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Early booking discount

Book before 30 April 2014 to receive a discount of £15 per person.

Tour highlights

  • Bristol and its Christmas Market
  • Bath, a UNESCO World Heritage City
  • Bath Christmas Market
  • Avon Valley Railway
  • Lacock Abbey and village
  • Day 1 - Meet in Bristol

    Bristol

    Your tour begins in Bristol, where your Tour Manager meets you at the 4-star Mercure Bristol Holland House Hotel or 4-star Novotel Bristol Centre. After settling in, we transfer by coach to to the city's atmospheric Christmas Market. Decked with sparkling lights, the market has a nativity display and a giant advent calendar, in addition to wooden stalls selling gifts and traditional German food and drink. Later we return by coach to the hotel, where we enjoy a glass of mulled wine and dinner together.

    Dinner

  • Day 2 - The Avon Valley Railway and Lacock

    Christmas celebration

    We head to Bitton by coach, to join the heritage Avon Valley Railway for a journey through the charming wintry scenery, with a festive mince pie during the steam-hauled trip*. Later we visit Lacock, an idyllic medieval village of stone cottages and crooked lanes, untouched by modern development; here there are no phone masts or electric streetlights. Many period dramas, such as the BBC series of Pride & Prejudice and Cranford, were filmed here. Your time in Lacock is yours to spend as you wish. Our visit includes entry to Lacock Abbey which is decorated for Christmas. Its ornate cloisters are a delight to discover. We then return to Bristol by coach, where you are free to dine out this evening.

    Breakfast

    *Steam-hauled services used wherever possible.

  • Day 3 - Bath and its Christmas Market

    Bath

    After a leisurely start, we travel by rail to the Georgian city of Bath. Packed with architectural wonders, Bath is a UNESCO World Heritage site. On arrival we enjoy a guided tour, where we will see the striking Pulteney Bridge, King's Circus and of course the glorious Royal Crescent. After our tour you are free. Perhaps visit the famous baths, sample the buns in Sally Lunn's Tearoom or admire the Grand Pump Room, familiar from the Jane Austen novel Northanger Abbey. The Christmas Market is also one the highlights at this time of year. Held by the Abbey, the 140 decorated stalls offer tasty treats and mulled wine, along with a range of gift ideas. Later we return to Bristol by rail, for a final dinner in the hotel

    Breakfast, dinner

  • Day 4 - Homeward bound

    Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol

    This morning our tour concludes, and you are free to depart at your leisure.

    Breakfast
    These meals, where shown are included in the price of your holiday

  • Please note

    Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.

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  • Our tours include rail travel, transfers, a Tour Manager, quality hotels and many meals
  • Enjoy a full programme of exciting excursions, guided tours and sightseeing
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