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FESTIVE ADVENTURES

2018

Including: CHRISTMAS MARKETS, FESTIVE BREAKS, PARTY NIGHTS, & NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS

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Welcome to 2018 Hello and welcome to the Skills Holidays 2018 Festive brochure, filled with some fantastic events, Christmas markets, Festive breaks and New Year celebrations throughout Great Britain and Continental Europe in November to December. Our 2018 programme features an exciting collection of brand new excursions and unforgettable experiences, for those seeking a fresh, new adventure, either abroad or right here in the UK. With a trip to suit everyone’s tastes, whatever you choose, a holiday with Skills isn’t just about the destination, it’s also about the whole experience. We look forward to welcoming you on board soon,

Nigel Skill Chairman, Skills Group

Start your Skills adventure from just £30* per person Travel Duration

Deposit (per person)

Coach holidays of 2 days or less

£30

Coach holidays of 3-8 days

£50

Coach holidays of 9 days or more

£70

Financial Protection Skills Holidays Ltd and Skills Worldwide Travel Ltd. are members of ABTA, (V5570/77680 & E0259). This offers our customers extra protection when travelling with us, and also means we must abide by ABTA’s strict standards of service and Code of Conduct. For further information please visit www.abta.com.

*At the time of purchasing a package holiday you will need to pay a deposit for each person named on the booking. Full payment will need to be paid 6 calendar weeks/42 calendar days prior to your UK coach holiday scheduled departure unless otherwise stated on your confirmation booking (“the balance due date”). All other European coach holidays and tours including Ireland are payable 8 calendar weeks/56 calendar days prior to the scheduled departure. If you do not pay the outstanding balance for your package holiday on or before the date when it is due we may cancel your holiday and you will be required to pay the cancellation charges. For all of our Terms and Coniditions please visit: www.skills.co.uk/terms-conditions.

Skills Holidays 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 website 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.

Get Social

Pick-Up Locations

Join in the conversation, meet new friends and share your experiences and memories with us.

On selected holidays throughout 2018, we’ve added extra pick-ups from Chesterfield, Sheffield, Alfreton and Bulwell!

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To make it easier for you to identify which breaks include these additional pick-ups, we’ve added the picture of our coach (see right) next to each tour.

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CONGRATULATIONS! Here are your exclusive, rip-out offers from Skills Holidays! Now, we’ve just got a few important bits to tell you about... Redeeming your vouchers couldn’t be simplier, just hand your vouchers over to one of our friendly staff members in any one of our travel shops when making a booking, or call and quote your discount code displayed on the voucher. Discounts are only available on new and direct bookings when a valid voucher is presented (or a valid code is quoted over the phone). Discounts cannot be used on our website, or in conjunction with any other offer and we have the right to discontinue any of these offers at any time. Excludes Day Trips, Mystery Explorers, Air, Rail & Cruise and Leger Holidays. Full terms and conditions apply, you can find these on our website.

Loyalty & Rewards...

Day Trip Loyalty Scheme

Every time you book a day trip in-store, ask a staff member to stamp one of the Skills Coaches (on the back of the card), once all 10 of the Coaches have been stamped, present this card in-store for a FREE Day Trip*.

Recommend A Friend

Recommend a friend to The Skills Group and if they book a holiday of 2-days or more you will receive a £20 holiday voucher that can be used off the total amount of your next holiday booking with us! Terms and conditions apply. Visit www.skills.co.uk/terms-conditions for more information. *Valid for one free day trip up to the value of £20 for the loyalty card holder only. Offer can only be used on new bookings. Subject to availability. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer. Loyalty card can only be used and redeemed in a Skills or Laver branch. Loyalty card offer will expire at midnight 31.12.2018 Skills Festive.indd 3

EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT

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DAY TRIP LOYALTY CARD Every time you book a day trip in our shops, ask a member of staff to stamp one of the slots on the back of this card. Once all the slots are complete present this card to the retail team for a free day trip up to the value of £20!

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*Vouchers can be used in our travel stores or over the telephone by quoting the reference code. This voucher is redeemable against any 4 days or more holiday departing in November and December 2018, featured in this brochure and is limited to one voucher per booking. Voucher code must be presented at time of purchase and can only be used once. Voucher applies to new bookings only, cannot be used retrospectively or in conjunction with any other offer. If this voucher is defaced, altered or has exceeded the expiry date listed, it cannot be accepted. No cash alternative. Subject to availability and the issuer reserves the right to withdraw the offer at any time. For full booking terms and conditions please see our Trading Charter at www.skills.co.uk. Valid until 5pm on Friday 9th March 2018.

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*Vouchers can be used in our travel stores or over the telephone by quoting the reference code. This voucher is redeemable against any 4 days or more holiday departing between March to May 2018, featured in our Skills Summer brochure and is limited to one voucher per booking. Voucher code must be presented at time of purchase and can only be used once. Voucher applies to new bookings only, cannot be used retrospectively or in conjunction with any other offer. If this voucher is defaced, altered or has exceeded the expiry date listed, it cannot be accepted. No cash alternative. Subject to availability and the issuer reserves the right to withdraw the offer at any time. For full booking terms and conditions please see our Trading Charter at www.skills.co.uk. Valid until 5pm on Friday 9th March 2018.

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*Vouchers can be used in our travel stores or over the telephone by quoting the reference code. This voucher is redeemable against any 2 or 3 day breaks departing in November and December 2018, featured in this brochure and is limited to one voucher per booking. Voucher code must be presented at time of purchase and can only be used once. Voucher applies to new bookings only, cannot be used retrospectively or in conjunction with any other offer. If this voucher is defaced, altered or has exceeded the expiry date listed, it cannot be accepted. No cash alternative. Subject to availability and the issuer reserves the right to withdraw the offer at any time. For full booking terms and conditions please see our Trading Charter at www. skills.co.uk. Valid until 5pm on Friday 9th March 2018.

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Gift Vouchers Got a special occasion coming up? Is it someone’s birthday and you just can’t think of what to buy them? Looking for that perfect Christmas present? Don’t worry because Skills Holidays have got just the thing for you... Pop into your nearest Skills or Laver Travel Shop today and pick up one of our extremely popular holiday gift vouchers. With values from just £5 to £100 and personalisation available, you can make any occasion just that extra bit special! Too busy to pop in? Then call us on 08456 66 55 44* and buy your gift vouchers over the phone, hassle free - it’s really as simple as that!

Once complete, exchangeable for a free 4 day trip up to the value of £20

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With almost 100 years of experience, the Skills Group has become one of the most popular and famous coach companies in our region.

The Skills Group prides itself on being a family run business, and these strong values have remained througout the years. Skills is currently run by brothers Nigel Skill (Chairman) and Simon Skill (Financial Director) alongside Peter Hallam (Operations Director) - who originally started at the company as an apprentice mechanic in the 1970’s. ESTABLISHED 1919 Founded by Arthur Skill, Skills Motor Coaches originated in Nottingham in 1919. At that time Arthur used 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!

DRIVING FORWARD in 1987, Nigel and Simon Skill bought the firm and became directors. Driving the business forward they introduced Continental tours in the late 1980s, and have since continued to invest in a first class fleet of modern vehicles, offering luxury coach hire and coach tours. 1919 - 2019: CENTENARY CELEBRATIONS The Skills Group has gone from strength to strength, and in 2019 we will be celebrating our 100th birthday! With a whole year of events planned, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for special events, parties, breaks and offers throughout the year as we celebrate our Centenary.

HOW THE SKILLS LOGO HAS EVOLVED...

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By 1927, Skills were running day trips to Bridlington, Scarborough, Mablethorpe, Skegness, Cleethorpes and Southend-on-Sea! Many of these popular day excursions you’ll still find today!

ABOUT SKILLS

Our Heritage

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Joining your holiday

We offer you a great range of travel options for you to choose from, so when it comes to getting your holiday started, it couldn’t be simplier with Skills!

LOCAL PICK-UP POINTS For your convenience we offer 6 regular joining points across the East Midlands, including Loughborough and Leicester for our shorter holidays and an additional 5 joining points for longer duration holidays, including Sheffield and Chesterfield. These joining points are designed to provide as many local connections as possible without creating long journeys. For more information on any of our joining points please call us, or visit our website www.skills.co.uk.

PARK & RIDE SERVICE

On selected holidays you can choose to park your car at our Head Office (located just off the M1, junction 26)*. *Additional charges apply. Confirmation and payment for this service must be made at the time of your booking, spaces are limited to a first come first serve basis. Prices start from £20 per vehicle for 2/3 day holidays.

DOOR-TO-DOOR SERVICE

We want to make sure your journey is as comfortable as possible, from start to finish. That’s why we can arrange for a local taxi service to collect you from your home and take you to the nearest pick-up point, where the coach will be waiting. On your return journey, the taxi will take you back home*. *Additional charges apply. Prices quoted are return journeys. We reserve the right to pick-up additional passengers on route and may substitute another vehicle if appropriate. Taxi pick-ups 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 per person.

FEEDER COACH SERVICE

Occassionally we may use a free feeder coach to transport you to a convenient pick-up location, this is to save time and ensures that no one is waiting too long to begin their holiday.

Where can I book? Whether you’re looking for inspiration, have a question or already know the holiday for you, call into any of our Skills or Laver travel shops and our friendly and knowledgable team will be happy to help you. You can find the location of our Skills and Laver travel shops below:

Skills Head Office Belgrave Road Bulwell NG6 8LY 0115 9770 080

Skills Worldwide Travel 104 Chilwell Road Beeston NG9 1ES 0115 9222 441

Skills Holidays Mansfield Road Nottingham NG1 3FB 0115 9507 982

Laver Holidays Eagle Centre Market Derby DE1 2AZ

Laver Holidays Swan Street Loughborough LE11 5BL

01332 384 000

01509 236 500

Booking Conditions Information Please read before booking. The following information highlights some of the more important terms and conditions which apply to your booking. These are NOT our full Terms and Conditions. All bookings are subject to our full Terms and Conditions which you can find on our website: www.skills.co.uk/terms-conditions. A copy of these can also be e-mailed or posted to you on request. By asking us to make your booking, you confirm you have had access and agree to our full Terms and Conditions, which you should read and familirise yourself with. Prices are correct at the time of going to print, but may increase or decrease at a later date. We reserve the right to increase or decrease prices of unsold holidays and insurance at any time after brochure publication as our costs change and exchange rates fluctuate, or to correct errors. Current prices of our holidays and travel insurance cover are shown on our website and are also available by telephone. Please ensure you have checked the price of any holiday and travel insurance cover you are interested in before making your booking. Our holidays may be subject to a minimum number of bookings in order to operate. For all holidays, the deadline for deciding if suffucuent passengers have booked to travel for the tour to operate, is the date by which full payment of the holiday must be made. In the event that minimum numbers have not been reached, we reserve the right to cancel your holiday and refund all monies paid. We will not be liable or pay you any compensation where the performance of our contractual agreement has been prevented or affected by Force Majeure, for example this includes delay, cancellations, change of itinerary, change of accommodation, change of transport. Force Majeure is any event which we or the supplier(s) of the service(s) in question could not, even with all due care, foresee or avoid, and is therefore beyond our or the supplier(s) control. These events include, but are not limited to; strikes, riots/civil unrest, government acts, hostilities, war, threat of war, terriost activity or threat of terriost activity, hurricanes, industrial disputes, natural or nuclear disaster, fire, flood, tornadoes, hurricanes, transportation and mechanical problems, airport closures, and severe weather conditions. We subscribe to the Code of Conduct of the Bonded Coach Holidays Group (BCHG) of the Confederation of Passenger Transport UK (CPT). BCHG requires a bond to be taken out to provide protection of money recieved for your Package in the unlikely event that a Member cannot, for financial reasons, carry our their obligation to their passengers.

*Please note - All calls to the 08456 66 55 44 number featured in this brochure cost 3p per minute plus your company’s standard access charge.

