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festive breaks BY COACH 2013

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CHRISTMAS & NEW YE AR

stylish coach holidays for the 21st century www.skills.co.uk


festive breaks 2013 ilfracombe

“turkey & tinsel” from just

This Festive season, add sparkle and celebration into this magical time of year with our great selection of markets, party nights, Christmas and New Year.

5 DAYS

£219

Ideally situated for you to explore the spectacular coastline and the delightful moorlands of Exmoor. Equally as idyllic in winter with its glistening coastline and frost clad greenery. Combine this with the humble, homely feel of the Osborne Hotel and you have all the makings of the perfect ‘Christmas before Christmas’.

From Christmas and New Year on the Continent to a shopper’s paradise in London, we guarantee all our tours have a buzzing ambience, a feast of festivity and enough cheer to last well into 2014. We’ll take care of every last detail to ensure it is stress free, fun filled and entirely unforgettable.

includes 4 nights’ dinner bed and breakfast Visit Ilfracombe, Bideford & Exmoor National Park

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If you simply can’t wait for Christmas to come around or you want to enjoy Christmas twice, then let it come early and join us on a Turkey & Tinsel break!

The Osborne Hotel, Ilfracombe Ideally situated to explore Ilfracombe, the Osborne Hotel offers stunning views across the ragged North Devon coastline where it is also just a short level walk to the shops, theatre, harbour and famous Tunnels Beaches. Owned by the Cox family for 36 years guests can be assured a warm welcome and pleasant stay.

Typical breaks will include treats such as mulled wine, a traditional Christmas lunch and festive entertainment*. Not to mention being able to purchase those Christmas gifts before the dreaded rush. Enjoy all of the fun of the Festive season before everyone else.

Hotel facilities:

• Bar • Evening entertainment • Games room • Restaurant • Sauna • Wii-Fi connection

En-suite rooms:

Accessibility:

• TV • Hairdryer • Tea/coffee making facilities

• Lift

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Departure Dates Duration Mon 11th November 5 days

*Varies between itineraries

Price £219

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Enjoy a traditional early season break at the elegant Smiths Court Hotel in the family favourite destination of Margate. Ranked 7th in the Rough Guides ‘must see’ destinations for 2013, Margate really is an undiscovered gem! With its golden sands and unexplainable seaside charm, decked with Christmas lights and decorations, Margate will brighten up this festive season.

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includes 4 nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast Visit Ramsgate, Broadstairs & Canterbury

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Smiths Court Hotel, Margate Awarded with the Certificate of Excellence this elegant Victorian hotel resides in a privileged seafront location just two minutes’ walk from the beach. Distinguished by its Orangery restaurant with marble floors and serving only the finest local produce, this hotel helps deliver a remarkable value for money break. Hotel facilities:

• Bar • Restaurant • Free Wi-Fi Connection

En-suite rooms:

• TV • Tea/coffee making facilities

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Route: AX Price £209

Single Supplement NIL

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


turkey & tinsel getaways aberfoyle & the trossachs

mill rythe holiday village

“turkey & tinsel” from just

5 DAYS

“turkey & tinsel” from just

£189

5 DAYS

Although only a small village, Aberfoyle is lovingly cradled by Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. All three with bags of charm, scenery and unique appeal, particularly during the mystical winter season, where the frost, mist and perhaps snow will cover the distinct landscape creating a picture postcard look. Combine this with the traditional Scottish welcome of the Rob Roy Hotel and the festivities will endlessly flow.

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4 nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast Visit Loch Lomond, the Trossachs, Stirling, Crieff and Loch Earn

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From the wide range of inclusive facilities, extensive menu options, a professional entertainment program, half priced bar (between 18:00-Midnight) and excursions to Chichester and Portsmouth this festive break based at the Mill Rythe Holiday Village will create lasting memories, but still at an affordable price.

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includes 4 nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast Visit Chichester & Portsmouth Half price bar from 18:00-Midnight

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The Rob Roy Hotel, Aberfoyle

Mill Rythe Holiday Village, Hayling Island

The Rob Roy Hotel is wonderfully situated in the idyllic countryside of Scotland’s first National Park. Named after the legendary local folk hero Rob Roy McGregor, The Rob Roy offers excellent food, friendly staff and good old fashioned value for money.

Mill Rythe Holiday Village offers a high standard of chalet-style accommodation. With an extensive leisure and entertainment programme provided by the experienced team and you are provided with a fantastic value for money break. Village facilities:

• No Lift

• TV • Tea/coffee making facilities

• Bar • Restaurant

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• Bar and Restaurant • Extensive Games Room • Indoor Pool • Spa and Sauna • Wi-Fi Internet

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Price £189

En-suite rooms:

• Tea/coffee making facilities • TV

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• Not suitable for people with severe walking difficulties

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Departure Dates Duration Mon 02nd December 5 days

Route: AX Price £219

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NEW pitlochry holly & haggis

torquay holly & mistletoe

“turkey & tinsel” from just

“turkey & tinsel” from just

5 DAYS

£199

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includes 4 nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast, Visit Blair Athol Distillery, Blair Castle, Aberfeldy & Cairngorms National Park

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£199

Often referred to as the English Riviera because of its mild climate, palm trees and sandy beaches, Torquay has always been a popular tourist destination for British holidaymakers. During the winter season the tourist areas are decked with Christmas decorations and the locals welcome visitors with a festive cheer that can be felt the towns and villages through.

Take a traditional Scottish break to Pitlochry, one of Britain’s most popular and scenic tourist destinations. Whether you want to simply relax or explore the regions many attractions, this new five day package includes visits to a distillery and a castle, it’s a great value tour full of discovery.

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includes 4 nights’ dinner bed and breakfast Visit Exeter, Dartmoor & Plymouth

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The Fishers Hotel, Pitlochry

Seascape Hotel, Torquay

Centrally located in the Victorian town of Pitlochry, The Fisher’s Hotel provides a warm welcome where guests will enjoy the traditional hospitality that has made it such a desirable destination. With some of the finest Scotch whisky distilleries, Blair Castle and Scone Palace all on the hotel’s doorstep, there really is no better place to stay.

Phil, Jackie and Michelle welcome you to their comfortable and relaxed hotel, a real customer favourite, guests come back year after year. Centrally positioned in Torquay enabling guests to make the most of their Festive break.

