Elegant Bath awaits on this wonderful Christmas break. Indulge in a delicious Christmas Lunch, explore the SS Great Britain, and enjoy a journey aboard the heritage Dean Forest Railway on a holiday that is focused on festive fun and food.
This Christmas Eve you meet your group and Tour Manager in our hotel, the 4-Star Bailbrook House, where we are greeted with festive mince pies and mulled wine. This lovely hotel sits on the outskirts of Bath, and we also enjoy a delicious dinner together tonight.
Today is Christmas, and it is a day with a focus on relaxation, festivities, and food. This morning, we indulge in a celebratory Bucks Fizz breakfast before a morning at leisure. Why not relax in one of the beautiful and traditional lounges the hotel has to offer?
This afternoon, we are treated to a glass of champagne, prior to lunch, served in the hotel's elegant Lansdown room. Your time after lunch is also at leisure. Perhaps take a stroll around the beautiful parkland that surrounds the hotel, before we gather this evening for a light buffet dinner.
After breakfast this morning, we head to Bristol, where we set off on a tour of the magnificent SS Great Britain. This elegant passenger steamship was designed by famed engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, and was used to transport passengers all around the world.
Our next excursion is on board the beautiful Avon Valley Railway, which traverses through some of the most beautiful countryside that you can find in the south west of England. Following our visit, we return to the hotel where we enjoy a final dinner together.
Today, we embark on a steam-hauled journey on the heritage Dean Forest Railway, where we enjoy a lovely warming mince pie as we make the 4.5 mile journey that winds through the picture-postcard scenery of the quietly beautiful Forest of Dean.
Following our excursion, we transfer back to Bailbrook House, where you are then free to depart at your leisure.
For this tour, we recommend arriving to, and departing from, London Gatwick or London Heathrow airport (LGW or LHR). London Gatwick is approximately 127 miles from your start and end point, and London Heathrow is approximately 99 miles from your start and end point.
It is your responsibility to check and fulfil the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities. You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.
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Our journey on the heritage Avon Valley Railway takes us along the surviving section of the Mangotsfield and Bath Branch Line, travelling through the region's charming scenery on a preserved train. The line runs for three miles between Oldland Common and the station at Avon Riverside, but for practical purposes our journey begins at Bitton, the intermediate station. On leaving the station, the train travels northwards, passing through the charming countryside that climbs away from the River Avon. Here the noise of the steam trains echoing around the lower valley creates an atmospheric sound.
Situated just outside the beautiful Georgian spa town of Bath, the 4-Star Bailbrook House Hotel is a stunning and comfortable hotel that dates back to the 18th century. Originally a private residence, the hotel features comfortable rooms and beautiful grounds, perfect for a stroll after a meal in the elegant dining room. There is also a range of lounges where one can enjoy a drink before dinner, as well as a pretty conservatory bar which overlooks the grounds. The rooms are refined and well-furnished, and come with air-conditioning, an in-room safe, a television, complimentary Wi-Fi, and tea & coffee-making facilities.
An escorted experience and all travel arrangements
Comfortable accommodation in your destination
Delicious meals included
Exciting excursions and free time to explore
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