port. The capital of Wales offers top class entertainment and quality shopping which sits alongside innovative architecture and historic buildings.

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Day 2 - Worcester - An ancient city with a modern outlook is the best way to describe Worcester. This compact city offers visitors an array of things to see and do, from visiting the stunning Guildhall with its painted assembly rooms and sparkling chandeliers to its fantastic high street shopping facilities.

Includes

1 night dinner, bed and breakfast Excursions as stated 2 for 1 drinks (house beers & wines) between 8-10pm

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The Gretna Hall Hotel, Gretna Originally built in 1710 as a manor house, the Gretna Hall hotel boasts a great location, charm and character. There is a “Blacksmiths Shop” based on site, which offers guests and non residents a chance to experience and learn the history behind this 300 year old establishment. Hotel facilities: • Bar/ Lounge • Restaurant

En-suite rooms:

• TV • Tea/ coffee making facilities

Accessibility:

• Lift to all floors

The highlight of this weekend is the journey from Settle to Carlisle via rail. This 72 mile trip shows you some of the best views between the Dales and the border city of Carlisle.

During Your Stay Day 1 - Settle to Carlisle - Departure by coach to Settle, highly regarded as England’s most scenic railway which crosses over the 24 arches of Ribblehead viaduct and through rural villages, market towns, Eden Valley and beautiful dales. A truly memorable journey.* We then continue to our Hotel in Gretna for a one night stay. *N.B.- The journey may not be a steam train

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Holiday Inn, Reading

This modern four star hotel offers a vibrant interior design with great leisure facilities, an inclusive indoor pool and air conditioned rooms. Hotel facilities:

• Air conditioning • Bar • Restaurant • Indoor pool • Internet connection • Health and fitness suite

En-suite bedrooms: • Tea/coffee making facilities • TV • Iron/ trouser press

Accessibility: • Lift

Home to the world famous Oxford University this city is also known as the ‘city of dreaming spires’ due to its inspirational skyline. Blenheim Palace a world heritage site was the birth place of Sir Winston Churchill. Set in 2100 acres of picturesque parkland it showcases the palaces wonderful English Baroque architecture.

During Your Stay Day 1 - Oxford - Enjoy the sights of the city’s spires in this world famous city. Full of history and sights this cosmopolitan town combines wonderful historic architecture with modern day living.

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2 days from just £85

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Day 2 - Carlisle - Carlisle is ideally located between Scotland and the Lake District Cumbria, situated on the path of Hadrian’s Wall. Once a medieval market town which has now been transformed into a vibrant and cultured city with much to see and do.

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Single Supplement £20

Day 2 - Blenheim Palace - Visit the birth place of Sir Winston Churchill at this fascinating palace. The Palace is surrounded by over 2000 acres of parkland, a great lake and beautiful formal gardens. Within the palace you can visit the State Rooms which are full of treasures collected over the last 300 years.

Includes 1 night dinner, bed and breakfast Excursions as stated

Book now on 08456 66 55 44 9am-10pm or online anytime at www.skills.co.uk

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2 days from just £89 bluebells & orchids at kew price freeze Brighten up your spring with a visit to the colourful Kew Gardens. Bluebells and Orchids have long been known to grow in the conservation area at Kew and are indicators of British ancient woodland. Every spring they fill the woods with an ocean of colour. It is the biggest bluebell wood in the London area and was given to Kew by Queen Victoria in 1898 to commemorate her Diamond Jubilee. Hotel • • • • •

Holiday Inn, Maidenhead Windsor

During Your Stay Day 1 - Windsor - Departure by coach to Windsor, A place which has heavy links with the royal family where, there is free time to explore the sights. Take the opportunity to visit the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world, still official residence to Her Majesty the Queen. We then continue to our Hotel in Maidenhead/Windsor for a one night stay.

Day 2 - Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew - The world’s most famous garden offers botanical glasshouses, unique buildings, Royal palaces, landscapes and 250 years of history all set in 121 hectares.

Hotel facilities:

• Restaurant & Bar • Indoor pool • Sauna, steam room • Gym

En-suite bedrooms: • TV • Tea/ coffee making facilities • Hairdryer

Accessibility:

• Lift to all floors

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2 days from just £89

The 3-star Holiday Inn Maidenhead Windsor is set in a peaceful residential area and offers a warm welcome in the bright and airy lobby.