Hotel facilities:

• Bar and Restaurant • Free Wi-Fi connection

En-suite rooms:

• Hairdryer • Tea/coffee making facilities • TV

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Hotel facilities: • Bar • Restaurant

En-suite rooms:

• TV • Tea/coffee making facilities

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Accessibility:

• Lift to all floors

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Single Supplement NIL

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

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3 days from just £125 canterbury & rochester christmas markets R POPULA BREAK

Enjoy the festive period in the ‘Garden of England’ while staying at the elegant Smiths Court Hotel. With a festive gala night and visits to the Norman cities of Canterbury and Rochester, this three day break promises to be the ideal getaway.

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Ramada Encore, Chatham

The Ramada Encore Chatham is ideally located in the heart of Chatham Maritime close to Chatham Historic Dockyard. Hotel facilities:

During Your Stay Canterbury - Whitefriars Square, situated right in the centre of the picturesque, medieval City of Canterbury, will be transformed into a small traditional Christmas Market.

Rochester - Rochester’s Dickensian Christmas has been held annually since 1988. There are lamplit parades, carols, father Christmas and even guaranteed ‘snowfall’, all framed by Rochester’s fairytale cathedral and castle. You’ll also see some familiar characters from Dickens’ much-loved stories, Rochester becomes a feast of Victorian delights.

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Departure Dates Duration Fri 06th December Coach 1 3 days Fri 06th December Coach 2 3 days

Price FULL £129

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Single Supplement FULL NIL

• Bar & Lounge • Restaurant

En-suite rooms:

• TV • Tea/ coffee making facilities

Accessibility: • Lift

Includes 2 nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast Excursions as stated Festive Gala dinner

2 days from just £65 leeds & skipton christmas markets

During Your Stay Leeds - 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 at the atmospheric Millennium Square.

Explore the best of West Yorkshire while visiting two of the most popular Christmas markets in Britain. This tour travels to Leeds and Skipton for a mixture of modern vibrancy and traditional festivities, combine this with a stay at one of the best hotels in the region and you have a fantastic value for money break. Skipton- Aptly declared as ‘the Gateway to the Dales’ with pristine views overlooking the Yorkshire Dales National Park, Skipton comprises of the popular Skipton Castle, Craven Court Victorian shopping centre, traditional markets and cobbled streets.

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Departure Dates Duration Sat 14th December 2 days

2 days from just £59

During Your Stay Birmingham - Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market has become a favourite with both residents and visitors alike. Combined with the city’s own Christmas Craft Fair of local traders, this Christmas market offers a memorable experience in one of the UK’s best destinations.

Price £65

Originally built in 1867, the Victorian Hotel has recently been refurbished in a sympathetic manner to compliment its periodic elegance and transform it into one the most contemporary and stylish hotels in Bradford. Hotel facilities: • Bar • Restaurant

Accessibility:

En-suite rooms:

• Hairdryer • Tea/coffee making facilities • TV

• Lift

Includes 1 night dinner, bed and breakfast Excursions as stated

birmingham’s christmas market Enjoy over 180 stalls offering traditional German gifts, food and drink at what is the UK’s largest festive celebration. Situated in the heart of Birmingham city centre this tour also provides a great opportunity to complete your Christmas shopping in what’s known as England’s second city. Warwick - The town of Warwick is graced with a wide variety of attractive parks and gardens. Visit Warwick Castle, one of the greatest medieval experiences in Britain, the Lord Leycester Hospital with its fine medieval timber framed buildings, the military museums and the Collegiate Church of St Mary, famous for its Beauchamp Chapel.

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Single Supplement £15

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The Victoria Hotel, Bradford

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The Regency Hotel, Solihull

This modern and contemporary hotel offers an array of leisure facilities including an indoor pool and fully equipped gym. Hotel facilities: En-suite rooms: • Bar • Restaurant • Fitness Suite • Indoor pool • Sauna

• Hairdryer • Tea/coffee making facilities • TV

Accessibility: • Lift

Includes 1 night dinner, bed and breakfast Excursions as stated

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


2days from just £69

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Campanile Birmingham Located centrally between Stratford upon Avon & Ludlow making this the perfect place to stay, the Campanile Birmingham is a popular choice for all travellers with its comfortable rooms. Hotel facilities:

• Bar • Restaurant • Wi-Fi Connection

En-suite rooms:

• Hairdryer • Tea /coffee making facilities • TV

Accessibility: • Lift

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Celebrate Christmas at the Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fayre while also visiting the historic town of Stratford upon Avon. Now celebrating its fifteenth year this popular themed event has become a festive favourite with Skills Coachstyle passengers and is certainly not to be missed. Early bookings recommended.

During Your Stay

Ludlow - Situated in the historic grounds of Ludlow Castle, we visit the Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fayre featuring a range of themed attractions including the Plantagenet Knights’ Tournament, the falconry displays, carol singing, local crafts and seasonal cooking. And if all that isn’t enough there’s Ludlow itself, a treasure of a town set in rolling Shropshire hills.

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Departure Dates Duration Sat 23rd November Coach 1 2 Days Sat 23rd November Coach 2 2 Days Sat 23rd November Coach 3 2 Days

Price FULL FULL £69

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Single Supplement FULL FULL £15

THURSFORD CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR

Stratford upon Avon - Most famous for being the birth place of William Shakespeare, Stratford upon Avon is one of UK’s most popular tourist destinations hosting a variety of attractions dedicated to the English poet and playwright. Explore this pocket sized town steeped in its 800 years of history while perhaps choosing to visit Hall’s Croft, Nash’s House and New Place or the romantic Hathaway’s Cottage.

Includes

1 Night dinner bed and breakfast Excursions as stated Entrance to Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fayre

3 days from just £189

With over 100 cast members and a 32 piece orchestra, the Thursford Christmas Spectacular is one of the most popular Christmas shows in the UK. Each performance guarantees colour and excitement to instil the Christmas spirit on what has become one of the most popular tours on the Skills Holidays calendar.

During Your Stay

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Great Yarmouth - Once a thriving port, Great Yarmouth is now a popular seaside town that attracts thousands of visitors every year. With long sandy beaches lined by colourful gardens, attractions and amusements arcades, it is easy to see why Great Yarmouth is a firm family favourite. Norwich - From its breathtaking cathedral to the splendid ancient houses, Norwich has some fascinating places to visit. Discover the rich history of the city and its people over the past 2000 years, learn about the famous Colman’s Mustard or enjoy a delicious cream tea in of one the beautiful medieval buildings. Wisbech - Blessed with Georgian architecture, the town of Wisbech offers many attractions, including the Wisbech and Fenland Museum, the Market Place and the popular Elgoods Brewery where visitors can sample some traditional ale in a four acre garden.

