Customer Satisfaction and Excellent Service is our No.1 Priority!
“Quality is remembered long after the price is forgotten”
Coachholidays.com was first launched way back in 1997, and has since grown to become the leading coach holidays website in the UK with the largest customer database, biggest choice of operators and highest number of bookings. We have been selling coach holidays in Croydon since 1948, and in that time we have sold well in excess of £100 million worth of holidays. We take great pride in being able to offer our customers the very best deals available, and work with a selection of highly respected coach tour operators. Each operator has been carefully chosen, and inclusion on our website is strictly by invitations only.
With over 70 years of hands on experience, we are very proud to be working with the best coach operators in the UK. We are pleased to say that coachholidays.com saves our many thousands of loyal customers, well over £1 million each year.
Wallace Arnold Worldchoice(www.waworldchoice.com)
We are an independent family owned travel agency. We first operated coach tours in 1937 as Homeland Tours but had to suspend operations in 1939 due to the outbreak of war. It was difficult to obtain suitable new vehicles after the war and it was decided to sell the goodwill of the coach tour business to Wallace Arnold Tours of Leeds but retain our travel agency.
Wallace Arnold, however, did not wish to open their own office in London and asked Homeland Tours to continue as their reservations office for South East England. Wallace Arnold started operating from Croydon and central London in 1948 with two departures per week. Within a few years however their operation had increased so dramatically that it became the majority of Homeland Tours business and the trading name was changed to Wallace Arnold Tours.
It was later changed to Wallace Arnold Worldchoice when we joined the Worldchoice consortium of independent travel agencies. In 2005 Wallace Arnold Tours Ltd and Shearings Holidays were merged to form WAShearings, the largest coach holiday operator in the UK, with over 40 of their own hotels. We continue to act as an agent for the combined company and their extensive programmes feature on this site.
We pride ourselves on giving excellent customer service, the widest choice, and competitive prices. With our team of experienced staff and the latest technology we are the number one agent for a number of UK operators.
In 2012, we unveiled our sister site Tour and Explore, which specialises in the more adventurous and aspirational types of escorted tour, to a huge variety of exotic destinations.
Why do we like selling coach holidays?
- Coach travel is the greenest option in the UK today.
- The coach generates 1/6 of the carbon dioxide emissions of air travel, ½ of rail, and nearly ¼ of car.
- A 300 mile trip by car from London to the Lake District emits 53kg of CO2 per person, compared to 14kg CO2 per person by coach.
- A coach takes the place of 20 cars on the road.
- People aged 17-20 and 70 use the coach the most. 15% and 12% of their trips are made by bus or coach respectively.
- The cost per person of a trip from Edinburgh to Oxford by car is £114 and £91 by train. By coach it is just £57.
- Supporting the provision for coaches in your area means supporting the UK economy, on both a national and a local level.
- Nearly 7 million people went on holiday by coach last year – generating £1.15billion revenue across the regions.
- Coach travel accounts for 5.5% of all tourist trips in the UK.
- Coaches also help congestion. A single coach can carry 50 people or more.
- A 10% rise in annual coach journeys could mean more than £17million fewer car journeys.
- Coach vehicles are equipped with everything that passengers might expect to find on a train or plane.
A Final Thought!
“It is unwise to pay too much, but it is worse to pay too little. When you pay too much you lose a little money; that is all. When you pay too little, you sometimes lose everything because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the things it was bought to do. The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot, it cannot be done. If you deal with the lowest bidder it is well to add something for the risk you run. And if you do that, you will have enough to pay for something better.” - John Ruskin