Price £89 £89

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Single Supplement £19 £19

Includes

1 night dinner, bed and breakfast Excursions as stated

harrogate flower show price freeze Ranked in Britain’s top three gardening events by readers of ‘Which? Gardening’, Harrogate Flower Show is the country’s most prestigious independent show. Featuring beautiful show gardens, an amazing giant vegetable competition, stunning displays and expert demonstrations offering everything you need for the perfect gardening event. Hotel • • • • •

Jurys Inn, Leeds

During Your Stay Day 1 - Leeds - Departure by coach to the city of Leeds, one of the fastest growing cities in Europe, Leeds is set to become the shopping capital of the north. With the opening of its new state of the art Trinity Shopping Centre in March 2013, as well as the already established Victoria Quarter and Corn Exchange. Not only popular for shopping, it is also a great place for exploring heritage, museums and architecture too. We then continue to our Hotel in Leeds for a one night stay.

Day 2 - Harrogate Flower Show - Located at the Great Yorkshire show ground, just on the outskirts of Harrogate, it is a unique event organised by the North of England Horticultural Society in which all profits are returned to the charity to promote future events.

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Hotel facilities:

• Bar • Restaurant • Costa Coffee Bar • Cardio Gym

En-suite bedrooms: • TV • Tea/ coffee making facilities • Hairdryer • Air-Conditioning

Accessibility:

• Lift to all floors

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Centrally located in Leeds centre the Jurys Inn is a comfortable and modern choice set in a desirable location at the side of the River Aire.

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Single Supplement £5

Includes 1 night dinner, bed and breakfast Excursions as stated

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3 days from just £129

The Britannia Adelphi Hotel Liverpool is as much a part of Liverpool’s heritage as the River Mersey. Built in 1914 the Adelphi quickly became “one of the greatest hotels in the world”. The hotel has featured in a BBC eight part series and is often used for location filming. During Your Stay

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Day 1 - Departure by coach to Liverpool for a 2 night dinner, bed and breakfast stay at the world famous Adelphi Hotel.

The Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool

This renowned hotel retains its historical appearance and significant décor. Located in the heart of Liverpool city centre it is conveniently located for leisure and shopping.

Day 2 - Liverpool - Proud home to world class attractions, shopping and not forgetting legendary music. Full of culture and heritage with the largest collection of museums and galleries outside of London, making this World Heritage City a must see. Day 3 - Albert Docks - The most popular of Liverpool’s attractions Albert Dock is a World Heritage Site showcased in a waterfront setting. Situated in the largest group of grade 1 listed

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buildings in the UK, the Dock is home to the Tate Liverpool, the Beatles Story, Merseyside Maritime Museum and the International Slavery Museum to name but a few.

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Price £129 £129

Single Supplement £30 £30

• 3 bars • 2 restaurants • Gym • Jacuzzi • Sauna • Heated marble swimming pool

En-suite bedrooms: • Tea/coffee making facilities • TV

Accessibility: • Lift

Includes

2 nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast Excursions as stated 99p bar on draught beer, house wine & house spirits 14.30 - 23.00

the adelphi hotel centenary celebration 2 days from just £159 Few hotels in Liverpool city centre can boast a history as rich as the internationally famous Adelphi Hotel Liverpool. Why not join us to celebrate 100 years of the Adelphi with their black tie evening event. With a welcome drink on arrival, a delicious 6 course dinner and time to show off your moves on the dance floor where you can boogie to the Big Band Entertainment and Vocalist.

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The Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool

During Your Stay Day 1 - Liverpool - Proud home to world class attractions, spectacular events, unrivalled sports and musical heritage. The culture, music and fantastic shopping opportunities mean Liverpool offers plenty to each and every visitor.

Day 2 - Albert Dock - The most popular of Liverpool’s attractions Albert Dock is a World Heritage Site showcased in a waterfront setting. Situated in the largest group of grade 1 listed buildings in the UK, the Dock is home to the Tate Liverpool, the Beatles Story, Merseyside Maritime Museum and the International Slavery Museum to name but a few.

