Monthly Archives: October 2015

Multi-Day Tours over Christmas

Multi-Day Tours over Christmas

Staying for maybe a couple of weeks in London over Christmas means being away from home and the traditional Christmas Day with family and we are often asked for suggestions of alternative ways to spend the days over Christmas itself.

The most popular choice we see is to take 4 days away from London to visit Paris, particularly with the option to go to festive Disneyland.

The most popular tour people book is by Eurostar and please find details below.

Here is some more information from the Official Paris Tourist site

And here is some information about Disneyland Paris

This exclusive tour can be booked here

The ferris wheel on Concorde square seen from the Champs-Elyses

Christmas 4 day tour to Paris with optional festive Disneyland

 Tour Highlights

  • Return High speed Eurostar London/Paris
  • Coach transfer on arrival in Paris with half day sightseeing tour ending at hotel
  • 3 nights bed and breakfast in the 3 star Ibis Paris Bercy. Accommodated in twin/double bedded rooms.
  • Services of a tour guide for the full duration of the tour
  • Evening one hour sightseeing cruise on the River Seine
  • Coach transfer on departure from Paris hotel to Paris train station for return Eurostar

 Description

Thursday 24th – Sunday 27th December 2015

Enjoy a four day tour over Christmas and take in the most exquisite sights of Paris. Cruise on the river Seine, see the Eiffel Tower in Xmas lights and shop in the famous Champs Elysées. Visit the Arc de Triomphe, Montmartre, Moulin Rouge, Cathedral of Notre Dame and explore the Louvre Museum with an optional day trip to Disneyland® Resort Paris for the Christmas parade and the stunning Palace of Versailles.

Schedule

Day 1 

We start our four day tour on Christmas Eve departing from London St.Pancras International train station at 7:55am, arriving in Paris at 11:17am local time (please note high speed train journey is 2 hours 22 minutes, French time one hour ahead of UK time). Your guide will meet you at the station in London and accompany you for the full four day tour. On arrival in Paris we are collected by coach for a coach sightseeing tour (with photo stops) to see this stunning city with full Christmas decorations. At the end of the tour the coach will take us directly to our 3 star hotel right in the centre of Paris for check in. After check in the guide will accompany the group by metro to the Champs Elysees to see this beautiful city in Christmas lights!

Day 2 

After breakfast, meet the guide at 9am for a full day of sightseeing by Paris metro on Christmas Day. A truly amazing way to spend Christmas day – climb the Eiffel Tower, visit the Moulin Rouge, cruise the River Seine!! Our first stop is Montmartre for the Sacre Coeur, Place du Tertre and Moulin Rouge. Then on to Ille de la Cite and the world famous Notre Dame Cathedral, with time for lunch on the banks of the Seine. In the afternoon we take a boat cruise on the River Seine and a visit to the Eiffel Tower! See the Tower in Xmas lights.

Paris metro tickets not included in tour price, must be purchased on arrival in Paris Group Xmas Dinner – 3 course meal evening meal with wine for £39 per person. Celebrate Christmas with your fellow travellers!

Day 3 

A free day in Paris for sightseeing and shopping. Walk along the Champs Elysees, visit the famous departments stores at Opera, visit the world famous Louvre museum for your chance to see the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo, Michelangelo’s Dying Slave or to follow the Da Vinci Code!

OR

Optional extra – A full day trip to the world famous Disneyland® Resort Paris (£69 extra), a fairytale Christmas. Price includes coach travel to/from Disneyland Paris, and a Hopper Pass allowing full day entry to both parks, Disneyland Park Paris and Walt Disney Studios

Day 4 

A free morning in Paris for sightseeing and Shopping or:

Optional extra – Half day trip to the Palace and Gardens of Versailles – £39 (9am-1pm) – A fully guided half day coach tour to the stunning Palace and Gardens of Versailles. Built in the 17th century during the reign of Louis XIV to project the absolute power of the French monarchy, it served as the political capital and royal court for over 100 hundred years, until in 1789 the revolutionary mobs massacred the Palace Guard and dragged Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette to Paris to cut off their heads! Undoubtedly the grandest and most famous château in France. Price includes coach and entry to the Palace.

Return to Paris hotel after lunch, some final time for shopping before the coach collects us and transfers to Paris Gare du Nord train station to catch the 4:13pm high speed Eurostar train back to London, arriving in London 5:39pm UK time

Additional information

Your Accommodation

All Seasons Paris Bercy

77 rue de Bercy 75012 Paris – France

Your accommodation is included in the price of your tour on a bed and breakfast basis. The price you pay is based on 2 people sharing a twin or double bedded room. (Please specify at the time of booking that you require a double, otherwise a twin room will be allocated as default). If you would like a single room for 1 person we offer an upgrade for £150 extra (£50 per night). Single travellers can avoid paying a single supplement by sharing a twin room with another person (of the same sex) . We arrange this service automatically, unless you select the single upgrade option when you are making your booking.

We always try to get your preferred room choice and if you need further help, please contact our office staff by phone or email.

This exclusive tour can be booked here

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England, Scotland and Wales – Christmas Fairs and Markets

England, Scotland and Wales – Christmas Fairs and Markets

With Autumn upon us and thoughts turning to the Winter and the Christmas period and festivities. Amongst those thoughts will be Christmas shopping and a popular part of that are the wide array of enchanting Christmas Fairs and Markets, that are a wonderful opportunity to sample and buy local produce, craft work, Christmas Gifts and to take lunch.
The best way to source these are by official tourists links and here are some suggestions:

Visit England Christmas Markets

Visit London Christmas Markets

Visit Scotland Christmas Markets

Visit Wales Christmas Markets

We are also offend asked if there are tours that include a visit to Christmas Markets and local attractions and indeed there are some excellent options and this is a great way to combine a sightseeing day out with a Christmas Market.

