Holidays often mean hours stuck in airports, with endless queues and invasive security checks. Yet many of our customers never have this hassle and stress, because they travel to Europe by coach.
If you’ve not looked at coach travel recently, it’s a real eye-opener. You’ll get some incredible ideas for holidays by browsing some of the websites that we’ll mention in this article.
These kind of guided coach tours are useful if you haven’t been to a place before. You can see the main sites without having to worry about exactly where you’re going, or how to find your way there.
There are several national coach firms in the UK, including Shearings, Leger Holidays, and National Holidays, which will all take you to Europe. They have special Christmas Market tours, and also offer year-round travel to lots of interesting places.
Shearings visits more than 30 countries. They have Christmas market coach trips to Strasbourg, Copenhagen, Prague, and Brussels. Their packages include transport and accommodation. The tours tend to have a ferry crossing at Dover, and you can see an itinerary for each day of your trip. This can be useful if you want to see several places on the same holiday, but don’t want the worry of having to organise it yourself.
They have modern coaches with lots of legroom, wifi, and air conditioning. They also allow you to book by phone, which can be handy if you have any questions or would prefer to speak to a real person.
Leger Holidays also has Christmas market coach trips. They have packages going to Bruges, Arras & Lille; Bavarian Christmas Markets in Nuremberg, Bamberg & Würzburg; and Copenhagen, Lübeck & Münster.
For something different, try their tour Christmas Markets in Ypres & Lille and Battlefields of the Western Front. You can even spend Christmas in the Bavarian Forest.
They also have a phone number to speak to someone who can help you.
National Holidays have some interesting packages if you want to go away for the whole of Christmas and new year. You could visit Lake Garda in northern Italy, with an excursion to Verona. Or you could go to Tossa de Mar in Catalonia, Spain, with an excursion to Barcelona.
Coach holidays in 2020
Beyond the Christmas Markets, there’s a wide world of coach holidays in 2020.
If you fancy a classic train ride, take a coach to the Glacier Express in Switzerland, and take the 180-mile journey from the pretty Alpine resort of Zermatt, close to the Matterhorn, on to Davos or St Moritz.
Disneyland Paris is always popular, and you can go there by coach too.
In the spring, you can visit the European bulb fields. Keukenhof Gardens is one of the largest flower gardens in the world, where you can see seven million tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and flowering bulbs!
You could also go to Sicily, In the Footsteps of The Godfather, and explore the places where Francis Ford Coppola’s Godfather trilogy was filmed.
Many coach tours visit several cities—like a cruise but on the road! Shearings run a trip to Prague, Vienna and Budapest; a fireworks tour Rhine in Flames which takes in Cologne, Koblenz, Rudesheim, and Bonn; or the Great Cities of the Danube from Passau to Linz, including Vienna, Budapest, and Bratislava.
Foodies will like special coach tours tailored to their gastronomic needs. Italian Flavours, Ferrari and Pavarotti visits many high-quality food producers, the Modena home of opera singer Pavarotti, and Maranello, famous for being home to the Ferrari motor racing team.
Tuscan Sights and Culinary Delights mixes the beautiful scenery of Turin, Pisa, Elba, Lucerne, and Reims with pizza, artisanal pasta, and salami.
If you’re planning ahead, in September you could take a coach to the Italian Grand Prix at Monza, one of the world’s most historic and fastest motor races.
We’re sure you’ll agree there’s such a wide range of coach holidays on offer that it’s worth exploring further, to get inspiration for your travels. So click on the links here that most appeal to you, and see where a coach could take you! Happy travels!