Monthly Archives: September 2015

Leeds Castle and Canterbury Christmas Markets

The festive build up to Christmas brings great opportunity to combine sightseeing tours that also include visits to Christmas Markets and we are often asked to recommend these.

Two great locations that also have Christmas Markets are Leeds Castle and Canterbury both the ‘The Garden of England’ that is Kent.

This year, we have found a new tour that we recommend that combines both Leeds Castle and Canterbury Christmas Markets, entrance at Leeds Castle plus an optional opportunity to visit Canterbury Cathedral and time for lunch in Canterbury.

Here are more details:

  • Expert Blue Badge Guide
  • Luxury Air Conditioned Coach
  • Leeds Castle Christmas Market
  • Entrance at Leeds Castle
  • Arrive in Canterbury in time for lunch (optional)
  • Canterbury Christmas Market
  • Optional Canterbury Cathedral

This exclusive tour can be booked here

Castle from the air

Leeds Castle

Leeds Castle was described by Lord Conway as ‘the loveliest castle in the world’ and is set in the middle of a natural lake, surrounded by 500 acres of parkland and gardens. Experience its magic in an atmosphere of still tranquillity. There will also be time to explore the castle grounds where you will find the ‘ Lady Baillie Garden’ with views over the lake, an aviary and maze.

Leeds Castle Christmas Market

Leeds Castle hosts the annual Christmas Market on the Cedar Lawn overlooking the Castle. Discover an array of seasonal gift ideas, toys, decorations, food and drink. Visit the Leeds Castle reindeer and birds of prey in the animal area.
Enjoy our nostalgic fairground attractions, children’s rides and a daily programme of live musical entertainment at the band stand

Whitefriars Canterbury Christmas Market

This year this fabulous market is bigger and better than ever. You will be sure to find perfect unique gifts here with over 40 traditional British-made wooden sheds showcasing the best products that local, national and international traders have to offer. The market has it all with shopping and bespoke gifts, amazing gourmet foods, events the whole way through and a sparkly new Father Christmas’s Grotto. A magical new festive family event, come along and join us!
To avoid disappointment, book your Grotto Tickets now! The Grotto is incredibly popular and we would advise you to book online in advance as there are no opportunities to book on the day

Canterbury Cathedral
If you choose to spend less time exploring the market and shops, the will be a fully guided visit to the breath-taking cathedral – it’s the oldest in England and considered to be the centre of English Christianity. You’ll visit the towering cathedral and be able to follow in the footsteps of pilgrims that flocked to the church following Thomas Becket’s gruesome murder in 1170. The gothic building hides many visual treasures, from the colourful stained glass windows to the creepy crypt

Guide

During the whole day you will be accompanied by a fully qualified expert Blue Badge Guide, who will give you commentary en-route to Leeds Castle and Canterbury, plus if you choose the optional visit to Canterbury Cathedral and the included entrance at Leeds Castle these will be fully guided

Additional Information

Canterbury Cathedral is optional and not included in price

Dates

Sunday 6th December
Sunday 13th December
Sunday 20th December
Tuesday 22nd December

This exclusive tour can be booked here

Other Leeds Castle and Canterbury Tours

Christmas Tours

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Christmas Markets

With the summer coming to an end, thoughts are turning to Christmas and we are often asked how far in advance you should book Christmas tours and the answer is definitely now as all the popular tours sell out well in advance.

Particularly popular are the Christmas Market Tours that run pre-Christmas and are an excellent way to buy Christmas gifts and provisions.

This year,  we have found a new tour that we recommend that combines both Salisbury and Bath Christmas Markets, plus an optional opportunity to visit Salisbury Cathedral, The Roman Baths and time for lunch in Bath.

