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Your holiday experts to the heart of Europe

Our ďŹ nest selection of European City Breaks, Lakes and Mountains, Beer Festivals, Christmas Markets and much more‌


Contents A Flavour of Fred.\ Holidays

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Germany (continued)

Why Fred.\

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Dresden 48

Tailor-made with Fred.\ Holidays

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Leipzig 49

Your land & sea experts

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Nuremberg 50

About this brochure

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Stuttgart 51

Flights & Rail & Road

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Black Forest

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Baden-Baden 53 Austria

Thuringia 54

Best of Austria - Lakes & Mountains

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UNESCO Cultural Destinations

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Salzburg 14 Vienna 16

Hungary Best of Hungary - Budapest

Belgium

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Budapest 57

Best of Belgium

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Brussels 18

Switzerland

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Best of Switzerland - Lucerne

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Zurich 59 Croatia

Swiss Cities

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Swiss Lakes and Mountains

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Dubrovnik 21

Swiss Rail Tours – the Bernina Express

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Split and Zagreb

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Swiss Rail Tours – the GoldenPass Line

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Croatia - Adriatic Cruise Tour

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Best of Croatia

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Poland Czech Republic Best of Czech Republic

Best of Poland - Krakow & Warsaw

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Prague 25 France Best of France - Paris

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Lyon and Bordeaux

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Scandinavia Best of Scandinavia - Copenhagen & Stockholm

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Helsinki & Oslo

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Slovenia Best of Slovenia

Germany

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Ljubljana 69

Best of Germany

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Berlin 30 Eastern Europe Rail Tour - includes 3 nights in Berlin!

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Netherlands Best of the Netherlands - Amsterdam

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Hamburg 34

Amsterdam 71

Munich 36

Rhine River Cruise from Amsterdam

Munich city break & Danube river cruise

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Frankfurt 39

Themed Holidays

Bavaria 40

F1 Grand Prix Holidays

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Beer Festivals

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German Christmas Markets

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European Theme Parks

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Bavaria (Franconia)

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Bavaria 42 Romantic Road Tour (Self-Drive)

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Cologne 44 Harz Mountain Rail Tour

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Your Questions Answered

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Best of the Rhine and Moselle

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Travel Insurance

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Terms and Conditions

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Mannheim 47

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A flavour of Your holiday experts to the heart of Europe…

A history lesson…

Your ideal holiday starts here. Fred.\ Holidays has so much to offer the discerning traveller seeking an unforgettable holiday experience. As part of one of the UK’s most established travel companies, Fred. Olsen Travel; who for over 25 years have successfully built their reputation on outstanding customer service; Fred.\ Holidays are specialists in central Europe and Germany, offering a variety of holiday styles from City Breaks and Beer Festivals to no-fly Rail journeys and Christmas Market stays.

The origin of the Fred. Olsen business dates all the way back to 1848 when a young shipmaster called Fredrik Christian Olsen, followed by brothers Petter and Andreas, entered the shipping industry. Their foresight and initiative enabled them to grow and diversify their business into a combination of both private and publically-listed companies. Today, the Fred. Olsen Group of Companies cover interests as wide ranging as shipping, off-shore drilling, renewable energy and off-shore wind farms, as well as cruise, travel, media and real estate!

If you are looking for a family holiday that will ensure everybody is catered for; an active holiday that will ensure your days are filled with exciting and breath-taking things to do; a cultural city break; barmy beer festival; roaming rail holiday or river cruise along some of Europe’s finest waterways, Fred.\ Holidays can make it happen.

Fred. Olsen Travel introduced its specialist brand, Fred.\ Holidays, in 2013, enabling the travel company to offer multiple specialisms whilst maintaining the same traditional family values that were established over 165 years ago.

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In addition to offering central European breaks, Fred.\ Holidays are specialists in tailor-making both land and sea holidays including ocean & river cruises and polar expeditions! (See page 7 for an overview of our diverse product range.)

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Why Expert team of travel specialists

Our friendly, knowledgeable team are extremely well-travelled and offer exceptional service ensuring you are in safe hands every step of the way. They will only offer unbiased views to ensure that every holiday you book is memorable.

Trust and Reliability

In addition to being part of one of the UK’s most established travel companies, Fred.\ Holidays is ABTA and ATOL bonded ensuring that you are financially protected in any unforeseen circumstances.

No Hidden Charges

With us, there are no hidden charges once the booking is made. Any supplements or additional costs will be advised at time of booking. Please note: some destinations may charge a local Kurtax or city tax which are payable locally.

Best Value

Fred.\ understands that the holiday of a lifetime doesn’t always come cheap, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t some great value for money to be found. We have sourced the best value, quality, European breaks for you, enabling you to experience your destination of choice in style, at a price that suits you.

Highly Selective

We don’t offer just any holiday experience. Instead, we carefully select the best options for our customers to ensure that all of our products are of the highest standard. By selecting only the holidays that we would personally recommend, we can be sure that every time you book with Fred.\ Holidays you are taking the first step towards an unforgettable experience.

Tailor-Made Service

We are all individuals, and what might be right for somebody else may not necessarily be right for you. With this in mind, Fred.\ Holidays can tailor-make any of the holidays included within this brochure and more, with arrangements and itineraries to suit you and the rest of your party (see page 6 for more details). Simply tell us exactly where you want to go, what you want to see and do, and when you want to do it, then we’ll do the rest!

For more information on any of the holidays featured in this brochure or to book, please contact your travel agent or our friendly sales team.

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Tailor-made with Let Fred.\ create the perfect trip…

Tailor-made options & upgrades

In addition to offering fantastic value on a variety of holiday types we can also tailor-make your perfect holiday. If Europe’s waterways are calling, why not combine a relaxing river cruise with a city stay; or if you are looking forward to a short break in Munich, why not add on a relaxing stay in the surrounding lakes and mountains regions? You may even want to explore further afield with a city stay and rail holiday? With Fred.\ you have the perfect tailor-made companion.

By tailor-making your own Fred.\ holiday you can:

We believe that your trip should be truly unforgettable so can tailor-make any itinerary offering a choice of transport options and accommodation to suit every taste and budget. The expert knowledge of all our tailor-made holiday specialists allows us to provide the best possible accommodation, guides and excursions to suit YOU. As well as short stays, rail holidays and river cruises in a range of central European destinations, we can also offer excursions, sightseeing attractions, shows and city passes. If you want a hop-on hop-off city tour, a reservation to the top of the TV Tower in Berlin, a musical experience in Vienna or to visit Ludwig’s castles from Munich we can arrange this for you.

• Choose how long you wish to stay • Depart when it's convenient for you • Upgrade your mode of transport to premium travel • Include excursions and attraction packages • Visit more than one destination • Include car hire for further exploration • Combine ocean and river cruises with land stays

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Do you need to book a hotel at the airport? Would you like a private transfer from the airport to your hotel? Would you like car parking at the airport? We can provide all this and more.

We can also offer opera tickets, tickets to sporting events, theatre tickets and more. If you’re not looking for a package holiday, have made your own flight/rail arrangements or just need a hotel or guesthouse, we will gladly go through your Hotel Only options with you too.

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Should there be any other cities or destinations you wish to visit that aren’t featured within this brochure, or whether you want a two-centre or multi-centre holiday, please contact us.

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Your tailor-made land & sea holiday experts… In addition to the selection of European Holidays featured within this brochure, Fred.\ Holidays also offers:

Hotel Jardín Tecina The exclusive 4* Hotel Jardín Tecina on La Gomera lies off the coast of Tenerife. Offering Full and Half Board options, this spectacular resort boasts a world class 18 hole golf course and beautiful unspoilt scenery.

River Cruises Offering a worldwide selection of majestic waterways, Fred.\ can take you from the soul of the Mississippi to the waterways of central Europe, or the wonders of the Yangtze.

Cruise Holidays Working with the world’s leading cruise lines, Fred.\ can cater for your every need, from 6* luxury to traditional and contemporary vessels.

Expeditions Dreaming of visiting Antarctica or the Arctic or even an exploration to the Galapagos? Fred.\ can take you on that adventure of a lifetime. With our ever expansive reach, Fred.\ Holidays can tailormake your perfect holiday, so whether you are searching for a river cruise & stay to enjoy the festive Christmas Markets, or an unforgettable land tour of China, simply give us a call and let us do the rest.

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About this brochure Fred.\ Holidays has brought together the ‘best of Europe’ to offer an incredibly varied selection of city breaks, coupled with options to extend your holiday by river, rail or road. We take you on a journey through medieval towns, buzzing capital cities, stunning scenery and fascinating history in Austria, Germany, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary and Switzerland, as well as Poland, Scandinavia, Slovenia AND the Netherlands!

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Poland

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Belgium

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For each of these destinations we have picked out what we believe to be the key highlights, ‘must-see’ attractions and key facts so that you can learn more about the city’s history and culture before you arrive. We have also suggested ways in which you can enhance your holiday and experience your chosen destination from a different perspective.

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Germany Czech Republic Page 24

Austria France Page 26

Switzerland Page 58

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Hungary Page 56

Slovenia Page 68

Croatia Page 20

Themed Holidays An extended feature for this year’s brochure is our selection of themed holidays. These include beer festivals in Germany and the Czech Republic such as the Oktoberfest, the Hamburg DOM and other lesser-known but equally fantastic festivals; Christmas Markets, offering the best of festive treats and magical experiences for families, friends and couples alike; European theme parks for families seeking thrilling rides and shows and NEW for 2015, a selection of F1 Grand Prix Holidays!

F1 Grand Prix Holidays Sporting fans will love our selection of exhilarating short breaks to Germany, Belgium, Austria and Hungary. Each featuring three night stays in the heart of the city, including flights and airport transfers; our F1 Grand Prix holidays also include seated tickets for Race Day. We can also add on additional nights and extend your tickets to include practice and qualifying days too – just ask at the time of booking.

With the majority of our hotel stays including bed & breakfast as standard we have packaged these to include flights or rail (2nd Class) from London. Alternative departure airports or stations can be arrange on request. Our ‘lead-in’ price, highlighted at the top of each page, is based on our ‘best value’ 3* hotel, however we also feature a selection of 4* and 5* hotels at the bottom of the page in order to tailor your perfect holiday. Some hotels also offer a Half Board and / or an all-inclusive option, and all of our hotels are also available on a ‘Hotel Only’ basis. Fred.\ Says: Please note that it is common for a room to be described as a double or a twin room and be the same room. These hotels offer one bedhead and two mattresses or separate beds and are often described as double/twin rooms.

Fred.\ Special & Fred.\ Perks

For each destination we have included a selection of hotels, from 3* to 5*, to give you an indication of what is available in the area. These hotels are usually located in the city centre to enable you to make the most of your stay; however with access to thousands of hotels across the globe, we are able to book you alternative hotels in a location of your choosing. Should you require a room with special facilities or specific amenities, please advise us at the time of booking and

Look out for the special offers featured alongside the hotel descriptions. We have included many ‘Three nights for the price of two’ offers, as well as special Fred.\ Perks* such as free wine or water in your room.

Fly from your nearest airport All our package prices are based on flights (or rail) from London, however regional departures are also available - simply ask at time of booking!

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we will make every effort to ensure that we can meet your requirements.


Pricing and Availability

Public Transport

The prices shown should be used as a guideline only and are subject to change and availability. These are usually affected by flight prices rather than the hotel stay itself. By booking early you will have a wider choice of available flights, rail services and hotels to choose from. We will advise you of the price at the time of booking and can guarantee that there will be no hidden extras.

If you do wish to make your way to your hotel via public transport, you will be glad to know that many European airports and Rail stations are served by city-link train or bus services, where often, you can be in the heart of the city within an hour of stepping off the plane.

Transfers Local transfers from the airport are not usually included within our holidays however we can offer a private transfer from the airport to your hotel and vice-versa. These are usually more expensive than a local taxi however offer the advantage of not having to wait for public transport and, as the cost is pre-determined, there is no need to negotiate with local taxi drivers or worry about any additional supplements that could occur. If you do decide to book a private transfer, you would be met at the airport by the taxi driver holding a sign with your name and then transferred directly to your hotel. As an idea of cost, a one way private transfer from Rome (Fiumicino) currently costs approximately £50 per car, or £37 per car from Vienna. If a city does not have an airport we would normally include a rail transfer to the city centre from the nearest main airport e.g. Heidelberg. If this applies to you we will advise at the time of booking.

Fred.\ Says: Please call our reservations team or your local travel agent for information on public and private transfers and for approximate costs.

Airport Hotels, Parking and Lounges We can take the stress out of your journey by arranging an airport hotel, parking or a place in an airport lounge so you can avoid the crowds and start your trip relaxed.

Travelling with friends? We can organise group travel and tours tailored to suit your groups’ budget and including private transfers and travel cards. So whether you are heading to one of Europe’s city centres for a shopping extravaganza, planning a trip to a Christmas Market, staging a school reunion, hen or stag night, please call or e-mail us for an individual quotation.

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Flights & Rail & Road The popularity and close proximity of Europe to the UK means that there is more choice than ever before regarding how to get to your destination, with both direct and in-direct flights; rail routes and excellent road connections meaning you won’t have long to wait to start your holiday!

Flights

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Fred.\ Holidays is ATOL bonded and can offer both scheduled and low cost carriers at the best possible price, with the guarantee that you are financially protected. At the time of booking, we will advise as to whether we need to issue the air ticket in order to get the best price - this will be part of the deposit paid. We will also advise you of your baggage allowance for the flight. Scheduled services normally offer a free snack and a free drink. Most carriers will charge an additional fee for a preferred seat reservation. Most airlines operate an e-ticket system where your reservation number is sufficient to check in (low cost carriers usually require a printed boarding pass). We do, however, print out your airline documentation for you if we have all your necessary passport details.

Continental Europe offers an unrivalled network of railways with awe-inspiring scenic routes, a number of steam and cog railways and a variety of rail cards that offer national or regional travel at a reasonable rate. A fast and efficient alternative to air travel, Rail also allows you to relax and enjoy the passing countryside along the way!

Flight Schedules Airline schedules are subject to change, but we will advise you of any changes to your itinerary of over one hour. We would recommend that due to heightened security measures that you check in at least two hours prior to your departure.

Eurostar offers great connections from the UK to cities such as Brussels, Lille or Paris. Thalys trains, ICE and TGV offer a very comfortable service to continue on your journey to your final destination. We will reserve seats wherever possible and are happy to tailor-make any holiday with rail requirements.

Eurostar For anybody living within easy reach of London St. Pancras, Ebbsfleet or Ashford in Kent, the Eurostar is the fastest and most efficient alternative to air travel travelling at speeds of up to 300 km/h (186mph). Eurostar does offer seat selection at the time of booking. Standard class passengers can purchase a variety of food and drinks from the on board buffet. Standard premier passengers have extra-spacious comfortable seats and are served a light meal and drink at their seat. Complimentary magazines are also available on board. Travellers electing Business Premier have access to the Exclusive lounge and full at-seat meal service and drinks. Prices are available on request. First class rail normally means wider seats, more legroom and more spacious travel. We can quote the supplement just for one segment or for the whole journey.

Multi-destination trips Rail holidays including accommodation can be tailor-made to match your specific requirements and they are not solely limited to destinations in the brochure. For example, we can offer a trip to Bordeaux or Amsterdam and onto Madrid or Sylt, as well as many other European destinations. We can also offer stopover hotels near to the railway stations enabling a quick and easy connection from train to hotel. Fred.\ Says: Please contact us for your personalised rail tailor-made quote. We can also quote for National Rail Passes if you are spending a number of days in the country!

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Sleeping Cars If you cannot reach your destination comfortably within a day we would recommend either a break in your journey or using one of the many Night Sleepers that operate in Europe. Sleeper types vary but usually your compartment is made up of comfortable beds, washbasin and room service. These compartments are segregated by sex unless your group take the whole compartment. Couchettes offer a cheaper alternative. These are usually made of six bunks and are provided with sheet, blanket and pillow. Washing and toilet facilities are found at the end of each carriage. City Night Line trains are usually air conditioned and offer a relaxing way to start your holiday.

Reservations We reserve seats where possible and will try to ensure that your specific requests are fulfilled although this cannot be guaranteed. Certain local trains cannot be reserved. On certain trains the reservation and the ticket is on the same coupon and these must be reserved before travel, e.g Thalys. It is essential to have reservations on the special scenic Swiss trains e.g the GoldenPass Line or Glacier Express. Please note, rail holidays may not be suitable for people with mobility difficulties. Getting on and off trains with luggage, often in a short time, can sometimes be a problem due to steep steps between the platform and the train. If you are considering a rail holiday and have any mobility issues, please call our Reservations Team for advice.

Travel Europe by car – the ultimate freedom holiday If you fancy full flexibility why not take a motoring holiday or rent a car from the airport? We can offer all major ferry/tunnel crossings and all our holidays can be booked as a self-drive. Fred.\ Says: Our car hire offers any day travel using the excellent road and motorway network and we offer very competitive car hire rates covering third party or comprehensive rates. Driving in Europe is a breeze; fantastic road networks, excellent signage and fewer cars on the road than here in the UK means that getting to your destination by car, or embarking on a self-drive tour of the continent is a real possibility. There are several ways to get across to the Continent. The Eurotunnel between Folkestone and Calais is the quickest route. A frequent service, with a transit time of only 35 minutes, allows a quick and easy getaway to mainland Europe. P&O Ferries offer Dover to Calais with numerous crossings, and with a journey time of around 75 minutes it allows a more leisurely way of channel crossing. P&O Ferries also offer the Hull to Rotterdam and Hull to Zeebrugge sailings. The ‘Northern Gateway’ is more than just a means of transportation but an integral part of the holiday offering comfortable cabins, restaurants, bars and live entertainment. Stena Line offer Superferries on the Harwich to Hook of Holland line. Fred.\ Tip: For an especially picturesque holiday, make use of the scenic routes in the mountains or at the side of the rivers.

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Best of Austria - Lakes & Mountains Rolling hills and city-wide thrills... Austria, in the heart of Europe, oozes with natural beauty; from crystal clear lakes to ice capped water, rugged peaks to picturesque mountain villages, dense woods and fresh pastureland. The country offers something for everyone with a range of outdoor activities from swimming in the beautiful lakes to a variety of walking trails that cover hardy mountain terrain and the easier lake shore walks. Austria’s eventful history is dominated by the rule of the Habsburg dynasty and their influence can still be seen in many of the buildings in Vienna and Salzburg. Graz’s old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and also a city of design. The views from its clock tower are certainly worth the walk…

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Salzburger Land Often referred to as ‘White Gold’, salt played a role in this region’s importance and subsequent wealth. The region offers an impressive combination of mountains, lakes and rivers, delightful villages and prosperous cities. It’s a great mixture of both urban and alpine, with its splendid Baroque capital providing a centre point for visitors.

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One of the most scenic and popular resorts in Austria, Zell am See is beautifully located on the shores of Lake Zell. The historical pp traffic-free village lies next to the Hohe a Tauern National Park and the Glossglockner ck a g e f ro mountain range and boasts a host of leisure and sporting activities including cycling, mountain biking, water sports, golf, walking and many spa and wellness facilities. You can also visit the thermal baths of nearby Badgastein.

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Fuschl am See is a small village which offers excellent water facilities with swimming in the lake at the natural bathing beach a must.

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A picture-perfect region of outstanding beauty, where jagged snow-capped peaks tower above fast-flowing rivers, green meadows and onion domed churches, Tyrol offers many opportunities for walking in the Summer.

Surrounded by Lake Constance, Bregenz is a beautiful small town of approximately 30,000 residents. It is famous for the Bregenz festival and is also a perfect base for hiking, cycling or swimming. Ask us about holiday packages to the Bregenz festival.

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Known as the ‘Heart of the Alps’, Innsbruck is the state capital of Tyrol and has a history spanning over 800 years. It offers art and pp cultural treasures as well as beautiful ac historic architecture like the Golden Roof, k a g e f ro the Imperial Court Palace and the Ambras Castle. Amid the charming old town you will find Innsbruck’s greatest tourist attractions and lovers of modern art will find plenty of galleries and special exhibitions to satisfy their cultural thirst. The Hofburg is the former residence of Tyrol’s Emperors and is classed as one of Austria’s most important cultural buildings. If you’re feeling athletic, walk the 148 steps of the City Tower for a fantastic 360 degree view over the city’s rooftops and surrounding mountains.

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‘The Cradle of Alpine skiing’ is a snowy paradise of the highest calibre. Hospitality and Tyrolean customs are as much a trademark of the village as its international, cosmopolitan character.

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Combining tradition with modernity, the Nordketten Cable Car offers a breathtaking view of the city and the many valleys surrounding it. You can hop on in the heart of downtown Innsbruck and be up at the Hafelekar summit in twenty minutes.

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Surrounded by a breathtaking alpine skyline and dominated by towering steeples, domes and magnificent architecture, Salzburg is a piece of baroque Italy miraculously transferred north of the Alps. A charming city which is easily explored on foot, Salzburg is also a city of music both “The Sound of Music” devotees and classical fans alike will love this timeless city. Salzburg is a city where kitsch and class walk hand in hand. A shopping spree on Getreidegasse or finding lederhosen that fit, or taking a horse-drawn carriage ride through the cobbled UNESCO World Heritage city centre all epitomise the special atmosphere of the city…

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The Salzburg Card provides free admission to Salzburg’s museums, free use of the Fortress funicular, the Untersberg cableway, Salzach ship service and public transport. Card holders can also take advantage of a number of discounts on concerts, theatre performances or excursions to destinations in the Salzburg vicinity. Prices start at £32pp for 48hrs (£16 for children aged 6 to 15). Don’t forget to add the Salzburg Card to your booking!

Places to Stay Hotel Wolf Dietrich 4*: This charming boutique hotel is set in a quiet, central location. Fred.\ Special: Enjoy 3 nights for the price of 2! (valid 01-28.04.2015 and 01-29.10.2015 - Sunday, Monday or Tuesday arrivals). OR Enjoy 4 nights for the price of 3! (valid 01.04-27.04.2015).

Hotel Amadeus 3*: As well as a great location, the hotel offers a great breakfast, plus coffee & cake in the afternoon. Apartments are also available. Fred.\ Special: Enjoy 4 nights for the price of 3! (valid 12.04.2015-13.07.2015, and 31.08.201531.10.2015 - Sunday or Monday arrivals).

Best Western Hotel Imlauer and Bräu 4*: This charming hotel is close to Mirabellgarden, Mozart’s birthplace, and the Hohensalzburg fortress, and offers traditional Austrian hospitality.

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© Tourism Salzburg GmbH Lead in price is a guide price per person based on a weekend rate for 2 adults sharing a standard room with breakfast at the Best Western Hotel Imlauer and Bräu. Includes flights from London.

24 hours in Salzburg Enjoy an early morning start with breakfast at the Café Bazar to take in the views of Salzburg while it’s quiet. Then, embark on the fantastic ‘Sound of Music’ tour – it was 50 years ago that the film set in the mountains of Austria was released. The tour will last four hours and offers some amazing views as you would expect. On your return to Salzburg have a coffee and cake in Café Tomaselli, before heading up to Hohensalzburg Fortress. The fortress is central Europe’s largest preserved fortress and can be reached by cable car. Heading down into the city again be sure to visit the birthplace of Salzburg’s most famous resident, Mozart, where you can view portraits and instruments on display. Visit the museum of Modern Art in Mönschberg featuring graphics by many modern artists including Klimt and Schiele. For dinner, head to the ‘Jovial Monkey’ (zum Fideln Affe) which serves traditional food in a vibrant atmosphere.

Places to see Salzburg Cathedral: One of the city’s top attractions and a fine example of 17th century Baroque architecture. Mozart’s Birthplace: The Mozart family lived on the third floor of the ‘Hagenauer House’ at No.9 Getreidegasse for 26 years, from

1747 to 1773. The celebrated composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, was born here on 27 January 1756.

Things to do Enjoy one of the many coffee specialities served in the traditional coffee houses and try a piece of Mozart Cake. Go on a ‘Sound of Music Tour’ or join the ‘Fräulein Maria’s Bicycle Tour’ to visit sites and locations from the legendary movie. Prices for the ‘Sound of Music’ tour start at £30pp, Enjoy one of the 4,000 concerts and plays performed every year in Salzburg.

Where to eat and drink Dine at the oldest restaurant in Europe, Stiftskeller St. Peter, while listening to the music of Mozart. Enjoy a delicious three course candlelit dinner, prepared as it would have been in the 17th and 18th centuries, while local opera singers and musicians perform some of Mozart’s finest work. The ‘Schatz Konditorei’ is an excellent pastry shop in the centre of the Old Town. The store’s speciality is the highly acclaimed ‘Mozart Kugel’, a delicious praline delicacy made of pistachio, marzipan and hazelnut nougat, dipped in chocolate.

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• 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the hit musical “The Sound of Music”. Why not book a ‘Sound of Music’ Tour? Just ask Fred.\ to add it to your booking. • Salzburg is a known as a city of musicians. Mozart is the most famous but Hayden and Herbert van Karajan also lived there. • The Salzburg gnome or dwarf garden is part of the Mirabell gardens in the heart of the city. Some of the gnomes were based on real people living in the court of the Prince Archbishop.

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Why not combine a visit to Salzburg with a city break in Munich or Vienna?

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Home of the waltz and imperial splendour... With its monumental palaces, gilded opera house and stately boulevard, Vienna might feel like an imperial capital lost in history. Whilst a city of great heritage; it is also a city that has embraced the modern world and is a leader of the contemporary art scene. With a thriving nightlife and numerous great cafés, bars and restaurants Vienna offers great diversity. Home of the waltz, the Vienna Boys Choir, the Spanish Riding School and Strauss, Austria’s capital is perfect for a city break at any time of year. The Ringstrasse celebrates 150 years in 2015 and is worth a trip around to see the Imperial Palace, National Theatre, Parliament, and the State Opera House, which are just some of the buildings adorning this famous road…

Vienna Card

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Take advantage of more than 210 discounts and unlimited free travel by underground, bus and tram for 72 hours with this card. Includes museums and attractions, theatres and concerts, shops and restaurants. Each Vienna Card entitles one child below the age of 15 to travel with you for free. Prices start at just £21pp. Don’t forget to add the Vienna Card to your booking!

