Welcome to Wessex Continental Travel 2014
This year we celebrate our 40th Anniversary, and co-incidentally the 40th birthday of our sole cross-Channel provider, Brittany Ferries.
40th Anniversary Special. In 2014 both Brittany Ferries and Wessex Continental celebrate 40 years and we thought we'd make the first Minicruise of the season somewhat different. We'll coach everyone who wants to come up to Portsmouth(or you can join us there and be taken back when we return to England.) there'll be welcome drink with nibbles on board and when we arrive in Santander you'll stroll across the road to the Hotel Bahia where wine and tapas will be laid on for your pleasure. Details click here.
It’s been an interesting journey over the years starting with £22 Brittany Weekends, a £19 Paris Express (which included a bottle of whisky and 200 cigarettes!) through a period when we had two or three shuttles each week to the Costa Brava and the Italian Riviera; an air tour programme that took clients to Tunisia, Greece (where famously one group missed the plane and made the newspapers for having to stay an extra week –free!), Portugal and the USA. In fact, we were one of the first companies to run package tours to the US back in the 70’s. We’ve run Wine Tours, football tours, rugby tours, various special interest tours and our Jazz Tours have been operating for over 20 years.
We’re still standing! In spite of Readers Offers, which have seen off most local travel companies, the rise of low cost air travel (is it?), the increasing burden of legislation and various taxes, escalating fuel costs, and so on - we’ve survived to present another holiday programme which we believe represents excellent value for money, is totally hassle-free and let’s you get on with enjoying yourself.
The biggest bane we’ve had over the past 40 years, apart from the annual strike by French Seamen/Fishermen/Transport Workers (delete inapplicable), is cancellation due to lack of support. Unlike air travel where the plane has to go that’s not the case with coach holidays as there is little point in running a tour that is going to lose money and ultimately cause the company’s downfall (think of all the names, big and small over the past years which have gone to the wall for this reason). We’ve tried to minimize this aspect over the years by collaborating with like-minded firms and in 2014 we’ll continue our association with Truronian Holidays to minimize the risk of cancellation.
We are totally independent and don’t have to borrow to run the operation so we have no debt. We’ve been around for 40 years as mentioned so we know our way around and our experience is at your disposal. We hope you’ll join us in 2014.