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Grand UK Holidays boosts Christmas markets range

30th August 2011


Escorted holidays specialist Grand UK Holidays has added a holiday to Valkenburg’s famous Velvet Cave Christmas markets to its winter 2011-12 programme.

Based in the Dutch town of Valkenburg, the new escorted touring holiday also features excursions to Christmas markets in Monschau in Germany, Maastricht in Holland and Liege in Belgium. The five-day trip costs from £299pp.


The over-55s operator offers several other Continental Christmas market options, as well as new holidays in its UK festive range.

The Continental options include the ‘Festive Folkestone & Bruges Christmas Market’ holiday (five days, £239pp), and the ‘Pre-Christmas Treats and Continental Christmas Markets’ break, based in Ostend (five days, £269pp).


Grand UK’s Christmas markets programme in the UK has seen significant additions, as demand continues to rise for festive escapes combining Yuletide entertainment with plenty of retail therapy.

New for 2011 is the ‘Dickensian Christmas’, based at Warner Thoresby Hall in Nottinghamshire, which includes excursions to Newark, Lincoln and the Peak District plus a trip to the pantomime performed by the Thoresby Players (five days, £329pp).

Another new tour is the ‘Winter Wonderland’ break at Warner Holme Lacy House in Herefordshire, with trips to Hereford, the Wye Valley and Worcester, along with seasonal entertainment (five days, £329pp).


The ever-popular ‘Thursford Christmas Spectacular’ features again this year – those visiting last year may have seen a certain couple, Prince William and Kate Middleton, on their first public outing since announcing their engagement.

There are eight other UK Christmas market holidays, in destinations such as Bath, Birmingham, Lincoln, York and Nottingham.


Harold Burke, sales director at Grand UK Holidays, said: “We introduced escorted tours to UK Christmas markets a few years ago and they have proved a huge success, and we are also seeing a resurgence of popularity for traditional Continental markets as the over-55s age group seems undeterred from travelling.”


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