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Looking for fun experiences on your next grand European holiday? These deals include hotels, sightseeing and addons. Just decide where you want to head to and book those flight tickets. CELEBRATE OKTOBERFEST IN MUNICH LIKE A LOCAL What’s the most famous German festival without the quintessentially Bavarian lederhosen and dirndls? Until October 3 The Charles Hotel is collaborating with traditional costume designer Sarah Tack of Dirndl Liebe to create made-tomeasure dresses for hotel guests. The designer will be on-site at the hotel with a tailor in tow and will help assemble the entire outfits from the clothes to accessories such as jewellery, plait wreaths and charivari charms etc. The best part? The service is complimentary for guests staying at the hotel during the duration of Oktoberfest. Standard rooms from Dh2,600; email info. firstname.lastname@example.org. GAZE AT ART IN PARIS Paris isn’t just the fashion capital, it’s also an art hub. To celebrate the 44th international art fair FIAC (International Contemporary Art Fair) 2017 that’s happening from October 19-22, the Le Royal Monceau-Raffles Paris is giving art lovers a special package that includes one night in a studio room with two breakfasts, a personalised tour of the Vide ton sac exhibition by the French artist Fred Allard as well as a comprehensive tour around the hotel to explore the private 350-piece artwork collection. Guests will also receive two VIP tickets to the FIAC at Le Grand Palais. DhD4,230; call +33 (0) 1 42 99 98 81 or visit leroyalmonceau.com. ROW THROUGH PRAGUE BY BOAT Glorious, gothic Prague can get a tad too touristy at times; cut through the tourist traffic on the Czech capital’s ancient cobbled streets and discover its stunning architectural monuments like the Charles Bridge and the National Theatre by boat. The Mandarin Oriental, Prague’s Prague by Boat package includes a 60-minute private cruise aboard an elegant catamaran on the Vltava River and water channels of Lesser Town with gourmet treats on board. The package also includes accommodation and daily breakfast. From Dh2,284 at mandarinoriental.com; valid until October 31.
ABOVE: Get into the spirit of Oktoberfest with traditional German clothes and jewellery. BELOW: Le Royal Monceau-Raffles Paris’ art collection