Christmas in Yorkshire

Christmas in Yorkshire

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$1151

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Christmas in Yorkshire

5 Days

Tour operator:

Newmarket Holidays

Tour code:

98471

From: $1151 $1036 Operator discount: -$115

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Tour Overview

Treat yourself to four nights in this seasonal escape, where relaxation truly is front and centre.  


Unwind in a luxurious four-star hotel and spa, with restaurant dinners and drinks included, and enjoy treatments and leisure facilities at your own discretion. Set against Yorkshire’s green and pleasant lands, you’ll discover the region’s colourful culture and history. From festive celebrations in York and the stately beauty of Harewood Hall, to a tour of Harrogate’s famous springs, prepare to make unforgettable memories.  

Highlights

  • Immerse yourself in York’s Nordic heritage with a tour of the city’s festive markets and Gothic Minster (optional entry can be paid locally)

  • Enjoy total relaxation at Thorpe Park Hotel and Spa

  • Discover the regal stately home, Harewood Hall, with a visit to Harrogate

  • Indulge in a special feast at the hotel’s award-wining restaurant

Itinerary

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Day One – Make Your Own Way To Leeds And Day At Leisure

Travel through the Yorkshire countryside and check into your hotel* in rural Leeds. You’ll be free to relax in the hotel’s spa and pool facilities this afternoon, and perhaps even indulge in a treatment or two, all of which are payable locally, before meeting your fellow guests for a three-course meal in the hotel’s restaurant.  


*Check in time is from 3pm.

Day Two – Christmas Eve – Included Tour Of Harewood House And Harrogate

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel’s restaurant before boarding your coach for today’s excursion. Moving north, the tour’s first stop today will be the grand Harewood House, one of the ten treasure houses of the UK. Built in the 18th century, this stately home was originally built for a West Indian trader. Adorned in festive decoration, the theme of which will be revealed later in the year as Christmastime approaches, Harewood offers the perfect setting to begin your Christmas celebration. Explore the house’s expansive gardens and decadent chambers alongside your friendly tour manager and discover Harewood’s rich history. For the art afficionados amongst the group, Harewood’s galleries are certainly worth paying a visit.  


Stepping outside, you’ll encounter a frozen wonderland in the house’s hundred-acre grounds dressed for the festive occasion. You’ll have free reign to explore the tranquil gorges and Buddhist stupa of Harewood’s Himalayan Garden, as well as the house’s meticulously crafted terrace, where you can find a café, a tearoom, and street vendors offering festive fare. If you have the chance, be sure to also visit the frosted waterfront at Harewood’s Lakeside Garden.  


Your second stop of the day will be a short drive away further north to the renowned spa town, Harrogate, where you’ll be free to explore at your own leisure. Known as the happiest place in the UK, Harrogate is the perfect place to usher in Christmas amongst the Victorian shopfronts of ‘The English Spa’. The town, so named because of the mineral springs which drew wealth and tourism to the area in the Georgian era, is also renowned for its natural beauty.  


Known for its vast open spaces, one of Harrogate’s most attractive areas is the Stray. This 200-acre stretch of grassland, home to its famous rows of cherry trees, offers a picturesque escape from the town’s busier streets. Be sure to also visit the town’s Crescent Gardens, which will be rife with festive cheer; whether it’s the wide array of seasonal street food that entices you or the square’s nostalgic fairground attractions, Harrogate’s Christmas at Crescent Gardens is sure to raise your spirits ahead of the big day. 


Now suitably primed for Christmas Day, you’ll travel back to your hotel for a 'Bucks Fizz’ reception and three-course dinner complete with festive entertainment.

Day Three – Christmas Day – Morning At Leisure And Christmas Lunch

Spend Christmas morning at your own pace with breakfast waiting for you. You’ll be free this morning to do as you wish, whether that means making the most of the hotel’s spa facilities of taking a stroll around the local area.  


In the afternoon, join the other guests for a ‘Bucks Fizz’ reception and canapes ahead of a special Christmas lunch. You’ll then be free for the rest of the day to take it easy.  


This evening, sit down to a buffet dinner, complete with in-house entertainment.

Day Four – Boxing Day – Day Trip To York And Optional Visit To York Minster

Your fourth day will take you to Yorkshire’s oldest city, York. Get ready for the day with breakfast before making the short coach journey. Once you’ve arrived, enjoy a guided tour of the city’s most iconic sights, including York Castle and its regal Museum Gardens, and the city’s ancient walls and Walmgate Bar, which is the only town gate in England to retain its original wooden doors. Keep an eye out for the Merchant Adventurers Hall, which holds the record for the largest timber frame structure in the UK still used for its original purpose.  


