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2017/18 Winter Holiday Inspiration Christmas Markets | Short Breaks | Winter Holidays | Rail Holidays

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Winter is a unique time of year, the darker evenings and cooler days bring the delights of Christmas festivities and crisp landscapes. These unique holiday experiences allow for a different perspective from those much loved summer destinations. From traditional Christmas markets to multi-destination holidays, enclosed is a selection of our most popular winter escapes. If your chosen winter destination is not featured, or an extended stay is preferred, we can create your perfect holiday experience tailored to your exact requirements. At Fred.\ Holidays we use a variety of hotels to suit your requirements. One of our preferred partners - Maritim Hotels - offer a premium experience during every stay along with their signature breakfast buffet. Please ask for more details. In addition to being part of one of the UK’s most established travel companies, Fred.\ Holidays is ABTA and ATOL bonded ensuring that you are financially protected in the event of unforeseen circumstances.

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Belgium – Ghent

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Belgium – Leuven

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Belgium – No-Fly Belgian Explorer

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Croatia – Zagreb

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Germany – Baden-Baden

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Germany – Berlin

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Germany – Black Forest Self Drive Holiday

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Germany – Bremen

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Germany – Cologne

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Germany – Dresden & Leipzig

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Germany – Düsseldorf

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Germany – Frankfurt

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Germany – Hamburg

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Germany – Munich

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At Fred.\ Holidays we can create your perfect holiday allowing us to provide 3, 4 or 5 star accommodation, additional nights, regional flights or no-fly transport via rail or ferry in both first and second class.

Germany – Nuremberg

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Germany – Rothenburg ob der Tauber

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We pride ourselves on delivering the perfect holiday, your way.

Germany – Thuringia – Erfurt & Weimar

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Germany – Christmas Markets Holiday

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Germany – Romantic Cities

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Germany & Austria – Romantic Holiday

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Germany & Prague – Romantic Holiday

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Germany, Austria & Prague – New Years Holiday

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Switzerland – Basel

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Switzerland – Bern

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Switzerland – Glacier Express Holiday

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Ghent

8th December 2017 to 7th January 2018 The Flemish city of Ghent charms visitors with its well-preserved medieval centre. This is the perfect setting for a wide array of festive stalls selling gifts, decorations and delicious treats. The majority of the market can be found on Korenmarkt and the other streets in front of the imposing St Bavo’s cathedral. Its small size means it’s easy to get around, leaving you with plenty of time to enjoy the harmonious carollers and the twinkling fairy lights. Belgian Christmas markets are renowned for the culinary delights they offer, including chocolates, cookies, waffles and frites (chips). Some of the local specialities include cone-shaped sweets known as Ghent noses, Ganda ham from the butchers’ hall, Gruut beer and an elderflower drink called Roomer. Once Christmas is over, the spotlight is switched to Ghent’s famous Light Festival. This takes place from 31st January 2018 until 4th February 2018 and features light installations around the city and landmarks brought to life by clever projection shows.

Highlights: • Gravensteen Castle • St Bavo’s Cathedral • Museum of Fine Arts • Saint Peter’s Abbey • Belfry of Ghent

No-Fly Christmas Markets Break Daily departures available

• 3 nights 4* Accommodation including breakfast • Return rail from London – Flight options available on request

From £299pp Price based on departing 14th December 2017 from London St. Pancras

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Leuven

7th December to 20th December 2017 2017 marks the 30th annual Christmas market in Leuven, an inviting city situated to the east of Brussels. The market is just one aspect of the exciting, month-long Winter Season, which lasts from 6th December 2017 until 6th January 2018. Along with over 170 festive stalls, there’s late night shopping, live music, a post-Christmas fancy dress run and a street food festival. This year, Sint-Donatus Park will be the setting for most of the stalls, with some also being found on Ladeuzeplein. They will offer a wide range of local handicrafts and food specialities. One such culinary thrill comes in the form of oliebollen – traditional Belgian dough balls that are given a liberal dusting of sugar. If you’re travelling with children, be sure to visit Santa Claus in his cosy wooden hut amongst the glistening stalls. Plus, if you choose to visit this beautiful Belgian city on the 9th December 2017, you will be able to see the Great Beguinage lit up by candlelight between 5pm and 9pm.

Highlights: • Leuven Town Hall • Park Abbey • St. Peter's Church • Kruidtuin Botanical Garden • M Museum

No-Fly Christmas Markets Break Daily departures available • 2 nights 4* Accommodation • Return rail from London – Flight options available on request

From £269pp Price based on departing 8th December 2017 from London St. Pancras

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No-Fly Belgian Explorer Daily departures available

Explore the wonders of Belgium on this 5 night journey. Using the hidden gem of Mechelen as your base for exploration enjoy day visits to Antwerp, Brussels and Bruges. From Christmas Markets to Breweries and local delicacies – Chocolates Christmas and Beer, a favourable combination.

Day 1 Depart London Depart London on your train journey to Belgium, upon arrival at Brussels transfer onto a local train to Mechelen for your 5 night stay. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 2 Mechelen – Bruges - Mechelen Bruges, the capital of West Flanders in northwest Belgium, is distinguished by its canals, cobbled streets and medieval buildings. With your day return rail ticket you can enjoy the delights of this fascinating place.

