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Historic Homes of Yorkshire at Christmas

Join our brand-new magical Christmas break to Yorkshire featuring Harewood House, which tells a Christmas story with its beautifully decorated rooms. We also enjoy a special Boxing Day visit to the historic Castle Howard. Explore the palaces many spectacular rooms, delve into the deep history of the Howard family and wander the impressive gardens in the crisp winter air. With a few festive extras thrown in along the way, this is the perfect break for those who want to enjoy a relaxing break this Festive season!

Your Tour Includes

  • Christmas Eve Entrance to Harewood House
  • Festive Afternoon Tea at Harewood House
  • Boxing Day Entrance to Castle Howard, with an included light lunch
  • A delicious Christmas Day lunch and even more festive treats
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Itinerary

Overview

Make your own way to the four-star Parsonage Hotel & Spa in Yorkshire, where you will meet our Tour Manager. Before arrival at the Hotel, why not head into the city of York, for the final day of the St Nicholas Fair, held here each year.  Make sure to check in between 14.30 and 16.00 to enjoy a Cream Tea on arrival. Enjoy a relaxing evening with dinner and a drink served in the hotel’s restaurant.

Overview

After a leisurely breakfast, we head to Harewood House.  Harewood is one of England’s Treasure houses, and is the family seat of the Lascelles family, built in the 18th century for Edwin Lascelles. In the 20th Century the house was lived in by Princess Mary the only daughter of George V, after she married Henry Lascelles in 1922.  Harewood estate occupies a beautiful rural setting, with 100 acres of gardens, including the Lakeside Bird Gardens. At Harewood this Festive season, visitors will experience ‘Upon A Christmas Wish’ created by Lord Whitney. You will be immersed into the Christmas story, through the beautifully decorated rooms. After exploring the delightfully adorned house, we head to the Billiard Room, for our Festive Afternoon Tea; wherever possible using produce from the Harewood house walled Garden and surrounding Harewood Estate - a delight for the taste buds. Afterwards, why not take a stroll around the beautiful grounds to finish of our enjoyable Christmas Eve visit.  Relax back at the hotel with some Mulled wine and mince pies, as we listen to Christmas Carols performed by a local village singing group.  Dinner is served in the hotel restaurant this evening.

Overview

The big day is finally here, so let us start the day with a glass of Bucks fizz with breakfast.  After breakfast why not take a stroll in the local area or perhaps go for a Christmas Day swim in the hotel pool.  An arrival drink awaits you as you sit down to your Christmas day lunch.  Afterwards, relax in the lounge, where you’ll be treated to some Christmas cake as you watch the Queens speech on TV. This evening, we enjoy a Mini Buffet; the perfect ending to our relaxing Christmas Day.

Overview

After a leisurely breakfast at the Hotel, we head to Castle Howard. Set in the heart of the Howardian Hills it is one of Britain's finest historic homes. Bought to life by Charles Howard the 3rd Earl of Carlisle, the building has been the home to eight generations of the Howard family over the last 300 years. There are over 1,000 acres of parkland, lakes and waterways to explore. Each year Castle Howard is transformed for the festive season, with magnificent and beautiful decorations, making for a truly magical experience. We include a light lunch here, leaving plenty of time to explore Castle Howard and the beautiful grounds at leisure, before we return to the Hotel.  This evening we enjoy an included arrival drink as we make our way to the restaurant for our final evening meal.

Overview

After a leisurely breakfast it’s time for you to check-out and make your way home. Why not take the short trip to York to explore the city further or visit the National Railway Museum?

Accommodation

Travel Options

When it comes to getting you to your destination. Leger Holidays make it easy, with a selection of travel options for you to choose from

Meet us at the ship

Meet us at the ship

For complete flexibility, make your own transport arrangements to and from the ship. We will provide you with times and locations as well as some useful information for you to make your own arrangements to join your cruise.

If you require any further information to assist with your travel plans, please contact our Holiday Advisors who will be happy to help.

Meet your Coach at Dover

Meet your Coach at Dover

Travel down to Dover and jump onboard your coach for your ferry crossing.

Alternatively, travel the day before your departure and enjoy an overnight stay, with complimentary parking for the duration of your cruise, before being collected after breakfast the following morning.

Travel by Eurostar

Travel by Eurostar

Step aboard Eurostar at London St Pancras for a fast and comfortable journey to mainland Europe. You can even upgrade your reserved seat to Standard Premier – speak to our Holiday Advisors for more information. On arrival in Paris, Lille or Brussels, you will then join connecting services for your onward journey.

Travel by Air

Travel by Air

Return flights from London Heathrow with transfers to and from the ship are included in our package on our specific arrival and departure dates. We also include one item of checked in luggage per person.

If our included flights are not suitable, alternative flights may also be available from other airports on our arrival and departure dates. These may have an additional supplement and are subject to availability at the time of booking.

More flexible travel options

Travelling by Eurostar?

Travelling by Eurostar?

Why not stay overnight in London?

For those travelling from further afield, you can also book overnight accommodation in London, before and after your holiday. Speak to our Holiday Advisors for more information.

Travelling by Eurostar?

Stay overnight near the port

For an even more relaxed start to your European holiday, why not stay overnight in Dover or nearby Ashford the night before your cruise from only £65pp? All our quoted prices include car parking for one vehicle for the duration of your cruise and cooked breakfast the following morning. Our coach will collect you and return you to the hotel on its way to/from the port of Dover. And if you don’t want that holiday feeling to end, why not do the same on your return journey?