ENGLISH & SCOTTISH CHRISTMAS TRAVEL SPECIALS
Celebrate an old English Christmas in a quaint manor house, or in Scotland at a baronial castle. Stay in a Scottish Castle. The countryside unveils a series of ancient villages and picture perfect scenes, even in December. Scores of narrow country lanes twist and turn among the gentle slopes.
Festive Discovery Tour at Bourton-on-the-Water, COTSWOLDS
During this holiday we will visit historic towns, great houses and picturesque villages all built with the beautiful honey-coloured Cotswold stone and set amongst the backdrop of the gentle green rolling countryside (wolds) of this ‘quintessentially English’ region of our country.
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Enjoy our special festive Discovery Tour in the heart of England. Enjoy excellent food, great company, plus daily excursions that explore the delights of the Peak District. We’ll visit Castleton with its festive decorations. We'll also visit the spa town of Buxton, walk back in time at the National Stone Centre and visit Arkwright’s historic mill and village at Cromford. Enjoy New Year's in a typically English way.
Spend 4 nights (or longer) in London this Christmas, staying at the Srowne Plaza St James, near Victoria. Rooms include tax and service.. Our Christmas travel program in London includes day tours
Dec. 23 Day free for sightseeing or shopping on your own.
Dec. 24 Christmas Eve - London by Night Tour on Christmas Eve Enjoy the wonders of the Christmas lights of London illuminating the most striking landmarks of the city as dusk falls. Prepare to usher in Christmas in style!
Dec. 25 Christmas - Christmas Day Lunch Cruise with City Cruises Immerse yourself in a panoramic tour of London, driving past Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral, Buckingham Palace and many more major attractions. Take photographs of the most exquisite landmarks for an unforgettable experience. Then embark upon a modern Millennium Riverliner and savour a delectable traditional Christmas Lunch, marvelling at London’s celebrated sights from the river.
Dec. 26 Boxing Day Oxford, Stratford and Warwick Castle with Lunch This tour will take you to Windsor Castle, one of the largest and oldest occupied castles in the world. Take a walking tour around Royal Windsor. You will drive past mystical Stonehenge, and will view this ancient monument that stands imperiously on Salisbury Plain, before savouring a delectable lunch. Finally, upon your arrival in elegant Bath, you will take a delightful panoramic tour.
Dec, 27 Program ends, or can be extended.
Sights and Sounds of London (Morning Tour) with Optional Traditional Christmas
Lunch Panoramic Tour of London - Luxury coach - Professional guide - Delicious
traditional Christmas lunch at a superb Brasserie (optional)
Sights & Sounds of London (Afternoon Tour) with Optional London Eye Panoramic Tour of London - Luxury coach - Professional guide - Flight on London Eye (optional)
Dickensian Christmas in Canterbury, Dover & Greenwich with Traditional Christmas Lunch Duration : Approx. 9 hours Drive through the beautiful Kent countryside - Attend the Sung Eucharist service at Canterbury Cathedral - Traditional Christmas lunch - See the White Cliffs of Dover - See maritime Greenwich - Luxury coach - Professional guide
Windsor, Bath, Stonehenge and Salisbury with Traditional Christmas Lunch Duration : Approx. 10 hours Walking tour of Windsor - see Windsor Castle - see Stonehenge - see Salisbury and its Gothic Cathedral - Traditional Christmas lunch - Panoramic tour of the Georgian city of Bath - Luxury coach - Professional guide
London and Christmas Day Lunch Cruise Panoramic tour of London by luxury coach - Cruise on the River Thames - Welcome drink on arrival - Sumptuous 4 course lunch - Coffee and mints - Christmas cracker - Cash bar open throughout - Seasonal decorations
Christmas Day Lunch Cruise with City Cruises Duration : Approx. 3 hours Welcome drink - Cruise on the River Thames - 4 course lunch - Coffee and mints - Christmas cracker - Cash bar open throughout - Seasonal decorations
Oxford, The Cotswolds and Stratford with Traditional Christmas Lunch Walking tour of Oxford, and see Christ Church and Oxford colleges - Walking tour of Stratford upon Avon - See Shakespeares Birthplace - See Anne Hathaways Cottage - Drive through the scenic Cotswolds - Traditional Christmas lunch - Luxury coach - Professional guide
Windsor, Bath and Stonehenge with Lunch Duration : Approx. 10 hours Walking tour of Windsor - see Windsor Castle - entry to mystical Stonehenge - 2 course lunch - Panoramic tour of the Georgian city of Bath - Luxury coach - Professional guide
Bath, Stonehenge and Salisbury with Lunch Duration : Approx. 10 hours Entry to mystical Stonehenge - see the historic city of Salisbury and included entry to the splendid medieval cathedral - 2 course lunch - Panoramic tour of the Georgian city of Bath - Luxury coach - Professional guide
Oxford, Stratford and Warwick Castle with Lunch Duration : Approx. 10 hours Entry to Medieval Warwick Castle - Drive through scenic Cotswolds - Walking tour of Stratford on Avon - walking tour of Oxford - Luxury coach - Professional guide - 2 course lunch
Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, Dover, Greenwich and River Cruise with Lunch Duration : Approx. 10 hours Entry to magical Leeds Castle - See historic Canterbury with its Cathedral - See famous White Cliffs of Dover - See maritime Greenwich - Luxury coach - Professional guide - 2 course lunch
Picture the scene frosty, starry nights; the smell of pine burning in open fires; the crackle of chestnuts roasting; dancing, as well as a whole host of activities to entertain you. Youll find the very best of Scottish hospitality, with an attention to detail and personal touches that have become our hallmark. New Year Join our three night house party from 30 December to 2 January. Gleneagles is legendary for the style of its New Year celebrations in the finest Scottish tradition. Be our guest at the Hogmanay Ball, where pipers herald the New Year.
