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Downton Abbey Christmas Ball with London

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6 days  •  $2899 $2599
per person, double occupancy, including airfare*
based on departure from NYC, IAD or BOS
$300 Early Bird Discount. Expires Aug. 17, 2017.*   All prices reflect savings.

Overview

Featuring Attend the exclusive Downton Abbey Christmas Ball, plus 4 nights in London with optional Paris day trip & Iceland extension
Style Value VacationTravel in larger groups than our Small Group tours, but at fantastic value prices. These group tour packages are operated by our carefully selected partners and may be shared with other English speaking passengers ensuring guaranteed departures. More of these packages
Tour escorts & guides for some segments
Departures Scheduled Dates; one open departure, Dec 14 - Dec 19, 2017
Price Includes
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Hotel
  • Meals
  • Guides
  • Round-trip flights from New York (JFK) or Newark (EWR) to London including fuel surcharges and taxes and fees
  • Arrival & departure transfer with meeting & assistance
  • 4 nights accommodations in a First Class Hotel
  • Breakfast daily
  • Gala Annual Christmas Ball at Highclere Castle (where Downton Abbey was filmed)
  • Exclusive visit to Highclere Castle
  • Elegant 3-course dinner with wine
  • After dinner Christmas caroling around Highclere Castle’s Christmas Tree
  • Half Day Vintage Bus Tour of London with Champagne Tea
Optional
  • 2 night extension in Reykjavik, Iceland.
  • Full Day optional Luxury Paris Day Trip with 2-Course Champagne Lunch with reserved seating at Eiffel Tower’s Altitude 58 Restaurant: Reserved seats on Eurostar train with guide, Panoramic tour of Paris, and One hour cruise on Seine River
Highlights
  • Explore London on a Half Day Vintage Bus Tour
  • Indulge in a Champagne Tea
  • Attend the Gala Annual Christmas Ball at Downton Abbey (Highclere Castle)
Departs Washington Dulles (IAD), Boston (BOS), New York City (NYC); other gateways on request (flight schedule)
Themes Festivals,  History & Culture
What to Expect This leisurely-paced, partially guided tour requires minimal walking and is suitable for most levels of physical fitness.
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Downton Abbey Christmas Ball with London itinerary

London positively comes alive at Christmas time. Beautiful lights, decorations galore, music everywhere and plenty of opportunities for downing pints in pubs throughout the city await the lucky visitor. Even more exciting, a highlight of holiday celebration awaits you at the exclusive Downton Abbey annual Christmas Ball. Officially known as Highclere Castle, the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon will open their home, one of England's most beautiful Victorian castles, welcoming you to enjoy a classic British Christmas evening in the setting of the hit PBS television series. You'll dress in elegant attire for this special evening and enjoy a lavish 3-course dinner complete with Christmas Carols sung by a celebrated local choir. To complement your cinematic experience at Highclere Castle, take advantage of an opportunity to revel in the romantic delights that await you on a full day optional trip to Paris, via the high-speed Eurostar train and including sightseeing, a reserved 2-course lunch at the Eiffel Tower, and a relaxing cruise along the romantic River Seine.

Dates, Prices & Options

Departure Dates & Prices

Early Bird Discount: Save up to $300 per person if you book by Aug. 17, 2017!
Departures & Prices
per person, double occupancy*
Depart Return Price Book by
Aug 17
Thu Dec 14 2017 Tue Dec 19 2017 $2899 $2599 Available

Want to stay longer? We may be able to arrange for you to stay later than the scheduled dates. Contact us about prices and availability. (details)

Options & Fees

Downton Abbey Christmas Ball with London
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Room Supplement +$449
Optionals
Luxury Paris Day Trip with Champagne Lunch at Eiffel Tower +$400
Optional Iceland Extension
Iceland Extension +$199
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Occupancy +$179
Optionals
Northern Lights Excursion +$65

Flights & Departure Cities

Departure Airports
Boston (BOS) included
New York City (NYC) included
Washington Dulles (IAD) included

This package includes round-trip flights from the cities listed above, subject to availability. Please review the flight schedule, especially if you're booking connecting flights.

Coming from somewhere else? Ask us about availability and prices for flights from other cities (details). Additional charges for flights from other cities may be due within 24 hours of your reservation.

