Brightwater Holidays has unveiled its biggest-ever collection of Christmas and New Year holidays for 2022, which includes nine itineraries and one Experience Day.
There are nine exciting new holidays, which range from a four-day Christkindlmarkts of Germany tour to New Year in Reykjavik, and from a seven-day Spectacular Scottish Christmas experience to a short break that takes in visits to Bath, the Cotswolds and Longleat for its popular Festival of Light event.
For those hoping for a festive day out, there is a wreath-making experience at Denbies Wine Estate set for 7th December, which is led by award-winning florist Liz Bushell. Guests will create their own Christmas wreaths, enjoy a one-hour guided tour after a two-course traditional Christmas lunch and sample four Denbies wines in the company of a wine expert.
There is a limited-time special offer available with the launch of these new tours, which offers guests a chance to save up to £75pp if they book by 30th September. Alternatively, they can secure their space for a low deposit of just £1pp, with the full balance due 10 weeks before departure.
Bath, Longleat & the Cotswolds at Christmas
The price includes three nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast at the 4* Holiday Inn Bristol City Centre, comfortable coach travel throughout (departure points in London, Reading, Swindon and Bristol), a professional tour manager and visits to Longleat with its Festival of Light, the city of Bath with its fabulous Christmas markets, a scenic tour of the Cotswolds with opportunities for shopping, and a visit to Lacock Abbey.
Departs 2nd December, 4 days from £475pp
Christmas Delights of East Yorkshire & Lincoln
The price includes three nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast at a 3* hotel, comfortable coach travel throughout (departure points in London and Peterborough), a professional tour manager and visits to Lincoln with its wonderful Christmas markets and Belvoir Castle, which was first built after the Norman Conquest of 1066. There is also an optional day’s excursion to the Elizabethan country house of Burton Constable Hall and historic Beverley Minster, where guests visit the Christmas Tree Festival. This is an additional £35pp.
Departs 1st December, 4 days from £495pp, no single supplement
Yorkshire’s Christmas Markets
The price includes three nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast at a 3* hotel, comfortable coach travel throughout (departure points in London, Luton, Northampton and Birmingham) and visits to the Georgian house of Nostell, the city of York with its magical Christmas market, Roundhay Park with its illuminated festive trail, the 18th century Harewood House and Leeds Christkindlmarkt with its authentic German food and traditional wooden chalets.
Departs 4th & 11th December, 4 days from £495pp, no single supplement
Christkindlmarkts of Germany
The price includes three nights’ bed and breakfast at the 4* NH Dusseldorf City hotel, return rail travel from London via Eurostar, comfortable coach travel throughout, a professional tour manager and visits to the city of Cologne, where guests have a guided tour and explore the Christmas market; and Dusseldorf, where guests enjoy a guided walking tour and then time to discover the festive stalls there.
Departs 6th & 13th December, 4 days from £635pp, low single supplement, no-fly
Christmas in the Scottish Borders
The price includes three nights’ dinner, bed and full breakfast at the 4* Macdonald Cardrona Hotel Golf & Spa near Peebles, comfortable coach travel throughout (departure points in Aberdeen, Stonehaven, Forfar, Dundee, Perth, Kinross, Dunfermline, Edinburgh and Glasgow) and a professional tour manager. On arrival it’s Christmas Eve and guests will enjoy a drinks reception and Christmas carols with the hotel staff and on Christmas Day guests enjoy a Buck’s Fizz with breakfast, a traditional Christmas carvery lunch and a buffet supper. Later, on Boxing Day, there is a scenic coach tour of the Border country, which includes the towns of Moffat, Galasheils and Melrose.
Departs 24th December, 4 days from £595pp
A Spectacular Scottish Christmas
The price includes six nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast; two nights at the 4* Atholl Palace Pitlochry, one night aboard the 5* Fingal and three nights at the 4* Ten Hill Place Hotel in Edinburgh. There will also be comfortable coaching throughout (departure points in Glasgow and Edinburgh), the services of a professional tour manager and visits to the Blair Athol Distillery with a tasting, the House of Bruar, the Royal Yacht Britannia, Edinburgh Castle with its fantastic Christmas market, the Scottish Borders and Edinburgh’s Royal Botanical Gardens to enjoy its spectacular light trail. On Christmas Day, there will be a traditional three-course lunch with wine.
Departs 21st December, 7 days from £1,695pp
Christmas in Malta
The price includes five nights’ dinner (with wine, beer or soft drinks), bed and breakfast basis at the 4* Dolmen Hotel in St. Paul’s Bay, return flights from London to Malta, comfortable coach travel throughout and a professional tour manager. Highlights include a city tour of Valletta, a visit to Mdina, a harbour cruise from Slimena and Palazzo Falson. There is also an optional excursion to Gozo on Boxing Day, which visits the Ggantija Temples, the capital city of Victoria, the picturesque Bay of Xlendi and Dwerja.
Departs 23rd December, 6 days from £1,275pp, low single supplement
Christmas in Madeira
The price includes five nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast at the 4* Four Views Baia Hotel, return flights from London to Madeira, comfortable coach travel throughout and a professional tour manager. Guests can join an optional excursion to Reid’s Palace Gardens and afternoon tea (£67pp) and a Western Island tour (£59pp), but included highlights are a cable car ride from Funchal to Monte, the Monte Palace Gardens, Quinta do Palheiro, the Botanical Gardens, the Embroidery Factory and Funchal’s Old Town.
Departs 6th December, 6 days from £975pp, low single supplement
New Year in Reykjavik
The price includes three nights’ bed and breakfast at the 4* Grand Hotel Reykjavik, return scheduled flights between London Gatwick and Keflavik, coach transfers between airport and hotel, a New Year’s Gala Dinner and a professional tour manager. This tour includes a number of optional excursions, such as the Blue Lagoon (£126pp), Northern Lights Evening Tour (£59pp), the Golden Circle tour (£71pp) and a Reykjavik Sightseeing Tour (£31pp).
Departs 29th December, 4 days from £1,395pp
Wreath-Making & Festive Cheer at Denbies Wine Estate
The price includes tea and coffee on arrival, a two-hour wreath workshop with award-winning florist Liz Bushell, a completed wreath worth over £50, use of all materials and decorations, a two-course Christmas lunch and a one-hour indoor Cinema Vineyard Tour along with a tasting of four classic Denbies wines with an expert.
Takes place 7th December, 1 day from £145pp
The dedicated Festive Holidays brochure can be seen here: https://issuu.com/specialistjourneys/docs/brightwater_holidays_-_christmas_2022