Bath reflects two great eras in human history and the stunning Roman and Georgian architecture blend harmoniously, securing an undisputable place as England’s only city on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Since the Romans developed Bath’s natural hot springs into one of the first English spa resorts, some 2,000 years ago, millions have come here to ‘take to the waters’, as the fashions advised. The Georgian period was the next to have made a lasting impression, an era that brought us the elegant Royal Crescent, the Assembly Rooms and neoclassical Pump Room which have been the social centre of Bath for 200 years, and Pulteney Bridge, one of only four bridges in the world lined with shops. Spend your Christmas enjoying this beautiful city, before visiting Longleat House, when the wonderful rooms in this stately home are decorated for Christmas. At the same time its grounds glow under the intense colours of thousands of silk Chinese lanterns, for Europe’s most magnificent Festival of Light.
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 Bailbrook House Hotel (4T), on the outskirts of Bath. 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. Dinner at the hotel is included this evening, with festive entertainment.
Day 2 Christmas Eve - Roman Baths - Bath Abbey - No 1 Royal Crescent
Spend today in the charming city of Bath with a tour that includes the city’s most outstanding attributes. First is the Roman Baths - Britain’s most famous Roman thermal spa. An audio guide tour takes you through a fascinating museum, which displays thousands of objects excavated here, revealing the fashions and beliefs of the people of Aquae Sulis, and explains the importance of this 2,000-year-old complex. The tour ends at the magnificent centrepiece - the Great Bath, filled with steaming spa water; and you are able to taste this famous water, which attracted visitors here for its healing minerals. Next is Bath Abbey, where the first King of all England, King Edgar, was crowned in 973. The impressive Gothic exterior is best known for the unique ladders of angels which decorate the west front, while the interior is crammed with stone memorials. You have free time for lunch, with many cafés to choose from, before our final visit for today to No 1 Royal Crescent. This museum, at the end of the beautiful Georgian terrace, is decorated and furnished as it may have been around 1776-1796, revealing what life was like for the wealthy residents and their servants.
Day 3 Christmas Day - Bath
Today is for relaxing and enjoying the festivities, with a pre-lunch glass of Buck’s Fizz and a traditional Christmas Day lunch with a glass of wine. Christmas cake will be served later in the afternoon and a buffet dinner will also be available for those who can manage it!
Day 4 Boxing Day - Longleat House and Festival of Light
After a morning at leisure, we travel to Longleat, a magnificent Elizabethan estate within 900 acres of landscaped grounds. We take a tour through the house, one of the finest Elizabethan stately homes in the country, decorated for an Edwardian Christmas. The Great Hall, State Dining Room, and the 90ft-long Saloon are adorned with giant paintings and tapestries, and the Red Library is filled with over 40,000 books. As dusk falls, we exit the house into the vibrant glow of the Festival of Light. Take your time to explore the grounds, which are filled with Europe's largest Chinese lantern display. Thousands of spectacular silk lanterns, handmade by a team of highly-skilled artists, create breathtaking scenes that capture your imagination. Dinner is included this evening with entertainment.
Day 5 Bath
Following breakfast, you will be collected at 10am by your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.
• This tour visits places with uneven cobbled streets and steps, and excursions may therefore not be suitable for those with walking difficulties.
• Included meals may consist of set, table d’hote or buffet menus and the style and volume of entertainment provided by the hotel may vary.