English Christmas Markets 2022

6 nights from £2049

English Christmas Markets | BRT
Start:London
Finish:London
Duration:6 Nights
Group size:10 - 18
Suitable for: 13-80
Physical rating:Low
Diets:Vegetarians
Tour operated in: English

Overview

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 historic Bath 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.   .......read more
Highlights
  • Experience the magic of winter in Bath and attend an atmospheric Choral Evensong service at the 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

Itinerary

Steeped rich history and time-honoured traditions, London is where we’ll meet for the start of our festive journey through England. After settling into our hand-picked hotel, we’ll come together to share a traditional English Christmas dinner with our fellow travel companions. Here’s to a week full of Christmas festivities!

Accommodation: Wellington by Blue Orchid (or similar)

Meals: Dinner

After reconvening at breakfast this morning, we’ll take in London’s iconic landmarks on a Christmas-themed city tour with a local guide. Following that, 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. Tonight, we have the evening free to admire the capital’s glittering Christmas-light displays, explore the array of gastronomic options or put our feet up back at the hotel.

Accommodation: Wellington by Blue Orchid (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Today, we’ll board the mini-coach and make tracks for Cirencester, where we’ll add to our collection of Christmas presents 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 Arden Hotel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast,Dinner

This morning we’ll take in some quintessentially English country scenery and enchanting rural villages as we make our way through the picturesque Cotswolds region en route to 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: Abbey Hotel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

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 this afternoon, we’ll roll up our sleeves for a Christmas cookery class – where we’ll enjoy our sumptuous creations for lunch and learn the secrets behind the perfect mince pie. After dark, we’ll take our seats in Bath Abbey for a spine-tingling Choral Evensong service.

Accommodation: Abbey Hotel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast,Lunch

Before we hit the road again, we’ll have 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 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. You’ll be free to stroll the stalls at your leisure before we head inside to enjoy a tour of the magnificent Cathedral itself. Later on, we’ll reconvene to share a delicious group dinner and toast to the incredible time we’ve shared.

Accommodation: Winchester Hotel & Spa (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast,Dinner

Before making our way back to London, we’ll set our sights on the final festive stop of our tour: the magnificent Hampton Court Palace, which will be bursting with Christmas decorations at this special time of year. Once we arrive in the capital, it’ll be time to say goodbye. Merry Christmas, one and all!

Meals: Breakfast

What's Included

Included
  • Entrance Fees
  • Accommodation
  • Fully Guided
  • Guide
    Experienced Back-Roads Tour Leader and Driver
  • Transport
    Premium mini-coach transportation

Not Included
  • Airport Transfers at Destination
  • International Travel
  • Country Entry Visas

FAQ

All Entrance fees listed are included
Please see your local governments for rulings on destination Visa's
Yes, All guides are English speaking
Yes, please request at time of booking
Yes the Coach is air-conditioned
Yes there is - 20kg and a max dimension of 158cm (W+D+L)
A Small supplement, but dedicated allocation on every tour
18 is the maximum on any tour
At the discretion of the guest
Guests from all over the world could be joining you
A Tour Leader and separate driver will take you on your journey

Dates

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03-Dec-2022
6 Nights
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03-Dec-2022
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03-Dec-2022
6 Nights
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10-Dec-2022
6 Nights
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10-Dec-2022
6 Nights
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10-Dec-2022
6 Nights
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17-Dec-2022
6 Nights
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17-Dec-2022
6 Nights
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Touring with Back-Roads Touring

With more than 30 years’ experience in small group and tailor-made tours across the UK, Europe and Asia, Back-Roads Touring is truly the original Small Group Touring company.

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Their award-winning tour leaders are committed to delivering the ‘Back-Roads difference’ whether that be dining with the group, offering the flexibility to change the itinerary, giving personal recommendations for lunch or bringing each destination to life with their insight and knowledge. Their Tour leaders are dedicated to delivering a truly authentic, personalised experience. The Back-Roads Difference inludes:

  • Small Groups of up to 18 passengers (14 for Asia)
  • Scenic Back Roads, avoiding Motorways
  • Premium Mini-Coach transportation
  • Handpicked Boutique Accommodation
  • Leisurely Paced Itineraries
  • Culinary Discoveries
  • Authentic Local Experiences

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Start:London
Finish:London
Duration:6 Nights
Group size:10 - 18
Suitable for: 13-80
Physical rating:Low
Diets:Vegetarians
Tour operated in: English
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