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Britain & Europe 15 20 Continental

stylish coach holidays for the 21st century 4 LOCAL FAMILY BUSINESS SINCE 1919 4 3 EASY WAYS TO JOIN OUR HOLIDAYS 4 138 TOP HOLIDAY DESTINATIONS INSIDE 4 FINANCIAL PROTECTION GUARANTEED

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welcome on board A very warm welcome to the Skills Group 2015 brochure which conveniently combines both our Skills Holidays and CoachStyle brands; creating almost 100 pages of new and exciting breaks as well as existing favourites. Whether you want to stay in England, Ireland, Scotland or Wales or maybe broaden your horizons and travel onto the Continent; there are so many fabulous destinations to choose from and they’re all in this brochure. For 2015 we have made every effort to improve our service from our improved pick up network and our exclusive Skills park and ride service, through to an excellent choice of new holidays at the best value for money. Skills continues to remain a family business and is now in its fourth generation, celebrating 96 years of service. Skills is built on great family values and delivers this through a personal touch giving customers excellence in service and great value experiences. As a local Nottinghamshire company we provide a service that understands the needs of our customers and offer the ultimate in convenience with on-site car parking, home taxi pickups, shuttle coaches and main touring coaches. Four great ways to start your break. As the Chairman, I’m very proud of the team we have at Skills and on behalf of them all, we look forward to welcoming you on board in 2015.

Nigel Skill Chairman & Grandson of Arthur Skill; founder Skills Group of Companies

Skills Coach in Cornwall ©Tim Martin

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about us 96 years of experience – we care All holidays are crewed by our own specially selected drivers and we pride ourselves on having the most helpful, courteous and knowledgeable drivers in the industry. Based on customer feedback, we know our crew play a key role in making your holiday extra special. Our crew express immense satisfaction from making you happy. We own and operate our own fleet of coaches, maintained in our workshop to the highest standards and boasting all the facilities you need to stay safe and comfortable whilst you are on-board. Our great range of destinations and itineraries are carefully planned along with a programme of excursions to make sure that your holiday is the relaxing, fun-filled break you deserve. All accommodation used has been stringently checked, from family run hotels to national chains and are tailored to the needs of each holiday. Chosen for their location, style and service, many are old friends that we have been using for years; others are new and we believe will become real customer favourites.

outstanding value and “distinctively different” holidays Explore the many “must see” attractions on our unusual and distinctive holidays from weekend city breaks, TV themes, special events, great train journeys and beautiful gardens through to touring holidays through some of Europe’s most stunning scenery. Car parking facilities and Free shuttle coach. Your own reserved seat throughout the holiday (not available on shuttle coaches). No change of coach when you join at our main pick up points, full details pages 6&7. Travel with friendly, like-minded local people supporting their local family-run business.

group bookings For a group holiday designed specifically for you and your friends call Michele Else our dedicated Group Sales Manager on 0115 9777416 for advice on the perfect itinerary to suit your group requirements. Visit our groups web page at www.skills.co.uk/group-organisers or email groups@skills.co.uk.

“financial protection” Skills Holidays & Skills CoachStyle are members of the Bonded Coach Holiday Group of the Confederation of Passenger Transport UK Ltd who provide a government approved consumer protection scheme. This ensures that in accordance with the coach package holidays featured in this brochure and on our web site that our clients’ monies are protected by a Bond in the unlikely event of the Member’s insolvency. Full details can be obtained at www.bch-uk.org or call 0207 240 3131.

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About us FAQ’s Joining Your Holiday Pick up information Party Breaks Skills Holidays - British CoachStyle - British CoachStyle - Europe Skills Holidays - Europe Skills Holidays - Cruises Trading Charter Travel Insurance How to book

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about us est.1919 - Skills Motor Coaches originated

Founder Arthur Skill 1905-1979

in Radford, Nottingham in 1919. It became a limited company in 1958.

Founded by Arthur Skill, the current chairman’s (Nigel) and financial director’s (Simon) grandfather, began by using his only lorry to collect fish from the early morning market and for light haulage during the day. Soon, he began carrying local miners to Bestwood Colliery, and in 1921 he purchased a Crossley Charabanc - Skills’ first true bus. Read the full story of our heritage at www.skills.co.uk/heritage

21st century - Today Skills provides

great value breaks and holidays by coach. Visit our branches; Skills Travel shop in central Nottingham, Skills Head Office in Bulwell or visit us online (see p99). For inspiration on all types of holidays including air and cruise visit Skills Worldwide Travel agency in Beeston, for an unbiased quotation on your holiday needs. Find out more online, visit us at www.skills.co.uk

exclusive to skills - When you

book on a holiday or break with Skills you can now make your holiday arrangements more convenient by taking advantage of our exclusive Park & Ride service available at our secure parking site at the Skills Departure Lounge, close to Junction 26 of the M1. See page 6 for full details.

exclusive to skills - Join us at our the Skills Departure Lounge where you can relax before joining the holiday coach.

Its the most convenient way to travel with us and fast becoming the most popular way to take a coach holiday with Skills.

get social - Join in the conversation, meet new friends and share your Skills

experience with us via our social network pages. Add us on facebook, tweet us on twitter and watch us on Youtube today on the following: www.twitter.com/SkillsHolidays and tweet us @SkillsHolidays www.facebook.com/SkillsHolidays1919 come and say hello! www.youtube.com/SkillsHolidays watch our videos and learn about us

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faq’s our frequently asked questions are here to assist you before travel Our friendly reservations advisors are often asked a variety of questions from customers prior to travel...listed below are some of the most frequently asked questions. 1) What documentation do I need to travel and will I be sent tickets?

shuttle or feeder services. 9) How much luggage can I take?

You can travel on your confirmation issued upon final balance payment. If your tour includes tickets i.e. event admissions they will be passed to you by your tour driver on the day of the event.

One medium-sized suitcase per person (15kg). If you are travelling on a Continental tour we recommend that you bring an additional overnight bag with you. We do provide luggage labels so that your luggage can be quickly and clearly identified.

2) I’ve lost my holiday confirmation. How do I get a replacement? Call one of our friendly travel advisors on 0115 9770080 who will be happy to re-issue your documentation. 3) Will you send me a reminder of when my balance is due? No. It is your responsibility to make sure your payment is made on time. Failing to do so may result in your booking being cancelled. 4) Who do I make my cheque payable to? Please make cheques payable to ‘Skills Holidays’. 5) If I make changes to my holiday will I be charged? Yes. We charge an administration fee for any amendments made to your booking, please see Section 19 of our Trading Charter for full details. 6) Is it compulsory to take travel insurance? It is a condition of booking that you have valid travel insurance. If you do not currently have a travel insurance policy, we do offer fully comprehensive policies (including cancellation cover), for all of our UK, Ireland and Continental Tours, starting from only £12 per person. 7) Why do I have to pay a single supplement? Many of the hotels we use charge a supplement for single rooms or double rooms used for sole occupancy. Unfortunately, this is standard practice within the hotel industry. We do offer a small amount of holidays which do not carry a single supplement charge; early booking is highly recommended. 8) Can I reserve a seat on the coach? Yes. At the time of booking you will be advised on the availability of seating. You can pick your seat, which will be allocated to you throughout the duration of your holiday.* * Please note seat numbers do not apply on

10) Am I able to bring my wheelchair or mobility scooter? Due to limited space we can only permit two wheelchairs or one wheelchair and a lightweight (15kg or less) mobility scooter per coach. Collapsible walking frames are included in this limitation. You must reserve a space at the time of booking and this will be confirmed in correspondence. We reserve the right to not carry wheelchairs or mobility scooters that are not booked in advance. 11) Will there be a toilet on the coach and will there be comfort stops? Most of our coaches have toilet facilities (please see trading policy for more details page 96 and 97). On most of our tours there will be a comfort stop dependent on the time and distance travelled. Every 2-3 hours; your tour driver will be able to offer assistance. 12) Can I be picked up from my home? Yes. We offer a door to door taxi service which incurs an additional cost. See page 6 for more information. 13) Can I make requests to the hotel? Yes. We will take any requests at the time of booking and pass these onto the accommodation providers who try their best to grant any special requests. Please note that special requests cannot be guaranteed. All dietary/special needs requirements must be specified at the time of booking so that the necessary arrangements can be made. 14) Do I need a passport? A full British passport with 6 months validity from the departure date is required for Continental Europe. For holidays to Ireland, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands, you are required to bring valid photo ID (such as a driver’s licence, passport or bus pass).

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joining your holiday we are proud to offer four unique ways to join our holidays, either from the skills departure lounge or from one of the convenient pick up points listed opposite. park & ride - You can now park at our premises which are staffed and secure 24/7 for a small charge shown below.

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J26

A610

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Conveniently located at the Skills Departure Lounge, only minutes away from the M1, junction 26 (NG6 8LY); It’s the most relaxing way to join our holiday coach and is fast becoming the most popular way to take a coach holiday – Booking and payment for this service must be confirmed at the time of making your holiday reservation as demand is high and spaces are limited to first come first serve. We will also ask for your car registration details at the time of booking. See section 25 of the Trading Charter on p97.

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A610

Bulwell (NG6 8LY)

Park & ride charges per car 2 - 3 days

4 - 5 days

6 days or longer

£10 per car

£20 per car

£30 per car

taxi pick up from your front door - For the ultimate in convenience and relaxation we will arrange to collect and return you to and from the Skills Departure Lounge. There is a modest, additional charge for this service based on your post code location, please see the table below for the scale of charges. Terms and conditions apply.**

TAXI

TAXI SERVICE DOOR TO TOUR POST CODE AREAS:

COST PER PERSON

DE75, NG1, NG2, NG3, NG4, NG5, NG6, NG7, NG8, NG9, NG15, NG16

£15

DE1, DE5, DE7, DE72, DE74, NG10, NG11, NG12, NG14, NG17, NG18, NG25

£30

DE3, DE21, DE22, DE23, DE24, DE55, DE56, DE73, LE11, LE12, NG13, NG19, NG19, NG20, NG21, NG22, S40, S41, S42, S45

£45

**If your postcode is not featured in the above grid, then contact us to find out if you are eligible for our taxi pick up service. Please note that a larger supplement may apply. Price quoted is per person based on a minimum of 2 persons per taxi from one collection point as per the lead name on the booking. There is a charge of £10 for each additional pickup / drop off. For single travellers wishing to take advantage of our taxi pickup service a 50% supplement may apply. We reserve the right to pick up additional holiday makers on route and may substitute another vehicle if appropriate. Taxi pickups must be booked and paid for no less than 28 days prior to departure. Taxi’s which are used on a Bank Holiday will incur a 25% increase to the cost per person.

free shuttle coach - Our free shuttle coaches offer another option for customers to join our holidays and

this service is free of charge. You can join from selected departure points from local towns and villages. The shuttle coach will collect customers from a wider pick up network and bring you to our Skills Departure Lounge where you will connect and join your holiday coach before heading on to your destination via a limited line of route pick up points on the holiday coach.

the holiday coach - Take your seat on the holiday coach which starts direct from the Skills Departure Lounge, conveniently located only minutes away from the M1, junction 26 in Nottinghamshire. Please Note: Selected pick-ups en-route to Dover may also be available on continental tours. Please call 0845 666 55 44 for more information. Timings for Dover will be advised at a later date prior to departure.

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pick up information

pick up information - Our pick ups points are available across the East Midlands and South Yorkshire for all our departures. We also offer a South England pick up on selected Continental Europe departures. On each tour you will find a price panel which will indicate the available ‘ROUTE’ applicable located in the top right of the price panel box. Use the route to cross reference against the pick up point listed below to work out which is the most convenient pick up for you. Pick ups listed come into effect as of January 1st 2015

PICK UP POINTs & routes

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NOTTINGHAMSHIRE Arnold

High Street Bus Stop, Leisure Centre Car Park

0915 0800 0845 0715 0515 0545

Beeston

Lace Road, behind the Cricketers Pub

0915 0745 0915 0745

Mansfield

Walkden Street, outside Argos

1045 0915 0815 0645 0455 0605

Nottingham

Broadmarsh Bus Station (Tours & Excursions Bay)

0845 0730 0915 0745 0550 0455

Sandiacre / near M1 J25

Novotel Car Park, Bostocks Lane

0845 0715 0845 0715 0500 0500

Skills Departure Lounge / Bulwell

Skills Departure Lounge, Belgrave Rd, Bulwell

1000 0830 1000 0830 0530 0530

Derby

Bus Station, Bays 27 & 28

0900 0730 0900 0730 0430 0430

Chesterfield

Beckingham Way

1115 0945 0815 0645 0430 0630

Long Eaton

The Green, outside Wilkos

0830 0700 0830 0700

Leicester

St Margarets Bus Station, Bay 1

0745 0615 1115 0945 0645 0400

Loughborough

The Rushes, outside Amber Rooms

0815 0645 1045 0915 0620 0425

Pond Hill, opposite Penny Black Public House

1145 1015 0745 0615 0400 0700

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SOUTH YORKSHIRE Sheffield SOUTH EAST ENGLAND Dover

Eastern Terminal (Times to be advised)

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Please Note: Timings are subject to change for operational efficiency and sustainable tourism. For more information www.skills.co.uk/info/go-green

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coachstyle party break

featuring liverpool

CoachStyle’s annual party break is guaranteed to be an event to remember! Join Skills staff and party goers on this event of fun, laughter and reunions. Whether you’re travelling as part of a group or independently to meet new friends; a night of fun, festivity, dinner and dancing are planned for the evening. So we hope you have packed your dancing shoes and get ready to join new and old faces.

Includes 1 night dinner, bed and breakfast; 2 for 1 drinks offers; Disco; Excursions as stated

Hotel hhh

TWO FOR THE PRICE OF ONE ON HOUSE DRINKS

During your stay Day 1 - Following pick ups from your local area our five coaches make their way to the Albert Docks in Liverpool. Home to the Beatles Story, Maritime Museum and Tate Liverpool your time will be well spent. We will then make our way to the Adelphi Hotel. We enjoy a delicious three course meal, 2 for 1 drinks offers until 11pm followed by a disco taking us through the decades.

This grand building rich in history and star of the famous TV series ‘Hotel’ has been a firm favourite on the Skills Holidays programme for many years. 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: En-suite bedrooms: 2 Restaurants 3 Bars Gym with heated pool Jacuzzi/Sauna Lift

2-for-1 drinks

Day 2 - After breakfast enjoy free time in Liverpool a city rich in heritage, culture and shopping opportunities before departing around 2pm.

The Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool

• • • • •

2 days from £75

CoachStyle Party Break

disco & party break excellent break FOR A FUN NIGHT OUT

• TV • Tea & coffee facilities

Route: spec

coachstyle Ref: CBPB departure date

Sat 10 January

skills holidays party break

featuring 4 star hotel in chester

Join the Skills team and up to four coaches of fellow guests for another party to remember on the annual Skills Party Break. Get your party clothes on and enjoy a fabulous three course meal followed by a dazzling disco to dance the night away. On this weekend break we also visit the beautiful cities of Nantwich and Chester.

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2

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£75

£6

2 days from £85 NEW

Includes During your stay 1 night party dinner, bed and breakfast; Day 1 - Departure by coach we make our way to Nantwich, a market town that thrives with medieval Disco; Excursions as stated charm. Scattered between the timbered buildings

and local heritage are bijoux boutiques and craft shops. We then continue our journey to the Queens Hotel in Chester where you’ll have time to get your glad rags on and join the Skills team for a 3 course meal followed by a disco to dance the night away!

Hotel hhhh

Queens Hotel, Chester

This 4 star Best Western Premier hotel is perfectly located in Chester’s city centre within walking distance to cities shopping area and Cathedral. Thanks to the recent £20million refurbishment this hotel has a wonderful ultra-imaginative yet classy interior full of wonders and eye catching artefacts and comes highly recommended by Skills staff. Hotel facilities: • • • •

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3 Bars 3 Restaurants Fitness suite Lift

En-suite bedrooms:

• TV • Wi-Fi • Tea & coffee facilities

Day 2 - After breakfast enjoy free time in the beautiful city of Chester before a mid-afternoon departure home. Chester and its magnificent medieval lined streets that are found across this walled city are bursting with character and diversity. With so many attractions and shopping opportunities on offer you will be spoilt for choice on how to spend your time. We depart at approximately 2:30pm for our journey home. Skills Holidays Party Break

disco & party break excellent break FOR A FUN NIGHT OUT Route: spec

Skills Ref: SBAP departure date

Sat 24 January

days

2

(from) s/supp

£85

£15

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skills britain introduction contents

Britain &

Isles 2015

ST century stylish coach holidays for theTO21 JOIN OUR HOLIDAYS ✔ 3 EASY WAYS ✔ LOCAL FAMILY BUSINESS SINCE 1919 ANTEED E ✔ FINANCIAL PROTECTION GUAR ✔ TOP HOLIDAY DESTINATIONS INSID

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The Skills British programme has such a wide variety of holidays and short breaks away whether you want to relax by the sea or explore the UK’s endless list of world renowned attractions, you are sure to find the right break for you within our extensive programme. Our 96 years of experience helps us provide you with high quality breaks and well planned itineraries with 2015 continuing to offer you the breaks you all love, as well as a wonderful new range including some magical waterways in Cheshire, coastal wonders such as Paignton and Cornwall and city highlights like London’s The Shard. Sit back and relax on a Skills British coach and let us take you on a journey to remember.

Liverpool

britain page ENGLAND Skills Party Break 8 5 Star Luxury in London 10 London 10 NEW Thames River Cruise 11 NEW Sights of London and the Shard 11 Chinese New Year in London 12 12 NEW Imperial War Museum & Bletchley Park NEW Summer or Autumn at Kew 13 Bluebells and Orchids at Kew 13 Chelsea Flower Show 14 Hampton Court Flower show 14 Southport Flower Show 15 Harrogate Flower Show 15 Tatton Park Flower Show 16 NEW Wonderful Winter Snowdrops 16 Royal Ascot Ladies Day 19 Spa Breaks 19 Goodwood Revival 20 Goodwood Festival of Speed 20 NEW Downton Abbey & the Cotswolds 21 NEW Tales of Two Halls 23 Haunted Inns of the Ribble Valley & The Pendle Witches 23 NEW Halloween Weekend 23 Bath, Stonehenge & Salisbury ft Bristol 24 Maritime Britain 25 Manchester Ship Canal 25 Railways & Waterways 26 NEW Magical Merseyside 27 Settle to Carlisle 28 NEW Northumbria Explorer 30 NEW Simply Norwich 30 Paignton 32 Eastbourne 33 SCOTLAND Wonderful Wildlife of Scotland Edinburgh Zoo Experience Edinburgh Tattoo Scottish Steam Break Great Railways of Scotland Dunoon & the Isle of Bute

18 18 22 26 29 31

WALES Wonderful Gardens of Wales NEW Waterways of Cheshire & North Wales

17 27

ISLES Isle of Wight NEW Cornwall & Scilly Isles Guernsey Jersey Isle of Man

34 35 36 37 38

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5 STAR LUXURY IN LONDON featuring the waldorf

2 days from £139 AFTERNOON TEA

A luxury weekend staying at the 5 Star Waldorf Hilton Hotel where a delicious afternoon tea is served followed by time to enjoy the fabulous hotel facilities and to explore the capital. A quintessentially delightful break that boasts excellent customer reviews year after year. Includes 1 night bed and breakfast Afternoon Tea at the Waldorf Hotel Free time in London

5 STAR AFTERNOON TEA AT THE WALDORF

customer favourite highly recommended by our customers

luxury 5 star hotel FAMOUS HOTEL LOCATED IN london Afternoon Tea at the Waldorf

During your stay Hotel hhhhh

Waldorf Hilton Hotel, London

Situated on the verdant, tree-lined through-fare of Aldwych, this hotel offers a fabulous Covent Garden location in the heart of London’s theatre district. It is known as one of the most iconic hotels in London showcasing 21st century comfort along with historic splendour. Hotel facilities: En-suite bedrooms: • Bar & restaurant • Health club • Sauna & steam rooms • Swimming pool

• TV • Power shower • Tea & coffee facilities

Day 1 - Departure by coach making our way to London for a luxury one night bed and breakfast stay at the five star Waldorf Hotel. After our arrival we enjoy a Traditional English Afternoon Tea in this fabulous Edwardian Grade II listed building which is steeped in English heritage. Your evening is then your own to either relax in your luxury hotel or enjoy our wonderful capital city in all its floodlit glory. Day 2 - After breakfast the morning is yours to enjoy and explore London. With Covent Garden just around the corner why not take a stroll around its extensive markets which includes

crafts, homeware, fashion and antiques to name just a few things on offer or watch the amazing street performers before we depart for our journey home around 3pm.

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Skills Ref: SBPL departure date

Sun 08 February Sun 29 March Sun 26 April Sun 13 September Sun 11 October

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2 2 2 2 2

(from) s/supp

£139 £139 £139 £139 £139

£60 £60 £60 £60 £60

3 days from £179

LONDON Explore this wonderful city at your own pace over three days as much or as little as you like. The familiar sights of the city are even more spectacular when seen in person and the many attractions and shopping opportunities are simply unlimited!

Includes 2 nights’ bed and breakfast Free time in London

Houses of Parliament, Westminster, London

city centre hotel hotel centrally located for exploring

Hotel hhhh

Guaranteed 4 star, London We offer a guaranteed four star hotel in central London. The exact details of your hotel will be confirmed to you approximately four weeks prior to departure. Hotel facilities: • Restaurant • Bar

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En-suite bedrooms: • TV

During your stay Day 1, 2 & 3 - Departure by coach to the wonderful capital city of London for a 2 night bed and breakfast centrally located stay. Over these three days you can explore as much or as little as you like in this city which is bursting with attractions and things to do. You could visit some of London’s many museums; The Victoria & Albert museum is the world’s greatest museum of art and design or if you fancy a more quirky museum why not visit the weird and wonderful ‘Ripley’s Believe it or Not’ or the Sherlock Holmes Museum. London is also full of historic buildings like the Tower of London,

Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament to name a few. There are also many markets to visit like Camden and Portabello Market or you could tackle the shops on Oxford Street known as one of the best destinations to shop in the UK. London really has endless things to see and do!

Route: c

Skills Ref: Sbln departure date

days

Fri 03 April (Good Friday) Fri 26 June Fri 31 July Fri 16 October

3 3 3 3

(from) s/supp

£179 £179 £179 £179

£93 £96 £96 £96

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THAMES TALES RIVER CRUISES

featuring oxford & greenwich Sail along the UK’s second longest river on this fabulous four day, four cruise tour. Take in the sights from the waters as you sail from Oxford right down to Greenwich over four days making some beautiful and breath-taking stops along the way. Includes 2 nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast 1 night bed and breakfast 4 river cruises Excursions as stated Hilton Docklands Riverside © 2014 Hilton Hotels & Resorts

NEW

Hilont Reading & Hilton Docklands Riverside We spend two nights at the four star Hilton Reading hotel ideally located for the first half of this four day break, this is on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis. We then have a bed and breakfast stay at the four star Hilton Docklands Riverside hotel, perfectly located on the Thames offering stunning views across the water. Hotel facilities:

• Bar & restaurant • Fitness facilities

En-suite bedrooms:

• TV • Tea & coffee facilities

includes four fantastic thames cruises

During your stay

Day 2 - After breakfast we take a short drive to Caversham Bridge where we join our boat for a two hour cruise to the beautiful town of Henley best known for its world famous annual regatta. After a short stay looking around this riverside town we then take a scenic drive down by the Thames through Marlow, Cockham and Maidenhead before returning to your hotel. Day 3 - After another hearty breakfast we take a short drive to Kew where we board our boat for a 90 minute trip into central London allowing you to take in some of London’s famous Landmarks. You will

THE SIGHTS OF LONDON

Featuring - The Shard & Afternoon Tea River Cruise This break takes you to the Shard, the tallest building in Western Europe, to take in the breath-taking views from its 360° viewing gallery. We also take in the sights from the Thames, sailing along whilst enjoying an afternoon tea.

4 river cruises

Henley-on-Thames

Day 1 - Departure by coach we start by making our way to Oxford where after a little free time we board the first of our four cruises along the River Thames. A two hour sailing will take you down to the pretty market town of Abingdon. We then make our way to our first hotel; Hilton Reading for a two night stay.

Hotels hhhh

4 days from £289

NEW

then have some free time in London before heading to your hotel the Hilton Docklands Riverside for a one night bed and breakfast stay. This evening is yours to explore the local area, maybe have dinner at one of the nearby riverside pubs or restaurants. Day 4 - After breakfast we make our way to Westminster Pier where you board the fourth and final boat for a cruise down the Thames to Greenwich. On arrival you will have some time at leisure to enjoy the local area which is famous for many things one being the home of the Cutty Sark. We then take a drive through the tunnel that runs under the Thames followed by some stunning views of the Thames Barrier from its beautiful and contemporary designed park.

Route: c

Skills Ref: Sbtt departure date

Fri 22 May Fri 17 July

days

4 4

(from) s/supp

£289 £289

£75 £75

2 days from £175 MUST EXPERIENCE EXCELLENT EXCURSION PACKAGE INCLUDED

manager’s favourite skills UK product manager’s top choice

Includes 1 night bed and breakfast Free time in London Entrance to ‘The Shard’ viewing gallery Afternoon Tea Cruise on the Thames The Shard, London

city centre hotel hotel centrally located for exploring

Hotel hhhh

Guaranteed 4 star, London We offer a guaranteed four star hotel in central London. The exact location of your hotel will be confirmed to you approximately four weeks prior to departure. Hotel facilities: • Restaurant • Bar

En-suite bedrooms: • TV

During your stay Day 1 - Departure by coach making our way to London. From the moment you enter the city you will be able to start admiring the famous sights. After a little free time, we take an Afternoon Tea River Cruise from Tower Pier and sail in style along the Thames, viewing the many London riverside iconic buildings such as Tower Bridge and the Tower of London. Day 2 - After breakfast we make our way to the London Bridge Quarter where we find ‘The Shard’ the tallest building in Western Europe.

You can witness the city in all its glory from the viewing gallery which offers a view of the city stretching for up to 40 miles. You will then have a little more free time to explore the local area before we start our journey home.

Route: c

Skills Ref: SBLS departure date

Fri 17 April Fri 28 August Fri 09 October

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2 2 2

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(from) s/supp

£175 £175 £175

£49 £49 £49

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CHINESE NEW YEAR IN LONDON

Celebrated in Trafalgar Square

2 days from £69 special event outstanding value

Join the crowds that travel from far and wide to watch the largest Chinese New Year celebration outside of Asia.

MUST EXPERIENCE EVENT IN LONDON

quality breaks at the best prices around!

Includes

£

1 night, bed and breakfast Free time in London

Chinese New Year Celebrations, London

During your stay Hotel hhh

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:

En-suite bedrooms:

• Breakfast lounge • Lift

• TV • Tea & coffee facilities

Day 1 - Departure by coach to London for free time to enjoy the many sights the capital city has to offer. Why not take a stroll down a few of the many world famous streets for a spot of shopping like Oxford Street, Regent Street or even onto Carnaby Street, famous for its boutiques and independent stores. You could visit one of the many museums on offer like the National History Museum, the fabulous V&A museum or just take a stroll down the Mall and see Buckingham Palace. The list of things to see and do is endless. Day 2 - After breakfast we make our way to Trafalgar Square where the largest celebration

IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM & BLETCHLEY PARK

A weekend of historic discovery A fascinating weekend full of history from the code breaking at Bletchley Park which is said to have helped shorten World War II to a fascinating insight into both world wars at the Imperial War Museum. Includes 1 night dinner, bed and breakfast Entrance to Bletchley Park Entrance to Imperial War Museum London

outside of Asia takes place to celebrate the Year of the Sheep. Hundreds of people descend here to wish each other “Kung Hei Fat Choi” (or Happy New Year) with a lively parade featuring artists from China, Lion teams, performances from local artists, traditional food and craft stalls can be found in a number of locations. We depart at 4pm for our journey home.

Route: d

Skills Ref: Sbcn departure date

days

Sat 21 February

2

(from) s/supp

£69

£20

2 days from £85

NEW

Imperial War Museum, London

During your stay Hotel hhh

Ramada Encore, Luton The Ramada Encore is captured by contemporary style and provides comfortable accommodation with a vibrant and fresh feel the moment you walk through the door. A bright hotel, perfect for our stay. Hotel facilities:

• Restaurant & bar • Fitness suite • Lift

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En-suite bedrooms:

• TV • Tea & coffee facilities • Hairdryer

Day 1 - Departure by coach to the Imperial War Museum, London. The Museum holds a unique coverage of conflicts, especially those involving Britain and the Commonwealth from the First World War to the present day. We then make our way to our hotel for a one night dinner, bed and breakfast stay. Day 2 - After breakfast we enjoy a morning visit to Bletchley Park for a guided tour. Explore the iconic WW2 Codebreaking Huts and blocks and marvel at the astonishing achievements of the Codebreakers whose work is said to have helped

shorten the war by two years. After the tour we allow you some free time before making our way home.

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Skills Ref: SBBP departure date

Sat 17 January Sat 07 March Sat 16 May Sat 18 July Sat 03 October

days

2 2 2 2 2

(from) s/supp

£85 £89 £89 £89 £85

NIL NIL NIL NIL NIL

Call to book on 08456 66 55 44 9am-10pm or book online at www.skills.co.uk


SUMMER OR AUTUMN AT KEW

FEATURING WINDSOR

Whether you visit Kew Gardens to see the vibrant colours of summer or the warm shades of autumn you are sure to be mesmerised by what’s on offer in these wonderful, world famous, 121 hectare gardens. Includes 1 night dinner, bed and breakfast Excursions as stated Entrance to Kew Gardens

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2 days from £99 top ATTRACTION

ENTRANCE included TO KEW GARDENS

Kew Gardens

During your stay Hotel hhh

Holiday Inn, Maidenhead Windsor 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. Hotel facilities:

• Bar & restaurant • Indoor pool • Sauna, steam room • Gym • Lift

En-suite bedrooms:

• TV • Tea & coffee facilities • Hairdryer

Day 1 - Departure by coach we visit the Royal Borough of Windsor where you can visit some of its iconic attractions. Whilst there why not visit Windsor Castle, the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world, or take a stroll around one of its many inspiring gardens. Windsor is also a shopper’s paradise with plenty of your favourite high street stores sat alongside quaint little souvenir shops.

Day 2 - After breakfast we make our way to Kew Gardens which comprises of 121 hectares of gardens. Kew is world famous for its historic glasshouses, vistas and precious tree specimens not to mention its palace and landscapes.

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Skills Ref: SBOK departure date

days

Sat 08 August (Summer) 2 Sat 17 October (Autumn) 2

BLUEBELLS & ORCHIDS AT KEW

FEATURING WINDSOR

(from) s/supp

£99 £99

£19 £19

2 days from £99 top ATTRACTION

Bluebells and Orchids have long been known to grow in the conservation area at Kew and are indicators of British ancient woodland. This time of year is a beautiful time to see the spring flowers in bloom in these wonderful, world famous, 121 hectare gardens. Includes 1 night dinner, bed and breakfast Excursions as stated Entrance to Kew Gardens

ENTRANCE included TO KEW GARDENS

Bluebells at Kew

During your stay Hotel hhh

Holiday Inn, Maidenhead Windsor 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. Hotel facilities:

• Bar & restaurant • Indoor pool • Sauna, steam room • Gym • Lift

En-suite bedrooms:

• TV • Tea & coffee facilities • Hairdryer

Day 1 - Departure by coach we visit the Royal Borough of Windsor where you can visit some of its iconic attractions. Whilst there why not visit Windsor Castle, the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world or take a stroll around one of its many inspiring gardens. Windsor is also a shopper’s paradise with plenty of your favourite high street stores sat alongside quaint little souvenir shops.

Day 2 - After breakfast we make our way to Kew Gardens which comprises of 121 hectares of gardens. Kew is world famous for its historic glasshouses, vistas and precious tree specimens not to mention its palace and landscapes.

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Skills Ref: Sbok departure date

Sat 18 April Sat 25 April

days

2 2

Call to book on 08456 66 55 44 9am-10pm or book online at www.skills.co.uk

(from) s/supp

£99 £99

£19 £19

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CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW

sell out tour! book early!

rhs flower show

Holding its first show in 1862 in Kensington and has been held in the grounds of the Chelsea Hospital every year since 1913, apart from gaps during the two World Wars. Known as the most famous flower show in the UK and perhaps even the world, it showcases a huge array of show gardens that will dazzle with flowers and plants that will amaze. A sell out tour for many years where early booking is highly recommended!

Includes 1 night dinner, bed and breakfast Excursions as stated Entry & Free time at Chelsea Flower Show Hotel hhh

Minimum 3 star

You will stay in a minimum three star hotel. Which will either be the Legacy Farnham Hotel, Legacy Thatcher’s Hotel or the Copthorne Hotel Effingham. All hotels will have the following facilities; Hotel facilities:

En-suite bedrooms:

• Restaurant • Bar

• TV • Tea & coffee facilities

ENTRANCE included TO FLOWER SHOW

Chelsea Flower Show

During your stay

Day 1 - Departure by coach to London for free time to enjoy the many sights the capital city has to offer. Why not take a stroll down a few of the many world famous streets for a spot of shopping like Oxford Street, Regent Street or even onto Carnaby Street, famous for its boutiques and independent stores or visit one of the many museums, the capital has a wealth of attractions to be explored. Day 2 - After breakfast we make our way to the grounds of Chelsea Hospital. Enjoy time to wander around the show and take in exhibits from across the globe. We depart at approximately 6pm for our return journey home.

HAMPTON COURT FLOWER SHOW

PRICE FREEZE

Hotels hhh

Minimum 3 star

You will stay in a minimum three star hotel. All hotels will have the following facilities;

Hotel facilities: • Restaurant • Bar

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En-suite bedrooms:

• TV • Tea & coffee facilities

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Skills Ref: SBCF departure date

Wed 20 May

days

2

(from) s/supp

£145

£20

2 days from £109 rhs flower show

Hampton Court Flower Show is the world’s largest annual flower show. Gardeners will rejoice at the sight, smell and touch of all things horticultural. You can enjoy inspiring display gardens and marquees. Get involved in exhibitions, watch demonstrations and learn hints and tips to take back to your own garden, buy gifts and gadgets and sample several tempting catering options a glorious day out is guaranteed!

Includes 1 night dinner, bed and breakfast Excursions as stated Entry & Free time at Hampton Court Flower Show

2 days from £145

ENTRANCE included TO FLOWER SHOW

Hampton Court Flower Show

During your stay Day 1 - Departure by coach to the city of Cambridge. Take time to explore the quaint passages all set around the market place which is adorned with many beautiful museums and galleries sculpted with amazing architecture. We then continue to our hotel for a one night dinner, bed and breakfast stay. Day 2 - After breakfast we make our way to Hampton Court Palace where this RHS show is perfectly located in its grounds with a backdrop of the Royal Palace and the River Thames.

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Skills Ref: Sbhc departure date

Sat 11 July

days

2

(from) s/supp

£109

£20

Call to book on 08456 66 55 44 9am-10pm or book online at www.skills.co.uk


southport flower show

featuring LIVERPOOL

2 days from £99 flower show

Located in Victoria Park, Southport Flower Show is the UK’s largest and longest running independent flower show and an event that receives incredible ratings year after year.

ENTRANCE included TO FLOWER SHOW

Includes 1 night dinner, bed and breakfast Excursions as stated Entry & Free time at Southport Flower Show Southport Flower Show

During your stay Hotel hhh

Holiday Inn Preston Set in the heart of Preston city centre, close to the city’s shops and entertainment venues. The Holiday Inn Preston is an ideal hotel for our stay. Hotel facilities:

• Restaurant & bar • Lift

En-suite bedrooms:

• TV • Tea & coffee facilities

Day 1 - Departure by coach we make our way to the city of Liverpool to explore the many sights and attractions including the Albert Dock which is home to ‘The Beatles Story’, Merseyside Maritime Museum, Tate and International Slavery Museum. Day 2 - We spend today in Victoria Park home to Southport Flower Show and horticultural excellence. Featuring stunning show gardens, the finest flower and vegetable displays, specialist foods and books, celebrity guests and much more.

HARROGATE FLOWER SHOW

featuring leeds

Route: b

Skills Ref: SBSF departure date

Sat 22 August

days

2

(from) s/supp

£99

£16

2 days from £89 flower show

Harrogate Flower Show is the country’s most prestigious independent show. Featuring beautiful show gardens, amazing giant vegetable competitions, stunning displays and expert demonstrations offering everything you need for the perfect gardening event.

ENTRANCE included TO FLOWER SHOW

Includes 1 night dinner, bed and breakfast Excursions as stated Entrance to Harrogate Flower Show Hotel hhh

Harrogate Flower Show

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:

En-suite bedrooms:

• Bar & restaurant • TV • Lift does not serve all floors • Tea & coffee facilities

During your stay Day 1 - Departure by coach to the city of Leeds, with ample shopping opportunities at malls such as the Trinity Shopping Centre, Victoria Quarter and the Corn Exchange all housing favourite high street stores along with independent boutiques. Not only popular for shopping, it is also a great place for exploring heritage, museums and architecture too. Day 2 - After breakfast we make our way to the Great Yorkshire showground just on the outskirts of Harrogate for the Flower show. 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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Skills Ref: SBHF departure date

Sat 25 April Sat 19 September

days

2 2

Call to book on 08456 66 55 44 9am-10pm or book online at www.skills.co.uk

(from) s/supp

£89 £89

£15 £15

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TATTON PARK FLOWER SHOW

FEATURING CHESTER

rhs flower show

This beautiful estate of Tatton Park holds its annual RHS Flower Show. The show offers a fresh and unique appeal, bursting with hundreds of different species of flowers, trees and plants. It is a hive of activity and a burst of colour.