Places to Stay Hotel Ambassador 5*: The Ambassador features a mixture of tradition, elegance and luxury set in an ideal location between the shopping mile Kärntnerstrasse and Neuer Markt. Fred.\ Special: Enjoy 4 nights for the price of 3! (valid 01.07.201529.08.2015).

district of Spittelberg. Fred.\ Special: Enjoy 4 nights for the price of 3! (valid 01.07.2015-29.08.2015). Fred.\ Perk: Coffee and cake (3 night stays). Hotel Johann Strauss 4*: This traditional Viennese hotel in an Art-Nouveau style is ideally located near Belvedere Palace.

K+K Hotel Maria Theresia 4*: This hotel features an exclusive atmosphere with individual service in the Bohemian

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24 hours in Vienna

Lead in price is a guide price per person based on a weekend rate for 2 adults sharing a standard room with breakfast at the Hotel Johann Strauss. Includes flights from London.

An ideal way to start the day is to have breakfast in one of the famous cafes – Café Pruckel, Café Landtman or Café Central with its life-sized statue of Viennese writer and poet, Peter Altenberg. The church of St. Stephen, a gothic masterpiece, is worth visiting early in order to miss the queues waiting to climb to the top of the tower. The Hofburg Palace and a visit to the Spanish Riding School is also a must (remember to purchase your tickets for the riding school in advance). For lunch, dine at one of the street cafes near to the Naschmarkt - a pulsating open air market. A trip on the tram around the Ringstrasse allows you to see many of the famous buildings that represent Vienna. Worth a visit are some of Vienna’s many art galleries, whether this entails viewing Klimt at the Belvedere or Egon Schiele at the Leopold Museum. Try a traditional Viennese restaurant before a visit to the opera. The Schweizerhaus is a traditional restaurant worth a visit.

Places to see City Tour and Schönbrunn Place: This city tour will introduce you to the most important sights of the Austrian capital. Drive around the famous ‘Ringstrasse’, pass by the State Opera, the Museums of Fine Art and Natural History, the Parliament building, the Burgtheater (National Theatre), the City Hall and the University. The highlight is a visit to Schönbrunn Palace for a tour of some of the most magnificently decorated rooms. Return to the city centre, passing by Belvedere Palace, where you can end your tour, or choose to continue to the State Opera House. Prices start at £34pp, including coach, entrance fees and guided tour of Schönbrunn Palace.

The Third Man Museum: The place to go for anyone who loves the film.

Things to do Don’t miss a visit to the Spanish Riding School, the world’s oldest and only riding school that cultivates classical equitation. Spend a day in the Vienna Woods on the outskirts of the city. Here, you’ll find vineyards and old vintners' villages that have retained their rustic charm and are a famous for their Heurigens (local taverns). Approx. 45min by car. Take the Twin City Liner (a catamaran, specially designed for the shallow waters of the Danube Canal), from Vienna to Bratislava, the Slovakian capital, in 75 minutes.

Shopping Highlights The main shopping streets are in the city centre: Kärntnerstrasse, Graben and Kohlmarkt. Mainly upmarket and specialist shops are found here. One of Vienna’s favourite sweet shops is the Manner Shop, located in the city centre.

Where to eat and drink Schweizerhaus: This Viennese restaurant is rich in tradition and inseparably linked with the Prater in Vienna. Here you may enjoy a relaxing atmosphere in the large beer garden – the perfect place to enjoy yourself with a delicious meal under giant old trees.

Belvedere Palace: Surrounded by beautiful gardens, Belvedere is the location of the Austrian Gallery Museum which features Gustav Klimt’s famous painting ‘The Kiss’.

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• Dine in the 165m-high Danube Tower. The entire city spreads out below from the revolving restaurant, where Viennese specialities like flavoursome bacon-wrapped pheasant breast or smoked halibut with horseradish are served. Arrive when the sun sets and Vienna’s city lights start to twinkle. • Take a ‘Danube & Panorama’ tour during your visit to Vienna. The tour starts with a boat-trip on the mighty Danube to see the famous sights of Hundertwasser. It then passes through modern Vienna enroute for the northern part of the city, the ‘Cobenzl’ (or Northern Vienna Woods). From here you will have a marvellous panoramic view over Vienna. Then, passing by the picturesque little wine growing-village of Grinzing, return to the city centre where the tour ends. Prices start at £37.50pp

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Best of Belgium says…

We can tailor-make holidays to any Belgian destination so if you fancy visiting Antwerp, Liege, Ghent or any other destination, just ask!

Small in size, yet significant in splendour... Sandwiched between the Netherlands and France, Belgium is in many ways a combination of the two, with a twist of Germany thrown in for good measure. This intriguing mix has created an amazingly diverse people and a varied culture that is surprisingly refreshing for visitors. The country is remarkably cosmopolitan as well. One in ten citizens are foreign immigrants, and in Brussels the percentage is markedly higher. The country has seen the production of some of the finest works of art the continent has ever seen yet many of Belgium's cities are works of art in their own right. The simple beauty of historic centres such as Ghent and Bruges is matched by few cities in Europe. Belgium is often overlooked on the average European itinerary but it is a mistake to miss out this tiny but culturally significant country...

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There are more castles per square mile in Belgium than anywhere else in the world and Antwerp, the world's fourth largest port is one of the world's main centres for diamond dealing, cutting and polishing.

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A city of fine food, cafe culture and Art Nouveau...

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Brussels is a destination that’s easy to reach by air or rail and offers reasonable prices that won’t strain visitors’ pockets. A city of fine food, café culture, Art Nouveau architecture and the surreal; the shopping is great, the restaurants fabulous, the chocolate shops sublime and the pub scene extraordinary. Walk through the small alleys and streets and discover the Grand Palace in the heart of the city, just one of the numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites in this area.

Basilica of Koekelberg: The world’s largest Art Deco edifice.

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Why not take a Brussels City Tour? The tour includes a drive along the magnificent St. Michael’s cathedral, the Church of Our Lady of Laeken, where the crypt of the Royal Family is situated, the Royal Residence towards the world-famous Atomium, the Chinese Pavilion and the Japanese Tower, and the Basilica of Koekelberg. The tour ends back in the city centre where you can enjoy a stroll to Brussels’ beautiful Grand Place and learn the history of the unique city hall. Prices start at £24pp.

Palace Royal: Designed in the 18th century the palace is rectangular and perfectly symmetrical. Today it is the office of the King of Belgium. Manneken Pis: The famous bronze sculpture of a boy peeing into a fountain; thought to represent the ‘irreverent spirit’ of Brussels. Town Hall: One of Belgium’s finest civic buildings looks best by night with its great illumination.

Things to do Mini-Europe: Discover 350 beautifully crafted models of the most important buildings of Europe at this miniature park situated at the foot of the Atomium. Hop-on, Hop-off bus tour: The ideal way to enjoy Brussels and explore the city. Get on and off at any stop an unlimited number of times for a full day’s sightseeing. The coach passes all the main sights in the city, including St Michael’s Cathedral, the Atomium, Grand Place, Palace of Justice, the Royal Museum of Art and History. Prices start at £19pp. Enjoy a ride in a horse-drawn carriage: Do a circuit of the Lower Town starting from Rue Charles Buls Straat, near Grand Place.

Places to Stay NH Atlanta Hotel 4*: The rooftop terrace at this hotel offers wonderful views of the city. Ibis Brussels St-Catherine 3*: Located close to the Grand Place, the hotel boasts modern simple rooms as well as a bar and sauna. Fred.\ Special: Enjoy 3 nights for the price of 2! (valid 10.07.2015-14.08.2015).

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2015 sees the 200th anniversary of the battle of Waterloo. The battlefield itself is just south of Brussels and is dominated by a large monument, the Lion’s Mound.

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The medieval ‘Venice of the North’…

Basilica of the Holy Blood: This wonderful Gothic church hosts a relic – a vial of blood - said to be that of Jesus.

Suspended in time centuries ago, Bruges is now one of Western Europe’s most-visited medieval cities. Often called the ‘Venice of the North’ it offers picturesque market squares, dreamy canals and old whitewashed almshouses. All evoke a world long since gone – a picture postcard world. It was a justified motive that prompted UNESCO to include the entire historical city centre on the World Heritage List in 2000.

Onze Lieve Vrouwkerk: Another beautiful church, which features architecture from Romanesque and Gothic periods. The church also hosts the famous ‘Madonna with child’ sculpture by Michelangelo. Diamond Museum: This museum illustrates the history of Bruges as the oldest diamond centre in Europe.

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Visit the Historium: A one-hour visual, auditory and sensory experience that enables you to step into the city’s medieval past and smell, feel, and experience what it was like to live back then! At the end of your visit, you can go to the Grand Beer Cafe and taste 3 local beers of your choice. Prices start at £17pp. Vismarkt: Spend a morning at the famous Vismarkt. Dating back to 1821, Bruges’ bustling fish market sells fresh fish every morning from Tuesday to Saturday.

Where to eat and drink Restaurant De Bocarme: Recently renovated in the centre of Bruges, this restaurant offers French cuisine in a 12th century cellar. Brewery De Halve Maan: Visit the city’s last working brewery. Their house brew is Brugse Zot, a spirited top-fermented beer made from malt, hops and special yeast.

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Bruges boasts no less than 55 chocolate shops, a chocolate museum and even an annual chocolate festival, Choco-Late! Be sure to stop by the infamous Master Shock-o-Latier, Dominique Persoone’s chocolate shop.

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Gain free admission to 23 museums, places of interest and attractions in Bruges, plus a free round trip on the canals, discounts on various activities, museums and parking! This 3-day pass is also valid for bus and tram travel throughout Flanders for an additional €6. Prices start at €43pp (48hr pass) or €48pp (72hr pass). Please purchase your Bruges City Card locally.

Places to Stay NH Brugge 4*: Featuring a traditional white brick exterior with blue and white canvas, the hotel combines the convenience of a modern hotel within the charm of a 17th Century monastery. Fred.\ Special: Enjoy 3 nights for the price of 2! (valid 01.07.2015 – 31.08.2015 - Sunday, Monday or Tuesday arrivals) Novotel Bruges Centrum 3*: Set in a quiet, ‘green’ area of town, the Novotel provides a sophisticated interior and a refined atmosphere. Fred.\ Special: Enjoy 3 nights for the price of 2! (valid 01.06.2015 – 29.07.2015 and 01- 31.10.15 -Sunday, Monday or Tuesday arrivals)

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Best of Croatia

Jaw-dropping landscapes and natural beauty. .. Croatia truly is a land of natural beauty – touted as the new French Riviera, the Dalmatian Coast offers holiday-makers incredible beauty set against a majestic, mountainous backdrop. Plitvice Lakes National Park, two hours south of Zagreb, holds lush, dense, forests, while Dubrovnik is surrounded by jagged cliffs and golden beaches. Pula, at the southern tip of Croatia's Istria peninsula, is home to Croatia's best preserved ancient monument - the Arena of Pula, built at the same time as the Colloseum in Rome. Once the site of gladiator fights, it is now the venue for many summer performances. Festivals are an enormous part of its culture and society; every year since 1950, the Dubrovnik Summer Festival has been a six week open-air music, theatre and dance extravaganza. The country’s love of sport, especially football, is feverish countrywide, and its club rivalries and their supporters are some of the most passionate in the world.

History The Croats arrived in what is today called Croatia during the 7th century. Croatia was first declared a kingdom in the 10th century and from the 12th century it was still ruled by parliament, but took orders from Hungary and Austria. The reign of King Robert was followed by that of Louis the Great (13421382) a time that was considered the ‘golden age’ of Croatian medieval history. The 15th century marked the start of bitter struggles with the Ottoman Empire that raged until the 17th century. By the end of the First World War, Croatia and Slavonia (a region of Croatia) became a part of the ‘State of Slovenes’, with a transitional government based in Zagreb. In 1945 the country went through massive changes. Its ability and desire to embrace industrialisation and build its economy was the basis for the development of its tourist industry. In 1992 Croatia regained independence from Yugoslavia and on November 6th 1996, became a member of the Council of Europe. It was granted EU applicant status on June 18th, 2004. It became the 28th member of the EU in 2013.

Food and Drink Olive oil is an integral part of Croatian cooking. For generations it has been used to roast and grill fish. A cooking method using Dalmatian olive oil is traditionally known as Gradelavanje, which generates a unique flavour. Roasted lamb and grilled pork are also common. The reputation of Croatian wine is growing rapidly. Their special flavours are a result of the warm conditions in the south of the country. It also boasts some of the best drinking water anywhere in the world. Arena of Pula

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Goran Ivanisevic is the only wild card ever to win Wimbledon. Born on 13 September 1971, he finally triumphed at his fourth attempt in 2001, at the age of 30.

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Medieval delights await…

Ploce Gate: The eastern entrance to the Old Town, this gate stems from the 15th century.

Dubrovnik truly is a stunning city with its amazing Old Town, which became a UNESCO World Hertage site in 1979 and is the setting for Kings Landing on popular cult TV show ‘Game of Thrones’. But whatever we and others say, our words will never be able to do this fantastic destination justice, so you will have to come and see it for yourself!

Franciscan Monastery: The monastery contains what is thought to be the oldest pharmacy/apothecary in Europe, from 1316/7. Cathedral: Designed by Roman architect Andrea Buffalini, the current cathedral was built to replace the original 12th century cathedral which was destroyed by an earthquake. Another earthquake in 1979 resulted in the need to dig drains beneath the cathedral; these excavations uncovered a Romanesque cathedral beneath the current one. Further digging, uncovered another church underneath this one, dating from about the 6th century!

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Lead-in price is based on two people sharing a twin/ double room, with breakfast, at the Libertas Rixos Hotel.

Walk the City Walls: Originally constructed in the 10th century, although fortified considerably in 1453, the walls are 3m thick along the sea wall, and 6m thick inland. Walk the 1.9km distance around the Old Town to enjoy Dubrovnik from all angles – from the crystal clear Adriatic Sea on one side, to the terracotta rooftops on the other. Dubrovnik Cable Car: Take the cable car, which rises up to the top of Mount Srd above the city, giving you some spectacular views of the Old Town and the shoreline. The cable car was completely destroyed during the war in the early 1990s and was only repaired in 2010! Also at the top of Mount Srd, and also newly opened, is the Museum of the Croatian War of Independence which, through its various exhibits, shows how Dubrovnik defended itself during the 1991-95 war.

The Old Town with its many sights, including the wellpreserved city walls along which you can walk, is without a doubt the main attraction. However there is plenty to do both inside and outside the city walls. The clear-blue seas surrounding Dubrovnik are perfect for a spot of Kayaking or a trip on a day boat to view the city from a different perspective. Slightly further afield, you can sample some local wines on a vineyard tour, and if you are visiting in the summer, do not miss the world-renowned Dubrovnik Summer Festival. When it comes to shopping, the Old Town once again is the place to be; though most of it is firmly geared towards the bountiful tourist trade with prices to match. A number of small shops hug the Stradun, but the warren of streets that break north and south from this thoroughfare offer more variety, and often cheaper prices.

Gunduličeva Poljana: Visit the daily open-air market which mainly stocks fresh fruits and vegetables, but sometimes handmade lace and other unique souvenirs such as gold and silver jewellery, homemade honey and wooden handicrafts.

Where to eat and drink Kamenice Restaurant: Restaurants in Dubrovnik don't come any more cheap and cheerful than this busy little place on Gunduličeva Poljana. The name means 'oyster' and oysters here are very good value, while the seafood risotto comes in generous portions. Lokanda Peskarija: Outside tables overlooking the old harbour make Lokanda Peskarija one of the most popular restaurants in Dubrovnik.

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Head to the Vinotekas on the Stradun and Od Puča for a taste of Croatian wine.

Places to Stay Libertas Rixos Hotel 5*: Built into a cliffside, this contemporary hotel boasts stunning views across the Adriatic Sea along with 3 restaurants, 2 outdoor pools, one inside pool and a lobby bar overlooking the coast. 25 minutes’ walk from Dubrovnik city centre. Neptun hotel Dubrovnik 4*: Ideally located on the Lapad peninsula with fantastic views of the Adriatic Sea and surrounded by the beautiful Mediterranean flora.

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Hotels

Split and Zagreb

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Zagreb - Two cities in one…

Split - A glimpse into the past… Split is the second largest city in Croatia, with just over 200,000 inhabitants, and is the largest city on the Adriatic coast. Coupled with its strong history - it emerged from a palace built by Roman emperor Diocletian, and was also an important city within Yugoslavia - this lively city is definitely worth a visit. Many of Split's historical and cultural buildings can be found within the walls of Diocletian's Palace. In addition, numerous museums, the National Theatre, and old churches and other archeological sites in the Split region make it an important cultural attraction.

Zagreb, the capital city of the Republic of Croatia, has been a focal point of culture and science for centuries and is now also a centre-point of commerce and industry. It lies on the intersection of important routes between the Adriatic coast and Central Europe and offers a large amount for visitors to do, from the Lower Town, full of wide boulevards, huge squares and Secession architecture, to the cosy and distinctly medieval-style Upper Town. Visitors will delight in the Upper Town’s Baroque atmosphere, picturesque open-air markets, diverse shopping facilities, abundant selection of crafts and Zagreb’s fantastic choice of cuisine. A city of green parks and walks, Zagreb offers many places to visit in the beautiful countryside surrounding the city too. Despite the rapid development of the city’s economy and transportation, Zagreb has retained its charm, and a relaxed feeling that makes it a genuine and welcoming city.

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Places to see Diocletian's Palace: Diocletian's Palace is perhaps one of the most imposing Roman ruins in existence. Although the original structure was modified in the Middle Ages, the alterations have only served to increase the allure of this fascinating site. Far from being a museum, the 220 buildings within the palace boundaries are home to about 3000 people.

Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary: The grace and beauty of this Herman Bollé masterpiece shines as a symbol of Zagreb, but don’t be alarmed if its twin spires are covered in scaffolding at the time you visit, it is continuously being restored.

Golden Gate: The Golden Gate was once the starting point for the road to Solin. From the fragments that remain, it's possible to visualise the statues, columns and arches that once decorated the gate.

Trg Jelacica: The boundary between the Upper and Lower towns, pronounced yell-atch-itsa, is Zagreb's central square and meeting place. All roads and trams seem to lead there so you are sure to end up there at one point – it is dominated by a statue of Croat hero Josip Jelacic in the centre.

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Things to do

Arheološki Muzej (Archaeological Museum): North of the town centre, the Archaeological Museum is well worth a visit. Exhibits are devoted to burial sculpture and excavations at Salona, with an emphasis on the Roman and early Christian period.

Boban - Gajeva 9: Enjoy a drink in the upstairs bar owned by former AC-Milan superstar and Croatian football legend, Zvonimir Boban, before enjoying a meal. Frequented by much of Zagreb society's upper crust, Boban is the place to be if you like to dress up and mingle with celebrities.

Kino Bacvice: In the summer, the after-dark entertainment zone of Bačvice plays host to an open-air cinema that runs nightly.

Dolac Market: From around 5am every day, Dolac (north of Jelacic Trg) is filled with piles of colourful fruits, vegetables, baskets, and other Croatian products by vendors.

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Places to Stay

Globo Hotel 4*: An exceptional location in the heart of Split, with private parking, easy access to all the major sights and city institutions, and only 10 minutes on foot from the city centre

International hotel Zagreb 4*: Minutes away from Zagreb’s main attractions and cultural sites, Hotel International is the ideal hotel to stay if you wish to get to know Zagreb better.

Le Meridien hotel 5*: Le Meridien's unique beach front location offers inspirational panoramic views of the Adriatic sea.

Panorama Zagreb Hotel 4*: This hotel features complimentary Wifi and is a 25 minute walk from the city centre and all its attractions.

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Zagreb lead-in price is based on two people sharing a twin/ double room, with breakfast, at the either of the recommended hotels. Split lead-in price is based on two people sharing a twin/ double room, with breakfast, at the Globo Hotel.

Mirogoj Cemetery: Considered to be one of the most beautiful cemetery parks in Europe, this is among the more noteworthy landmarks in the City of Zagreb.


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Sail the Dalmatian Coast…

Day 1 - Split: Embark your sailboat in Split, enjoy a welcome dinner and stay overnight on board.

The best way to explore the beautiful Dalmatian Coast between Split and Dubrovnik is by sailboat! This Adriatic cruise enables you to experience the most beautiful islands of Croatia in just one week. You can swim in secluded coves and crystal-clear seas, stroll the streets of medieval cities and enjoy delicious local cuisine and excellent wines. Your cruise also includes a visit to the green island of Mljet, part of which has been declared as a National Park.

Day 2 - Split – Brač -Makarska: After breakfast on board, set sail towards the island of Brač and enjoy a pleasant stroll along the beach promenade or take a swim in one of the many beautiful bays. After lunch on board, head to Makarska on the mainland, where you will spend the night. Then, dine at a local restaurant of your choice and experience the delicious local cuisine.

Lead in price is Cruise Only, based on 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd May & 26th September departures aboard sailboats Eden or Afrodita.

Day 3 - Makarska - Korčula: After breakfast, depart Makarska towards the picturesque island of Korcula. There will be a stop along the way for you to take a relaxing swim and cool off. Then, enjoy lunch on board. In the late afternoon, arrive in Korčula, the acclaimed birthplace of the famous explorer Marco Polo, where you will spend the night. Enjoy dinner in a local restaurant of your choice. Day 4 - Korčula – Dubrovnik: In the morning, sail to 'Pearl of the Adriatic’, Dubrovnik, a delightful UNESCO World Heritage Site. There will be another swim-stop along the way! Lunch is served on board. After arriving in the afternoon, explore the old town at your leisure and enjoy dinner in one of the numerous restaurants in the area. Spend the night in Dubrovnik. Day 5 - Dubrovnik & Mljet national park: In the morning, sail towards Mljet and make a bathing stop for swimming and lunch on board. Arrive in the heart of the Mljet National Park and enjoy a refreshing walk around the stunning Great Lake and the small lake. Later, dine at one of the local restaurants of your choice. Spend the night in Mljet. Day 6 - Mljet – Hvar: In the morning, continue your adventure and sail towards the island of Hvar, a favourite with sailors for over 2000 years! En route, stop for a relaxing swim in one of the secluded coves on the Peljesac peninsula. Lunch on board. You will arrive in Hvar town that afternoon. In addition to its unique cultural heritage, Hvar is very popular with singles, families, sailboats and superyachts. With its sunny climate, natural beauty, good food, wine and sports facilities, Hvar is unforgettable. Dine in a local restaurant of your choice and enjoy your evening here. Day 7 - Hvar – Split: Leave Hvar in the morning and head towards Split, anchoring in Milna on Brač for a relaxing swimming break. After lunch on board, spend the night in Split and have dinner in one of the many restaurants. Day 8 - Split: Savour your last breakfast on board before disembarking. Includes breakfast & lunch on board. (Welcome Dinner included on Day 1)

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Best of Czech Republic Incredible architecture, breathtaking mountains & warm hospitality... A flourishing country at the heart of Europe, the Czech Republic is culturally diverse with a fascinating history, incredible architecture, breathtaking mountains and warm hospitality - offering something for everyone. Whilst the main attractions include Prague, with its world famous architecture, the old town of Kutná Hora and the picturesque Ceský Krumlov, all of which are on the UNESCO World Heritage list, there is much more to discover in this ‘land of stories’... You can explore beautiful lakes in Southern Bohemia, Southern Moravia and the Czech borders, formed by mountains and perfect if you love hiking. In the cities and towns, an efficient public transport system makes it quick, easy and pleasurable to get around. Whilst the capital may be the most famous settlement amongst the list, we also offer city breaks to Ostrava, as well as holidays to Brno, Pilsen and many other cities.

24 hours in Prague Enjoying breakfast in one of the many city cafes is an ideal way to start the morning. One of the most famous cafes is the Bake Shop where you can indulge in a hearty breakfast and try one of the sour dough specialities. Then, visit the Old Town Hall and Astronomical clock – make sure you are there on the hour to see this strike. Climb the Old Town Tower for some great views of the city and walk across the Charles Bridge which is full of entertainers and one of the most romantic areas of the city. The Café Savoy with its neo-Renaissance ceiling is ideal for lunch. Prague Castle is walkable or easily reached by Public transport. The castle buildings represent a number of architectural styles including the Gothic St Vitus Cathedral and splendid gardens. Heading back to town there are many jazz clubs, bars and cafes that are worth a visit in the evenings. A good restaurant is Hergetova Cihelna - a lively and stylish restaurant on the bank of Prague`s Vltava river with a spectacular view of the Charles Bridge.

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Art & Culture Since the fall of communism, the Czech Republic has placed high priority on renovating historical sites and preserving a rich collection of art treasures. Music is central to the Czech culture. There’s even a saying, ‘Co Čech, to muzikant’, which translates ‘every Czech is a musician’. The country’s musical roots are in high culture opera and symphony and the traditional folk music of Bohemia and Moravia. Notable Czech composers include Antonín Dvořák, Gustav Mahler and Bedřich Smetana. Beethoven and Mozart were also connected to the Czech Republic throughout the period of the Habsburg Empire.

Food and drink Czech beer has a huge reputation for quality, and produces some of the best known, most loved beers worldwide. The biggest Czech brewers include Staropramen and Budvar, but there are many more smaller, family-run breweries, often run as part of a restaurant or bar. Many breweries run tours, which gives you a great chance to sample Czech beer where it’s made.

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Places to see Prague Castle: Listed by Guinness World Records as the world’s largest ancient castle, this dates back to the ninth century.

Lead in price is a guide price per person based on a weekend rate for 2 adults sharing a standard room with breakfast at the Chopin Hotel 3*. Includes flights from London to Prague.

The Old Town Hall and Astronomical Clock: The clock-face dates back to the 14th Century and the medieval clock rings on the hour attracting large crowds. It’s best to go and see it outside of peak times to get an uninterrupted view.

Things to do Beer Walk: Visit some of the oldest pubs in Prague in the company of a local guide and learn the history of one of the most important industries (brewing) of Prague. Prices start at £24 and include three beers, a meal and local guide (3 hours). Communist Walking Tour: Take a walk around some of the most famous Communist symbols, resistance areas and locations in Prague. The tour reflects the turbulence and lifestyle of communist Prague. Prices start at £29pp and include admission to the Communist museum and local guide (3 hours). Grand City Tour: This is a walking/coach tour through historical Prague visiting the castle district, Jewish quarter and Wenceslas Square. Prices start at £25pp and include transport and local guide. Prague Zoo: Perfect for families, the zoo is located in the picturesque environment of the Troja Basin. Open all year, this is definitely worth a visit. Exhibition Ground and Stromovka Park: In summer months the funfair is a great choice for families with children and Prague’s young people alike. Detsky ostrov (Children’s Island): Prague’s smallest island and, as the name suggests, offers activities especially for children with swings, climbing frames and a sandpit to occupy toddlers, as well as a mini football pitch and netball court for older children.