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Single Supplement FULL £20* £20 £20 FULL

2 nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast, Excursions as stated, Thursford Performance

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The Star Hotel, Great Yarmouth

Situated in the seaside town of Great Yarmouth and boasting an impressive black and white façade, the 17th Century Star Hotel promises a pleasant stay accompanied by comfortable accommodation and a reputation for excellent and friendly service. Hotel facilities:

• Bar • Restaurant • Free Wi-Fi Connection

En-suite rooms:

•Tea/coffee making facilities •TV

Accessibility: • Lift

*NB- This will be the evening performance of the Thursford Spectacular

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

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3 days from just £129

During Your Stay

Harrogate - Visit the quaint Spa town of Harrogate to indulge in some Christmas shopping among the many fashionable boutiques. York - St Nicholas Fayre is one of the most popular Christmas markets in the UK. Each stall offers different products including gifts, crafts and jewellery. Be sure to sample some of the local specialities and international cuisines while enjoying carol singers and daily entertainment.

york & st nicholas fayre York’s St Nicholas Fayre is 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 each stall offers different products including gifts, crafts and the very best produce. We also visit the quaint spa town of Harrogate and Leeds for the annual German Christkindelmarkt. Leeds - 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 at the atmospheric Millennium Square.

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Departure Dates Duration Fri 29th November 3 days

Price £129

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The Victoria Hotel, Bradford

Originally built in 1867, the Victorian Hotel has recently been refurbished in a sympathetic manner to compliment its periodic elegance and transform it into one the most contemporary and stylish hotels in Bradford. With luxury bedrooms and suites and the ever popular bar and grill serving high quality local produce, this truly is a fantastic place in which to base our Yorkshire stay. Hotel facilities: • Bar • Restaurant

Accessibility: • Lift

En-suite rooms:

• Hairdryer • Tea/coffee making facilities • TV

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

3 days from just £149 portsmouth festival of christmas

During Your Stay Winchester - Most famous for its awe inspiring Cathedral, Winchester is a culturally rich destination surrounded by a host of independent shops, award winning breweries and the rolling countryside of the South Downs National Park. Portsmouth - Portsmouth really goes that extra mile during the Festive season. Beyond its Victorian Christmas Festival visitors may enjoy a variety of modern and historical attractions.

Take a step back in time at Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard as we celebrate the Victorian Festival of Christmas. With lively entertainment, colourful costumes and a large festive market this is a Victorian remembrance unrivalled by any other. Add that to a warm and friendly welcome at the comfortable Red Lion Hotel and this short break delivers on what is sure to be another memorable experience.

Departure Dates Duration Thurs 28th November Coach 1 3 days Thurs 28th November Coach 2 3 days

3 days from just £129

Price FULL £149

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Single Supplement FULL £20

Jedburgh - Situated just an hour from Edinburgh the pretty market town of Jedburgh sits on the south eastern corner of Scotland while offering panoramic views out to Carter Bar and dominated by the magnificent 12th century Augustinian Abbey.

• Bar and Restaurant

En-suite rooms:

• Tea and coffee making facilities • TV

• No lift

Includes 2 night’s dinner, bed and breakfast Excursions as stated

Departure Dates Duration Fri 06th December 3 days

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The King Malcolm Hotel, Dunfermline A modern hotel situated on the outskirts of Dunfermline, the King Malcolm hotel offers an attractive base when visiting the East of Scotland and Edinburgh. Renowned for its excellent Scottish Cuisine and comfortable accommodation guests are assured a welcome stay. Hotel facilities: • Bar • Restaurant

Accessibility:

En-suite rooms:

• Hairdryer • Tea/coffee making facilities • TV

• No Lift

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edinburgh christmas markets

Enjoy a short break in Scotland while exploring the vibrant city of Edinburgh, the seasonal host to a variety of festive markets all set amongst the impressive backdrop of its historical castle. Glittering lights, fairground rides, shopping and a During Your Stay Gretna Green - Most famous for being the village of celebratory atmosphere like no other.

Edinburgh - Take advantage of the fantastic festive shopping as you browse high-street favourites on Edinburgh’s bustling Prince’s Street for one-of-akind finds under the glow of the city’s fairy lights.

You will either stay at the three star Red Lion hotel or the three star Mercure Southampton Dolphin Hotel. Both hotels will have the following facilities

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Southampton - Boasting an impressive list of attractions from museums, open spaces, music venues and art galleries, Southampton provides a pleasant visit at anytime of the year. And that’s not with mentioning the many fantastic shopping outlets.

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marriages, Gretna Green is a fantastic destination. Visit the World Famous Old Blacksmiths Shop, or spend time discovering the history of this truly interesting town.

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Minimum 3 star

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Single Supplement £36

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

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


bath christmas market & party night 2 days from just £99 Hotel • • • • •

Best Western Gables Hotel, Falfield

Situated in a quiet and rural location the modern and contemporary Best Western Gables Hotel offers a delightful place to stay while exploring the Cotswolds region. All rooms are furnished to a high standard matching those within banqueting areas where we will enjoy our festive party night with a disco and dancing. Hotel facilities:

• Bar • Restaurant • Free Wi-Fi connection

En-suite rooms:

• Hairdryer • Tea/coffee making facilities • TV

Accessibility: • No Lift

Visit the spa towns of Cheltenham and Bath during this two day break as we celebrate the festive period with an evening of partying fun. After our three course dinner it will be time get your dancing shoes and enjoy this unique weekend which will leave you with lasting memories.

During Your Stay

Bath - Designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, the Spa town of Bath presents some of the finest architectural sights in Europe. Simply brimming with attractions such as the Royal Crescent and the Pulteney Bridge this compact city also offers fantastic museums including the Jane Austen Centre and Herschel Museum of Astronomy.

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Price Single Supplement £99 £18 £99 £18

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Holiday Inn Regents Park, London Enjoy your stay at the modern 4-star Holiday Inn Regents Park, ideally based in leafy and cosmopolitan area of London yet just ten minutes walk from Oxford Street and London’s main tourist attractions. Hotel facilities: • Bar Restaurant

En-suite rooms:

• Hairdryer • Tea/ coffee making facilities • TV

Accessibility: • Lift

During Your Stay

Greenwich - Explore the exciting markets of Greenwich with almost 150 stalls selling a diverse mixture of gifts, crafts and food it makes a Christmas market to remember.