Includes 1 night dinner, bed and breakfast Excursions as stated Entrance to RHS Tatton Park Flower Show

2 days from £109 ENTRANCE included TO FLOWER SHOW

Tatton Park Flower Show

During your stay Hotel hhh

Park Inn, Leigh

A modern and stylish hotel located just a short drive away from Liverpool and Manchester offering great facilities and friendly staff that are happy to help. Hotel facilities:

En-suite bedrooms:

• Bar & restaurant • Fitness facilities

• TV • Tea & coffee facilities

Day 1 - Departure by coach making our way to Chester, a medieval walled city bursting with character and diversity. Timber fronted shops line the city centre streets adding to the charm of this area. The many attractions scattered around including the well known Chester Zoo and the wonderful cathedral make this a place for everyone to enjoy. Day 2 - After breakfast we make our way to Tatton Park where we attend their RHS flower show. Based in one of the most complete historic estates in over 50 acres of land makes this an ideal place to host the annual show.

WONDERFUL WINTER SNOWDROPS

Snowdrops on Valentine’s Day Experience the first signs of spring in the largest winter garden in Britain at Dunham Massey. The gardens and deer park sparkle at this time of year with glistening white snowdrops scattered between the trees. We also visit the medieval towns of Chester and Nantwich both bursting with character and history.

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Route: b

Skills Ref: SBFT departure date

days

Sat 25 July

2

(from) s/supp

£109

£20

3 days from £159 valentines special excellent break for celebrations

*NB We cannot guarantee snowdrops have bloomed

Includes 2 nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast Excursions as stated Entrance to Dunham Massey

Snowdrops, Dunham Massey

During your stay Hotel hhh

Best Western Cresta Court Hotel, Altrincham This contemporary and stylish 3-star hotel is located perfectly for our stay and is just a short walk from Altrincham town centre. Hotel facilities:

• Bar & restaurant • Lift

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En-suite bedrooms:

• TV • Tea & coffee facilities

Day 1 - Departure by coach we make our way to Nantwich, a market town that thrives with medieval charm. Dotted between the timbered buildings and local heritage are bijoux boutiques and craft shops. Day 2 - Today, we make our way to Dunham Massey where thousands of snowdrops* bloom in Britain’s largest winter garden. Dunham Massey is not only well known for its gardens, but for its role in the First World War when it was transformed in to a military hospital.

Day 3 - After breakfast we make our way to Chester. Medieval lined streets are found across this walled city and are bursting with character and diversity. With so many attractions and shopping opportunities on offer you will be spoilt for choice on how to spend your time.

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Skills Ref: SBSD departure date

Fri 13th February

days

Perfect for Valentines Day

3

(from) s/supp

£159

£30

Call to book on 08456 66 55 44 9am-10pm or book online at www.skills.co.uk


WONDERFUL GARDENS OF WALES

featuring the National Botanical Gardens of Wales

St Fagans Ca stle ©Tim M artin

National Botanical Gardens of Wales ©Gardens of Wales

city centre hotel hotel centrally located for exploring

5 days from £229

The beauty of the broad valleys, sweeping coastlines and tall mountain ridges of South Wales has long been the inspiration of romantic poets such as William Wordsworth and acts as a stunning backdrop to our tour. This trip celebrates the diversity of Welsh nature in the form of some of the best man-made and natural gardens in the UK, whilst also touring the area’s great industrial heritage.

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

Hotel hhh

Park Inn by Radisson, Cardiff North 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 • Lift

En-suite bedrooms:

• TV • Air-conditioning • Tea & coffee facilities

Gower Peninsula

During your stay Day 1 - Departure by coach to Wales, we arrive at our hotel and check in for four nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast. Day 2 - After breakfast we make our way to St Fagan’s National History Museum. This open-air museum in Cardiff chronicles the historical lifestyle, culture and architecture of the Welsh people. Set in the grounds of St Fagan’s Castle this popular attraction features over 40 re-erected buildings in the 100-acre parkland, among them are Celtic houses, a 17th Century farm, and a Victorian school. Day 3 - Today we visit Singleton Park. The Botanical Gardens of Singleton Park house one of Wales’ premier plant collections, with spectacular herbaceous borders and large glasshouses featuring rare flora from around the world. We then make our way to the Gower Peninsula, a place long-treasured by the Welsh people, the Peninsula became Britain’s first ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ in 1949. Our short drive highlights the swathes of unspoilt natural beauty of the area.

Day 4 - After breakfast we enjoy a full day at the National Botanical Gardens of Wales. These gardens, opened by the Prince of Wales in 2003, and built to by Lord Norman Foster, featuring the world’s largest singlespan glasshouse measuring 110m long by 60m wide. Day 5 - After breakfast we begin our journey home.

National Botanical Gardens of Wales

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skills ref: SBGW departure date

days

Mon 15 June Mon 17 August

5 5

Call to book on 08456 66 55 44 9am-10pm or book online at www.skills.co.uk

(from) s/supp

£229 £229

NIL NIL

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WONDERFUL WILDLIFE OF SCOTLAND From a picturesque base near the ‘bonnie banks o’ Loch Lomond’, this exciting tour features the best of Scotland’s coast and countryside and its thrilling wildlife. From eagles to whales, Scotland has some of the most varied and magnificent wildlife in the British Isles. This tour highlights some of Scotland’s natural wonders, all framed by extraordinary highland scenery and traditional Scottish lochs.

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

The Winnock Hotel, Drymen An 18th century Inn near Loch Lomond which has been lovingly restored, the Winnock Hotel is a traditional Scottish hotel with a traditional Scottish welcome. Located in beautiful surroundings it is a perfect choice for our stay. Hotel facilities:

• Lounge bar • Restaurant • Lift (does not serve all floors)

En-suite bedrooms:

• TV • Tea & coffee facilities

5 days from £409 wildlife special FEATURES WILDLIFE SAFARI & 2 CRUISEs

Scottish Wildlife

During your stay Day 1 - Departure by coach to our resort of Drymen, join the management for a welcome drink followed by a three course evening meal. Day 2 - Following an early breakfast we make our way to Aberfeldy for a mountain safari and red deer encounter. Back at the hotel this evening’s dinner is proceeded by a bird of prey display, with the opportunity to see one of Scotland’s most stunning birds - The Golden Eagle, up close. Day 3 - After a hearty Scottish breakfast, today’s excursion takes you south for a stunning cruise on the Catamaran, departing from North Berwick the cruise will hopefully provide opportunity to see puffins or harbour seals. We also visit the Sea Life Centre including its popular Otter Experience. After dinner this evening your entertainment will be music from a vocalist.

THE EDINBURGH zoo EXPERIENCE

FEATURING EXcLUSIVE VIEWING

Day 4 - Today, following breakfast we head to Loch Katrine for a two hour wildlife cruise aboard the Steam Ship Sir Walter Scott. En-route back to the hotel, we stop to visit the Red Kites at Argaty Farm where you can join the rangers for a guided walk and spend time in their “hide” watching the birds. Day 5 - We bid a fond farewell before continuing our journey homewards. Please note itinerary is subject to change & we cannot guarantee wildlife sightings.

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Skills Ref: SBWW departure date

days

Mon 04 May (Bank Holiday) 5

(from) s/supp

£409

£60

4 days from £289 wildlife special

Panda to your every wish and join us at Edinburgh Zoo for a once in a lifetime experience of a close encounter with Tian Tian and Yang Guang. We also enjoy free time in Edinburgh to enjoy this historic and majestic city.

EXCLUSIVE VIEWING WITH ZOO KEEPER

Includes 3 nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast Excursions as stated Yang Guang at Edinburgh Zoo

During your stay Day 1 - Departure by coach we make our way to Drymen for a three night stay.

Hotel hhh

The Winnock Hotel, Drymen

An 18th century Inn near Loch Lomond which has been lovingly restored, the Winnock Hotel is a traditional Scottish hotel with a traditional Scottish welcome. Located in beautiful surroundings it is a perfect choice for our stay. Hotel facilities:

• Lounge bar • Restaurant • Lift (does not serve all floors)

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En-suite bedrooms:

• TV • Tea & coffee facilities

Day 2 - Enjoy an exclusive viewing of the pandas with the Zoo Keeper at Edinburgh Zoo, either early with bacon rolls and coffee or early evening with canapés and wine. You also enjoy time spent in the Penguin enclosure with the penguin keeper and a chance to feed these stunning creatures. You will also get free time to wander the zoo and see the other animals, birds and gardens. The zoo is also home to the UK’S only Koalas, also on view are the chimpanzees, meerkats and big cats to name just a few. Day 3 - After breakfast we make our way to the capital city; Edinburgh. From the atmospheric cobbled streets of the Old Town to the beautiful

Georgian avenues of the New Town, Edinburgh is a city of contrasts blending shopping, historic attractions, gardens and plenty of restaurants and cafes where you can relax. Day 4 - Departure by coach we retrace our steps home. NB: Panda experience subject to the discretion of Edinburgh Zoo. In the unlikely event that the Panda Experience is unavailable, an alternative animal experience will be provided and you will be notified prior to departure.

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Skills Ref: SBEP departure date

Fri 03 July Fri 30 October*

days

4 4

(from) s/supp

£329 £289

£50 £50

*October date Spooky Halloween theme in the hotel

Call to book on 08456 66 55 44 9am-10pm or book online at www.skills.co.uk


LADIES DAY AT ASCOT

2014 sell out tour!

MUST EXPERIENCE

A sell out tour year after year, Ladies day at Ascot is a luxurious experience that everyone should sample at least once. Style, sophistication and grace provide a glamorous backdrop to one of the world’s most famous horse racing venues. Whether you choose the more formal atmosphere of the Grandstand enclosure or the less formal Silver Ring, a great day is to be had by ladies and gentlemen alike.

Includes 1 night dinner, bed and breakfast Excursions as stated Entrance into Silver Ring at Royal Ascot Ladies Day (Upgrade to Grandstand from £54pp)

Legacy Farnham Hotel Legacy Thatcher’s Hotel Copthorne Hotel Effingham Gatwick You will stay in a minimum three star hotel. This will either be the Legacy Farnham Hotel, the three star Legacy Thatcher’s Hotel or the Copthorne Hotel Effingham Gatwick. All hotels will have the following facilities; • Restaurant & bar

EVENT FULL OF FUN, EXCITMENT AND THRILLS

BUCKS FIZZ INCLUDED ENJOY 1 BUCKS FIZZ BREAKfast ON THE COACH

©Ascot

During your stay

Hotel hhh

Hotel facilities:

2 days from £119

En-suite bedrooms:

• TV • Tea & coffee facilities

Day 1 - Enjoy a sumptuous Bucks Fizz breakfast on the coach whilst we make our way to stunning Greenwich. Not only home to the Cutty Sark and mass amounts of maritime history, it’s also known for its famous markets and wonderful shopping opportunities. Day 2 - After putting on your best dress and hat we make our way to Royal Ascot to revel in this unique atmosphere. After placing your bets and sipping champagne we begin our departure for home at approximately 6pm.

SPA BREAK - NORTON GRANGE

Route: CALL

Skills Ref: SBRA departure date

Wed 17 June

days

2

(from) s/supp

£119

2 days from £89 sensational deal

Stunning countryside and landscaped gardens surround this 4 star spa hotel where you can enjoy this indulgent weekend full of pampering, relaxation and retail therapy. Includes 1 night dinner, bed and breakfast Excursions as stated Free time to use hotel facilities

£20

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED incredible value

£

Spa Breaks

treatments

*Pre-bookable Treatments: Walking on Air - Hot towels infused with Essential Oils relax the feet and lower legs before a stimulating warm massage oil is applied with a unique reflex point massage - £32pp

Hotel hhhh

Mercure Norton Grange Hotel & Spa, Rochdale

Rapid Comfort Massage - Relax and unwind with this comfort massage - £32pp

This 4 star spa hotel is set in the tranquil countryside and its own landscaped gardens just 8 miles from the city centre of Manchester. The Mercure Norton Grange Hotel offers a peaceful environment to relax and unwind.

Indian Head Massage - Using this traditional Indian massage circulation is greatly improved, head tension is relieved and a general feeling of wellbeing experienced - £32pp

Hotel facilities:

• 2 Restaurants • Bar • Spa • Indoor heated pool • Jacuzzi • Sauna • Gym • Lift

En-suite bedrooms: • TV • Wi-Fi

During your stay Day 1 - Departure by coach we make our way to Rochdale for an afternoon of pampering and relaxation at the Mercure Norton Grange Hotel & Spa. Spend time to unwind in the spa’s many facilities and why not treat yourself to one of the discounted optional treatments*. Day 2 - We visit the centre of Manchester where you really are spoilt for choice when it comes to shopping. There’s the Arndale Centre, intu Trafford Centre and not to mention the designer stores that line King Street. If shopping isn’t for you, why not visit some of the impressive heritage sites this city has to offer.

Rapid Results Facial - Get the glow back into your skin with a revitalizing facial -£32pp

Skills Ref: Sbng departure date

days

Rapid Nail Fix (hands) - Nails are shaped, cuticles tidied and skin hydrated before a finish off with a colour of your choice - £20pp

Sat 03 January Fri 24 April Sat 13 June Fri 10 July Fri 11 September

2 2 2 2 2

Route: b

Call to book on 08456 66 55 44 9am-10pm or book online at www.skills.co.uk

(from) s/supp

£89 £89 £89 £89 £89

£20 £20 £20 £20 £20

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Goodwood Festival of Speed

the largest motoring party in the world

This is the largest motoring party in the world. A magnificent summer weekend that brings together a heart-racing mix of cars, celebrities and motor sport ‘royalty’. The Festival of Speed attracts everything from 200mph supercars, F1 racers and 19th century steam powered carriages showcasing the heroic, historic and world’s best known cars. All cars are painstakingly selected and personally invited by the event’s founder, Lord March. This ensures quality and an award winning show, for which no other displays such a diverse range of cars and motorbikes. Enjoy the star studded line up of drivers, sights, sounds and smells all in one place. Includes ©Goodwood 2 nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast During your stay Excursions as stated Entrance to Goodwood Festival of Speed Day 1 - We depart by coach and make our way

Hotel hhh

Legacy Farnham Hotel Set in the Surrey Countryside, on the Hog’s Back Ridge, the Legacy Farnham Hotel overlooks the Surrey Downs, with far-reaching views of the lush rolling hills. It also has extensive leisure facilities. Hotel facilities: En-suite bedrooms: • Restaurant • TV • Bar & lounge • Tea & coffee facilities • Gym • Hairdryer • Heated indoor pool • Spa bath, steam room & Sauna

Day 2 - Today we enjoy a free day at Goodwood Festival of Speed event. Day 3 - We visit the Maritime city of Portsmouth which is fast becoming Britain’s favourite waterfront destination before making our journey home.

goodwood revival

We invite you to join us on one of the most exciting dates in the annual motorracing calendar. Step back in time and celebrate the past, in the present. The historic estate of Goodwood House hosts its annual festival to celebrate Goodwood Circuit’s golden era from 1948 – 1966. Thousands of festival-goers gather at the circuit to enjoy one of the most prestigious motor sporting events in the world. Featuring the pedigree of motor racing’s heritage, wheel-towheel racing, famous racing drivers and period displays - this magnificent event transports spectators back in time to the petrol-scented heyday of British racing. Includes ©Goodwood 2 nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast Excursions as stated During your stay Entrance to the Goodwood Revival Day 1 - We depart by coach and make our way Legacy Farnham Hotel Set in the Surrey Countryside, on the Hog’s Back Ridge, the Legacy Farnham Hotel overlooks the Surrey Downs, with far-reaching views of the lush rolling hills. It also has extensive leisure facilities. Hotel facilities: En-suite bedrooms: • Restaurant • TV • Bar & lounge • Tea & coffee facilities • Gym • Hairdryer • Heated indoor pool • Spa bath, steam room & Sauna

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special event

EXCELLENT EXCURSION PACKAGE INCLUDED

to the historic city of Oxford, one of the most charming cities in Britain, famous the world over for its University and place in history. Marvel at the city’s grand buildings, visit one of its many museums, stroll along the river or simply relax in the luxurious Grand Café.

the golden era of motor racing

Hotel hhh

3 days from £219

Route: c

Skills Ref: Sbgr departure date

Fri 26 June

days

3

(from) s/supp

£219

£40

3 days from £219 special event

EXCELLENT EXCURSION PACKAGE INCLUDED

to the historic city of Oxford, one of the most charming cities in Britain, famous the world over for its University and place in history. Marvel at the city’s grand buildings, visit one of its many museums, stroll along the river or simply relax in the luxurious Grand Café. Day 2 - Today we enjoy a free day at the Goodwood Revival event. Day 3 - We visit the Maritime city of Portsmouth which is fast becoming Britain’s favourite waterfront destination before making our journey home.

Route: c

Skills Ref: Sbgr departure date

days

Fri 11 September

3

(from) s/supp

£219

£38

Call to book on 08456 66 55 44 9am-10pm or book online at www.skills.co.uk


DOWNTON ABBEY & THE COTSWOLDS 5 days from £339

Featuring Highclere Castle

NEW

PICTURESQUE SIghts EXCELLENT EXCURSION PACKAGE INCLUDED

©Highclere Castle

©Highclere Castle

Visit some of the picturesque counties in the country that created the perfect setting for some of the most popular TV series and films that we all know and love.

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

During your stay Hotel hhhh

Hilton Swindon Hotel, Swindon Located in the beautiful Wiltshire countryside this Hilton hotel is modern and bright with a spa, health club and indoor pool. Hotel facilities:

• Bar & restaurant • Health club • Indoor pool • Spa

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

Day 1 - Departure by coach we make our way to the spa town of Cheltenham for a spot of free time to explore the local area before continuing our journey to our hotel in Wiltshire for a four night dinner, bed and breakfast stay. Day 2 - After breakfast we make our way to Highclere Castle home to the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon but known by many as the fictional Edwardian country home of the world famous hit TV series ‘Downton Abbey’. We then return to the hotel via Marlborough with free time to browse the boutique shops and local architecture.

Abbey its grounds and museum which celebrates the achievements of former resident William Fox Talbot who contributed to the invention of photography. Day 5 - After breakfast we bid a fond farewell and make our journey home but not without stopping in the beautiful Bourton on the Water known as the Venice of the Cotswolds and voted as one of the prettiest villages in England.

Day 3 - Today we visit the town of Bampton in the Cotswolds where many of Downton Abbey’s scenes were filmed. We then visit the city of Oxford famous for its ‘dreaming spires’ where you can enjoy some free time exploring the area where popular TV series ‘Inspector Morse’ was filmed and also featured in the ‘Harry Potter Films’.

Royal Wootton Bassett

Day 4 - After breakfast we make our way to Lacock via Royal Wootton Bassett. The pretty village of Lacock is famous for its picturesque streets and is the setting of Cranford the BBC’s adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell’s novels. We also visit the local

Bourton-on-the-Water, Cotswolds

Route: c

skills ref: Sbda departure date

Sun 12 July

days

5

Call to book on 08456 66 55 44 9am-10pm or book online at www.skills.co.uk

(from) s/supp

£339

£95

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THE ROYAL EDINBURGH MILITARY TATTOO

SELL OUT TOUR YEAR AFTER YEAR

3 days from £209 special event

EXCELLENT EXCURSION! A MUST see Event

The Royal Ed inburgh Tatt oo

©The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

With around 900 cast members coming together for the moving grand finale of the National Anthem and Auld Lang Syne this really is a moment you aren’t likely to forget in a hurry. The atmosphere is indescribable to say the least and can easily bring a goose bump to your skin and a tear to your eye!

Includes

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Beardmore Hotel, Glasgow

The Park Hotel, Kilmarnock

You will either stay at the Beardmore Hotel in Glasgow or The Park Hotel in Kilmarnock. Both hotels are four star hotels offering a comfortable and relaxing stay. Hotel facilities:

• Restaurant & bar

En-suite bedrooms:

• TV • Tea & coffee facilities

1 night dinner, bed and breakfast 1 night bed and breakfast Excursions as stated Entrance to the Edinburgh Tattoo performance

During your stay Day 1 - Departure by coach we make our way to Carlisle, beautifully located between Scotland and the Lake District. This vibrant, cultured city is the perfect place to visit with an ever-changing choice of things to see and do. Day 2 - Today we enjoy this wonderful outdoor spectacle; The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Presenting a host of international performers both military and civilian, the pipes, drums and rousing musical tributes get better year upon year as does the extravaganza of special effects which are all set against the simply amazing Edinburgh Castle. With inspiring reviews combined with the sell-out crowds of 9000 spectators every year it really is a once in a lifetime experience.

Edinburgh Tattoo

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Day 3 - Most renowned for being the “marriage capital of the UK”, Gretna Green became famous through a combined accident of history and geography.

©The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

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skills ref: SBED departure date

Fri 07 August Fri 14 August Fri 21 August

days

3 3 3

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£209 £209 £209

£50 £50 £50

Call to book on 08456 66 55 44 9am-10pm or book online at www.skills.co.uk


haunted breaks

featuring expert guide & storyteller simon entwhistle Award winning historian Simon Entwistle and his unique talent in reciting ghostly tales takes you on a spooky journey into Lancashire’s past. Simon comes highly recommended and has appeared in many TV and Radio shows.

2 days from £109 specialist guide

EXPERT KNOWLEDGE & HIGHLY RECOMMENdED

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Mercure Dunkenhalgh Hotel & Spa, Blackburn Full of unique character ideal for this historic tour, beautifully cast in 17 acres of glorious parkland. This 4-star hotel is a 700-year-old building with restored original features. Hotel facilities:

• Bar & restaurant • Spa • Gym • Swimming pool • Lift

En-suite bedrooms:

• Tea & coffee facilities • Wi-Fi • Iron • TV

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haunted break experience a special spooky themed break

haunted break experience a special spooky themed break

halloween special experience a special spooky themed break

tales of two haLLS haunted inns of the ribble valley & PENDLE WITCHES Includes 1 night dinner, bed and breakfast Services of tour guide Entry to both halls

Includes 1 night dinner, bed and breakfast Services of tour guide Entry Samblesbury hall

During your stay

Day 1 - Departure by coach we head to Clitheroe in Lancashire where we meet our guide Simon who will take you on an interesting journey through the historic Browsholme Hall where he will reveal some of the halls darkest and scariest secrets. Day 2 - After breakfast we make our way to the stately home that is Samlesbury Hall. We enjoy a tour of the hall guided by Simon taking in the beautiful surroundings and exhibits whilst listening to the myths and legends the walls of this place are hiding. SKILLS ref: SBRV departure date

Sat 14 March

days

2

Route: b

(from) s/supp

£109

£15

During your stay

Day 1 - 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 - We visit the stately home that is Samlesbury Hall. We enjoy a tour of the hall guided by Simon taking in the beautiful surroundings and exhibits whilst listening to the myths and legends the walls of this place are hiding. SKILLS ref: SBRV departure date

Sat 29 August

days

2

Route: b

(from) s/supp

£109

£15

HALLOWEEN WEEKEND

Includes 1 night dinner, bed and breakfast Services of tour guide Entrance to Townley Hall Entrance to Barrowford Visitor Centre & Witch Museum Evening tour

During your stay

Day 1 - Departure by coach to Pendle Hill where we meet our guide and head to the Barrowford Visitor Centre and the Witch Museum. We then make our way to the hotel and enjoy our evening meal. The tour is not over yet, we head back out with our guide Simon for a spooky night time guided tour of Whalley. Day 2 - Today we visit the Grade 1 listed building Townley Hall. We enjoy a tour of the hall guided by Simon taking in the beautiful surroundings and exhibits whilst listening to the myths and legends the walls of this place are hiding. SKILLS ref: SBRV departure date

Sat 31 October

days

2

Call to book on 08456 66 55 44 9am-10pm or book online at www.skills.co.uk

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(from) s/supp

£129

£15

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BATH, STONEHENGE & SALISBURY

Featuring BRISTOL

3 days from £159 historical sites

INCLUDES THE WORLD FAMOUS STONEHENGE

MUST EXPERIENCE EXCELLENT EXCURSION PACKAGE INCLUDED

Royal Cresce nt

Roman Baths, Bath

Join us to experience some of the richest ancient history in Britain, and much of the most stunning architecture in Europe. With an inspiring and intriguing itinerary, this tour is full of interest, discovery and features some of the most visited places in the UK.

Includes

Hotel hhh

Holiday Inn, Bristol Filton

During your stay

The peaceful Holiday Inn Bristol Filton is set in grounds with a picturesque lake and leafy surroundings. Hotel facilities:

• Restaurant & bar

En-suite bedrooms:

• TV • Tea & coffee facilities

Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol

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2 nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast Excursions as stated Entrance to Stonehenge Entrance to the Roman Baths

Day 1 - Departure by coach we make our way to Bristol where we enjoy some free time before making our way to the hotel to enjoy a two night stay. Bristol has some of the UK’s most famous landmarks such as the Clifton Suspension Bridge.

Stonehenge

Day 2 - After breakfast we enjoy Salisbury. The beautiful skyline of Salisbury is dominated by its 750 year-old cathedral with a 404ft spire, the tallest in England. We then enjoy an afternoon at Stonehenge. The great and ancient stone circle of Stonehenge is one of the wonders of the world, cloaked forever in intense debate over its purpose. It is the focal point in a landscape filled with pre-historic ceremonial structures, now a World Heritage Site. Day 3 - Today we head to the beautiful Georgian city of Bath. Bath has some of the richest ancient history in Britain and some of the most stunning architecture in Europe. We also enter the Roman Baths and see the magnificent temple and bathing complex, still flowing with thermal water from its original source, and walk along ancient Roman pavements.

Salisbury Cathedral

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skills ref: SBBS departure date

days

Fri 22 May Fri 14 August Fri 04 September

3 3 3

(from) s/supp

£159 £169 £169

£40 £40 £40

Call to book on 08456 66 55 44 9am-10pm or book online at www.skills.co.uk


Maritime Britain & the Mary Rose 4 days from £229 Join us to experience some of the richest maritime history in Britain, and modern maritime culture. With an inspiring and intriguing itinerary, including Portsmouth Dockyard which is situated within a working Naval base, the dockyard is the only place in the world to see the Royal Navy’s past, present and future.

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

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

During your stay Day 1 - Departure by coach we make our way to Emsworth in Chichester for free time. A visit to this pretty village is a must for all harbour lovers. It has long connections to the sea and is still famous today for its oyster trade. The village itself is picturesque with narrow streets, Georgian houses, high walled gardens and a good selection of village shops and restaurants.

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The Red Lion Hotel, Fareham

Based in the Hampshire town of Fareham the Red Lion Hotel is a beautiful Grade II listed building which has become a firm favourite with Skills Holidays. With its well decorated interior, guests will be greeted with a warm and friendly welcome at this family run hotel. Hotel facilities:

• Bar and restaurant • Free leisure facilities • Free Wi-Fi connection

En-suite bedrooms:

• Hairdryer • Iron/trouser Press • Tea & coffee facilities • TV

Day 2 - After breakfast we make our way to Portsmouth historic Dockyard. With over 800 years of history including the National Museum of the Royal Navy and the new Mary Rose museum, the dockyard offers plenty to do. Your access will include over 6 attractions including harbour tours and the HMS Victory. Day 3 - Enjoy a day at your leisure in “the cruise capital of Europe”. Attracting an incredible 4 million visitors each year, Southampton boasts an

MANCHESTER SHIP CANAL

featuring u-boat Story & imperial war museum

impressive cultural offering including museums and art galleries. It’s also home to awardwinning parks and fantastic shopping opportunities. Day 4 - After breakfast we make our way to Winchester the perfect English city for a brief visit. This culturally rich city is a vibrant destination full of heritage and definitely worth a look. We then continue our journey home.

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Skills Ref: SBMB departure date

days

Mon 25 May Mon 31 August Thu 22 October

4 4 4

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£229 £229 £229

£60 £60 £60

3 days from £179 relaxing canal cruise

Little known to most, our canal and waterway systems have played a key role in the development of our country and still play a pivotal role in the history of our nation. Includes 2 nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast Excursions as stated Entrance to the U-Boat Story Entrance to Imperial War Museum Manchester Ship Canal Cruise

MANCHESTER SHIP canal cruise included

Manchester Ship Canal

During your stay Day 1 - Departure by coach we make our way to the U-Boat Story Submarine Museum. Gain an insight into life on board a real German U-Boat, discover this wartime vessel and uncover the mystery of U-534.

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Chalon Court Hotel, St. Helens, Merseyside This four star hotel is ideally located in St. Helens, Merseyside. The contemporary, colourful rooms offer a relaxed and comfortable stay. Hotel facilities:

• Bar & restaurant • Fitness Centre • Indoor pool

En-suite bedrooms:

• TV • Tea & coffee facilities • Hairdryer

Day 2 - Today we make our way to the Manchester Ship Canal. Opened in 1894 this was one of the last major canals to be constructed in Britain. Step onboard and sail along this unique waterway and learn about its history and how it operates in modern times. Day 3 - After breakfast we make our way to The Imperial War Museum. Discover the powerful stories that reveal how war shaped lives, from a soldier’s last letters home to the twisted steel of New York’s world trade centre. This is a truly inspirational and moving visit.

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Skills Ref: Sbms departure date

days

Fri 01 May Fri 24 July Fri 25 September

3 3 3

Call to book on 08456 66 55 44 9am-10pm or book online at www.skills.co.uk

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£179 £179 £179

£36 £36 £36

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RAILWAYS & WATERWAYS

FEATURING THE YORKSHIRE DALES

2 days from £99 steam train ride

Journey back in time and appreciate the nostalgia of our British transport system and the gloriousness of how it used to be. Forget rush hour and sit back, relax and enjoy taking the beautiful surroundings on the water and on the tracks of the UK’s most enjoyable journeys. Includes 1 night dinner, bed and breakfast Canal Cruise including cream tea Journey on the Worth Valley Railway

INCLUDES a FANTASTIC steam train ride

relaxing canal cruise canal cruise WITH CREAM TEA included

Yorkshire Railways, Keighley & Worth Valley Railway

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Old Golf House Hotel, Huddersfield

The Old Golf House Hotel is elegantly decorated to complement its 17th Century exterior and attractive gardens that overlook the beautiful West Yorkshire countryside. Combined with traditional hospitality and modern amenities guests can be assured that this hotel will deliver on its reputation for excellence, especially with its locally sourced menu and ever popular five-hole ‘Pitch and Putt’ golf course. Hotel facilities: En-suite bedrooms: • Bar & lounge • Restaurant • Lift • Five-hole golf course

• TV • Tea & coffee facilities

During your stay Day 1 - Departure by coach we make our way to the delightful Yorkshire town of Skipton where we indulge in a delicious cream tea whilst slowly drifting through the idyllic Yorkshire Dales. We then continue to our hotel for our one night stay. Day 2 - After breakfast we enjoy a journey on the Worth Valley Railway. This five mile branch line was used in the 1972 film’ The Railway Children’, epitomising our weekend.

VICTORIAN SCOTTISH STEAM BREAK

FEATURING THE FALKIRK WHEEL & LOCH LOMOND Join us in this picturesque base near the ‘bonnie banks o’ Loch Lomond’, for this exciting tour featuring the best of Scotland’s coast and countryside, all seen through the glorious nostalgia of heritage steam travel.

Includes 4 nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast Plus lunch on 1 day and cream tea on another Excursions as stated

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Skills Ref: SBRW departure date

Sat 09 May Sat 11 July Sat 01 August

days

2 2 2

(from) s/supp

£99 £99 £99

£15 £15 £15

5 days from £429 steam train ride with CREAM TEA included

relaxing LOCH cruises

INCLUDES 2 SUPERB SCOTTISH LOCH CRUISES

SS Steam Ship Sir Walter Scott on Loch Katrine

During your stay Day 1 - We depart and make our way to Drymen in Scotland for a four nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast stay.

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Winnock Hotel Drymen, Scotland An 18th century Inn near Loch Lomond which has been lovingly restored, the Winnock Hotel is a traditional Scottish hotel with a traditional Scottish welcome. Located in beautiful surroundings it is a perfect choice for our stay. Hotel facilities: • Lounge bar • Restaurant

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En-suite bedrooms:

• TV • Tea & coffee facilities

Day 2 - After breakfast we make our way to Loch Katrine for a 2 hour cruise along the full length of the loch aboard the SS Steam Ship Sir Walter Scott. After we disembark we enjoy a delicious lunch in a loch-side restaurant. We then return to the Winnock Hotel for our evening meal followed by entertainment. Day 3 - Today we head to the steam driven Falkirk Wheel the world’s first and only rotating boat lift. We then take a ride on the Bo’ness and Kinneal Railway by steam train where on-board you’ll enjoy a delightful Cream Tea. After returning

to the hotel we enjoy a Scottish night after our evening meal. Day 4 - After another hearty breakfast we make our way to Loch Lomond before a Tea Dance on board the Steamship Maid of the Loch (please note this ship does not sail). Day 5 - After breakfast we bid the Winnock Hotel a fond farewell and journey home. N.B. Please note the days of which each excursion falls is subject to change.

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Skills Ref: SBSB departure date

Thu 17 September

days

5

(from) s/supp

£429

£70

Call to book on 08456 66 55 44 9am-10pm or book online at www.skills.co.uk


MAGICAL MERSEYSIDE

featuring Liverpool & chester On this wonderful break explore the wonders of Merseyside as we take a cruise across the River Mersey and explore two historic cities that sit side by side; Liverpool and Chester. Includes 3 nights’ bed and breakfast Guided tour of Liverpool Excursions as stated Ferry cruise on the Mersey Guided tour of Chester

city centre hotel hotel located at the ALBERT DOCKS

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Jury’s Inn, Liverpool The contemporary 3 star Jury’s Inn Liverpool is located by the Albert Docks making it an ideal base for exploring the city of Liverpool. Hotel facilities:

• Bar & restaurant • Coffee bar • Lift

En-suite bedrooms:

• TV • Tea & coffee facilities • Hairdryer • Air-conditioning • Wi-Fi

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Liver Building, Liverpool

During your stay Day 1 - Departure by coach we make our way to our hotel ideally located by the Albert Dock for a 3 night stay. Once checked into the hotel your afternoon and evening is yours to do as you please. Why not explore the many attractions around the Dock which include ‘The Beatles Story’, Merseyside Maritime Museum, Tate and the International Slavery Museum. Day 2 - After breakfast we meet a local guide for a 2 hour coach tour around Liverpool, showcasing all the sights this famous city has to offer. Following this we make our way to Pier Head for a ferry cruise across the Mersey. We then return to the hotel where again you will have a little more time to explore the rest of this wonderful city. Day 3 -Today we make our way to Chester after breakfast for a guided walking tour of this

WATERWAYS OF CHESHIRE & WALES

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This wonderful trip is bursting with charm and history from some of the UK’s stunning waterways. We sail downstream in Shrewsbury to the English Bridge, enjoy a peaceful cruise through the stunning Dee Valley and across the famous Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and we also visit the must see Anderton Boat Lift. Includes 4 nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast River Dee, Chester Journey on the Riverboat ‘Sabrina’ During your stay Llangollen Canal Cruise Day 1 - Departure by coach making our way Anderton Boat Lift with Cream Tea to Nantwich, a market town that thrives with Excursion as stated medieval charm. Scattered between the timbered buildings and local heritage are bijoux boutiques and craft shops. We then make our way to our hotel for a four night stay.

Day 2 - After breakfast we make our way to the historic market town of Shrewsbury where we head to the Victorian Quayside to board the riverboat ‘Sabrina’. This 40 minute sailing takes you downstream to the English Bridge with entertaining commentary on the return leg. After this relaxing, yet interesting cruise you will have free time to explore the lovely town of Shrewsbury for yourself.

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De Vere Wychwood Park Hotel, Crewe This light and airy hotel offers a vibrant atmosphere and contemporary style and surrounded by beautiful undulating views of the Cheshire countryside. Hotel facilities: En-suite bedrooms: • Bar & restaurant

• TV • Tea & coffee facilities

4 days from £209

Day 3 - After breakfast we make our way to Llangollen in Wales. You can enjoy some free time in this beautiful town before we join the canal boat for a peaceful two hour cruise along the stunning Dee Valley and across the famous Pontcysyllte Aqueduct which was built by Thomas Telford in 1805.

medieval city. Afterwards enjoy some free time to wonder the historic streets lined with timber buildings, before we return to Liverpool. Day 4 - After breakfast we bid Liverpool a fond farewell starting the journey home but not without making a stop in Nantwich, a market town that thrives with medieval charm. Scattered between the timbered buildings and local heritage are bijoux boutiques and craft shops.

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Skills Ref: SBMM departure date

days

Mon 13 April Mon 29 June Mon 10 August Mon 05 October

4 4 4 4

(from) s/supp

£209 £219 £219 £209

£75 £75 £75 £75

5 days from £349 manager’s favourite skills UK product manager’s top choice

Day 4 - Today we make our way to the medieval walled city of Chester for a morning of free time to explore as much or as little as you wish. This afternoon we make our way to the Anderton Boat Lift where we are greeted by a member of their team and enjoy a lovely cream tea before boarding the ‘Edwin Clark’ for a return trip on the Weaver Navigation to Northwich. You will be given an informative talk along the way and experience for yourself how the boat life works as it effortlessly transports you from one level to the next. Day 5 - After breakfast we bid a fond farewell and make our way home.

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Skills Ref: SBCW departure date

Sun 30 August

days

5

Call to book on 08456 66 55 44 9am-10pm or book online at www.skills.co.uk

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£349

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SETTLE TO CARLISLE RAILWAY

Incredible Railway Journey

2 days from £109 customer favourite highly recommended by our customers

Ribblehead Viaduct, Settle to Carlisle Railway

A truly memorable journey along a 73-mile long railway line, highly regarded as England’s most scenic railway journey. The journey will also take you through many rural villages, market towns, Eden Valley and beautiful dales.

Includes Hotel hhh

1 night dinner, bed and breakfast Excursions as stated Settle to Carlisle Railway Journey*

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 (opening times vary).

*N.B. - The journey may not be a steam train

Gretna Hall Hotel, Gretna

Hotel facilities: • Bar & lounge • Restaurant • Lift

En-suite bedrooms:

• TV • Tea & coffee facilities

During your stay Day 1 - Departure by coach we make our way to Settle for a journey on the famous Settle to Carlisle Railway line. This 73-mile journey passes through 14 tunnels and over 20 Viaducts including the Ribblehead viaduct which has 24 arches that stand 104 feet above the moor. We then continue to our hotel in Gretna for a one night dinner, bed & breakfast stay. Day 2 - After breakfast we enjoy free time in Carlisle. A vibrant cultured city located between Scotland and the Lake District and situated on the path of Hadrian’s Wall. There are plenty of attractions, art galleries and museums to visit as well Carlisle Castle. Also being Cumbria’s leading shopping destination, Carlisle makes an ideal place to spend some free time.

