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About Shearings Holidays

Who they are

Shearings Holidays is one of the UK’s leading coach operators, for the over 50s, offering you a broad range of holidays to a host of charming UK & European destinations. From picturesque weekend breaks in the British countryside, to unforgettable getaways to beautiful European cities, Shearings Holidays provides you with a breadth of award-winning holidays that you will surely enjoy. Shearings also has one of the most modern and luxurious fleet of coaches across the whole UK travel industry, guaranteeing you a relaxing and enjoyable journey, whatever you choose.

What they provide

Shearings offer customers premium coach holidays to over 170 destinations around the world, from over 300 coach joining points and flights from over 25 airports.

Although best known for coach tours, Shearings also offers a superb selection of amazing holidays by air and rail, as well as an extraordinary range of beautiful river cruises, sailing along some of Europe’s most enchanting waterways. You will find an assortment of inspiring itineraries to choose from, including Battlefield tours, Festival and Event breaks, and premium Grand Tourer holidays. The operator also caters for the single traveller, with its award-winning selection of ‘Your Time’ breaks, specifically designed for the independent traveller.

The tour operator also owns 46 exclusive hotels in the UK, assuring you of the authentic Shearings experience from start to finish – friendly and helpful service, great entertainment, comfortable accommodation and value for money.

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

In these uncertain times, it's more important than ever to travel with a company you know and trust. Book with Shearings and you can rest assured that your holiday will be protected by their membership of ABTA (Association of British Travel Agents), and also by their licence with ATOL (Air Travel Organisers' Licensing) if you're travelling by air.

They also belong to several other trade organisations, including the FTO (Federation of Tour Operators), CPT (Confederation of Passenger Transport UK), PSA (Passenger Shipping Association) and CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association).


With over 100 years of experience, Shearings Holidays is one of the UK’s most outstanding performers in the travel industry and has been recognised over the years with multiple accolades in prestigious travel industry award ceremonies.

Among those, in 2014, Shearings won ‘Best Large Coach Holidays Company’ in the 2014 British Travel Awards, as well as ‘Best Large Single Holiday Company’ and ‘Best Escorted Tours Holiday Company in the same awards. In the 2015 they won ‘Best Coach Operator – Large’ from the British Travel Awards, in addition to ‘Best Coach Operator’ from the 2015 Silver Travel Advisor Awards, and Best Coach Travel Programme in the 2015 UK Coach Awards.

Shearings Interchanges

Everything about your coach holiday should be effortless and relaxing. That's why Shearings lets you decide where and when you want it to start. The operator’s joining options give you the flexibility to choose the most convenient way to travel.

They manage their joining points by using central hub locations, where these smaller coaches join up to the larger holiday coach. When you get picked up, they usually take you to one of their interchanges where you will change coaches to continue the journey to your holiday destination.

Bonded coach holidays

If that's not enough, Shearings Holidays is also a member of the Bonded Coach Holiday Group of the Confederation Of Passenger Transport UK Ltd. This is a government approved consumer protection scheme. This ensures that in relation to the coach package holidays described on this website that the clients' monies are protected by a Bond in the unlikely event of the Member’s Insolvency.

Terms and Conditions: Sale prices are subject to change and availability - Sale applies to new bookings only - Offer ends Monday 29th August 2016 - discounts in this promotion cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer - Prices on our website include all discounts available - Room supplements may apply.
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