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Skills British Contents your accommodation made simple

We use simple symbols in our brochure so you can quickly identify the facilities that are offered at each hotel that we use. Lift

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SPECIAL EVENTS Thursford Christmas Spectacular London Armistice: We Will Remember Them

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LONDON SHOPPER London Christmas Shopper featuring Harrods

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CHRISTMAS MARKETS Bath Christmas Market featuring Oxford Salisbury & Winchester Christmas Markets Grassington Dickensian Festival Beamish & Durham at Christmas Yuletide York & the St Nicholas Fayre Bath Christmas Market featuring Bourton-on-the-Water Castle Howard at Christmas Charming Cheltenham Christmas Chester Christmas Market & Liverpool

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FESTIVE BREAKS Stratford-Upon-Avon featuring Shakespeare, Cream Tea & Warwick Castle Christmas Twilight at Kew Gardens Waldorf: 5* Luxury in London Festive Torquay & The English Riviera NEW National trust Presents Music & Light at Fountains Abbey NEW Portsmouth Historic Dockyards Festival of Christmas

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SKILLS PARTY NIGHTS Christmas Party Night in Bath Christmas Party Night in Newcastle & Durham Skills 2019 Centenary Party Break

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CHRISTMAS ESCAPES PAGE NEW Classic Canterbury Christmas 23 Christmas in Pitlochry: Gateway to the highlands 24 NEW Christmas in Harrogate & the Yorkshire Dales 25 NEW Christmas in Eastbourne 26 NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS New year in Liverpool: Celebrations at the Cavern Club New year in the Lake District London New Year Celebrations

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Thursford Christmas Spectacular

Lights, camera, action! Join Skills for another festive extravaganza at the largest Christmas show in the country! The Thursford Christmas Spectacular promises an evening of mesmerising sparkle and festive delight on this unique performance that delivers non-stop singing, dancing, comedy and music. highlights of your stay

“Thursford show excellent, would not hesitate to come on your tour again.” Mrs Jones Day 1 – We travel to our hotel in Great Yarmouth enjoying a leisurely stop en-route.

music, humour and variety and is a fast-moving celebration of the festive season!

historic market town of Aylsham and bustling town of Wroxham, at the heart of the Norfolk Broads. So sit back, relax and enjoy the Day 2 – Take to your seat Day 3 – After breakfast Broads at their very best, as today we have included experience a nostalgic trip on arrival at Wroxham we entry to the Thursford by steam on the Bure Valley will enjoy mulled punch, tea Christmas Spectacular. Each Railway, Norfolk’s longest and coffee. performance guarantees narrow gauge railway, non-stop singing, dancing, which runs between the

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The Prom Hotel, Great Yarmouth

Located on the seafront, the Prom Hotel offers relaxing views of the seafront and the Golden Mile.

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Please note: Days are subject to change due to ticket allocations and some performances may be in the evening.

3 days from £209 dates

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Join us in London for a special weekend of Remembrance held by The Royal British Legion. On this memorable break we have a chance to watch the National Service of Remembrance parade at the Cenotaph in Whitehall and visit the Imperial War Museum along with St Albans.

• Return coach travel • 1 night dinner, bed & breakfast • Visits to St. Albans & the Imperial War Museum • Free time in London for the special Armistice Day events

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SPECIAL EVENTS

London Armistice: We will remember them

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highlights of your stay whose lives have been impacted by the war. After a little free time, we continue to the hotel for our evening meal. Day 2 – After breakfast we travel to Whitehall for the National Service of Remembrance parade which takes place at the Cenotaph. The veterans’

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Aubrey Park, Hemel Hempstead

The Aubrey Park Hotel boasts contemporary décor and free Wi-Fi and tea & coffee making facilities.

March Past is for British and Commonwealth former military and civilian service personnel to honour the fallen of the British Armed Forces involved in the two World Wars and all conflicts since. After paying our final respects we begin our journey home.

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Day 1 – After pick-ups we enjoy a leisurely stop in St Albans, before travelling to the Imperial War Museum where we have included admission. The Imperial War Museum in London is home to a ground-breaking collection of unique documents and objects that portray the everyday and exceptional stories of people

2 days from £99 dates

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£15 ‘Call The Midwife’ Tour © Virgin Experience Days

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LONDON SHOPPER

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• Return coach travel • 1 night bed & breakfast • Free time in London • Free time at Harrods Department Store

London Christmas shopper & Harrods Season’s greetings! Struggling for Christmas gift inspiration this year? Well, wrap up all of the gifts on Santa’s list on this weekend to London and Harrods. From twinkling department stores to Christmas markets it’s the perfect festive shopping experience! highlights of your stay

“Great value for Money, and excellent service” - Mrs Tunnicliffe Day 1 – Perhaps start your Christmas shopping off in style in Covent Garden. Walk the cobbles to the 19th Century Garden Piazza, where you’ll find one of London’s biggest Christmas trees and three festive markets! Take a stroll through the West End and into upmarket Mayfair and St James’s, where you’ll find lots

of high-end fashion, jewellery and iconic arcades. Alternatively, head straight to Oxford Street, with everything from luxury brands and historic department stores to high street favourites – you’re sure to find a bargain or two here! Day 2 – After breakfast we travel to Knightsbridge to

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TBC

During your break you will be staying at a carefully selected hotel where a warm welcome awaits.

visit the twinkling lights of Harrods. This world-famous department store is a must for Christmas shoppers. Don’t miss the renowned Christmas Shop, with festive decorations galore, sumptuous stocking fillers and luxury crackers. With 7 floors and 330 different departments, there is something for everyone!

2 days from £99 dates

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Bath Christmas Market Featuring Oxford

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Day 2 – Enjoy a full day to explore Bath’s Christmas market, soak up the sights, smells and sounds as you wander around this distinctively British Christmas market;

enjoy the aroma of warming mulled wine and freshly baked mince pies, with a generous sprinkling of carols will get even the biggest of humbugs into the Christmas Spirit. After some free time here we return home with sacks full of gifts!

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Jurys Inn, Swindon

The Jurys Inn offers spacious and stylish rooms designed to provide you with the comforts from home.

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas on this festive trip to Salisbury, Oxford and Winchester Cathedral Christmas markets! These quintessential British towns are a sparkling treasure trove of traditional timbered buildings, meandering cobbled streets and gothic Cathedrals that light up during the festive season.

“A very good trip. It was well worth the money” -

Mrs Edwards

Day 1 – We begin our weekend in charming Oxford, steeped in honey-toned buildings, elegant courtyards and boutique shops just waiting to be explored. After some free time here we continue to our hotel.

• 2 nights dinner, bed & breakfast • Porterage included • Welcome tea/coffee on arrival • Free time in Salisbury • Excursion to Winchester Christmas market & Bicester Shopping Village

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Day 1 – Arriving in Salisbury, known as the ‘city in the countryside,’ enjoy free time leaving plenty of opportunity to do a spot of shopping, explore the iconic Cathedral or soak up the festive atmosphere inside a cosy café. Afterwards, we continue to our hotel. Day 2 – We visit Winchester Cathedral Christmas market, recognised as one of the best in Europe and inspired by traditional German Christmas markets, twinkling stalls are situated in the Cathedral’s historic close

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surrounding an open-air ice rink. Here you can find an array of wonderful and unique Christmas gifts and arts & crafts that you wouldn’t normally find on the high street. Day 3 – After breakfast we travel to Bicester Shopping Village. Located on the outskirts of Bicester, it is home to more than 160 luxury fashion and homeware outlets and boutiques. Later, we return home.

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Holiday Inn, Basingstoke

The Holiday Inn Basingstoke offers comfortable accommodation with tea & coffee making facilities.

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Those looking for a truly fantastic festive shopping experience need look no further than the beautiful, award-winning Bath Christmas market. On this short break we also include a one-night stay and the opportunity to enjoy charming Oxford for free time.

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Grassington Dickensian Christmas festival

Travel back in time this Christmas to the annual Grassington Dickensian Festival, where visitors are treated to a glorious array of sights, tastes and smells from the bygone era. The village is adorned in Christmas lights and the streets come alive with traditional markets, shopkeepers and villagers dressed in traditional Victorian costumes. highlights of your stay

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“ Had a lovely weekend. Hotel food was fantastic and the journey was great.” - Mrs Raisin Brighton

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Day 1 – We travel straight to travel to Grassington, where the town will be celebrating their legendary Dickensian Festival. Soak up the unique festive atmosphere on cobbled streets and enjoy the traditional wooden chalets with a warming mulled

wine and the festive glow of an open brazier. After some free time, we continue to the hotel. Day 2 – After breakfast we visit Skipton for free time before returning home. Skipton’s famous Christmas market will be in full festive

flow today, celebrating it’s 24th anniversary the market takes over the high street and brings with it a wonderful array of food stalls, entertainment and stocking fillers! After free time, we return home.

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The Great Victoria Hotel, Bradford The Great Victoria Hotel offers stylish and individually decorated rooms.

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Beamish and Durham at Christmas TOUR

• Return coach travel • 2 nights dinner, bed & breakfast • Excursions to York, Durham and The Beamish Museum

“ Very enjoyable trip. We met some nice people and the driver was very good” - Mrs Keeton Day 1 – Our first stop today is the captivating city of Durham with winding cobbled streets and prominent peninsula crowned with the dramatic Durham Cathedral. Durham was recently voted by Condé Nast’s Traveller magazine readers as the ‘Best city in the UK’. Day 2 – Explore Beamish, enter the 1820s Pockerley Old Hall before walking along the 1900s pit village, visit Father Christmas

and his reindeer, enjoy a steam train ride and browse sensational stalls to find those perfect gifts and stocking fillers. Day 3 – After breakfast we take you to York, for a couple of hours at leisure before we continue home. Rich in ancient history and romantic ambience York is renowned for its exquisite architecture, a tangle of quaint cobbled streets, the iconic York Minster and a wealth of popular attractions.

HOTEL 3H

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Holiday Inn, Washington

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The stylish Holiday Inn Washington hotel offers modern, bright and stylish rooms and a lounge bar.

Fri 07 Dec Fri 14 Dec

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TOUR

• Return coach travel • 2 nights dinner, bed & breakfast • Excursions to Harrogate, York & Leeds

Watch York come alive at York’s St Nicholas Fayre with Victorian costumed traders, carol singers and the smells of roasted chestnuts. One of the most well-known open air markets in the UK, stretching out across the city’s main streets and into the historic city halls, this Christmas market promises not to disappoint. Day 1 – Today we visit the quaint spa town of Harrogate to indulge in some Christmas shopping among the many fashionable boutiques, or take yourself for a spot of lunch in one of the fine cafés such as the famous Betty’s Tea Rooms. We then make our way to the hotel for a 2 night dinner, bed and breakfast stay. Day 2 – Enjoy one of the most popular Christmas markets in the UK; York St Nicholas Fayre. Each stall offers different merchandise including gifts, crafts and jewellery. Be sure to sample some of the local specialities and international cuisines

whilst enjoying carol singers and the daily entertainment. Day 3 – Before our journey home we make our way to one of the fastest growing cities in Europe. Leeds is well on its way to becoming the capital city of the north offering an array of shopping opportunities and a mixed cultural scene, this university city is also home to one of the nation’s most popular Christmas markets. Indulge in traditional German cuisine and a range of crafts in the atmospheric Millennium Square.

HOTEL 4H

The Great Victoria Hotel, Bradford The Great Victoria Hotel offers stylish and individually decorated rooms.

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Step back in time alongside the Ghost of Christmas Past and prepare to be enchanted by the traditional Christmas celebrations taking place at Beamish, this Open Air Museum is one of the best in the world and vividly brings to life the regions industrial heritage and the town’s classic festive celebrations.

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Yuletide York & St. Nicholas Fayre

3 Days from £139 dates

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Bath Christmas markets

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CHRISTMAS MARKETS

Featuring Bourton-On-The-Water L OUT L E S 2017

• Return coach travel • 2 nights dinner, bed & breakfast • Excursions to Bourton on-the-Water & Gloucester • Full day to enjoy Bath Christmas markets

TOUR

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includes • Return coach travel • 1 night dinner, bed & breakfast • Entrance into Castle Howard • Excursion to York

Castle Howard at Christmas © Andy Bulmer

Paignton harbour © creativeoneUK

Those looking for a truly fantastic festive shopping experience need look no further than the beautiful, award-winning Bath Christmas market. Each year Bath is transformed into a magical shopper’s paradise, as dazzling chalets packed with Christmas splendour line the streets surrounding the Roman baths and stunning Bath Abbey.

“ Really good hotel accommodation – The best we have stayed in with Skills on a short break” - Ms Smith

Day 1 – We take you to Bourton-on-theWater, set in the heart of the Cotswolds. Regularly voted as one of the prettiest villages in England, Bourton has a unique appeal to its visitors and can be a magical place during the Festive season, the village offers a large selection of gift shops and cosy tea rooms. We then continue to the hotel.

Castle Howard at Christmas

guarantee the aroma of warming mulled wine and freshly baked mince pies, enjoyed with a generous sprinkling of carols, will get even the biggest of humbugs into the Christmas Spirit.

Each Christmas, Castle Howard is transformed into a festive wonderland. Step inside and explore the breath-taking interiors adorned with thousands of garlands, candles and wreaths patiently waiting for Father Christmas’ arrival. On this break we also visit York. Day 1 – We travel to Castle Howard, take time to explore the grounds which take on a magnificent beauty in the crisp winter months. Inside you will find the house lit by candle and firelight and dressed in stunning traditional Christmas decorations.

Day 2 – After breakfast we visit York, home to the outstanding York Cathedral and rich in history, romance and idyllic cobbled lanes like The Shambles.

Day 3 – After breakfast we visit Gloucester Quays, set in a stunning waterside location, the Gloucester Quays is the city’s thriving Day 2 – Enjoy a full day to explore Bath’s leisure quarter and features a Shopping Christmas Market. Soak up the sights, smells Centre, Waterways Museum and an exciting and sounds as you wander around this variety of bars and restaurants. distinctively British Christmas market, we

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Jurys Inn, Swindon

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The Great Victoria Hotel, Bradford The Great Victoria Hotel offers stylish and individually decorated rooms.

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Day 2 – After breakfast we visit Gloucester Quay, a stunning waterside shopping centre for free time. Home to an outstanding mix of fabulous high street shops, designer labels and restaurants this is the perfect day to start (or finish) your Christmas shopping.

