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Rail | Flights | Multi-centre | Beach | Ferry | Self-drive | Events | and more

Tailor-made European Holidays & City Breaks


Journey the Romantic Road

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Contents Special Interest Holidays

Bremerhaven

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Celle & Hanover

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Cologne

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Dresden

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Oberammergau Passion Play

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Düsseldorf

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Group Travel & Escorted Holidays

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Frankfurt

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Beer Festivals & Christmas Markets

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Hamburg

63

Sporting Events & Holidays

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Historical Highlights of Germany

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Battlefields, Rail Holidays & Steam Engines

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Leipzig

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Beaches & Spa Breaks

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Dortmund & the Ruhr Valley

66

Theme Parks

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Stuttgart & Heidelberg

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Austria

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Thuringia - Erfurt & Weimar

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Lakes & Mountains

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Gibraltar

70

Vienna

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Greece - Athens

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Salzburg

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Hungary - Budapest

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Belgium

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Iceland

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Rail Travel & Beer

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Reykjavik

75

Mechelen

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Italy

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Antwerp

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Lakes and Rail

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Canary Islands

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Rome

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Croatia

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Venice

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National Parks, Lakes & Island hopping

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Milan

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Dubrovnik

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Florence

81

Zagreb

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Netherlands

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Split, Brač & Hvar

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Amsterdam

83

Zadar & Pula

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Norway

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Czech Republic - Prague

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Oslo, Bergen & Tromsø

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Český Krumlov

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Poland

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Denmark - Copenhagen

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Warsaw & Kraków

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Estonia - Tallinn

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Portugal

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Finland - Helsinki

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Algarve

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France

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Lisbon

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Paris

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Porto

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Germany

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Russia

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Baden-Baden

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St. Petersburg & Moscow

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Bavaria & Franconia

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Spain

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Bamberg & Würzburg

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Ibiza, Mallorca & Menorca

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Romantic Road

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Barcelona

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Munich

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Madrid & Seville

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Nuremberg

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Sweden - Stockholm

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Regensburg

48

Switzerland

100

Rothenburg ob der Tauber

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Rail holidays, Lakes & Mountains

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Basel

102

Bern

103

Geneva

104

Lucerne & Lausanne

105

Germany continued Berlin

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Black Forest - Freiburg, Triberg & Titisee-Neustadt

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Bodensee (Lake Constance)

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Bremen

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Cover image: Český Krumlov, Czech Republic


What We Do Exploring Europe

With the vast majority of Europe accessible within a three-hour flight from the UK, contrasts of cities, lakes, mountains and historical sites are closer than you may think. A weekend at a beer festival with friends, a romantic city break, a family jaunt in the mountains or a relaxation retreat opportunities are endless. Whilst we have an understanding that everyone has a budget, it is common that some travellers sacrifice convenience for cost. Although cheaper when making a reservation, that three hour shared coach journey isn’t as appealing when you arrive. This is something that Fred.\ Holidays considers carefully when crafting holiday experiences. After all, value is more important than price.

Tailor-made Travel Specialists At Fred.\ Holidays we create holiday experiences that are tailored to your requirements. Although our suggested breaks and holidays featured within this brochure have been designed to inspire travellers, all of our departures can be moulded to your exact requirements. We work closely with favoured partners such as Maritim Hotels and will always adapt your desired holiday to suit you.

Are you: • Looking to fly from a local or convenient airport? • Interested in staying in a city centre or by a river? • Wanting to travel to multiple destinations or stay in one location? • After something a little different? These types of question are answered differently by everyone and this is why the Fred.\ Holidays team of travel specialists will endeavour to create your perfect holiday experience your way.

Call Fred.\ Holidays today and let us create your next holiday 0800 988 3369 or email sales@fredholidays.co.uk

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Denmark Netherlands Belgium France

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Hungary Austria Switzerland Slovenia Italy

Croatia

Spain

Greece

Portugal

Popular Holiday Experiences

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

When creating tailor-made holidays, two holidays are never the same. However there are similarities. Some of our popular experiences include: • Rail Holidays • Fly Drive – Lakes • Multi Centre Holidays (two or more cities/places visited) • Beer Festivals & Christmas Markets • Visits to UNESCO sites • Military History Tours

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Where We Came From In 1848... ...the first Olsen family ship owner, Fredrik Christian Olsen, started operating two small Brigatin sailing ships in Hvitsten. In 1850-1860, Fredrik Christian’s brothers, both also captains, became ship-owners. Petter, in 1852 and Andreas, in 1860 adding more vessels to the fleet. Moving forward to today and the Fred. Olsen family operates companies in: • Shipping, • Travel • Energy • And more…

The Love to Travel Fred.\ Holidays was established in 2013 and is part of one of the UK’s most established travel companies, Fred. Olsen Travel. Whilst initially focusing on German City breaks, Fred.\ Holidays has become recognised for providing European multi-centre holidays, rail holidays, city breaks and specialist events that include beer festivals, Christmas markets, Formula 1 Grand Prix holidays and more. Whilst providing tailored European holidays, Fred.\ Holidays also offers a plethora of ocean and river cruise holidays, expedition holidays and stays at the Fred. Olsen owned Hotel Jardín Tecina. These are defined by our specialist sales areas:

Fred.\ Holidays • Bespoke European holidays individually designed to your own personal requirements.

Fred.\ Cruises • Worldwide ocean cruising and polar expeditions including all mainstream and niche cruise companies.

Fred.\ River Cruises • Worldwide river cruising with the opportunity to tailor departures to include land stays.

Fred.\ Jardín Tecina • The Fred. Olsen owned hotel on La Gomera, the best kept secret in the Canaries.

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Image: (supplied by) German National Tourist Board/Deutsche Märchenstraße e.V.

Image: (supplied by) German National Tourist Board/Museumslandschaft Hessen Kassel (MHK)

Why We Do What We Do

Looking For Inspiration

The Need for Experiences

Whilst our featured holidays can be extended or adapted to meet your requirements, they have been created to inspire and inform you of the opportunities available.

Holidays were traditionally about a two week beach stay or a summer escape from ‘real life’, but the term holiday has taken on a new meaning of late. With connections into Europe and worldwide being more accessible than ever, the traditional two-week holiday has turned into two or three separate holidays with people looking to stay for a duration that suits them rather than a pre-set duration/holiday. Whilst traditional summer sun destinations are still number one on the hit list, experiential holidays are fast becoming the reason for travel. Whether a journey around the Italian lakes, through the historic German Black Forest or those precious moments spent tasting a Belgian beer watching the world go by, opportunities to experience new cultures and visit unique destinations are endless. This is why Fred.\ Holidays has developed a team of travel specialists, allowing customers to choose their departure date, for how long they wish to stay and in a type of accommodation that would suit them. This means that our travel specialists do the hard work and create your personalised holiday which is financially secured through our ABTA and ATOL bonding.

Have you ever considered? • Following in the footsteps of the Brothers Grimm and journey the Fairy Tale route to experience some much loved bedtime stories. • Combining a city break with your river or ocean cruise. • Travelling the German Motorbike Route, nicknamed 'Pan Germania', which has much in common with the spirit of the legendary 'Route 66'. • Exploring those much loved television and film locations, making sure you have the perfect picture to show friends and family.

Alternatively, why not contact us to discuss your holiday ideas and let us create your perfect holiday. Call 0800 988 3369 or email sales@fredholidays.co.uk

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Jesus enters Jerusalem © Passion Play Oberammergau 2020

Special Interest Holidays

2020 Passion Play Oberammergau

The history of the Oberammergau Passion Play begins in 1633. After endless death and hardship at the hands of the Thirty Years' War and the bubonic plague, the surviving population of Oberammergau vowed that they would perform the "play of the suffering, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ" every ten years if they were spared from extinction. At Whitsun in 1634, they kept their promise for the first time and so began the history of the Oberammergau Passion Play which demonstrates the suffering, death and resurrection of Christ. As early as the middle of the 18th-century, spectators came to Oberammergau from all over Germany, attracted by the great power and mystique of the play.

Tours & Tailormade Holidays At Fred.\ Holidays, we have a selection of rail tours and private guided holidays for your once-in-a-lifetime Passion Play Experience. • Munich & Oberammergau • Bavaria & Oberammergau • Austria & Oberammergau

Jesus enters Jerusalem © Passion Play Oberammergau 2020

In addition to the featured tours we can arrange holidays to places such as Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Berchtesgaden, Lindau or Füssen including a visit to the Oberammergau Passion Play. If the tours listed do not fit your specification’s please contact us with your desired itinerary.

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Passion Play Theatre © Passion Play Oberammergau 2020

The villagers have kept their vow ever since and their faith and commitment has been recognised and admired around the world and is regarded as one of the most important passion plays. The village at the edge of the Bavarian Alps expects approximately 450,000 visitors for the passion play, over half of which will be international guests, during the 102 planned performances in 2020.


Special Interest Holidays

Group Travel & Escorted Holidays

Are you looking for something a little different? Travelling with family, friends, your local community group? Fred.\ Holidays can create your perfect group holiday tailored to your requirements, often including additional group travel benefits.

Popular Group Travel Holidays • Beer Festivals • Christmas Markets • Formula 1 Weekends • Ski Holidays • Theme Parks To immerse yourself further into the destination, have you considered the benefits of a private travel guide? With a private travel guide, we can include city tours, visits to monuments and more which are tailored to your exact group requirements. Alternatively, we can offer escorted holiday arrangements where you and your party can join an escorted holiday benefiting from all the inclusive extras when travelling with a group of likeminded people.

One of our preferred partners for escorted holidays is Back-Roads Touring Back-Roads Touring has spent over 25 years crafting small group holidays that delve a little bit deeper. Their dedicated mini-coaches enable guests to travel the back roads, avoiding motorways and taking you through the heart of Europe.

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Special Interest Holidays

Special Interest Holidays

Oktoberfest - maybe the most iconic beer festival in the world. However, did you know there are many other beer festivals to choose from, all with significant differences?

Christmas is always a special time of year, from a fond family favourite that is known by many names - Saint Nicholas, Saint Nick, Kris Kringle, Father Christmas and Santa Claus, to small hand crafted gifts, mulled wine and over indulging.

Beer Festivals

From traditional beer halls to Ferris wheels and from local breweries showcasing their wares to the full carnivals experience, a visit to a beer festival will be one holiday to remember wherever you choose.

Popular Beer Festivals include: • Oktoberfest – Munich • Hamburg DOM • Berlin Beer Festival • Cologne Carnival • Freimarkt – Bremen • Czech Beer Festival – Prague • Starkbierfest – Munich (Oktoberfest’s little brother) Alternatively, why not visit one of these fascinating cities where you can enjoy local beverages year round?

Christmas Markets Accompanied by religious remembrance, towns are decorated for all to enjoy where families, couples and groups all meet to embrace the festivities. Enjoy the aroma of cinnamon, cloves and baked apple strudel. Throughout Europe, many countries embrace these festivities and some of our most popular destinations include: • Germany • Belgium • Switzerland • Austria • Croatia Whilst weekend breaks to these fabulous places are popular, you can visit multiple cities, journey the romantic road in winter or enjoy a festive retreat surrounded by mountains and snow.

Beer festivals and Christmas Markets are very popular events, for individual or group enquiries please visit your travel agent or call 0800 988 3369 or email sales@fredholidays.co.uk

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Special Interest Holidays

Sporting Events & Holidays From Formula 1 weekends to hiking in the mountains, and from golfing breaks to cycling along the Baltic Sea, by tailor-making your preferred holiday, we can create your perfect sporting stay.

Some of our most popular tours and events include: • Formula 1 Grand Prix °°Weekend & Race Day Tickets °°VIP Tickets • Moto GP °°Weekend & Race Day Tickets °°VIP Tickets • Tecina Golf °°Fred. Olsen owned 18 hole golf course in La Gomera • Cycling Tours °°Lake Constance °°Elbe River °°Danube River °°Moselle River °°Baltic Sea °°And more • Walking Tours °°Saxon Switzerland °°Harz Mountains °°Bavarian Alps • And more Have you ever consider journeying the German Football Route or Motorbike Route, or even a high speed lap of the Nürburgring?

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Special Interest Holidays

Battlefields, Rail Holidays & Steam Engines Battlefields of Europe

Iconic moments throughout history are regularly documented in movies and books. However, the true nature of these events are hard to fully comprehend. Visiting these unique destinations is both eye-opening and hold an element of eeriness. By tailor making your holiday, this will allow you to explore the Normandy beaches, visit the Nuremberg rally grounds or journey to Auschwitz at your own pace to fully appreciate the history of Europe. Europe has hosted many battles throughout its history and, with 2018 marking 100 years since the end of World War One, you can experience holidays to these unique locations at your own pace or with expert guides. Contact us today for more details.

Rail & Steam Engine Holidays Rail holidays are becoming increasingly popular with UK holiday makers and, with public transport throughout Europe becoming even more accessible than ever, moving between cities or even countries has never been easier. From the vibrancy of large cities to idyllic lakes or even a scenic route across country, your next journey offers an unlimited expansion of travel throughout Europe. Whilst train travel is primarily used to connect destinations, why not include a local city card, allowing you to explore your chosen destination to its full potential? Travel from London on the Eurostar, Fly from the UK and visit multiple destinations with rail travel, or why not combine a multi-centre stay with flights, rail and car hire? By enjoying a personalised tailor-made holiday, your opportunities for travel are endless.

Looking for something different? Why not visit the annual Dresden Steam Engine Festival? (see page 60 for more details) Or alternatively, call today to find out about our latest steam engine holidays.

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Special Interest Holidays

Beaches & Spa Breaks

Whilst Spain and Portugal are top summer destinations for beach resorts, a visit to the Algarve or Spanish Islands can also take the form of a more cultural experience. Enjoying the warmth of the sun is always high on the agenda, however, venturing off the beaten track can allow for an enhanced holiday experience. Explore the untouched islands in the Canaries, journey between the Italian Lakes, travel the Croatian coast or experience the delights of a Baltic beach resort. With the expansive coastline throughout Europe and the rich culture of these destinations, a relaxing beach stay can also include a historic twist. Bath houses have been a popular retreat for the rich and famous for many years. Europeans have embraced this holiday style, creating a variety of offerings from luxurious dedicated spa hotels to full spa resorts such as Therme Erding. Other options include spa retreats hidden from everyday life and even a combined spa and beach resort. If you are looking for something different or to experience well-known places such as the Blue Lagoon, call today for your tailor-made beach and spa holiday.

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Special interest holidays

Theme Parks

There are so many theme parks to enjoy throughout Europe, yet some of the most popular attractions may not be in the forefront of your mind. If you are looking for a single day visit or a multi-day stay to some of these fascinating theme parks, we can include these within your holiday experience.

Some of our favourite places to visit include: Europa-Park

Top Attractions • Four Extreme Thrill Rollercoasters, Rides and Water Rides • Adventure Playground • Family Rides • Park Shows & 4D Cinema • Boat rides and more • Voletarium • VR ride & Sky Explorers mobile game • Europa-Park Arena

Accommodation • Five Themed Hotels and Camping • Golf Club • Wellness & Spa Areas

Events Include • Summer features include °°Culinary Delights °°Themed Shows °°Grimm’s Enchanted Forest • Halloween features include °°SPOOK ME! - The Europa-Park Musical

Erlebnispark Tripsdrill

°°Halloween Attractions • Winter features include

Top Attractions

°°Winter Wonderland

• Rollercoasters and Rides

°°Christmas Markets

• Water Rides

°°Themed Shows

• Family Rides

Wildlife Park Europa Park

• Animals Include °°Brown Bears °°Arctic Wolves °°Lynx °°Birds of Prey • Nature Adventure Playground • Feeding Time • Wildsau-Schenke Restaurant

Accommodation • Treehouses • Shepherd’s Wagons

Events Include • Features Include °°The Big Easter Egg Hunt °°Pyro Games °°The Scare Event 16

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Erlebnispark Tripsdrill

Efteling

Phantasialand

Phantasialand

Top Attractions

Europa Park

• Taron - Fastest Multi-Launch-Coaster in the World! • Rollercoasters, Rides & Water Rides • Family Rides • Shows and Performances • Fantassima

Accommodation • Hotel Ling Bao • Hotel Matamba

Efteling

Top Attractions • Rollercoasters, Rides & Water Rides • Family Rides • Park Shows • Fairytale Forest

Accommodation • Efteling Hotel • Village Bosrijk • Village Loonsche Land

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Austria

This central European delight should definitely be on your travel list if you have a sweet tooth. Referred to as the capital of cake, every road and square is home to a bakery, and every bakery is home to indulgent pastries, petit fours and, of course, Sachertorte. This penchant for the sugary things in life goes well with the unique café culture found in the country’s coffee houses.

With the Alps stretching across a large part of the country, Austria can offer breathtaking scenery, fantastic ski resorts and numerous walking opportunities. One such route, The Eagle Walk, is known for showcasing some of the best views of the Tirolean Mountains on a 250-mile trek that is split into 33 different stages.

Add to all this the fact that Austria is easy to reach, very safe and one of the most liveable countries in the world, and you’ll start to wonder why you need to go anywhere else.

As a country that likes to take advantage of the great outdoors, there are many adventurous activities to try whilst you are here. The ski slopes are usually quieter and more inexpensive than those found elsewhere in the Europe and the summer months have their fair share of thrills too. This can include anything from cycling along the stunning Danube Cycle Path to white water rafting. Away from the peaks, there is plenty of art and culture to be found in the cities. The capital, Vienna, will wow you with resplendent palaces and remarkable opera performances, whilst Linz brings everything into the 21st century with its ultra-modern electronic arts venue. Meanwhile, in the smaller villages, you can wander along streets lined with multi-coloured houses and learn about trades which Austria once relied on, such as salt mining.

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Austria

Lakes & Mountains Austria has a wealth of charming Alpine villages and lakeside towns that can offer a relaxing break, whether you wish to hike your way through valleys or propel yourself down slopes. These picturesque locations are often enshrouded in folklore, something which drives many of the local festivals and events. Lakes such as Zeller See and Constance provide a slow and peaceful way of life which will take you back to the basics. Funiculars and cable cars will help you experience the best views and the refreshing waters will always be on hand to help you cool off.