Where to eat and drink Café Slavia: This famous café, opposite the National Theatre, is a well-known meeting place for artists and intellectuals. It is a lovely place to go for coffee and dessert at the end of the day or after a night at the theatre. Beautiful views in front of Prague Castle from the café’s riverside windows. Bellevue Restaurant: This excellent Michelin recommended restaurant, offers fabulous cuisine and a fantastic view of Prague Castle and the Charles Bridge. The Jazz-brunch breakfast on Sunday comes highly recommended.

Beauty and history combined in the ‘City of A Hundred Spires’… A hidden city for so long, the Velvet Revolution changed everything and opened up the Prague to the West. Now, its popularity shows no sign of slowing down. The city centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and offers stunning architecture with a maze of cobbled lanes and impressive churches leading to a fairytale fortress perched overlooking the city. Climb the 299 steps to the viewing platform of the Petrin Observation Tower on Petrin Hill and enjoy a magnificent view of the city and river when you reach the top. Whilst popular, the city still maintains its great value for money. It is easy to find a reasonably priced bar or café and enjoy lunch while you watch the world go by…

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• Fred.\ Holidays also offers a number of city breaks to alternative Czech Republic destinations as well as river cruise holidays taking in Český Krumlov, Karlovy Vary, and other fascinating locations – call us for details or a quote!

Prague Card • Gain free entrance to over 40 of the best tourist attractions in the city. Discounts are available for many other attractions and city tours. In addition, every card holder gets a free 150 page Prague guidebook. Prices start at €37pp for two days or €46pp with public transport. Please purchase your Prague Card locally.

Places to Stay K+K Hotel Fenix 4*: Close to the central station and within walking distance of Charles Bridge the staff here go the extra mile to make your holiday memorable. Fred.\ Special: Enjoy 4 nights for the price of 3! (valid 14.06.2015-30.08. 2015). K+K Hotel Central 4*: Situated in a great location near the Powder Tower the hotel features art-deco design. Fred.\ Perk: 1 bottle of mineral water in the room, plus stay 3 nights and receive a welcome drink and a Prague Souvenir! Fred.\ Special: Enjoy 4 nights for the price of 3! (valid 14.06.2015-30.08.2015). Chopin Hotel 3*: With its superb location it’s the perfect point to start exploring the city. Fred.\ Special: Enjoy 5 nights for the price of 4! (valid 26.06.2015-30.08.2015).

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Best of France - Paris Fine wines, gourmet cuisine and romantic cities...

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Paris. Even the name suggests romance and a certain amount of chicness. From the top of Montmartre to the tip of the Eiffel Tower, in the Louvre or on the Left Bank, Paris is stylish to its bones. Not merely cool and chic, but seriously creative. Numerous beautiful buildings, events and world class gastronomy await you! The districts of Paris offer great variety whether you are there for the shopping, museums, sightseeing or to watch street performers. Paris is the home of café culture; nothing beats sitting in a café watching the world go by. For fashion aficionados or for culture lovers a short break in Paris will be an unforgettable experience.

Places to Stay La Villa Maillot 4*: This refurbished stylish, boutique hotel is located near to the Arc de Triomph. Fred.\ Extra: Enjoy 3 nights for the price of 2! (valid 15.07.2015-30.08.2015). Best Western Hotel du Colisée 3*: The Champs-Elysees is literally a stone’s throw away. Hotel Relais du Pré 3*: This hotel offers a particularly warm welcome to all our guests. Fred.\ Extra: Enjoy 4 nights for the price of 3! (valid 01.07.2015-28.08.2015 - Sunday or Monday arrivals).

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• For the best view of Paris, climb 250 steps up the Notre Dame bell tower and see where Quasimodo rang those bells! • Take a cruise down the River Seine: A perfect way to relax and soak up the beautiful surroundings. • Visit the Pompidou Centre: Not only a highlight itself, the centre also houses Europe’s most important museum of modern art.

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Paris lead in price is a guide price per person based on a weekend rate for 2 adults sharing a standard room with breakfast at the Hotel Relais du Pré 3*. Includes rail from London to Paris.

France has long been a favourite with UK holidaymakers and for good reason. Each region has something different to offer; from the Northern coast and the islands of Brittany or beaches of Normandy for history buffs; to the central region - most associated with historic towns & vineyards; and Southern France with its warmer climes, the Cote d’ Azur and beautiful mountains for lovers of the 'great outdoors'. The capital, Paris, is still as popular as ever for city breaks and is a starting point for river cruises along the Seine. Fred.\ can tailor make holidays to any destination in France, but for now, we take a look at three distinct cities to whet your appetite.


Lyon & Bordeaux

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This 2,000+ year old city manages to combine the modern and ancient with ease. The Roman Theatres at Fourvière, first started in 43BC, are symbolic of the history of the city. Here you can visit ruins of three ancient Roman structures - a theatre, odeum and temple. The ‘Traboules’ of the old town are internal passageways that were originally used by silk manufacturers and other merchants to transport their products. These contain lots of delightful architectural idiosyncracies as well as spiral staircases. The city is often called the gastronomy capital of the world with many Michelin star restaurants as well as the local traditional restaurants known as bouchons.

Situated on the Garonne River, Bordeaux is a city that is famous for wine but in reality offers so much more. The historical part of the city is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List and showcases the rich history of the region. A great way to see the city in all its glory is from the top of Pey Berland Tower the climb of 299 steps is well worth the effort! The Place de la Bourse is an ideal place to enjoy the river and the many architectural delights, while Old Bordeaux offers sculptured facades, markets, quaint bric a brac shops and of course cafes to enjoy Bordeaux’ s finest wines.

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Hotel Carlton Lyon 4*: Located amongst Lyon’s well-known tourist attractions, this elegant 4-star hotel is just a brief walk from Cordeliers Bourse. Prices from £89pp per night.

Adagio Bordeaux Gambetta 4*: This Aparthotel boasts a prime location close to the old town and a stone’s throw from the dynamic Mériadeck business district. Prices from £39pp per night (studio).

Hilton Lyon 4*: Overlooking the River Rhone and directly connected to the Congress Centre, the Hilton Lyon boasts an ideal location just five minutes from top Lyon attractions. Prices from £49pp per night.

Mercure Bordeaux Gare St. Jean 4*: Close to the Tauzia tramway stop, the hotel is situated 450 metres from the station and the Place de la Bourse, a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site. Breakfast included. Prices from £55pp per night.

Hotel Lyon Metropole Spa 4*: This hotel boasts the ‘Spa Lyon Plage’ – one of the biggest city spas in France. Buffet Breakfast included in price. Prices from £79pp per night.

Burdigala 5*: This five star hotel offers contemporary refinement in the heart of the world wine capital. Buffet Breakfast included. Prices from £139pp per night.

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• For great fashion brands, jewellery and design workshops, be sure to visit Passage Thiaffait – one of the city’s trendiest traboules. • Enjoy a glass of wine at the funky La Cave d’à Côté wine bar & restaurant – try the speciality ‘rosette de Lyon’ sausage.

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• Take a wine tour of the region and discover the vineyards containing some of the world’s most famous names. • For a spot of shopping to suit all budgets, go to the Rue Saint Catherine - the biggest shopping street in Europe

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Best of Germany

A European country of many contrasts... A country of over 80 million people, where English is widely spoken, Germany is fast becoming one of the most popular European destinations for UK holidaymakers. An easy country to travel around by rail, road and river, this diverse country is famous not only for its history, but also for its fairytale castles, lush farmland and rolling countryside. Enjoy sandy beaches on the North coast; vineyards in the Rhine and Moselle regions; crystal-clear air of the Bavarian Alps; fantastic walking in the Black Forest; and memorable visits to classic cities such as Berlin, Dresden and Leipzig. For anything in between or beyond the German destinations featured within this brochure or to 'mix and match' holiday types such as city breaks, river cruises or rail holidays beginning in Germany, please feel free to give us a call.

The German Cities Lakes and Mountains From the deserted beaches of the North Sea and Baltic coastlines, Germany rises majestically through regions of vast forests and woodlands, peaceful lakes and onto the towering peaks of the Bavarian Alps. The landscape is dotted with picturesque towns and villages, each of them with their own unique traditions, identity and cuisine. Enjoy the breathtaking alpine scenery that forms the magnificent backdrop for fairy tale castles and beautiful churches. Neuschwanstein castle is the most recognisable castle in the country; GarmischPartenkirchen can boast tradition set amongst the highest mountains in the country; and Berchtesgaden offers the nearby Lake Königsee and the infamous Eagle’s Nest. Closer to the capital, Grünewald Forest situated within Berlin's city boundaries, is a great verdant area with several lakes.

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German cities offer a warm welcome, good food, great shopping and are steeped in history and tradition. Hamburg is a pulsating maritime city with great shopping, a historical harbour and the world famous ‘Reeperbahn’. Munich offers Bavarian charm with an Italian feel – it is often called Italy’s most northerly city. Heidelberg with its famous ruined castle offers the Philosophers’ Walk with stunning views of the old town. The capital Berlin is edgy, vibrant and constantly reinvents itself. Traces of the decadent twenties, the war, the wall and the subsequent 25 years of reunification remain, yet the city has reinvented and rediscovered itself to become one of the main influences of European culture. Potsdam, on the outskirts of Berlin, offers the Baroque beauty of Sans Sanssouci and the New Gardens along with many UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Wiesbaden and Würzburg are lesser known cities but both are worth a visit, not least for their classic buildings, while the picturesque Thuringian city of Erfurt features half-timbered houses on the Krämerbrücke.

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The Oktoberfest is one of the most famous festivals in the world. With a massive funfair surrounding the festival a splendid time is guaranteed for all. For lovers of strong beer there is also the ‘Starkbierzeit’ (Strong Beer Festival) usually held in March. The Stuttgart Cannstatter Wasen is the second largest beer festival in Germany. Other festivals like the Hamburg Dom offer good family entertainment and great rides. See pages 74-75 for more on beer festivals.

We are happy to offer tailor made itineraries for groups of ten adults or more and pre-book transfers to ensure that all of you can travel together!

There are various other festivals that simply must be experienced while in Germany, such as the 'Rhine in Flames' or the Cologne Carnival which offers chocolate and flowers to the good catchers in the crowd. The floats are particularly striking and range from political comment to decorative. Add to this mix the great German theme parks, the many classical music events, operas in Berlin, Dresden, Munich and Bayreuth, to name a few of the most famous venues, the great art galleries, the magnificent museums, the many wine festivals and even onion festivals!

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That’s without mentioning the many themed roads to you can visit such as the Romantic Road (page 43), the sandy beaches, the historical gardens, the family parks, the car museums, the many sporting facilities and the many UNESCO sites - all this demonstrates that in Germany, there really is something for everyone!

Family-friendly holidays Germany is the perfect destination for families and we have a selection of family parks on offer in this brochure. These parks are normally found in the more picturesque regions of the country, and usually require the use of a car (see page 11 for more on car hire from Fred.\). Accommodation at these parks are generally in the form of bungalows or self-contained apartments, with facilities on site usually including a swimming pool, tennis courts, walking tracks and more. Please contact us for more details on the range of parks on offer in Germany and let us know the region you are interested in visiting. We can also offer hotels at theme parks such as Europa Park and Phantasialand as well as organise trips to other similar attractions. For example, if you wish to visit the Tropical Island resort near Berlin or Legoland near Ulm, we can organise tickets along with your booked holiday.

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Berlin is a city that effortlessly combines the past, the present and the future. Historical buildings sit comfortably with top museums and galleries, an oasis of gardens and lakes as well as funky bars and gourmet restaurants. The legendary Brandenburg Gate, the bustling Potsdamer Platz and the glass-domed Reichstag are highly recommended. The merging of East and West with the former no-man’s land area has created a city unlike any other European city. Germany’s capital is a show stopping combination of culture, history and relaxation. Berlin has so much to offer both inside and outside the city. A walk through the Tiergarten, a trip to the nearby Grünewald Forest or a trip to nearby Potsdam offers the visitor a selection of beautiful walks. A trip on the river Spree offers a perfect introduction to the many Berlin architectural sites and there are many historical walks that cover the chequered past of the capital.

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Enjoy 2 to 5 days unlimited use of public transport in the Berlin/Brandenburg area, along with various reductions on sight-seeing tours, museums and restaurants. Choose from a Zone AB (Berlin) card, valid for one person, or a Zone ABC (Berlin and Potsdam) card, which is valid for one adult and up to three children (6-14years). A 3 day pass for Berlin and Potsdam starts at £27pp. Don’t forget to add the Berlin Welcome Card to your booking.

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Places to Stay Maritim ProArte 4*: Situated in an excellent location near to the Brandenburg Gate and Reichstag. Fred.\ Special: Enjoy 3 nights for the price of 2! (valid 02-06.04.2015 and 29.0630.08.2015) OR Enjoy 4 nights for the price of 3! (valid 07-29.04 2015; 04-24.05 2015; 07-28.06.2015; 05-29.10.2015). NH Berlin Mitte 4*: Located right in the Heart of Berlin-Mitte close to Checkpoint Charlie.

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Hotel Altberlin 3*: Traditional 19th Century Berlin hotel offering old Berlin charm located in the Berlin-Mitte area. Fred.\ Perk: 1 Free Mineral Water in each room. Late Sunday check out. Fred.\ Special: Enjoy 3 nights for the price of 2! (valid 03.07.2015-30.08.2015 - must include a Sunday) OR Enjoy 4 nights for the price of 3! (valid 01.04.2015-01.06.2015 and 07.06.2015-31.10.2015).

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24 hours in Berlin

Checkpoint Charlie and the Topography of Terror show Berlin in a different light and can be visited on the way to Café Einstein for a touch of the old Germany. Then enjoy a pleasant afternoon shopping at the KaDeWe and visiting the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. Should you still be hungry why not partake in a Currywurst? Take the local transport network to Museum Island which introduces you to past worlds – the Egyptian museum is a must. For a more modern approach the DDR Museum is situated near to the island. A wander around Nikolaiviertel brings you to the Zum Nusbaum where you can enjoy the friendly pub atmosphere.

Places to see Alexanderplatz and the TV Tower: The capital’s highest tower and its revolving restaurant is set in one of Berlin’s most famous squares. Charlottenburg Palace: A splendid palace with some fine baroque staterooms.

Gendarmenmarkt: One of Europe’s most beautiful squares with the French and German cathedrals flanking the Konzerthaus.

Things to do The Insider Walking Tour: This tour will give you an insight into the history of Berlin, from rule under the Prussian kings, through Hitlers’ Third Reich, to the Cold War. You will visit the Berlin Wall and the former Death Strip, the site of Hitler’s Bunker and the new bunker excavations, Checkpoint Charlie, the Reichstag with its glass dome, Victory Column, Brandenburg Gate and Potsdamer Platz, as well as the twin cathedrals on Gendarmenplatz, Museum Island, Palast der Republik, Berliner Dom, Unter den Linden and many more sights. Prices start at £12pp (3 hours 45 minutes including guide.) City Circle Yellow Tour: This tour offers an ideal way to explore the city of Berlin and visit the main tourist highlights in one day! You will see sights such as; the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, Potsdamer Square, the Town Hall, Fernsehturm, Unter Den Linden, the Brandenburg Gate, the Victory Column, Charlottenburg Palace and many more. Make as many stops as you like and continue your trip on the next available bus. Your ticket is valid for a full day during the hours of operation. Prices start at £18pp including coach transport.

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Lead in price is a guide price per person based on a weekend rate for 2 adults sharing a standard room with breakfast at the 3* Hotel Altberlin. Includes flights from London to Berlin.

Start the day by visiting the dome of the Reichstag (needs to be pre booked) and spend the morning visiting the iconic sites of the Brandenburg Gate and the Cathedrals in Gendarmenmarkt. Have a break and visit Fassbender and Rausch to sample some of their chocolate delights.

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Berlin is a fantastic location from which to explore further into Germany. Why not spend a few nights in the city before embarking on a rail holiday or scenic tour! See page 32 for details of our Eastern European rail tour or call Fred.\ for more details.

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next country, Austria, where you will spend two nights in the capital, Vienna. The inspiring attractions and beautiful UNESCO World Heritage listed old town make for a perfect city break at any time of the year. Once the seat of the Habsburg Empire, Austria’s capital retains an ambience of imperial elegance and boasts some of Europe’s most impressive royal buildings. Day 7 - Vienna: Follow in the footsteps of the Habsburgs and visit the stunning Baroque Palaces of Schönbrunn and Belvedere. Stroll along the Ring Boulevard, which surrounds the Imperial Palace. Experience the glory of the Old Empire at St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Spanish Riding School. Day 8 - Vienna to Munich: Travel back to Germany for your next stop, the Bavarian capital of Munich. The city is brimming with exciting attractions, cultural sights, glorious historical architecture, great shopping opportunities and tranquil parks. Relax in one of the many beer gardens, enjoy tasty Bavarian specialities and, of course, no visit to Munich would be complete without a ‘Maß’ of beer! For city breaks to Munich, see page 36-37.

Day 1 - London to Berlin: Travel from London to Berlin via Cologne. You will see the impressive Gothic Cathedral towering over Cologne station.

Day 9 - Munich to Cologne: Your journey continues on to vibrant Cologne, one of Germany’s oldest cities, famous for its historic gems and vivacious carnival celebrations. From bustling bars and restaurants to peaceful gardens and museums, Cologne is a colourful city with a lively atmosphere.

Days 2 & 3 - Berlin: The legendary Brandenburg Gate and the glass-domed Reichstag are highly recommended as well as contemporary attractions like the bustling Potsdamer Platz. For those keen to spend a few Euros, visit KaDeWe, the biggest department store in continental Europe, and the new designer boutiques in Friedrichsstraße. The gastronomic choices for eating out are endless; from the typical ‘Currywurst’ (sausage) to fine dining, Berlin offers something for every taste.

For city breaks to Cologne, see page 44

Fred.\ Tip: If you’re thinking of staying a bit longer why not add on a few nights in Berlin? (see pages 30-31)

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Day 4 - Berlin to Prague: Depart to the Czech Republic and its glorious capital city Prague and enjoy the beautiful Eastern European landscapes on your way. Day 5 - Prague: Explore the romantic city of Prague, also known as ‘Golden Prague’, a glittering jewel of art and architecture. From the waters of the city’s backbone, the Vltava river, admire its most important sites and marvel at the medieval quarters on both banks. Stroll over the famous historic bridges, visit the magnificent cathedrals and monuments or enjoy a concert and a tasty meal in one of the excellent restaurants. Fred.\ Tip: Do not miss the opportunity to snap up a few bargains, as brand name goods are somewhat cheaper in Prague than in many other European destinations.

Day 10 - Cologne to London: Return journey back to London.

What’s Included: Your package includes: • 2nd class rail travel (London – Berlin – Prague – Vienna Munich – Cologne – London) • 3 nights in the Maritim Hotel Pro Arte, Berlin • 2 nights in the K+K Fenix, Prague • 2 nights in the Hotel Graben, Vienna • 1 night in the Maritim Hotel, Munich • 1 night in the Wyndham Köln • Bed & Breakfast at all hotels Fred.\ Says: Extra nights are available!

Book before 31st March and get a free Berlin and Vienna Pass per person!

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The Hanseatic beauty and highlight of the North… Boasting a 1,200 year history, Hamburg is a true delight with grand merchants’ houses, elegant promenades, a bustling harbour and myriad cultural sights to enjoy. Offering arts and culture at its finest with successful musicals, a thriving theatre scene, excellent restaurants, a pulsating nightlife and historical landmarks in abundance, Hamburg also maintains the excitement of a seaport with the famous ‘Reeperbahn’ where none other than The Beatles honed their craft.

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Take a trip to the UNESCO World Heritage city of Lübeck on the shores of the Baltic Sea - just one hour away by car. See page 55 for more.

The banks of the Elbe and the Alster rivers are perfect for a stroll, while the sight-seeing trips on offer at the port offer a special perspective of this maritime city. The areas surrounding Hamburg are especially delightful; the fruitgrowing area of the “Altes Land” with its old farmhouses is especially suited for excursions by bus or bicycle, while the historic old towns of Stade and Lüneburg can be reached in half an hour.

Places to Stay Hotel Europäischer Hof 4*: With a great location close to the station the hotel has the added bonus of a wellness spa and 150m water slide. 25hours Hotel HafenCity 4*: Situated in the upcoming harbour district this stylish hotel is close to St. Catherine’s Church and combines maritime history with a modern design.

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Hotel Vorbach 3*: A family run hotel located in a quiet side street. Beautifully decorated rooms set in a stunning 19th century villa-style building. Fred.\ Perk: Coffee and cake, plus 1 bottle of mineral water. Fred.\ Special: Enjoy 3 nights for the price of 2! (valid 29.06.2015–16.08.2015 - must include Sunday night)

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Places to see Old Elbtunnel: A piece of Hamburg’s history with a fantastic view of the harbour area.

The Alster Lakes: Enjoy a boat or canoe ride on the Alster Lakes, right in the heart of the city.

St Pauli Reeperbahn: Hamburg’s ‘sinful mile’ famous for its vibrant nightlife.

Fish Market: Every Sunday since 1703, pretty much everything that is not bolted down has been traded here at Hamburg’s most traditional market. From dusty porcelain jugs to a chirpy family of ducks, you can find just about anything in the shadow of the 100 year old fish auction hall.

Lead in price is a guide price per person based on a weekend rate for 2 adults sharing a standard room with breakfast at the Hotel Vorbach. Includes flights from London to Hamburg.

Miniatur Wunderland: The largest model railway in the world. Using the latest technology, it is rich in detail and highlights many regions and modes of transport. Not just for rail buffs but the whole family.

Things to do Maritime Tour: Gain an insight into the historical background of exciting and pulsating Hamburg and enjoy the charming contrasts between old and new. The tour takes in the River District, the historical Port Warehouse Area (Speicherstadt), the new HafenCity, Cruise-Terminal, Ballinstadt (Emigrant Museum), Kohlbrandbridge, the exclusive residential area (Elbchaussee), romantic Captain's Quarter and of course the Fishmarket. Prices start at £30pp. The Warehouse District: Take a walk around the district to appreciate the port’s importance to the city of Hamburg.

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Time your visit with the city’s annual port celebrations which welcome more than one million visitors each year with spectacular firework displays!

Take a walk along Deichstrasse for an experience of Old Hamburg and the way the city used to look.

Where to eat and drink Fischereihafen-Restaurant: Within easy walking distance of the famous fish market, indulge in a fantastic variety of freshly prepared specialities. Café Condi: A café in the Fairmont Four Seasons hotel that is great for cakes and a very sumptuous breakfast. Bullerei: Famous TV cook Tim Maelzer celebrates Northern German cuisine in the trendy Schanzenviertel area.

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Discover more – pay less! With the Discovery ticket, you can explore Hamburg conveniently, flexibly and affordably with 3 days free travel by bus and train (HVV) plus discount admission on more than 130 offers. Prices start at £22pp. Don’t forget to add the Hamburg Card to your booking.

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For shoppers, the ‘Funf Höfe’, the Maximilianstrasse and the Neuhauserstrasse are all worthy areas to visit. 2015 will see the opening of the ‘Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism’, built on the site of the former Nazi headquarters, where visitors can gain an insight into Munich’s role in Hitler’s rise to power as well as the difficulties in dealing with the Nazi past after 1945.

Places to Stay Maritim Munich 4*: Set in a courtyard offering peace and quiet in a busy city. Its panoramic rooftop indoor pool allows a unique view of the city. Fred.\ Special: Enjoy 3 nights for the price of 2! (valid 01–10.04.2015).

railway station and in walking distance to the Karlsplatz/Stachus square. Hotel Ambiente 3*: A family run hotel located in the Heart of the city.

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Visit Dallmayr food hall on your way to Maximilianstrasse for some serious window shopping - this is not a street to buy from if you are on a limited budget! A walk from there brings you to the English Garden where the beer garden near the Chinese tower is an ideal spot to stop for lunch. Take local transport to BMW Welt and explore the modern and futuristic worlds of motoring at the BMW Museum. In the evening, follow the well-known tourist route and eat at the Ratskeller followed by a night cap at the famous ‘Hofbräuhaus’.

Places to see Hofbräuhaus: One of Munich’s oldest breweries – traditional music and tasty Bavarian specialities make it a popular hangout for visitors and locals alike. Frauenkirche: The ‘Cathedral of our Blessed Lady’ with its twin towers, is Munich’s most famous landmark.

Art Galleries: Visit the Pinakothek galleries – its three galleries of Old, New and Modern offer some of the finest works in Germany with paintings exhibited by such masters as Dürer and Hals, Goya, Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir and Van Gogh! Englischer Garten: This peaceful area is larger than New York’s Central Park and here you can enjoy a Japanese Tea, visit the beer garden near the Chinese Tower and watch the many surfers line up to surf the articficial stream flowing through the garden! Hofgarten: One of the finest Renaissance gardens north of the Alps.

Things to do Open Air Bus Tour: Discover the highlights of the city with this comprehensive Hop on Hop off tour. The route takes in the former summer residence of the Bavarian Princes and Kings, the Palace of Nymphenburg, the Olympic grounds including Sea Life, the BMW museum and the new BMW Car World, and the 290 metre high Olympic Tower where you can enjoy a fantastic panoramic view from the top. The tour continues to the former artist quarter of Schwabing where you may stroll along Leopold street. Price of tour = £17pp (entrance tickets not included).

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Get 3 days unlimited use of the inner area public transport in Munich plus reduced entrance to many tourist attractions. Prices start at £21 (single ticket) or £30 (group ticket for up to 5 people). Don’t forget to add the City Tour Card to your booking!

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Stay 2 nights in Munich before embarking on a 7 night luxury river cruise along the Romantic Danube See page 38 for details.

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Lead in price is a guide price per person based on a weekend rate for 2 adults sharing a standard room with breakfast at the Hotel Ambiente. Includes flights from London to Munich.

An early morning swim or sauna at Müller’sches Volksbad (Munich’s oldest public baths) is an invigorating way to start to the day. Then, take a trip to the Viktualienmarkt to view the many stalls offering fresh produce and stop at a café or stall for a refreshing drink. At 11am, the glockenspiel on the New Town Hall in Marienplatz comes to life when the clock chimes the hour.