For All the Family The festive holiday is a time for thanksgiving and celebration to be shared with your family. Its a time when traditional values are upheld and magical stories are bought to life! At Gleneagles, youll find an array of activities to inspire and delight the whole family.
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Christmas in a Scottish Castle
"Where fairytales come true". Stay in a Scottish Castle this Christmas. New Years, too. We can assist in arranging transfers by chauffeur driven cars, small coaches or helicopters.
What could be nicer that spending Christmas or New Years (or both if you can manage it!) at a fantastic historic property across in England or Scotland? Let somebody else have the stress of preparing Christmas lunch or a dinner to die for as you count down the hours into 2015! Relax by cozy log fires as you enjoy a wee dram before retiring into a sumptuous 4-poster bed, offered by many of our castle properties. Book as a group with family and friends.
To rent: Some private castles for you Have you always dreamt of living in a castle, if only for a few days? Live like royalty of old in baronial splendor. Rent an exclusive use castle in Scotland, complete with staff, and in some cases, all meals. Here are our recommendations:
EXPERIENCE THE HISTORY, VARIETY & BEAUTY OF SCOTTISH LIFE FROM THE LUXURY OF YOUR OWN EXCLUSIVE USE CASTLE
Fully staffed Fernie Castle 20 rooms. Centrally located within easy reach of Dundee, Edinburgh, Perth and Glasgow and St. Andrews
Castle Stuart - near Inverness Exclusive Use. Entire Castle (8 bedrooms, maximum 16 people). This includes afternoon tea, evening banquet, full Highland breakfast and government tax (VAT).
Scottish Castle Accommodation - Our 5 star lodgings in this romantic castle, set magnificently on the Moray Firth near Inverness, and just 20 minutes drive from Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle. Fully restored and furnished in Jacobean elegance, our Scottish castle is ready for entertaining in traditional grand manner or modestly with your chosen guests in regal comfort (8 bedrooms). The entire castle or individual bedrooms, each with their own private facilities, may be reserved or hired for your exclusive use. Maximum 16 guests (4 twin and 4 double rooms). All meals included
Castle Venlaw is not available over Christmas.
Christmas in England and New Years in the countryside
Christmas in Whitby
Whitby is dominated by the cliff-top ruins of a beautiful 13th century Abbey. This quaint maritime town, with its old cobbled streets, picturesque houses is set among fine stretches of coast with spectacular cliffs and bays. 199 steps lead down from the Abbey to the old town where you find yourself in an array of unique shops offering local crafts, maritime memorabilia and antiques. Typically held the first weekend in December, the event gives all visitors and residents the opportunity to dress up in traditional Victorian costume. The village also benefits from a flurry of Christmas decorations from lights to window dressings, Christmas trees and festive wreaths.
All prices are in USD per person and include ALL MEALS, en-suite accommodation,
holiday program, transport costs, services of leaders and 17½% VAT.
What's included...virtually everything Wonderful meals - including
breakfast, picnic lunch, evening meal, afternoon tea and cakes and plenty of
treats. A program of organized walks and social activities. Any transport to
and from walks or sightseeing. Services of Leaders. 17½% VAT. Airfare may
be added at extra cost
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Happy New Year from Edinburgh's HogmanayThe World's Best New Year Celebrations
Hogmanay in Scotland New Years in Scotland
Hogmanay and New Year in Scotland is immortalised, needs little introduction to most, and there is simply no better way to experience it than to indulge yourselves in one of the great selection of Scottish New Year breaks and hotel deals on our site. Whether you decide to join in one of the great street parties, notably the Edinburgh Hogmanay celebrations, or want to escape to a traditional Scottish highlands Hogmanay retreat theres something for everyone.
Hogmanay is a more important festival in Scotland than Christmas . Perhaps because at one stage in its history, the celebration of Christmas was banned in Scotland, the Scots have always made New Year's Eve something special. The traditions associated with this pagan mid-winter festival are repeated not just in Edinburgh, the capital city, but in towns and villages throughout the country. Great events, festivals and celebrations take place every year in Pitlochry, Dundee, Aberdeen Stirling, Inverness and Perth to name but just a few.
An integral part of the traditional Hogmanay partying, which still continues very much today, is to welcome friends and strangers alike, with warm hospitality - and of course a kiss - to wish everyone a Guid New Year. The underlying belief is to clear out the vestiges of the old year, have a clean break and welcome in a young, New Year on a happy note! The origin of the word is somewhat cloudy! "It is ordinary among some Plebians in the South of Scotland, to go about from door to door upon New Year`s Eve, crying Hagmane." Scotch Presbyterian Eloquence, 1693. Opinions differ as to whether it originated from the Gaelic oge maidne ("new morning"), Anglo-Saxon Haleg Monath ("Holy Month"), or Norman French word hoguinané, which was derived from the Old French anguillanneuf ("gift at New Year"). It's also been suggested that it came from the French au gui mener ("lead to the mistletoe") or a Flemish combo hoog ("high" or "great"), min ("love" or "affection") and dag ("day").
Some Scottish Christmas and New Years traditions:
This 13th century fortress is the perfect retreat this festive season, choose from our two night Christmas residential package or enjoy a traditional three night Hogmanay celebration.
Both packages include afternoon tea, a historial tour of the Castle and grounds, falconry, full use of the Aqueous spa, fine dining, entertainment and much more.
PRICE FOR NEW YEARS ACCOMMODATIONS AT DALHOUSIE ONLY FOR 3 NIGHTS - $1901 PER
PERSON SHARING A TWIN ROOM.
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