Enjoy all the Christmas cheer that Yorkshire has to offer based
in the beautiful spa town of Harrogate. This festive holiday
includes fantastic rail journeys, historic Ripley Castle,
picturesque Fountains Abbey and the medieval city of York, adorned
with seasonal decorations.
Enjoy a rail journey on the beautiful Settle-Carlisle Line
Get into the Christmas spirit on the Wensleydale Line's Santa Special service
Discover York on a guided tour, and enjoy cream tea at Bettys Tea Rooms in Harrogate
Visit Fountains Abbey and enjoy a delightful Christmas carol service
6 nights' hotel accommodation at the 4-Star Old Swan Hotel in Harrogate
Inclusive luggage transfers from Harrogate
Excursions & Entertainment
The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
Food & Drinks
1 Christmas lunch
6 dinners, including a farewell dinner
What’s not included
Cancellation & Travel Insurance is not included in the price of the tour but can be arranged
Day 1 - Harrogate
Make your way to Harrogate, where our Tour Manager will be
waiting to greet us at the hotel. You are then free to get
acquainted with the spa town of Harrogate, renowned for its
independent boutiques and glorious gardens, before dinner together
Days 2-3 - Settle & Carlisle Line
Leaving Harrogate behind, we head to Settle to join the famous
Settle & Carlisle line. The 72-mile route is regularly voted
one of the world's top railway journeys. We arrive in Carlisle
where we have free time before our return journey. We travel to
York on Day 3, where we take a fascinating walking
tour, seeing some of the city's ancient sights, including York
Minister and the medieval Shambles. This afternoon, you are at
Day 2 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - Breakfast, Dinner
Days 4-5 - The Wensleydale Railway and Christmas Day at leisure in Harrogate
Today is Christmas Eve, and we join the Wensleydale Railway,
enjoying a mince pie and mulled wine before we travel through the
lovely Yorkshire countryside. After our journey, we visit Bettys
Tea Rooms back in Harrogate for a luxury cream tea.
Day 5 is Christmas Day, and the emphasis is on
good food and relaxation. We enjoy a traditional Christmas lunch
with all the trimmings before an afternoon spent at leisure. This
evening, we sit down to a festive buffet dinner together in the
Day 4 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 6-7 - Fountains Abbey, Harrogate and homeward bound
Today we take a coach excursion to the UNESCO World Heritage
site of Fountains Abbey. Set within a beautiful estate, these are
the largest abbey ruins in the country. The abbey hosts an annual
candlelit carol service within the Cellarium, which we attend. You
are free to explore the grounds independently before we return to
the hotel. Our holiday ends on Day 7, and you are
free to depart Harrogate at leisure.
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.
Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.
Good value, very comfortable hotel with helpful staff. The trips were varied & much enjoyed. One member of the group was repeating the same trip having done it the year before.
Our leader was very attentive and we formed into a friendly cohesive group.
Mrs J Sneary
Great Rail take great care to look after their customers and provide excellent customer service . Our tour guide was friendly and considerate without being overbearing and she mad sure our tour went as well as it could do . This was my second Holiday with great rail and I hope to o many more !
Mrs J Green
Excellent, just a bit let down over hotel and the weather ... fog obscured the view from the viaduct
Mr B Shaw
everything smoothly from start to finish and was accurate as stated in the brochure
Mr M Todman
The replacement visit to Betty's Tearooms (in place of Ripley Castle) was disappointing.