Holiday Inn Express, Swindon

The Holiday Inn Express Swindon offers modern and spacious bedrooms.

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year and what better way to soak up that unforgettable festive spirit than strolling beneath twinkling lights, the crisp winter air filled with the sweet scent of Christmas biscuits and a host of traditional chalets waiting to be discovered.

“Really enjoyed Chester Christmas market, it was close to the town centre, so we got to do lots of shopping!” - Mrs Cheeseman Day 1 – You’re in for a magical time as we arrive in Chester, where you will find traditional wooden chalets wrapped around a sparkling Christmas tree. Wonderful festive treats, unique crafts, stocking fillers and delicious hot food are all on offer. Later we take you to the hotel.

Day 2 – After breakfast we travel to Liverpool, a city of vibrant culture, fantastic heritage and a shopper’s haven! If you’re all shopped out head to the Albert Dock and enjoy a pleasant stroll around some of the museums and art galleries before winding down to enjoy a spot of lunch before heading home.

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Mercure Haydock Hotel, St Helens This luxury hotel & spa is set in a Gregorian mansion style building surrounded by landscape gardens.

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Eat, drink and be merry on this short break to charming Cheltenham and Gloucester Quays. Adorned in Christmas attire, this weekend is the perfect chance to indulge in a little Christmas shopping before the big day arrives!

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• Return coach travel • 1 night dinner, bed & breakfast • Full day excursion to Liverpool • Free time at Chester Christmas markets

Chester Christmas Market © Louise Smith

Paignton harbour © creativeoneUK

Day 1 – We travel to Cheltenham, the most complete Regency town in Britain. Today we will visit Cheltenham Christmas market, as the town is transformed into a yuletide fantasy with over 40 decorated chalets that take over the Promenade. The smell of chestnuts roasting on an open fire, German bratwurst and mulled wine is sure to make even Scrooge feel festive! After some free time we take you to the hotel for the evening.

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Step back in time and discover the charm of Olde England on this festive break to Stratford-Upon-Avon with an included cream tea at Anne Hathaway’s cottage tearoom, entry into Warwick Castle and excursions to Royal Leamington Spa & Worcester.

Royal Botanical Kew Gardens Richmond-Upon-Thames

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NEW StratfordUpon-Avon Featuring Shakespeare’s Cream tea & Warwick Castle highlights of your stay Day 1 – After collection we travel to Royal Leamington Spa for a leisurely lunch break before continuing to our hotel.

the world famous Royal Shakespeare Theatre, these beautiful gardens feature a statue of Shakespeare and a series of figures depicting some of the Bard’s most Day 2 – Enjoy a free day, to famous characters – do as much or as little as Hamlet, Lady Macbeth, you like! After a leisurely Falstaff and Prince Hals. breakfast, perhaps relax After a little free time a little in the comfort of to explore, we travel to the hotel or head out Anne Hathaway’s cottage Feldkirch and explore your local tearoom for a delicious surroundings. Dinner will cream tea. be served this evening. Day 4 – Today we visit Day 3 – This morning we the city of Worcester, a visit Bancroft Gardens, beautiful Cathedral and located on the banks of university city with a the River Avon in front of fascinating history and Hittisau

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a wealth of interesting architecture, an unrivalled selection of high-streets shops and independent boutiques to enjoy. Day 5 – After breakfast we travel to Warwick Castle, where we have included admission. This Medieval castle has been developed from an original, which was built by William the Conqueror in 1068 and here you can experience more than 1000 years of jaw-dropping history. After some free time, we travel back home.

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Enjoy nothing but magical moments this Christmas with friends and loved ones on this unique after-dark experience at the world-renowned Kew Gardens. Prepare to be bewitched by winding, sparkling paths, dancing illuminated fountains, tunnels of lights along with your favourite vintage rides and traditional festive fares on this breath-taking evening. highlights of your stay a magical after-dark experience. Fairytale meets fantasy in a world of singing trees, illuminated fountains, larger-than-life flora, ribbons of light and a flickering Fire Garden set against the iconic Palm House. We then travel to our hotel. Day 2 – After breakfast we visit the charming “city of

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Holiday Inn Windsor, Slough

The Holiday Inn offers guests a stylish brasserie restaurant and spacious, bright bedrooms.

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dreaming spires.” Let Oxford enchant you with graceful architecture and alluring quaint shops lined along cobbled streets. Follow the sweet scent of spicy mulled wine and cinnamon and you may even stumble across their annual Christmas market.

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Day 1 – Following a later departure we make our way to Richmond-uponThames with a little free time to enjoy a spot of lunch, we then travel to Kew Gardens, and as the twilight falls, the real magic can begin. Explore the one-mile sparkling path as it winds its way through the enchanting botanical gardens in

• Return coach travel • 1 night bed & breakfast • Entrance into Kew Gardens for the evening event • Free time in Richmond-uponThames & Oxford

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Waldorf 5* Luxury in London Explore London from the iconic Waldorf Hilton Hotel, located in the capital’s spectacular West End. On this quintessential weekend away, we include a traditional afternoon tea served in this grand, world-renowned hotel and enjoy free time to explore London. highlights of your stay Day 1 – We take you to the Waldorf Hilton Hotel where we have arranged an indulgent and traditional afternoon tea for you to enjoy. Afterwards, the rest of the day is yours; perhaps relax in the luxurious surroundings of

this Edwardian building or head out into London and explore. The hotel is perfectly positioned right in the heart of London’s glitzy district of theatres and only a short walk from the Royal Opera House and Covent Garden Piazza.

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The Waldorf Hilton Hotel, London

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The Waldorf Hilton is one of London’s most iconic hotels. Offers luxurious and stylish bedrooms.

Day 2 – After breakfast enjoy some more free time in London before we depart for our journey home.

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Royal Leamington Spa

Escape the cold and enjoy the mild climates of Paignton and the English Riviera on our new Turkey & Tinsel break with all the trimmings. Our unbeatable package includes a welcome drink and mince pies, Champagne and sherry reception on arrival, nightly entertainment and live cabaret, a gala dinner and excursions to Torquay and Brixham.

• Return coach travel • 3 nights dinner, bed & breakfast • 6-course dinner & gala dinner • Porterage at hotel • Champagne & sherry reception • Entertainment • Mince pies & mulled wine • Excursions to Cheltenham, Paignton & Brixham • Free time in Torquay

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“Had a great time! – Great value for money” spending the afternoon in Brixham. Still one of the busiest fishing ports in the UK, Brixham is home to some of freshest and most delicious seafood in Britain. This evening there will be another night of top entertainment and live cabaret for you to enjoy.

all year round. Alternatively, pamper yourself in the hotel’s spa and wellness centre! This afternoon the hotel will be serving mulled wine followed by a game of bingo! Later this evening, we enjoy a gala dinner followed by an evening of live entertainment.

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Day 1 – We travel south to Cheltenham for free time before travelling to our hotel in Paignton for our Turkey & Tinsel themed stay. On arrival there will be tea, coffee and mince pies followed by a Champagne and sherry reception this evening, before a 6-course candle lit dinner. The festivities will continue into the night with excellent inhouse entertainment and live cabaret.

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Day 3 – Enjoy free time to Day 4 – After breakfast we explore Torquay. After a travel home with comfort leisurely breakfast, perhaps stops along the way. take a brisk walk along one of the town’s beaches Day 2 – After breakfast we – part of the UNESCO will have a visit from Father accredited English Riviera Christmas before heading Global Geopark for its out to Torquay for a couple spectacular coastlines and of hours at leisure, before outstanding natural beauty

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Headland Hotel & Spa, Torquay

This elegant hotel is situated in one of the most beautiful parts of Torquay looking out to the sea.

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• Club Class coach travel • 1 night dinner, bed & breakfast • Admission into the Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden for the Music & Light Festive Celebration event • Free time in York

If you’re looking for somewhere special to escape the high-street crowds this Christmas, then look no further than the National Trust! On this short break we wrap up warm and step outside to discover the magical Music & Lights event at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden. highlights of your stay

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NEW National trust presents music & light at Fountains Abbey

Day 1 – After pick-ups enjoy a leisurely journey to the National Trust’s Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden, where we have included admission into the spectacular Music & Light event. Enjoy the estate in all its festive glory and wander around the abbey and ruins as they are illuminated with all the colours of the rainbow! Whilst you’re here, perhaps treat yourself to some

festive food and head to the cellarium where local choirs and bands will be bringing a little extra festive cheer to the day, with impromptu performances – feel free to sing and dance along because it just wouldn’t be Christmas without some traditional carols! (Please note, this is an outdoor event so we recommend bringing lots of warm clothing.)

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Day 2 – After breakfast we visit York, home to the outstanding York Cathedral and rich in history, romance and idyllic cobbled lanes like The Shambles.

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This grand, Victorian hotel boasts classical décor, with traditionally furnished rooms.

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NEW Portsmouth Historic Dockyards festival of Christmas

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Soak up the magical atmosphere at Portsmouth’s Festival of Christmas! This annual extravaganza transports visitors to a by-gone era where a cast of colourful characters roam the snowy cobbled streets. On this break we will also visit Winchester, and enjoy some free time in Bournemouth. highlights of your stay

Day 2 – After breakfast we travel to Portsmouth, here we have included entry into the Dockyard

where the “Victorian Festival of Christmas” event is taking place. Here, you can explore the snow-covered Dickensian streets in the awe-inspiring setting of the historic dockyard, the popular market showcases a range of unique stalls alongside Victorian characters and entertainment. Today, our admission will also include entrance to the world-class attractions HMS Victory, the National Museum of the Royal Navy, HMS Warrior

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Hinton Firs, Bournemouth

Surrounded by landscaped gardens on Bournemouth’s East Cliff, this hotel offers modern and comfortable rooms.

1860 and the WWI vessel HMS M.33. After some free time, we will return to the hotel for our evening meal. Day 3 – This morning you can enjoy a couple of hours at leisure in Bournemouth. After a leisurely breakfast perhaps head into Bournemouth’s bustling town centre, lined with high street names and department stores you might even manage to pick up a stocking filler (or two!).

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Day 1 – On our way to our hotel we enjoy a leisurely stop at Winchester, perhaps visit the Winchester Cathedral Christmas market, inspired by a traditional German Christmas market, it is now recognised as one of the best Christmas markets in Europe. After some free time we continue to our hotel.

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Christmas party night in Newcastle

Have you started thinking about your Christmas party plans yet? This year you and your friends could be “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” on our Christmas Party Night in Bath! With an evening of delicious food and dancing, there will also be free time to enjoy Bath and Oxford. Day 1 – After local pick-ups we travel to Manchester, bursting with character, this destination is one of the most exciting places to visit in Britain! Known as the birthplace of the industrial revolution, Manchester has a proud history in science, politics, music, arts and sports. The city centre is jam-packed with unique and eclectic restaurants, bars, shops, museums and galleries for you to enjoy. After a little free time, we head to hotel for a chance to relax and freshen up before this evening’s

meal followed by a fabulous party night, where you are sure to dance the night away! Day 2 – After breakfast we take you to Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet for some free time. As the UK’s largest outlet shopping destination, this is the perfect place for any shopaholic to indulge in 145 luxury and high street brands, including designer labels - all at up to 60% less! We will return home later this afternoon.

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Best Western Cresta Court, Manchester

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15-minutes from central Manchester, this hotel offers Wi-Fi and tea & coffee making facilities.

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• Return coach travel • 1 night dinner, bed & breakfast • Party night & disco • Free time in Durham & Newcastle

Get ready to “Shake, Rattle and Roll” on this Christmas party night in Newcastle! Celebrate with friends, family or work colleagues on a fantastic party night in Newcastle with Skills Holidays! You’re sure to be left filled with Christmas Spirit as we enjoy free time in Durham and Newcastle.

“The disco and the entertainment was very good!” Day 1 – We take you to the beautiful city of Durham, voted by Condé Nast’s Traveller magazine readers as the ‘Best city in the UK’, it is dominated by the Romanesque Durham Cathedral and Durham Castle. After some free time, we continue to our hotel for an evening of fabulous celebrations and dancing, with dinner and a disco!

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Day 2 – After breakfast we enjoy free time in the vibrant city of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, renowned for some exceptional restaurants and interesting bars, you can do as much or as little as you like before we reutn home later this afternoon.

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Holiday Inn, Washington

The stylish Holiday Inn Washington hotel offers modern, bright and stylish rooms and a lounge bar.

