About Shearings Holidays
Who they are
Shearings Coach Holidays are one of the biggest coach tour operators in the UK. They offer online deals for coach trips abroad as well as throughout the UK, from picturesque, rural weekend breaks in the North of England to last minute package holidays in the heart of Europe, or even London theatre trips, Shearings Holidays offer the trip that you deserve.
What they provide
The Wigan-based organisation extends Shearings Tours to rail holidays, river cruises and package holidays, with hotel breaks, as well as their huge portfolio of coach holidays, meaning there is definitely the right option for you somewhere. They supply luxury holidays to over 170 destinations across the world, from many more points of departure. They own 52 hotels in the UK alone, so you can book somewhere to stay wherever you are, and all the staff have a heavy emphasis on friendly and helpful customer service to accompany their comfortable accommodation, value for money and great entertainment.
A history of Shearings
The origins of Shearings can be traced back to 1901, when Smiths Happiways was formed. 18 years later Shearings was founded in Oldham by William Shearing and these two companies would eventually be merged in 1987 into Smiths Shearings. Throughout this time a lot of other companies have come, gone and even become part of Shearings, even as recent as 2005 when Wallace Arnold merged with Shearings Group.
Assurance from Shearings
With so many internet companies out there and current worries about internet security, it's important to know that you can trust an organisation. Shearings operates under membership of ABTA (Association of British Travel Agents), and ATOL (Air Travel Organisers' Licensing) when air travel is concerned.
Other trade organisations include FTO (Federation of Tour Operators), CPT (Confederation of Passenger Transport UK), PSA (Passenger Shipping Association), ACE (Association of Cruise Experts) and, finally, they are a member of BEST (Better Escorted Touring), which is a compilation of the countries' leading tour operators.
Shearings have a lot of experience in providing coach holidays, with over 100 years of experience behind each coach, and, through this, they have won a plethora of awards for their services. In 2011 they won four awards, including Specialist Best Escorted Tours Operator, Domestic Holiday Company of the Year, Best Tour Operator to Central & Northern Europe and Best Independent Tour Operator to the Italian Peninsula & Malta. They were also voted for European Coach Holidays Programme of the Year in the 2011 Coach Tourism Awards.
In the 2012 they won Best Coach Operator from Globe Travel awards for the fourth consecutive year. Other credits include Rail, Road & Sea Operator of the Year in 2011 and Star Coach Operator in Travel Bulletin Star Awards.
You may be wondering how Shearings can offer so many pick up destinations. They manage their 650 joining points by using central hub locations, where these smaller coaches join up to the larger holiday coach.
Bonded coach holidays
If that's not enough, they're also a member of the Bonded Coach Holiday Group of the Confederation of Passenger Transport UK Ltd. Which is a consumer protection scheme approved by government standards. It means that the clients' money is protected by a bond in the unlikely event of a Member's insolvency.
*Terms and Conditions: Coach holidays: 6% discount only applies to holidays over £130pp. Self Drive: 3% discount only applies to holidays over £120pp.