Departure Dates Duration Sat 30th November 2 days Sat 14th December 2 days

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Price Single Supplement £99 £55 £99 £55

The recently refurbished Park Inn Cardiff North is conveniently located for exploring the region of South Wales, offering comfortable accommodation and a whole range of modern amenities our customer have to come to expect. Hotel facilities:

• Bar • Restaurant • Leisure/fitness suite

En-suite rooms:

• Air conditioning • Tea/coffee making facilities • TV

Accessibility: • Lift

1 night dinner, bed and breakfast Excursions as stated Party night

2 days from just £99

Thinking about getting away before the hustle and bustle of Christmas and New Year? Why not join us on our Christmas party break; whether you’re travelling with colleagues, friends, family or independently a great time is to be had by all. We are welcomed with a drinks reception followed by dinner and a disco, a perfect way to relax and celebrate before the festive season.

During Your Stay Cardiff - As the capital and largest city in Wales, Cardiff offers top class entertainment and quality shopping which sits alongside innovative architecture and historic buildings.

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London - The fabulous city of London is an ideal city for Christmas shopping with famous stores like Harrods decked out with all of their Christmas decorations. Visiting London during the festive period is an event not to be missed.

Includes 1 night bed and breakfast Excursions as Stated

2 days from just £69

pre-christmas party break Park Inn by Radisson, Cardiff

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London is an extraordinary place to be at any time of year, but it really comes alive during the festive season. With various markets situated at Hyde Park and along the Southbank of the River Thames the spirit of Christmas is expertly captured by the Capital. Of course, this tour also provides time to visit the magnificent department stores and attractions London has to offer.

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Cheltenham - Situated on the edge of the Cotswolds, Cheltenham is an inland spa resort boasting an array of handsome Regency architecture, broad avenues and fine parks. Learn about the towns medicinal waters at the Pittville Pump Room or visit one of the many boutique stores along the magnificent promenade with its regency terraces and Neptune Fountain.

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Ross-on-Wye - Nestled in the South Herefordshire countryside Ross-on-Wye is an ancient town with panoramic views overlooking the River Wye and Black mountains. Hereford - Set along the banks of the River Wye and offering a great range of shopping facilities, cafes, and bars the city of Hereford is also most famous for its Cathedral which dates back to between 1010 and 1015. The surrounding area has much to offer too with breathtaking scenery.

Includes

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

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

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4 days from just £199

ostend christmas markets Full of museums, attractions, a five and a half mile seafront and an abundance of bars and restaurants there will be plenty to see and do over the Festive season.

During Your Stay Ostend - Explore Ostend and its colourful Christmas market, with its festively decorated stalls selling everything from jewellery to roasted chestnuts, and an open-air skating rink built around the main square. Ostend offers a fantastic choice for Christmas shopping, many shops, boutiques and the festive Christmas market.

Bruges - Meander around the gaily decorated festive stalls selling gifts and delicious foods or visit the many shops at the bustling Bruges Christmas Market. Experience the traditional delights of the wonderful sparkling lights and the aroma of roasting chestnuts.

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4 days from just £169

During Your Stay Rudesheim - Welcoming more than 120 stands from 12 nations offering their products, specialities and traditions in a beautiful market atmosphere. In addition, many shops have an excellent selection of Christmas decorations and presents. The Rüdesheim wine growers open their cellars to visitors with winter specialities, while the town’s cosy restaurants welcome weary shoppers with sumptuous local cuisine. Europe’s largest nativity scene can be found on the market square, complete with life sized figures.

Koblenz - Koblenz’s traditional Christmas market will be held in the picturesque old town, just a stone’s throw away from the main shopping street. The Koblenz Christmas market is actually one of the largest in the Rhineland-Palatinate wine growing region; it offers all the flavours of Christmas including a Christmas bakery where stollen and many other famous German Christmas cakes and biscuits are made in front of your eyes. Every year a wealth of event highlights are planned for the Koblenz Christmas market, all under the watchful eye of the boy on the famous “Schängel” fountain.

4 days from just £249

During Your Stay Valkenburg - Explore the mysterious passages of Valkenburg’s underground caves. Known as the ‘market with a difference’ the caves are filled with various colourful stalls and gentle Christmas music. After sampling the food and drink in the enchanted catering garden, wander through the towns magically lit streets.

Price £169

En-suite rooms: • Hairdryer • TV

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

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Hotel Wagner, Kamp Bornhofen

Staying at the Hotel Wagner, you are assured of a warm welcome at this family run hotel, situated on a hill in Kamp-Bornhofen and just a short walk from the banks of the River Rhine. The owner Andreas is well known with our customers and we can guarantee a great festive atmosphere as Andreas and his family will host you for this festive season! Hotel facilities: En-suite rooms: • Bar • Three restaurants • Lounge • Sauna

Accessibility:

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

• Lift to all floors • 6 steps into restaurant

Includes

Return ferry sailing 3 nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast Excursions as stated 1 hour free bar on 2 nights (not on arrival day) Welcome talk & schnapps 2 nights’ entertainment

valkenburg christmas markets Set around the castle ruins, the delightful Dutch hill-town of Valkenburg conceals a fascinating secret in its labyrinth of underground passages and caves. Transformed each year with the glowing lights, festive sounds and delicious aromas of its Christmas Markets, the ancient Velvet and Municipal caves exude a special festive atmosphere unlike any other. Aachen - Originally held around the Elisa Fountain, the ‘Printen Market’ now extends around the cathedral and town hall. Offering everything you could wish for from a Christmas market; from culinary delight to works of art and crafts. The brightly lit streets of Aachen are well worth a visit.

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Cochem - Picture-postcard Cochem has a fantastic collection of half-timbered houses, a fairy-tale castle, set on a vine-clad hill, and a pleasant riverside promenade. The Cochem Christmas Market is just as beautiful as the town itself. Festively decorated wooden stalls sell all the gifts and crafts you could wish for.

Departure Dates Duration Fri 29th November 4days

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The recently renovated Hotel Melinda is a modern and contemporary hotel offering comfortable and stylish accommodation, but nevertheless a philosophy of delivering a traditional warm and friendly welcome that provides only what our guests have come to expect from Belgium’s premier coastal destination.

