Christmas Tours in England and Scotland

Come explore the United Kingdom, home to beautiful palaces and majestic castles, charming villages, exciting cities, the Highlands, and centuries of traditions and celebrations. The UK makes a spectacular destination any time of the year, but for an even more magical experience, come during the Christmas season to join festivities celebrating the holiday season. From the glistening, frosted landscapes to bustling Christmas markets on cobbled squares and carols carrying on the breeze, the UK is the ideal place to celebrate this very special time of year. Every destination is dressed with its finest decorations. During your Christmas Holidays in the UK you will make memories for a lifetime and you will bring back home the best traditional Christmas presents. Travelers looking for a different Christmas experience are in for a delicious and visually enchanting treat when visiting the UK from late November until Christmas each year. With so much charm, fantasy, and tradition, a trip to the UK during the Christmas season is bound to inspire awe in any traveler, and luckily there are several tour options available to allow you to make the most of these Christmas-wonder-lands.

5-Day Christmas Caper

by MacBackpackers
$497
5 days
Start and end in Edinburgh with a 5 day tour package taking you through Edinburgh and 8 other destinations in Scotland including accommodation, an expert guide, meals, transport, and more. The 5 Day Christmas Caper is a unique experience, mixing with your new found friends and locals and enjoying Christmas festivities in one of the most beautiful places in the world. There is nothing quite like island life and an Isle of Skye Christmas is an experience not to be missed. Snow-capped mountains, breathtaking sunsets over the sea, great food, plenty of drink and a warm welcome from the locals are just a few things that will make this Christmas extra special. On the 22nd of December, start out nice and early to make the most of the daylight and head straight into the heart of the snow capped Highlands - Experience tales of Clan rebellion, romance and betrayal, beauty and brutality in stark contrast to each other as you step into the history steeped and snowy silent Highlands. Stop off for some whisky tasting to take away the chill before heading to Inverness for a drinks reception, and a night of laughs and relaxation. On the 23rd, set off for a bit of Nessie hunting, and a bracing swim for the very brave among the group. Battlefields, Glens, Lochs, and Castles are the agenda as you make your way deeper into the Highlands across the Corrieshalloch Gorge and take in the beautiful scenery of Torridon before crossing the water to the Isle of Skye. On Christmas Eve the winter scenery provides a perfect backdrop for your full day on Skye. Hike up to one of the islands more distinctive rock formations, the Old Man of Storr, with some of the finest viewpoints anywhere in the world. Then it's off for some Christmas Eve entertainment. On Christmas Day, toast the morning with a glass of bubbly over breakfast followed by a jaunt taking in the views of the neighboring islands. Then it's time for Christmas dinner in an awesome local restaurant, and an afternoon of festive fun. Say goodbye to the misty isle and head south taking in views of the Nevis range and Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis. Discover the haunting beauty of Glen Coe and hear tales of clan massacres before continuing your journey through 'braveheart country' and onwards to Edinburgh where your tour ends.

Great Britain Christmas - 7 Days

by Expat Explore Travel
$930
7 days
Start and end in London on this 7 day tour package that takes you through London, England and 10 other destinations in the UK including accommodations, an expert guide, and transportation. Tour Great Britain and uncover the rolling green countryside, incredible ancient history and quaint charm of England, Scotland and Wales. Set off from London and head north, exploring Cambridge, York, Edinburgh, the Highlands, Liverpool, the Lake District, Wales and much more. Fill your lungs with fresh, English countryside air, as you depart the city of London. Arriving in Cambridge, your first adventure will have you punting along the river in traditional style, taking in the stunning scenery and epic, historical buildings in the most relaxing way. In the afternoon continue towards York, a mecca for history buffs and lovers of fine architecture and culture. Your walking tour offers fascinating insights, stories and history of the city. At night, enjoy dinner in a traditional English pub. Continue north to the iconic Scottish Highlands. The first stop along the way is Hadrian's Wall, a defensive fortification constructed by Emperor Hadrian across the final frontier of the Roman Empire in what was then the Roman province of Britannia. Then travel on to Gretna Green, a beautiful historic village in southern Scotland. Arrive at your hotel in the Scottish Highlands and enjoy an included dinner. If the weathers clear you may catch a sight of Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the British Isles, as you make your way to Glencoe, a spectacular Glen (Scottish for a deep valley in the Highlands) and where the massacre of Glencoe took place in 1692, one of the most fascinating yet saddest stories encompassing Scotland's history. As you travel on to Edinburgh, make a photo stop at Loch Ness - home to 'Nessie' the Loch Ness Monster; join the optional cruise excursion and see if you can spot her. On arrival in Edinburgh, check in to your hotel and then depart for a driving tour to help you get your bearings for the city and plan your free day tomorrow. Enjoy a free day to explore the city as you wish, and there is so much to see and do. Known as the cultural capital of Scotland, Edinburgh is blessed with stunning Greystone and gothic architecture. Take a step back in time and wander around the unchanged cobbled streets of the Royal Mile and meander down to the Grass Market, to a row of pubs where public hangings used to 'entertain' the crowds. Your Great Britain tour will take a twist into modern history, as you head across the border, bound for Liverpool - the home of The Beatles and two world-famous premier league football clubs. On the way, you can soak up the last of the Scottish landscape, before reaching the picturesque Lake District for a lunch stop, where the views are simply stunning. Then arrive in Liverpool, where you will have the evening free to explore. Upon checking in at the hotel, head to one of the many local pubs for dinner. For Beatles fans, there are a myriad of locations that were significant to developing the world-class pop act, which shaped modern music as we know it. The Beatles played hundreds of shows at the Cavern Club, the perfect place to enjoy your time in Liverpool. Take a driving tour of Liverpool, where you will be shown the sights, before venturing on to the birthplace of William Shakespeare - Stratford-upon-Avon. There are numerous Shakespearean attractions and fascinating historical locations to visit. Sliding into south Wales, take a photo stop at Caerphilly Castle, a medieval fortification built in the 13th Century, ranked the second largest castle in the UK. Surrounded by artificial lakes, not only is the architecture a sight to behold, but it was also a ground-breaking design back in its day. Heading onwards to the Welsh capital of Cardiff, you have an evening in which to enjoy the local nightlife on offer. Stop in is Bath, a UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring some of the finest architecture in Europe. Join an orientation tour of the town, and learn about the historical significance of the region, including the natural hot springs that supply the Roman baths. Continuing on the last legs of your journey to Stonehenge, where you have the opportunity to witness an ancient and awe-inspiring structure, which has baffled scientists, tourists and historians for centuries. Arrive back in London at the end of a fantastic week of exploring Great Britain.

