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Tailor-made European Holidays & City Breaks

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Elias Bancroft ca. 1902 Š Mittelalterliches Kriminalmuseum

Rothenburg ob der Tauber as Landscape Garden Thematic Art Years 2019 – 2021

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France

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Poland

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Austria

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Germany

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Portugal

116

Belgium

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Gibraltar

84

Spain

120

Canary Islands

32

Greece

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Scandinavia

128

Croatia

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Hungary

90

Switzerland

150

Czech Republic

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Italy

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Estonia

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Netherlands

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ICELAND

FINLAND

NORWAY

RUSSIA SWEDEN

ESTONIA

LATVIA DENMARK

IRELAND

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POLAND

GERMANY

BELGIUM

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AUSTRIA HUNGARY SLOVENIA

ROMANIA CROATIA BOSNIA AND HERZEG OVINA

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ITALY PORTUGAL

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CANARY ISLAN

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MOROCCO

TURKEY

ALGERIA TUNISIA

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Why Tailormade Travel? The word 'holiday' means something different to everyone. From beach stays to city breaks, escorted tours to self-drive explorations, a holiday can be a full travel experience or a chance to relax and recover, or both. At Fred.\ Holidays, we appreciate that everyone is different and has different requirements. This is why we tailor each and every holiday - from the star rating of a hotel to its location, regional flights or no-fly options to rail travel itineraries and daily excursions.

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Throughout this brochure our suggested breaks offer guidance for short stay holidays and our suggested holidays offer enhanced stay opportunities. If you are looking for ‘something extra’ we have highlighted holiday options that you may not have considered when visiting a destination.

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Regional Flights, Ferries & Rail Travel

Multi-Centre Financial Holidays Security

Wanting to explore Europe without the need to fly? Interested in visiting multiple destinations via rail? Looking to fly from a local airport? The tailor-made nature of each and every holiday we provide allows this. Call our travel specialists with your requirements and let us do the rest.

For travellers looking to expand their holidays further, multi-country holidays give the perfect opportunity to merge cultures, cuisines and sights into one unique holiday experience.

As travel becomes more of the holiday experience, multi-centre holidays are being favoured as travellers look to maximise their stay. Why enjoy just one city when you can explore two, or more?

For your peace of mind, in addition to being part of one of the UK’s most established travel companies, Fred.\ Holidays is ABTA & ATOL bonded, ensuring that you are financially protected in the event of unforeseen circumstances.

With rail travel, overseas transfers, car hire or your chosen method of transport included, your next multi-centre holiday can be closer than you think.

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Oberammergau Passion Play

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F1 Holidays & Sporting Events

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Spanish Riding School, Vienna Boys Choir & AndrĂŠ Rieu

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Battlefields

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Steam Engine Holidays

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Escorted Tours

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Beer Festivals

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Christmas Markets

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Theme Parks

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European Historic Thermal Towns Association

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Oberammergau Passion Play

In 2020, the Passion Play will be performed for the 42nd time, maintaining the tradition of this unique world-famous event. The history of the Oberammergau Passion Play begins in 1633. After endless death and hardship at the hands of the Thirty Years’ War and the bubonic plague, the surviving population of Oberammergau vowed that they would perform the “play of the suffering, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ” every ten years if they were spared from extinction.

At Whitsun in 1634, they kept their promise for the first time and so began the history of the Oberammergau Passion Play which demonstrates the suffering, death and resurrection of Christ. As early as the middle of the 18th-century spectators came to Oberammergau from all over Germany, attracted by the great power and mystique of the play. The villagers have kept their vow ever since and their faith and

commitment has been recognised and admired around the world and is regarded as one of the most important passion plays. We have a range of tailor-made Passion Play experiences and guided tour options. Call now for more information and to book this unique holiday experience.

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Special Interest Holidays

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F1 Holidays & Sporting Events

Travel to Germany and explore its much-loved cities with the enhanced inclusion of match day tickets to popular 1st and 2nd division games. Popular teams include:

• Borussia Dortmund • Schalke • Düsseldorf • Mönchengladbach • Frankfurt • Hamburg • Berlin • Wolfsburg • Werder Bremen Looking to go further afield? Call now for information on our worldwide Grand Prix options.

Experience the thrill of the Formula 1 with a tailor-made holiday. Enjoy a full weekend with practice, qualifiers and the race day or extend your holiday with the race day only. Looking for something extra? Why not enjoy a multicentre holiday with multiple grand prix visits?

In addition to the F1 Grand Prix and Bundesliga sporting breaks, we can provide tailor-made holidays to include tickets to the Moto GP & World Endurance Championship. Call now for more information.

F1 European Race Calendar 2020 Season* 3rd May 2020

Netherlands Spain

10th May 2020

Monaco

24th May 2020

France

28th June 2020

Austria

5th July 2020

Hungary

2nd August 2020

Belgium

30th August 2020 6th September 2020

Italy Russia

27th September 2020

*Dates are subject to change.

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Experience German Football like never before with a tailored Bundesliga experience.


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Spanish Riding School, Vienna Boys Choir & André Rieu Experience the Spanish Riding School - where tradition and values of the past merge with the passion of the present. From morning exercises to The Imperial Treasury, a visit to the Spanish Riding School can be tailored to include your preferred experience. Some of our favoured events include:

• A Tribute To Vienna - with musicians of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. • Guided Tours taking you behind the scenes. • The Spanish Riding School Performances

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Vienna Boys Choir The Vienna Boys’ Choir (Wiener Sängerknaben) is one of the oldest boys’ choirs that is not part of a church or college. In the late 15th century ,the choir was part of Maximilian I’s court music and sang in the Imperial Chapel which he founded, but the roots of the choir go back as far as the 13th century.

André Rieu Photo by Larisa Birta on Unsplash

By Bwag - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0

With a dream to make the whole of classical music accessible for everyone, a holiday experience tailored to include tickets to one of André Rieu’s concerts is a must.

Call today for your tailor-made European Holiday requesting tickets to these popular events.

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European Battlefields

There are a number of reasons to visit European battlefields: a desire to see where loved ones fought, a passion for military history or an interest in seeing where the battles that changed history took place. From medieval battles to the impact of world wars, across Europe there are monuments and museums dedicated to helping you understand the significance of these world-changing events. Whilst text books and novels help to educate, the sense and magnitude of these events can only be understood by visiting these locations, allowing time for remembrance and nostalgia.

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Special Interest Holidays

Steam Engine Holidays From the first steam-powered rail journey to the high-speed locomotives of today, rail travel has helped shape holiday exploration. Traditional rail journeys brought a touch of elegance, from days out to connections to further afield destinations. Today, transport links across Europe open travellers to multicentre and multi-country holiday experiences in a single trip. However, a nod to the bygone era of steam-powered travel is still recognised.

Popular steam engine tributes include:

• The Dresden Steam Engine Festival, • The Heizhausfest – Chemnitz • Steam Festival and Winter Steam in Advent, also in Chemnitz.

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Special Interest Holidays

Escorted Touring in partnership with

Whilst tailor-made travel allows you to explore your way, some destinations can be enjoyed further with the expertise of a guide. Providing extended knowledge of the local area, included excursions, local meals and the peace of mind that a guide is travelling with you, Fred.\ Holidays can offer a variety of escorted tours in partnership with Collette.

Classic

an easy, inspiring way to see the world.

River cruise

exploring the world’s scenic rivers. Ideal for relaxed travellers: enjoy a balance of leisure time and guided explorations.

Ideal for forging new friendships. Globe-spanning tours: from close to home to a world away.

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360°

Come full circle with 360° views on open-air panoramic decks.

Hit all the highlights at a value-minded price.

Say “cheers to free beers” (or regional wine) with dinner.

No time to plan? No problem. We’ll handle the details.

See port cities from a new perspective aboard intimate 4-star vessels and off the docks with a local expert.

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Spotlights

city stays and quick getaways. Ideal for urban explorers: discover the city with plenty of free time. 5-9 day stays make perfect getaways. Calling all overpackers: unpack just once at a centrally located hotel. Know where the locals go with a guide by your side.

This is your time to head off the well-known path and appreciate all the extraordinary moments held in the everyday. It’s time to wander, to wonder, and to awaken your soul.

IT’S TIME TO SPARK YOUR SENSE OF WANDER.

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Beer Festivals

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Summer means festival season and there are so many to choose from all over Europe. Taking lead from the iconic Oktoberfest in Munich, a detailed calendar of beer festivals will bring overflowing steins and sprawling tents to city centres across the continent. From Pilsner in Pilsen to starkbier in Stuttgart and blonde ale in Bruges, this is your chance to try some of the local tipples and soak-up the revelry.

these popular festivals. Local culinary delights are never too far away and it’s not unusual for entire urban parks to be taken over by fairground rides. From the moment the first keg is tapped, live music, traditional costumes and collective singing bring everyone together and ensure the fun is just as free-flowing as the beer.

Although the beer obviously takes centre stage, there is plenty more to keep you entertained at

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Christmas Markets

Many of the destinations featured in this brochure transform from sun-dappled metropolises to magical wonderlands in the winter, when they host a wide range of Christmas markets. Bedecked with sparkling lights, alive with the sound of festive carols and dusted with a fairytale sprinkling of snow, they cannot help but fill you with Yuletide cheer. Whether you want to shop for last-minute gifts, sample some of the delicious food and drink on offer or simply soak-up the festive atmosphere, Europe does Christmas in style. Larger cities have a great selection of markets to choose from, whilst the smaller towns and villages will wow you with regional charm and traditions. Children will love the arts and crafts and petting zoos, as adults enjoy the live music or warm up with a mug or two of mulled wine. Santa, the Christkind and even Krampus are all waiting to welcome you to one of Europe’s Christmas markets. So, if you find a destination that catches your eye, consider it for winter as well as the summer months.

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Theme Parks

Whether you’re the first one in the queue for the rollercoaster or you prefer to stick to the carousel (it’s OK, it’s a classic), Europe has some fantastic theme parks that can provide plenty of fun for the day, weekend or even longer. Days out like this offer something for the whole family and allow you to get the pulse racing or simply enjoy a show or two with the little ones.

Traditional wooden coasters, high-tech virtual reality rides, and wet and wild water flumes can all be found in theme parks like EuropaPark, Efteling and, one of the oldest in the world, Copenhagen’s Tivoli Gardens. So, what are you waiting for? Strap yourself in for an adrenaline (or wooden horse) filled adventure.

Europa-Park

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Tivoli Gardens

Europa-Park

Europa-Park

Efteling

Europa-Park is the largest theme park in Germany, and the second most popular theme park resort in Europe, following Disneyland Paris. With a variety of attractions spread throughout themed areas within the park and a host of themed hotels, a visit to Europa-Park is the perfect accompaniment to any holiday.

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European Historic Thermal Towns Associaton

These days, we think of a spa as being a place to go for a nice massage or day of pampering, but the word was originally used to describe towns built around natural thermal springs in which ancient civilisations used to bathe. In fact, the term was first used in Belgium as the name of a town in the Ardennes Mountains and has since described the health results that use the curative waters from these underground sources. There are towns like this all over Europe, many of which belong to an organisation called the European Historic Thermal Towns Association. From Baden-Baden to Budapest, they’re all home to fantastic spa resorts, beautiful natural scenery and public fountains flowing with water that’s said to heal a number of ailments. Visitors arrive to experience the history often found in these destinations, with some dating back over 2,000 years. Others come to relax in the five-star hotels and take part in rituals enjoyed by the Romans, Byzantines and many more before them. Some of the towns will already be familiar to you, but others are relatively untouched by tourism and are therefore seen as hidden gems. Places like Karlovy Vary and ChavesVerín are oozing with charm and will help introduce you to parts of Europe that you may have never thought to visit.

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Must see Montecatini - With elegant streets and landscaped parks, the magic of this Tuscany spa town is revealed, therapeutic saline waters are housed in the magnificent Terme Tettucio.

Or alternatively The word “spa� has come to mean mineral springs, but there is actually a place behind the name. A 16th century thermal resort, Spa; a popular destination throughout the centuries.

Something extra Pamukkale - The spectacular terraces of natural pools covering the hillsides at Pamukkale are perhaps one of the most impressive natural landforms in the network.

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Berlin

Hannover Magdeburg

Potsdam Zielona Góra

Austria Adventure has a permanent home in Austria and the country’s natural scenery beckons you to come and enjoy it. Whether there are green leaves on the trees or white snow on the ground, there are so many activities to keep you busy, or you can simply admire the mountains, lakes and valleys on a leisurely hike.

to swap verdant hills for cobbled streets. Vienna leads the pack, but the alternatives all deserve a mention, and many of them will get that and more in the pages overleaf. Choose to follow in the footsteps of elegant Hapsburg monarchs or, instead, follow your nose to the nearest bakery for a Sachertorte, Gugelhupf or Punschkrapfen.

Wroclaw

Liberec

If all that’s a bit too rural for you though, there are plenty of fantastic cities that give you reason

Karlovy Vary

Hradec Králové Pardubice

Prague Plzeñ

Opole

Ostrava Olomouc

Czech Republic

Zlin

Brno České Budějovice

Stuttgart

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Trnava

Vienna Munich Salzburg

Austria

Bregenz

Bratisla

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Linz

Gyár

Eisenstadt

Szombathely

Veszp

Innsbruck Graz Zalaegerszeg

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Klagenfurt

Kap

Bolzano

Slovenia

Trento

Milan

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Ljubljana

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Trieste

Graz

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Innsbruck

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Linz

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Salzburg

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Vienna

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Zagreb

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POLAND Austria

Graz Although Graz is Austria’s second-largest city, it often finds itself much further down the list in terms of visitor numbers. However, it’s time for it to emerge from the shadow of Vienna and Salzburg to show travellers just how beautiful a picture is painted by its red-roofed buildings, stunning clocktower and picturesque River Mur. Spurred on by a high population of young people, a new wave of modern buildings and cultural delights prove that Graz’s time is now.

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There’s plenty of history to discover here as well though. The Old Town is easily explored and the Hauptplatz (Main Square) is home to eyecatching buildings like the town hall and Painted House. When you get tired of the city centre, escape to the Schlossberg for panoramic views.

Zilina

Trenčín

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Nitra

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Daily departures and regional flight options available

Three nights’ 4* accommodation, return rail travel from Vienna to Graz & return flights from the UK

Tatabánya

From £429pp

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Pécs

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Clocktower – An emblem of the city, it can be reached by foot, funicular and lift. It often confuses people because the minute hand is shorter than the hour hand.

Kunsthaus – The art museum is situated inside a space-age building that stands out amongst its historical surroundings.

Extend your stay and experience the F1 Grand Prix.

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Austria

Innsbruck You have Emperor Maximillian I to thank for much of the Hapsburg Empire splendour that can be seen on the streets, especially on the medieval Aldstadt. Keen to highlight its beauty, he installed Innsbruck as the imperial capital during his rule. And, although it no longer holds this title, it has continued to be desired by

dynasties and empires throughout the centuries. You don’t have to be an avid hiker to enjoy the outdoor side of the city. A short journey into the nearby Nordkette Mountains via cable car will give you a taste of the fresh air and breathtaking vistas that the region boasts.

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The capital of Tyrol perhaps highlights Austria’s ability to switch between urban and rural enchantments in the blink of an eye better than any other city. But before you head for the hills and hiking trails that take you through green pastures, Innsbruck deserves your attention for a few days at least.

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Hofburg – Maximilian I’s Imperial Palace features state apartments and private quarters glistening with pink, gold and silver Rococo designs.

Swarovski Kristallwelten – Learn how Swarovski’s crystal glass is made in the nearby village of Wattens, at this factory/ museum/art gallery.

Why not explore Austria, Germany & Switzerland during a three-country travel experience?

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Must see Linzer Mariendom – Also known as the New Cathedral, this is the largest church in Austria. It holds spectacular stained glass windows.

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Austria

Linz

Although immensely proud of its industrial past, Linz is a city that doesn’t rely on its history. Don’t get us wrong, it’s there for everyone to enjoy, but there’s more than one eye on tomorrow thanks to a vibrant arts and culture scene that helped it become European Capital of Culture in 2019. There’s even a Museum of the Future (Museum der Zukunft) that perfectly encompasses this forward-thinking attitude. You may not expect a city famous for its billowing steelworks to be easy on the eye, but Linz bucks this trend dramatically. Areas like the Mural Harbour, the pöstlingberg and the bustling Hauptplatz highlight this best. There’s even a project known as Höhenrausch, which combines modern art with spectacular views from a wooden exhibition tower. It’s as much a feast for the eyes as a traditional Linzer torte is for the mouth.

Voestalpine Steelworks – Tour this fascinating factory which includes an exhibition centre complete with interactive displays for you to mix your own steel.

Something extra Visit Linz during the festive period for a Christmas market treat.

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Salzburg Is that The Sound of Music drifting over the hills or a Mozart symphony emanating from an open window in the city centre? Wherever you are on the cobbled streets of Salzburg, you’ll be well aware of the influence that music has here. Live performances take place inside elegant palaces and beautiful churches, whilst festivals celebrate links with genres like jazz and opera.

The aforementioned palaces and the dramatic hilltop Hohensalzburg Fortress point to a wealth that was created thanks to the nearby salt mines. The brisk River Salzach separates the storybook Old Town where these can be found and the east bank’s New Town, which is home to most of Salzburg’s residents.

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Mozart’s Birthplace – Visit the house where Salzburg’s famous son was born to see a replica of his piano and documents detailing his life.

St. Peter’s Stiftskeller – Dine at Europe’s oldest restaurant, in the shadow of Hohensalzburg Fortress. Weekly Mozart dinners are hosted, complete with live music and traditional dress.

Journey into Bavaria and visit The Eagle's Nest.

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Vienna

Vienna, also called the City of Music, is best known for its rich musical heritage, as well as being home to magnificent imperial palaces, overflowing art galleries and museums, and unique coffee houses. It has everything you could possibly be looking for in a city break. The legacy of the powerful Habsburg Empire has lived on through the spectacular buildings found around every street corner, boasting their wealth and providing an insight into the past. It may feel as though you’ve stepped back in time when visiting Vienna, as you can listen to the same music and indulge in the same coffee and wine as you would’ve over 100 years ago. You can enjoy many operas and theatrical performances in stunning concert halls or escape the hustle and bustle of the streets and divert into a unique coffee house to indulge in a speciality brew.

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Schönbrunn Palace – This UNESCO World Heritage site holds 1,440 different rooms, 40 of which you can explore to observe the many 18th-century interiors.

Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna – Inside this astounding Neoclassical building, you’ll discover the works of Europe’s finest artists, painters and sculptors.

Experience the Christmas markets during the festive season.

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Belgium We wouldn’t blame you if you spent the entirety of your time in Belgium with a glass of beer in one hand and a chocolate-coated waffle in the other; it’s not like either is hard to find and both are produced with so much variety that it’s hard not to try them all. But the country has much more appeal beyond what your stomach craves. It’s also the ideal destination for lovers of resplendent architecture, thanks to a wealth of beautiful buildings from various different centuries.

And these gilded town halls and embellished belfries point to two things that Belgium can also offer in abundance: art and history. The artistic flair comes in many forms that range from comic strips emblazoned with Tintin to museums showcasing the influential work of Peter Paul Rubens. Meanwhile, history washes over both Flanders and Wallonia in the guise of scarred battlefields and medieval market squares abutting charming canals.

Groningen

Leeuwarden

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Bruges

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Brussels

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Ghent & Spa

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Leuven & Mechelen

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Netherlands

Assen Zwolle

Amsterdam Lelystad The Hague

Utrecht

Arnhem

Rotterdam Middelburg Brugge

Eindhoven

Antwerpen Gent

Bruxelles/Brussel

Leuven

Düsseldorf

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Lille Wavre Mans

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Antwerp Although Antwerp still offers everything you would expect to find in a Belgian city (beer, waffles, canals), it’s arguably too cool for these age-old stereotypes. Headed up by the famous Diamond District, it’s a city for fashion and art, for museums and galleries, for after-work dining and after hours fun. The birthplace of Peter Paul Rubens still manages to keep its medieval heart, though, offering a traditional Old Town of cobbled lanes where you can play the tourist by visiting the impressive cathedral or Het Steen. However, the real Antwerp lies in those little moments outside a trendy café or along a riverside promenade.

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The Rubens House – Our pick of Antwerp’s excellent array of museums is the former residence of painter Peter Paul Rubens, whose work you can’t avoid in the city.

Chocolate Nation – If you prefer your exhibits to be edible, visit the largest Belgian chocolate museum in the world.

Visit during the festive season to experience the Christmas markets.

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Bruges Like other Belgian cities, you’ll find plenty of history and art to muse over here, along with an overflowing glass of local beer courtesy of a handful of fantastic breweries. Once seen as a sleepy gem that was yet to be discovered, tourists have woken up to the charm of Bruges in recent years. However, there are still plenty of tranquil corners to discover and enjoy.

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Bruges has all the aspects of a romantic, medieval city. Cobbled streets along which to stroll hand-in-hand? Check. Quaint market squares lined with picturesque buildings? Check. Peaceful canals that create a relaxed vibe? Double check. And that’s all before the magical lighting washes over the city after dark and takes things to another level.

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Gruuthusemuseum – Having recently re-opened after a five-year renovation, this museum will take you on a journey through three important periods in Bruges’ history.