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Hotel Melinda, Ostend

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Hotel Schaepkens can St. Fijt, Valkenburg Located in the picturesque town of Valkenburg, the family-run Schaepkens can St. Fijt prides itself on its warm hospitality. Situated close to the city centre, the hotel offers convenient access to the town, as well as free access to the extensive facilities of the nearby sports centre. Hotel facilities:

• Bar • Restaurant • Currency exchange • Wireless Internet

En-suite rooms:

•TV • Safety deposit box

Accessibility:

• Lift to all floors • Wheelchair accessible

Includes Return ferry sailings 3 nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast Time at leisure to visit Valkenburg Christmas Markets Full day excursion to Aachen Christmas Markets

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


cologne & dusseldorf christmas markets 4 days from just £219 With individual flair and unbeatable locations, Cologne and Dusseldorf both host markets that impress every visitor. Each of Cologne’s six markets boasts a unique setting with the four largest attracting almost 2 millions visitors each year, whilst the individually themed markets of Dusseldorf brim with character - perfect for a pre Christmas visit!

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Novotel Dusseldorf City West, Seestern Dusseldorf Part of the Accor group of hotels, our hotel is located on the outskirts of Dusseldorf, with easy access to the beautiful old city. Hotel facilities:

During Your Stay Dusseldorf - Enjoy time at leisure in this cosmopolitan city to explore the markets that adorn the city’s open squares. Wooden huts lovingly decorated transform the centre into a real winter wonderland; differently themed stalls create a unique festive atmosphere.

Cologne - The city of Cologne offers six markets in total, among them are four larger markets located at the Cologne Cathedral, on the Alter Markt, the Neumarkt and the Rudolfplatz. The market at the Cologne Cathedral is most worth a visit, with the cathedral acting as an impressive backdrop, the largest Christmas tree in the Rhineland and over 160 stalls.

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Price £219 £219

Single Supplement £29 £29

En-suite rooms: • TV • Hairdryer • Safe

Accessibility:

• Lift to all floors • 2 accessible rooms (subject to availability, must be requested at the time of booking)

Includes Return ferry sailings 3 nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast Time at leisure to visit Dusseldorf Christmas Markets Full day excursion to Cologne Christmas Markets

5 days from just £279

german christmas markets Tucked away at the entrance of the Lorely Valley, at the very heart of the River Rhine, Rudesheim boasts stunning views in every direction and hosts the spectacular ‘Christmas Market of Nations’ and Europe’s largest life sized nativity scene!

• Bar • Restaurant • Wellness area-sauna, steam room & fitness centre • Tourist information

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Rhein Hotel, Rudesheim

During Your Stay Cologne - Enjoy a morning in the city of Cologne which has six markets in total, among them are four larger markets located at the Cologne Cathedral, on the Alter Markt, the Neumarkt and the Rudolfplatz. The market at the Cologne Cathedral is most worth a visit, with the cathedral acting as an impressive backdrop, the largest Christmas tree in the Rhineland and over 160 stalls. Rudesheim - The Christmas market in Rüdesheim brings a distinctly festive feel to the romantic old quarter and its popular Drosselgasse lane, as 120 stalls representing 12 countries gather to present Christmas customs and traditions from around the world.

Located in the heart of Rudesheim, this welcoming family run hotel has been hosting our passengers for years and is conveniently only a short stroll from the town’s main attractions. Hotel facilities:

• Bar • Restaurant • Indoor swimming pool, sauna & steam room

Frankfurt - There has been a Christmas market in Frankfurt for over 600 years. Full of history and traditions, Frankfurt is one of Germanys oldest and most popular.

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Route: F Price £279 £279

Single Supplement £69 £69

En-suite rooms:

• TV • Hairdryer • Balcony (on request, subject to availability)

Accessibility:

• Lift to all floors

Includes Return ferry sailings 1 night bed and breakfast in Cologne 3 nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast in Rudesheim Visit Cologne Christmas Markets Time at leisure in Rudesheim Full day excursion to Frankfurt Christmas Markets

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

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8 days from just £629

alpine christmas Nestled in a picturesque setting, bordering three countries, the preserved town of Feldkirch is one of Voralberg’s most picturesque. Combined with a range of excursions to explore the region and the most welcoming of hosts, this break offers an idyllic ‘White Christmas’.

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During Your Stay Day 1 - Early departure for a midday ferry sailing before stopping at our overnight hotel. Day 2 - We continue our journey to Feldkirch where we will stay for five nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast. We begin our stay with a welcome drink and some information about the local area. Followed by dinner and entertainment. Day 3 - Today we visit Bregenzer Wald where you can sample some of the local cheese before returning to Feldkirch to spend time browsing the Christmas Market and pick up some last minute gifts before a four course dinner at the hotel. Christmas Eve – Travelling through the Walgau up the Flexen Pass, we make our way to the famous ski resorts of Zurs and Lech. Take in the picturesque snowy alpine landscape along the Kloster Valley to the home of Suchard Chocolate en route back to Feldkirch. Tonight we have a traditional evening

meal with a visit from the Christkind. Enjoy an evening of Christmas carols and entertainment, with an optional visit to the matins in the Altenstadt Church just 100m from the hotel. Christmas Day - Today we have a day of celebration and rest. We enjoy a turkey Christmas Lunch followed by an afternoon at leisure. Tonight we enjoy a buffet dinner with music entertainment and maybe even a visit from father Christmas. Boxing Day - We drive to Switzerland’s oldest city of Chur where we board the Rhaetian Railway. Travelling deep into the magnificent mountains to Arosa, the journey follows many curves and bridges. Take a stroll around the charming lake or explore the hotel palaces before returning to the hotel for a four course dinner and music. Day 7 - Our time in Feldkirch reaches its end as we depart for home and travel to our overnight hotel. Day 8 - After breakfast we continue our journey home via a short Channel crossing.

