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European COACH HOLIDAYS

2018 COACH HOLIDAYS NOW ONLINE!

OPERATED BY SKILLS HOLIDAYS

Our Skills European programme offers modern and stylish coach adventures into the heart of Continental Europe. Our European coach holidays can be joined throughout the East Midlands in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire and South Yorkshire giving you even more opportunities to experience Europe by coach.

Why face airports?! Travel in comfort in one of our stylish Skills coaches and tour Europe's most exciting holiday destinations... the perfect way to explore the continent.

4* CHRISTMAS IN HOLLAND 2018

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. You’re guaranteed to have a “Prettige Kerstdagen” (Merry Christmas).

5 DAYS

4* Lake Garda, Venice & Verona Featuring Arena di Verona Opera Performance

Renowned for its timeless beauty, Lake Garda is the perfect mix of stunning rustic scenery, enchanting towns and glistening lake promenades framed by breathtaking mountains which make it one of Italy’s most cherished destinations. 

8 DAYS

4* Western Irish Experience: Cliffs of Moher, Galway & Birr Castle

The West Coast of Ireland encapsulates some of the finest and most dramatic aspects of the Irish landscape. During our stay you can experience firsthand 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. 

4 DAYS

ALPINE AUSTRIAN CHRISTMAS 2018

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

8 DAYS

Andre Rieu in Antwerp

The ‘King of Waltz’ returns to Belgium! Experience the magic of André Rieu in Anwerp, and discover why André Rieu is one of the best-selling live acts in the world! 

 

4 DAYS

AUSTRIAN CHRISTMAS MARKETS 2018

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

6 DAYS

Belfast: The Legend of the Titanic & the Giants Causeway

Follow the extraordinary story of the largest moving object ever built by man – the Titanic – with a walk around the Titanic Experience, docks and pumphouse, which uses original material alongside vintage photographs, heart-wrenching recordings and news reels to bring the story back to life.

4 DAYS

Belfast: The Legend of the Titanic & the Giants Causeway

Follow the extraordinary story of the largest moving object ever built by man – the Titanic – with a walk around the Titanic Experience, docks and pumphouse, which uses original material alongside vintage photographs, heart-wrenching recordings and news reels to bring the story back to life. 

5 DAYS

BELGIAN COASTAL ESCAPE

Sail away with us on this Belgian Coastal Escape, a wonderful way to relax and enjoy the summer sunshine. Each with its own character and unique atmosphere, on this break you can enjoy the resorts of Ostend and Blankenberge as well as visits to Bruges and Brussels.

5 DAYS

Blooms on the Lakes Como & Maggiore

The Lakes Como and Maggiore are undoubtedly some of the most famous Italian lake destinations; sun-kissed and surrounded by dramatic cliffs, they are the epitome of elegance, beauty, history and culture. This springtime, you can also discover the beautiful camellias flowering in Locarno’s Parco delle Camellie on the shores of the picturesque Lake Maggiore – and delight all of your senses! 

7 Days

Canal Festival Amsterdam

The magnificent ‘Grachtenfestival’ Canal Festival is the largest classical music festival in the Netherlands and is one of Amsterdam’s summer cultural highlights. The twinkling canals in the centre of Amsterdam form the perfect backdrop for performers of classic music who come from all over the world to perform either by the canal or on the water. 

4 DAYS

Canary Islands & Madeira

This taste of summer in the Canary Islands provides a splash of colour and sunshine. Sail south to Morocco and Gibraltar, three popular Canary Isles, beautiful Madeira and historic Lisbon. You’ll find busy harbours, lush hillsides and valleys descending to the sea, fascinating cities and tempting shops. 

16 Days

CATALONIAN CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR IN THE COSTA BRAVA

Nestled in Spain’s mild Mediterranean climate of the Costa Brava, our resort of Calella exudes Spanish hospitality. Centrally located and within easy reach of the traditional old-town quarter and neighbouring attractions, the resort’s long sandy beach and beautifully clear waters make for a truly tranquil escape. With a varied itinerary of excursions and festivities this break will be sure to fill you warmth and cheer.

13 DAYS

Centenary Mini Cruise Party Break

2019 is a very extraordinary year for the Skills Group as we turn 100! Join our Chairman Nigel Skill, for this extra special Mini Cruise break and sail away to enchanting Amsterdam. Hosted by Skills & DFDS Ferries, on this exclusive getaway you can enjoy an afternoon presentation by Nigel Skill as well as an evening party with all your favourite songs – chosen by you! And free time in Amsterdam. 

