Hi does anyone have any info on the quality of Shearings European holidays? At the moment we are looking at the Italian Lakes (Maggiore) and Germany - the 3 trains holiday.
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The drivers have always been good and helpful and once you check in at the pick up point your bags are usually handled for you all the way to the room.
Points to be aware of, the average age of the passengers may be around 60 and you may have to change coaches near the start and end of the tour as they mix and match pick up points with destinations. This may add some time to the overall journey, especially if you have to back track, but is clearly shown in the brochure if it applies.
The bedrooms have had nothing done to them for twenty years, why anyone uses Shearings is beyond me!
BTW the Rip Curl Boardmasters surfing competition will take place in Newquay on 5th to 9th of August.
Please feel free to ask for any more info you need on the Imperial and Tenby.
Anyhow everything ran smoothly the coach was comfortable and the driver cheerfull and obliging, the hotel was probably 2-3* (can't really remember) sort of old fashioned but certainly acceptable, the rooms were all ensuite, the food was standard british, plenty of it, though the only veggie option for me each day was a cheese salad(remember this was 17years ago) and my parents seemed to enjoy their meat and two veg, though I do remember them having a curry one night.The included excursions were pretty good. Most of the people on the coach appeared to be in their 60's or older, a few in their 50's and one couple in their 40's. My only complaint was the long wait for pick up at the change over spot on our return journey. My parents continued to use Shearings, enjoying holidays all over the UK until their health failed and they could no longer travel. I don't think they ever had a bad experience, though some holidays were probably better than others.
I often see Shearings coaches on the continent when I am driving along the motorways and they really fill a niche for people who can't or won't fly or drive and like to be taken care of almost from door to door.
Went all-inclusive in Fort William and it's not as you would expect abroad but it is exactly as it states in their brochure, we were very surprised to be given a lunchtime snack pack on the day we booked out.
Excellent value for money.
I hope the one we go on tomorrow is as good as the previous ones.
My advice would be to check the reviews of the the particular hotel and if you have mobility or breathing problems check if there is a lift.
Despite all the moans above, I think Coach Tours are definately value for money and I would book again
We had booked a superior room with sea view. Would advise up-grading if its an option.
Our room was on the first floor and had panoramic sea views, recently refurbished and spotless. All the staff were pleasant and helpful, meals were fine, at least 3 choices of each course at dinner plus a veggie option.
All the drinks included in the free bar from 6pm to 11pm were recognised brands eg. Gilbeys gin & Grants whisky.
Very good value for money.
Shearings doubles new coach fleet
Shearings Group is doubling its fleet of new coaches at a cost £10 million.
The new order for 45 Setra coaches is the second major investment from the operator this year, following the purchase of another 45 vehicles in April.
Thirty of the new vehicles are 13.2m long which allows for increased luggage, higher passenger numbers and a more comfortable journey. Twenty of these Shearings coaches have 52 seats, while 10 Grand Tourer coaches have 48 seats, allowing for increased legroom.
Subsidiary National Holidays is adding 15 coaches which carry 48 passengers.
The new fleet is being brought in to cope with increased demand for coach holidays and better cater for the group's expanding European offerings.
Shearings chief executive Denis Wormwell said: "We have been delighted with the coaches delivered earlier this year. By investing in this new fleet of 45 Setra coaches, our aim is to provide an even more pleasurable experience for our customers as well as continuing to develop our coach offering across the group.
"The new vehicles are amongst the newest and greenest in the UK, and, by carrying more people per journey we are reducing overall emissions.
"We are also happy to be making another major investment in a key asset in the current economy, sending out a strong message about the group's ongoing success."
Wioth permission from Travelmole
The fact we were left 14 days to rearrange our plans for a holiday was of no significance to Shearings.
Also be warned not only do they cancell your holiday,they also pull the plug on the Travel Insurance taken out with them.
I don`t know who I will take holidays with in future but believe me it won`t be Shearings.
Meanwhile I am in discussion with ABTA