Stay and Explore
Brimming with character and age-old history, Exeter lends itself perfectly to a quintessential English Christmas break. An atmospheric blend of Roman, Gothic, medieval and Georgian influences, the city promises a feast for the eyes. Soak up all the festive cheer at the grand Killerton house on Christmas Eve, and spend time exploring the ancient city walls, looming cathedral, south Devon coastline and stunning Dartmoor National Park.
Your holiday includes:
3 excursions and visits
- Visit National Trust Killerton
- Visit Buckfast Abbey
- A journey on the South Devon Railway
- 4 nights in hotel (accommodation as specified or similar)
- 9 meals: 4 breakfasts (days 2-5) 1 lunch (day 3) 4 dinners (days 1-4)
- Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service
- Titan tour manager
- Travel in destination by coach
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to Exeter. We aim for you to arrive at the hotel between 4pm and 5pm. You’ll be greeted with mulled wine before time to relax before the evening’s arrangements.
Mercure Exeter Rougemont Hotel (4-star)
Christmas Eve - Exeter - Killerton
Our day in Exeter starts at National Trust Killerton. This elegant Georgian house has a colourful history and a glorious setting, within a vast estate of landscaped gardens and parkland. Killerton holds the National Trust’s biggest dress collection, with over 20,000 items including shoes, hats, jewellery and fans from the 18th century to the 1970s. This year, the property celebrates Christmas with a ‘Wind in the Willows’ theme. You may want to spend your time this afternoon exploring the city that surrounds you - the 1,100-year-old abbey is just a few steps away or take an hour or two to tour the city walls, which have protected Exeter for nearly 2,000 years. If you wish to attend midnight mass this evening, you may like to make your way to Exeter Cathedral for the 11pm service.
Christmas Day - Exeter
This morning, you may choose to join your tour manager for a casual walk around Exeter. On your return, a traditional Christmas lunch has been arranged, with tea and Christmas cake to fill your afternoon.
Boxing Day - Buckfast Abbey - South Devon Railway
Today we visit Buckfast Abbey on the edge of stunning Dartmoor National Park. The abbey, founded in 1018, was surrendered during the 16th century Dissolution of the Monasteries at the order of Henry VIII, and rebuilt some three centuries later on its medieval foundations. Today, the monks welcome us to see the treasures within the great Abbey Church. Perhaps purchase a bottle of Buckfast Tonic Wine, still made today from the same basic ingredients used since the 1880s. Or maybe a new nativity scene handcrafted by a monk or a nun. We then journey aboard the South Devon Railway from Buckfastleigh to historic Totnes, before travelling along the southern stretch of the beautiful county of Devon.
Day 5 Exeter
You’ll be collected at 10am by your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.