Highlights • Bregenz – On the Austrian shore of Lake Constance, Bregenz is home to a medieval town centre and a cable car that will take you up the Pfänder Mountain. • Zell am See – The dramatic 16th-century castle stands out in this lakeside town. The lake freezes over in the winter and everyone dons their ice skates. • Wörthersee – This was the chosen spot for the Austrian aristocracy to relax during the 19th century. The water is warmer than other lakes in the country. • Mayrhofen – Attracting a younger crowd, Mayrhofen offers fantastic slopes during the day and a party atmosphere in the evening. • Seefeld – A picturesque resort the perfect choice for relaxation, walking and more active sports.

Did you know? The innovative floating stage of Bregenz’s opera house features in the James Bond film Quantum of Solace.

Suggested holiday: Jewels of Bavaria & Austria Daily departures available

Itinerary 1. UK - Munich 2. Munich - Neuschwanstein & Linderhof Castles - Füssen 3. Füssen - Garmisch-Partenkirchen 4. Garmisch-Partenkirchen - Innsbruck - Salzburg 5. Salzburg 6. Salzburg - Berchtesgaden 7. Berchtesgaden - Chiemsee - Munich - UK

What's Included • 4* accommodation including buffet breakfast • Ecomony car rental for the duration • Return flights from UK

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Austria

Vienna Elegant, sophisticated, resplendent – there are so many ways to describe Austria’s capital. This is one of Europe’s major art hubs, with museums, galleries, opera houses and more showcasing masterpieces for the eyes and ears. The buildings that house these treasures are pretty impressive too, from former royal residences to stunning Gothic cathedrals. Vienna also has a dining experience for whatever mood you’re in. If you want to catch up with friends, head to one of the many coffee houses; if you want to fill your stomach with a hearty meal, take a seat at a local Beisln (inn); and if want an exciting night on the town, where better to start than one of the traditional wine taverns? The city is also pushing the boundaries of its culinary offerings, merging authentic staples with modern techniques and flavour combinations.

Highlights • Riesenrad – The city’s famous wheel was built in 1897 and is the oldest in the world. It provides great views over the rooftops. • Schönbrunn Palace – A Baroque beauty, the palace is the former summer residence of many different Hapsburg monarchs. • Leopold Museum – This gallery features a fantastic selection of work by Gustav Klimt and his protégé Egon Schiele. If you’re looking for ‘The Kiss’, though, you’ll find it in the Belvedere Palace. • Vienna Zoo – The world’s oldest zoo is home to pandas, tigers and polar bears. Its modern enclosures are joined by original baroque enclosures and buildings. • Figarohaus – As a true music city, Vienna has seen many greats over the years. This is Mozart’s former residence, featuring drawings, sheet music and instruments he once played

Did you know? Vienna is credited with quite a few inventions over the years. These include PEZ dispensers, snow globes and even croissants.

Suggested break: 2 nights stay with 3* accommodation

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Salzburg As the setting for one of the most successful movies of all time, The Sound of Music, Salzburg definitely shares Vienna’s passion for melodious arts. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born here, a fact that you will soon become aware of when strolling through the fairytale streets. Concert halls offer a formal venue in which to enjoy the orchestral sounds, whilst live classical music emanating from more casual venues will make you want to do a Julie Andrews style twirl right there on the cobbles. If you look up for a moment, your view is dominated by the impressive fortress that sits atop the Festungsberg Hill, overlooking the picturesque River Salzach. Elsewhere, the beautiful Baroque buildings are only interrupted to make way for well-maintained parks, all of which becomes one giant stage when the annual Salzburg Festival rolls around every summer.

Highlights • Hohensalzburg Castle – This commanding fortress was never conquered by any enemy. It has served as a prison and army camp over the years but now hosts three interesting museums.

• Salzburg Museum – The displays here take you on a journey through the history of the city, from archaeological treasures from the middle ages to the cultural development in the modern era. • The Sound of Music Tour – If you love this musical masterpiece, there are plenty of tours available that will take you to some of the filming locations.

Did you know? As well as monuments and attractions, Mozart is honoured in Salzburg with his own confection. Mozartkugel (Mozart Balls) are made from pistachio, nougat and marzipan before being coated in dark chocolate.

Suggested break: 2 nights stay with 3* accommodation

From £249pp * Prices based on departing 13th June 2018 from London Stansted

• Mirabell Palace – The building itself is beautiful but the highlight has to be the manicured gardens. The palace is also used as a concert venue in the summer. • Mozart’s Birthplace – Born here on January 7th, 1756, Mozart lived at this residence until he was 17. The museum inside details the work he did in his early years.

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Belgium A short hop over the English Channel takes you to a country famous for indulgent treats. Chocolate, waffles, beer and even frites can be enjoyed wherever you go around the country, with artisan producers putting their own unique spin on these culinary classics. Traditions go back hundreds of years, especially when considering brewing techniques, and so there is also a rich history behind the food here. It’s not just street eats that earn the accolades, though. Belgium is slowly growing its range of Michelin-starred restaurants that merge well with the authentic taverns that offer hearty, comfort food. The country has a reputation for being fairly laid-back, with slow-paced cities like Bruges and Ghent providing storybook settings for a relaxing city break. Don’t mistake this as being boring though, as there is plenty of history and culture waiting to be discovered in the major cities of Flanders. Whether you are lured by the surrealist art of Brussels, the Gothic architecture of Leuven or the fashion of Antwerp, your trip will be anything but mundane. Another big draw of Belgium is the fact that it is so easy to get to. You can choose to fly, take advantage of the short Eurostar services or even set sail on board a ferry. Plus, once you arrive, many of the major destinations are small enough to explore in just a few days, making them the ideal choice for a last-minute weekend getaway. Two of the country’s biggest and most popular cities, Brussels and Bruges, offer all of the above and more. Bruges’s peaceful canals provide a captivating city in which you can wander the cobbled streets and gaze up at the many church spires and towers. When night falls, and the day visitors leave, this fairy tale destination turns the charm up a notch. Beautiful floodlighting streaks across the pavements alongside the canals – perfect for an after dinner stroll. Meanwhile, in Brussels, the spectacular Grand Place demands most of your attention, earning its position as one of the most beautiful squares in Europe. Elsewhere, a multicultural mix of architecture, cuisine and people prove that the Belgian capital is the perfect place to hold the headquarters of the EU. Whilst locals sit in cafés and bars with a well-brewed beer in hand, you can choose to join them for a relaxing afternoon or head off to discover the many attractions on offer.

Antwerp Bruges Ghent Mechelen Brussels Kortrijk Liège Namur

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Belgium

Rail Travel & Beer

When travelling from the UK, Belgium is one of the easiest destinations to reach by train. Frequent Eurostar services can get you to Brussels in just two hours and from there you can reach any major city in the country, or travel further into Europe. Highspeed services allow you to get there quickly, whilst giving you the opportunity to sit back and enjoy the scenery. When it comes to beer, the Belgians do it better than most. Without strict rules governing purity and ingredients, the brewers of the past were free to interpret the beer-making process however they liked. This, as well as an open mind, has enabled modern brewers to produce a wide range of tipples that each have their own complexity of flavour but still remain unmistakably Belgian. One thing is for sure, if you walk into a pub unsure of what you want to drink, there will be endless options from which to choose.

Highlights • Train World, Brussels – As the website states, this interesting museum will show you the impressive ‘track record’ of Belgian trains, along with a look to the future. • ’t Brugs Beertje, Bruges – This traditional pub is tucked away on one of the side streets in Bruges’s old town and serves 300 different bottled beers. • Zythos Beer Festival, Leuven – Many Belgian cities have their own beer festival, but Leuven’s is one of the biggest and best. • Schaarbeek Beer Museum, Brussels – Featuring old bottles, glasses, pub signs and brewing machines, this museum is a must for beer lovers. • Gruut Brewery Tour, Ghent – This brewery takes an old school medieval approach to beer-making. There are tours available that include samples and local snacks.

Did you know? Notoriously hard to describe, Belgian beers have around 700 different taste profiles. Belgians consume nearly 1.5 billion pints a year and the country exports twice as much as it produces.

Suggested holiday: Belgian Beer

Daily departures available

Itinerary 1. London St. Pancras - Bruges 2. Bruges 3. Bruges - Antwerp 4. Antwerp 5. Antwerp - London St. Pancras

What's Included • 4* accommodation including breakfast • Rail from London St. Pancras to Bruges - Bruges to Antwerp Antwerp to London St. Pancras • Private Guided Tour in Bruges

From £499pp * Prices based on departing 5th June 2018 from London St Pancras

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Belgium

Highlights

Mechelen may not be as well-known as Brussels or Bruges but it is definitely an underrated Belgian destination. There are beautiful churches around every corner, picturesque canals to wander alongside and plenty of interesting museums that will help you learn more about this part of Flanders. With breathtaking buildings wherever you look, many of which are protected by UNESCO, you may spend a lot of your time looking up in admiration.

• St. Rumbold’s Tower – The unfinished cathedral tower is just one of Mechelen’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Climb it for unrivalled views over the city.

Mechelen

As well as being historic, Mechelen is also a cool city – largely thanks to the emergence of boutique shops and delicious restaurants. Young people come from all over Belgium to learn to play the church bells at Mechelen’s Royal Carillon School and the Het Anker Brewery invites visitors to discover worldrenowned brewing prowess.

• Dyle Path – This charming walkway takes you alongside the River Dyle which flows through the city. It gives you an interesting perspective of the waterside houses.

• Het Anker Brewery – As one of the oldest breweries in the country, Het Anker dates back to 1369. It still brews the awardwinning Carolus beer after all these years. • Martin's Patershof – This hotel is housed in a former church and offers rooms featuring ornate stained glass windows. • Technopolis – A science museum for young and old, there are plenty of interactive displays that will blow your mind.

Did you know? The people of Mechelen earned the nickname of Maneblussers (Moon Extinguishers) when a drunken man mistook low cloud and moonlight shining through St. Rumbold’s Tower for a fire. He gathered the whole town with buckets of water before they realised they were trying to put out the moon.

Suggested break: 3 nights stay with 4* accommodation

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Belgium

Antwerp Where other Belgian cities attract visitors with historic architecture, Antwerp is the home of glamorous fashion and glitzy diamonds. That’s not to say that it doesn’t have its fair share of history and culture though, as anyone who has ever admired the works of Peter Paul Rubens will be able to tell you. Incidentally, in 2018, the Baroque masterpieces of Rubens will be highlighted as part of a three-year programme celebrating the Flemish Masters. Look out for special events in Antwerp. A trendy city with a medieval heart and two feet that love to party, it’s easy to explore Antwerp in a short period of time. Its cool cafés offer somewhere to sit when your legs won’t carry you anymore and the music scene is just as jazzy as the sparkling jewellery.

Highlights • Museum aan de Stroom – Known as the MAS, this is the best place to learn about the history of Antwerp and its people. • Diamond Pavilion – See for yourself why Antwerp is considered the diamond capital of the world. • Rubenshuis – Peter Paul Rubens is a name you’ll hear a lot in Antwerp and this museum in his former studio will show you why. • Antwerp Zoo – One of the oldest zoos in the world has a very successful breeding programme and is a nice break from cultural activities. • Stadsfeestzaal Shopping Centre – As well as housing 40 different shops, the restored Neo Classical building is sure to command your attention.

Did you know? A fountain in the middle of the Grote Market is inspired by one story of how Antwerp got its name. The legend says that a brave hero chopped off a giant’s hand and threw it in the river. The world Antwerpen is said to mean ‘to throw a hand’.

Suggested break: 3 nights stay with 3* accommodation

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Canary Islands Located close to Africa, but part of Spain, the Canary Islands are influenced by both regions. There are seven inhabited isles in this perennially sunny archipelago, all of which can provide soaring temperatures in the summer and some of the best destinations for a winter break. Although brought together under one name, each island has its own unique look and feel. One thing they do have in common, though, is their volcanic nature. From black sand on some beaches to large rock formations, the islands show obvious signs of the volatile start to life they endured. Many of the volcanoes are distinct or dormant now, but Tenerife’s Mount Teide, the largest, is still active. The geography and geology associated with this volcanic activity has resulted in the Canary Islands being home to some fantastic vistas. The eastern and central islands of Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura tend to be the most popular spots for British travellers, all offering beautiful beaches and excellent water sports. However, it is only when you venture outside of the resorts that you start to experience real Canarian culture in the form of Tenerife’s Michelin-starred restaurants, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria’s history and Fuerteventura’s North African atmosphere. The western islands are much more untouched and green, largely because they are younger than the rest of the group. Tourist numbers are likely to be much lower here and they often attract people with certain hobbies and interests. The breathtaking natural parks of traditional La Gomera are a walker’s paradise, the clear skies of El Hierro are perfect for stargazing and the sheer beauty of La Palma tends to appeal to photography fans. Whichever way you look at it, though, these three unspoilt islands are an ideal place to relax.

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Croatia Croatia

Another reason why tourism has boomed recently is due to the fact that many parts of Croatia have been used as filming locations for hit TV shows and movies. The most obvious one is Game of Thrones, which has people flocking to see fictional Croatia’s diverse list of desirable holiday destinations Dubrovnik, Lokrum, Pula, Zadar, Split,hasHvar, Brač, Zagreb places such as Kings Landing and Meereen, but the forthcoming seen it receive a large tourism influx in recent years. More and Star Wars film also made use of these unique surroundings. more direct flights are being introduced to places like Split and Dubrovnik, making this Adriatic paradise much more accessible than it has been in the past. From historic cities to stunning beaches and breathtaking natural parks, it’s easy to see why so many people are adding the country to their travel list. A source of endless sun and seafood, a trip to Croatia can be as relaxing as you want it to be. Whether you want to spend your time hiking the historic walls of Dubrovnik’s old town or hiring a boat and taking it out to islands like Hvar and Korčula, there are so many different experiences waiting for you. Beautiful vistas can be found all over this part of the world, from the fertile hills of Istria to the waterfalls of the Plitvice Lakes. And, whilst these create a feast for your eyes, your stomach will not be left out thanks to a cuisine that is influenced by the fresh flavours of Italy, the meat dishes of Bosnia and the comfort food found in Eastern Europe.

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Croatia

National Parks, Lakes & Island Hopping Away from the cities, serenity can be found in Croatia’s many natural hotspots. The picturesque islands strewn along the coast offer an inviting break from the mainland and it’s easy to hop between them if you wish. As the Adriatic region’s main ferry port, Split is the jumping off point for Šolta, Hvar, Brač, Korčula and Vis – all of which can offer quaint harbour villages, inviting beaches and history dating back thousands of years. Further down the coast, Dubrovnik can be your base for exploring the beautiful Elaphite Islands. Back on the mainland, Croatia can boast some absolutely stunning national parks. Two of the most popular are Krka National Park and the Plitvice Lakes, both of which are home to spectacular waterfalls. At Krka, you can also take a dip in the roped off swimming hole and tour the secluded Krka Monastery.

Highlights • Stari Grad, Hvar – This is Croatia’s oldest town and was settled around 384BC. A museum displays Greek treasures found from this time period. • Korčula City Walls – You can admire the towers, walls and gates that were once used to defend Korčula during the ferry journey to the island. • Šolta Cuisine – The closest island to split is home to many culinary delights. Wine, honey, olive oil and gingerbread cake are all produced here in abundance. • Skradinski Buk, Krka National Park – This popular waterfall is a beautiful spot for swimming or just enjoying the views. You can reach it via a well-trodden hiking path or take the local bus. • Barac Caves, Plitvice Lakes National Park – Venture underground to explore these extraordinary caves that are full of stalactites and stalagmites.

Suggested holiday: Highlights of Croatia

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Croatia

Dubrovnik The main draw of Dubrovnik is the breathtaking Old Town, characterised by red-roofed buildings and impressive fortifications. No matter how many different views you enjoy, you will never tire of looking at this beautiful walled city. As you enter through the Pile Gate, it feels like you have journeyed back in time. The narrow alleys, steep steps and picturesque harbour all add to the charm and you never really know what to expect around the next corner. The area rose to fame in recent years as the setting for the fictional city of Kings Landing, and Game of Thrones fans will love exploring the familiar sights.

• Lovrijenac Fortress – Included in your city walls ticket, you can explore this detached fortress. It sits high up on the cliff close to the Pile Gate. • Enjoy Fresh Seafood – On every menu in the Old Town, you will find delicious, freshly caught seafood. This is definitely the place if you love the fruits of the sea.

Did you know? Dubrovnik is home to the world’s oldest pharmacy, which still stocks remedies dating back to the 1300s.

Off the coast of the Old Town, you will find the peaceful island of Lokrum, another filming location for this hit TV series. It’s easy to catch the ferry across the small section of Adriatic and you will be greeted by lush greenery, romantic walks and rugged beaches.

Highlights • City Walls – The entirety of the historic city walls can be navigated, offering fantastic views out to sea and into the town. You can also climb the impressive Minčeta Tower. • Cable Car – Just outside the walls, you can take the cable car up to the top of Srd Hill and experience the best panoramas around. • Lokrum Island – Take your seat on the Iron Throne or simply enjoy the natural beauty of this serene island.

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Croatia

Zagreb Away from the coastal locations, Croatia’s capital is still just as popular with anyone looking from a cultural city break. Zagreb has also benefited from the growing number of visitors to the country and provides a fantastic mix of museums, galleries and festivals to all who make the trip. Whilst the summer sees people head to Jarun Lake to dance the nights away at the discos or cool off with a dip in the water, when the colder months arrive, the locals like to don their ski gear and head to nearby Mt Medvednica. Zagreb’s Upper Town is where you will find the educational attractions, whereas the Lower Town is home to urban parks and cafés buzzing with people enjoying the city’s famous coffee culture.

Highlights • Museums – Zagreb has more museums per square foot than any other city. The different exhibitions range from the weird to the wonderful. • Zagreb 360˚ Observation Deck – From the 16th floor of the Zagreb Skyscraper, you can see how the historic squares of the Upper and Lower town contrast with the modern buildings in Novi Zagreb (New Zagreb). • Dolac Market – The locals love to buy their produce fresh from the markets and joining them is a great way to experience the real Zagreb. • Maksimir Park – Escape the bustle of the city centre in Croatia’s oldest park. As well as peaceful natural elements, this space is also where you will find the zoo. • Tkalčićeva Street – This charming, sleepy street comes to life at night when the bars, cafés and restaurants provide the setting for a delicious local meal.

