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The Festive Markets of Yorkshire

5 Days from£395
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(Tour code: 19YHM)

Harrogate, York and the North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Soak up the festive atmosphere in 'God's own county' on this superb pre-Christmas break. In addition to the Christmas Markets in historic York, you will enjoy a vintage steam journey and a festive rural village festival.

  • Fully escorted by a UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • A guided walking tour of York
  • York's Christmas Market
  • Grassington and the Dickensian Festival
  • Journey on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway
  • Harrogate
  • Excursion to Helmsley
What’s Included
  • Heritage Rail Excursions
  • 4* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Evening Meals
  • Optional Bag Concierge

The Festive Markets of Yorkshire 2018Tour Details

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Day 1 Betty's, Harrogate
Betty's, Harrogate

Arrive in Harrogate

Your tour starts today when you meet your Tour Manager at the Majestic Hotel. On arrival, you enjoy some mulled wine, ahead of time at leisure, perhaps to acquaint yourself further with Harrogate, a town famous for its pungent spa waters and delightful Bettys Tea Rooms. This evening, enjoy dinner at the hotel.

  • Dinner
Day 2 York Christmas Markets
York Christmas Markets

York Christmas Markets

Today, take the train to the beautiful walled city of York. Steeped in centuries of history, discover more about the famous city on a fascinating guided walking tour of the main sights, including the magnificent Minster, the second largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe, and the quaint Shambles, the city's oldest street and the former site of the butcher's market. Following the tour, you are free to browse York's pretty Christmas Market. Held in Parliament Square, the stalls offer an enticing selection of gift ideas and decorations, as well as a number of tasty treats.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Excursion
  • North Yorkshire Moors Railway
Day 3 North Yorkshire Moors Railway
North Yorkshire Moors Railway

North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Today's excursion takes you on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. Travel by coach to Pickering, where you will enjoy a short but charming steam-hauled* journey through the wooded slopes and rolling fields of the North York Moors National Park to Levisham.

On your return to Pickering, indulge in a festive mince pie and a warm drink. Later, continue by coach to the pretty market town of Helmsley, which is overlooked by the ruins of its brooding castle. Here you have time to explore the attractive stone buildings in the market square.

*Journeys are steam-hauled wherever possible.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Excursions
  • Heritage Rail Journey
Day 4 Grassington Festival
Grassington Festival

Grassington Festival

Enjoy an excursion to picture-postcard Grassington today. At this time of year, this scenic rural setting forms the backdrop to the annual Dickensian Festival. The attractively decorated market square becomes a traditional market place for shopkeepers and villagers - dressed in Victorian costume - to display their fare.

You have time at leisure here before you make the return journey to Harrogate.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Excursion
Day 5 Harrogate


After breakfast the tour concludes and you are free to depart Harrogate at your leisure.

  • Breakfast

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.

Departure Times

On many of our UK & Ireland tours, you may check in at the first hotel on your itinerary anytime after 14:00; your Tour Manager will be available between 16:00 and 18:00. However, if you are arriving later, you can meet your Tour Manager before dinner from 19:00.

What’s included
  • Fully escorted by a UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • Rail and coach travel throughout your tour
  • 4 nights' hotel accommodation with breakfast and dinner
  • Walking tour of York
  • Christmas Market in York
  • Excursion to Grassington's Dickensian Festival
  • Journey on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway
  • Excursion to Helmsley

Not Included

  • Cancellation & Travel Insurance is not included in the price of the tour but can be arranged.

This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.

Julie Pacalon
Helen Laverack
Kathryn Cambridge
The Festive Markets of Yorkshire

Harrogate, York and the North Yorkshire Moors Railway


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