12 Days of Christmas in England

Create lasting memories as you travel with your private driver through England at Christmastime. You'll explore Northern Cotswold villages and towns and spend time experiencing the magic of Christmas in London. This festive trip spans from Christmas into the new year. Below is a sample itinerary of the cities and sites to take in during your twelve days in England. Old Sod Travel can customize this itinerary based on your own travel needs and desires.

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Day 1 - Journey to England!

Welcome to England. Upon arrival, a driver will pick you up and take you to the

En route, you will enjoy some touring of the various villages such as Burford, Taynton, Bourton on the Water, The Slaughters, Kineton, Blockley, Broad Campden and Chipping Campden. Once you arrive on Broadway, you are going to feel like you stepped onto a movie set. Enjoy your first night of vacation!

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Day 2 - Northern Costwold Villages

Enjoy your first full English breakfast and then enjoy a private tour of the Northern Cotswold villages and towns. Christmas time here is a magical experience not to be missed. The region is awash with twinkling lights, beautifully decorated trees and adorned gingerbread-esque cottages that look like something out of a fairy-tale. Visits today include Stanton, Stanway, Sudeley Castle, lunch at The Hollow Bottom in Guiting Power, Naunton, Stow on The Wold and Dalesford Farm Shop. Head back to Broadway for your final night there.

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Day 3 - Christmas Eve

Enjoy your final day of touring the Cotswolds with your private driver guide. Today will be about the Mid and Southern Cotswolds, including Bibury, Tetbury, Castle Combe, Lacock and, if interested the City of Bath. You will then end up in Oxford where you will check into the Randolph Hotel and enjoy a Christmas Eve Dinner (included in the price).


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Day 4 - Christmas in Oxford

Merry Christmas! As part of your package, you will enjoy a Christmas Day lunch. Spend some time walking around Oxford today.

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Day 5 - Oxford

Enjoy touring around Oxford today. Tonight, you will want to see Sleeping Beauty Pantomime at the Oxford Playhouse.

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Day 6 - London

Travel to London via the train. Upon arrival, check in to your hotel and then head over to the Ritz where you will enjoy Afternoon Tea. Then, tonight, enjoy The Devil Wears Prada.

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Day 7 - London

Explore London and visit any Christmas Markets that are still open. You can also enjoy a food tour at Borough Market (which is always decorated so nicely at Christmas time).

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Day 8 - London

Spend another day exploring London. Consider seeing a matinee of The Play that Never Ends.

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Day 9 - London

Continue exploring London. Enjoy a Christmas Lights Bus Tour or see The Nutcracker at the Royal Opera House.

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Day 10 - New Year's Eve

It's New Year's Eve! Tonight, enjoy a dinner cruise and live music/dancing on a River Cruise.

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Day 11 - London New Year's Parade

Happy New Year! Experience London's New Year's Day Parade. Spend your last night at Christmas at Kew where you will take an enchanting journey into a glittering wonderland at the Royal Botanical Gardens. The popular after-dark Christmas event hosts a trail through the famous botanic gardens, lit up with lights and spectacular projections.

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Day 12 - Travel Home

Fly home today. We will arrange for a driver to take you to Heathrow for your flight home.

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