Day 1 Oxford
Head to the historic city of Oxford and check into your hotel. Meet your companions over afternoon tea and perhaps head out and explore your surroundings if you wish. This evening we'll get together for a pre-dinner cocktail and after our meal there will be a Christmas-themed quiz.Meals included: D
Day 2 Christmas Eve, Oxford
Today, enjoy a full-English breakfast before being transferred to central Oxford for a guided walking tour with a blue badge guide. We will see the historic landmarks and beautiful universities and grounds, afterwards, enjoy some free time to get lunch before transferring back to the hotel. Now it is competition time, guess the weight of the chef’s Christmas cake to win a prize. Next, enjoy a warm glass of mulled wine as you partake in a Christmas carol singalong. This evening, enjoy a three-course dinner.Meals included: B,D
Day 3 Christmas Day, Oxford
It's Christmas Day, so enjoy some time to relax before we sit down to a traditional festive lunch with all the trimmings. Afterwards you might want to enjoy a drink in the bar or head out for a stroll with your holiday companions. If you've room for a sweet treat, tea and Christmas cake will be served mid-afternoon. We'll continue our celebrations this evening when we gather for a light buffet supper.Meals included: B,L,D
Day 4 Boxing Day, Burford & Blenheim Palace
After breakfast, we head to the picturesque village of Burford, often described as the 'Gateway to the Cotswolds'. You'll have free time to admire its medieval bridge and handsome Tudor and Georgian frontages.
Next we're going to Blenheim Palace, an impressive country house situated on the outskirts of the picturesque town of Woodstock. A fine example of Baroque architecture, it is the home of the 12th Duke of Marlborough and his family and was the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. You are free to go inside the palace and explore the state rooms at leisure, and outside there are more than 2,000 acres of landscaped parkland and formal gardens to discover, and a choice of cafés to get spot of lunch here if you wish.
At Christmas, Blenheim Palace is transformed into an even more magical place where fairy-tale meets fantasy. Each year a story is exquisitely brought to life, with each room decorated to depict a different scene.
This evening we'll gather at the hotel and enjoy dinner together.
Day 5 Oxford
After breakfast this morning, it's time to bid farewell to your companions and make your own way home. Perhaps take time to explore more of Oxford before you head off.Meals included: B
Superior Rooms are available at a supplement for the duration of your stay. Please speak to a Holiday Advisor for details.Car parking charges apply - please see the hotel website for more details.