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2 nights pre-cruise stay in Munich, followed by 7 night luxury river cruise…

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Departing 19th October 2015

• 2 nights at the 4* Hilton Munich City inc Breakfast • 7 nights luxury cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom • Life enriching tours and excursions daily • Gourmet dining with all meals included during your cruise • Complimentary red & white wine, beer & soft drinks with every lunch & dinner on board • Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily • Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner & Captain’s Gala Dinner • Special highlights including lectures, cooking demonstration, onboard music performances and piano music • Bicycles to explore on your own & guided bicycle tours

Stay two nights in the Bavarian city of Munich before embarking your river cruise ship. See page 37 for ‘things to see and do’ in Munich! You will then be transferred to the charming 1200 year-old Bavarian town of Vilshofen and board your luxurious river ship for a 7 night cruise.

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We have various dates available including: 25.05.2015, 27.06.2015, 25.07.2015, 24.08.2015 or 07.09.2015!

Your Stay & Cruise package includes…

Itinerary Vilshofen (Germany) Enjoy a Welcome Dinner aboard the ship with your fellow passengers, and settle down for your first night aboard. In the morning, you are free to explore Vilshofen’s beautiful old town before cruising to Passau.

you’ll see the magnificent blue façade of the local abbey church and the ruins of a castle where Richard the Lionheart was once imprisoned. Tonight, after dinner on board, enjoy a wine tasting at a winery in Krems.

Passau (Germany)

Vienna (Austria)

Explore Passau on an afternoon walking tour of this 2,000-yearold city, noted for its Gothic and Italian Baroque architecture, cobblestone streets, and St. Stephan’s Cathedral.

During your morning city tour of Vienna, you will see the famous Opera House, the Ringstrasse, and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. The afternoon is free to stroll through the historic city centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or take an optional excursion to Schönbrunn Palace. This evening, you will have the opportunity to enjoy an optional Mozart and Strauss concert. The ship moors in Vienna overnight.

Linz (Austria) This morning, enjoy a walking tour of the second largest city in Austria. Later, you will have a choice of three different excursions. The first option is a visit to the Austrian Lake District, the scenic Salzkammergut region, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The second option is an excursion to the Czech town of Cesky Krumlov, a wonderfully preserved medieval town nestled in the hills just over the Austrian-Czech border. The third choice is an excursion to Salzburg, Mozart’s birthplace, where you will take a walking tour of the historic centre made famous by the “Sound of Music.”

Bratislava (Slovakia) Enjoy a scenic morning cruise to Bratislava, where you will enjoy a walking tour that includes the Old Town Hall, Mirbach Palace and St. Martin’s Cathedral. As an alternative, take a “Communist” tour that includes such architectural landmarks as the Radio Building, Liberty Square and Soviet War Memorial.

Melk & Krems (Austria)

Budapest (Hungary)

Cruise through the narrow Strudengau this morning enroute to Melk. A guided tour will take you through Melk’s magnificent Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe’s largest and most famous monastic sites, home to religious relics and a library filled with medieval manuscripts. From here, continue cruising the beautiful Wachau Valley to Krems, where you will take a motor coach ride to Dürnstein. On your walking tour of this picturesque old town,

This morning, your sightseeing tour takes you to the historic Buda Castle, which offers a splendid view of the river and the twin cities of Buda and Pest. Your tour also features the Fisherman’s Bastion, the Royal Palace, St. Stephen’s Basilica, and Heroes’ Square. After dinner, the ship will sail a special “Illuminations Cruise” past the illuminated river front of Budapest.

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Lead in price is based on two people sharing a Cat E cabin aboard the AmaSonata (cruise only) and includes a two night hotel stay in Munich. Transfers from the hotel to port are included. Please ask if you would like us to arrange flights.

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The most international city in Germany…

Walk along the Frankfurt Museum Embankment: This unique boulevard of cultural institutions comprises first-class museums presenting everything from applied art, film and architecture to Jewish history and ancient sculptures.

Conveniently located in the heart of Europe, Frankfurt is a city of great colour and diversity. Here, upon the majestic River Main, tradition and modernity, commerce and culture, activity and tranquility are all harmoniously juxtaposed. “Mainhattan” is known to be Europe’s smallest metropolis, a reputation it gained thanks to its international orientation. Expanding year after year, the Frankfurt skyline is unmatched in all of Europe and its modern architecture is just as impressive. Yet, just a stone’s throw away you will find sightseeing attractions underlining Frankfurt’s 1,200 years of history and its political significance for Germany. Whether shopaholic, art enthusiast or gourmet, Frankfurt has something for everybody!

Lead in price is a guide price per person based on a weekend rate for 2 adults sharing a standard room with breakfast at the Holiday Inn Express. They include flights from London to Frankfurt.

Main Tower: Visit the rooftop observation platform of the Main Tower to get a spectacular panoramic view of Frankfurt. Sightseeing tour with the Ebbelwei Express: The Apple Wine Express, a historical streetcar, takes its passengers on a merry tour of downtown Frankfurt.

Where to eat and drink Holbein’s Restaurant: This famous restaurant is located in one of Germany’s oldest and most significant museums, the Städel. Roomers Restaurant: With its inspiring setting, unique ambience, cosmopolitan menu and extensive wine list, this is a great place to enjoy the perfect meal.

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From Frankfurt, head to Würzburg in the heart of Germany’s biggest wine-producing region and embark upon a Romantic Road Tour through Bavaria. See page 43 for full details.

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One of the most important German writers, Goethe was born in Frankfurt. His house was faithfully restored after it was destroyed in the Second World War and is open to visitors.

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Available as a one or two-day ticket for individuals and groups, the Frankfurt Card offers unlimited travel on the city’s public transport system, as well as a wide variety of discounts. Prices start from £15 (single ticket) and from £29 (group ticket for up to 5 people).

Places to Stay Maritim Hotel Frankfurt 4*: This high class hotel features superb facilities and the excellent Maritim breakfast. Fred.\ Special: Enjoy 3 nights for the price of 2! (valid 03-11.04.2015; 22.05.2015 – 12.06.2015; and 20.06 20.15– 30.08.2015). Holiday Inn Express Frankfurt City 3*: This newly refurbished hotel is ideally placed to explore the city.

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Unspoilt nature, medieval castles & laid-back lifestyles… Bavaria’s picture-perfect countryside with its unspoilt natural surroundings, clean air, a wealth of culture and a laid-back attitude, make it the perfect destination for a relaxing holiday. The region’s medieval castles and small towns, magnificent palaces and baroque churches, as well as its urban centres, provide the perfect setting for everything from traditional festivals to international events. A vast region, Bavaria contains countless highlights and endless beauty with amazing architectural monuments and picturesque villages, all complemented by stunning natural scenery. Each town has a historical centre and has retained its individual charm down the ages whilst offering spacious pedestrian zones, shopping streets and a vibrant cultural and social life. Over the next few pages, we take a look at some of our favourite destinations in Bavaria and Franconia (northern Bavaria) as well as two stunning destinations nestled in the mountains for those with a yearning for spectacular scenery…

Lindau The picturesque centre of Lindau is situated on an island on the north-east shores of Lake Constance and is connected by two impressive causeways. The island is famous for the harbour entrance and historic buildings as well as wonderful shopping streets and lakeside promenade while the area around the town is dotted with pretty villages and family-friendly attractions.

Places to Stay Hotel Bayersicher Hof 5*, Hotel Seegarten 4* and Hotel Reutemann 4*: These three connected hotels are situated on the harbour-front. Enjoy 5 nights from £699pp.

The 700-year old town of Füssen boasts a special intimate charm with quaint cobbled streets and a medieval centre framed by the majestic peaks of the Alps. The nearby fairytale castles of Hohenschwangau and Neuschwansten take visitors back to the time of King Ludwig II. A cable car to the top of the Tegelberg mountain will give you impressive views of the region and is the start of many walking trails. There are also public lakes nearby that allow public swimming.

Places to Stay The Luitpoldpark Hotel 4*: This offers a huge variety of wellness and fitness packages ensuring a relaxing stay. Enjoy 3 nights from £509pp.

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Ruhpolding is nestled in the Bavarian Alps between Salzburg and Munich. The town provides a wide variety of holiday activities all year long amidst beautiful scenery. The locals’ authentic lifestyle is reflected by their traditional dress, which they wear with pride. There are exciting summits to climb and valleys with many attractions to explore. The extensive foot and bike paths allow everyone to choose a suitable route. The three-lakes area referred to as “little Canada” is an inviting place to cool-off with a refreshing swim after biking or hiking. Because the Ruhpolding valley is sheltered from harsh winds, it is famous for its mild and sunny climate.

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We can offer hotels in most Bavarian towns as well as ‘family parks’ in many destinations, suitable for holidaymakers driving a car.

Places to Stay The Steinbach Hotel 4*: Located amidst the mountain landscape of the Chiemgau Alps, a stay here is almost a guarantee for a heavenly summer or winter holiday. 5 nights from £529pp.

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All prices are guide prices per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room, with breakfast. Include flights to Munich and rail transfer.

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Choose from peaceful retreat or active adventure… Home to many romantic towns, historical cities, health spas and resorts, Franconia is a region that offers many special cultural, architectural and culinary highlights. It boasts over 300 breweries and great wines as well as many local dishes. Why not visit one of the numerous wine festivals and sample some of the classic Silvaner? The region is also famous for hiking and cycling and offers many opportunities for more active holidaymakers. Baroque splendour, picturesque towns, castle trails, vineyards, breweries and the Romantic Road (see page 43) are all themes that can be explored in the area.

Bamberg This UNESCO World Heritage Site is an outstanding example of a central European city that has grown and evolved from a Middle Age core. The city has over 2400 listed buildings including the Old Town Hall which dates back to the 14th Century. It has also moved with the times and the Island City area is now peppered with small boutiques, beautiful stores and trendy cafés – don’t forget to try the local smoked beer! Fred.\ Tip: The Rose Garden is an ideal viewpoint to capture the beauty and romance of the city.

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Rothenburg ob der Tauber Both the Romantic Road and the Castle Road cross at Rothenburg – this is because the city offers over 1000 years of history just waiting to be discovered and explored! The town is surrounded by intact fortifications and offers photogenic narrow streets. One of Europe’s most beautiful medieval towns, Rothenburg is sure to cast a spell over all of its visitors admiring the many half-timbered bulidings with their red topped roofs, cobblestoned streets and flower-filled window boxes.

Places to Stay The Hotel Eisenhut 4*: This offers a huge variety of wellness and fitness packages ensuring a relaxing stay. Enjoy 3 nights from £529pp.

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All prices are guide prices per person, based on two people sharing a twin/double room with breakfast. Includes flights to Frankfurt (Nuremberg for Bamberg) Munich and rail transfer.

Welcome Hotel Residenzschloss 4*: Just 500 metres from the historic old town. Enjoy 3 nights from £449pp.

Würzburg World heritage, world-class wine and well-being, these are the ‘3 W’s’ of this lively city known as the ‘Gateway to the Romantic Road’ (see page 43). The city is the centre of the Franconian Wine Country, a region whose vineyards are famous throughout the world. Three of Germany’s largest and most renowned wineries are located here. A Juliusspital wine, for example, was served at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. And it is Franconian wine that, in perfect harmony with Baroque splendour, always makes a visit to Würzburg a memorable experience. Fred.\ Tip: Time your trip with one of the city’s festival highlights such as the Mozart Festival in June.

Places to Stay Maritim Hotel 4*: This offers a sunbathing area, an indoor pool and is located within easy distance of the town. Enjoy 3 nights from £499pp.

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Located in the foothills of Germany’s highest mountain, the Zugspitze, Garmisch-Partenkirchen will move you with its unspoilt nature, vibrancy and Bavarian traditions. The area is famous for its breath-taking scenery, snow-covered mountains and crisp mountain air. Walk along the streets, stroll down the alleyways and watch the world go by in one of the many cafes; with every moment you’ll discover a little more of the variety that Garmisch-Partenkirchen has to offer. Historical sights, beautiful walks, art and culture and an ideal spot to visit local towns such as Oberammergau.

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The beautiful town of Berchtesgaden, with its houses decorated by murals, is dominated by the majestic Watzmann Mountains. Bavaria’s kings chose the land at the foot of Mount Watzmann as their summer residence and what they once enjoyed exclusively is now available for everyone. Another notable peak is the Kehlstein mountain with its Eagle’s Nest (Kehlsteinhaus), offering spectacular views of the area. Hiking, golf, tennis, summer sledding, ice-skating, cross-country and downhill skiing are all available in Berchtesgaden. One of the most picturesque lakes in the region can be found at Schönau am Königsee.

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Things to do

Partnach Gorge: The river Partnach flows through a narrow, mile-long gap between high limestone cliffs.

Grassl Schnapps Distillery: Take a tour of Germany’s oldest distillery and taste a sample of the clear tasty Schnapps distilled from the Gentian flower.

Werdenfels Castle: Accused witches were held, tried and executed at the turn of the 16th century. The castle became an object of superstitious horror and was abandoned in the 17th century.

Things to do Castle Werdenfels Walking Trail: Follow the 4km trail alongside the castle ruins and enjoy an exciting trip through history. If you get hungry on the way, stop at the Berggasthof Pflegersee or the Werdenfelser Hütte for a delicious meal. Take the cable car to the top of the mountain and enjoy the stunning views. If you’re feeling brave, venture out onto the viewing platform. Take an excursion to nearby Oberammergau and Ettal - both only a bus ride away. The monastery brews its own beer and schnapps but as the brewers are not allowed to taste alcohol this is done by experience and a great sense of smell!

Royal Castle: Visit the former summer residence of the Bavarian royal family. Obersalzberg Documentation Centre: A permanent exhibition of the Institute of Contemporary History at Obersalzberg. It was commissioned by the Free State of Bavaria and explores the use of the Obersalzberg mountain retreat by the Nazi party. Mount Jenner cable car: Travel up to the highest gateway of the Berchtesgaden National Park where you will find over a dozen hiking trails with the most stunning views over the German Alps. Salt Mines: Berchtesgaden was once a major producer of the ‘white gold’ and now you can visit the salt mines. The highlights include the crossing of a 100m-long illuminated lake and the special train taking you into the depths of the mine.

Where to eat and drink Bräu Stüble: A traditional restaurant that brews its own beer and offers a great atmosphere.

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Combine your stay in Garmisch with a stay in Munich, Bavaria’s capital (see pages 36-37) OR spend a couple of days in Salzburg, Austria (see pages 14-15), before travelling to your resort the perfect opportunity to combine culture and shopping with a mountain and lake resort holiday!

Places to Stay

Places to Stay Reindl’s Partenkirchner Hof 4*: This family run hotel, close to the railway station, offers a welcoming Bavarian atmosphere. Fred.\ Special: Enjoy 7 nights for the price of 6! (valid 0123.04.2015 and 06-18.10.2015). Wittelsbacher Hof 4*: A great location and great personal service with a high standard of comfort.

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Vier Jahreszeiten: A restaurant in one of the local hotels that offers a range of fresh local produce at a reasonable price.

Treff Alpenhotel Kronprinz 4*: With wonderful views over Berchtesgaden and the surrounding mountain scenery, the hotel is located around 500 metres from the town centre. Fred.\ Special: Enjoy 7 nights for the price of 6! (valid 01.04.2015 – 25.10.2015). Alm and Wellness Alpenhof 4*: Quiet surroundings, splendid alpine views and great facilities; the hotel is next to a forest approx 4km from Berchtesgaden.

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Garmisch lead in price is a guide price per person based on a weekend rate for 2 adults sharing a standard room with breakfast at the Reindl’s Partenkirchner. Includes flights from London to Munich and return rail transfers. Berchtesgarden lead in price is a guide price per person based on a weekend rate for 2 adults sharing a standard room with breakfast either of our recommended hotels. Includes flights from London to Munich and return rail transfers.

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Itinerary Day 1 – UK to Frankfurt Pick up your car at the airport and drive to Würzburg to spend your first night at the 4* Maritim Hotel. Days 2 – 5 Drive to the beautiful city of Rothenburg ob der Tauber and spend three nights at the 4* Hotel Eisenhut. Day 5 Depart for Augsburg where you will spend one night at the 3* Holiday Inn Express. Day 6 Depart for Füssen – why not pass via Oberammergau and Linderhof on the way? Spend two nights at the 4* Luitpold Park Hotel. Day 8 Frankfurt / Munich to UK Return the car to either Munich (1 ½ hrs from Fussen) or Frankfurt airport for your journey home.

The ‘romantic road’ from Würzburg to Füssen enables you to discover picturesque medieval walled towns as well as the historic Bavarian cities of Würzburg and Augsburg, before culminating in Füssen. Würzburg, located on the river Main, offers the imposing Residence Palace, beautifully restored after it was damaged during WWII; Rothenburg ob der Tauber, with over 800 years of history, boasts cobblestone streets, impressive parapets and proud towers; while on the route itself, Dinkelsbühl offers perfectly preserved town walls and a number of immaculate patrician houses. Augsburg, founded by Roman Emperor Augustus more than 2000 years ago is Germany’s oldest city and offers great historic buildings like the cathedral, ancient monastries and royal palaces. Oberammergau, en route to Füssen is a traditional alpine village situated in a beautiful valley surrounded by mountains, meadows and forests where you can stop and admire the typical painted houses of this region. Arriving in Füssen, Bavaria’s highest town, you will find yourself at the foot of the famous Neuschwanstein Castle, built as a personal refuge for the reclusive Bavarian king, Ludwig II.

What’s Included: • Flights to Frankfurt and return from Frankfurt/Munich • Economy Car Hire (2 door) for 8 days • 1 night in the 4* Maritim, Würzburg • 3 nights in the 4* Hotel Eisenhut, Rothenburg o.d. Tauber • 1 night in the 3* Holiday Inn Express, Augsburg • 2 nights in the 4* Luitpoldpark, Füssen. Lead in price based on two people sharing a twin room, with breakfast and includes car hire.

Berchtesgarden lead in price is a guide price per person based on a weekend rate for 2 adults sharing a standard room with breakfast either of our recommended hotels. Includes flights from London to Munich and return rail transfers.

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We can add on extra nights or offer this tour with a combination of coach and rail if you would prefer not to drive. Prices available on request.

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Cologne

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Cologne is dominated by its magnificent gothic cathedral which is one of the first things you see when approaching by train. The top of the cathedral offers spectacular views over the Rhine which is just one of the reasons it is consistently voted Germany’s most popular tourist attraction. A vibrant city famous for its carnival and its many historical gems, such as the Roman artefacts in the Romisch-Germanisches museum, Cologne also boasts the highest density of pubs and taverns per capita. Over 3000 bars, cafes and restaurants beckon visitors to enjoy a cold Kölsch beer – the local brew. The Cologne way of life is highly infectious, and that’s reason enough to pay it a visit.

The Chocolate Museum: Satisfy your sweet tooth and take a journey through 3000 years of chocolate making.

KölnCard - the easy and inexpensive way to explore Cologne

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Travel for free on all public transportation and get up to 50% off at restaurants, as well as artistic and cultural attractions. For only £9pp you can discover Cologne in all its facets.

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Cathedral South Tower: For a beautiful view over the city, climb up the 533 steps to the top of Kölner Dom’s south tower. Stop at the bell tower on your way up - home of the biggest free running bell in the world, the “Dicker Pitter”. Belgian Quarter “Belgisches Viertel”: This laid-back area close to the “Stadtgarten” is a great place for shopping, boasting a lavish array of shopping facilities, trendy pubs, cafés and restaurants.

Things to do Cruise the Rhine: Enjoy beautiful views of Cologne’s stunning skyline including the Cathedral and the fairground, on a one hour river cruise. The cruise will first take you south to the Rheinauhafen with its impressive crane houses, then northwards to the fairground while a taped commentary tells you all you need to know about the attractions as you pass them by. You will then be returned to the old city centre where the tour ends. Prices start at £8pp for a 1 hour cruise.

Where to eat and drink Malzmühle: Enjoy a hearty meal at the “Zur Malzmühle” brewery at the Heumarkt. Here, you can experience the typical Rhenish hospitality, as well as the famous regional beer “Kölsch”. Rheinzeit: You will find lots of nice and cozy restaurants along the Rhine. One of them being the “Rheinzeit” which offers tasty tarte flambees and Mediterranean delights. Ludwig im Museum: As well as featuring high-class art, the Museum Ludwig also boast the modern restaurant “Ludwig im Museum” from which you have a beautiful view over the Rhine. Café Bauturm: The restaurant and café is located close to the Rudolfplatz and it is the right place if you are looking for a delicious snack, a hot chocolate or a nightcap.

Maritim Hotel Cologne 4*: Located in the heart of the city on the banks of the River Rhine, the hotel’s glass-covered hall with exclusive boutiques and elegant restaurants gives it a very light and airy feel. Fred.\ Perk: Cocktail voucher. Fred.\ Special: Enjoy 3 nights for the price of two! (valid 24.07.2015 – 01.08.2015 or 09-30.08.2015 -must include a Sunday). Wyndham Köln 4*: The Wyndham boasts a great location close to the cathedral in a quiet part of town and features a bistro-bar and fitness centre. Fred.\ Perk: 2 bottles of water per room. Fred.\ Special: reduced rate for Sunday stays.

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Halver Hahn is literally translated as half a chicken in English but is actually a cheese sandwich. It is a traditional dish in Cologne. Himmel un Ääd (Heaven and Earth) is a mixture of apple pieces (heaven) and mashed potatoes (earth).

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*Lead in price is a guide price per person based on a weekend rate for 2 adults sharing a standard room with breakfast at the Wyndham Köln 4*. Includes flights from London to Cologne.

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Harz Mountain Rail Tour

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Itinerary Day 1 - London to Hanover: Begin with a trip to Hanover, the state capital of Lower Saxony. Hanover offers a wide range of attractions and places of interest including various museums, theatres and art galleries. The beautiful Royal Gardens of Herrenhausen - a jewel of Baroque garden architecture - are a must see. From the lively city centre with its extensive pedestrian zone and elegant arcades, to the quaint narrow streets and half-timbered houses of the charming old town, Hanover is a dynamic city of many dimensions.

This attractive route takes you through the Harz Mountains which rise picturesquely above the North German Plain covering a 100km long and 300km wide area at the junction of Saxony-Anhalt, Thuringia and Lower Saxony. This fascinating rail holiday starts in the garden city of Hanover, where you will spend two nights. Travel on to the charming Wernigerode in the Harz Mountains, and enjoy a stay of three days exploring this beautiful region. The last stop will be one night in Cologne.

Day 2 - Hanover: On your second day in Hanover, you will have plenty of time to explore the city centre. Follow the 4.2 km ‘Red Thread’, a red line painted onto the pavement; an excellent way to explore Hanover’s main sights.

Lead in price is based on two people sharing a twin room, with breakfast. Single rooms are available from £899pp.

Day 3 - Hanover to Wernigerode: Arrive in Wernigerode, known as ‘the Colourful Town’ due to the cheerful paintwork on its half-timbered buildings. The town is one of the most atmospheric destinations in the Harz region. During your three day stay, you will have plenty of opportunity to explore the surrounding area. Day 4 & 5 - Wernigerode: See the impressive Town Hall with its timber-framed architecture. The magnificent building’s wooden ornamental figures depict saints and artisans. Visit Wernigerode Castle or go shopping in the traditional town centre shops. We highly recommend travelling with the Brockenbahn steam locomotive up the winding 19km-route to the summit of the legendary Brocken Mountain (1,142m), the highest peak in northern Germany. Enjoy this nostalgic tour as well as the wonderful panoramic views over the Harz National Park. After exploring Wernigerode and its surroundings, why not take a day excursion to the picturesque town of Goslar in the western Harz. Day 6 - Wernigerode to Cologne: Your journey continues on to your last stop, the carnival city of Cologne, one of Germany’s oldest cities and famous for historic sites such as the Gothic Cologne Cathedral. Day 7 - Cologne to London: Return journey from Cologne to London. Fred.\ Says: Additional nights are available. Please call for more details.

What’s Included: Your package includes… • 2nd class rail transfers: London - Hanover, Hanover – Wernigerode - Cologne – London, seat reservations where applicable. • 2 nights in the Suite Novotel Hanover 3*, Hanover

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Why not spend a few days in Cologne once you have completed your tour?

• 3 nights in the Herzer Kultur and Kongresshotel 4*, Wernigeorde • 1 night in the Wyndham Cologne 4*, Cologne • Bed and Breakfast basis at all hotels

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A journey that offers the best of the Rhine and Moselle regions by rail, as well as enabling you to enjoy a trip along the Rhine itself and discover some of the most famous wine regions of Germany...

Day 1 - London to Königswinter: Travel from London to Königswinter via Brussels and Cologne as you relax in your carriage. Look out for the magnificent Cathedral as you pass by Cologne! Day 2 and Day 3 – Königswinter: Königswinter is an ideal location to explore the Rhine as it is served by rail, buses, and ships for day trips along the Rhine. The Drachenfels Railway in town will take you via cog railway to the top of the mountain where you can enjoy spectacular views over the river. Then, walk back down the mountain and enjoy the Schloss Drachenfells, a beautiful neo-gothic building, and the nearby reptile zoo. Why not take a ‘KD’ ship for a day cruise to Linz am Rhein and explore this beautiful town with its colourful half-timbered houses. You can also explore the Kasbachtal railway here. You can also visit Koblenz where the Moselle and the Rhine meet at the Deutsche Eck. The statue of Emperor Wilhelm I was destroyed in World War II but replaced with a copy after Reunification in 1993. On the opposite side of the Rhine stands the commanding fortress of Ehrenbreitstein. It was thought to be impregnable but the French Army disproved this in 1801. There is now a cable car that will take you to the fortress where you can enjoy great views of the Town. Day 4 – Königswinter to Trier: Following the Rhine and Moselle, your next port of call takes you to Trier, Germany’s oldest city. There were settlements in the Trier valley as early as the 3rd century BC and Trier was the first ‘town’ north of the Alps to bear that label with justification. It is a fascinating travel destination with historical monuments, churches and Roman backdrops which will make any visit to this romantic Moselle city an unforgettable experience.

Mountains are peaceful vineyards, where the Celts and Romans cultivated their vines 2,000 years ago, and the beautiful Moselle Valley is a particularly desirable travel destination for those seeking rest and relaxation. Days 5 & 6 – Trier: Spend the day at leisure in Trier. If you fancy a day trip, Cochem is only 40 minutes away. The Reichsburg Castle dominates the skyline and looks over the town of lovingly restored half-timbered houses, the historical town hall, the medieval town gates and the many wine growers offering their wares to be sampled. Day 7 – Cologne: Cologne is impressive when approached by train as the station is towered over by the impressive Gothic cathedral. A shopping paradise and with over 3000 bars, cafes and restaurants, it is an ideal place to relax. See page 44 for more details. Day 8 – Cologne to London: Take the train to Brussels and then the Eurostar back to London.

