Longleat Festival of Light & South West at Christmas Time

There is nothing quite like the countdown to Christmas in the enchanting South West! Soak up the wonderful yuletide atmosphere with festive market stalls, iced with glittering fairy lights and a stately home boasting the most impressive statuesque Christmas trees. We experience the magical Festival of Light at Longleat where hundreds of illuminated displays transform this magnificent estate into a winter wonderland and soak up the charms of the traditional Christmas market in Bath; bejewelled for the season with twinkling chalets spread out across the city’s picturesque Georgian streets. We also take a step back in time in the cathedral city of Wells, home to the enchanting Bishop’s Palace.


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Holiday Highlights

  • 3 nights at the 4-star Mercure Bristol Holland House Hotel & Spa with breakfast plus 2 dinners
  • Porterage
  • Welcome drink
  • After dinner tea and coffee at the hotel
  • Coach transfers to and from your excursions
  • Visits to Wells, Bishops’ Palace, Longleat House and Festival of Light, Bath, Holburne Museum & Bath Christmas Market
  • Guided tour of Longleat House
  • Guided walking tour of Bath
  • Accompanied by a knowledgeable Tour Manager throughout
  • Return coach travel
  • 3 nights at the 4-star Mercure Bristol Holland House Hotel & Spa with breakfast plus 2 dinners
  • Porterage
  • Welcome drink
  • After dinner tea and coffee at the hotel
  • Coach transfers to and from your excursions
  • Visits to Wells, Bishops’ Palace, Longleat House and Festival of Light, Bath, Holburne Museum & Bath Christmas Market
  • Guided tour of Longleat House
  • Guided walking tour of Bath
  • Accompanied by a knowledgeable Tour Manager throughout

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Mercure Bristol Holland House Hotel & Spa

The stylish 4-star Mercure Bristol Holland House Hotel & Spa is centrally located in Bristol, minutes from Queen Square. All rooms are air-conditioned and feature flat-screen TV, safe and complimentary Wi-Fi access. The hotel also offers a bar and restaurant, an indoor pool, fitness suite plus a spa (spa treatments at extra cost).

Sunday: Arrival
We check in to the Mercure Bristol Holland House Hotel & Spa in the afternoon. Later, we enjoy a welcome drinks reception hosted by our tour manager.

Monday: Wells, the Bishop’s Palace, Longleat House & Festival of Light
Our day starts in the cathedral city of Wells, located at the foot of the Mendip Hills. England’s smallest city boasts a magnificent cathedral while the eclectic mix of historic buildings and quaint narrow streets adds to the atmosphere. Here we discover the Bishop’s Palace, a unique medieval palace which has been home to the Bishops of Bath and Wells for 800 years. Walk in the footsteps of past bishops in some of the rooms of the medieval Palace building, take a look around the Bishop’s private Chapel and explore the ruined Great Hall. 

This afternoon we head to Longleat House, widely regarded as one of Britain’s finest examples of Elizabethan architecture. Substantially completed by 1580 and now home to the 7th Marquess of Bath, Longleat House is set within 900 acres of stunning ‘Capability’ Brown landscaped parkland. We enjoy a guided tour of the impressive house which is beautifully decorated for an Edwardian Christmas and admire its priceless antiques and ornate painted ceilings.

Later, we enjoy the hugely popular Festival of Light where hundreds of spectacular giant Chinese lanterns transform the Longleat Estate into a winter wonderland after dark. Every year the festival is based on a different theme, taking visitors around illuminated trails, all set against the beautiful backdrop of Longleat House and its landscaped gardens.

Tuesday: Bath, Holburne Museum & Bath Christmas Market
We spend the day in the lovely city of Bath, sparkling with festive decorations. On our guided walking tour we discover some of Bath’s most celebrated landmarks, including the Royal Crescent, the Circus and Pulteney Bridge, as well as streets of beautiful Georgian townhouses, charming cobbled alleyways and the city's abundance of parks and gardens; a great introduction to Bath’s fascinating past and impressive collection of Grade I listed buildings.

Next stop is the Holburne Museum, home to a wonderful collection of fine and decorative art. At the heart of the museum is the collection of Sir William Holburne, 5th baronet of Menstrie. His Grand Tour of Europe sparked a life-long interest in art and collecting, in particular bronze sculptures, silver, porcelain and Dutch landscapes. He left his collection to the City of Bath and since his death, more than 2,000 items have been added.