Did you know? Zagreb is home to the shortest funicular in the world. The journey lasts just 64 seconds and travels between the Upper and Lower towns.

Suggested break: 3 nights stay with 4* accommodation

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Croatia

Split, Brač & Hvar Whilst Dubrovnik’s Old Town looks like it is frozen in time, Split, by contrast, has a rather more down to Earth feel. It provides a real insight into life on the Dalmatian Coast, whilst still being home to fantastic attractions that visitors long to see. With the azure-blue of the Adriatic on one side and the Mosor Mountains on the other, it’s a unique setting with a stunning backdrop. Ferries are constantly leaving from Split for the sublime islands that lie just off the coast. Brač and Hvar are just two of these and are both perfect for relaxing day trips. Popular Hvar features historic fortifications and palaces, along with a harbour brimming with luxury yachts. It has earned a reputation as a party island thanks to its lively restaurants, bars and nightclubs. Brač, on the other hand, is a lot quieter, but no less alluring. It’s mainly known for the gorgeous Zlatni Rat beach and the limestone quarries that have supplied many other parts of Croatia.

Highlights • Diocletian’s Palace, Split – This ancient Roman ruin was once the home of Emperor Diocletian but now makes up much of the city centre. There are restaurants inside. • Meštrović Gallery – You will see plenty of Ivan Meštrović’s sculptures dotted around Split, but the best place to admire his work is in the gallery housed within his former villa. • St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Hvar – Filled with Renaissance art, this cathedral has a beautiful bell tower. 32

• Spanjola Fortress, Hvar – Climb to the top of this Venetian fortress for fantastic views of Hvar Town and a slice of history dating back to the Bronze Age. • Zlatni Rat, Brač – An immensely alluring spot, this beach is the ideal place for some relaxation during an island escape.

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Croatia

Zadar & Pula Reminiscent of Dubrovnik, the cruise port of Zadar is typified by the red roofs, city walls and an attractive harbour. Unlike Dubrovnik, though, it’s much quieter here and the tourist crowds seem to be smaller. The Old Town features an eclectic mix of architecture from different periods, whilst quirky sights (and sounds), like the Sea Organ and Sun Salutation light-up dancefloor, invite crowds to gather and watch the sunset. Zadar is also one of Croatia’s trendiest destinations, with music festivals throughout the summer and lively night-life. Situated in the gourmet region of Istria, Pula is full of history, thanks to a wide range of Roman monuments. The elaborate amphitheatre stands out wherever you are in the city, but other ruins and archaeological finds point to origins much further back in time. Just south of the city, a wealth of beautiful beaches offer an Adriatic oasis.

Highlights • Sea Organ and Sun Salutation, Zadar – The Sea Organ ingeniously turns the sea’s waves into music, whilst the Sun Salutation uses the sun’s rays during the day to power a lightup dance floor at night. • Gold and Silver of Zadar – This unique museum collection features religious art created by Benedictine nuns hundreds of years ago. • Local Food and Drink – Get a taste for this trendy city by trying fresh monk-fish, Italian-inspired ice cream and roasted lamb. The locals also love a drop of cherry liqueur called Maraska. • Pula Amphitheatre – Easily the most popular attraction here, the Roman arena is extremely well-preserved and hosts music events in the summer. • Arch of the Sergii, Pula – At the entrance to the historic city centre stands an arch which celebrates victory in the Battle of Actium in 31BC. It was created by the rich Sergii family as a monument to…well…themselves.

Suggested holiday: Zadar & Pula

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Czech Republic

Prague

You only have to be in Prague for a few moments to realise it is one of Europe’s most interesting cities. The beautiful buildings that belong on a postcard, the maze of cobbled streets that make up the Old Town and the abundance of street art all make the Czech capital a unique destination. Then there’s the side of the city that attracts thousands of revellers every year. A myriad of welcoming bars and local beer for around £1 go a long way to getting the party started. Whatever your reasons for visiting, the chances are you will find yourself greeted by a different historic gem around every corner, leaving you unsure how you stumbled upon it and whether you could navigate your way back to it again.

Highlights • Prague Castle – Wherever you are in the city, you will be able to see this beautiful castle high up on the hill. It’s the official residence of the president and is where you will find the stunning St. Vitus Cathedral. • Charles Bridge – The most famous of all the stone bridges across the Vltava River, it features giant statues and offers the best views of Prague. • Astronomical Clock – Attached to the side of the town hall, crowds gather in the square every hour for an impressive performance. • Franz Kafka Museum – There are plenty of quirky museums on the streets of Prague, but none more so than the one dedicated to the remarkable yet tormented mind of Franz Kafka. • Local Beer – Whether you choose to consume multiple pints or just the one, the beer in Prague is often considered to be Europe’s best.

Suggested break: 3 nights stay with 4* accommodation

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Czech Republic

Český Krumlov If you’ve ever been to Prague and wondered what it would be like on a smaller scale, then you need to visit Český Krumlov. Situated in the south of Czechia, but still on the River Vltava, the city has a UNESCO-listed town centre and can showcase various different styles of architecture, including Baroque and Renaissance. When the sun is shining, locals head out of the city to some of the picturesque picnic spots along the water, whilst the winter often brings an enchanting dusting of snow. A popular river cruise port as well as a city break destination, Český Krumlov can easily be twinned with a stay in Prague.

Highlights • Church of St. Vitus – Dating back to the 15th century, the church watches over the city and features beautiful frescoes. • Regional Museum – Learn about the history of Bohemia and Český Krumlov, as you admire archaeological finds and a miniature version of the city. • Český Krumlov Castle – Standing next to the river and looming over the Old Town, the castle looks back on hundreds of years of Bohemian kings. • Marionette Museum – Puppetry is a keen tradition in this part of the world and the museum showcases the history of the art form. There are also regular performances. • Mount Kleť – Make your way to the top on foot or by using the chairlift, then enjoy views as far as the Alps on a clear day.

Did you know? The ‘Krumlov’ part of the city’s name is said to come from a phrase which means ‘crooked meadow’ in German. The Český part simply means ‘Bohemian’.

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Denmark

Copenhagen Copenhagen offers Scandinavian life in a nutshell. The pretty Nyhavn Harbour, with its multi-coloured houses, provides a quintessential image; locals demonstrate forward-thinking attitudes by choosing to propel themselves with pedal power; and world-renowned gourmet cuisine pushes the boundaries with new techniques and ingredients. If you had to describe the city in one word, it would undoubtedly be ‘cool’.

• National Museum – With exhibits dating back as far as the Stone Age, this museum is seen as one of the world’s best. • Geranium – Whilst ‘Noma’ is probably the most well-known restaurant here, it is Geranium that has jumped to the top of Copenhagen’s gastronomic list – thanks to three Michelin stars.

Did you know? Regardless of the weather, more than half of Copenhagen’s residents commute to work on their bike.

Easily explored on foot, it’s impossible not to be swept along by the charming nature of Danish design. Urban planning takes into account the need to be green and sustainable but never forgets a desire to look good whilst doing so. There’s a wealth of history beneath the modern exterior too, and it’s not just Copenhagen’s past that’s on display. There are also exhibits showcasing Ancient Egypt and Islamic art.

Highlights • Nyhavn Harbour – A peaceful place to stroll and grab something to eat, you’ll also find the famous Little Mermaid statue nearby. • Christiansborg Palace – One of many palaces and castles in the area, this is the home of the Danish parliament and features beautiful tapestries. • Tivoli Gardens – One of the world’s oldest theme parks, it has wild rollercoasters for thrill-seekers and beautiful architecture for those who want to take it easy.

Suggested break: 3 nights stay with 3* accommodation

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Estonia

Tallinn This charming European capital seems to have the right balance of everything you would want from a city. Ancient churches are juxtaposed nicely with modern office spaces and trendy new neighbourhoods, the scenic coast and rural areas are a pleasant escape from the built-up city centre, and the increasing tourist crowds never seem to overwhelm the passages and courtyards of the medieval streets. If Tallinn was a person, it would be a photogenic model playing with the camera. Its walled city is one of the most intact examples in Europe, yet stylish restaurants and a focus on sustainability prove that the Estonian capital is more than just a few historic landmarks. Easily navigated on foot and relatively compact, Tallinn is perfect for a weekend getaway.

Highlights • St Olaf's Church – The Gothic spire stretches into the sky and once made this the tallest building in the world. It was created to be a signpost for Tallinn. • Toompea Hill – This part of the city sits high up on a hill and includes landmarks such as the St Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and Estonia’s parliament. • Kumu – Short for ‘Kunstimuuseum’ (art museum), this gallery features mainly Estonian works but temporary exhibits showcase art from around the world too. • City Walls – 20 defensive towers and nearly two kilometres of the walls are still standing today. One of the towers, amusingly named Kiek in de Kök, houses a medieval museum. • Kadriorg Park – This beautiful green space is dominated by the Kadriorg Palace and its art museum. There are also interesting monuments and the picturesque Swan Pond to admire.

Did you know? A strategically placed stone in the main town square allows you to see all five church spires at the same time. The only place in the city from which you can do this.

Suggested break: 2 nights stay with 4* accommodation

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Finland

Highlights

Helsinki With Finland being one of the greenest countries in the world, it’s no surprise that Helsinki is home to beautiful areas of untamed nature. Just outside the city centre, there are opportunities to explore the many islands and take part in adventurous outdoor pursuits. During the winter, sunny hikes make way for snow-shoeing and ice fishing. Helsinki has plenty in common with its Scandinavian neighbours, including its love of design and local cuisine. The former has influenced a sumptuous selection of modern architecture over the last century, whilst the latter sees restaurants put sustainable ingredients and regional specialities on plates for the masses.

• Helsinki Cathedral – This white-washed building stands tall over Senate Square. Designed by Carl Ludvig Engel, it is built in neoclassical style. • Suomenlinna – A 20-minute ferry ride from the city centre takes you to the fortified islands. Created to defend against Russian forces, they are now protected by UNESCO and host art events. • Linnanmäki – The profits from this theme park go to a children’s charity in Finland and the rides include the tallest and fastest in the country. • Finnish National Museum – Learn about the history and heritage of Finland from exhibits detailing the country’s traditions and influences. • Temppeliaukio Church – Demonstrating Helsinki’s eye for design, this church is built down into the natural rock and allows light to flood in through its domed roof.

Did you know? The granite pavement slabs in the city centre are heated so that the snow and ice melts right off.

Suggested break: 3 nights stay with 3* accommodation

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France Many people are surprised to hear that France is the most visited country in the world, ahead of the United States and Spain. When you consider the sheer volume of famous attractions and stunning landscapes it can offer, though, it’s really not that surprising at all. Monuments such as the Eiffel Tower and Le Pont d’Avignon are known all over the world and are instantly recognisable, but this is just one layer of its desirability. France’s culture is just as loved as its attractions, with many people admiring a laid-back approach to life and an attitude that focuses on family and food. Romance is another alluring factor and a big reason why people visit the country. Whether that’s in terms of its people, its buildings, its cuisine or its scenery, it’s more than just a stereotype. And speaking of scenery, there’s so much of it to admire. From the lavender fields of Provence to the banks of the River Seine and the beaches of the French Riviera, this diversity of landscapes is what keeps people coming back again and again. These views are not simply superficial, though, as there is a lot of history behind these important places. You could explore the beaches of Normandy, where thousands of men gave up their lives during the D-Day Landings; you could wander through the enchanting gardens of Monet’s house in Giverny, where the artist lived and worked for 43 years; or you could learn about age-old wine-making traditions in some of the world’s most famous regions, including Champagne, Bordeaux and Burgundy. One further way in which romance is expressed is through art, another thing for which the country has a big passion. World class galleries can be found in various different cities and the vestige of literary figures like Camus and Sartre can be felt in quiet cafés and bars.

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Paris Even if you have never been to Paris, there is a sense of familiarity when you walk through its streets and amongst its monuments. Attractions such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral and Louvre are some of the most iconic structures in the world and have an alluring aura surrounding them. Paris has earned a reputation for the being the city of love and that is largely down to it offering the perfect environment for a couple’s break. Innovative and elegant cuisine is bursting from the menus of Michelin-stared restaurants, high-end brands and smaller boutiques make the Champs-Élysées and other streets a shopping paradise, and intimate museums stir the senses.

Highlights • Eiffel Tower – The unmistakable symbol of Paris is beautiful during the day but spectacular at night, when an hourly light show makes it sparkle. • Arc de Triomphe – Climb to the top and you’ll get to enjoy a stunning view of Paris that also includes the Eiffel Tower. • Louvre – The hallways of this world-famous gallery are so vast that you can never see it all in one go. Pinpoint highlights like the Mona Lisa and save some time to spend in the other fascinating museums. • Sacré-Coeur – Found in the arty Montmartre district, this basilica was dismissed as ostentatious by some when it was first built, but is now seen as one of Paris’s most beautiful sights. • Notre-Dame Cathedral – Famed for its gargoyles, this was where kings and queens once got married and where Napoléon was crowned.

Did you know? The Eiffel Tower was only supposed to be a temporary structure when it was erected for the World Fair in 1889. It was due to be scrapped in 1909 until officials realised it served as an excellent radiotelegraph station.

Suggested break: 3 nights stay with 3* accommodation

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Germany has everything you could ever wish for in a holiday. Its towns and cities are full of history and culture, there are expansive green areas that are perfect for getting closer to nature, many waterways run through the country to forge routes for river cruises, theme parks rival the more renowned European theme parks, and there are even pristine beaches on the North Sea coast. Whatever you are looking for in a trip abroad, Germany can provide the answer. The cool and cultured capital of Berlin is one of Europe’s favourite city break destinations, whilst smaller towns such as Rothenburg and Rüdesheim offer fantastic charm and fairytale beauty.

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Excellent transport links make it easy to navigate between places, resulting in Germany being the perfect destination for a multi-centre break. Popular tourist routes that are themed on things like wine and castles are a great way to experience multiple areas whilst still following a well-trodden path. And then there’s the food. German cuisine often gets overlooked, but specialities such as sauerbraten and schnitzel will soon show that hearty, homemade dishes can be exciting too. And that’s without mentioning the many different types of wurst that give each city its own distinct flavour. If you’re looking for something to wash all that down with, Germany can offer a wide range of locally produced wine and beer to enjoy. From the fabled smoked beer of Bamberg to the beautifully crisp Rieslings made in the Rhine Valley, there is something for every taste.

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If you make your visit at the end of the year, Germany is transformed into a glittering wonderland of Christmas markets. Every town, city and village has its own version which usually features locally crafted gifts and culinary specialities that delight the senses. The festive scene is set thanks to live carol performances, twinkling decorations, and welcome visits from the main man in the red suit. There are also plenty of activities for children to enjoy, including fairground rides, arts and crafts, and petting zoos. The exciting events are not just reserved for the Christmas period, though. Germany hosts a wide range of festivals and other celebrations throughout the year that honour age old traditions and bring people together. Whether it’s an historic beer festival, an important trade fair or a temporary art exhibition, the calendar is usually packed with plenty to see and do.

Suggested holiday: Explore Culinary Germany Daily departures available

Itinerary 1. UK - Frankfurt - Rüdesheim - Heidelberg 2. Heidelberg - Hohenzollern - Lake Constance 3. Lake Constance - Munich 4. Munich 5. Munich - Nuremberg

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Baden-Baden Once a celebrity hotspot of the 1800s, Baden-Baden was a famous summer haunt for people who enjoyed relaxing in the many spas, watching the illustrious horse races and betting at the casinos. Whilst the influential crowds may have diminished, the town is still well-known for the things that once attracted the elite in great numbers. Today, Baden-Baden is slightly calmer but no less beautiful. The breathtaking Lichtentaler Allee is the perfect place to stroll amongst nature and the natural springs still flow into spa resorts that offer relaxation in abundance. There is also plenty of opportunity for sports enthusiasts to enjoy hiking, biking and skiing in the winter.

Highlights • Festspielhaus – The largest opera house in Germany hosts a range of performances from September to July. • Lichtentaler Allee – This city park is filled with colourful blooms, intricate fountains and a charming riverside walk. • Caracalla Baths – One of a number of spas in the town, Caracalla is a modern option with natural water reaching 69°c. • Fabergé Museum – Not just the eggs, the permanent exhibition showcases hundreds of treasures from the House of Fabergé. • The Kurgarten – As well as being the setting for many of Baden-Baden’s summer activities, this garden is where you will find many of the town’s cultural attractions.

Did you know? Every year, Beutig Hill in Baden-Baden is the setting for the International Competition for New Rose Varieties.

Suggested break: 3 nights stay with 3* accommodation

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Bavaria & Franconia Perhaps Germany’s most well-known state and definitely its largest, Bavaria is famous for its beer, traditional dress and the Alps. Being home to the country’s tallest mountain, Zugspitze, there are plenty of adventurous activities on offer. Visitors can look forward to skiing in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, enjoying the winter sports in Inzell and hiking amongst the captivating nature of Berchtesgaden.

The region of Franconia is situated in the north of Bavaria but its geographic boundaries are not well defined. Its residents are very proud of their heritage and the fact that they are Franconian and not Bavarian. In this area, dialects are different and there are a number of culinary specialities that you won’t find elsewhere in the state. This part of the country is characterised by beautiful natural features and medieval cities.

Amongst the fantastic events held in Bavaria, you will find the world’s most popular beer festival. Oktoberfest, which ironically starts in September, celebrates the traditions of local breweries and gives everyone a chance to let their hair down and enjoy themselves. Along with major cities like Munich, Nuremberg and Regensburg, Bavaria is also home to the Romantic Road – a popular tourist route that can take you to some of the lesser-known but equally attractive small towns. Stops include Füssen and its Gothic works of art, Nördlingen and its preserved town walls, and the fairytale surroundings of Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Once a kingdom in its own right, Bavaria used to be a lot larger than it is now. Between the Holy Roman Empire and its inclusion within the German Empire, areas of modern day France and Switzerland were also considered to be part of this independent realm.