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This renowned hotel retains its historical appearance and significant décor. Located in the heart of Liverpool city centre it is conveniently located for leisure and shopping. Hotel facilities: • 3 bars • 2 restaurants • Gym • Jacuzzi • Sauna • Heated marble swimming pool

En-suite bedrooms: • Tea/coffee making facilities • TV

Accessibility: • Lift

Includes

1 night dinner, bed and breakfast 6 course Centenary Dinner Excursions as stated

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5 days from just £209

st ives resort, St Ives is also recognised for its arts and culture and is home to ‘Tate St Ives’ part of the Tate London gallery, also the winner of the Britain in Bloom several times St Ives is a colourful resort like no other.

During Your Stay

Day 1 - Departure by coach to St Ives for a 4 night stay. Day 2- Falmouth - Join us on a full day excursion to Falmouth which basks on the shoreline of the world’s third largest natural harbour- the gateway to a beautiful network of rivers and creeks. It has come a long way since 1600 when it only consisted of two houses; Falmouth is now a bustling resort with everything to offer. Day 3 - Day at leisure - Not your average seaside

Day 4 - Penzance & Marizon - Nestled in the heart of Mounts Bay, Penzance is the capital of Penwith and West Cornwall. With plenty of history and long standing traditions combined with up to date facilities and shops making this the ideal visiting place. Set on the shores of Mounts Bay, the town of Marazion is renowned for its sandy beaches and stunning views towards the Lizards Peninsula and Lands End. A great half day excursion. Day 5 - Departure by coach we retrace our steps home.

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Departure Dates Duration Mon 14th April 5 days

Price £209

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The Longships Hotel, St Ives The family-run Longships Hotel is perfectly situated in the centre of St Ives, overlooking the harbour, with beautiful views across the bay and just a short walk from Porthminster Beach. Hotel facilities: • Lounge • Cocktail Bar • Dining Room

During Your Stay

Day 2 - New Forest - One of Britain’s newest National Parks the New Forest is a unique landscape and ancient woodland which offers wonderful walks, cycling and horseback recreation. It is especially rich in wildlife and visitors can enjoy a host of sights that make a trip special, including an array of flora and fauna. Day 3 - Bournemouth - Spend time relaxing on the golden sand beaches or visit one of the many

• No Lift

Includes 4 nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast Excursions as stated

bournemouth With seven miles of golden sand and glistening sea, the vibrant town of Bournemouth has it all. Spend time relaxing on the beach or visit one of the many award winning gardens or piers. This five day break is everything you’d expect from a laid back British seaside resort. museums, award winning gardens or take a leisurely stroll along one of its piers. Day 4 - Dorchester & Weymouth - The beautiful market town of Dorchester is steeped in culture and 6000 years of history. Weymouth has kept many of the traditions associated with of the British seaside and has many wonderful attractions.

Departure Dates Duration Mon 7th April 5 days

Price £209

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5 days from just £179

Day 1 - Departure by coach to Seacroft Holiday Village for a four night stay. Day 2 - Great Yarmouth - Half day to the most varied holiday resort in Norfolk, Great Yarmouth is a bustling town with its own pleasure beach and amusement arcades. A Traditional seaside resort! Day 3 - Day at leisure - Spend time relaxing on the beach or join in with the entertainment provided or challenge your friends to a game of bowls. However you chose to spend your day you won’t be short of options.

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The Hotel Piccadilly, one of the highest rated AA 3* hotels in Bournemouth. Perfectly situated in the exclusive East Cliff area, a short stroll from the stunning blue flag beaches and pedestrian shopping center. Hotel facilities:

En-suite bedrooms:

• Art Deco lounge and bar • Tea/coffee making • Restaurant facilities • Ballroom • TV

Accessibility: • Lift

Includes 4 nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast Excursions as stated

seacroft holiday village An adult only Holiday Village situated on the Norfolk coast in Hemsby. Located just a ten minute stroll from the beach, providing a perfect location to enjoy the fresh sea air whilst in the comfort of this chalet style accommodation. The daily and nightly entertainment programme provides a whole host of activities; meaning you can do as much or as little as you like. Day 4 - Norwich - A half day excursion to what was once regarded as Britain’s second city before the Industrial Revolution, Norwich’s rich history is still evident today with winding cobbled streets and an attractive medieval charm. Places to visit include the magnificent Norwich Cathedral, Norwich Castle or the whole host of fantastic shops.