Day 3 Mechelen – Brussels - Mechelen From its famous chocolates and beers, almost 90 museums, beautiful parks, architecture, bars and much more, your day visit to Brussels will be one to remember.

Day 4 Mechelen – Antwerp - Mechelen Today journey to Antwerp, with history dating to the Middle Ages, Antwerp’s Flemish Renaissance architecture is typified by the Grote Markt, a central square in the old town. At the 17th-century Rubens House, period rooms display works by the Flemish Baroque painter Peter Paul Rubens.

Day 5 Mechelen With a day at leisure in Mechelen you can enjoy the delights of the cities brewery or why not embark on a journey up St. Rumbold’s tower. Steeped in history, this is a fascinating place to explore.

Day 6 Mechelen – Brussles - London Check out of your hotel and take a short train ride from Mechelen to Brussels for your connecting train to London.

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What’s Included • 5 nights 4* accommodation • Return rail from London to Mechelen via Brussels – Flight options available on request • Return rail Mechelen to Bruges • Return rail Mechelen to Antwerp • Return rail Mechelen to Brussels

From £599pp Price based on departing 4th December 2017 from London St. Pancras

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Zagreb

2nd December 2017 to 7th January 2018 Croatia may not be the most obvious destination for a Christmas market holiday, but the events happening in Zagreb during the Advent season can rival those in the most charming German city. It’s the sheer diversity of celebrations that makes the Croatian capital a great choice at this time of year. Whether you enjoy the traditional, understated side of Christmas or the more commercialised aspect where anything goes, you’ll be able to find something to suit you and your family. Sure, there are plenty of opportunities to buy local gifts and try specialities like strudel and strukli, but it is the other events that make Zagreb so magical. The main stalls are located on Ban Jelačić Square, but there is so much besides this central area. The ice park hosts a giant skating rink, every tree in Zrinjevac Park is lit up beautifully, young people flock to the trendy European Square for live movies and music, there’s a chance to let your hair down with food and dancing at ‘fooling around’ street parties on Tomićeva and Kurelčeva, a multimedia 3D fairy tale is told through the Advent Tunnel, and the music of Johann Strauss fills the Oktogon.

Highlights: • Zagreb Cathedral • Museum of Contemporary Art • St. Mark's Church • Zagreb Zoo • Strossmayer Gallery of Old Masters

Christmas Markets Break Daily departures available • 4 nights 4* Accommodation • Return flights from London • Private overseas airport return transfers

From £449pp Price based on departing 6th December 2017 from London Heathrow

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Baden-Baden

27th November 2017 to 30th December 2017 In the pre-Christmas season, Baden-Baden invites guests from all over the world to visit its beautiful Christmas Market (“Christkindelsmarkt”). Situated at the entrance of BadenBaden’s splendid parks and gardens “Lichtentaler Allee”, the Christmas Market draws all visitors into a romantic winter fairytale. From November 27th to December 30th visitors encounter an entertaining live-music program and small streets of festive huts, where thousands of shimmering Christmas lights create a festive atmosphere. The market stretches from the Kurhaus Colonnades past the exclusive boutiques towards Baden-Baden’s impressive Kurhaus building. Numerous decorated huts surrounded by aromas of roasted almonds and gingerbread as well as the traditional mulled wine offer the opportunity to enjoy a special Christmas ambience. Highlights of the market include the living nativity that fills the air with the sound of sheep and the smell of freshly cut hay and Santa Claus himself arriving in style via hot air balloon on December 6th. Younger visitors can also look forward to tasty Christmas treats, a children’s bakery and a merry-go-round.

Highlights: • Lichentaler Allee • Kurhaus • Caracalla Thermal Spa • Fabergé Museum • The Baden-Baden Casino • The Black Forest

Christmas Markets Break Daily departures available What’s Included 2 nights 4* Accommodation including breakfast Return flights from London

From £259pp Price based on departing 3rd December 2017 from London Stansted

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Berlin

27th November to 31st December 2017 Being such a large and encompassing city, it should come as no surprise that Berlin offers a plethora of choices when it comes to deciding which Christmas market to visit. Mainly within the central (Mitte) area, they are spread across various different streets and squares, outside and indoors, and each offers its own unique focus. Take, for example, the intriguing fashion and artistic items on sale at the trendy Kreuzberg Christmas Market or the environmentally friendly market on Sophienstraße, which focusses on organic, ecological and fair trade products. If it’s culinary treats, rather than gifts, you’re looking for, head to Markethalle IX on December 3rd to sample delicious items from 40 different confectioners. Perhaps the most impressive setting, though, is the stunning Charlottenburg Palace, which is sparkling with festive lights at this time of year. Around 250 stalls and a range of fairground attractions can be found on the square in front of the palace, to the delight of visitors of all ages.

Highlights: • Brandenburg Gate • Reichstag building • Berlin Wall • Charlottenburg Palace • Museum Island

Christmas Markets Break Daily departures available • 3 nights 4* Accommodation • Free Berlin Welcome Card for the duration of your stay including free travel on public transport • Return flights from London, Manchester, Birmingham or Glasgow

From £329pp Price based on departing 5th December 2017 from London Gatwick

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Black Forest Self Drive Holiday

Daily departures between 1st November 2017 & 31st March 2018 Day 1 - Depart London Depart London on your flight to Frankfurt, upon arrival collect your hire car and journey to Baden-Baden, the former summer residence of the European nobility and known worldwide for its thermal baths. Another one of its attractions is the casino, nestled at the foot of the black forest. Visit the city and its surroundings.

