Based in the spa town of Harrogate, experience the Christmas Market in York, enjoy a vintage steam rail journey with a festive theme, and visit the historic house of Castle Howard in its full glory.
Make your way to the 4-Star Majestic Hotel in Harrogate, our base for the next 4 nights. After meeting our Tour Manager, you are free to get acquainted with the spa town of Harrogate, renowned for its independent boutiques, spa waters, and the historic Bettys Tea Rooms, before dinner tonight. Perhaps head to the Valley Gardens for a short stroll, or visit the numerous boutique shops located in and around the delightfully picturesque Montpellier quarter?
Today we travel the short distance by rail to nearby York. Steeped in history, we discover more about this walled city on a fascinating walking tour of the major sights including the Minster and the Shambles. Following the tour you have the chance to visit the National Railway Museum (free entry). Later you are free to explore York's Christmas Market which offers an interesting array of gifts, crafts, local farm produce, and continental foods.
This morning, we transfer to Bolton Abbey in Wharfedale to take a nostalgic trip on the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway. After, we transfer to Bolton Priory, the ruins of a 12th century Augustinian Monastery that is perched on the banks of the River Wharfe and surrounded by the verdant countryside Yorkshire is so famous for. Perhaps take this time to partake in a delightful walk, which takes you up and along the banks of the river? At the other end, you might like to enjoy a spot of tea at the Cavendish Pavilion. Later we travel to Grassington, and step back in time at its traditional Dickensian festival. Shopkeepers and villagers dress up in Victorian costume and the Christmas market is alive with street entertainers and traditional country crafts.
We visit stately Castle Howard today, home to the Howard family for more than 300 years. The house, familiar to many from 'Brideshead Revisited', is beautifully decorated for the Howard family's traditional Christmas. There is plenty of time to explore this incredible slice of Yorkshire history, which boasts of some marvellous landscaped gardens that are truly a delight to explore. After breakfast on Day 5 you are free to depart in your own time. Alternatively, you might like to explore Harrogate and the surrounding area a little further before you leave.
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Our superb journey on the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway takes us through four miles of beautiful countryside at the southern edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
The gorgeous and 4-Star Majestic Hotel is our base whilst in Harrogate, boasting a magnificent town centre location, and perched on a hill with fantastic views. Located in beautifully landscaped gardens, this Victorian-era hotel boasts a gym, a spa, and a bar and restaurant. The rooms are comfortable and decorated in a delightful Victorian meets Modern style. Amenities within the rooms include a television, tea & coffee making facilities, an en-suite bathroom, and Wi-Fi.
We offer a selection of upgrades and 'add-ons' designed to help you make the most of your holiday - and make it even easier!
We can book UK rail tickets from your local station to and from Harrogate. Please call us 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.