Monthly Archives: November 2015

Christmas Markets in Europe

Christmas is here! So it is time to enjoy sharing and warming our souls with delicious treats, food, mulled wine and original crafted gifts. One of the places that gather the real joy of this beautiful season are the famous European Christmas Markets, and there are several across the main cities offering a unique and joyful Christmas experience.

Here is a selection of the most famous Christmas Markets among our main destinations that give you the opportunity to live in December an authentic European Christmas style. Our Christmas Markets themed tour includes the most traditional markets in London, Prague, Vienna and Budapest.

London

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For inspirational gifts and fun look no further than London´s Christmas markets and fairs. Among a bundle of special festive events you will find great foodie gifts, hand crafted presents and delicious glühwein (Spiced hot wine) to help you get into that merry spirit. Visitor can take a peek from several markets throughout the city, from traditional Southbank Centre Christmas Market with its wooden chalet stalls to the festive extravagance of Hyde Park´s Winter Wonderland with its giant observation wheel, ice rink and circus alongside the Christmas market. Here is a selection of the most popular:

  • Christmas Market at Tate Modern:
    The perfect place to browse handmade wooden toys, unique jewelry, and elaborated decorations and Christmas food delights.
  • Hyde Park Winter Wonderland:
    Enjoy Christmas at this great amusements park full of all kind of Christmas crafts, souvenirs, attractions and rides for the whole family. Take a ride on the Giant Observation Wheel and visit the Christmas circus and Cirque Bersek. If you like ice skating, visit Winter Wonderland´s ice rink, the biggest outdoor rink in the UK. Also at the Magical Ice Kingdom get close to ice and snow beast while exploring the chilly forest.
  • London Bridge City Christmas Market:
    Find handmade crafts from over 100 independent traders and check pop-up food stalls and bars serving Christmas cocktails, mulled wine, hot cider and craft beers. Enjoy the views of Tower Bridge and Tower of London; the location couldn’t be “More London”.

 Prague

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After enjoying the cheerful London Christmas markets, head to Prague a city full of the Christmas spirit. Walking through the Czech Christmas markets famous for its quaint display of wood stalls, warm your winter days with traditional dishes such as the delicious trdlo (sugared bread), original gifts, hot beverages, Christmas concerts and live nativities.  At the old city is the Wenceslavo Square Market and the famous Vinohrady at the Republic Square. Do not miss the lighting of the enormous Christmas tree.

Vienna

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When it becomes to Christmas Vienna it’s a must in your seasonal journey. The aromas of candied fruits, cotton candy and other delicacies found around the small wooden market stalls still retain their magical power.  At the city Hall Square is Christkindlmarkt the most traditional and oldest (dates back to 1294)  of all Christmas markets. Another famous market is at the Schönbrunn Palace where you can walk through its gardens, the Spittelberg or at the Karlsplatz square, and as we are in Austria there is Christmas music everywhere!

Budapest

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Budapest is another important spot for your Christmas special gift hunting and desire to live an authentic European Christmas style. Start savoring from sugary delights like Hungarian Christmas candy, cinnamon pastries and honey cookies, to freshly grilled sausages and Hungarian hot potato dumplings. Then head to the Vorosmarty Square Christmas Market where you can find plenty of goodies and beautiful gifts

So, If you want to experience Christmas like you never did before and discover Europe in a unique time feel free to contact us for more information.

 

Swarovski Crystal Worlds

Swarovski Kristallwelten (Swarovski Crystal Worlds) is one of the most beautiful themed parks in Europe.

It was opened in 1995 to mark the centennial anniversary of the company’s founding. Located at Wattens is one of Austria’s most popular attractions designed by the artist André Heller.