Day 2 Baden-Baden - Titisee - Freiburg Today you travel along the high road through the Black Forest, taking in magnificent views of forest and canyons. Then visit Titisee, the glacial lake in the heart of the Black Forest before arriving in Freiburg.

Day 3 Freiburg - Colmar - Strasbourg The river Rhine forms a natural border between Germany and France. After crossing the Rhine, you will arrive in Colmar, France. This city is famous for its wines and architectural heritage that reflect the region‘s long history and the many different influences. In the afternoon continue to Strasbourg, the capital of the Alsace.

Day 4 Strasbourg - Heidelberg - Frankfurt Travel to Heidelberg to visit the famous castle. This beautiful university town is one of Germany’s oldest and one of its most popular destinations. Then continue to Frankfurt airport for your return flight to London.

What’s Included • 4* accommodation throughout • Daily buffet breakfast • Economy car rental including unlimited mileage and insurance • Return flights from London – Regional flights available on request

From £649pp Price based on departing 8th December 2017 from London Stansted

Small group private tours are also available, please call now for more details.

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Bremen

27th November 2017 to 23rd December 2017 In a city that is very proud of its maritime heritage, it is no surprise that much of the festivities take place along the River Weser at this time of year. The Schlachte Promenade will transport you back to the middle ages and a time when street performers would dazzle passers-by and craftsman would sell their handmade gifts. Many of the boats are decorated with twinkling lights and the smell of frying fish drifts past your nose. Schlachte Magic, as the event is called, delights young and old and is a great way to experience the nostalgic atmosphere in Bremen. Elsewhere, in the city’s historic Old Town, the area around the Marketplatz hosts a more modern Christmas market. Surrounded by the UNESCO-listed Town Hall and Roland statue, there are 170 stalls selling gifts, handicrafts and local culinary treats.

Highlights: • Bremen Town Musicians • Becks beer brewery • Historic Town Hall • Mercedes Benz factory tour • Bremen Cathedral

Christmas Markets Break Daily departures available

• 2 nights 4* Accommodation including breakfast • Return flights from London

From £209pp Price based on departing 12th December 2017 from London Stansted

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Cologne

27th November to 23rd December 2017 A festive trip to Cologne will leave you with a choice of seven Christmas markets to enjoy, with the largest taking place right in front of the city’s famous cathedral. With the bells ringing in the background and local bands playing from the music tent, the scene is set perfectly for a festive break. Over in the Altstadt, you will find a market that is perfect for anyone with children. The Heimat der Heinzel (Home of the Heinzelmännchen) tells the story of the little gnome-like creatures that are involved in the city’s own fairy tale. They can be seen riding ski lifts and wooden swings high above the market stalls. This is also where blacksmiths and other tradesmen showcase their crafts for everyone to see. Other markets include the Angel’s Market on the Neumarkt and the LGBTQ ‘Christmas Avenue’ that takes place between Schaafenstraße and Pilgrimstraße.

Highlights: • Cologne Cathedral • Romano-Germanic Museum • Cologne Zoological Garden • Hohenzollern Bridge • Fragrance Museum – Birthplace of Eau de Cologne

Christmas Markets Break Daily departures available • 3 nights 4* Accommodation • Return flights from London or Manchester • Cologne Card for the duration of your stay including free travel on public transport

From £329pp Price based on departing 5th December 2017 from London Stansted

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Dresden & Leipzig

Dresden: 29th November to 24th December 2017 Leipzig: 28th November to 23rd December 2017 The most romantic city in Germany also has the honour of hosting the oldest Christmas market in the country. Now in its 583rd year, the Dresden Striezelmarkt will take over the Altmarkt with glistening stalls, festive music and plenty of stollen. It also features the largest Erzgebirge wooden pyramid in the land. That’s not all, though, as this Saxon city can offer no less than 10 other markets for you to enjoy. These include the medieval traders of the Neumarkt, the winter sports and après-ski atmosphere on Postplatz, and the alternative and unusual offerings of the Neustädter Gelichter. Not far away, in Leipzig, another large and historical Christmas market takes place. More than 200 stalls can be found on the Marktplatz, where the atmosphere is created by the live performances on the stage. Elsewhere, you can get a fantastic look at the twinkling lights from the Ferris wheel on Augustusplatz and enjoy some Scandinavian delights in the Finnish market nearby.

Dresden Highlights:

Leipzig Highlights:

• Frauenkirche

• St. Thomas Church, hosting Christmas carol services

• Zwinger • Dresden Castle

• Monument to the Battle of the Nations

• Albertinum Gallery

• Museum der bildenden Künste

• Semperoper Opera House

• Old Town Hall • Bach Museum

Christmas Markets Break Daily departures available

• 2 nights 4* Accommodation in Dresden including breakfast • 2 nights 3* Accommodation in Leipzig • Return flights from London, Manchester, Birmingham or Glasgow • Flexible rail from Berlin to Dresden – Dresden to Leipzig – Leipzig to Dresden

From £589pp Price based on departing 6th December 2017 from London Stansted

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Düsseldorf

23rd November to 30th December 2017 Visitors to the Düsseldorf Christmas markets will be spoilt for choice when it comes to sampling the city’s culinary delights and experiencing its unique festive charm. The stalls can be found in no less than seven different locations, each with its own unique feel and highlights. The Angel (Engelchenmarkt) and Little Star (Sternchenmarkt) markets feature twinkling lights and traditional adornments relating to their names, whilst the stalls along Flinger Straße are decorated to resemble the old town houses that can be seen throughout the city. The main market is located in front of the city hall and this is where local tradespeople proudly demonstrate their skills and sell their crafts. There is also a charming merry-goround that has been putting a smile on the faces of children for nearly 100 years. Make sure you save some room for some of the delicious potato cakes and the gooey Raclette cheese alongside with a delicious hot mulled wine.