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Bamberg & Würzburg These two historic Bavarian destinations offer a look back into different periods of the past. Bamberg is a typical medieval town with sights from this era that are well-preserved to this day. Added to UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites in 1993, the old town still features many of the narrow alleyways and cobbled streets that were laid out hundreds of years ago. Known as the Hill City, it is built on top of seven hills – a characteristic which led Bamberg to be heralded as the Franconian Rome. Würzburg, on the other hand, showcases Baroque and Rococo architecture from the 18th century, most notably the UNESCOlisted Residenz Palace. At one end of the Romantic Road, the city is dominated by the Marienberg Fortress which looms from the top of a hill.

Highlights • Bamberg Old Town Hall – Situated on a bridge across the River Regnitz, the Old Town Hall now holds items from the Ludwig Collection of art. • Bamberg Cathedral – This important building has Gothic and Romanesque features and is the final resting place of Emperor Henry II and his wife, Cunigunde. • Würzburg Residence – This resplendent palace was influenced by French, Austrian and Italian architecture and offers 40 rooms to explore. 46

• Würzburg’s Marienburg Fortress – First started in 704 AD, this commanding structure was reconstructed after WWII and now holds the Mainfränkisches Museum and Fürstenbaumuseum. • Bürgerspital Weinstuben, Würzburg – An extensive wine estate, the Bürgerspital is home to the world’s oldest white wine. Guests can try many local food and wine specialities.

Did you know? Bamberg’s Rauchbier (Smoked Beer) was created by accident when a fire burnt barley that was being stored in a monastery. The historic tipple is still produced in nine different breweries across the town.

Suggested break Bamberg: 3 nights stay with 4* accommodation

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Romantic Road

Whilst the name may have been given to this tourist route as a marketing ploy, it still manages to live up to the title in more ways than one. The Romantic Road runs between Würzburg and Füssen and is a beautiful stretch of highway littered with fairytale towns and cities that each have their own charm. Notable points include the castle which is said to have inspired Sleeping Beauty’s Disney residence (Neuschwanstein), the famous pilgrimage site of the Wieskirche, and Röttingen – where you will find the only wine in the world made from the Tauberschwarz grape variety. You can travel the 220-mile stretch by car, bike, train or by using the local buses.

Did you know? The Ries Crater Museum, located just outside of Nördlingen, features a genuine piece of moon rock that was gifted by NASA.

Highlights • Neuschwanstein Castle – Situated at the end of the Romantic Road, you will find this fairytale castle. Built by Ludwig II, it is said to have inspired Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty castle. • Rothenburg ob der Tauber – With a medieval Old Town and a magical atmosphere at Christmas, this is one of Germany’s most charming small towns. • Wieskirche – With a name meaning ‘White Church’, this pilgrimage site can be found just outside of the town of Steingaden. • Maximilianmuseum – In Augsburg, you will find this museum that has great exhibitions of Bavarian history and life. There is also an impressive collection of coins. • Schloss Weikersheim – Stop off in the town of Wiekersheim to see the most resplendent palace along the Romantic Road. It is built in renaissance style and inspired by Versailles.

Suggested holiday: Romantic Road and Castles Daily departures available

Itinerary 1. UK - Frankfurt - Würzburg 2. Würzburg - Rothenburg ob der Tauber 3. Rothenburg ob der Tauber - Dinkelsbühl - Augsburg 4. Augsburg - Füssen - Neuschwanstein 5. Füssen - Linderhof - Oberammergau - Munich - UK

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Munich

Germany’s third largest city is the capital of Bavaria and a fantastic destination for a city break. Home of Oktoberfest and many other exciting events throughout the summer, millions of people take the short trip every year. Whether you are looking to enjoy some culture, hit the shops or experience the lively night life, Munich will welcome you with open arms. This is especially apparent in the expansive Marienplatz, where locals and tourists enjoy food and drink together on the restaurant terraces. As well as being the perfect city for lovers of historic buildings, Munich is a great choice for car enthusiasts. As the home of BMW, visitors can tour the factory and museum to see iconic cars through the years.

Highlights • English Garden – A beautiful and tranquil park just minutes from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. There are boating lakes, jogging paths and monuments inspired by Asian architecture. • Frauenkirche – The Cathedral Church of Our Lady is built in the Late Gothic style. The entrance features a footprint which is said to have been left by the Devil. • Alte Pinakothek – One of many art galleries in Munich, and one of the best in the world, the Old Picture Gallery showcases pieces by greats such as Dürer, Rembrandt and Rubens. • Nymphenburg Palace – This vast former residence of the Wittelsbach Electors is almost 600 metres wide. There are various different parts to explore, including the gardens and the elegant Central Pavilion. • Olympic Park – Munich held the summer games in 1972 and this park is an example of true Olympic legacy. The complex now hosts concerts and offers a wide range of adventurous activities.

Suggested break: 2 nights stay with 3* accommodation

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Suggested holiday: Munich and its Castles Daily departures available

Itinerary 1. UK - Munich 2. Munich 3. Munich - Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Castles - Munich 4. Munich - UK

What's Included • 4* accommodation including buffet breakfast • Hop on Hop Off Bus ticket in Munich • Excursion to Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Castles with Englishspeaking guide admission not included and paid locally • Return flights from UK

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Nuremberg

As one of the oldest cities in Germany, Nuremberg has a vast history behind it. Used during the war as an important Nazi stronghold, it would later become the site where German officials accused of war crimes would be tried. Having been subject to severe bombing by allied forces, the city was rebuilt from the ground up, a painstaking process that used original stone. Today, the biggest city in Franconia is an important cultural centre with strong links to the arts, printing and astronomy. This is largely thanks to such influential figures as Albrecht Dürer and Veit Stoß leaving their mark over the years. Nuremberg is also home to one of Germany’s oldest and most traditional Christmas markets. It’s here you will be lured in with the delicious scent of the iconic Nuremberg bratwurst – a delicacy that is subject to strict regulations.

Highlights • Imperial Castle – As the home of all German kings and emperors between 1050 and 1571, Nuremberg Castle is an important example of a medieval fortress. • Albrecht Dürer's House – Visit the house of the famous artist, theorist and cartographer, where you will be shown some of his most important works by an actress playing his wife. • DB Railway Museum – Focussing mainly on rail, this interactive museum has one of the oldest collections of its kind in Europe. This includes a replica of Germany’s first ever train. • Documentation Center Nazi Party Rally Grounds – A poignant and thought-provoking museum, it shows the rise of the Nazi party in Nuremberg and looks at the resulting trials. • Frauenkirche – This Gothic church features the intricate carvings of the Männleinlaufen above its entrance. Coming to life at midday, the mechanical clock depicts Emperor Charles IV and his seven Electors.

Did you know? Zum Guldenen Stern is the oldest sausage restaurant in the world. Here, you can enjoy the traditional Nuremberg bratwurst made from locally sourced meat and served six at a time.

Suggested break: 3 nights stay with 4* accommodation

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Regensburg

Previously known in English as Ratisbon, Regensburg is one of Germany’s most popular cities for tourists. Its UNESCO-listed Old Town features a number of historic sights including the iconic stone bridge that stretches across the River Danube. Having been settled in the Stone Age, it’s no surprise that this alluring city has so much history within its walls.

• St Peter's Cathedral – Seen from all over the city, the cathedral is considered one of the most important examples of Gothic architecture in Bavaria. • Thurn And Taxis Palace – Europe’s largest inhabited palace is still the home of the royal house of Thurn And Taxis. Visitors can tour through the lavish rooms, the carriage museum and the treasure chamber. • Porta Praetoria – This was once a gateway to the Roman city and is Germany’s oldest stone building. It can be found amongst the maze of streets in the Old Town.

From Roman to Rococo, it is clear to see the different influences which have helped to shape this city as you wander through its cobbled streets. If these architectural sights are Regensburg’s body, though, its stomach is certainly full of traditional sausages and locally brewed beer.

Did you know? The green table found in Regensburg’s Old Town Hall is the origin of the German phrase ‘am grünen Tisch entschieden’. This means ‘to carefully consider a decision’.

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• Old Stone Bridge – Featured on many postcards, this bridge was built in the 12th century. It takes you across the Danube to the neighbourhood of Stadtamhof, where the origins of Regensburg can be found.

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• Golden Tower – Wealthy merchants lived in tower houses like this during the 13th century in order to show their status. You can admire the nine storeys from the inner courtyard.

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• Town Hall – The Renaissance-style town hall also features Baroque embellishments. Half of it was burnt down in 1501 and subsequently restored.

Small towns in Germany do not come much more charming than the picturesque Rothenburg. Situated on the River Tauber, this medieval setting could be taken straight out of a fairytale or from the scenes of a romantic movie. The half-timbered houses and stone walls create an atmosphere that cannot be imagined until you set foot in this part of Bavaria.

• St. Jakob’s Church – Known as St. James in English, this church is identifiable from its towering spires. Inside, you will find the Altar of the Holy Blood which depicts the Last Supper.

As one of Germany’s oldest Christmas market locations, the town of Rothenburg has a deep connection with the festive period. Traditional stalls and twinkling lights line the main square every advent, whilst the intricate offerings in the Käthe Wohlfahrt Christmas shop can be enjoyed all year round.

• City Walls – It is possible to walk around the entire town via the covered city walls. There are many towers and gates along the way and plenty of views to admire.

• Medieval Crime Museum – Learn about 1,000 years of crime and punishment, often with gory detail. There’s also a big focus on witchcraft in Bavaria. • Christmas Museum – Get into the festive spirit by learning about how decorations have changed over the years and what a traditional Christmas in Rothenburg looks like.

Did you know? The streets and houses of Rothenburg had a big influence on how the Walt Disney film Pinocchio looked.

Suggested break: 3 nights stay with 3* accommodation

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Berlin Germany’s trendy capital can offer a cool city break no matter what time of year it is. With a calendar packed with exciting festivals and events during the summer and a wide selection of Christmas markets and raucous New Year’s celebrations in the winter, we can tailor your visit to suit your needs. When the weather heats up, many of the activities revolve around the waterways and green spaces dotted about the city. You may choose to take a kayaking tour, relax at an urban beach or enjoy a picnic. If the weather isn’t favourable, you could choose to take advantage of some of the many cultural activities Berlin can offer. Whether that’s courtesy of the museums of Museum Island or a night with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra is up to you. All of this is without even mentioning the historical highlights that are free to admire. The Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie and remaining sections of the Berlin Wall have all been transformed into symbols of hope in this cosmopolitan capital. Head outside of the city limits to the neighbouring town of Potsdam and you will find even more impressive architecture. There are a number of palaces to explore here that offer a unique insight into how the royals lived in the past.

Highlights • Reichstag – This building is immediately recognisable thanks to its iconic glass dome. Housing the German parliament, the building is a striking piece of architecture. • TV Tower – The Fernsehturm is the tallest building in Europe that is open to the public. It offers breathtaking 360-degree panoramas of the city. • Museum Island – Home to five of Berlin’s best museums, the island has been given World Heritage Status by UNESCO. The museums are the Pergamonmuseum, Bode-Museum, Neues Museum, Alte Nationalgalerie and the Altes Museum. • Brandenburg Gate – This famous landmark is not just a symbol of unity for Berlin but also a great way of learning about the city’s past. • Berlin Zoo – As well as being the oldest zoo in Germany, the attached aquarium is the largest in the world. There are over 25,000 animals on display and you are welcomed through the ornamental Elephant Gate.

Did you know? Berlin is nine times larger than Paris, has more bridges than Venice, more kebab shops than Istanbul and more museums than it has rainy days.

Suggested break: 3 nights stay with 4* accommodation

From £329pp * Prices based on departing 31st July 2018 from London Heathrow


Suggested holiday: Cultural Berlin & Dresden Daily departures available

Itinerary 1. UK - Berlin 2. Berlin - Museums and Concert 3. Berlin - Dresden - Berlin 4. Berlin - UK

What's Included • 4* accommodation including buffet breakfast • Regular City tour Berlin (Hop on/Hop off bus) • 3-day museum pass • Concert with 3-course gala dinner(drinks not included) • Train tickets Berlin - Dresden - Berlin • Regular City tour Dresden (Hop on/ Hop off bus) • Return flights from UK

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Freiburg, Triberg & Titisee-Neustadt The vast Black Forest is famous for its cuckoo clocks, delicious cakes and air-dried ham. This remarkably beautiful area is the largest forested mountain range in the state of BadenWürttemberg and stunning natural features such as peaks, valleys, rivers and lakes lend themselves well to outdoor adventures. The summer offers opportunities for hiking and windsurfing, whilst the winter welcomes high numbers of skiers.

• Lake Titisee – During the summer, you can swim in the lake, hike around its banks or take a boat trip across the surface.

Did you know? At Eble Uhren-Park, just outside of Triberg, you will find the world’s largest cuckoo clock. The giant timepiece is 60 times bigger than traditional examples and the cuckoo alone weighs 150kg.

Some of the major towns within the Black Forest region are Freiburg, Triberg and Titisee-Neustadt – each of which offers its own cultural highlights. Freiburg is characterised by its ornate town hall and water canals that run through the city at street level. It’s also the gateway for many people visiting the Black Forest. Triberg is much smaller and is home to one of the highest waterfalls in Germany, whilst Titisee-Neustadt is a lakeside town famous for its spas and winter sports. These and other places in the region are well-connected by picturesque railways.

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• Freiburg Munster – The Gothic cathedral was one of the earliest to be completed in Germany and features many mischievous gargoyles on the exterior and inside. • Martinstor, Freiburg – This is the oldest surviving city gate and is thought to have been built at the beginning of the 13th century. • Triberg Waterfalls – The Gutach River falls over 500 feet in seven graceful stages, creating a beautiful natural spectacle. The path is only open between April and the end of October and involves a bit of a hike. 54

• Badeparadies Schwarzwald, Titisee – This spa and waterpark has indoor and outdoor areas, including places where you can bathe in the natural waters.

The Black Forest & Alsace Daily departures available

Itinerary 1. UK - Frankfurt - Baden-Baden 2. Baden-Baden 4. Freiburg - Colmar - Strasbourg 5. Strasbourg - Heidelberg - Frankfurt - UK

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Bodensee Referred to as Lake Constance in Switzerland, Bodensee offers a beautiful natural landscape on the country’s border with Germany and Austria. The German side is home to towns and cities such as Lindau, Konstanz and Friedrichshafen, all of which offer a relaxing escape all year round. In the summer, the banks are littered with people sunbathing and taking a dip in the refreshing waters. Others try their hand at windsurfing, sailing or grab their bike and explore the 170-mile Bodensee-Radweg cycle path. In the winter, you can choose to discover the sights and sounds of the surrounding towns and cities, with Konstanz’s Christmas market being a particular highlight. There is even a magically decorated Christmas ship that graces the harbour.

Highlights • Mainau Island – Known as the Flower Island, this small patch of land in the middle of the lake is covered with spectacular blooms. You can reach it via a walkway in Konstanz. • Rhine Falls – Before the Rhine River empties into the lake, on the Swiss side, it roars over the Rhine Falls at Neuhausen am Rheinfall. This is Europe’s largest waterfall. • Meersburg Castle – This fortress is said to date back to the 7th century, making it the oldest inhabited castle in Germany. A museum will transport you back to the middle ages. • Weiße Flotte Ships – If you want to explore more of Bodensee, take to the water on the fleet of ‘White Ships’. They depart from most major towns and also offer themed sailings. • Zeppelin Museum, Friedrichshafen – The iconic Zeppelin was invented in these parts and this interesting museum details the history of airship travel.

Did you know? The middle of Bodensee is technically classed as international waters and is the only place in Europe where borders do not exist.

Suggested holiday: Bodensee

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Itinerary 1. UK - Munich - Friedrichshafen 2. Friedrichshafen 3. Friedrichshafen 4. Friedrichshafen 5. Friedrichshafen - Munich - UK

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Bremen The spectacular city of Bremen is divided into various neighbourhoods, each of which offers a different atmosphere. The historic Schnoor Quarter is defined by the narrow lanes which run through it, providing some unique and interesting shops, restaurants and cafés. Down by the River Weser, there are plenty of attractions and sights which show how this city has a rich maritime history. The Schlachte Promenade is one such area which is filled with beer gardens and opportunities to climb aboard remarkable vessels. Back in the city centre, the main square is dominated by the UNESCO-listed town hall and the accompanying Roland Statue, marking Bremen’s status as a free city. Close to here, you will also find the iconic Bremen Town Musicians statue, just one of the many stories that these vibrant streets have to tell. When you’re not learning about interesting characters, there is plenty of Hanseatic history to admire and a ‘cultural mile’ to explore within The Viertel (another of Bremen’s neighbourhoods). Plus, during the city’s ‘fifth season’, locals can be heard yelling “ischa Freimarkt” as Germany’s oldest fair rolls into town.

Highlights • Town Hall and Roland Statue – One of Germany’s most beautiful buildings is built in the Gothic style with a renaissance façade. The Roland statue in front of it is the largest in the country. • Böttcherstrasse – This important street was once alive with local merchants selling their handmade wares. It’s now the perfect place for a quirky shopping trip. • Bremen Town Musicians – This iconic statue tells the story of a local Brothers Grimm fairytale. The cockerel, cat, dog and donkey have since become mascots of the city. • Kunsthalle – This art gallery features many works from German, Dutch and French artists. On display, you will see paintings by Van Gogh, Cézanne and Monet. • Universum Science Center – Bremen has established itself as a centre for science and space exploration. This hands-on museum features exhibitions about Earth and beyond.

Suggested holiday: The Great Fairy Tale Route Daily departures available

Itinerary 1. UK - Hamburg 2. Hamburg - Bremen: The Bremen Town Musicians 3. Bremen - Hamelin - Hanover: The Pied Piper of Hamelin 4. Hanover - Kassel: From Cinderella to Sleeping Beauty 5. Kassel: Puss in Boots and Snow White 6. Kassel - Marburg: Little Red Riding Hood 7. Marburg - Steinau - Hanau - Frankfurt 8. Frankfurt - UK

What's Included • 3* accommodation including buffet breakfast • Economy car rental for the duration • Return flights from UK

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Did you know? The International Space Station was built in Bremen and the city continues to be at the forefront of out-of-this-world activities.