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Seacroft Holiday Village, Hemsby The holiday village offers a fantastic entertainments programme and leisure facilities. During the day you can enjoy quizzes, snooker, darts and bowling competitions as well as dance tuition. The evening brings a full entertainment programme provided by the in house entertainment team. Hotel facilities:

• Dining room • Ballroom • Lounge bar • Short mat bowls • Table tennis • Darts • Five snooker tables • Crazy golf • Putting green • Skittles • Tennis

En-suite bedrooms: • Tea/coffee making facilities • TV

Accessibility:

• Not suitable for people with walking difficulties

Day 5 - Departure by coach home

Departure Dates Duration Mon 17th March 5 days

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Hotel Piccadilly, Bournemouth

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During Your Stay

• Tea/coffee making facilities • TV • Hairdryer

Accessibility:

5 days from just £209

Day 1 - Departure by coach to Bournemouth for a four night stay.

En-suite bedrooms:

Price £179

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Single Supplement £25

Includes

4 nights’ full board Excursions as stated

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4 days from just £159

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The New President Hotel, Blackpool In an excellent position on the North Promenade, the New President has been part of the Walsh family for many years making it a welcoming and friendly hotel for our Easter break. Hotel facilities:

• Entertainment Lounge • Dining Room • Bar • Sun Lounge

En-suite bedrooms: • Tea/coffee making facilities • TV • Hairdryer

Blackpool is the UK’s most famous seaside resort and has retained this title since its heyday in the 1900’s. With so much to see and do Blackpool is the ideal destination to enjoy Easter in 2014! With added extra’s including a chocolate egg from the Easter bunny, this will be a traditional Easter in a traditional resort.

During Your Stay Day 1 - Departure by coach to Blackpool for a three night stay, we are welcomed with tea and coffee and a delicious hot cross bun. Day 2 - Southport - Join us on a full day excursion to Southport. Lying on the coast just 20 miles North of Liverpool, Southport is a Victorian seaside town with a contemporary twist. Golden beaches, an abundance of attractions and the UK’s oldest pier,

Accessibility: • No Lift

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Departure Dates Duration Fri 18th April 4 days

Price £159

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Seascape Hotel, Torquay

Phil, Jackie and Michelle welcome you to their comfortable and relaxed hotel, which is centrally positioned in Torquay to enabling guests to make the most of their break. Hotel facilities: • Bar • Restaurant

Accessibility:

En-suite bedrooms: • TV • Tea/ coffee making facilities

• Lift to all floors

Day 1 - Departure by coach to Torquay for a three night Easter stay.

Hotel facilities: • Bar • Restaurant

En-suite bedrooms: • TV • Tea/ coffee making facilities

Accessibility:

• Lift to all floors

3 nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast Excursions as stated Sunday lunch and Easter egg Nightly entertainment

Day 3 - Day at leisure - Explore the 22 miles of delightful coastline at your own leisure. Torquay’s famous seven hills provide the backdrop to a waterfront scene that matches anything you’ll see on the French Riviera.

Day 2 - Exeter, Dawlish & Teignmouth - A full day excursion including the capital city of Devon; Exeter is situated on the River Exe. It is full of ancient character and charm and home to the magnificent Exeter cathedral which dates back to Norman times. Day 4 - Departure by coach we make our way home.

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Includes 3 nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast Excursions as stated

5 days from just £159

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Phil, Jackie and Michelle welcome you to their comfortable and relaxed hotel, which is centrally positioned in Torquay to enabling guests to make the most of their break.

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Dawlish & Teignmouth are two lovely coastal towns connected by unrivalled scenery.

During Your Stay

Departure Dates Duration Fri 18th April 4 days

Seascape Hotel, Torquay

Day 4 - Departure by coach we make our way home.

