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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.

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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.

Newmarket Holidays / Lapland Christmas Day Trip

Newmarket Holidays have been in business  since 1983, putting together holidays with a difference, which represent excellent value-for-money each and every time. In 2013, Newmarket Holidays have a special festive new addition to the portfolio which will astound and delight children across the UK. As part of the Day Trips by Air catalogue, a visit to Lapland to meet the real Santa Claus is available on selected dates throughout December, from a variety of UK airports.

The Lapland adventure begins with flights from the customer’s chosen airport early in the morning on the selected date, landing in Pajala in Swedish Lapland. On board children and adults alike can take advantage of the in-flight catering, which is included in the price of the trip, while looking out of the window for the first glimpse of the winter wonderland destination. Upon arrival, all travellers are Newmarket Holidaysfitted with protective thermal clothing to cope with the sub-zero temperatures before being transferred to the beginning of the secret path through the forest, which leads to Santa’s very own log cabin. Here children are able to meet the real Santa Claus and receive an early Christmas gift. While this is, of course, the highlight of the day, the fun does not stop here.

Also included in the price of the Lapland trip are two exciting sleigh rides, one husky-drawn and one with Santa’s very own reindeer leading the way. A high-powered snowmobile ride awaits the thrill-seekers and there are opportunities for toboggan rides, snowball fights and snowman building. A two-course hot lunch is served during the day and tea, coffee and hot chocolate are available to warm up cold hands. The traditionally dressed Sami hosts are on hand at all times. This festive adventure will prove to be the trip of a lifetime for young children everywhere. All activities, transport and catering are included in the quoted price, and early booking means that for every adult traveller a child goes half-price.

A festive visit to Lake Constance | Newmarket Holidays

The Lake Constance break offered by Newmarket Holidays is the perfect choice for those who want to get away from it all during the Christmas Season. The price includes a four-night stay in a beautiful hotel, which is located close to the famously scenic ‘German Riviera’ shore, half-board accommodation (with a number of delicious, festive meals), and a programme of fascinating tours and activities.

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The trip begins with a flight to Zurich, after which you will be transferred to your hotel. The festive-themed programme includes traditional gingerbread and gluhwein on Christmas Eve, as well as a hearty lunch and a decadent feast on Christmas Day. Throughout the course of your break, a tour manager from Newmarket Holidays will be available; they can serve as a tour guide as you stroll around the stunning lake area, and during your visits to Meersburg, a medieval town, and Minaau, the ‘flower island’, where you’ll find the Butterfly House and the wintry parkland.

There will also be an opportunity to visit Lindau, an idyllic island town, which is considered to be one of the greatest treasures of southern Germany. The final optional excursion is a trip into Vorarlberg, an Austrian region famed for its picture-perfect scenery. During this tour, you will get to admire the beauty of the local area, from a cable car, before returning to your hotel, via Bodensee.

The Hotel Fohr, where you will stay, is just two hundred metres from the shores of Lake Constance, and is also conveniently close to the town centre. Combining German hospitality with modern amenities, the hotel is warm and welcoming. Offering rooms with telephones, mini-bars, and cable television, the hotel also has a charming restaurant that serves a combination of sophisticated international dishes and hearty local cuisine.

This break offers excellent value for money, and so is ideal for those who are on a tight budget but want to treat themselves to a holiday over the Christmas period. The total price is inclusive of the services of the tour manager, transfers to and from the hotel, return flights to and from Zurich, one night of full-board accommodation, and three nights of half-board, as well as a two-course lunch and a five-course supper on Christmas Day. In addition to this, it also includes trips to the aforementioned islands of Lindau and Mainau, as well as the gingerbread and Gluhwein that will be served on Christmas Eve.

Booking an Affordable Getaway with Newmarket Holidays

Newmarket HolidaysThere are many important factors to consider when booking a holiday. The quality and the reputation of the tour operator are important, but price can also influence the type of holiday chosen. Newmarket Holidays prides itself on not only offering a quality service, but affordability for its customers.

Newmarket Holidays’ reputation within the industry is highlighted by the awards it has received during its 30 years in business. In 2011 and 2012, the British Travel Awards judged Newmarket Holidays as the ‘Best Tour Operator’ first for coach holidays, and in 2012 for holidays to Italy. It is also proud to partner with the Royal British Legion in their Remembrance Travel programme of escorted tours.

Newmarket Holidays employs nearly 200 members of staff in its Surrey offices, all of which are dedicated to providing customers with a smooth holiday experience from start to finish. Customers can choose from a range of holidays and a variety of destinations depending on their budget. The Newmarket Holidays Customer Services Team can advise on the best holiday options for the customer’s requirements.

Newmarket Holidays also offers discounts for customers travelling as a group. Parties of more than 10 and groups who make repeat bookings are all eligible for a discount. The Group Travel Service specialises in catering for those wishing to travel as a group, whether it be colleagues, club members, friends or a school group. Newmarket Holidays can even tailor the itinerary to suit the needs of the party.

The Study Experiences division focuses on educational trips for schools and colleges. Prices start from £39 per student, with discounts for repeat bookings, meaning that booking a trip with Newmarket Holiday can be an affordable option for schools.

Newmarket Holidays has an extensive portfolio of destinations to choose from. All air holidays are ATOL protected, and accommodation and transport is arranged by the Newmarket Holidays team. Customers can choose from a UK destination such as Belfast, Orkney and the Scottish Highlands or opt for warmer European climes such as Italy, Portgual or France. Customers wishing to go further afield can book a unique tour around India, China, Thailand or the USA with Newmarket Holidays.

Newmarket Holidays’ combines value for money with a wide range of holiday options to find the right holiday for its customers.