Lawrence Peachey

In what year did you start working for Fred.\ Holidays?

I started working for Fred.\ Holidays in January 2013, but I have 25 years of experience in selling holidays.

What is your particular area of expertise?

My area of expertise would have to be European holidays. For 28 years, I’ve been selling holidays to Germany, Austria and Switzerland especially. I also represent the Hotel Jardín Tecina and Tecina Golf in the UK and Ireland and have visited the island of La Gomera on many occasions. I am still in awe of the natural beauty and unspoilt landscape.

Which countries have you visited?

I’ve been to most of Europe including Turkey and many Former Soviet nations. I’ve also been to North America, Malaysia and India.

What would be your dream holiday destination?

I like City Breaks – Berlin is a particularly fascinating city, which is constantly changing. Bordeaux has a particularly relaxing feel to it and also excellent wine. Bavarian towns and cities offer great beer and local traditions. But above all, I would love to go to Alaska – it has been on my bucket list for years.

Describe your favourite cruising experience

Cruising in the Baltic was particularly a treat – coming into Stockholm with the many little islands was a sight never to be forgotten.

Describe your favourite Christmas market experience

I have visited over 45 Christmas Markets and there a few that stand out. Dresden is a particularly good experience as the markets ooze tradition. There are some unusual markets, for example, Wartburg Castle offers an impressive setting and there are items on sale that I have never seen at other Christmas markets. For a first-time experience of Christmas markets, I would recommend traditional favourites such as Cologne, Munich, Berlin, Bremen and Hamburg – all of which offer a good starting point. Frankfurt also has a very small but beautiful market and it is also ideally placed to allow further travel to the markets of Mainz and Wiesbaden.

Describe your favourite summer land-based holiday

I really enjoyed last years’ holiday on the island of La Gomera. Great walking, beautiful scenery, my first game of tennis for nearly 25 years, swimming, great hotel, great food and most of all relaxation!

What would you recommend for families?

There are so many options. Europa Park in Germany is a great Theme Park for all ages. The Lakes and Mountains of Germany, Austria and Switzerland offer many great walks, water sports and beautiful towns to be discovered. The Canary Islands offer sun, sand and sport!

What would you recommend for couples?

A city break is always good fun for couples and offers many different activities. At Fred.\ Holidays, we can tailor make a city holiday that incorporates two, three or more destinations with a variety of different travel options.

What makes Fred.\ Holidays different to other tour operators?

We tailor your holiday to fit your requirements and, although we have contracts with most hotels, we have no obligation to use one hotel chain over another. We also offer a range of immersive excursions including opera and sporting events. We are also able to provide taxi transfers and we take pride in attempting the ‘impossible’.



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