What’s Included: Your Package Includes… • 2nd class rail transfers: London – Königswinter (via Brussels, Cologne) - Trier - Cologne – London. Seat reservations where applicable. • 3 nights in the Maritim Hotel, Königswinter 4* • 3 nights in the Mercure Hotel Trier Porta Nigra 4* • 1 night in the Wyndham Cologne 4* • Bed and Breakfast basis at all hotels Fred.\ Says: Extra nights are available!

The most famous sites are silent but eloquent witnesses to magnificent cultural achievements, such as the Roman Amphitheatre, the Imperial and Barbara Baths, the Roman Bridge, the Church of Our Lady and of course the 1,800-yearold ‘Porta Nigra’. But there is plenty more than just the inner city to discover. Embedded in the heights of the Hunsrück and Eifel

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We can also offer holidays in the wider Rhine and Moselle regions – so if you fancy a break in Boppard or Rüdeshiem please give us a call!

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Lead in price is based on two people sharing a twin room. Single rooms are available from £1079pp.

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Explore the Baroque charms of ‘Grid City’…

Water Tower: The emblem of Mannheim is nestled in one of the largest and most beautiful art nouveau areas of Europe, the Friedrichsplatz.

The diverse city of Mannheim is home to 2000 shops, boutiques and culinary delights from around the world. It earned the nickname ‘Grid City’ thanks to its checkerboard layout of 144 blocks, true to the Baroque pattern of dividing towns into regular squares; which means you should never get lost! The city boasts the second largest Baroque Palace in Europe, offering visitors the chance to revisit the courtly atmosphere and to lose themselves amongst the many original artworks, porcelain and furnishings from that period. With so many museums, gardens and churches to discover Mannheim is an ideal city break. Be sure to try the spaghetti shaped ice cream, one of the most popular products originating from Mannheim.

Baroque Palace: Completed in 1760 Germany’s largest Baroque structure shines with historical furnishings. Reiss – Engelhorn Museums: Set over four locations and offering different exhibitions as well as many fine works of art. Egypt and Baroque exhibitions will be showing in 2015. Kunsthalle Mannheim (Art Gallery): The world renowned ‘New Objectivity’ art style originated at Mannheim’s Art Gallery.

Things to do Take a relaxing walk in Luisenpark, considered one of the most beautiful parks in Germany thanks to its striking array of flowers. Enjoy a ‘gondoletta’ boat ride or visit the biggest original Chinese tea house in Europe for a taste of China.

Where to eat and drink Eichbaum Brauhaus: With its own brewery this is a traditional German restaurant with a lovely beer garden. It serves typically hearty German food and also offers a very good range of beers. Keller’s Weinrestaurant: Located in the heart of the city and offering over 40 wines served by the glass, you can enjoy a selection of good home-style meals.

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Lead in price is a guide price per person based on a weekend rate for 2 adults sharing a standard room with breakfast in the Leonardo Hotel Mannheim City 4*. Includes return flights from London to Frankfurt plus return rail transfer.

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In 1886 Carl Benz developed his ‘PatentMotowagen 1’ in his workshop in the T6 square. His wife created publicity for the car by making the first long distance drive from Mannheim to Pforzheim.

Places to Stay Maritim Parkhotel Mannheim 4*: This elegant art-nouveau hotel is situated in a great location across from the Water Tower. Fred.\ Perk: Welcome cocktail. Leonardo Hotel Mannheim City 4*: This centrally located hotel is handily placed for shops and the swimming pool is a great way to relax after a busy day sightseeing.

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Dresden

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Discover ‘Florence on the Elbe’ in 2015…

Places to see

Known as the ‘Florence on the Elbe’, Dresden is a lush and green riverside city steeped in tradition and historic character. It boasts many forests, gardens and parks, the most famous of which being the Grosser Garten, a baroque style park at the heart of the city. Dresden will mesmerise you with fascinating buildings and art treasures, beautiful views and impressive museums, as well as orchestras and choirs of worldwide reputation. The Zwinger palace contains many museums but is also an impressive architectural and aesthetic place to visit. The city has been meticulously restored to its former glory and shines in all its Saxon splendour and Baroque beauty.

Frauenkirche (Church Of Our Lady): One of Europe’s most beautiful churches; destroyed during the Second World War, it reopened as a memorial in 2005. Zwinger Palace: A beautiful restored Baroque palace with a bell pavilion. It is also home to a famous art collection. Semperoper Opera House: The most famous opera house in Germany; it houses the Saxon State Orchestra, one of the world’s oldest and best-known orchestras.

Things to do Grünes Gewölbe: Visit the ‘Green Vault’, a unique historic museum that contains the largest collection of treasures in Europe. It features a rich variety of exhibits from the Baroque to Classicism and is located in Dresden castle, one of Dresden’s oldest buildings. Pillnitz Palace: Visit Pillnitz Palace, home to the Museum of Decorative Arts and explore the garden, best known for how it combines strict Baroque forms with the structure of typical English landscaped gardens.

Where to eat and drink

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Enjoy two days free use of public transport, free admission to several museums and further reductions on numerous other attractions. Prices for the card start from £29pp (48hrs). Don’t forget to add the Dresden City Card to your booking!

Brauhaus am Waldschlösschen: Enjoy hearty regional meals and light Mediterranean cuisine, whilst overlooking the city from high above the famous Elbe Valley. Kastenmeiers: A showcase fish restaurant hosted by a famous German chef. The restaurant is at the top end of the price scale but the food is worth the expense.

Places to Stay Pullman Dresden Newa 4*: Handily placed on the famous shopping boulevard Prager Strasse, the hotel offers a personal service that creates an atmosphere of well-being and recreation. Fred.\ Perk: Slice of Dresden Eierschecke (a local cake) and a special coffee. Fred.\ Special: Enjoy 3 nights for the price of 2! (valid 01-28.04.2015; 28.06.2015-28.08.2015; and 1831.10.2015). Art’otel 4*: This designer hotel, only 5 minutes from the Semperer Opera House, boasts more than 750 original art works set in an Italian-style hotel offering comfort, location and style. Fred.\ Perk: 1 bottle of water per room. Fred.\ Special: Enjoy 3 nights for the price of 2! (valid 04.04.2015-25.10.2015 arrive Saturday or Sunday).

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Dresden had been rebuilt to its former splendour after 75% of the city was destroyed during WW2. The Queen attended the reopening of the ‘Frauenkirche’ which was reopened 60 years after it was destroyed by bombs.

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Leipzig

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Leipzig; land of musicians and composers…

Gewandhaus concert hall: With its world famous orchestra, the concert hall has been a symbol of the city for over 250 years. The Gewandhaus Music Director is the internationally renowned Italian conductor Riccardo Chailly.

Bach, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Goethe or Schiller – the names of innumerable great personalities are closely linked with Leipzig. Thousands of music lovers travel to the city every year to walk in the footsteps of famous composers. The concerts of the Gewandhaus Orchestra or the St. Thomas Boys’ Choir are musical highlights and veritable magnets for visitors. Yet Leipzig has even more to offer: a multifaceted cultural life, diverse museums and galleries, and a high density of pubs and history at every turn. After all this Saxon city, rich in tradition, can look back on a long history of 1,000 years during which much has taken place, including the Peaceful Revolution in the autumn of 1989 an important milestone on the way to the fall of the Berlin Wall and the German reunification.

St. Nicholas Church: This contains Saxony’s biggest church organ. None other than Johann Sebastian Bach was inducted into his post as the Leipzig’s director of music at St. Nicholas Church. The church became famous due to the prayers for peace which have taken place here every Monday since 1982, and which were the starting point for the Peaceful Revolution of 1989. The church is a symbol of the German Reunification, and is now well-known around the world.

Things to do St Thomas Boys’ Choir: Every Friday evening and Saturday afternoon you can listen to the famous Boys’ Choir at St Thomas’ Church. Leipzig Zoo: Within easy reach of the city centre this is one of the best zoos in Europe. ‘Gondwanaland’ allows you to see 90 exotic animal species and 500 different plant and animal species.

Where to eat and drink Coffeehouses: Leipzig and coffee go hand in hand. The fact that the people of Leipzig are affectionately known as the “Kaffeesachsen” (Coffee-drinkers of Saxony) tells us all we need to know about their fondness for the Arabian brew! Three to look out for are Zum Arabischen Coffe Baum, Kaffeehaus Riquet and Café Kandler. Auerbachs Keller: No doubt the most famous restaurant in Leipzig, it was founded in 1525 as a wine tavern and practically every famous Leipzig visitor was a guest here from Martin Luther, via Tsar Peter the Great and Nikita Chrushtshov, up to Queen Elizabeth II!

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Valid for one or three days, for individuals or groups, the Leipzig card is the ideal way to explore the city. Offering free transport, discounts on guided visits, city walks and coach tours, free admission or reduced admission up to 50% in museums, discounts in restaurants, in selected retail shops and other outlets. Prices start from £10pp.

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Auerbachs Keller is one of the main settings of Goethe’s play Faust. Goethe often visited the cellar while studying in Leipzig and used it as the setting for where Faust meets Mephistopholes.

Leipzig Marriott Hotel 5*: This modern style hotel with a personal touch is ideally located for the heart of the city. Fred.\ Extra: Cocktail voucher. Fred.\ Special: Enjoy 3 nights for the price of 2! (valid 03-12.04.2015 and 28.06.2015-13.09.2015 must include a Sunday). © LTM Beck

Lead in price is a guide price per person based on a weekend rate for 2 adults sharing a standard room with breakfast at the Mercure Hotel Lepzig am Johamnispatz 4*. Includes flights from London to Leipzig.

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Mercure Hotel Leipzig am Johamnispatz 4*: The hotel has a great location close to the station and city. The modern bar in the hotel is an ideal place to relax.

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Nuremberg

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Where ancient history and modern culture collide…

Places to see

The city’s medieval old town is enclosed by an ancient city wall and overlooked by the towering Kaiserburg Castle. One of the most fortified imperial palaces of the Holy Roman Empire, a large part of its thousand year history can be seen and experienced. Gothic churches, splendid patricians’ houses, historic sights and some of Germany’s most important museums are situated throughout the town. Nuremberg boasts a unique atmosphere created by a blend of medieval and modern elements with the Documentation Centre (Dokuzentrum), the Court Rooms and the rally grounds providing a reminder of a darker age. Don’t forget to try the local gingerbread and the famous local sausages!

St Lorenz Church: See the ‘Angelic Salutation’ dating back to the sixteenth century, at St Lorenz, a medieval church badly damaged during the war and later restored. Schöner Brunnen (The Beautiful Fountain): The figures on the fountain represent the world-view of the Holy Roman Empire. The two brass rings embedded surrounding fence are said to bring good luck to those who spin them. Albrecht Dürer House: A massive half-timbered house built in 1420. It was the living and working quarters of this famous painter.

Things to do Museums: Nuremberg is the ‘city of museums’ with the most famous being the Toy Museum and the Documentation Centre. Others are of a more unusual nature such as the Amber Museum, Hospital Museum, Fire Brigade Museum, Brömme Hat Museum, Wheat Beer Glass Museum and the Pigeon Museum (containing over 4,000 pigeon-related porcelain figures!).

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Enjoy 2 days unlimited use of public transport services within the entire region of Nürnberg, Fürth and Stein. Plus free admission to museums, attractions and discounts for several theatres, city tours and shops. Prices start at £21pp.

Minneci: Good Italian food served in a building built in the sixteenth century. The summer terrace makes a pleasant setting during the long evenings. Wittmans Bio: An organic restaurant that has built up a good reputation over the last few years. Vegetarian and Coeliac dishes are also usually available. Albrecht Dürer Stube: A very traditional restaurant serving local specialties and an emphasis on meat dishes. A good atmosphere is usually found in this location. Restaurant Bratwurst-Glöcklein: A specialist restaurant serving traditional dishes such as the famous sausages or O'batzda for cheese lovers.

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The first German train went from Nuremberg to local city Fürth in 1835. Visit the DB Railway Museum in Nuremberg for a look at the past.

Places to Stay Maritim Hotel Nuremberg 4*: Located close to the city walls the Maritim offers an elegant atmosphere combined with excellent service. Dürer Hotel 4*: With a great location close to the castle this offers great views of the old city. Fred.\ Special: Enjoy 3 nights for the price of 2! (valid 01-12.04.2015, and 19.06.2015– 13.09.2015).

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Stuttgart

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‘Green city’ of fast cars and first rate art…

Art galleries: The Old State Gallery is one of Europe’s most popular art museums showcasing outstanding paintings from Gothic to Romantic. The New State Gallery presents works of Classic modernism, Expressionism and contemporary art.

Stuttgart is known as the headquarters of Mercedes-Benz and Porsche yet is much more than a car city. One of the greenest cities in Europe it also offers a number of first rate art collections with the State Gallery being a special highlight for lovers of both art and architecture. If you are looking for some great shopping opportunities, go to Königstraße for well-known fashion chains; the area around the Stiftskirche for exclusive labels; or the Gerberviertel for individual boutiques. The Bohnenviertel (Bean Quarter) offers charm and little antique shops. Then for car enthusiasts, both automobile museums are not to be missed. The city offers a rich cultural diversity, spectacular architecture, idyllic public parks, elegant shopping plazas and majestic palaces.

Visit the Mercedes and Porsche Museums: Celebrate the importance of Stuttgart in the growth of car manufacturing. Visit the Schlossplatz at night: It’s the centre of Stuttgart and a hive of activity. Seasonal festivals: Stuttgart is known for its Cannstatter Wasen (beer festival) but there are many other festivals throughout the year including wine, jazz and science fiction festivals.

Where to eat and drink Stuttgarter Stäffele: Located in a house which is over 100 years old, you can enjoy genuine Swabian cooking. Carls Brauhaus: This new brewery restaurant is centrally located and serves food typical of the area as well as different kinds of beers. Schlossgarten: Offering fine French cuisine, fine wines and local specialities, this restaurant is perfect for a special night out. Udo Snack: Those in a hurry can sample some of the best hamburgers in Stuttgart at this popular fast food eatery in Calwer Straße.

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Lead in price is a guide price per person based on a weekend rate for 2 adults sharing a standard room with breakfast at the Maritim Hotel Stuttgart. Includes flights from London to Stuttgart.

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Stuttgart is the birthplace of the automobile. In 1886, both Gottlieb Daimler and Carl Benz began working on a new invention, the motor-car! Today, thanks to its Porsche and Mercedes-Benz museums, Stuttgart has become a magnet for motoring fans from all over the world. The region also has no shortage of other attractions on offer for those with an interest in cars and motoring technology.

Enjoy 2 days free travel on all public transport, free or reduced admission to many museums, discounts on city tours, boat trips, theatres, spas etc. Prices start at £32pp.

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Places to Stay Steigenberger Graf Zeppelin 5*: A great luxury hotel located in the heart of the city near the railway station and main shopping area, it also boasts a Michelin Star restaurant. Fred.\ Perk: 1 bottle of mineral water in the room. Maritim Hotel Stuttgart 4*: Located with 15 minutes’ walk of the Schlossplatz, the hotel offers airy and spacious rooms and is also home to the sumptuous Maritim breakfast. Fred.\ Special: Enjoy 3 nights for the price of 2! (valid 31.07.2015– 08.08.2015 and 17.082015–30.10.2015).

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Experience the picturesque land of cake and cuckoo clocks… One of the most famous areas in Europe, this picturesque corner of Germany near the Swiss border, conjures up images of walking, cake and cuckoo clocks. Famous for legends and traditions, the Black Forest is a popular destination for visitors looking for a ‘picture-book’ holiday. Designated as a nature park, the largest in Europe, the Black Forest offers ideal conditions for cyclists and walkers who are treated to over 23,000 kilometres of walking trails in this region. The Black Forest is also famous for food – there are numerous fantastic countryside restaurants holding Michelin stars; the town of Baiersbronn has seven of them! On this page, we feature three of our favourite Black Forest locations, Freiburg, Triberg and Titisee-Neustadt, before taking an in depth look at this region’s ‘jewel in the crown’, Baden-Baden…

Freiburg This lively university city, located at the Southern end of the Black Forest close to the Swiss and French border is dominated by the magnificent Münster Cathedral on the bustling market square. As you stroll through the town, be sure to look down at the pavement for the colourful mosaics usually found in front of the shops. Be careful not to step into the little rivers (Bächle) running parallel to many footpaths. A dynamic cultural scene and an excellent range of restaurants and bars add even more to the charm of this beautiful city.

Places to Stay The 3* Intercity Hotel is ideally located to explore this vibrant city. Enjoy 2 nights from £359pp.

Triberg Traditional Triberg in Germany is renowned for its exceptional cuckoo clocks and is the home of the original Black Forest Gateau. Another major attraction is Germany’s highest waterfalls which can be accessed through a wooded gorge. You will enjoy a magnificent spectacle of nature following the course of the river over seven cascades. For an imaginative overview of Triberg’s history and social life in the region, visit the Black Forest Museum for its displays of local crafts.

Places to Stay The 4* Parkhotel Wehrle is one of the most well-known hotels in the Black Forest. Enjoy 5 nights from £569pp.

Titisee-Neustadt The lake’s crystal clear water attracts visitors from afar to swim in this resort town. Around the lake are numerous walking paths that lead into the charming countryside and you can also take a pedalo out onto the water. The main street in the town is very picturesque with shops full of local delicacies.

Places to Stay The 4* Maritim hotel is situated at the side of the lake and lakeview rooms are available for a supplement. Enjoy 5 nights from £669pp.

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Baden-Baden

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*Lead in price is a guide price per person based on a weekend rate for 2 adults sharing a standard room with breakfast in the Holiday Inn Express. Package includes flights from London Stansted to Baden Baden. Hotel Only options and other airports also available. Cost of private transfers are based on two people sharing.

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Baden-Baden, so nice they have named it twice...

Caracalla Spa and the historic “Friedrichsbad”: The thermal waters, whirlpools, baths and saunas of modern Caracalla Spa, and the traditional bathing temple of Friedrichsbad provide endless soothing opportunities to regenerate your body & soul.

Situated at the foothills of the beautiful Black Forest, the elegant thermal spa resort of Baden-Baden will fascinate you with its special atmosphere and elegant lifestyle. Over 2000 years ago the Romans discovered the healing powers of Baden-Baden’s 12 springs and built the first thermal baths. Today the modern Caracalla Spa and the historic “Friedrichsbad” are perfect for relaxing wellness breaks. Bursting with culture, Baden-Baden is also a fantastic place to visit for lovers of the arts and history; home to Europe’s second largest opera and concert hall as well as the Museum Frieder Burda; the town also offers a backdrop of palatial villas, tree lined avenues and beautiful gardens.

Casino: “The most beautiful Casino in the world”, designed in 1824, entices to try your luck at the roulette table. The Festspielhaus: Europe’s second largest opera and concert hall offers cultural pleasure at the highest level with performances such as the Easter Festival with conductor Sir Simon Rattle (playing 27th March-6th April 2015). Museum Frieder Burda: Built by New York star architect Richard Meier, the museum shows selected works of Classical Modernism. The “Rebland” (Baden-Baden Vineyards): Just six kilometres outside the city centre, the Rebland region is our ‘insider’s tip’ for connoisseurs of good wines and culinary delights.

Things to do Lichtentaler Allee: Enjoy a stroll along the west bank of the river Oos from “Lichtentaler Allee” - this splendid park and gardens, is over 355 years old. Mount Merkur: Take a ride on Europe‘s oldest and steepest funicular railway up to the peak of the Mount Merkur, named after Mercury, the Roman god of trade. Festivals: Don’t miss out on the various festivals happening throughout the year such as the 39th International Vintage Car-Meeting (10th-12th July 2015) and the International Horse Races including; the “Spring Meeting” (3rd-7th June 2015), the “Great Festival Week” (29th August-7th September 2015) with the Grand-Prix Ball on 5th September 2015, and the “Sales & Racing Festival” (16th-18th October 2015) Guided Walking Tour: Find out all about Baden-Baden’s rich history on a Sunday afternoon walking tour. Please ask for more details.

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The famous writer Dostoyevsky was inspired by the Casino Baden-Baden to write “The Gambler”.

We have selected hotels in Central Baden-Baden but can offer hotels throughout the city from 5* Luxury to 2* Economical Hotels. If you have a particular hotel you wish to book please call us. Holiday Inn Express Baden-Baden 4*: This modern hotel is located next to the 'Festspielhaus'. Leonardo Royal Hotel 3*: This renovated hotel features a swimming pool and wellness area offering beauty treatments.

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Dramatic scenery, excellent cuisine & friendly hospitality… It is hard to think of many other regions that offer so many impressive cultural venues in such a compact area as this. The cities and towns of Thuringia are sure to delight all visitors with their well-preserved centres, architectural jewels and exciting events. Whether you like to travel in the footsteps of famous personalities such as the composer Bach or Luther the Reformer, or if you are looking for UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Thuringia is the ideal German holiday. The region also offers amazing landscapes and an abundance of outdoor activities such as hiking, cycling, skiing, canoeing and much more. Here, traditional art also lives on and the region is world-renowned for glass blowing, fine porcelain, children’s toys and traditional Christmas decorations…

Erfurt Erfurt is dominated by its two churches, the Cathedral St Mary and St. Severus Church, which stand directly side by side, as emblems of the city. The famous Kramerbrucke bridge always leaves visitors fascinated – it crosses the narrow Gera River and has one distinctive feature in that it is covered with inhabited buildings. Erfurt boasts one of the best preserved medieval city centres in Germany and is home to the oldest surviving synagogue in central Europe. Erfurt has also played host to many important figures including as Luther, Napoleon, Goethe and the Bach family.

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Don’t forget to spend some time in ‘egapark’, one of the largest garden and leisure parks in Germany and a beautiful area to relax in the city.

Weimar Classical poets Goethe and Schiller, the musicians Bach and Liszt and the Bauhaus pioneers van de Velde and Gropius, are just a few of the famous people who chose to live in the great town of Weimar. Here, you can visit museums, castles, small gardens, grand parks and the venues of the Bauhaus, which was founded in Weimar in 1919. A large proportion of the historic heritage here has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Visitors can enjoy a charming town with a wide cultural programme, street cafés, restaurants and small but select shops in the Old Quarter.

Places to Stay Dorint am Goethepark 4*: As the name suggests, this hotel is close to Goethe’s house and set at the edge of a park. Enjoy 3 nights from £399pp.

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Relax in one of the many coffee houses or in the beautiful Park an der Ilm.

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Historic favourites of Kings & Emperors… There are a total of 38 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Germany, some of which have already been covered in this brochure including Bamberg, Trier, Cologne, Weimar and Berlin. Yet, there are many others still waiting to be discovered! From classic Bayreuth, churches, beech forests or industrial sites including the Völklingen ironworks and Essen’s Coal Mine Industrial complex, to the architecture wonders of Bauhaus in Weimar and Dessau and the more traditional architecture of cathedrals in Cologne, Aachen and Speyer, there are endless opportunities to explore. The historic centres of the northern towns and the old towns offering half-timbered houses are also an architect's dream and offer visitors a glimpse of the past.

Regensburg More than 2,000 years of history are reflected in the squares and historic buildings of the town. The Stone Bridge dates back to the Twelfth Century and the Porta Praetoria shows how advanced Roman building was. The Thurn und Taxis palace was a monastery but was transformed into a magnificent castle residence.

Places to Stay The Altstadthotel Arch 4*: This hotel is ideally located to explore the historical city. Enjoy 2 nights from £379pp.

Fred.\ Fact: Did you know? St Peter’s Cathedral is recognised as the greatest gothic cathedral in Bavaria.

Surrounded by water, the attractive Hanseatic city of Lübeck offers an unparalleled architectural style. The buildings reflect the importance of the town; its maze of red brick buildings in gothic style are particularly impressive. The Holsten Gate and the seven towers of its principal churches set the standard of a fine ensemble of buildings ranging in styles.

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All prices are lead-in prices based on two people sharing a room. London flights or rail are included (Aachen is based on rail from London).

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The Holiday Inn 4*: Just a five minute walk from the old town. Enjoy 2 nights from £369pp.

Fred.\ Fact: Did you know? Marzipan is the most famous export of the town.

Aachen Due to its hot springs, Aachen in Germany was a favourite place for Charlemagne, (King of the Franks from 768 and Emperor of the Romans from 800 - 814) who also built a palace here. The city was the seat of emperors and kings and the scene of many coronations during the Middle Ages. Aachen Cathedral embodied the dreams of Charlemagne for a new Empire. The Shrine of Charlemagne can be seen in the church.

Places to Stay The Mercure am Dom 3*: Situated close to the centre of the city and the cathedral. Enjoy 2 nights from £269pp.

Fred.\ Fact: Did you know? Every year, the town awards a “Medal for Combating Deadly Seriousness” to politicians, diplomats and lawyers across Europe who have shown a sense of humour!

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Best of Hungary - Budapest Thermal spas, baroque towns and ancient architecture... Situated in the very heart of Europe, Hungary is a nation of just over ten million people. The country boasts an extraordinary wealth of thermal spas and a beautiful capital, Budapest. In the outlying country, gorgeous Baroque towns stand alongside ancient castles and fortresses. Explore the Transdanubia region and visit Lake Balaton, one of central Europe's largest lakes (known as 'the Hungarian Sea'). Equally stunning are the thickly-forested Northern Uplands, and the beguiling landscape of the vast Great Plain, not to mention some of the grandest stretches of the romantic Danube River. Throughout history, bathing and spa tourism plays a key role in Hungary's culture. There are around 450 public baths and 1,500 thermal springs in Hungary, and thermal water is found in over 80% of the country.

Lake Balaton Throughout the long summer, swimmers, windsurfers, sailboats, kayaks, and cruisers fill the warm and silky smooth lake. Around the lake's 123 miles (197km) of shoreline, holiday-makers cast their reels for pike; play tennis, soccer, and volleyball; ride horses; and hike in the hills. First settled in the Iron Age, the Balaton region has been a recreation spot since at least Roman times. From the 18th century onward, the upper classes erected spas and villas along the shoreline of the Lake yet not until the post-World War II Communist era did the lake open up to a wider tourist base.

Pecs Another Hungarian city well worth a visit. A neo-romantic cathedral, the Mosque of Pascha Gázi Kassim (a souvenir from the Turkish occupation) and the City Walls are points of interest. The theatre and the post office are also must-sees. The world famous painter Victor Vasarely, born in Pécs, donated many of his paintings to the city, which can be seen in the Vasarely Museum.

