Experience the delights of a traditional English Christmas on the 6 day seasonal break in London and York. A short break for last minute Christmas shopping in London, before boarding a train to head north to the historic city of York, to revel in delights of a traditional English Christmas. Sumptuous local food, a midnight service at one of the finest cathedrals in Europe and that most traditional of English Christmas activities; a Pantomime!
Day 1, December 21st: Arrive in England at one of the London Airports, to be met by your personal chauffeur, who will transport you smoothly to you hotel, right in the heart of the city. This first day is set aside for recovery and acclimatisation in London. If time and jet lag allow you could take one of the open topped bus tours around London to see some of the sites which would be heavy going on foot, and some which you can return to later. If you choose to arrive somewhere other than London we can adjust things accordingly.
Days 2-3, December 22nd-December 23rd: London. Beyond description in this small space. The sites, the museums, theatres, lights, shops, and the people, make London a unique city to experience at Christmas. Take a sail on the River Thames up to the Tower of London, visit St. Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey, drop in to Buckingham Palace to watch the Changing of the Guard, get wrapped up warmly and have a stroll in St. James’s Park. The list is endless.
Day 4, December 24th: Your adventure continues as you board the train and head north through the English countryside to YORK. A city dominated by its 13th century cathedral, or minster as they call them in Yorkshire. This city was founded by the Romans and was the Viking capital of eastern England. Exploring this ancient and fascinating city before getting down to the serious business of reveling in the Christmas festivities. Mulled wine, mince pies and midnight service at the Minster, before retiring to wait for Father Christmas - remember to tell him where you'll be!
Your hotel is right in the centre of York, within a few steps of the Minster and walking distance of everything worth seeing. This is how the Christmas programme looks. After arrival and settling in, fit in some last minute shopping, seeing the city bedecked and at its best and busiest, before it closes for Christmas. Return to your hotel in time to enjoy a delicious Afternoon Cream Tea, In the evening, from 6:30 pm, join your fellow revelers for a Champagne and Canapés Reception - with local Carol Singers. Dinner is a 4-Course Menu - with an emphasis on good local Yorkshire produce, Midnight Mass at York Minster, followed by night-cap of warming mulled wine and mince pies.
Day 5,December 25th: Christmas Day. In the morning there is time to open your presents or build up an appetite strolling around the medieval city or taking a walk by the river before enjoying a Traditional Christmas Dinner. The afternoon is reserved for much groaning after dinner, watching the Queen's speech (a fine old English tradition) or just snoozing gently in a quiet corner. In the evening, for anyone who is still a little peckish there is a Grand Carving Buffet served from with Whole Salmon, Sirloin of Beef, Seafood and Salads.
Day 6, December 26th: A Choice for today. Another fine old English tradition; a trip to see the Pantomime at York’s Grand Opera House. or a tour of the Minster with a local guide, then a wonderful and scenic trip in a luxury coach, to the delightful market town of Thirsk, made famous by James Herriot, who wrote "All Creatures Great and Small".Then back to York for a Boxing Day Dinner. This ‘final’ evening will again feature local produce and seasonal dishes in a 4 course menu.
Day 7, December 27th: Taking the train back south to London.
Day 8, December 28th: Your last day in England, as you try to see all the things in London that you did not see at the start of the trip.
Day 9, December 29th: Back home to irritate friends and relations with “Christmas in England” stories. If you would like to spend Christmas in another location in the U.K. we can offer Christmas packages in Edinburgh, Surrey, Kent, Sussex, Hampshire, North Yorkshire, Warwickshire, and Snowdonia. If your choice still is not on that list, tell us and we will rise to the challenge!
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