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• Return coach travel • 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast • Mulled wine & mince pies on arrival • Christmas Day lunch & buffet • Evening entertainment • Admission to Canterbury Cathedral This year, why not enjoy a classically British Christmas in Canterbury! This world& St Augustine’s Abbey famous Cathedral city was one of medieval Europe’s great places of pilgrimages and • Visits to St Albans, Herne’s Bay & knowledge; today it continues to inspire visitors with its incredible natural beauty, Whitstable grand Medieval architecture and historic intrigue. On this enchanting stay we include • Free time in Canterbury admission into the majestic Canterbury Cathedral and St. Augustine’s Abbey along • Optional visit to Midnight Mass with with visits to St Albans, Herne’s Bay and Whitstable. hot chocolate on return to the hotel

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to 597AD, it is now a part of Canterbury’s World Heritage Site and remains one of the most visited places in the country. You are welcome to attend one of the special Christmas “Sung Eucharist” services before exploring this enchanting city for yourself. Entertainment will be provided at the hotel again Day 2 – After breakfast we tonight, and later this evening travel to Canterbury for you will have the opportunity free time. Made famous to attend Midnight Mass* by Chaucer’s Canterbury with a hot chocolate Tales, this university city served on our return to the boasts some of England’s hotel. (*This is an optional finest Medieval architecture, excursion.) including one of its oldest and most magnificent Cathedrals Day 3 – Celebrate Christmas – today we have included day in the warmth and admission into the Cathedral, comfort of the hotel. Our seat of the Archbishop of Christmas package includes; Canterbury and the centre a 3-course Christmas Day point of any visit. Dating back lunch, a light buffet and

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Comfort Inn, Ramsgate, Kent

This Grade II Victorian building boasts views across the English Channel, and also features Wi-Fi.

entertainment. Day 4 – Enjoy a scenic drive along the coast as we travel to Herne’s Bay. This traditional seaside town has Christmas all wrapped up with many events happening across the town and along its traditional Pier. After a little free time, we take you to Whitstable. Perhaps enjoy a wander around the bohemian town centre.

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Day 1 – This morning we take you to St. Albans for free time. St. Albans colourful history can be seen in the Roman remains and the beautiful architecture. Afterwards, we continue to the hotel where we will enjoy mince pies and mulled wine on arrival.

Day 5 – After breakfast we visit St Augustine’s Abbey, situated just outside the city walls this impressive abbey is now a part of the Canterbury World Heritage Site and should not be missed! After a little time to explore, perhaps head back into Canterbury before we return home.

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Christmas in Pitlochry: Gateway to the highlands

Join us on this stunning Christmas Break in the heart of Pitlochry, as we explore some of Scotland’s most beautiful destinations including; Blair Atholl, The Pass of Killiecrankie, Loch Tummel and the famous Queen’s View. With an unbeatable Christmas package included at the hotel, a festive cream tea, evening entertainment and excursions to Dundee and Perth, your Christmas will be filled with cherished memories. highlights of your stay Day 1 – Sit back, relax and enjoy a leisurely journey to our hotel in the pretty town of Pitlochry.

a wide range of unique, quirky and high-quality products that you wouldn’t usually find anywhere else! Back at the hotel we will Day 2 – After breakfast we enjoy mulled wine and travel to Loch Leven Kinross, mince pies, and later this the medieval Lochlevel evening you will also have castle can be seen from the the opportunity to attend shore where Mary Queen Midnight Mass*. (*This is an of Scots was jailed in 1567. optional excursion). Here, we enjoy a little bit of free time, perhaps grab Day 3 – Celebrate Christmas a quick bite to eat whilst Day surrounded by the enjoying the incredible stunning scenery of Highland scenery. Afterwards, we Perthshire in our traditional will take a scenic drive hotel. After breakfast enjoy along Glenfarg Road as we the wonderful festivities travel to the historic city of the day; including a visit of Perth, where we will from Father Christmas. spend the remainder of our Later, feast on a traditional afternoon. Set beside the Christmas Day lunch and beautiful River Tay, Perth laugh late into the evening offers a fantastic selection with another night of live of independent shops with entertainment and carol

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Fishers Hotel, Pitlochry This elegant hotel has a traditional bar and spacious bedrooms.

singing with the staff. Day 4 – Forget the crowded sales this Boxing Day, instead we enjoy a scenic drive through picturesque villages, sparkling rivers and stunning highland scenery. Today we will see Blair Atholl, a charming village home to the impressive Blair Castle and The Pass of Killiecrankie, a magnificent wooded gorge with the River Garry flowing along its base. We end our adventure with a visit to the celebrated vista of the Queen’s View, which overlooks Loch Tummel. Day 5 – After breakfast we visit Dundee, Scotland’s first UNESCO City of Design before we return home.

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Step into Christmas as we visit Harrogate and the enchanting Yorkshire Dales. Relax on this festive getaway, which includes a full Christmas package at our stylish hotel in Harrogate with a gala dinner and a party night, plus visits to York, Richmond, Ripon and Knaresborough. highlights of your stay

Day 2 – Enjoy a day at leisure in the boutique spa town of Harrogate, with its handsome historic buildings, it is one of Yorkshire’s most elegant destinations. Today, enjoy the truly magical and festive feel as Christmas lights sparkle in the trees along the Stray. This afternoon, you may choose to join us as we visit the local

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pantomime in Harrogate (Oh we will spend the remainder yes we do!) before returning of the day. Founded 1300 to the hotel*. years ago, Ripon is home to a magnificent 17th century Day 3 – Spend Christmas day Cathedral and boasts a in the comfort of the hotel wealth of cultural heritage with friends and loved-ones, and fine Medieval streets. joyous festivities will follow Tonight at the hotel, we will breakfast. The Queen’s enjoy a gala dinner followed Speech will be playing, and by a disco for dancing. throughout the day we will enjoy a 4-course traditional Day 5 – After breakfast we Christmas Day lunch, a buffet travel to Knaresborough, dinner and a selection of an historic market and spa festive games. town in the borough of Harrogate. Perched on the Day 4 – Our first stop today is cliffs above the River Nidd, at the beautiful market town Knaresborough provides a of Richmond. Situated on the warren of streets and stone edge of the Yorkshire Dales staircases home to Medieval National Park, it is a town of buildings and fabulous breathtaking beauty home independent shops. We to a Norman castle and a continue our journey back large cobbled market place. to the East Midlands this Later, we visit Ripon where afternoon.

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The Crown Hotel, Harrogate

The Crown Hotel offers individually styled and comfortable bedrooms with tea and coffee making facilities.

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Day 1 – We travel to the beautiful city of York for a little free time before arriving at the hotel. Enjoy a wander along the cobbled streets, perhaps visit York’s Chocolate Story and pick up some of York’s most famous chocolate – a great stocking filler! Or, head to the magnificent York Minster. On arrival at our hotel we will enjoy mulled wine and canapes.

• Return coach travel • 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast • Mulled wine & canapes on arrival • Entertainment • 4-course Christmas Day lunch & buffet dinner • Gala dinner followed by a disco • Excursions to York, Richmond, Ripon & Knaresborough • Free time in Harrogate • Optional excursion to the local pantomime*

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NEW Christmas in Eastbourne

Make Christmas in Eastbourne the best Christmas yet! Let us take all of the hard work out of the festivities, leaving you to relax and enjoy yourself (without any washing up!). On this holiday we include visits to Beachy Head, Hastings, Battle and Brighton as well as admission into the magnificent Winter Wonderland Illuminations at Drusillas Park. highlights of your stay Day 1 – We travel to the hotel, on arrival we enjoy tea, coffee and mince pies. Later there will be ‘Guess the Cake’ entertainment and a festive dinner.

this evening you can visit All Saint’s Church for the Midnight mass taking place on our optional excursion.

Europe and the remains of the first castle in England. Residing high atop a cliff overlooking the old town and North Sea, Hastings Day 3 – Christmas Day Castle is a huge part of begins with breakfast England’s rich history. Day 2 – After breakfast we and a glass of buck’s fizz, Later, this afternoon we visit Beachy Head cliffs, afterwards why not take travel to Battle for a little the UK’s highest chalk sea a brisk stroll along the more time at leisure. This cliff is a renowned beauty seafront and towards the charming market town grew spot with incredible views. iconic bandstand where up around Battle Abbey, Feldkirch Whilst here, perhaps call The Eastbourne Silver Band which was built by William into the Beachy Head present their annual live the Conqueror after the Countryside Centre, home Christmas performance? famous Battle of Hastings. to an excellent gift shop. Back at the hotel the After a little free time, Queen’s Speech will be Day 5 – This morning we we return to the hotel to shown, and there will be visit Brighton for a little free enjoy a buffet lunch before a scrumptious Christmas time before we travel home. travelling to Drusillas Park in Day buffet lunch served Brighton, England’s loveliest East Sussex, for the Winter followed by dinner and liveliest city by the sea, Wonderland Illuminations! and entertainment this is a fun and cosmopolitan As dusk falls the dazzling afternoon. seaside city home to Light Show can begin as a Regency architecture, magical wonderland scene Day 4 – We visit Hastings, a traditional Pier and home to the largest beach- specialist shops. comes to life, dancing to launched fishing fleet in synchronised music. Later Hittisau

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New year in Liverpool:

We’ll give you something to “Twist and Shout” about this New Year as we welcome in 2019 in the ‘most famous club in the world!’ with some of its most finest musicians, friends and loved-ones at the famous Cavern Club in Liverpool! With a 2-night bed and breakfast stay and free time in Liverpool and Chester, this is sure to be a “Magical Mystery Tour.” highlights of your stay

“There are always great bands on, and the atmosphere is just electric!” - Kathryn J (Trip Advisor) of music, from The Beatles first ever performance in 1961 to the popular Arctic Monkeys. Tonight’s New Year’s Eve annual event promises to be a Beatles and 60s extravaganza! With live bands and solo artists playing over the two stages throughout the entire evening. Day 2 – After a leisurely breakfast, enjoy free time in Liverpool, the cultural capital of the North! A decade since it was named the European Capital of Culture, in 2018 Liverpool will be hosting a yearlong, series of universal and unforgettable cultural

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Ibis Styles Liverpool Centre, Cavern Quarter

This boutique style hotel offers individually styled rooms and free Wi-Fi.

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events with a signature mix of art, music, theatre, technology, style and sport! So, whatever you decide to do today, it’s sure to be eventful. Day 3 – This morning we visit Chester for a couple of hours before we travel back home. The city’s bewitching beauty and unique atmosphere make Chester one of Britain’s most popular destinations, and with a fabulous selection of quirky shops and all your favourite highstreet retailers, you’re sure to find a few bargains along its cobbled high street.

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Day 1 – Sit back, relax and perhaps enjoy a toast to tonight’s festivities, with a complimentary drink served on board our coach, as we journey to Liverpool. Tonight, we have included admission into the legendary Cavern Club for their annual New Year’s Eve party! Our hotel is located nearby (approximately a 5 minute walk away), so once you’ve freshened up, our driver will accompany you to the Cavern Club so tonight’s celebrations can get underway! This iconic club has remained the beating heart of Liverpool’s iconic music scene hosting severn incredible decades

• Return coach travel • 2 night bed & breakfast • Celebratory drink on our coach • Admission into The Cavern Club on New Year’s Eve • Free time in Liverpool & Chester

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• Return coach travel • Free glass of bubbly on our coach • 1 night bed & breakfast • Free time in London • Optional Mayor of London’s New Year’s Celebrate New Year in London and make it a night you’ll never forget! This year, get the best view of the fireworks and purchase your tickets for the official Mayor Eve Firework display ticket*

of London’s New Year’s Eve Fireworks display with us*! With a bed and breakfast stay – there will even be enough time for some shopping and sightseeing. highlights of your stay

“One of the highlights of my/the London calendar are the New Year Fireworks!” - Mr Parry Day 1 – After pick-ups we will take you to central London where you can enjoy some time shopping or sightseeing before we travel to the hotel to checkin later this afternoon. This evening celebrate New Year however you wish! Perhaps, welcome 2019 in style at one of the worlds biggest celebrations of its kind at the Mayor of London’s New Year’s Eve Fireworks display* or seek out one of London’s many parties throughout the city!

Day 2 – After breakfast enjoy a little more free time in London before we return home. Perhaps watch the spectacular New Year’s Day Parade, featuring thousands of performers and colourful floats from across the world along the streets of central London.

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Ring out the old and welcome in the New Year in the magical setting of the Lake District. Treat yourself to a relaxing break surrounded by majestic rolling countryside and glistening lakes that have been stirring the imaginations of visitors for centuries.

• Return coach travel • 3 nights dinner, bed & breakfast • Welcome drink • New Year’s Eve gala dinner & buck’s fizz • Scenic drive through the Lake District to Bowness, Lake Ullswater & Kirkstone Pass • Lakeside cruise • Admission into Lakeland Wildlife Oasis • Free time in Windermere

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New year in the Lake District

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highlights of your stay Day 1 – We travel to Skipton on our way to our hotel. Home to one of the most complete, medieval castles in England, Skipton Castle is a great place to discover 900 years of turbulent history. Welcome drinks will be served on our arrival at our hotel in Kendal.

glistening lake. Afterwards, enjoy a little free time in Windermere to browse the quirky mix of craft, gift and antique shops and a huge choice of cafés. This evening we celebrate the New Year with a New Year’s Eve gala dinner and a buck’s fizz to toast at midnight.

return journey to the hotel we will stop off at Kirkstone Pass, the Lake District’s highest pass.

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Riverside Hotel, Kendal, Cumbria Located in the centre of Kendle, most of the rooms have views of the River Kent.

