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Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam | Newmarket Holidays

Brimming with sensory delights, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam are a trio of Southeast Asian countries well worth visiting. The best way to see all three countries on one journey is to travel Newmarket Holidaysalong the Mekong Delta, taking a scenic cruise. Escorted holidays such as those offered by leading UK travel specialist Newmarket Holidays can be among the best ways to discover these countries. Such holidays enable customers to enjoy comfortable accommodation and transportation, as well as fascinating itineraries and the services of a professional, friendly Tour Manager.

Thailand is understandably a top destination for travellers from all around the world. The capital, Bangkok is a bustling city of contrasts, ultramodern and historic all at once. Traditional markets, historic architecture and stunning vibrancy combine to create an unforgettable city. And, as a whole, the nation’s  warm, laid-back locals, complex culture and tradition and great, great food all combine to create a destination that almost all travellers will want to experience for themselves.

Travellers can venture from Bangkok, via a network of canals, to Cambodia. There, travellers love to visit Angkor Thom, the site of the astounding Wat, Cambodia’s most iconic site. Beyond that, Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh, is home to numerous sites of historic interest as well as a stunning Royal Palace. From there, travellers can go along the Mekong Delta, with its floating markets, bougainvillea and rice paddies, to reach Vietnam, and the stunning sensory delight that is Ho Chi Minh City.

Ho Chi Minh City is a delight in more ways than one. A modern metropolis in which bicycles outnumber cars 100 to one, the city formerly known as Saigon is also filled with tree-lined boulevards and colonial architecture. In fact, the reminders of French colonial rule are virtually countless, creating a fascinating and unique overall atmosphere and what could be considered the world’s original ‘fusion’ cuisine. Vietnam is justifiably famous for its cuisine, and there is nowhere better than Ho Chi Minh City to sample some of the best Asian food available, and on a reasonable budget as well.

As they journey across all three countries, travellers will encounter an enchanting land that is lush and verdant as well as culturally vibrant. Moreover, with a good value for money escorted holiday like the one offered by Newmarket Holidays, they can be sure that enthralling Asian metropolises like Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City will truly come to life without completely breaking the bank

Christmas Cruise on the Rhine with Newmarket Holidays

Newmarket HolidaysBook one of Newmarket Holidays’ memorable holiday cruises through the romantic Rhine Valley during the season when every village and town is all dressed up for Christmas. Join the cruise ship Olympia in Boppard, 20 km south of Koblenz, on the left bank of the Rhine river. Boppard itself features all the elements of an unforgettable holiday. Festive holiday lights, traditional ethnic holiday foods, sightseeing and shopping fill in an otherwise relaxing cruise down the Rhine river. Indeed, quiet lanes, lively plazas and colourful culture greet guests from their first night of the tour until the time they disembark for the trip home.

The Middle Rhine

Relax as the Olympia glides down the river to Rüdesheim, an area famous for its exceptional wines. Travellers have a terrific view of mythical castles and waterside villages, and then the ship sails around the foot of the famed Lorelei  rock. One legend about this landmark is that a maiden cast herself into the Rhine in despair over love lost; the Lorelei rock produces an echo said to be her cry.

Experience this romantic old town during the Christmas season, including the legendary Christmas Market with 120 stalls, representing 12 countries, offering Christmas traditions, customs and merchandise from around the world. Many travellers choose to take the optional excursion to the famous Siegfried’s Mechanisches Musikkabinett, a surprising assembly of 18th- and 19th-century mechanical musical instruments, which play themselves as the tour walks by.

The Olympia travels downriver to arrive at historic Koblenz, where the Rhine meets the Moselle river. With its wealth of historic buildings and cultural monuments, cosy lanes and its relaxed atmosphere, guests feel right at home while exploring. Koblenz’s Christmas Market offers a variety of concerts, nostalgic rides in carriages, and certain gastronomic delights found only at this time of year.

Newmarket Holidays Services

This Newmarket Holidays river cruise offers full-board accommodation, including breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as afternoon tea and evening snacks. Each evening, onboard entertainment is provided; additionally, guests are welcome to attend a cocktail party in greeting and the Captain’s Farewell Dinner. Newmarket Holidays cruises include onboard commentary in English for its English-speaking customers, and the services of a friendly and helpful Cruise Manager.

Booking a Christmas cruise with Newmarket Holidays is as easy as picking up the telephone or heading to the company’s website, where a plethora of information is available on all Newmarket Holidays’ tours. The friendly Customer Service Team is always available and happy to help answer questions and make arrangements. As one of the UK’s largest independent tour operators, Newmarket Holidays prides itself on the outstanding customer service and tremendous value it provides.