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14 Days / 12 Nights
Availability : November 24 - Only one departure
Start: Toronto, Canada
End: Toronto, Canada

Christmas in England: 2 nts London, 2 nts Bath, 2 nts New Forset, 2 nts Leeds Castle, 3 nts Canterbury, 1 nt London

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World renowned author Charles Dickens loved British Winters and particularly Christmas time.
His books are full of glowing descriptions of snowy landscapes, evening in purbs and inn and
warming dishes and hot drinks in front of roaring fires and the characters he describes so well
cheerfully enlivening the long dark evenings.
Capture some of these unique experiences for yourself on a Christmas time tour in GB this year.
Christmas Markets, great city experience in Bath, Canterbury and in London plus Kent where
Dickens built his family home and of course specialist tours visiting some of Dickens most loved
haunts.

Tour Details

Highlights:
– Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
– Dickensian Christmas Festival
– Christmas Market Bath
– Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market
– Bombay Sapphire Distillery
– Leeds Castle
– Shepherd Neame Brewery
– Canterbury Cathedral
– Dover Castle

 

Pick Up Location & TIme

Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ)  (Google Map)

Drop off Location & Time

Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ)

Price Includes

  • Return Air to London Gatwick on Air Transat from Toronto - Economy with 1 checked bag & seat selection
  • Premium motor coach transportation with driver & local tour guides
  • 12 nights accommodation at 3 & 4 star hotels including Leeds Castle
  • Breakfast daily, 4 lunches and 10 dinners including medieval gala
  • Entrances included as per itinerary
  • All air taxes, hotel and service charges
  • London and England maps and information package

Meals

  • 12 breakfasts
  • 4 lunches
  • 10 dinners
  • 0 teas

Price Excludes

  • Pre / Post hotel nights
  • Driver / Tour Leader gratuity is at your discretion
  • Travel Insurance
What to Expect

This large coach group tour will operate with a max of 30 passengers.

You can expect time on your feet as much of this tour is spent visiting rather than driving. 

Itinerary

Day 1 - Wednesday, November 24thDepart Toronto

Depart Toronto on Air Transat flight TS122 at 9:45pm.

Day 2 - Thursday, November 25thArrive London: Borough Market

Arrive London Gatwick Airport at 9:45am.

We visit the  Borough Market with a team of food experts.  There is nowhere that better represents London as a truly cosmopolitan city, with traditional British produce sitting side by side with regional specialities from around the world.
Borough Market is a wholesale and retail food market in Southwark, Central London, England. It
is one of the largest and oldest food markets in London. In 2014, it celebrated its 1,000th
birthday.

We then continue to the Crowne Plaza London – the City Hotel by coach. Welcome dinner at 7:00pm. (D)

Accommodation: Crowne Plaza London – the City Hotel or similar

Day 3 - Friday, November 26thLondon: Charles Dickens Museum, Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

Your introductions to Charles Dickens London begins at his London home of Doughty Street where the very fine Dickens Museum is now established. This is where the author wrote Oliver Twist, Pickwick Papers and Nicholas Nickleby. It’s where he first achieved international fame as one of the world’s greatest storytellers.

We will visit the Hyde Park Winter Wonderland. A hugely popular annual event in the heart of London.  You’ll be sure to find all you need for the festive season at our Christmas Markets. With over 100 fairy-lit Bavarian style wooden chalets, you’ll be spoilt for choice with plenty of gift ideas for friends and family, or even a treat for yourself.

Dinner tonight will be at the Aqua Shard.

 (B, D)

Accommodation: Crowne Plaza London – the City Hotel or similar

Day 4 - Saturday, November 27thAvebury Wiltshire, Bath Walking Tour

We depart London today and travel to Bath. 

On route, we visit Avebury Wiltshire. Far fewer visitors come here than the internationally recognised Stonehenge, but Avebury, itself a UNESCO World Heritage site, is just as fascinating and it lies in the heart of a large collection of extraordinary prehistoric monumnets in this part of Wiltshire.
Meet your guide Mike Robinson. Avebury (/ˈeɪvbri/) is a village and civil parish in Wiltshire, England. 

Lunch stop in Lacock.

Upon arrival in Bath we will take a Walking Tour. Arrive in Bath with your guides. Explore Bath using your tastbuds! A tour with Savouring Bath is a unique way to experience a sense-of-place, and enjoy a fun-filled visit to one of England’s most beautiful destinations!