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The largest lake in central Europe, Lake Balaton is one of Hungary’s most popular tourist destinations. Offering crystal-clear waters, sandy shores, fishing, paddle-boating and cycling amongst other activities, the lake is surrounded by elegant castles, quaint villages and beautiful landscapes. Less than an hour and a half from Budapest, you will welcome the fresh air and relaxing vibe!

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Take breakfast at the romantic Gerloczy Kavehaz Café, offering a ‘taste of Paris’ in Budapest. Then, Castle Hill in Buda is a great way to spend a morning discovering Buda Castle which houses three large museums including the fascinating Hungarian National Gallery. Matthias Church and its Rococo spire is one of the best known landmarks in the city. A visit to the Fisherman’s Bastion, which offers great views over the city, is a must - why not lunch in the restaurant here which offers traditional Hungarian cuisine? Then, take the funicular railway down to Chain Bridge for more great views.

Food is central to Hungarian culture. Traditional dishes like goulash are often flavoured with paprika, a Hungarian innovation, or a sour cream called tejfölis that's used to soften flavours.

Spend the afternoon in one of the many thermal baths on offer in the city. The Széchenyi Baths are ideal and feature 15 indoor baths and three grand outdoor pools. If you would prefer a more active afternoon, you could indulge in a spot of shopping at the Váci Utca - a mecca for fashion, souvenirs and window shopping. To round off your day, a dinner cruise on the Danube lets you enjoy the full impact of Budapest’s stunning illuminated buildings at night.

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Fisherman's soup or halászlé is a mixture of several kinds of poached fish, and is a famous dish. Desserts include dobos cake, strudels and popular pastries such as perec and kifli. Pálinka is a fruit brandy that's native to Hungary and comes in many flavours, including apricot, cherry and plum (the most popular flavour). Beer accompanies many Hungarian dishes, from five main breweries: Borsodi, Soproni, Arany Ászok, Kőbányai, and Dreher. Hungary's territories are ideal for wine making, and there's a greater choice of excellent wine year upon year. Hungary's main products are elegant, full-bodied dry whites with good acidity.

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Budapest

Lead in price is a guide price per person based on a weekend rate for 2 adults sharing a standard room with breakfast at the Best Western Hotel Orion. Includes flights from London to Budapest. *Fred.\ Special valid 01-20.07.2015 and 27.07.2015 to 31.10.2015 at the K+K and Best Western. Corinthia special valid 01–20.07.2015 and 27.07.2015 to 28.08.2015.

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Places to see

The ‘Pearl of the Danube’…

Margaret Island: Situated in the middle of the River Danube, the island is the perfect location for picnics and sunbathing. It provides a peaceful hideaway with large gardens and flowery fields – look out for the ‘musical fountain’. St. Stephen’s Basilica: This Roman Catholic basilica is named in honour of Stephen, the first King of Hungary, whose mummified right hand is housed in the reliquary. Fisherman’s Bastion: A mock bastion, built during the 19th Century, featuring pointed towers and turrets. It also offers some great views of the city.

A city of spas, museums, magnificent architecture and parks brimming with attractions, beautiful Budapest is a true delight. The most stunning part of the city, the old town, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and provides breathtaking views of the rest of the city. Known as Hungary’s ‘cultural centre’ of music and art, its rich and fascinating history as well as a vibrant cultural heritage has enabled the city to maintain its magic and charm across the ages.

Things to do Hop on Hop off tour: Experience the delights of Budapest on this guided hop-on, hop-off bus tour. Take in some of the city’s main sites like the Parliament, Museum of Ethnography, Heroes' Square, Museum of Fine Arts, Vajadahunyad Castle, Szechenyi Thermal Baths, Royal Castle, Matthias Church, Fishermen's Bastion, Hungarian National Gallery and the Citadel. Prices start at £18pp. Half-day city tour: Pass by the Parliament building before crossing the Danube over the Margaret Bridge and drive to the Royal Castle on the Buda side of the city. Here you will have some free time to yourself to visit the Fishermen's Bastion and the Mathias Church. Your tour will continue to the Gillert Hill before crossing the Elisabeth Bridge from where you will drive towards the Heroes' Square. Passing by the Opera and St Stephen's Basilica you reach the Hotel Intercontinental where your tour ends. Prices start at £25pp – includes local tour guide.

A visit to one of the famous spas, a trip down the city caves, castles, museums, and quirky street art all are on offer in the city. You are sure to take away treasured memories from even the briefest of visits to this magical city.

Fred.\ Suggests: For a cost-effective sightseeing tour of all the best attractions, purchase a single ticket for Tram No.2! Buda Castle: Visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site with many interesting attractions, museums, restaurants and shops.

Where to eat and drink Gundel Restaurant: Budapest’s best-known restaurant. Serving sophisticated, authentic Hungarian food with elegance and tradition, and accompanied by one of the most accomplished Gypsy bands in Budapest. Zeller Bistro: Serving homemade Hungarian style cuisine, this bistro fills up quickly so a reservation is recommended – don’t forget to try their excellent cakes.

Spas and baths Szechenyi: Built in 1909 in the present-day City Park, this is the largest spa in Europe, and the nicest in Budapest. A vast bath complex amidst beautiful architecture, it contains 3 outdoor pools including a large lap pool, at least 3 sauna rooms, and several indoor pools at different temperatures. Gellért: This beautiful bath is located in an Art Nouveau building and has been open to visitors since 1918. The original furniture, colourful mosaics, marble towers, stained-glass windows and statues are an artistic experience in their own right. Rác: This bath complex is located where the Gellért Hill and Tabán meet.

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Offering over 150 discounts on restaurants, spas, exhibitions and more, the Budapest Card also includes free access to public transport. Valid for either 48 or 72 hours, prices start from £28pp (48hr). Don’t forget to add the Budapest Card to your booking!

Places to Stay Fred.\ Special: Enjoy 4 nights for the price of 3 on all these great hotels*! Corinthia Hotel Budapest 5*: This luxurious hotel with a breath-taking historical façade, boasts a great city centre location. Fred.\ Perk: Stay for 3 nights or more and enjoy a free Hydro Massage! K+K Hotel Opera 4*: With a friendly and stylish atmosphere the hotel also has a great location near the Opera. Best Western Hotel Orion 3*: Lovely family atmosphere and renovated rooms offer a warm welcome. Fred.\ Perk: Stay 3 nights or more and enjoy some fresh fruit in your room.

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Best of Switzerland - Lucerne

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Friendly cities, vast forests and mountains abound… With stunning alpine scenery, crystal clear lakes, ancient cities, scenic countryside and picturesque meadows, Switzerland is undeniably beautiful. The country is characterised by vast forests with nature trails and hiking paths, and the Alps - an icon of Switzerland - where snowcapped peaks, icy glaciers and awesome spires stretch for miles. Thick forests and woods extend to the edge of calm lakes while cable cars and quaint cogwheel trains carry tourists along spectacular mountain scenery. In southern Switzerland the climate is very pleasant and similar to the Mediterranean. You’ll see green meadows, large farms with picturesque flower gardens and can visit busy cities such as Bern and Zurich. Also famous for its opulent shopping arcades and fashionable stores, a trip to Switzerland is sure to be one to remember.

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The beautiful small city of Lucerne, also known as ‘The City of Lights’, offers a stunning lakeside location with mountain scenery and a wide range of attractions and activities. Its famous landmark, the medieval Chapel Bridge, is considered to be one of the oldest covered wooden bridges in Europe. Lucerne is a great city for walking and cycling while its medieval Old Town offers great shopping as well as many restaurants and bars. The Swiss Transport Museum has a large collection of planes, trains, cars and also a model railway and miniature working steam train. Lucerne serves as an ideal base for discovering the rest of Switzerland.

Places to see Water Tower: Lucerne’s landmark and the most frequently photographed monument in Switzerland. Town Hall: Built between 1602 and 1606 in the Italian renaissance style by Anton Isenmann, its open arcades facing the Reuss are still used as a weekly marketplace.

Things to do Walk over the Chapel Bridge, Lucerne’s most famous landmark. Take the steepest railway of the world up to Lucerne’s very own mountain, Pilatus. On a clear day the mountain offers a panoramic view of 73 Alpine peaks. Visit the Swiss Museum of Transport, one of the most diverse museums in Europe for transport and communication.

Where to eat and drink Hotel Des Alpes Restuarent: is perfectly located at the edge of the historic old part of Lucerne and next to the river Reuss with fantastic views towards the Alps and the wooden bridge. It is famous for its classical Swiss dishes, Lucerne cuisine and regional specialities.

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Take the Vitznau-Rigi cog railway to Mt. Rigi, which was Europe’s first ever mountain railway and offers spectacular views.

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The Lion of Lucerne (Lion Monument), commemorates the death of Swiss Guards who were massacred in 1792, when revolutionaries stormed the Tuileries Palace in Paris. The American writer Mark Twain described the Lion as “the most mournful and moving piece of stone in the Things to do world.”

Hotel des Balances 4*: Great views over the Jesuit Church and the Wooden Chapel bridge from the terrace. Hotel Ambassador 3*: Great location near the Lion Monument with great staff and a reasonable price.

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Zurich

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A stylish city with a beautifully preserved old town, a world famous opera and elegant shops and restaurants, Zurich is located nestling amidst hills and lakes and with more than 50 museums to experience. Add to this an exquisite cultural events calendar which offers a huge variety of productions all year round, Zurich becomes very appealing. The city is a shopper’s paradise, with international fashion labels, jewellery, watches, bookshops and farmers markets offering something for everyone. From Zurich, there are some great ways to see the beauty of the region including visiting the Uetliberg mountain, which towers over Zurich and offers a panoramic view of the city, the lake and the Alps. The Polybahn funicular railway also offers great views of the city.

Places to see Kunsthaus: Switzerland’s most important art gallery contains a collection from all important periods of European art – from the Middle Ages through to the present. Grossmünster: One of the three major churches in the city; the twin towers of the church are regarded as the most recognisable landmark in Zurich. Schanzengraben: A small canal that used to be part of the city fortifications between Limmat and Sihl. Langstrasse: Red light district of Zürich; the most overtly multicultural spot of the town. Jacob Coffee Museum: Describes the evolution of coffee and different aspects of the culture that has developed around it.

Things to do Marvel at the panoramic view of the city, lake and snow-covered mountains from the Uetliberg, Zurich’s local mountain. Take the Polybahn, a 19th century funicular, up the steep hill for a fine view and sip a cup of coffee on the lovely terrace perched on top of the hill. Enjoy a boat trip on Lake Zurich. The brilliance of sunlight reflecting on the water, the sound of the hull parting the waves and the scent of fresh air provides an experience for all the senses! The Lake Zurich Steamer Company makes this and much more possible! Visit Zurich Zoo, home to an impressive rainforest and more than 4,000 animals from all over the world.

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During the First World War, Lenin lived with his wife at No. 12 Spiegelgasse in Zurich for about a year – a commemorative plaque on the house serves as a reminder. He moved back to Russia after the February revolution.

Shopping Highlights The mile-long Bahnhofstrasse is one of the busiest and best known shopping streets in the world. High-quality Swiss goods, jewellers, watchmakers and international designer labels can be found here. More alternative shops can be found in the newly-fashionable districts of Sihl and Zurich West. On Saturdays from May to October, Bürkliplatz fills with stalls during the weekly flea market.

Places to Stay Novotel Zurich City-West 4*: The hotel is located in the trendy district of Zurich with modern and spacious rooms. Fred.\ Special: Enjoy 3 nights for the price of 2! (valid 2027.04.2015 and 05-31.10.2015). Sorrel Hotel Ruetli 3*: Recently renovated, the Novotel can be found in the heart of the old town.

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Swiss Cities

Geneva Situated on the banks of Europe’s largest lake, spanning Switzerland and France, Geneva is framed by the Alps and has more of a French feel. Super sleek and cosmopolitan, Geneva is a rare breed of a city – it is not only the world capital of watch-making but is also a city of wonderful lakeside parks, gastronomical delights and world class cultural events. The Jet d’Eau is a famous symbol of the city Fred.\ Tip: Try La Maison Fontaine for a specialist shop – specialising in Swiss army knives and cutlery!

Places to Stay Enjoy 2 nights in Geneva from £329pp at the 3* Edelweiss Manotel, with breakfast.

Bern Switzerland’s capital offers spectacular views of the surrounding Alps. The old town has some of Europe’s finest architecture while the Rosengarten provides some of the best views of the old town. An appealing city full of history, its quiet cobbled lanes lined with sandstone arcaded buildings, has changed little over the last five hundred years. The medieval old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and walking these streets really does induce a sense of walking in the past. The medieval Clock Tower and the Gothic Cathedral enhance this illusion. Mix this sense of the past with modern art, lively cafes and great shopping and you have a city that offers something for all.

Places to Stay Enjoy 2 nights in Bern from £359pp at the 3* Sorell Hotel Ador, with breakfast.

Basel Switzerland’s oldest university city is known as a centre for art, music and architecture. Historic landmarks of the city include the large market square with its richly decorated red sandstone Town Hall and the Romanesque cathedral. The old town offers great shopping with specialist shops featuring Swiss arts and crafts. The Pfalz viewing terrace offers fantastic views over the Rhine. Fred.\ Tip: Art lovers should not miss the Fondation Beyeler, a private collection of modern paintings.

Places to Stay Enjoy 2 nights in Basel from £349pp at the 4* Victoria Hotel, with breakfast.

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The public transport in Switzerland is exemplary and one ticket can cover all forms of transport. There are a series of Swiss passes available that cover over 20,000 km of rail, bus and boat routes. Please ask for details!

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Lead in prices are based on two people sharing a twin/double, with breakfast. Flights from London and rail transfers (where applicable) are included.

Fred.\ Tip: Don’t forget to visit Einstein’s house and the Paul Klee Centre.


Swiss Lakes and Mountains

Glistening lakes & bright, beautiful skies... Breath-taking scenery, idyllic lakeside resorts and countless excursion possibilities make Switzerland one of Europe’s most attractive destinations to visit. We have selected three of our favourite Lakes & Mountains destinations to whet your appetite, but as always, we can book or tailor-make any Swiss holiday for you – just ask!

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We can offer lakes & mountains holidays to many other destinations in Switzerland, including Zermatt which lies at the foot of the Matterhorn. With only electric cars allowed in the town, visitors are guaranteed clean, fresh air!

Why not combine your stay with a Swiss Rail Tour? See pages 62 & 63 for some inspiration.

St Moritz One of the most famous resorts in the world, St Moritz is elegant, chic and exclusive with a cosmopolitan atmosphere. The sun shines for over 300 days a year making walking and hiking a pleasure in the stunning surrounding mountains and meadows.

Places to Stay Enjoy 2 nights in St Moritz from £549pp at the 3* Hauser Swiss Q Hotel, with breakfast.

Lead in prices are based on two people sharing a twin/double, with breakfast. Flights from London and rail transfers (where applicable) are also included.

Montreux The world famous resort of Montreux has been an inspiration to writers, artists and musicians for centuries. Many cultural events, like the world-famous Montreux Jazz Festival as well as many excursions into the Lake Geneva region make Montreux an ideal starting point for visiting this beautiful part of Switzerland.

Places to Stay Enjoy 2 nights in Montreux from £439pp at the 3* Helvetie Hotel, with breakfast.

Interlaken Interlaken lies between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz and is overlooked by three mighty mountains, Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. An ideal holiday for rail buffs. The Schynige Platte is a nostalgic cog railway that leads to great hiking possibilities and wonderful views. Jungfraujoch and Schilthorn offer great mountain experiences while the Heimwehfluh is a nostalgic funicular to a vantage terrace with a model railway. For shoppers, don’t miss the 700m long boulevard at Höheweg.

Places to Stay Enjoy 2 nights in Interlaken from £479pp at the 4* Stella Hotel, with breakfast.

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Swiss Rail Tours – the Bernina Express

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5 day round trip from Zurich…

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As the highest mountain railway in the Alps, the Bernina Express connects the towering glaciers of the mountains to the palm-shaded towns of sunny Italy. Spanning from the Swiss region of Graubunden to Tirano in the Italian Veltlin, this spectacular railway line co-exists in perfect harmony with its majestic mountain setting. Running for 122km, passing through 55 tunnels and crossing 196 bridges and viaducts, the Bernina Express line is a masterpiece of engineering. It is little wonder that its unity with the surrounding landscape was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008.

Day 1 - Zurich: Fly from London to Zurich for your onward rail journey to Davos. Days 2 & 3 - Davos: The famous Alpine resort of Davos is both a natural paradise and a cosmopolitan holiday town. The area around Davos is superb walking country and the many mountain railways which travel to the top of the surrounding peaks make it a fantastic destination for lovers of the ‘great outdoors’. Fred.\ Says: All guests staying at least one night in Davos are entitled to the ‘Davos Klosters Pass’ for unlimited travel on local mountain railways and a selection of bus and train routes. Day 3 – Tirano: Journey aboard the Bernina Express from Davos to Tirano and then Tirano to St. Moritz and experience one of the most scenic train journeys in the world. After a two hour stay in the Italian town of Tirano, you will embark the train again, giving you the chance to take in the breath-taking views from another perspective. Alternatively, if you would like to prolong your stay in this part of the Alps and enjoy the mild climate and southern atmosphere, there will be a coach waiting for you at the Tirano station, taking you to Lugano in sunny Ticino, 3 hours away. (Daily departure, coordinated with the Bernina Express.) Days 4 & 5 – St Moritz: The world famous resort of St Moritz is situated at the heart of the Upper Engadin lake district close to the Italian border. With its legendary mild climate, breath-taking landscapes, countless walking and cycling paths and a great selection of shops, bars and restaurants, St. Moritz attracts visitors from all over the world. Fred.\ Says: All guests staying a minimum of two nights in St. Moritz are entitled to the ‘Engadin Inclusive Pass’, allowing you free, unlimited travel on local trains, buses and local mountain railways and cable cars (not valid on arrival and departure day, only in summer season).

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What’s Included Your package includes… • Air Travel from London Heathrow to Zurich/Geneva with Swissair • 2nd class rail transfers: Zurich Airport - Davos - St. Moritz Zurich Airport • 2nd class return rail ticket for the Bernina Express including seat reservations

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Additional nights are available. Please call for more details.

• 2 nights in the Hotel Seehof in Davos • 2 nights in the Hotel Schweitzerhof in St. Moritz • Bed & Breakfast in all hotels

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Lead in price is based on two people sharing a twin room.

Day 5 - Zurich: Rail transfer from St. Moritz to Zurich Airport.


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Swiss Rail Tours – the GoldenPass Line

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Zurich to Geneva, across the Alps…

Day 1 - Zurich: Fly from London to Zurich for your onward journey to Lucerne by train.

This attractive route with breath-taking panoramic views takes you from Central Switzerland to Lake Geneva. Your journey starts in the historic Lucerne region on to the beautiful alpine scenery of the Bernese Oberland. Past green meadows, crystal clear lakes and typical chalet style mountain villages you will reach the famous holiday resort of Gstaad. From here, you travel over the 'Golden Pass’ before the journey takes you down to the idyllic shores of Lake Geneva with its beautiful terraced vineyards.

Day 2 - Lucerne: The beautiful city of Lucerne offers a stunning lakeside location and mountain scenery with a diverse choice of attractions and activities. Its famous landmark, the medieval Chapel Bridge, is considered to be one of the oldest covered wooden bridges in Europe. Lucerne’s medieval old town, a cobble-stoned pedestrian zone, offers great shopping as well as many restaurants and bars. Walk through Lucerne’s small alleyways and squares, dominated by historical buildings, fountains and churches. Day 3 - Interlaken: After leaving Lucerne in the morning, the train takes you past several lakes before climbing up the high pastures of the Brünig Pass. You will pass mountain villages and travel along Lake Brienz before arriving at your next stop, Interlaken, known as the gateway to the Bernese Oberland. Spend the day in this popular resort with the snow-capped peaks of the Jungfrau, Mönch and Eiger mountains serving as a perfect backdrop. Day 4 - Zweisimmen & Montreux: After leaving Interlaken, the train line runs along Lake Thun before heading into the mountains. After passing through a narrow gorge, the journey continues through the Simmen Valley before stopping at Zweisimmen where you will change trains. After a short stop, you will head towards the chalet-style village of Gstaad, a popular resort for the rich and famous. The train then continues to Saanen and Chateau-d’Oeux before descending through a tunnel. Shortly after emerging from the tunnel, the fabulous view opens up onto Lake Geneva before arriving at your final destination, Montreux. Day 5 - Geneva: Rail transfer from Montreux to Geneva Airport.

What’s Included

Lead in price is based on two people sharing a twin room.

Your Package Includes… • Air Travel from London Heathrow to Zurich/Geneva with Swissair • 2nd class rail travel: Zurich Airport – Lucerne – Montreux – Geneva Airport • 2nd class single rail ticket for the GoldenPass Line including seat reservation • 2 nights in the Ambassador Hotel in Lucerne • 1 night in the Rossli Hotel in Interlaken • 1 night in the Hotel Villa Toscane in Montreux • Bed & Breakfast basis at all hotels

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Additional nights are available. Please call for more details.

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Best of Poland - Krakow

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Krakow - The city of many names…

Poland is a fascinating jigsaw of a country, composed of many colourful regions each with their own distinct character. Featuring a blend of sprawling cities, historic towns and villages, each with their own charm, as well beautiful natural splendour in the form of mountains and lakes, the country is popular not only with culture and history buffs, but mountain-bikers, horseriders and cyclists too. Sailors and windsurfers will love Lake Zywieckie, located in the picturesque surroundings of the Beskidy Mountains, an hour and a half outside Krakow, while Poland's long snow season (from November to March) makes it perfect for skiers. The Beskidy is also a great starting point for several scenic mountain routes where you can take in more of this fast-growing country's surprising landscape.

Krakow, Cracow or Cracovia – the city goes by many names but the magic and excitement remain the same. As the royal capital of Poland for 500 years, Krakow has absorbed much history and talent over the centuries and is today a treasure trove of Gothic and Renaissance architecture. The small centre of Krakow contains legendary beer cellars, vibrant cafes, pubs and restaurants – everything you need to escape from everyday life. Krakow is a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to the many historical buildings that can be found in the old town. The ‘historic’ centre of Krakow, the former capital of Poland, is situated at the foot of the Royal Wawel Castle.

Places to see Old Town: A UNESCO World Heritage Site with the spectacular Main Market Square (Rynek Glowny), Royal Castle and magnificent churches. Wawel Castle: Not only Krakow’s most famous attraction but also one of Europe’s most beautiful royal residences. St. Mary’s Church (Kosciol Mariacki): Traditionally the temple of choice for the citizens of Poland, this is also the most famous of all Poland’s churches. Fred.\ Tip: Visit the Starka Restaurant for fine food, fantastic wine and friendly staff. The interior of the restaurant has been superbly furnished with a fine collection of art and furniture.

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The Polish "Zloty", literally meaning "golden", is the currency of Poland. The "Zloty" is a traditional Polish currency unit dating back to the Middle Ages.

Places to Stay Sheraton Krakow 5*: On the banks of the Vistula river the hotel features an impressive atrium with a glass roof. Radisson Blu Hotel 5*: Modern rooms in a high quality hotel which is ideally placed to visit all the main sites. They will even let you hire a bicycle.

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Krakow Tour: Begin by visiting the Jewish District of Kazimierz, followed by a short drive to Wawel Hill - the embodiment of Poland’s former monarchical glory. On its summit is the Royal Castle and a 14th century cathedral which hosted nearly all the Polish monarchy’s coronations and funerals. Having descended the hill, stroll along Kanonicza and Grodzka streets to Collegium Maius (Great College), the oldest building of the Academia Cracoviensis. Next, it’s on to the Main Market Square. This bustling heart of the city is the perfect place for picking up souvenirs, especially in the Cloth Hall which has been the local market place for centuries. Complete your tour by visiting St Mary’s Church, where the stunning medieval altar sculpted by Veit Stoss is located and a bugle call sounds towards the four corners of the world every hour on the hour. Price of tour is £30pp. Auschwitz tour: A chilling reminder of past times. During the years 1940-1945, this was the biggest Nazi concentration and death camp in occupied Europe. Situated in the town of Oswiecim, around 70km from Krakow, the Auschwitz Memorial Museum (founded in 1947) was included in the UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1979. During the tour you will visit both parts of the museum and will also watch a documentary on the history of the camp. Price of tour is £30pp.

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Lead in price is a guide price per person based on a weekend rate for 2 adults sharing a standard room with breakfast at the Sheraton Krakow. Includes flights from London to Krakow.

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Warsaw

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Lead in price is a guide price per person based on a weekend rate for 2 adults sharing a twin/double room, with breakfast, at the Radisson Blu Sobieski Hotel 4*. Includes flights from London.

Like so many during World War II, the city of Warsaw was reduced to rubble; yet it was brought back to life and continues to flourish. Its bar, clubbing and music scene is unmatched in the country, and its yearly calendar is filled with theatre productions, operas and art-house film premieres. If culture is your thing, then Warsaw is your place. The Warsaw Rising museum is an essential visit as it enables you to understanding how the city has had to rebuild and reinvent itself. A lot of the buildings in the old town were painstakingly rebuilt after the destruction of the town as retaliation for the Rising.

Places to see Stroll through Warsaw’s Royal Route to the Belvedere and admire numerous palaces, churches, galleries, art shops, cafes and other buildings of historic and artistic importance. Visit the birthplace and a museum of famous scientist Maria Sklodowska-Curie, who has twice received the Nobel prize. Old Town: Historic centre and oldest part of the city, the old town is also a living, breathing cultural salon. Founded in the 13th century as the Prince's castle, it is surrounded by walls. Museum Palace at Wilanów: One of the most precious monuments of Polish Baroque, built for King Jan III Sobieski. National Museum: Contains a rich collection of exhibits from antiquity to modern times. The building originates from the interwar period. Fred.\ Tip: Eat at Restaurant Polska Rozana for traditional Polish fare in what is said to be Warsaw’s finest dining establishment.

Things to do Morning sightseeing tour: This city tour includes all the ‘must see’ monuments and sights of Warsaw including Lazienki Park, Theatre Square with the Grand Opera and former Town Hall Buildings, as well as Belvedere Palace, and the Ghetto Heroes Memorial. You will also drive through the most famous and elegant avenues in Warsaw and see Nowy Swiat and Krakowskie Przedmiescie avenues, the Presidential Palace, University of Warsaw, Holy Cross Church with Chopin’s heart, and the Copernicus Statue. Later you will also go to the old town to see St. John’s Cathedral with its magnificent Gothic interiors, St. Ann’s Church and the Castle Square with the Column of King Sigismund III Vasa. You will also see the Old Town Market Square and the City Walls. Price of tour is £32pp.