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Day 4 – This morning we journey to Cumbria, where we visit the Lakeland Wildlife Oasis. Home to a unique and exciting blend of exotic wildlife and Day 3 – After breakfast we displays, the exhibits on Day 2 – This morning, our take you on a scenic drive offer here range from fossils driver will take you on a around Lake Ullswater, once to fossas and snakes to scenic drive through the described as England’s most snow leopards! After some Lake District until we reach beautiful lake. Throughout free time here we continue Bowness-on-Windermere, the day we will enjoy plenty our journey home. where we have arranged a of photo opportunities and leisurely cruise along the leisurely breaks. On our

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Skills Party break: Celebrating Our Centenary

In 2019 the Skills Group will be celebrating their centenary, and with a whole year of events planned we’d like to invite you back to the stunning Queen Hotel, in Chester for this extra special party break where we’ll be celebrating our 100th Birthday in extravagant fashion! Joined by friends, family and colleagues of the Skills Group this promises to be a right royal occasion!

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Day 1 – Arriving in Chester this afternoon, enjoy free time to explore this magnificent Medieval lined city! Later, your driver will pick you back up and take you to the hotel where you can relax a little before this evening’s glamorous celebrations. Tonight, you will be joined by members of the Skills Team for a fabulous 3-course meal followed by a disco, which will have you dancing late into the night. Day 2 – After breakfast, your driver will take you the short distance back into Chester where you can enjoy some more free

time before we return home later this afternoon. This classic, contemporary city is bursting with must see treasures, 2000 years of history and spectacular shopping. Today you could take the 2-mile walk of the Roman walls (the most complete city walls in Britain), visit the magnificent cathedral or explore the unique 700 year old Rows, home to both independent and high street names taking shopping therapy to a whole new level!

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The Queen Hotel, Chester

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Located close to the city centre the Queen Hotel first opened in 1860, and offers grand and luxury rooms.

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Skills European Contents SPECIAL EVENTS Disney’s Enchanted Christmas

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FESTIVE BREAKS Maastricht & Valkenburg Christmas Cave Northern Soul & Motown Mini Cruise 80’s Mini Cruise to Amsterdam Amsterdam Light Festival

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CHRISTMAS MARKETS PAGE Cologne & Dusseldorf Christmas Markets 35 Bruges & Ghent Christmas Markets Mini Cruise 35 Rudesheim & Farnkfurt Christmas Markets 36 Brussels & Bruges Christmas Markets 36 Austrian Christmas Markets 37 CHRISTMAS ESCAPES 4* Christmas in Holland Alpine Austrian Christmas Catalonian Christmas and New Year

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NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS New Year in the Black Forest New Year in Lake Garda Amsterdam New Year New Year Mini Cruise Party

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This year discover Europe in the comfort and style of one of our executive Club Class coaches. These specially-designed coaches offer reclining seats with leather headrests, footrests and more legroom than our standard coaches. As well as a spacious rear lounge for your enjoyment. So, sit back, relax and prepare to witness some of the most breath-taking scenery that Europe has to offer in the comfort of luxury coach travel from Skills Holidays.

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Unwrap the best Christmas gift early this year at Disneyland® Paris - The halls are decked in the season’s finery, and the whole family can fa-la-la-la-la as Disney characters perform in Disney’s Christmas Parade, meet Santa and a sackful of Disney Characters. It’s a sleigh-full of Christmas activities sure to leave every member of your family merry long after the grand finale in Disneyland® Park. highlights of your stay Day 1 – This morning we begin our fairy tale journey as we travel to Disney’s Newport Bay Club at Disneyland® Paris! Meal packages are available at an additional cost, please ask at the time of booking. Day 2/3 – Enjoy two fun-filled days in the Disneyland® and Walt Disney Studios® parks. Wrap up warm and experience a dazzling show, treat yourself to a souvenir at ‘Belle’s Christmas Village’,

and be sure you don’t miss the mesmerising ‘Dreams of Christmas’ Parade. As night time falls enjoy the Christmas tree lighting ceremony in the Town Square before a dazzling fireworks display brings an end to a magical day. Day 4 – With a tear in our eye, but a smile in our heart we bid a fond farewell to our favourite Disney® characters and retrace our footsteps home.

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HOTEL 4H Disney’s® Newport Bay Club This 4-star hotel will immerse you even further into a luxurious coastal experience. Enjoy the charm of this 1900s mansion nestled next to Lake Disney. Awash with maritime romance and just a 15 minute walk from the Parks or only a few minutes by free shuttle.

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Mini Break - Maastricht & Valkenburg Christmas Caves

includes • Return Channel crossing • 2 nights dinner, bed & breakfast • Admission into the Valkenburg Christmas Caves • Excursion to Maastricht & Valkenburg

includes • Return coach travel • Return ferry sailing • 2 nights cabin accommodation • Themed entertainment & live music on-board • Excursion to Amsterdam

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Northern Soul & Motown Mini Cruise

Valkenburg Christmas Caves © Kerstad Valkenburg

Day 1 – We sail across the English Channel and continue our journey to our resort in Valkenburg for 2 nights dinner, bed and breakfast. Day 2 – This morning we travel to Maastricht, one of the oldest cities in Holland. Boasting two wonderful town squares: Vrijthof and Markt, this spellbinding city will leave you enchanted with its French and Belgian twists and romantic architecture. After some free time, we head back to Valkenburg (Holland’s Christmas capital) for some more festivities. The city’s main square is transformed into a winter

wonderland, home to Europe’s largest singing Christmas tree. Our favourite part is the Christmas Market hidden in the Municipal Cave of Valkenburg aan de Geul – the largest and oldest underground Christmas Market in Europe. You’ll be surprised by the atmospheric setting and decors, which are in harmony with the numerous stalls offering Christmas gifts and other luxuries. Day 3 – We retrace our footsteps back through Europe, until we return back home.

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Hotel Schaepkens, Valkenburg The Hotel Schaepkens is surrounded by a picturesque garden and offers guests a comfortable place to stay.

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

“I loved the entertainment on board! Thank you Skills” - Mr Smith

Day 1 – This afternoon we board our P&O cruise ferry. Once you’ve settled into your cabin you are free to explore the various facilities and entertainment on board!

woven core is laced with atmospheric narrow lanes filled with stylish boutiques, quirky little cafés and cutting-edge art galleries. Later, we will return to the ferry where another night of fantastic entertainment will be waiting for us.

Day 2 – Today, our coach will take you in Amsterdam for a little free time. Known for its artistic heritage. Amsterdam’s canalDay 3 – We return home.

P&O CRUISE FERRY P&O Cruise Ferries pride themselves on offering ‘state of the art’ accommodation, with a range of facilities providing plenty to do for everyone whilst on board.

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Kick off your festive season with a trip to Holland’s Christmas capital! On this mini break we will take you to the enchanting city of Maastricht as well as Valkenburg where you can enjoy the unique and cosy Christmas markets hidden away in the charming Velvet Cave!

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80’s Mini Cruise to Amsterdam

NEW Amsterdam Light Festival

includes • Return Channel crossing • 2 nights bed & breakfast • 1 evening meal • Amsterdam canal cruise • Admission into the Light Festival • Free time in Amsterdam

• Return coach travel • Return ferry sailing • 2 nights cabin accommodation • Themed entertainment & live music on-board • Excursion to Amsterdam

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Dig out your leggings, plump up your shoulder pads and get “Into the Groove” on this jam-packed 80’s Mini Cruise to Amsterdam for two nights of nostalgia, including live band Totally Tina, who is “Simply the Best” tribute to the Queen of Rock!

Every year, the city of Amsterdam organises a magical Light Festival and the city sparkles with unique light art sculptures, projections and art installations along the roads, squares and even on the glistening waters of the canal!

Day 1 – This afternoon we board our P&O cruise ferry. Once you’ve settled into your cabin you are free to explore the various facilities and entertainment on board!

Day 1 – We cross the Channel and travel to the Tulip Inn hotel, near Amsterdam. After a chance to settle in, this evening we will enjoy dinner at La Place, an adjoining restaurant next to the hotel.

boutiques, quirky little cafés and cuttingedge art galleries. Later, we will return to the ferry for another night of fantastic entertainment.

Day 2 – Today, our coach will take you Day 3 – This morning we disembark from in Amsterdam for a little free time. our cruise ferry and enjoy a leisurely journey Amsterdam’s canal-woven core is laced with back home. atmospheric narrow lanes filled with stylish

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Day 3 – We wave goodbye to the Netherlands, and travel home with bags full of festive cheer!

Day 2 – After breakfast our driver will take you into twinkling Amsterdam. We believe that the Light Festival and the city is best seen from the water, so today we have arranged an awe-inspiring canal cruise for you to enjoy.

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Tulip Inn, Leiderdorp

Situated just outside Leiderdorp, the Tulip Inn offers spacious and comfortable bedrooms.

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Cologne & Dusseldorf Christmas Markets

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NEW Brussels & Bruges Christmas Markets

• Return Channel crossing • 2 night dinner, bed & breakfast • Excursion to Brussels & Bruges

• Optional sightseeing cruise with tea/coffee & a waffle on-board - £20 per person. please enquire at the time of booking.

Day 1 – We travel to our hotel.

waffle with cream on board.

Day 2 – Today we take you to Cologne where the magic of Christmas can be felt throughout the festively decorated city! The most popular Christmas market held here is in front of the dramatic Cologne Cathedral, alternatively take a stroll into the Old Town and you will find the Alter Markt: where rustic wooden stalls rest along the cobbled square. Later, you can join us for an optional sightseeing cruise along the Rhine river*. As you float along the romantic Rhine gliding past the city’s waterfront sights you will be served a coffee/tea and a delicious

Day 3 – After breakfast our driver will take you into Düsseldorf, experience the city like never before as glittering and lovingly decorated huts appear right before you very eyes! As the city is transformed into a winter wonderland. This afternoon we travel to Essen, lying between the rivers Emscher and Ruhr the city boasts a number of interesting museums and attractions. Day 4 – Bursting with Christmas cheer, and perhaps the odd stocking filler, we retrace our footsteps back home.

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Novotel City West, Düsseldorf

The Novotel City West hotel offers a spa area with a sauna and a steam bath.

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Be enchanted this Christmas with a break to Brussels and Bruges Christmas markets. As the days become shorter, these iconic Belgium cities illuminate and twinkle through the darkness bringing with them magical Christmas markets, traditional fairground attractions and delicious treats to warm up both hands and hearts. With overnight accommodation this great value break has everything you need to make your trip truly unforgettable. Day 1 – Enjoy a leisurely journey to the comfortable Green Park Hotel in Bruges.

(doughnuts) and lots (and lots) of chocolates! This afternoon, we visit Bruges – for even more festive fun! One of the most fairytale Christmas markets, Bruges oozes season cheer and that warm, fuzzy Christmassy feeling as the intoxicating scent of fresh waffles floats through the air. This evening dinner will be served in the warmth of our hotel.

Day 2 – After our breakfast we travel to Brussels, home to the most popular Christmas market in Belgium! This year, Belgium’s fascinating capital will once again be transformed into a twinkling winter wonderland. Marvel at the traditional rides, browse the markets for those essential stocking-fillers and Day 3 – Full of festive cheer, we begin our treat yourself to the many delicious journey home. delicacies on offer, including: croustillons

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Green Park Hotel, Brugge The Leonardo Hotel Brugge is surrounded by woodland in a peaceful area just outside Bruges.

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

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Rüdesheim & Frankfurt Christmas Markets

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CHRISTMAS MARKETS

• Return Channel crossing • 3 nights bed & breakfast • 2 evening meals • Visits Rüdesheim & Frankfurt

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Frankfurt Christmas market © sborisov

Mini Cruise: Bruges & Ghent Christmas Markets

includes • Return coach travel • Return ferry sailing • 2 nights cabin accommodation • Entertainment on board • Excursion to Bruges & Ghent

Innsbruck Christmas Market © william87

Join us for a taste of Christmas as we visit Rüdesheim and Frankfurt Christmas markets! The German Christmas markets are some of the most popular in Europe and this great value break promises to kick start your festivities.

Take an exciting mini cruise to explore the beautiful Bruges and Ghent Christmas markets. This break is the perfect excuse to get away with friends or loved-ones and start your Christmas shopping in an enchanting surrounding.

“Really enjoyed Rudesheim Christmas market, as there was a really good atmosphere and lots of stalls.” - Mrs Gurney

“Mini Cruises are always fun and are a great way to see the best of Europe!” - Mr & Mrs Sharp

Day 1 – Following an early departure we travel to Rüdesheim am Rhein. Day 2 – After breakfast perhaps enjoy a leisurely stroll into Rüdesheim, set in the town’s chocolate-box old quarter, the Christmas market brings a distinctly festive feel to the romantic old town with traditional twinkling chalets selling gifts, crafts and local produce. Day 3 – After breakfast we visit Frankfurt Christmas market one of the oldest and most beautiful in all of Germany. Frankfurt’s

Old Town glows brightly illuminated by thousands of fairy lights, as the scent of roast chestnuts, mulled wine and grilled sausages fill the air. If you’ve ever wanted to experience the wonderful wintertime charm of the old world then Frankfurt Christmas market is the place for you! Day 4 – Bursting with Christmas cheer, and perhaps the odd stocking filler or two, we retrace our footsteps back to England and home.