3 DAYS

COLOGNE & DUSSELDORF CHRISTMAS MARKETS 2018

“First Skills break and we had an amazing time” –Mr J Law
“The overall trip was very enjoyable and Skills were excellent.” – Mr P Patel

 

Prepare to 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 lovingly familiar aromas of cinnamon and mulled wine, this great value break is the perfect start to Christmas!

4 DAYS

Costa Brava, Barcelona & Girona

With its mountainous backdrops and staggering hidden coves, the Costa Brava is one of

the prettiest regions in Spain! On this enchanting stay discover miles of golden beaches

in Calella, as well as the traditional and charming resorts of Pals, Pertallada, Girona and

Besalu that wrap around old towns of cobbled lanes, plazas and delightful tapas bars. 

10 Days

Diano Marina: Italian & French Rivieras

The Italian Riviera resonates with style, charm and irresistible allure. The sweeping shore curves between France’s blue waters and have been a haven for artists, celebrities and Royalty since the 1800s. Explore the picturesque resorts of San Remo and Portofino, the jewel of the Italian Riviera as well as Menton, Eze and Monaco, famous for its glamorous casinos along the French Riviera, one of the world’s most famous coastlines. This elegant break promises attractive coastlines, blue waters and sunshine the whole year round.

9 DAYS

Dutch Dahlia Parade ft. Arcen Castle & Gardens

The world’s biggest flower parade! Dating back to 1936, as the summer begins to fade the charming Dutch village of Zundert hosts a phenomenal flower festival. Unsurprisingly, it is one of the Netherland’s most beautiful parades attracting thousands of visitors every year. 

 

4 DAYS

Dutch Mini Break: Mondo Verde World Gardens & Maastricht

Mondo Verde is a unique attraction offering an array of entertainment and leisure zones.

The main allure however is the enchanting World Gardens, completely unique to Europe, these immersive gardens take you on an incredible journey to some of the most beautiful gardens around the globe including the Tropical Rain Forest Garden and the Amazon. 

4 DAYS

Iceland's Land of Ice & Fire

Geysers and glaciers, lava flows and volcanic craters, bubbling mud pools, stunning waterfalls and geothermal hot springs, Iceland has one of the world’s most dynamic landscapes. You’ll step ashore in four fascinating ports of call as you circumnavigate the spectacular ‘Land of Fire and Ice.’ 

Cruise & Maritime Voyages

Lake Garda, Venice & Verona

Renowned for its timeless beauty, Lake Garda is the perfect mix of stunning rustic scenery, enchanting towns and glistening lake promenades framed by breathtaking mountains which make it one of Italy’s most cherished destinations. 

9 DAYS

Little Trains & Boats of the Rhine Valley

Journey through a storybook landscape filled with forests and enchanting towns and villages, bound together by the stunning River Rhine. This break is an incredible way to enjoy the famous river valley as we include a journey on the Drachenfels bahn Rack Railway and a relaxing boat cruise to Königswinter. 

 

5 DAYS

Longer Duration: Christmas Markets on the Rhine

Prepare for an utterly magical journey as we visit the Christmas markets in Rudesheim, Bonn and Koblenz. Home to the original Christmas market, the picture perfect towns and villages here provide an idyllic setting for our festive break and our hotel package includes 1-hour free bar on 2 nights and 2 nights’ of entertainment. 

5 DAYS

Lost Legends: Bowie, Amy Winehouse, Prince and George Michael Mini Cruise

“WE WILL ROCK YOU”: On this fun-packed mini cruise! So “Let’s Dance”, as we party with the all-stars with two nights of fabulous live entertainment and tribute acts to the “Starman” David Bowie

3 DAYS

Majestic Fjordlands

This cruise will introduce you to breathtaking views of cascading waterfalls, sheer grey cliffs and majestic mountains. In contrast you will be able to visit pretty fjord villages set among green fields and Bergen, the fjord capital, with its busy harbour and historic Hanseatic buildings. 

7 Days

Medieval Banquet in Glorious Tuscany

Tuscany – one of the most beautiful regions in Italy – is famed for its timeless landscapes, gentle rolling hillsides, Medieval towns and musical history. On this fascinating break we experience an authentic Medieval banquet and are treated to the fabulous Puccini de la sua Lucca Festival concert, this sensational musical evening is held in honour of the great composor Giacomo Puccini. As well as guided tours of San Gimignanom, Lucca & Florence. 