Suggested break: 3 nights stay with 3* accommodation

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Bremerhaven Just downriver from Bremen, you will find the port city of Bremerhaven. Established more recently than its neighbour, it started life as Bremen’s harbour and this is where it gets its name. In a multi-million pound regeneration project, a modern resort is being built by the docks, providing new attractions and new housing.

Did you know? 2018 marks the 60th anniversary of Elvis Presley first setting foot on continental Europe in Bremerhaven.

Bremerhaven’s historical and modern importance as a centre for maritime trade cannot be overlooked and the city is still one of Germany’s most important ports. It is the fourth-largest container port in Europe and can even handle gigantic panamax ships.

Highlights • German Maritime Museum – See just how important sea trade was and is to this area and get an insight into life at sea, in this fascinating museum. It also includes a harbour full of original ships. • German Emigration Center – Located on the very spot from which emigrant ships once departed, the award-winning museum allows you to experience the stations of emigration hands-on as well as understand immigration to Germany over the past 300 years. • Zoo at the Sea – Home to polar bears, penguins and seals, this wildlife attraction focuses on animals who live their lives at sea. There are however chimpanzees which sailors used to bring home from their travels. • Climate House® - This unique attraction allows you to travel around the world along the 8th longitude and experience the climates found in some of the most extreme places on Earth.

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Suggested break: 3 nights stay with 3* accommodation

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Germany

Celle & Hanover The city of Hanover and town of Celle are both located in the state of Lower Saxony and both possess charming Old Towns. As well as Hanover’s half-timbered houses and Baroque architecture, it also displays a green side thanks to numerous public parks and the beautiful Royal Gardens of Herrenhausen. Another key part of the city is Maschsee, a lake which comes alive in the summer with concerts, festivals and sporting activities on its banks. In a similar way, Celle also mixes quaint history with stunning natural areas. Situated along the German Timber-Frame Road, it’s no surprise to see so many examples of this style of building. It’s also the gateway to the expansive Lüneburg Heath, a nature reserve featuring many different habitats for birds such as woodpeckers and grouse.

Highlights • New Town Hall, Hanover – Dominating the skyline, this beautiful building was built at the turn of the 20th century. It features a lift that takes visitors up to the dome at an angle. • Herrenhausen Gardens, Hanover – This fantastic attraction encompasses Herrenhausen Palace, a mausoleum built for King Ernest Augustus and Queen Friederike, and breathtaking gardens inspired by different cultures. • Lower Saxony State Museum, Hanover – Inside, you will find a range of different collections from across Europe. This includes archaeological treasures and important antiques.

Did you know? In 2013, the famous Hanover cookie producer Bahlsen (makers of those delicious Leibniz biscuits) were held to ransom over a golden cookie that was stolen from the front of their head office. The thieves demanded cookies be sent to a local children’s hospital and the company obliged. • Celle Castle – Built as a residence for the House of BrunswickLüneburg, this palace displays Baroque and Renaissance features and includes the oldest Baroque theatre in Europe. • Wienhausen Abbey, Celle – This monastery has housed a convent since the 13th century and is adorned with treasures such as intricate tapestries and historic murals.

Suggested break Celle: 3 nights stay with 3* accommodation

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Cologne This Rhineland gem is one of Germany’s most popular city break destinations, largely thanks to the country’s most visited attraction – the cathedral. The Gothic structure is an instantly recognisable part of the city’s skyline and is even more beautiful when viewed in person. The people of Cologne are very proud of their city and the different neighbourhoods within it, encouraging people to drink and socialise together. There are strong traditions which stem from the three Ks – Kölsch (the local beer), Karneval (the Rhineland’s fifth season) and Kölnisch Wasser (Eau de Cologne).

• Roman-Germanic Museum – Discover many of Cologne’s archaeological wonders from the Palaeolithic period to medieval times. • Hohenzollern Bridge – Whilst some cities have banned love locks, Cologne encourages them on this bridge that takes pedestrian and rail traffic across the Rhine. • Cologne Zoo – One of Germany’s most popular and oldest zoos is home to animals such as hippos, bears and gorillas. There’s also a substantial aquarium. • Chocolate Museum – Located by the river, this museum takes you on a journey of sweet discovery from cocoa bean to chocolate bar. There’s also a café dedicated to all things indulgent.

The river plays an important role here too. The promenade alongside it features many local restaurants, interesting architecture and compelling museums. Elsewhere, you will find a beautiful Old Town, many historic churches and a wide array of cultural attractions.

Highlights • Cologne Cathedral – Admire the ornate features inside before climbing over 400 steps to the top of the tower for fantastic views.

Did you know? The brand name ‘4711’ used for Eau de Cologne refers to the house number of its founding company’s headquarters. The perfume was also once used as a cure for the pox.

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Hotels throughout Germany

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Dresden Most people will know Dresden as the city which took the brunt of allied bombing during WWII. However, it should really be better known for the way it has been regenerated, creating a stunning skyline that is littered with impressive architecture. As the capital of Saxony and ‘Florence on the Elbe’, Dresden has many different sides to it. Its cultural attractions include plenty of dedicated music venues, as well as captivating museums and galleries. From historic institutions like the Pfunds Dairy to the ultra-modern Ufa-Kristallpalast, and from the manufactured beauty of buildings like the Zwinger to the natural beauty found on the banks of the Elbe, Dresden is a city that possesses poise and balance everywhere you look.

Highlights

Did you know? Both the coffee filter and toothpaste were invented in Dresden.

Suggested holiday: 2018 Dresden Steam Engine Festival Departing 6th April 2018

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• Zwinger – This 18th century Barque palace features a number of museums. These include the Dresden Porcelain Collection, the Royal Cabinet of Mathematical and Physical Instruments, and the Old Masters Picture Gallery.

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• Frauenkirche – Dresden’s most iconic building was rebuilt after the war using some of the original stone. This beautiful church also has an observation deck from which you can see the entire city.

• Day ticket to the Steam Engine Festival

• Procession of Princes – Stretching more than 100 metres, this porcelain mural depicts members of the Wettin Dynasty in procession on horseback.

• Return rail from Berlin to Dresden

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• Golden Horseman – A monument featuring Augustus the Strong, it is actually made of copper with gold leaf added in 2003. It points towards Poland, which was also ruled by the great leader.

What's Included • 4* accommodation including buffet breakfast • Entry to the Dresden Transport Museum • Guided tour through the historic city centre of Dresden • 1 ticket for a special steam train ride • Return flights from UK

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Germany

Düsseldorf The best place to discover the heart of Düsseldorf and learn all you can about its culture is to head to the Aldstadt. The Old Town has something for everyone and is just as popular with those who like to party as it is with travellers looking for historical and cultural attractions. The relatively small area is often known as Europe’s longest bar, because it is home to 260 different pubs, clubs, restaurants and bars. There are culinary delights that range from local to international flavours and various different shops to discover. Compare that to the modern architecture found in the MedienHafen (Media Port) and you start to see the mix of old and new that Düsseldorf boasts. The regeneration of the Rhine harbour has allowed famous architects like Frank Gehry and David Chipperfield to put their own interpretation on older buildings without destroying their charm. Buildings like Stadttor and Colorium are perfect examples of this. Whichever part of the city you chose to explore, you’ll soon recognise why this is a city of fine arts. There are more than 100 different galleries here, along with 26 museums and special annual events such as Düsseldorf Photo Weekend that celebrate the Rhineland-Palatinate capital’s love of art. No other German city can claim so many artistic attractions and chief among them is the Kunstakademie, from which the likes of Paul Klee, Joseph Beuys and Andreas Gursky have all graduated.

Did you know? Düsseldorf’s Old Town is often called ‘the longest bar in the world’ because there are more than 300 places to grab a drink in this small area.

Highlights • Rheinturm – Standing high above the rest of the skyline, the Rhine Tower can provide breathtaking views during day and night. • Königsallee – This is one of Europe’s most famous shopping streets. The high-end brands found along this picturesque promenade include Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Tiffany & Co. • North Rhine-Westphalia Art Collection – This institution is spread across three different buildings. The K20 is home to modern paintings; the K21 displays modern drawings, sculptures and films; and the Schmela Haus is where you will find temporary exhibits. • Schlossturm – This is what remains of the castle which once loomed over the city. Inside, you will find the SchiffahrtsMuseum.

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• Hofgarten – A tranquil retreat within the city centre, this park provides somewhere to relax amongst streams and meadows. You can also see a hunting lodge which once played host to Napoleon.

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Frankfurt Germany’s leading centre of commerce is lovingly known as Mainhattan – a name that merges the river that runs through the city with the idea that it has a skyline reminiscent of New York’s Manhattan. But whilst Germany’s largest office building, and the other 13 skyscrapers, show Frankfurt means business, there’s enough culture and history here to satisfy any tourist. In contrast to the modern buildings that touch the clouds, many cosy pubs welcome the diverse and multicultural visitors with a glass of Ebbelwei (cider). The Museum embankment can be seen just across the river and features no less than nine attractions dedicated to art, film, architecture and more. Meanwhile, in the city centre, the modern shops of the Zeil juxtapose with the medieval buildings on the Römerberg in a way that would surely inspire Frankfurt’s most famous son, Johann Goethe.

Highlights • Buildings on the Römerberg – The most beautiful square in the Holy Roman Empire features the Römer (town hall) and many timber-framed houses with names describing their past importance. • Museum Embankment – There are nine different museums to discover here, including the Liebieghaus, Museum of Applied Art and the German Museum of Architecture. • St. Bartholomew's Cathedral – Frankfurt Dom is a magnificent Gothic sandstone structure built between the 13th and 15th centuries. It hosted the coronation of emperors for more than 200 years. • Ebbelwei Express – Named after the city’s favourite drink (which you can sample on board), this colourful tram will take you to many of Frankfurt’s best sights. • Palm Garden – This is Germany’s largest botanical garden and offers horticultural exhibits influenced by many countries around the world.

Did you know? A third of people living in Frankfurt do not hold a German passport, showing just how diverse it is.

Suggested break: 3 nights stay with 4* accommodation

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Germany

Hamburg A popular cruise port as well as city break destination, Hamburg can boast 1,200 years of history. Situated close to the mouth of the River Elbe, it owes much of its success to maritime trade, something the city is keen to show off to visitors. This Hanseatic city is Germany’s second-largest and an influx of young residents has cemented it as one of the most liveable places in the world. The diversity here is not just reserved for the people, though, as historic buildings like the warehouses in the UNESCO-listed Speicherstadt sit side by side with the modern buildings in the HafenCity district. Away from the harbour areas, there is a bustling city centre that’s full of fantastic restaurants, vibrant shopping streets, relaxing parks and cultural highlights. All of this is without even mentioning how much the city likes to have fun. The famous Reeperbahn offers partying around the clock and the spirited Hamburg Dom festival takes place three times a year.

Highlights • Elbphilharmonie – The latest addition to the Hamburg skyline is this beautiful concert hall. As well as stirring performances, it offers excellent city views from the roof. • Miniatur Wunderland – This surprising highlight features miniature displays of world cities and the world’s largest model railway. • Markets – From the antique and vintage offerings at the Flohschanze to the delicious morsels on display on Sunday morning at the Fischmarkt, the city’s markets allow you to see the real Hamburg.

Did you know? The local greeting of “Hummel, Hummel” derives from a watercarrier who was taunted by local children. The reply of “Mors, Mors” is a friendly retort but its literal meaning isn’t quite as polite. • International Maritime Museum – This is the perfect place to learn about Hamburg’s maritime history, as well as looking back at man’s relationship with the sea. • St. Michael's Church – One of many churches in the city, St. Michael’s stands out above the rest. Its impressive tower can provide breathtaking panoramas and is often open for night viewings.

Suggested break: 3 nights stay with 3* accommodation

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Historical Highlights The Historical Highlights of Germany is a collection of 17 towns and cities that provide alternative city break destinations. Although not as well-known as other major areas, these off-thebeaten-track locations have had a big influence throughout the history of Germany. The initiative has been championing more unrecognised regions of interest for 40 years now and regularly welcomes new members. Ranging from the former capital of Bonn to the Baltic beauty of Rostock, the destinations are spread all over the country. They also include Erfurt, where famous reformer Martin Luther spent important years of his life; Heidelberg, Germany’s oldest university town; and Trier, where UNESCO-listed Roman ruins litter the town. The other towns and cities involved are Aachen, Augsburg, Freiburg, Koblenz, Lübeck, Mainz, Münster, Osnabrück, Potsdam, Regensburg, Wiesbaden and Würzburg.

• Augsburg – The cathedral, town hall and historic Maximilianstrasse are all worth visiting here. You can also explore the Fuggerei – a town within a town. • Lübeck – A beautiful city and once the gem of the Hanseatic League, Lübeck offers medieval city gates, a Romanesque cathedral and a town hall dating back to 1230. • Potsdam – Located just outside of Berlin, the Potsdam palaces and parks stand elegantly awaiting your visit. From Sanssouci to Charlottenhof, they offer the perfect place for a relaxing and educational stroll. • Aachen – The cathedral here dates back to the year 800 and was Germany’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site. Aachen has a great sense of humour and its famous Printen (gingerbread) will delight your taste buds.

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Every October, in Osnabrück, ‘the City of Peace’, primary school children ride to the top of the town hall steps on hobby horses to receive pretzels. This is done in celebration of the Peace Treaty of Westphalia.


Germany

Highlights

Leipzig

• Museum of Fine Arts – In contrast to the underground art on display in some areas of the city, this fascinating museum displays paintings from the middle ages up to the present day.

Leipzig’s main claim to fame is one that is music to many visitors’ ears. Harmonic greats such as Bach, Mendelssohn and Schumann all composed masterpieces here and their legacy lives on in the form of the Oper Leipzig, one of Germany’s most important opera houses. As well as ties to music, the city has a much-loved underground art scene and is viewed as one of the more edgy destinations for fans of culture.

• St. Thomas Church – Home of the famous St. Thomas Choir, this is arguably where Martin Luther’s reformation movement started.

Having received a fair amount of regeneration in recent years, people are flocking to Leipzig in great numbers, making it a keen destination for students. It may be the new Berlin in the cool stakes, but the city is also home to plenty of history. This is something shown by the St. Thomas Church, which hosted a sermon by Martin Luther in 1539, and the monument marking Napoleon’s defeat at the Battle of Nations.

• Battle of the Nations Monument – Erected to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of Napoleon’s defeat at the Battle of Nations, this monument also features a viewing platform. • Mendelssohn House – Get an insight into Leipzig’s musical heritage by looking around this great composer’s former residence. • Botanical Garden – Attached to the historic university, it features over 7,000 different plants from around the world and a sub-tropical greenhouse.

Did you know? Due to the attention Leipzig is getting as a hip and trendy city, locals have given it the tongue-in-cheek nickname ‘Hypezig’.

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Dortmund & the Ruhr Valley With a fantastic mix of green areas and vibrant cities, the Ruhr Valley covers a large area in the west of Germany. Its geographic limits are defined by the Ruhr River in the south and the Lippe River in the North. The Ruhr’s most populous destination is Dortmund, a university city with a real passion for football. This is where you will find the largest stadium in Germany, home to Borussia Dortmund, along with the National Football Museum. Due to heavy damage sustained in WWII, many of the buildings are modern. However, historic structures like Castle Hörde and Haus Rodenberg can still offer plenty of history. Another characteristic of Dortmund is its greenery. Beautiful parks and gardens cover nearly half of the city and provide a peaceful escape from the urban centre.

Highlights • Alter Markt – Once filled with local craftsmen selling their wares, the Old Market is now home to modern shops. It’s also where you’ll find the Old Civic Hall. • Westfalenpark – Just one of the aforementioned parks, this green space is the largest in Dortmund and home to the TV tower and extensive rose garden. • Zollern Colliery – Whilst also being an architectural gem, the museum inside this former coal mine gives you an insight into the city’s industrial past. • German Football Museum – Football fans will love this in-depth look at Germany’s success on the world stage, especially the exhibits portraying a certain event in 1966. • Museum am Ostwall – Housed within a former factory called Dortmund U, this museum features paintings and sculptures from the 20th century.

Did you know? The image of a winged rhino has become the unofficial symbol of Dortmund. This is said to represent a limitless approach to life and a desire to chase your dreams.

Suggested break: 3 nights stay with 4* accommodation

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Germany

Stuttgart & Heidelberg Whilst Heidelberg and Stuttgart are located close to each other in the state of Baden-Württemberg, they offer differing atmospheres. Whilst the former offers a wealth of architectural gems just waiting to share stories of yesteryear, the latter has its head firmly in the 21st century as the hub for hi-tech automotive companies like Porsche and Mercedes-Benz. One thing they do have in common, though, is their laid-back approach to life. In fact, thanks to its numerous green areas and natural springs, Stuttgart was recently named the most relaxing city in the world. Despite pointing out the differences when it comes to the past versus the modern era, that’s not to say each city cannot represent the other side of the coin. In this regard, Heidelberg can point to its newest district, Bahnstadt, whilst Stuttgart can boast its beautiful Schlossplatz.

Highlights Heidelberg Castle – This Renaissance structure may now be in ruins but it doesn’t take away its beauty. You can reach it via the Bergbahn funicular. Karl Theodor Bridge, Heidelberg – This iconic red sandstone bridge is Heidelberg’s most eulogised landmark. It crosses the Neckar elegantly and joins the two sides of the city. Mercedes and Porsche Museums, Stuttgart – Feast your eyes on cars that defined eras and put these two giants of the motoring industry on the map. Old and New Castles, Stuttgart – Located on the Schlossplatz, both of these buildings can be admired inside and out. The Old Castle now hosts a medieval art museum, whilst the New Castle is home to the state government. Königstrasse – Indulge in some retail therapy along this street of boutique shops, department stores, cafes and restaurants.

Did you know? The largest wine barrel in the world can be found within Heidelberg Castle.