Settle to Carlisle Railway

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Settle to Carlisle Railway

Settle Railway Station

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skills ref: SBCR departure date

days

(from) s/supp

Sat 14 March

2

£109

£15

Sat 25 April

2

£109

£15

Sat 23 May

2

£109

£15

Sat 20 June

2

£109

£15

Sat 25 July

2

£109

£15

Sat 22 August

2

£109

£15

Sat 26 September

2

£109

£15

Sat 24 October

2

£109

£15

Call to book on 08456 66 55 44 9am-10pm or book online at www.skills.co.uk


The Great Railways of Scotland

featuring the west highland railway

6 days from £499 3 railway journeys INCLUDES FANTASTIC RAILWAY JOURNEYS

Glenfinnan Viaduct, Great Railways of Scotland

Minimum 3 star hotel

Discover a place of timeless beauty and variety where you will see mountainous landscapes looming above tranquil lochs that mirror the sky.

You will stay in a minimum three star hotel. All hotels will have the following facilities;

Includes

Hotel hhh

Hotel facilities:

• Bar & restaurant

5 nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast 3 Railway Journeys

The Kyle Line

West Highland Railway

En-suite bedrooms:

• TV • Tea & coffee facilities

During your stay Day 1 - We travel to Scotland for a one night stay at the Best Western Buchanan Arms Hotel & Spa in Drymen (near Loch Lomond) for a one night stay.

Great Railways of Scotland

Day 2 - After our first hearty breakfast we head towards the largest town in the highlands- Fort William; situated at the southern end of Great Glen, lying in the shadow of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain. Fort William holds the Outdoor Capital of the UK title and has plenty to see and do, whether you want to explore the foot of the mighty Ben Nevis or eat in one of the many different restaurants, the choice is yours. We stay for three nights in the Alexandra Hotel in Fort William. Day 3 - Today, we journey to Inverness to join the Kyle Line. We board at the Kyle of Lochalsh for the two hour journey to Dingwall. Featured in Michael Palin’s ‘Greatest Railway Journeys’, you will witness why. Sit back and take in the breathtaking scenery throughout the whole journey.

Great Railways of Scotland

Day 4 - After a well-deserved night’s sleep we take the West Highland Line from Fort William

The Strathspey Steam Railway to Mallaig. Voted number one in the top ten railways journeys of the world in 2009 and 2010 by the ‘Wanderlust’ magazine and featured in the Harry Potter films and passing over the 21 arches of the Glenfinnan Viaduct. Let the excitement build before disembarking at the pretty fishing village of Malliag. Day 5 - Today, we enjoy the steam train from Aviemore to Broomhill, a little less known journey but equally as inspiring. We then make our way to our final hotel; The Pitbauchile Hotel in Dunfermline. Day 6 - After a truly once in a lifetime experience we say our goodbyes to Scotland and all of its magical experience to make our journey homewards. Route: a

skills ref: Sbst departure date

days

Sun 10 May Sun 28 June Sun 11 October

6 6 6

Call to book on 08456 66 55 44 9am-10pm or book online at www.skills.co.uk

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£519 £529 £499

£70 £70 £70

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NORTHUMBRIA EXPLORER

featuring Alnwick castle & beamish museum Northumberland is full of charm and character with a treasure trove of golden sands. History and mystery flows through this stunning area which has one of Britain’s best views from Alnwick Castle. Discover what the North East corner of England has to offer on this five day break. Includes 4 nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast Entrance to Alnwick Castle Entrance to Beamish Museum Excursions as stated

5 days from £359

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Alnwick Castle

During your stay Day 1 - Departure by coach we make our way to Durham, home to what UNESCO deemed to be “the largest and most perfect monument of Norman style architecture in England”, the magnificent Cathedral built as a monumental shrine for the body of St Cuthbert of Lindisfarne.

Hotel hhh

De Vere Village Urban Resorts Newcastle This modern hotel is ideally located just a short drive away from the famous sculpture the ‘Angel of the North’. With a spa and fitness suite and its very own Starbucks . Hotel facilities:

En-suite bedrooms:

• Bar & restaurants • Lift • Fitness suite • Spa • Starbucks

• TV • Tea & coffee facilities

Day 2 - After breakfast we make our way to explore the delights of Alnwick castle which is the second largest inhabited castle in England. Recently it has featured in the famous Harry Potter films which have boosted its popularity. The gardens are set in an inspiring landscape and equally as interesting. Day 3 - Today we spend the day at The Living Museum; Beamish. This world famous museum tells the story of the people of North East England during the Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian

Day 4 - Today we enjoy a day along the Northumberland coastline. With more than 30 miles of beaches, delightful islands and a designated area of ‘Outstanding Natural Beauty’, the Northumberland coastline is simply spectacular. Day 5 - After breakfast we enjoy a morning in Newcastle before our journey home.

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Skills Ref: SBKN departure date

Sun 10 May Sun 05 July

days

(from) s/supp

5 5

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2 days from £85

SIMPLY NORWICH A fine medieval city with so much history to explore, combined with beautiful 21st century architecture and unrivalled heritage spanning more than 1000 years.

periods. Standing in 300 acres of beautiful countryside and features a town, railway station and 1940’s farm to name a few of their attractions.

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Includes 1 night dinner, bed and breakfast Excursions as stated

River Wensum, Norwich

During your stay

Hotel hhh

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

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En-suite bedrooms:

Restaurant • TV Bar & lounge • Hairdryer Health and fitness centre • Tea & coffee facilities Lift

Day 1 - Departure by coach to Norwich for a one night dinner, bed and breakfast stay. After a mid-afternoon arrival you are free to explore this beautiful city. Why not take time to visit the Norwich Cathedral Quarter, a fascinating area where you can enjoy the Norman Anglican cathedral which is surrounded by an array of pavement cafés, restaurants and shops whilst wandering the historic cobbled streets or take a visit to the famous Colman’s Mustard Shop! Day 2 - After Breakfast there’s more free time to explore this amazing city. You will be wowed by the mix of independent shops with two large city malls and many boutiques along with favourite

department stores, or if you’d prefer to take in even more of the cities wonderful history why not visit a few of the ‘Norwich 12’; a collection of 12 of the finest historic buildings scattered around the city which include Norwich Castle, The Great Hospital and The Mill, to name just a few.

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Skills Ref: SBNN departure date

days

Sat 28 February Sat 06 June Sat 14 November

2 2 2

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£89 £89 £85

£20 £20 £20

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DUNOON & THE ISLE OF BUTE

5 days from £259 PICTURESQUE SIGHTS EXCELLENT EXCURSION PACKAGE INCLUDED

Dunoon

sea front hotel hotel located in an excellent position

Situated on the east side of the Cowal Peninsula and more accessible by sea than land, Dunoon has an attractive ‘island feel’. Dunoon and the Isle of Bute sit amongst an unspoilt natural landscape that’s undoubtedly one of Scotland’s finest destinations.

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

Hotel hhh

The Best Western Argyll Hotel, Dunoon

During your stay

Situated in a landmark 19th Century building renowned for its typical Scottish charm, the Best Western Argyll Hotel offers luxury accommodation with majestic views overlooking the River Clyde and Dunoon Bay.

Day 1 - Departure by coach we make our way to Scotland, where we enjoy a four night dinner, bed and breakfast stay.

Hotel facilities:

• Bar & restaurant • Lift

En-suite bedrooms:

• TV • Tea & coffee facilities • Hairdryer

Day 2 - After breakfast we make our way to a haven of peace and tranquillity on the Isle of Bute for a full day excursion. Rich in heritage and unrivalled panoramic views, this distinct island provides an overwhelming natural experience which is not to be missed.

Rothesay, Isle of Bute

Day 3 -Today is a day at leisure for you to explore the local area. Dunoon is built around the historic Castle Mound and is famous for its large Victorian pier. Dunoon has an attractive promenade, a museum and leisure centre as well as a fascinating selection of craft shops, galleries, cafés and restaurants. Day 4 - After breakfast, take a scenic drive to Loch Lomond for a full day excursion with a stop in the pretty little village of Luss which lies on the west bank of Loch Lomond.

Victorian Pier, Dunoon

Day 5 - We bid a fond farewell to this beautiful area and make our journey home.

Dunoon Lighthouse

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skills ref: SBDB departure date

days

Mon 27 April Mon 05 October

5 5

Call to book on 08456 66 55 44 9am-10pm or book online at www.skills.co.uk

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£269 £259

£35 £35

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PAIGNTON & THE ENGLISH RIVIERA

featuring torquay

5 days from £259

Paignton Harbour, Torbay

sea front hotel hotel located in an excellent position

Paignton and the Cambria Hotel have both been long standing favorites in the Skills brochure; this year will be no exception. Paignton is one of three towns that make up Torbay, affectionately known as the English Riviera, together with Brixham and Torquay.

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

During your stay Hotel

Cambria Hotel, Paignton Located on Paignton’s seafront our hotel is perfectly placed for us to enjoy the magnificent views of Torbay. The Cambria is family run and provides a warm and welcoming atmosphere and is just a short stroll away from the local shops. Hotel facilities:

• Bar & restaurant • Lounge • Lift – does not serve all floors.

En-suite bedrooms:

• TV • Tea & coffee facilities • Hairdryer

Paignton Pier ©Paignton Tourism

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Day 1 - Departure by coach to our resort of Paignton for a four night dinner, bed and breakfast stay. Day 2 - Today, we head to Cornwall for a visit to two of the prettiest Cornish towns, Looe and Polperro for a full day excursion. The harbour and little waterfront cafés create an idyllic place to enjoy a Cornish clotted cream tea.

©Paignton Tourism

Day 3 - Today you can enjoy the local area at your own pace. Relax on the pristine beach, wander around the town centre or maybe even visit Paignton Zoo; all offer a wonderful way to spend the day at leisure. Day 4 - After breakfast we make our way to probably the most well-known town in Torbay; Torquay for another full day excursion. A modern and lively resort which is a great place for you to purchase your holiday gifts or relax in one of the many seafront bars and restaurants.

©Paignton Tourism

Day 5 - After breakfast we bid a fond farewell and make our journey home.

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5 5 5 5

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£259 £279 £279 £259

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eastbourne

5 days from £269

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Brighton Pier

sea front hotel hotel located in an excellent position

Visit the place known as the sunniest place in the UK located on the south coast of England, Eastbourne has a stunning 8 miles of unspoilt coastline waiting to be discovered.

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

During your stay Hotel hhh

Day 1 - Departure by coach we make our way to Eastbourne for a four night dinner, bed and breakfast stay.

Holding a wonderful position on the seafront overlooking the famous flower decked promenade, the bandstand and English Channel. The lounge and restaurant boast breathtaking sea views.

Day 2 - After breakfast we make our way to Brighton where we spend the day. Take a stroll along the famous Brighton Pier, Promenade and beach or you may like to see the Royal Pavilion; the spectacular seaside palace of George IV.

Cumberland Hotel, Eastbourne

Hotel facilities:

• Bar & restaurant • Ballroom

En-suite bedrooms:

• TV • Hairdryer • Tea & coffee facilities

Day 3 - Today is yours to do as much or as little as you like. Explore the local award-winning beaches and wander the beautiful seafront lined with welcoming bars and restaurants or visit the high street for a little retail therapy, it is totally up to you. Day 4 - After breakfast we head out for a full day excursion to the South Downs National Park, one of the richest and most stunning complex landscapes in England. We spend the day here in the newest edition to Britain’s National Parks. Stretching from Winchester to Beachy Head in Eastbourne, this park is best known for its Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with few people realising just how much history there is to explore from prehistoric burial mounds to Iron Age hill forts.

©Eastbourne Tourism

Eastbourne

Day 5 - After breakfast we bid a fond farewell and make our journey home.

Beachy Head, Eastbourne

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£269 £269

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5 days from £299

isle of wight

Sandown, vi ew from

Cowes, Isle of Wight

sea front hotel hotel located in an excellent position

Trouville H otel

Many golden beaches, pretty villages, quaint little shops and traditional attractions make this Island as special as it is.

Includes 4 or 6 nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast; Excursions as stated

During your stay Hotel hhh

Trouville Hotel, Sandown

Located on Sandown’s seafront, opposite lies a golden sandy beach with stunning panoramic views. Hotel facilities:

• Bar & restaurant • Ballroom • Indoor leisure facilities

En-suite bedrooms:

• TV • Tea & coffee making facilities

Day 1 - Departure by coach making our way to Southampton for a ferry crossing to the Isle of Wight where we stay at the Trouville Hotel for a four night dinner, bed and breakfast stay. Day 2 - After breakfast we make our way to Ventnor, a beautiful Victorian town; the southernmost resort on the Island. The quaint little shops line streets right the way down to the beach front where the views are stunning. This afternoon we make our way to the charming little old village of Godshill where you’ll find beautiful thatched cottages along the winding main-street filled with traditional tea rooms and not forgetting the popular model village which is highly detailed. Day 3 - Today is a day of free time for you to do whatever you wish. Sitting in a beautiful sheltered bay and famous for its long golden beach, traditional pier and seafront makes Sandown a lovely place to explore. Maybe visit the local Zoo or Dinosaur Museum.

Shanklin, Isle of Wight

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Day 4 - After breakfast we visit Cowes where we spend the morning. Split into two by the River Medina makes this a unique place to visit, with both sides of the town steeped in maritime heritage. We then return back to our resort but not without stopping in the quaint little village known as Shanklin Old Village, a small part of Shanklin that contains

some of the oldest thatched dwellings. It’s famous for its small gift shops and tea rooms and is also home to the historic gorge Shanklin Chine. Day 5 - For those of you staying for four nights, after breakfast bid a fond farewell and make our journey home. For those of you staying a little longer you have another day to explore the local area at your own pace. Day 6 - Today we head over to the west of the Island and spend time in Fresh Water Bay and The Needles. Fresh Water Bay is a small picturesque beach that is covered in flint and chalk pebbles that make a unique sound as the waves roll onto the shore. We then continue to The Needles home to the most famous attraction on the Island. Just to take in the views of its beautiful light house out at sea or to see the unique coloured sands of Alum Bay. There is also Alum Bay Glass shop which has some unusual and stunning pieces. Day 7 - After breakfast we bid a fond farewell and make our journey home Route: c

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Tue 21 July Sat 22 August Mon 26 October

5 7 5

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£349 £489 £299

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cornwall & the scilly isles

5 days from £369

NEW

Scilly Isles

Newquay, Cornwall

sea front hotel hotel located in an excellent position

Cornwall and the Scilly Isles are known best for their outstanding natural beauty and stunning coastlines. Relax on this five day break and gently explore the real beauty the area has to offer. With visits to St Ives, Falmouth and the Scilly Isles you will get a real insight into one of the most beautiful places to visit in the UK.

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

Hotel hhh

Esplanade Hotel, Newquay

This welcoming, picturesque and contemporary hotel is ideally located in the seaside town of Newquay overlooking the world famous Fistral Beach. Offering a relaxing, yet stylish home from home stay with stunning views. Hotel facilities:

• Bar & restaurant • Heated indoor pool

En-suite bedrooms:

• TV • Tea & coffee facilities • Hairdryer

Falmouth

During your stay Day 1 - Departure by coach, we head to Cornwall where we enjoy four nights dinner, bed and breakfast stay.

Day 5 - After breakfast we bid a fond farewell and make our journey home.

Day 2 - Today, we head to St Ives, widely regarded as the Jewel of Cornwall’s Crown. Beautiful and breath-taking scenery surrounds this seaside town. We also make a stop at the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden; here you’ll see Barbara’s sculptures exhibited in the tranquil gardens and the studio where she created them. Day 3 - Today we visit the Scilly Isles. Departing from Penzance Quay you’ll enjoy an informative commentary as you sail past Newlyn, Mousehole, the Minack Theatre and Wolf Rock Lighthouse. When you arrive on the largest of the Isles, St Mary’s, you’ll have free time to explore the sparkling white sandy beaches, discover ancient sites or wander the cluster of shops and cafés in Hugh Town. Day 4 - After breakfast we make our way to Falmouth, a town surrounded by outstanding beauty and renowned for its maritime history. We then continue onto Trebah Gardens; a Cornish valley garden bursting with exotic blooms and vibrant tunnels of colour that cascade down to a secluded beach on the Helford River.

St Ives

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Sun 04 October

5

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£369

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GUERNSEY & THE ISLE OF SARK

The Penins ula

St Peter’s Port, Guernsey

beach front hotel hotel located an in excellent position

5 days from £539

Hotel

Guernsey is part of the most southern group of islands that make up the British Isles; it sits in the Bay of St Malo which is less than 30 miles from the French coast. Although geographically closer to France, Guernsey still remains loyal to the British crown and has done since Norman times. Winding lanes, miles of green pastures sprinkled with traditional farm houses lead to dramatic cliffs and pristine sandy beaches. Full of natural beauty, Guernsey provides a peaceful getaway.

Includes Hotel hhh

4 nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast; Excursions as stated; Full day guided tour of the island; 2 hour carriage ride on Sark

The Peninsula Hotel is ideally situated on a sandy beach on the north-west coast of the island. The name peninsula was derived from the location of the hotel on a small peninsula with a wonderful view over Grand Havre Bay from the front of the hotel and a lovely sheltered Guernsey beach at the edge of 5 acres of private landscaped gardens. An idyllic location for our stay.

During your stay

The Peninsula Hotel, Les Dicqs

Hotel facilities:

• Restaurant & bar • Outdoor pool (heated) open from Easter until October • Pitch & Putt, Volleyball, Table Tennis • Lift

En-suite bedrooms:

• TV • Tea & coffee facilities • Hairdryer • Wi-Fi *Please note some facilities may require a supplement

Day 1 - Departure by coach, we head south for our ferry sailing. We are met by a representative from the island for our hotel transfer. We enjoy four nights dinner, bed and breakfast.

*Please note you will not be accompanied by a Skills representative whilst on the Island.

Day 2 - Enjoy a day at leisure getting to know this little island and all of its unique customs. Why not visit St. Peter Port with its cobbled streets and picturesque seafront marina that is considered to be one of Europe’s prettiest harbour towns. Day 3 - Today we visit Guernsey’s sister island- Sark. With no cars, the 600 residents get around by bicycle or horse and carriage. We also include a 2 hour carriage ride on Sark. A truly unique place, no amount of words could give it justice. Day 4 - A local guide and coach will collect you from your hotel and whisk you away for a full day’s tour of the island. Your local guide will take you to the best places and give you all the information you need about this lovely island.

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Day 5 - We bid a fond farewell before continuing on our journey home.

St Peter’s Port

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£539 £539 £539

£80 £80 £80

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5 days from £509

Jersey in Style

Archirondel Tower, Jers ey

©VisitJersey - Jersey Tourism

town centre hotel hotel centrally located for exploring

Jersey has the best sunshine records in the British Isles. With over 20 beaches, coves and spectacular scenery, it takes you from sweeping bays in the south, to dramatic cliffs in the north and tax free shopping, it’s no wonder Jersey is so popular.

Includes 4 nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast; Return ferry sailings and resort transfers; Excursions as stated

Hotel hhh

The Merton Hotel, St Saviour The Merton hotel has been welcoming guests for over 90 years, with its great hospitality and endless facilities. Located just 7 miles from the Islands Capital- St Helier, you can easily explore. Hotel facilities*:

• 6 Restaurants • Nightly entertainment programme • Fitness centre • Indoor & outdoor pool with water slide, lazy river and fountains • Flow rider surf wave • Gardens • Tennis court • Games zone • Lift does not serve all floors

En-suite bedrooms:

• TV • Tea & coffee facilities • Ironing facilities • Hairdryer *Please note some facilities may require a supplement

During your stay Day 1 - Departure by coach, we head south for our ferry sailing to Jersey. We are then taken to the hotel where you will enjoy a four night dinner, bed and breakfast stay Day 2 - Today a local guide and coach will collect you from your hotel and whisk you away for a tour of the island. We may not cover all of the 45 square miles but your local guide will take you to best places and give you all the information you need about this interesting place. Day 3 & Day 4 - These two days are yours to do as little or as much as you like. The official language is English, the cash machines dispense Sterling but the street names are in French, so one way or another Jersey feels familiar to visitors from either side of the Channel. Jersey is such a diversely interesting and different place, you have two days to discover it for yourself. Day 5 - We bid a fond farewell before continuing our journey homewards.

Mont, Orgueil Castle, Jersey Harbour

*Please note a Skills representative will travel with you but our coach will not continue over to Jersey.

©Jersey Tourism, Semour Tower

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Wed 15 July

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(from) s/supp

5

£509 £120

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5 days from £359

isle of man

PICTURESQUE Sights EXCELLENT EXCURSION PACKAGE INCLUDED

Laxey Whe el, Isle of M an

Isle of Man

sea front hotel hotel located in an excellent position

In the Irish Sea between Great Britain and Ireland you will discover an island with stunning scenery and unspoilt beaches. As we make our way around this island we see some of the Isle of Man’s rich history spanning over 8000 years. The island’s culture is a unique mix of its Celtic and Norse origins and its people are renowned for their relaxed, friendly approach to visitors.

Includes 4 nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast; Excursions as stated; Return ferry sailing Free drink with dinner each evening*; Entertainment on 2nd & 4th evening*

Hotel hhh

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 & restaurant • Lounge • Lift

En-suite bedrooms:

• Tea & coffee facilities • Hairdryer • TV

*April/October only

During your stay Day 1 - Departure by coach to Heysham where we board the ferry to the resort of Douglas, we then check into our hotel where we enjoy a four night dinner, bed and breakfast. Day 2 - Discover the holiday island on our full day excursion to Ramsey and Laxey. Situated on the East Coast, Laxey is a picturesque village; once a thriving mine and fishing village it was home to the world’s deepest mines in the 1800’s. The Great Laxey Wheel, ‘Lady Isabella’ was used to pump water out of the mines and is still the largest working waterwheel in the world. We head north to Ramsey to explore the busiest shopping street on the Island. Day 3 - Enjoy a day at leisure in our seafront resort. The beautiful promenade 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.

Douglas Harbour, Isle of Man

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Day 4 - Today we enjoy a morning in Peel, home to a modern marina, sandy beaches and Peel Castle, which dominates the Landscape. We then make our way to Castletown for an afternoon in the island’s

capital with its 600 year old castle built around a picturesque harbour. Wander the narrow winding streets and discover stone cottages. Day 5 - We bid a fond farewell before boarding the return ferry and continuing our journey homewards.

Isle of Man, Manx Electric Railway ©Tim Martin

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Sun 19 April Tue 16 June Sun 11 October

5 5 5

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£359 £409 £359

£15 £15 £15

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CoachStyle offers great value for money breaks on a wide range of destinations throughout the UK and on the continent. Although CoachStyle comes under the umbrella of the Skills Group, it is different for the following reasons: • A mix of guest style accommodation along with 2* and 3* hotels • Some of our independent hotels are classed as unrated but rest assured quality and customer service are uncompromised • No-frills coach travel • Flexibility to plan your own itinerary at the excursion destinations • Low cost breaks for the cash savvy traveller From a wonderful weekend break exploring the Welsh countryside to the thrilling rides of Thorpe Park, 2015 is the perfect opportunity to start discovering what treasures the UK has to offer. If you are looking for a longer duration including our five day breaks, CoachStyle has an exciting range of new destinations alongside all of your traditional favourites. 2015 will also see the return of our sell out tours to the continent, The Rhine Valley and Ostend, with unprecedented scenery and unbeatable value; we are proud to feature these once again. We look forward to welcoming you on our popular CoachStyle breaks in the near future.

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britain & EUROPE page ENGLAND London Theatre Break Weekend NEW Tower of London ft The Banqueting House Royal Residences & Gardens London & Buckingham Palace London & the Houses of Parliament London & Cambridge London & Greenwich NEW London ft BBC Studio Tour Dr Who Experience London & Harry Potter Legoland & Windsor NEW Thorpe Park ft London Murder Mystery Faulty Towers Saturday Specials Blackpool Illuminations Yorkshire Scarecrow Festival NEW Leeds & York York & Harrogate Oxford & Blenheim Palace Cotswolds & Bath Warwick ft Shakespeare’s Stratford NEW Shropshire Delights NEW Chester ft Port Sunlight Museum & Gardens A Weekend at the Adelphi NEW A Painters Trail NEW Wiltshire’s Villages Torquay Warmer NEW Lancaster ft Lake Windermere & Morecambe Easter in Torquay Easter in Blackpool Scarborough, Whitby & Bridlington Scarborough Cumbria & the Lake District Blackpool Skegness Margate Southend-on-Sea Bournemouth NEW Weymouth Torquay St Ives NEW Weston-super-Mare Seacroft Holiday Village NEW Mundesley Holiday Village

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WALES Cardiff & Bristol Welsh Weekend A Welsh Easter NEW North Wales Explorer ft Llandudno & Snowdonia NEW Pembrokeshire

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ISLES Sandown, Isle of Wight Mill Rythe, Hayling Island

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world class west end shows NEW

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2 days from £109

There is nothing quite like one of our London Theatre Break Weekends. Offering a dazzling array of West End Shows there really is no excuse for missing your favourite 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 have a wander down Oxford Street and buy out the shops! London combined with a theatre show guarantees a magical experience that’s not easily forgotten.

ticket included

price includes entrance to theatre show

SHOW TIC K INCLUDEDET

Includes 1 night dinner, bed and breakfast Excursions as stated Matineé performance of chosen theatre show

Hotel hhh

Novotel, Stevenage This modern and relaxing hotel is situated at the entrance to Knebworth House. With friendly and welcoming staff and stylish rooms, located just 29 miles from Central London this hotel is a perfect choice for our Theatre Break Weekend. Hotel facilities:

• Bar & restaurant • Lift

En-suite bedrooms:

• TV • Tea & coffee facilities • Hairdryer

During your stay Day 1 - We make the journey to London to enjoy the matineé performance of your chosen theatre show, before continuing onto our hotel for our evening meal. Day 2 - Enjoy the morning at leisure in London, a varied and exciting capital city world renowned for its fashion, style and attractions. You will be amazed by the number of places that you can visit

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Sat 10 January 2 Warhorse Woman in Black Sat 24 January 2 Cats Les Misérables Sat 31 January 2 The Commitments Jersey Boys Sat 07 February 2 Wicked Mamma Mia Sat 14 February 2 Miss Saigon Scottsboro Boys Sat 28 February 2 Billy Elliot Matilda Sat 14 March 2 Made in Dagenham Lion King Sat 21 March 2 Wicked Memphis Sat 11 April 2 The Commitments Jersey Boys Sat 18 April 2 Phantom of the Opera Charlie & the Chocolate Factory Sat 02 May 2 Billy Elliot Matilda Sat 09 May 2 Phantom of the Opera Lion King Sat 16 May 2 Once Wicked Sat 23 May 2 Charlie & the Chocolate Factory Warhorse Sat 30 May 2 Billy Elliot Jersey Boys

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from Soho to Hyde Park and from Trafalgar Square to the National History Museum you will never be short of things to see and do. Alternatively take a ride on the London Eye which gives panoramic views over our capital city. We depart London at approximately 2.30pm for our journey home. (London Eye £24 per adult, £16 per child - must be booked at the time of booking your holiday).

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£129 £135 £129 £129 £129 £135 £119 £139 £129 £135 £109 £129 £129 £135 £115 £135 £129 £135 £119 £139 £109 £129 £119 £129 £139 TBC £139 TBC £109 £129

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THEATRE BREAKS shows & DATES NEW Cats

Since Cats first opened on the West End stage in 1981, it has become one of the world’s best known and best loved musicals. Set on the night of the Jellicle Cats ball this is a story of fantasy, drama and romance which has been enchanting audiences around the globe. Sat 24 Jan | S | from £129

NEW Made in Dagenham

Inspired by true events, Made in Dagenham tells the story of the women who worked in the Ford manufacturing plant in the 1960’s. When their pay grade gets dropped to unskilled a plucky factory worker draws on strength she never knew she had to lead her colleagues out on strike and to fight for what is right - Equality. Sat 14 Mar | UC | from £129

NEW Memphis

This smash hit award winning musical comes straight from Broadway and has been dazzling audiences across America! Now on the West End, Memphis tells the story of 1950’s life in the underground nightlclubs and how a new era is on the horizion for rock n roll, blues and gospel music. When a young man falls in love with a club singer he has a vision to showcase her voice across the airwaves and break cultural divides and spark a music revolution! Sat 21 Mar | GC | from £135

NEW The Commitments

A story of Jimmy Rabbitte, a young working class music fan, who shapes an unlikely bunch of amateur musicians and friends into an amazing live act, the finest soul band Dublin has ever produced. The show follows the journey of two members of a frustrated synthesizer band – the opening scene we find them playing but being ignored in a shop window – who turn to Jimmy, the local music expert, for help. Sat 31 Jan | GC | from £129 Sat 11 Apr | GC | from £129

NEW The Scottsboro Boys

Telling the true story of nine young black men, aged between 12 and 19, travelling on a train through Scottsboro, Alabama in 1931 in search of a new life. By the end of their journey their lives had been changed forever. Wrongly accused of an unspeakable crime, their trial would divide a nation. But behind the headlines was the devastating story of nine young men, desperate to prove to the world that they mattered. Sat 14 Feb | GC/S | from £135

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. Sat 28 Feb | DC | from £109 Sat 02 May | S | from £109 Sat 30 May | S | from £109

seating

S = Stalls C = Circle DC = Dress Circle

Lion King

Julie Taymor’s reimaging of Disney’s animated film The Lion King celebrates its 15th 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. Sat 14 Mar | GC | from £135 Sat 09 May | GC | from £129

UC = Upper Circle RC = Royal Circle GC = Grand Circle

NEW Once

Based on the 2006 independent film of the same name, Once tells the story of an Irish guy and an Eastern European girl who meet in Dublin. Both musicians, their love affair is told through songs they write for one another in a traditional Irish pub. Just as the film grew a cult following, the musical has drawn audiences to its simple story and charming melodies. Sat 16 May | UC | from £139

Phantom of the Opera

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 of, but beyond the gates astonishment awaits as not everything is as sweet as it seems. Sat 18 Apr | GC | from £139 Sat 23 May | GC | from £139

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. Sat 07 Feb | GC | from £139

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. Sat 31 Jan | GC | from £135 Sat 11 Apr | GC | from £135 Sat 30 May | GC | from £129

The Woman in Black

Unanimously acclaimed, The Woman in Black combines the power and intensity of live theatre with a cinematic quality inspired by the world of film noir. Its gives audiences a show of unremitting drama as they are transported into a terrifying and ghostly world. Sat 10 Jan | S | from £135

War Horse

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. Sat 28 Feb | UC | from £129 Sat 02 May | UC | from £129

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. Sat 10 Jan | S | from £129 Sat 23 May | TBC | from £TBC

Wicked

Les Misérables

In its 29th 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. Sat 24 Jan | UC | from £129

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. Sat 18 Apr | S/RC | from £119 Sat 09 May | S | from £119

Miss Saigon

Set in 1975 during the final days of the American occupation of Saigon. Miss Saigon is an epic love story about an American GI who falls in love with a Vietnamese prostitute during the Vietnam War. They are separated when the country falls, until she returns to his life years later, in this musical inspired by the opera Madame Butterfly. Sat 14 Feb | UC | from £129

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. Sat 07 Feb | S | from £119 Sat 21 Mar | S | from £115 Sat 16 May | TBC | from £TBC

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The Tower of London

featuring The Banqueting House Visit two sites of Royal importance on this weekend break as we combine the historic Tower of London with the fascinating Banqueting House. Walk the halls that Monarchs have previously walked and become a true Royal enthusiast. Includes 1 night dinner, bed and breakfast Excursions as stated Entrance to The Tower of London Entrance to The Banqueting House

2 days from £89

NEW

Tower of London ©VisitBritain

During your stay

Hotel hhh

Park Inn, Harlow

The convenient location of the Park Inn Harlow provides easy access links into London. The bright signature colours and a fresh modern edge combine to make an excellent hotel for our stay. Hotel facilities:

• Bar & restaurant • Indoor swimming pool • Sauna • Beauty salon

En-suite bedrooms:

• TV • Tea & coffee facilities

Day 1 - Following our departure by coach we make our way to the Tower of London. Now a World Heritage site, William the Conqueror’s fortress is full of wonders and stories to discover. The White Tower, Fusiliers’ Museum and the Crown Jewels are all on offer and are waiting to be explored. Not to mention Mint Street where you can delve into the history of the people and stories of the coins that were minted at the tower for over 500 years. Day 2 - After breakfast we head to the Banqueting House, designed by renowned architect Indigo Jones in the 17th Century, it is now the only surviving building of Whitehall Palace. It was created for court entertainment and would regularly hold court masques for the King.

Royal Residences & Gardens

Take a step back in time and marvel at the skill of the magnificent Rubens ceiling paintings which were commissioned in 1629 by Charles I or simply admire the outstanding architecture. After our visit, we then have free time in London. Maybe take a leisurely wander down Victoria Embankment or head to the Household Cavalry Museum situated opposite the Banqueting House, the possibilities are endless in our capital city.

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3 days from £179 3ENTRANCES royal attractions to three royal residences

Experience three of the most popular Royal residences and gardens, become a true Royal and embrace the British Monarchy. Visit the oldest occupied castle in the world; Windsor Castle along with Hampton Court Palace and Kensington Palace. Includes 2 nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast Excursions as Stated Entrance to Windsor Castle Entrance to Hampton Court Palace Entrance to Kensington Palace Windsor Castle

During your stay Day 1 - Departure by coach we make our way to Windsor castle. The largest and oldest occupied castle in the world and is an official residence of the Queen, a Royal home and fortress for over 900 years; the castle remains a working palace today.

Hotel hhhh

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:

• Bar & restaurant • Swimming pool • Sauna • Lift

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En-suite bedrooms:

• TV • Tea & coffee facilities

Day 2 - After breakfast we have a full day excursion to Hampton Court Palace, commonly known as Henry VIII’s favourite Royal residence. Marvel at the grandeur of Henry’s state rooms, explore the vast Tudor kitchens or stroll through the 60 acres of marvellous gardens.

Day 3 - Today we head to Kensington Palace, a working Royal residence. Of great historical significance, the Palace was the favourite residence of successive sovereigns until 1760. It was also the birthplace and childhood home of Queen Victoria. Today Kensington Palace accommodates the offices and private apartments of a number of members of the Royal Family.

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Sat 09 May Sat 15 August

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3 3

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£179 £179

£40 £40

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


london & buckingham palace

2 days from £99 top sightseeing EXCELLENT EXCURSION PACKAGE INCLUDED

This two day break is still as popular as ever and its easy to see why. A combination of free time in our capital city along with entrance into one of the most iconic buildings in the world make for a break to remember.

Includes 1 night bed and breakfast Excursions as stated Entrance to Buckingham Palace Buckingham Palace, Queen’s Royal Guards

During your stay

Hotel hhh

Ibis Styles London Excel, Docklands London Located in the Dockland area of London this is a modern and unique hotel. A warm and friendly welcome are waiting on arrival making it a great place to stay. Hotel facilities:

• Bar & restaurant • Café • Lift

En-suite bedrooms:

• TV • Tea & coffee facilities • Hairdryer

Day 1 - Departure by coach to London, a varied and exciting capital city, world renowned for its fashion, style and attractions. You will be amazed by the number of places that you can visit from Soho to Hyde Park and from Trafalgar Square to the National History Museum you will never be short of things to see and do. Day 2 - After breakfast we make our way to Buckingham Palace. This is the working headquarters of the Monarchy and where the Queen carries out her official and ceremonial duties as head of state. We enjoy a guided audio tour at the palace and explore the state rooms and exhibitions on show. After feeling like Royalty perhaps relax in the garden café with a light refreshment on the palace’s west terrace.

London & The Houses of Parliament

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Mon 03 August Mon 10 August Mon 24 August Sun 13 September

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£25 £25 £25 £25

2 days from £89

London with its wealth of attractions combined with one of the most recognisable buildings in the world, the Houses of Parliament make a weekend full of excitement and discovery.

Includes 1 night bed and breakfast Excursions as stated Entrance to the Houses of Parliament

Houses of Paliament, London

During your stay

Hotel hhh

Ibis Styles London Excel, Docklands London Located in the Dockland area of London this is a modern and unique hotel. A warm and friendly welcome are waiting on arrival making it a great place to stay. Hotel facilities:

• Bar & restaurant • Café • Lift

En-suite bedrooms:

• TV • Tea & coffee facilities • Hairdryer

Day 1 - Departure by coach we make our way to London. The buzz of the capital can be felt as soon as you arrive and is truly an enchanting place to be at any time of year. Boasting over 900 tourist attractions, countless shops, endless bars and restaurants meaning that everyone’s time will be well spent here. Day 2 - After breakfast we make our way to the Houses of Parliament. Also known as the Palace of Westminster, the history spans over 900 years. Join us for an audio tour that brings to life modern day politics and beautiful gothic architecture.

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Fri 07 August Fri 21 August Fri 04 September

2 2 2

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

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£89 £89 £89

£25 £25 £25

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London & Cambridge Two of the most iconic and visited cities in the UK are combined in a weekend full of discovery and opportunities.

Includes 1 night dinner, bed and breakfast Excursions as stated

Hotel hhh

during your stay

Park Inn, Harlow

The convenient location provides easy access links into London and beyond, the bright signature colours and a fresh modern edge combine to make an excellent hotel. Hotel facilities:

• Bar & restaurant • Indoor swimming pool • Sauna • Steam room • Beauty salon • Fitness facilities

En-suite bedrooms:

• TV • Tea & coffee facilities

Day 1 - Departure by coach we make our way to London for free time. The capital of the UK is an incredible place to visit at any time of year. With world class attractions renowned around the globe, a variety shops and abundant sightseeing opportunities, whatever you decide to do you can guarantee your time will be well spent. Day 2 - After breakfast we make our way to Cambridge. With an eclectic mix of beautiful architecture and numerous attractions including its majestic college buildings and quaint passageways with hidden gems around every corner, Cambridge offers plenty for every visitor.

london & Greenwich London and Greenwich couldn’t be anymore different from each other. Combining the buzzing atmosphere and attractions of the city of London with time to explore in Maritime Greenwich makes for an interesting weekend enjoyed by all.

