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Festive 5 day Tour of English Stately Homes in December

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Festive 5 day Tour of English Stately Homes in December

A Grand tour of English Stately Homes at Christmas. Blenheim Palace, Chatsworth House and Shugborough Hall in all their festive glory. Also  visits to historic Buxton and Bakewell in the Peak District, Stratford-upon-Avon and  illuminations in London.

Highlights

London Admire the city's Christmas lights and decorations on an orientation tour.

Blenheim Palace Visit this magnificent stately home.

Buxton Discover the spa town in Derbyshire.

Bakewell Explore this quaint town in the heart of the Peak District.

Chatsworth Guided visit of Chatsworth House.

Stratford-upon-Avon Visit Shakespeare's birthplace and see Anne Hathaway's cottage.

Description

Take a grand tour of English Stately Homes at Christmas. See the magnificent Blenheim Palace, Chatsworth House and Shugborough Hall in all their festive glory.

Your trip includes visits to historic Buxton and Bakewell in the Peak District, Shakespeare's birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon and you will get to see the impressive illuminations in London.

Schedule

Day 1

ARRIVE LONDON

Welcome to London! Meet your fellow travellers and Travel Director before enjoying a Welcome Reception in an historic London pub. See the city's fantastic illuminations during your orientation tour.

Admire the impressive lights and decorations in Oxford Street and Regent Street. View Harrods' Christmas windows, renowned for their festive displays, and St. Paul's Cathedral, which is dramatically illuminated throughout the holiday season.

Hotel: Hilton Olympia 

Day 2

LONDON - BLENHEIM PALACE - BUXTON (2 NIGHTS)

Visit Blenheim Palace for a truly magical Christmas experience. Estate-grown Christmas trees sparkle in the Great Court and sumptuous decorations adorn the State Rooms and splendid halls.

See the Palace and its courtyards turned into a winter wonderland, with glowing fires providing a warm welcome. Wreaths and miniature trees add to the traditional Christmas atmosphere in the Great Hall and Long Library. Dine tonight at your hotel in the scenic Peak District.

Hotel: Barcelo Buxton Palace 

Day 3

BUXTON SIGHTSEEING

Explore the scenic spa town of Bakewell in the heart of the Peak District National Park. Celebrate the spirit of Christmas with a guided tour of magnificent Chatsworth House, which is magically transformed for the festive season.

Admire the grand halls and rooms bedecked with exquisite lights and decorations, and see a wonderful display inspired by classic Christmas carols. Enjoy a sumptuous two-course Highlight Christmas Lunch with all the trimmings.

Day 4

BUXTON - WEDGWOOD - STRATFORD-UPON-AVON

Stop in Stoke-on-Trent for a visit to the Wedgwood Fine Bone China Factory. Enjoy a Local Speciality demonstration on the manufacture of this beautiful porcelain.

Later indulge in a delicious traditional English Cream Tea. This afternoon travel to Stratford-upon-Avon for free time for sightseeing and Christmas shopping.

Hotel: Mercure Shakespeare

Day 5

STRATFORD-UPON-AVON - LONDON

Stratford-upon-Avon is steeped in history and culture. Visit the house where William Shakespeare was born and raised. See Anne Hathaway’s cottage where she lived before marrying the Bard.

Stop in Oxford for a short walk in this city famed for its university. Visit one of the prestigious colleges (when open). Later return to London where your Christmas adventure comes to an end.

Additional Information

Dining

4 breakfasts.

Highlight Christmas Lunch.

1 English Cream Tea.

2 evening meals:

Welcome Pub Reception at a traditional London pub with your Travel Director.

1 three-course dinner.

Travel Highlights

First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.

All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.

Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an onboard restroom.

The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey. A stylish wallet, travel documents, keepsake booklet and map.

London airport shuttle service available. Conditions apply.

Audio Headsets For all guided visits and included sightseeing.

Complimentary keepsake photo and My Journey book.

These tours are very popular and sell out many months in advance

This is the 2013/14 price and is subject to change Christmas 2014/5

 

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