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Visitors are surprised, touched, and perhaps even transformed by crystal in all its facets in all of its 16 different wonder chambers. Each chamber is named and ornamented by themes; Blue Hall, Mechanical Theatre, Crystal Dome, Silent Light, Into Lattice Sun, Crystal Calligraphy, Ice Passage, Transparent Opacity, Studio Job Wunderkammer, La Primadonna, Assoluta, Eden, FAMOS, 55 Million Crystals, Reflections, and Crystal Forest will lead visitors through unique experiences at Swarovski’s Crystal World.

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This precious attraction has brought enchanted moments of wonder to over twelve million visitors from all around the world, and is waiting for you to experience the Giant with its unique exhibitions, astonishing crystal chambers and magical garden where you will encounter modern art as well as ancient history.

At Premium Incoming we specialize in bringing the best experiences. Contact us for more information.

 

48 Hours of Adventure in Andorra

Are you eager for some adventure?

The Principality of Andorra it’s the place this winter! The Principat d’Andorra it´s a sovereign microstate located in Southwestern Europe in Pyrenees between Spain and France and this year it becomes the perfect Winter Spot for your Christmas Vacations or Incentive Trip.

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Pack your coat, activate your adventurous spirit, and be ready to live the perfect 48 hours stay in Andorra. While visiting beautiful natural parks and landscapes, you will be able to enjoy of a great variety of activities such as snowmobiling, building your own Igloo, skiing, dog sledding, and relaxing at one world´s most famous spring water spas and more!.

Day 1

  1. Snowmobile:
    Get onto a snowmobile at Naturlandia and explore the scenery. The Park is located on the high plain in La Rabassa area.

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You can choose between going on a group excursion with a guide showing the way or doing your own thing on a marked, signposted circuit. Evening excursions are also available.

2. Lunch at Grandvalira Igloo Hotel:
The Grandvalira Igloo Hotel is built entirely from ice and snow. It is a real igloo, especially decorated by our artists where you can have a different lunch experience. The Igloo Hotel has 5 independent bedrooms with room for up to 6 people (one of them is a suite with an en-suite bathroom and private Jacuzzi), and public areas with a bar-restaurant, toilets, terrace and Jacuzzi.

3. Ski in Grandvalira:
Grandvalira is the largest ski resort in the Pyrenees. It is situated in the east of Andorra, has more than 200 km of slopes, and hotels at the foot of the slopes in Encamp, Canillo, El Tarter, Soldeu, Grau Roig…among all. Some of its many services include a ski and snowboarding school, equipment rental service, booking centre, restaurants, snack bars and terraces.

4. Dine at Restaurant Roc de les Bruixes
This is one of the most admired restaurants in the whole of Grandvalira, both for the quality of its mountain cooking with French, Andorran and Pyrenean touches and for the spectacular views of the valley from its magnificent terrace.  Located at 2,000 meters altitude, it opens its doors on Saturday evenings and special dates such as New Year’s Eve.

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The restaurant is located just a short distance from a rock with prehistoric drawings, which carries the name “Roc de les Bruixes” or “Witches rock”, and which gives rise to a legend: the devil was expelled by the good witches of the area and, falling into the abyss, he left the marks of his claws on the wall.

Day 2

1. Go Mushing:
Dog sledges offer a fun and fascinating experience to discover great landscapes during the trail while stretching out on the sledge and letting yourself be carried along or driving your own sledge.

2. Build an Igloo:
An innovative and different activity where you will learn to construct snow bricks as a genuine eskimo. During the activity you learn how to insulate with snow to protect against cold.

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3.  Lunch and Relax during the afternoon at Caldea Spa:
Under glass domes and with approximately 6,000 m² of water leisure areas, Caldea has a Spa Leisure Area in which water is the main feature in a magic atmosphere. Discover the pleasures and benefits of natural spa water through fun, enjoyment and relaxation. Hydro massage, currents, bubbles, waterfalls… spa water comes in all forms in Caldea to give a unique opportunity for relaxation and leisure.

We are sure that Andorra will exceed your desire for Adventure! At Premium Incoming we have a great variety of adventures and fun activities for your next trip. Contact us for more information…