People planning to travel abroad after the end of January will be required to have six months left on their passport in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
The edit comes in a government notice to the travel industry over passport validity changes should the UK fall out of the European Union without a deal on January 31st.
The key call to action is for customers to visit the HM Passport Office online passport checker on the government’s GOV.UK website to see if they are affected and renew their passport early if necessary.
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3 Countries Christmas Markets
The rumour goes that Santa actually comes from Valkenburg. You see, as the days get shorter, the fairytale setting of Valkenburg in the south of Holland transforms into a cosy and delightful Christmas town. This beautiful small town situated on the River Geul, can call itself the European city of Christmas. In Valkenburg, immersed in a magical atmosphere with a paradise of twinkling lights and beautifully decorated Christmas trees, you see, smell, hear and taste everything Christmas. Underground, you can visit the unique Christmas markets in the Gemeentegrot (municipal cave) and Fluweelengrot (velvet cave). In winter wonderland, at the Wilhelminagrot (Wilhelmina cave) be amazed by beautiful sand sculptures by artists from all over the world. Be sure to be back above ground in time to witness the fascinating Christmas parade with its illuminated floats and beautifully costumed dancers as they stroll through Santa’s village. Add to this the wonderful Christmas markets we visit in neighbouring Belgium at Bruges and in Monschau in Germany, this is a highly recommended seasonal holiday.
|4th – 7th December 2020||3 nights||Christmas Markets Tour||£385pp|
|3rd – 6th December 2021||3 nights||Christmas Markets Tour||£395pp|
Half Board. Single Supplement £48pp.
The Valkenburg Walram Hotel
The Walram hotel is an original 18th century farmhouse that rests on the remains of the old city walls, a location that offers a source of inspiration. Combined with modern facilities, a unique combination has been created where past and present meet. The hotel offers 106 comfortable rooms all characterised by a contemporary ambience in an atmospheric, nostalgic setting. Along with the wide range of contemporary amenities including an infra red sauna, a heated swimming pool and free WiFi, Hotel Walram treats its guests to the best of both worlds. Partly due to its central location on the edge of the town centre and flanked by unique nature reserves, the hotel is the perfect base for enjoying the Christmas town.
Day 1 – Ferry from Dover to Calais then onto Valkenburg for your 3 night stay.
Day 2 – A day at leisure in Valkenburg, a fashionable and fortified town situated in the unusually hilly Dutch province of Limburg. Valkenburg’s attractions include a castle, museums, numerous bars, cafes and the highlight of the tour – the Valkenburg Christmas Market. The little spa town of Valkenburg comes alive with the advent of its Christmas Markets with stalls uniquely located inside caves (please note there is a small entrance charge to enter the caves) which are protected from the elements and open late into the evening.
Day 3 – The Monschau Christmas Market is small but beautiful. In December 1999 the town received an award for being one of the most beautiful Christmas Markets in Western Germany. Throughout the weekend there are free and exciting programmes including live brass band concerts, a living manger at 3pm and 5pm and Santa Claus who visits Monschau’s Christmas Market in the afternoons and evenings.
Day 4 – Depart the hotel after breakfast and make your way into Belgium with a stop at Bruges. Medieval Bruges known as the Venice of the North has a beautiful setting and is host to one of the most famous Christmas Markets in Belgium, offering the best of winter products, Christmas gifts and warm gluhwein and snacks. We then continue onto Calais for your early evening ferry and home.