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During Your Stay Day 1 and 2 - Travelling south we make the Channel crossing to France and continue to our overnight hotel for one night bed and breakfast. The next morning we continue towards Spain to the resort of Calella, where we stay for ten nights at the Hotel Volga. Day 3 to 11 - Nine days in our resort featuring a Christmas and New Year celebration package at our hotel alongside a fantastic programme of excursions. Enjoy gala dinners on both Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, followed by special lunches on Christmas and New Year’s Day including wine and champagne. With 50% off all drinks and snacks every day (from 14.00 to 18.00) and an entertainment programme to suit all, the hotel prides itself on giving their guests that little bit extra over this important time of year. Have brunch at your leisure every day (between 08.00 and 13.30) and when not revelling in the celebrations, relax and take advantage of reduced fees to the SPA at the nearby Hotel Florida Park in Santa Susana. We have included a half day excursion to the cultural city of Girona. Bustling and busy, the city manages

Price £629

The 4-star family run Hotel Weisses Kreuz is located near the border of Germany, Switzerland and Austria in the charming medieval town of Feldkirch. Familiar with English customs, our hotels offers both a traditional Alpine Austrian Christmas celebration on 24th December, followed by more celebrations on the 25th December. Hotel facilities: En-suite rooms: • Bar • Restaurant • Gym • Sauna • Wireless internet

• TV • Hairdryer • Wireless internet connection • Panorama rooms available (subject to availability, must be Accessibility: request at the time of • Lift to all floors booking) • Wheelchair accessible (subject to availability, must be requested at the time of booking)

Includes Return ferry sailing 2 nights’ bed and breakfast en route 5 nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast Christmas Package Excursions as stated

spanish christmas & new year Escape England’s winter chill and celebrate Christmas and New Year in the mild Mediterranean climate of Calella. With a distinctive Spanish atmosphere and a traditional old town boasting typically Catalan streets and squares, Calella is a wonderful place to spend the festive period. Our resort on the Costa Brava is centrally located within easy reach of local attractions making it ideal for touring the area when not joining in the merry celebrations. Meet up with old friends and make new ones on this break which promises to be a festive extravaganza. to exude the charm of a quaint village. The streets are filled with graceful architecture, Roman ruins, museums, restaurants, bars and shops. A full day excursion features a tour of Catalonia with stops along the way to show you the very best that the region has to offer. Lying north along the Pyrenees, bordering France and Andorra, it offers varying landscapes all year round. We also have a half day excursion along the coast to the Mediterranean resort of Lloret de Mar and the pretty town of Tossa de Mar. Barcelona for just £15per person - Join us on an optional full day excursion to Catalonia’s capital city of Barcelona. Following a drive through this fascinating city. Marvel at the cathedral, designed by the renowned Antoni Gaudi, the unfinished building is an UNESCO World Heritage site and towers high over the city’s bustling streets attracting an astonishing five million tourists each year. Day 12 to 13 -Sadly, the end of our festive break is near as we retrace our steps into France for an overnight stay on a bed and breakfast basis. The next morning we make the Channel crossing and continue our journey home.

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Hotel Volga, Calella

Located in the heart of Calella, the 3 star Hotel Volga is close to the beach and just a few minutes from the local amenities. A regular host over the festive period, the hotel offers friendly and helpful staff as well as offering regular entertainment. Hotel facilities:

En-suite rooms:

• Bar • TV • Restaurant • Safety deposit box • Currency exchange • Balcony • Air-conditioning, central Accessibility: heating • Lift to all floors

Includes Return ferry sailings 2 nights’ bed and breakfast en route 10 nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast Christmas Eve and New Years Eve gala dinners Special Christmas Day and New Years Day lunches 50% of drinks and snacks every day Entertainment programme Excursions to Lloret de Mar, Catalonia, Girona, Barcelona* (*optional) Plus much more…

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


christmas or new year in hampshire

4/5 days from just £299

Featured in our festive programme for more than 15 years, Hampshire is probably our most popular Christmas and New Year tour. Once again the Red Lion Hotel opens its doors and welcomes us for the Festive holidays. With excellent reviews on food, service and hospitality it’s no wonder people return year after year.

CHRISTMAS - 5 days

new year - 4 days

Fareham - Fareham is a little market town between Portsmouth and Southampton. With its beautiful Georgian buildings its historic high street has plenty of shops bars and restaurants to visit.

Portsmouth - Portsmouth is the second largest city in the Hampshire. It has a lot to offer with a great amount of modern and historical attractions, museums and shops. Experience the city of Portsmouth and its wonderful culture.

Chichester - The historic City of Chichester offers a selection of fascinating places to visit all year round. With its magnificent 12th Century Cathedral and fine Georgian shopping centre it can truly claim to be at the centre of a unique cultural and artistic experience.

Winchester - Winchester is a vibrant heritage destination with fascinating attractions and architecture, including the magnificent Cathedral, award-winning pubs and restaurants and a tempting array of independent shops. This culturally rich medieval city is surrounded by idyllic Hampshire villages and the fabulous rolling countryside of the South Downs National Park.

Portsmouth- Portsmouth is the second largest city in the Hampshire. It has a lot to offer with a great amount of modern and historical attractions, museums and shops. Experience the city of Portsmouth and its wonderful culture.

Fareham - Fareham is a little market town between Portsmouth and Southampton. With its beautiful Georgian buildings its historic high street has plenty of shops bars and restaurants to visit.

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The Red Lion Hotel, Fareham

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

En-suite rooms:

• Bar • Hairdryer • Restaurant • Tea/coffee making • Free access to LA Fitness facilities centre • TV

Accessibility: • No lift

Includes 4 or 3 nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast Christmas or New Year package Excursions as stated

4/5 days from just £299

Ostend is situated on the North West Coast of Belgium and is known as the ‘Queen of the Belgian Coast’. A vibrant city and thriving seaside resort which is alive all year round. Whether you choose to visit for Christmas or New Year this tour delivers a fun filled package at the modern Hotel Melinda.

During Your Stay Ostend - Renowned for its lively atmosphere and entertaining shows Ostend is one of Belgium’s most impressive coastal destinations, and with boasting a total of five popular sandy beaches which stretch several miles long you can be assured of all the traditional delights as well.

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Hotel Melinda, Ostend

The recently renovated Hotel Melinda is a modern and contemporary hotel offering comfortable and stylish accommodation, but nevertheless a philosophy of delivering a traditional warm and friendly welcome that provides only what our guests have come to expect from Belgium’s premier coastal destination.

Bruges - Home to one of Belgium’s most popular Christmas Markets the old medieval town of Bruges is one of Belgium’s greatest tourist attractions. The entire old town is a UNESECO World Heritage Site with a countless number of great sites whilst the canals, narrow streets and old buildings make this city a charming place at any time of the year.

Hotel facilities:

• Bar • Free Wi-Fi connection • Restaurant

En-suite rooms: • Hairdryer • TV

Accessibility: • Lift

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4 days

Price

Single Supplement

£339

£75

£299

£65

Includes Return ferry sailing 4 or 3 nights’ bed breakfast and evening meal Excursions as stated Festive package

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

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5 days from just £369

christmas in torquay Torquay on the English Riviera has long been popular with British holidaymakers all year round. With numerous attractions, an incredible coastline and magnificent scenery, this coastal destination is an ideal location for a traditional five day Christmas break.