How to Make a Reservation

To make a reservation, simply select an available departure date and reserve online using our secure booking system. Or call one of our travel specialists at 800-555-5765. But first, check out our Before You Book section.

We only require a per-person deposit payment, which you can pay with your credit card or PayPal account. This deposit will be applied towards the cost of your package, and is generally non-refundable (details). The balance is due 91 days prior to departure (or within 72 hours, if you're booking less than 91 days prior to departure), and can be paid by credit card, PayPal, check or money order.

Deposit
Deposit $1200

Itinerary

Day 1: Depart USA/Overnight Flight

  • Board your overnight flight for London

Day 2: London

Accommodations: 4 nights Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London or similar.

  • Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel
  • Balance of the day at leisure

Westminster Bridge and Big BenFull Day Itinerary: Upon arrival in London you'll be met and transferred to your centrally located hotel. Enjoy the balance of the day to relax, unwind, and enjoy the facilities of the hotel. Or, venture out for your first exploration of the city. Your hotel is conveniently located near Westminster Abbey, Houses of Parliament, and Big Ben. A short ride on the underground provides easy access to Piccadilly Circus and many of London's other main attractions.

Day 3: London & Highclere Castle (where Downton Abbey was filmed).

Included meals: Breakfast and dinner.

  • Enjoy the annual Gala Christmas Ball at Highclere Castle

Full Day Itinerary: After a leisurely breakfast, spend your morning getting to know London.

Highclere CastleChange into formal attire for the highlight of your trip, the annual Gala Christmas Ball at Highclere Castle, the site of the hit PBS television series, Downton Abbey. Join the revelers who have come to London to enjoy in this unique pre-Christmas event, all dressed up in true Downton style. Be ready to go at 3:30 PM when your motor coach arrives to take you to Downton Abbey for a truly unforgettable evening.

Officially known as Highclere Castle, the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon will open their home, one of England's most beautiful Victorian castles, and welcome you to enjoy a classic British Christmas evening in the setting of the hit PBS television series. After driving up the winding tree-lined entrance, you'll be ushered through the commanding doorway, into the saloon (salon to us yanks), in the heart of the castle for a champagne and canapé reception followed by a grand, 3-course dinner, while prizes are raffled off. Savor the sumptuous creations prepared using local produce. After dinner, enjoy coffee and petit fours. Who knows... maybe even Lord and Lady Carnarvon themselves will surprise you with a visit, which they have been known to do during past Christmas Galas. For the finale of your lavish Christmas evening, gather around the Christmas tree and listen to the Newbury Choristers as they perform favorite Christmas carols. Later, return to London.

Day 4: London

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Enjoy a half-day Vintage London Bus Tour & Champagne Tea

London EyeFull Day Itinerary: Enjoy your morning at leisure before setting out on your half-day Vintage London Bus Tour with Champagne Tea. Whether you've visited London before or are a first timer, you'll be delighted by the great views of Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square, St. Paul's Cathedral, London Bridge, The Shard, Tower Bridge and the London Eye as you drive through the city aboard your 1950's era double decker Route-master bus.

Stop for photos at Westminster Abbey, burial place of Britain's monarchs and host for coronations and many royal weddings since its construction in the eleventh century. Another photo stop will be at the the Tower of London, famous as a place of imprisonment and execution, it has also been used as an armory, a mint, a royal residence, a menagerie, and observatory; and is still in use today as a safe-deposit box for the Crown Jewels.

Head to Buckingham Palace for another memorable photo stop outside the offical London residence of Her Majesty the Queen.

Finish your tour with a traditional Afternoon Tea at a local restaurant. Enjoy a choice of selected teas, sandwiches, scones and cakes, with a glass of champagne. Return to your hotel.

Day 5: London/Paris Optional Excursion

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Full day at leisure or join an optional tour

National Gallery, LondonFull Day Itinerary: Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore the sights and sounds of London on your own or join an optional tour, purchasable directly at your hotel. Get a 360 degree view by taking a ride on the London Eye or stay grounded for a more intimate approach to the city. View antiquities from around the world at The British Museum, one of the greatest collections of art at the National Gallery, and for mordern art, visit the Tate Gallery of Modern Art. If you have a taste for London's macabre past, be sure to visit the Tower of London.