You’ll then have free reign of the city for the rest of the day. Explore the winding streets and overhanging jettied buildings of the Shambles, a famed 13thcentury street enclosed by picturesque shopfronts. With an eclectic variety of traditional retailers selling artisanal goods to its more metropolitan shops and cafés, the Shambles offer a magical festive experience to cap your Christmas celebrations.  


While walking York’s winding streets, pay homage to the imposing York Minster, the largest Gothic church north of the Alps. Set in the very centre of York, this grand cathedral celebrates the diverse history of the city in an entirely unique way. From displaying mistletoe on its altar, making it the only church to do so as it maintains its connection to the region’s long-held pagan traditions, to memorialising the city’s Roman origins with its Statue of Constantine, York Minster is a must-see for its unique heritage.   


Having finished enjoying York’s medieval charm, board your coach back to the hotel, where you’ll be served Prosecco and light nibbles before the last dinner, a three-course meal.

Day Five – Make Your Way Home

Well-rested and refreshed, you can enjoy your final breakfast then bid your festive Yorkshire escape farewell.  


Check out of the hotel by 11am as you make your own way back home.

What's Included

  • Four nights half-board accommodation at four-star Thorpe Park Hotel and Spa

  • Four breakfasts, three three-course dinners, a festive buffet dinner and a special lunch on Christmas Day

  • Free on-site parking at the hotel

  • Pre-dinner drinks, including two 'Bucks Fizz’ receptions and Prosecco with nibbles

  • In-house entertainment on three evenings

  • Unlimited access to the hotel’s private pool and spa facilities

  • Tour of Harewood House and Harrogate

  • Day trip to York and its Christmas markets

  • Coach travel and transfers throughout

  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager

Special requirements

If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

Disabled access

The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Itinerary changes

Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.

Changes to your hotels

Should circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.

Special requirements

If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

Disabled access

The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Itinerary changes

Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.

Changes to your hotels

Should circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.

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  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1983

  • Vaccination Requirements

    Your health and safety are pivotal to our operations, and every customer travelling on a tour with us must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Fully vaccinated means that you have had the full course of an approved vaccine a minimum of 14 days prior to your holiday. We also recommend that you travel with proof that you’ve been fully vaccinated.

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Our company’s mission is to enrich lives and improve wellbeing through travel. A big part of that is ‘Travel for Good’. Our ‘Travel for Good’ hub is our first step in a long journey to reduce carbon, offset anything we produce as a company and travel without harming the planet or the people of the destinations we go to.

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    Please contact us for latest Covid-19 policies

  • Fitness to Travel

    We strive to give all our customers full care and attention, but we do need to know at the time of booking if there are any special needs or requirements. It is particularly important that we are advised of any disabilities and also if you intend to bring any specialist equipment such as a wheelchair with you. Please make sure that you make us aware of any requirements.

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04-Jan-2023

I tried to book myself on line for an Andre Rieu concert in Vienna but I didn’t manage to complete the booking. I rang the next day & spoke to Sharon who was very helpful. I am a 76 year old pensioner & not totally au fa with the internet. However, Sharon went through it step by step & I felt more confident. She completed the booking for me & said she would also send a paper copy.

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06-Jan-2023

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This is the third holiday I have taken…

05-Nov-2021

This is the third holiday I have taken with Newmarket Holidays. They made it easy to change from the Holiday I originally booked to one in the UK. The tour leader was excellent as was our driver, both of whom went the extra mile to ensure we had a lovely holiday. There were difficulties at the hotel due to COVID but we were made very welcome and the staff went out of their way to help us. So I have no complaint about Newmarket's choice of hotel. I am a single traveller and normally do not like to travel in groups but the laidback atmosphere of Newmarket Holidays is fine.

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26-Oct-2021

Very happy time on an action packed trip to the Scottish highlands. Eddie as tour manager and Simon as driver. Eddie shared his passion for Scottish history and between them they treated us to many unscheduled cultural stops that enhanced our holiday. They went above and beyond all the time. Train trips were amazing and views unforgettable. Hotel was welcoming and food was good. Hot water aplenty for bath. We wanted to escape to another world for a few days and we truly did. THANK YOU. Chris and Caroline

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28-Oct-2021

We have returned from our long overdue trip to Canada Niagara Falls to the Rockies stating in Toronto and finishing in Vancouver. Well we happened to be the first trip back after the Coiid outbreak and it was so good to go. The company had made sure we were all safe and masks were worn where ever they had to be but this did not dampen the trip at all, the Tour directors ( guides ) were brilliant and we saw and did so much it was a fantastic trip which I would recommend to everyone, defiantly one for the bucket list.

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