County Durham is an area steeped in history and natural beauty, from the Dales to its heritage coastline. Durham city is a cultural highlight with its cathedral and castle dominating the dramatic skyline and further afield, Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience provides an insight into 18th century maritime life. The city is your base and boasts winding lanes filled with a variety of boutique shops, small markets and restaurants - an ideal place to fill your time.
4 nights in hotel (accommodation as specified or similar)
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for the journey to Ramside Hall Hotel (4T), Durham. We aim for you to arrive at the hotel between 4pm and 5pm. There is time to settle in before a welcome drink prior to dinner. Our meal this evening will be followed by entertainment.
Day 2 Christmas Eve - Durham - Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience
This morning we depart for our excursion to Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience. The re-creation of an 18th century seaport brings to life the time of Nelson, Napoleon and the Battle of Trafalgar, complete with realistic period shops and houses, and Britain’s oldest warship afloat, HMS Trincomalee. This afternoon we return to our hotel where dinner will be served later this evening. Our meal will be followed by entertainment.
Day 3 Christmas Day - Durham
After a Buck’s Fizz breakfast this morning you are free to attend morning mass, take a stroll, or stay and relax in your surroundings. This afternoon, the hotel will provide a drinks reception followed by Christmas lunch, after which there is the opportunity to take it easy. A light buffet dinner will be served this evening.
Day 4 Boxing Day - Durham Cathedral
Today we visit one of Europe’s great buildings - Durham Cathedral, a Norman masterpiece in stone, sitting on a promontory in a loop of the River Wear. As the shrine of the Anglo-Saxon saint and bishop Cuthbert, it was the subject of pilgrimages from all over England. His gold pectoral cross, liturgical comb and leather-bound Gospel of St John are still displayed in the Treasury. Our guided tour will ensure you don’t miss the Cathedral’s highlights, including the 12th century Galilee Chapel with original medieval wall paintings and the medieval Cloister, which featured in the first two Harry Potter films. There is free time leading up to dinner, served this evening at our hotel.
Day 5 Durham
You will be collected at 10am by your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.