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English Christmas Markets 2020 (departs 07 Dec 2020)

Price: R 30,065.00


6 nights, London round-trip.

Visiting 1 country: England.

When it comes to wrapping up warm and enjoying the magical chill of Christmas, there's nowhere quite like England - and on this seasonal tour of the country's most festive attractions, we'll find ourselves getting into the spirit of things in true English style. From London to Bath, the Cotswolds and back again, we'll experience Choral Evensong services, delve into the traditions of bygone times - and of course, explore plenty of Christmas markets along the way.

The Back-Roads Difference

  • Attend an atmospheric Choral Evensong service at Bath Abbey.
  • Visit charming villages and local Christmas markets in the heart of the English countryside.
  • Enjoy Christmas at Kew: a unique blend of mesmerising Christmas lights and garden trails.

Booking Details for this Small Group Tour

Selected departure date: Prices per person sharing from:*
07 December 2020 R 30,065.00 pps

* 10% saving on selected departure already included.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 - London - Hampton Court - Winchester

After meeting the group in London, we’ll set our sights on the first festive stop of our trip: the magnificent Hampton Court Palace, which will be bursting with Christmas decorations at this special time of year. Then: it’s onwards to Winchester, where we’ll pay a visit to the Cathedral’s Christmas market – which is regarded as one of the best in Europe. With over 100 chalets to explore, it’s the perfect place to pick up a gift or two for your loved ones back at home – so you’ll be free to stroll the stalls at your leisure before we head inside to enjoy a tour of the Cathedral itself. Later on, we’ll reconvene to share a delicious welcome dinner (and toast the start of our trip).

Accommodation: The Winchester Hotel & Spa (or similar)
Meals: Dinner

Day 2 - Winchester - Salisbury - Bath

This morning we'll leave Winchester behind and set a course for Salisbury - where a tour of the magnificent Salisbury Cathedral awaits. After that, it's all aboard the mini-coach as we make our way to historic Bath. This afternoon, we'll take to the 'Ten Tree Trail' in search of the ten charming Christmas trees strewn throughout the city. Of course, we’ll also take the time to soak up the atmosphere at the award-winning Christmas market before we retire to the hotel for the evening. What a day!

Accommodation: The Abbey Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 - Bath

We’ve a full day to spend in Bath today – and where better to begin than the famous Roman Baths? Here, we’ll receive a fascinating insight into what local life was like 2,000 years ago as we peruse the artefacts and architecture on a guided tour. Later on this afternoon, we’ll roll up our sleeves for a Christmas cookery class – where we’ll learn the secrets behind the perfect mince pies and mulled wine (cheers!). After dark, we’ll take our seats in Bath Abbey for a spine-tingling Choral Evensong service.

Accommodation: The Abbey Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 4 - Bath - The Cotswolds

Before we hit the road again, we’ll have just enough time to visit the museum at No.1 Royal Crescent – a Georgian house that has been decorated and furnished just as it would have been in the 18th century. Then, it’s off to Cirencester, where we’ll add to our Christmas present collections at the town’s charming Christmas market. Later this evening, an old-fashioned Christmas experience awaits us in Stratford-upon-Avon – where we’ll visit Shakespeare’s birthplace and learn more about the Christmas traditions of the 16th century. With traditionally decorated houses, mulled wine and warm mince pies – not to mention a short theatre performance – it’s the perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit.

Accommodation: The Kings Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 5 - The Cotswolds - London

This morning we’ll take in some quintessentially English country scenery as we make our way through the picturesque Cotswolds region en route to London. When we get there, there’s a spellbinding treat in store for us: a visit to Christmas at Kew. When we get there, we’ll follow the illuminated trail through the world-famous gardens, stopping to observe the magical art installations that pepper the trees, buildings and water.

Accommodation: TBC
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 - London

After this morning’s breakfast, we’ve a full day to spend seeking out London’s seasonal highlights – starting at the fascinating Charles Dickens Museum, where we’ll have the opportunity to wander the very rooms where the author wrote Oliver Twist, Pickwick Papers and Nicholas Nickelby. Our second stop of the day will be the iconic Covent Garden Market, where we’ll have plenty of time to browse the shops and experience the festive atmosphere. And this evening? We’ll come together to round off our last night in style: by sharing a traditional English Christmas dinner (with all the trimmings, of course).

Accommodation: TBC
Meals: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 7 - London

This morning you’ll have some free time to take it easy at the hotel before we gear up for the grand finale: a matinee Christmas show in the legendary West End. When it’s over, it’ll be time to say goodbye. Merry Christmas, one and all!

Meals: Breakfast

Validity Selected departure on 07 December 2020 (other departures available)
Currency NB. Our prices are quoted in ZAR, and subject to exchange rate fluctuations.
Tour Identifiers BEHEMLL-0
Inclusions • 6 Breakfasts & 4 dinners
• 6 nights in boutique accommodation
• Premium mini-coach transportation
• Experienced Driver and Tour Leader
Exclusions • Flights and taxes.
• Visas (if required)
• Travel insurance.
• Transfers other than mentioned above.
• Anything of a personal nature.
• Driver/tour leader gratuity is at your discretion.
• Lunches (unless otherwise stated), social drinks, meals on free nights.
• Entrance fees when not listed in the schedule of inclusions.
• Occasional optional evening theatre/festival visits and entrances not detailed in the tour inclusions.
• Incidental expenses, such as room service incurred at hotels. All expenses are to be settled prior to leaving the accommodation.
• Laundry costs and any shipping charges for the return of purchases made on tour, or for the return of property lost on tour.
• Pre and post tour accommodation other than mentioned above.
T's & C's • Prices per person and subject to change due to availability and exchange rates.
• Deposits: R3000 deposit to secure booking.
• Final Payment: 65 days prior to departure.
• Promo T & C’s: The 10% saving is valid on UK & Europe 2020 tours, select departure dates only. Valid only for bookings made between 3 July – 30 September 2019. 10% offer is not combinable with any other discount. Subject to availability at time of booking.
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