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Christmas Celebration with Distinction

Experience the magic of Christmas on our new festive tour to Manchester and Liverpool. Explore these vibrant cities with free time to visit their famous Christmas markets, stroll through the stalls and complete your last-minute Christmas shopping with the variety of unique gifts and decorations on offer. Dine with distinction aboard East Lancashire Railway enjoying a delightful, festive lunch plus experience an enchanting and dazzling light trail.

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5 days from £720



Tuesday 17 December 2024



  • Experience fantastic, festive dining aboard East Lancashire Railway

  • Enjoy an enchanting light display at Dunham Massey

  • Stroll around two magical Christmas markets

  • Free time to explore the incredible city of Manchester

  • Discover Liverpool with a hop-on/hop-off bus ticket included


Also included in your Tour Fare:

  • 4 nights’ bed & breakfast plus 2 evening meals and 1 festive lunch

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

  • Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager


We arrive in Manchester where our hotel is conveniently situated near the railway station. In the afternoon we can take a stroll through Piccadilly Gardens before our first evening meal together.



After a leisurely morning, we journey by coach to East Lancashire Railway for our festive dining experience. We will enjoy a sumptuous three course meal on board the festively decorated carriages while being steam hauled through the picturesque Irwell Valley. Coffee and after dinner chocolate completes our relaxing afternoon before returning to our hotel.

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After breakfast, we enjoy free time to explore the vibrant city of Manchester. Get into the festive spirit with a visit to the famous Manchester Christmas Market with over 200 wooden stalls offering fantastic festive treats, gifts, and decorations. We will reconvene at the hotel to board our coach to Dunham Massey where we will experience their Festive Light Trail featuring masses of twinkling light, tunnels of stars, dancing lights, and giant, glowing deer.



This morning, after breakfast, we board our train to Liverpool to discover the historic and celebrated sights of this fascinating city using our included hop-on/hop-off bus ticket. We enjoy our second Christmas Market exploring the traditional timber stalls full of festive crafts and gifts plus a brilliant selection of warming, festive food and drink. On return to our hotel, we enjoy our final evening meal together.

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We bid farewell to Manchester as we make our way homeward full of festive spirit.


B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner


DoubleTree by Hilton, Manchester

The DoubleTree by Hilton is perfectly located close to Manchester Piccadilly train station and Piccadilly Gardens surrounded by vibrant bars and restaurants. The hotel offers a seasonal outdoor terrace, dining at their restaurant, and craft drinks at the bar. The modern and stylish rooms offer a 42-inch HD TV, free Wi-Fi, complimentary bathroom products, a hairdryer, and tea/coffee making facilities.



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*Please note: Some local and regional train services are Standard Class only, so First Class ticket holders will travel in standard class accommodation for these sections of journeys.


Join & Leave at Hotel £720


Single Room Supplement £230


4 nights’ bed & breakfast plus 2 evening meals and 1 festive 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 & admissions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager


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