Once you have checked into our hotel, join the group in the hotel restaurant for dinner.

(B, L, D)

Accommodation: The Methuen Arms Hotel or similar

Day 5 - Sunday, November 28thBath: Roman Baths

A day in the UNESCO World Heritage city of Bath.

A city that is a byword for eightweenth-century elegance, Bath has given us words – bathchiar, Bath bun – that are themselves part of its history. Much of the gentility and sophistication created in the Georgain era is still evident in a city that has long catered for the treatment of the sick. The Romans transformd a
sacfred Celtic site with gushing hot springs into an international attraction graced by temple and bathing complezes. Many vestiges of those buildings have been excavated; others still lie beneath the streets of the modern city. Although Bath retains the bones of its medieval prosperity, in the great Abbeu church and the surrounding street pattern, this is eclipsed by the novel urban planning that was begun in the 1720s and continued for a century.

The unique qualities of Bath have been recognised in the entire city being inscribed a World Heritage Site, humbles streets and buildings given their due portant alongside the great architectural set-pieces that have given it its fame.

Located in the heart of the city of Bath in southwest England are the Roman Baths.

The Roman Baths, a site for public bathing dating back to 60 – 70 AD, are among the best
preserved Roman ruins in the world. The Roman Baths, a site of great historical and architectural interest, have gone through periods of decline and reconstruction. 

Free time this evening to wander the Christmas Market, get some shopping done and perhaps sip on a mulled wine. This market has unique craft gifts from across the South West region. (B, D)

Accommodation: The Methuen Arms Hotel or similar

Day 6 - Monday, November 29thWinchester Cathedral Christmas Market, Bombay Sapphire Distillery

After breakfast we go to Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market. Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market is recognized as one of the best in Europe, renowned for its unique location, handpicked high quality exhibitors and bustling atmosphere. The Christmas Market is inspired by traditional German Christmas markets and attracts more than 400,000 visitors each year. The pretty
wooden chalets are situated in the Cathedral’s historic Inner Close surrounding a stunning real ice rink.

Winchester holds its own with any European destination for those in search of an authentic Christmas experience. The Cathedral is at the heart of the city’s celebration, with its many Christmas services, Christmas Market and Ice Rink. Christmas in Winchester offers a unique and magical experience throughout the festive period and has become known as England’s Christmas Capital.

This afternoon we go to Bombay Sapphire Distillery. Bombay Sapphire is a brand of gin owned by Bacardi that was first launched in 1987 by IDV. . Bombay Sapphire is marketed in a flat-sided, sapphire-coloured bottle that bears a picture of Queen Victoria on the label.

 

Early evening we arrive in New Forest and check into our hotel. Evening at your leisure. (B, D)

Accommodation: The Master Builder’s, Bucklards Hard Hotel New Forest or similar

Day 7 - Tuesday, November 30thNew Forest: Beaulieu Motor Museum, Local Vineyard

After breakfast we go to the Beaulieu Motor Museum. Free time here to discover. See over 250 vehicles – from F1 cars and speed record breakers to incredible examples of pioneering motoring.

This afternoon we will visit a local vineyard. TBA (B, D)

Accommodation: The Master Builder’s, Bucklards Hard Hotel New Forest or similar

Day 8 - Wednesday, December 1stRochester Town, Leeds Castle

Much of our day will be in Rochester Town. We will meet our local guide and we will tour around the area to see – Gads Hill Place and Forge Lane Pip’s forge (Great Expectations) external St James Church, Colling where pip was sitting on the wall contemplating the graves of his family when was surprised by the convictt Magwitch (Great Expectations). Rochester is a town and historic city in the unitary authority of Medway in Kent, England. 

Note: Walking tour of Rcchester if dry (at least 1 hour), time in the Guildhall museum if wet and cold

Neighbouring Chatham, Gillingham, Strood and a number of outlying villages, together with Rochester, nowadays make up the Medway Unitary Authority area. It was, until 1998, under the control of Kent County Council and is still part of the ceremonial county of Kent, under the latest Lieutenancies Act.

Lunch will be at White Horse Restaurant. 

