Windsor Castle, built by William the Conqueror in the 11th century, and the town that surrounds it, has been associated with royalty for a millennium, influencing the town’s grand architecture and ambience. This elegant Christmas break in Windsor, staying at a Georgian property close to the historical castle itself, blends festive celebrations with visits to the stunning castle and the UNESCO-listed Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew.
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 Macdonald Windsor Hotel (4T). We aim for you to arrive at the hotel between 4pm and 5pm and you will be greeted with tea, coffee and mince pies, followed by time to relax. Ideally located for exploration, you might enjoy a stroll around the town. A welcome drink and dinner at the hotel is included this evening, followed by entertainment.
Day 2 Christmas Eve - Windsor Castle
After breakfast we visit Windsor Castle, just across the road from the hotel. The favoured weekend residence of Her Majesty the Queen, still used regularly for ceremonial and State occasions, is the largest and oldest occupied castle in the world. During its rich history of almost 1,000 years, Windsor Castle has been the home of 39 monarchs and holds many royal treasures including Queen Mary's beautiful Dolls House. State apartments and St George’s Hall reflect the tastes of current and previous occupants including a collection of art by Rembrandt and Rubens. Subject to operation we may be lucky enough to view the Changing of the Guard ceremony. After our visit you are free to take lunch and explore at leisure. Tea, coffee and shortbread is available on your return to the hotel, before dinner is served this evening with entertainment. There is the opportunity to partake in Midnight Mass, with a hot chocolate waiting for you on your return.
Day 3 Christmas Day - Windsor
Start your Christmas Day celebrations with an English breakfast. The morning is at leisure to relax at the hotel or take a walk in preparation for the feasts ahead. After a drinks reception, enjoy a sumptuous festive lunch, with Christmas cake served a little later, while watching the Queen’s Speech. There will be a buffet dinner this evening.
Day 4 Boxing Day - Kew
After breakfast, we have an excursion to the inspirational Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. London’s only 300-acre UNESCO World Heritage Site comprises centuries of royal history. The hop-on, hop-off Kew Explorer train helps you to discover over 250 years of history at the world’s most famous garden and to explore beautiful landscapes and tropical glasshouses. Kew also has one of the world’s finest collections of botanical art. A light lunch of soup or sandwiches is provided before we return to the hotel, where tea, coffee and shortbread will be served. Enjoy a leisurely afternoon, before your included dinner and evening entertainment.
Day 5 Windsor
Following breakfast, you will be collected at 10am by your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.