Highlights: • Christmas shopping on the Königsallee • Rhinetower (Rheinturm): Spectacular view from 172m • Historical district of Kaiserswerth • Best of arts in the Museum Kunstpalast • The green lung of Düsseldorf - Hofgarten

Christmas Markets Break Daily departures available • 3 nights 4* Accommodation • Return flights from London, Birmingham or Manchester • Private overseas airport return transfers

From £349pp Price based on departing 6th December 2017 from London Heathrow

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Frankfurt

27th November to 22nd December 2017 Not only does Frankfurt have the honour of hosting one of the oldest Christmas markets in Germany, dating back to 1393, it is also home to one of the tallest Christmas trees in the country every year. This giant spruce stands proudly on the Römerberg, surrounded by festive stalls and is an iconic symbol that the celebrations have begun. Due to the fact that the Frankfurt Christmas market was, for a long time, strictly a local affair, you will find many specialities sold in abundance. From apfelwein (mulled cider) to Quetschemaennchen (mini figures made of dates to represent different jobs and hobbies), you’ll be able to taste local flavours and find unique gifts. Away from the market, you can also experience the Palmengarten Winter Lights display. From 16th December 2017 – 21st January 2018, this public park will be home to a range of artistic light installations that really set the mood.

Highlights: • Römer • Goethe House • Main Tower • Museum Embankment • Zeil Shopping Street

Christmas Markets Break

Daily departures available • 3 nights 4* Accommodation

• Return flights from London, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow or Edinburgh • Private overseas airport return transfers

From £299pp Price based on departing 2nd December 2017 from London Stansted

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Hamburg

27th November to 23rd December 2017 The festive period in Hamburg starts with a tradition that sees Santa distributing Christmas trees to the many boats in the harbour. Being such a significant port, the sailors here play a key role in the city’s industry and this is the perfect way to remember this and to think about those who won’t be at home for Christmas. The markets themselves are located around the city centre, with the largest being held outside St. Michael's Church, offering a classic yuletide atmosphere. Traditional gifts and culinary delights such as Feuerzangenbowle (a rum-soaked sugarloaf which is set on fire and left to drip over mulled wine) are also available at the Ottensen Christmas market. Elsewhere, visitors are encouraged to swap unwanted gifts at the LGBTQ ‘Winter Pride’ market and enjoy all the fun of the fair at the annual Winter Dom between November 3rd and December 3rd. Extra magic is created when Santa Claus flies through the sky in his sleigh every evening and when the Christmas parade takes to the streets every Saturday in Advent.

Highlights: • St Michel’s Church • International Maritime Museum • Reeperbahn • Miniatur Wunderland • City Hall

Christmas Markets Break Daily departures available • 3 nights 4* Accommodation • Return flights from London, Birmingham, Manchester or Edinburgh • Hamburg Card for the duration of your stay including free travel on public transport

From £379pp Price based on departing 14th December 2017 from London Stansted

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Munich

27th November 2017 to 24th December 2017 The Bavarian capital has everything you need for the perfect Christmas market break. There are multiple markets around the city, local treats to savour and plenty of festivities happening away from the stalls. The largest and most traditional market is located on the Marienplatz and the streets surrounding it, marked by the giant Christmas tree which is transported to Munich every year from elsewhere in the country. This is where you can by some classic handmade Bavarian crafts, listen to the joyful music and enjoy a mug of mulled wine. Things are slightly more romantic at the Rindermarkt on the ‘Square of Stars’ (Sternenplatzl), where the trees are adorned with fairy lights to create an enchanting effect. Meanwhile, on Neuhauser Straße, the Manger Market offers rare items and a wide range of wooden figures to build your own nativity scene at home. Away from the huts, the Krampus Run is a particular highlight, whilst it is always fun to send your cards via the Christmas post office, where they are marked with a traditional ‘Christkindl’ stamp.

Highlights: • Englischer Garten • Munich Residenz • Deutsches Museum • New Town Hall • Nymphenburg Palace

Christmas Markets Break Daily departures available • 3 nights 4* Accommodation • Return flights from London, Birmingham, Manchester or Edinburgh • Private overseas airport return transfers

From £399pp Price based on departing 5th December 2017 from London Gatwick

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Nuremberg

1st December 2017 to 24th December 2017 The Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt is officially opened on the last Friday before advent by the Christkind herself. A magical concert is held during which she sings a traditional prologue written by playwright Friedrich Bröger. Once the festivities are under way, there is plenty to see and do around the Hauptmarkt. Many of the gifts and delicious food items on sale are local specialities. This includes the golden foil angel decorations (Rauschgoldengel), the prune men that serve as unique gifts for everyone back home and the traditional Nuremberg sausages that will warm you up on a cold night. There are two other markets that you may also want to see. Anyone travelling with little ones is sure to enjoy the merry-goround and hands-on tents of the Children’s Christmas Market, whilst the Sister Cities Market offers an international flavour thanks to stalls from Nuremberg’s partner cities around the world.