Hotel hhhh

Holiday Inn, Stevenage

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

• Bar & restaurant • Gym • Lift

En-suite bedrooms:

• TV • Tea & coffee facilities

Hotel hhh

Ibis Styles London Excel, Docklands London Located in the Dockland area of London this is a modern and unique hotel. A warm and friendly welcome is waiting on arrival making it a great place to stay. Hotel facilities:

• Bar & restaurant • Café • Lift

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En-suite bedrooms:

• TV • Tea & coffee facilities • Hairdryer

Cambridge

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Sat 31 January Sat 14 March Sat 01 August Sat 12 September

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2 2 2 2

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2 days from £65

Includes 1 night dinner, bed and breakfast Excursions as stated during your stay Day 1 - Departure by coach we make our way to London. Experience the magic of our capital city with an abundance of tourist attractions, shops and sightseeing opportunities. You can guarantee your time will be well spent. Day 2 - After breakfast we make our way to Greenwich. A designated World Heritage Site famous for its historic landmarks including the National Maritime Museum, the Royal Observatory and the Cutty Sark Clipper Ship to name but a few. Greenwich’s quaint cafés and historic market offer a relaxed atmosphere away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

london featuring bbc studio tour Ever fancied having a go at reading the news or making your own radio play complete with music and sound effects? Then join us on this weekend break as we take you to the BBC Broadcasting House in London for a guided tour.

2 days from £59

Includes 1 night bed and breakfast Excursions as stated Entrance to the BBC Studio Tour during your stay

Day 1 - Departure by coach to London, a varied and exciting capital city renowned for its fashion, style and attractions. You will be amazed by the number of places that you can visit from Soho to Hyde Park and from Trafalgar Square to the National History Museum you will never be short of things to see and do. Day 2 - After breakfast we make our way to the BBC Studios set in the heart of London. The Broadcasting House invites you to take a look behind the scenes of their new, state of the art multimedia centre. Informative and enthusiastic guides are on hand to make this an experience to remember.

Cutty Sark, Greenwich

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Sat 14 February Sat 11 April Sat 02 May Sat 20 June Sat 05 September Sat 17 October

Perfect for Valentines Day

days

2 2 2 2 2 2

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£65 £69 £69 £69 £69 £65

£15 £15 £15 £15 £15 £15

2 days from £89 NEW

BBC Broadcasting House

manager’s favourite coachstyle product manager’s top choice

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Sat 09 May Sat 18 July

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2 2

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£89 £89

£25 £25

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


Dr Who Experience

POPULAR TOUR IN 2014

Family, fans and enthusiasts are in for a real treat as an interactive journey through time and space is the highlight of this weekend break as we travel to the Dr Who Experience in Cardiff.

2 days from £85 ENTRANCE included DOCTOR WHO EXPERIENCE TOUR IN CARDIFF

Includes 1 night dinner, bed and breakfast Excursions as stated Entrance to the Dr Who Experience

Dr Who Experience, Cardiff

During your stay

Hotel hhh

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

En-suite bedrooms:

• Bar & restaurant • TV • Leisure & fitness facilities • Tea & coffee facilities • Lift

Day 1 - Departure by coach we make our way to Cardiff for free time. The capital of Wales is jam packed with top class entertainment, quality shopping, a variety of eateries, many museums and historic buildings. The city has developed into a modern city from its humble origins as a small settlement over 2000 years ago. Come and see what there is to discover. Day 2 - After breakfast we make our way to the Dr Who Experience. Discover what happens behind the scenes of this much loved TV programme by witnessing first-hand specially crafted sets and interactive experiences. Fly the Tardis and become part of this iconic adventure.

London & Harry Potter

at warner brother’s studios tour Capturing the imagination of fans across the globe the phenomenon of Harry Potter is simply spellbinding. Join us on the Warner Bros. Studio Tour in Watford to witness the magical insight into the ‘Making of Harry Potter’.

TOP ATTRACTION TOP ATTRACTION! SELL OUT TOUR IN 2014

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Sat 31 January Sat 11 April Sat 22 August Sat 21 November

2 2 2 2

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£85 £85 £85 £85

£5 £5 £5 £5

2 days from £95 ENTRANCE included warner brothers studio tour watford

Includes 1 night dinner, bed and breakfast Excursions as stated Entrance into the Harry Potter Studios Warner Bros. Studio Tour

During your stay Day 1 - Departure by coach, witness the most successful film series of all time come to life on this behind the scenes walking tour featuring authentic sets, costumes and props from the Harry Potter film series, all located at the studios where they were filmed.

Hotel hhh

Ramada Encore, Luton The Ramada Encore is captured by contemporary style and provides comfortable accommodation with a vibrant and fresh feel the moment you walk through the door. A bright and welcoming hotel, with great links in to London which is perfect for our stay. Hotel facilities:

• Bar & restaurant • Fitness suite • Lift

En-suite bedrooms:

• TV • Tea & coffee facilities • Hairdryer

Day 2 - Today we visit London, a varied and exciting capital city world renowned for its fashion, style and attractions. You will be amazed by the number of places that you can visit from Soho to Hyde Park, Trafalgar Square to the National History Museum; you will never be short of things to see and do.

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Sat 17 January Sat 28 February Sat 06 June Sat 29 August Sat 28 November Sat 12 December

2 2 2 2 2 2

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

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£95 £95 £99 £99 £95 £95

£16 £16 £16 £16 £16 £16

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Legoland & Windsor

Great fun for all the family! Legoland theme park is a place where magical family memories are made, packed with rides and attractions it’s a must for all family members. Windsor is set in the heart of the Thames Valley, dominated by beautiful countryside, the River Thames and has an unrivalled Royal heritage.

2 days from £99 theme PARK

excellent attraction for families

Includes 1 night dinner, bed and breakfast Excursions as stated Entrance to Legoland ©Legoland Windsor™

During your stay Day 1 - Departure by coach we make our way to Windsor, home to the oldest occupied castle in the world and with over 1000 years of history! Windsor’s glorious riverside location offers great shopping, fantastic restaurants and amazing sights for the whole family to enjoy.

Hotel hhh

Holiday Inn Express, Slough Relax at this hotel with its modern and vibrant interior design, situated in a quiet residential area. With friendly staff and great service, a warm welcome can always be guaranteed. Hotel facilities:

• Bar & restaurant • Lift

En-suite bedrooms:

• TV • Tea & coffee facilities

Day 2 - After breakfast we head to Legoland the ultimate theme park for family fun with over 55 interactive rides, live shows and attractions situated in 150 acres of beautiful parkland. Witness the magical underwater adventures on the Atlantis Submarine, go crazy for the swachbucklin Pirate Shores or feel the force around you in the ‘Lego Star Wars’ Miniland Model Display. We make our way home at approximately 4pm.

Thorpe Park featuring London

Great fun for all the family! Thrill seekers of all ages are in for a jam packed weekend to remember as we spend time at the world renowned Thorpe Park theme park. Home to some of Europe’s most exhilarating rides including Saw and The Swarm this weekend is sure to be the ultimate adrenaline fix for all the family! Includes 1 night dinner, bed and breakfast Excursions as stated Entrance included to Thorpe Park

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Sat 04 April Sat 23 May Sat 18 July

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2 2 2

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£99 £99 £99

£22 £22 £22

Child (2-11 years) priced at £89 when accompanied by 2 adults sharing the same room

2 days from £99 theme PARK

excellent attraction for families

©Thorpe Park

During your stay Hotel hhh

Holiday Inn, Slough Windsor The bright and airy Holiday Inn comes well equipped with an array of modern amenities. A warm welcome and friendly staff all ensure guests will enjoy a comfortable break. Hotel facilities: En-suite bedrooms: • Bar & restaurant • Fitness suite • Lift

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• Air-conditioning • Hairdryer • TV • Tea & coffee facilities

Day 1 - Departure by coach to London, our varied and enticing capital has a whole range of activities and attractions geared up for the whole family. Ranging from Madame Tussauds, the Tower of London, London Dungeons and the Science Museum there is something to keep everyone entertained no matter whatever the weather. Day 2 - Today we enjoy a full day at Thorpe Park, with over 25 thrill rides and attractions this theme park is the ultimate extreme experience! 2014 also saw the arrival of the eagerly anticipated Angry Birds Land which is a must see for families and fans of all ages.

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Sat 27 June Sat 25 July Sat 29 August

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2 2 2

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£99 £99 £99

£15 £15 £15

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


Murder Mystery Weekend

WHODUNNIT?!? FUN FOR ALL AGES

2 days from £75

Suspense and curiosity are all high on the agenda with a chilling weekend full of deviousness, lies and deceit. Can you piece together the evidence and identify the killer or will you be led to believe that someone innocent is the guilty party? Work together to solve the crime of this murderous act and ensure that justice will prevail. Includes 1 night dinner, bed and breakfast Murder Mystery Event Excursions as stated Murder Mystery Weekend

During your stay

Hotel hhh

Park Inn, Cardiff North 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 • Lift

En-suite bedrooms:

• TV • Tea & coffee facilities

Day 1 - Departure by coach then onwards for a visit to Gloucester. Combining a rich historic past with a modern city, Gloucester has much to offer. Boasting excellent shopping centres, museums and restaurants it is also home to the magnificent Gloucester Cathedral and Gloucester docks. We then make our way to the hotel for our evening of themed entertainment. Day 2 - 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.

Faulty Towers

fun packed comedy experience

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Sat 28 March Sat 25 April Sat 30 May Sat 27 June Sat 25 July Sat 31 October*

2 2 2 2 2 2

*Perfect for Halloween Celebrations

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£75 £75 £75 £75 £75 £75

£5 £5 £5 £5 £5 £5

2 days from £79

The fun, hilarity and down right stupidity of the hit TV series comes to life! An experienced 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. Includes 1 night dinner, bed and breakfast Themed evening entertainment Excursions as stated Faulty Towers Themed Break

During your stay

Hotel hhh

The Mercure Royal Hotel, Hull

With its iconic status as one of the central landmarks of the city, the hotel offers the splendour of Victorian architecture with a modern twist in decor and style. Located next to St Stephens Shopping and Leisure Complex, Hull Truck Theatre and Hull’s Historic Old Town, everything is just a few minutes’ walk away. The perfect location for Basil and his team to visit! Hotel facilities: En-suite bedrooms: • Bar & restaurant • Lift

• TV • Tea & coffee facilities • Hairdryer

Day 1 - Departure by coach we make our way to Leeds quickly becoming the top tourist destination of the North; it is a city not to be missed. With an abundance of shopping opportunities ranging from the new state of the art Trinity Leeds shopping centre (it covers over one million square feet over three floors) to the famous Kirkgate market you will also find various restaurants, museums and galleries on offer. We continue for a one night stay at our hotel in Hull for our themed evening. Day 2 - After breakfast we enjoy time at leisure in the 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.

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Sat 21 March Sat 03 October

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2 2

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

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£79 £79

£15 £15

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Saturday Specials - 2 for 1 drinks

FEATURING YORKSHIRE

Saturday Specials has been a firm feature and favourite for CoachStyle customers for many years and 2015 will be no different. We visit the cosmopolitan city of Leeds and also spend some free time in the hilltop village of Haworth. Combine this with an evening of drinks offers on house beers and wines, you can guarantee a great weekend will be had by all.

Hotel hhh

Jury’s Inn, Bradford

Located in the town Centre, the Jury’s Inn is a stylish and comfortable three star hotel offering elegant and modern facilities to ensure a comfortable stay. Hotel facilities:

• Bar & restaurant • Costa Coffee bar • Cardio gym • Lift

En-suite bedrooms:

• TV • Tea & coffee facilities

Includes 1 night dinner, bed & breakfast Excursions as stated 2 for 1 drinks (house beers and wines) between 8-10pm* during your stay Day 1 - Departure by coach we make our way to Haworth, the village where the Brontë sisters grew up and wrote their literary works. Perhaps take a visit to the Brontë Parsonage Museum where you can witness events and exhibitions showcasing their lives. Haworth also has a bustling main street with independent shops, cafes and tearooms. Day 2 - After breakfast we make our way to Leeds, one of the fastest growing cities in Europe, it is set to become the shopping capital of the North. Leeds is not only popular for shopping, it is also a great place for exploring heritage, museums and architecture too.

Blackpool Illuminations

A spectacular lighting display With over 3 million visitors every year, the illuminations have been a major attraction in Blackpool since 1879. Using over 1 million lamps the illuminations are often referred to as “artificial sunshine” and lasers, fibre optics and light bulbs all help in creating this electrical extravaganza.

Hotel hh

The New President, Blackpool

The New President Hotel has been in the Walsh family for many years and is located on Blackpool’s North Promenade. They have continually invested, expanded and improved the hotel into the premier hotel it is today. Hotel facilities: En-suite bedrooms: • Bar & restaurant • Sun Lounge • Entertainment Lounge • Lift

• TV • Tea & coffee facilities • Hairdryer

Hotel hhh

Cornmill Lodge, Leeds

A family run hotel set in the suburbs of Leeds, the Cornmill Lodge has 76 well furnished and comfortable rooms. This is an ideal hotel for any short and relaxing break. Hotel facilities:

• Bar & restaurant • Wi-Fi • Lift

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En-suite bedrooms:

• TV • Tea & coffee facilities

Saturday Specials

2-for-1 drinks TWO FOR THE PRICE OF ONE ON HOUSE DRINKS*

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Sat 17 January Sat 07 February Sat 07 March Sat 21 November

2 2 2 2

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£65 £65 £65 £59

NIL NIL NIL NIL

2 days from £69

Includes 1 night dinner, bed and breakfast Excursions as stated Evening drive through the lights

during your stay Day 1 - Departure by coach we make our way to Blackpool to see the illuminations. This annual event keeps the resort aglow for 66 nights and is not to be missed. Witness this dazzling display for yourself as we take an evening drive through the lights after dinner. Day 2 - After breakfast spend time at leisure in Britain’s favourite seaside resort. Blackpool is host to an array of attractions ranging from the Blackpool Tower and the Pleasure Beach, your time will be well spent in this traditional resort.

Yorkshire Scarecrow Festival Set in the idyllic village of Kettlewell this event runs for nine days in August and attracts a thousand visitors from far and wide. Be prepared to witness this spectacular event in all its glory as villagers showcase their best scarecrow offerings.

2 days from £59

Blackpool Illuminations

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Sun 27 September Sun 04 October Sun 11 October Sun 18 October Sun 25 October

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2 2 2 2 2

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2 days from £69

Includes 1 night dinner, bed & breakfast Excursions as stated during your stay Day 1 - After departure by coach, we make our way to York. Delve in to this city’s magnificent history and heritage as we take you to York. A place famous for its cobbled streets and magnificent architecture, it also has a vibrant café culture and many museums on offer. Day 2 - After breakfast we head to the Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival. This annual event first took place in 1994 and has been held in the pretty village of Kettlewell ever since and attracts over one thousand visitors each year. Marvel at the skill and originality of the villagers as they create a variety of scarecrows set to amuse and surprise you.

Scarecrow Festival

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Sat 08 August Sat 15 August

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2 2

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£69 £69

£10 £10

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2 days from £65

Leeds & York Combining historic York with the cosmopolitan city of Leeds makes for an interesting weekend. Shop, sightsee and soak up the atmosphere of these two different, but equally as interesting destinations.

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Includes 1 night dinner, bed & breakfast Excursions as stated Victoria Quarter, Leeds

During your stay

Hotel hhh

Cornmill Lodge, Leeds A family run hotel set in the suburbs of Leeds, the Cornmill Lodge has 76 well furnished and comfortable rooms. This is an ideal hotel for any short and relaxing break. Hotel facilities:

• Bar & restaurant • Wi-Fi • Lift

En-suite bedrooms:

• TV • Tea & coffee facilities

Day 1 - Departure by coach we make our way to Leeds quickly becoming the top tourist destination of the North, it is a city not to be missed. With an abundance of shopping opportunities ranging from the new state of the art Trinity Leeds shopping centre (it covers over one million square feet over three floors) to the famous Kirkgate market you will also find various restaurants, museums and galleries on offer. Day 2 - Today we depart for York, rich in history and renowned for its stunning architecture and cobbled streets York has it all. Take time out to marvel at York Minster or if you are feeling brave maybe take a visit to the York dungeon to hear some of the stories that date back 2000 years.

york & Harrogate

excellent customer reviews

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Sat 18 April Sat 11 July Sat 31 October

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2 2 2

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£69 £69 £65

£10 £10 £10

2 days from £75 customer favourite highly recommended by our customers

Join us on this Northern explorer to two of the most visited parts of England. The medieval architecture of York and the quaint delights of Harrogate combine to create a break full of culture and history, this is a weekend not to be missed.

Includes 1 night dinner, bed and breakfast Excursions as stated

TOWN centre hotel hotel is a short walk from the town CENTRE York

During your stay Hotel hhhh

The Kimberley Hotel, Harrogate The boutique hotel, originally a Victorian town house which has been restored, retains some original features which have been blended with contemporary style. It is also just a few minutes walk from the town centre. Hotel facilities:

• Bar & restaurant • Lift

En-suite bedrooms:

• TV • Tea & coffee facilities • Hairdryer

Day 1 - Departure by coach we make our way to the fascinating city of York. Take time out to discover the many attractions this city has to offer from the York Dungeons to York Minster to name but a few. Renowned for its quaint cobbled streets and unique architecture makes it a must see for all. Day 2 - After breakfast we spend time in the elegant spa town of Harrogate. Best known for its horticulture, historic buildings and little tea rooms this town has so much to offer for a relaxing Sunday morning stroll.

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Sat 07 March Sat 16 May Sat 20 June Sat 30 August Sat 03 October

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2 2 2 2 2

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

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£75 £75 £75 £75 £75

£15 £15 £15 £15 £15

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Oxford & Blenheim Palace A weekend full of historical gems to help discover Oxford and Blenheim Palace which combine to make a two day break full of discovery. 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. Includes 1 night dinner, bed and breakfast Excursions as stated Entrance to Blenheim Palace & Gardens

2 days from £85 historical sites

EXCELLENT EXCURSION PACKAGE INCLUDED

Blenheim Palace

During your stay

Hotel hhhh

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 • Health and fitness suite • Lift

En-suite bedrooms:

• TV • Tea & coffee facilities • Iron/trouser press

Day 1 - Departure by coach we make our way to Oxford. Renowned for its history and heritage, this city offers so much to see and do all year round. Perhaps visit one of the many world class museums, botanical gardens or perhaps take a punt along the stunning river Cherwell. Day 2 - After breakfast we make our way to Blenheim Palace. A masterpiece of 18th Century baroque architecture, it inspires its visitors and truly is a fascinating place. The birth place of Sir Winston Churchill, it is surrounded by over 2000 acres of parkland, a great lake and beautiful formal gardens.

Cotswolds & Bath

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Sat 28 March Sat 09 May Sat 05 September

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2 2 2

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£85 £89 £89

£20 £20 £20

2 days from £75 historical sites

An area of outstanding beauty, the Cotswolds is filled with sleepy idyllic villages, sweeping valleys and beautiful landscapes. Prepare to fall in love with some of the best that Britain has to offer with scenic countryside and stunning architecture on this weekend break.

EXCELLENT EXCURSION PACKAGE INCLUDED

Includes 1 night dinner, bed & breakfast Excursions as stated

Bourton-on-the-Water

During your stay

Hotel hhh

Holiday Inn Express, Swindon Based in Swindon city centre, the hotel offers wellfurnished bedrooms in a fresh and welcoming style to provide comfortable accommodation. This hotel is an ideal base for any short and relaxing break. Hotel facilities:

• Bar & restaurant • Lounge area • Wi-Fi • Lift

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En-suite bedrooms:

• TV • Tea & coffee facilities

Day 1 - Departure by coach we make our way to Bourton-on-the-Water. Often referred to as ‘the Venice of the Cotswolds’ due to the river Windrush running through the centre, Bourton is full of character, romance and magic. We then head to the capital of the Cotswolds, Cirencester which was the second largest town next to London in Roman times. Today its Roman roots can still be seen through the Corinium Museum. Day 2 - After breakfast we make our way to Bath, a beautiful city and designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, Bath has something for everyone. Showcasing some of the finest Georgian architecture alongside Britain’s one and only natural hot spring, Bath also offers irresistible shopping opportunities.

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Sat 07 March Sat 13 June Sat 19 September

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2 2 2

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£75 £75 £75

£18 £18 £18

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warwick

featuring Shakespeare’s Stratford

2 days from £65

Two beautiful market towns both steeped with hundreds of years of history and culture, Warwick and Stratford make for a great weekend away. Come and walk around Olde England and get a feel for the medieval charm that these market towns have to offer.

Includes 1 night dinner, bed & breakfast Excursions as stated

Stratford-upon-Avon

During your stay

Hotel hhh

Honiley Court Hotel, Kenilworth A converted farmhouse fully modernised but still keeping the buildings charm and character. The hotel is located just 15 minutes away from historical Warwick and offers guests a friendly welcome and exceptional service. Hotel facilities:

• Bar & restaurant • Wi-Fi

En-suite bedrooms:

• TV • Tea & coffee facilities

Day 1 - We make our way to Warwick for free time. Home to the ‘best medieval castle in Britain’, it recently celebrated its 1100th birthday in 2014. If castles aren’t your thing spend time wandering around the many gardens and parks or spend time exploring the gift shops, antique centres and traditional tea rooms. Day 2 - After breakfast we make our way to Stratford-upon-Avon, the birth place of William Shakespeare. Set on the banks of the River Avon and home to many medieval wooden fronted buildings from the Tudor era including many preserved intact houses from the Shakespeare family, creating a nostalgic feel.

Shropshire Delights

Featuring Shrewsbury & Severn Valley Railway Shropshire has many hidden gems on offer and we showcase two of them on this idyllic weekend break. First jump on board the Severn Valley Railway before spending time in Bridgnorth. On Sunday we make our way to the County town of Shrewsbury, birthplace to Charles Darwin. Spend a leisurely weekend visiting these Shropshire highlights. Includes 1 night dinner, bed and breakfast Excursions as stated Journey on Severn Valley Railway

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Sat 02 May Sat 01 August Sat 31 October

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Bridgnorth

During your stay

Hotel hhh

Park Inn, Telford

Conveniently located, the Park Inn Telford makes it easy to explore what Shropshire has to offer. Comfortable and stylish accommodation all awaits you as well as all the amenities you would expect from a modern hotel. Hotel facilities:

• Bar & restaurant • Sauna • Steam room • Lift

En-suite bedrooms:

• TV • Tea & coffee facilities

Day 1 - Departure by coach we make our way to Kidderminster to join the train to Bridgnorth on the Severn Valley Railway. Enchanting visitors for centuries, Bridgnorth is actually two towns; the high town with its castle, church and mansions and the low town which was once a thriving port along the banks of the river Severn. The two towns are connected by the steepest inland funicular in Britain. Day 2 - Today we make our way to Shrewsbury with over 600 listed buildings it is one of the most well preserved medieval towns in Shropshire. A town where you can witness traces of the past alongside quirky shops and a contemporary arts scene of the modern day, this market town has it all.

Route: D

coachstyle Ref: CBSV departure date

Sat 18 April Sat 06 June Sat 24 October

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2 2 2

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£89 £89 £89

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chester

Featuring Port Sunlight Museum & Garden Village Combining the ancient walled city of Chester with the beautiful and historic industrial village of Port Sunlight makes this a wonderful two day break full of breath-taking sites of city, cultural and historical importance.

2 days from £79

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Includes 1 night dinner, bed & breakfast Excursions as stated Entrance into Port Sunlight Museum Chester

During your stay Day 1 - Departure by coach we make our way to Chester, a 2000 year old city with a unique atmosphere. Chester has retained most of its Roman character whilst offering everything you’d expect from a modern city today.

Hotel hhh

Beaufort Park Hotel, Mold Set in the beautiful Welsh countryside and with an emphasis of providing ‘home from home’ accommodation, guests staying at the modern and contemporary Beaufort Park Hotel can expect a comfortable break alongside high standards of service and locally sourced produce. Hotel facilities: En-suite bedrooms: • Bar & restaurant • Wi-Fi

• TV • Tea & coffee facilities • Trouser press • Hairdryer

Day 2 - After breakfast we make our way to the Port Sunlight Museum which dates back to 1888. It was created by William Hesketh Lever for his Sunlight soap factory workers. With a unique heritage, this picturesque industrial village has received an extensive refurbishment in 2013 and now boasts a stylish gift shop, tea room and a new special exhibition gallery. We enjoy free time to explore the museum and also have a one hour guided tour of the village on board our coach.

A weekend at The Adelphi

popular break

Edwardian Grandeur oozes as soon as you enter the world famous Adelphi Hotel. Located in the heart of Liverpool City centre it was built in 1914 and quickly became “one of the greatest hotels in the world”. Includes 2 nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast Excursions as stated 2 for 1 bar offer (7pm-10pm)

city centre hotel hotel centralLY located for exploring

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Sat 30 May Sat 11 July Sat 15 August Sat 26 September

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Albert Docks, Liverpool

During your stay Day 1 - Departure by coach to Liverpool for a two night dinner, bed and breakfast stay at the world famous Adelphi Hotel. The afternoon is yours to explore this wonderful City.

Hotel hhh

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. Hotel facilities:

En-suite bedrooms:

• 3 Bars • TV • 2 Restaurants • Tea & coffee facilities • Gym • Jacuzzi • Sauna • Heated marble swimming pool • Lift

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Day 2 - Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore Liverpool. This vibrant City is a City of culture and heritage and has the largest collection of museums and galleries outside of our Capital. There is always an array of festivals, exhibitions and exciting events waiting to entice you. Day 3 -Today we enjoy a half day excursion to the Albert Dock. Set on the banks of the river Mersey, the Dock is one of the UK’s top heritage attractions. 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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Fri 06 March Fri 27 March Fri 29 May Fri 12 June Fri 03 July Fri 24 July Fri 21 August Fri 11 September Fri 16 October Fri 13 November

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£30 £30 £30 £30 £30 £30 £30 £30 £30 £30

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2 days from £65

Cardiff & Bristol Bringing together the best that England and Wales has to offer, this weekend we visit Cardiff and Bristol. Cardiff is not only the administrative capital of Wales, it is also at the forefront of Welsh culture, sport and tourism. It hosts some of the best attractions in the UK including Cardiff Castle, the Pierhead Building and the Millennium Stadium. Just across the Severn Bridge is a very different experience as Bristol shows off the pride of British maritime history and the Industrial Revolution.

Cardiff

Includes 1 night dinner, bed and breakfast Excursions as stated During your stay Hotel hhh

Park Inn, Cardiff North 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 • Lift

En-suite bedrooms:

• TV • Air conditioning • Tea & coffee facilities

Day 1 - Departure by coach to Bristol which has a fantastic range of things to do and has some of England’s most recognisable landmarks. No visit is complete without spending some time down at the vibrant harbour side which played an important role in the sea trade for hundreds of years. Day 2 - After breakfast we spend time in Cardiff, the capital of Wales, which is jam packed with top class entertainment, quality shopping, a variety of eateries and many museums and historic buildings. Cardiff has developed into a modern city from its humble origins from a small settlement over 2000 years ago. Come and see what you will discover.

A Welsh Weekend

featuring Snowdonia NatiONAL PARK

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coachstyle Ref: CBBB departure date

Sat 14 February Sat 04 July Sat 08 August Sat 27 September

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Llandudno is Wales’ largest seaside resort with a beautiful coastline, rolling countryside and endless attractions. On this break we also visit Chester and Snowdonia National Park, both full of scenic treasures and historic delights. Includes 2 nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast 1 night entertainment Excursions as stated Snowdonia National Park

During your stay Day 1 - Departure by coach we make our way to Chester. A 2000 year old city with a unique atmosphere, Chester has retained most of its Roman character whilst offering everything you’d expect from a modern city today. We then make our way to the hotel for a two night stay.

Hotel hhh

Beaufort Park Hotel, Mold Set in the beautiful Welsh countryside and with an emphasis of providing ‘home from home’ accommodation, guests staying at the modern and contemporary Beaufort Park Hotel can expect a comfortable break alongside high standards of service and locally sourced produce. Hotel facilities: En-suite bedrooms: • Bar & restaurant • Wi-Fi

• TV • Tea & coffee facilities • Hairdryer

Day 2 - Join us on a full day excursion to Snowdonia National Park, where some of the most beautiful lakes and mountains will be witnessed by all. We visit Llanberis a major tourist attraction at the foot of Mount Snowdon, from the town you can catch a train up the highest mountain in England and Wales, visit the craft shops or follow the fascinating self guided heritage trails around the village. We also stop in Betws-Y-Coed situated in dense woodland and surrounded by picturesque waterfalls, Betws small main street is full of cafes, and independent shops. We also make a brief stop at Bodnant Welsh Food set in the Conwy Valley.

Discover the history of Welsh food, complete with some delicious samples of the best food that Wales has to offer and an informative tour of the Welsh Food Centre. Day 3 - After breakfast we make our way to Llandudno. Largely unchanged for more than a century, it is a traditional Victorian seaside resort with an elegant promenade and pastel coloured buildings. Alice Pleasance Liddell who inspired ‘Alice in Wonderland’ holidayed here as a child and the new Alice trail which opened in 2014 takes you to 40 points of interest around the town.

Route: B

coachstyle Ref: CBLL departure date

Fri 20 March Fri 09 October

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3 3

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£119 £125

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a painter’s trail

GAINSBOROUGH & constable country Born within 10 miles of each other Gainsborough and Constable are two of Britain’s greatest painters. Witness the art of Gainsborough in the museum and gallery in Sudbury and visit the picturesque villages that inspired Constable on this weekend full of art and discovery. Includes 2 nights’ dinner, bed & breakfast Excursions as stated Entrance to Gainsborough’s House

3 days from £135

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Constable Country, Riverside House

During your stay Day 1 - Departure by coach we make our way to Sudbury for entrance into Gainsborough’s House, which is now the museum and gallery of the artist’s work. The birthplace of one of the greatest artists in British history, the house now has one of the largest collections of Thomas Gainsborough’s work on display at any one time.

Hotel hhh

Quality Hotel, Colchester With a welcoming waterside location just on the outskirts of Colchester, this hotel is an ideal base for our stay. With well appointed and spacious rooms the Quality Hotel provides comfortable accommodation and friendly customer service. Hotel facilities:

• Bar & restaurant • Wi-Fi

En-suite bedrooms:

• TV • Tea & coffee facilities

Day 2 - After breakfast we depart for a full day to Colchester, Britain’s oldest recorded town. Half timbered medieval houses line cobbled streets dotted with cafes and independent shops. With a unique history and heritage, today Colchester is a modern town offering all the tourist attractions that keep 4.5 million visitors flocking back each year. Day 3 - Today we visit Constable Country, walk in the footsteps of one of Britain’s most famous artist’s and see his pictures come to life.

Wiltshire’s Villages

featuring royal wooton bassett Home to many traditions, legends and myths including its famous crop circles, Wiltshire has many villages to explore. On this three day tour we showcase four towns that Wiltshire has to offer.

We spend time in Dedham, the village that John Constable attended schoo. The attractive main street is lined with Georgian-fronted houses, old inns and a large art/crafts centre. Next, we make our way to the charming hamlet of Flatford Mill which was the inspiration for some of Constable’s most famous pictures including the Hay Wain. Finally we reach East Bergholt, birthplace of John Constable and one of Suffolk’s most visited villages, famous for its 16th century bells and beautiful views depicted in Constable’s paintings.

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Fri 29 May Fri 17 July

3 3

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£135 £135

£40 £40

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Jubilee Lake & Town Hall, Royal Wootton Bassett

During your stay Day 1 - Departure by coach to Royal Wootton Bassett which had close links with the nearby Royal Air Force base at Lyneham and was granted ‘Royal’ status in 2011 for its role in military funeral repartitions that passed through the town.

Hotel hhh

Holiday Inn Express, Swindon Based in Swindon city centre, the hotel offers wellfurnished bedrooms in a fresh and welcoming style to provide comfortable accommodation. This hotel is an ideal base for any short and relaxing break. Hotel facilities:

• Bar & restaurant • Lounge area • Wi-Fi • Lift

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En-suite bedrooms:

• TV • Tea & coffee facilities

Day 2 - Today take time to explore Chippenham, a flourishing and lively market town packed full of historical architectural gems, beautifully maintained parks and modern shopping opportunities. We then make our way to Bradford on Avon a bustling market town nestled on the west corner of Wiltshire. Delightful shops, restaurants and tea rooms line the narrow streets. Maybe take a boat trip along the Kennet and Avon canal or immerse yourself in the history of the Anglo-Saxon architecture of St Lawrence Church.

Day 3 - After breakfast we make our way to Marlborough. A great natural beauty and much of its landscape is environmentally protected. Marlborough is rich in culture and heritage yet remains a vibrant town that offers all the modern attractions and facilities.

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Tue 28 April Tue 23 June Tue 25 August Tue 06 October

3 3 3 3

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£129 £129 £129 £125

£40 £40 £40 £40

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5 days from £169

torquay warmer Torquay is full of surprises including its pretty harbour, elegant Victorian villas and lets not forget its Agatha Christie connections. The swaying palm trees and golden sandy beaches are still iconic and a warm welcome in Torquay is always guaranteed even if its slightly frosty outside.

Torquay

Includes 4 nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast Excursions as stated During your stay Day 1 - Departure by coach to Torquay for a four night stay with dinner, bed and breakfast.

Hotel

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

• Bar & restaurant • Lift

En-suite bedrooms:

• TV • Tea & coffee facilities

Day 2 - Today we take a full day excursion North of Torquay to Sidmouth and Exmouth. Sidmouth has it all; sandy beaches, beautiful gardens and unique shops make this a must see seaside town. Exmouth is a lively town offering a diverse range of shops, restaurants, nature reserves and watersports. Day 3 - Spend time at leisure exploring what the English Riviera has to offer. Torquay’s famous seven hills provide the backdrop to a waterfront scene that matches anything you’ll see on the French Riviera.

lancaster

Featuring Lake Windermere Cruise & Morecambe Combining city, coast and countryside this weekend you are sure to experience some breath-taking scenery. Lancaster with its historic castle, cathedral and cobbled streets is a stark contrast to the Lake District whose landscape is filled with mountains, valleys and glistening lakes. And then there is Morecambe with its sweeping bay, award winning promenade; an all round traditional resort.

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Day 4 - Today we spend half day visiting Dartmouth and Brixham. These quaint towns are set along the English Riviera and South Devon and both hold strong maritime roots. Sit back in one of the waterfront cafés and watch the world go by. Day 5 - Departure by coach we make our way home.

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Mon 16 March

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£169

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Lake Windermere ©Jessica Bourne

Includes 2 nights’ dinner, bed & breakfast; Excursions as stated; Cruise on Lake Windermere During your stay Day 1 - Departure by coach we make our way to Lancaster, a city with a wealth of history and heritage dating back to 80AD when it started out as a Roman fort. Today Lancaster has developed into a vibrant and prosperous city with boutique and high street shops, restaurants and museums. We then continue to our hotel to enjoy two nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast.

Hotel hhh

Holiday Inn, Lancaster Set along the banks of the River Lune, the hotel is in an ideal location for our stay with easy access to the Lake District and Morecambe. The modern bedrooms and great customer service ensure that our guests will enjoy their stay. Hotel facilities:

• Bar & restaurant • Indoor Pool • Lift

En-suite bedrooms:

• TV • Tea & coffee facilities • Air-conditioning

Day 2 - Join us on a full day excursion to Lake Windermere where we enjoy a 45 minute cruise from Bowness with commentary and complimentary tea and coffee on board. Following this we spend free time in Bowness to enjoy all that this beautiful lakeside village has to offer. From the wonderful World of Beatrix Potter to the quaint tea rooms, Bowness is the perfect place to sit back and watch the world go by.

Day 3 - After breakfast we make the short journey to Morecambe for the morning at leisure. Set along the backdrop of the stunning Lakeland fells here you can stroll along the famous promenade, have your picture taken with the famous Eric Morecambe statue or have lunch in the Midland hotel, an art deco masterpiece of the 1930’s that has now been lovingly restored.

Route: B

coachstyle Ref: CBLW departure date

Fri 10 April Sat 06 June

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3 3

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£139 £145

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easter in torquay

sell out in 2014

Torquay is a special destination to visit at anytime of year and Easter is no different. With an abundance of activities and attractions this beautiful destination continues to attract visitors year after year.

4 days from £159

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

during your stay Easter

Hotel

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

• Bar & restaurant • Lift

En-suite bedrooms:

• TV • Tea & coffee facilities

Day 1 - Departure by coach to Torquay to enjoy a three night stay with dinner, bed and breakfast. Day 2 - Join us on a full day excursion exploring two of the quaint towns that are set along the English Rivieria and South Devon. Firstly, we make our way to Brixham, centred around its bustling harbour and famous for its fish market. Then we head to Dartmouth, the Jewel of the South Hams. Ancient narrowed streets, a cobbled market place and strong maritime roots are just a few reasons to visit this pretty town.

easter in blackpool

sell out in 2014

Britain’s most popular holiday destination has an abundance of year round attractions and has been a firm favourite with holiday makers since the 1900’s. An ideal place to spend Easter, expect all the usual traditions including a chocolate egg from the Easter bunny.

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 on arrival.

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: En-suite bedrooms:

Day 2 - Join us on a full day excursion to Lancaster. A city with a wealth of history and heritage dating back to 80AD when it started out as a Roman fort. Today Lancaster has developed into a vibrant and prosperous city with boutique and high street shops, restaurants and museums.

• Bar & restaurant • Sun lounge • Entertainment lounge • Lift

• TV • Tea & coffee facilities • Hairdryer

Day 3 - Spend Easter Sunday in Blackpool as we enjoy time at leisure to explore the numerous

a welsh easter Expect beautiful scenery from the Snowdonia National Park, a rich culture and history from Chester and a wonderful Welsh coastal delight in Rhyl as we spend an Easter to remember in the exquisite Welsh countryside.

