Yorkshire Christmas Markets
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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 Christmas glory.
Make your way to the 4-Star Majestic Hotel in Harrogate, our base for the next four nights. After meeting your tour manager you are free to get acquainted with the spa town of Harrogate, renowned for its independent boutiques and the historic Bettys Tea Rooms, before dinner tonight.
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. Following the tour you have the chance to visit the wonderful 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 wander down the 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, overlooking the delightful scenery.
Later we travel back in time to Grassington, and 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..
*Steam-hauled where possible
We head today to stately Castle Howard, 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. 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?
Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.
Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.
An escorted experience and all travel arrangements
Comfortable accommodation in your destination
Delicious meals included
Exciting excursions and free time to explore
Please note: This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.
Experience the Christmas Market in York