Beer Pipeline – Outside De Halve Maan brewery, a manhole cover offers a glimpse of the pipeline they installed in 2016 to transfer beer from the city centre to the bottling plant.

Combine your stay with a visit to the World War I battlefields of Flanders.

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Brussels

This multicultural city exhibits both historic and modern features, enticing thousands of tourists every year. When wandering down a local street, you’ll be surprised by the number of hidden contemporary art galleries, one being the converted Citroën garage which now displays conceptual art. However, Brussels isn’t just known for its exceptional artists, it’s also home to impressive cathedrals and high-end restaurants where you can indulge in local delicacies.

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Brussels is the birthplace for the Smurfs and Tintin, both of which pervade the city. They can be seen everywhere, whether that’s in the Comic Strip Center or on the sides of buildings. Why not join in the hunt to discover all of these cartoon murals spread over the whole capital? During your search for these decorated facades, you’ll stumble upon many museums, including the MIMA and ADAM, which should also be on your to-do list.

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Grand Place – A stunning square surrounded by trade guild houses, market halls and the beautiful town hall, displaying a mixture of Gothic, Baroque and Neoclassical architecture.

Old England Building – One of Brussels' most famous Art Nouveau buildings holds the Musical Instruments Museum, boasting a collection of over 7,000 musical instruments.

Combine your visit with a stay in Bruges.

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Ghent & Spa

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Ghent’s compact size and short distance from the UK make it the perfect destination for a weekend city break. The medieval streets are easy to explore and you never really know what you’re going to stumble across – or which century it will be from. Ghent is home to some fantastic museums that depict the past and these sit alongside quirky, modern bars where the large population of young people enjoy the chilled-out atmosphere. For a small town, Spa has some very big claims to fame. Not only is it home to the first casino in Europe, and received visits from nobility and royals like Peter the Great during its heyday, it can also claim to be the birthplace of the word ‘spa’. Thermal springs were discovered here in the 16th century and the town was soon transformed into a desirable health resort. After WWII, it was given a modern revamp and is still a place to enjoy luxury and relaxation.

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Gravensteen, Ghent – This 12th-century castle was originally built for the Count of Flanders. It has been fully restored and displays a guillotine and suits of armour.

Watch the Belgian Grand Prix, Spa – Spa has been associated with motor racing for decades and the Belgian Grand Prix is held at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps.

Extended your holiday and experience more of Belgium with stays in Mechelen and Leuven.

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Another of Belgium’s vibrant university cities, Leuven is as undiscovered as Bruges was a few years ago. Without doubt, the jewel in the crown is the Grote Markt and its impressive town hall. Built to rival that of Brussels, the building captivates passers-by with a façade full of intricate sculptures. Leuven’s vim and energetic vibe will sweep you along, encouraging you to dine in a range of pavement restaurants on the Oude Markt or wander the streets of the Great Beguinage.

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Having been put firmly on the map by Margaret of Austria in the 16th century, you’d probably struggle to pinpoint Mechelen’s location these days. That’s by no means a bad thing, though, as you may well have the city’s spectacular churches and resplendent palaces all to yourself. This underrated destination can fill your brain with wonders found in museums, fill your heart with joy given by its welcoming locals and fill your stomach with a great selection of awardwinning beers.

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Leuven Town Hall – This Gothic gem took three architects 30 years to complete. Take a tour with an expert guide.

St Rumbold’s Tower, Mechelen – Enjoy breathtaking views of the city from the panoramic Sky Walk. You’ll need to climb the 538 steps first, though.

Combine Brussels with your multi-centre stay to enhance your Belgian experience.

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Beja

Canary Islands Located just off the African coastline lies the stunning Canary Islands, a Spanish archipelago that holds seven different charming islands. Each is home to gorgeous scenery, fun activities and delicious foods influenced by both Spain and Africa, creating a beautiful blend of cultures. When exploring, you’ll marvel at your surroundings in every direction, from crystal clear waters falling from waterfalls in La Palma to lava fields in Lanzarote and the colourful

flowers that congregate on El Hierro’s hills. Some of the islands’ features may take you by surprise – Mount Teide, Europe’s tallest, active volcano situated in the heart of Tenerife, for example. If trekking up this monstrosity doesn’t quite appeal to you, then don’t worry, you can walk along the black sand beach in the small town of Hermigua, La Gomera, to get the perfect view of this spectacle.

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Fuerteventura & Gran Canaria

The second largest Canary Island, Fuerteventura, makes the perfect holiday destination due to its year-long sunshine, white sand beaches and sheltered coves that are ideal spots for water sports like wind surfing, water skiing and kite surfing. However, if the extreme sports aren’t for you, there’s still plenty more to see and do – local cheese shops and wineries are a delicious tip of the iceberg. When exploring Gran Canaria, you’ll notice a vast contrast between the leafy green scenery in the north and the mountainous landscapes in the south. It’s almost like being on two different islands, due to the microclimates dotted around. It’s also a hot spot for stargazing. So, if you’re into your astrology, you may wish to find the many observation points.

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Cueva Pintada Museum & Archaeological Park in Gáldar, Gran Canaria – An archaeological site including a beautiful cave with paintings of geometric shapes and symbols on its walls.

Dolphin Safari, Gran Canaria – During this two-hour trip, you’ll have the chance to see and swim with these stunning sea creatures.

Consider an island-hopping holiday to explore the Canary Islands further.

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La Gomera Although La Gomera may be one of the smaller Canary Islands, it’s jam packed with beautiful black sand beaches, lush green laurel rainforests and plenty of adrenalin-packed activities you’ll want to get involved in. Being a volcanic island means that it features plenty of mountainous landscapes and steep slopes that make for excellent hiking and cycling trails. Why not try your hand at the Gomeran whistling language that was once used to communicate over mountains and valleys?

The island’s capital, San Sebastián, is filled with history and culture, highlighted through its archaeological museum displaying artefacts from 2,500 years ago and its 15th-century Church of Assumption, where Christopher Columbus prayed before his famous adventure. Don’t just immerse yourself in the local culture, indulge in the local cuisine – you won’t be disappointed.

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Garajonay National Park – An enchanting jungle, situated in the heart of the island, featuring stunning springs, streams and species of vegetation.

Torre Del Conde – This 15th-century stone tower was built to serve as a fort, refuge and warehouse and is surrounded by a charming botanical garden.

Start you holiday to La Gomera with a few nights in Tenerife for a multi-stop holiday experience.

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Take a step back in time and wander down the unchanged streets of the Old Town in La Palma. You’ll walk along cobbled pavements and see many astounding manor houses, churches and carefully crafted wooden balconies. Also, along the east coast is a beautiful black sand beach that’s the perfect spot for sunbathing, snorkelling and parasailing. You’re never too far from the unspoiled nature of La Palma, whether it be the pine forests or charming waterfalls.

La Palma & Lanzarote

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Lava fields, volcanic cones and solidified lava streams are just a few of Lanzarote’s aweinspiring geological features that are a must see. That’s not all the natural beauty on the island, though, as you can also discover palm tree valleys, stunning beaches - both black and white sand - and natural pools of crystal clear waters.

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The Timanfaya National Park – Here you’ll be able to watch a live geyser erupt and try delicious dishes cooked over the volcano’s own heat.

Charco Azul – Found in the north of the island, these natural rock pools allow visitors to enjoy the sea in a more unique way.

Consider an island hopping holiday to explore the Canary Islands further.

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Tenerife

Tenerife has the perfect balance of all-inclusive resorts putting on lively festivities and remote areas featuring traditional villages and natural beauty. You can choose whether you want to join in the colourful carnival celebrations though the streets or discover the island’s rich culture through modern art exhibitions, museums and temples. Sports fans can enjoy a round of golf at one of the eight different courses dotted around the island – some were designed by professionals. Explore the natural beauty of the island through tropical forest walks, volcanic lava excursions and mountain hiking trails, all of which you won’t get to see anywhere else in the Canary Islands. However, if the ocean is more up your street, why not book onto a whale watching trip to see the astounding killer whales and maybe even some dolphins in their natural habitat?

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Teide National Park – Home to Spain’s tallest mountain, El Teide, which you can choose to either hike up or take the cable car.

La Laguna – Wander the narrow streets of La Laguna to find the historic town centre and pastel coloured mansions that make beautiful photographs.

Enjoy a stargazing experience on Mount Teide.

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Croatia

Nitra

Bratislava

In recent years, the popularity of Croatia as a holiday destination has spread like wildfire through the Sept of Baelor, but the chance to see real life filming locations used in Game of Thrones is far from the only reason people choose to visit. Exquisite beaches; history involving the Venetians, Romans, Ottomans and Byzantines; fantastic weather and a calendar of festivals that expands every year are also big draws to this part of the world. Also worth a mention are the 11 national parks dotted around

the country, offering an interesting range of environments to explore. Whether you want to dip your toes into waterfalls at Krka or hike through the valleys of Paklenica, nature is a willing guide. Don’t restrict yourself to the mainland, though. Some of the best beaches, most interesting history and tastiest food can be found on the islands scattered around the Adriatic.

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Must see City Walls – Easily the best way to get a feel for the city and your ticket includes entry to Lovrijenac Fortress.

Or alternatively Kayak Tour – Take to the surrounding waters for a different view of the city or head across to Lokrum Island for a change of scenery.

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Dubrovnik The striking red roofs of the buildings in Dubrovnik’s Old Town are as recognisable and iconic as any aspect of a European destination. Famed as a city behind a fortified wall, it manages to blend modern restaurants and a charming harbour area with historic structures and intriguing alleyways that you can’t help but want to explore. Outside of the well-preserved ramparts, there’s plenty more to see, including an impressive panorama of everything below from the top of Mount Srđ (reached via cable car). The area around Pile Gate is also an interesting place to be. Bustling tourists gather to admire Lovrijenac Fortress, linger over the menus of the surrounding restaurants or simply recount their favourite scenes from Game of Thrones. And don’t expect the furore over this epic story to stop just because the TV series has ended – it’s as alive as ever and a tour is a must for any fan.

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Pula Pula is the capital of Istria, a region known for its delicious local food and glorious beaches. Whilst you may have to take a short bus ride to reach the golden sands, dishes featuring world-class olive oil and magnificent truffles will be brought directly to your table.

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Anyone who has been to Dubrovnik may find it a surprise to learn that Pula is actually Croatia’s most history-laden city. The Romans left their mark all over and the ruins found throughout the streets bring the past to life in a very real way. If the ancient amphitheatre doesn’t make your eyes light up, perhaps your interest will be piqued by the intricate floor mosaic ‘The Punishment of Dirce’.

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Roman Amphitheatre – Fantastically preserved, the arena is still used to host several open-air events in the summer.

Pula Aquarium – Even the aquarium has a historical setting. Inside you’ll find over 250 different marine species and a sea turtle rescue centre.

Enjoy a two-country holiday experience with a stay in Italy and Croatia.

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Split Sandwiched between the azure blue of the Adriatic Sea and the green slopes of the mountains in the distance, Split is a lively city where the friendly locals are always pleased to see you. The historic sights here feel like a bigger part of everyday life than in somewhere like Dubrovnik, particularly because the most impressive of them, Diocletian’s Palace, has been adapted to host many great restaurants, cafes and shops. You could spend your entire trip exploring the narrow streets of this city within a city, but there’s plenty to see elsewhere too. Take a stroll along the Riva, a beautiful seaside promenade, to see boats departing for the nearby islands and Croatians playing Picigin – a take on keepy-uppy where only the hands are used. Or, join them on the beach for a dip in the cooling water.

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Diocletian’s Palace – Get lost amongst the maze of streets inside the walls of Emperor Diocletian’s former residence.

Froggyland – A fantastically quirky museum featuring hundreds of stuffed frogs taking part in everyday activities.

Experience an island hopping adventure and visit Split, Brač and Hvar.

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Zadar

You’ve heard of the whimsical ideas of saluting the sun and listening to the sound of the sea, well Zadar provides two interesting attractions that enable you to make these a reality. The Sea Organ and Sun Salutation are straight out of the mind of architect Nikola Bašić and have helped transform the city into a tourist hot spot.

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Walking around the centre, you’ll be taken on a tour through the heydays of empires, from the Romans to the Venetians to the lavish Hapsburgs. A series of excellent museums can continue the stories that the ruins start, whilst gourmet food offerings will bring you back to the modern day. If you need to escape the city for a day, though, Zadar is the ideal base from which to explore the four national parks in the area – Plitvice Lakes, Krka, Paklenica and Northern Velebit.

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Sea Organ and Sun Salutation – Visit in the evening when the solar panels light up and the sounds of the organ accompany a wonderful sunset.

Museum of Illusions – Take your mind off history for a moment and challenge it with the puzzles and optical illusions at this attraction.

Extend your stay and visit Plitvice Lakes National Park.

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Zagreb

If you’re the type of traveller that likes to intersperse your wonderings with regular stops in the nearest café, you’re going to love Zagreb. The coffee culture in Croatia’s capital brings the city together and gives it a sense that life is happening right here on the streets. And those streets are easily explored on foot, providing various routes that take you past ever-changing architecture from different periods and vibrant street art created to liven up some of the greyer parts of town. Amongst the plazas where local markets provide a morning hum, you’ll find a plethora of museums dedicated to everything from mushrooms to broken relationships. There’s also a green side to the city, where you can enjoy a peaceful picnic or romantic stroll during a break from the urban surroundings.

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Zagreb Cathedral – The tallest building in Zagreb is famed for its ornate organ and twin spires.

Veternica Cave – This archaeological site has relics from the Romans and Neanderthals. It also displays traces of cave-dwelling animals that have long been made extinct.

Embark on a tour of Croatia & its islands – in partnership with Collette.

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Czech Republic If you think that the only place worth visiting in the Czech Republic is Prague, there’s a chance you’ve been drinking a few too many of the (fantastic) local beers. Whilst the capital is definitely alluring (and its castle, bridges and historic streets should definitely be explored at least once in your life), hiding in its shadow is a very affordable country bursting at the seams with medieval architecture, a burgeoning food scene and rich culture.

Poland

Put your pin in a map of Czechia, as it now likes to be known, and you’re unlikely to find yourself too far away from a beautiful spa town or historic gem that you otherwise wouldn’t have known about. Karlovy Vary and Mariánské Lázně are just two perfect examples, not to mention the charming Český Krumlov. Head further south and you’ll be welcomed into a world of traditions that include folk dancing, storytelling and scaring off evil spirits with masks.

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Brno

Brno’s popularity continues to grow alongside its student population, making it a great place for after-hours fun. Its small size makes it effortless to explore on foot, but you can always use the Šalina (local trams) if you want to give your legs a break. And to refuel them, a great selection of modern bars and restaurants are turning Brno into somewhat of a foodie destination.

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As well as the beautiful architecture and public art at street level, the city can be enjoyed on two other plains. Looming above you at all times, you’ll notice the impending structures of the Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul, and Špilberk Castle. Meanwhile, head underground and you’ll discover Brno’s darker side in a series of catacombs that are second only to those in Paris in terms of size, and the mummified Capuchin monks buried beneath their monastery.

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modern architecture of this important villa is so popular that guided tours fill up months in advance.

Astronomical Clock – Every day, people gather around the bullet-shaped clock in Náměstí Svobody (main square) in hopes of catching a marble that is dropped into one of four holes.

Combine your trip to Brno with a stay in Olomouc.

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Český Krumlov know what you’ll find around the next corner. The fairytale atmosphere makes it almost feel like Český Krumlov isn’t real, but its place on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites means seeing is believing. Life plays out on the banks of the river in the summer, whilst the winter often brings a magical dusting of snow to the historic buildings. Stay for a night or two and you’ll be the envy of everyone who only planned a day trip.

The phrase ‘it’s like Prague but without the crowds’ is used to describe many Czech cities, but perhaps it is most accurately deployed to sum-up Český Krumlov. From the moment you set foot in the enchanting Old Town, you will be swept back in time to an era of Gothic buildings and Baroque castles amidst a medieval backdrop. Hugged by the picturesque Vltava River, the town twists and turns in time with the bends of the waterway, meaning you never really

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State Castle – Once home to various royals, the castle is now owned by the state. It boasts a museum and spectacular views from its tower.

Raft On The River – On a hot summer’s day, many people choose to rent an inflatable raft and float down the Vltava with a beer in-hand.

Enjoy a two-centre stay and combine your visit to Český Krumlov with Prague.

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Prague

Wander down the narrow, cobbled streets of Prague to discover many hidden courtyards, Romanesque chapels and beautiful Baroque gardens. You’re also bound to stumble upon a handful of art galleries, many showcasing Bohemian pieces that’ll take your breath away. These little hidden treasures are what you should seek out, if you wish to escape the crowds of tourists around the city’s more popular sites. If you want to try something new, why not sample some of the world’s finest brews in one of the many beer halls and pubs spread out around the city? Some even have around 20 taps dispensing different types of beer, from light lagers to dark. Afterwards, why not visit one of the nearby music venues? It doesn’t matter what your preferred genre is as Prague plays it all, from classical to dance.

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Charles Bridge – The tradition whilst walking across this 14th-century bridge is to rub the plaque of the St. John of Nepomuk statue. It is said to ensure your return to Prague.

Strahov Library – This monastic library is the largest in the country and is home to many ancient artefacts and breathtaking frescoes.

During your stay, visit the medieval town of Kutná Hora.

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Estonia Fresh from celebrating 100 years of independence from Russia in 2018, Estonia continues to flourish since its release from Soviet rule. The usual grey associated with cities that spent time behind the iron curtain is nowhere to be seen, superseded by colourful buildings and a thriving art scene that give the country its own unique identity. The charming cities are typically compact and void of too many tourists, a major reason to buck the trend and explore Estonia.

Perhaps a bigger draw for adventurous travellers is the chance to go off grid and get out into the wild. A low population density and large number of natural habitats combine to create some excellent opportunities for fans of extreme activities. However, if you like things at a slower pace, there’s plenty of time to simply admire the beautiful wildlife and nature all around you. Just keep in mind, if Estonian folklore is anything to go by, you might not be alone in the forests.

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Tallinn

Photogenic, calming, cool, a UNESCO World Heritage Site – all ways to describe Tallinn’s Old Town, a place that never lets you forget its medieval origins. And thanks to the city’s green values and innovative approach to 21st-century life, the well-preserved nature of your surroundings is likely to remain for years to come. Whilst the archaic garb and national dress worn by certain characters in the city centre keeps one foot in the past, the other is very much in the here and now. The fantastic KUMU Art Museum and a range of first-rate restaurants highlight this perfectly. Something that you may not expect to find in Tallinn is a breezy, coastal vibe. The region can get surprisingly warm in the summer months and the seaside promenade offers a nice escape from the city and a chance to gaze back at a skyline featuring sprawling spires and historic merchants’ houses.

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St. Catherine’s Passage – This narrow, cobblestoned street epitomises the medieval atmosphere in the Old Town. It’s the ideal place for traditional souvenirs and handicrafts.

Telliskivi Creative City – See the more modern side of Tallinn. There’s plenty of street art to admire, flea markets to rummage through and cosy cafés in which to warm up.

Combine your stay in Tallinn with a trip to Helsinki.

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France No matter what you’ve got in mind for your next holiday, whether it be a beach holiday, city break or romantic trip, France is the place to go. This amazing country has a little bit of everything from world-famous art and fascinating museums to iconic landmarks and thrilling outdoor activities. You can wander the beaches of Saint-Tropez, explore the City of Love and visit its renowned Eiffel Tower or escape to the countryside and learn how Champagne’s made. If you’re wanting

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an adrenalin filled holiday, climb up to the summit of Aiguille du Midi and be rewarded with stunning 360-degree views of the Swiss and Italian Alps.

Netherlands

Whatever you decide to do, make sure you take time to wander the nearby streets and spend time Amsterdam in the local restaurants, cute cafes and quirky shops, as that’s when you’ll engross yourself in The Hague the French culture.

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Luxemburg Metz

Mainz

Saarbrücken

Rennes Orléans

Strasbourg

Nantes

France

Poitiers

Limoges

Dijon Besançon

Bern

Switzerlan Clermont-Ferrand Lyon

Bordeaux

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Aosta

Torino

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Bordeaux & Toulouse

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Corsica

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Vitoria Dunkirk &Pamplona Lille

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Lyon

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Marseille

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Logroño

Nice Paris 50

Toulouse Montpellier Marseille

Monaco

Andorra 57

Zaragoza

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France

There was a time when you had to be of a certain social class to be welcomed on the streets of Bordeaux but, just like the region’s iconic wine, the city is now open and freeflowing. The 18th-century aloofness has been replaced by a modern attitude to food, art and architecture (see the quirky Cité du Vin). Not everything has been stripped away from this era, though. Magnificent attractions like the Palais de la Bourse and Cathédrale Saint-André de Bordeaux are shining examples of the resplendence this riverside city still possesses.

Bordeaux & Toulouse

With a large student population, a setting on the banks of the Garonne and fantastic architecture in all directions, Toulouse draws many comparisons with Bordeaux. The Pink City, as it’s called by some, offers an exciting home from home for anyone who loves food, shopping and music. An unlikely champion of genres like jazz and techno, it’s safe to say that Toulouse will surprise you in many ways.

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Place du Capitole, Toulouse – This is the beating heart of Toulouse, a lively square that’s home to the spectacular, pink-hued Capitole building.

