Chester Christmas Markets with Boat Cruise & Cream Tea Including a visit to Shrewsbury Sunday 27th – Tuesday 29th November 2022 Just £75 deposit per person required to secure your places £249 per person
Wrap up warmly and explore the historic city of Chester. Our 3 day trip includes a look around Chester’s compact Christmas markets, located outside the city’s beautiful Town Hall Square opposite Chester Cathedral. There is also time to explore the centre on foot including the Grosvenor shopping centre. In the afternoon we board the Chester Boat and take a two hour cruise down the River Dee all the way to Ironbridge. You will be served a cream tea and hot drink as the scenic countryside passes by. The boat is covered and heated making it a cosy trip and nice way to relax after a busy morning’s shopping.
Our hotel for 2 nights is the Mercure Abbotts Well, a 4 star hotel set in 2 acres of landscaped gardens with leisure facilities, including an indoor swimming pool, gym, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and spa – perfect for relaxing after a wintry excursion.
Morning departure from the Essex area, making regular comfort stops en route, as we head Northwards. A stop will be made where lunch can be purchased. We shall arrive at our 4* hotel on the outskirts of Chester early evening , where you can relax, settle in and meet your fellow travellers.
Chester Christmas Markets and Boat Cruise with Cream Tea
After breakfast, we shall make our way to Chester where there will be time to explore the small but perfectly formed Chester Christmas Markets. A historical and magical experience awaits you with over 70 traditional wooden chalets surrounding the iconic sparkling tree in the heart of the city centre. Discover unique, locally made produce and handmade crafts, jewellery, accessories and stocking fillers. You can also peruse the shops in the covered and beautifully decorated Grosvenor Shopping Centre.
Next we shall take a relaxing 2-hour river cruise with commentary along the River Dee. Relax as we glide through the countryside and enjoy homemade, freshly baked fruit scones with jam and cream and a warm drink. From the decorated, covered and heated boat we head southwards, out of the city. We’ll pass under the ornate Iron Bridge at Aldford, before returning to Chester. Return to your hotel for a relaxing three course evening meal and overnight accommodation.
After a full English breakfast we shall depart the hotel and make our way Southwards. A stop will be made in Shrewsbury - which is set amidst the glorious Shropshire countryside and is one of England’s finest medieval market towns. There will be free time to do some Christmas shopping and purchase something to eat before we make our way back to the Essex area.
Mercure Chester Abbots Well Hotel ****
Nestled amidst two acres of landscaped gardens, this 4-star hotel is situated just two miles from the city centre and Cheshire Oaks. There is a spacious and cosy restaurant and lounge area. Leisure facilities include an indoor swimming pool, gym, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and spa. All 126 bedrooms are furnished with en-suite bathrooms, TV, hairdryer and hospitality tray. Most rooms offer views of the hotel courtyard. Although there is no lift at the hotel – there are plenty of ground floor rooms available.
Included in the price of £249 per person is :
Luxury coach travel for three days
Departures from Braintree, Witham, Chelmsford & Ingatestone
2 night’s overnight accommodation at the 4* Abbotts Well Hotel
Breakfast each morning
Three course evening meal each night
A visit to Chester Christmas Markets
A 2 hour boat cruise with cream tea
A visit to Shrewsbury on day 3
A Tour Manager to escort the trip
Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, so please book early to avoid disappointment.