Shearings Holidays, Tours, River Cruises & More!
Shearings Holidays were one of Britain’s leading travel firms offering travel arrangements for the more mature traveller. The good news is that they are back after being taken over by another coach holiday company.
They offer a great selection of trips throughout the UK, Ireland and Europe. Shearings have a great reputation and a large number of repeat clients who return year after year. Shearings employ over three thousand people and also have a chain of over forty hotel properties.
Shearings have helped thousands of people enjoy a better holiday by taking them to some of Europe’s most outstanding areas of beauty as well as exploring the sights and sounds of the most popular towns and cities throughout Europe. With Shearings you can visit prestigious stately homes and castles or the outstanding scenery and views in the north of Scotland or simply a great vacation in Jersey. The choice is up to you and there is a lot to choose from.
Shearings holidays 2022 brochure offers much more than Shearings coach holidays. Shearings offers five different holiday brochures covering some of the different types of holidays they now offer.
Previously The “This is Shearings” brochures range included
- Shearings River Cruises – River cruising in the waterways of Europe and beyond.
- Shearings Europe – European coach holidays and tours, plus Express coach holidays
- Shearings Worldwide – Coach holidays and escorted tours all over the world
- Shearings Breakaways – Short breaks in UK hotels and 4 & 5 day holidays in Europe.
- Shearings Britain and Ireland – Coach Holidays & tours plus Seaside breaks & More
Within these brochures you will find lots of different holiday options and trips. Shearings self drive hotel breaks around the UK, Italian Lakes and Mountains holidays including all inclusive hotels and visits to the Christmas markets.There are lots of other holidays and trips that cover special events such as music, cultural and sports events.
Shearings UK Holidays
Shearings holidays were part of a holiday group that owns a number of hotels around the UK. By running the Shearings coach holidays they were able to help fill their hotels. This has changed as Shearings no longer own a chain of hotels. However this does leave them free to contract hotels in new locations as and when they need them.
Typically you will be able to stay Friday to Monday for weekend breaks and from Monday to Friday for Shearings midweek breaks. Plus there is the option of staying for the full week at most hotels. You can generally travel to the hotels by coach from hundreds of pick up locations around the UK. Or you could go for the the option of a Shearings self drive hotel break and travel there at your own pace. In many cases included in the cost of the coach holiday there are some free added excursions to help you make the most of your stay in the area. Typically for a 4 day break you would get 1 excursion and for a 5 day holiday it would probably be 2 excursions. For 8 day UK holiday stays generally there are 3 excursions included in the cost of the holiday.
The Shearings Hotels can include drinks vouchers, entertainment, full cooked breakfasts and three-course evening meals and more. The hotels do vary in what’s offered so double check and see what is included before you confirm your Shearings UK break. In the winter Shearings UK Christmas market breaks offer hotel stays with a visit to a nearby Christmas market or fayre. For Christmas itself there are Shearings Christmas holidays that cover Christmas and the build up to the big day. Usually the hotels offer a special Christmas day meal and special festive entertainment and other extras.
Full details of what is included for each holiday is available on the Shearings web site. Look out for special events covering sports, music and cultural. Typically some of the events include the Chelsea, Hampton & RHS Chatsworth flower shows. Other trips include visits to castles and other places of interest. There are a lot of UK holiday options to choose from
Shearings Self Drive Hotel Breaks
If you prefer to travel to the hotel yourself you can. Shearings hotel breaks offer you the benefits of their hotel deals in their range of featured hotels around the UK. You also have the freedom that having your own car
to set off and visit the nearby attractions and scenery. The Shearings featured hotels are generally in great locations offering a good base from which to explore from. Many of the Coast & Country hotels offer traditional British seaside resorts such as Blackpool, Bournemouth, Scarborough and more. The Shearings self drive holidays are offered for 2, 3 and 4 night durations. The 2 & 3 night durations are for weekend breaks while the four night breaks are for mid week stays from Monday to Friday. The other option for self drive hotel breaks is the Sunday specials. These are one night stays at selected hotels with a late check-out on the Monday.
These are some of the UK areas Shearings had their own hotels in England – Bournemouth, Eastbourne, Exmouth, Ilfracombe, Morecambe, Newquay, Paignton, Sandown, St Ives, Torquay, Weymouth, Whitby, Durham, Berkeley, Eastbourne, Lynton, Great Yarmouth, Scarborough, Blackpool, Stratford upon Avon, Bath, Weston-super-Mare, St Mawes, Exmouth, Bournemouth, Hunstanton, Harrogate, Chollerford, Keswick & Windermere
Shearings range of hotels in Scotland include accommodation in Fort William, Oban, Rothsay, Loch Lomond, Melrose, Strathpeffer, Pitlochry, Braemar and Portpatrick . Shearings Wales hotels are in Llandudno and Tenby.
Shearings range of European coach holidays includes touring holidays, city breaks, special interest tours and express coach holidays. Coach holidays are a great way to explore many different destinations and Shearings offer lots of great European tours that let you do just that.
