Our Enchanting York Christmas is centred on this ever popular ancient city, lying on the River Ouse in the centre of the Vale of York between the Dales and North York Moors. Often described as a living museum, York’s Roman, Viking and Medieval legacies mark the story of its past throughout the streets and buildings, from the narrow lanes of the Shambles to the majestic Minster, the largest Gothic cathedral north of the Alps. Throughout your stay there will be time to fully acquaint yourself with the best of this enchanting city and take a wonderful scenic journey on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway; plus time to sit back, relax and enjoy the magical atmosphere that Christmas brings.
4 nights in hotel (accommodation as specified or similar)
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to the Best Western Monkbar Hotel (3T). We aim for you to arrive at the hotel between 4pm and 5pm. There is time to settle in before a welcome drink this evening, followed by dinner and light entertainment. Our included evening meals are normally taken together as a group in a function room.
Day 2 Christmas Eve - York
York is the UK’s home of chocolate, so this morning we take a short walk from the hotel to York’s Chocolate Story to discover the origins of chocolate and the stories of some of the greatest names in confectionery. For almost 300 years, the city’s fortune depended on chocolate and the vision of its chocolatiers, including Terry’s. This world-famous company was established in York in 1767 and has created an interesting selection of products over the last 250 years, from opium based throat sweets to the much-loved Chocolate Orange. After the temptations of the museum’s chocolate gift shop, you are free to explore. Perhaps take a walk within the city walls for shopping and sightseeing. The Shambles and Castle Museum (subject to opening hours) are within a few minutes of the hotel. This evening’s dinner will be followed by entertainment. Should you wish to attend a local church service, hot drinks will be served on your return to the hotel.
Day 3 Christmas Day - York
Merry Christmas! Breakfast is served in the restaurant and then you can relax in the festive surroundings of your hotel. Buck’s Fizz will be served before we sit down to a traditional Christmas lunch. This afternoon provides an opportunity to sit back and watch the Queen’s speech, or perhaps stroll along York’s historic walls. This evening, our hosts have prepared a cold buffet, followed by entertainment.
Day 4 Boxing Day - York - North Yorkshire Moors Railway
This morning, we set out for our tour of York Minster. Our guide will part with details of the world-famous stained glass, historic art, hidden treasures and the stunning architecture, built over 252 years from AD 1220, and somewhat different to the original wooden church built here in AD 627 for the baptism of King Edwin of Northumberland. We then take a drive to Grosmont Station, the 1952-themed hub of operations, engineering and maintenance of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. The engine sheds house the line’s steam and diesel locomotives, and you may catch a glimpse of an engine being restored before we indulge in one of the world’s greatest railway experiences, travelling behind a heritage engine. This 70-minute journey takes you into Goathland Station, famed by the ITV programme Heartbeat and as Hogsmeade Station in the first Harry Potter film; then over the stunningly beautiful North York Moors National Park. We disembark at the lovely, 1930s Pickering station, and make our journey by coach back to the hotel. There will be time to freshen up before dinner, followed by entertainment.
Day 5 York
Today we bid farewell to York. You will be collected at 10am by your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.
This traditional hotel is located in the heart of York and an easy walk to both the Minster and Shambles. Guests can enjoy a high standard of care from the Monkbar team and facilities include a restaurant, bar and lounge. All bedrooms have traditional decor and are en suite with TV, telephone, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. The hotel has a lift to all floors and two dedicated disabled rooms, subject to availability.
Please note that there are no leisure facilities at the hotel.