Archive | November 2014

10 things to do at the Crusader Holiday’s Reunion Weekend

We are delighted to present you with the latest Crusader Holidays – Top 10 things to do on one of our coach holidays.

1. Reunite with friends old & new!


2. Play the games, there are prizes, prizes, prizes to be won so don’t miss your chance!

Bingo balls and card with dabber pen
3. Make sure you grab a photo with your favourite driver!

4. Take advantage of the Warner Lakeside’s plentiful facilities, why not play a game of Shuffleboard?


5. Try something new – with all the food and drink offered.

Never had smoked haddock for breakfast, this is your chance!

6. Take a stroll by the Lake and take in the amazing scenery; you never know you might even spot the odd duck!

beautiful ducks

7. Why not upgrade and enjoy luxury for the weekend?

Warner, Lakeside’s resort; Supreme & Supreme Plus chalets offer a separate sitting room with large screen TV, and a bottle of red & white wine!

8. Discover all the local attractions offered with included excursions to the New Forest & Maritime Portsmouth.

Beautiful Bournemouth_New Forest Pony

9. Get up and dance! Boogie the night away!


10. Make happy memories and share them with us!

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Selfie mit Smartphone in der Natur

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Austrian Tyrol – Ronnie

Saturday: We arrive at the Hotel Asherwirt, Brandenberg, a very pleasant hotel, nice welcome, where dinner was set for 7.15pm but the clients were more than welcome from 6.30pm to enjoy inclusive drinks till 10pm. It was a buffet style dinner, the first night which was very good. Most clients had an early night.

Sunday: The next day, we headed off along the Inn Valley, and then up the Fern Pass, it was a lovely day. We stopped at the pass for coffee and to get some photos of Zugspitze Mountain, thankfully it was a clear day and great for pictures. Shirley, the tour manager, was also with me so clients could have tea and coffee on the coach if required.

After coffee, we drove through Ehrwald onto Bavaria, for lunch and sightseeing, a very good stop. Shirley and I went to the station buffet. (I know how to spoil her!). After lunch, we had a brief stop at the World Cup Ski jump, hadn’t been here for at least 20 years, it was originally built for the 1936 Winter Olympics.

We then enjoyed a nice drive onto Seefeld for our last coffee and sightseeing stop. We then went down the Zirl Pass to the Inn Valley, to return to the hotel for 5.45pm, a good day was had by all, great weather; it was even 26 at one point!

Back at the hotel there was a nice bit of entertainment, two blokes, one with an accordion and the other with a guitar, they were both very talented and played for 3 hours, non stop, I even had a dance myself, with Shirley of course.

Monday: The next day it was off to Innsbruck, a nice morning again. Clients always enjoy their time in Innsbruck. Then it was off to Italy, Vipiteno, where we enjoyed a spectacular ride over The Europabrücke or the Europe Bridge.

Tuesday: Today we went to the Valley floor, then up into the Ziller Valley with a stop at Linda’s Gift Shop, clients on the whole enjoyed, brought many gifts. Then the clients boarded the Zillertal Railway to journey from Fugen for Mayrhofen which the clients and Shirley enjoyed.

In Mayrhofen, we had time for lunch and some of the guests went on the largest cable car in Europe! On the way back we made a sightseeing stop at Rattenberg which is famous for its glassware, lots of outlets for the guests to enjoy.

Wednesday: Today was my free day so Shirley and I along with some of the guests went up the chairlift for lunch and enjoyed some wonderful views, a very relaxing afternoon. Overall a great tour.

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Las Rocas Hotel, Castro Urdiales, Cantabria – Val & Roger

Whilst we did not travel by coach as we have only a long weekend here and have been doing so for 15 or so years, our experience this year at the Las Rocas was even better than last year.

The hotel is one of the friendliest hotels we have stayed in, all the staff are happy to see you, the hotel is spotlessly clean all the comfortable bedrooms have complementary soft drinks and tea and coffee making facilities. Some also have a sea view. They present the most generous hot and cold buffet breakfast in the restaurant and evening meals are delicious. The hotel’s location is also excellent within one minute from the front door you are overlooking Brazomer Beach, a lovely horseshoe bay with golden sands. A safe haven for children and adults for swimming, walking and relaxing. We like the position of the Las Rocas as it gives us a pleasant walk to the town centre with the most amazing views along the way. The harbour is one of Cantabria’s prettiest fishing ports with excellent waterfront restaurants to sample the local tapas. Castro Urdiales has all the charm of a small seafaring and fishing village with a rich tradition and tourist atmosphere. The buildings of the church of Santa María, the most significant example of Cantabria’s Gothic architecture, and the castle-lighthouse, visible from all parts of town, are the most representative sights in Castro Urdiales.

We love this town for it’s beautiful architecture, food and drink
and hospitality of the local people – it’s truly ‘Old Spain’.

Val & Roger

September 2014

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Cannes, St Tropez & The Chic Cote D’Azur – Val

We enjoyed a smooth journey to Thurrock where we swiftly transferred to our South of France bound coach with Rick at the wheel.

The day panned out as it should with no hold ups at the port, pleasant staff served our lunch on board the ferry and Rick made ample comfort stops on the way to Dijon. The Novotel Dijon Sud are so well geared up for groups and within minutes we were ensconced in our comfortable rooms ready for a good nights sleep.

Up bright and early and all aboard for the final leg of our journey to the coast. A sense of excitement ran through the coach as we continued on with ample stops en route. We arrived in good time and after collecting our room keys we had time for our welcome drink which we enjoyed sitting around the pool in the sun.

The Mercure Hotel in St Rapheal sits in landscaped gardens and a golf course. There is a small parade of shops at the outer limit of the hotel which would take approx. 20 minutes to walk to. The pretty harbour and town centre are a good hours walk but well worth it. There are many bars, cafes, restaurants and a great selection of shops. We enjoyed lunch in an Italian restaurant literally on the beach and bought some souvenirs.

Our day excursions were amazing – Cannes happened to be when a festival was taking place so there was a real buzz when we arrived in the coach park which is conveniently located in the harbour area. We walked up to the town, shopped, took photographs and had lunch overlooking the harbour.

As we all know Cannes is the gathering place of Hollywood’s A-list during the Cannes Film Festival, and has much to offer it’s visitors. With historic buildings and museums, stylish boutiques and restaurants, and a lovely marina, our time here just flew by!

St Tropez – a little surprising – not as big as I had imagined but extremely quaint with some very posh shops!

Another fabulous day. After checking out we set off retracing our steps back to Dijon and arrived late afternoon. We were soon walking just 5 minutes from the Novotel to a local grill restaurant where we had an enjoyable very reasonable meal. In the morning we set off for the port of Calais and our ferry back to England with many happy memories. Thanks to Rick for a smooth ride, lovely clean coach and for putting up with us!


September 2014

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October’s Drivers Photo Competition Winner


Our tour driver Graham, took this great photo on the Sandringham & Norfolk Broads tour in October. A worthy winner of this months prize!

A Saturday Night in Bruges – Martin

Our driver, Martin, took a lovely selection of photos of a Saturday night in Breathtaking Bruges Crusader Holidays – Coach Holidays See all our coach holidays See all our coach holidays to Belgium

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