Hotel hhh

Beaufort Park Hotel, Mold

Set in the beautiful Welsh countryside and with an emphasis of providing ‘home from home’ accommodation, guests staying at the modern and contemporary Beaufort Park Hotel can expect a comfortable break alongside high standards of service and locally sourced produce. Hotel facilities: En-suite bedrooms: • Bar & restaurant • Wi-Fi

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• TV • Tea & coffee facilities • Trouser press • Hairdryer

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

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Fri 03 April

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4

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£159

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4 days from £169

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

Hotel hh

The New President Hotel, Blackpool

Day 3 - Today we spend time in resort to celebrate Easter Sunday. Enjoy time at leisure exploring what the English Riviera has to offer or relax in the comfort of your hotel.

Includes 3 nights’ dinner, bed & breakfast Excursions as stated during your stay

Day 1 - Departure by coach we make our way to Chester. A 2000 year old city with a unique atmosphere, Chester has retained most of its Roman character whilst offering everything you’d expect from a modern city today. We then make our way to our hotel for a 3 night stay to celebrate Easter. Day 2 - After breakfast we make our way to Rhyl for a half day excursion. Rhyl is a lively seaside town offering lots of attractions to suit all ages; museums, botanical gardens and the SeaQuarium all await you. Day 3 - Join us on a full day excursion to Snowdonia National Park, home to some of the most beautiful lakes and mountains. We visit Llanberis, a major tourist attraction at the foot of Mount Snowdon, from the town you can catch a train up the highest mountain in England and Wales, visit the craft shops or follow the fascinating self-guided heritage trails

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easter special EASTER FESTIVITIES PLUS FREE EASTER EGG

attractions or enjoy the day in the comfort of our hotel. A delicious Sunday lunch will be provided by the hotel. Day 4 - Departure by coach we make our way home. Route: A

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Fri 03 April

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4

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£169

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4 days from £179 NEW Easter

around the village. Our next stop, Betws-Y-Coed, has a small main street full of cafés and independent shops and is situated in dense woodland and surrounded by picturesque waterfalls. We also make a brief stop at Bodnant Welsh Food set in the Conwy Valley. Discover the history of Welsh food, complete with samples of the best produce that Wales has to offer and an informative tour of the Welsh Food Centre. Day 4 - Today we make our way home via a scenic drive through the Peak district. Route: b

COACHSTYLE ref: CBWE departure date

Fri 03 April

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4

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£179

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Scarborough, Whitby & Bridlington 4 days from £139 Scarborough is still as popular as ever and has been a tourist hotspot for over 360 years. Offering a diverse range of attractions to suit all ages from the historic Scarborough Castle to the underwater world of the Sealife centre; Scarborough has it all. Includes 3 nights’ dinner, bed & breakfast Excursions as stated

sea front hotel hotel located in an excellent position

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Scarborough

During your stay Day 1 - Departure by coach to Scarborough for a three night stay at the Delmont Hotel.

Hotel hh

Delmont Hotel, Scarborough The Delmont Hotel in Scarborough, with its panoramic sea views across the North Bay provides a great base from which to explore breathtaking beaches and local attractions. Hotel facilities:

• Bar & restaurant • Games room • Lift

En-suite bedrooms:

• TV • Tea & coffee facilities

Day 2 - A full day excursion to Whitby is planned for today. A traditional maritime town full of charm and character and possibly the best fish and chips in the country! We spend a full day exploring what Whitby has to offer. Day 3 - Another full day excursion is planned for today as we visit Bridlington. A holiday haven with its golden sands and historic harbour, Bridlington also lays claim to a whole range of attractions waiting to be explored.

Day 4 - After breakfast we spend time at leisure in Scarborough before departing home at approximately 2pm.

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Fri 27 March

4

£139

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Fri 22 May

4

£159

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Fri 26 June

4

£159

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5 days from £229

scarborough Marvel at Scarborough’s many delights on this five day tour taking in the sights and sounds across North Yorkshire. A holiday destination for over 360 years, Scarborough, ‘Queen of the Yorkshire Coast’, was Britain’s first seaside resort. Today, it is still as popular as ever and offers an array of award-winning attractions between the North and South Bay. Includes 4 nights’ dinner, bed & breakfast Excursions as stated

sea front hotel hotel located in an excellent position

Scarborough

During your stay Day 1 - Departure by coach to Scarborough for a four night stay with dinner, bed and breakfast at the Delmont Hotel.

Hotel hh

Delmont Hotel, Scarborough The Delmont Hotel in Scarborough, with its panoramic sea views across the North Bay provides a great base from which to explore breathtaking beaches and local attractions. Hotel facilities:

• Bar & restaurant • Games room • Lift

En-suite bedrooms:

• TV • Tea & coffee facilities

Day 2 - A full day excursion to the North Yorkshire Moors & Goathland is planned for today. We make our way to the Moors for a scenic drive with stops en-route. The North Yorkshire Moors was designated a National Park in 1952 and has the most woodland and forest of all the National Parks in England. After, we visit the famous ‘Heartbeat Country’ Goathland and Robins Hood Bay. Day 3 - Today we spend time in resort to explore Scarborough. Award winning beaches and a historic harbour is the hub of this pretty coastal town.

Day 4 - Join us on a full day excursion to Whitby. Dominated by the cliff-top ruins of the beautiful St Hilda’s Abbey, Whitby is a traditional maritime town complete with old cobbled streets, picturesque houses and a sandy blue flag beach. Perhaps climb the 199 steps that lead up to the parish church of St Mary whose churchyard gave Bram Stoker the inspiration for Dracula. Day 5 - Today, we say goodbye to our hosts as we retrace our steps home.

Route: A

coachstyle Ref: CBSC departure date

days

Mon 06 July Mon 10 August

5 5

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£229 £235

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cumbria & the lake district

5 days from £219 PICTURESQUE SIGHTS EXCELLENT EXCURSION PACKAGE INCLUDED

Derwentw ater

Skiddaw Mountains view from Derwentwater

city centre hotel hotel centrally located for exploring

Cumbria is an area of stunning natural beauty and at 885 square miles, the Lake District is the largest National Park in England. Rugged mountains and tranquil waters mixed with bustling market towns make Cumbria a number one tourist destination.

Includes 4 nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast; 2 nights’ entertainment; Excursions as stated

During your stay Hotel hhh

The County Hotel, Carlisle Set in the heart of Carlisle and overlooking the twin towers of King Henry VIII’s historic Citadel, the County hotel is an ideal base to explore the Lake District. Hotel facilities:

• Bar & restaurant • Lift

En-suite bedrooms:

• TV • Tea & coffee facilities

Day 1 - Departure by coach to Carlisle for a four night stay with dinner, bed and breakfast. Day 2 - Today we enjoy a full day excursion to Cockermouth and Keswick. A lively and attractive market town, Cockermouth is a gem waiting to be explored in Cumbria. Birthplace of the poet William Wordsworth, this Georgian town has a mix of independent shops, bars, cafes and high quality art and craft galleries. We then head to Keswick, nestled between the Skiddaw Mountains and Derwentwater Lake. This market town offers an array of shops and delicatessens but also a peaceful and tranquil atmosphere.

Day 5 - Today we say goodbye to the Lake District as we retrace our steps home.

Grasmere

Day 3 - Today spend time at leisure to explore the many attractions that Carlisle has to offer.

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Day 4 - Join us on another full day excursion as we visit Grasmere and Bowness-onWindermere. Before reaching Cumbria’s most popular lake we stop in the pretty village of Grasmere made famous for its connections with William Wordsworth. The village today has plenty of gift shops and tea rooms and is also home to Dove Cottage where Wordsworth lived and wrote some of his most famous poems. We then head to Lake Windermere, the largest natural Lake in England at 12 miles long. Bowness in particular is a hub for watersports and is now Cumbria’s main tourist destination.

Carlisle Castle ©English Heritage photo library

Route: A

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Mon 18 May Mon 03 August Mon 28 September

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5 5 5

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£229 £229 £219

£40 £40 £40

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5 days from £209

Blackpool

ENTERTAINMENT

Situated in the North West of England, Blackpool is the UK’s most famous seaside resort and has retained this title since its heyday in the 1900’s.

nightly ENTERTAINMENT INCLUDED AT HOTEL

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

sea front hotel hotel located in an excellent position

Blackpool

During your stay Day 1 - Departure by coach we make our way to Blackpool for a four night stay.

Hotel hh

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 stay. Hotel facilities: • • • •

Bar & restaurant Sun lounge Entertainment lounge Lift

En-suite bedrooms:

• TV • Tea & coffee facilities • Hairdryer

Day 2 - Join us on a full day excursion to Lancaster. A city with a wealth of history and heritage dating back to 80AD when it started out as a Roman fort. Today, Lancaster has developed into a vibrant and prosperous city with boutique and high street shops, restaurants and many museums to explore. Day 3 - Today, we spend the day at leisure. Blackpool is a traditional resort home to all the traditional seaside attractions you would expect to see from the Blackpool Pleasure Beach to the Tower.

Day 4 - 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; Southport provides an ideal place for a lovely day out. Day 5 - Departure by coach, we make our way home.

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Mon 15 June Mon 31 August

5 5

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Skegness A friendly and relaxing atmosphere is waiting for you on the ‘drier side of Britain’ in the resort of Skegness - one of the UK’s favourite seaside destinations. It offers all the amenities and attractions you would expect from this traditional resort.

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

Skegness

During your stay Day 1 - Departure by coach to Skegness to enjoy a four night stay.

Hotel

The Leisure Hotel, Skegness The Leisure is a long established guest-style accommodation which is ideally situated in the heart of Skegness just a few minutes walk from the clock towers, central promenade, shops and bars. Hotel facilities:

• Bar & restaurant • Lift

En-suite bedrooms: • TV

Day 2 - Today, we have planned a full day excursion to Mablethorpe and Cleethorpes. Both destinations offer beach side attractions, indoor amusements and a traditional fun-filled atmosphere to keep you entertained whatever the weather. Day 3 - Packed full of attractions from Natureland Seal Sanctuary to Skegness pier, you won’t be short of options when you take some time to explore.

Day 4 - A half day excursion to the market town of Boston which is home to the iconic 14th century medieval St Boltolphs Church (Boston Stump) which is 272ft high. A town that offers a wealth of history, heritage and wonderful architecture. Day 5 - Today, we say our goodbyes to the Lincolnshire coast as we make our journey home.

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Mon 22 June Mon 21 September

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5 days from £235

margate A sense of nostalgia and charm greets you as soon as you arrive in Margate. With sandy beaches, sparkling bays, retro shops and not forgetting the Turner Contemporary gallery, Margate mixes culture and traditional seaside charisma perfectly.

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

sea front hotel

Margate

hotel located in an excellent position

During your stay Day 1 - Departure by coach to Margate for a four night stay.

Hotel hhh

Smith’s Court Hotel, Cliftonville Margate Awarded with the Certificate of Excellence, this 3 star elegant Victorian hotel resides in a seafront location. Distinguished by its Orangery restaurant with marble floors and the finest local produce, this hotel is truly remarkable. Hotel facilities:

• Bar & restaurant • Wi-Fi • Lift

En-suite bedrooms:

• TV • Tea & coffee facilities

Day 2 - Join us on a half day excursion to Ramsgate and Broadstairs. Firstly, we visit Ramsgate; a bustling harbour borders a yacht filled marina which adds a cosmopolitan vibe to the area’s pavement cafés. With endless history and continental charm, it’s a must for all to visit. Then we make our way to Broadstairs, a relaxed and unspoilt place to visit with blue flag sandy beaches, independent shops and stunning cliff top walks. Day 3 - Spend time at leisure in resort. With an abundance of activities and attractions, a buzzing artistic energy, chic eateries and vintage shops, Margate offers something for everyone.

Day 4 - Today, join us on a full day excursion to Canterbury. Famous for its Cathedral, (the oldest in England) Canterbury is a city full of history and heritage. This modern and vibrant city also has more to offer with an array of shops, fine restaurants and attractions. There are plenty of walking trails to explore the city on foot or if you fancy, sit back and relax on a boat trip along the River Stour. Day 5 - Today, we make our way home.

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Mon 20 July Mon 24 August

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southend-on-sea A traditional seaside resort with an abundance of activities, Southend has so much to offer. An ideal place to enjoy a laid back holiday.

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

sea front hotel hotel located in an excellent position

Southend-on-Sea

During your stay Day 1 - Departure by coach we make our way to Southend for a four night stay.

Hotel hhh

Park Inn Palace Hotel, Southend-On-Sea

Overlooking the mouth of the River Thames, the Palace hotel is in an enviable position. Offering spacious and inviting bedrooms with colourful décor, the Palace is an ideal choice for our stay. Hotel facilities:

• Bar & restaurant • Leisure/fitness facilities • Lift

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En-suite bedrooms:

• TV • Tea & coffee facilities • Wi-Fi

Day 2 - After breakfast we make our way to Colchester for a full day in Britain’s oldest recorded town. It has a unique history and heritage and today is a modern town offering all the tourist attractions that keep 4.5 million visitors flocking back each year. Day 3 - Enjoy time in resort as we spend the day at leisure. Wander down the longest pier in the world or discover the town centre with its unique shopping opportunities or alternatively enjoy time on the seven miles of glorious seafront.

Day 4 - Join us on a half day excursion to Clacton-On-Sea, the largest town on the Tendring Peninsula. Popular for its miles of sandy beaches and fun-packed pier, it is a seaside resort that has been attracting many visitors since 1871. With a bustling shopping area and beautiful seafront gardens it is the perfect destination for our visit. Day 5 - Departure by coach we make our way home.

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days

Mon 29 June Mon 17 August

5 5

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£229 £229

£48 £48

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bournemouth

5 days from £209

seaside sellout in 2014

customer favourite highly recommended by our customers

Bournemouth

Boasting seven miles of sandy beaches and clear blue sea, this vibrant town has it all. With an incredible variety of shops, restaurants and award winning gardens you will be spoilt for choice at this traditional seaside location.

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

During your stay Hotel hhh

Hotel Piccadilly, Bournemouth

The Hotel Piccadilly is 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 centre. Hotel facilities:

• Art Deco lounge and bar • Restaurant • Ballroom • Lift

En-suite bedrooms:

• TV • Tea & coffee facilities

Bournemouth

Day 1 - Departure by coach to Bournemouth for a four night stay. Day 2 - Today, we spend half a day exploring Christchurch, a small Saxon town with castle ruins and its own quayside overlooking the harbour. A fascinating mix of history and heritage awaits. Day 3 - Spend time relaxing on the beaches or visit one of the many museums, awardwinning gardens or even take a leisurely stroll along one of its piers. A great way to spend a day at leisure. Day 4 - On this full day excursion we visit two of the best coastal areas that Britain has to offer. First we visit Swanage, a traditional Victorian seaside town surrounded by a beautiful curved bay. The town has many attractions from the Purbeck Coast Path to the Swanage railway; the 30 minute ride takes passengers through the beautiful Purbeck countryside including stunning views of the ruins of Corfe Castle. Then we make our way to Poole which is home to Europe’s largest natural harbour. Head down to the quayside and sit back and watch some of the millionaire’s yachts setting sail or take a stroll in the old town and witness the old passageways that the smugglers once used. Day 5 - Departure by coach as we make our way home.

Bournemouth Beach huts

Corfe Castle, Swanage

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Mon 30 March Mon 11 May Mon 08 June Mon 06 July Mon 05 October

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5 days from £209

weymouth

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Weymouth

sea front hotel hotel located in an excellent position

With its fine Georgian buildings providing a grand backdrop to its golden sandy beaches, Weymouth has been a popular seaside resort for many years due to its rich heritage and magnificent coastline.

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

During your stay Hotel hh

Norfolk Hotel, Weymouth

Situated on the Esplanade, the Norfolk hotel has easy access to the stunning beach and historic 17th century harbour. Sue and her team welcome you to their comfortable and relaxed hotel. Hotel facilities:

• Bar & restaurant • Lift does not serve all floors

En-suite bedrooms:

• TV • Tea & coffee facilities

Day 1 - Departure by coach to Weymouth for a four night stay. Day 2 - We spend the day at leisure in resort. Get to know your surroundings and discover Weymouth’s three miles of sandy beaches, pretty harbour side and top visitor attractions. Day 3 - After breakfast we have a half day excursion to the historic market town of Dorchester, boasting a wide range of family attractions, independent retailers and delicious eateries. Day 4 - Today, we spend a full day exploring Lyme Regis, the most westerly town in Dorset. A picturesque seaside town with a maze of narrow streets and dramatic sea views and world famous for its fossils which date back to the Jurassic period. Lyme Regis has also featured in many novels including Jane Austen’s ‘Persuasion’. Day 5 - Departure by coach we retrace our steps home.

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Lyme Regis

Weymouth

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COACHSTYLE ref: CBWY departure date

Mon 04 May Mon 27 July

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5 5

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£209 £229

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torquay

5 days from £209

the english riviera

PICTURESQUE SIGHTS EXCELLENT EXCURSION PACKAGE INCLUDED

Enjoy five days away on the English Riviera. Its mild climate, swaying palm trees and blissful beaches have made this resort top of the British holidaymakers list since the Victorian times. Torquay is full of surprises including its pretty harbour, elegant Victorian villas and lets not forget its Agatha Christie connections. A warm welcome is guaranteed.

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

Torquay

During your stay Day 1 - Departure by coach to Torquay for a four night stay with dinner, bed and breakfast.

Hotel

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

• Bar & restaurant • Lift

En-suite bedrooms:

• TV • Tea & coffee facilities

Day 2 - Today, we take a full day excursion North of Torquay to Sidmouth and Exmouth. Sidmouth has it all, sandy beaches, beautiful gardens and unique shops make this a must see seaside town. Exmouth is a lively town offering a diverse range of shops, restaurants, nature reserves and watersports. Day 3 - Spend time at leisure exploring what the English Riviera has to offer. Torquay’s famous seven hills provide the backdrop to a waterfront scene that matches anything you’ll see on the French Riviera.

St Ives

featuring falmouth & Penzance

Day 4 - We spend half a day visiting Dartmouth and Brixham. These quaint towns are set along the English Riviera and South Devon and both hold strong maritime roots. Sit back in one of the waterfront cafés and watch the world go by. Day 5 - Departure by coach we make our way home.

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5 days from £219 customer favourite highly recommended by our customers

A quaint seaside resort unique in many ways with its narrow cobbled streets and golden sandy beaches, St Ives is a Cornish charm you will simply fall in love with. With repeat customers year after year, the magic of this place keeps customers coming back time and again.

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

During your stay Day 1 - Departure by coach to St Ives to enjoy a four night stay with dinner, bed and breakfast. Day 2 - Join us on this full day excursion to the pretty harbour town of Falmouth which has the world’s third largest natural harbour. The town has come a long way since the 1600’s and now has a thriving port, a buzzing art scene and a fascinating maritime heritage.

Hotel

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:

En-suite bedrooms:

• Cocktail bar/dining room • TV • Tea & coffee facilities • Hairdryer

Day 3 - Today, we spend the day at leisure in St Ives. A fishing community like no other, the town arcs around the harbour and winding cobbled streets lead to a whole range of delights from independent shops, galleries, bars and restaurants. Day 4 - Join us on a half day excursion as we make our way to Penzance, the capital of Penwith and West Cornwall, dominated by St Michael’s Mount. It is an attractive market town that has been

welcoming tourists since the late 1860’s and is still as popular as ever. We then make our way to Marazion, renowned for its wonderful beaches and stunning views towards the Lizards Peninsula and Lands End. At low tide, take a stroll across the causeway to St Michael’s Mount and go back in time to witness a monastery, a fortress, a port and a family home. Day 5 - Departure by coach, we retrace our steps home.

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Mon 20 April Mon 11 May Mon 01 June Mon 14 September Mon 12 October

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5 5 5 5 5

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£219 £239 £249 £249 £239

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Weston-Super-Mare

5 days from £209

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Weston-super-Mare

sea front hotel hotel located in an excellent position

Weston-super-Mare has all the attractions you would expect from a traditional seaside resort. Miles of golden sandy beaches, coastline and countryside are all waiting to be explored. Over the last 3 years the seafront and promenade have undergone a major refurbishment which offers something for everyone. Maybe visit the SeaQuarium or take a relaxing afternoon tea on the Grand Pier in one of its Edwardian style tea rooms.

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

Hotel

The Sandringham Hotel, Weston-super-Mare

During your stay

Boasting a central location and overlooking the bay, the Sandringham Hotel is in an enviable position. With comfortable accommodation and attractions right on your doorstep this makes an ideal destination for our break.

Day 1 - Departure by coach to the Sandringham hotel in Weston-super-Mare for a four night stay.

Hotel facilities:

• Bar & restaurant • Lift

En-suite bedrooms:

• TV • Tea & coffee facilities

Day 5 - We leave after breakfast and re-trace our steps home.

Day 2 - A full day excursion to Bath is planned for today. Designated a world heritage site, the city has much to offer. Museums, restaurants, boutique shops and not forgetting the famous Roman Baths, you won’t be short of attractions to visit. Day 3 - Weston-super-Mare has some great attractions for you to visit on this relaxing day in resort. There’s the New Grand Pier, the Sovereign Shopping Centre and the Winter Gardens.

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Day 4 - Another full day excursion is planned for today. After breakfast we head to Wells, a medieval city famed for its 13th Century Cathedral and many historic buildings including the Bishop’s Palace surrounded by a moat. Then, we make our way to Cheddar, perhaps spend some time in Cheddar Gorge exploring the many caves or take a cliff top walk to see some of the breath-taking views. Cheddar is famous for its cheese making and some is still stored in the caves today to mature.

Cheddar Gorge

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days

Mon 27 April Mon 13 July Mon 05 October

5 5 5

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£219 £219 £209

£12 £12 £12

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Sandown, Isle of Wight

5 days from £179 excellent value the best value for money breaks around

Isle of Wight

The Needles, Isle of Wight

sea front hotel hotel located in an excellent position

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Offering plenty to do the Isle of Wight is the perfect little island nicely sandwiched between the UK and France. Generally warmer than the mainland UK, the Isle of Wight has many places of outstanding natural beauty and plenty of history to absorb as well as the numerous beaches and tourist hotspots.

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

Hotel

Carlton Hotel, Sandown The Carlton Hotel is ideally situated not a stone’s throw away from the sea to give you the best possible base from which to enjoy both Sandown and the rest of the Isle of Wight. Hotel facilities:

• Bar & restaurant • Lift

En-suite bedrooms:

• TV • Tea & coffee facilities

During your stay Day 1 - Departure by coach to the Isle of Wight Day 4 - We visit the Isle of Wight’s most to enjoy a four night stay with dinner, bed and iconic landmark on this full day excursion. breakfast. The Needles Park offers a range of attractions including the spectacular chairlift Day 2 - Join us on a full day excursion as we to the beach, Alum Bay and a Glass and visit two of the islands gems. One of the Sweet Manufactory. We also visit Freshwater largest producers of English wines, Rosemary Bay, one of the most picturesque beaches Vineyard covers over 30 acres and makes, on the Isle of Wight and home to one of the wines, juices, ciders and liqueurs. On this 30 oldest beach cafés selling ice creams and minute guided tour we experience the wine cream teas. making process, followed by a tasting of their wines. We will then have free time, perhaps Day 5 - Departure by coach we retrace our have a coffee overlooking the vines before steps home. we make our way to Ryde. Being the largest town on the island and with great ferry links, Ryde is often referred to as ‘the gateway to the isle’. The beach stretches along the town and the esplanade has a range of attractions including boutique shops, museums, galleries Route: c COACHSTYLE ref: CBIS and restaurants. departure date

Ryde

Day 3 - Today we spend time at leisure in resort. Sandown has a traditional seafront with its very own pier which is home to amusements, bowling and cafes. Perhaps take a stroll along the beach or visit the Isle of Wight Zoo or the Dinosaur Museum.

Mon 16 March Mon 13 April Mon 22 June Mon 27 July Mon 17 August Mon 21 September

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5 5 5 5 5 5

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loch lomond & The Trossachs

5 days from £219 PICTURESQUE SIGHTS EXCELLENT EXCURSION PACKAGE INCLUDED

Loch Lomond

Steeped in history and becoming ever more popular for its festivals, Aberfoyle is the gateway to the Trossachs.

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

During your stay Day 1 - Departure by coach to Aberfoyle for a four night stay.

Hotel hh

The Rob Roy Hotel, Aberfoyle The Rob Roy Hotel is wonderfully situated in idyllic countryside at the gateway to the glorious Trossachs and is set within Scotland’s first National Park. The hotel is aptly named after the legendary local folk hero, Rob Roy McGregor. Hotel facilities:

• Bar & restaurant

En-suite bedrooms:

• TV • Tea & coffee facilities

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Day 5 - Departure by coach, we make our way home.

Day 2 - Join us for a full day excursion as we take time to explore the best that Loch Lomond and the Trossachs have to offer. The largest body of freshwater in mainland Britain, Loch Lomond continues to welcome visitors due to its breathtaking scenery and its vast array of water sports. The National Park itself was Scotland’s first in 2002 and comprises 720 square miles of beautiful mountains, glens and lochs. Day 3 - Today, we have a half day excursion to Stirling. This heritage capital is the ideal location to discover Scotland’s impressive past. Learn about the Wars of Independence or explore the spectacular cliff-top castle in this charming and historic city. Day 4 - Depart after breakfast for a full day to Callandar and Loch Katrine. We spend the morning in Callander, the largest town in the park. It has a range of shops, Wollenmill shops and amenities. This afternoon we make our way to the Trossachs pier at Loch Katrine. Perhaps book a loch cruise on the famous SS Sir Walter Scott or Lady of the Lake, take a stroll to witness the stunning scenery or sit back and relax in the café overlooking this famous loch.

Loch Katrine

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COACHSTYLE ref: CBAT departure date

days

Mon 08 June Mon 31 August

5 5

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£219 £219

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North Wales Explorer

Featuring Llandudno & Snowdonia National Park With magnificent castles, railways and festivals, north Wales is an exciting place to visit at anytime of year. Llandudno is Wales’ largest seaside resort with a beautiful coastline, rolling countryside and endless attractions and in close proximity to the Snowdonia National Park. Nestled between two glistening beaches and guarded by two rugged limestone headlands this iconic mountain range couldn’t be a more beautiful place to visit. Includes Llandudno 4 nights’ dinner, bed & breakfast During your stay 2 nights’ entertainment Day 1 - Departure by coach, we make our way Excursions as stated

5 days from £229

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to Chester, a 2000 year old city with a unique atmosphere. Chester has retained most of its Roman character whilst offering everything you’d expect from a modern city today. We then continue to the Beaufort Park for a four night stay.

Hotel hhh

Beaufort Park Hotel, Mold Set in the beautiful Welsh countryside and with an emphasis of providing ‘home from home’ accommodation, guests staying at the modern and contemporary Beaufort Park Hotel can expect a comfortable break alongside high standards of service and locally sourced produce. Hotel facilities: En-suite bedrooms: • Bar & restaurant • Wi-Fi

• TV • Tea & coffee facilities • Hairdryer

Day 2 - Join us on a full day excursion to Snowdonia National Park, some of the most beautiful lakes and mountains will be witnessed by all. We visit Llanberis a major tourist attraction at the foot of Mount Snowdon, from the town you can catch a train up the highest mountain in England and Wales, visit the craft shops or follow the fascinating self guided heritage trails around the village. We also stop in Betws-Y-Coed situated in dense woodland and surrounded by picturesque waterfalls, Betws small main street is full of cafes, and independent shops.

pembrokeshire

Day 4 - Today we spend a full day in Llandudno. Largely unchanged for more than a century, Llandudno is a traditional Victorian seaside resort with an elegant promenade and pastel coloured buildings, an ideal resort to explore. Day 5 - Departure by coach, we make our way home.

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featuring tenby

An area of outstanding beauty and unique countryside, Pembrokeshire has some of the most picturesque coastline in Europe. Dramatic cliffs and magnificent beaches have all been protected since 1952 when the Pembrokeshire coast was designated a National Park. Includes 4 nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast 2 nights’ live music Excursions as stated

Day 3 - After breakfast we have a half day in Rhyl, a lively seaside town offering lots of attractions to suit all ages, museums, botanical gardens and the SeaQuarium all await you.

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Tenby Harbour, Pembrokeshire

During your stay Day 1 - Departure by coach to Pembrokeshire to enjoy a four night stay with dinner, bed and breakfast.

Hotel hh

Merlewood Hotel, Saundersfoot Located in an enviable position looking over the bay and only a 10 minute walk from the town centre and harbour, the Merlewood offers traditional accommodation in a comfortable setting. Hotel facilities:

• Bar & restaurant

En-suite bedrooms:

• TV • Tea & coffee facilities

Day 2 - Today, join us on a full day excursion to Pembroke and Tenby. Pembroke is a charming walled town dating back over 900 years. It is home to Pembroke Castle, the most complete Norman castle in the UK and was the birth place of Henry VII, founder of the Tudor dynasty. We then travel to Tenby, one of the prettiest seaside towns in Wales and boasting a hilltop location it is bursting with shops, restaurants and pubs all linked by quaint cobbled streets waiting to be explored. Day 3 - Spend time exploring Saundersfoot today. This small seaside town has a blue flag beach and there are plenty of places to eat and drink around the pretty harbour, so sit back, relax and watch the world go by.

Day 4 - After a leisurely breakfast we take a half day excursion to Haverfordwest. This picturesque market town is dominated by the river Cleddau which runs through the middle of the town. Shops, bars and restaurants are on either side and the well located bridges enable you to explore the narrow streets. Day 5 - Departure by coach, we retrace our steps home.

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coachstyle Ref: CBPE departure date

Mon 04 May Mon 21 September

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5 5

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Mill Rythe Holiday Village

5 days from £199

Mill Rythe Holiday Village

Based in Hampshire, Mill Rythe has an extensive leisure programme and is the perfect place to take a well earned break.

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

During your stay

CHALETS

Mill Rythe Holiday Village, Hayling Island Located in the heart of Hayling Island, Mill Rythe offers a high standard of chalet-style accommodation with an abundance of facilities including a pleasant restaurant catering to suit a variety of tastes. Hotel facilities:

• Bars & restaurant • Ballroom • Indoor & outdoor pool (June-September) • Sauna • Beauty salon • Tennis courts • Artificial bowls green • Dart boards • Snooker • Archery • Afternoon dances

En-suite bedrooms:

• TV • Tea & coffee facilities

NB. Not suitable for people with walking difficulties

Day 1 - Departure by coach to Mill Rythe Holiday Village for a four night stay. Day 2 - After breakfast we spend the day at leisure. Get to know your surroundings and enjoy the fabulous range of facilities that Mill Rythe has to offer. Day 3 - Enjoy a full day to Worthing, the largest town is West Sussex. Situated between an award-winning beach and the South Downs National Park, Worthing is full of shopping opportunities and dining experiences. Discover the history of the town at the award-winning museum and art gallery, take a stroll in one of the many beautiful parks or along the palm-lined promenade. Worthing also has a hugely popular market held every Wednesday with over 75 stalls and close to the bars, cafés and beach. Day 4 - Join us on a half day excursion to Portsmouth, a dynamic and vibrant waterfront city. From the proud naval and maritime heritage to towering world-class visitor attractions such as its museums, galleries, unique shopping destinations and miles of beautiful seafront, Portsmouth offers something for everyone.

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Day 5 - Departure by coach, we re-trace our steps home.

Portsmouth

themes May - We Love Dancing (Aimed at beginners & funseekers! Lessons include Latin, Tango, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Line Dancing & Ballroom) August - The Great British Remember When? (Four nights of live entertainment: The Mill Rythe Music Hall, the 50s & 60s, Hi-de-Hi Heyday and the 1940s Ball & Gala dinner) Route: C

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Mon 04 May Mon 31 August

5 5

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holiday villages

5 days from £199

5 days from £209

NEW Mundesley Holiday Village seacroft Holiday Village An adult only Holiday Village situated on the Norfolk coast in Mundesley. Overlooking miles of golden sandy beaches, 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.

An adult only Holiday Village situated on the Norfolk coast in Hemsby. The chalet style accommodation is situated just a 10 minute walk away from the beach and provides the perfect location for a relaxing stay. There is a daily and nightly entertainment programme provided by the in house team meaning you can do as much or as little as you like.

Includes 4 nights’ dinner, bed & breakfast; Excursions as stated During your stay

Includes 4 nights’ full board (Aug date is half board); Excursions as stated During your stay

Day 1- Departure by coach to Mundesley Holiday Village for a four night stay.

to spend your day you won’t be Day 1 - Departure by coach to Seacroft Holiday Village for a four short of options. night stay. Day 4 - Today we have a full day excursion to Norwich what Day 2 - Join us after breakfast was once regarded as Britain’s as we make our way to Great second city before the Industrial Yarmouth for a half day Revolution, Norwich’s rich history excursion. The most varied is still evident today with winding holiday resort in Norfolk is a cobbled streets and an attractive bustling town with its own pleasure beach and amusement medieval charm. Places to visit include the magnificent Norwich arcades. A Traditional seaside Cathedral, Norwich Castle or the resort! whole host of fantastic shops. Day 3 - Spend time relaxing Day 5 - Departure by coach on the beach or join in with home. the entertainment provided or challenge your friends to a game of bowls. However you choose

Day 2 - After breakfast join us on a full day excursion as we first make our way to Cromer famous for its tasty crabs, golden beaches and traditional pier. We spend the morning here before making our way to Sheringham, a bustling seaside town with its high street and range of independent retailers, traditional tea rooms and blue flag sandy beaches. Day 3 - Spend time relaxing on the beach or join in with the entertainment provided.

However you choose to spend your day you won’t be short of options. Day 4 - Today, we spend a half day exploring Norwich. 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 and of course, the famous Colman’s Mustard Shop. Day 5 - We say our goodbyes and make our journey home by coach.

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Mundesley Holiday Village

Seacroft Holiday Village, Hemsby

The holiday village offers a fantastic entertainment 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.

The holiday village offers a fantastic entertainment 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:

• Full entertainment programme • Gift shop • Ballroom • Bar • Live shows and cabarets • Petanque • Croquet

• Bowls • Mini golf • Amusement arcade • Table tennis • Darts

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Hotel facilities:

En-suite bedrooms:

• TV • Tea & coffee facilities • Not suitable for people with walking difficulties

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• Skittles • Dining room • Tennis • Ballroom • Not suitable for • Lounge bar people with • Short mat bowls walking difficulties • Table tennis En-suite bedrooms: • Darts • Tea/coffee making facilities • Five snooker tables • TV • Crazy golf • Putting green

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departure date Mon 29 June (Happy Daze Theme) Mon 17 August (Half Board Break Only) Mon 16 November (Turkey & Tinsel)

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5 days from £269

ostend Based in the popular seaside resort of Ostend renowned for its lively atmosphere and entertaining shows it is one of Belgium’s most impressive coastal destinations, and with a total of five popular sandy beaches which stretch several miles long you can be assured of all the traditional delights. Includes Return ferry sailings 4 nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast Excursions as stated

customer favourite highly recommended by our customers

Ostend Beach

During your stay Day 1 - Departure by coach to Dover for our ferry sailing. We then continue our journey onto Belgium for our four night half board stay.

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Hotel Melinda, Ostend The recently renovated Hotel Melinda is a modern and contemporary hotel offering comfortable and stylish accommodation, but nevertheless has a philosophy of providing a traditional warm and friendly welcome that our guests have come to expect. Hotel facilities:

• Bar & restaurant • Lift

En-suite bedrooms: • TV • Hairdryer

Day 2 - Today we enjoy a full day excursion to Bruges. The old medieval town is one of Belgium’s greatest tourist attractions; the entire town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The canals, narrow streets and old buildings make this city a truly charming place to visit. Day 3 - Whether you wish to relax on the beach or visit one of the seafront cafés for a traditional Belgian delight, such as a waffle. You can do as little or as much as you please on this day at leisure.

ostend at anchor Every year Ostend hosts the largest annual festival for authentic shipping in the North Sea. Attracting around 300,000 visitors, ‘Ostend at Anchor’ now welcomes over 100 boats that dock in the harbour for four days. Explore the stunningly beautiful ‘three-masters’ along with many small classic boats and enjoy all things nautical including demonstrations of old maritime trade and scores of bands performing throughout the city.

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Hotel Melinda, Ostend The recently renovated Hotel Melinda is a modern and contemporary hotel offering comfortable and stylish accommodation, but nevertheless has a philosophy of providing a traditional warm and friendly welcome that our guests have come to expect. Hotel facilities:

• Bar & restaurant • Lift

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En-suite bedrooms: • TV • Hairdryer

Day 5 - We re-board the coach for our return journey home.

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Mon 15 June Mon 27 July Mon 24 August Mon 21 September

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5 5 5 5

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5 days from £269 spectacular event EXCELLENT EXCURSION PACKAGE INCLUDED

Ostend at Anchor

Includes Return ferry sailings; 4 nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast; Excursions as stated; Free time in Ostend to enjoy the event During your stay Day 1 - Departure by coach to Dover for our ferry sailing, we then continue our journey onto Belgium for our four night stay.

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Day 4 - Situated in the Flanders region this friendly town is endowed with wonderful architecture and a troubled past. Best known as the site of three major battles during the First World War, Ypres holds many memorials and cemeteries of the fallen which draw thousands of visitors each year.

Day 2 - Today we enjoy a full day excursion to Bruges. The old medieval town is one of Belgium’s greatest tourist attractions; the entire town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The canals, narrow streets and old buildings make this city a truly charming place to visit. Day 3 - A day at leisure to enjoy the fabulous Ostend at Anchor event. This year’s theme is rescue at sea, next to the 100 or so participating vessels, the exhibitions, music performances and ‘meet and greets’ with captains, coastguards and event organisers, a unique spectacle that can be enjoyed by everyone is guaranteed.

Day 4 - A half day excursion to Ypres, situated in the Belgian Flanders region. This friendly town is endowed with wonderful architecture and a troubled past. Best known as the site of three major battles during the First World War, Ypres holds many memorials and cemeteries of the fallen which draw thousands of visitors each year. Day 5 - We re-board the coach for our return journey home.