During Your Stay

Torquay - Explore 22 miles of delightful coastline as Torquay’s famous seven hills provide the backdrop to a waterfront scene matching anything you’ll see on the French Riviera. Exeter - As the capital city of Devon, Exeter is brimming with ancient character and charm. Visit the magnificent Exeter Cathedral dating back to

Norman era or the equally historic Quayside in what makes this a truly fascinating city. We also briefly visit Dawlish & Teignmouth Plymouth - Plymouth is a vibrant waterfront city which is considered to be the ‘cultural city of Devon’. City streets, surrounding countryside and the marine environment create a wonderful mix of attractions. We also visit Dartmoor National Park.

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The Seascape Hotel, Torquay The family owned Seascape Hotel offers a comfortable, relaxed and above all friendly environment ideal for a ‘home from home’ Christmas stay. From its centrally located position the hotel enjoys magnificent panoramic views across the bay and beyond. Hotel facilities: • Bar • Restaurant • Games room

En-suite rooms:

• Tea /coffee making facilities • TV

Accessibility:

• Lift to all floors

Includes 4 night’s dinner, bed and breakfast Christmas package Excursions as stated

5 days from just £399 christmas at barony castle Discover Southern Scotland and the city of Edinburgh whilst staying at the historical Barony Castle. With stunning scenery, quality accommodation and all the traditional toppings this five day Christmas break delivers it all.

During Your Stay Carlisle - Between the Lake District and Scotland, Carlisle lies at the heart of modern and historical attractions. From roman architecture to a Norman stronghold its medieval town centre has museums, galleries and award winning parks to entertain those of all ages. Edinburgh - Dramatic contours, historic buildings, breathtaking views and a manageable sized city centre

make Edinburgh one of the most visited destinations in Britain. And with streets steeped in a thriving cultural scene, Edinburgh offers the perfect blend of all things traditional and contemporary. North Berwick - The royal burgh of North Berwick is one of East Lothian’s most beautiful seaside towns with equally stunning surrounds, including the Firth of Forth and the Lammermuir Hills. We explore the best of this picturesque region on a scenic drive.

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Departure Dates Duration Mon 23rd December 5 days

Price £399

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Single Supplement £75

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Barony Castle, Peebles

The beautiful Barony Castle was built in 1536, and is now a modern and comfortable hotel. Set in 25 acres of gardens and woodlands that offer magnificent views over the surrounding Scottish countryside this high quality hotel provides a great Christmas break just 30 minutes outside of Edinburgh. Hotel facilities: En-suite rooms: • Bar • Restaurant • Indoor Pool • Mini Gym • Spa Bath & Sauna

• Tea/coffee making facilities • TV

Accessibility:

• Not all rooms are accessible by lift

Includes 4 night’s dinner, bed and breakfast Christmas package Excursions as stated

5 days from just £399 christmas in oxfordshire

During Your Stay Banbury - Historic Banbury is mostly renowned for being the home of the favourite ‘Banbury Cake’, yet this picturesque market town offers so much more. Discover the story of the ‘Fine Lady upon a White Horse at the Banbury Museum, visit the Castle Quay Shopping Centre or simply stroll along the relaxing Oxfords Canal.

Enjoy a traditional English Christmas in Oxfordshire while visiting some of the nation’s most charming destinations, Banbury and Oxford. From traditional ‘Banbury Cakes’ and cuisine to historical architecture and cities this break will deliver all things festive in England. Oxford - Aptly named as the ‘City of Dreaming Spires’ and home to the oldest University in the English-speaking world, Oxford has a heritage that makes it a top visitor attraction for tourists from across the globe. The towering spires of Oxford’s colleges and the shop-lined streets make Oxford a truly beautiful destination.

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The George Hotel, Wallingford

The George Hotel is a 16thcentury coaching inn situated in the centre of the historic market town of Wallingford. Remains of the Dower House Castle can still be seen in the beautiful Castle gardens and Dick Turpin, the famous highway man is believed to have escaped the law on many occasions from his room above the courtyard. Offering a traditional English architecture, this beautiful hotel will provide guests with a relaxing Christmas break. Hotel facilities: En-suite rooms: • Bar • Restaurant

Accessibility: • No Lift

• Hairdryer • Tea/coffee making facilities • TV

Includes

4 night’s dinner, bed and breakfast Christmas package Excursions as stated

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


5 days from just £389

christmas in devon Hotel • • • • •

Durrant House Hotel Situated near the historical port of Bideford with views over the Torridge estuary, perfectly placed to explore the beautiful coastline, beaches and countryside of Devon. The Durrant Hotel has become a popular choice over the years with its high standard of accommodation, excellent team of chefs and personal, friendly service. Hotel facilities: • Bar • Restaurant • Fitness Suite • Wi-Fi Internet

En-suite rooms:

• Hairdryer • Tea/ coffee making facilities • TV

Accessibility: • Lift

North Devon and the Durrant House Hotel once again welcome for a magical Christmas Break. Experience the beautiful scenery along the Torridge Estuary in what is an inspiring combination of country and coastline.

During Your Stay Bideford - ‘The little white town’ of Bideford is a charming fishing port which remains in use today. Visit the Burton Art Gallery or enjoy the splendours of its quayside in what is a picture postcard destination. Barnstaple - Barnstaple is the self declared ‘premier town in north Devon’ and offers visitors boutique shops, local delicacies and a colourful history to provide an intriguing mix of old and new.

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Departure Dates Duration Mon 23rd December 5 days

Price £389

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The Osborne Hotel, Ilfracombe

Ideally situated to explore Ilfracombe, the Osborne Hotel offers stunning views across the ragged North Devon coastline where it is also just a short level walk to the shops, theatre, harbour and famous Tunnels Beaches. Owned by the Cox family for 36 years guests can be assured a warm welcome and pleasant stay. Hotel facilities:

• Bar • Evening entertainment • Games room • Restaurant • Sauna • Wi-Fi connection

En-suite rooms:

• Hairdryer • Tea/coffee making facilities • TV

Accessibility: • Lift

During Your Stay Ilfracombe - Ilfracombe enjoys breath-taking scenery looking out across the North Devonshire coastline. Offering splendid walks for the energetic and an attractive harbour to pass away time for those who would prefer to relax, this is the perfect place to situate our stay while exploring this beautiful county.

