Find out why travelling with National Holidays is a great option for a short break or longer holiday in the UK and Europe
Have you been on a coach holiday recently? Until 2018, I hadn’t been on a coach for about 20 years, and the memories I had of coach travel weren’t exactly fond ones.
But when I went on a Mystery Tour with National Holidays last year, I found that it was a fantastic experience. So much so, that when they invited me back to visit the 2019 British Grand Prix, I was only too happy to accept their offer.
I’ve found out that travelling with National Holidays means comfortable travel and hotels, a wide range of destinations, and above all, fantastic value.
So if you still think that coach travel is like the school trips from yesteryear, here are seven reasons why you should take another look at coach tours with National Holidays.
A Wide Choice of Destinations
Take a quick look around the National Holidays website, and you’ll soon see that they literally have thousands of short breaks and holidays to choose from.
If you’re looking for a short break in the UK, their holidays cover the whole country.
You could pick a city break in Bath, Chester or York, or spend a few days by the seaside in Whitby or Brighton. Or why not head up to Scotland to visit Loch Lomond or the beautiful Isle of Bute (one of my favourite places!)
Or if you fancy heading out of the country, then you’ll love the European destinations on offer with National Holidays.
You could take a river cruise down the Rhine, travel to Switzerland to ride on the Glacier Express, or head over to Keukenhof to see the famous bulb gardens. Plus of course there are a range of city breaks to choose from, including Berlin, Budapest and Rome.
And a National Holidays tour is a great way to visit a big event like the Formula 1 British Grand Prix, or take in a West End Show in London.
Local Departure Points
Picking the perfect destination is one part of your holiday, but the departure point matters too.
You don’t want to have to travel a long distance before your holiday even starts, and it’s even worse when you have to drive for hours once you get back home!
Luckily, National Holidays can collect you from a wide range of departure points across the Midlands and North of England. Whether you’re in Scotch Corner, Stockport or Solihull, there’s a good chance that they have a departure point near you.
And when you are searching for your perfect National Holidays tour, you can put in your preferred departure point to find holidays that start right on your doorstep.
Travel on Spacious and Modern Coaches
Now, you might have been put off coach holidays in the past because you have less than fond memories of travelling on coaches at school.
But rest assured that National Holidays coaches have nothing in common with the hard seats and cramped leg room from our school days!
When you book your holiday, you can choose your seats which are reserved for the duration of your break. So you won’t need to rush to get on the coach first to pick the best seats.
Once on board, you’ll see that the coaches are spotlessly clean, with plush, comfortable seats. You can recline the seats if you want a quick snooze, just check with the person behind you first!
There’s plenty of leg room and adjustable footrests so that you can find a really comfy position for your journey. And air-con and tinted windows make the journey even more comfortable, even when a rare heat-wave hits the UK.
The coaches all have WiFi, so you don’t need to eat through your data on the journey. And the new Wave entertainment system allows you to choose from box sets, films and music to keep you entertained.
See why I say that the coaches are nothing like the ones you remember? But you can still pick your seats on the back row if you want to relive those school trip memories!
A Selection of Comfortable Hotels
Of course, the price of your National Holidays tour also includes accommodation on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis.
On some holidays, you’ll have the option to pay extra for a Select hotel so that you know where you’ll be staying. On others, you won’t find out where you’ll be staying until the day you arrive. But you can assume that you’ll be staying in a 3* or 4* hotel.
You can choose between either double or twin rooms when you book your holiday, and single rooms may be available for a small additional fee.
To give you an idea of the standard you can expect, we stayed in a Holiday Inn on my first trip with National Holidays. On my second tour, we stayed in a Mercure hotel.
Both of the hotels I stayed in were clean, with excellent service, and the buffet style meals were tasty.
Considering the standard of accommodation provided, it’s one more reason why National Holidays really do represent great value. In many instances, it would cost you nearly as much to just book the hotel!
Great Value Holidays
And National Holidays tours really do work out to be excellent value when you consider everything that is included.
For instance, the Mystery Tour that I went on would cost just £69 per person, including one night’s accommodation with dinner and breakfast.
Taking into account the cost of transport (no parking fees to pay) and entry into any attractions that are included in your chosen holiday, plus the accommodation and meals, you’ll be surprised at just how little a National Holidays break costs.
With deposits starting from just £35 per person, it’s easy to budget for your holiday. And if you can travel at late notice, you can save even more, check out the Special Offers page to see what last minute bargains are on offer.
Travelling with Friendly People
One of the vital parts of your National Holiday break is your driver. They don’t just get you from A to B, they help entertain you, keep you informed and generally make the holiday run smoothly.
Gary, in the picture above, was our driver when I went on a Mystery Weekend with National Holidays. Both he and his wife have been driving for National Holidays for years, and they love the camaraderie you get on board a coach.
And the other customers are just as vital for creating a fun atmosphere on the coach. I found that there was a real mix of ages on both the tours that I’ve taken with National Holidays, and that people tend to come back to National Holidays time and time again.
That has to be one of the best recommendations that a holiday provider can have, doesn’t it?
Stress Free Travel
And the best thing of all is how travelling with National Holidays takes the stress out of travel.
You have a generous 20kg luggage allowance (15kg for holidays to Jersey) and once you’ve loaded up your luggage and found your reserved seat, you can just sit back and relax as your driver takes you to your destination.
There’s no worrying about parking, and it’s a lot easier to deal with bad traffic when you’re not the one behind the wheel.
And once you reach your hotel, all of the check-in process, room allocations and mealtimes are taken care of for you. It’s just so incredibly simple!