Christmas in London

by Collette
$1559
6 days
Enjoy a 6 day tour of England that starts and ends in London with 2 other stops in England. The tour includes accommodations, meals, and transportation. Delve into the Christmas season in London, one of the world's most iconic metropolises decorated with holiday cheer. Experience a favorite holiday pastime and join your fellow travelers for a special welcome dinner at a traditional pub. A local expert leads you on a panoramic tour of London. Explore London's colorful Christmas markets, beautifully decorated department stores, and bustling streets. See the Norwegian fir in Trafalgar Square, St Paul's Cathedral, and the festive lights adorning Buckingham Palace. At Westminster, view the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Big Ben. A Christmastime visit to London wouldn't be complete without a stop at Harrods, the city's famed department store. Find yourself exploring a wonderland of glorious holiday displays and its incredible food hall - a piece of gourmet heaven. Enjoy leisure time and then explore London's charming Christmas markets. Peruse the sea of wooden chalets offering a plethora of unique handmade crafts, artisan goods and local treats. Continue on to Bond and Oxford streets, known worldwide for their elegant department stores, posh galleries and the season's stunning Christmas decorations. Admire the latest fashions before capping off your afternoon with one of London's finest theatre performances. Travel across England's beautiful countryside to the historic city of Oxford, home to the prestigious University of Oxford. Join a local expert on a privately guided walking tour before exploring the city's Christmas market on historic Broad Street. As you browse the stalls filled with handmade crafts, the pleasant sounds of Christmas carols and smell of holiday treats fill the air and immerse you in holiday cheer. The festivities continue with a visit to Blenheim Palace, one of England's most magnificent homes, that shines even brighter at Christmas. The birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, this UNESCO World Heritage site will give you a glimpse into the life of English royalty. Enjoy the day to explore London at your leisure. This morning, perhaps you will join an optional excursion to celebrate the season at Windsor Castle: originally built to guard the city of London, Windsor Castle has been the home of Kings and Queens for nine centuries. Make your way through the impressive State Apartments, adorned for the season with a stunning array of garlands, bedecked Christmas trees, and an array of festive decorations. Enjoy a farewell dinner inspired by Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol and toast the end of a wonderful tour.

Royal Highland Christmas

by Haggis Adventures
$535
3 days
Experience an unforgettable Christmas in the stunning Scottish Highlands. Start and end in Edinburgh with this 3 day tour package taking you through Edinburgh and 7 other destinations in Scotland including accommodation in a hotel, an expert guide, and meals. There's the legendary Scottish hospitality but also snow-capped mountains, mysterious lochs and gorgeous glens, traditional dancing and a delicious Christmas dinner at your exclusive Royal Highland Hotel to enjoy. Christmas Day will never be the same again. Leave Scotland's capital and head past Stirling, home to legends such as William Wallace and Robert the Bruce and the scene of many of Scotland's most famous and bloody battles. The route north takes you through the dramatic Glencoe, the sight of the great massacre of 1692. From here, follow Loch Ness and hunt for the monster, then further north to your magnificent accommodation in the Royal Highland Hotel in Inverness. Once frequented by Royalty, the hotel boasts Queen Victoria as a past guest. Head into town for a great night in the capital of the Highlands. Take in the fresh sea air to fight off any remaining hangovers on the white sandy beach at Dornoch. Feast on the Christmas spread awaiting your return to the hotel then grab a partner and work off some of your Christmas indulgences with traditional Scottish Ceilidh dancing in 'The Wallace Ballroom' with its classic furnishings, antique portraits, works of art and glorious crystal chandeliers. A party-night HAGGiS-style fit for the Royals and one to make Christmas away from home something really special. Leave Inverness and head to the eerie Culloden battlefield, site of the defeat of Bonnie Prince Charlie's Jacobite uprising in 1746. Heading south make your way through the mountains of Cairngorms National Park to Dunkeld with its mighty cathedral in Macbeth country before crossing the Forth Road Bridge on your return to Edinburgh where your tour comes to an end.
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