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Downton Abbey Christmas Ball

What finer way to welcome in the festive season than by enjoying a quintessentially British Christmas evening at Highclere Castle, the setting of Downton Abbey?  As a one off special event, and exclusive to us, the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon will open their home, one of England’s most beautiful and finest Victorian castles, for a truly memorable celebration.




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Tour Highlights

  • Exclusive tour of Highclere Castle
  • Champagne and canapés
  • Three course dinner with wine
  • After dinner carol singing
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Christmas at Highclere

Driving up the long winding entrance, guests will notice the avenue of small Christmas trees ushering us towards the imposing doorway, behind which is a warming open fire and giant decorated tree.  Guests will be welcomed into The Saloon at the very heart of the Castle, to enjoy a champagne and canapé reception.  The Drawing room, The Music room and The Smoking room will also be open for guests to enjoy with Highclere guides on hand in the main State Rooms to answer any questions regarding the history of the building, artwork, furniture and even the filming of Downton Abbey. Champagne and canapés will be served throughout the reception and then following a short welcome, we will be called into the library for dinner.

The three course meal is an absolute treat, prepared in the Highclere kitchens, using local produce and offering a choice of starter, main course and pudding including.  Slow roasted fillet of beef, baked “Goldcross” goat’s cheese, and a mouth-watering classic lemon citrus tart, all served with a choice of white and red wine.  There will even be Christmas crackers on the table to help make the evening more fun and a free raffle with various prizes including signed copies of Lady Carnarvon’s novel – Lady Catherine, the Real Downton Abbey, and Eurostar tickets to Paris, chocolates and Champagne. Sit back and enjoy the fun while being served coffee and petit fours – who knows there may even be a surprise visit from Lord and Lady Carnarvon themselves!

Finally, to end the evening, we head back into the saloon to stand by the fire and tree and listen to the local choristers perform Christmas Carols to us from the staircase.



Important Information

  • Dress Code: Suits and Tie / Cocktail Dress
  • (16th December 2017)
  • Please note that vegetarian meal and other dietary requirement must be requested at the time of booking.
  • No photography allowed inside the castle.
  • Booking conditions: Once booked there is no refunds or no amendments.

Inclusions

  • The tour includes the services of a professional guide.
  • Luxury air-conditioned motor-coach
  • Three course traditional Christmas dining.

Sample Menu:

Starter
Lady Carnarvon charred salmon and avocado tian leaf salad and Melba toast
OR
Roasted vegetable terrine with micro cress salad, aioli sauce (Vegetarian Option)
Main
Roasted Turkey Breast,
Pigs in blankets, roasted fondant potato, Brussel sprouts with chestnuts and carrot Vichy,
Cranberry jus
OR
Baked “Goldcross” goat’s cheese, pine kernels and red onion puree wrapped in filo pastry with watercress foam, extra virgin olive (Vegetarian Option)
Dessert
Christmas pudding and Brandy cream sauce

Departure Information

Departs London at approximately 4pm and returns at approximately 12.30-1am.



FAQ’s

Will the tour pick-up from my hotel?

Not unless you are staying at a hotel that is a designated pick-up (you will see options for these before you pay).  This is because of Government actions to help prevent pollution, no tour operators have been allowed to make individual hotel pick-ups since 1st April 2017.

Are there toilets on the coaches?

Some coaches have toilets, some do not, but on all tours there are regular comfort stops of no longer than 2 hours apart, plus all places visited have toilets on site.

Will we have time for a full lunch stop whilst on tour?

Unless you book a tour that includes a specific lunch stop then no.  Most tours are targeted at seeing as much as possible in one day and do not have time for a full stop.  There are options to buy food and snacks at all sites visited, but these can be expensive and most people prefer to bring food and drink with them.  Supermarkets, e.g. Tesco Express offer excellent and great value, pre-prepared food that is ideal for this.  Here is a store finder link.

Will the tour return to for example London at the time stated or can it be late?

Most tours return at the expected time, but this is always subject to traffic and it is possible there could be a delay and so it is always wise to allow plenty of spare time if you are planning on booking theatre shows, trains or flights etc. after your tour.

What clothes should I wear?

It is always wise to check the weather forecast before setting out.  It is good to plan in case of rain, with perhaps a shower coat and umbrella.  There will likely be quite a bit of walking on tours and comfy shoes are a must and if any of the tour is on grass e.g. Stonehenge Inner Circle tours then waterproof shoes are sensible.  It is often colder out of London than in London particularly if windy and a jumper or fleece in summer are wise and a warm coat in winter.

If visiting London how much time will it take to see all the main sites, will we have time for more than one out of London tour if we only have a week? How long in advance should I book tours?

It is a common mistake that people think it may take six days to see London and only allow a day for out of London tours.  However there is so much to see out of London that four days to go out of London will be an amazing experience to see maybe all these locations, Dover, Canterbury, Leeds Castle, Hampton Court, Windsor, Winchester, Glastonbury, Stonehenge, Avebury, Bath, Stratford, Oxford and Warwick.

There are excellent day tours of London that see all of the main attractions in one day and then perhaps allow a further two days to see the Making of Harry Potter Warner Bros. Tour and other London attractions not included on the main tours and do not forget to book your show/theatre tickets well in advance too.

These are all very popular tours, most sell out well in advance and it is wise to book your tours, theatre and attractions several months in advance and you will find good planning in advance will optimise your holiday.

Is it better value to tour sites of London and out of London sites on our own, perhaps hiring a car?

No, fixed tours of both London and out of London are much better value than visiting sites individually and you will find going individually entrance costs alone will add up to more than the fixed tours, even before you factor in travel costs.

Do tours pick-up from any of the London airports?

Sorry no tours depart or return from any UK airports.  There are however excellent rapid express trains for example the Heathrow Express.

Can you help me find a discounted best value hotel? Plus theatre/shows and other attractions?

Yes we certainly can and here are some useful links.



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Why stop there?


The ever-increasing demand and availability for well-organised, safe and reliable trips means that we now go further afield, so while we love taking people on tours of England, Ireland and Scotland we are pleased to offer that little bit more with river tours of Amsterdam, coach tours of Paris and train trips to the chocolate capital of the world, Brussels!

Our Most Popular Essential Trips

There are so many and we cater for everyone so it may be a case of a leisurely out of London trip to Stonehenge or you may want the buzz and excitement of a theatre tour of London – all the glitz and glamour is there. Out of London, we offer all sorts of adventures: Roman Baths, Shakespeare country, the Royal Pavilion, Brighton – you name it. Same with London – we don’t just do the round London tours – we can take you to Kew Gardens or we can take you on an expedition on the roof of the O2 Dome to the platform at the top offering spectacular views.

So we offer Out of London, Around London, Theatre and Hotels and then there are the spectacular Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day tours – what a way to celebrate the fun season.