Best Spots To Christmas Shop
When an authentic Christmas experience means cobbled lanes covered in fresh snow, a steaming hot beverage in front of a glistening tree and the warm glow of lights in a dressed shop window, tour operator DialAFlight can recommend the best ways to escape the wet and gloomy UK. Travel to Prague for medieval settings, tour the best city spots in Germany for Europe’s finest Christmas markets or head to Washington for boutique buys, with prices from just £328 per person.
ATMOSPHERE - PRAGUE
This enchanting city full of cathedrals, towers, church domes and pretty bridges is especially attractive with a fresh dusting of snow at Christmas time. The medieval Old Town in the city centre is a labyrinth of cobbled lanes, courtyards and hidden churches beneath a magnificent ninth century castle. Head to Staroměstské Náměstí (the Old Town Square) for the biggest and most beautiful festive market, in the shadow of a giant Christmas tree, there’s a visit from St Nicholas on 5 December who hands out treats to children. Czechs traditionally eat carp (yes, the fish) as a delicacy for Christmas dinner, look out for the street sellers with their freshly caught live produce.
DialAFlight is offering three nights at the five-star Boscolo Prague Hotel from £328 per person (saving 10 per cent). Valid for departures from 1 November – 25 December, the price includes accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis in a deluxe room and flights from London with British Airways. Just a short walk from the Old Town Square, this grand hotel boasts a luxurious spa and five restaurants.
MARKETS - ULTIMATE GERMANY
For those that can’t get enough of pop-up festive shopping, take a four-night tour of Germany’s finest Christmas market stops and try more types of bratwurst and stolen than can ever be imagined. Visit Frankfurt for a steaming cup of the city’s famous Applewine and the marzipan delight of Bethmännchen. Journey to Leipzig for the world’s largest free-standing advent calendar (at 857m2!) and 250 differing stalls. Then see Germany’s oldest Christmas market in Dresden, reaching back to 1434, which is the best place to pick up unique craft items including pottery, blown glass and Dresden’s traditional Pflaumentoffel, a chimney-sweep figure made of prunes.
DialAFlight is offering a four-night German market tour from £575 per person (saving £45 per person). Valid for travel on 4 and 5 December, the price includes accommodation in four-star hotels on a bed and breakfast basis and flights with Lufthansa. Visit Frankfurt, Leipzig, Dresden, Schneeberg and Bamberg.
ALTERNATIVE AMERICA – WASHINGTON, DC
A fabulous alternative to popular New York, head to Washington, DC for a varied array of retail options including the boutique shops of riverside Georgetown, vintage shopping and cool eating along the trendy U Street Corridor, plus over 60 seasonal stalls at the Downtown Holiday Market. See the giant Christmas tree outside the White House with its collection of smaller surrounding trees marking each state or territory. Stay at the totally cool Helix, a Kimpton Hotel which is ideally located within walking distance to all the main city sights.
DialAFlight is offering a four-night trip to Washington, DC from £685 per person. Valid for travel from 22 November – 13 December, the price includes accommodation at Helix, a Kimpton Hotel on a room-only basis, a free 24-hour ‘hop-on, hop-off’ city tour and flights from London with United Airlines.
For more information or to speak to a knowledgeable and friendly advisor just call DialAFlight on 0844 556 6060 or visit www.dialaflight.com.
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