Afterwards, we have free time to explore Bath’s Christmas Market, for a chance to stock up on original Christmas gifts. Set in the picturesque streets and squares surrounding the impressive Bath Abbey, traditional wooden chalets offer handmade and beautiful gifts from Christmas decorations and toys to festive food and tipples. We stay until early evening, leaving time for dinner at leisure either at the market or a local restaurant. 

Wednesday: Departure
After breakfast, we check out of the hotel for our journey home.

Please note: the itinerary order is subject to change.

Club Class Home Collection

Door to Door Service from just £99 per person

Take advantage of our brand new, stress free departure option of "Club Class Home Collection Service". With this luxury service, a uniformed chauffeur will collect you from home and transfer you to the hotel, airport or cruise port in top specification cars or MPV's then at the end of your holiday they will be waiting to whisk you home again.

Please note: On some journeys we may collect other customers en-route who are travelling on the same holiday as yourself. The maximum number of pickups would be your plus two more with a maximum of six people in the vehicle. Journeys over 2.5 hours will include comfort breaks and complimentary bottles water is provided. All vehicles are fitted with satellite navigation and tracking devices. Service available from addresses in mainland England only, one pickup per booking. Service operating in partnership with Club Class Chauffeurs.
Round Trip Mileage Price (pp)
Up to 100 miles £99
101 - 150 £135
151 - 200 £175
201 - 250 £225
251 - 300 £250
301 - 350 £280
Single Traveller Supplement Additional 75%
Longer journey prices on request

Sunday: Arrival
We check in to the Mercure Bristol Holland House Hotel & Spa in the afternoon. Later, we enjoy a welcome drinks reception hosted by our tour manager.

Monday: Wells, the Bishop’s Palace, Longleat House & Festival of Light
Our day starts in the cathedral city of Wells, located at the foot of the Mendip Hills. England’s smallest city boasts a magnificent cathedral while the eclectic mix of historic buildings and quaint narrow streets adds to the atmosphere. Here we discover the Bishop’s Palace, a unique medieval palace which has been home to the Bishops of Bath and Wells for 800 years. Walk in the footsteps of past bishops in some of the rooms of the medieval Palace building, take a look around the Bishop’s private Chapel and explore the ruined Great Hall. 

This afternoon we head to Longleat House, widely regarded as one of Britain’s finest examples of Elizabethan architecture. Substantially completed by 1580 and now home to the 7th Marquess of Bath, Longleat House is set within 900 acres of stunning ‘Capability’ Brown landscaped parkland. We enjoy a guided tour of the impressive house which is beautifully decorated for an Edwardian Christmas and admire its priceless antiques and ornate painted ceilings.

Later, we enjoy the hugely popular Festival of Light where hundreds of spectacular giant Chinese lanterns transform the Longleat Estate into a winter wonderland after dark. Every year the festival is based on a different theme, taking visitors around illuminated trails, all set against the beautiful backdrop of Longleat House and its landscaped gardens.

Tuesday: Bath, Holburne Museum & Bath Christmas Market
We spend the day in the lovely city of Bath, sparkling with festive decorations. On our guided walking tour we discover some of Bath’s most celebrated landmarks, including the Royal Crescent, the Circus and Pulteney Bridge, as well as streets of beautiful Georgian townhouses, charming cobbled alleyways and the city's abundance of parks and gardens; a great introduction to Bath’s fascinating past and impressive collection of Grade I listed buildings.

Next stop is the Holburne Museum, home to a wonderful collection of fine and decorative art. At the heart of the museum is the collection of Sir William Holburne, 5th baronet of Menstrie. His Grand Tour of Europe sparked a life-long interest in art and collecting, in particular bronze sculptures, silver, porcelain and Dutch landscapes. He left his collection to the City of Bath and since his death, more than 2,000 items have been added.

Afterwards, we have free time to explore Bath’s Christmas Market, for a chance to stock up on original Christmas gifts. Set in the picturesque streets and squares surrounding the impressive Bath Abbey, traditional wooden chalets offer handmade and beautiful gifts from Christmas decorations and toys to festive food and tipples. We stay until early evening, leaving time for dinner at leisure either at the market or a local restaurant. 

Wednesday: Departure
After breakfast, we check out of the hotel for our journey home.

Please note: the itinerary order is subject to change.