Coach tours Stoke on Trent
Having been in operation for more than 60 years, it is only right to devote the first mention to Copeland's Tours (copelandstours.co.uk). A family run company running coach tours based in Stoke on Trent itself, Copeland's Tours provide both day trips and holidays across the UK.
Highlights of the 2011 calendar include an excursion to the Southport Flower Show for just £13 on Saturday 20th August, and a New Year celebration at the Blackpool Silversands Hotel, a 4-day trip costing £272 per person.
Similarly, Stoddards, another family run coach tour company with over 50 years of experience, is based in nearby Cheadle. Although their website has not updated its category (still claiming to display the 2010 schedule), the list itself is actually correct, referring to future trips and not past ones.
Notable among their offers are a £16 "Midsomer Murders Country Tour" on Tuesday 30th August, visiting the beautiful scenery of the settings for the popular ITV series, including stops for lunch and afternoon tea.
Aside from local companies, however, it is worth mentioning national companies which provide coach tours from Stoke on Trent. CoachHolidays.com, for example, has a pick-up point in Stoke, and provides coach holidays not only in the UK but all around Europe and the world.
Its extraordinary 93-day trip from Stoke on Trent to Moscow, eastern Europe, Turkey, the Levant and Egypt, costing £5540 per person, is unmissable if you have the funds and free time. More modest highlights include 2-day trips to Longleat Safari park for £109 and and 4-day 18-35s explorer holiday in Corfu for £115 per person.
Also worth noting is the National Express service (NationalExpress.com). Coaches to London for as little as £20 return can arrive in the mid morning and depart in the late evening, giving you enough time to explore the UK capital through the day.