Place des Quinconces – The largest square in Europe has an interesting history and often hosts open-air events in the summer.

Enhance your travel experience with a day trip to Saint-Émilion.

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Corsica Rarely does such a small patch of land offer so much diversity in terms of landscapes. Hikers can lose themselves in dense forests, thrillseekers can enjoy extreme sports like canyoning and history buffs can explore remote villages perched on hilltops. Granted, you may not be able to do all of these things in one trip, but it means there are plenty of reasons to return.

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Believe it or not, Corsica is the closest Mediterranean island to the UK and therefore the perfect place to relax and soak up some sun. However, merely laying on the beaches may do this destination a bit of disservice, as there is so much more to see and do here. A melange of French and Italian culture, its geographical position and vivid history have resulted in varied cuisine, music and sights.

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Bonifacio – This historic town is situated on a limestone plateau in the south of the island. It highlights Corsica’s Italian heritage and features a dramatic citadel.

Gorges of Restonica & Tavignano – There are spectacular vistas on tap in this part of the island. These two gorges were created by age-old glaciers.

Embark on a multi-country stay and visit Italy.

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Dunkirk will forever be intrinsically linked to WWII, thanks to the heroic actions by allied forces to evacuate over 300,000 men from the area. Obviously, you can see the memorials and tributes situated around the town, but it’s worth looking past this historic event to see what else you can find. Unfortunately, the results of the war mean there isn’t much architecture to admire, but there is an interesting maritime museum featuring local hero Jean Bart, the fine art-focused Musée des Beaux-Arts and a lengthy seaside promenade with a plethora of restaurants to choose from.

Dunkirk & Lille

In 2020, Lille will celebrate its status as World Design Capital, leading to a number of fantastic events to highlight the endless creativity of the people here. There doesn’t need to be a yearlong event to showcase the architecture, art and distinctly French style of the city streets, though. These can be enjoyed whenever you choose to visit and are a key facet of Lille’s charm. And, if all that isn’t enough, eat your way along Rue des Bouchers for a real culinary treat.

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Beffroi St-Eloi, Dunkirk – One of the only buildings not to be destroyed in the war, this 13th-century tower is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Citadelle de Lille – This star-shaped citadel was built by Louis XIV on the border with Flanders. The green space around the outside is home to the zoo and a theme park.

Journey into Belgium for a Flanders - World War I Battlefields Tour.

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Lyon The northern gateway to Provence is one of France’s premier foodie destinations. Lyonnais cuisine is something that you should definitely savour during your visit, whether you choose to dine in a traditional bouchon (rustic restaurant) or eat as you go in the sprawling Les Halles market.

Must see Basilique de Fourvière – Overlooking the city, the basilica offers stunning views from the terrace. Don’t stop there, though, head to the rooftop for an even better panorama.

Navigate the Old Town via its secret traboules and you’ll soon be bumping into excellent museums, Renaissance abbeys and the breathtaking basilica. Take the cable car back down from the slopes of Fourvière and you can stroll along the riverside promenade to experience the true essence of modern day Lyon. The quay area, in particular, is great for peaceful daytime reflection and buoyant night-time fun.

Or alternatively Jardin des Curiosités – For alternative vistas, hunt down this secret garden created by sculptor Michel Goulet as a place for quiet reflection.

Something extra Extend your stay and enjoy wine tasting in the Rhône Valley.

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Marseille is in the middle of a renaissance, meaning there’s no better time to visit this Mediterranean port city. The commercial boats of yesteryear have been replaced in the harbour by luxury yachts and day-cruisers, whilst cultural attractions continue to grow one art gallery at a time. However, Marseille is not as swanky and fashionable as Cannes or St. Tropez and nor does it aim to be. The fact that it has kept an element of its tenacious past gives it a unique vibe that makes it feel far more real than its neighbours down the coast.

Marseille

Away from the attractive harbour and bustling beaches, a range of distinct districts present boutique shopping opportunities and the chance to learn more of the city’s history. Look out for the Basilica Notre-Dame de la Garde and the Cathédrale de Marseille Notre Dame de la Major (not that you can miss either of them).

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Vieux Port (Old Port) – This is the main tourist part of the city, where a myriad of restaurants and cafes can be found. It effortlessly fuses the old with the new.

Château d’If – This offshore fortress was also used as a prison. It held many prisoners, including Edmond Dantès from the novel ‘The Count of Monte Cristo’.

Journey through the best of Provence, taking in Aix-en-Provence, Avignon, Châteauneuf-du-Pape and more.

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Nice As it did in the 1700s, life in Nice today revolves around the Promenade des Anglais. And what more could you ask for than what ‘La Prom’ enthusiastically offers – a beach providing Mediterranean sea and sun, plenty of restaurant and café terraces and a dedicated museum that highlights the life of the aristocrats who visited before you (Palais de Masséna). Famous names such as Nietzsche, Matisse and Queen Victoria all experienced Nice during its Belle Époque days.

Head towards the Old Town (Vieux Nice) and you’ll start to see the influence from nearby Italian destinations like Liguria. Pasta dishes join Niçois specialities in the restaurants and markets, Cinque Terre-style houses line the streets and the local dialect incorporates more than a few Italian words. Meanwhile, a range of worldclass galleries showcase the works of other Nice regulars like Chagall, Picasso and Renoir, resulting in a veritable playground for art lovers.

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Musée Marc Chagall – Perhaps the pick of the three major art museums in town, the man himself had a big say in what is displayed and where.

Cimiez – Head to this historical district to see Roman ruins, Henri Matisse and spectacular views.

Explore the French Riviera and take in the famous Monaco Grand Prix.

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Must see Eiffel Tower – This elegant, Art Nouveau spire was constructed to be temporary. However, it’s been a must see for all visitors to Paris for years.

France

Paris City of Light, Capital of Fashion, Lutèce. Whatever you decide to call this glorious metropolis, you’ll be captivated by its outstanding monuments, fascinating museums and beautiful River Seine. Being the main hub for fashion, gastronomy, art and architecture makes Paris a one-of-a-kind city. People flock from all over the world to experience the many wonders for themselves.

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Seek out cosy bistros, local boulangeries and bustling markets to discover the delicious delicacies Paris has to offer. The flavours of the tasty treats you find, whether they’re freshly cooked pastries or locally grown vegetables in a soup, will dance on your tongue like Monet’s paint brush on a canvas.

Or alternatively Luxembourg Gardens – Stroll around the 23 hectares of lush, green lawns and keep an eye out for the octagonal shaped Grand Bassin pond.

You can choose to see antique art pieces in museums such as the Louvre and Musée d’Orsay. However, Paris is also known for its contemporary art in smaller galleries, so keep your eyes peeled.

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Something extra Enhance your stay with a trip to Disney Land Paris.

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Moss

Tønsberg

Karlstad Örebro

Skien

Stavanger

Arendal

Germany

Kristiansand

Germany has everything you could ever want in a holiday: culture in its historic buildings, recreational activities in its various green areas and natural beauty in its countryside landscapes. You can choose to engross yourself in the hustle and bustle of the cities or enjoy a relaxing tour around the various spa towns, unwinding in the warm, thermal baths.

festivals. Visitors are highly encouraged to get involved. You could also travel down the German Fairy Tale Route to many unheard of towns and learn the tales written by the Brothers Grimm. If German culture and lifestyle is on the top of your ‘to do list’ then visit the cultural heart, Berlin, and see its astonishing monuments, magnificent museums and iconic landmarks. You won’t be disappointed.

There are plenty of small villages - some even medieval - that hold onto their hundred-year-old traditions such as fairs, Christmas markets and

Göteborg

Jönköpingen

Aalborg Växjö

Halmstad Viborg

Vejle

Copenhagen

Malmö

Denmark

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Kiel

Altötting

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Baden-Baden

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Bamberg & Würzburg

61 Leeuwarden

Bremerhaven Hamburg

Schwerin

Groningen

Szczecin

Bavaria & Franconia

Netherlands 62

Berlin

Amsterdam Freiburg, Titisee-Neustadt 64 & Triberg Black Forest The Hague

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Amiens

Frankfurt & Heidelberg

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Hamburg

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Leipzig

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Paris

Châlons-en-Champagne

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Nuremberg Bavaria & Franconia

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Regensburg Bavaria & Franconia

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Rothenburg ob der Tauber

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Bavaria & Franconia

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Weimar

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Wiesbaden

Karlovy Vary

Frankfurt Würzburg

Mainz

Prague

Franconia

Luxemburg

Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Heidelberg

Nuremberg

Thuringia

Metz

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Regensburg

Strasbourg

Český Krumlov

Stuttgart

Baden-Baden

Bavaria

Triberg Freiberg

Munich

Altötting

Linz

San

Salzburg

Aust

Bodensee

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Plzeñ

Saarbrücken

81 Dijon

Dresden Ústínad Laben

Titsee-Neustadt

Stuttgart

Erfurt & Weimar France

Erfurt Liège

Arlon

Munich Bavaria & Franconia

Leipzig

Cologne

72 Belgium

Düsseldorf

Zielona

Düsseldorf

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Germany

Dortmund

Leuven

Mans

Potsdam Magdeburg

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Wavre

Dresden

Wiesbaden

Arnhem

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Bruxelles/Brussel

Berlin

Hannover

Antwerpen Gent

Ruhr Valley DortmundLille

rléans

Utrecht

Bremen Cologne

Rouen

Zwolle

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Middelburg

Assen

Lelystad

Bodensee (Lake Constance) Bremerhaven Brugge

Bremen

Bern

Bregenz Liechtenstein

Innsbruck

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Stockholm

Germany

Nyköping

Altötting

Linköpingen

One of Europe’s most popular pilgrimage destinations, Altötting sees more than 1 million people visit each year in veneration of the Virgin Mary. It’s a deeply moving place that’s home to the Black Madonna statue; the hearts of former Bavarian Dukes, Princes and Electors; and a peaceful square on which you’re surrounded by charming churches and chapels.

Visby

Kalmar

It all started in 1489 when a mother begged for her son’s life in the Chapel of Grace. The Black Madonna is said to have performed a miracle and returned the boy to her, prompting pilgrims from all over the world to start their own spiritual journey to this part of Germany. AltÖtting is also linked with the big Marian Pilgrimage Shrines in Europe, Lourdes, Fatima, Loreto, Czestochowa, Mariazell and Einsiedeln, as one of the “Shrines of Europe”. This is an initiative for promoting these pilgrimage sites.

Karlskrona

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Bydgoszcz

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Poland

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Wroclaw

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Liberec

Must see Hradec Králové Chapel of Grace

– Experience this sacred place for yourself and see the many Pardubice offerings left by dedicated pilgrims.

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Jerusalem Panorama Crucifixion of Christ – The Panorama is a UNESCO cultural heritage site. It creates a perfect illusion for visitors, making them feel like they’re in the picture.

Visitors are immersed in the fairytale world of the “Sissi films” when looking at the bridal wreath of the world-famous Empress Sissi, on display at the Altötting Treasure Chamber.

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Brno

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Eisenstadt

Szombathely Graz Zalaegerszeg

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Baden-Baden

Baden–Baden is a beautiful spa town, situated at the foot of the Black Forest, with the River Oos winding its way through. It comes as no surprise that so many people from all over the world come to visit – many celebrities too. They swarm to its 20th-century casino, contemporary art museum and striking concert hall, where you can find some of the world’s best orchestras. This picturesque city attracts plenty of sports enthusiasts too, due to its mild climate. There are many golf clubs and tennis courts, as well as hiking trails in the Black Forest and ski slopes, which get very popular during the winter months. If shopping is on your to-do list, then wander the streets of the Sophienstrasse to find many global brands split up by small, boutique shops.

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Friedrichsbad – Enter this 19th-century dome, relax in its thermal waters and experience their healing properties while observing the beautiful ceiling frescoes.

Lichtentaler Allee – Go for a stroll through this stunning garden, past the colourful roses, towering trees and picture-perfect fountains.

Extend your stay and journey to Europa-Park for a fun-filled time.

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Germany - Bavaria & Franconia

If it’s medieval surroundings you’re after then Bamberg is perhaps the best choice in Germany. The Old Town looks as though it’s hardly changed since the middle ages, with picturesque canals and quaint churches atop the seven hills that earn the city comparisons with Rome. One of the best things to do in this well-preserved gem is sample the famous smoked beer, made in 10 different breweries and considered a Bamberg icon.

Bamberg & Würzburg

About an hour away from Bamberg lies the equally easy-on-the-eye city of Würzburg. And whilst its Franconian neighbour runs on beer, it is wine that flows through the streets of this architectural wonder. Vineyards provide the setting for pleasant strolls and a packed calendar of events highlights the locals’ passion for a glass more than half-full. The idyllic feeling felt here is enhanced by some fantastic art and a sprinkling of glamour courtesy of the elegant Residenz Palace. Würzburg definitely deserves its place at one end of the Romantic Road.

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Residenz Palace, Würzburg – Meticulously restored after heavy bombing during the war, there are many extravagant rooms to tour and the gigantic ‘Four Continents’ fresco to see.

New Residenz, Bamberg – Bamberg’s palace may be on a smaller scale but still features 40 beautiful rooms and a peaceful rose garden.

Add a third stop to your holiday and visit Bayreuth.

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Berlin You may know Berlin by its rich history, exciting nightlife and strong connection with the arts. On arrival, you won’t know what to do first; walk along the remains of the Berlin wall, experience the many basement clubs or see a spectacular opera at the theatre that’ll give you goose bumps. This unique city is also known for its wide selection of museums, so much so it has its own Museum Island that holds five different exhibitions - you’re spoilt for choice.

cathedrals, one French and one German, as well as the magnificent Concert Hall displaying beautiful architecture that’ll make you stop and stare. Kurfürstendamm, Berlin’s designer shopping street, is nearby if you’re in the mood to splash the cash. Also nearby is the Reichstag, where a glass dome that provides 360-degree views of the breathtaking city skyline sits atop the German government building.

When wandering the Gendarmenmarkt, a stunning public square, you’ll pass two charming

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Brandenburg Gate – What used to be an old city gate and a symbol of division is now one of Berlin’s most famous landmarks that represents peace and unity.

Charlottenburg Palace – Step inside this 17thcentury palace to see beautiful staterooms, the late Baroque ballroom and the silver vault which showcases stunning silverware.

Explore Berlin further with a Berlin Welcome Card, giving you free public transport and over 200 discounts. Upgrade for free entry to 30 Berlin attractions and hop-on hop-off bus tour.

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Germany - Black Forest

Freiburg, TitiseeNeustadt & Triberg

The Black Forest is one of Germany’s most popular regions to explore, especially if you love the outdoors and being greeted by some delicious local delicacies when you return. The gateway to the region is the wonderful city of Freiburg, where narrow streams lead you through the city to discover wonders like the Münster and the Merchants’ Hall. Medieval gates stand guarding the entrance to the Old Town and the nostalgic cobbles feature motifs that describe the adjacent shop. Visit Titisee-Neustadt to take in the natural side of the area, offering a panoramic lake to dive into, walk around and enjoy water sports on. Nearby woodland trails also allow you to discover the flora and fauna of the area. Further north, in Triberg, more nature awaits; the highest waterfall in Germany rushes over the River Gutach amongst traditional Alpine surroundings. Not only is Triberg the place where the original Black Forest Gateau was created, it’s also central in the cuckoo clock making industry and is home to the Black Forest Museum.

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Freiburg Münster – This deep red church has Romanesque and Gothic features. The tower was once the tallest in the world and the façade is intricately adorned with carvings.

World’s Largest Cuckoo Clock, Triberg – More of an entire building than a clock, this attraction chimes twice an hour, when the 330-pound bird makes an appearance.

Cross the border into France and visit Colmar for a multi-country holiday.

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Must see Alte Burg, Meersburg – The oldest, stillinhabited castle in Germany can be traced back to the 7th century. A tour includes the dungeons and torture chamber.

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Or alternatively Lake Dwelling Museum, Unteruhldingen – An open-air museum, home to reconstructed houses from the Stone and Bronze Ages.

Germany

Bodensee

This swollen section of the River Rhine goes by many names: Lake Constance, the Swabian Sea, Bodensee. It acts as an intersection for Germany, Switzerland and Austria, allowing visitors to experience life in all three countries and explore the charming towns dotted along the shoreline. The diversity on offer stretches to the landscapes too, presenting a range of activities that includes hiking, wildlife watching, wine tasting and lounging on beaches. Konstanz is the largest city and an ideal place from which to start. Don’t miss smaller places such as Meersburg and Lindau, though, which offer lakeside life at a slower pace. Although many choose to arrive in the summer, when high temperatures invite swimming in the warm water, Bodensee offers changing scenery all year round. Spring brings fruit sellers to the roadsides and sees the flower island (Mainau) in full bloom, Christmas markets and twinkling lights decorate the region in winter, and wine-lovers flock in autumn to sample the results of the harvest.

Something extra Why not travel around or across the lake visiting Austria, Germany & Switzerland?

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Bremen Lying at one end of the German Fairytale Route, the streets of Bremen are filled with stories, myths and legends. From the iconic Bremen Town Musicians (a donkey, dog, cat and rooster depicted on each other’s shoulders) to a fountain based on Seven Lazy Brothers, there is a whimsical nature to many of the sights. There’s nothing fictional about the sheer beauty of the buildings on the Marktplatz, though. You’ll struggle to know which way to look as the resplendent town hall, parliament building and Romanesque cathedral all vie for your attention. With the emblematic Roland Statue (the symbol of a free city) standing guard, there’s real gravitas emanating from this central square.

Elsewhere in the city, there are a number of neighbourhoods that help you understand different aspects of the past. The Schlacte Promenade, which runs alongside the River Weser, reveals maritime history and a number of nostalgic ships, whilst the celebrated Schnoor Quarter features charming cobbled lanes where souvenir shops and historic, yet tiny, houses sit side by side. Bremen is ideal for a short weekend hop from the UK. Flight time is less than 90 minutes, you can get to the city centre from the airport in less than 15 minutes and most of the main sights are in walking distance from each other.

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German Fairy Tale Route Explore the magical world of the Brothers Grimm, from their birthplace in Hanau to Bremen, the home of the famous fourlegged town musicians.

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Marketplatz – A stunning collection of buildings can be found here and it’s also where you can meet the Bremen Town Musicians.

Glockenspiel House – Located on the Böttcherstrasse, bells suspended between two houses play at regular intervals whilst a plaque rotates to show various maritime explorers.

Visit during the festive season and explore the Bremen Christmas markets.

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Bremerhaven Bremen’s little sister started life as merely a port for accessing the major city. However, Bremerhaven has seen much development in recent years, turning it into a destination in its own right, whether that be as part of a day-trip from Bremen or a dedicated break. Continuing the maritime theme, most of the main sights can be found in the harbour area. Whilst the chiming of ropes against ship masts

can be heard on the wind, your view is dominated by unique-looking architecture. The German Emigration Centre, Sail City and Klimahaus are all relatively new additions to the skyline and all well worth a visit. On a pleasant day, it’s a great spot from which to gaze out into the mouth of the Weser or, if the rain comes, the Medittaraneo shopping centre offers some retail respite.

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Klimahaus – This quirky attraction allows you to experience the World’s climate zones without leaving Germany.

Zoo at the Sea – Concentrating on marine species, this zoo is a great family day out. It’s home to penguins, polar bears, seals and more.

SAIL Bremerhaven 2020 – This festival happens every 5 years, don’t miss out. SAIL Bremerhaven 2020 is from the 19th to 23rd August.

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Millions of visitors arrive in Cologne every year to see the magnificent Gothic cathedral in all its glory, but they stay to discover the other cultural wonders to be found in this fantastic German city. An eclectic mix of museums offer insight into Roman artefacts, chocolate and abstract art, whilst greener pastures further north give you somewhere (the expansive Rheinpark) to stretch your legs or explore the fantastic zoo. A cable car connects the two.

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You don’t have to enter a museum to learn about Cologne’s history, though, as much of it can be found on the streets. Ruined churches tell their own story and the Rhine promenade shows the juxtaposition between the medieval houses on the Fish Market and the uber-modern Crane Houses further along the river. Cologne is also an excellent shopping destination – the Schildergasse being the best place for some retail therapy.

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Cologne Cathedral – A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Germany’s most visited landmark and third-tallest twin-spire church in the world. The very definition of a must see.

Cologne Museum – Discover the origin of the city’s eponymous scent and why it bears the number 4711.

Enjoy a two-centre holiday and combine your visit to Cologne with a stay in Düsseldorf and a river cruise on the Rhine.

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Dortmund is very proud of the industrial heritage that took the city to where it is today. Former steelworks, coal mines and breweries have been regenerated to help tell this story whilst also offering modern attractions for today’s visitors to enjoy. The shining example of this is the interesting ZecheZollern colliery on the outskirts of town. Don’t worry, though, many breweries also still stand, producing a range of tipples for Dortmund and international drinkers.

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In the past, the skies may have been filled with fumes, but the industrial fog has been replaced by green lungs that bring fresh air to the city. The Westfalenpark is a peaceful place to spend a couple of hours and offers a range of attractions within its boundaries. A park at the other end of the noise scale is Signal Iduna Park, home to Bundesliga heavyweights Borussia Dortmund. If you get the chance to experience the atmosphere of the Yellow Wall (as the fans in the most vociferous end of the stadium are called), it’s one you shouldn’t pass up. This, along with the nearby German Football Museum, perfectly highlights the passion for sport within the city.