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Germany - Thuringa

Erfurt & Weimar The state of Thuringia is often called the green heart of Germany, thanks to its large forest and many other natural areas. As well as horticulture, the region has strong links to literature and Jewish heritage, as displayed in two of its largest cities, Erfurt and Weimar. Erfurt has one of the best preserved medieval old towns in Europe and is home to charming churches and pretty patrician houses. It is where Martin Luther lived much of his life and where hearty culinary delights can be enjoyed. Weimar can boast Johann Goethe and Friedrich Schiller as two of the famous names that have passed through in the past, whilst also being the birthplace of the German Enlightenment. It’s positively teeming with culture and can offer two important UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Highlights • Merchants' Bridge, Erfurt – This is one of the city’s most picturesque sights. The Krämerbrücke is also the longest bridge of inhabited buildings in Europe. • Church of St. Severus and Erfurt Cathedral – Erfurt’s most recognisable landmark is the combined sight of these stunning Gothic churches.

Did you know? Every January, Thuringia hosts the longest sled dog run in the Europe. ‘Trans Thuringia’ features mushers from all over the continent who compete on a course along the famous Rennsteig hiking route. • egapark Erfurt – Displaying Thuringia’s natural beauty perfectly, this city park has wide open green spaces, a butterfly house and a petting zoo. • Goethe House, Weimar – Look back at the life of this famous writer in the house he lived in for almost 50 years. It features original furnishings and rare pieces of work. • Bauhaus Museum, Weimar – This influential institute celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2019 and showcases masterpieces produced at this important school of the arts.

Suggested break Erfurt: 4 nights stay with 4* accommodation

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Suggested break Weimar: 4 nights stay with 3* accommodation

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British Overseas Territory

Gibraltar

An interesting mix of British culture and Spanish influences, the overseas territory of Gibraltar has long been a tourist spot for anyone who wants to enjoy some time in the sun without leaving behind their creature comforts. With Sterling as its currency, signs in English and the sound of the English language being spoken everywhere, this peninsula is reassuringly familiar. Lying just across its eponymous strait from North Africa, the sunshine hours are sure to be much longer than at home. This is not the only thing influenced by the continent across the water, though, as there are also some fantastic examples of Moorish architecture. Most notably, the Moorish Castle which overlooks the Bay of Gibraltar, the Moorish Baths that can be found in the nearby museum and the mosque at Europa Point. The skyline is dominated by the iconic rock, which offers many different attractions. Along with the famous cable car, which can take you to the top for fantastic views and a chance to see the mischievous Barbary apes, there are also things to see and do inside. Explore a network of tunnels that were created during a siege in the 1780s and expanded during the Second World War. There is around 34 miles of passageways in total, which allowed soldiers to move freely within the rock and gave them an excellent vantage point from which to fire their weapons.

Also inside the rock, is the breathtaking St. Michael’s Cave. As well as vast chambers and impressive stalagmites and stalactites, there is another space inside known as Cathedral Cave. The fantastic acoustics are perfect for regular concerts and theatre performances that gather crowds of up to 600 people. Stories abound of how the cave used to provide access to Africa via a 15-mile underwater passage and that this is how the macaques made their way to Gibraltar. Whether you believe this to be true or not, St. Michael’s Cave is certainly a dramatic sight. Other highlights in this home from home include dolphin watching in the Bay of Gibraltar, tax free shopping on the streets and the Mario Finlayson National Art Gallery. And when hunger starts to call, the restaurants around Casemates Square and the modern Ocean Village present menus that feature anything from Spanish tapas to Moroccan lamb and good old fish and chips.

Highlights • Top of the Rock – Take the cable car to the summit of Gibraltar’s famous landmark and hang out with the Barbary macaques. • WWII Tunnels – Learn how the maze of tunnels inside the rock helped the English defend this territory during World War II. • St. Michael’s Cave – The vast expanse is filled with stalactites and stalagmites. It’s also home to a concert venue known as Cathedral Cave. • Dolphin Watching – Sail into the Bay of Gibraltar to witness graceful dolphins leaping out of the water and following your boat. • Beaches – Gibraltar has six beaches on which you can relax and enjoy the nearby restaurants, cafés and shops.


Did you know? The main road into Gibraltar crosses the airport runway and so has to be closed every time a flight departs or lands.

Suggested break: 5 nights stay with 4* accommodation

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Greece

Athens Upon arrival in Athens, you will start to think just how lucky the locals are to be living amongst such a wealth of ancient monuments. Just as Rome takes you back to the days when its empire ruled the world, Athens showcases the power and influence of Ancient Greece. As well as being home to the breathtaking Acropolis, the city is also the gateway to other historic sights situated elsewhere on the Attica peninsula. Despite the economic crash in 2009, and the subsequent austerity measures, modern day Athens is forging ahead and making a new name for itself. Cool new eateries and trendy neighbourhoods are starting to develop and a flourishing contemporary art scene has come to the surface.

Highlights • Acropolis – The archetypal image of Ancient Greece, the Acropolis is a series of temples and archaeological sites that used to form a central citadel. • Plaka – This is one of Athens’s oldest neighbourhoods and a great place to escape the traffic and explore the quiet streets. • Mt Lycabettus – A funicular can take you to the city’s highest vantage point every 30 minutes, where you will find a small church and a panoramic restaurant. • National Museum of Contemporary Art – Having moved to its new permanent home in 2017, this museum showcases Athens’s burgeoning arts scene. • Temple of Olympian Zeus – The largest temple found in the city was dedicated to Zeus and once had more than 100 marble columns supporting the roof.

Did you know? Athens is often called the birthplace of democracy but, over the years, the city has also been ruled by every other form of government - monarchy, socialism, capitalism and communism.

Suggested break: 3 nights stay with 3* accommodation

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Hungary

Highlights

Budapest

• Széchenyi Thermal Baths – Bathing in the warm waters is a daily occurrence for the residents of Budapest. Join them at the city’s largest baths.

When the two cities of Buda and Pest united to form the current Hungarian capital, it sparked a golden age during which much of the impressive architecture was built. When you add this to stunning Baroque buildings like Buda Castle and equally alluring ones such as the Gothic parliament building, you are met with a captivating cityscape. Plus, the fact that buildings over a certain height are subject to strict regulations adds to Budapest’s charm.

• Fisherman’s Bastion – Head to this spot to see all of the sights on the Pest side of the city from the perfect vantage point.

The age old tradition of relaxing in thermal spas is held in high esteem, as is the relatively new trend for the younger generation to drink and dance in the many ‘ruin bars’ that pop up in abandoned buildings across the city. And as for culinary prowess, the locals regard Budapest’s unpretentious yet delicious food options to be up there with the world’s best cuisines.

• St. Stephen’s Basilica – This important religious building is said to display the right hand of Saint Stephen, the first king of Hungary.

• Buda Castle – Take the funicular and enjoy fantastic views of the Chain Bridge and Danube on the way up. Then explore the UNESCO-listed royal residence. • Szimpla Kert – One of the most popular ‘ruin bars’, this is the perfect place to try some of the local wine.

Did you know? There are two words for ‘red’ in the Hungarian language. Although both mean exactly the same thing, ‘vörös’ and ‘piros’ are not used interchangeably and are both reserved for specific things.

Suggested break: 3 nights stay with 4* accommodation

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Iceland The land of fire and ice is nature’s stage, with breathtaking performances held regularly all over this intriguing island. The stars of the show come in the form of raging waterfalls, spouting geysers and gigantic glaciers that can all be explored if you’re looking to indulge your adventurous side. Plus, waiting in the wings, ready to step in at any moment, are a number of active volcanoes that stand imposingly on the horizon. Much of the tourist activity is centred on the capital, Reykjavik. However, whilst this is a great place to base your travels, especially for first-time visitors, there is so much more to see elsewhere. The towns of Akureyri and Isafjordur, both of which you can fly into, offer wilder landscapes and a different look at Icelandic life, whilst fishing villages like Vik and Hofn are home to stunning scenery and are much more remote. Conveniently, a giant ring road provides a route around the entire country, taking you to these beautiful places and many must-see natural attractions along the way. The most popular tour is known as the Golden Circle and will take you to three of the country’s most striking attractions. Gullfoss waterfall, the Geysir hot spring and the magnificent Thingvellir National Park create a holy trinity of sights that take you to another world and are still, for the most part, unchanged by the rising number of tourists. Other tours include snow mobile trips, glacier hiking or whale watching. Plus, Iceland is one of the best places in the world to see the amazing Northern Lights. Travel in March-April or September-October for the best chance of witnessing this natural phenomenon. Another facet of Icelandic life is their belief in various myths and legends. Some locals use stories of trolls to explain the rugged landscapes of their homeland, whilst others point to tiny doors painted on rocks as a sign that the ‘hidden people’ inhabit this otherworldly terrain. Whether you believe these tales or not, there’s no doubting the passion with which Icelanders tell them will add to your new-found love for this country.

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Reykjavik Thanks to its small scale, Reykjavik is easy to explore on foot. Even though American brands are starting to use the influx of tourists as guinea pigs for emerging markets, authentic restaurants still offer local specialities alongside a mix of international cuisine. The main high street creates a clear route into town, with roads branching off that can take you to highlights such as Hallgrímskirkja and the Harpa concert hall. With multi-coloured houses and breathtaking views across the bay, the Icelandic capital still maintains the essence of a working fishing town. Harbourside vendors sell delicious local hot dogs and the shops are filled with unique souvenirs that highlight the beauty of Icelandic creativity and design. It’s also the ideal starting point for Golden Circle Tours and a trip to the soothing thermal waters of the Blue Lagoon.

Highlights • Hallgrímskirkja – This stunning church is beautifully designed and provides fantastic views of the city. Arrive at night when it’s lit-up spectacularly. • Blue Lagoon – Around 40 minutes from Reykjavik you’ll find the perfect place to warm up. The Blue Lagoon lives up to its name with crystal clear thermal waters. • Golden Circle Tour – Visit the Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir hot spring and Thingvellir National Park on this ever-popular tour. Options include full and half days. • Sun Voyager – This sculpture stands proudly at the waterfront and in front of a breathtaking backdrop. • National Museum of Iceland – Learn about the history of this fascinating country at this interactive museum.

Did you know? Reykjavik is the only western capital to not have a McDonalds or a Starbucks.

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along the Amalfi Coast are very easy on the eye and are also in touching distance of major sights like Pompeii and Herculaneum.

Desirable destinations can be found all over Italy’s ‘boot’, giving you so much choice when it comes to deciding where to go. Do you stay in the north and relax amongst the scenic lakes? Do you head to one of the major cities for a historic city break? Do you follow your stomach and venture into the gourmet surroundings of Tuscany or Puglia? Or do you cross the Tyrrhenian Sea to soak up the sun on the beaches of Sicily and Sardinia? One thing is for sure, this beautiful country is somewhere to which you can return time and time again.

As mentioned before, beach breaks are also a key reason to travel to Italy. Fantastic beaches can be found in Liguria, Abruzzo and Puglia, but perhaps the best examples are on the islands. A short ferry to Elba, Ischia, Sicily or Sardinia will take you to glorious white sands and also help you find some of the country’s hidden gems.

As well as the serene surroundings of Lake Garda and Lake Como in the north, this part of the country is also home to Alpine ski resorts, the chic city of Milan and the romantic setting of Venice. Further south, destinations such as Florence, Rome, Pisa and Naples all delight in different ways, whether it be iconic sights, delicious food or striking vistas that will stay with you forever. You don’t have to go to the big cities to enjoy these things, though. The famous fishing villages of the Cinque Terre are known for providing an insight into slow-paced Italian life, whilst also offering picture-postcard scenery that tourists flock to see. Likewise, the towns and villages found

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Lakes & Rail If you want to see the charming side of Italy whilst enjoying a relaxing break, the lakes in the north of the country are perfect. Lake Como and Lake Garda are arguably the most well-known spots, but there are many others that offer a secluded stay within breathtaking surroundings. As well as the charming towns and villages that can be found on each shore, the lakes can be a welcome break from the scorching temperatures elsewhere in Italy. Protected by the Alps and with breezes coming off the water, the climate here is a lot more comfortable. One way to enjoy Italy in a stress-free manner is to travel by train. Whether that means riding the rails all the way from the UK or enjoying one of the sightseeing routes once you have arrived, this is an effortless way to see the country. As well as the Eurostar services that connect with regional trains, there is the option to experience the luxury of the iconic Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. Add to that scenic journeys to the lakes and the Amalfi Coast and there really is a wealth of fantastic rail options.

Highlights • Bellagio, Lake Como – This stunning town has been eulogised by writers such as Shelley and Mark Twain. It features delicious delis, luxury hotels and the Romanesque church of San Giacomo. • Sirmione, Lake Garda – Built on a peninsula that juts into the lake, it is home to the dramatic Rocca Scaligera, a castle complete with drawbridge and moat. • Isola Bella, Lake Maggiore – This small patch of land off the shores of Stresa is dominated by a Baroque palace with magnificent gardens. • Sacro Monte di San Francesco, Lake Orta – In the town of Orta, this religious route takes you to 21 chapels that feature frescoes relating to St. Francis of Assisi. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and offers spectacular views of the lake. • 1920s Luxury On The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express – Experience the most famous train in the world as you travel in elegant surroundings with all meals included.

Did you know? Lake Como is said to have its own version of the Loch Ness monster. Several alleged sightings of a beast called ‘Lariosauro’ have been reported, a name taken from a fossilised dinosaur found in the lake in 1830.

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Rome With the largest concentration of Roman monuments in the world, Rome is definitely a place for history buffs. That’s not the only reason to travel to this part of Italy, though, as there are also numerous art galleries to explore and romantic streets through which to wander. The Italian capital is also somewhere that offers many opportunities to eat well. That could mean flavoursome gelato, traditional pizza or a freshly roasted coffee from one of the many pavement cafés. As you travel through the city, you become aware of the interesting contrast between the lives being lived here now and the legendary events that took place over hundreds of years.

Highlights • Vatican City – Amongst the famous highlights within the Vatican complex, you will find St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel. • Colosseum – The symbol of Rome is the Roman Empire’s largest amphitheatre. Learn the truth about the bloody events that took place inside. • Fountains – There are a number of stunning water features to be found on Rome’s squares, including the famous Trevi Fountain. • Pantheon – This architectural masterpiece acts as the final resting place for Rome’s kings. An opening in the dome lets light flood into the interior. • Galleria Borghese – Possibly the best art gallery in the city, it holds antiques, sculptures and paintings by renowned figures like Raphael and Titian.

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• Gondola Ride – It’s probably a bit cliché by now, but can you really come to Venice without experiencing this iconic form of transport?

One of the most romantic cities in the world is also one of the most unique. Its canals, bridges and islands create a setting like no other and one which attracts visitors from all over the world to see for themselves. Whilst the water creates Venice’s magical image, it is the elaborate palaces and churches lining its banks that demand all of the attention.

• Piazza San Marco – This famous square features the trifecta of St. Mark’s Basilica, the Doge's Palace and the Campanile bell tower.

From the narrow side streets to expansive squares like the Piazza San Marco, there are glistening gems waiting to be discovered around every corner. Away from the vibrant Grand Canal, the islands of Murano and Burano are home to artisan producers continuing trades that have kept Venice afloat throughout the years.

• Churches of Art – Art can be found all over the city but most notably in the many charming churches. See pieces by Venetian masters such as Titian and Canaletto.

• Rialto Bridge – The most ornate of Venice’s bridges is made from marble and is a great vantage point for views down the Grand Canal.

• Gourmet Delights – Classic gelato and a rich variety of seafood are just two of the things you can try in the many restaurants.

Did you know? Gondoliers have to face a strict exam in order to be given their title and Venice didn’t see its first female take up the job until 2010.

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Milan As a world leader in the fashion industry, Milan conjures up images of beautiful models strutting on catwalks and highend designer shops offering the perfect excuse for some retail therapy. The 21st century blends effortlessly with the Renaissance, as Italy’s second-largest city has reshaped its skyline with the addition of some breathtaking modern architecture. There are even plans for it to become Europe’s Silicon Valley with the like of Google, Microsoft and Apple creating permanent homes for themselves. Food and drink play an important role in modern day Milan too. Early evening, the pavement cafés are full of people conversing over after-work drinks and the city is proud to boast the secondhighest number of Michelin stars in the country. However, whilst the creativity of its residents has Milan looking firmly in one direction, there are still some important links to the past here. Not least the art collections found in the many museums and galleries.

Highlights • The Last Supper – One of the world’s most renowned pieces of art hangs in the refectory of the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie. Anyone lucky enough to get tickets will have 15 minutes to admire this masterpiece. • Milan Cathedral – The Duomo is built in Gothic style and is home to many artistic treasures. Those who make their way to the roof will be rewarded with unrivalled views of the city. • Galleria Vittorio Emanuele – Do what the Milanese do best and shop amongst the world’s biggest designer brands. Plus, the arcade itself is a piece of art dating back to 1867. • Sforzesco Castle – This impressive structure was once the home of the Sforzesco family but now hosts a range of museums. • Gallerie d’Italia – Proving that Milan has as much 20th-century art as that created during the Renaissance, this free gallery displays works by Canova and Hayez.

Did you know? The gargoyles on the façade of the Milan cathedral are available to be adopted. However, you will have to find a cool €100,000 to do so.

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Florence The capital of Tuscany is one of the most beautiful cities in the country and a delicious destination for true foodies. The locals have immense pride in the culinary history here, so whether you choose to dine in a traditional trattoria or from one of the modern food trucks, a mix of locally sourced ingredients and unmistakable passion will be felt in every bite. The different shades of red found on the houses and bridges combine with the sunlight reflecting off the River Arno to create a unique light. The many churches glisten during the day, holding secrets and stories of Florence’s history. For a small, and walkable, city there is a high concentration of art and architecture to see. Lucky, this can be enjoyed effortlessly by simply exploring the streets of the UNESCO-listed city centre and discovering world class museums and galleries. Florence is also the perfect base for visiting nearby Pisa, where the iconic Leaning Tower and vibrant piazzas await.