Highlights: • Nuremberg Castle • Albrecht Dürer's House • Germanisches Nationalmuseum • Frauenkirche • Nuremberg Zoo

Christmas Markets Break Daily departures available

• 3 nights 4* Accommodation including breakfast • Return flights from London or Manchester

From £329pp Price based on departing 13th December 2017 from London Stansted

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Rothenburg ob der Tauber 1st to 23rd December 2017

The charming medieval streets of Rothenburg are the perfect setting for a Christmas market and definitely create a fairytale atmosphere within the town. Amongst well-preserved buildings from the Middle Ages, the festive stalls spread the smells of Franconia and beckon you to take home some fantastic souvenirs. Particular specialities worth searching out (although you won’t have to look too hard) are white mulled wine and the famous snowballs – balls of shortcrust pastry decorated with icy sugar, chocolate or nuts. One highlight of the Reiterlesmarkt, which can look back on over 500 years of history, is the arrival of the figure from whom the market gets its name. The Rothenburger Reiterle is a cloaked man who appears on horseback to officially open the celebrations. Once seen as someone to be feared, he is now portrayed as a friendly messenger and locals look forward to his visit. Away from the market, the Käthe Wolhfahrt Christmas village is a must-see. The shop is open all year round and sells everything Christmas related you could ever imagine.

Highlights: • St. James' Church • Town Hall Tower • Medieval Crime and Justice Museum • Old Town Walls • Christmas Museum

Christmas Markets Break Daily departures available

• 3 nights 3* Accommodation including breakfast • Return flights from London or Manchester • Return flexible rail from Nuremberg to Rothenburg ob der Tauber

From £379pp Price based on departing 13th December 2017 from London Stansted

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Thuringia – Erfurt & Weimar

Erfurt: 28th November to 22nd December 2017 Weimar: 28th November 2017 to 6th January 2018 The Christmas markets of Erfurt and Weimar will give you a taste of Thüringia within two historical settings. Erfurt dates back 1,270 years and features many preserved buildings and restored half-timbered houses. The 200 stalls are spread across different parts of the city, with the main area being focussed on Domplatz, in front of St Mary’s Cathedral. As well as the city’s stollen, which is protected by its own trademark, and a nativity scene featuring life-sized wooden figures, the highlight of Erfurt Christmas market is the Christmas Pyramid – a 12-foot tall wooden structure featuring mini figures relating to the city’s history. 15 miles away, in Weimar, the sound of the traditional German carol ‘O, du fröhliche’ signals that the festive season is well under way. The beautifully-decorated stalls are mainly found on Marktplatz, where a giant fir celebrates the fact that Weimar was the first place to put up a public Christmas tree. Throughout the market, Thüringian handicrafts and treats are sold in great numbers and everyone enjoys the ice skating rink on Theaterplatz.

Erfurt Highlights:

Weimar Highlights:

• Erfurt Cathedral

• Schloss Belvedere

• Zitadelle Petersberg

• Goethe House

• Thüringer Zoopark

• Park an der Ilm

• Krämerbrüke

• Schillerhaus

• egapark

• Schloss Weimar

Christmas Markets Break Daily departures available • 2 nights 4* Accommodation in Erfurt • 2 nights 3* Accommodation in Weimar • Return flights from London, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh or Glasgow • Flexible rail from Frankfurt Airport to Erfurt – Erfurt to Weimar – Weimar to Frankfurt Airport

From £499pp Price based on departing 5th December 2017 from London Stansted

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Christmas Markets of Germany 6 nights departing 10th December 2017 Day 1 London - Frankfurt Depart London on your flight to Frankfurt. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 2 Frankfurt - Würzburg – Rothenburg ob der Tauber

• 4* accommodation throughout

Travel from Frankfurt to Würzburg and enjoy a sightseeing tour of a city with more than 1300 years of history. The old residence of Würzburg is a UNESCO Heritage site. Continue to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, the most beautiful city along the famous Romantic route. Its small streets and historic buildings remind us of medieval times. Visit the city and tour the Christmas market.

• Visits and excursions as mentioned

Day 3 Rothenburg ob der Tauber - Nuremberg

• English speaking tour guide throughout

Continue to Nuremberg. Explore the city with your guide. The Christkindlesmarket, Nuremberg’s Christmas market, is one of the most famous markets in Germany. With almost 400 years of history, the market draws more than 2 million visitors a year.

Day 4 Nuremberg - Dresden In the morning we depart to Dresden. Dresden is one of the most beautiful cities in Germany and a combination of tradition and modern times determine the cultural charm of this city. Visit the famous Striezelmarkt Christmas market, which is first documented in 1434.

Day 5 Dresden - Berlin Enjoy a morning City Tour of Dresden. Visit the recently restored Frauenkirche church, the famous Dresden Opera House, the Imperial Zwinger palace and a stroll along the Elbe River. At noon, travel to Berlin. The German capital is one of the most important cities in Europe. Visit one of many Christmas markets in this impressive capital.