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Weds 27 May

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£89

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the rhine valley

5 days from £219

sell out tour in 2014

After another hugely successful year for 2014 and being a complete sell out, we once again feature Andreas and his team at the Hotel Wagner. Between Rudesheim and Koblenz, the River Rhine cuts majestically through the slate mountains, meandering between hillsides, castles and steep fields of wine to create a magical mixture of beauty and legend that is just waiting to be discovered.

During your stay Includes Return ferry sailing Day 1 - We make our way to Dover for the sailing across to Calais. We then continue our journey 4 nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast Entrance to Asbach Brandy Visitor Centre to our hotel in Kamp Bornhofen for four nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast. Excursions as stated Day 2 - We enjoy a full day excursion to Rudesheim which is famous for the production of quality wines and brandy, 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.

Hotel

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 Lift to all floors

• TV • Balcony or Terrace (On request subject to availability)

NB: Please note this tour is not suitable for people with walking difficulties

Day 3 - 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 Mosel River little seems to have changed for centuries with both villages offering a humble atmosphere and traditional German village life. Day 4 - The traditional timber rafting and shipping community of Kamp Bornhofen in the

Rhineland Carnivals In February the Rhineland Carnivals reach their peak with hundreds of people celebrating in the streets with colourful parades and floats. Although it’s the winter season, the atmosphere is radiant and sunny! The locals all dress up in vibrant costumes to get into the carnival spirit. With the impressive Rhine River flowing between enchanting hillside castles and steeply rising fields of wine, this tour creates a magical mixture of beauty and legend. This is Germany at its most impressive.

The Rhine

customer favourite highly recommended by our customers Loreley Valley is a friendly tourist village that offers a welcoming ambience. Combine this with the charm of the Wagner family and we have the ideal way to spend our day at leisure. Day 5 - After breakfast we leave our hotel and return to Calais for the afternoon ferry sailing home.

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5 days from £249 NEW

Includes Return ferry sailings; Welcome drink; 4 nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast; 2 nights’ entertainment; Excursions as stated; We recommend you to bring a fancy dress outfit Rhineland Carnivals

During your stay

Hotel

Day 1 - Departure by coach to Dover for our ferry sailing. We then continue our journey onto Germany. We arrive at the hotel Wagner late evening.

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:

Day 2 - We enjoy a full day excursion to Rudesheim. Home to many attractions such as the Drosselgasse lined with wine taverns, the ruins of Ehrenfels Castle which are in an idyllic location surrounded by vineyards above the Rhine gorge.

Hotel Wagner, Kamp Bornhofen

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Bar Three Restaurants Lounge Sauna Lift to all floors

• TV • Balcony or Terrace (On request subject to availability)

NB: Please note this tour is not suitable for people with walking difficulties

Day 3 - A day to explore Kamp Bornhofen and enjoy the smaller local carnivals in the surrounding towns, which are colourful and exciting to watch. Why not bring your own costume to join in the fun both at the carnivals and for an evening of fancy dress & dancing at the Hotel Wagner tonight.

spectacular event EXCELLENT EXCURSION PACKAGE INCLUDED Day 4 - A full day to Koblenz, renowned for its carnivals which have been held here since the 13th century. Marching bands, dancers and floats parade down the street throwing confetti, sweets, and toys. Thousands of dressed-up spectators flock the streets every year to watch this spectacle. Day 5 - We re-board the coach for our return journey home.

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Europe Continental

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Cross the continent in the style and comfort of one of our ‘Signature’ coaches on the 2015 Skills Continental programme which once again offers you a variety of destinations and outstanding quality. Taking away all of the worry and hassle leaving you to concentrate on having a great time. We visit a whole host of Continental destinations including tours that glide through sunny Spain, roll through the famous cypress-lined hills of Tuscany and navigate across Europe to historic Croatia, or if you want to stay a little closer to home why not try a tour from our new Ireland range. Wherever you decide to travel you’ll be in the experienced hands of one of our Continental drivers who will ensure you have a memorable holiday.

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europe page IRELAND St Patrick’s Day in Ireland Belfast & The Legend of the Titanic Killarney & The Ring of Kerry NEW Galway ft Kylemore Abbey & Connemara

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FRANCE & BELGIUM Bruges - Mini Cruise Paris - The City of Lights Lille & Brussels ft Ypres NEW Paris, Lille & Bruges NEW The French Riviera ft Cannes & Nice

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LUXEMBOURG NEW Discover Luxembourg & The Moselle

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HOLLAND Amsterdam - Mini Cruise Keukenhof Gardens - Mini Cruise NEW Sail Amsterdam Valkenburg

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GERMANY NEW Rhine in Flames NEW Oktoberfest NEW Oberammergau & The Bavarian Alps

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AUSTRIA NEW All Inclusive Austrian Tyrol

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SWITZERLAND Swiss Dream Railway Journeys ft Liechtenstein

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ITALY Lake Como ft the Bernina Railway & Milan Lake Garda & Venice NEW Lake Maggoire ft The Borromean Islands Treasures of Tuscany Diano Marina ft The Italian and French Rivieras

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SPAIN Callela de la Costa ft Barcelona

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CROATIA NEW Croatia - Porec & The Istrian Riviera

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CRUISES BY CRUISE & MARITIME VOYAGES The Marco Polo Cruise Ship NEW The Azores Cruise Ship

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destination guide IRELAND A small country with a big reputation, helped along by a timeless, age caressed landscape and fascinating friendly people, whose musical nature is expressed in the warmth of their welcome!

FRANCE Neighbouring Countries: The Republic of Ireland borders Northern Ireland, a constituent country of the United Kingdom, on the island of Ireland.

Strange Fact: Ireland is the only country in the world which has a Capital: Dublin - Republic of Ireland musical instrument – the harp – as Population: 4.589 Million approx. their national symbol. Currency: Euro- Republic of Ireland Language: English

Neighbouring Countries: Belgium, France and Germany. Strange Fact: Luxembourgish, a Franconian dialect of High German, is the mother tongue of nearly all Luxembourgers. In spite of that, most official (written) business is carried out in French, whereas German is the first language taught in school and used in the media.

GERMANY Prepare for a roller coaster of feasts, treats and temptations as you take in Germanys soul stirring scenery, spirit-lifting culture, big city beauties, romantic palaces, the River Rhine and half timbered houses. Capital: Berlin Population: 81.89 Million approx. Currency: Euro Language: German

Capital: Bern Population: 7.997 Million approx. Currency: Swiss Franc Language: French, German, Italian and Romansh

SPAIN

Flamenco dancers in polka dots, Moorish castles standing proud, matadors with sweat on their brows – Spain conjures up millions of different images. The country has been a favourite with British holidaymakers for years, thanks to its fantastic beaches, lovely climate, sophistication and being devoted to living the good life. Capital: Madrid Population: 47.27 Million Approx. Currency: Euro

Strange Fact: France is where the gothic art and the Baroque style of architecture were born. This is the reason why there are numerous cathedrals and buildings that are fine examples of gothic art.

Discover the many secrets of the gentle, beautiful country and its masterpieces, canal towns and windmills. Renowned for its icons such as clogs, tulips and world famous artists such as Van Gogh, Holland is a destination full of discovery.

Neighbouring Countries: Germany & Belgium. Strange Fact: Dutch are officially the tallest people in the world.

Capital: Amsterdam Population: 16.77 Million approx. Currency: Euro Language: Dutch

AUSTRIA Neighbouring Countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland and Switzerland. Strange Fact: There are 1,300 beer breweries in Germany, making some 5,000 kinds of beer. German people are the world’s second biggest beer drinkers after the Czechs.

SWITZERLAND Look past the silk-smooth chocolate, cuckoo clocks and yodelling – contemporary Switzerland, land of four languages, is all about epic journeys and sublime experiences.

Capital: Paris Population: 65.7 Million approx. Currency: Euro Language: French

Neighbouring Countries: Andorra, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Monaco, Spain and Switzerland.

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LUXEMBOURG The story of this land’s tumultuous history beguiles with its counts and dynasties, wars and victories, fortresses and promontories. It’s no surprise that Luxembourgers are proud people whose national motto, Mir wëlle bleiwe wat mir sin (‘We want to remain what we are’), sums up their independent spirit. Capital: Luxembourg City Population: 531’441 approx. Currency: Euro Language: Dutch

A country that seduces travellers with its unfaltering familiar culture woven around café terraces, village square markets and lace curtained bistros. French culture offers never ending possibilities to fill any stay in France.

Mountains, lakes and deep alpine valleys go hand in hand with culture, music and style of it’s cities. Iconic and impressive scenery provide the perfect backdrop for getting away from it all. Austria also has a vibrant wine scene and has earned a worldwide reputation for its quality and innovation. Capital: Vienna Population: 8.4 million approx Currency: Euro Language: German

Neighbouring Countries: Germany, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Italy, Slovenia, Hungary, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic Strange Fact: 62% of Austria’s total land area is covered by the Austrian Alps

ITALY Neighbouring Countries: Austria, France, Italy, Liechtenstein and Germany. Strange Fact: : In Switzerland, it is illegal to keep just one guinea pig. You have got to have them in pairs.

Language: Spanish Neighbouring Countries: Andorra, France, Gibraltar, Portugal and Morocco. Strange Fact: There is no tooth fairy in Spain but rather a tooth mouse called Ratoncito Perez.

Italy’s 20 regions feel more like 20 independent states, each with its own dialects, traditions, architecture and glorious food. From nibbling on knödel in an Alto Adige chalet, to exploring the treasures of Tuscany, the choices are as diverse as they are seductive. It’s hard not to feel a little envious sometimes, but it’s even harder not to fall madly in love. Capital: Rome Population: 60.92 Million approx. Currency: Euro

Language: Italian Neighbouring Countries: Austria, France, Holy See (Vatican City), San Marina, Slovenia, Switzerland. Strange Fact: The name Italy comes from the word italia, meaning “calf land,” perhaps because the bull was a symbol of the Southern Italian tribes.

CROATIA Croatia’s rare blend of glamour and old-fashioned authenticity make this Europe’s ‘it’ destination, where beaches and sunshine vie for attention with cultural treasures, ancient architecture and time-tested folk traditions. Capital: Zagreb Population: 4.267 Million Approx. Currency: Croatian Kuna Language: Croatian

Neighbouring Countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary, Serbia and Montenegro North and South and Slovenia. Strange Fact: Croatia’s currency, the Kuna, was named after a small rodent. In English this animal is a Marten.

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st patrick’s day in ireland

featuring dublin & THE wicklow mountains

4 days from £279

St Patrick’s Day is a national holiday in Ireland. People throughout Ireland hold parades and festivals that celebrate Irish culture. Most towns, villages and cities hold their own unique celebrations which usually includes a parade. The atmosphere is vibrant, welcoming and friendly and can be found nowhere else in the world. The largest parade in Ireland is located in Dublin; join us to experience the traditional Irish ‘craic’.

scenic view hotel

hotel located in the scenic countryside

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

St Patrick’s Day Celebrations in Dublin

MUST EXPERIENCE EXCELLENT EXCURSION PACKAGE INCLUDED

During your stay Day 1 - We make our way to Holyhead for the sailing across to Dublin. We then continue our journey to our hotel in Wicklow for 3 nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast.

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Tulfarris Hotel & Golf Resort, County Wicklow

As you approach the hotel you are greeted with stunning views of Blessington Lake and the surrounding area including the 18 hole championship golf course with the Wicklow Mountains as its breathtaking backdrop. Hotel facilities: En-suite bedrooms: • Bar • Restaurant • 18 hole golf course* *Chargeable •Lift to all floors

• TV • Tea & coffee facilities • Hairdryer • Safe

Day 2 - After breakfast we make the journey into Dublin. A day of all things green and Irish! Music, theatre, carnivals, comedy and dance are just some of the vibrant spectacles on offer to tickle your senses; complete with the legendary St Patrick’s Day Parade. We make our way back to our hotel at approx 6pm. Day 3 - After a leisurely morning we enjoy an afternoon scenic drive through the inspiring Wicklow Mountains. As we head towards Wicklow the scenery changes dramatically, the

BELFAST & THE LEGEND OF THE TITANIC

Military Road begins a southward journey across vast sweeps of heather clad moors, bogs and mountains dotted with small corrie clad lakes. A relaxing and inspiring journey with limitless scenery. Day 4 - After breakfast we leave our hotel and return to Dublin for the afternoon ferry sailing home.

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Mon 16 March

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4 days from £299

Join us for an unforgettable break to one of Europe’s most vibrant cities. We visit the Titanic Exhibition which follows the ships construction and then tragic loss, using original material along with vintage photographs, recordings, news reel & music you can experience the atmosphere of days gone by. We also visit the Titanic Dock and Pump House, Titanic’s physical footprint in history followed by a guided tour of Belfast.

city centre hotel hotel centrally located for exploring

Includes Return ferry sailing 3 nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast Entrance to the Titanic Belfast Entrance to the Titanic Dock & Pump House Two hour guided tour of Belfast

Titanic Experience

During your stay Day 1 - We make our way to Holyhead for the sailing across to Ireland. We then continue our journey to our hotel in Belfast for 3 nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast.

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Ramada Encore Belfast City Centre, Belfast Located in the Cathedral Quarter of Belfast City; close to the Titanic Quarter, Odyssey Arena, Waterfront Hall and Victoria Square Shopping Centre, the 3 star Ramada Encore Hotel is the ideal choice. Hotel facilities: • Bar & lounge • Restaurant • Lift to all floors

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En-suite bedrooms:

• TV • Tea & coffee facilities

Day 2 - Today we visit the Titanic Experience, now in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter the attraction is not only a stunning piece of architecture, but a six storey, state of the art, visitor experience. An essential stop in any visit to Belfast, the museum sits beside the historic site of the ship’s construction and tells its fascinating and heartfelt story. Day 3 - This morning we visit the Titanic Dock & Pump House; enjoy the beauty of this colossal, authentic landmark absorbing 100 years of history with every step. Descend 44 feet into the bottom of

the dry dock where the Titanic last sat on ground. Enter the Pump House and discover the beating heart of the ship yard. This afternoon we then enjoy a two hour guided coach tour of Belfast and its fascinating history. Day 4 - After breakfast we leave our hotel and return to Dublin for the afternoon ferry sailing home.

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Mon 13 April Tues 19 May

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4 4

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£299 £299

£60 £60

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KILLARNEY & THE RING OF KERRY

featuring dublin

7 days from £419 PICTURESQUE SIghts EXCELLENT EXCURSION PACKAGE INCLUDED

Killarney, Ring of Kerry

Hotels hhh

Treacy’s Hotel, Waterford

Killarney Heights Hotel, Killarney

The Ring of Kerry is the longest and the most diverse of Ireland’s big circle drives, combining jaw-dropping coastal scenery with emerald pastures and villages. The 179km circuit winds past pristine beaches, the island-dotted Atlantic, medieval ruins, mountains and lakes. The predominately coastal Ring actually starts and ends inland at Killarney, a historic town set in an enchanting spot within Ireland’s oldest protected wilderness, the Killarney National Park.

Includes Return ferry sailing; 6 nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast; Excursions as stated (days subject to change)

During your stay

Regency Hotel, Dublin

Day 1 - We make our way to Fishguard for our ferry sailing onto Rosslare to continue our journey through to Ireland. We stay in our first hotel in Waterford for one night dinner, bed and breakfast. All hotels used are 3 star minimum standard with the following facilities; Hotel facilities:

• Bar & restaurant

En-suite bedrooms:

• TV • Tea & coffee facilities

Day 2 - After breakfast we spend a short time exploring Waterford - Ireland’s oldest city which combines an exciting medieval flavour with riverside bustle and strong maritime links. We then continue the journey to Killarney where we stay for four nights dinner, bed and breakfast. Day 3 - A local driver takes us on a full day excursion for the Ring of Kerry tour. There is an unspoilt nature to Ireland’s most beautiful region and the Ring of Kerry provides many unforgettable scenes to commit to memory as it passes through the many picturesque villages such as Glenbeigh, Waterville and Sneem, and returns via Ladies View, the famous Lakes of Killarney and through the Oakwoods of Killarney’s magnificent National Park.

Dingle Peninsula, Kerry

Day 4 - A full day excursion includes a drive around the magnificent Dingle Peninsula, an area of outstanding natural beauty, en-route to

Slea Head which was location for the filming of ‘Ryans Daughter’. On return we stop at the small town of Inch before returning to our hotel via Farranfore Village. Day 5 - A wealth of history, spectacular wildlife and vegetation awaits us with a morning excursion into Killarney. Also available today is a jaunting car ride through the wonderful Killarney National Park and a lake cruise on Lough Lein (optional €20, bookable with driver). Day 6 - After breakfast we say goodbye to our hosts and begin the journey to the cosmopolitan city of Dublin, a stark contrast to the beautiful countryside surrounding Killarney. Time is yours to explore upon arrival. Day 7 - Ferry crossing from Dublin to Holyhead and then home.

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Mon 20 April Mon 22 June

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7 7

£419 £119 £439 £119

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GALWAY

Featuring KYLEMORE ABBEY & CONNEMARA

NEW

6 days from £439 historical sites

EXCELLENT EXCURSION PACKAGE INCLUDED

Kylemore Ab bey Gardens

Kylemore Abbey

Our Irish adventure will treat you to a relaxing lake cruise on Lough Corrib, unrivalled scenery of Galway Bay, the rugged coastline of Connemara and the chance to discover must-see Kylemore Abbey on the edge of Connemara National Park.

Hotels hhh

Wilton Hotel, Bray

Menlo Park Hotel, Galway

Includes Return ferry sailing; 5 nights’, dinner bed and breakfast*; *Return breakfast will be taken onboard ferry; Entrance to Kylemore Abbey Cruise on Lough Corrib; Excursions as stated (Days subject to change) During your stay Day 1 - We travel to Holyhead to catch the ferry to Dublin and then continue to our overnight stay in Bray.

Regency Hotel, Dublin

Day 6 - This morning we board the ferry from Dublin to Holyhead and continue our journey home.

Day 2 - After breakfast we head west, visiting the historic garrison town of Athlone on the River Shannon, later arriving at our hotel in Galway, for our 3 night stay. All hotels used are 3 star minimum standard with the following facilities; Hotel facilities:

• Bar & restaurant

En-suite bedrooms:

• TV • Tea & coffee facilities

Day 3 - Today we have time at leisure in Galway, known as the City of Tribes, a bustling trading and fishing port since the 16th Century and a popular staging post of exhibitions and festivals. We board the coach in the afternoon travelling to Lough Corrib and enjoy a pleasure cruise aboard the Corrib Princess.

Dublin City Hall

Day 4 - After breakfast we head to Connemara (meaning Inlets of the Sea) considered by many as the real emerald of Ireland. Enjoy a scenic drive around this preserved paradise before our visit to Kylemore Abbey, an enchanting castle mirrored in its own lake and its wonderful Victorian walled garden.

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Day 5 - Leaving the west coast, we head south making a stop at the charming town of Limerick at the mouth of the River Shannon. We continue to the friendly city of Dublin, steeped in history and buzzing with youthful energy, for our overnight stay.

Galway

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skills ref: SCGA departure date

Sat 25 April Sat 04 July

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£439 £499

£95 £95

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mini cruises

featuring Amsterdam, bruges & keukenhof gardens 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 Holland and Belgium.

3 days from £109

excellent value the best value for money breaks around

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Cruise Ferry

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

All areas on board the ship are fully accessible with lifts and specially adapted cabins with wider doorways, disabled cabins will need to be requested at the time of booking.

Amsterdam

bruges

keukenhof gardens

One of the most colourful cities in the world, Amsterdam has much to be desired.

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

Full of excitement, culture and wonderful architecture, there is always something new to discover in Holland’s great capital city. Famed for its tree-lined canals and world class museums, Amsterdam is home to some of Van Gogh’s most famous masterpieces as well as the renowned history of Anne Frank’s House. Alternatively, visitors can simply soak up the relaxed Dutch atmosphere with some shopping, unwind in one of its cosy cafes or enjoy a cruise along one of the many canals.

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

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

Includes 2 nights’ accommodation Excursion to Amsterdam

Includes 2 nights’ accommodation Excursion to Bruges

Known as the ‘Garden of Europe’, the world famous Keukenhof Gardens attracts thousands of visitors each year. Covering 30 hectares, the gardens are a true celebration of spring in all its magnificence with 7 million hand planted bulbs creating the most vibrant displays of tulips, daffodils and other delightful flowers. 2015 marks the 125th anniversary of the death of Vincent van Gogh. In honour of this famous Dutch artist, Keukenhof has chosen the life and work of Van Gogh as its central theme for 2015.

During your stay

During your stay

Includes 2 nights’ accommodation Excursion to Keukenhof Gardens During your stay

Day 1 - We travel to Hull and board our cruise ferry. After settling into your cabin you are free to enjoy the various facilities and entertainment on board.

Day 1 - We travel to Hull and board our cruise ferry. After settling into your cabin you are free to enjoy the various facilities and entertainment on board.

Day 1 - We travel to Hull and board our cruise ferry. After settling into your cabin you are free to enjoy the various facilities and entertainment on board.

Day 2 - Arriving early morning in Rotterdam, we disembark for the highlight of this tour; a full day excursion to the cosmopolitan city of Amsterdam. This evening we return to the cruise ship to enjoy another evening of entertainment as we sail home.

Day 2 - Arriving early morning in Zeebrugge, we disembark for the highlight of this tour; a full day excursion to the medieval city of Bruges. This evening we return to the cruise ship to enjoy another evening of entertainment as we sail home.

Day 2 - Arriving early morning in Rotterdam, we disembark for the highlight of this tour. Wander through the endless springtime displays in the superb Keukenhof Gardens. This evening we return to the cruise ship to enjoy another evening of entertainment as we sail home.

Day 3 - Arriving early morning in Hull, we disembark Day 3 - Arriving early morning in Hull, we disembark and complete our journey home. and complete our journey home.

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Fri 16 January 3 £109 £40 Fri 06, 27 February 3 £109 £40 Fri 27 March 3 £109 £40 Onboard Meals (2x breakfast + 2x evening meals) £45pp Outside Cabin with en-suite £25pp Low Berth Supplement £12pp

Onboard Meals (2x breakfast + 2x evening meals) £45pp Outside Cabin with en-suite £25pp Low Berth Supplement £12pp

Onboard Meals (2x breakfast + 2x evening meals) £45pp Outside Cabin with en-suite £25pp Low Berth Supplement £12pp

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a two berth (lower/upper bunk) inside cabin with en-suite.

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a two berth (lower/upper bunk) inside cabin with en-suite.

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a two berth (lower/upper bunk) inside cabin with en-suite.

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Paris - The City of Lights

featuring the Sacré-coeur

4 days from £205 historical sites

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Sacré-Cœur

Paris

Welcome to the fabled “City of Lights” or “City of Love.” Paris is certainly both and has always been considered one of the most romantic cities in the world. Whether it’s a riverside vista that takes in the Seine, Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, or the view of elegant buildings and mansard roofs from a hotel room window, it doesn’t take much to convince anyone that Paris is one of the most beautiful cities on earth. Whether you opt to explore the historic, fashion-conscious, bourgeois, or bohemian and arty sides of Paris, one thing is certain, the City of Lights will always enthral.

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Hotel hhh

Novotel Creteil Le Lac

Return ferry sailing; 3 nights’ bed and breakfast; Excursions as stated

The spacious and contemporary hotel is located in a leafy setting on the shores of Creteil Lake. Offering direct access to Paris just 20 minutes away via metro line 8, the hotel offers both tranquillity and access to the capital city. Hotel facilities:

• Safety deposit box • Lift

• Bar & restaurant • Outdoor pool

En-suite bedrooms:

• TV • Tea & coffee facilities

• Air-conditioning • Hairdryer

During your stay Day 1 - Departure by coach to Dover for our ferry This afternoon we enjoy an excursion to the sailing. We then continue our journey onto Paris. Bascilia of the Sacré-Cœur, an incredible piece of architecture made from gleaming white travertine stone. Standing proudly at the top Day 2 - We enjoy a morning tour of Paris- by of well kept gardens, the 19th century Roman coach! Our driver will whisk you around for a Catholic Church is located at the highest point tour of the city and its iconic sights - the perfect in the city, (130 metres) in Montmartre; an area way to find your bearings! We then offer free time in Paris or an optional cruise down the River which has inspired many of the world’s famous artists including Monet, Van Gogh and Picasso. Seine. (N.B. May not be suitable for those with walking difficulties) Seine River Cruise €15 - Take to the water and absorb the breathtaking scenery and illustrious Day 4 - We re-board the coach for our return sights which inspired some of the world’s journey home. greatest artists (bookable with driver). Versailles Fountains £25 - In the summer, exceptional things take place in the palace grounds of Versailles - the night fountain shows are a mesmerising display of light and sound (Jul & Aug only). Needs to be booked at the time of booking your holiday.

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Day 3 - We spend the morning at leisure in Paris, with a host of great attractions including the Eiffel Tower, time will be well spent.

N.B. If you do not wish to join our excursions, then just enjoy free time in Paris

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Paris, Lille & Bruges

a tale of three cities!

Paris has more familiar landmarks than anywhere else in the world, its hustle and bustle combined with the elegance and romance of the city make it one of Europe’s most visited places. Bruges’ narrow streets are lined with atmospheric bars and cafés while Bruges’ traditional gabled houses and lovely canals add calm and tranquillity to the city’s charm. Lille’s range of architectural styles is crowned by the Flemish influence that runs through the streets of its historical quarter, Vieux Lille. Three completely different atmospheres combine to tell a tale of three cities!

Includes Return ferry sailing; 3 nights’ bed and breakfast; Excursions as stated

4 days from £195 NEW

Lille, Bruges, Paris

During your stay Day 1 - Departure by coach to Dover for the ferry crossing to Calais and then continue the short distance onto Lille for three nights’ bed and breakfast.

Hotel hhhh

Novotel Lille Lesquin Located just 10 minutes from central Lille in its own wooded setting; an ideal location for our weekend break. After a busy day of touring and exploring, you can relax by the pool. Hotel facilities: • Bar • Restaurant • Outdoor pool • Table Tennis • Lift

En-suite bedrooms: • TV • Air-conditioning

Day 2 - Today’s included excursion takes us to Paris. Enjoy time at leisure to see the major sights, such as the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Champs Élysées, Place de la Concorde and the Cathedral of Notre Dame. Why not take a cruise along the River Seine to see the city from a different view. Day 3 - Enjoy a full day’s excursion to Bruges, listed on the UNESCO World’s Heritage List, Bruges has always been one of Belgium’s most cherished cities and is filled with ancient squares,

pretty cobbled streets and winding canals all waiting to be explored. You then enjoy free time to explore to rest of Lille. Day 4 - After breakfast, we enjoy time at leisure in Lille, where there will be time for some last minute shopping. We then re-board the coach for the journey home.

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lille & brussels A perfect weekend break on the Continent, Lille is easily accessible and offers the ideal base from which to explore Northern France and Belgium. Lille is the capital of the Nord-Pas de Calais region and a former European Capital of Culture. Brussels city is quickly becoming a trendy spot for weekend getaways and holidays. Apart from its famous chocolates and beers there are many attractions that most visitors cannot begin to imagine. It is a centre of European culture officially nicknamed ‘the European Village’, with almost 90 museums, beautiful parks, fascinating walks and plenty of restaurants and bars.

Includes Return ferry sailing; 3 nights’ bed and breakfast; Excursions as stated Lille, Brussels

During your stay Day 1 - Departure by coach to Dover for the ferry crossing to Calais and then onto Lille for three nights’ bed and breakfast.

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Novotel Lille Lesquin Located just 10 minutes from central Lille in its own wooded setting; an ideal location for our weekend break. After a busy day of touring and exploring, you can relax by the pool. Hotel facilities: • Bar • Restaurant • Outdoor pool • Table Tennis • Lift

En-suite bedrooms: • TV • Air-conditioning

Day 2 - Today we discover the magnificent city of Brussels. The streets of Brussels feature both art & architecture created from an unmistakeably Belgian point of view that cannot be replicated. This beautiful city is a centre for fashion, art and Belgian culture. Day 3 - This morning we visit Wazemmes Market, the largest of Lille’s various markets. This huge market is an atmospheric and vibrant hive of lively activity every Sunday morning. We then enjoy an afternoon in Ypres, a small Flemish town just across

the border from France which is also recognised for its links with World War One. Day 4 - After breakfast, we travel to Calais via the town of St. Omer, a traditional market town centred on its main square and web of medieval streets, where there will be time for some last minute shopping. We then re-board the coach for the journey home.

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THE RHINE IN FLAMES

featuring COLOGNe & BONN

Welcome to the enchanted world of firelight! Enjoy the magical summer nights of an ever-changing kaleidoscope of lights erupting above the river with shimmering cascades of colour plunging into the romantic Rhine Valley. Besides the eye catching fireworks with illuminated ships, burning medieval castles, Bengal town lightning and light-reflection in the flowing waters of the Rhine River, breath-taking acoustics make the visitor tremble when the rolling thunder of firecrackers and their echoes break at the mountain side. The huge international event “Rhine in flames” attracts almost 250’000 visitors every year to the Upper Middle Rhine Valley World Heritage Site.

Includes Return ferry sailing; 2 nights’ half board; 1 night bed & breakfast with this evening’s meal on-board the cruise for Rhine in Flames boat trip; Excursions as stated During your stay Day 1 - We make our way to Dover for the sailing to Calais. Then continue the journey to our hotel in Germany.

Hotel hhh

Hotel Górres & Guesthouses, Wachtberg - Villip The Hotel Górres in Wacthberg, a small town in the Bonn area has been a family run hotel for over 100 years. The family pride themselves on offering comfortable and welcoming surroundings for their guests. Hotel facilities:

En-suite bedrooms:

• Bar & restaurant • Beer garden • Wi-Fi • Lift

• TV • Telephone • Wi-Fi

Day 2 - Enjoy time at leisure this morning before travelling to Bigen*/Koblenz* for free time to explore these picturesque little Rhine towns. We then enjoy the highlight of the trip; the Rhine in Flames boat trip, complete with an evening meal, music and dancing onboard. There is no better way to experience this spectacular event than on the River Rhine itself. Day 3 - After a leisurely breakfast we enjoy a full day excursion visiting both Cologne & Bonn. Bonn is the birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven and has plenty in store, not least the great composer’s birth house, a string of top-rated museums, a lovely riverside setting

oktoberfest

world famous event The Oktoberfest origins began in the year 1810. The first Oktoberfest was a horse-race, held as a part of the wedding festivities of Bavarian King Ludwig I. and his wife Theresie. The people liked that horse-race so much, that it became an annual event, which then developed into what we know as Oktoberfest today, as the focus shifted more and more away from the horse-race and towards fun rides and drinking beer. Join us in Munich and experience the ever popular ‘Oktoberfest’ with 14 tents to choose from and an array of attractions, events and entertainment, everybody must visit this spectacular festival at least once! Includes Return ferry sailing; 3 nights’ bed and breakfast (two en route & one in resort); 2 nights’, dinner bed and breakfast; Excursions as stated

During your stay Day 1 - We make our way to Dover for the sailing to Calais. Then onto our outward overnight hotel in Germany; we stay for one night bed and breakfast. Day 2 - After breakfast we continue journey to Altötting for our three night stay.

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Hotel Zur Post, Altötting

Located directly near to famous chapel in the heart of the Bavarian pilgrimage site, this four star hotel offers personal hospitality with a traditional German atmosphere. Hotel facilities: En-suite bedrooms: • Bar & restaurant • Sauna, steam room & whirlpool • Wi-Fi • Lift

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• TV • Radio • Telephone

Day 3 - We enjoy a full day at one of the world’s largest and most traditional festivals in Munich. Drink beer by the litre (teetotallers don’t need to worry: sodas and water are also available), eat traditional Bavarian food such as pretzels with a diameter of 15 inches. Listen to live brass bands playing traditional Bavarian music as well as more up-to-date music, and enjoy yourself with hundreds of other people from all over the world, dancing and singing the hours away. Day 4 - Enjoy the morning at leisure in Altötting – the Heart of Bavaria and one of Europe’s hearts

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Rhine in Flames, Koblenz

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and the nostalgic flair of the old government quarter. Whilst Cologne offers seemingly endless attractions, led by its famous cathedral whose filigree twin spires dominate the skyline and it is regularly voted the country’s single most popular tourist attraction. Day 4 - After breakfast we make the return journey back to Calais for the ferry sailing home. *July date departs from Bingen and August date departs from Koblenz

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as it is called by Pope Benedict XVI, is located in the lovely Upper-Bavarian Alpine region. Enjoy free time in this cultural and historic town. Mid afternoon we make our way to Munich for the evening spectacular of the Oktoberfest, giving you a different feel to the atmosphere felt during the day. The coach will return at approximately 10pm. There is no evening meal tonight. Day 5 - After breakfast we begin our return journey back to our overnight hotel. Day 6 - Return ferry sailing from Calais to Dover and continue our journey home.

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OBERAMMERGAU & THE BAVARIAN ALPS 7 days from £509

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Oberammergau

Oberammergau in Germany is a beautiful Bavarian village famous for its Passion Play. Performed since 1634 as a tradition by the inhabitants of the village and is now performed every decade with the next performace held in 2020. The town is packed with painted houses and a variety of shops, cafés and woodcarving workshops that surround the main square. Includes Return ferry sailing; 6 nights’ dinner, bed & breakfast; Excursions as stated During your stay Parkhotel Sonnenhof, Oberammergau

Day 1 - Departure by coach we make our way across the channel by ferry and continue to our overnight hotel for a one night dinner, bed and breakfast stay.

This three star Alpine style hotel is located in a peaceful picturesque location beside the river. Just a short walk will take you into the centre of the village where many shops and cafés line the square.

Day 2 - After breakfast we make our way to Oberammergau where we settle for a four night dinner, bed and breakfast stay.

Hotel hhh

Hotel facilities:

• Bar & restaurant • Large terrace • Indoor pool

En-suite bedrooms: • • • • •

Balcony TV Safe Mini bar Hairdryer

Day 3 - Today we enjoy a guided visit to the Passion Play Theatre before having free time to explore the local village and soak up the wonderful atmosphere. Day 4 - After breakfast we make our way to Innsbruck for a full day excursion. Take in the sights of The Golden Roof, Imperial Palace and Hofkirche not to mention the stunning mountain scenery surrounding the area. Day 5 - Today we start by taking a scenic drive along the Alpenstrasse and south to Füssen. A Medieval town home to St. Mang’s monastery and many other historic buildings. We then continue our scenic drive into Austria passing Reutte and Plansee. Day 6 - We bid a fond farewell to Oberammergau and start our journey home retracing our footsteps to our overnight hotel.

Oberammergau

Day 7 - We continue our journey across the channel and make our way home.

Golden Roof, Innsbruck©TVB Innsbruck

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DISCOVER LUXEMBOURG & THE MOSELLE 5 days from £349

Featuring TRIER, MOSELLE & LITTLE SWITZERLAND

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Luxembourg City

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hotel centrally located for exploring

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Grand Hotel Vianden, Vianden A family run warm and friendly hotel which is centrally located in Vianden at the foot of the impressive Orange Castle. Hotel facilities:

• Bar & restaurant • Conservatory • Lounge • Terrace with views of the Orange Castle

En-suite bedrooms: • TV • Telephone

Includes Return ferry sailing 4 nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast Porterage Welcome drink Excursions as stated Entrance to Caves Bernard - Massard in Grevenmacher with wine tasting Music night in October During your stay Day 1 - We make our way to Dover for the sailing to Calais. We then continue our journey to Luxembourg where we stay for four nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast. Day 2 - Enjoy the morning at leisure to explore Vianden. Stroll around the lovely town located on the banks of the River Our or choose to visit the famous Orange Castle perched high above the town. This afternoon we make our way to the ‘Wine City of Luxembourg Moselle’ for a visit to the Caves Bernard-Massard in Grevenmacher. With an abundance of different wines on offer, every bottle that is produced is a fine example of 80 year old expertise.

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• Wi-Fi • Lift does not reach all rooms

The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is a land-locked country in the Benelux bordered by Belgium, France and Germany. This tour is based in the picturesque town of Vianden, located in the heart of the Our Valley and overlooked by an impressive castle and within one hour of the capital, Luxembourg City. The Ardennes countryside around Luxembourg boasts forests, rivers, valleys, vineyards and quaint little villages.

Day 3 - A full day excursion takes us to Luxembourg City, home to a dynamic mixture of ancient fortresses and contemporary architecture, high tech buildings run alongside historic monuments reflecting a rich tapestry of old and new. Moreover the old city of Luxembourg has long been part of the UNESCO

World Heritage. Wander around the unlimited sights and attractions or jump on an open top bus and explore at a faster pace. Day 4 - Today we visit the Roman town of Trier which is the main city on the Moselle Valley. We start with a guided walking tour and see the famous Porta Nigra Gate, the ruins of the amphitheatre and baths. After some free time to explore Trier further, we depart for a drive along the Mullerthal Valley. This is a charming region which fully deserves its nickname ‘Little Switzerland’. We enjoy a brief stop in Echternach to see one of the largest Roman Villas in NorthEast Gaul. Day 5 - After breakfast we begin our return journey back to Calais for the sailing home. Route: e

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valkenburg Tucked away in the beautiful valley of the River Geul is enchanting Valkenburg, a splendid spa town in the historic province of Limburg. The surrounding ‘Dutch Alps’ are characterized by rolling hills, forests, brooks, sunken roads and meandering rivers. We visit nearby Maastricht, one of the oldest cities in Holland, and the Three Countries viewing point. We also have the opportunity to visit the historic towns of Cologne and Aachen in neighbouring Germany.