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Museum Ostwall – The Dortmunder U is a former brewery but now houses an art museum that highlights Dortmund’s position as the culture capital of the Ruhr region.

Hohensyburg – Head into the Ruhr Valley to discover castle ruins dating back to 1100. There are also memorials to victims of WWI and German Emperor Kaiser-Wilhelm on site.

Something extra Experience the German Football Route – this 800km route runs from Aachen to Bielefeld.

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Dresden It’s a testament to the meticulous architects and designers that Dresden is one of Germany’s most beautiful cities even after it was decimated so badly during the Second World War. Charismatic buildings such as the Zwinger and the Frauenkirche were rebuilt from the ground up and now display historic artefacts that were removed from the line of fire. This range of resplendent churches and elegant stately buildings creates a treasure trove at street level that beckons you to explore on two feet. The breathtaking cityscape is complemented by the winding River Elbe that divides the Old Town and the modern Neustadt. This area, on the north bank, is where you’ll find quirky restaurants, boutique shops and plenty of places to party after dark.

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Zwinger Palace – Beautifully Baroque, the palace complex includes wonderful gardens, fountains and pavilions. These days it houses a number of state museums.

Pfunds Molkerei – This tile-clad milk shop is a Dresden institution. The décor will take your breath away and there are plenty of dairythemed souvenirs to browse.

Combine your visit with a day trip or overnight stay in Leipzig.

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Düsseldorf Many German cities beckon travellers with traditional breweries and unique beers, but no other can lay claim to being ‘the longest bar in the world’. That is the moniker given to Düsseldorf’s Old Town, where modern wine bars sit side by side with dimly lit pubs in which you can try the local altbier. Don’t overdo it, though, or you may struggle to appreciate the rest of the city’s beauty in the form of quirky design features (both above and below ground) and fantastic art galleries.

Much of life is played out on the banks of the Rhine here, including romantic strolls, sightseeing cycle rides and the regular stampede that sees thousands of football fans make the pilgrimage from the city centre to the Merkur Spiel-Arena in the north. If you’re more concerned with fashion than football, don’t miss the chance to rub shoulders with high-end brands along the Königsallee, one of Europe’s richest shopping streets.

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Medienhafen – This trendy neighbourhood is found in the regenerated dock. The buildings here highlight Düsseldorf’s love of modern architecture.

Classic Remise – Watch as a range of classic cars are restored and lined up for sale. You can wander through the show room or take a guided tour of the workshop and retail floor.

Visit during December and enjoy the Christmas markets.

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Known as a major business hub, complete with Manhattan-like skyline and giant exhibition hall, Frankfurt still has plenty to offer if you’re travelling for leisure. The Old Town, and Römerberg in particular, displays some impressive architecture, whilst the celebrated museum embankment offers no less than 13 different institutions dedicated to art, film, history, religion and more. Whereas other German cities flaunt their love of beer, Frankfurt has a passion for cider – or apfelwein, as it’s called. There are traditional taverns in which you can enjoy a glass and there’s even a summer festival dedicated to the drink.

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Around an hour further south lies Heidelberg, one of Germany’s architectural gems. From pre-human homo heidelbergensis (whose jawbone was found here in 1907) to the 19th-century romantic poets and modern-day students at the country’s oldest university, many have enjoyed this beautiful city and contributed to its history. The Baroque buildings of the red-tinged Old Town, having escaped damage during WWII, and the idyllic riverside setting create a peaceful atmosphere, with the hilltop castle poised in the background.

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Heidelberg Castle – Now in ruin, this medieval fortress was home to many generations of the House of Wittelsbach. It became a symbol of the German Romantic period.

Frau Rauscher Fountain – This statue of arguably Frankfurt’s most infamous apfelwein drinker, depicts Frau Rauscher with water spouting from her mouth.

Extend your stay and visit the Black Forest.

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Hamburg

Another of Germany’s proud maritime cities, this former Hanseatic city still displays its links to the sea. Whether it’s in the form of the interesting Maritime Museum or the soothing, wave-like shape of the Elbphilharmonie, water has influenced things in more ways than one. The only city outside Liverpool to have major ties with the Beatles is also keen on its classical music. The aforementioned concert hall continues a legacy started by melodic names like Mendelssohn, Brahms and Mahler. Whilst there’s plenty of culture to soak up during the day, Hamburg’s devilish side comes to the fore when the sun sets. The kind of debauchery on offer along the notorious Reeperbahn is welldocumented, but there are fantastic bars and clubs all over the city that allow you to extend your fun into the early hours.

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HafenCity – This is the largest urban building project in Europe and a hub of modern architecture. The waterside city within a city is home to trendy restaurants and shops.

Miniatur Wonderland – An entire world (or at least several countries) of miniature trains, plane and automobiles combine to create imaginative and interactive scenes.

Explore further and combine your stay in Hamburg with a stopover in Lubeck.

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Leipzig Leipzig’s journey to become Berlin’s even cooler cousin shows no sign of slowing down, as it continues to be a cheaper alternative to the sights and sounds of the capital. A youthful population ensures that the art and music scenes continue to press forward, but both of these cultural elements have legacies that Leipzig happily draws upon. Both Bach and Mendelssohn spent time here; the former even held the post of music director of the now 800-year-old Thomanerchor boys’ choir. Other highlights include a range of excellent shopping streets (see the Madler Passage) and green spaces that offer a peaceful break from the city centre. A diverse spectrum of summer events shows just how broad the city’s interests are. All tastes are catered for, from Gothic fashion to jazz music.

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St. Thomas Church – Dating back to 1212, the church has witnessed a preaching from Martin Luther and music directed by Johan Sebastian Bach. The composer is also interred here.

Battle of the Nations Monument – Learn how Leipzig played its part in defeating Napoleon at the Battle of the Nations. This is the largest war memorial in Europe.

Enhance you visit with a multi-centre holiday to Berlin, Dresden and Leipzig.

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Germany - Bavaria & Franconia

Munich

Bavaria’s capital, Munich, is best known for its numerous museums, historical buildings and, of course, its annual celebration, Oktoberfest. Beer has played a large part in Munich’s life over the past few centuries, so it would seem a waste to visit and not try their traditional brews in one of the lively beer halls. However, if beer isn’t the first thing on your to-do list, there’s plenty more to see and do, including the Kunstareal, a magnificent collection of museums and art galleries, displaying many beautiful artefacts and pieces of work - some dating back 5,000 years. If, after that, you find yourself wanting more, visit the Residenzmuseum and discover the previous Bavarian rulers and their palatial compound. Inside, you could spend hours looking at the different rooms, the Antiquarium being the one that’ll take your breath away, with its curved frescoed walls and ceiling.

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English Garden – This lush, green lawn is up there with some of Europe’s largest city parks. Come here to bask in the sun and enjoy some people watching.

BMW Welt – If you’re a BMW fan or petrol head, you won’t want to miss this tornado of glass and steel spiralling out of the ground, filled with BMW’s latest models.

Make your holiday extra special with a trip to Neuschwanstein Castle and Linderhof Palace.

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In the beautiful city of Nuremberg, you’ll find intense nightlife, beer as dark as coffee and spectacular Christmas markets filled with the smell of gingerbread, mulled wine and grilled sausages that’ll make your mouth water just thinking about.

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Here you can also wander the streets of the Old Town and see many historical buildings displaying beautiful architecture, as well as a few modern constructions breaking up the traditional Bavarian establishments. During walking tours, you can marvel at the well-maintained city walls that add to the town’s medieval look. The River Pegnitz winds its way through the city and has several charming little bridges criss cross over it, leading to many interesting museums, historic churches and ancient grounds, and buildings used by the Nazis.

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Kaiserburg Castle – This 12th-century castle features the magnificent Imperial Hall and Sinwell Tower, where you can take in 360-degree views of the city.

Transportation Museum – Nuremberg is a railway town at heart, visit its transportation museum to see Germany’s oldest railway carriage and many historic engines.

A trip to Nuremburg at Christmas is always magical with its Christmas market setting.

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Regensburg

The ancient predecessor to Munich in the role of Bavarian capital, Regensburg is a treasure trove of Roman monuments and historic institutions like the world-famous Regensburger Domspatzen (Little Sparrows Choir). UNESCO has recognised the 2,000 years of history that lie on these streets by granting the city World Heritage Status, and one glimpse of the striking Stone Bridge will have you nodding in agreement.

Further out from the medieval Old Town, modern giants BMW and Siemens go about their business, but it is in the heart of the city where Regensburg’s charm resides. Follow in the footsteps of merchants who once controlled trade along the Danube and Emperor Charlemagne, who brought everything under his rule in the 8th century.

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St. Peter’s Cathedral – This resplendent Gothic church has so much to see inside and out that it will keep you busy for hours.

Goliathhaus – This medieval patrician’s house features a giant mural of David and Goliath painted by artist Melchior Bocksberger.

Combine your stay with a river cruise on the Danube.

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Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Must see Town Hall Tower – Climb up the 200-foot tower for views over the ancient rooftops. The building’s Renaissance façade contrasts interestingly with its medieval surroundings.

Some destinations don’t live up to how they’re portrayed in glossy travel brochures, but Rothenburg is every bit the town you see in all the photographs. Historic and wellpreserved, it’s as though the architects used the pages of a fairy tale as a blueprint to create somewhere that immediately sweeps you off your feet with romance and nostalgia. Quaint churches and a hodgepodge of colourful houses sit inside the intact town walls (which can be explored in their entirety) and you’ll find yourself not wanting to put your camera down in case you miss a picturesque vantage point. When the daytrippers leave, the lamp light shows the way along cobbled streets to cosy restaurants and year-round Christmas attractions.

Or alternatively Wildbad – This former spa complex offers the ideal setting for a romantic stroll or picnic beneath the old town walls.

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Explore the Romantic Road The “Romantic Road” has been the highlight amongst Germany’s scenic routes for over 60 years and is still a firm favourite attracting visitors from all over the world.

Something extra Visit during the festive season and explore the Christmas market.

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Stuttgart

The state capital of Baden-Württemberg is a city of two halves. On one side, the locals love their fast cars, and the existence of two full-throttle museums (from Porsche and Mercedes-Benz) highlights the city’s heritage of producing luxury vehicles. On the other hand, Stuttgart is awash with encompassing wine estates and tranquil green spaces where you can relax and feel as far away from limitless autobahns as possible. At the centre, the Old Castle (AltesSchloss) and New Palace (NeuesSchloss) dominate the skyline and surround the expansive Schlossplatz, where people love to relax. An elongated shopping street (Königstrasse) leads to the impressive train station, recognisable from its twirling Mercedes logo atop a tower from which you can enjoy views over the entire city.

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Mercedes-Benz Museum – The larger of the two car museums displays more than 150 vehicles through the manufacturer’s history.

Fernsehturm – The tallest TV tower in Germany stands high on a hill in the south of the city. It’s a great vantage point from which to see the vineyards surrounding Stuttgart.

Enjoy hearty cuisine and excellent wine during a food and wine tour of Stuttgart.

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Germany - Thuringia

Erfurt & Weimar

‘The Green Heart of Germany’ is known for being a laid-back region where life happens at a slower pace, and numerous hiking trails lead inquisitive explorers off in search of charming towns and cities on a much smaller scale than other major destinations. And if you choose to follow those routes, on foot or otherwise, you’ll be treading in the footsteps of a range of iconic figures that prove the region still pacts a cultural punch. Names like Martin Luther, Bach, Schiller and Goethe ensure that any visit to Erfurt, Weimar or Jena won’t be lacking in creative genius. Dramatic fortresses and medieval Old Towns (like Mühlhausen’s) add a smattering of history, whilst modern universities inject some youthful energy.

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Erfurt – Half-timbered houses stand next to the iconic Merchants’ Bridge, with the cathedral and Petersberg Citadel looming in the background.

Fairy Grottos, Saalfeld – A whimsical attraction that adds a sprinkling of fairytale magic to a series of real-life caves. A great family day out.

Start or end your holiday to this region with a stay in Nuremberg.

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Wiesbaden

There are quite a few German cities with a claim to being the country’s medieval capital, but Wiesbaden is the undisputed king of Neo-Classical design. At the forefront of this architectural smorgasbord is the former spa building, which is now part casino and part gourmet restaurant. It highlights another of the city’s main draws – the chance to relax amongst natural hot springs that have been flowing for centuries. Other reasons to visit include sampling a glass or two of wine produced in the neighbouring Rheingau region during the Rheingau Wine Festival every August. The vineyards are just a taster (literally) of Wiesbaden’s natural elements, which continue in the form of picturesque parks and palace gardens on the banks of the Rhine.

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Chocolateria Kunder – Enjoy the very tasty pralines and chocolates of the traditional chocolatrie at Wilhelmstraße, Wiesbaden’s beautiful boulevard.

Neroberg mountain - Take a ride with the water powered Nerobergbahn railway, that brings you up the hill. Take a look at the Russian Church and enjoy the view above the city.

Visit during the festive season and enjoy the Wiesbaden Twinkling Star Christmas Market in front of the neo-gothic church “Marktkirche”.

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British Overseas Territory

Gibraltar

far to enjoy British cuisine. But you can’t come to this pleasant peninsular and not explore the landmark for which it’s famous – and that means going over, around and through it. Having taken a trip to the top, you can look out towards Northern Africa, whilst venturing into the heart of the Rock takes you deep into the otherworldly setting of St. Michael’s Cave. Back at street level, there’s VAT-free shopping to enjoy and a culmination of cultural influences to discover.

Moorish Castle

Rock of Gibraltar

Gibraltar Botanic Gardens

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Trinity House Lighthouse

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Gibraltar is well known for its iconic rock and the Barbary Macaques that use it as a playground, but it’s not until you actually arrive here that you learn how much more there is to this destination. Those who call it ‘Britain in the Sun’ are not wrong, but there are plenty of Mediterranean influences that make it quite different from a holiday on the mainland. That’s not to say there aren’t plenty of reassuringly familiar aspects that will be welcomed by British travellers. There’s no language barrier, for a start; your Pound Sterling can make the trip with you and still be useful; and you don’t have to look

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Skywalk – This new attraction is found at the top of the Rock. Step onto a glass walkway for views in all directions.

Europa Point – Head out of the centre and down to the southernmost point of Gibraltar. There’s a charming lighthouse, an impressive Mosque and views across the strait to Africa.

Step outside of Europe and into Africa with a day trip to Morocco.

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Greece

Dobrich Razgrad

Home to one of the greatest ancient civilisations to walk the earth, our interest in Greece usually starts at an early age when we begin to learn of its history. From the athletes of Olympia to the temples of the Acropolis, there are stories to be told in every corner of this country. And windows into the past don’t always have to be on a large scale like those in Athens; each town has its own crumbling reminder of what came before. Glorious beaches can be found on the fringes of a country that also offers some excellent thrill-seeking activities further inland. The natural

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landscapes stretch beyond pristine sands to Shumen include the towering rocks of Meteora, the hiking routes of Arcadia and endless idyllic villages scattered with olive groves. And the fruits of those trees are an integral part of a cuisine that manages to be both unmistakably Burgas Mediterranean and brilliantly unique. Fresh Yambol staples like feta cheese, honey, figs and seafood don’t have to travel far to reach your table and the food is always bountiful. Edime Smolyan

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Must see Acropolis – The ultimate must see in Athens, this historical sight dominates the skyline and encompasses a range of important ruins.

Or alternatively Anafiotika – At the foot of the slope that leads to the Acropolis you’ll find a neighbourhood offering island vibes thanks to architecture used on the Cyclades.

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Athens

Whilst the popular islands and stunning coastlines lure travellers with jaw-dropping beaches, Athens has cemented itself as one of Europe’s best city break destinations. A big part of this is the diverse range of attractions on offer in the Greek capital, from modern, open-air cinemas to ancient ruins known the world over. As you stroll around the streets, you’ll explore a range of neighbourhoods that highlight Athens’s ability to switch from contemporary to historic, from up-market to dishevelled (but never unpleasant) and from traditional to trendy. There’s a real lived-in feeling to the city and much of today’s cultural highlights come in the form of impromptu creativity – street art daubed on the side of a restored building, dance performances in side streets and musical serenades in welcoming tavernas.

Something extra Visit Delphi, a UNESCO-recognised archaeological site that’s amongst Greece’s most iconic places.

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Santorini Show anyone a picture of Santorini’s bluedomed buildings and the chances are they’ll be able to recognise this popular destination. A favourite with honeymooners, celebrities and the Instagram generation, the captivating panoramas are sought-after the world over. This is a place of relaxing beaches in the east; photogenic, whitewashed houses balanced on steep cliffs in the west; and luxury hotels all over. The main towns (Oia and Fira) boast cobbled shopping streets and traditional tavernas, and they serve as ideal bases for exploring the rest of the islands. Take a trip to Akrotiri in the south to learn how the volcano that literally shaped the island also destroyed an ancient Minoan city. Visit the volcano itself on a boat trip. Enjoy a bit of wine tasting atop the slopes of Athinios. But, whatever you do, be sure to make it back to Oia in time to admire one of the most beautiful sunsets you’ll ever see.

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A Santorini Sunset – The castle ruins are a popular spot, but watching the sun go down over the caldera is magical from any vantage point.

Akrotiri Archaeological Site – The Pompeii of the Aegean reveals a well-preserved city that was buried beneath ash when the volcano erupted in the 17th century BC.

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Dodecanese, Ionian, Cyclades, Sporades – not all types of triangle that you wish you learned more about at school, but fantastic island chains lying in the seas surrounding Greece. From partying paradises like Zakynthos to remote retreats like Kalymnos and familyfriendly Corfu, there is an island for everyone.

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What they all have in common though is relaxing beaches, great food and locals that are always happy to welcome you with open arms. Boats bob up and down in charming harbours, Old Towns host interesting museums, and around every corner there’s an ancient site with a legend or two attached to it. Although the sands are inviting, there’s no reason why you have to spend all your time on a lounger. Active pursuits are offered across the archipelagos, so you can hike, dive, kayak or cycle your way to a thrilling holiday. If all that makes it sound too hard to pick just one destination, island-hopping holidays mean you don’t have to.

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Knossos Palace, Crete – Well preserved Bronze Age ruins can be found in Knossos. Ruins of an ancient Minoan city includes the labyrinth in which Theseus met the Minotaur.

Falakro Rocks, Lemnos – The island is dotted with dormant volcanoes that once produced plumes of lava which froze to form interesting rock formations that the locals call Falakro.

Embark on an island-hopping holiday and explore this beautiful archipelago.

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Hungary Like the traditional thermal baths found throughout, Hungary is an underrated country that you’ll want to dive right into once you’ve dipped your toe. Rich in folk culture and architectural gems, a range of civilisations have left their mark in the form of churches, mosques, government buildings and palaces – all built in varying styles. If you think a trip to Budapest will allow you to tick Hungary off your travel list, think again. There are so many other great cities to discover beyond the capital; Pecs, Szeged, Gyor, Debrecen

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and more await. And that’s without mentioning more rural locations like the peaceful shores of Lake Balaton, where an entirely different holiday can be enjoyed. As well as folk art and festivals, food is a big part of Hungarian culture. An elevated form of Eastern European cuisine, Hungarians hold their dishes in high regard and, after tasting some of the hearty options, you’re bound to be converted too. A typical goulash washed down with a glass of local wine is definitely something to savour.

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Budapest Few cities offer as many street-level treasures as Budapest. Glorious buildings lie on both banks of the Danube and part of the city’s charm is the pleasure involved in discovering them on foot. You may have to climb to the lofty heights of Buda Hill to admire sights like the Matthias Church, Buda Castle and Fisherman’s Bastion, but the climb is worth it and, besides, the funicular makes it effortless. On the other side of this famously twinned city (the combination of Buda and Pest), lively ruin bars spill out into the streets and Budapest’s most popular thermal spa complex can be found in the heart of the City Park. A soak in the curative waters will leave you feeling rejuvenated and ready to explore some more historic architecture.

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Fisherman’s Bastion – This neo-Gothic viewing terrace draws eyes towards its impressive structure as well as out across the Danube and Pest.

Flippermúzeum – A basement ode to the humble pinball machine, the museum features 115 different opportunities to flip and tilt to your heart’s content.

Enhance your stay with a cruise on the Danube.

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If your interest still hasn’t been piqued, consider a range of great shopping destinations in which the city streets act as stylish catwalks for the locals. Dive into artistic destinations where world-class museums showcase some of the planet’s most famous works. Or, eschew the mainland all together in favour of an island escape.

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who like to do nothing and those for whom exploring is second nature.

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The beloved boot of Italy is a land of fantastic destinations, all of which offer so much to get excited about. The legacies of the Romans, Venetians and other influential civilisations ensure every region is bursting at the seams with history. A real passion for home-cooked meals and producing only the best ingredients means every menu will have your mouth watering. An endless coastline of spectacular beaches and an interior of scenic landscapes appeal to travellers

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Bari Bari is the ideal place to start your tour of Puglia, thanks to its international airport with regular flights from the UK. But, be sure to stay a few nights to experience the sights of this underrated city before continuing onto other highlights like Lecce. With a great balance between old and new, you can discover historic bastions and beautiful basilicas amidst an atmosphere that’s driven by a passionate population of university students. The streets are not only characterised by the covered balconies and wrought-iron verandas that hang above them, but by the fantastic selection of food sold on them. Street food continues to explode in popularity in Puglia, accompanied by seafood that couldn’t be fresher.