Day 6 Berlin Start the day with a visit to the TV tower for a spectacular view over the capital. Afterwards visit Berlin’s many well-known historic locations, like Under den Linden Avenue, the State Opera and the Brandenburg Gate. There will also be time to explore the modern parts of the city, such as the German Parliament and Potsdam Square. The afternoon is free to explore the city at your leisure.

Day 7 Berlin - London After breakfast transfer to the airport for your return flight to London. 22

What’s Included • Daily buffet breakfast • Admission to the TV tower • Hot spiced wine tasting with gingerbread • Transportation throughout the tour including overseas airport transfers • Return flights from London – Regional flights available on request

From £1,099pp Price based on departing 10th December 2017 from London Heathrow

Small group private tours are also available, please call now for more details.


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Daily departures available

These seven cities in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate are collectively referred to as the Romantic Cities and are amongst the oldest settlements in Germany. Worms, Speyer, Trier, Koblenz, Neustadt an der Weinstraße, IdarOberstein and Mainz all have their own unique charm and a range of different offerings during the Christmas period. In Koblenz, you will find quaint horse drawn carriages offering a dose of nostalgia, whilst the beautiful town hall is transformed into a giant advent calendar. Meanwhile, in Trier, Germany’s oldest city, singing Santa Claus and the carefully chosen mulled wine queen delight visitors. Why not create your own personalised Christmas card at the famous Gutenberg Museum in Mainz? Or head to Speyer to enjoy food delicacies from elsewhere in Europe at the Speyer Twin Cities Market? A slow-food movement takes over the market at Neustadt an der Weinstraße, giving local producers the chance to showcase their products, whilst Worms offers plenty for children to enjoy, including the live manger scene. Finally, the festive stalls in Idar-Oberstein are located at Oberstein Castle and have a distinct family-friendly atmosphere.

Worms • 27th November to 23rd December 2017

Speyer • 27th November 2017 to 7th January 2018

Trier • 27th November to 22nd December 2017

Koblenz • 24th November to 22nd December 2017

Neustadt an der Weinstraße • 2nd December to 24th December 2017 (Weekends only)

Idar-Oberstein • 2nd December to 3rd December 2017 (Oberstein) • 8th December to 10th December 2017 (Idar)

Mainz • 30th November to 23rd December 2017

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Romantic Cities


Romantic Germany & Austria 9 nights departing 12th November 2017 Alternative departure dates available Day 1 London - Frankfurt Depart London on your flight to Frankfurt, upon arrival transfer to the hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 2 Frankfurt - Heidelberg - Black Forest Visit the famous castle ascending with the cable car in Heidelberg and enjoy a sightseeing tour of its historic city centre. Continue to the famous Black Forest region and enjoy an authentic experience: a typical Black Forest dinner.

Day 3 Black Forest - Titisee - Lindau - Füssen Today visit the cuckoo clock visitor centre and a small traditional Black Forest farm with cheese tasting or the famous “Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte” Black Forest cake. Then travel to Lake Titisee and onto the small island of Lindau in Lake Constance, offering spectacular views of the Alps. Depending on weather conditions we will take the Alpine road from Lindau to Oberstaufen and Immenstadt to our final destination Füssen.

Day 4 Neuschwanstein - Wieskirche Oberammergau - Linderhof - Innsbruck Visit Neuschwanstein Castle, built by Ludwig II, the notorious “Mad King“. Then travel to Oberammergau, famous for its Passion Play. Along the way visit the Wieskirche Church and Linderhof Castle. After a brief stop at the Ettal Benedictine Abbey we continue to Innsbruck.

Day 5 Innsbruck - Munich Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Innsbruck (Austria), located in the Inn valley, in the heart of the Alps and then travel to Munich.

Day 6 Munich Visit to the city’s main attractions followed by free time to explore. In the evening enjoy a traditional Bavarian dinner.

Day 7 Munich - Salzburg Transfer to the train station and travel by train to Salzburg (without guide). Upon arrival transfer to the hotel with the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 8 Salzburg - Vienna Enjoy a Hop On/Hop Off city bus tour of Salzburg and explore the many sights of this wonderful city. In the afternoon travel by train to Vienna (without guide).

Day 9 Vienna Today enjoy a city tour of Vienna with the afternoon free to explore at your leisure.

Day 10 Vienna - London Transfer to the airport for your return flight to London.

What’s Included • Traditional Black Forest Dinner and typical regional farewell-dinner in Munich • Visits and excursions as mentioned • Hop on/Hop off City tour of Salzburg • City tour of Vienna with English audio guide • Admission to Heidelberg, Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Castles • Accommodation throughout including buffet breakfast • 2nd class train tickets incl. seat reservation from Munich to Salzburg and from Salzburg to Vienna • Transportation throughout the tour including overseas airport transfers • Return flights from London – Regional flights available on request

From £1,599pp Price based on departing 12th November 2017 from London Heathrow

Book with your local travel agent or call our travel specialists on 0800 988 3369

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Romantic Germany & Prague 9 nights departing 12th November 2017 Alternative departure dates available Day 1 London - Frankfurt Depart London on your flight to Frankfurt, upon arrival transfer to the hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 2 Frankfurt - Heidelberg - Black Forest Visit the famous castle ascending with the cable car in Heidelberg and enjoy a sightseeing tour of its historic city centre. Continue to the famous Black Forest region and enjoy an authentic experience: a typical Black Forest dinner.

