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Grassington Dickensian Festival & Manchester's Christmas Markets
2 days - by Coach

Price from £119.95 per person*
Departs 2nd Dec 2017

Single person supplement : £30.00 per person

Olde–worlde charm and up–to–the–minute chic on this weekend of two halves...

You might have seen Christmas Markets before, but not like this. For the last 30 years, in Grassington in the Yorkshire Dales, they've been decking out the natives in Victorian bustles, bonnets, weskits and stovepipe hats as the annual Dickensian Christmas Festival takes over the town.

As you negotiate the stall–jammed narrow streets between pretty stone–built houses and shops, watch out for magicians, fire–jugglers, buskers, shoe–shine boys, urchins, chestnut sellers, Scrooge, a town crier in tricorn hat, even Fagin–style pickpockets with their Artful Dodger sidekicks.

Meanwhile, what Manchester may lack in period panache, it more than makes up for in scale and choice.

As well as the fine selection of brand–name shops and stores which befits one of the North West's premier cities, there are Christmas markets in seven different locations at intervals between the Corn Exchange and Albert Square.

All are easily walkable from each other, and each one has a distinct European theme. Collectively they sell everything from Brie to Bratwurst, to Swiss leather goods, Spanish pottery, German traditional wooden toys, and Alpine plants.

With a total of over 300 stalls to browse, and plenty of refreshments on offer to keep your energy levels up, you'd better make sure you wear comfy shoes!

This tour is organised and operated by Omega Holidays plc ABTA V4782 ATOL 6081

  • Return coach travel from your chosen local departure point
  • Overnight stay at a 3 or 4 star North West area hotel with 3–course dinner and full English breakfast
  • Visit to Grassington Dickensian Festival
  • Visit to Manchester's Christmas markets
  • Services of an Omega coach driver/tour representative
  • VAT at 20%

* Based on two people sharing a room. A room for single person occupancy is offered, subject to availability, at a supplement of £30pp for the break.

Saturday   After a morning coach pick up in your local area we head straight for Grassington to be assailed by the sights, sounds and smells of Christmas in Victorian England. There are traditional crafts, food and songs, making this a fun shopping day out. There are lots of indoor as well as outdoor stalls so no need to be chilly, and we'll wrap the day up nicely with a 3–course dinner and a warm bed for the night at one of our selected 3 or 4 star North West area hotels.

Sunday   A full English breakfast to get the engine running and then we motor to Manchester's Christmas markets. They're fun, whatever order you do them in. There will be plenty of time for browsing and, if you're organised, you should be able to visit all of them before it's time to set off on the journey home in the mid to late afternoon.

Here are some example hotels or similar ones that we use for this break, actual availability may change with the travel date you choose.

Some hotels have an additional supplement per person, as shown below. Supplements are stated for the break (not per night)

To be confirmed 3 or 4 Star North West area hotel,
3 or 4 star North West area hotel

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