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Rhein Hotel, Rüdesheim am Rhein

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After a day of exploring unwind in the hotel’s spa facilities, with a Finnish sauna, a steam bath and a relaxation area.

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Day 1 – We board our cruise ferry and after settling into your cabin you are free to enjoy the various facilities and entertainment on board.

Gothic-style buildings, picturesque canals and legendary landmarks as well as the colourful Christmas markets selling the best of winter product, Christmas gifts and warm Glühwein.

Day 2 – Arriving this morning, we will re-board our coach and take you for free Day 3 – After a merry couple of days we time to Bruges and Ghent; two of Belgian’s disembark at Hull, and begin our journey finest cities. These UNESCO World Heritage back home to the Midlands. Sites offer a whole host of medieval majesty to discover with fascinating

P&O CRUISE FERRY P&O Cruise Ferries pride themselves on offering ‘state of the art’ accommodation, with a range of facilities providing plenty to do for everyone whilst on board.

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This Christmas enter a realm of gingerbread and glühwein as we visit some of Austria’s oldest and most romantic Christmas markets. highlights of your stay

“Had a fantastic holiday! It was the first time we have done a Skills coach holiday and we really enjoyed it. - Miss Barr of Tirol, Swarovski Crystal Worlds is a shimmering attraction unlike any other. Originally opened in 1995 Day 2 – After breakfast to celebrate the company’s we continue our leisurely 100th anniversary, journey to our main hotel Swarovski Crystal Worlds is in Niederau, situated in the now one of Austria’s most picturesque Wildschonau popular attractions – part Valley in the heart of the museum, part theme park Kitzbühel Alps. and part art installation. Afterwards, we take Day 3 – You can enjoy free you to Innsbruck for the time in Niederau today, a afternoon. The Christmas small, traditional Austrian markets here are some resort. Alternatively, of the most beautiful and perhaps join us on our romantic in the entire optional excursion to Alpine region. Swarovski Crystal Worlds and Innsbruck*! Set amid Day 4 – Today we visit the mystical mountains Salzburg Christmas market,

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Hotel Sonnschein, Austria

Surrounded by mountains and forests, this 4* hotel offers a spa area 2 saunas and a steam bath.

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mentioned as far back as the 15th century it is one of the world’s oldest Advent markets! It’s unique setting in the heart of Salzburg’s World Heritage-listed Old City add to the seasonal feeling and help make the city one of the most romantic in Austria. Day 5 – We retrace our steps back to our overnight hotel for a bed and breakfast stay. Day 6 – After an early start we continue our journey home.

Salzburg Niederau Innsbruck

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Day 1 – We travel to our overnight hotel for a bed and breakfast stay.

• Return Channel crossing • 2 nights bed & breakfast en-route • 3 nights dinner, bed & breakfast • Free time in Niederau • Excursion to Salzburg • Optional excursion to Swarovski Crystal Worlds & Innsbruck*

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Austrian Christmas Markets

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Amsterdam The Hague

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CHRISTMAS ESCAPES

includes • Return Channel crossing • 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast • 1 Christmas Day lunch and dinner • Entertainment • Excursion to Amsterdam, The Hague & Scheveningen

4* Christmas in Holland Holland is a wonderful country to visit during the festive period and on this break you can explore some of our favourite destinations with visits to Amsterdam, The Hague and Scheveningen. On Christmas Day, you can enjoy a wonderful and cosy Christmas within the comfort of your hotel with a day filled with delicious food, music, dancing and festive cheer. highlights of your stay Day 1 – After our Channel and markets where you will crossing we continue to the be able to pick up a lovely hotel for 4 nights dinner, souvenir. bed & breakfast. Day 3 – Merry Christmas! Day 2 – We travel to the Today we celebrate in the beautiful canal city of warmth and comfort of our Amsterdam where you hotel. Relax and enjoy a have some free time to delicious Christmas lunch explore. Perhaps head to followed by a traditional the famous Museum Square Christmas dinner later where you will be able to on in the evening. The discover art masterpieces celebrations continue after from the likes of Van Gogh, dinner with an evening of Rembrandt and Mondrian. music and dancing. Alternatively, the city is filled with restaurants, bars Day 4 – This morning and a multitude of shops we head to The Hague,

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Golden Tulip, Zevenbergen

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With its central location and tasteful character, this comfortable hotel guarantees an unforgettable stay.

known as “The Royal City by the Sea”. This beautiful city hosts a selection of important monuments, historic districts and is home to many members of the Dutch Royal Family who still live in its chic neighbourhoods. Afterwards we visit Scheveningen, Holland’s most famous seaside resort. Day 5 – After breakfast we bid a fond farewell and begin our journey home.

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Make this Christmas a magical one and spend it in the enchanted Austrian Alps. Staying in a charming 4-star hotel, overlooking the snowy Austrian Alps, on this break we have arranged a special Christmas package and included excursions to Bregenzerwald, Schwarzenberg, Walgau, Friedrichshafen. highlights of your stay Day 1 – We travel to our overnight hotel for a bed and breakfast stay.

restaurants while en-route! After some free time, we visit Schwarzenberg, in the Bregenz Forest it is one of the most beautiful areas in Austria.

HOTEL 4H

Central Hotel Leonhard, Feldkirch

Located in the Old Town of Feldkirch, Hotel Leonhard offers spacious rooms and Wi-Fi.

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Day 6 – After breakfast we go to Friedrichshafen, Germany. Back for early afternoon. Day 7 – After a charming Christmas break we leave after breakfast, retracing our steps back to our overnight hotel, taking away cherished memories. Day 8 – After an early start we continue our journey home.

Schwarzenberg

Bregenz Forest

Feldkirch

Walgau

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Day 2 – After breakfast we enjoy a leisurely journey to our main hotel in Feldkirch. On arrival we will be treated Day 4 – Today we visit to a welcome drink before Walgau up to the Arlberg dinner this evening. Pass, where you can enjoy the wintery atmosphere of Day 3 – Our first stop today this delightful alpine village! is Bregenzerwald, perhaps take a walk along its unique Day 5 – Celebrate in the Cheese Trail and sample warmth and comfort of the regional delicacies by hotel. Throughout the day farmers, alpine dairymen, you can enjoy a traditional cheesemakers and Turkey Christmas Dinner,

followed by an evening of musical entertainment.

• Return Channel crossing • 2 nights bed & breakfast en-route • 5 nights dinner, bed & breakfast • Welcome drink • Traditional Christmas Day dinner • Free use of hotel’s leisure facilities • Excursions to Bregenzerwald, Schwarzenberg, Walgau & Friedrichshafen

CHRISTMAS ESCAPES

Alpine Austrian Christmas

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Girona

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• Return Channel crossing • 2 nights bed & breakfast en-route • 10 nights dinner, bed & breakfast • Brunch every day (8am – 12pm) • Daily drink & snack offers at the hotel • 2 lunches with wine & champagne • 2 gala dinners with wine & champagne • Fancy dress party • Excursions to Barcelona, Lloret de Mar, Tossa de Mar & Girona • Optional excursion to Montserrat*

Catalonian Christmas and New Year Leave behind the cold and grey and spend this festive season on Spain’s beautiful Costa Brava, enjoying Christmas and New Year with all the trimmings. Complete with a fantastic Christmas and New Year package and excursions to Barcelona, Tossa de Mar, Lloret de Mar and Girona, this break will leave you ready for whatever 2019 has to offer. highlights of your stay Day 1 – We travel to our overnight hotel.

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Day 2 – Today we continue our journey towards Spain arriving at our resort in Calella, Barcelona. Day 3/11– Our 10 night stay at the fabulous Hotel Volga features a Christmas and New Year celebration package which includes drink offers at the bar every day from 2pm-5pm and excursions to some of Spain’s most beautiful destinations including; Barcelona, Lloret de Mar, Tossa De Mar and Girona.

most cosmopolitan, modern and avant-grande city in Spain, home to a history among the oldest in Europe and an inland full of artistic treasures. Lloret de Mar: This town in the southern part of the Costa Brava is best known for its five stunning Mediterranean beaches. The main beach features a delightful promenade with scenic views and many excellent bars and restaurants.

Tossa De Mar: Located between the city of Barcelona and the French Barcelona: Located perfectly border, Tossa is an ancient between the sea and the fisherman’s village with mountains, Barcelona has an important historical a reputation of being the background that has

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Hotel Volga, Calella,

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Located in the heart of Calella, the Hotel Volga is close to the beach and local amenities.

become a well-known tourist destination on the Costa Brava. Girona: Bursting with graceful architecture, Roman ruins and museums, its historic Jewish quarter boasts cobbled streets and antique shops with many restaurants and bars to enjoy. Montserrat: Montserrat is a spectacularly beautiful Benedictine monk mountain retreat that offers simply breathtaking mountain views. (*€20 bookable with the driver) Day 12 – We retrace our steps to our overnight hotel. Day 13 – After an early breakfast we return home.

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Make this a New Year to remember in the Black Forest where charming towns and magnificent scenery awaits. Celebrate with friends and loved-ones with an excellent New Year’s Eve package at the hotel and unforgettable excursions to Strasbourg, Gengenbach, Freiburg, Zell and Obernai.

• Return Channel crossing • 2 nights bed & breakfast en-route • 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast • Welcome drink • Entertainment • 5-course New Year’s Eve dinner • Afternoon tea/coffee & cake • Visits to Strasbourg, Gengenbach, Freudenstadt, Baden – Baden, Zell (Mosel) and Obernai

Zell

NEW YEAR BREAKS

New Year in the Black Forest

includes Baden-Baden Stratsbourg

Freudenstadt Gengenbach

Oberharmersbach

highlights of your stay each time the town was restored and was made a little bit more beautiful than before! The market square, the largest in the whole of Germany, is one of the town’s most famous features. It is famed by beautiful historical buildings, including some delightful arcaded houses. After some free time, we travel to the worldrenowned spa town of Baden–Baden, nestled in the beautiful landscape along the border of the Black Forest. Later we return to the hotel for tonight’s special 5-course New Year’s Eve dinner followed by live music and dancing!

HOTEL 3H

Hotel Bären, Oberharmersbach

The Hotel Bären offers comfortable rooms, a bar, restaurant and a music cellar.

Day 4 – This afternoon we visit the picture-perfect town of Gengenbach sitting on the banks of the River Kinzig, Gengenbach is arguably the prettiest town in Germany and offers all the charms of a well preserved old town with a pleasant mixture of medieval and Baroque architecture. Day 5 – Today we will visit the charming little towns of Obernai and Zell, situated on the Mosel River. These two picturesque towns offer narrow streets to explore and quaint plazas. Day 6 – After a leisurely breakfast, we travel to our overnight hotel for bed and breakfast. Day 7 – We return home.

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Day 1 – we travel to our overnight hotel. Day 2 – We travel onwards to the Black Forest, enjoying a leisurely stop in Strasbourg – the historic capital city of Alsace. Filled with culture and architecture which beautifully blends both German and French influences, Strasbourg is the second most popular tourist city in France (after Paris). Later, we arrive to a welcome drink followed by a 3-course dinner, tea/coffee and live entertainment. Day 3 – Our first stop today is in the market town of Freudenstadt, history hasn’t always been kind to Freudenstadt, but

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NEW YEAR BREAKS

G MANA

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Lake Garda Verona Venice

Burano Murano

• Return Channel crossing • 2 nights bed & breakfast en route • 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast • Porterage & welcome drink at main hotel • New Year’s Eve gala dinner with a glass of wine and live music • Tea/coffee served after dinner • Guided walking tour of Venice • Visits to Venice, Verona, Murano & Burano • Free time in Riva del Garda

NEW 4* New Year in Lake Garda Celebrate New Year on the exquisite shores of Lake Garda! Renowned for its alluring beauty and picture-postcard scenery at every turn, on this wonderful break staying in the 4* Club Hotel La Vella, we include a New Year’s package at the hotel as well as visits to the floating city of Venice, Murano, Burano and ancient Verona. highlights of your stay

Day 1 – After an early start we begin our journey to our overnight hotel, for a one night bed & breakfast stay.

walking tour, accompanied by an expert travel guide. You can discover the best of Venice, perfect for first-time and returning Day 2 – Later today we will visitors as we visit some of arrive at the 4* Club Hotel the city’s most celebrated La Vella on the shores of landmarks! After a little Lake Garda, where we will free time, this afternoon, enjoy a fabulous four night we travel across to Murano dinner, bed and breakfast where we will visit a stay. On arrival enjoy a traditional glass blowing welcome drink with the factory. We will finish the other guests, and our New day on the colourful island Year’s Eve package will also of Burano, best known include porterage, a New for its brightly coloured Year’s Eve gala dinner with fishermen’s houses and its a glass of wine and tea and delightful eateries serving coffee served after dinner. seafood from the lagoon. Day 3 – This morning we have arranged for a private boat to take us over to enchanting Venice. Here, we have arranged a guided

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Day 5 – Riva del Garda is located at the foot of the mountains; its Mediterranean climate and wide sunny beaches are an idyllic way to spend this relaxing day at leisure. Day 6 – After breakfast, we retrace our footsteps back to our overnight hotel.