Here is a great suggestion and more details:

This exclusive tour can be booked here

Christ Church's great hall

Highlights
Expert Blue Badge Guide

Luxury Air Conditioned Coach

Panoramic Tour of Cambridge

Walking Tour of Cambridge

Panoramic Tour of Oxford

Walking Tour of Oxford

Optional visit to Christchurch

Oxford Christmas Market Time for Lunch

Cambridge
First we visit Cambridge, for a panoramic coach and walking tour. Cambridge is the iconic, world-renowned University City and the celebrated Cavendish Laboratory, you’ll be taken on a walking tour through the streets of the city to see the university’s oldest college, Peterhouse, which dates back to 1284! See King’s College Chapel and its gorgeous Gothic architecture, built by a succession of English kings from 1446 to 1515. This unique building features huge stained glass windows and amazing acoustics – the chapel is the home of the talented King’s College Choir. You’ll also see the Cambridge University Library during your visit

Oxford Christmas Market
The city of dreaming spires will again be filled with festive joy as the Oxford Christmas Market returns to the heart of the city on beautiful and historic Broad Street. With over 50 exhibitors with a wide range of local produce, crafts and Christmas Gifts

Lunch
There will be time in Oxford for lunch at one of many great restaurants, historic pubs, sample the food delights from the Christmas market or you may choose to bring food with you

Oxford
First it is a panoramic coach and walking tour of Oxford, famous for being home to the oldest university in the English speaking world – countless bright young things have wandered the town’s cobbled streets over the years! During this guided walking tour you will see the stunning Bodleian Library and furtively discover unspoilt narrow alleyways, ancient squares and towering spires

Christ Church
Depending on how you want to use your time and maybe spend less time at the market, there is an optional fully guided visit to the renowned Christ Church College, where you can stroll through the quaint courtyards and mingle with students. Fans of the Harry Potter film series will be able to pick out key Christ Church filming locations – the college was used for a number of well-known scenes! The college’s Great Hall appeared as the setting for Hogwarts

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 Oxford and Cambridge and if you choose the optional visit to Christchurch this will be fully guided

Other London Christmas Tours

Other Christmas Tours

Regular London Tours

Other Regular Tours

2015 UK Christmas Fairs and Markets

2015 UK Christmas Fairs and Markets

The end of November into the beginning of December brings the start of a wide array of enchanting Christmas Fairs and Markets, that are a wonderful opportunity to sample and buy local produce, craft work, Christmas Gifts and to take lunch.

The best way to source these are by official tourists links and here are some suggestions:

Visit England Christmas Markets

Visit London Christmas Markets

Visit Scotland Christmas Markets

Visit Wales Christmas Markets

We are also offend asked if there are tours that include a visit to Christmas Markets and local attractions and indeed there are some excellent options and this is a great way to combine a sightseeing day out with a Christmas Market.

Here is a great suggestion and more details:

This exclusive tour can be booked here

Children's store with antique toys, Santa Claus and snowman

Highlights
Luxury Air-conditioned mini-coach
Expert Blue Badge Guide
Stonehenge
Panoramic tour of Salisbury
Lunch stop at Newbury
Highclere Castle (fictional Downton Abbey)
Highclere Christmas Fair

Stonehenge
You’ll never forget your first glimpse of spectacular Stonehenge, its monolithic rocks rising up against the skyline on Salisbury Plain. Theories abound about the mysterious rock formation. Was it intended as a religious temple? An astronomical clock? A Bronze Age burial ground? Make up your own mind as you explore the unique landmark that has had the world stumped for 5,000 years
Panoramic Tour of Salisbury
Soaring into the skyline, the spire of Salisbury Cathedral stands at a whopping 123m (404ft)! Erected 800 years ago, the revolutionary spire is considered one of the leading examples of Early English architecture. Ancient meets modern at the cathedral’s newest addition: a beautifully sculpted font designed by William Pye

Lunch stop at Newbury
This wonderful 11th century town of Newbury is our lunch stop, where there are a variety of pubs, restaurants and take away’s to choose from or you can bring a packed lunch
Highclere Castle (fictional Downton Abbey)
Highclere Castle is one of England’s most beautiful Victorian Castles set amidst 1,000 acres of spectacular parkland
The Carnarvon family has lived at Highclere since 1679, and the current Castle stands on the site of an earlier house, which in turn was built on the foundations of the medieval palace owned by the Bishops of Winchester for some 800 years

Highclere Christmas Fair
The Earl and Countess of Carnarvon will transform the State Rooms of Highclere Castle to provide a unique shopping experience in aid of Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance and St Michaels & All Angels Church. This will be a festive occasion with our spectacular Christmas tree, carol singers, Christmas decorations and a variety of exciting stalls at which you can complete your Christmas shopping
For those who wish to see a little more of the Castle, there is the option to upgrade your tickets on the day. A suggested donation of £3 to the Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance will allow you to view the magnificent Galleried Bedrooms. You may also upgrade your ticket for an additional £5 to explore the ‘Wonderful Things’ Egyptian Exhibition housed in the cellars of the Castle

Private Tours
This tour is also available (subject to availability) as a private tour

Other London Christmas Tours

Other Christmas Tours

Regular London Tours

Other Regular Tours