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Train & Rail Journeys Culture Bath & Bristol Christmas Markets package
Bath & Bristol Christmas Markets tour

Bath & Bristol Christmas Markets

Great Rail Journeys
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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
4 days
From: $ 431 $ 108 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Bristol and its Christmas Market
  • Bath, a UNESCO World Heritage City
  • Bath Christmas Market
  • The Avon Valley Railway
  • Lacock Abbey and village

Short Description

Discover the beautiful West Country in the run-up to Christmas on this exciting break. We visit the Christmas Markets of bustling Bristol and glorious Bath and enjoy a steam railway and charming Lacock Abbey.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City N/A
End City N/A

Trip Includes

  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • Standard Class rail and coach travel as described in the itinerary
  • 3 nights' hotel accommodation with breakfast each day
  • 2 dinners
  • Visit to Bristol Christmas Market
  • Excursion to Bath, including a guided walking tour
  • Journey on the Avon Valley Railway
  • Visit to Lacock Village and entrance to the Abbey
  • Single room prices include the supplement for single occupancy in a double room throughout: £95

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Itinerary

DAY 1 - MEET IN BRISTOL
Our tour begins in Bristol, an exciting city in which fine Victorian and Georgian buildings happily co-exist with thoroughly contemporary architecture and where world-class attractions, landmarks and entertainment can be found at every turn. Here your Tour Manager meets you at the 4-Star Mercure Bristol Holland House Hotel, and after settling in, we transfer by coach to the city's atmospheric Christmas Market. Bedecked with sparkling lights, the market reflects the style of its Bavarian counterparts, and includes a Nativity display and a giant Advent calendar, in addition to wooden stalls selling gifts and traditional German food and drink. Later we return by coach to the hotel, where we enjoy dinner together this evening.

DAY 2 - BATH AND ITS CHRISTMAS MARKET
After a leisurely start, we travel by rail to the Georgian city of Bath, a UNESCO World Heritage site. On arrival we enjoy a guided tour, including the striking Pulteney Bridge, King's Circus and of course the glorious Royal Crescent. After our tour you are free. Perhaps visit the famous baths, sample the buns in Sally Lunn's Tearoom, one of Bath's oldest houses dating back to the 15th century, admire the Grand Pump Room, familiar from the Jane Austen novel, Northanger Abbey, or take a stroll along the Royal Crescent. Perhaps visit Number 1 Royal Crescent, a town house which has been restored to its 18th century appearance. The Christmas Market is also one of the highlights at this time of year, with 140 stalls offering tasty treats and a range of gift ideas. Later we return to Bristol by rail, dining at the hotel this evening.

DAY 3 - THE AVON VALLEY RAILWAY AND LACOCK
We head to Bitton by coach, to join the heritage Avon Valley Railway for a journey through the charming wintry scenery, with a festive mince pie during the steam-hauled trip*. Later we visit Lacock, an idyllic medieval village of stone cottages and crooked lanes, untouched by modern development; here there are no phone masts or electric streetlights. Many period dramas, such as the BBC series of Pride & Prejudice and Cranford, were filmed here. Your time in Lacock is yours to spend as you wish. Our visit includes entry to Lacock Abbey which is decorated for Christmas. Its ornate cloisters are a delight to discover. We then return to Bristol by coach, where you are free to dine out this evening.
*Steam-hauled services used wherever possible.

DAY 4 - HOMEWARD BOUND
This morning our tour concludes, and you are free to depart at your leisure.

PLEASE NOTE
Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.

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Just returned from our third trip with GRJ- India's Golden Triangle and it was absolutely FANTASTIC! Every single part of it was simply wonderful- but must single out our tour manager Ian Sargeant who was wonderful, always had a smile on his face and completely on the ball with everything. The local guide/ driver and drivers assistant (Marvy, KP and Raj) made our holiday - they were superb. Professional with a great sense of humour and nothing was ever too much trouble. We felt so sad waving goodbye! The hotels were amazing (and we were not on the 5*!) and every single day was just brilliant. Would highly recommend this tour. Oh yeah, and we saw 3 tigers , a leopard and 3 sloth bears at Ranthambhore National Park which was so exciting! We wrote a blog all about it if you're interested on Adventuresinamotorhome (dot) com - can't put a link on here!
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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Standard Group - 25 + people

Accomodations

MERCURE BRISTOL HOLLAND HOUSE HOTEL, BRISTOL
The 4-Star Mercure Bristol Holland House Hotel is located close to Bristol's harbourside district. The hotel's leisure facilities include a bar, indoor heated pool, and a fitness suite. There is also a popular spa (payable locally); here Great Rail Journeys customers can enjoy a 20% discount on any pre-booked spa treatments

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  • Cancellation, medical and travel insurance: from £10.50

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