Day 4 – Today we visit ‘Fair’ Verona, one of Italy’s loveliest towns for free Day 7 – Enjoy a leisurely time. The historic centre lies journey back home. within the town walls and

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Club Hotel La Vella, Torbole sul Garda

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is entwined with attractive Medieval lanes and narrow streets lined with shops and cafés for you to enjoy and explore. Later, we return to the hotel for a fabulous New Year’s Eve gala dinner followed by an evening of live music.

The Club Hotel La Vela features spacious rooms, a wellness centre and a top-quality local restaurant.

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NEW Amsterdam New Year

includes

New Year Mini Cruise Party

includes • Return coach travel • 1 night cabin accommodation with breakfast • Themed New Year’s Eve entertainment & disco • Use of the facilities on board • Visit to York • Dinner options and VIP New Year’s Eve packages available, please call for more information © 8213erika

Amsterdam, colourful fireworks © Standret

Day 2 – After a leisurely breakfast we visit Scheveningen, one of the most popular seaside towns in The Hague. After a little free time, we return to the hotel for a chance to freshen up and enjoy dinner. Later, our driver will take you back into the city centre where you can enjoy the various New Year’s Eve celebrations happening across this vibrant city. Amsterdam’s largest New Year’s fireworks display takes place in the centre of Oosterdok. After you’ve

rung in the New Year our driver will collect you and take you back to the hotel. Day 3 – This morning we take you into Amsterdam, for free time. Wander through the charming cobbled-stoned streets of the Jordaan, visit a host of Amsterdam’s museums or perhaps get a head-start on some January sales! This afternoon we have arranged a tranquil canal cruise for you to enjoy.

Day 2 – After breakfast we disembark our P&O Ferry and travel to York for free time. Perhaps sit back and soak up the medieval charm from a cosy café, bar or restaurant.

Day 4 – After an unforgettable New Year we make our way back home.

HOTEL 3H

Tulip Inn, Leiderdorp

Situated just outside Leiderdorp, the Tulip Inn offers spacious and comfortable bedrooms.

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Day 1 – Our coach will take you directly to Hull where we will board our cruise ship, once you’ve checked into your cabin for the evening pop on your dancing shoes and enjoy the entertainment on board! The Show Lounge showcases live bands, singers and cabaret throughout the evening, so you can dance in the New Year.

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P&O CRUISE FERRY P&O Cruise Ferries pride themselves on offering ‘state of the art’ accommodation, with a range of facilities providing plenty to do for everyone whilst on board.

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Ringing in the New Year in Amsterdam is a spectacular experience. As one of Jump on board and join the party on this New Year Mini Cruise! The ship might the most popular cities in Europe, the Dutch know how to have a good time and remain in the dock but that doesn’t mean the party stops – and this short break there is sure to be a wide range of events happening throughout the night. is sure to give you a night to remember! Day 1 – We make our way to our hotel in Amsterdam.

NEW YEAR BREAKS

• Return Channel crossing • 3 nights dinner, bed & breakfast • Free time in Amsterdam & Scheveningen • Canal cruise

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Christmas Cruising the Rhine Valley

Includes... • Return coach travel • 5 nights cruising with full board onboard the exclusively chartered MS Rhine Princess

Explore the Rhine on a scenic river cruise and meander your way through the spectacular Rhine Valley. Starting off with a visit to mighty Cologne, you will then set sail spending Christmas Eve in Rüdesheim, Christmas Day in Koblenz before returning to spend Boxing Day back in Cologne.

• Services of a Cruise Director • Excursions & visits: Cologne; Rüdesheim; Koblenz Your holiday itinerary Dec 22 Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then join our ship for a five-night cruise. The MS Rhine Princess is exclusively chartered by Leger Holidays and is always a firm favourite with Leger guests. Whether you relax in the bar,r,r lounge or restaurant, you’re sure to feel at home on board this warm and welcoming ship. LS

Rhine Valley

Dec 23 Cologne Morning at leisure in this exciting cathedral city. This stylish and attractive city stands on the banks of the Romantic River Rhine. Cologne’s history traces back more than 2,000 years when it was founded as a Roman colony. Today it has Koblenz

MS Rhine Princess

Cologne

MS Rhine Princess, restaurant

developed into a beautiful cosmopolitan city. This afternoon, following lunch on board, relax as we set sail. Tonight, enjoy a welcome drink prior to our arrival in the old Roman town of Andernach, where we berth for the night. B,L,D Christmas Eve Rüdesheim We cruise upstream through the Rhine Gorge, passing the legendary Loreley Rock before arriving in the vibrant town of Rüdesheim. It’s party night on board tonight! We enjoy a Christmas Eve turkey dinner. B,L,D

Christmas Day Koblenz & Cochem Enjoy a leisurely morning cruise to Koblenz, before a

buffet lunch on board the ship. This afternoon, join our optional excursion by coach through the Moselle Valley to Cochem. B,L,D Boxing Day Cologne We cruise to Königswinter. Following lunch on board, enjoy an afternoon cruise to Cologne. Later,r,r enjoy cocktails with the captain and a ‘farewell dinner’ to complete our fabulous Christmas cruise. B,L,D Dec 27 Disembark and return home. B Included Meals: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner,r,r LS=Light Supper

Your cruise ship

6 days from £719

You will spend five nights aboard the MS Rhine Princess, which has been exclusively chartered by Leger Holidays. The ship's onboard facilities are located over four decks and include a large lounge bar with a small dance floor around which daily entertainment takes place. There is also an outside sun deck, ideal for viewing the passing scenery, and a small quiet lounge with a library. The ship also has a restaurant and shop with small gifts, souveniers, postcards and Rhine river maps for sale. Cabins are located on three decks and all have twin beds, T. T V. V , telephone and air-conditioning.

Executive Tour Code: 6XRC Dec 22 2018 £719

Silver Service Tour Code: 6XRCV Dec 22 2018 £799

Cabin Upgrades per person Middle Deck Cabin

£40

Middle Deck Superior Cabin

£45

Upper Deck Cabin

£50

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Christmas in the Italian Dolomites

• 7 nights hotel with continental breakfast • 5 evening meals and lunch on Christmas Day

Experience a magical Christmas amongst stunning winter wonderland scenery, y y, • Excursions & visits: as we spend the festive season in the Italian Dolomites. We visit the ancient city of Verona; Merano Verona, the mountain resort of Merano, and the chance to visit the beautiful Brenta Dolomites before we return home with magical memories.

Dec 21 Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to Belgium for an overnight stay. Dec 22 We continue to Italy for a five-night stay, at either the Lady Maria Hotel in Fondo or the Hotel Panorama in neighbouring Malosco. B,D Dec 23 Verona Join an included excursion to Verona, the setting for William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. To introduce you to the city’s array of spectacular sights, why not join our optional guided walking tour.

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Madonna di Campiglio

Christmas Eve Merano Today’s included excursion takes you through beautiful castle-clad mountains to the attractive spa town of Merano. This evening, after dinner,r,r why not join a torchlit walk to the local church before returning to the hotel for mulled wine and biscuits.

Your holiday itinerary Fondo, to walk in the peaceful wooded gorge which leads to the stunning Emerald Lake. Although there are some steps towards the end, as you climb to view the lake, this is a relatively easy walk which, taken at a leisurely pace, lasts approximately 45 minutes. For anyone with mobility difficulties, your coach will take you to the lake, and will offer any tired walkers a ride back to the hotel in time for a four-course turkey lunch! In the evening enjoy a buffet dinner at your hotel. As the ground may be wet or snowy at this time of year,r,r we recommend sturdy footwear for this walk. B,L,D

Boxing Day Brenta Dolomites The majestic Brenta Dolomites beckon today on our fantastic optional excursion – a wonderful scenic drive high in the breathtaking mountains. Don’t forget your camera to B,D capture some spectacular Christmas Day Wrap up warm scenery as we pass through and enjoy the crisp mountain this beautiful alpine region. air on a gentle morning stroll, B,D passing through the village of

Your hotels

You will stay for five nights at either the family-run, 3-star Hotel Lady Maria in Fondo, or the 3-star Hotel Panorama in Malosco. The Bonvicin family will ensure you have an enjoyable stay. Both hotels have a restaurant, bar,r,r lounge and a lift to all floors. Overnight stays in Belgium are in city-style hotels. Please note: the Brenta Dolomites excursion on Boxing Day will only operate in good weather conditions.

Dec 27 We depart Italy and travel north to Belgium for an overnight stay. B Dec 28 Return home. B Included Meals: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

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Black Forest, Colmar & Strasbourg Christmas Markets

Luxembourg & Trier Christmas Markets Enjoy Luxembourg’s Christmas markets set in the heart of Luxembourg City. And, that’s not all. You’ll also get to head into Germany for a chance to enjoy the Trier Christmas Markets, as well as the picturesque French town of Metz.

Enjoy French and German delights on this festive short break. Your holiday itinerary

Strasbourg

Day 1 Local departure by coach, then to northern France for an overnight stay. Day 2 Strasbourg Included excursion to Strasbourg, with the chance to visit the Christmas markets. Continue to our hotel in the German Black Forest for a three-night stay. B,D Day 3 Black Forest & Freiburg Enjoy a full-day included excursion around the southern Black Forest, with visits to the lakeside resorts of Titisee and Schluchsee. Continue to the

Your holiday itinerary

Colmar

medieval city of Freiburg. B,D

Trier Christmas market

Includes...

Day 4 Colmar Enjoy an • Return coach travel optional excursion to the pretty French town of Colmar • 5 nights hotel with continental breakfast where you can explore the & 3 evening meals Christmas markets. B,D • Excursions & visits: Day 5 Metz We head into France and make a stop in Strasbourg; Black Forest Metz where you will have & Freiburg; Metz time to explore the Christmas 6 days from £539 markets. Later,r,r we continue to our overnight hotel in Silver Service Tour Code: 6MGFV northern France. B Day 6 Return home. B Included Meals: B=Breakfast, D=Dinner

Nov 27 2018

£539

Luxuria Tour Code: 6MGFX Nov 27 2018

£619

Your hotels Silver Service departures will stay for three nights at the Hotel Hirsch in Bad Petersal. Luxuria departures will stay for three nights at the 3-star Hotel Am Kurpark in Todtmoos. The hotel has a restaurant and bar. Overnight stays in northern France are in city-style hotels.

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Day 1 Local departure by coach, then to Luxembourg for a three-night stay. Day 2 Bernkastel Kues & Trier A full-day included excursion into neighbouring Germany, which takes us firstly to the festive market at Bernkastel Kues. Browse the myriad stalls offering an array of arts and crafts. B,D Day 3 Luxembourg City & Metz Enjoy our included excursion to Luxembourg City, which plays host to a wonderful Christmas Market

Metz

on the Place d’Armes. Includes... Wooden huts offer traditional • Return coach travel fayre and gifts and thousands of light bulbs • 3 nights hotel with decorate the tree-lined continental breakfast streets and squares in the & 2 evening meals city. We later head into • Excursions & visits: France to the wonderful Bernkastel Kues and Trier; Christmas market at Metz, Luxembourg City and Metz where you can browse the endless stalls searching for 4 days from £339 that perfect gift. B,D Day 4 Return home. B Included Meals: B=Breakfast, D=Dinner

Silver Service Tour Code: 4MLTV

Nov 22 2018

£339

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2018

£359

Nov 30 2018

£359

Dec 13 2018

£349

Luxuria Tour Code: 4MLTX Nov 22 2018

£389

Dec 13 2018

£389

Your hotels You will stay for three nights at the 3-star Ibis Luxembourg Sud, situated in the suburb of Livange on the outskirts of the city. Within the area there is also the Grand Duchy, museum of Natural History, Museum Drai Eechelen and many more visitor attractions. The hotel has a restaurant and bar. Prices are per person based on two persons sharing a room. All departure dates are subj b ect to availability. bj Optional excursions are at extra cost. Extras: travel insurance essential, call for details; single room supplement from £65.


NEW Liverpool Featuring Terracotta Warrirors

NEW London Postal Museum experience

NEW Skills & Laver Get-Together

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• Return coach travel • 1 night dinner, bed & breakfast • Admission into Liverpool Museum • Free time in Liverpool

HOTEL 3H

Holiday Inn, Warrington

The Holiday Inn Warrington offers spacious and comfortable rooms with tea & coffee making facilities.

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• Return coach travel • 2 nights dinner, bed & breakfast • Visits to Cambridge & St Albans • Admission into the Postal Museum

HOTEL 4H

Aubrey Park Hotel, Hemel Hempstead

Set in peaceful woodlands, the Aubrey Park Hotel offers luxury bedrooms and free internet access.