Some Shearings European Coach Tours examples
- Classic Germany – via Belgium to Berlin, Dresden, Kassel
- Discover Bavaria – Aachen, Inzell, Berchtesgaden, Lake Konigsee, Palace Herrenchiemsee, Nuremberg & Regensburg
- Heart of Eastern Europe – Prague, Krakow, Budapest, Vienna & Salzburg.
- Scandinavia & Land of the Midnight Sun – Geldrop, Copenhagen, Turku, Jyvaskyla, Rovaniemi, Saariselka, Honningsvag, Tromso, Narvik, Mosjoen, Trondheim & Oslo
- Swiss Alpine Railways – Reims, Meiringen, Golden Pass Railway, Glacier Express, Davos & Bernina Express Railway
- Bergerac, Bordeaux & River Dordogne – Paris Area, Bergerac, Bordeaux, Dordogne
- The Classic Danube – Linz, Melk, Krems, Vienna, Bratislava, Esztergom, Budapest & Nuremberg
There are many other Shearings European coach tours to choose from including a more luxurious option with the Shearings Grand Tourer range which offers a more luxurious way to travel.
Shearings Dutch Bulbfields Holland
One of the most popular Shearings coach holidays is to visit the bulb fields in Holland and Keukenhof Gardens. There are various bulbfields coach trips covering Belgium and Holland for 4, 5 and 7 days durations.
Some examples of the Shearings Keukenhof Gardens and Dutch trips include
- Bruges and Dutch Bulbfields – Includes Keukenhof Gardens, Bruges and Antwerp (5 days)
- Ostend & Dutch Bulbfields – Otsend, Bruges and Keukenhof Gardens (5 days)
- Holland in Bloom – Includes excursions to Keukenhof Gardens & Amsterdam & Bovenkarspel (5 days)
- Dutch Bulbfields and Delft Pottery – Keukenhof Gardens, Amsterdam & Delft (5 days)
- Dutch Bulbfields and Gouda – Keukenhof Gardens, Gouda & Bruges (5 days)
- Springtime in Holland – Zandvoort, Keukenhof Gardens, Amsterdam, Volendam & Bruges (7 days)
- Steaming Through the Dutch Bulbfields – Keukenhof Gardens, Hoorn (Train & river cruise) Antwerp (5 days)
The Bulbfield trips to Holland and Belgium generally operate in March, April and early May.
Shearings Express Holidays
Shearings Express holidays to Spain offer an express coach journey to holiday resorts in the north of Spain. Express holiday destinations include Lloret De Mar, Tossa De Mar, Salou and Malgrat de Mar. There are a few different hotels to choose from including some all inclusive hotels. Typical durations for the Express holidays are 9, 12 & 16 days duration. This includes the travelling time and obviously your stay in your chosen Shearings hotel. Some of the holidays include excursions with the option of paying extra to add-on more. Typical excursions could be a trip to Barcelona, Blanes market,Cava caves, a trip to Gerona & Cadaques or a coastal drive. The Shearings Express coach holidays generally only operate in the summer apart from special departures for Christmas and New Year holidays in Tossa De Mar and Lloret De Mar.
Shearings Late Deals & Last Minute Holidays
Like all holiday companies not every holiday on every date sells out when the new brochures are released. This also applies to the busy holiday booking periods just after Christmas and in January. The Shearings holidays that will sell quickly are the ones that include special one off events. This could also include certain tours to the Bulbfields where there is a limited time frame to visit. Shearings have hotels, particularly in the UK that need to be filled so there is a chance that the prices on some dates could be reduced.
If you can travel anytime and are flexible on where you wish to travel then you could pick up a Shearings late deal and save some money off the cost of your holiday. For other people they could simply be looking for a last minute holiday because they were unable to book early and getting the cheapest lat deal price is not their aim. So there is a difference between a late deal and the Shearings last minute holidays. Shearings river cruises late deals will be limited as Shearings in many cases do not have to sell the cabins and can hand them back to the river cruise company. In these cases there will only be late availability unless the river cruise company decide that they need to reduce their prices.
However they will be filling cabins through many different holiday firms unless the ship is for exclusive use by Shearings. Avoid the bank holiday dates and Easter if you can as there is no point in paying extra to go on a busy date when you can easily save money going a week later. Shearings do offer flights and more than likely have special rates and can buy seats as they need them. If that is the case they will have no need to discount flights so it is probably unrealistic to expect silly late deal prices on holidays with flights.
Shearings does have a special section for special offers split into sections for UK offers, European offers, River cruise offers and hotel offers. Shearings late deals self drive holidays are a great way to take advantage of the fact that they have hotel rooms to fill. Just be flexible with dates and destinations to get the best late deals.
Shearings Lakes and Mountains Holidays
Shearings Italian lakes holidays are very popular and they offer express coach travel and air holidays to Lake Como & Lake Garda. Generally included are excursions to Venice, the North lake and Verona. You could add on extra trips depending on what holiday you have selected. Options include Bergamo walking tours, lake cruises,, Milan, Lugano, Milan guided walking tour & more. If you are looking for a really special trip you could combine your holiday to coincide with the famous Venice Carnival. Shearings offer great trip such as the Lake Garda, Verona & the Venice Carnival which also includes a trip to the Dolomites with other optional tours available.