Day 3 Black Forest - Titisee - Lindau - Füssen Today visit the cuckoo clock visitor centre and a small traditional Black Forest farm with cheese tasting or the famous “Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte” Black Forest cake. Then travel to Lake Titisee and onto the small island of Lindau in Lake Constance, offering spectacular views of the Alps. Depending on weather conditions we will take the Alpine road from Lindau to Oberstaufen and Immenstadt to our final destination Füssen.

Day 5 Innsbruck - Munich Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Innsbruck (Austria), located in the Inn valley, in the heart of the Alps and then travel to Munich.

Day 6 Munich Visit to the city’s main attractions followed by free time to explore. In the evening enjoy a traditional Bavarian dinner.

Day 7 Munich - Prague Today travel by train to Prague (without guide). Upon arrival transfer to the hotel.

Day 8 Prague - Kutná Hora - Prague Enjoy an excursion to Kutna Hora, a mediaeval mining town founded in the 13th century and famous for its silver mines.

Day 4 Neuschwanstein - Wieskirche Oberammergau - Linderhof - Innsbruck

Day 9 Prague

Visit Neuschwanstein Castle, built by Ludwig II, the notorious “Mad King“. Then travel to Oberammergau, famous for its Passion Play. Along the way visit the Wieskirche Church and Linderhof Castle. After a brief stop at the Ettal Benedictine Abbey we continue to Innsbruck.

Day 10 Prague - London

Today discover the capital of the Czech Republic during a city tour.

Transfer to the airport for your return flight to London.

What’s Included • Traditional Black Forest Dinner and typical regional farewell-dinner in Munich • Visits and excursions as mentioned • City tour of Prague with English speaking guide • Excursion to Kutná Hora with English speaking guide • Admission to Heidelberg, Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Castles • Accommodation throughout including buffet breakfast • 2nd class train ticket from Munich to Prague (without guide) • Transportation throughout the tour including overseas airport transfers • Return flights from London – Regional flights available on request

From £1,659pp Price based on departing 12th November 2017 from London Heathrow

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Imperial Cities with New Year‘s Eve in Berlin 6 nights departing 30th December 2017

What’s Included • New Year’s Eve Gala dinner in Berlin • Traditional Czech dinner with folklore show in Prague • Visits and excursions as mentioned • Admission to Sanssouci and Schönbrunn Castles • 4* accommodation throughout • Daily buffet breakfast • English speaking tour guide throughout • Transportation throughout the tour including overseas airport transfers

Day 1 Depart London

• Return flights from London – Regional flights available on request

Depart London on your flight to Berlin, upon arrival transfer to the hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

From £1,199pp

Day 2 Berlin

Price based on departing 30th December 2017 from London Heathrow

Explore Berlins well-known historical sites. The city‘s biggest New Year‘s celebration is held at the Brandenburg Gate, with live bands and fireworks to ring in the New Year.

Small group private tours are also available, please call now for more details

Day 3 Berlin - Potsdam - Dresden Travel to Potsdam and visit the Sanssouci Palace and park (UNESCO World Heritage site), then continue to Dresden. In the afternoon, you will have the option to see the New Year‘s concert at the famous Zwinger.

Day 4 Dresden - Saxon Switzerland - Prague Enjoy a walking tour of Dresden and explore one of the most beautiful historic centres in Germany. Then continue to Pirna, the gateway to Saxon Switzerland and the Bastion, the symbol of Saxon Switzerland. This 305-metre high rock has a lookout that offers a breath-taking view of Saxon Switzerland, the Elbe and the Bastion Bridge. Later travel to Prague.

Day 5 Prague Explore Prague and enjoy free time in the afternoon to explore at your leisure. Tonight, enjoy a typical Czech dinner with a folklore show.

Day 6 Prague - Brno - Vienna Travel to Brno, Prague‘s younger sister. The metropolis of Moravia is the second largest city in the Czech Republic. Then continue to Vienna, the opulent capital of Austria.

Day 7 Vienna - London Visit Castle Schönbrunn and explore the city of Vienna before transferring to the airport for your return flight to London.

Book with your local travel agent or call our travel specialists on 0800 988 3369

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Basel

23rd November to 23rd December 2017 Switzerland’s largest Christmas market features around 180 stalls selling everything you would expect to find. The main areas are on Barfüsserplatz and Münsterplatz, but there are also markets on Claraplatz and Rheingasse. The former is a feast for foodies, featuring local specialties like the famous Basler Läckerli (gingerbread), whilst the latter is a more intimate neighbourhood market with great activities for children. And speaking of the little ones, the Christmas fairytale forest on the Münsterplatz offers some great ways for them to get hands-on with baking, crafting and general fun. Away from the stalls, the streets are lined with sparking pine trees, leading visitors to some excellent shopping. Amongst the fashion brands, you’ll find Johann Wanner’s Christmas Shop featuring a wide range of unique decorations. Finally, for that extra dose of Christmas magic, visit the inner courtyard of the City Hall where you can write your hopes for the festive season in the Basel Wish Book.