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We can also offer holidays to different destinations in Poland such as Wroclaw, and Gdansk.

Places to Stay Sofitel Victoria Warsaw 5*: Overlooking Pilsudski Square the Le Bar lets you savour Polish cuisine and local Polish vodka. Fred.\ Perk: 1 x free mineral water in the room Radisson Blu Sobieski Hotel 4*: Great location near to the rail station and the old town, this hotel is clean, comfortable and offers a great breakfast.

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Best of Scandinavia - Copenhagen & Stockholm A vast region of forests, fjords & fascinating cultures... Think of Scandinavia and you are sure to conjure up images of endless forests, awe-inspiring fjords, lakes and vast wildernesses. A region of extreme seasons, its personality changes with time of year - in the winter when darkness descends over the Arctic Circle, look out for the cosmic northern lights; while in the summer, bask in light for 24 hours a day. Summer is also the perfect time to explore Scandinavia's remote coasts and sleepy islands and enjoy the many midsummer festivals that take place at this time of year. Characterised by small, picturesque sleepy towns, Scandinavia's compelling cities steal the limelight with chic sophistication, fine dining, art, museums and culture. In Denmark, home of the happiest people in the world, enjoy such delights as Tivoli and the famous Little Mermaid sculpture. In Norway, known for its fjords, mountains and midnight sun, sample the lifestyles of locals in Oslo. Sweden meanwhile, is a land of contrasts in itself - in the south, enjoy rolling plains, farmers markets and endless sandy beaches, while in the North the Arctic Circle cities of Luleå and Kiruna are sure to delight. In Central Sweden, feast your eyes upon the capital, Stockholm, as well as the medieval city of Uppsala and pretty Sigtuna. Sigtuna. Finland too is a vast country of over 1000 kilometres, giving it a hugely diverse climate from top to toe.

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Why not combine the two capitals of Copenhagen and Stockholm, easily connected by rail and air? Just ask for a quote!

Copenhagen Prepare to be charmed by Denmark’s capital, Copenhagen. Discover a city brimming with cafes, shops and picturesque canals. Visit one of the world’s oldest amusement parks, Tivoli Gardens and the 300 year old docklands, Nyhavn, with its beautiful coloured townhouses - a wonderful interaction of modern life and fantastic scenery of days gone by. Winding streets and royal palaces add to the many attractions of the city. It is also a culinary delight with numerous Michelin star restaurants. When in Copenhagen, a ‘must’ is a visit to the Little Mermaid statue – the city’s most famous symbol. Fred.\ Fact: Did you know? The Øresund Bridge was the setting for T.V’s ‘The Bridge’.

Places to Stay The Hotel Opera 3*: Ideally located to explore this vibrant city. Enjoy 2 nights from £379pp.

Stockholm This 700 year old city is defined by its unique location spread across 14 islands. The waters surrounding Stockholm are so pure that you can swim or catch salmon in the middle of the city. Stockholm attracts tourists from all over the world with its distinctive mix of natural beauty, cultural heritage and modern international urban culture. Highlights include the Royal Palace which has over 600 rooms, the daily changing of the guard, and Djurgården park and gardens.

Places to Stay The Hotel Stureplan 4*: Centrally located with beautifully designed rooms. Enjoy 2 nights from £399pp. Fred.\ Special: 4 nights for the price of 3! (valid 01.04.2015–31.10.2015).

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Helsinki & Oslo

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Helsinki This attractive sea town is distinguished by its harbour and the many islands that make up the Helsinki archipelago. Maintaining the illusion of an international city with a small town feel, it is at its best in the summer when café culture takes over and the city can be explored to its fullest. Visit the Uspenski Cathedral - a classic onion-domed Russian church set on top of a hill. The Lutherian Helsinki Cathedral is possibly the most well-known image of Helsinki.

Places to Stay Hotel Solo Sokos Torni 4*: Much more than a building, the Torni has unique character and personality and is centrally located. Enjoy 2 nights from £399pp.

Oslo Oslo, the capital of Norway, is situated in the south of the country, surrounded by green hills and mountains. The city is a hub for maritime trade in Europe and is also the cultural, scientific and economic centre of Norway. Oslo boasts a rich and varied cultural life as well as grand monumental buildings, great artists such as Edward Munch or Gustav Vigeland, and wonderful music and literature. The city is also a great place for exploring the history, age and ships of the Vikings, especially at the Viking Ship museum.

Places to Stay Thon Hotel Europa 3*: This modern city hotel is centrally located and a short walk from most of Oslo’s main attractions. Enjoy 2 nights from £389pp.

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Best of Slovenia

Scenic peaks, sparkling lakes & a warm Slovenian welcome... Situated in central Europe, Slovenia is fast becoming a favourite with holidaymakers seeking pristine landscapes, alpine peaks, rustic charm and medieval history. It's lakes and rivers provide the perfect back-drop for a tranquil break, while its towns and cities provide plenty to keep culture-vultures and history buffs enthralled throughout their stay. Slovenian cuisine too, holds much appeal borrowing from each of its neighbours including Italy, Austria, Hungary & the Balkins and re-imagining dishes as traditional Slovenian fare.

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• Slovenia is the only country in Europe that combines the Alps, the Mediterranean, the Pannonian Plain and the Karst. • Ljubljana's symbol is the Dragon, and you will see this in various guises throughout the city. It is depicted on the top of Ljubljana's Castle, in the coat of arms, and on the 'Dragon Bridge', and symbolises power, courage and greatness.

Slovenia also holds a long affinity with skiing and boasts a large number of winter sports venues and ski resorts. Krvavec is easily reached from Ljubljana and has 26km of ski runs for a wide range of skill levels, while the Velika Planina ski resort and its nearby Terme Snovik thermal spa offer the perfect combination of winter sports and wellness. The capital, Ljubljana, is perfectly situated for exploring the rest of the Central Slovenian region where its diversity allows visitors choose between a relaxing holiday, active adventure or both! Visit the enchanting alpine resort town of Bled, and its famous lake with an island in the middle and a castle perched upon its shores. Nearby Radovljica, one of the best preserved medieval towns in Slovenia, is also worth a visit, not least for the peace & quiet it offers, along with the many hiking and cycling paths leading from the town centre. South of Lujbljana, the Dobrepolje valley is best known for its scenic attractions, in particular its undergrand karst caves. The Podpeč Cave (Podpeška jama) is perhaps the best known. Heading north, Trzin hosts numerous cultural, sporting and other events throughout the year and enjoys a diverse history. Like many Slovenian towns, the surrounding countryside of Trzin is beautiful and includes popular hiking spots such as Dobeno and Rašica. The diverse natural surroundings of Ljubljana (a total of 25 municipalities) are perfect for day trips or longer excursions designed to explore more of the region including the Kamnik Alps, pre-alpine hills, the plains of the Ljubljana Basin, the unique Ljubljana Marshes, Karst fields, subterranean caves, rivers and lakes.

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A delightful journey through time...

The Škocjan Caves, 50 minutes south west of the city, have been carved out of limestone by the underground Reka River over thousands of years. This spectacular underground world is truly a sight to behold - dominated by gigantic dripstones, the rapids of a subterranean river, and underground lakes, it's no wonder they are included in the UNESCO World Heritage list.

This mid-sized European city has managed to preserve the warm welcome and friendliness of a relaxed small town, while offering all the facilities and attractions of a modern capital. Each year the city plays host to over 10,000 cultural events, including 14 international festivals, from prestigious musical, theatre and art events to alternative and avantgarde events.

Tivoli park: The largest park in Ljubljana is home to a variety of bird species and sculptures. It is also home to Tivoli Castle, built in the 17th century, atop the ruins of a previous Renaissanceperiod castle. Ljubljana Cathedral: Also known as Saint Nicholas' Church or Saint Nicholas' Cathedral, it showcases a number of works of art within its walls including the dome fresco painted by Matevž Langus in 1844.

Things to do

Lead in price is based on two people sharing a twin/double room, with breakfast, at the Hotel Lev, or Austria Trend Hotel, in Ljubljana.

City Tour: See the major sights of Ljubljana and get to know the city's many faces in the company of a guide. Ljubljanica River Cruise: Several tourist boats depart regularly from certain piers along the the Ljubljanica - choose from a cruise either with or without a guide. Visit Ljubljana Castle: This mighty medieval fortress, a symbol of the Slovenian capital, is perched over-looking the city and can be reached via the Ljubljana Castle Funicular in just 60 seconds! Once there, take the “Time Machine” tour for a fascinating insight into six decisive periods that have marked the history of the Castle and the development of the city. At each of the “time stations”, you will be met by a figure in costume, representing his or her period. Take a stroll through Prešeren Square, named after Slovenia's most beloved poet. Part of the old town's pedestrian zone and a major meeting point, where festivals, Ljubljana carnival, concerts, sports, political, and protest events take place, the square also showcases several of the city's prime examples of art nouveau architecture. 

The city itself is reminiscent of an open-air museum, showcasing architecture and design from various stages of its history. Its oldest architecture has been preserved from the Roman period, however its old town was shaped in the Middle Ages. Many of its downtown buildings were destroyed in an earthquake in 1511, and were rebuilt in the Baroque style, as was common in Italy, particularly Venice, at that time. Another earthquake in 1895, meant that Ljubljana was partially rebuilt once again, this time in Vienna Secession style which you can see contrasting with the former baroque buildings that still remain today.

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Take advantage of Ljubljana's WiFree wireless network allows city centre visitors to use free wireless internet for up to 60 minutes a day! The holders of the Ljubljana Tourist Card can enjoy 24hour free access to the WiFree Ljubljana network.

Places to Stay Grand Hotel Union: Offering 173 standard and historic rooms, 9 suites and 12 hotel studios, this hotel also boasts top class culinary experience in three renowned restaurants: Smrekarjev hram, the Union Garden and the Union Cellar restaurants. Hotel Lev: Hotel Lev has a privileged location in the immediate vicinity of the old town with most of Ljubljana's attractions within just a short walk.

Ljubljana Tourist Card

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This combined ticket enables visitors to explore the city's major sights in a comfortable way and at the lowest possible cost, offering free admission to the city's major sights, a free guided city tour and free rides on city buses, the tourist boat and road train, as well as the funicular to Ljubljana Castle. Prices start at €23 for a 24hr card, €30 for £48hrs and €35 for 72hrs.

Austria Trend Hotel Ljubljana: From here, the main attractions and the city centre can easily be reached by public transport. The old town, the BTC shopping centre, the Krvavec skiing resort and several golf courses are situated in the vicinity of the hotel as well. Best Western Premier Slon hotel: Situated in the very heart of Ljubljana city centre, this luxury hotel is only a few steps away from the old city core, Ljubljana castle and all the main city sights.

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Best of the Netherlands - Amsterdam

The land of tulips, windmills, markets & canals… The Netherlands (also known as Holland) may be a small country, but it’s jam-packed with world famous icons including windmills, wooden clogs, Old Masters masterpieces and bicycles! Its capital city Amsterdam, is perhaps the best known when it comes to city breaks, but there are plenty more delightful and fascinating towns and cities well worth a visit, including Rotterdam, Scheveningen, Nijmegen and more. Trendy Rotterdam is a city of many sides, fantastic for visitors looking for sophisticated shopping opportunities, art and museums, great nightlife and some excellent food. Nijmegen, the oldest town in Holland, boasts culture, history and nature. Here, you can relive this history through its magnificent historic buildings, parks and museums, as well as enjoy all that its riverside landscape has to offer.

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We can book holidays to most Dutch destinations so if you fancy sampling the beach at Scheveningen or touring the many Dutch towns and cities by car, just ask!

24 hours in Amsterdam When visiting Amsterdam, a canal cruise is an absolute must and the start of the day is an ideal time to discover the city. The boats take you past the many colourful houseboats that dot the canal, the bridges and a view of the many sights that put the city’s ‘canal ring’ on the UNESCO World Heritage List. For lunch, try Gartine - a traditional Dutch restaurant – it is advisable to book beforehand. In the afternoon, head to the museums – Rijksmusem has over 8000 works by Rembrandt, Van Gogh and Vermeer in their collection as well as many sculptures and furniture. The Van Gogh museum meanwhile, displays more of his works than any other gallery in the world. The Anne Frank museum offers a stark portrait of life during the Second World War and is worth a visit if time permits. In the evening, the Seafood Bar offers relaxation in a convivial atmosphere.

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• Check out the Scheepvaarmuseum shipping museum as well as the Spido, Euromast and Steamship Rotterdam. • A trip to Holland isn’t complete without trying some Stroopwafel; this treacle waffle is a typical Dutch treat, best enjoyed with a cup of tea or coffee!

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From fishing village to buzzing capital…

Anne Frank House: Visit the house and learn about the tragic story of diarist and writer, Anne Frank.

Amsterdam started off as a modest fishing village and has grown over the years as its system of canals eventually resulted in a connection to the sea. Its gabled houses, canals and museums celebrating the city’s illustrious history are now synonymous with Amsterdam. A city of art, Van Gogh plays an important role in its development as an art lovers’ paradise and the museum bearing his name holds some of his most important works.

Vondelpark: Enjoy the green open spaces of Amsterdam in this central park. The Resistance Museum: The museum highlights the efforts made by the Resistance in saving Jewish lives as well as conveying what it was like to live under occupation.

Things to do Amsterdam Dinner Cruise: Combine a cruise through the illuminated canals with a sumptuous 4-course dinner, complete with fresh cut French bread. You will be greeted with a welcoming drink and dinner will be rounded off in style as you enjoy a petit grand dessert, with tea or coffee. Prices start at £69pp. Volendam, Marken & Windmills: Get inspired by traditional Dutch culture during a visit to the countryside. Visit the fishing villages of Volendam and Marken and take a tour through the world famous windmill museum, Zaanse Schans. As well as viewing a fine collection of different windmills, you will have a chance to dive into traditional Dutch atmosphere surrounded by old-fashioned houses, shops and warehouses. On the island of Marken, you will have the opportunity to visit the local wooden shoe-maker and discover how the Dutch make those famous wooden shoes known as Klompen (clogs). In lively Volendam, you can visit a cheese factory and the Volendam Museum, or stroll on the famous dike along the harbour. Round off your tour with a nourishing lunch in one of Volendam’s excellent fishing restaurants. Tour prices start at £50pp.

A buzzing city with many street artists, cafes and a vibrant night life, Amsterdam’s notion of Dutch liberalism coupled with its growing student population gives it a distinctly ‘young city’ feel, despite its historical significance. As a small city, Amsterdam is perhaps best discovered by canal boat, walking or cycling.

Where to eat and drink Restaurant Haesje Claes offers the Dutch experience over a number of interconnected buildings.

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Amsterdam has its own Tulip museum, paying tribute to the flower that became a craze in the 17th Century when people sold their houses to invest in tulips.

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The I amsterdam City Card is an outstanding way to explore everything the city has to offer. Visit world-class museums, take a cruise through the charming canals and sample the local delicacies for free or with a significant discount! In addition, the City Card gives you unlimited access to the city’s public transportation system for 24, 48 or 72 hours. Prices start at £57pp (48hrs).

Amsterdam American Hotel-Hampshire Eden 4*: This modern hotel features a fantastic art-deco design and is officially listed as a monument. Die Port van Cleve 4*: Situated right in the heart of Amsterdam in Dam Square, the hotel can be found behind the Royal Palace. Best Western Leidse Square Hotel 3*: Perfectly located for a visit to the city’s museums.

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Enchanting Rhine River Cruise from Amsterdam

7 nights Amsterdam to Basel…

What’s Included:

You will begin this enchanting river cruise in the legendary city of Amsterdam, with its myriad canals and distinctive architecture. Then, visit the majestic Gothic cathedral in Cologne, the German university town of Heidelberg and medieval Strasbourg. Conclude your journey amidst Switzerland’s snow-capped vistas, in Basel.

Your package includes... • 7 nights luxury cruise accommodation in an outside stateroom • Life enriching tours and excursions daily • Gourmet dining with all meals included during your cruise • Complimentary red & white wine, beer & soft drinks with every lunch & dinner on board • Bottled water in every stateroom replenished daily

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Why not pair your cruise with a city break in Amsterdam before you embark? Ask for details!

• Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner & Captain's Gala Dinner • Special highlights including lectures, cooking demonstration, onboard music performances and piano music • Bicycles to explore on your own & guided bicycle tours

Fred.\ Says: We have various dates available, including 09.04.2015, 13.05.2015, 02.07.2015, 14.09.2015 and 26.10.2015!

Amsterdam (Netherlands)

Speyer (Germany)

Arrive in Amsterdam and board your luxurious river cruise ship. Meet your fellow travellers tonight at the Welcome Dinner. The next morning, your tour of Amsterdam begins with a scenic canal cruise through the city known as the “Venice of the North.” See the tall narrow homes lining the water, the Skinny Bridge, and the house where Anne Frank and her family lived in hiding during WWII. Later, enjoy a panoramic city tour that will show you many key sights, including a photo stop at the windmill famously painted by Rembrandt.

Arrive around noon in Speyer, one of Germany’s oldest cities, known for its cathedral, numerous churches and the 13th-century Altpörtel (“Old Gate”). Choose either a city tour of Speyer or a halfday excursion to historic Heidelberg, where you will visit the redwalled castle with its Great Vat (a 49,000-gallon 18th-century wine cask) and see beautiful views of the Neckar Valley and city below.

Cologne (Germany) Enjoy a guided tour of Cologne this morning, which will take you to the old town, Cathedral Square, and the city’s majestic 13thcentury Gothic cathedral. Afterwards, you’ll have free time to visit some of the local shops or have a coffee at a quaint café. Late tonight, the ship cruises to Koblenz and moors overnight.

Rüdesheim (Germany) This morning, cruise through the picturesque Rhine Gorge, admiring its many castles and fortress ruins and the legendary Lorelei Rock. Arrive in the winemaking town of Rüdesheim where you will enjoy an afternoon wine tasting with a local vintner. Or, take a Gondola Ride above the town to see the Niederwalddenkmal Statue. Later you’ll have free time to explore the Drosselgasse, the town’s most famous and charming street, a narrow passage lined with shops and taverns.

Strasbourg (France) Capital city of the Alsace region in north-eastern France, Strasbourg is situated on the Rhine at the German border. After arriving this morning, enjoy a panoramic city tour that will take you past the Orangery, the town’s oldest park, the European Parliament, and the Place de la Republique. Afterwards, take a walking tour of the lovely “La Petite France” neighbourhood, where you will see the Gothic cathedral with its famous astronomical clock.

Breisach (Germany) You have two exciting excursions to choose from today. The first is a walking tour of Riquewihr, a picturesque town that looks much as it did back in the 16th century. A second option is a walking tour of Breisach and Freiburg. Breisach is a beautiful town that houses one of Europe’s largest wine cellars. In Freiburg, you will visit the historical city centre and the Augustinerplatz, site of Freiburg’s Münster, a Gothic cathedral constructed of red sandstone. Tonight, the ship cruises to Switzerland.

Basel (Switzerland) Disembarkation

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Lead in price is based on two people sharing a Cat E cabin aboard the AmaCello (cruise only), departing 9th April 2015.

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Fast cars, famous names & fabulous cities...

Lead in price is based on the Belgian Grand Prix package including, flights, airport transfers, 4* hotel in Brussels and Seated Race Day tickets in the Silver 1 Francorchamps Stand .

Join in with the thrill of the F1 Grand Prix this year with one of our exclusive Grand Prix Short Breaks. Will British sensation Lewis Hamilton be able to match his amazing performance during the 2015 season? You could be there to watch the double winner of the drivers' championship take home another trophy. All of the below packages include seated Grand Prix tickets for race day, coupled with a 3 night stay in a 4* hotel, flights and airport transfers...

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Why not extend your experience and upgrade your seated tickets to include Practice and Qualifying OR extend your city stay and explore your chosen destination further?

German Grand Prix – 17th to 19th July 2015 Hockenheim

The story of the Austrian Grand Prix begins, as with most Grand Prixs, with a local group of motor racing enthusiasts creating an L-shaped circuit with cones and hay bales in the town of Zeltweg. The first race held for international sports cars was in 1958 and was won by Wolfgang von Trips in a Porsche. Moving forward 2014 saw Nico Rosberg take the chequered flag for Mercedes.

Germany has a long history of hosting motor racing events, with the first sports car race held in 1926. The country joined the F1 World Championship in its second year,1951 after a period following WWII when Germany was banned from hosting international events. The race has a bit of a chequered past with track changes, accidents and disputes over the name ‘German Grand Prix’ marring its success over the years. From 2007 the race calendar stabilised somewhat and now, the annual race is one of the most hotly-anticipated of the F1 calendar.

Hungarian Grand Prix – 24th to 26th July 2015

Belgian Grand Prix – 21st to 23rd August 2015

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Spa-Francorchamps

Hungary first hosted a Grand Prix in the 1930s, but following the Second World War it was not until the 1960s that motorsport really began to flourish. This circuit has been known to deliver some great races, the most memorable being Thierry Boutsen's win in 1990, beating Ayrton Senna by 0.3 seconds.

Belgium's Spa-Francorchamps circuit is among the most historic on the Formula One calendar, having hosted a (non-championship) Grand Prix as long ago as 1924. Remaining one of the most popular venues with drivers and fans, only the truly great drivers can really claim to have mastered this circuit and in fact just six men have won the race more than twice.

Austrian Grand Prix – 19th to 21st June 2015 Spielberg

Please note, transfers on Race Days are not included in the price shown and can be added at an additional charge. Flights from London to Graz are indirect via Vienna.

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Beer Festivals

Prost! to beer tents, bratwurst & a brilliant time... One thing that Germany is famous for is the many festivals that it offers; from 'Rhine in Flames', to music festivals, and even the Weimar Onion Festival - there is something to suit everyone's taste! The country's wine and beer festivals are unrivalled however, and we have listed some of our favourites, including world-famous Oktoberfest. Fred.\ offers breaks to all of these festivals and more, including other European destinations such as Prague.

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Germany's beer festivals are so popular, it's no surprise they sell out fast. Be sure to book early to avoid disappointment.

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Germans are the third biggest consumers of beer in the world? First are the Czechs, followed by the Irish!

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• Don't miss The Opening Parade on 19th September 2015! See the breweries and various folk groups in traditional costumes parade through the streets of Munich on horse-drawn carriages, finishing at the ‘Theresienwiese’ square, where Oktoberfest is held, on the Saturday morning.

Oktoberfest 2015 Dates: 19th September – 4th October The first so-called ‘Oktoberfest’ took place in 1810 for the wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese who decided to hold a big horse race in a meadow just outside the city-walls for the town’s inhabitants. The event was such a success that the next year, the royal court decided to repeat the festival - much to the great delight of Munich’s residents. From year to year the Oktoberfest grew bigger and bigger and eventually became the spectacular event that it is today. The festivities take place in vast marquees hosted by various Munich breweries, each seating several thousand people. Enjoy the colour and excitement of the giant funfair outside the tents, which combines traditional attractions such as big dippers, Ferris wheels and roller-coasters with the very latest high-tech white-knuckle rides. And best of all, entrance to the grounds is FREE!

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• For groups of 10 and more, it is essential to pre-book seats in the beer tents. In most tents, for a charge of £60, you will get 2 ‘Steins’ of beer and a voucher for a Bavarian meal, as well as guaranteed entry to the tent, even during the busiest times of the festival. Chose between an afternoon reservation from 12pm-5pm or an evening reservation from 5pm-10pm.

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Cannstatter Wasen - Stuttgart Beer Festival

Hamburg DOM

2015 Dates: 25th September - 11th October

2015 Dates: 20th March - 19th April 24th July - 23rd August 6th November - 6th December

The Cannstatter Wasen is the second largest beer festival in Germany after the Munich Beer Festival. Its popularity increases every year as more people from all over the world come to visit. The festival itself dates from 1818 and has over 4 million visitors. Like Munich there is a big funfair, colourful tents but also a flea market for visitors to enjoy.

Three times a year, the 'Heiligengeistfeld' transforms into an entertainment area suitable for both young and old. It offers its visitors a 1.8 sq mile area filled with thrilling rides, family entertainment and beer tents. Romantics will love the old horse carousels whilst thrill seekers can enjoy the much faster and more high-tech rides. You can also enjoy the local produce on sale here.

International Berlin Beer Festival

Schützenfest - Hanover Beer Festival

2015 Dates: 7th August - 9th August

2015 Dates: 3rd - 12th July

On the first weekend in August the longest beer garden in the world opens its doors in the heart of Germany’s capital. 2015 sees it welcome visitors for the 19th time. More than 300 breweries from 86 countries will offer around 2,000 beer specialities in all their diversity. Organisers now offer a mini-stein so that you can taste a bigger selection of the many beers available.

At the Schützenfest visitors can expect a colourful assortment of shooting sports, fairground rides, lots of tasty delicacies from a range of around 80 various gastronomic facilities, and a fantastic line-up of lively entertainment events. The highlight of this funfair is the ‘Marksmen’s Parade’ with more than 10,000 participants from Germany and all over the world.

Freimarkt - Bremen Festival 2015 Dates: 16th October - 1st November ‘Ischa Freimarkt!’ (It is Freimarkt) say the Bremer inhabitants when their ‘fifth season’ starts in Autumn. The third largest folk festival, Bremen is one of Germany’s oldest festivals and regularly draws over four million people to the Bürgerweide, just minutes from the historic city centre. The Freimarkt claims to have more rides than any other festival. Whilst not a beer festival in the true sense, there is enough German beer here to justify its inclusion. Traditional foods are also served, with fish been one of the main dishes.

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Czech Beer Festival - Prague 2015 Dates: 7th - 23rd May The Czech Beer Festival gathers top and lesser-known national breweries at Prague’s PVA Letnany Exhibition Centre. Each tent features its own entertainment stage and, from Pilsner to Budvar and Staropramen, beers are reassuringly served in glass pitchers.

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German Christmas Markets Experience the magic of the festive season... There are fewer occasions more magical than Christmas, and the German Markets are a wonderful experience for all ages, a chance to indulge in the good old-fashioned Christmas spirit! Characterised by their distinctive settings and regional traditions, each market provides a special atmosphere. The twinkling scenes of festively decorated squares with their enchanting market stalls and glittering Christmas trees set against a back drop of beautiful historical buildings, let visitors relive the magic of yesteryear. The aroma of roasted chestnuts, grilled sausages, mulled wine and delicious biscuits, fill the crisp air and help to create that very special yuletide ambience.