There are various hotels to choose from offering half board and the popular all inclusive board basis. All inclusive lake Garda and Lake Como generally includes drinks such as wines, spirits, soft drinks as well as tea & coffee. Some hotels will also give you a packed lunch is you want to go and explore the surrounding area on your own. To break the journey to Italy there normally a stay in France on the outbound and return journeys. As always check and see what is included in the cost of your holiday on the Shearings official web site – www.shearings.com
Shearings All Inclusive Holidays
Shearings offer a number of different holiday options for anyone who is looking for an all inclusive holiday. Shearings Italian lakes all inclusive hotels are available in Lake Como and Lake Garda. Shearings Express coach holidays to Spain also offer stays on an all inclusive basis as well. All inclusive holidays usually include all your meals and drinks at certain times of the day.
The hotel description will tell you exactly what is included and the times that the drinks are available on the all inclusive deal. Typically you will find that the drinks will be available from around 10 am to 10 or 11pm. However each hotel has it’s own all inclusive so make sure you check before you book. All inclusive Shearings holidays in the UK tend to be more restricted don’t usually offer unlimited drinks like the hotels abroad. Generally the UK inclusives will include a number of drinks vouchers to get you that number of drinks per person per night.
Shearings Grand Tourer Luxury Coach Holidays
You can opt for a more luxurious coach holiday experience with the Shearings Grand Tourer holidays. These holidays include travel on Shearings luxury coaches with extras you won’t fond on the other Shearings holidays. The Grand Tourer coaches are an upgrade on the normal coaches which are very comfortable as well. The Grand Tourer coaches primaevally offer extra legroom and other small extras to make your journey more comfortable. Grand Tourer coaches offer – extra legroom, reclining seats, reading lights, tinted windows, refrigerator, hot drinks, fold-up tables, On-board toilet and more.
Plus the coaches are the latest with the latest technology such as quieter and more efficient engines, advanced breaking, suspension and electronic stability systems. These holidays are very popular with taller holidaymakers who may find other seating uncomfortable. The seating on a Shearings Grand Tourer coach is between 84 and 91cm as against the normal 74 to 81cm seat pitches on normal coaches. There are plenty of Grand Tourer trips to choose from so there is a good chance you will find something suitable.
Shearings Air Holidays
Generally people just think that Shearings coach holidays are all they offer. Shearings holidays have evolved over the years to offer more holiday options to cater for holidaymakers changing needs. Shearings appreciate that not everyone wants to travel by coach so they offer a large number of holidays by air from airports all over the UK.
Depending on the destination Shearings offer flights from Aberdeen, Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Leeds Bradford, Liverpool, Gatwick, London Heathrow, Luton, Manchester Newcastle and Stansted. When doing a search for Shearings Holidays there will be a list of flight options on the left hand side of the screen to let you see what departure airports are available with the holidays displayed.
Shearings Single Holidays
Most holiday prices are generally based on a minimum of two people sharing with a supplement for single travellers. Shearings offer a search on their web site showing holidays suitable for single travellers. These holidays don not have supplements for people travelling on their own. Perhaps you are travelling with a friend and don’t want to share a room then check out the single holiday deals and see what tours and holidays you can find.
Generally people on coach holidays are friendly so hopefully you will be able to join in with others if you want, to have a great holiday experience. Don’t forget many of the Shearings coach trips include excursions so you won’t be on your ownif you are travelling as part of a larger group.
Shearings River Cruises
River Cruises are becoming more and more popular as holidaymakers look for something different. They are ideal if you don’t want to go on a coach tour but still want to see lots of great holiday destinations.
Shearings River Cruise offer holidays by coach and air to join up with the ships giving you the option to travel the way you want. Popular European river cruises include journeys along the Rhine, Danube, Moselle Valley, the Seine and others. Shearings River cruises are available in Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Budapest, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Spain & Portugal and Basle.
Shearings River Cruises include cruises with the following ships – A-Rosa Donna, A-Rosa Aqua, A-Rosa Viva, A-Rosa Flora, A-Rosa Stella, MS Serenade 2, MPS Da Vinci, MS Michelangelo, MS Botticelli, MS Renoir, MS France, MS Seine Princess, MS Cyrano De Bergerac, MS Princess D'Aquitaine, MS Infante D. Henrique, MS Belle De Cadix, MS Belle De L'Andriatique, MS Loire Princesse
Shearings all inclusive river cruises are available on selected sailings on the Rhine. These all inclusive river cruises are available by coach, rail and air.
Whatever Shearings holiday you finally settle make sure you check and see what is included in the cost of the holiday before you confirm your booking. Makes sure that the holiday offers everything that you need to make the holiday the one you want it to be. If you are booking with Shearings make sure you check this on the official Shearings web site as this is what you are paying for. The hotel direct may offer something different so don't assume that it will be automatically be included in your Shearings holiday deal. Book direct so you can see live availability, full holiday information and accurate prices – click here > www.shearings.com