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Fri 12 Oct

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In 2019 the Skills Group will be celebrating its 100th anniversary and we’d like you to join us on this weekend for the official launch for our centenary holiday brochure! Joined by members of the Skills Group we will enjoy free time in Durham and Newcastle, and host a fabulous party night with a drinks reception and a 3 course dinner. Day 1 – We take you to the your thoughts and ideas beautiful city of Durham for and take advantage of the free time. Voted by Condé exclusive offers. Then, it’s time Nast’s Traveller magazine to put on your dancing shoes readers as the ‘Best city in and join us for a fabulous the UK’, it is home to one disco and party night! of the most recognisable landmark in the UK; the Day 2 – After breakfast we majestic Durham Cathedral. enjoy free time in the vibrant After some free time, we take city of Newcastle-Uponyou to the hotel where our Tyne, renowned for some Skills Team will be hosting a exceptional restaurants and brochure fayre, this is your interesting bars. Later, we will opportunity to ask as many return home. questions as you like, share

includes

• Door-to-Door service • Tea/coffee served onboard • 1 night dinner, bed & breakfast • Welcome drink • Disco/party night • Free time in Durham & Newcastle

HOTEL 3H

Holiday Inn, Washington

The Holiday Inn Warrington offers spacious and comfortable rooms with tea & coffee making facilities.

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Showcasing remarkable history and never-before told stories from the past five centuries of communications, the Post Office’s once abandoned underground railway in London is now an eagerly anticipated tourist attraction! Bringing the history of this iconic service to life, discover for yourself the secrets of the past. Day 1 – Visit Cambridge, where design to quirky technology, Day 1 – This morning we take immortality and show how we enjoy a couple of hours to the intimacy of personal you to the Liverpool World he prepared for the afterlife, Museum, where we have as well as help us understand before continuing to the hotel. letters. Renowned for its tradition included admission into the more about everyday life in Day 3 – After breakfast we and exquisite architecture, Terracotta Warriors exhibition. China more than 2000 years travel to St Albans for free time. Cambridge is a university town The city’s colourful history can This unmissable display will ago. After some free time, extraordinaire! include a number of objects we will travel to the hotel for be seen in the Roman remains that have never been on show dinner. Day 2 – Today we visit and the beautiful medieval in the UK before, including the Postal Museum in architecture dusted over the Day 2 – After breakfast we material excavated over the London, much more than city. With a wide range of last 40 years from the Imperial return to Liverpool for a free just a museum, explore independent shops and cafés time. A decade since Liverpool Mausoleum and selected the incredible collection it’s the perfect place to grab was named the Capital of tombs! These spectacular spanning over 500 years of a cup of tea and watch the Culture, 2018 promises to be a artefacts will shed light on groundbreaking postal history, world pass you by before we monumental year for the city. the Emperor’s pursuit of covering everything from continue our journey home.

Returning to the UK after a decade the famous Terracotta Warriors are an army of intricately-carved sculptures of China’s first Emperor – Qin Shi Huang. This unmissable exhibition in Liverpool will showcase some fascinating ancient Chinese artefacts never before seen in the UK. This promises to be a once in a lifetime experience that you won’t want to miss!

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NEW Cliffs of Moher & Galway Luxury Break

• Return ferry sailings • Return coach travel • 3 nights dinner, bed & breakfast • Admission for the Cliffs of Moher and Birr Castle Gardens & Science Centre • Guided tour of Birr Castle • Free time in Athlone

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Diano Marina - Italian & French Rivieras

includes • Return Channel crossing • 2 nights bed & breakfast en route • 6 nights dinner, bed & breakfast in resort • Visit to the Olive Oil Museum with tasting • Excursions to San Remo, Menton & Eze • Guided tour of Monaco • Free time in resort • Optional boat trip to Portofino*

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

This elegant break to the Italian Riviera promises attractive coastlines, blue waters and sunshine the whole year round! Resonating with style, charm and irresistable allure, explore the picturesque resorts of San Remo and Portofino, as well as Menton, Eze and Monaco.

Day 1 – Following early pick-ups, we travel the remainder of the day. straight to the 4* Athlone Spring Hotel in Westmeath, Ireland where we will enjoy a Day 3 – After a leisurely breakfast, enjoy free time in Athlone before we take you to 3-night dinner, bed and breakfast stay. Birr Castle Gardens & Science Centre later Day 2 – Enjoy the stunning views at the this afternoon, where we have arranged Cliffs of Moher today. Standing 214m admission into the Castle and a guided above the Atlantic coast, on a clear day tour. Originally landscaped in the 18th you can see the Aran Islands, Galway Century by Sir William Parsons, Birr Castle Bay and the Twelve Pins. One of Ireland’s Gardens is home to one of the largest most visited natural attractions it captures gardens in the country and is famed for its the hearts of all who experience its sheer beauty and unusual landscape. astonishing views. After a little free time, we travel to Galway, a vibrant harbour city Day 4 – We begin our return journey on Ireland’s West Coast, where we spend home.

Day 1 – We travel to our overnight hotel. Day 2 – We continue to Diano Marina. Day 3 – Enjoy a day at leisure. Day 4 – This morning we travel to Albenga, here we have arranged a tour and a small tasting at the Olive Oil Museum. Later, we visit San Remo, where we spend the rest of the afternoon. This elegant resort has been described by Lonely Planet as ‘Italy’s very own Monte Carlo’. Day 5 – This afternoon we visit Monaco. Here, we are met by a knowledgeable guide who will show us the many famous sights of this awe-inspiring destination!

HOTEL 4H

Athlone Springs Hotel, Althone

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Sun 07 Oct 4 £349 £60

Day 6 – Enjoy a day at leisure or join us for an optional excursion to Portofino!* Enjoy free time in this prettily-painted harbour settlement which exudes an air of tranquillity. Afterwards we visit Santa Margherita Ligure. Day 7 – Full day excursion to Menton and Eze. Menton, is one of the most attractive towns on the French Riviera. The tiny village of Eze is one of the jewels of the south of France. Perched on a rocky hill it offers wonderful views of the surrounding hills and the azure water below. Day 8/9 – Travel to the overnight hotel, we will arrival home on day 9.

HOTEL 3H

Hotel Villa Igea, Diano Marina The Hotel Villa Igea is set on the Riviera dei Fiori Coast, features 2 outdoor pools and a restaurant.

9 DAYS FROM £629 dates

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Thu 11 Oct 9 £629 £ 149 *Additional £20 per person, please enquire at time of booking.

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NEW Mini Cruise: Ostend

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includes • Return coach travel • Return ferry sailing • 2 nights cabin accommodation • Entertainment on board • Excursion to Brussels

Discover the spectacular Brussels Flower Carpet! Taking place every two years, the Brussels Flower Carpet is a special event where the Grand Place Square is transformed into a magnificent flowering mass of colour.

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 where we board our P&O cruise ferry. After settling into your cabin, this evening you are free to enjoy the excellent facilities and entertainment onboard. With entertainment to suit all tastes, head down to The Show Lounge, which showcases live bands, singers and cabaret throughout the evening, try your luck in the Casino or relax and unwind enjoying the atmospheric music from the onboard pianist.

Day 2 – We arrive early morning and disembark for the highlight of this tour; a full day excursion to Ostend. This evening

we return to the cruise ferry to enjoy another evening of entertainment as we sail home. Day 3 – Arriving early morning in Hull, we disembark and complete our journey home.

Carpet will be on display - this special event is only available to view for four days in August every other year - The Brussels Flower Carpet was first created in 1971 by landscape artist called E Stautemans, he realised that floral carpets would be a great avenue for promotion his love for begonias and soon his masterpieces became famous throughout Belgium and the rest of the world! After some free time we will return to the cruise ferry for another night of entertainment as we sail back to Hull.

Day 2 – This morning we disembark, and travel to Brussels, where you can enjoy the afternoon at leisure. Head to the gorgeous Day 3 – We return home. Grand-Place where the Brussels Flower

P&O CRUISE FERRY P&O Cruise Ferries pride themselves on offering ‘state of the art’ accommodation, with a range of facilities providing plenty to do for everyone whilst on board. Skills Festive.indd 49

3 days from £139 dates

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Fri 27 Apr

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P&O CRUISE FERRY P&O Cruise Ferries pride themselves on offering ‘state of the art’ accommodation, with a range of facilities providing plenty to do for everyone whilst on board.

CALL US 08456 66 55 44* OR VISIT WWW.SKILLS.CO.UK

Treat yourself to a short break with a difference on this new mini cruise to Ostend! Known as ‘The city by the sea’, Ostend is a vibrant city rich in history, yet with a modern look and feel that welcomes tourists through the year.

NEW 2018 BREAKS

• Return coach travel • Return ferry sailing • 2 nights cabin accommodation • Entertainment on board • Excursion to Ostend

NEW Mini Cruise: Brussels Flower Carpet

3 days from £149 dates

Sat 11 Aug

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NEW 2018 BREAKS

Cruise & Maritime: Canary Islands & Madeira

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includes • Return coach travel • 15 nights full board on Magellan cruise ship • Visits to: Amsterdam Gibraltar Arrecife, Lanzarote Las Palmas, Grand Canaria Santa Crus de Tenerife Funchal, Madeira Lisbon

This cruise to the Canary Islands provides a splash of colour and sunshine. Day 1 – We board the Magellan. Day 2 – Amsterdam (Netherlands) Day 3/5 – At Sea: Magellan offers a traditional maritime experience in spacious surroundings. Day 6 – Gibraltar: Gibraltar is a renowned headland in the Mediterranean Sea. Day 7 – At Sea. Day 8 – Arrecife, Lanzarote (Spain): A city with maritime roots. Day 9 – Las Palmas, Gran Canaria (Spain): The city of Las Palmas is dotted with tranquil parks and plazas. Day 10 – Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Tenerife (Spain): Tenerife is dominated by Mount

Teide in the central mountain range and several spectacular valleys covered with lush landscape. Day 11 – Funchal, Madeira (Portugal): Funchal is the delightful capital of Madeira. Day 12 – At Sea. Day 13 – Lisbon (Portugal): The steep, cobbled streets of the ancient Moorish Alfama district lead to wonderful viewpoints looking over the city. Further along the coast, the elegant resorts of Cascais and Estoril stud Portugal’s own Riviera. Day 14 /15 – At Sea. Day 16 – We arrive back in London Tilbury.

CRUISE SHIP

Magellan

16 Days from £1,549

Magellan boasts a spacious interior, with wide corridors and expansive wooden deck areas providing comfortable surroundings for guests.

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Fri 12 Oct

NEW Benidorm

includes • Return Channel crossing • 4 nights bed & breakfast en-route • 7 nights dinner, bed & breakfast in resort • Excursion to Guadalest, Alicante, Altea & Valencia • Free time in resort

E OURIT V A F RNING RETU

Escape to the sun, sea and sands of Benidorm! Relax along miles of golden beaches, enjoy first-class food and explore Spain’s rich culture and vibrant history with excursions to the sun-kissed areas of Alicante, Altea, Guadalest and Valencia. Day 1/3 – We will stop at 2 overnight hotels before we arrive in Benidorm on day 3. Day 4 – Enjoy a day of leisure. Day 5 – We visit the hilltop town of Guadalest, occupying one of the most stunning positions in Spain it has been declared a ‘Monument of Historical and Artistic value.’ Day 6 – We visit Valencia; few cities are able to harmoniously combine an exquisite, charming past dating to 138BC with avantgarde buildings from the new millennium. Afterwards we visit the Lladro porcelain factory.

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Day 7 – Full day to explore Alicante. Day 8 – Enjoy a relaxing day at leisure to soak up the last of the sunshine! Day 9 – Spend the morning in the largest street market in the Costa Brava, held in Altea near the new town. Look out for costume jewellery, hand-embroidered tablecloths, Spanish pottery and everything in-between! This afternoon enjoy the delights of the picturesque old town. Day 10/12 – We retrace our footsteps back through Europe towards our overnight hotels and then drive home.

HOTEL 3H

Hotel Poseidón Resort, Benidorm Set 383 yards from the Beach, Poseidon Resort has 2 outdoor swimming pools & spacious gardens.

12 days from £679 dates

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Mon 21 Jan 12 £679 £199

Prices are based on 2 adults sharing an inside cabin. Single supplements apply. Prices are subject to availability and may change at any time. Call now for your price. Skills Holidays act as retail agents for destination specialists. ATOL protected 9503.

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Private Hire: Our tailored coach hire service can provide transport solutions for any event, destination or purpose and our range of fleet options means we can fulfill all briefs, from the cost effective to the best in luxury coach travel.

WE CAN PROVIDE:

At the Skills Group we have a dedicated Group and Private Hire department who spacialise in tailor-made group holidays and coach tours for many private groups including, the Women’s Institute, U3A and National Trust. Providing a friendly and professional service, our Skills Travel Groups Manager, Michele (pictured left), has worked with the company for over 20 years and can provide you with the best experience to suit your budget. As a market leader in the groups field we are able to provide you with some of the best rates for bespoke packages and we can help you in anyway you require. If you want a more hands-on role we can advise you with planning and negotiation. However, if you want to sit back and relax, then let us take the hassle away from organising, and we’ll do all the hard work for you.

REASONS TO BOOK..

As a Group Organiser, we can offer you the following benefits: Group organiser benefits and special offers Local pick-ups to your destination(s) of choice Financial security

CONTACT US:

Please contact our Experienced team for your free quotation.

Group Travel:

Tel: 0115 9777 416 or email groups@skills.co.uk

Private Hire:

Tel: 0115 9777 426 or email privatehire@skills.co.uk

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