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The Leipzig Christmas Market features the world’s largest free-standing advent calendar

run up to the festive season.” With more than 150 festive

favourites, Germany is home to a selection of the world’s best Christmas markets, such as Nuremberg, Cologne and Stuttgart, Bowers explains. “Other smaller markets you

could recommend include Bonn – Beethoven’s birthplace – and historical Dresden. We offer a host of great-value packages to many of these destinations,” he says. Europe’s other offerings should be

kept in mind too, he says. “In Austria, Vienna’s six markets

are great for getting into the spirit of the season early and avoiding the crowds. Belgium is fantastic for clients looking for gourmet delights, chocolate souvenirs, and Brussels for its ice-skating rink. And if customers are looking to visit somewhere closer to home, they have York, Harrogate, Bath and Edinburgh.”

Three of the best

UK Bournemouth will be awash with Christmas cheer, with streets lined with stalls selling a selection of seasonal produce. Shearings’ Bay Inclusive Bournemouth & Salisbury Christmas Market package is a Yuletide highlight and will see clients explore the Bournemouth Christmas Festival, see medieval Salisbury and take a trip to Winchester. Book it: Shearings is offering the five-day package from £149pp, which includes four nights at the Bay Majestic Bournemouth Hotel, full cooked breakfasts, three- course evening meals, four drinks vouchers per person and return coach travel. Based on November and December 2016 departures.

Europe Shearings’ Munich & Fairytale Castles Christmas Market should add something extra to the seasonal atmosphere. Clients will visit Munich’s Christmas Market, one of Germany’s oldest, before visiting Linderhof Palace (one of King Ludwig II’s fairytale castles), then shopping at Ulm Christmas Market and the markets of Stuttgart. Book it: Shearings’ seven-day Munich package is priced from £399pp and includes six nights half- board accommodation at the Hotel Goldene Rose and return coach travel. Available for November and December 2016 departures.

River cruise The Christmas Markets on the Rhine package gives clients a chance to voyage onboard MPS Rotterdam,

Christmas markets on the Rhine

taking in Rudesheim and Bonn Christmas markets, see the town hall advent calendar in Koblenz and enjoy Cologne’s festive markets. Book it: The seven-day Christmas Markets on the Rhine itinerary is priced from £499pp and includes four nights full-board, a captain’s dinner, overnight stays on outbound and return journeys (coach only) and return coach travel (rail and air options are also available). Based on November and December 2016 departures. ■

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4 nights full board from £449^

including optional travel insurance provided by Cigna Insurance Services (Europe) Limited, or a reduction of £11 if not required

Including: 11 meals  Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner  Visits to the Christmas markets in Düsseldorf, Bonn and Cologne  UK travel service  Return coach travel via Eurotunnel or P&O Ferries  Optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights and much more…

Itinerary includes: Arnhem  Düsseldorf  Bonn  Cologne.

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Price per person based on two people sharing on December 16, 2016 departure, onboard Regina Rheni II and includes offer discount, with return travel from Folkestone to Arnhem, by coach via Eurotunnel or P&O Ferries, returning from Cologne. ^Book by Nov 11, 2016: SAVE £100 per person on all cabin grades. Holiday code: XX583. Saga Holidays are for anyone aged 50+. A travel companion may be 40+. This is not a brochure. Terms and conditions apply. To claim your vouchers, simply email with booking details. NHA-GH5993

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