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

Hotel hhh

Best Western Hotel Walram, Valkenburg

The stylish Best Western Hotel Walram is situated in the heart of Valkenburg with local amenities just a stone’s throw away. With a rich history dating back to the 18th century, the hotel offers a special atmosphere of nostalgia and modernity. Hotel facilities: En-suite bedrooms: • Bar & restaurant • Lounge • Indoor swimming pool • Sauna • Lift

• TV • Wi-Fi • Hairdryer

During your stay Day 1 - Departure by coach to Dover, we sail across to Calais and continue our journey into Holland. We enjoy a four night dinner, bed and breakfast stay. Day 2 - After breakfast we make our way to Aachen in Germany, which is on the border with Belgium and the Netherlands. Aachen is renowned for its relaxed atmosphere, which is best experienced on a stroll through the historical streets. Grand old buildings are scattered throughout the city which lead to its historic landmark; Aachen Cathedral. We then make our way to drielandenpunt, or 3-land point, a well known tourist attraction marking the spot where the Netherlands, Germany, and Belgium come together. The highest point of the Netherlands, it offers spectacular views of the surrounding areas along with a labyrinth to explore and also a café. Our journey then takes us to Maastricht, one of the oldest cities in Holland which quickly becomes apparent when strolling through the city, monuments, city walls and churches. Day 3 - We spend time at leisure in our resort of Valkenburg. By day enjoy the charming castle, grottos, catacombs, cable cars, shops

SAIL AMSTERDAM

A ONCE EVERY FIVE YEARS EVENT Tall ships are part and parcel of the Netherlands and its rich mercantile past. They symbolise the entrepreneurial spirit that made this small country great, a heritage that still fills many Dutch people with pride. Back in the 1970s, a group of sailing enthusiasts from Amsterdam were deeply moved by the sight of a procession of Tall Ships entering an English port. It was then; they hatched a plan for a similar event in the Netherlands. In 1975, marking Amsterdam’s 700th anniversary, an impressive fleet of Tall Ships, navy vessels, modern boats and replicas sailed into Amsterdam: Sail Amsterdam was born. Since then, the magic from the past is brought to life in the Port of Amsterdam every five years – allowing millions of people from at home and abroad to catch a taste of their rich history at first hand.

Valkenburg Town

and wonderful scenery, and by night relax in one of the lively bars and cafes. Valkenburg is undoubtedly one of Holland’s top holiday resorts and an idyll waiting to be explored. Day 4 - Today, we make our way to Cologne for a full day excursion. Home to 42 museums, this city has a world class art and cultural scene not to be missed. It is also one of the most popular cities for shopping and its Gothic Cathedral is not only the city’s most distinctive feature, but also Germany’s most visited attraction. Day 5 - After breakfast, we re-board the coach for the journey home.

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Includes Return ferry sailing; 3 nights’ bed and breakfast; Excursions as stated; Guided walking tour of Amsterdam; Entrance to the Scheepvaart Museum Hotel hhh

Hotel Casa 400, Amsterdam

A modern 3 star hotel located on the outskirts of Amsterdam with easy access to the city centre via public transport, just a three minute walk from Amsel station. Hotel facilities:

• Bar & restaurant • 24 hour reception • Free Wi-Fi • Lift to all floors

En-suite bedrooms:

• TV • Tea & coffee facilities • Fridge

During your stay

Day 1 - We make our way to Dover for the sailing to Calais. Following disembarkation we make our way to Amsterdam for three nights’ bed and breakfast. Day 2 - After breakfast we enjoy a two hour guided walking tour of the city of Amsterdam. An ideal and interesting way to find your bearings during this leisurely stroll around the historical centre, the guide will expose over 800 years of Amsterdam’s history and culture, including the origins of the Tall Ships. We then enjoy free time to fully enjoy the Sail Amsterdam event. Around 5000 historical ships and vessels from all over the world moor in the Eastern harbour. This event is one of the largest maritime manifestations in the world and the largest event of any kind in the Netherlands.

Day 3 - This morning we visit the Scheepvaart Museum (National Maritime Museum). Showcasing how local culture has been shaped by the sea, an array of exhibitions allows visitors to explore over 500 years of maritime history. The beautiful building imposing and impressive stands proud in the heart of Amsterdam. After our morning of intrigue and education we enjoy the afternoon at leisure. Day 4 - After breakfast we leave our hotel and begin our return journey home.

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Wed 19 August

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£89

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the french riviera

Featuring CANNES & NICÉ

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Nicé, Cote d’Azur

The French Riviera or Côte d’Azur (blue coast) is situated to the east point where the Alps meet the Mediterranean. One of the world’s most famous coastlines, the area has stunning beaches, charming towns which are culturally rich offering everything from art, museums to fantastic boutique shops. It’s no surprise that the French Riviera is one of the most popular areas in France to visit; it is an area that enjoys a wonderfully warm climate all year round.

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Return ferry sailing; 2 nights’ bed and breakfast en route; 4 nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast; Excursions as stated

Located on the French Riviera, overlooking the Bay of Cannes, the Hôtel des Orangers is located in the heart of the old town, only 350 metres from the beach and a 5 minutes’ walk from the beautiful port, the Croisette and the Palais des Festivals.

During your stay

Hotel Des Orangers, Cannes

Hotel facilities:

• Free Wi-Fi • Lift to all floors Hotel not suitable for wheelchairs

• Lounge bar • Restaurant • Pool • Sun terrace and Gardens

En-suite bedrooms: • Satellite TV • Air-conditioning • Telephone

St Tropez, Cote d’Azur

Monte Carlo, Monaco

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• Safe • Hairdryer

Day 1 - We travel down to Dover for the outward sailing to Calais. We make our way to our outward overnight hotel; where we will stay for one night bed and breakfast. Day 2 - After breakfast we continue our journey to the French Riviera and our resort of Cannes where we stay for four nights’ half board. Day 3 - Today we take a boat shuttle service from St Maxime to St Tropez, an old seaport nestled in a sheltered bay. A classically chic Mediterranean resort, popularised by the rich and famous. Explore the historic centre, classic port, fantastic marina and fashionable town centre before taking the return boat back. Day 4 - A full day adventure takes us to Nice; the biggest resort on the French Riviera, the city has masses to offer from its historic quarters to its beautiful long seafront, the Promenade des Anglais. Nice is a modern, creative and innovative city, with a perfect balance between the heritage of its past and the modern dynamic destination it is now. Day 5 - This morning we visit Monte Carlo, the location of which is stunning and neatly tucked between French medieval villages and The Alps. A unique independent state that has

been ruled by the Grimaldi family since the 13th Century. This afternoon we enjoy time at leisure in our resort of Cannes. The sandy beaches and establishments along La Croisette contemplate one of the most splendid natural heritage sites of the French Riviera, an ideal place to explore. Day 6 - This morning we spend time exploring Grasse. It is hailed as the world’s perfume capital and is the centre of the French perfume industry. Whether you choose to visit one of the perfume factories or relax and explore the mountain town’s winding cobbled streets to soak up the relaxing and quaint atmosphere. We then make our way to our return overnight hotel for one night bed and breakfast. Day 7 - After breakfast we make our way to Calais for the return sailing to Dover. We then continue our journey homewards.

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Mon 15 June

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7

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£519

£60

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CALELLA DE LA COSTA

featuring barcelona

9 days from £459 historical sites

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Tossa de M ar

Tossa de Mar

Hotel hhhh

Hotel Volga, Calella

Located in the heart of Calella, the 4 star Hotel Volga is close to the beach and just a few minutes from the local amenities. A regular host over the years, the hotel offers friendly and helpful staff as well as offering regular entertainment and a relaxing Spanish atmosphere. Hotel facilities: • Bar & restaurant • Air-conditioning • Swimming pool • Solarium

En-suite bedrooms: • Hairdryer • TV • Safety deposit box*

• Pool table • Wi-Fi • 2 Lifts

• Balcony • Air-conditioning *incurs an extra charge

During your stay Day 1 - Departure by coach to Dover where we sail to Calais then continue our journey to our overnight hotel for one night bed and breakfast. Day 2 - After breakfast we continue our journey to our resort - Calella for six nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast. We arrive to porterage and a welcome drink. Day 3 - Enjoy a morning excursion to Tossa de Mar, a typically Catalan town which has an abundance of atmosphere, thanks to its old town. The Vila Vella, as it’s known, is all cobbled streets and traditional houses – there’s even an ancient castle. Plus you’ve got not one, but two, big, sandy beaches to hop between. Day 4 - Today we enjoy a day at leisure in our resort of Calella, a two-sided town where a traditional old quarter vies for attention with a long stretch of golden sand and a bustling town centre. All over there’s a relaxed, friendly atmosphere – the bars and restaurants are geared towards a laid-back trip, but there are discos and clubs too. Plus the main shopping street is completely pedestrianised so it has that market feel.

Park Guell, Barcelona

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

The northernmost of Spain’s Costas, the Costa Brava is probably the prettiest of the lot. It’s made up of rugged cliffs and secluded coves, which give way to fishing villages and seaside towns. And in among it all are the long beaches that have been attracting holidaymakers here since the Fifties. Known for its friendly inhabitants, relaxed lifestyle, cuisine, vibrant nightlife and world famous folk laws and festivities, it’s no wonder Spain is one our best selling European destinations. Our tour stays at the popular Volga Hotel which we are proud to feature once again. Includes Return ferry sailing; 2 nights’ bed and breakfast en route; 6 nights’ half board in resort; Water & wine with evening meal; Excursions as stated

Montserrat Monastery

Day 5 - A full day excursion takes us to Barcelona to taste Spanish City life. Catalonia’s trendy capital doesn’t do anything by halves, with its surreal Gaudi architecture, fashionable shops, and cobbled Gothic quarter.

Day 6 - Why not join us on our optional excursion today to Monserrat. For many visitors a trip to Montserrat is the highlight of their visit. A spectacularly beautiful Benedictine monk mountain retreat, not only is Montserrat Monastery of significant religious importance but the natural beauty surrounding the monastery is simply breathtaking. Excursion price is €10 per person. Day 7 - Today we visit Cadaqués, the bay of which forms the Catalonians largest natural harbour. Declared the ‘gem’ amongst all other fishing villages along the Costa Brava, but perhaps most famous for its links with world famous artists including Picasso and André Derain to name a few, all of whom have produced work based here. Day 8 - We bid our resort and hotel a fond farewell before we make our way to our return overnight hotel for one night bed and breakfast. Day 9 - We take the ferry for our return journey and continue home. N.B. - Please note the itinerary days could change

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lake como

Featuring THE BERNINA RAILWAY & MILAN

8/9 days from £519 all inclusive

this tour is a resort all inclusive hotel

1 railway journey

INCLUDES the FANTASTIC BERNINA EXPRESS

relaxing lake cruise lake como cruise included

Lake Como, Menaggio

scenic view hotel

hotel located on LAKE with excellent views

Includes Return ferry sailing; 2 nights’ bed and breakfast en route; 5/6 nights’ all inclusive in resort; Open bar from 08:00am to 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 – Poschiavo to St Moritz; Full day excursion to Milan with 2 hour guided tour

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Grand Hotel Britannia Excelsior, Cadenabbia

During your stay

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. Hotel facilities: • Lido restaurant* • Lake view lounge bar • Outdoor pool and Lido*

En-suite bedrooms: • Hairdryer • TV

An epitome of elegance, Lake Como is known for its stately gardens and exquisite villas which have featured in iconic films and our home to the wealthiest Italian’s and prominent figures for centuries. 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.

• 6 Lifts *Subject to weather conditions

• Fridge • Air conditioning

Day 1 - Departure by coach to Dover where we sail to Calais then continue our journey to our overnight hotel for one night bed and breakfast. Day 2 - After breakfast we continue our journey to our resort- Cadenabbia for a five night stay on an all inclusive board basis. Day 3 - 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 century-old buildings, stone lanes and picturesque cobbled stairways filled with shops showcasing the finest Italian wares. Return to the hotel approx 3pm. Day 4 - Today we enjoy a ride on one of the best train journeys in the world, the Bernina Express. Departing from Poschivo to St Moritz, an amazing experience with spectacular close up views of the Alps, white glaciers and black lakes. We pass the Maloya Pass on the return journey.

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Day 5 - Day at leisure in and around Lake Como, giving you opportunity to gain a real insight into the lake including its operations, tourism and local life.

Day 6 - A full day to Milan with a two hour 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 - Another day at leisure in your lake side resort. Day 8 - We bid our resort and hotel a fond farewell before we return to our return overnight hotel for one night bed and breakfast. Day 9 - We take the ferry for our return journey and home. N.B. - Please note the itinerary days could be subject to change N.B. - For the 8 day tour the days from above will be in the following order Days 1, 2, 5, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9

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LAKE GARDA & VENICE

Featuring the Dolomites

9 days from £549 MUST EXPERIENCE EXCELLENT EXCURSION PACKAGE INCLUDED

historical sites

EXCELLENT EXCURSION PACKAGE INCLUDED

customer favourite highly recommended by our customers

Lake Garda

Venice

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Villa Giuliana, Riva del Garda

Situated in a quiet area of Riva del Garda, the 3 star Villa Giuliana is set in an elegant garden near both the beach and city centre. Hotel facilities: • Bar • Restaurant • Lounge • Air-conditioning • Swimming pool • Lift to all floors

En-suite bedrooms:

• TV • Air-conditioning • Hairdryer • Safe • Balcony (most, subject to availability, please request at the time of booking)

Italian Dolomites

Set at the foothills of the Alps in the region of Lombardy, Italy’s very own Lake District is a treasure trove of tastes and experiences. Sample delicious Italian cuisine, explore enchanting towns, lounge on tranquil beaches or simply lose yourself in the crystal blue waters of its largest lake; the spectacular Lake Garda. Our resort of Riva Del Garda is located at the Northern end of Lake Garda and is the second biggest settlement on the lake. Includes Return ferry sailing; 2 nights’ bed and breakfast en route; 6 night’s dinner, bed and breakfast; Excursions as stated (Days subject to change) During your stay Day 1 - Departure by coach to Dover where we sail to Calais then continue our journey to our overnight hotel for one night bed and breakfast. Day 2 - After breakfast we continue our journey to our resort- Riva del Garda for a six night stay on a half board basis. Day 3 - Today we enjoy breathtaking scenery as we include a tour of beautiful Lake Garda – Italy’s largest lake spectacularly surrounded by mountains and charming lakeside villages. We discover the contrasts of this lake with free time in selected resorts. Day 4 - Join our included excursion to Venice which begins by boat as we cross the Venetian Lagoon, taking you to the city centre for a short orientation before the day is yours to explore. Highlights of this unique city include Doge’s Palace, St Mark’s Cathedral and the famous Rialto Bridge. Perhaps take an iconic gondola ride through this UNESCO World heritage city (not included).* Not suitable for wheelchairs. Day 5 - Time at leisure in resort. The day is yours to relax or explore, head to the town tower which is located in the heart of Riva Del Garda. At the top of the tower is the “Anzolim” (“little angel”) weather vane - a symbol of Riva del Garda, or explore Lake Garda as a whole.

Day 6 - A full day tour of the Dolomites, many say that the Dolomites are the most spectacular part of the Alps. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery as we drive north of the lake towards these famous mountains making our way up to 2,000m at Passo Pordoi where you will have time for lunch. An optional cable-car ride will give you the most incredible views of the area. A visit to the picturesque Tyrolean town of Ortisei and photo stops along the way will also be included. Day 7 - Another day at leisure in resort to completely relax or explore to your heart’s content. Day 8 - We bid our resort and hotel a fond farewell before we return to our overnight hotel for one night bed and breakfast. Day 9 - We take the ferry for our return journey and travel home. Route: e

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LAKE MAGGIORE

Featuring THE BORROMEAN ISLANDS

9 days from £649

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Orta, Isola San

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central hotel

hotel centrally located for exploring

Lake Maggiore’s classical charm and sophistication will make you feel like you have stepped back into 1920s Italy. The lake sits across not only Italy, but also Switzerland making it a perfect destination if you are wishing to explore two countries and visit places such as Milan, Lake Orta and Lake Lugano.

Includes Return ferry sailing; 2 nights’ bed and breakfast en route; 6 nights’ half board; 4 days with a local tour guide; 1 night live music and dancing; Excursions as stated Hotel hhh

Hotel Sant’Anna, Lake Maggiore

Located on the western shore of Lake Maggiore between Intra and Pallanza in a central yet quiet location, just a few hundred metres from Villa Taranto and the Borromean Islands. Hotel facilities:

• Bar & restaurant • Wi-Fi

En-suite bedrooms: • TV • Air-conditioning • Telephone • Wi-Fi

During your stay Day 1 - We travel down to Dover for the outward sailing to Calais. We make our way to our outward overnight hotel; we stay for one night bed and breakfast. Day 2 - After breakfast we continue journey to Italy and our resort of Lake Maggoire for our six night stay. Day 3 - After breakfast we meet our tour guide and travel by coach to Baveno. Here we embark on a private motorboat to Isola Bélla & Isola Pescatori two of the Borromean Islands with time to explore. We then return by private motorboat to Stresa for a visit, where the coach will take you back to the hotel. Day 4 - Today we visit two alternative Italian Lakes, including the lesser known Lake Lugano which is full of interest and intrigue and is smaller than both Lake Como and Lake Maggoire. Our guide will firstly take you to Como with time to explore and have lunch and then onto Lugano. Day 5 - Today we spend a day in leisure in our beautiful resort of Lake Maggiore. You could spend the day browsing local markets and shops, taking woodland walks or just simply relaxing.

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Day 6 - Today we spend a full day in Milan including a two hour guided tour, one of Italy’s most fashionable cities and one of the richest cities in Europe, but it also holds several historic and artistic attractions, including the largest Gothic cathedral in the world, the Last Supper painting, and the famous La Scala Opera House. Day 7 - After breakfast we meet our tour guide at the hotel and travel by coach to Omegna, we then embark onto the ferry to Isola San Giulio. We take a short tour of the island and carry on by ferry to Orta. We arrive into a small town on Orta and have time to enjoy lunch. After lunch we travel onto Pettenasco, where the coach will be waiting for us. Travelling by coach to Boca the tour stops at a winery where you are given a small tour and the chance to taste the wine with a local snack. Day 8 - Today we begin our journey back to our return overnight hotel. Day 9 - After breakfast we make our way to Calais for the return sailing to Dover. We then continue our journey homewards. Route: E

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£649 £149 £649 £149

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TREASURES OF TUSCANY

Featuring florence, LUCCA & PISA

9 days from £579 historical sites

EXCELLENT EXCURSION PACKAGE INCLUDED

customer favourite highly recommended by our customers

Pisa

Florence

central hotel

hotel centrally located for exploring

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Hotel Biondi, Montecatini Terme

During your stay

Located on one of the most elegant boulevards of Montecatini, near the centre of the thermal baths and Parco Demaniale. Hotel facilities: • Cocktail Bar • Restaurant • Lounge • Swimming pool • Solarium

En-suite bedrooms: • TV • Air-conditioning • Hairdryer

Tuscany, like a fine wine, has been some time in the making. One of the most beautiful regions in Italy, with medieval villages sitting on the hilltops, rolling hills covered in vineyards producing some of the best wines in the world. The romantic hills of Tuscany have long been the inspiration of artists and poets such as Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci and Dante Alighieri. As the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance the cities of the region possess some of the richest and most outstanding culture in the world including intricate buildings, café lined piazzas and 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Includes Return ferry sailing; 2 nights’ bed and breakfast en route; 6 nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast in resort; Welcome drink; Quarter wine & mineral water with dinner each evening; 1 traditional Tuscan evening; Excursions as stated

• Garden • Lift to all floors

Day 6 - We enjoy another day at leisure to enjoy the beautiful surrounding of our popular resort, alternatively join us on our optional excursion to the Isle of Elba - six miles off the Tuscan coast - we follow Day 2 - After breakfast we continue on our journey in the footsteps of French Emperor who left an to Tuscany and our resort of Montecatini for 6 nights’ impact on Europe and exiled here in 1814. Napoleon dinner, bed and breakfast. We arrive to a welcome Bonaparte only stayed nine months, but his legacy is drink and warm greetings. plastered everywhere; £40 per person, to be booked at the time of booking your holiday. Day 3 - A full day excursion takes us to one of Tuscany’s most popular towns, Florence. Though Day 7 - Driving through the beautiful Tuscan surprisingly small, Florence is laden with cultural countryside, we pass hilltop towns of the famous attractions and charm. Medieval streets depict wine growing region, Chianti to Siena, the home of a thousand tales and museums and churches Italy’s most famous square, the ‘Piazza del Campo’. safeguard the world’s greatest collection of Day 8 - After breakfast we leave Tuscany and make Renaissance art. the journey to our return overnight hotel. Day 4 - A full day excursion takes us to two equally Day 9 - After breakfast we leave our hotel and begin intriguing places. First we visit Pisa, home to one of our return journey home. the world’s most famous landmarks, the renowned Leaning Tower. We return with a short excursion to the Roman City of Lucca, surrounded by its medieval wall, wander the traffic free alleyways and squares where one of Italy’s greatest composers Puccini Route: e skills ref: SCTU sought inspiration. Day 1 - We make our way to Dover for the sailing to Calais. Following disembarkation we continue our journey to our overnight hotel.

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Lucca, Cathedral San Michele

Day 5 - Montecatini Terme, is the biggest spa town in Italy, has plenty to keep you amused to do as much or as little as you please during this day at leisure.

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diano marina

Featuring THE ITALIAN & FRENCH RIVIERAS

9 days from £569 top excursions

EXCELLENT EXCURSION PACKAGE INCLUDED

Menton

Diano Marina, view from Hotel Palace panoramic sun terrace

beach front hotel hotel located in an excellent position

Includes Return ferry sailing; 2 nights’ bed and breakfast en route; 6 nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast; Welcome Drink; 1 Ligurian candlelit dinner; 1 after dinner Prosecco with ‘Sweeties’; 1 light lunch with pasta & dessert (October Only); Excursions as stated During your stay

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Hotel Palace, Diano Marina

Located in one of the finest areas of Diano Marina, the Hotel Palace is not only directly in front of the sandy beach, but also a few minutes walk along the promenade takes you to the old town and shopping centre. Hotel facilities:

• Bar & restaurant • Fitness rooms, sauna & whirlpool • Panoramic sun terrace • Wi-Fi

En-suite bedrooms: • Private balcony • Air-conditioning • TV • Safe • Hairdryer

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The Italian Riviera, lying to West of Italy’s great boot, is one of the smallest, but most intriguing regions in the country. Resonating with style and charm, this sweeping shore curves between France’s blue waters, its seaside towns exude an atmosphere of old world elegance. Perhaps most impressively the narrow arc of the Riviera is backed by the Maritime Alps, providing an inspiring backdrop perfect for the romance and glamour seeping from every corner.

• Free use of hotel bicycles • Lift to all floors Hotel not suitable for wheelchairs • Side or front sea view rooms are available at a supplement. N.B. We cannot advise whether the view will be side or front until arrival at hotel, dependant on availability

Day 1 - We travel down to Dover for the outward sailing to Calais. We make our way to our outward overnight hotel; we stay for one night, bed and breakfast.

Day 2 - After breakfast we continue our journey to Italy and our resort of Diano Marina for our six night stay. Day 3 - We enjoy a morning excursion to San Remo. Once a quaint fishing village, now an elegant tourist resort which is known worldwide for its impressive heritage, breathtaking landscape, San Remo on the French boundary is one of Italy’s finest treasures. Day 4 - Enjoy a day at leisure in our resort; wander along the sandy beach, take time to relax on the panoramic sun terrace or venture into the characteristic old town to explore the numerous shops and restaurants. Do as much or as little as you please.

for its picturesque harbour and association with celebrities with Giorgio Armani, Domenico Dolce & Stefano Gabbanna all having holiday homes here. Delightful colour-washed houses stand proud against a backdrop of greenery and blue water: every visual cliché in the “Mediterranean fishing village”. €15 per person, bookable with driver in resort. Day 7 - This morning we visit Menton which lies off the French- Italian border in an idyllic location with the Alps Maritimes Mountains behind and the Mediterranean in front, plus inspiring Italian architecture and French cuisine. This afternoon we journey to the ancient village of Eze, Cóte d’Azur’s which offers fabulous views over St JeanCap Ferrat which is where the real appeal of the Cóte d’Azur lies. Day 8 - Today we begin our journey back to our return overnight hotel.

Day 5 - This afternoon we enjoy a short visit to Monaco. Just 0.7 square miles, the tiny state of Day 9 - After breakfast we make our way to Monaco lies along the French Riviera, close to Calais for the return sailing to Dover. We then Nice. It has been an independent state on and off continue our journey homewards. since the 13th century. What it lacks in size it more Route: e skills ref: SCWR than makes up in glitz and glamour; it’s a known departure date days (from) s/supp holiday destination for the rich and famous. Sat 06 June 9 £589 £119 Day 6 - An optional full day excursion takes us to the Sat 03 October 9 £569 £119 upmarket Italian fishing village of Portifino, famous Sea View Supplement £30pp

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croatia

12 days from £799

NEW

historical sites

FEATURING POREC & THE ISTRIAN RIVIERA

EXCELLENT EXCURSION PACKAGE INCLUDED

Pula

Porec

beach front hotel hotel located in excellent position

A simply breathtaking tour exploring some of the highlights of Croatia and spending seven nights on the beautiful and historic Istrian Riviera in Porec, considered to be the “Tuscany of the Adriatic”. Join us for a journey of exploration never to be forgotten!

Includes Return ferry sailing; 4 nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast en-route; 7 nights’ dinner, bed & breakfast; Excursions as stated During your stay Hotel Laguna Park Porec, Croatia

Day 1 - Departure by coach we make our way to Dover for our crossing to Calais stopping for our first overnight at the hotel Mercure Aachen Europlatz for a one night bed and breakfast stay.

This 4 star hotel is set in the midst of landscaped parks near to the beach and just a short walk will lead you into the town centre which is rich in culture and heritage Hotel facilities: En-suite bedrooms:

Day 2 - After breakfast its back on the road where we make our way to the second overnight hotel Gasthof Zur Goldenen Traube in Austria for one night dinner, bed and breakfast.

Hotel hhhh

• Bar & restaurant • Souvenir shop • Outdoor pool

• Satellite TV • Hairdryer

Day 3 - After breakfast we continue our journey arriving in Porec, Croatia where you can enjoy a seven night dinner, bed and breakfast stay at the four star Hotel Laguna Park. Day 4 - Today we enjoy time in Slovenia where we take a guided tour around the Lipica Horses Stud Farm. We then make our way to the Postojnska Caves which is the best-known cave system in the world and the most visited tourist attraction in Slovenia. With its web of tunnels and passages that lead to the astonishing Karst monuments making this a mesmerising sight that all should experience.

There is so much to see and do in this wonderful city. Pula is to Croatia what Rome is to Italy, its main attraction is the huge amphitheatre – the temple of Augustus and the forum, as well as the Franciscan monastery. Day 7 - Today we visit Rovinj and Vrsar. Rovinj is one of the most photographed coasts in Croatia, it is a stunning place with its pastel coloured houses clustered along winding streets and topped by a Venetian bell tower. On the return journey we finish in the quaint fishing town of Vrsar, a place of serene beauty. Day 8 - After breakfast we make our way to Opatija an elegant destination that lies at the centre of the Riviera with the longest tradition of tourism in Croatia. Remaining in perfect harmony with nature and home to well kept gardens, beaches and fountains creating a stunning back drop for our visit. Day 9 - Today is another day for you to relax and enjoy the resort’s local area. Maybe a day at the beach or a little shopping .

Day 5 - Today is your day to do as much or as little Day 10 to 12 - We bid a fond farewell to beautiful as you like. Explore the local area of Porec, take Croatia and retrace our footsteps home. a stroll through the shade of the pine trees that spread their shadows on promenades into the old NB. The above days & itinerary are subject to change. centre of this beautiful town or familiarise yourself skills ref: SCCR Route: E with its parks and beaches. departure date

Pula

Day 6 - After breakfast we make our way to Pula.

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ALL INCLUSIVE AUSTRIAN TYROL

featuring the Krimml Waterfalls

NEW

8 days from £555 TOP ATTRACTIONS EXCELLENT EXCURSION PACKAGE INCLUDED

all inclusive tour resort is all inclusive

Ziller Valley, Mayrhofen

Krimml Waterfalls

scenic view hotel

hotel located in the scenic countryside

Includes Return ferry sailing; 2 nights’ bed and breakfast en-route; 5 nights’ All Inclusive in resort; Unlimited house wine, beer and soft drinks 10:00-22:00; 1 Speciality meal- speciality buffet OR grill (weather permitting); Excursions as stated

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Hotel Kroneck, Aschaber

The 4 star family run hotel is located just 1km from the centre of Kirchberg, away from the noise of the town, with a pleasant footpath along the river that leads you straight to the town centre. You will discover Tyrolean warmth, traditional hospitality and creative cuisine, all combined with extensive spa facilities, the perfect atmosphere for our stay. Hotel facilities:

• Bar & restaurant • Terrace café • Lounge with open fire place • Sun terrace • Roman spa with heated outdoor pool

En-suite bedrooms: • Satellite TV • Safe • Hairdryer

Lofty mountains, picturesque valleys, rugged peaks, rolling Alpine pastures, spectacular glaciers - it’s all here to enjoy: Tyrol, ‘The Land in the Mountains’ attracts visitors from all over the world. Stunning scenic beauty, friendly people, and amazing tourist facilities and services all combine to make Tyrol a truly unique destination. The varied countryside, charming Tyrolean hospitality and unique culinary delicacies will leave no desire unfulfilled.

• Bio- sauna • Finnish sauna • Steam bath • Sun beds • Jacuzzi • Lift to all floors

• Most rooms have a balcony or terrace, please request at the time of booking.

During your stay Day 1 - We drive south for the crossing to France then through Belgium and into Germany to our overnight hotel. Day 2 - After breakfast we continue through Germany into Austria arriving at our resort base of Kirchberg, for our five nights’ all inclusive stay. Day 3 - Today we collect our packed lunch and our journey begins with a morning in the regional capital Innsbruck, home to the famous Golden Roof and Imperial Court Palace. We enjoy free time in the beautiful city before making our way along the valley to Lake Achen via the renowned Achenseebahn. Day 4 - We spend a day at leisure in the famous resort of Kirchberg. Why not take a short walk to the beautiful small lake and relax by the water’s edge or browse amongst the numerous shops and cafés within the town. Lunch and afternoon tea as well as drinks are available at the hotel.

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Day 5 - We depart this morning along with our packed lunch and make our way southwards for our journey across the famous Thurn Pass to our destination of the Krimml Waterfalls. Here

we can marvel at the spectacular waterfalls before continuing our journey along the famous Gerlos Pass and descending into the Ziller Valley. There is then time at leisure in Mayrhofen before we begin our return journey along the Ziller Valley itself. Day 6 - Today we travel via the international Alpine resort of Kitzbúhel and over the scenic pass Thurn to the pretty town of Zell am See. Nestled on the shores of lovely Lake Zell it makes a lovely setting in which to enjoy your packed lunch. We allow time to wander through the medieval centre and along the lake shore. Day 7 - Leaving Kirchberg we retrace our steps with spectacular views along the way to our overnight hotel in Germany. Day 8 - After breakfast we make our way to Calais for the return sailing to Dover. We then continue our journey homewards. Route: E

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SWISS DREAM RAILWAY JOURNEYS

Featuring LIECHTENSTEIN

8 days from £649 3INCLUDES railway journeys spectacular RAILWAY JOURNEYS PICTURESQUE SIghts EXCELLENT EXCURSION PACKAGE INCLUDED free cable car rides free of davos cable cars*

Glacier Expr ess

Leichtenshein

Stunning scenery and spectacular views are enough to take your breath away as we travel by rail through the heart of the Swiss Alps and that’s just one of the journeys on offer. We stay in the Swiss resort of Davos, located in the heart of the Graubúnden in the east of Switzerland, set amid stunning Alpine scenery. We also visit the largely undiscovered country of Liechtenstein. This tour offers discovery around every corner and a once in a lifetime trip!

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Hotel Europe, Davos

Located in the heart of Davos, the Hotel Europe offers a first class service. Their website states ‘the management and team of the Hotel Europe rejoice forward to make your stay in Davos incomparable, so that every moment is a beautiful memory’. N.B. Hotel area and itinerary not suitable for people with walking difficulties Hotel facilities:

• Two bars • Restaurant • Garden/sun terrace • Indoor swimming pool with panoramic mountain view

En-suite bedrooms:

• Hairdryer • Satellite TV • Fruit platter on arrival • Wi-Fi

• Finnish Sauna with Kneipp pool • Relaxation room • Lawn • Table tennis • Fitness centre • Lift to all floors • Radio • Bathrobes & slippers • Safe

Includes Return ferry sailing; 2 nights’ bed and breakfast en route; 5 nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast in resort; Welcome drink; *Guests can use the mountain railway/cable cars in Davos free of charge (dependant on timetable); Excursions as stated; Journey on the Glacier Express; Journey on the Bernina Express; Journey on the Arosa Train; Guided country tour of Liechtenstein During your stay Day 1 - We make our way to Dover for the sailing to Calais. Following disembarkation we continue our journey to our overnight hotel in Germany.

and Austria in the Alps. We enjoy a guided country coach tour before enjoying an afternoon at leisure in our resort of Davos.

Day 2 - After breakfast we continue on our journey to Switzerland and our resort of Davos for 5 nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast. We arrive to a welcome drink and warm greetings.

Day 6 - Following a morning at leisure we enjoy the mid afternoon Arosa train from Chur, the oldest city in Switzerland; here we board the reserved carriages on the Rhaetian Railway. The journey will take you deep into the magnificent mountains, around many curves and over deep bridges to the famous ski resort of Arosa. The train then takes us back to Chur.

Day 3 - We board the Glacier Express from Andermatt to Chur. This incredible journey, one of the most famous in the world, will provide great memories and the views from the Oberalp Pass and the Rhine Gorge will keep you transfixed. N.B. this is a regional train and we must change trains in Disentis. Day 4 - Today we have the highlight of our tour, a journey on the renowned Bernina Express. We head to St Moritz where we have time to explore before boarding the panorama coaches, we journey 2330m over the Bernina Pass before reaching the magnificent Tirano.

xx Bernina Express

Day 5 - This morning we head to Liechtenstein, 62 square miles, this microstate of 34,000 is located on the River Rhine between Switzerland

Day 7 - After breakfast we leave Switzerland and make the journey to our return overnight hotel in Germany. Day 8 - After breakfast we leave our hotel and begin our return journey home. N.B. Itinerary days subject to change

Route: e

skills ref: SCSR departure date

days

(from) s/supp

Sat 09 May Sun 11 October

8 8

£659 £129 £649 £129

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THE MARCO POLO CRUISE FACILITIES The Marco Polo

Exclusively for adults - for the enjoyment of our adult passengers Marco Polo cruises operate as ‘child free’. Cruise facilities:

Impressive Waldorf restaurant, stylish Marco’s restaurant, five lounges, well stocked Livingston, Library, Internet café, shopping, arcade, wellness centre, outdoor swimming pool, three whirlpools and much more...

Cabin Facilities:

Bathroom with shower and WC, wardrobes and drawer space, mirrored dressing table, TV, hair dryer, direct dial telephone, music console and personal safe.

Accessibility: Please enquire Marco Polo Cruise Ship

Exclusively for adults- for the enjoyment of our adult passengers Marco Polo cruises operate as ‘child free’ Includes A delicious selection of traditional British and International full board cuisine, complimentary tea/coffee between 6am & 10pm, a great programme of daytime activities and stylish big show evening entertainment, a wide range of leisure facilities to enrich your time onboard, comfortable cabin accommodation of your choice, innovative and exciting itineraries with a great selection of shore excursions, porterage of your luggage at the port, port taxes, return door to door transfer and/or coach transfer from your home to the port.

8 days from £1099

Bergen, Norway

Springtime

Fjordland

8 days from £1059

Sognefjord, Norway

10 days from £1399

Honfleur, France

Autumn

Fjordland

British Isles

Discovery

Cruising Norway’s breathtakingly beautiful fjordland is a truly wonderful experience and one that is all the more special in this loveliest of seasons. You’ll enjoy a kaleidoscope of simply incredible images from gentle slopes, towering peaks capped in dazzling snow, remote mountain farms clinging to impossibly steep hillsides and dramatic waterfalls. Explore idyllic fjord villages and visit historic Bergen on what promises to be a magical

This week long cruise is the perfect introduction to Norway’s majestic fjordland where the magnificent scenery is simply breathtaking. Whether you are admiring a cascading waterfall from the famous Flåm Railway, driving through beautiful valleys on impossibly steep mountain roads, or simply standing at the rail of Marco Polo and cruising past idyllic fjord villages, you’ll be delighted by what unfolds before your eyes.

This exciting and ever popular cruise circumnavigating our island nation is perfect to discover some of Britain’s most beautiful landscapes, some of her more remote islands and their communities, Ireland’s iconic capital and a charming corner of France. You might choose to explore ancient sites, visit worldrenowned gardens, or simply soak up the atmosphere where you step ashore in peaceful villages, bustling cities, and delightfully quaint, old towns.

itinerary

itinerary

itinerary

Day 1 - London Tilbury (United Kingdom)

Day 1 - London Tilbury (United Kingdom)

Day 2 - Amsterdam (Netherlands)

Day 2 - Amsterdam (Netherlands)

Day 3 - At Sea

Day 3 - At Sea

Day 4 - Ulvik, Hardangerfjord & Eidfjord

Day 4 - Ulvik, Hardangerfjord & Eidfjord

(Norway)

(Norway)

Day 5 - Flåm & Sognefjord (Norway)

Day 5 - Flåm & Sognefjord (Norway)

Day 6 - Bergen (Norway)

Day 6 - Bergen (Norway)

Day 1 - London Tilbury (United Kingdom) Day 2 - At Sea Day 3 - Kirkwall (Orkney Islands) Day 4 - Stornoway (Outer Hebrides) Day 5 - Tobermory (Isle of Mull) Day 6 - Dublin Day 7 - St Mary’s (Isle of Scilly) Day 8 - St Peter Port (Guernsey) Day 9 - Honfleur (France) Day 10 - London Tilbury - Home

Day 7 - At Sea

Day 7 - At Sea

Day 8 - London Tilbury - Home

Day 8 - London Tilbury - Home

SKILLS ref: SsMP departure date

Sat 11 April

Route: call

days

(from) s/supp

8

£1099 CALL

SKILLS ref: Ssmp departure date

Sat 19 September

Route: call

days

(from) s/supp

8

£1059 CALL

SKILLS ref: ssmp departure date

Sat 29 August

Route: call

days

(from) s/supp

10

£1399 CALL

Please note: Cruise & Maritime Voyages Terms and Conditions apply. Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin cabin. Single cabin supplements apply. Prices shown can be withdrawn at anytime, offers are subject to availability and cannot be combined with any other offer. Gratuities are £5pppn which will be added to the onboard account. Skills provide full financial protection for our cruise holidays under our ABTA number E0259.