 

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8 DAYS

Mini Cruise ‐ Jersey Boys to Bruges

 

Oh, what a night we have in store for you as we present this jukebox mini cruise from P&O. Not only do we have The Jersey Boys but Midnight Soul Sisters will also be taking to the stage to deliver a performance that is not to be missed. The UK`s Leading Tribute to Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons and the smash hit musical ‘The Jersey Boys’ will be taking to our stage. Featuring outstanding vocals, harmonies, presentation and choreographed dance routines they will bring you classics such as “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Walk Like a Man”. There’s nothing else to compare! It’s just too good to be true. Book today and don’t miss out. 

3 DAYS

Mini Cruise‐ Keukenhof Gardens

 

Known as the ‘Garden of Europe’, the renowned Keukenhof Gardens attract thousands of visitors each year. Covering 30 hectares, the stunning gardens are a true celebration of spring in all its magnificence with 7 million hand planted bulbs creating the most vibrant displays of tulips, daffodils and other delightful flowers. 

3 DAYS

Mini Cruise: Amsterdam

Amsterdam is one of the greatest cities in the world! From it’s glistening canals to cobbled lanes, café culture and world-famous museums it is one of the most beautiful and laid back destination in Europe! 

3 DAYS

Mini Cruise: Bruges

Often described as a Medieval masterpiece, Bruges is a step back in time with a modern-day twist. As one of Europe’s most cherished destinations picture perfect Bruges is full of awe-inspiring Gothic and medieval architecture, ancient squares, winding canals and of course, delicious chocolate! 

3 DAYS

Mini Cruise: Ghent Christmas Market

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

 

***Please note there is a discrepancy between our Brochure and the below itinerary. The below itinerary is an accurate representaion of the product offerred to our passengers. 

3 DAYS

NEW 4* New Year in Lake Garda

Celebrate this New Year in style on the shores of Lake Garda! Renowned for its sheer beauty and picture-postcard scenery, on this stunning break we include an excellent New Year’s package at the hotel and visits to the floating city of Venice, Murano, Burano and ancient Verona. 

 

7 days

NEW Amsterdam New Year

Why not make a new year’s resolution, and visit the fantastic city of Amsterdam! The Dutch know how to have a good time and the capital is a wonderful host. On this fabulous break we also include a canal cruise and a visit to Scheveningen. 

 

4 DAYS

NEW Beautiful Bruges Featuring Brussels Flower Show

Floralia Brussels is the ULTIMATE spring flower show! Held on the grounds of the enchanting Castle of Groot Bijgaarden – which is only open to the public for one month each year! On this break you can discover the breathtaking exhibitions of floral arrangements and decorative plants, when over one and a half million daffodils and grape hyacinths, as well as 400 varieties of tulips, spring into life for this magnificent event. 

 

4 DAYS

NEW Sunny Portugal – Costa de Prata Featuring Porto & Lisbon

This Portuguese paradise is closer than you think! Treat yourself and enjoy Portugal’s sun-kissed beaches, Medieval architecture and captivating history on this jam-packed holiday. Discover this itinerary that’s filled with cultural diversity and spectacular beauty as we visit Porto, Lisbon, Coimbra, Figueira da Foz, Braga & Guimaraes. 

10 Days

NEW: Dutch Coastal Experience: Mini Cruise to Hoorn

The historical city of Hoorn is a hidden Dutch treasure that retains a timeless atmosphere of bygone years. Set in a rural surrounding on the shores of the picturesque Ijsselmeer, Hoorn has a rich past and during Holland’s ‘Golden Age’, Hoorn was one of the six bases of the Dutch East India Company, a prosperous and powerful trading town.

 

3 DAYS

NEW: Dutch Coastal Experience: Mini Cruise to Scheveningen & The Hague

From sandy beaches, to the city – experience The Hague and Scheveningen (conveniently a part of The Hague), on this Dutch Coastal Mini Cruise. The Hague, Holland’s third‐largest city, is an internationally important destination exuberating endless amounts of character and grand Dutch culture. 

 

3 DAYS

NEW: Enchanting Swiss Lakes

Enjoy a captivating escape to the glistening shores of Lake Geneva. Abundant with outstanding natural beauty, rolling hills, stunning scenery and snow-capped mountain peaks on this getaway spend your time exploring the lakeside resorts of Montreux and Vevey – known collectively as the ‘Swiss Riviera’ – as well as Yvoire,Interlaken, Spiez & Gstaad. 