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Departure Dates Duration Mon 30th December 4 days

Price £299

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The Rob Roy Hotel is wonderfully situated in the idyllic countryside of Scotland’s first National Park. Named after the legendary local folk hero Rob Roy McGregor, The Rob Roy Hotel offers excellent food, friendly staff all great combinations for a Scottish Hogmanay. Hotel facilities: • Bar • Restaurant

En-suite rooms:

• Tea/coffee making facilities • TV

Accessibility: • No lift

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Lynton & Lynmouth - Based in Exmoor National Park, these two little towns have enough charm and character to while away many hours. When it snows on Lynton & Lynmouth, it rarely settles due to our proximity to the sea, but when it does it really does justify its name as England’s Little Switzerland.

Includes

3 nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast New Years Package Excursions as stated

4 days from just £269

a scottish hogmanay The Rob Roy Hotel, Aberfoyle

4 night’s dinner, bed and breakfast Christmas package Excursion as stated

Based in North Devon, a county with an intense diversity including miles of coastline, National Parks, quaint villages, historical market towns and brightly lit cities all beautifully adorned with winter colours. Our resort of Ilfracombe offers plenty of sights, sounds and smells to set the New Year off with a bang!

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Appledore -This small fishing village sits on the Torridge Estuary looking across the river to In stow. Quaint fisherman’s cottages line the popular quay in what is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Follow the seafront off into small side streets where craft stores and other attractions are to be found.

Celebrate a traditional Scottish New Year in the highlands of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park while staying in Aberfoyle, one of Britain’s most scenic tourist destinations. Guests can enjoy jaw dropping scenery, history and the famous Scottish hospitality on this fun filled New Years break.

During Your Stay Aberfoyle - Aptly known as the gateway to the Trossachs and situated in the midst of magnificent highland beauty, Aberfoyle is a popular holiday village served by individual shops, cafés and restaurants. Visitors may learn more about the area’s natural beauty, wildlife and history at the Trossachs Discovery Centre or explore the region.

Departure Dates Duration Mon 30th December 4 days

Price £269

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Single Supplement £30

Loch Lomond & the Trossachs - The rich habitats of Loch Lomond and The Trossachs provide a year round haven for a whole variety of interests. Distinguished by the largest freshwater expanse in Britain among mountains, islands and villages this is an area of pure distinction.

Includes

3 nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast New Years Package Excursions as stated

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

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3 days from just £109

a welsh twixmas Enjoy one of the Britain’s most impressive landscapes as we explore the North Wales countryside. Visits to Chester and the Snowdonia National Park make this a package pleasant ‘Twixmas’ break while residing at the comfortable Beaufort Park Hotel.

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Beaufort Park Hotel, Mold Set in the beautiful Welsh hills and with an emphasis of providing homely accommodation, guests staying at the modern and contemporary Beaufort Park Hotel can expect a comfortable break alongside high standards of service and locally sourced produce.

During Your Stay Chester- Chester was founded in AD79 and is today famous for its roman architecture, fantastic shopping opportunities, relaxing parklands and many historical museums; all of which can be conveniently accessed via the Chester sightseeing bus.

Snowdonia National Park- Snowdonia National Park was the third designated national park in Britain and is an area compromising some of nation’s most beautiful lakes, mountains and countryside. Discover this region with a scenic drive.

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Single Supplement Nil

4 days from just £269

Hotel facilities:

• Bar and restaurant • Free Wi-Fi connection

Accessibility:

En-suite rooms:

• Hairdryer • Iron/ Trouser press • Tea/ coffee making facilities • Telephone • Television

• No lift

Includes 2 night’s dinner, bed and breakfast Excursions as stated

new year in dublin The legendary charm and vitality of the Irish creates a special atmosphere for an unforgettable New Year. With evermore venues throughout the city putting on varied entertainment for all ages, the city guarantees a memorable party; with public events, exhibitions, music concerts and of course the lively pub district of Temple Bar. Taking new heights to celebrate the occasion, Dublin is fast approaching as the place to see in New Year!

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Best Western Academy Plaza, Dublin Situated in the heart of Dublin city just off O’Connell Street, the Academy Plaza Hotel offers a restaurant, coffee dock and O’Flaherty’s Bar and Brasserie. Hotel facilities: En-suite rooms:

During Your Stay Dublin - Two days at leisure to enjoy Dublin’s unique two day festival to celebrate New Year. A series of free events during the course of the two day festival including: fireworks displays, procession of light, 5 festival zones located around Dublin City Centre. With a number of ticketed events, be sure to do your research and plan the itinerary most suited to you!

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Single Supplement £79

• Bar • Restaurant • Gym • Spa salon • Entertainment room

• TV • Tea/coffee making facilities • Air-conditioning • Safety deposit box

Accessibility:

• Lift to all floors Reduced mobility rooms (subject to availability, must request at the time of booking)

Includes Return ferry sailing 3 nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast Time at leisure in Dublin

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


3 days from just £199

new year in london As our capital welcomes 2014, the city will come alive with a host of festivities, fireworks and fun all set along the Banks of the River Thames. New Years day sees the capital host its exciting international parade which has evolved to become one of the world’s greatest street party spectaculars. Expect dancing, music, live bands and colourful celebrations as up to 10,000 performers share their cultures from across the continents. But don’t forget about the bargains galore in the January sales.

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Hilton London Paddington

During Your Stay London - Visit the UK’s premier tourist destination and spend the time as you wish. Enjoy a variety of New Year’s events, the January sales, world class museums and the capitals outstanding nightlife. Impressively London has been voted in the top 10 places to spend New Year in a New York Times recent poll.

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Single Supplement £120

Situated in the heart of the city and within walking distance of London’s premier attractions, the four star Hilton London Paddington is a stylish and well decorated hotel. From the modern bar’s sleek décor and contemporary feel to the Brassiere restaurants first class hospitality, this is the perfect place to begin your New Year’s celebrations. Hotel facilities: • Bar • Restaurant • Fitness Suite

En-suite rooms:

• TV • Tea/coffee making facilities

Accessibility: • Lift

Includes 2 nights’ bed and breakfast Time at leisure in London

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gift vouchers Looking to buy your loved ones a special gift for Chrismtas? Treat them to Skills Gift Voucher to use on our fantastic range of 2014 breaks and holidays.

£10 - £100 available

on request

call us on 0845 666 5544

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