Highlights • Michelangelo’s David – One of the world’s most famous sculptures can be found at the Galleria dell’Accademia. You’ll have to queue but it’s worth the wait. • Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower – Known simply as Il Duomo, the giant dome at the top of the cathedral is the best place from which to see the whole of the city. • Ponte Vecchio – This renowned bridge is the oldest to stretch across the Arno and features many local stores. • Uffizi Gallery – Another of the city’s famous art spots, this is where you will find The Birth of Venus and Medusa. • Treat Your Taste Buds – There are so many gourmet delights to try here. From gelato to local wine, every meal will dance on your tongue.

Did you know? According to UNESCO, Florence is home to around a third of all the world’s art treasures.

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Netherlands The iconic symbols of the Netherlands - tulips and windmills - have become so universal because of the country’s geography. Flat land is perfect for agriculture and so it’s no surprise to see fields upon fields blooming with vibrant tulips during the spring. In addition, the brisk breezes from the North Sea led to many windmills being installed around the country, creating a milling industry which played a key part in its history. Many of these, such as those in Kinderdijk, are now part of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. As well as farming, the Dutch took advantage of the flat land, 20% of which lies below sea level, when deciding how to get around. Cycling is a way of life here, with more than a quarter of all journeys being taken on two wheels. The natives' love of their ‘fiets’ (Dutch for bicycle) has led to an extensive system of cycle paths being created, enabling locals and visitors to enjoy the beautiful scenery. If you are not already, a visit to the Netherlands is likely to get you acquainted with the Dutch Masters. Names such as Rembrandt, Van Gough and Vermeer appear in galleries in the major cities, whilst Dutch design can be admired in the form of iconic canals and charming fishing towns like Hoorn and Volendam. Whilst many countries in Europe have a café culture, this can be confusing in the Netherlands. The atmosphere of the cafés here is more similar to that of a pub, with people catching up over a local beer or Dutch gin. Brown Cafés, so called because of their dark-panelled interiors and smoke-stained walls, are the most widely seen examples of this, offering a cosy environment that bursts to life in the hours after people leave work.

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Amsterdam Amsterdam’s defining feature is the series of canals that winds its way through the city, creating picturesque scenes that glisten in the summer sun and feel magical in the winter snow. The streets that run alongside these waterways are full of cyclists, trams and pedestrians making their way to and from the city’s cafés, museums, shops and markets. Amsterdam is one of Europe’s great museum cities, many of which focus on paintings produced by some of the biggest names in the art world. Aside from these, the Anne Frank House offers a poignant look into the past and there are quirky institutions based on Dutch symbols like tulips and the canal boat. Whether you choose to rent a bike or a boat, or wander through the atmospheric lanes, this is a city where you never know what you are going to discover around the next corner.

Highlights • Rijksmuseum – Situated on the Museumplein with other great attractions, the Rijksmuseum showcases the history of Dutch art. • Anne Frank House – As well as the stirring museum detailing the atrocities the Nazis committed on the Jews, the annex where Anne’s family hid can also be viewed.

Did you know? Around 8,000 bicycles are dredged from Amsterdam’s canals every year, with thousands more still lying beneath the water. • Bloemenmarkt – The smell of tulips fills the air at this flower market, leaving the area awash with colour. • The Eye – A relatively new attraction, this interesting building over the IJ houses a film museum and a cinema. • Vondelpark – The main green space in Amsterdam is the perfect place to relax or catch a performance in the open-air theatre.

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Norway Norway has some of the most beautiful natural scenery in the world. The fjords are one of the most loved cruise destinations (for good reason) and they’re no less breathtaking when viewed from the shore. These striking inlets are home to excellent hiking trails, jaw-dropping waterfalls and fascinating wildlife. In short, from the shores of the Lofoten Islands to the peaks of the Lyngen Alps, Mother Nature took great care in creating this part of the world. With all these landscapes to explore, it’s no surprise that the country is a key destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Thrilling activities such as white water rafting and husky sledding are just a small taster of what is on offer. Plus, the remote areas where many of these take place provide the perfect conditions in which to see the Northern Lights and experience the long period of continuous daylight known as the Midnight Sun. If the natural aesthetics weren’t enough, man has added to Norway’s allure in various different ways. Colourful fishing villages reveal a slice of everyday life and a look into one of the country’s most important industries, whilst structures like the Tromsø Bridge force you to take a step back in admiration. This not only highlights Norway’s flair for design but also proves that its cities are some of the most charming in Europe.

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Oslo, Bergen & Tromsø These are three of Norway’s most popular and beguiling cities. Each has its own unique charm but they all have aspects that are instantly recognisable as Norwegian. Despite attractions dedicated to famous figures like Ibsen and Edvard Munch, the cosmopolitan capital of Oslo has both feet in the here and now. It has a thriving contemporary art scene, is littered with modern architecture and can offer restaurants that are able to go toe-to-toe with Europe’s elite. It’s also been named European Green Capital for 2019. Believe it or not, the city of Bergen used to be Norway’s capital. A quintessential fishing town, there is plenty of maritime history to look back on here. The coloured houses of Bryggen, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, bring the harbour to life and a growing student population ensures the vibe continues into the evening. As one of the best destinations in which to see the Northern Lights, Tromsø is the gateway to the Arctic. The landscape here is different to more southern Norwegian cities, with snow staying in the highest parts all year and everywhere else having a more rugged look. Its somewhat remote position shouldn’t lead you to think it’s quiet, though. With a packed calendar of cultural events and more pubs per capita than any other Norwegian town, there’s plenty going on within this part of the Arctic Circle.

Highlights • The Viking Ship Museum, Oslo – The Vikings are a big part of Norwegian history and this museum exhibits important finds and ships. • Akershus Fortress, Oslo – This castle was originally built in the 1300s but was modernised in the 17th century. • Bryggen, Bergen – The multi-coloured buildings on this iconic wharf include shops, restaurants and a museum. • Fløibanen, Bergen – A funicular will take you to the top of Fløyen, one of Bergen’s seven mountains. There are spectacular views at the summit and the option to hike back down. • Polaria – See what it’s like to live in the Arctic at this aquarium that also houses seals.

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Poland’s natural beauty largely goes unnoticed, but it is a surprisingly good destination for scenic walks. The mountains in the south are home to winding trails that take you through various different landscapes, whilst the lakes in the north provide the perfect setting for adventurous activities such as canoeing and sailing. Fans of hearty, home-cooked meals will be pleased to hear that this is what Poland does best when it comes to food. Many of the national dishes are born from humble beginnings but use local and sustainable ingredients to warm your stomach in a delicious way. You’re in luck if you have a sweet tooth, too. A wide range of decadent desserts can be found in restaurants and cafés to offer an indulgent snack or help you end a meal on a sugary high note.

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Warsaw & Kraków Following virtual destruction during WWII and the subsequent mistreatment by the Soviets, Warsaw is a city that has risen from the ashes. The scars of the past are still there for all to see, but educational museums and moving memorials deal with this respectfully and the Polish capital is now looking towards the future. Trendy neighbourhoods, excellent restaurants and lush green spaces ensure this gritty city is very liveable. In contrast, Kraków made it through the war relatively unscathed and, therefore, has many more examples of historical architecture. There is a whimsical vibe on the streets here, helped by the fact that the city is founded on stories of a dragon being slayed. The feeling of myth and legend is perpetuated by the beautiful medieval Old Town, the dramatic castle and romantic streets. There is a modern influence too, though, especially in the bars and restaurants that continue to pop up on the spirited back streets.

archaeological finds and creates mystery with the use of lasers and holograms. • Wieliczka Salt Mine, Kraków – On the outskirts of the city, you will find this vast salt mine which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Did you know? Warsaw is home to the world’s narrowest house. The Keret House is just 152 centimetres at its widest and narrows to just 92 centimetres in places.

Suggested holiday: Warsaw & Kraków Daily departures available

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Highlights • Royal Route, Warsaw – This path links some of the city’s most beautiful streets. Along the way, you will see the Holy Cross Church, where the heart of Polish composer Frederick Chopin is buried. • Museum of the History of Polish Jews – The vibrant multi-media displays here show what life was like in the Jewish community before the Holocaust. • Wawel Castle, Kraków – The city’s most iconic attraction houses a museum and is said to sit on top of a dragon’s lair. • Rynek Underground, Kraków – Immerse yourself in Kraków’s history under the main square. The museum features

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Portugal One of Europe’s most diverse countries to visit, Portugal has come a long way since the days when it was a maritime super power. Although its overseas territories are now limited to the Azores and Madeira, influences from former colonies such as Angola and Brazil are clear for all to see. As is the impact created by invading forces like the Celts, Romans and Moors. All of this means that Portugal is a country full of intriguing history and interesting architecture. The border with Spain is dominated by walled towns that were fortified by ancient monarchs, whilst stone carvings and megaliths in places such as Vila Nova de Foz Côa and Évora take you back thousands more years into the past. History isn’t the only draw of this unified country, though. There are many other reasons to visit, including the fantastic city breaks that can be enjoyed in the major destinations of Lisbon and Porto. Both of these showcase the country’s maritime heritage whilst also demonstrating its ability to create breathtaking modern buildings. Away from the cities, the call of the Algarve region is answered by keen golfers and those who love to relax on golden sands. The well-manicured courses here are routinely considered amongst the best in the world and the beaches offer a calming alternative to the surf hotspots of Ribeira de Ilhas and Super Tubos found further north. Finally, with national cuisine that features delicious custard tarts known as pastel de nata and Portugal’s national drink of port wine, it is impossible to overlook the food here. The fertile Douro Valley provides much of the vines used for the famous tipple, which can help you wash down the local seafood, olives, cheese and bread that are sure to also find their way onto your table.

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Algarve Characterised by award-winning golf courses and stunning beaches, the Algarve region invites travellers to relax and enjoy the surrounding scenery. The most popular resorts can be found in places such as Praia da Luz, Albufeira and Lagos, where the cloudless skies merge effortlessly with the azure sea to create a never-ending horizon. The sun-seekers on the south coast beaches are a stark contrast to the sights you will find along the west coast, including local fisherman hoping to land the catch of the day and birdwatchers catching a glimpse of the wildlife that makes its home here. Further inland, the authentic side of the Algarve can really be experienced. Small towns bustle with people making their way to the local markets, whilst castles overlook the action from their hilltop perch.

Highlights • Silves – A Moorish town that is dominated by red-roofed houses and a sandstone castle. • Cerro da Vila Ruins – The remnants of these former Roman villas are also joined by marks left by Moorish and Visigoth occupants. • Praia da Marinha – A beach that can offer more than just sunbathing, this is a popular spot for snorkelling and boat trips to explore the nearby caves. • Tavira – A great place to learn about all the different influences on Portugal over the years, Tavira is an ideal small city to explore. • Zoo Marine – Offering wild encounters with marine animals and birds, this attraction champions education and conservation.

Did you know? The ocean off the coast of the Algarve is home to the largest artificial underwater park in the world. Four Portuguese navy ships can be found on the sea bed, creating a thriving ecosystem that divers love to explore.

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Lisbon A trip to Lisbon can offer an action-packed city break filled with cultural attractions or a relaxing beach break that makes the most of the pristine beaches located outside the city centre. Most people choose to mix the two, whilst also making time for a bit of partying in the warehouse clubs along the waterfront or the neighbourhood of Bairro Alto, which comes alive after dark. As you stroll among the seven hills of this alluring city, the narrow alleyways and cobbled streets often present you with fantastic views. Why settle for a fleeting glance when you can take a seat in an authentic tavern and sample some of the famous seafood and sangria? You don’t have to tackle the steep hills on foot all the time, though, as the cable car and iconic trams are always on hand to whisk you off to a stunning cathedral or some ancient ruins.

Highlights • Belém Tower – Standing in the harbour, at the mouth of the River Tejo, this structure was built to guard the city. • Jerónimos Monastery – A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it was built to celebrate the discovery of India by Vasco de Gama and is the burial place for many historic figures. • Santa Justa Elevator – A lift might not sound like a highlight but the Neo-Gothic architecture has made it a must-see. At the top, you will be greeted with amazing views. • Tram 28 – Most of the trams rumbling along Lisbon’s streets are relatively modern, but the wooden Tram 28 takes you back to the 1930s. • National Tile Museum – Learn about the city’s striking blue tiles and how they came to be a symbol of Lisbon design.

Suggested break: 3 nights stay with 4* accommodation

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Did you know? Only five people in the world know the original recipe for Lisbon’s famous Pastel de Belém pastries. Besides the basics, the important ingredients are a closely guarded secret.

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Porto Porto shares lots of qualities with the capital city of Lisbon. The streets here are steep and narrow with trams running up and down them, the food is vibrant and fresh, historic architecture blends effortlessly with modern buildings, and ancient neighbourhoods allow you to see how the locals have lived their lives for so many years. Unlike Lisbon, though, the river that runs through the city plays a much more important role. As well as bringing tourists on river cruises, the Douro and its valley supply the perfect conditions for port wine to be produced. This waterways was key to Porto’s fortified wine making such a big splash in this region. Colourful houses dot the hills on the waterfront and traditional Rabelo Boats ladened with port bob up and down underneath the impressive Luís I Bridge. In the city centre, medieval walls are adorned with street art and baroque churches stand side by side with lofty bell towers.

• Church of São Francisco – With a Gothic exterior and Baroque interior, this church is illuminated by a golden glow. • Ribeira District – One of Porto’s oldest neighbourhoods, this is the heart of the city and the perfect place to relax with an evening drink. • Palácio da Bolsa – Once the setting for the Porto Stock Exchange, the lavish interior of the building is awash with chandeliers and frescos. • Serralves Museum – This contemporary art museum has regularly changing exhibitions and is situated next the beautiful villa of Casa de Serralves. • Taylor’s Port Cellar Tour and Tasting – As one of the most famous names in the world of port wine, Taylor’s is a great place to sample the local tipple.

Did you know? Before he was famous for his Parisian tower, Gustav Eiffel worked on the designs for two of Porto’s bridges. However, he left the project for the Luís I Bridge as he didn’t want to share the plaudits with his apprentice.

Suggested break: 4 nights stay with 3* accommodation

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Russia To say that the world’s largest country offers a diverse range of sights and experiences would be an understatement. This vast, often secretive, land is a melting pot of imperial cities, remote towns and beautiful natural landscapes. Its people, contrary to what the British media often portrays, are very friendly and all share the pride and passion for their country that you would expect from anyone living somewhere nicknamed ‘Mother Russia’. The most visited cities lie in Europe and are characterised by onion-domed churches and resplendent palaces holding mesmerising jewels and riches. Often thought to be a grey, concrete Soviet jungle, life here is much more colourful than you might expect. Art and history are behind some the most important attractions and literary figures like Tolstoy and Pushkin have left breadcrumbs all over these cities for those who are interested to follow. Within the more remote locations, things feel slightly different, but still unmistakably Russian. The locals’ penchant for vodka is unwavering and the architecture feels familiar in design, if a bit more spread out than in the major cities. Further east is also where you will find many of Russia’s most breathtaking natural spots. The giant Lake Baikal is the largest ice-free freshwater lake in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, whilst the Caucuses Mountains in the south offer excellent hiking trails and ski slopes. Obtaining a Russian visa may not be the most straight-forward thing in the world but, once done, the treasures of this enigmatic country are waiting to be discovered. And besides, our experienced team is on hand to help with the red tape that can otherwise put people off from visiting.

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St. Petersburg & Moscow A desire to showcase St. Petersburg’s prowess to the western world has left everyone visiting this imperial city with much to admire. Named after Peter the Great, the city is awash with stunning palaces and cathedrals that are now home to glistening art and treasures. As you walk along picturesque canals, you may wonder if you have been transported to Venice, a notion that will continue when you reach the widespread squares that contain some of the main sights. During the summer months, these areas are brimming with visitors making the most of the extended daylight known as the White Nights. In contrast to the former capital, the current capital of Moscow is home to more modern architecture and an outlook that is traditionally more Russian than European. Contemporary skyscrapers stand side by side with the iconic Seven Sisters communist buildings and life moves at a faster pace. That’s not to say that Moscow is lacking is history or beauty, though - far from it. The Kremlin and Red Square are perfect examples, whilst St. Basil's Cathedral shows the city can be just as alluring as its northern neighbour. Moscow is also Russia’s centre of performing arts, where ballet, opera and theatre will all combine to thrill and inspire you.

Highlights • Hermitage, St. Petersburg – One of the world’s largest, oldest and most popular museums is an absolute giant in the realm of art. • Peterhof Palace, St. Petersburg – Unimaginably lavish and elegant, this palace also has spectacular gardens that are topped off by the crescendo that is the Grand Cascade. • Russian Museum, St. Petersburg – Take a tour through the history of Russian art from the days of the Byzantine Empire to when Stalin ruled. • St. Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow – This is the original structure on which similar buildings are based. Its colourful onion-domes are now iconic. • Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow – One of the most beautiful theatres in the world, its intricate decoration is as alluring as the performances held on its stage.

Suggested break Moscow 3 nights stay with 4* accommodation

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Suggested break St. Petersburg: 3 nights stay with 4* accommodation

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Spain As Britain’s favourite holiday destination, the coasts of Spain are filled with sun-seekers every summer, who fly off to enjoy family breaks on the sands of some of the best beaches in Europe. If it is stunning beaches you are looking for, the Balearic Islands can also provide these in abundance. Along with a host of lively party locations, places like Ibiza, Mallorca and Menorca have plenty to offer travellers of all ages. Back on the mainland, you will find a whole host of passionate cities that are home to historic buildings, age-old traditions and delicious food. Signs of renowned civilisations that once conquered this land can be seen in the form of great ruins and striking architecture, whilst some of the most famous names in the world of art have also left their mark. Skylines designed by Gaudi and galleries filled with the works of one Pablo Picasso provide a small snapshot of the creativity that will always be evolving. One of the main reasons people head to Spain is for the sun and one region where it makes an appearance more than any other is Andalucía. Here, the skies are always blue, providing the perfect light in which to admire Moorish masterpieces such as Granada’s Alhambra Palace and Seville’s Alcázar. Whether you experience it whilst enjoying tapas in an authentic bar or during a vibrant Flamenco show, there is no mistaking the fervor with which the Spanish do everything they love. You may choose to resist joining in initially, but there’s no getting away from that fiesta feeling in the end.