 

8 DAYS

NEW: Golden Italy: Easter Ligurian Coastal Escape Featuring Pisa & Lucca

Escape this Easter to alluring Liguria on this truly captivating coastal break. Away from the crowds you’ll discover the enchanting Cinque-Terre region – a UNESCO World Heritage listed strip of historic multi-coloured villages overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Nestled between rocky reliefs and steep cliffs we’ll visit the quintessential villages of Manarola and Vernazza. On this spectacular stay, we’ll also enjoy visits to Pisa, home to the famous leaning tower and Lucca, birthplace of Puccini.

7 Days

NEW: Mini Break – Maastricht & Valkenburg Christmas Caves

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!

3 DAYS

NEW: Romantic Rouen & Honfleur Mini Cruise

Rouen, this historic capital of Normandy, is a fascinating City of Art and History with an important architectural and religious heritage. Nicknamed the “city of a hundred spires”, it offers visitors a wealth of mysterious places including the Gothic Notre-Dame Cathedral, Saint-Maclou church and a distinguished history involving iconic figures such as Richard the Lionheart, William the Conqueror and Joan of Arc.

3 DAYS

NEW: Rouen & Monet's Garden – Featuring Chartres Light Festival

A treat for art lovers and gardeners alike! Giverny, the idyllic former home of the Impressionist Claude Monet, is renowned for Monet’s small home that was built around a stunning garden – which served as the scene for his most famous works! Discover the enchanting Monet Gardens for yourself, visit magnificent Rouen and explore Chartres Light Festival on our mesmerising short break.

4 DAYS

Ostend at Anchor Featuring Bruges & Ypres

Every year Ostend hosts the largest annual festival ‐ Ostend at Anchor ‐ this special event is a celebration of everything nautical showcasing sailing ships, sailors, sea‐crafts and maritime markets. On this fantastic value for money break we have also included excursions to Bruges and Ypres. 

 

5 DAYS

Ostend Beach Break

Discover the stunning Belgium coastline on our Ostend Beach Break. With over five miles of beautiful sandy beaches, Ostend is renowned as the ‘City by the Sea’ – and on this great value break you can enjoy its sandy beaches for even less! 

5 DAYS

Ostend, Bruges & Ghent

Explore the best of Belgium on this bargain break! With excursions to Ostend, known as “The Queen of the Belgian seaside resorts”, Bruges and Ghent.

5 DAYS

Paris – The City of Love featuring Chartres & Versailles

Make this Valentine’s Day the best one yet in Paris – the city of love! Lose yourself in its streets; meet in front of the ‘I love you’ wall in the Jehan‐Rictus Square or lock away your love forever on the famous Pont des Arts Bridge. With glamorous attractions, and delicious bistros and restaurants Paris is full of ideas to say ‘I love you’. 

 

4 DAYS

Polish Discovery & Highlights of Prague

Embark on an exploration through the heart of Poland. Explore ancient city squares and streets unchanged since medieval times and admire the World Heritage Sites across this spectacular land! On this enchanting trip, we also take you to Prague, known as the ‘Golden City’ it’s one of the most beautiful cities in the world! 

 

9 DAYS

Rhine in Flames

The Rhine in Flames festival is Germany’s oldest and largest fireworks spectacular. Experience the majestic River Rhine burst into mesmerizing colours as beautifully illuminated boats sail out and firework displays light up the river. 

 

7 Days

Rhine in Flames

The Rhine in Flames festival is Germany’s oldest and largest fireworks spectacular. Experience the majestic River Rhine burst into mesmerizing colours as beautifully illuminated boats sail out and firework displays light up the river. 

5 DAYS

Rhine in Flames

The Rhine in Flames festival is Germany’s oldest and largest fireworks spectacular. Experience the majestic River Rhine burst into mesmerizing colours as beautifully illuminated boats sail out and firework displays light up the river. 

7 Days

Rhine in Flames - Centenary Special

The Rhine in Flames festival is Germany’s oldest and largest fireworks spectacular. Experience the majestic River Rhine burst into mesmerizing colours as beautifully illuminated boats sail out and firework displays light up the river. 

 

5 DAYS

Rhineland Carnivals

The ’Karneval’ is one of the most celebrated events in Germany! In Rhineland, the carnivals are especially important and today it is a time of wonderful celebration where hundreds of people come together in festivity. Held each year the week before Lent the streets of Rhineland are transformed into an array of bright, vibrant colours and marvellous costumes, wonderful music echoes from the streets as crowds join together wearing spirited costumes and dancing. 

