Here are some ideas for coach tours to events and themed short breaks in the UK and on the Continent during 2010. Operators featured on this site offer excellent value all inclusive tours, including entrance tickets, to most at prices which are often less than the ticket itself!
• X Factor and Strictly Come Dancing: These shows go on tour in the
early part of 2010 with performances in major centres across the country including London, Manchester, Birmingham., Sheffield, Newcastle and Nottingham. Many coach operators offer tickets and travel to the shows
• Theatre trips: Hit shows such as Sister Act, Jersey Boys, Billy
Elliot, Mamma Mia!, We Will Rock You and Hairspray – and many bmore – are all featured in touch programmes with your local coach operator. Packages include travel and tickets at special rates.
• Horse racing: You can go by coach to the Cheltenham Festival in March, Aintree Grand National in April, Epsom Derby and Royal Ascot in July or the Arc de Triomphe in Paris in early October. Tours also feature major race meetings at Newmarket, Chester, York. Goodwood and Sandown Park.
• Grand Prix motor racing: You can go by coach to major Grand Prix race meetings including those in Monaco, Spain, Germany, France and Belgium with a specialist tour operator with tickets to the race and practise day included in the price you pay.
• Garden Shows have a huge appeal whether its Chelsea in May, BBC Gardeners World in June, or in July Hampton Court and Tatton Park in Cheshire.
• Battlefield Tours: Visit the Battlefields of Europe – and other parts of the World - including WWI battlefields such as Flanders Fields, The Somme and Passchendaele and WWII battle sites across Europe such as the D-Day landings and Arnhem.
• Edinburgh Military Tattoo for three weeks in August. Coach companies have a huge range of tours which include tickets to the tattoo.
• Blackpool Illuminations from September through to the beginning of November, are a hugely popular attraction with coach groups.
• Christmas Markets: Get in the festive spirit on a tour to one of hundreds of Christmas Markets in the UK and on the Continent. Can you insert this piece as a highlighted box somewhere in the middle with pic?
Miss this year's Oberammergau 2010 Passion Play and you will have to wait ten years for the next. This incredible spectacle involving a cast of 2,000 people from the Bavarian village of Oberammergau, high in the Bavarian Alps, began life in 1634, after plague swept southern Germany. The tiny village escaped with little loss of life and, as a result, they pledged to stage the passion play every ten years to thank God for his mercy.
The play tells the story of the resurrection with spectacular stage sets and the backdrop of mountains. Starting in the afternoon, the story unfolds until dusk, with a generous break for dinner. When you're not watching the amazing story – translated into English in the programme – you can wander Oberammergau's pretty streets and enjoy the gorgeous alpine murals painted on their walls.
It's the perfect holiday by coach. The Bavarian mountain scenery is fabulous viewed from a coach window, high above the walls and traffic and the area is studded with attractive villages which, from spring onwards, bathe in swathes of alpine meadow flowers.
For ideas on where to book a short break by coach this autumn click here
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