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NEW the azores CRUISE FACILITIES The Discovery

Introducing the alluring and intimate Azores ship; New to the fleet for 2015. Azores offers a more traditional maritime experience in cosy surroundings. Discover a wide range of comfortable lounges and stylish leisure facilities. Cruise facilities: Attentive Olissipo waiter service Restaurant, Lotus Buffet style restaurant, Show lounge, Bars, Casino, shopping gallery, card room and hairdressers and beauty salon. Pool deck area with swimming pool.

Cabin Facilities:

Each cabin is air conditioned with private en-suite facilities including bathrooms with a bath and shower plus ample wardrobe and storage space, television for in-house movies, a hairdryer, fridge with a mini bar facility, personal safe.

Accessibility: Please enquire

The Azores Cruise Ship

Introducing the alluring and intimate 550 passenger Azores Cruise ship for 2015 Includes A delicious selection of traditional British and International full board cuisine, complimentary tea/coffee between 6am & 10pm, a great programme of daytime activities and stylish big show evening entertainment, a wide range of leisure facilities to enrich your time onboard, comfortable cabin accommodation of your choice, innovative and exciting itineraries with a great selection of shore excursions, porterage of your luggage at the port, port taxes, return door to door transfer and/or coach transfer from your home to the port.

9 days from £1259

Geiranger, Norway

Fjordland

Splendour

10 days from £1349 13 days from £1799

St Peters Port, Guernsey

British Isles

Discovery

Reykjavík, Iceland

Iceland

& Northern Isles

From the rail of Azores enjoy the kaleidoscope of awe-inspiring fjordland scenery where green hills, waterfalls and snow-capped mountains are truly spectacular. Visits to picturesque towns and idyllic fjord villages promise a host of new and exciting experiences and with its colourful Hanseatic waterfront. Bergen is the perfect end to your cruise.

Beautiful landscapes, rich heritage, ancient traditions and interesting cultures are waiting to be discovered on this circumnavigation of the British Isles. It’s a wonderful opportunity to step ashore on our more remote islands, visit far-flung towns and villages, explore Gaelic culture, and uncover tales of fascinating folklore. Charming Honfleur adds some French flair to what promises to be a memorable cruise.

Home to one of the world’s most dynamic landscapes, Iceland is the legendary ‘Land of Fire and Ice’! Vast ice caps, active volcanoes, spouting geysers, bubbling mud pools and geothermal hot springs are all part of the exciting nature you’ll experience as Azores circumnavigates this extraordinary island. Visits to Scotland’s beautiful Orkney Islands and the remote Faroes complete what promises to be a very special cruise.

itinerary

itinerary

Day 1 - Hull (United Kingdom) Day 2 - At Sea Day 3 - Ulvik (Norway) & Eidfjord (Norway) Day 4 - Flåm, Nærøyfjord & Sognefjord (Norway) Day 5 - Olden (Norway) Day 6 - Hellesylt, Geiranger (Norway) Day 7 - Bergen (Norway) Day 8 - At Sea Day 9 - Hull – Home

Day 1 - Bristol, Avonmouth (United Kingdom)

Day 1 - London Tilbury (United Kingdom) Day 2 - At Sea Day 3 - Kirkwall (Orkney Islands) Day 4 - At sea Day 5 - Heimaey (Westmann Islands) & Circumnavigate Surtsey Day 6 - Reykjavík (Iceland) Day 7 - Ísafjörður (Iceland) Day 8 - Akureyri (Iceland) Day 9 - Seyðisfjörður (Iceland) Day 10 - Torshavn (Faroe Islands) Day 11 – Lerwick (Shetland Islands) Day 12 – At sea Day 13 – London, Tilbury - Home

SKILLS ref: Ssaz

departure date

Sat 27 June

Route: call

days

(from) s/supp

9

£1259 CALL

Day 2- At Sea Day 3- Tobermory (Isle of Mule) Day 4- Stornoway (Outer Hebrides) Day 5- Kirkwall (Orkney Islands) Day 6- At Sea Day 7- Honfleur (France) Day 8- St Peter Port (Guernsey) Day 9- St Mary’s (Isle of Scilly) Day 10- Bristol, Avonmouth - Home SKILLS ref: Ssaz

departure date

Fri 10 April

Route: call

days

(from) s/supp

10

£1349 CALL

itinerary

SKILLS ref: Ssaz

departure date

Mon 27 July

Route: call

days

(from) s/supp

13

£1799 CALL

Please note: Cruise & Maritime Voyages Terms and Conditions apply. Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin cabin. Single cabin supplements apply. Prices shown can be withdrawn at anytime, offers are subject to availability and cannot be combined with any other offer. Gratuities are £5pppn which will be added to the onboard account. Skills provide full financial protection for our cruise holidays under our ABTA number E0259.

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trading charter

All information accurate at time of going to print (09/09/14) Please read the following Trading Charter carefully as they set out the terms and conditions of the contract. If you book a SKILLS HOLIDAY or COACHSTYLE HOLIDAY your contract is between you and Skills Travel Ltd, trading as SKILLS HOLIDAYS & Coachstyle, registered company number 546349. Please note if you book a cruise holiday, we only act as agent and these terms and conditions will not apply to your contract. Your contract will be with South Quay Travel & Leisure Ltd, trading as Cruise & Maritime Voyages, and their terms and conditions will apply to the contract. Their terms and conditions are available on request. This contract is made on the terms of this Trading Charter and the Holiday Information and is governed by the law of England and Wales and we both agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Courts of England and Wales at all times. Our obligations as a package provider are defined by the Package Travel and Package Tours regulations 1992. In this Trading Charter, “we”, “us” and “our” are references to Skills Motor Coaches Ltd, trading as Skills Holidays or Skills Travel Ltd, trading as Coachstyle, (whichever is appropriate).

trading charter 1. Seating Plans A seating plan is held for each holiday. Requests for particular coach seats can be made at the time of booking on most coach holidays although subject to availability. Allocated seats are kept throughout the holiday except on shuttle coaches, where no seat allocation is made. Please note that we cannot accept bookings which are conditional on the provision of specific seats. Although we will do what we reasonably can to conform to the seating plans shown and to provide the seat numbers booked by customers this may not always be possible. Occasionally we use coaches with a different seating plan and the seat position may alter. We reserve the right to change the allocated seat and we are unable to guarantee that all members of the party can be allocated seats together. Passengers under the age of 15 are not permitted to travel in the front seats. We reserve the right to use Midi or Standard (no toilet facilities) coaches on any tour/day trip rather than having to cancel the trip if this is necessary for operational reasons (breakdown, availability etc.). We endeavour to inform all passengers of seat changes beforehand where possible. On occasions, to meet demand, some Shuttle services and holidays are operated by vehicles other than those owned by us and the specification may be different from that detailed in our brochure and website. Where Shuttle services are used tour seat numbers are not valid. Shuttle vehicles may not have toilets, reclining seats, air-conditioning or drinks facilities. Premium Seats are available at a supplement on selected continental tours for more information request on booking. Please note premier seats are not available on Skills Coachstyle. 2. Seat Belts and Restraints All passengers over the age of 14 must use a seat belt where one is available. Although UK law does not currently require children under the age of 14 to use the seatbelts in a coach we strongly recommend that they do so. Children who have not yet reached either the age of 12 years or the height of 135 cm must use a suitable child restraint. Lap belts, may not be suitable for your child’s usual restraint, and it is the parent or guardian’s responsibility to provide a suitable child restraint. A child restraint used by a child passenger on the journey is not included in the passenger’s luggage allowance. An adult with an infant on the lap may not sit in a front seat, and for safety reasons we advise that if an infant under the age of 2 travels on an adult’s lap any seat belt should be fitted around the adult and not the infant. Shuttle journeys may be by minibus, in which case all passengers must use the seatbelts and children who have not yet reached either the age of 12 years or the height of 135 cm must use a suitable child restraint. It is the parent or guardian’s responsibility to provide a suitable child restraint. On journeys abroad, local law on seatbelts may differ from that in the United Kingdom, and you must comply with the relevant local law. French Law requires all children on a coach to use a suitably-fitted child restraint. Accordingly on all journeys to the Continent it is the obligation of the parent or guardian to provide a suitable child restraint that can be fitted to the belts available on the coach. 3. DVT & Coach Travel Medical research has shown that DVT may be associated with any form of long distance travel whether by air, car, coach or train. We therefore recommend that you consult a doctor if you have: • Ever had DVT or pulmonary embolism • A family history of clotting conditions • An inherited tendency to clot • Cancer, or have had treatment for cancer in the past • Undergone major surgery within the last three months • Ever suffered from a stroke, heart or lung disease 4. Joining Points and Taxis For full details on our joining points and other travel options please refer to page 6 of this brochure. 5. Overseas Crossings Overseas Crossings will be detailed on the applicable pages in this brochure; however, we reserve the right to change any crossing in the event of adverse weather, industrial action or any other unforeseen circumstances that may arise.

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6. Luggage Passengers must keep luggage to a medium sized suitcase weighing no heavier than 15kg. In addition a small hold-all may also be taken on the coach. We reserve the right to refuse to carry any passengers whose luggage exceeds those limits and you will be asked to remove excess weight. Please note that at some hotels, particularly on the Continent, porterage is not always available between the coach and the hotel. It is unlikely that luggage or personal belongings will be covered by your insurance if left unattended or in an empty vehicle overnight. It is your responsibility to ensure that your luggage and belongings are loaded on to the coach on which you are travelling, especially at ports, interchange points and on leaving the hotels. You should ensure that the luggage label provided by us is correctly filled in and is securely attached to your suitcase. We accept no responsibility if you leave or lose your luggage or your luggage gets lost or damaged in transit for any reason. Valuables and medication should not be placed in the hold but kept on your person at all times. Any items of lost property found on our coaches will be handed into our office as soon possible and are then available for collection. We cannot, however, accept responsibility for any items of lost property left on our holiday coaches. 7. Hotel Accommodation Accommodation throughout the UK and Europe varies and our range of hotels includes everything from 5 star establishments to family-run hotels. We try to ensure that your holiday accommodation will be of an acceptable standard and every effort will be made to provide precisely the kind of room you have booked. (A) Hotel Grading Hotel grading and classification systems vary so widely throughout the UK and Europe that they do not represent a consistent method of comparing accommodation standards from one country to another. We advise you to look upon them merely as a general guide. The absence of a rating simply means that this particular hotel is not a member of any particular grading body – it does not necessarily mean that the hotel is of a lower standard. (B) Additional Facilities Our liability for the provision of additional facilities for which a supplement has been paid is limited to the published price of that supplement. Rooms with en suite facilities will include EITHER bath and WC OR shower and WC. Where you specify a preference for either a bath and WC or a shower and WC we will make all reasonable efforts to accommodate your request, but we cannot guarantee your preference will be met. (C) Room Type When booking a double room you should clearly request either a double bed or twin beds, otherwise we shall assume that either is acceptable. We will try to meet your request but cannot guarantee this. Please note that many hotels in Europe have a majority of twin bedded rooms. In some hotels, particularly in Europe, a twin-bedded room may have a single king-size base with two mattresses or may constitute a double bed plus a sofa bed, each with its own bed linen. Three and four bedded rooms are normally twins or doubles with extra beds which are not suitable for adults and space will be limited. The room description shown on your holiday confirmation refers to your main holiday hotel. Overnight hotels may offer different room types. (D) Single Rooms Single rooms are always in short supply and early booking is advised. Occasionally, a double or twin room may be provided at the hotel’s discretion however, the payment of a single room supplement does not imply that any room allocated will be anything other than a single room. Supplements for single travellers are charged by the hotel and not by us.

10. Children Our European and Irish holidays are not normally suitable for young children and we cannot accept bookings for those holidays for children who will be under the age of 8 years at the end of the tour. For all other tours please contact our reservations team so that we can assess if your chosen tour is suitable for children. If we agree to take children who will be between the ages of 2-13yrs inclusive at the end of the tour we will offer a discount of 10%, unless a different pricing structure is shown on the appropriate page. Child prices are only applicable when sharing a room with two full-fare paying passengers. It is in our absolute discretion as to whether an infant under the age of 2 on the date of return will be accepted as a passenger for United Kingdom holidays. A charge of £25 is payable for infants under the age of 2, if they are accepted as passengers. Infants under the age of 2 remain the responsibility of the parent/guardian at all times and must sit on their lap whilst on board the coach. You must give us the full names and dates of birth of all children who will be travelling with you (including infants under the age of 2) when you book and we reserve the right to require proof of the date of birth (e.g. a passport or birth certificate). 11. Behaviour If you or a member of your party breaches the terms of this Trading Charter or is persistently disruptive or seriously affects the enjoyment of other holidaymakers, we have the right to terminate the contract. Offensive or illegal behaviour will not be tolerated in any way. If boarding on the out bound journey is refused due to your behaviour or conduct 100% cancellation charges will apply. If the refusal is at any later stage we have the right to terminate the contract and you will not be liable for a refund. In such circumstances we will have no further obligations or liability to the person who is not allowed to board. If you are disruptive during the journey, the coach driver may have to divert to off load you. In those circumstances you will also be liable to us for the costs incurred by the diversion. Furthermore, for the comfort and enjoyment of other passengers we request you refrain from:(a) Bringing a pet, livestock or any other animal (b) Playing a radio or a personal music player on a coach (without headphones) (c) Smoking at any time on our coaches (d) Bringing alcohol onto the coach for the purpose of consumption of it on the coach We would also ask you to consider other passengers and refrain from using mobile phones on the coach except in an emergency. 12. Air Conditioning Wherever possible air conditioned coaches will be provided on the majority of our tours (Skills Coachstyle excluded). However provision of this facility does not form part of our contract or conditions of carriage and subsequently, in the event of there being a defect in the coach air conditioning or indeed none being provided, no compensation is payable. 13. Brochure Photography & Production Much of the photography used in this brochure has been supplied by various Tourist Boards, Wholesalers, Stock Image sites or directly provided courtesy of the tourism facility attraction and we thank them for their assistance. It should not be implied that any particular holiday itinerary includes places or attractions featured in photographic material on any brochure page.

(E) Overnight Hotels In the best interests of our customers, it may sometimes be necessary or desirable to change the location of overnight hotel stops. We reserve the right to make such a change without notice. It may be difficult for some hotels to fulfil special dietary requirements. If in doubt please contact a Skills representative who will take all reasonable measures to ascertain the position at the hotel. Any resulting additional charges will be incurred by the passenger. (F) Special Request All special needs and requests MUST be advised to us at the time of booking and should be followed up in writing. This will be passed to the relevant hotelier where reasonable steps will be made to accommodate, however, special requests cannot be guaranteed. Where extra charges are applicable we will endeavour to advise prior to departure. Our liability for the provision of extra facilities for which a supplement is paid is limited to the brochure price of that supplement. 8. Hotel Amenities All the amenities described on the appropriate brochure page will normally be available. However, some amenities (lifts, swimming pools etc.) may occasionally require servicing or cleaning and therefore we cannot guarantee that they will always be available. Unless otherwise indicated in the brochure, certain amenities may incur an additional charge. Entertainment provided by hotels is frequently subject to demand and the type or frequency may be varied if there is a lack of demand or insufficient numbers staying at the hotel. In many hotels you may be asked to share a table in the restaurant with other guests. If a hotel has lifts, these are described as serving some, most, or all floors or rooms. Many hotel buildings are historical rather than purpose-built and therefore there may also be some steps on a floor served by a lift which lead to or from public rooms. Most UK hotels include tea or coffee making facilities in the bedrooms, but in Continental Europe it is not normally the custom to have these. Where this facility is provided there may be a charge for additional beverage supplies. 9. Disabled Clients We try our best to provide holidays which all our customers can enjoy, but we do recognise that not all our holidays will be entirely suitable for people with disabilities, poor mobility or special needs. Some coach tours, for example, involve a great deal of travelling and changes of hotel and it may not be possible for our driver(s) to provide a sufficient level of care, particularly in cases of mobility problems. Each passenger who has a disability should: a) be accompanied by a companion who is able to provide assistance if required; and, b) be able to negotiate the 5 steps when boarding/exiting the coach. We are pleased to carry your folding wheelchairs/lightweight mobility scooter in the luggage compartment of our tour coaches however; we regret that due to space limitations we can only accommodate either 2 wheelchairs or 1 wheelchair and 1 lightweight folding dry cell mobility scooter (weight not exceeding 15kgs). Space must be reserved at the time of booking and this will be confirmed to you on our correspondence. We reserve the right not to carry wheelchairs or mobility scooters that are not pre-booked.

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trading charter 14. Your Contract/Financial Protection When you make a booking you guarantee that you accept liability for all members of your party and the terms of this Trading Charter and the Holiday Information which form the basis of your contract with us. The contract between us is made when a booking reference number is produced. We will send you or your travel agent a confirmation (usually within 72 hours); please check it carefully to ensure that all the details are correct and inform us or your agent of any errors as soon as reasonably possible. We cannot be responsible for mistakes if we are not notified. (A) Coach Holidays - We provide full financial protection for our coach package holidays only, under the Bonded Coach Holidays Scheme of the Confederation of Passenger Transport UK. The arrangements ensure that payments made by you for your package would be refunded and/or you would be repatriated in the unlikely event of our insolvency. http://www.bch-uk.org/. (B) Cruise Holidays – For any cruise holidays we act as an agent on behalf of Cruise & Maritime Voyages. We provide full financial protection for our cruise holidays under our ABTA number E0259. The arrangements ensure that payments made by you for your package would be refunded and/or you would be repatriated in the unlikely event of our insolvency. Bookings are bound by terms and conditions laid out by South Quay Travel & Leisure Ltd, trading as Cruise & Maritime Voyages. . 15.Payments At the time of booking the following deposits are due: All UK Coach Holidays and Tours....................................................................£75pp All other European Coach Holiday and Tours (inc. Ireland)......................... £100pp All Cruise Holidays and Tours..............................................Cruise Value Dependant Prices which are lower than the above mentioned deposits must be paid in full at the time of booking. Some Holidays and Tours that require the pre-purchase of theatre or attraction tickets may be subject to a higher deposit which will be advised to you at the time of booking. NOTE - Pre-purchased items are non-refundable/transferable. The final balance must be paid 42 days before the departure date (70 days for Cruise Holidays and Tours). Where the booking is made within this period you will be required to pay the full balance at the time of booking. NOTE - All payments made by Credit Card will be subject to a transaction fee of 2.5%. 16. Coach Holiday Confirmation Within seven days of booking you will receive a holiday confirmation/invoice, showing details of the holiday booking, you must check all the details to ensure that they are correct and advise us immediately should there be any discrepancies. 17. Coach Holiday Prices All prices stated in this brochure are accurate at the time of printing (09/09/14) however they may be liable to change in future publications. We will make no increase to tour prices specific to an individual booking once that booking has been made. Holiday prices include all coach travel, hotel accommodation and meals as specified in the holiday description and VAT where applicable. Morning coffee, afternoon tea and other refreshments are not included unless stated. Some hotels may make a small charge for porterage and tea or coffee served after dinner. Unless specifically indicated in the tour itinerary or description, entrance fees, guide fees and city sightseeing tours are not included in the holiday cost. Breakfast in Europe is defined as ‘Continental breakfast’ unless otherwise stated. Evening meals are generally three courses although there may be a restriction in choice. Changes in transportation costs, including the cost of fuel dues, taxes, or fees chargeable for services such as embarkation or disembarkation fees at ports and exchange rates mean that the price of your travel arrangements may change after you have booked. However, there will be no change within 30 days of your departure. We will absorb and you will not be charged for any increase of up to 2% of the price of your travel arrangements (which excludes insurance premiums and any amendment charges). You will be charged for the amount over and above that, plus an administration charge of £1 per person and an amount to cover additional agents’ commission. If this additional amount is more than 10% of the price of your travel arrangements, you may if you wish within 14 days from the issue date printed on your final invoice by notice in writing to us, either: (A) change to another holiday of equivalent price if we are able to offer one (and if its price is lower, you will be refunded the difference in price) or (B) cancel and receive a full refund of all monies paid. We will consider an appropriate refund of insurance premiums paid if you can show you are unable to transfer or reuse your policy. Should the price of your holiday go down due to the changes mentioned above by more than 2% of your holiday cost, then any refund due will be paid to you. Please note: The packages are not always purchased in local currency and some apparent changes have no impact on the price of your package due to contractual and other protection in place. If your travel arrangements include overseas travel its price was calculated using exchange rates quoted in the “Financial Times Market Data” (FT.com) on 22nd August 2014. Euros 1.25 = £1 18. Gratuities Gratuities to hotel staff and driver/couriers are discretionary. On itineraries featuring a Cruise and Maritime vessel an automatic tipping system has been adopted. An amount of £5.00 per person per night will be debited from your on-board account at the end of your cruise. 19. Amendments made by you to your Holiday If, after our confirmation invoice has been issued, you wish to change your travel arrangements in any way, for example the departure date or tour, we will do our utmost to make these changes but it may not always be possible. Any request for changes to be made must be from the person who made the booking. You will be asked to pay an administration charge on the following scale, and any further costs we incur in making the alteration. (A) More than 42 days before travel (70 days on Skills Cruise Collection holidays) we will charge a fee of: a. £10 for United Kingdom holidays; b. £15 on Isle of Man holidays; c. £18 on Ireland and continental holidays; or d. £60 on Cruise Holidays to cover our administration costs providing that all notifications of changes are received no later than the due date of the balance payment of your holiday. (B) Within 42 days of travel (70 days on Skills Cruise Collection holidays) - Any alteration by you made later than the original balance date will be treated as a cancellation of the original booking and will be subject to the cancellation charges set out in section 7 below. Other alterations such as the addition of requests or change of pick-up point that require a reconfirmation to be issued must be notified and accompanied by a payment of £10 to cover administration costs. Please note that it is not possible to transfer any holidays to the following calendar year. NOTE - Not all requested changes will be possible and/or may incur additional charges that are set by suppliers e.g ticketing/attractions. In the event of this, you will be charged at the amount set by the supplier. 20. Cancellations Curtailment by You Should you, or any other member of your party, be forced to cancel your booking you must notify us in writing. You must sign the instruction as the person whose name the original booking was made along with the lead passengers signature. If already issued any travel tickets or vouchers must be returned to us. Should cancellation leave the accommodation under occupied the remaining passengers may be subject to additional supplements, e.g. changing a twin room to a single. If you do cancel, then a charge calculated on the scale set out below, becomes payable:

Coach Holidays: Before balance due date....................................................................Loss of deposit only Between balance due date & 36 days...................................40% of total holiday cost 22-35 days.................................................................................................60% of total holiday cost 14 – 21 days..............................................................................................85% of total holiday cost 13 days or less........................................................................................ 100% of total holiday cost

24. Insurance You must take out adequate insurance cover suitable for your needs before travel. We cannot be held responsible for any costs you incur as a result of you failing to do so. For peace of mind your insurance should cover cancellation, and cover emergencies such as illness while you are away or loss or damage to your luggage. Further details of our cover is available on request or on the relevant page in this brochure.

Cruise Holidays: More than 70 days..........................................................................................Loss of deposit only 70 to 57 days.......................30% of total holiday cost or Loss of deposit whichever is greater 56 to 42 days.......................45% of total holiday cost or Loss of deposit whichever is greater 41 to 29 days.......................60% of total holiday cost or Loss of deposit whichever is greater 28 to15 days.......................90% of total holiday cost or Loss of deposit whichever is greater Less than 14 days.................................................................................. 100% of total holiday cost

25. Park and Ride & Charges All vehicles parked in our car park are parked at the owner’s risk. We will not accept liability for any loss, destruction, theft of or from, removal of or damage to your vehicle. Any loss or damage should be reported to the police and your vehicle insurance provider as soon as possible. Responsibility of properly securing the vehicle lies with the vehicle’s owner.

Terms for all European and worldwide coach, air and cruise holidays may vary from this so please check their conditions of carriage. Cancellation charges are normally refundable by our insurers, subject to the reason for the cancellation falling within the terms of their cover. Please note that any insurance claim is subject to excess charges and these will be deducted from any settlement. See your policy for details or request sight of a policy at your nearest Skills Holidays office. Should you be able to ‘substitute’ another person in your place then there is just an administration fee to pay and all monies previously paid are deemed to have come from the new passenger (see next paragraph). 21. Changes by Us The arrangements for your holiday are likely to have been made many months in advance and changes are sometimes unavoidable. Most of these changes are likely to be minor and we reserve the right to make minor changes to the holiday if we consider it reasonably necessary. We will do our best to keep you informed and try to keep inconvenience to a minimum. A ‘significant change’ is one that involves changing your departure date; resort area; or reducing the quality of your main hotel. Changes of the hotel en-route to the main destination are considered minor changes. We also reserve the right to amend pick up times if necessary and will only do so in consideration of the overall enjoyment of our customers. (A) Changes before departure (i) If we have to make a significant change to your holiday after you have booked, we may offer you a replacement holiday of similar duration and value. Should the alternative offered be greater in value we will offer this to you at no additional cost, should the value be lower a refund of the difference will be issued. If you choose not to accept the alternative offered we will refund all monies paid to us, however, no further compensation will be considered. In the event where no alternative can be offered you will receive a full refund of all monies paid. No further compensation will be considered. (ii) If you decide to travel on an alternative tour of your choice, you will be expected to pay any additional costs/ difference in cost. (iii) Once we have notified you of the change or cancellation and the options available, you must notify us as soon as possible of your decision. (iv) If you decide to continue with a holiday despite a significant change we will compensate you on the following scale. Period before departure Amount you will receive within which notice of from us major change is received by us or notified to you More than 42 days .....................................................................................................NIL 42- 29 days........................................................................ 2% of the basic holiday cost 28-15 days......................................................................... 5% of the basic holiday cost Less than 14 days............................................................ 10% of the basic holiday cost IMPORTANT - compensation payments do not apply to changes caused by reasons of war; riots; civil strife; terrorist activity; industrial disputes; natural or nuclear disasters; fire; epidemic or health risk; technical problems to transport; port or airport closures; adverse weather conditions and similar events beyond our control (‘force majeure events’). Period before departure within which a significant change is notified. No other claims for compensation or expenses in relation to changes by us to your holiday will be considered. (B) Changes after departure. If after departure a significant proportion of your holiday cannot be provided we will make suitable alternative arrangements for you to continue the holiday at no extra cost to you. If it is impossible to make alternative arrangements or you have reasonable grounds for refusing the alternative offered we will transport you back to your point of departure or another place agreed to by you. (C) Compensation for other changes to your holiday made by us. If we are liable to pay compensation to you in a case not specifically covered by sections (a) and (b) above we limit our maximum liability to the lower of:(i). Any limit of liability specified by any international conventions which govern the services we provide to you. (ii). The cost of the holiday. We accept responsibility for ensuring that all component parts of your holiday, as described in this brochure are supplied to you to a reasonable standard. If any such part is not provided in the advertised manner, we will pay you reasonable compensation unless the non-provision was due to circumstances which we could not predict and which were beyond our control, such as adverse weather, road or traffic conditions or the force majeure events as defined in the paragraph above. 22. Excursions & Routings The itinerary for your chosen holiday is summarised on the appropriate brochure page. To help you in planning your holiday, excursions costs are clearly shown in the brochure if applicable. Minor changes to the brochure itinerary and the final itinerary will not entitle you to compensation, as detailed in section 21. Unless otherwise stated, excursions to cities and other major places of interest do not include guided tours or entrance fees to places of interest. Refunds will not be made for excursions not taken. We reserve the right to return home earlier than stated in the itinerary due to unforeseen circumstances, or operational reasons, without prior notice. Routes shown in this brochure may have to be changed on occasion due to traffic/sea conditions or for other reasons and in consequence it may not be possible to pass through all the places mentioned in an itinerary. Furthermore stops can only be made at a limited number of places according to the time available. Some excursion itineraries include the use of ferries and other forms of transport, which can be affected by inclement weather and may have to be cancelled or postponed, and if so we will try to provide a suitable alternative. Published running times of services are estimates which may be affected by circumstances outside our control. We reserve the right to change excursions or itineraries without notice when appropriate for operational reasons without compensation. There are excursions where we may be delayed due to circumstances beyond our control e.g. Traffic congestion, ferry delays, etc. We cannot accept liability for these delays howsoever caused. 23. Complaints Procedure The driver/courier or representative on your holiday is there to deal with any queries or problems that you may encounter. If you have a problem during your holiday, you MUST inform them immediately. In most cases these difficulties can be rectified on the spot. If they are unable to resolve the problem to your satisfaction you should complete a Holiday Report Form which is available from your tour driver and return it to us with a covering letter, supporting evidence and adequate information in which your complaint can be investigated, within 28 days of the completion of your holiday. Correspondence should be addressed to, Skills Holidays/Coachstyle, Belgrave Road, Nottingham, NG6 8LY and include your booking reference number, holiday destination and departure date. All complaints must be submitted in writing. Failure to establish your complaint immediately in accordance with this procedure may affect the outcome. Please note we can only respond to the lead passenger and that comments written on our questionnaire forms are not classed as a formal complaint and will not be replied to. Any telephone complaints raised MUST be followed up by a formal complaint in writing. We aim to resolve all complaints ourselves but if this is not possible your complaint can be considered by the county court.

Please ensure that before you leave the car park: A) your vehicle is securely locked and that the windows are fully and securely closed; and, B) any possessions within the vehicle are out-of-sight and secure. If you do leave possessions in your vehicle you do so entirely at your own risk. At times it may be necessary to provide staff with your vehicle keys upon request. We reserve the right to move your vehicle within the car park, by driving or otherwise, to such extent as it is reasonably necessary for the purposes of safety to persons or property to avoid obstruction or for the more efficient arrangement of its parking facilities. We reserve the right to refuse entry to the car park and the use of its facilities as we see fit. Parking spaces on site are limited and are available to customers on a first come, first serve basis. Parking spaces may not always be available for your chosen date of travel, therefore it is recommend that you book this option early. Park & Ride Charges: 2 to 3 days ................................................................................................... £10 per car 4 to 5 days.................................................................................................... £20 per car 6 days or longer............................................................................................ £30 per car Please see page 6 for details. 26. Pick up Points, Travel Documents & Itineraries You are responsible for ensuring that you are at the correct departure and pick up point at the correct time throughout the holiday and we cannot be held liable for any loss or expense suffered by your party because of late arrival at the departure point. Your booking confirmation confirming your departure point will be sent to you or your agent after we have received your deposit payment. Certain travel documents may have to be retained by us and your driver/courier will then issue them to you at the relevant time. If you lose any of your travel documents we will replace these for an administration charge of £10 All itineraries stated in our publications are for guideline purposes only and we reserve the right to change any itinerary as we see fit. The driver of a tour may change that tour’s itinerary after giving due regard to weather conditions, attraction availability and any other circumstances arising during the tour. NOTE - Items such as attraction and theatre tickets are governed by the terms and conditions of the provider or event organiser and often cannot be replaced. Therefore the full ticket value may be imposed in the event of loss by the passenger replacements are also subject to availability. 27. Statutory Authorities This brochure is issued subject to applicable Acts of Parliament and Government regulations and we reserve the right to modify itineraries to comply with requests from the competent authorities in the United Kingdom and any other sovereign state through which the tours run. 28. Conditions of Carriage When you travel on an aircraft, train or ship, the conditions of carriage of that carrier apply and are subject to National and International conditions which may limit or exclude liability. 29. Data Protection We comply with our obligations under the Data Protection Act and we have measures in place to protect the personal booking information held by us. This information will only be passed on to the relevant suppliers of your travel arrangements and if necessary to public authorities such as customs or immigration if required by them or as required by law. (If we cannot pass this information to the relevant suppliers, whether in the EU or not, we will be unable to provide your booking). Certain information may also be passed on to other companies in the Skills Group or to security or credit checking companies. In making this booking, you consent to this information being passed on to the relevant persons. 30. Passports, Visa and Immigration Requirements Your specific passport and visa requirements, and other immigration requirements are your responsibility and you should confirm these with the relevant Embassies and/or Consulates. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel because you have not complied with any passport, visa or immigration requirements. For general passport enquiries for British Citizens visit www.ips.gov.uk 31. Foreign & Commonwealth Office Advice The Foreign & Commonwealth Office produces up-to-date travel information to help British travellers make informed decisions about travelling abroad. For further advice visit www.fco.gov.uk/knowbeforeyougo 32. Health On all holidays/excursions to any Member State of the EU it is advisable to carry with you your EUROPEAN HEALTH INSURANCE CARD (EHIC). The form for this is available from the Post Office and entitles you to free or reduced cost emergency state medical treatment in the EU. At present, there are no special health requirements for UK citizens, for any of the countries featured in this brochure although we recommend you visit your GP, practice nurse or Travel Health Clinic for advice. 33. Limitations of Liability (A) This section does not override your statutory rights. (B) Where any Act of Parliament or statutory instrument applies to any provision of these conditions, our liability is excluded to the extent permitted by that Act or statutory instrument. (C) Except to the extent permitted by any international convention, we do not exclude or limit liability for death or personal injury caused by our negligence or that of our employees. (D) Subject to the earlier parts of this section and to any specific provisions of these conditions, our liability in respect of any claim is limited to the amount paid by you for the holiday in respect of which you make the claim. (E) To the extent that the law allows us to exclude such liability, we will not be liable to you for any indirect or consequential loss, damage or expenses what so ever arising out of any negligence or breach of the contract on our part and we shall have no liability to pay any money to you by way of compensation for such loss, damage or expenses.

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travel insurance Travel insurance is a vital aspect to booking a holiday, giving you protection against unforeseen circumstances that could otherwise spoil your holiday. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that properly covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking. To assist you with this, we have arranged competitive travel insurance from Travel & General Insurance Services Limited to specifically meet your needs on your holiday. The schedule of cover below sets out a summary of the cover provided by our tailored insurance. Skills Travel Limited is an Appointed Representative of Travel & General Insurance Services Limited and are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, full details can be found at www.fca.org.uk

standard schedule of cover Section 1 Cancellation charges 2 Travel delay Abandonment 3 Missed departure 4 Personal accident - Disability Personal accident – Death (age limits apply) 5 Medical expenses abroad 6 Hospital benefit 7 Personal property Delayed baggage Personal money 8 Loss of passport 9 Personal liability 10 Legal costs & expenses

Sum Insured Per Person

Excess Per Person

£1,500 Up to £60 £1,500 £100 (UK) £300 (Europe) £15,000 £15,000 £2,000,000 Up to £450 (Europe) Up to £100 (UK) £1,500 £100 £200 £200 £2,000,000 £25,000

£50 (£15 Loss of deposit) NIL £50 NIL NIL NIL NIL £30 NIL NIL £30 NIL £30 NIL NIL NIL

premiums available from £15, please contact us for a quote for your holiday. UK

Per Person

Europe

Per Person

up to 3 day

£15

up to 3 days

£25

up to 5 days

£16

up to 5 days

£27

up to 7 days

£18

up to 7 days

£31

up to 10 days

£19

up to 10 days

£35

up to 14 days

£42

health conditions If you are travelling within England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland or the Isles of Scilly you are not required to declare your medical conditions. However, you must be able to comply with the following: 1. You are not aware of any reason why the trip could be cancelled or cut short 2. You are not travelling (a) against the advice of a medical practitioner (b) for the purpose of obtaining medical treatment (c) if you have been given a terminal prognosis 3. You are not receiving or awaiting treatment for any illness or injury as a hospital day case or inpatient as any claim arising from the illness or injury will not be covered. 4. if you are on medication at the time of travel, your medical condition must be stable and well controlled. If your medical condition cannot comply with these terms then any claim related to that condition will not be covered. If you are travelling outside of England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland or the Isles of Scilly: This insurance carries Health Conditions so you need to inform the Towergate Medical Screening Department of any medical condition(s) that may affect the Underwriters acceptance of your cover. If anyone to be covered by this policy or anyone upon whose health the trip depends: 1. Has an existing or ongoing medical condition(s)? 2. Is taking prescribed medication? 3. Has or has had any condition(s) still requiring periodic review? 4. Is awaiting any tests, treatment, investigation, referral or the results of these. If you cannot make this declaration when you take out the insurance, you must contact Towergate Medical Screening Department on 0844 892 1698. A policy document that fully defines the cover, conditions and exclusions will be sent to you with your booking confirmation. When you receive your policy, please take the time to read it carefully to ensure you understand what is and what is not covered, and that all activities that you may wish to participate in are included. If it does not meet your requirements, please return the policy, proof of premium and any other relevant documentation to us within 14 days of receipt and we will refund the premium in full, provided you have not travelled or made a claim. **Failure to comply with the terms & conditions of the policy may result in cover being restricted**

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Post completed booking form with deposit and insurance to: SKILLS, BELGRAVE ROAD, BULWELL, NOTTINGHAM, NG6 8LY TITLE

SKILLS HOLIDAYS / SKILLS COACHSTYLE TITLE: DEPARTURE DATE

INIT

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JOINING POINT

TOTAL SINGLES

TOTAL TWINS

ACCOMMODATION TOTAL DOUBLES

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IF NO, NAME YOUR INSURER......................................... EMERGENCY PHONE No.................................................

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On behalf of all named persons I can confirm I have read and agreed the booking conditions supplied and that I am over 18yrs of age. I enclose a cheque value £........................as SIGNED

A) DEPOSIT+ INSURANCE - All UK Coach Holidays £75pp; All other European Coach Holidays (inc. Ireland) £100pp; All Cruise Holidays and Tours Cruise Value Dependant DATE Please include insurance premiums per person if you have requested travel insurance, A) FULL PAYMENT + INSURANCE - Prices which are lower than the above mentioned deposits must be paid in full at the time of booking. Some Holidays and Tours that require the pre-purchase of theatre or attraction tickets may be subject to a higher deposit which will be advised to you at the time of booking. Please include insurance premiums per person if you have requested travel insurance. Please see our Trading Charter for full details or contact us directly on 0115 9770080.

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*Please note that all Credit Card balance payments are subject to a 2.5% surcharge. Debit Cards incur no charge.

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