 

5 DAYS

Rhineland Wine Festival

The traditional Rhine Valley Wine Festivals are a sight to behold! Sample some of the finest wines Germany has to offer and celebrate the joy of wine – just like a local. Combined with the mesmerising Rhine in Flames, the air is filled with music and the sweet scent of wine, as streets, lanes and squares are all carefully decorated with wooden chalets and trimmed with colourful garlands and ribbons!  

5 DAYS

Rüdesheim & Frankfurt Christmas Markets

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 from unique stocking fillers to mulled wine and tasty local delicacies, this great value break promises to kick start your festivities. 

 

4 DAYS

Sardinia

Discover breathtaking Sardinia, home to magnificent golden beaches, this island is full of allure, intrigue and boasts a rich Bronze Age history. Surrounded by glistening oceans and covered in blankets of emerald-green next to towering mountains, this trip will take you away to an enchanting paradise. 

13 DAYS

Singles: The Italian Dolomites

Uncover the beautiful secrets of one of the most stunning mountain ranges in the world; declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2009 the Dolomites are an Eden of striking peaks, lush valleys and hidden lakes. Spend your time wandering through sweeping valleys, past clear lakes and magnificent castles on this absolutely unmissable break. 

8 DAYS

Singles: The Italian Dolomites 2018

Discover Italy’s dazzling Dolomites on this spectacular break away. Offering a unique mix of Italian and Austrian cultures, in a breath taking Alpine setting. Along with a tour of the Italian Dolomites, we include visits to Merano, Vipiteno, Passo Pordoi & Ortisei.

8 DAYS

Spanish Mini Cruise Break

Escape, relax and re-discover on this short Spanish Mini Break. Set sail with us on-board Brittany Ferries’ flagship Pont-Aven and enjoy a luxurious and vibrant cruising experience as we journey to Santander, Spain for a short stay with visits to the culinary treasures of San Sebastian. 

5 DAYS

St Patrick’s Day Mini Cruise to Amsterdam

Go green and celebrate St Patrick’s Day 2019 in Amsterdam! With sun-checkered canals, cobbled lanes and a quaint café culture, it’s one of the most popular laid-back destinations in Europe. On this short break discover the city’s history at the Rijksmuseum, browse the canal-side shops and markets or enjoy the lively atmosphere in one of the many Irish bars. 

 

3 DAYS

The Rhine Valley

The Rhine is one of Europe’s most beautiful rivers, flowing from Switzerland all the way to the Netherlands and the North Sea, one of the most appealing sections of this might river flows straight through Germany’s incredible Rhine Valley, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. On our extraordinary break, you will discover scenery so spectacular that it’s been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site! 

 

5 DAYS

Treasures of Tuscany

One of the most beautiful regions in Italy, Tuscany is famed for its breathtaking rolling landscapes, medieval towns and stunning coasts. On this tour we visit a treasure of great places including Florence, Italy’s city of art and culture, Pisa, home to the famous leaning tower and one of the world’s most famous landmarks and graceful Lucca, birthplace Siena. 

 

9 DAYS

Treasures of Tuscany

One of the most beautiful regions in Italy, Tuscany is famed for its breathtaking rolling landscapes, medieval towns and stunning coasts. On this tour we visit a treasure of great places including Florence, Italy’s city of art and culture, Pisa, home to the famous leaning tower and one of the world’s most famous landmarks and graceful Lucca. 

8 DAYS

Valkenburg & Lights of Liege Nocturnal Festival

For just one night every year, Liége’s historic streets, monuments and most treasured sights twinkle in the romantic ambiance of candlelight as over 22,000 candles and flaming torches light up its enchanting streets like you have never seen before.

 

 

“With the fluttering candles covering every corner of the old city, time just seems to stand still during the Nocturne. This is something everyone should experience once in their life time.” 

4 DAYS

Winter Wonderland on the Swiss Glacier Express

All aboard! You don’t want to miss this incredible journey on the world famous Swiss Glacier Express combined with a fabulous hotel package, on this very special coach holiday. First introduced in 1930, this exhilarating rail journey takes you through some of Europe’s most beautiful and dramatic scenery. During our stay we also enjoy a warming winter punch on arrival, nightly entertainment and a sleigh ride in the snowy Hittisau, as well as admission into the Rolls-Royce Museum and visits to Kloster, Vaduz & Altdorf. 

 

7 Days

 
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