Historic Cheshire is beautiful at all times of the year, but at Christmas, it takes on a particular magical glow. Enjoy exploring this gorgeously quaint town as it fills with the festivities and delights of the Christmas season.
Meet your Tour Manager at the elegant 4-Star Grosvenor Pulford Hotel & Spa located just outside Chester. During our introductory welcome meeting, we enjoy a hot drink and some mince pies. The rest of the day is at leisure, until dinner, where we are welcomed by a Town Crier, who entertains us with a talk during our meal.
It is Christmas Eve in Chester, and we embark on a delightful and informative guided tour. We see some of the main sights in Chester, including the ancient Walls, and the intricate and elegant Eastgate Clock. The clock has stood on the site, which marks the entrance to the original Deva Victrix Roman fortress, since 1897, and is thought to be the second most photographed clock in Britain. We also walk by Chester Cathedral, and by the beautiful river.
After our tour, we venture to Dunham Massey by coach. Here, we are enthralled by the beautiful Christmas Lights Trail, which adds a touch of mystical beauty to the scene, and really adds to the majesty of this festive season. We return to our hotel for dinner this evening.
Our entire day is at leisure today, with the main focus being on the delights of Christmas fare. After breakfast, you are at leisure, perhaps to partake in a festive quiz. Lunch is served with all the trimmings, ahead of an afternoon at leisure, where you can choose to partake in the blackjack and roulette tables. This evening, there is a light festive buffet, followed by a live disco.
Today, we cross over the border into North Wales, and Llangollen Wharf. Here, we take a boat journey across the Pontcysyllte aqueduct, the highest of its kind in the world, and the oldest of its kind in Great Britain. This aqueduct has carried boats over the valley cut by the River Dee since 1805, and boasts of 18 enormous spans. So incredible is the feat of engineering posed by this aqueduct, it has been given UNESCO World Heritage status.
After our trip, we walk to the railway station for a return journey on the Llangollen Railway to Carrog. This route takes us through some of Wales' most beautiful countryside, and is a delight to journey on. This evening, there is live entertainment after dinner at the hotel to celebrate Boxing Day, and the end of the tour.
On Day 5, you are free to leave at leisure.
All prices are per person and assume full occupancy of the room.
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A heritage railway located beside the historic Dee Bridge (built in 1345) in Llangollen and journeys 10 miles through the picturesque Dee Valley to the town of Corwen.
Our hotel the 4-Star Grosvenor Pulford Hotel & Spa is located 20 minutes outside of Chester. Amenities on offer at the hotel include a restaurant, a bar, and spa facilities (payable locally). The comfortable rooms come well equipped with complimentary Wi-Fi, a television, and a hospitality tray.
An escorted experience and all travel arrangements
Comfortable accommodation in your destination
Delicious meals included
Exciting excursions and free time to explore
Enhancing your tour
We offer a selection of upgrades and 'add-ons' designed to help you make the most of your holiday - and make it even easier!
Upgrade your hotel room to an executive room from £35, a deluxe room from £65, or a superior room from £95 per person
We can book UK rail tickets from your local station to and from the starting/finishing destination of your tour, such as York, London, Edinburgh, and Harrogate. Please call one of our Tour Advisors to discuss your requirements.
Whether as an added luxury, or essential to your enjoyment of the tour, door-to-door luggage collection and delivery services can really enhance your holiday experience. Travelling across Europe by train is so much more relaxing without the burden of your suitcase, and we can help arrange for your case to be collected from home prior to the holiday and for it to be waiting for you at your first main hotel in Europe.
We are pleased to provide the services of the GRJ Luggage Concierge Service - supported by our partner The Baggage Man, offering luggage transport from as little as £50 for one suitcase and £115 for two suitcases.
Please contact us for details of this service.