Torquay, based on the ‘English Riviera’ is a beautiful destination that continues to attract visitors due to its mild climate and quaint and friendly towns and villages. Torquay is the main resort on the coast and its wide variety of attractions make it the ideal destination to spend your Easter.

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Day 3 - Day at leisure - Enjoy the numerous attractions in Blackpool or enjoy the day in the comfort of our hotel. A delightful Sunday lunch will be provided by the hotel.

4 days from just £149

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Southport provides an ideal place to visit for a lovely day out.

Known as the English Riviera due to its mild climate, palm trees and sandy beaches this resort has been top of the British holidaymakers list since the Victorian times. With numerous attractions ranging from the magnificent Torquay Pavilion to the ancient Kents Cavern, Torquay is the ideal place to coastline at your own leisure. Torquay’s famous seven enjoy a pleasant break at any time of year. hills provide the backdrop to a waterfront scene that

During Your Stay

Day 1 - Departure by coach to Torquay for a four night stay. Day 2 - Exeter, Dawlish & Teignmouth - The capital city of Devon; Exeter is situated on the River Exe. It is full of ancient character and charm and home to the magnificent Exeter cathedral which dates back to Norman times. Dawlish & Teignmouth are two lovely coastal towns connected by unrivalled scenery. Day 3 - Torquay - Explore the 22 miles of delightful

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matches anything you’ll see on the French Riviera. Day 4 - Dartmoor & Plymouth - Dartmoor is a proud member of the 15 strong National Park family in Britain, Dartmoor is the largest and wildest open area in southern England. Plymouth is a vibrant waterfront city which is considered the cultural city of Devon. The city streets, surrounding countryside and the marine environment beyond create a wonderful mix of attractions. Day 5 - Departure by coach home.

Includes 4 nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast Excursions as stated

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the isle of man price freeze Day 3 - At leisure - We enjoy a day at leisure in our seafront resort. The beautiful front is lined with welcoming bars and restaurants and the high street is filled with a variety of shops giving us plenty to see and do.

During Your Stay

Day 4 - Castletown, Port Mary & Port Erin - We visit Castletown, the island’s ancient capital, dominated by its 600 year old castle and built around a picturesque harbour. Wander the narrow winding streets and discover stone cottages. Discover Port St Mary, with its fishing harbour and houses strung Day 2 - Laxey & Ramsey - Discover the holiday out in a chain above the busy dockside, as well as island on our full day excursion. Situated on the East pretty Port Erin that lies at the South Western tip of Coast Laxey is a picturesque village; once a thriving the island with its wide, fine, sandy beach. mine and fishing village it was home to the world’s deepest mines in the 1800’s. The Great Laxey Day 5 - Travel Home - We bid a fond farewell Wheel, ‘Lady Isabella’ was used to pump water before boarding the return ferry and continuing our out of the mines and is still the largest working journey homewards. waterwheel in the world. We head north to Ramsey to explore the busiest shopping street on the Island. Day 1 - Isle of Man - Departure by coach to Heysham where we board the ferry to our resort of Douglas, we check in to our hotel to enjoy four nights dinner, bed and breakfast.

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Price £349

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Chesterhouse Hotel, Douglas With a premier location and facilities, the Chesterhouse offers a unique experience for every traveller. Our hotel offers an individual style and luxury that ranks amongst the best offered on the island. Renowned International designers have added a touch of class to one of the island’s finest venues. Hotel facilities: • Bar • Lounge • Restaurant

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Includes 4 nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast Excursions as stated Free drink with dinner each evening Entertainment on 2nd and 4th evening

isle of wight traditional delights such as amusements, bars, restaurants and other family favourites such as Pitch and Putt golf.

During Your Stay Day 2 - Cowes - A morning visit to Cowes, best known as the world’s premier yachting centre, Cowes is the Island’s main port with a natural harbour at the mouth of the Medina River. Day 3 - Day at leisure - Sitting in a tranquil bay Sandown offers sandy beaches stretching out miles across. One of the few towns that have managed to sustain its pier. Visitors may enjoy

Day 4 - Needles, Alum Bay and Freshwater A full day excursion to the most westerly point of the Island where the world famous coloured sand cliffs overlook the Isle of Wight’s most famous landmark – The Needles Rocks and Lighthouse. The Needles Park offers a range of attractions including the spectacular chairlift to the beach, Alum Bay and a Glass and Sweet Manufactory. Day 5 - Departure by coach we retrace our steps home.