Eiffel Tower, ParisOptional Excursion: Luxury Paris Day Trip with Champagne Lunch at Eiffel Tower, $400. Take part in an exciting optional tour to Paris, via the Chunnel on Eurostar rail. Early this morning, transfer to St. Pancras International Train Station in London, where you will be met by a representative who will guide you to your reserved seats. You will travel at speeds up to 186 mph and arrive in the City of Lights in only 2 hours and 15 minutes. After boarding your motor coach in Paris, begin a panoramic tour that will orient you to the city's landmarks and neighborhoods, including the Champs Elysees, the River Sein, and the Arc de Triomphe. Arrive at the Eiffel Tower, and with priority access, you'll be whisked directly to the top of this iconic Parisian treasure. Take your reserved seats in the Altitude 58 restuarant and enjoy the view while sipping a glass of champagne before your delicious 2-course lunch. After taking in the ambience and views of one of the world's most beautiful cities, you'll embark on a romantic cruise on the River Siene. The cruise offers a unique perspective of Notre Dame Cathedral, Musee d'Orsay, and Place de la Concorde. In the late afternoon, drive to the world's largest art museum, The Louvre, where you'll view the unique inverted pyramid designed by world-renowned architect, IM Pei. Choose to join an optional guided tour of the home to the Mona Lisa, or spend the balance of your afternoon exploring Paris independently, perhaps strolling the expansive and magnificent Tuileries Garden. Join your group at your meeting point for your return journey to London. Upon return, transfer to your hotel.

Note: Extensions to stay in Paris are available, please call for information.

Day 6: London/USA

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the USA

Iceland Extension

Not ready to return home? You can enjoy a 2 night extension to Reykjavik, Iceland, the land of the midnight sun. You will return to the USA 2 days later than the dates listed. This extension is available from select Iceland Air gateways: Anchorage (ANC), Boston (BOS), New York, (JFK), Newark (EWR), Seattle (SEA), and Washington D.C. Dulles (IAD). Ask us about availability and prices.

Day 6: London/Reykjavik

Accommodations: 2 nights Grand Hotel Reykjavik, or similar. Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Transfer to the airport for your flight to Reykjavik

Full Day Itinerary: This morning, transfer from your hotel in London to the airport for your flight to Reykjavik. Upon arrival in Reykjavik, you'll be transferred to your centrally located hotel. Spend the remainder of the day exploring the city on your own. This evening, why not join an optional excursion to view the Northern Lights?

Northern LightsOptional Excursion: Northern Lights, $65. This evening, join a quest to view the elusive Northern Lights on this dark winter Icelandic night. Far from the glow of the city you will hunt the ethereal Aurora Borealis, one of nature's most fantastic displays. If the weather is just right you will see the lights swirling and ancing across the twilit sky endlessly changing their shape, color, and size. Return to Reykjvaik. Subject to weather conditions.

Day 7: Reykjavik

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Morning at leisure
  • Enjoy a tour of Reykjavik

Hallgrimskirkja ChurchFull Day Itinerary: Spend the morning getting to know Reykjavik independently. During December, daylight in Reykjavik is from approximately 11:00am to 4:00pm. This afternoon, get a comprehensive introduction to the past and present of Reykjavik. Visit the Hallgrimskirkja Church, the largest in Iceland and one of its tallest structures. Drive alongside the harbor, and walk through the renowned 101 Reykjavik downtown neighborhood, filled with colorful buildings. Then stop at The Pearl (or Perlan), a dome-shaped glass building with an observation platform. Take in views of the Salmon River, which divides the city in two, and the mountainous backdrop to the east, a constant reminder of Iceland's volcanic past.

Day 8: Reykjavik/USA

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the USA

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Arriving at KK Hotel George at 9 am from USA we were greeted by their staff, luggage safely stored for us, and welcomed to enjoy breakfast even though our reservation really didn't begin until 3 p.m. It was a wonderful start to a fantastic vacation! … really appreciate Friendly Planet organizing a trip to include dinner at Highclere Castle. It really was perfect for us.....we enjoyed the planned bus/boat tour along with transportation to the castle, but loved being in great location to explore London the rest of the time on our own.

Carol Wilcox

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