Here are some more details:

  • Expert Blue Badge Guide
  • Luxury Air Conditioned Coach
  • Salisbury Christmas Market
  • Optional Salisbury Cathedral
  • Arrive in Bath in time for lunch (optional)
  • Bath Christmas Market
  • Optional Roman Baths

This exclusive tour can be booked here

Weihnachtsmarkt in Deutschland

An exceptional festive day out including both the famous Salisbury Christmas Market and the world renowned Christmas Market in Bath. You also have the option of choosing to spend less time at the markets and visit Salisbury Cathedral and the Roman Baths. It is an extended afternoon in Bath and you will arrive in time for lunch, with a choice of pubs and restaurants, or sample the food delights of the market

Salisbury Market

Now in its fourth year the Salisbury Christmas Market will be returning to the Guildhall Square. The 2015 Market will be bigger and better than ever with 76 chalets and a full programme of events and entertainment. Further information will appear here in the coming weeks

Surrounding the historic Market Square of this ancient 1000 year old wall City, with its iconic Cathedral are buzzing ancient streets and buildings where you will find a wide variety of well-known shops, plus local traditional shops, that are all well worth seeking out

Salisbury Cathedral

If you choose to spend less time exploring the market and shops, the will be a fully guided visit to the magnificent Salisbury Cathedral crowned with the tallest spire in Britain and built by medieval craftsmen back in the 13th Century. Salisbury probably has the finest medieval cathedral in Britain

See one of the only four surviving original texts of the Magna Carta in the Chapter House. The Magna Carta is one of the greatest constitutional documents of all times, showing the agreement reach between King John and his barons in 1215AD

Bath Christmas Market

Set in the picturesque streets surrounding Bath Abbey there couldn’t be a more perfect and magical setting for a Bath Christmas Market
Each year months are spent carefully hand picking this year’s selection of stallholders, so you can look forward to finding a wonderful variety of handmade and locally sourced gifts. This year there will be over 170 chalets and to keep stallholder offer fresh and exciting, 25% will be new to the market this year. 82% of our stallholders will be from Bath or the surrounding region and 76% of these stallholder’s products will be handmade

Bath

The first city in England to be designed an UNESCO World Heritage site; Bath earned the accolade for a reason! The city boasts the famous Roman Baths that inspired its name and beautiful Georgian architecture, from the 15th century Bath Abbey to the romantic Pulteney Bridge. Sitting on the slopes of the River Avon, it’s easy to see why Bath draws so many visitors each year

Roman Baths

If you choose to spend less time exploring the market and shops, the will be a fully guided visit to the famous Roman Bath. The grand entrance to the Roman Baths is jaw-dropping, and you’ll pass through this amazing doorway to begin your visit. The Baths date back to 40AD and still flow with water from Britain’s only natural hot spring

Guide

During the whole day you will be accompanied by a fully qualified expert Blue Badge Guide, who will give you commentary en-route to Salisbury and Bath and if you choose optional visits to Salisbury Cathedral or the Roman Baths these will be fully guided

Dates

Saturday 28th November

Wednesday 2nd December

Saturday 5th December

This exclusive tour can be booked here

Other Christmas Tour

London New Years Eve Party, Dinner and Fireworks

New Years Eve in London is an amazing experience, considered one of the best places to be in the world to be and is topped off with a magnificent Firework display.

We are often asked how is the best way to spend the evening and see the fireworks and the answer is to join the party on board one of the Thames River cruises, with 4-course gala dinner, that approaching midnight moor up at a perfect spot to see the fireworks and receive complimentary champagne.

For example here is a great  New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner Cruise with City Cruises.

  •  Welcome Drink
  • River Thames Cruise
  • Half Bottle of Wine and Glass of Champagne at midnight
  • 4-course Festive Dinner
  • Live Band and Dancing
  • Cash Bar Open Throughout
  • Viewing Position on the River Thames

This exclusive tour can be booked here

Tower bridge with firework, celebration of the New Year in London, UK.

Celebrate the arrival of 2016 in style with a gala sit-down dinner and dance cruise aboard a modern Millennium River-liner. You will be welcomed aboard with a drinks reception. You will be shown to your reserved table where your dinner will be served. Tranquilly cruise through central London. After a delectable dinner, you can dance the night away and, at midnight; toast the arrival of 2016 with a glass of champagne whilst listening to Big Ben ringing in the New Year.

Inclusions:

  • Welcome Drink
  • River Thames Cruise
  • Half Bottle of Wine and Glass of Champagne at midnight
  • 4-course Festive Dinner
  • Live Band and Dancing
  • Cash Bar Open Throughout
  • Viewing Position on the River Thames

This exclusive tour can be booked here

London Tours

London Hop on Hop off Bus

Christmas Day Tour and Lunch

Staying in London over Christmas means being away from home and the traditional Christmas Day lunch with family and we are often asked for suggestions of alternative ways to spend the day.