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5 days from just £199

Day 2 - Rudesheim & Asbach Brandy visitor centre - Famous for the production of quality wines and brandy, Rudesheim is also a historic city which features many picturesque landmarks and castles. We also discover the home of Asbach Brandy, a famous German speciality that puts Rudesheim on the map by producing a label that emphasises enjoyment, trust, expertise and quality.

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Hotel facilities:

• Bar • Restaurant • Evening entertainment programme • Heated indoor pool and spa

En-suite bedrooms: • Tea/coffee making facilities • TV

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Includes

4 nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast Excursions as stated

the rhine valley price freeze Day 3 - Day at leisure - Located in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, the ‘Upper Middle Rhine Valley’, Kamp Bornhofen sits in a pristine riverside setting that affords to exploration of the great outdoors and surrounding region; the perfect place to base our stay. Day 4 - Cochem & Boppard - Situated in natural beauty, Cochem and Boppard are surrounded by high elevations, steep vineyards and typical wine villages offering tastings, festivals and genuine hospitality. Rated as one of the prettiest regions along the Moselle River little seems to have changed for centuries. Day 5 - Departure by coach we retrace our steps home.

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The Hotel Wagner, Kamp Bornhofen

Staying at the Hotel Wagner, you are assured of a warm welcome at this family run hotel, situated on a hill in Kamp-Bornhofen and just a short walk from the banks of the River Rhine. Hotel facilities: En-suite bedrooms: • Bar • Three restaurants • Lounge • Sauna

• TV • Balcony or Terrace (on request, subject to availability)

Accessibility:

• Lift to all floors • Please note there are a few steps up to the restaurant

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The Royal Pier Hotel overlooks an award winning beach while also being situated just a two minutes’ walk away from the main shopping area. Accompanied with traditional décor and friendly welcoming staff this hotel remains a favourite with holiday makers.

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Departure Dates Duration Mon 21st April 5 days

Day 1 - Departure by coach for the ferry sailing and then onto the Rhine for a four night stay.

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The Royal Pier Hotel, Sandown

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During Your Stay

• Tea/ coffee making facilities • Hairdryer • TV

• Lift to all floors

5 days from just £199

Day 1 - Departure by coach to the Isle of Wight for a four night stay.

En-suite bedrooms:

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Price £199

Single Supplement £25

Return ferry sailing 4 nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast 2 nights’ entertainment Excursions as stated

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5 days from just £329

Springtime is the best time to see Holland, as field upon field of flowers burst into colourful bloom. No trip to see the Dutch Bulbfields is complete without a visit to Keukenhof Gardens, which is known as ‘The Greatest Flower Show on Earth’. Every year, almost a million people flock from all over the world to see the world’s largest bulb garden come to life with displays of tulips, hyacinths and daffodils. You can also admire the colourful arrays of ornamental shrubs, blossoming fruit trees, natural woodland and perhaps pick up some ideas or buy some bulbs for your own garden.

During Your Stay Day 1 - Travel - Departure by coach to Hull where we sail overnight to Rotterdam on a cabin only basis.

P&O Cruise Ferries P&O Cruise Ferries offer ‘state of the art’ accommodation and a range of facilities providing plenty to do whilst on board. You’ll be spoilt for choice; for dining there is the Four Seasons buffet restaurant and the famous West End Langan’s Brasserie, as well as a choice of stylish bars and coffee shops, live entertainment in the Show Bar, a cinema and casino. If none of these take your fancy, there are also a host of shops offering everything from wine, beer and spirits to beauty and fashion. Cabin facilities:

• En suite shower room, WC, Towels and bed linen are provided Inside or outside cabins available

Day 2 - Keukenhoff Gardens - 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

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7 million hand planted bulbs creating the most vibrant displays of tulips, daffodils and other delightful flowers. We then continue to the Golden Tulip Hotel for two nights. Day 3 - Het Loo Palace & Gardens - Built over 300 years ago, Het Loo Palace has sumptuously furnished interiors revealing an insight into how the Dutch royal family lived. Set in one of Holland’s most beautiful areas, behind the palace lies the characteristic 17th century gardens and 10’000 hectares of beautiful landscapes. Day 4 - Royal Delft Factory - The Royal Dutch Delftware Manufactory “De Porceleyne Fles”, established in 1653, is the last remaining Delftware factory from the 17th century. The world famous Royal Delftware is still entirely hand-painted according to centuries-old tradition.