In the evening we arrive at Leeds Castle . Tonight enjoy dinner in the elegant Castle Dining Room. It will be a 3 course set menu from the Gold Menu followed by coffee and chocolates. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Leeds Castle or similar

Day 9 - Thursday, December 2ndShepherd Neame Brewery, Leeds Castle Medieval Gala

This morning we travel to Shepherd Neame Brewery for a tour of the brewery followed by a tutored tasting of three ales with lunch and a pint!

Shepherd Neame is an English independent regional brewery founded in 1698 in Faversham,
Kent. 

Meet our tour guide in Whitstable after lunch. Depart for Canterbury stop off briefly St Dunstan’s church to see Sir Thomas Moore’s tomb. Tour of Canterbury Cathedral with our guide is also included.

Canterbury Cathedral – mother church and UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Afterwards we head back to Leeds Castle to enjoy a tour of the Castle. Leeds Castle is in Kent, England, 5 miles (8 km) southeast of Maidstone. A castle has been on the site since 1119. 

Tonight enjoy the magnificent Henry VIII Banqueting Hall perfect for the Medieval Gala dinner. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Leeds Castle or similar

Day 10 - Friday, December 3rdWhitstable, Canterbury Cathedral

We go to Whitstable, a seaside town in Kent. Whitstable is on the North Kent Coast. The town is famous for its oysters, and has several upmarket fish restaurants. Lunch today at SAMPHIRE.

This evening is free for you to explore Canterbury. (B, D)

 

Accommodation: Hampton by Hilton or similar

Day 11 - Saturday, December 4thDover Castle, Canterbury

This morning we go to the medieval Dover Castle.  It was founded in the 11th century and has been described as the “Key to England” due to its defensive significance throughout history. It is the largest castle in England.

In the afternoon  we head back to Canterbury for free time for the rest of day. (B)

Accommodation: Hampton by Hilton or similar

Day 12 - Sunday, December 5thDickensian Christmas Festival

A full day at the Dickensian Christmas Festival.

The Seven Poor Travellers The Story of the Seven Poor travellers is enacted each morning of the
Dickensian Christmas. It celebrates the Dickens short story ‘The Seven Poor Travellers’, which was
based on an actual visit by Dickens to Rochester, in which he The story of the seven poor
travellersvisited the Six Poor Travellers’ House on Christmas Eve, and felt compelled to do
something to cheer up the life of the inmates.

A small parade starts at the Victoria and Bull Hotel (The Bull’) and proceeds to the Six Poor
Travellers House. The large crowds are partly explained by the fact that until recently, after a
short reading real Christmas food was distributed ‘to the poor’, leading to something of a scrum!

The Candelit Parade and Carols for Christmas. The last event of each day of the Dickensian
Christmas is a candlelit parade along the High Street to Boley Hill, ending outside Rochester
Cathedral for communal carol singing in the snow led by the BAE Systems’ Brass Band. The
atmosphere is fantastic, and the perfect way to get into the right mood for Christmas. (B)

Accommodation: Hampton by Hilton or similar 

Day 13 - Monday, December 6thNymans National Trust, Amberley Castle

Today we will visit Nymans National Trust, a garden lovers’ for all seasons with an extensive yet intimate garden set around a romantic house and ruins.  The garden was developed, starting in the late 19th century, by three generations of the Messel family, and was brought to renown by Leonard Messel.

Next we will travel to Amberley Castle, a 900 year old, erected in the 12th century manor house.  The walls, gateway and two of the towers remain as Grade I listed building and are not in the use as a privately owned hotel. 

Tonight we travel to Hilton London Gatwick Airport for dinner at the hotel. (B, D)

Accommodation: Hilton London Gatwick Airport Hotel or similar

Day 14 - Tuesday, December 7thDepart London

Depart London Gatwick Airport on flight TS123 at 11:40am, arriving Toronto at 2:40pm. (B)

Dates and Prices
Departure Date Double/Twin (pp) Single Rate
2021: November 24  $6,695 $8,355

All departure dates guaranteed. 

 

Pricing

Pricing is per person (pp) based on twin/ double occupancy.
Rates are is $ CAD

Payment Schedule:

Initial deposit of $1,000 per person ( 100% refundable)  is due at time of booking.

Final balance is due by September 22nd, 2021.


Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or [email protected]  to book.

Rates include airfare from Toronto. Ask us if you wish to fly from another gateway or wish to extend your stay. 

 

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