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Basilica di San Nicola – Intricate mosaics, thought-provoking art and many architectural styles, the main draw is the chance to see Father Christmas’s (St. Nicholas) remains.

Lungomare Promenade – Walk along this seaside route to see boats bobbing in the harbour and fishermen selling their latest catch.

Travel from Bari to Trieste and explore the east coast of Italy.

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The double-header of Florence and Pisa has been a popular holiday choice for many years and is the perfect way to see the delights of Tuscany. Surrounding the cities are acres of rolling hills that produce quaffable wines and wondrous gazes, whilst the destinations themselves are home to world-renowned attractions and iconic fine art.

the banks of the River Arno and across its beautiful bridges. A moment spent on one of these – watching the sun fall behind a skyline of elegant palaces, medieval chapels and pastel-hued houses – is one to be savoured. Amongst these historic streets, you’ll also find modern, high-end fashion brands and familyrun restaurants serving rustic dishes made from local ingredients.

Retrace the beginnings of the Renaissance in Florence, where La Dolce Vita flows along

Meanwhile, the emblematic Leaning Tower attracts visitors to nearby Pisa, but there is so much more to see here, and not just elsewhere on the Piazza dei Miracoli. On streets that are typically void of large crowds of tourists, quaint cafés are abuzz with everyday life and yet more Renaissance gems wait to be discovered.

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Statue of David, Galleria dell’Accademia, Florence – Perhaps the most famous of Florence’s artistic treasures can be found in the corridors of this fascinating museum.

Palazzo Blu, Pisa – This free art gallery houses over 300 works from a period between the 14th and 20th centuries.

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Italian Lakes The quintessential image of relaxing in a luxurious hotel at the shores of an Italian Lake represents one of the most desirable holidays Italy can offer. Celebrities, influencers and the typical traveller can all unite in the opinion that these scenic spots will leave you feeling rejuvenated and freed from your daily routine. However, the towns surrounding the lakes offer plenty to do if you want to leave the views from your balcony behind. The charming lanes of places like Bellagio and Sirmione host quiet markets, peaceful gardens, Michelinstarred restaurants and beautiful villas. Garda, Como and Maggiore are first on the list for many people, but there is a lot to be said about the smaller lakes too. Iseo, Orta and Idro routinely offer fewer tourists but the same unmistakable, lakeside ambience.

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Monte Isola, Lake Iseo – This car-free island is Europe’s largest found within a lake. It features a charming village where craftsmen and fishermen keep ancient traditions alive.

Cascate del Varone, Lake Garda – Close to the northern shore of Lake Garda, a series of breathtaking caves and waterfalls can be seen from various viewpoints.

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Milan This Italian metropolis is filled to its brim with Michelin-starred restaurants and beautiful architectural buildings. These include Sforza Castle, where you can marvel at historic musical instruments, ancient china collections and fascinating art by Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo. However, if that’s not enough for you, why not see one of the world’s most famous pieces of art, Leonardo Da Vinci’s The Last Supper; you can find it inside the Santa Maria Delle Grazie church.

Being the global fashion capital means there’s plenty of high-end, designer shops to browse when wandering the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, a stunning, 19th-century shopping mall with a glass and iron dome. This charming city has a fascinating history and is classed as an acultural centre with a juxtaposing futuristic skyline. The contrast between its ancient relics and modern skyscrapers is what makes Milan a very unique city.

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Duomo – In the heart of the city you’ll discover this magnificent, Gothic cathedral which took five centuries to build. It displays a white and pink marble façade in a Romanesque style.

La Triennale Di Milano – This exhibition centre showcases an ever-changing display of avant-garde trends for art, design and architecture.

Extend your stay and experience the F1 Grand Prix.

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Napoli often gets a bad reputation for being slightly grittier than some of Italy’s other romantic cities, but there’s still plenty of beauty and culture to be found here. The ultimate example of this blend of charm and tenacity can be seen along Via Tribunali, a narrow street full of quaint restaurants serving the best pizza you’ll ever taste, and intricate churches, but where fiat 500s and Lambrettas race past with their horns blaring whilst locals shout to each other from balconies overlooking the cobbles.

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The port area has more of a touristy feel about it and offers wonderful views of the Bay of Naples with Castel Nuovo in the foreground. There’s also a host of interesting museums to hunt down and pleasant shopping streets to wander along. If you need to break free from your urban confines, though, a series of funiculars can take you to leafier surroundings in Vomero, a picturesque neighbourhood where life exists at a slower pace. Further out, you also have worldfamous sights like Pompeii and Vesuvius.

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Pompeii – Naples is the perfect base from which to visit this iconic archaeological site. Get there in around an hour courtesy of the Circumvesuviana train.

Archaeological Museum – Which features finds from many different eras, from Egyptians to the Romans. Some discoveries from Pompeii were also moved and displayed here.

Turn your short stay in Naples into a journey along the Amalfi Coast.

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Just a ferry ride from Naples, a choice of paradisiacal islands awaits. The most popular in the bay is Capri, synonymous with the rich and famous and surrounded by deep-blue seas that fringe the pristine beaches. This luxurious spot of land is as polished as you’d expect. Whether you enjoy its beauty from the top of Monte Solaro or the tapered back streets of Anacapri, you’re sure to corroborate romantic verses from the many literary figures that have used Capri for inspiration.

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Two of the other islands in the Campanian Archipelago are Ischia and Procida – both of which can match Capri’s stunning vistas and serene setting. Ischia is the largest and the perfect option if you want to relax. The island is blooming with flora that doesn’t usually grow in this climate, but is nourished by the hot springs that bubble up from underground. This volcanic destination is bursting with five-star hotels, crumbling fortifications and secluded beaches. You’ll pass Procida en-route to Ischia, but it’s definitely worth stopping off if you get the chance. Multi-coloured houses make it reminiscent of the nearby Amalfi Coast, a panorama often chosen by film directors to portray an idyllic scene. Small and easily explored, Procida flies somewhat under the radar, a trait you’ll adore as you walk the streets of Marina Corricella or the medieval lanes of Terra Murata.

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Blue Grotto, Capri – This hole in a rock under the water’s surface appears crystal clear and a deep-blue colour. It was used by Emperor Tiberius as his private swimming pool.

Aragonese Castle, Ischia – Reached from the main island via a narrow walkway, the castle has had many uses and seen many events over its storied history.

Enhance your holiday with a multi-centre stay in Capri & Ischia.

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Rome Romantic, historic, beautiful – there are so many ways to describe the Italian capital and boring isn’t one of them. Rome offers so much to get your teeth into, from niche interests like the churches used in the filming of ‘Angels and Demons’ to more generic passions like hunting down the best pasta dishes. Every taste of cacio e pepe (the locals’ favourite menu choice) is important research. You could spend your entire city break simply wandering the various neighbourhoods, from

Trastevere on the banks of the Tiber to trendy Monti in the centre, but there are worldfamous sights to discover. The Colosseum, Spanish Steps, St. Peter’s Basilica, Roman Forum, TreviFountain and Pantheon highlight the embarrassment of riches Rome can offer, but they are just the tip of the iceberg. There are just as many lesser-known gems lying around the corners of this open-air museum masquerading as a city.

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Colosseum – Arguably the most immersive of Rome’s historic monuments, you can live out your gladiatorial fantasies and learn how it came to be in a state of disrepair.

The Mouth of Truth – A sculptured disk with a face outside Santa Maria in Cosmedin church. It is said to bite the fingers off anyone who puts their hand in its mouth and tells a lie.

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Sardinia A trip to Sardinia is an island escape like no other. Yes you can relax on the white sand beaches of Costa del Sud and Costa Smeralda; yes you can admire Roman ruins like those found in other Italian destinations – but, as DH Lawrence once said, Sardinia is different. You’ll feel it from the moment you arrive. The local dialect is a mixture of Spanish and Italian, the cuisine is unique and features specialities like the maggot-infested casu marzu pecorino (cheese), and you’re more likely to come across Bronze Age towers called nuraghe than Roman villas. Cagliari and Olbia are fantastic seaside settings to enjoy but, away from the fringes of the island, a series of wild and somewhat remote landscapes host adventurous hikes through forests, canyons and so-called fairy houses (ancient chamber tombs). The coasts can be just as thrilling, though, especially if you’re diving down to Nereo Cave or watching the daring climbers scale the cliffs of Cala Luna.

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Cagliari – The streets of the island’s capital lack the tourist throngs found elsewhere in Italy. It’s full of interesting museums, excellent art galleries and peaceful piazzas.

Su Nuraghe of Barumini – The best-preserved of the many nuraghe that are littered across Sardinia, it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site and brilliant window into the past.

Include a La Maddalena Archipelago boat tour during your stay.

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Sicily The football being kicked by Italy’s boot, Sicily is located towards the south and bestknown for its rich history. Being the home and burial ground for the Romans and many other ancient cultures means there’s plenty of archaeological sites to see, including the wellpreserved Valley of the Temples in Agrigento and spectacular Selinunte columns. If you’re visiting Sicily for its Mediterranean flavours, you’ve picked the right place. This Italian region holds many family-owned restaurants that use timeless recipes

passed down through generations and island-grown ingredients such as shellfish, pistachios and ricotta. During your visit, Mount Etna, Europe’s highest and most active volcano, should be on your to-do list, whether you wish to hike through the nature trails in the summer or ski down the slopes in the winter. However, if you’re looking for a more relaxing trip, Palermo offers many food markets and Baroque churches.

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Cappella Palatina – This extraordinary chapel was constructed in 1130 and showcases golden mosaics and marbled floors.

Parco Archeologico Della Neapolis – Syracuse's archaeological park holds a 16,000-capacity amphitheatre that’s well worth a visit.

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Sorrento & the Amalfi Coast The Amalfi Coast and its gateway city, Sorrento, is one of the most eye-popping travel destinations in Europe. You may have seen pictures of the pastel-hued houses tumbling down the cliffs of Positano and Praiano, but nothing compares to seeing these panoramas in the flesh. The list of photogenic towns and villages worth visiting is endless and each of them delights in its own way. However, whether you opt for family-friendly Maiori or historic Amalfi, they’re all joined metaphorically by a glamourous atmosphere and physically by the Path of the Gods hiking trail. If you’re staying in nearby Naples rather than on the coast itself, your last stop before swapping train tracks for bus seats will be Sorrento. As the largest city in this part of Italy, it’s the perfect introduction to the Amalfi Coast. There are plenty of tempting restaurants, a small yet pretty harbour and an alluring shopping street where the scents of lemon and lavender soap waft from the store fronts.

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Positano – Arguably the most captivating town along the Amalfi Coast, Positano is the archetypal postcard picture of the region.

Valle delle Ferriere, Amalfi – Hike though this otherworldly valley takes you past ruined ironworks and cascading waterfalls. Far-removed from the bustling beaches.

Travel from Positano to Sorrento by sea and visit Capri for an overnight stay.

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Venice Made up of hundreds of little islands, the beautiful city of Venice is where you can discover gorgeous Venetian architecture, canalside bistros and fascinating art museums, all from a short water taxi ride. However, if you’d rather explore by foot, you can escape down narrow backstreets to come across many charming bridges, linking the various islands together. The Adriatic Sea surrounds this magnificent city and creates an S-shaped waterway through its

centre, more widely known as the Grand Canal. Along here, you’ll find the Rialto Bridge, the oldest of four bridges stretching over its width. See why it’s called the City of Romance when wandering through the labyrinthine streets or taking a short tour on a gondola during dusk. You’ll see a stunning fuchsia-pink sunset behind all of the traditional, Venetian buildings.

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Saint Mark’s Basilica – This unforgettable cathedral features luminous mosaics that glow in the sunlight and ginormous Byzantine domes.

Punta Della Dogana – This triangularshaped building, filled with contemporary art, sculptures and photos, provides amazing views over the lagoon.

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Verona Shakespeare chose Verona as the setting for his most famous love story and it’s no surprise he felt such a romantic destination was fitting. A visit to Juliet’s House may be one of the most touristy things to do in Verona but, as long as your list of activities doesn’t start and end there, we’ll forgive you for reminiscing about these famous, star-crossed lovers. Other things for which this northern Italian city is famous include fabulous operatic performances in the gigantic Roman amphitheatre, fantastic archaeological museums, quaint bridges over the River Adige and the well-manicured lawns of GiardinoGiusti. A recently restored funicular can take you up to the hilltop Castel San Pietro, revealing stunning views over Verona and the rolling hills in the distance.

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Verona Arena – Built in the 1st century, the impressive amphitheatre used to hold crowds of 20,000. It’s still used for open-air concerts today.

Biblioteca Capitolare – The oldest library in Europe is home to priceless books and ancient manuscripts.

Journey away from Verona and enjoy life along the shores of Lake Garda.

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Netherlands Centuries-old traditions like clog making, cheese production and tulip cultivation combine with modern architecture and trendy cities to ensure the little country of The Netherlands pacts a big punch. Just visiting Amsterdam is tantamount to calling this nation ‘Holland’, something which fewer people are doing having realised it sells the country short on what it can offer. The stereotypes may make the headlines, but if you look past the windmills, cycling and flower

markets, there’s more rich culture to be found. Galleries and museums are littered with the works of the Dutch Masters, cafés (pubs) lie on most corners ready to welcome you with open arms and charming fishing villages show how the entire country is connected to and by the water. Plus, outside of the cities, agricultural customs are kept alive in the rolling, flat fields.

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What was originally a small fishing village in the 12th century is now a top tech hub with many world-class museums, exciting attractions and scenic canals. Grab a bike and cycle down the weaving narrow lanes to discover many laid-back bars and delightful, family-owned restaurants serving up delicious cuisine. The River Amstel runs through the city centre, creating the iconic canals with beautiful bridges stretched over the top. Why not take a canal cruise to see the city from a different angle or rent a pedal boat for a bit of fun? Amsterdam draws in plenty of tourists each year due to its rich heritage portrayed in the Anne Frank House, Krijtberg and Van Gogh museum. Each showcases a different time in history and is as fascinating as the next – and there’s still plenty more besides these famous examples.

Heineken Experience – If you’re into beer and wish to enjoy a museum with a difference, why not try out the Heineken Experience and see what you’ll learn?

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The Rotterdam skyline is dominated by modern structures like the Cube Houses, Markthal and Erasmus Bridge. This is partly because of the devastation the city experienced during WWII but also because Rotterdam continues to produce and attract some of the most innovative minds in urban design. It’s a destination that is endlessly pleasing to explore on foot, helped by a plethora of bridges over the New and Old Maas Rivers. These waterways both characterise the city and provide escape from it when you want to take a boat trip to nearby Kinderdijk.

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Just like Rotterdam, The Hague is a great city through which to wander without too much direction. Over the years, it has worked hard to shake off the tag of being all about business and bureaucracy, and thanks to growing cultural and culinary scenes, the tide is changing. The arts have played a key role in this, helping to create a destination where live music and world-class museums are just as likely to be found as stately buildings and partying politicians.

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Markthal, Rotterdam – This food market offers plenty of local specialities to dig into and is an architectural marvel too.

Mauritshuis, The Hague – The pick of a great bunch of museums in the city, this gallery features plenty of works from the Dutch Golden Age.

Visit Delft and the pottery factory.

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Eindhoven may be lower on the list of Dutch cities that immediately come to mind, but there are plenty of exciting goings-on to warrant a visit. Forged by, and around, electronics giant Philips, it still has a hand or two play in the world of technology and innovation – not least during the annual Dutch Design Week in October.

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And that’s just the tip of the iceberg in terms of events, many of which, rather fittingly, have light at the forefront. September sees illuminations installed throughout the city to celebrate Eindhoven’s liberation from Allied Forces in 1944, whilst GLOW (a festival of light art) brings yet more radiance to the city in November. Whilst there may not be any windmills or tulips in sight, the Netherlands’ fifth-largest city is leading the way in terms of cycling. The glow in the dark Van Gogh Roosegaarde Cycle Path and Hovenring (floating cycle path) bring trademark imagination to the hobby.

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Philips Museum – This interactive attraction plots the company’s history from its inception over 125 years ago. Philips started in the 1800s but the museum is as modern as they come.

Nuenen – This small village outside Eindhoven was once home to Vincent Van Gogh and many of its buildings are immortalised in his work.

Combine your visit with a stay in Belgium.

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Poland has been shaped by its recent history more than most European countries. The fact that it was caught in the middle of two world wars means it suffered much devastation, but the scars are starting to fade with the addition of modern architecture, thoughtful memorials and the reintegration of the Jewish community. Where buildings have been restored or redesigned, their architectural styles merge and juxtapose with Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance structures that indicate a point further back in time when revered knights were the ones having the battles.

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As far as urban adventures go, Warsaw and Kraków remain the obvious choices. However, travellers are discovering more of the country these days, bringing charming cities like Poznan, Gdańsk and Zamość into consideration. There’s no shortage of rural activities, though, hosted by several beautiful national parks. The north invites kayakers and canoers to traverse the system of lakes, whilst the southern mountain ranges are a playground for avid hikers. Plus, when you return to civilisation, there’s plenty of heart-warming and stomach-filling food to enjoy.

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Built by centuries of amber trade, destroyed during World War II, and then rebuilt to its former glory, Gdańsk is unique amongst Polish cities. As one of the biggest maritime ports in the Baltic region, there is plenty of seafaring history and influence streaming through the streets. Occasionally known as Danzig, when under Prussian rule, it displays a diverse mix of architecture, cuisine and attractions thanks to wealthy merchants who arrived from surrounding countries.

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Another reason to visit Gdańsk is a range of pleasant beaches that get surprisingly hot in the summer months. These sandy spots stretch up the coast to nearby Gdynia, another maritime city worth visiting and one which joins Gdańsk and Sopot to form the Trojmiasto (Tri-City area). Gdynia has been propelled to popularity by a calendar of fantastic festivals, some interesting museums, riverside restaurants and the elegant TeatrMuzyczny (Musical Theatre).

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Dlugie Pobrzeze (Long Embankment), Gdańsk – A waterside setting with characteristically narrow houses, al-fresco restaurants and the odd crane that has become a symbol of the city.

Gdynia Marina – Gdynia’s waterside district is littered with museum ships (including a destroyer called ORP Błyskawica) and also features the aquarium.

Extend your stay and visit Sopot for the full tri-city experience.

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Kraków Although Kraków may not be Poland’s capital city anymore, its fifty festivals a year celebrating art, music, theatre and, of course, food prove it is still the cultural capital. The National Pierogi Festival – where you can try dumplings in all shapes, sizes, colours and flavours – is a standout event. Kraków is located on the Vistula River and dates back to the 7th century, making it one of the oldest cities in Poland, which you can see through its historic architectural styles. If you walk out from the city centre, you’ll see the

architectural styles evolve from oldest to newest, including Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Art Nouveau. When wandering around the Old Town, you may stumble upon many local restaurants serving up tasty delights like the traditional Polish sausage, ‘kiełbasa’, and national obsession ‘lody’ (ice cream). Don’t forget to pair your meal with some Kraków vodka.

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RynekGlówny – Visit Kraków’s Main Market Square in the Old Town to see the medieval Cloth Hall, picturesque St. Mary’s Basilica and the leaning Town Hall Tower.

Wieliczka Salt Mine – Wander through magnificent rock salt chambers and past underground saline lakes.

Include a day trip to Auschwitz – Birkenau during your stay.

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Poznan A city without the crowds of Berlin and Warsaw, and half-way between the two geographically, Poznan has forged its own niche thanks to its vibrant nightlife and energetic attitude to, well, everything. The friendly locals will welcome you to the spot where the Polish nation was first founded and then encourage you to visit the various historic buildings, museums and attractions that tell the country’s story. Everything surrounds the alluring Old Town Square where lively restaurants offer somewhere to sample some of Poland’s great beer. Choose to venture further out, though, and you’ll discover medieval churches and one of the last surviving daily steam passenger services in Europe.

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Merchants’ Houses – A row of narrow, colourful houses on the Old Market Square sets the scene perfectly. The neighbouring town hall is just as impressive.

3D Mural, Śródka district – A painted 3D mural depicting a collage of colourful houses. It’s official name is (Śródka Tale with Trumpeter on the Roof and Cat in the Background).

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The capital of Poland, where skyscrapers rise up above the red roofs of the Old Town and a harmonious blend between modern and ancient architecture can be seen from the opposing side of the Vistula River. When wandering around Warsaw, take a stroll down the Royal Route where you’ll discover elegant palaces and beautiful parks. Or, walk along the west bank of the river, down the Vistula Boulevard that’s bursting with waterside restaurants and contemporary museums such as the Copernicus Science Centre and Museum of Modern Art. Beneath all the Baroque, Gothic, Neoclassical and Renaissance architecture - in both the Old and New Town - are plenty of fascinating museums showcasing the city’s rich past, cool bars serving up creative cocktails and chic cafés offering trendy coffees you won’t want to miss out on.

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Palace of Culture & Science – A socialist realist palace completed in 1955 that’s currently the tallest building in Poland. Its 30th floor observation terrace is the spot to visit.

Warsaw Rising Museum – Housed in a former tram power station, you’ll discover photographs, film archives and personal accounts from the summer of 1944.

