Enjoy a magical winter safari and a Festival of Light celebrating some of China's most mysterious myths, as one of the most beautiful stately homes in the UK is transformed into a world of enchantment. You'll also visit Salisbury's Christmas Market, where authentic German-market style chalets offer an assortment of beautiful gifts and crafts.
This morning we'll journey by coach from your pick-up point to Salisbury. As well as its famous and historic cathedral the city boasts a wonderful Christmas market offering handmade crafts and gifts from around the UK, into Europe and beyond. Soak up the atmosphere by the bandstand enjoying a glass of mulled wine or a bratwurst, as school children sing classic carols and local musicians and performers entertain you.
After a few hours to explore, we'll continue to our overnight hotel.
Longleat House, set within 900-acres of 'Capability Brown' landscaped gardens and one of the country's finest examples of Elizabethan architecture, is transformed every Christmas. See some of your favourite festive characters - from Cinderella to Scrooge - in residence, explore and perhaps add your special Christmas wishes to the magical Wishing Tree.
From the comfort of your coach you'll enjoy animal encounters on a winter safari, and then join the crowds for Longleat's festive Festival of Light to see over 30 acres of illuminations arranged in a spectacular display that includes giant Chinese lanterns, hand-crafted dragons and larger-than-life recreations of some of the Safari Park's famous animals.
We'll begin our journey home in the early evening, arriving back at your pick-up point later that night.
Southampton/Swindon Area Hotel
You will be staying in a three-star standard hotel in the Swindon and Southampton area, such as the Express by Holiday Inn Swindon West. All guest rooms will have private facilities, TV, radio, and tea- and coffee-making facilities, and all the hotels used have good restaurant and bar facilities.
There is a fair amount of outdoor walking at Longleat, so please wear suitable footwear and warm clothing. Due to fire regulations, only a certain number of wheelchairs are allowed into Longleat House at any given time, so please notify us in advance if you are bringing a wheelchair.
Access at Longleat
Shows and entertainment at Longleat are subject to change without notice. Some of the animals will not be on view due to weather conditions.
Activities at Longleat
Your Tour Manager will have allocated seats for you on the main coach in advance, taking into consideration any special requests wherever possible, and will advise you where to sit as you board the coach. This will be your seat for the duration of the tour. (Seats are not allocated on any connecting services to and from the main coach.)
Coach seating arrangements
Your final travel documents, including the exact time and place of departure, will be sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure, providing all payments have been made. We are unable to give exact departure times before this.
Joining your holiday
Where meals are not included, your Tour Manager will ensure there are suitable stops made for you to purchase and enjoy lunch and/or dinner each day.
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
The majority of these consist of a double bed and an extra bed that is often only suitable for children. If this is a concern, you may wish to consider booking more than one room for your group.