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Ibiza, Mallorca & Menorca

Home to endless resorts that specialise in sun, sea and sand, the Balearic Islands are a perfect choice regardless of whether you are looking to party or relax. Whilst Ibiza is synonymous with the former, it is Menorca where you will find ideal spots in which to take it easy. Usually, quieter than the islands around it, Menorca was designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1993. As well as golden sands, there are rugged coastal areas protected by lighthouses and ancient megaliths with intriguing stories behind them. Although Ibiza has made its name as a clubbing destination, there is so much more to this beautiful island than live music and allnight bars. The spas and yoga retreats allow you to unwind before the water sports get the adrenaline pumping again. Add to that a historic Old Town and the mysteries surrounding the Es Vedra rock formation and you have quite a diverse destination.

themselves on the rocks below, things changed drastically with the introduction of this beautiful warning system. • Es Vedra, Ibiza – Plenty of myths and legends surround this 400-metre high rocky island off Ibiza’s south coast. There are also reports of it sending ship’s instruments haywire. • Talamanca Beach, Ibiza – One of the largest but quieter beaches on the island, there are plenty of bars and restaurants as well as the white sand. • Palma de Mallorca – Mallorca's capital can offer great shopping, interesting museums and the stunning La Seu cathedral.

Did you know? The ground in Ibiza is orange because of the tannins released by needles dropping from the many pine trees.

Mallorca (Majorca) offers more of the above with some fantastic dinner spots thrown in for good measure. Glorious views feature charming harbours, sweeping vineyards and craggy cliffs, whilst the nightlife can definitely hold its own against that of its noisy neighbour.

Highlights • Torre d’en Galmes, Menorca – An archaeological park featuring megaliths from the Bronze Age and other finds. • Cap de Cavalleria, Menorca – This piece of headland is home to the oldest lighthouse on the island. After years of ships wrecking

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Barcelona It’s not often that a major city offers art, history and beautiful beaches, but that is exactly what you can expect from Barcelona. Having spent a lot of his time here, much of the architecture is designed by Antoni Gaudí, culminating in the stunning, but unfinished, Sagrada Família, where he is buried. As you stroll between the unique neighbourhoods, you get a feeling for their subtle differences whilst also realising they are linked by Catalonian passion. From the shops and bars of the historic Las Ramblas to the modern buildings of Sant Martí, food is used as a form of communication and you’re never too far away from a fiesta.

Highlights • La Sagrada Família – Barcelona’s most famous landmark has been under construction since 1882 and is unique in many ways. • Park Güell – Admire some more Gaudí architecture in this sculpture park made to blend in with the nature around it. • Camp Nou – It’s impossible to navigate the city without hearing of its beloved football team. Visit this captivating stadium for a taste of the action. • Port Olimpic – This area is home to a harbour filled with luxury yachts and some of the city’s quieter beaches. • Mercat de Santa Caterina – Take a trip to this local market to sample some of the delicious morsels Barcelona can offer.

Did you know? There are 12 abandoned metro stations below the streets of Barcelona. Many people believe these are haunted and there are ghost tours available for the brave.

Suggested break: 3 nights stay with 3* accommodation

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Madrid & Seville Some cities can boast a world class art gallery or two, but few can lay claim to such a wealth of masterpieces like that found in Madrid. Names like Picasso and Goya resonate along the halls of attractions such as the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, whilst outside, every brick is purposefully placed to create architectural beauty. At night, the streets come alive with music and dancing, fuelled by moreish local cuisine. In contrast, it is the buildings that are Moorish in Seville. Standing tall, yet blending with those influenced by later empires, the signs of Arabic heritage are there for all to see. This is the birthplace of Flamenco and the perfect place to see it in all its glory. And as the passion spills out onto the streets, it’s used to drive energetic festivals such as the Semana Santa.

Highlights • Museo del Prado, Madrid – One of the world’s greatest art galleries. Look out for pieces by Velázquez, Botticelli and Albrecht Dürer. • Parque del Buen Retiro, Madrid – This relaxing park features fountains, ponds and some fascinating monuments. • El Rastro, Madrid – This busy Sunday market is home to treasures just waiting to be discovered. • Real Alcázar, Seville – A resplendent, UNESCO-listed palace with beautiful gardens, it is still used by today’s royal family. • Triana Neighbourhood, Seville – There’s no better spot to enjoy some tapas or a flamenco show than in this authentic district.

Did you know? Madrid’s coat of arms features a bear and a strawberry tree. The bear is said to represent the city’s council and the tree represents a treaty signed between clergymen and the council regarding the use of local forests.

Suggested holiday: Madrid & Seville

Daily departures available

Itinerary 1. UK - Madrid 2. Madrid - Seville 3. Seville 4. Seville - Madrid 5. Madrid - UK

What's Included • 4* accommodation • Return rail from Madrid to Seville • Return flights from UK

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Stockholm Spread over 14 different islands, Sweden’s capital city is dominated by water and the bridges that stretch over it. Whilst there may be a well-preserved medieval town at its heart, there is no doubt that Stockholm is looking firmly into the future. It was the first city to have the honour of being named European Green Capital, it is one of the five fastest growing areas in Europe, and regularly finds new ways of using technology to help its citizens live easier lives. What more would you expect from the city that hosts the Nobel Prize? For all the futuristic ideas, Gamla Stan, is still one of the highlights of any visit. This historic Old Town shows where it all started for Stockholm and features cobbled streets and palaces that belong in the pages of a book.

• Royal Palace – The fact that this palace features more than 600 rooms makes it one of the largest in Europe. • Skansen – This open-air, living museum will show you what life was like in this part of Sweden many years ago. • Vasa Museum – Named after a famous Swedish warship, this museum details its ill-fated and brief voyage in 1628. • ABBA Museum – Where better to indulge your guilty pleasure for this pop foursome than in their homeland? • Fika – This Swedish word describes the ritual of catching up with friends over coffee and a piece of cake.

Did you know? Stockholm’s metro stations are graced by beautiful artworks, earning the city the nickname of ‘the longest gallery in the world’.

Suggested break: 3 nights stay with 3* accommodation

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Switzerland Switzerland boasts some of the most breathtaking natural scenery in the world. Its serene lakes and commanding peaks can provide a mixture of adrenaline-filled outdoor adventures and relaxing breaks on which you can reconnect with yourself and the loved ones around you. Whether it’s a cable car ride to the top of Mount Titlis or a gentle cruise across the calm waters of Lake Geneva, this peaceful nation has so much to offer. Whilst the lakes and mountains are perfect for extreme sports and leisurely hikes, the major cities of Switzerland are ideal for a short city break. Destinations such as Lucerne, Geneva, Bern and Zürich are all home to fantastic cultural activities, Swiss delicacies and a laid-back way of life. As you walk through the quiet streets, you’ll be greeted by smiling faces, plenty of opportunities to shop, and numerous cafés and restaurants in which to grab an indulgent fondue or some of the worldfamous chocolates. What’s more, many of the major Swiss cities offer free transport for anybody staying in a local hotel. This makes travelling from one place to another really easy and, with the trains running as meticulously as the country’s timepieces, getting around is practically seamless. As a year-round destination, Switzerland can be a great holiday choice in summer or winter. When the sun comes out, people head to the banks of the lakes to cool off and enjoy a freshly caught feast, whilst the winter months bring ski enthusiasts to the Alps and give you an excuse to explore a museum or two (as if you needed one). Consistently ranked as one of the happiest and most liveable countries in the world, the people of Switzerland have power over any laws passed in parliament. However, they are unlikely to oppose the social rules that help to maintain peace and quiet every Sunday.

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Rail Holidays, Lakes & Mountains Largely thanks to the stunning landscapes that can be seen in every direction, Switzerland is the ideal location for rail holidays. Famous trains and their journeys include the Glacier Express, which runs between the resorts of St. Moritz and Zermatt; the Bernina Express, which begins in the country’s oldest city; and the aptly named Chocolate Train.

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You don’t have to take to the tracks to enjoy the captivating lakes and mountains of Switzerland though. Lakes Geneva, Lucerne and Thun can all be enjoyed on foot or via iconic steam ships, whilst the numerous cable cars and funiculars help you to navigate the surrounding Alps.

Highlights • Landwasser Viaduct – Standing 65 metres above the ground, this is one of the high points of a journey on the Glacier or Bernina Express. • Matterhorn – The famous peak, shaped like a witch’s hat, can be seen clearly from the Glacier Express. • Jungfraujoch – This is the highest railway station in Europe. It can be reached via the Jungfraubahn from Interlaken or Grindelwald. • Titlis Rotair – The world’s first rotating cable car will provide 360 degree views as you climb to the top of Mount Titlis. • Gelmer Funicular – The steepest funicular in Europe is more like a rollercoaster and takes brave travellers to the top of the peaks surrounding Gelmer Lake.

Suggested holiday: Magical Switzerland

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What's Included • 3* accommodation including buffet breakfast • Dinner in Zermatt • Excursions and Mount Titlis cable car ticket • Boat ride on Lake Zurich • Overseas airport return transfers • Return flights from UK

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• Rathaus (Town Hall) – Located on the pedestrianised Marketplatz, this Gothic building has a beautiful red façade and features restored paintings in its courtyard.

Situated close to the border with Germany and France, the Swiss city of Basel is influenced by all three countries. The beautiful River Rhine flows through the centre and becomes a social hub during the summer months. If they’re not swimming in the water, locals can be found enjoy something to eat or drink at the many open-air cafés along the banks.

• Tinguely Fountain – As well as a museum dedicated to this kinetic artist, there is a whimsical fountain created by Jean Tinguely in the city centre.

Basel is also known as a city of the arts. Its annual calendar is packed with important events such as Art Basel and there are over 40 different museums to discover. Incidentally, those operated by the state are free to enter on the first Sunday of every month.

• Spalentor – Although the walls of the Old Town were destroyed in 1866, this impressive gate still stands today.

• Basler Münster – The minster displays a mixture of Romanesque and Gothic architecture and is the city’s most recognisable landmark.

• 'Fähri' Ferries – These engineless boats are a peaceful and traditional way of crossing the Rhine.

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Suggested break: 3 nights stay with 4* accommodation

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Bern

If you are looking for a relaxing city break, look no further than Bern. As the saying goes, ‘Switzerland has watches, Bern has time’ and this can certainly be felt as you wander around the picturesque Old Town. This part of the city has been protected by UNESCO since 1983 and includes the historic Lauben shopping arcades (stretching for six kilometres) and the trustworthy astronomical clock. The scenic River Aare turns back on itself to create a loop that provides excellent photo opportunities. On its banks, an enclosure has housed brown bears since 2009. As the symbol of the city, the bear can also be found in chocolate and cake form within the many cafés that fuel Bern’s social coffee culture.

Highlights • Zytglogge – Bern’s astronomical clock tower has also been used as a prison and a guard tower in the past. • Einstein-Haus – Albert Einstein came up with his famous E=MC² formula whilst living in Bern. His former house features pictures, furnishings and texts. • Kunstmuseum – This is Switzerland’s oldest art museum and features thousands of works by greats such as Picasso, Van Gogh and Klee. • Federal Palace – This impressive building houses the Swiss national parliament and can be visited as part of a guided tour. • Rose Garden – The peaceful Rose Garden contains 223 different species of rose, among other plants. This is also a great place for views over the Old Town.

Did you know? The multi-coloured signs found in the Old Town were created to help illiterate French troops find their quarters after Napoleon conquered the city.

Suggested break: 3 nights stay with 3* accommodation

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Home to important international bodies such as the Red Cross and the UN, Geneva is known as the capital of peace and freedom. Like many other places in Switzerland, life is lived at a steady pace here, typified by lazy days spent by the lake in the summer. This laid-back atmosphere should not be mistaken for apathy though, as Geneva is at the forefront of both the food and art scenes in Switzerland. No less than 10 Michelin starred restaurants can be found within the city limits and you will also find the country’s largest contemporary art museum in the form of MAMCO. Navigating the local area is easy, whether you choose to travel by water or other means. Nostalgic Belle Époque era steam ships take people across Lake Geneva, whilst the free Geneva Transport Card will give you complimentary access to buses and trains.

Highlights • Jet d’Eau – More than just a water fountain, this is an iconic sight in Geneva’s harbour area. • Palais des Nations – Tour the European seat of the United Nations to see the rooms where important negotiations have taken place. • International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum – Detailing the 150-year history of one of the most important humanitarian institutions in the world, this museum is a real eye-opener. • CERN – Want to learn more about how the Large Hadron Collider works? Take a free tour of CERN and brush up on your particle physics. • MAMCO – The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art is housed in an old factory and features works from Switzerland and further afield.

Did you know? Every year, the start of spring is officially announced when the first bloom appears on the Chestnut tree outside the parliament building.

Suggested break: 3 nights stay with 4* accommodation

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Lucerne & Lausanne These two lakeside destinations may sound similar but they are located in different parts of Switzerland. Lausanne can be found on the shores of Lake Geneva and is known as the Olympic capital due to it being the base of the IOC. Tourism has really taken off here in recent years and the city is in the midst of a modern transformation. Happiness and quality of life are high, helped by the gourmet food options and efficient transport network. Lucerne sits on the banks of a lake which shares its name. The picturesque harbour area is joined by an historic Old Town which features impressive fortifications that date back to the 13th century, and an archaeological garden with findings that stretch much, much further back in time. Join the locals as they relax on the manmade beaches of Lake Lucerne and shop in the trendy Bruch District.

Did you know? With 28 metro stations, Lausanne is the smallest city in the world to have such an extensive rapid transport system.

Highlights • Olympic Museum, Lausanne – Look back at the history of the Games and discover what it takes to be a successful athlete. • Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Lausanne – Featuring beautiful and intricate stained glass windows and an organ with 6,000 pipes. • Chapel Bridge, Lucerne – An iconic sight across the River Reuss, this wooden bridge features paintings hanging from the

roof that detail the history of Lucerne. • Lion Monument, Lucerne – This moving carving of a dying lion commemorates the soldiers who died protecting King Louis XVI during the French Revolution. • Town Walls, Lucerne – The city walls are still intact in some areas. Of the nine towers that were built, four can still be accessed for great views of the lake.

Suggested break Lausanne: 3 nights stay with 3* accommodation

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Suggested break Lucerne: 3 nights stay with 3* accommodation

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Terms & Conditions All prices featured within this brochure are guide prices only and are based on low season departure dates at selected 2* to 5* hotels. Prices include flights and/or rail unless otherwise indicated, are per person based on two people sharing a room unless otherwise indicated and are subject to availability and change. 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. 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 re-assigned to another body, if that other body has paid sums you have claimed under the ATOL scheme.

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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. 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.

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 14 - 00 days

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

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

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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)

(d) an event which either ourselves, our employees, agents or suppliers and subcontractors could not, even with all due care, have foreseen or forestalled.

£ 20 per person

27 – 42 days

£ 30 per person

15 – 26 days

£ 40 per person

00 – 14 days

£ 50 per person

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 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

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

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 In some destinations a compulsory city tax may be applicable and will be charge to the you locally. We regret we are unable to offer you any assistance should a delay disrupt your itinerary. Any airline or other transport provider concerned may however provide refreshments and/or appropriate accommodation. We cannot accept liability for any delay 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

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.

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.

Refunds

Data Protection

Any amounts due to you will be paid upon request within 28 days.

Full details of our data protection policy are available upon request.

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

Disabilities and Medical Problems

(updated November 2017)

(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;

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.

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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:

(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

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Albufeira

89

Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Algarve

89

Geneva

Amsterdam

83

Gibraltar

70, 71

21, 23

Gruyères

101

Athens

72

Hamburg

54, 63

Augsburg

45

Hamelin Hanau

Antwerp

42, 52

Baden-Baden Bamberg

44

Hanover

Barcelona

96

Heidelberg

102

Basel

17

Oslo

85

Palmižana

30

Paris

39

Pisa

81

Plitvice

27

54

Pompeii

78

54

Porto

91

Portovenere

81

101, 104

54, 57 41, 52, 67

32, 33

Prague

Helsinki

37

Pula

31

Berchtesgaden

17

Historical Highlights of Germany

64

Ravnik

30

Bergen

85

Hohenzollern

41

Regensburg

48

50, 51

Hvar

30

Reykjavik

101, 103

Ibiza

95

Rome

30

Innsbruck

17

Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Bodensee (Lake Constance)

41, 53

Interlaken

101

Bremen

54, 55

Kassel

Berlin Bern Biševo

74, 75 78 41, 45, 49

Rüdesheim

41

54

St. Petersburg

93

Bremerhaven

56

Krakow

87

Salzburg

Bruges

21

La Gomera

25

San Gimignano

81

Brač

30

Lagos

89

Seville

97

Budapest

73

Lake Titisee

52

Siena

81

Budikovac

30

Lausanne

105

Split

Canary Islands

24

Leipzig

Celle

57

Linderhof Castles

Český Krumlov

33

Chianti

65

17, 19

27, 30

Steinau

54

17, 45, 46

Stiniva Bay

30

Lisbon

90

Stockholm

99

81

Lucca

81

Strasbourg

52

Chiemsee

17

Lucerne

Stuttgart

67

Cinque Terre

81

Madrid

97

Tallinn

36

Colmar

52

Mallorca

95

Titisee-Neustadt

52

Cologne

58

Marburg

54

Triberg

52

Copenhagen

35

Mechelen

22

Trogir

27

Dinkelsbühl

45

Menorca

95

Tromsø

85

Dortmund

66

Milan

80

Venice

79

101, 105

Dresden

51, 60

Montreux

101

Vienna

18

Dubrovnik

27, 28

Moscow

93

Warsaw

87

Düsseldorf

61

Mount Titlis

101

Weimar

68

Erfurt

68

Munich

17, 41,45, 46, 53

Florence

81

Naples

78

Frankfurt

41,45, 52, 54, 62

Neuschwanstein Castle

Freiburg

52

Nufenen Pass

Friedrichshafen

53

Nuremberg

Füssen

17, 45

Oberammergau

Würzburg

44, 45

Zadar

27, 31

17, 45, 46

Zagreb

27, 29

101

Zermat

101

Zurich

101

41, 47 45

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