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Wroclaw If you want to make sure you don’t get in trouble with the locals, the first thing to learn is that it’s ‘vrots-waff’ not ‘row-claw’. It’s an easy mistake to make but, luckily, the city is a lot easier to get your head around than the name. Wroclaw can thank its status as 2016 European Capital of Culture and the healthy population of youthful students for the increase in investment and tourism in recent years, but it’s still not so much that it ruins the off-the-beaten-track nature of Poland’s fourth-largest destination. Charming squares, cobbled streets and quaint bridges lead you through the various different districts. Who’s to say whether you’ll find the most pleasure in the peaceful riverside parks, the striking Gothic architecture or the animated nightlife but, when you’re finished exploring, you’ll be just as well-travelled as the little dwarfs that pop up all over the city.

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Cathedral Island (Ostrów Tumski) – A stunning cathedral, Archdiocese Museum and the basilica. Arrive at dusk to see the lamplighter illuminating the traditional gas lamps.

Kolejkowo – See some of the buildings and monuments around you, and elsewhere in Lower Silesia, in miniature form at Poland’s largest model railway.

Enhance your holiday with a day trip or overnight stay in Prague.

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Portugal As you walk along Portugal’s cobblestone paths, you’ll pass pastel-coloured houses with red roofs, historic buildings with intricate architecture and beautiful beaches where the emerald sea laps the fine, white sand. Portugal’s beauty unfolds in the most unlikely places, whether it be hiking in Peneda-Gerês National Park or exploring the captivating metropolis that is Lisbon.

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There are so many sights to see, from down in the Algarve to up by the coastal city of Porto, including a plethora of castles and historic monuments. You’re never too far from learning more of the country’s rich heritage or getting that picture-perfect shot.

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Chargrilled fish, seafood stew and smoked meats are just a few examples of how Portugal has perfected the art of cooking, providing plenty of delicious dishes everyone should try when visiting.

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Portugal’s history of maritime exploration means that its territories stretch into the Atlantic Ocean to include the Azores and Madeira. Both beautiful destinations, they feature stunning natural landscapes, a plethora of outdoor adventures to try and a fair bit of history to boot.

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Consisting of nine major islands, the Azores Archipelago is one of the premier whalewatching spots in the world. It’s not all about fauna here, though, as there’s plenty of flora to enjoy too. Marine and biosphere reserves ensure everything is protected, whilst also offering a playground in which to try paragliding, sailing or even canyoning. The volcanic landscapes are just waiting to be explored. The ‘Flower Island’, Madeira, is just as easy on the eye. Helped by the Atlantic sun, blooms burst into life all year round and can be seen everywhere from the various botanical and public gardens to the remote interiors of the island. Madeira quenches your metaphorical thirst for adventure with pleasant hiking trails alongside the iconic levadas (irrigation channels) and quenches your literal thirst with plentiful wine tasting opportunities.

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Sete Cidades Caldera, São Miguel Island, The Azores – Perhaps the most striking example of the volcanic terrain here, this crater lake will leave your jaw on the floor.

Wicker Toboggan Ride, Funchal, Madeira – Travel down the slopes of the Monte district, courtesy of a wicker basket toboggan. It’s an old tradition and a thrilling way to get around.

Embark on a whale watching tour during your stay.

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Lisbon Being the stunning capital of Portugal means that Lisbon draws in plenty of tourists each year. Its bustling city centre, welcoming atmosphere and abundance of attractions are what make it a popular destination. Whether you’re planning a cultural trip, city break or beach holiday, Lisbon is the place for you. This city is spread out over seven different hills, so if you’re planning to visit all of the sights during your trip, make sure you’re prepared for

some steep, up-hill climbs. However, an easier way of getting around would be to use the trams, number 28 to be exact, as this tram will take you to all the city’s highlights for a very affordable price. The largest city in Portugal is full of narrow, cobbled streets you can get lost down whilst you discover family-run restaurants selling fresh seafood or cute little buildings with tiled facades.

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Castelo De São Jorge – This 11th-century monstrosity towers above Lisbon, providing picture-perfect panoramic views and an insight into the country’s rich history.

National Tile Museum – This museum’s large collection allows you to go on a journey through the history of tiles, starting from the 15th century to the present day.

Visit Sintra during your stay in Lisbon.

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Must see Monument Church Of St. Francis – From the outside, this may be observed as a Gothic church. However, once you step inside you’ll see the astounding Baroque interior.

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Porto Also known as Oporto, the beautiful city of Porto - famous for its port wine - is located along the Douro River estuary and displays a charming blend of historic cobbled streets, modern bridges and colourful traditional houses with flower-covered balconies. Being one of the oldest European centres means that Porto holds many traditional restaurants serving up Portuguese cuisine, as well as fascinating galleries and museums filled with ancient pieces. However, there are also plenty of modern monuments in this metropolitan area, including Porto’s riverside quarter Ribeira that holds a long strip of cafes, restaurants and shops that all overlook the river.

Or alternatively Livraria Lello – When you enter, you’ll immediately see why this 20th-century, Neo-Gothic bookshop influenced some of the Harry Potter books.

Get a flavour of the atmosphere when wandering the narrow lanes and turning around picturesque corners, where breathtaking tiled facades can be found.

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Something extra Enjoy wine tasting in the Douro Valley.

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Spain Spain has the perfect blend of quiet, coastal towns neighbouring beautiful beaches; rural destinations showcasing magnificent landscapes; and awe-inspiring cities bursting with stunning cathedrals, unique buildings and amazing palaces. You won’t know where to start.

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small nearby towns, whether it be the Old Town in Pals or botanical garden in Blanes.

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Home to a plethora of glorious cities, Spain is a great place to visit when wanting a city break. Each destination displays its own culture and history through magnificent architecture like La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona and the Alcazaba in Malaga. Or, take a break from the hustle and bustle of the cities and climb the astonishing Picos de Europa.

Along Spain’s Mediterranean coastline - in the Costa Brava region - you’ll discover plenty of gorgeous beaches that experience a warm, sunny climate all year round. You never know what you’ll discover as you explore the many

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The Balearic Islands are a Spanish archipelago made up of four large islands – Ibiza, Formentera, Mallorca and Menorca. Best known for being a popular party destination, Ibiza is also a historical spot for tourists who wish to explore the fascinating Old Town.

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Situated just off the south coast of Ibiza is Formentera, a beautiful island home to some of the most exquisite beaches. Walk along these long slithers of fine, white sand and paddle your toes in the calm, turquoise waters or grab a ferry over to the island of Mallorca to hike up Serra de Tramuntana.

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The final island in this collection is Menorca, the perfect holiday destination for water babies. Whether it’s swimming, kayaking or sailing that you love, you’ll be able to enjoy plenty of water sports here in the calm seas. Montpellier

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Palma Cathedral, Mallorca – In Palma, you’ll discover the island’s magnificent 14thcentury cathedral with Gothic architecture and 61 colourful stained-glass windows.

Can Marça Caves, Ibiza – Discover the world underneath the island of Ibiza through a tour of the Can Marça Caves to see formations of stalagmites and stalactites.

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Barcelona In this seaside city, you can climb up mountains, relax on the beach and visit many awe-inspiring buildings with beautifully unique architecture, such as the works of Antoni Gaudi. Park Guell showcases his best efforts with the multicoloured mosaic salamander welcoming you and Casa Batlló’s curved blue roof that resembles a dragon. When wandering down bustling Las Ramblas, you’ll discover plenty of Catalan restaurants that transform flavoursome ingredients, like cured

ham and seafood from La Boqueria Market, into remarkable delicacies. Grab an outside table to observe the nearby walkers, admire the stunning sunset and enjoy the live music. However, if you wish to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, you can go kayaking or paddle boarding in the Mediterranean Sea. Or, choose to catch the cable car to the top of Montjuïc and wander around its magnificent castle and the outstanding National Art Museum of Catalonia.

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La Sagrada Familia – This Roman Catholic Basilica showcases a unique blend of Art Nouveaux and Gothic architecture and is a must-see when visiting Barcelona.

Barri Gòtic – The charming Gothic Quarter is full of narrow, cobbled streets that’ll have you guessing what’s around the next corner.

Experience the F1 Grand Prix.

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Bilbao The Basque identity is a big part of any trip to Bilbao and so you’re sure to leave with a much greater idea of what it means to be from the ‘País Vasco’. From the delicious pintxos (a version of tapas) that will lure you into trendy bars to the cultural art found in the halls of museums like Euskal Museoa, the experience is very immersive. The city can thank the jewel in its crown, the Guggenheim Museum, for kick-starting its journey to increased awareness. Since Frank Gehry designed this masterpiece, various other beacons of modern architecture have emerged to provide Bilbao with a cutting edge. Add in some interesting sights from centuries gone by and a few inviting urban parks and you’ve got an excellently well-rounded destination to discover.

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Guggenheim Museum – This magnificent building is the must-see attraction in Bilbao. Admire modern art from the likes of Anish Kapoor, Jeff Koons and Eduardo Chillida.

La Ribera Market – The largest indoor market in Europe is the perfect place in which to dive head-first into Basque cuisine.

Cross the border into France for a multi-country stay.

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The golden metropolis, capital of art, cosmopolitan city. Whatever you decide to call the charming city of Madrid, you’ll be sure to return again and again – especially if you’re an art lover – to discover more captivating masterpieces. Whether it be contemporary pieces or historic works of art that take your fancy, you’re bound to find your favourites here.

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This beautiful city lies on the River Manzanares and is home to many astounding attractions, including Plaza De Toros, an impressive bullring, and Plaza Mayor, a spectacular square that showcases magnificent architecture and hosts magical Christmas markets. If you’re a foodie, Madrid is the place for you. It has embraced Spain’s creative cuisine, making it one of the richest culinary capitals in Europe. You can choose to indulge in a formal, sit-down meal underneath traditional vaulted ceilings or enjoy an al-fresco dining experience with delicious tapas.

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Museo Nacional Del Prado – Observe around 1,500 different masterpieces, some from the likes of Goya and Velázquez, all providing an insight into the rich Spanish history.

Parque Del Buen Retiro – Explore beautiful gardens lined with lush greenery, broken up by stone monuments and beautiful buildings.

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Malaga Who would have thought the birthplace of Pablo Picasso would be brimming with captivating art? Along with the museum housed in the genius’s former home, Malaga has plenty more up its sleeve when it comes to creative flare. Popular galleries and an emerging SOHO district join the modern port area in adding some youthful zest to the city. The gateway to the Costa del Sol hasn’t forgot its past, though, and so historical attractions like the Roman Amphitheatre and Moorish Alcazaba are as popular as ever. Malaga is also known for its sweet wine; taste it in the soaked-raisinflavoured local ice cream or the many bars that help extend the fun well into the early hours.

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Picasso Museum – Over 200 of Picasso’s works are on display, alongside constantly changing temporary exhibitions.

Catedral de la Encarnación – Renaissance flourishes on the outside and beautiful frescoes on the inside, Malaga Cathedral is a work of art of a different kind.

Journey south and enjoy a longer stay in the Costa del Sol.

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Seville When wandering around this beautiful Spanish city, you’ll feel as though you’ve taken a step through a doorway to the past, as you find yourself surrounded by Gothic cathedrals, royal palaces and Baroque churches. If you’re fascinated by 12th to 17th-century architecture, walking through Seville will be like entering a sweet shop. Down the narrow, medieval streets, flamenco dancing clubs blast out seductive

music, family-owned restaurants serve-up traditional tapas and bars are crowded with locals wanting an end-of-day drink. However, if you’re looking to practise some outdoor activities, you’ll be pleased to hear there are four different golf courses and several hiking and biking trails in the nearby Sierra Norte Nature Reserve.

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Real Alcázar – This UNESCO-listed palace showcases a beautiful blend of Mudéjar and Christian architecture that’ll blow you away.

Metropol Parasol – Also known as the Mushrooms. This iconic structure, designed to be a gigantic sunshade, allows you to climb up to the top and see the stunning city of Seville.

Visit Cadiz and enjoy a two-centre holiday.

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Valencia Just behind Madrid and Barcelona in terms of size, Valencia is arguably more liveable and authentic then both of them. Walking the streets reveals a mix of bustling markets, Michelinstarred restaurants and contemporary buildings that show the city isn’t afraid to step away from its past. Whilst the impressive Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias complex lies on the outskirts of town, close to the start of a green belt of gardens created by diverting the river around the centre, the interior offers a compact collection of churches and historic landmarks. Fuelled by paella and other delicious local treats, your legs (and the extensive metro system) can take you from urban surroundings to the nearby beach. Revel in the Mediterranean atmosphere before heading back into the heart of Valencia for yet more cultural explorations.

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Casco Histórico – Valencia’s Old Town is a treasure trove of historic landmarks linked together by narrow streets.

Oceanogràfic – Located within the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, this is Europe’s largest aquarium. As well as fish, it’s also home to birds, sea lions and beluga whales.

Extend your holiday with a stay on one of the Balearic Islands.

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Scandinavia The extreme nature of life in Scandinavia means that the people in this part of the world don’t do things by half. Perhaps it’s the continuous cycle of endless night followed by endless day that drives them to push boundaries in the fields of design, environmentalism, cuisine and outdoor activities.

forests, peaceful lakes and bottomless fjords. These wildernesses beckon adventurous travellers to enjoy fast-past pursuits like husky sledging, admire wildlife in its natural habitat, or simply gaze in awe at Mother Nature’s show – a show which regularly includes the stunning Northern Lights.

And speaking of fields, there are plenty of them to be enjoyed this far north, along with other remote natural landscapes like enchanting

Geographically speaking, Scandinavia includes Norway, Sweden and Finland. However, due to

its rule over parts of Sweden in the past and an impressive bridge that links Malmo to Copenhagen, Denmark is often included in the conversation too. Whichever country you choose, though, there are plenty of cutting edge cities to explore, each displaying values that make them unmistakably Scandinavian.

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10, 17, 24, 31 July 14, 21, 28 August 4, 18, September

25 September 2 October

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• Visit a Swedish country farmstead for a traditional fika. • See the intricately-designed Borgund Stave Church, erected in 1180. • Overnight in a historic manor house in the Swedish countryside.

• 12 breakfasts, 8 dinners • Savour Swedish cuisine in Stockholm’s old town. • Experience the New Nordic Cuisine movement in Copenhagen.

Days 1 - 2 - Copenhagen Day 3 - Swedish Countryside Days 4 - 5 - Stockholm Days 6 - 7 - Oslo Day 8 - Flam Days 9 - 10 - Loen/Geiranger Days 11 - 13 - Bergen

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Denmark Perhaps it’s the fact that Danes grow up surrounded by Lego. Maybe it’s because there’s an unwritten rule that promotes equality amongst all citizens (Janteloven). Or could it be forward-thinking attitudes to politics and social aspects, meaning Denmark was the first country to legalise same sex marriage and achieve ambitious eco-friendly targets. Whatever it is that makes the country one of the happiest in the world, the locals want you to be just as cheerful as they are during your stay.

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And how can that not be the case? Fantastic urban planning and accessible cycle schemes make getting around easy, whilst a plethora of restaurants at the forefront of a new wave of Nordic culinary flare means you’ll never go hungry. Plus, a storied past featuring Vikings, kings and fairytale characters ensures there’s plenty of history to unearth as well.

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Copenhagen The picture-perfect Nyhavn acts as a waterfront, canal and entertainment district, so it’s a mustsee when visiting. You’ll be able to admire a rainbow of houses forming a beautiful backdrop, cyclists zooming past on their commute and small boats floating in the water. Remember your camera as you’ll want to capture this beautiful scene. Photo by Anton Karatkevich on Unsplash

The Danish capital is home to around 15 Michelin-starred restaurants, so why not put one on your to-do list as a special holiday treat? However, if you’re on the hunt for a more casual dining experience, visiting the local food markets, stalls and trucks may suit you better, with endless options of fresh produce, tasty dishes and street food. Copenhagen also has an extremely rich culture. So, whether you choose to observe Danish Golden Age paintings, walk around royal palaces or get up close and personal with ancient Egyptian sculptures, you’re sure to learn plenty.

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Nationalmuseet – You could spend a whole day in Denmark’s National Museum marvelling at the country’s rich heritage

Tivoli Gardens – Jump on amusement rides, get involved with carnival games and watch open-air performances at Tivoli Gardens.

Cross ‘The Bridge’ and visit both Copenhagen and Malmo.

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Finland Finland is a little, hidden gem up in the north of Europe, bordering the Baltic Sea. Blanketed by thick woodlands, this Nordic country is home to 40 national parks in which you can hike, cycle and camp. Visit during the spring months to see trees blooming with colour and watch the beautiful animals taking care of their young.

can visit and see the various architectural designs, unique local shops and restaurants serving up traditional finish cuisine. When you think of Finland, the snow-covered forests of Lapland probably come to mind. However, both spring and autumn are still great times to visit Finland. In fact, these the best months to go if you wish to see the Aurora Borealis.

However, if towns and cities are more up your street, there’s plenty in the south of Finland you

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Helsinki Whilst the majority of tourists may travel to Finnish Lapland to experience dog sledding and meet Father Christmas, the capital of Finland, Helsinki has plenty more to offer. The backstreets are filled with beautiful architecture, unique dining and drinking venues create the perfect setting for your evening meal and there are large parks filled with lush, green trees. However, Helsinki isn’t just a city, it’s an archipelago that consists of around 330 islands accessed via ferries. So, if you’re wanting a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, escape to the islands as they provide the best set-ups for beach days with friends and family camping trips.

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Suomenlinna – Jump on a ferry to the island of Suomenlinna and discover former bunkers, fortress walls and many museums.

Ateneum – Inside this Neo-Renaissance building are plenty of Finnish sculptures and paintings from the Golden Age.

Include the Helsinki Card with your stay and explore further.

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Iceland If Iceland’s name fully described what to expect when arriving on its shores, you’d be met with nothing but barren ice fields and frozen landscapes. However, whilst there’s definitely plenty of ice, the country is a lot greener and beautiful than many people think. A myriad of impressive natural sights line up to vie for your attention. Geysers spring to life at regular intervals, waterfalls rarely cease their aquatic shows and volcanoes loom

large in the background. It’s an adventurer’s playground. Providing ideal bases for your outdoor pursuits, the island offers a great range of urban destinations – if you can call them that. From traditional fishing towns like Seyðisfjörður to vibrant and tourist-friendly Reykjavik, there are plenty of places in which to learn about the culture before setting off into the wild.

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Akureyri Akureyri, also known as the Capital of the North is Iceland’s second-largest city after Reykjavik. However, the fact that it’s full of quirky cafes, elegant restaurants and beautiful art galleries that draw in tourists by the thousands each year proves that it doesn’t play second fiddle in any other aspect. During the summer months, this town’s botanical gardens are booming with colourful flowers, despite the snow-capped peaks in the background. Exploring Eyjafjörður, one of the longest fjords in the country, brings plenty of wildlife into view, including puffins and even humpback whales.

Suggested holiday:

If you’re a serious Christmas lover, you may wish to visit the fairy tale-inspired Christmas House, open 365 days of the year. The sweets on its bright red roof and white, snow-like detailing mean you can’t miss it.

Daily departures and regional flight options available

Highlights of Iceland Itinerary: Depart UK – Reykjavik – Hveragerdi Thingvellir – Gullfoss – Geysir – South Shore - Kirkjubaejarklaustur – Skaftafell – Jokulsarlon – Hofn – Djupivogur – Reydarfjordur – Egilsstadir – Dettifoss – Husavik – Myvatn – Akureyri/Skagafjordur – Reykholt – Borgarnes – Hvalfjordur – Reykjavik – Arrive UK What’s Included: • Seven nights’ 3* accommodation with breakfast • Economy-category car rental for the duration of your stay • Return flights from the UK

From £1,199pp

Price is based on two adults sharing a room departing London Luton on 10th May 2020.

Must see

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Akureyri Church – Positioned on top of a hill, this spectacular church is visible from every angle in Akureyri. Inside you can see the sun shine through the stained-glass windows.

Laufas Museum – Visit these old turf houses to see their unique design and 20th-century furnishings that explain how Icelanders used to live.

Why not embark on a whale watching tour during your stay?

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Reykjavík • Northern Lights Cruise • Search for the Northern Lights • Golden Circle • Thingvellir National Park • Geysir • Gullfoss Waterfall • Lava Exhibition Centre • Vík • Seljalandsfoss • Skógar Museum • Skógafoss • Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon • Skaftafell National Park • Vatnajökull Glacier • Blue Lagoon

Magical Northern Lights

Double Solo

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January – March 2020

October 2020 - March 2021 4, 5, 7, 10, 11, 13 January

6, 10, 15, 31 January 3, 10, 24, 28 February 2, 6, 9, 11, 13, 16 March 23, 27 March

1, 6, 7, 12, 13, 15, 16, October 18, 19, 21, 27 October 28, 30, 31 October 2, 6, 11, 12, 14 November 15, 17, 18, 20 November 24, 27, 29, 30 November 2, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11 December 12, 14 December

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(featured itinerary)

17, 19, 23, 25, 28, 31 January 3, 4, 6, 7 February 9, 10, 15, 16, 19 February 21, 23, 28 February 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9 March 12, 13, 15, 16, 19 March 21, 22, 24 March

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Cultural Experiences

Culinary Inclusions

Itinerary

• Explore Skógar Museum, covering all aspects of Icelandic life. • Experience the energy at the geothermal fields of Geysir and Strokkur. • Learn about the volcanic nature of Iceland during a visit to the Lava Exhibition Centre.

