Grand UK Holidays launches biggest ever festive selection
12th May 2011
Grand UK Holidays has significantly increased the number of festive holidays it offers in the UK and Europe.
Its new winter 2011-12 brochure features a fresh range of Turkey & Tinsel breaks, more Continental Christmas markets, extra UK festive markets and new Christmas holidays in Europe.
Harold Burke, sales director at Grand UK Holidays, said: “This is our widest range to date of festive holidays and reflects the growing demand for festive product.
“Many of our customers take more than just one holiday a year so celebrating with like-minded folk at Christmas time is becoming increasingly popular.”
Highlights of the new European programme include trips to enjoy Christmas markets in Nuremburg and along the ‘Romantic Road’ in Germany, plus a holiday based in Austria which visits Salzburg and Munich markets.
Another new break takes customers to Valkenburg’s Velvet Cave Christmas market, in Holland, with exciting excursions to Germany’s Monschau and Aachen, and Belgium’s Liege and Maastricht markets.
Customers who wish to spend Christmas itself in Europe can choose from one of four new tours to the Continent, which depart on 21st or 23rd December.
Grand UK’s domestic Christmas markets programme 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.
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.
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.
Harold added: “Our festive selection has gone from strength to strength each year so we are greatly expanding the range on offer to cater for the excellent demand.
“We introduced escorted tours to UK Christmas markets a couple of 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.”
Other additions for the 2011-12 programme include two new escorted tours to see the spectacular Dutch Floriade show in 2012.
Held once every 10 years in the Netherlands, the Floriade is a stunning horticultural expo featuring more than 100 exhibitors from dozens of countries.
Grand UK has introduced two other new tours taking in the best of the Continent in spring - Rhine & Moselle Springtime Spectacular, and Secrets of the Grand Duchy & The Moselle Valley.
The operator is also tapping into the growing ‘TV tourism’ trend with a new escorted tour entitled Lark Rise to Downton Abbey.
The five-day holiday is just one of 18 new tours which feature in the new winter 2011-21 brochure.
Other new tours in the 2011-12 programme which will appeal to ‘TV tourists’ include Nostalgic Norfolk, which offers the chance to see the National Dad’s Army Collection and Back to the Good Old Days, which recreates the fun of the long-running variety BBC show, The Good Old Days.
Commemorating the sacrifices of an earlier generation is the theme of another new tour, Remembering Heroes, which visits sites from World War One, including Passchendaele and Ypres, plus the Kent Battle of Britain Museum and Spitfire and Hurricane Memorial at RAF Manston.
For bookings, call 01603 619933 or see www.grandukholidays.com.