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Waddesdon Light Trail, Cambridge & Oxford Festive Special

UK & Ireland
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Board Basis: Half Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TLEI9113

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Coach

3 days

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Festive magic staying at one of our favourite 4* hotels with visits to 2 iconic cities and a spectacular light trail and Christmas Fair set against the backdrop of a floodlit manor!

Join us on this delightful festive weekend break to three magical destinations. Oxford & Cambridge are two of our most beautiful and historic cities and they truly come alive at Christmas time. Adding in the magical Lights Trail at Waddesdon Manor will truly make this a weekend to remember! In addition, you will be staying at the wonderful 4* Comet Hotel, a comfortable and perfectly located base for this festive break, with dinner and breakfast included. Enjoy!

Waddesdon Manor is a French Renaissance-style château nestled in the heart of Buckinghamshire. For the festive period, it transforms into a magical wonderland. The Manor’s façade will come to life with bespoke projections and Waddesdon’s spectacular landscape will be lit with a kaleidoscope of colour, lights and music along a light trail through the grounds. See the gardens sparkle brightly with mesmerizing light installations. Look out for the shooting stars on the Parterre! You can also browse over 70 hand-selected artisan stalls with unique and handmade gifts at the Christmas Fair.

We'll whisk you away to beautiful Cambridge, famous worldwide for its association with the colleges that lie within its boundaries, and with some fantastic architecture, little cobbled courtyards and interesting shops and boutiques. As an added bonus, a Winter Wonderland returns to Cambridge in 2024 with a Christmas Market, Alpine Lodge bar, Big Wheel and Ice Rink amongst the attractions.

Last but not least, we visit the historic university city of Oxford with its honey-gold buildings and riverside setting. The architecture is fabulous, from the golden, stately university buildings to the atmospheric 13th-century pubs. Wander through the cobbled streets, enjoy the fabulous shopping opportunities and let the beauty of the city sweep you away. The city of dreaming spires will again be filled with festive joy as the Oxford Christmas Market returns to the heart of the city. With market traders offering unusual and handmade gifts, colourful decorations brightening wooden stalls and the aroma of mulled wine and cinnamon drifting in the air, a visit to the Oxford and its Christmas Market is a magical Christmas experience.

An ideal choice for:

* Christmas and festive fun lovers
* Couples, friends and families looking for a fun weekend away
* Anyone who loves our historic heritage and iconic cities

PRICE FROM ? £249 per person
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Itinerary

Day 1

Join your comfortable coach this morning and sit back and relax as we head for beautiful Waddesdon Manor and its fantastic Lights Trail (house entrance not included) and Christmas Fair. Later rejoin your coach for the journey to your fantastic 4-star hotel with time to settle in and relax before your included evening meal.

Day 2

After a comfortable night's sleep and tasty breakfast it is time to head for the university city of Cambridge. An ice rink, Christmas market, Alpine Lodge bar and heated domes will be among the attractions when a winter wonderland comes to Cambridge in 2024. At the heart of the new seasonal attraction will be a Christmas market with chalet huts, street food and a Christmas tree maze, all overlooked by the Big Wheel.

After time to explore Cambrdige at your leisure, your coach will head back to your hotel before enjoying the included dinner tonight.

Day 3

After a final hearty breakfast, we will check out of the hotel and head for gorgeous Oxford, where you can enjoy its Christmas Market. There will also be ample time to explore the rest of this great city and - of course - its shops. Rejoin your coach later for the relaxing onward journey home full of lovely memories and maybe a gift or two from an amazing weekend.

Waddesdon at Christmas

INCLUDED Visitor DestinationThe hidden hill-top secret of stunning Waddesdon Manor offers views of Oxfordshire, the Chilterns Hills and the Vale of Aylesbury and is sure to take your breath away with its beauty and charm. The French Renaissance-style château was built by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild in 1874 to entertain the fashionable world and to house his collection of fine art. Christmas at Waddesdon is a visual delight of quintessential seasonal charm.

The 2024 season sees a charming Christmas Fair, with wooden chalets offering gifts and tasty treats, whilst the beautiful house is illuminated with stunning light displays. From dusk, the grounds will come to life with a light trail around the gardens that playfully combines colour, sound and movement. Make sure you wrap up warmly for this seasonal spectacular.

For more information on this wonderful festive event, please click here (opens in a new window)

Please note: Entry to House not included. This is an outdoor event and subject to weather conditions. Please dress appropriately for the time of year.

Cambridge & Christmas Markets

INCLUDED Visitor DestinationVisit this iconic city during the festive period and you get the added benefit of its pretty Christmas Market to enjoy.

Cambridge is the country’s most beautiful historic city. Its elegant centre is framed by architectural triumphs, surrounded by green spaces and home to the University of Cambridge’s world-famous colleges. There’s something for everyone in Cambridge and your included walking tour will bring the city to life. You can also go punting on the River Cam, enjoy a picnic in the park, visit the free-to-enter University of Cambridge’s Fitzwilliam Museum, which houses world-class collections of art and antiquities spanning centuries and civilisations, and Kettle’s Yard, one of the country’s finest galleries and a major centre for 20th century and contemporary art. Cambridge is a compact city with a wonderful choice of shops.

Oxford & Christmas Market

INCLUDED Visitor Destination

Oxford, The City of Dreaming Spires, is famous the world over for its University and place in history. For over 800 years, it has been a home to royalty and scholars, and since the 9th century an established town, although people are known to have lived in the area for thousands of years. Nowadays, the city is a bustling cosmopolitan town. This world famous city will be filled with festive joy; the sound of choirs, market traders offering unusual and handmade gifts, colourful decorations, bright wooden stalls and the aroma of mulled wine drifting in the air. A visit to the Oxford Christmas Market is a truly magical Christmas experience.

Tour Includes

  • 2 nights 4-star hotel with English breakfast & evening meals
  • Admission to Waddesdon Manor Grounds & Gardens* for the Magical Lights Trail & Christmas Fair
  • Visit to Cambridge and its Christmas Market
  • Visit to Oxford and its Christmas Market
  • Direct Coach Travel
  • Net Zero Carbon Offset Certificate
All Christmas Market 2024 dates subject to confirmation.
* Entrance to House not included
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Accommodation

The Comet Hotel Hatfield

A stylish new hotel housed in a Grade II-listed building, with a chic restaurant and thoughtful design touches

The Comet Hotel in Hatfield is a 4 star hotel which has seen a multi-million pound refit, and has been refurbished for the modern age, bringing a fabulous hotel destination. First opening its doors in 1936, the original Comet Hotel was named for the locally built de Havilland Comet DH.88 racing aeroplane. The eponymous hotel was actually designed around the footprint of the aircraft, which gives the building its unusual and iconic shape. The refurbishment and extension is based on the rich heritage and period glamour of the original Comet Hotel, hearkening back to this golden age of air travel, glamour and sleek design. Beautiful period architecture, classic design and future-facing technology combine to create a welcoming and exciting environment, a rebirth for Hatfield’s most iconic building.

It now boasts a total of 65 guest rooms which combine comfort and considered design to give you the best possible stay. It is home to the warm and welcoming Element Bar & Kitchen with excellent food and drinks, all locally sourced where possible. The hotel also has lift access.

For more information, click here for the hotel website (opens in a new window)

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