Summer's here – so thoughts turn to Christmas!
By hrbrsd | Friday, June 21, 2013, 14:21
The summer's barely begun but hundreds of West Country travellers are already thinking of the end of the year – booking visits to Christmas markets!
West coach holiday specialists Bakers Dolphin say there has been unprecedented demand in the region to visit markets in Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany and across the UK.
Sales and Marketing Director Amanda Harrington said: "It now seems to be a part of the Christmas tradition for some people to get in the festive spirit early by visiting a Christmas market.
"People have been disappointed in the past that their favourite destination is booked up so we are finding them making bookings earlier each year. The markets started in Germany but have now spread throughout Europe and we are also running tours from the South West to Lincoln and to Portsmouth and Winchester.
"Most popular so far has been our four day tour to Valkenburg and Aachen. Because the Valkenburg market is in the candlelit caves and have so many handmade arts and crafts and it is just £299 it seems to have the right combination of interest and low price."
The Christmas festivities are so popular that Bakers Dolphin has produced a Festive Breaks brochure for customers and has organised special luxury gold coach excursions to the Christmas markets this year.
Said Amanda Harrington: "With on-board DVD, multi-track sound system and fully reclining seats with extra legroom the gold coaches provide a luxury way for people to visit these markets. They can be hectic affairs when you get there so people seem to prefer to travel in comfort and luxury.
Early booking are also being taken for pre-Christmas turkey and tinsel breaks and for breaks staying away for Christmas itself. These include themed event breaks to Disneyland Paris and Jersey's popular Fete de Noue.
All tours can be found in the Bakers Dolphin Festive Breaks brochure. To request a copy or book a holiday call 01934 415000 or visit www.bakersdolphin.com