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Cologne Cologne has eight themed markets. The Christmas market at the cathedral is perhaps the most beautiful with stalls arranged under a sparkling star-lit tent in front of this historic backdrop. The rustic Christmas market ‘Heimat der Heinzel’, Cologne’s largest and most traditional Christmas market, is located in the heart of the old town. On the Rudolfplatz you can discover Santa’s Village and just a few metres away, you’ll encounter the gay and lesbian 'Christmas Avenue'. On the Neumarkt you will find the captivating ‘Angel’s Market’ and right in front of the Chocolate museum you can browse through the “Harbour Christmas market”. The Christmas market in the ‘Stadtgarten’ can be found in the middle of the hip Belgian quarter.

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Nuremberg remains one of the most popular and authentic Christmas markets. More than 180 festivelydecorated market stands invite you to enjoy traditional Christmas ornaments of all shapes and sizes including the local gold-foil angel, “Zwetschgenmännle” made of prunes; toys and games; and delicious holiday treats to eat and drink. On the square just north of the Christkindlesmarkt, the Christmas Market of Sister Cities adds some international flair. With a wide range of indigenous arts and crafts, stalls from Nuremberg's sister cities including Antalya (Turkey), Atlanta (USA), Kharkiv (Ukraine) and Shenzhen (China) take visitors on a journey around the world. The Children’s Christmas Market offers carousels, a steam train and a variety of other activities to entertain young and old.

Munich There are more than 20 Christmas markets located throughout Munich. The most famous is the traditional market at Marienplatz. Stalls offer a wide range of beautiful handicrafts, Bavarian delicacies and of course, hot mulled wine. Other marvellous spots for soaking up the special festive ambience are the intimate Christmas market in the English Garden; the children’s ‘Heavenly Workshop’ in the Town Hall; the popular Kripperlmarkt which specialises in lovingly chosen cribs; or the Medieval Market with carol singing at the Wittelsbacher Platz.

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Dresden

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With its elves' house, Santa's grotto and puppet theatre, Dresden’s 'Striezelmarkt' is one of the best in Europe for families and it even features a children's bakery serving a range of festive delights. There's also the charming medieval market with its costumed stallholders and medieval re-enactments providing fun and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy.

With massive stone town walls studded with 42 towers, half-timbered houses with red-tiled roofs, cobblestone streets and flower-filled window boxes, Rothenburg is one of Europe´s most beautiful medieval towns. The silhouette of gate and defense towers conveys the aura of a fairy tale. As you enter through one of the old gates, you will immediately feel secure within the time-honoured walls of this romantic place. Rothenburg´s enchantment has prevailed over the past 1,000 years and is continuing to cast its spell on visitors making their way through the narrowly winding alleyways. Enjoy the special winter atmosphere, when the bright red rooftops are transformed into frosted delights - as if they have leapt straight out of a Christmas card.

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Each market is different so we have chosen a small selection to entice you - call us for a quote on these and other European Christmas Markets!

Eisenach

Freiburg

Situated in the old stone courtyard of Wartburg Castle, perched on a steep hill overlooking the picturesque town of Eisenach, this medieval-themed Christmas market is perfect for those looking to find that extra special gift. Watch glass blowers, stone cutters and candle makers at work as they create unique gifts that you won't find anywhere else.

Close to the Swiss and French border and located on the western edge of the Southern Black Forest, this is one of Germany's most popular holiday regions. Freiburg is a lively university city with a very charming atmosphere during Christmas time, and because of its location, it offers an excellent choice of wine from the region, plus the world-famous 'Black Forest Gateaux' which adorns every café window!

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European Theme Parks

White-knuckle rides, family-fun and thrilling adventures… Europe is home to many theme parks and resorts offering good old-fashioned family fun. Enjoy thrilling white knuckle rides, scream-inducing roller coasters, acrobatic shows and plenty more to entertain children of all ages, as well as those 'young at heart'. Our featured park for 2015 is Europa-Park - the most popular European theme park outside of Walt Disney Attractions which attracts nearly five million visitors to a fascinating world of adventure each year.

Europa-Park, Germany's Largest theme park At Europa-Park, there is no need to choose from a single holiday destination because here, you can visit the whole of Europe at once! Covering an area as big as 136 football pitches, visitors to Europa-Park can experience fun and adventure in various themed areas, each representing a different European country. So whether you step into Portugal or Scandinavia, you can sample the typical architecture, natural surroundings and food specialities of the country of your choice. This popular leisure park offers over 100 attractions and fascinating shows throughout the year as well as 14 themed restaurants, six service restaurants, 15 snack bars and six ice cream parlours!

Top Attractions Hurtle down from dizzying heights on high-speed rides, including the SilverStar, Europe’s highest roller-coaster, or be amazed by fascinating acrobatic shows and first-class entertainment. Attractions such as the Crazy Taxis, Fairy Tale Alley and Dwarf City promise bundles of family fun, while Arthur in the Minimoys Kingdom offers a voyage of fantastic worlds. After all the excitement, take a rest in Europa-Park’s peaceful lakeside surroundings and admire beautiful water lilies, colourful flower beds and exotic trees. Fred.\ Says: We can offer stays in the park hotels such as the themed Spanish hotel ‘El Andaluz’ and the Italian ‘Hotel Colesseo’. Enjoy 2 nights at the Hotel Colosseo (4 bed room) with breakfast, plus 3 days park entrance from £439pp! Based on flights from London, transfers, 2 adults and 2 children (aged 4-11 years) Fred.\ Suggests: Europa-Park's fantastic location means that you could combine your with a city stay in many German or Swiss locations including Stuttgart (pg51), Basel (pg60) or Freiburg (pg52)!

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Phantasialand Situated in Brühl near Cologne, a fascinating world of adventure and excitement awaits behind the gates of Phantasialand. Adrenaline junkies should head straight for the spine-tingling Black Mamba roller-coaster and the nerve-jangling, Aztec-inspired adventure Talocan. Plunge 65 metres on a bungee cord through the Mystery Castle and wrestle with the rapids on the River Quest, the world’s highest rafting ride. The little ones will love the enchanting steam-powered carousel, the mini bumper cars and Octowuzy, the interactive water playground. In addition to thrilling rides, the park also offers a mesmerising variety of live shows. Enjoy 2 nights at the Hotel Matamba (4 bed room) with breakfast, plus 2 days park entrance from £299pp! Based on flights from London, 2 adults and 2 children (aged 4-11 years).

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We can book a European theme park, complete with on-site or off-site hotel stay. Ask us about the Tropical Island resort near Berlin or Legoland near Ulm too!

Other popular theme parks and resorts

Asterix Parc Based on the stories of Asterix (by Albert Uderzo and René Goscinny), Asterix Parc is situated approximately 22 miles north of Paris in the heart of the Greater Paris region. Offering 35 attractions (approximately ten of which are dedicated to those under 6 years old), visitors can climb to the top of Mount Olympus and take off on a dizzying descent of more than 30 metres; navigate the twists and turns of Romus et Rapidus aboard a gigantic rubber ring, take on Le Grand Splatch with its 11-metre drop at the end, and more! Fred.\ Suggests: Double up the fun with a short stay in Paris before or after your trip to Asterix Parc!

PortAventura

Gardaland Resort & Aquarium

The most visited theme park and resort in Spain, PortAventura is situated on the Costa Dorada, just one hour's drive from Barcelona. Attracting around 4 million visitors a year, the resort not only contains a theme park but also boasts a water park, five hotels, restaurants, shops and shows.

Italy's number one amusement park, Gardaland lies on the south-eastern banks of beautiful Lake Garda. Journey through its themed realms of history and geography, space and fantasy and enjoy the great variety of attractions and shows on offer for both young and old. Gardaland is also home to Italy's first completely themed SEA LIFE Aquarium where you can discover almost 5000 of the most beautiful creatures populating the fresh and sea waters of the world, from the most famous to the strangest and most exotic.

Fred.\ Says: Stay in one of PortAventura's themed on-site hotels or combine your visit with a short break in Barcelona. Call for a quote.

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Your Questions Answered

Is my holiday safe and covered? Fred.\ Holidays is ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is 0944. Fred.\ Holidays is also a member of the ABTA Travel Association, which means assurance, choice, value, and high levels of service.

Who do I contact for general enquiries about my booking? For general enquiries, including seating, baggage and meal requests, cancellations and amendment queries, please email sales@ fredholidays.co.uk clearly stating your booking reference, name and your date of departure in the subject line or call us on 0808 115 6278.

When will I get my documentation? Tickets will be sent approximately 10 days prior to departure by either email or post. If you have not received your documentation 7 days prior to travel, please e-mail admin@fredholidays.co.uk clearly stating your booking reference, name and date of departure in the subject line.

What is the baggage allowance for my flight? Your allowance will usually be shown on your e-ticket or/and your itinerary. If you are unsure about baggage allowance please email us on sales@fredholidays.co.uk clearly stating your booking reference, name and your date of departure in the subject line or call us. Please note some airlines do not include any free baggage allowance and may charge for hold baggage at check-in (this usually applies to low cost carriers).

What happens if there is a schedule change? If an airline advises us of a schedule change we will notify you of any changes over 1 hour. Depending on your chosen method of communication this will be either by e-mail, post or phone. For changes between 1-4 hours we will send you a new confirmation showing the new flight details. For changes between 4-8 hours we will send you a new confirmation showing the new flight details and will request that you contact us within 14 days of notification if you require further assistance. If we do not hear from you within 14 days we will consider this as an acceptance and any further changes will be classed as a voluntary amendment and charges will apply. For changes over 8 hours we will send you a new confirmation showing the new flight details and will require you to contact us to discuss further details. We will not re-confirm your ticket until you have instructed us to do so. If you wish to accept a schedule change you can do so by e-mailing us at sales@fredholidays.co.uk. Tickets Most tickets are electronic (e-tickets), with the exception of rail tickets, with data being stored electronically on suppliers’ systems. You may access your flight booking online by logging into the airline’s website. You will be able to retrieve your booking by entering the airline reference number (alphanumeric and six digits), which is shown on your ticket and the lead passenger name. Please reconfirm onward flights with the airline locally to ensure that your departure times are correct. Airlines may from time to time change their flight schedule and it may not be possible to advise you once you have departed the UK. How do I cancel my booking? We require all cancellations in writing by e-mail or post. Please check our booking terms and conditions for cancellation charges, but please note that it will not generally be possible to cancel your holiday without losing a percentage of your holiday (see our Terms and Conditions). We therefore strongly recommend you take out suitable insurance to cover you for possible eventualities that would require you to cancel your holiday. Can I change my flight booking? Most flight tickets are non-refundable or non-changeable. If your flight ticket states ‘non-refundable’, you may still be able to make a change subject to the airline’s terms and conditions. If your flight states “non-changeable and non-refundable”, then it will not be possible to make any changes to your flight booking.

Does my flight baggage allowance include hand luggage? No it doesn’t. Always check the exact hand luggage allowance with your airline prior to packing. A general guide is that hand luggage should not exceed height 450mm x width 350mm x depth 200mm. Most airlines have a hand luggage measurement gauge at check in. If you are taking hand luggage please remember that rules regarding liquids remain in place. Liquids, gels and cosmetics exceeding 100ml are not permitted in hand luggage, and smaller containers must be taken in a transparent plastic bag. Can I make rail reservations? We would normally reserve you a seat as requested. The majority of rail tickets can be used on any train on that route (not Thalys/ Eurostar). Please contact us if you require any further details. Vouchers Please note all documentation should be taken with you on your trip. Although some suppliers do not require the voucher to be presented on arrival, the majority will require this as form of payment. For customers with pre-arranged tours or transfers it is advisable that you reconfirm pick-up/drop-off times with the supplier locally. Credit Cards Please note that credit card use is not as widespread as it is in the UK. We would advise you to check in hotels, restaurants and shops that your credit card can be used (useful phrase: ‘Kann ich hier mit Kreditkarte bezahlen? – do you accept credit cards?) Are there different styles of beds in Germany, Austria and Switzerland? Yes there are. Twin-bedded rooms may consist of two mattresses and one frame or two separate beds. The majority of twin rooms are usually two mattresses and one bed-head; however we are always more than happy to request separate beds but won’t be able to guarantee any requests. Single rooms may not always offer the same facilities as twin rooms. Double rooms are standard-sized rooms with one king-or queen sized mattress and one frame. Are there any extra charges for hotels? Your confirmation invoice will list your hotel booking and its components. Some towns require the payment of a local Kurtaxe usually around 2 Euros per person per day. We will make every effort to advise you of this at the time booking.

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Can I pre-book my seats on my flights? Many flights offer a chance to pre-book seats before departure. This can be done by selecting the ‘online-check in’ option on airlines’ homepages and is usually available within 23 hours of the flight departure. Low cost carriers offer a chance to utilise ‘Priority boarding’ for a fee. We can book this for you but usually charge a handling fee for the service. We, unlike many websites, always try to book one item of hold baggage per person for each section of the flight.

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Travel Insurance

We take the hassle, you take the holiday® Our travel insurance policies cater for all types of travellers with bespoke policies for cruise holidays, coach tours, winter sports, golf trips, weddings, sport activities, business travellers, and even those who just wish to relax in the sun!

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Through Holiday Extras we can offer comprehensive cover, at very competitive prices, for both single trips and annual multi-trip policies, covering customers up to the age of 89!

Choose from varying levels of cover: Gold, Silver and Bronze for single trip policies, or Platinum cover for annual policies.

Gold and Platinum Cover:

Do you have a pre-existing medical condition?

• £2m medical cover

Latitude Travel Insurance was created by Holiday Extras to offer travel insurance for people with pre-existing medical conditions who have previously been declined for travel insurance, or who couldn’t find competitive prices elsewhere. Latitude Insurance can cover travellers who have been diagnosed with:

• £1500 baggage cover • £1000 cancellation cover • Covers travellers for a maximum of 365 days

Silver Cover: • £5m medical cover

• Diabetes

• £1500 baggage cover

• Asthma

• £5000 cancellation cover

• Heart conditions

• Covers travellers for a maximum of 365 days

• Cancer

Bronze Cover: • £1m medical cover • £500 baggage cover • £500 cancellation cover

• Epilepsy • High blood pressure Latitude Insurance covers medical emergency treatment up to £15 million, up to £10,000 if you have to cancel your holiday, and lost luggage cover up to £2,000.

• Covers travellers for a maximum of 17 days. Our policies can insure travellers up to the age of 85 for our single trip policies, and travellers up to the age of 74 for annual policies. Under 18s go for free with a full-paying adult for single trip policies, and under 18s (or those under 25 and in full time education) go free on all annual policies. We also offer additional optional cover, at extra cost, for: excess waiver, winter sports, business equipment, golf, wedding, increased cancellation, hazardous pursuits and end supplier failure.

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Terms & Conditions These Booking Conditions, together with any other written information we bring to your attention before confirming your booking, form the basis of your contract with Fred.\ Holidays a trading name of Fred. Olsen Travel Ltd whose address is Olympus House, 2 Olympus Close, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 5LN. Please read them carefully as they set out our respective rights and obligations. These Booking Conditions apply generally whether you have booked one of our Packages (Inclusive Price Combinations) or our single component items, e.g. accommodation or transport only. Please note however that where you have purchased a single component, there is a different condition as to liability. Please see ‘Our Responsibilities’ clause below. By making a booking, the lead named person on the booking agrees on behalf of all persons detailed on the booking that: a) He/she has read these terms and conditions and has the authority to and agrees to be bound by them; b) He/she consents to our use of information in accordance with our Privacy Policy; c) He/she is over 18 years of age and resident in the United Kingdom Booking and Paying For Your Arrangements A booking is made with Fred.\ Holidays when a) you tell us that you would like to accept our written or verbal quotation and b) you pay us a deposit of £150 per person unless advised differently at the time of booking. For cruise holidays including expeditions and airline bookings you will be advised of the deposit amount at the time of booking. When we issue you with a confirmation invoice, a binding contract will come into existence. Upon receipt, if you believe that any details on the confirmation or any other documents are wrong you must advise us immediately as changes may not be possible later. The balance of the cost of your arrangements (including any applicable surcharge) is due 10 weeks prior to scheduled departure but on some products we require payment 90 days prior. If we do not receive this balance in full and on time, we reserve the right to treat your booking as cancelled by you in which case the cancellation charges set out below will become payable. All credit card bookings will be subject to a 2% handling fee (American Express 2.5%). Your Financial Protection We provide full financial protection for our package holidays. If you buy a single travel service then this might not apply. For flight-based holidays this is through our Air Travel Organiser’s Licence number (0944). When you buy an ATOL protected flight or flight inclusive holiday from us you will receive an ATOL Certificate. This lists what is financially protected, where you can get information on what this means for you and who to contact if things go wrong. We will provide you with the services listed on the ATOL Certificate (or a suitable alternative). In some cases, where we aren’t able to do so for the unlikely reasons of insolvency, an alternative ATOL holder may provide you with the services you have bought or a suitable alternative (at no extra cost to you). You agree to accept that in those circumstances the alternative ATOL holder will perform those obligations and you agree to pay any money outstanding to be paid by you under your contract to that alternative ATOL holder. However, you also agree that in some cases it will not be possible to appoint an alternative ATOL holder, in which case you will be entitled to make a claim under the ATOL scheme (or your credit card issuer where applicable). If we are unable to provide the services listed (or a suitable alternative, through an alternative ATOL holder or otherwise) for the unlikely reasons of insolvency, the Trustees of the Air Travel Trust may make a payment to (or confer a benefit on) you under the ATOL scheme. You agree that in return for such a payment or benefit you assign absolutely to those Trustees any claims which you have or may have arising out of or relating to the non-provision of the services, including any claim against us, the travel agent (or your credit card issuer where applicable). You also agree that any such claims may be reassigned to another body, if that other body has paid sums you have claimed under the ATOL scheme. When you buy a package holiday that doesn’t include a flight, protection is provided by way of a bond held by ABTA The Travel Association. For further information please see www.abta.com.

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Pricing 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. The price of your holiday is subject at all times to changes in transport costs such as fuel, scheduled airfares and any other airline cost changes which are part of our contracts with airlines (and their agents), cruise ship operators and any other transport provider; to cost changes arising from government action such as changes in VAT or any other government imposed changes; and to changes in currency exchange rates and to dues, taxes or fees chargeable for services such as landing taxes or embarkation or disembarkation fees at ports and airports any or all of which may result in a variation of your holiday price. For changes to pricing after booking, 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, plus an administration charge of £1.00 per person together with an amount to cover agents’ commission. If this means that you have to pay an increase of more than 10% 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 (if this is of equivalent or higher quality you will not have to pay more but if it is of lower quality you will be refunded the difference in price), or cancelling and receiving a full refund of all monies paid to us, any amendment charges and/or additional services or travel arrangements. 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. There will be no change made to the price of your holiday within 30 days of your departure. Should the price of your holiday go down due to the changes mentioned above, by more than 2% of your holiday cost, then any refund due will be paid to you. However, 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 it is received in writing by us 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 shown below, unless otherwise advised. The cancellation charge detailed is calculated as all non-refundable items plus a percentage of the remaining total cost payable by the person(s) cancelling:

90 days or more 89 - 57 days 56 - 43 days 42 - 15 days

loss of deposit and non-refundable items 60% 75% 85%

For all other holidays: 70 days or more 69 - 43 days 42 - 29 days 28 - 15 days

loss of deposit and non-refundable items 50% 60% 80%

For all holidays: 14 - 00 days

100%

If the deposit amount is more than the cancellation amount we will retain the full deposit as the cancellation charge. We therefore strongly recommend you take out suitable insurance to cover you for possible eventualities that would require you to cancel your holiday. Changes by You If you wish to change any part of your booking you must inform us in writing. Whilst we will do our best 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 incurred by us 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. 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. A cancellation fee may be payable. Please note that 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. Accuracy We endeavour to ensure that all the information and prices both on our website and in our brochures are accurate; however occasionally changes and errors occur and we reserve the right to correct prices and other details in such circumstances. You must check the current price and all other details relating to the arrangements that you wish to book before your booking is confirmed. Changes or cancellation by us As we plan your holiday arrangements many months in advance we may occasionally have to make changes or cancel your booking and we reserve the right to do so at any time. If we make a major 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. In some cases we will also pay compensation (see below). These options don’t apply for minor changes. Examples of minor changes include alteration of your outward/return flights 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. 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 force majeure or failure by you to pay the 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 we will pay compensation (see below). If we cancel or make a major change we will pay compensation as detailed below except where the major change or cancellation arises due to reasons of force majeure. The compensation that we offer does not exclude you from claiming more if you are entitled to do so.

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Period before departure in which we notify you

Amount you will receive from us

43 – 70 days (90 days if a cruise holiday)

£ 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. Force Majeure We will not pay you compensation if we have to cancel or change your travel arrangements in any way because of unusual or unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control. These can include but are not limited to war, riot, industrial dispute, terrorist activity and its consequences, natural or nuclear disaster, fire, adverse weather conditions, epidemics and pandemics, unavoidable technical problems with transport, and any other circumstances of any nature whatsoever. 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 an arbitration scheme for the resolution of disputes arising out of this contract. The scheme is arranged by ABTA and administered independently. It is a simple and inexpensive method of arbitration on documents alone with restricted liability on you for costs. The upper limit on claims is £5,000 per person and £25,000 per booking form. The scheme doesn’t apply to claims which are solely in respect of physical injury or illness or their consequences. It can however deal with claims which include an element of minor injury or illness subject to a limit of £1,500 on the amount the arbitrator can award per person in respect of this element. Your request for arbitration must be received by ABTA within eighteen months of the date of return from holiday. For injury and illness claims, you can request the ABTA Mediation Procedure and we have the option to agree to mediation. Further information on the Code and ABTA’s assistance in resolving disputes can be found on www.abta.com. 1) Single Components

If you have purchased a ‘single component’ i.e. accommodation or transportation only, we will accept responsibility only for our own negligence e.g. If we have negligently misdescribed the accommodation etc., or if we have been negligent in our choice of supplier. We will not be responsible for the negligence of our suppliers, their employees, servants or agents.

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 which 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: (a) the act(s) and/or omission(s) of the person(s) affected; (b) 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;

(c) unusual or unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control, the consequences of which could not have been avoided even if all due care had been exercised; or (d) an event which either ourselves, our employees, agents or suppliers and subcontractors could not, even with all due care, have foreseen or forestalled. 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 which apply, or, if there are no applicable local regulations, if they are reasonable when compared to the local standards in practice. We limit the amount of compensation we may have to pay you if we are found liable under this clause: (a) Loss of and/or damage to any luggage or personal possessions and money, the maximum amount we will have to pay you is £25 per person in total because you are assumed to have adequate insurance in place to cover any losses of this kind. (b) Our liability, except in cases involving death, injury or illness, shall be limited to a maximum of two times the cost of your travel arrangements. This maximum amount will only be payable where everything has gone wrong and you or your party has not received any benefit at all from your booking. (c) Claims in respect of international travel by air, sea and rail, or any stay in a hotel: i. The extent of our liability will in all cases be limited as if we were carriers under the appropriate Conventions, which include The Warsaw/Montreal Convention (international travel by air); The Athens Convention (with respect to sea travel); The Berne/ Cotif Convention (with respect to rail travel); The Paris Convention (with respect to hotel arrangements); and The Strasbourg Convention (CNLI) (with respect to travel on inland waterways). You can ask for copies of these Conventions from our offices. In addition, you agree that the operating carrier or transport company’s own ‘Conditions of Carriage’ will apply to you on that journey. When arranging transportation for you, we rely on the terms and conditions contained within these international conventions and those ‘Conditions of Carriage’. You acknowledge that all of the terms and conditions contained in those ‘Conditions of Carriage’ form part of your contract with us, as well as with the transport company and that those ‘Conditions of Carriage’ shall be deemed to be included by reference into this contract. ii. When making any payment, we are entitled to deduct any money which you have received or are entitled to receive from the transport provider or hotelier for the complaint or claim in question. 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 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: Failure to take these steps will hinder our ability to resolve the problem and/or investigate it fully and in consequence, your rights under the contract may be affected. We regret we cannot accept liability for any claims which are not notified to ourselves and/or our suppliers strictly in accordance with this clause. 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. Refunds Any amounts due to you will be paid upon request within 28 days. 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 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 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 which is due to re-scheduling times by the airline or airline authorities, or any of the reasons set out in Force Majeure of these booking conditions. 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 on 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. Under EU Law, you have rights in some circumstances to refunds and/or compensation from the airline in cases of denied boarding, cancellation or delay to flights. Full details of these rights will be publicised at EU airports and will also be available from airlines. Reimbursement in such cases is the responsibility of the airline and will not automatically entitle you to a refund of your holiday price from us. Guest Behaviour We reserve the right to terminate your booking arrangements with us immediately, should you or your party fail to conduct yourselves in an orderly manner. In the event of such termination our liability to you and/or your party will cease and you and/or your party will be required to leave your accommodation or other service immediately. We will have no further obligations to you and/ or your party. 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 Full details of our data protection policy are available upon request. (updated January 2015)

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From A to Z with Destination

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Destination

Page

Destination

Page

Aachen

55

Frankfurt

39

Regensburg

55

Amsterdam

70

Freiburg

52

Rhine & Moselle by Rail

46

Austria

12

F端ssen

40

Rhine River Cruise

72

Baden-Baden

53

Garmisch-Partenkirchen

42

Romantic Road

43

Bamberg

41

Germany

28

Rothenburg ob der Tauber

41

Basel

60

Geneva

60

Ruhpolding

40

Bavaria

Grand Prix Breaks

73

Salzburg

14

Beer Festivals

40-42 74

Hamburg

34

Scandinavia

66

Belgium

18

Hanover

45

Slovenia

68

Berchtesgaden

42

Harz Mountains

45

Split

22

Berlin

30-31

Helsinki

67

St Anton am Arlberg

13

Bern

60

Hungary

56

St Moritz

61

Black Forest

52

Innsbruck

13

Stockholm

66

Bordeaux

27

Interlaken

61

Stuttgart

51

Bregenz

13

Krakow

64

Switzerland

58

Bruges

19

Leipzig

49

Swiss Rail Tours

Brussels

18

Lindau

40

Theme Parks

78

Budapest

57

Ljubljana

69

Thuringia

54

Cologne

44

Lubeck

55

Titisee-Neustadt

52

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61

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Zell am See

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54

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26

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59

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25

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