The most popular is a combined day including a tour of London, seeing the famous landmarks, plus festive decorations and a traditional Christmas Day lunch.

For example here is a great Christmas Day London tour with Lunch on the Thames

  • 3 hour 15 minute River Thames Cruise on Christmas Day
  • See London Attractions from the Beautifully Decorated Boat
  • Three Course Festive Lunch
  • Tea and Coffee with Mince Pies
  • Welcome glass of sparkling wine
  • Festive Music and Carols

This exclusive tour can be booked here

LONDON, UK - 19TH DECEMBER 2014: A beautiful view of Tower Bridge during Christmas time in London on 19th December 2014.

Feel the magic in the air during a Christmas Day lunch cruise with City Cruises! Do something a little different this Christmas Day and sail down the River Thames during an enchanting 3 hour 15 minute cruise.

You will board the Thames Cruiser and enjoy a Welcome glass of sparkling wine to kick off your Christmas Day lunch cruise in London. The modern sightseeing boat features a roomy, open-air deck and large glass windows for city sightseeing at its most spectacular! The interior will be splendidly decorated for this special day.

Take your seat at the reserved table and get ready for your festive Christmas Day lunch to begin! You’ll be served three delicious courses comprised of traditional Christmas fare, followed by tea and coffee with mini mince pies to complete the feast.

Some top London sights will drift past as you savour your Christmas lunch and relax in the scenic surroundings. Once the cruise has finished, the boat will return to Westminster Pier and deliver you safely back on dry land to enjoy the remainder of your Christmas Day in London.

Inclusions:

  • 3 hour 15 minute River Thames Cruise on Christmas Day
  • See London Attractions from the Beautifully Decorated Boat
  • Three Course Festive Lunch
  • Tea and Coffee with Mince Pies
  • Welcome glass of sparkling wine
  • Festive Music and Carols

This exclusive tour can be booked here

London Christmas Eve Tours

London New Years Eve Tours

London Tours

London Hop on Hop off Bus

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Tours Including Stonehenge

We are often asked about Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Tours including a visit to Stonehenge as the regular visits there on those days are closed to the public.

Well there excellent tours available on both those days, that include a traditional Christmas lunch, visiting a number of locations and do include a drive past and photo opportunity at Stonehenge, which are perfect if you are looking for a unique Christmas Day getting out of London.

For example here is a great Christmas Day tour including Windsor, Bath, Stonehenge and Salisbury with 3 Course Christmas Lunch

  • Walking Tour of Windsor
    See Windsor Castle
    View Stonehenge
    See Salisbury and its Gothic Cathedral
    Traditional Christmas Lunch
    Panoramic Tour of The Georgian City of Bath
    Luxury Coach
    Professional Guide

This exclusive tour can be booked here

Salisbury cathedral after a snow fall.

Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle is the largest and oldest occupied castle in the world and one of the official residences of Her Majesty the Queen. You will enjoy a walking tour of Windsor and see the Castle.

Mysterious Stonehenge
Drive past Stonehenge, where you can view this ancient monument. Situated atop Salisbury Hill, 40 ton rocks stand alone since their arrival 5,000 years ago. Abundance of theories surround Stonehenge; from a religious temple to an astronomical clock and even a Bronze Age burial ground!

Traditional Christmas Lunch
Savour a delectable three course lunch, complete with all the trimmings, including a glass of wine and a choice of either tea or coffee to complement your meal.

Salisbury
Following a traditional Christmas lunch, you will head for the town of Salisbury which has one of the finest medieval cathedrals in Britain.

Bath
Discover the beauty of Bath! Designated a World Heritage Site, Bath was the first city in England to receive this prestige and proudly stands on the slopes of the River Avon. Enjoy a whistle stop tour of Bath’s famous monuments from the comfort of your seat! Take in Bath Abbey, which saw the coronation of the first British King in 973AD. Admire the architecture of the stunning Royal Crescent. Marvel at the famous Pulteney Bridge, modelled on the Florentine Ponte Vecchio.

Inclusions:

  • Walking Tour of Windsor
    Traditional Christmas Lunch
    Drive past Stonehenge
    Panoramic tour of The Georgian city of Bath
    Luxury Coach
    Professional Guide

This exclusive tour can be booked here

Christmas Eve Tours

Stonehenge Tours