• 5 breakfasts, 5 dinners • Savour gourmet Icelandic cuisine at a popular local restaurant. • Challenge your taste buds with a sample of traditional hákarl (cured shark meat) and Brennivín (Icelandic schnapps).

Day 1 - Reykjavík Days 2 - 4 - Vík Day 5 - 6 - Reykjavík On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

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Reykjavik Lying just on the edge of the Arctic Circle, Reykjavik is the world’s northern most capital. As well as providing a fantastic balance between adventurous pursuits and leisurely attractions, it also establishes an equilibrium between the polar night, when the Northern Lights often shine, and the Midnight Sun, when, for a few weeks at least, daylight is perpetual. For a small city, there’s plenty of culture to discover, including performances at the stunning Harpa Concert Hall and some intriguing museums. The relationship with the harbour, and the sea in general, is easy to see and, when you climb to the top of the beautiful Hallgrimskirkja, you can look out towards the wilderness, where exciting excursions will take you.

Must see

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Hallgrímskirkja – The shape of the building’s exterior mimics sections of the pipe organ that can be found inside. Climb to the top for great views over the city.

Perlan – A relatively new attraction, this complex features a real indoor ice cave, Northern Lights planetary show and an observation deck.

Experience some of the most popular sites in Iceland with a Golden Circle day trip.

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Day 1: Reykjavík, Iceland - Tour Begins Begin in the capital city of Reykjavík. Join a local expert for a walking tour of the city’s old section featuring Hallgrimskirkja church, city hall, the harbour and Reykjavík’s oldest building, home of the Kraum Icelandic design centre. Tonight, get to know your fellow travellers during a grand Icelandic dinner at a popular local restaurant. (D) Day 2: Reykjavík - Golden Circle - Reykjavík Travel the stunning Golden Circle, a route encompassing many of Iceland’s most renowned natural wonders: waterfalls, glaciers, geysers, lava fields and volcanos. Your adventure begins with a stop at a family-run dairy farm. You’ll be welcomed by one of the family members who will share with you what a “day-in-the-life” is like for them before you enjoy various cheeses that are made right there on the farm together with a taste of their famous ice cream. Continue to Thingvellir National Park, where Icelanders gathered in A.D. 930 and established one of the world’s first parliaments. Find yourself standing upon one of the globe’s most geologically significant landscapes - Thingvellir’s rugged rift valley. This UNESCO site marks the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, the meeting point of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. Next, marvel at the beauty of the Gullfoss (Golden Falls) waterfall, a stunning 100-foot

double cascade. Stop at the famous thermal area of Geysir to admire the hot spring Strokkur’s explosive vertical spout that reaches a height of up to 90 feet. Your day concludes with a visit to Friðheimar greenhouse cultivation centre, where you’ll learn how the locals grow delicious, pesticide-free tomatoes and cucumbers with the aid of Iceland’s geothermal energy. You’ll also learn about their family tradition of breeding Icelandic show horses. (B) Day 3: Reykjavík - Snæfellsnes - Breidafjördur Cruise - Stykkishólmur Experience the otherworldliness of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Take in the dramatic landscapes of black and white sand beaches and rocky coastlines, soaring waterfalls and volcanic craters, intimate fishing villages, and the remarkable Snæfellsjökull glacier. It’s your choice! Select a guided Vatnshellir Cave tour and descend 100 feet below ground to an 8,000-year-old lava tube where you’ll experience total darkness and see amazing rock pigments, lava formations, stalagmites and stalactites -OR- choose to walk the lava field and put your camera to work snapping photos of the varying textures and colours of this dramatic landscape that is truly nature’s artwork. Next, embark on a true Icelandic cultural adventure as you spend time with a family that keeps alive a 400-year-

old tradition of catching and preserving the Greenland shark. See the fishing boat that their grandfather used and the tiny farmer’s church before exploring the museum, where you’ll learn more about Iceland’s deep relationship with this trade. Before you go, taste the Icelandic delicacy “hákarl” – cured shark meat. Your day concludes with a private nature cruise of Breidafjördur Bay with Seatours. Experience countless birds like puffins, cormorants, kittiwakes and the majestic white-tailed eagle soaring amongst basalt rock columns. Whilst cruising, sample fresh scallops and sea urchin roe straight from the ocean waters. Seafood simply doesn´t come fresher than this! (B, D) Day 4: Stykkishólmur - Lava Exhibition Centre - Vík Continue the adventure travelling along Iceland’s south coast. Learn about geothermal renewable energy on a visit to Hellisheiðavirkjun, the largest power station in Iceland, and the second largest geothermal power station in the world. Visit the Lava Exhibition Centre where you’ll learn about Iceland’s historical eruptions and current lava flows that make the island a showcase of volcanism. Arrive in Vík, Iceland’s southernmost village, and one of the most visited spots in Iceland. (B, D) Day 5: Vík - Skógar Museum - Vík Drive along the scenic south shore to the

Highlights Reykjavík • Golden Circle • Thingvellir National Park • Gullfoss Waterfall • Geysir • Snæfellsnes Peninsula • Breidafjördur Bay Cruise • Seljalandsfoss • Vík • Skógar Museum • Skógafoss • Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon • Vatnajökull National Park & Glacier • Lava Exhibition Centre

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Skógar Museum with its turf-built houses and outstanding collection of farm and domestic artefacts that reflect the various aspects of Icelandic life. Nearby is the impressive Skógafoss waterfall, one of the tallest in Iceland. Next, view Reynisfjara, a black volcanic sand beach scattered with caves and surrounded by basalt columns and cliffs. The beach is also rich with bird life, such as the fulmar, black guillemot, razorbill, gannet, and various types of seagulls. Later, see the unique natural rock formations at Dyrhólaey. (B, D) Day 6: Vík - Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon Skaftafel - Vík Set sail among the huge icebergs of the

Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon. Keep your eyes peeled for possible seal sightings and get to taste the 1,000 year-old ice that surrounds you. Later, stop at Skaftafell, gateway to Vatnajökull National Park, the largest national park in Europe. Marvel at the vistas of Iceland’s highest mountains, as well as the Vatnajökull glacier, Europe’s largest. (B, D) Day 7: Vík - Seljalandsfoss Waterfall Blue Lagoon or Perlan Centre-Reykjavík Before departing the south shore, make a picture stop at Seljalandsfoss, one of few waterfalls providing you with a walkway for views from the inside out. Next, it’s your choice! Perhaps you’ll embark on a drive to the Reykjanes Peninsula,

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2, 13, 19, 25 April

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known for its rugged landscape, lava fields, and numerous hot springs, including the Blue Lagoon where you can take a dip in the pleasantly warm, mineral-rich waters of the geothermal pool located in the middle of a dramatic lava field -OR- visit the Perlan Centre, where you’ll explore the wonder and mystery of Iceland through interactive exhibits; use your pass to delve into the Ice Cave, the Planetarium, the virtual aquarium and more. Later, gather with your fellow travellers for a local dining experience and share stories of your days in Iceland. (B, D) Day 8: Reykjavík - Tour Ends Depart for home with many incredible Icelandic memories. (B)

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May 2020 – April 2021 (featured itinerary)

16, 23, 25 September 7, 11, 14, 18, 25, 28 April

3, 6, 10, 20 May 7, 17, 21, 28 June 1, 8, 12, 19, 26, 29 July 2, 9, 12, 19, 30 August 2, 6, 9, 13, September

Price is based departing 7th April 2021. Price featured is for the land tour only, flight inclusive prices are available on request.

Cultural Experiences

Culinary Inclusions

Accommodation

• Learn about the 400-year-old tradition of catching and preserving the Greenland shark. • Explore Icelandic life at the Skógar Museum. • Glide past icebergs on a cruise of the ice-strewn Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon.

• 7 breakfasts, 6 dinners • Savour Icelandic cuisine at a popular local restaurant. • Try cured “hákarl,” an Icelandic delicacy. • Relish Iceland’s local cheeses during a visit to a family-owned dairy farm.

Day 1 - 2 - Reykjavík Day 3 - Stykkisholmur Days 4 - 6 - Vík Day 7-8 - Reykjavík On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

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Norway Norway can offer a vast range of holidays, from cosmopolitan city breaks in bustling locations like Oslo to remote wilderness adventures that allow you to chase the Northern Lights, kayak down stunning fjords and drive a husky sledge through magical surroundings. And, whilst your legs do most of the work during these exciting activities, your eyes will be getting a good workout too. Everywhere you go, beauty leaps out at you, whether from the natural world or the manmade fishing villages that dot the coastline.

Though the call to go in search of wildlife like polar bears and whales may be strong, many resist and head to cutting edge cities like Bergen, Alesund and Trondheim. Places like this are at the forefront of design, art and cuisine, providing plenty of culture (and fresh fish) to get your teeth into. Norwegians are amongst the friendliest people in Europe and with an attitude to nature that promotes ‘the right to roam’, they’re more than happy to share their country and all its majesty with you.

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Bergen The iconic image of Bryggen (the old wharf) sets the scene for exactly what you can expect from Nar'yan-Mar your trip to Bergen. The feeling of a charming fishing village disguised as a modern city is hard to shake, but you wouldn’t want to lose the thing that makes this destination so special. Amidst this historical setting, a range of fantastic galleries and museums establish a balance between the past and a progressive present.

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A large population of students means that the evenings are never boring but, if the nightlife gets too much, you’re never too far from the serenity of the surrounding nature. In particular, people come here for a few days before heading off to enjoy the breathtaking landscapes of the fjords.

Must see

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Funicular (Fløibanen) – Head into the seven hills surrounding Bergen for stunning views and excellent hiking trails.

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KODE Museum District – This part of town is home to four fantastic museums/galleries. As well as many other highlights, there’s a large collection of paintings by Edvard Munch.

Experience everything Bergen has to offer with a Bergen Card.

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Oslo, the city of cutting-edge cuisine, world-class architecture and captivating landmarks - what else could you ask for in a city break? Whether it’s the Michelin-starred restaurants you wish to visit or the many museums displaying historic artefacts, you won’t be disappointed. Explore this rapidly growing urban metropolis on foot or by bike to allow yourself to get the most out of your trip. Time your trip to coincide with

an outdoor music festival and you’ll get to see the talents of local bands, indie popstars and international superstars. If you’re an art lover, it may be Oslo’s booming art scene that drew you in. There are plenty of different museums and art galleries to choose from, all showcasing artists and architects from different time periods.

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Viking Ship Museum – Here you’ll get the chance to see the world’s best-preserved Viking ships up close and personal.

Ekebergparken Sculpture Park – Wander around this national heritage park and see how many pieces of the international art collection you can find.

Embark on a fjord cruise and experience Norway from a different angle.

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Stavanger With a lively waterfront, small-town feel and a penchant for art, Stavanger is similar to many of the other alluring Norwegian cities. Its modern outskirts are built thanks to money made from the oil industry, but there’s plenty of charm to the more historical inner streets. A wide range of festivals takes place during the long summers, including the feast for foodies known as Gladmat and an urban art showpiece called Nuarte Festival. Stavanger is the perfect base from which to discover Norway’s most captivating fjord, Lysefjorden. The scenery here is jaw-dropping and many travellers choose to take the hike to Pulpit Rock. From its precarious position, overhanging the water below, you can see for miles and experience a real natural thrill.

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Gamle Stavanger – Stavanger’s Old Town is quite small and easy to explore. You’ll see traditional white houses and the impressive medieval cathedral.

Archaeological Museum – Delve into the history of the region, with a big focus on the Vikings and the megalithic period.

Take a trip to Pulpit Rock for breathtaking views.

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This far north, the year is effectively divided into two distinct periods; one prolonged spell of darkness and one extended season of light. Both should be experienced but each offers the chance to witness its own phenomenon. Between September and March, the Northern Lights dance across the sky at regular intervals, whilst the summer months bathe TromsØ in the Midnight Sun.

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Whilst the central square, main shopping street and Arctic Cathedral are all worth discovering, many people come here to enjoy the great outdoors. Adventurous pursuits in the surrounding wilderness will introducing you to wildlife and natural landscapes, whilst providing some unrivalled memories. Husky sledding, reindeer feeding, whale watching and snow mobile-ing are just the tip of this exciting iceberg.

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Aurora Borealis – You can’t be in control of whether you see this natural light show. However, an aurora chase tour takes you away from the city lights gives you a great chance.

TromsØ Cable Car – Travel across the TromsØ Bridge to the cable car station. Journey to the top of Storsteinen to look down on the city and up at (fingers crossed) the Northern Lights.

During the winter period, whilst going in search of the Northern Lights, experience Husky Sledding.

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Trondheim

Out of Norway’s cities, Trondheim is considered the most photogenic, so ensure you bring your camera along with you to capture those amazing memories. This historic destination is home to many wide, pedestrianised streets, booming with independent shops selling unique accessories and clothing items you’ll want to get your hands on. However, Trondheim isn’t just a popular city for shopping, it also has a strong focus on local cuisine. If you pass any cafés, pubs or restaurants, stop by and see what they have to offer you alongside your local brew.

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The harbour is another highlight and a real pleasure to explore. You can see all of the colourful, little fishing boats gathered around the docks and hear the gulls screeching.

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The Nidaros Cathedral – Being Scandinavia’s largest medieval building means that this ornately embellished Gothic structure should definitely be on you to-do list.

Rockheim – If pop and rock are music to your ears, this museum is for you. It mainly celebrates Norwegian artists from those genres from the 1950s to today.

Include a day tour of Trondheim to experience everything that this destination has to offer.

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Sweden A spring city break in picturesque Stockholm, purchasing plenty of contemporary fashion items, may be the perfect introduction to Sweden. Wander around art galleries like the Swedish History Museum and Gothenburg Museum of Art, where you’ll see the works of Picasso, Rubens and Monet. Visit during autumn to focus on the national delights such as the Kanelbulle, a Swedish take on the cinnamon bun. Yum!

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Why not try island-hopping in the archipelago if you fancy some adventure? You can seek out challenging cycle routes, hike through national parks or canoe in the nearby waters. Looking for an action-packed winter holiday instead? The north of Sweden invites you to glide across snow and ice on a dog sled, ski down steep slopes and snowmobile past lush-green forests and frozen lakes. Get knee-deep in the ice-cold snow and return home to a warm, toasty lodge.

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Must see Gothenburg Museum of Art – Picasso, Monet and Degas; some of the names you’ll see in Sweden’s 2018 Museum of the Year, alongside Nordic works dating back to the 15th century.

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Whether it’s via a boat on the many waterways, a pleasant walk in the numerous parks or the efficient trams that rumble along the streets, you’re sure to enjoy navigating Sweden’s second city. A connection to the sea is clear to everyone, but this represents just one aspect of Gothenburg’s culture. The others can be discovered thanks to a collection of excellent museums, galleries, restaurants and festivals. Urban and rural design combine to form a delightful city that’s always ready to offer something new. There’s a pleasant café on every corner, so you’re never too far away from somewhere to indulge in ‘fika’. If you’re in need of something more substantial, though, the Feskekôrka (fish church) and a plethora of restaurants on the mainland and surroundings islands serve up an abundance of fresh seafood.

Or alternatively Liseberg – Scandinavia’s largest theme park will thrill you with rides like Helix and AtmosFear.

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Malmö Malmö’s seamless connections with Germany and Copenhagen have helped to establish it as a diverse, multi-cultural destination that is influenced by many other countries in Europe. This cosmopolitan attitude stretches throughout the streets, but can be seen most prominently in the trendy new waterfront district known as Västrahamnen. With the Turning Torso building stretching towards the sky and the Öresund Bridge spanning the strait of the same name, Malmö has an abundance of impressive architecture too.

Despite its close relationship with Denmark and the influences from elsewhere in the world, the city feels decidedly Swedish. Locals make use of the numerous coffee shops to indulge in ‘fika’ (coffee, cake and a chat), whilst the pace of life is a lot slower than it is across the BBC’s Bridge. All in all, it’s a fascinating city break destination that blends old with new, national with international and has reinvented itself to surpass its industrial past.

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Möllevången – This diverse district offers a microcosm of life in Malmö. You’ll find cuisine from all over the world, local markets and plenty of cool sights.

AnonyMouse – This art collective, create tiny shops, restaurants and attractions aimed at mice all over the city. Start your search on the corner of Bergsgatan and Almbacksgatan.

Follow in the footsteps of the hit TV series and cross ‘The Bridge’, the longest combined road and rail bridge in Europe, connecting Malmö and Copenhagen.

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Stockholm Described as the Beauty on Water by its people, Stockholm showcases a mix of past and present, from its contemporary art galleries and innovative clothing ideas to ancient relics displayed in museums and historic architecture. There’s something for everyone spread across the 14 islands that make up this unique metropolis. Choose whether you want to cross the interconnecting bridges or grab a ferry to take you from one place to another. Either way, you never quite know what’s going to be your next stop. When wandering the shop-lined streets of Drottninggatan, you can stop for a spot of retail therapy in the many Swedish stores.

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The city’s oldest district, Gamla Stan, is overflowing with gold-coloured buildings, frescoes and vaulted ceilings behind every façade, and award-winning restaurants around each corner. Cuisine is a serious passion for the swedes, whether it be their aҫai bowl for breakfast, toast Skagen or signature meatballs.

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Royal Palace – Open to the public year round, the Royal Palace is the official residence of the King of Sweden. Walk around its reception rooms and observe their spectacular interiors.

The Vasa Museum – This museum holds the 17th-century warship, Vasa, which set off during the 1600s and tipped over and sank within minutes.

Stay during the festive period and experience the Christmas markets.

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Switzerland Known for its craft beer, cuckoo clocks and chocolate, Switzerland has many traditions that contribute to its one-of-a-kind culture. This landlocked country is surrounded by France, Italy and Germany and speaks all their languages, so choose whichever you know best. Whether you’re visiting to climb up the Swiss Alps on foot or wheels, you’re bound to find it challenging yet rewarding. The expansive views over the nearby valleys, lakes and vineyards are like no others you’ve seen before. You could also

hop on an early morning hot-air balloon ride to get an even better view. If it’s the country’s cities that are on your radar, you’re probably on the hunt for the perfect waterfront bar in Zurich or wish to see the beautifully bold architecture in Basel. Whichever city you choose to visit, it will be overflowing with avant-garde art galleries and charming museum cafes.

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Swiss Travel Pass

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Camera, walking boots, your appetite – all things you should make sure you pack when heading off to Switzerland. However, there’s another thing you shouldn’t be without and that’s the Swiss Travel Pass. The home of chocolate and fondue can boast one of the best transport systems in the world and this affordable ticket allows you access to its numerous trains, buses, boats and cables cars. Combining all these journeys under one pass will make your trip to Switzerland flow smoothly, whether you’re climbing Mount Pilatus or gliding across Lake Lucerne. There are flexible options depending on how long you plan to travel and discounts are even offered for people under the age of 26. If all that’s not enough, a Swiss Travel Pass will also give you free entry to 500 different museums and up to 50% off other attractions.

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Rigi Mountain Railway – Ride to the top of Mount Rigi where you can enjoy a wide range of activities all year round.

Musée Olympique, Lausanne – Enjoy free entry to this museum, one of the best in Switzerland. Relive Olympic moments of the past and see what it takes to be the best.

You can see up to ten Swiss Lakes and watch eagles circling around, as you summit the Stanserhorn Mountain on the new CabriO cableway.

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Hiking in Switzerland providing routes to challenge experienced hikers and delight casual walkers.

Brimming with superb natural scenery, Switzerland is one of the world’s best destinations for exploring the great outdoors. There are so many different activities available, whether you arrive in summer or snow, but the best way to explore these breathtaking landscapes is on foot. Hiking trails stretch across the landscapes in every direction,

Along the way, you’ll rub shoulders with towering peaks, glistening glaciers, emerald lakes and bottomless ravines. The well-kept paths are suitably signposted and inviting ‘huttes’ welcome you in to refuel with food or rest for the night.

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Eiger Trail, Grindelwald – This route is very popular with beginners with undemanding terrain. The walk is almost entirely downhill from the Kleine Scheidegg station.

The Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge, Randa – Walk the trail that takes you over the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the world, just outside of Randa, near Zermatt.

Enjoy a gourmet Sky-dinner in a levitating cable-car. Beginning with a reception at the bottom, a hot-stone grill in the ascending cabin, followed by dessert on the way down.

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Basel

Situated where the Swiss, French and German borders meet, you’ll discover beautifully unique Basel on the banks of the River Rhine. Here you’ll find an abundance of art galleries, world-renowned museums and spectacular architecture. So, if you’re a serious lover of art and architecture, Basel is the place for you. People visit from all over the world for the Art Basel Festival, an international art fair that sells the works of both established and emerging artists. If you’re planning on visiting during June, why not pop along as see what you can discover? This city also has plenty of iconic buildings people visit from far and wide to see, including the Biz Building, an impressive office space, and the Roche Tower, the city’s tallest building. After sightseeing, wanderdown the Rhine’s south bank and cross over the Middle Bridge for a riverside meal.

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Kunstmuseum – This magnificent museum holds a wide spread of public art from the likes of Holbein, Picasso and Van Gogh that even non-art lovers will enjoy.

