You can tailor make your Christmas and New Year holiday by rail to exciting destinations throughout Europe including Italy, Switzerland, France, Spain, Germany and Austria.
Why not explore a Christmas market? The beauty of these is that they still convey a real traditional Christmas feel and many gifts are not mass-produced, instead they are craftwork of real quality. Each market has its own character, developed over the centuries and built around regional specialities or local customs. Here you can find all kinds of Christmas goodies and presents, especially traditional items such as crib figurines, toys, wood carvings, marionettes, candles and lambskin shoes. Many are difficult to resist – as are the warming glass of delicious mulled wine, the sizzling sausages or hot chestnuts with their evocative aromas that are so welcome on crisp winter days.
Celebrate Christmas in true style in the magical city of Venice. Treat yourself to the charm and delights of incomparable Venice over the festive season. A short break in this most romantic of cities is the ultimate Christmas gift.
We have just got back from our trip to Lake Garda and I just wanted to thank you for all your firm did to make it memorable. My husband has never been a very good traveller and gets anxious about complicated arrangements. I won’t say he was never anxious this time either, but he did admit he didn’t really need to be. All the arrangements worked seamlessly. We enjoyed all the hotels for different reasons. The Wellenburg in Zurich was very comfortable and central enough for us to make the most of our short time there. We really liked the Villa Rosa: very stylish and comfortable room and very good food. The service was good too. We had one day going about the lake on a ferry: first to Sirmione, then to Garda, where we had lunch and then to Torri, which was our favourite– very, very pretty and not as overrun with people as Sirmione was. We went to Verona one day and took the bus tour to save my legs, and the last day we just stayed in Desenzano, visiting the Roman Villa in the morning and watching the fireworks (which we didn’t know were going to happen) from our room at night. The scenery on the trains was fabulous, as we expected, but the icing on the cake was definitely the Grand Suisse Majestic in Montreux. Very F. Scott Fitzgerald, I thought and as we sat eating our dinner on the terrace as the sun set behind the mountains we both thought, “It just doesn’t get any better than this!” So thank you again.