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Golden Tulip Hotel, Amersfoot (Main hotel) Situated on the outskirts of Amersfoot, the Golden Tulip Hotel is admist the beautiful wooded area of ‘Ultrechtse Heuvelrug’. Hotel facilities:

• Bar • Coffee shop • Health club • Indoor pool • Lounge • Restaurant • Sauna, Spa & Jacuzzi

En-suite bedrooms: • TV

Accessibility: • Lift

Day 5 - Home - After docking in Hull we retrace our steps home.

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Departure Dates Duration Mon 14th April 5 days

Price £329

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Return mini cruise sailing 2 nights’ cabin only en route 2 nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast in resort Excursions as stated

lake como & the bernina railway price freeze 8 days from just £499 Often thought of as the prettiest of Italy’s northern lakes, the southern end of Lake Como forks into two creating an extraordinary setting for the picturesque town of Bellagio. An epitome of elegance, the lake is known for its stately gardens and exquisite villas; featuring in several iconic films and home to the wealthiest Italians and prominent figures for centuries.

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During Your Stay Day 1 - Travel - Departure by coach to Dover where we sail to Calais and continue our journey to our overnight hotel for one night bed and breakfast. Day 2 - To Resort - After breakfast we continue our journey to our resort- Cadenabbia for a five night stay on an all inclusive board basis. Day 3 - Lake Cruise - We enjoy a cruise on Lake Como to Bellagio, called the “Pearl of the Lake”, Bellagio’s world class shops and restaurants provide the perfect place to soak up the lake’s famous panorama. The village is characterized by centuryold buildings, stone lanes and picturesque cobbled stairways filled with shops showcasing the finest Italian wares.

one of the best train journeys in the world. We pass the Maloya Pass on the return journey. Day 5 - Lake Como - Excursions in and around Lake Como, giving you a real insight into the lake including its operations, tourism and local life. Day 6 - Milan - A guided tour taking in the most important sights, such as the mighty Gothic Duomo, Italy’s premier Opera House, La Scala and the Renaissance church of Santa Maria della Grazie. Day 7 - Travel - We bid our resort and hotel a fond farewell before we return to our return overnight hotel for one night bed and breakfast.

Day 8 - Home - We take the ferry for our return Day 4 - Bernina Railway - Chiavenna to St Moritz, an journey and home. amazing experience with spectacular close up views N.B.- Please note the itinerary could change of the Alps, white glaciers and black lakes, voted

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Departure Dates Duration Price Single Supplement Sat 22nd March 8 days £499 £49 Price above is based on comfort rooms. Upgrades available as per the following: Deluxe twin/double - supplement £20pp | Deluxe twin/double with lake view– supplement £60pp Deluxe twin/double with lake view and balcony – supplement £95pp

Grand Hotel Britannia Excelsior, Cadenabbia Well located in the centre of Cadenabbia and across the road from the lake, the hotel Britannia Excelsior has also undergone extensive refurbishments. A few metres from the hotel, directly on the Lake, are the outdoor pool and lido area- a perfect spot to relax and take in the magnificent lake views. En-suite bedrooms: Hotel facilities: • Lido restaurant* • Lake view lounge bar • Outdoor pool and Lido* *Subject to weather conditions

• Hairdryer • TV • Fridge • Air conditioning

Accessibility: • 6 Lifts

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Return ferry sailing 2 nights’ bed and breakfast en route 5 nights’ all inclusive in resort Open bar from 08:00am - 23:30pm (selected drinks) Buffet breakfast, buffet/packed lunch, 4 course buffet dinner Live entertainment on most nights Boat cruise on Lake Como with visit to Bellagio Ride on Bernina Railway Line – Chiacenna to St Moritz Full day excursion to Milan with guided tour

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