Vitra Campus – Modern works of furniture are showcased through the Vitra Design Museum, VitraHaus and VitraSchaudepot, alongside other unique installations.

Combine your visit to Basel with a trip to Europa-Park.

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It’s the UNESCO-listed Old Town that brings in thousands of tourists each year to pictureperfect Bern. When strolling through the aesthetically-pleasing streets, you’ll be faced with six kilometres of arcades and 15th-century sandstone facades that make great photography spots. If you carry on walking to the nearby hills, you’ll stumble upon the multi-coloured Rose Garden and get an amazing view over the redroofed buildings of the Old Town.

Bern & Lucerne

Located in central Switzerland is gorgeous Lucerne. This spectacular setting, on the shores of Lake Lucerne, is known for its pastel-coloured houses, waterfront walkways and making beautiful music – many music gigs keep the vibe upbeat. The ‘City of Lights’ draws people in through busy waterside alleys selling street food, historic bridges crossing over the river and charming plazas in its Old Town. Photo by Ricardo Gomez Angel on Unsplash

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The Zytglogge – This medieval clock tower was originally used as a guard tower. You can now see the mechanics and get a magnificent view of the city from the top.

Kapellbrücke – This wooden footbridge was first erected in the 14th century over the River Reuss. It’s unique in its number of interior paintings that date back to the 17th century.

Explore Switzerland further during your stay with the inclusion of a Swiss Travel Pass.

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Geneva & Lausanne The fact that Geneva is home to the headquarters of organisations like the Red Cross and United Nations prompts many people to assume it’s all about business. But, as the thousands who flock to the shores of its lake each year will tell you, there’s much more to this city. It’s true there is an air of luxury on the streets, highlighted by the boutique brand names and high-end chocolatiers, but a collection of great museums, charming restaurants and a hive of activity along the river make it feel cozy too. On the opposite side of the lake, Lausanne continues to develop itself to keep Geneva on its toes. Regeneration projects in districts like Flon have transformed old warehouses into buzzing restaurants, bars and cinema, creating an area known as the heart of the city that contrasts beautifully with the Gothic Old Town. There is no shortage of fantastic lakeside views here and an ever-increasing student population ensures all eyes are firmly fixed on the future.

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Jet d’Eau, Geneva – This iconic fountains shoots up from the harbour area, providing all those that arrive by boat with a fantastic welcome.

Fondue Cruise, Lausanne – Boat trips take you across the lake in style and themed options like this fondue cruise give you a chance to try the local food in the process.

Discover the allure of the European Alps on a day trip to Chamonix and Mont Blanc.

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Interlaken & the Jungfrau Region If you’re looking to explore the great outdoors, there are few better places in Europe to visit than the Jungfrau Region of Switzerland. Dominated by the three peaks of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, this part of the world will leave you constantly in awe of your surroundings. Even if you ignore the fantastic Jungfraujoch

(see below), which you most certainly shouldn’t, you can still fill your days with skiing, hiking, tobogganing, fat biking, tubing and a plethora of other exciting activities. The first choice for many people when it comes to establishing a base is Interlaken. Situated in the heart of the Jungfrau, the town offers some

fantastic hotels that bring the scenery to your window from the moment you wake up. It takes its name from the fact that it sits between two lakes – Thun and Brienz – and is the jumping off point (sometimes literally) for many of the thrilling pursuits.

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Jungfraujoch – Known as the Top of Europe, this is the continent’s highest train station and can be reached via one of the most scenic train journeys in the world.

Glacier Ravine, Grindelwald – Swap the highs of the mountains for the lows of this chasm. Traverse the ravine via ladders and nets, and learn how it was created in the onsite museum.

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Must see Kunsthaus – This fine-art gallery showcases a large collection of European works, starting from the middle ages and travelling through to the 20th century.

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Zurich

Zurich is considered a culturally vibrant city located where the Limmat River and Lake Zurich meet. This chic destination has embraced contemporary trends that you’ll discover when wandering through the winding lanes, including creative living spaces and cultural centres that used to be old factories.

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The largest city in Switzerland is a bustling metropolis with numerous attractions, from museums and art galleries to pools and gardens that draw thousands of tourists each year. As Zurich is situated on the lake, there’s plenty of waterside restaurants serving up delicious gourmet food with a regional flare that’ll make your mouth water.

Or alternatively Uetliberg – If you wish to escape the busy city, climb Uetliberg to get a magnificent panoramic view over the top of Zurich.

Other highlights of the city include its iconic shopping street, Bahnhofstrasse, that’s home to unique boutiques, departmental stores and highend fashion shops; and the historic Old Town that features the Romanesque Grossmünster.

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Something extra Extend your stay and travel to Lake Constance where you can cross into Germany and Austria.

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We reserve the right to amend the price of unsold holidays at any time and correct errors in the prices of confirmed holidays within 7 days of the booking.

We strongly recommend you take out suitable insurance to cover you for possible eventualities that would require you to cancel your holiday. Holiday insurance premiums not paid to us are not refundable in the event of cancellation.

The price of your holiday is subject to change after you have booked only in certain circumstances. These include changes in the price of the carriage of passengers resulting from changes to the cost of fuel or other power sources, the level of taxes or fees imposed by third parties including tourist taxes, landing taxes or embarkation or disembarkation fees at ports and airports, or exchange rates, any or all of which may mean a variation in the price of your holiday after you have booked. However, there will be no change within 20 days of your departure. We will absorb, and you will not be charged for, any increase equivalent to 2% of the price of your travel arrangements, which excludes insurance premiums and any amendment charges and/or additional services or travel arrangements. You will be charged for the amount over and above that. If this means that you have to pay an increase of more than 8% of the price of your travel arrangements (excluding any amendment charges and/or additional services or travel arrangements), you will have the option of accepting a change to another holiday if we are able to offer one (we will refund any price difference if the alternative is of a lower value), or cancelling and receiving a full refund of all monies paid to us, except for any amendment charges. Should you decide to cancel for this reason, you must exercise your right to do so within 14 days from the issue date printed on your final invoice, and we will provide a refund of any insurance premiums paid to us if you can show that you are unable to transfer or reuse your policy. Should the price of your holiday go down due to the cost changes mentioned above, then any refund due will be paid to you. We will deduct from this refund our administrative expenses incurred. Please note that travel arrangements are not always purchased in local currency and some apparent changes have no impact on the price of your travel due to contractual and other protection in place. When you buy a flight-based holiday, all monies you pay to the travel agent are held by him on behalf and for the benefit of the Trustees of the Air Travel Trust at all times. This is subject to the agent’s obligation to pay it to us for so long as we do not fail. If we fail, any money held at that time by the agent, or subsequently accepted from you by him, is and continues to be held on behalf of and for the benefit of the Trustees of the Air Travel Trust without any obligation to pay that money to us. When you buy a holiday not including a flight, all monies you pay to the travel agent are held by him on our behalf at all times. Travel Insurance We reserve the right to refuse or cancel a booking if you do not have personal travel insurance. We will treat any cancellation for this reason as a cancellation by you and the cancellation charges will be payable as set out below. Please read your policy details carefully and take them with you on holiday. It is your responsibility to ensure that the insurance you purchase is adequate and appropriate for your particular needs, and covers all travel, cancellation, medical and repatriation liabilities for the holiday. We reserve the right to request full details of your insurance policy however please note that we do not check insurance policies for suitability. You are responsible for indemnifying us in full in the event that we incur any losses or expenses arising out of your failure to take out adequate insurance cover. Cancellation by You If you or any other member of your party decides to cancel your confirmed booking, you must notify us in writing. Your notice of cancellation will only take effect when we receive it in writing at our offices at Fred.\ Holidays. Please note proof of postage (whether Royal Mail or e-mail) is not proof of receipt. You will be responsible for applicable cancellation charges up to the maximum

You can cancel your booking without paying cancellation charges if the performance of your package, or the carriage of passengers to your destination, is significantly affected by unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances. In such circumstances, we will arrange for your booking to be terminated and for you to receive a full refund. We will observe advice provided by the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office. Changes by You If, after our confirmation invoice has been issued, you wish to change any part of your booking you must inform us in writing. Whilst we will do our utmost to assist, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to meet your requested change. All changes will be subject to any applicable rate changes or extra costs incurred, as well as any costs we incur in making this alteration and any costs or charges incurred or imposed by any of our suppliers. You should be aware that these costs could increase the closer to the departure date that changes are made and you should contact us as soon as possible. Please note that certain travel arrangements may not be changeable after a reservation has been made and any alteration request could incur a cancellation charge of up to 100% of that part of the arrangements. Where we are unable to assist you and you do not wish to proceed with the original booking we will treat this as a cancellation by you and a cancellation fee may be payable. Please note also that it is important at the time of booking to advise the names of travellers that match the name given on their passport. Failure to do so will usually result in a name change charge by the airline. Changes or cancellation by us As we plan your holiday arrangements many months in advance, we may occasionally have to make changes to or cancel your booking and we reserve the right to do so at any time. If we make a significant change to your holiday, we will inform you or your travel agent as soon as reasonably possible if there is time before your departure. You will have the choice of either accepting the change of arrangements, accepting an offer of alternative travel arrangements of comparable standard from us if available (we will refund any price difference if the alternative is of a lower value), or cancelling your holiday and receiving a full refund of all monies paid. Except where the significant change is due to unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances (where unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances means a situation beyond our control, the consequences of which could not have been avoided even if all reasonable measures had been taken), if you choose to cancel we will also pay compensation. These options do not apply for insignificant changes. Examples of insignificant changes include alteration of your outward/ return travel by less than 12 hours, changes to aircraft type, change of accommodation to another of the same or higher standard, and changes of carriers. Please note that carriers such as airlines used in the brochure may be subject to change. Alteration of the holiday may be made of necessity or because it appears to us or any other party acting as operator responsible for the holiday or part of the holiday desirable for the safety, comfort or enjoyment of passengers or the operational efficiency of the holiday. Where possible and appropriate, we will make reasonable efforts to ensure that any changes are as limited as practical. Such alteration will not amount to significant alteration of the holiday contract. We will not cancel your travel arrangements less than 10 weeks before your departure date (90 days for a cruise holiday), except for reasons of unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances or failure by you to pay the

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final balance. We may cancel your holiday before this date if, for example, the minimum number of clients required for a particular travel arrangement is not reached. If your holiday is cancelled, you can either have a refund of all monies paid or accept an offer of alternative travel arrangements of comparable standard from us if available (we will refund any price difference if the alternative is of a lower value). In some cases, except where the cancellation is due to unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances, we will pay compensation as detailed below but this does not exclude you from claiming more if you are entitled to do so. Period before departure in which we notify you you will receive from us

Amount

43 – 90 days

£ 20 per person

27 – 42 days

£ 30 per person

15 – 26 days

£ 40 per person

00 – 14 days

£ 50 per person

We reserve the right in our absolute discretion to terminate without notice the holiday arrangements of any customer whose behaviour is such that it is in our opinion likely to cause distress, damage, danger, or annoyance to our customers, our/supplier employees, or to any third party, or to property. If you are prevented from travelling because, in our or our suppliers’ opinion, you appear to be unfit to travel or likely to cause discomfort or disturbance to others, our responsibility for your holiday ceases and we shall be under no obligation to pay any refund, compensation or costs to you. Please note that we have no control over the behaviour of other persons staying at or visiting your holiday accommodation and we are not responsible for any withdrawal or impairment of facilities or other loss or damage caused by them. Under no circumstances are you entitled to share or sub-let your accommodation with anyone other than those individuals shown on your booking. Our Responsibilities We are a Member of ABTA, membership number Y0128. We are obliged to maintain a high standard of service to you by ABTA’s Code of Conduct. We can also offer you ABTA’s scheme for the resolution of disputes arising out of this contract, which is approved by the Chartered Trading Standards Institute. If we cannot resolve your complaint, go to www.abta.com to use ABTA’s simple procedure. Further information on the Code and ABTA’s assistance in resolving disputes can be found on www.abta.com. You can also access the European Commission Online Dispute (ODR) Resolution platform at http://ec.europa. eu/consumers/odr/. This ODR platform is a means of notifying us of your complaint; it will not determine how your complaint should be resolved. 1) Single Components If you have purchased a ‘single component’ i.e. accommodation or transportation only, then your booking is not a package as defined by the Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations, but we have a duty to select the accommodation/transport providers with reasonable skill and care. We have no liability to you for the actual provision of the accommodation/ transport, except in cases where it is proved that we have breached that duty and damage to you has been caused. Therefore, providing we have selected the provider with reasonable care and skill, we will have no liability to you for anything that happens at the accommodation or during the transportation or any acts or omissions of the provider or others. 2) Package Holidays Subject to these booking conditions, your holiday arrangements will be made or performed using reasonable skill and care. We will be responsible if our employees, servants or agents fail to make or perform your holiday arrangements using reasonable skill and care as long as they were acting within the course of their employment or carrying out work that we had asked them to do. We will not be responsible or pay compensation for any injury, illness, death, loss, damage, expense, cost or other claim of any description, which results from: the act(s) and/or omission(s) of you or another member of your party; the act(s) and/or omission(s) of a third party not connected with the provision of the services contracted for and which were unforeseeable or unavoidable; or unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances, which means a situation beyond our control, the consequences of which could not have been avoided even if all reasonable measures had been taken. The services and facilities included in your holiday will be deemed to be provided with reasonable skill and care if they comply with any local regulations that apply,

or, if there are no applicable local regulations, if they are reasonable when compared to the local standards in practice. Our liability, except in cases involving death, injury or illness, shall be limited to a maximum of three times the cost of your travel arrangements. Our liability will also be limited in accordance with and/or in an identical manner to: (a) the contractual terms of the companies that provide the travel services that make up your package. These terms are incorporated into this booking; and (b) any relevant international convention, for example the Warsaw/Montreal Convention in respect of travel by air, the Athens Convention in respect of travel by sea, the Berne/ Cotif Convention in respect of travel by rail, the Paris Convention in respect of the provision of accommodation, and the Strasbourg Convention (CNLI) in respect of travel on inland waterways, which limit the amount of and conditions under which compensation can be claimed for death, injury, delay to passengers and loss, damage and delay to luggage. We are to be regarded as having all benefit of any limitation of the extent of or the conditions under which compensation is to be paid under these or any conventions. We limit the amount of compensation we may have to pay you if we are found liable under this clause for loss of and/or damage to any luggage or personal possessions and money to a maximum amount of £25 per person in total because you are assumed to have adequate insurance in place to cover any losses of this kind. You can ask for copies of the travel service contractual terms, or the international conventions from our offices. Under EU law (Regulation 261/2004) you have rights in some circumstances to refunds and/or compensation from your airline in cases of denied boarding, cancellation or delay to flights. Full details will be publicised at EU airports and available from airlines. However, reimbursement in such cases will not automatically entitle you to a refund of your holiday cost from us. Your right to a refund and/or compensation from us is set out in these booking conditions. If any payments to you are due from us, any payment made to you by the airline or any other service provider will be deducted. If it is impossible to ensure your return as scheduled due to unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances, we will bear the cost of necessary accommodation, if possible of equivalent category, for a maximum of three nights. The limit does not apply to persons with reduced mobility and any person accompanying them, pregnant women and unaccompanied minors, or persons in need of specific medical assistance, provided that you notified us of these needs at least 48 hours before the start of your holiday. Complaints If a problem occurs whilst you are on holiday, you must inform the relevant supplier immediately so that the matter can be put right. If the supplier cannot resolve the problem to your satisfaction at the time, you must also contact us immediately by telephoning our offices on 00 44 808 231 3744 so that we are given the opportunity to help. In the event that a complaint cannot be resolved at the time, you must write to us within 28 days of return to the UK quoting the original booking reference and giving all relevant information. PLEASE NOTE: If you fail to follow the requirement to report your complaint whilst on holiday, we will have been deprived of the opportunity to investigate and rectify it and this may affect your rights under this booking.

of the excursion or tour and not with us. We are not responsible for the provision of the excursion or tour or for anything that happens during the course of its provision by the operator. Passport, Visa and Immigration Requirements and Health Formalities It is your responsibility to check and fulfil the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. You must check requirements for your own specific circumstances with the relevant Embassies and/ or Consulates and your own doctor as applicable. Most countries now require passports to be valid for at least 6 months after your return date. If your passport is in its final year, you should check with the Embassy of the country you are visiting. For further information please contact the Passport Office on 0870 5210410 or visit www. passport.gov.uk. Special conditions apply for travel to the USA and all passengers must have individual machine readable passports. Please check www.usembassy. org. uk. For European holidays you should obtain a completed and issued form EHIC prior to departure. Up to date travel advice can be obtained from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, visit www.fco.gov.uk. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel because you have not complied with any passport, visa or immigration requirements. Delays and other Travel Information In some destinations, a compulsory city tax may be applicable and will be charged to you locally. We regret we are unable to offer you any assistance should a delay disrupt your itinerary. Any airline or other transport provider concerned may however provide refreshments and/or appropriate accommodation. We cannot accept liability for any delay that is due to re-scheduling times by the airline or airline authorities or caused by unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances. The latest flight timings will be shown on your tickets, which will be dispatched to you approximately two weeks before departure. You should check your tickets very carefully immediately upon receipt to ensure you have the correct flight times. If flight times change after tickets have been dispatched, we will contact you as soon as we can to let you know. Your rights under EU law are included under “Our Responsibilities”. Jurisdiction When you make a booking you guarantee that you have the authority to accept and do accept on behalf of your party the terms of these booking conditions. A contract will exist as soon as we issue our confirmation invoice. This contract is made on the terms of these booking conditions, which are governed by English Law, and the jurisdiction of the English Courts. You may however, choose the law and jurisdiction of Scotland or Northern Ireland if you wish to do so. Data Protection Personal details will be held and processed by us to enable fulfilment of the holiday contract. You hereby agree to this information being passed to any third parties in order for the supply of the holiday. Personal details supplied to us may also be used for marketing purposes but only with your clear, active consent. We will not disclose personal details to third parties for marketing purposes without express permission. Our Privacy Notice can be viewed at www.fredholidays.co.uk/privacy. (updated November 2019) www.fredholidays.co.uk/terms

Special Requests Any special requests must be advised to us at the time of booking. You should then confirm your requests in writing. Whilst every effort will be made by us to try and arrange your reasonable special requests, we cannot guarantee that they will be fulfilled. Failure to meet any special request will not be a breach of contract on our part unless the request has been specifically confirmed. Disabilities and Medical Problems We are not a specialist disabled holiday company, but we will do our utmost to cater for any special requirements you may have. If you or any member of your party has any medical problem or disability which may affect your stay, please provide us with full details by writing or emailing us, before we confirm your booking so that we can advise as to the suitability of your chosen arrangements if possible. Excursions Excursions or other tours that you may choose to book or pay for whilst you are on holiday are not part of your package holiday provided by us. For any excursion or other tour that you book, your contract will be with the operator

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A to Z of our most popular destinations Destination

Page

Akureyri

135

Altötting

59

Destination

Page

Geneva Ghent

155

Prague

47

Pula

40

84

Regensburg

103

Gibraltar

Amsterdam

107

Gothenburg

147

Antwerp

27

Gran Canaria

Athens

87

Graz

Azores

117

Balearic Islands

60 121

Page

30

Amalfi Coast

Baden-Baden

Destination

78

Reykjavik

137

33

Rome

100

21

Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Greek Islands

89

Rotterdam

Hamburg

74

Salzburg

24

Heidelberg

73

Santorini

88

133

108

Bamburg

61

Sardinia

101

Barcelona

122

Innsbruck

22

Seville

126

93

Interlaken

156

Sicily

102

Sorrento

103

Bari

Helsinki

80

Basel

153

Italian Lakes

Bergen

141

Kraków

95 112

Spa

30

La Gomera

34

Split

41

154

La Palma

36

Stavanger

143

123

Lanzarote

36

Stockholm

149

Bodensee (Lake Constance)

65

Lausanne

155

Stuttgart

81

Bordeaux

51

Leipzig

75

Tallinn

49

Bremen

66

Leuven

31

Tenerife

37

Bremerhaven

68

Lille

53

The Hague

Brno

45

Linz

23

The Islands of Naples Bay

Bruges

28

Lisbon

118

The Jungfrau Region

Brussels

29

Lucerne

154

Titisee-Neustadt

64

Budapest

91

Lyon

Toulouse

51

Český Krumlov

46

Madeira

117

Triberg

64

Berlin

62

Bern Bilbao

Cologne

54

108 98 156

69

Madrid

124

Tromsø

144

131

Malaga

125

Trondheim

145

Corsica

52

MalmÖ

148

Valencia

127

Dortmund

70

Marseille

55

Venice

104

Dresden

71

Mechelen

31

Verona

105

Dubrovnik

39

Milan

96

Vienna

25

Dunkirk

53

Munich

76

Warsaw

114

Düsseldorf

72

Naples

97

Weimar

82

Eindhoven

109

Nice

56

Wiesbaden

83

77

Wroclaw

115

7

Würzburg

61

Copenhagen

Erfurt

82

Nuremberg

Florence

94

Oberammergau

Frankfurt

73

Oslo

142

Zadar

42

Freiburg

64

Paris

57

Zagreb

43

Zurich

157

Fuerteventura

33

Pisa

94

Gdańsk

111

Porto

119

Gdynia

111

Poznan

113

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