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Join street party in Edinburgh, ring in New Year in Venice

Plan your year-end holiday with the help of travel experts

Whether you're longing for peace and quiet after frantic Christmas festivities, or ready to party like it's 1995 - a destination escape over the New Year is always a good idea.

For an effortless, authentic and fun holiday, book a trip and let the travel experts, such as Trafalgar, help you organise your new year celebrations. Here is a list of selected European holidays that will set you up for a New Year you will never forget.

STREET PARTY FESTIVITIES IN EDINBURGH

The world has New Year, and Scotland has Hogmanay. Edinburgh is a city that knows how to party and it is now widely agreed that the hugely popular Street Party is one of the most happening places to be on Dec 31.

Celebrate at the Edinburgh Castle and meet people from all over the world who have gathered for the countdown to the new year. From music concerts, to street parties, there will be four fireworks displays set against the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle. Trafalgar's six-day Real Britain departs on Dec 29.

LONDON FLOAT PARADE

Check out London's annual parade that takes place on New Year's Day where over 10,000 participants from 20 countries will perform. From colourful floats to marching bands, acrobats, dancers and clowns, the parade begins at the famous Ritz Hotel, passes through Piccadilly Circus, to Lower Regent Street through Trafalgar Square and Whitehall and ends at Big Ben.

Be ready for the amazing showcase of fireworks over the river Thames as Big Ben strikes midnight.

ULTIMATE ITALIAN HOLIDAY

Visit Italy's most famous and best loved cities on a Great Italian Cities 10-day trip departing on Dec 28 where you will toast New Year's Eve in Florence.

Recognised as the birthplace of the Renaissance, you will find this city at its most energetic on this day. Visit the different parties in a number of Piazzas, or head to the main outdoor event at Piazzale Michelangelo. Expect fireworks to light up the sky at midnight.

EUROPE'S BEST BITS IN ONE WEEK

Those seeking a European winter escape after the busy festive season will appreciate a holiday in which all the details are taken care of.

Starting and ending in London, the seven-day European Highlights itinerary travels through Belgium and then to Amsterdam, the Rhine Valley and Switzerland where guests will revel in the beautiful alpine scenery and magnificent views across Lake Lucerne.

The journey continues on to the Burgundy wine region and finally the bright lights of Paris.

Guests will spend New Year's Eve in the German city of Heidelberg and enjoy a celebratory dinner with their fellow travellers.

Combine cultural traditions of the Far East and Old World as you visit this medieval city and head for Brückenaffe, the Bridge Monkey of Heidelberg.

As the Chinese Zodiac Year of the Monkey draws to a close, rub the mirror on the monkey for good wealth.

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