Winchester, Salisbury & Bournemouth Markets

Winchester, Salisbury & Bournemouth Markets

Browse Winchester's Christmas Market, set beneath its magnificent cathedral, enjoy Salisbury's own festive market and contrast with Bournemouth's German-inspired stalls, before our highlight Christmas Luncheon aboard the Swanage Railway's 'Dorsetman'. Due to demand we have to confirm numbers long in advance, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

5 Days From Only £399.00

 

DEPARTS

Thursday 23 November 2017

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Salisbury Christmas Market amidst the cathedral city

  • Travel through the New Forest by train to Winchester

  • Wonderfully set Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market

  • Browse Bournemouth’s Christmas Market

  • Nostalgic journey on the Swanage Railway

  • Christmas Luncheon on board ‘The Dorsetman’

  • Bournemouth seaside hotel with leisure facilities

 

Also included in your Tour Fare:

  • Dinner every evening, with a glass of wine, plus Christmas Luncheon on the Swanage Railway

  • Rail travel & seat reservations from your Home Station to Tour Base (Standard or First Class)

  • Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

  • Hotel Porterage

 

DAY 1

Arrive in Bournemouth and transfer to the Carlton Hotel, superbly situated on the East Cliff overlooking the sea. Perhaps head into Bournemouth to browse the stalls of its German-inspired Christmas Market, before we enjoy our first dinner together.

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DAY 2

Our first excursion heads north by coach through the Dorset countryside and into Wiltshire to 'the city in the countryside', Salisbury. There is time during our stay to visit the stunning gothic Salisbury Cathedral if you wish, which houses the preserved original Magna Carta dating from 1215AD. Otherwise, there is also plenty of time to enjoy the festive sights, sounds and aromas of Salisbury Christmas Market, with its strong focus on British-made wares from locally-sourced artisan craftspeople.

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DAY 3

Today we depart Bournemouth by rail, skirting the New Forest on our way to another beautiful cathedral city, Winchester. Formerly the ancient capital of England and seat of King Alfred the Great, Winchester is steeped in history. At this time of year, the longest medieval cathedral in Europe plays host to Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market, with British and German crafts adorning the stalls in the cathedral's inner and outer close.

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DAY 4

Our final excursion heads through Dorset to the lovely, nostalgic Swanage Railway, which operates along six miles of track from Swanage past the magnificent ruins of Corfe Castle. Our journey includes the railway's special three-course Christmas luncheon, served to your seat. After an exhilarating afternoon, we return to Bournemouth for our last evening together and a final opportunity to visit the town's Christmas Market.

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DAY 5

We bid farewell to Bournemouth and head home.




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B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

HOTEL

The Carlton Hotel, Bournemouth

One of Bournemouth’s original grand hotels, the Carlton was built in 1861 as a private house for a religious minister. Converted into a hotel, it became host to the rich and famous as Bournemouth developed as a bathing resort. Interestingly, the hotel played its part in the D-Day Landings when General Eisenhower and Field Marshall Montgomery discussed landing plans at the hotel, having watched exercises from the East Cliff. Combining Victorian elegance with modern comfort, the hotel boasts a leisure club featuring swimming pool, gym and sauna.

 

FARES

Fare Region

First

Standard

RC (-)

London: Waterloo

£575

£470

 -£15

Greater London

£620

£495

-£15

South of England

£620

£495

-£15

East Anglia

£565

£495

-£15

South West

£575

£505

-£15

Heart of England

£550

£495

-£15

Midlands

£590

£495

-£15

Yorkshire

£630

£525

-£25

North East

£675

£545

-£30

North West

£630

£545

-£25

South Wales

N/A

£480

-£15

North Wales

£630

£545

-£20

Scotland

£715

£575

-£35



 

Join & Leave at Hotel £399

SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT £85

 

4 nights’ bed, breakfast & Table d’Hôte evening meal, plus 1 lunch

Rail travel & seat reservations from your Home Station to Tour Base (Standard or First Class)

Rail & coach travel, with transfers as described

All excursions and admissions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

Hotel Porterage

Important – Please select the number of passengers before proceeding to ‘Book Now’

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