Highlights: • Basel Münster (Cathedral) • Kunstmuseum Basel • Tinguely Fountain • Basel City Hall • Spalentor (Old city gate)

Christmas Markets Break Daily departures available • 3 nights 4* Accommodation • Return flights from London, Manchester or Edinburgh • Private overseas airport return transfers

From £449pp Price based on departing 14th December 2017 from London Gatwick

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Bern

2nd December to 24th December 2017 The Swiss capital has two different Christmas markets for you to choose from, on Münsterplatz and Waisenhausplatz. The former, in front of the impressive cathedral, is dedicated to the local artisans who ply their trade in the Bern area, whilst the latter offers a broader selection of gifts, decorations and food. If you are looking for culinary treats though, head to the Platzhirsch stand where you can buy fondue and sample some of the best white mulled wine around. Elsewhere, you can walk amongst the charming streets of the Old Town, where you may be lucky enough to see the roofs given a magical dusting of snow. The elegant arches of the Lauben shopping arcades are also the perfect place to treat yourself or find some great gifts for everyone back home.

Highlights: • Zytglogge • Federal Palace of Switzerland • Käfigturm • Bern Historical Museum • Bern Münster

Christmas Markets Break Daily departures available • 3 nights 4* Accommodation • Return flights from London • Free Bern Ticket for the duration of your stay including free travel on public transport

From £599pp Price based on departing 4th December 2017 from London City

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Splendid Switzerland & Glacier Express

Daily departures between 10th December 2017 & 15th April 2018 Day 1 Depart London Depart London on your flight to Zurich, upon arrival retrieve your travel documents at the SBB ticket counter at the airport and travel by train to Lucerne.

Day 2 Lucerne - Titlis - Lucerne Today join an excursion to Mt. Titlis, with an Altitudee of 3.238 m, Mt. Titlis is one of the highest mountain peaks in the Lucerne area.

Day 3 Lucerne - Golden Pass Line - Montreux Travel across the Swiss Alps aboard the Golden Pass Line train passing the city of Interlaken, nestled between the lakes of Thun and Brienz. Next, leave the Alpine landscape of the Bernese Oberland behind you and arrive at the Swiss Riviera. World renowned for its jazz festival, Montreux is beautifully located on Lake Geneva.

Day 4 Montreux - Täsch Explore Montreux or to visit the picturesque Chillon castle (optional tour) and then continue the tour to Täsch, near Zermatt, the most famous town in the Swiss Alps.

Day 5 Täsch – Gornergrat – Zermatt – Täsch After a short train ride from Täsch to Zermatt, continue to Gornergrat and enjoy the spectacular views of one of the most famous mountains in the world, Monte Cervino or Matterhorn (elevation 3.089 m). After return to Zermatt to explore the town, and then to Täsch.

Day 6 Täsch - Zermatt - Glacier Express Chur - Zurich - London Board the Glacier Express in Zermatt. Sit back in the comfortable panorama rail car and enjoy the spectacular views of the Swiss Alps. In Chur take a regular train to Zurich airport for your return flight to London.

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What’s Included • 4* accommodation ( 3* accommodation in Täsch) • Daily buffet breakfast • 2nd class train tickets Zurich - Lucerne, Montreux Täsch and Chur - Zurich in • Train ride Lucerne - Montreux on the Golden Pass Line in 2nd class • Train ride Zermatt - Chur on the Glacier Express incl. reserved seating in 2nd class • Train ticket to Gornergrat • Excursion to Mount Titlis • Return flights from London – Regional flights available on request

From £1,499pp Price based on departing 10th December 2017 from London Heathrow

Book with your local travel agent or call our travel specialists on 0800 988 3369

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In this brochure: Antwerp Baden-Baden

Ghent Gornergrat 6-7 9, 11

Basel

28

Berlin

10, 22-23, 27

Hamburg Heidelberg Idar-Oberstein Innsbruck

4 30-31 17 11, 25, 26 24 25, 26

Oberammergau

25, 26 27

Potsdam Prague Rothenburg ob der Tauber

26, 27 20, 22-23

Salzburg

25

Speyer

24

Bern

29

Koblenz

24

Strasbourg

Bremen

12

Kutná Hora

26

Täsch

30-31

Brno

27

Leipzig

14

Titisee

11, 25, 26

Bruges

6-7

Leuven

5

Titlis

30-31

Brussels

6-7

Lindau

25, 26

Trier

24

Linderhof

25, 26

Vienna

Colmar

11

Lucerne

30-31

Weimar

Cologne

13

Mainz

Dresden

14, 22-23, 27

Mechelen

6-7

15

Montreux

30-31

Chur

Dusseldorf Erfurt Frankfurt Freiburg Füssen

30-31

21 11, 16, 22-23, 25, 26 11 25, 26

Munich Neuschwanstein Neustadt an der Weinstraße Nuremberg

24

18, 25, 26 25, 26 24

Wieskirche

11

25, 27 21 25, 26 24

Worms Würzburg

22-23 8

Zagreb Zermatt

30-31

Zurich

30-31

19, 22-23

0800 988 3369 www.fredholidays.co.uk enquiries@fredholidays.co.uk

All prices featured are per person based on two adults sharing a room, are subject to availability and change. Hotel ratings are hotels own. City taxes may be applicable and are payable locally. Holiday programmes are subject to availability and change, further terms and condition may apply. Full operator terms and conditions apply, for full terms and conditions visit www.fredholidays.co.uk/terms E&OE.

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