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Tips and must-visit places, in­clud­ing stay­ca­tion of­fers.

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. charles@roc­co­forte­ho­tels.com. 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

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