We offer a range of Coach Holidays in Europe, covering some of the most popular destinations in western Europe. We have a particularly good selection of holidays to Germany including an explorarion of the Rhine and Moselle which is based at Assmanshausen. Other holidays in Germany include the Black Forest and the spectacular Harz Mountains.
As well as beautiful Annecy, our european coach tour in France include one of the country’s most breathtaking valleys, the Dordogne, with its gorges, dams and innumerable castles and a tour to Flanders, based in Menin, which offers a chance to see where our forefathers fought in the Great War. We have also introduced a tour to Brittany and Paris, which highlights the contrast between the charm of rural France and the cosmopolitan chic of the ‘capital of romance’.
Sun worshippers may wish to head for the beautiful beaches of the ever-popular Costa Brava in the Catalonian region of Spain, an area of rugged coastlines, hidden coves and picturesque fishing villages.
There is also a chance to explore the diverse beauty of Italy. The golden beaches of the Italian Riviera, still, clear waters of Lake Garda and cultural treasures of Tuscany cater for a wide range of tastes and interests.
Those with a passion for the great outdoors may wish to head for the Austrian Tyrol, a region of awe-inspiring alpine scenery, flower-filled meadows and a paradise for walkers, though the less energetic can enjoy the surroundings from the comfort of a cable car!
Last, but by no means least, we have re-introduced our tour to the beautiful Istrian Riviera. Based in the north Croatian town of Opatija, the tourist capital of this delightful peninsula and surrounded by the sparkling waters of the Adriatic, the resort is built around a 12th century Benedict abbey and gained a reputation as a climatic health resort in Victorian times, attracting visitors from all over Europe including Wilhelm II, the composer Gustav Mahler and the playwright Anton Chekhov.
Towns and Cities
Ostend is a historic town with a lively port. It is also popular with holidaymakers due to its miles of fine sandy beaches and excellent bathing facilities. The city boasts the only remaining intact Napoleonic fortress in Europe, as well as numerous museums which relate Ostend’s colourful past and major role in European history as the ‘Gateway to the Continent’.
Barcelona is one of the most enchanting cities in the world. Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia, one of Spain’s most visited buildings, contains the crypt where the famous architect is buried. The magnificent cathedral in the mysterious Gothic area is also well worth seeing. The city provides excellent shopping opportunities, notably along Las Ramblas, the most famous street in Barcelona, which is abundant with kiosks and stalls selling all manner of goods.
Berlin is a city of contrast and contradictions. Between 1961 and 1989, it was divided into East Berlin, the capital of the German Democratic Republic and West Berlin by the Berlin Wall. The Brandenburg gate is probably the most well-known landmark in Berlin, it now stands as a symbol of the reunification of the two sides of this magnificent city.
Cologne is Germany’s oldest city and boasts a magnificent cathedral; taking over 600 years to complete it is one of the icons of the Rhineland and is said to contain the remains of the Magi.
Bruges is without doubt one the most beautiful cities in Europe, with its lovely canal network and splendidly preserved medieval town. Bruges is a world-leader in the ‘art of the chocolatier’ and visitors can learn more about the history of cholcolate at the Choc Story Museum, with the opportunity to purchase delicious treats in the numerous speciality shops.
Pick of the Attractions
Strasbourg Cathedral One of the most beautiful Gothic cathedrals in Europe, this impressive building boasts stained glass windows dating from the 12th-14th centuries, 17th century tapestries and the Astronomical Clock, which is set in a 17th century case.www.strasbourg.info
The Atlantikwall in Ostend is a complex of tunnels built by German troops in the first and second world wars, to protect against invasion from across the Channel.www.vanderweel.info
Asbach Distillery in Rüdesheim offers guided tours and explains the distilling process with a range of multi-media aids.www.asbach.de
Montserrat is one of the holiest sites in Spain. The monastery, sitting atop a 4,000ft mountain and surrounded by rocky crags and caves, was founded in 1025 to celebrate sightings of the Virgin Mary. It has become an important place of pilgrimage and there is a 12th century Romanesque wooden sculpture of the ‘Black Virgin’, known as ‘La Moreneta‘, which thousands come here to see and touch.barcelona.de
If it is more convenient to drive to Dover to join your tour, you can park FREE OF CHARGE in Dover for the duration of your holiday. To reserve your free, secure car parking, select ‘Dover Relyon’ as your joining point. That is all you need to do. We make the parking reservation for you and supply you with detailed instructions on finding the car park which is situated at Poulton Close, approximately two miles from the ferry terminal. A free shuttle service operates between the car park and the ferry terminal and there is a waiting lounge available in the terminal. Car parking is fully insured and security patrolled and there is even a valeting service (extra charge applies) if you would like your car to look as good as new on your return. This service is available for all European tours.
All Continental European holidays normally travel on the ferry route from Dover to Calais which has a crossing time of 80-90 minutes. Most tours do not include dinner on the first day – please check individual tour descriptions. Please note that the exact location of overnight stops is subject to alteration at short notice. Most European hotels offer a set meal with limited alternative choices. Vegetarianism is also much less common in mainland Europe than in the UK and vegetarians should not assume that a vegetarian option will be available unless specifically requested. European hotels also generally do not provide tea/coffee making facilities in rooms and entertainment in the hotel (unless specifically mentioned in the hotel description).
All passengers on Continental European holidays must be in possession of a full passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. Non-EEC citizens may also require a Visa or Visas and should check with their travel agent before making a booking.