Day 1 Stratford-upon-AvonMake your own way to the historic town of Stratford-upon-Avon today, the birthplace of William Shakespeare. On arrival at your centrally located hotel, settle into your comfortable room and then make your way to the bar to enjoy a welcome drink with your travelling companions before dinner.
Meals included: D
Day 2 Christmas Eve, Stratford-upon-AvonBeautiful at any time of year, Stratford is utterly magical when its medieval streets are decorated with sparkling lights at Christmas. Our first stop is William Shakespeare's birthplace, a low-ceilinged, half-timbered house. Inside you can enter the parlour, hall, workshop and bedchambers, all of which are furnished as they would have been back in the 16th century. We'll pause to enjoy a warming glass of mulled wine and a mince pie in this fabulous setting. Next, take a walk along the promenade next to the River Avon to see the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Holy Trinity Church, where Shakespeare is buried. We then make our way to Anne Hathaway's Cottage. This thatched farmhouse, where the young Shakespeare courted his future bride, contains many original items of furniture.
After some time for lunch, we then explore Stratford-upon-Avon in the company of a Local Guide.
If you'd like to attend midnight mass tonight, you'll be spoilt for choice as there are plenty of lovely churches in the town.
Meals included: B,D
Day 3 Christmas Day, Stratford-upon-Avon - at LeisureIt's Christmas Day, so enjoy a relaxed morning before heading to the hotel's restaurant for a festive Christmas lunch with all the trimmings. The rest of the day is yours to spend at leisure and this evening a light buffet will be served.
Meals included: B,L,D
Day 4 Boxing Day, Warwick CastleEnjoy breakfast at leisure before we head out on an included trip to Warwick Castle, built in 1068 on the orders of William the Conqueror. Journey back in time more than 1,000 years as we wander along the battlements and explore the interior of one of the most complete medieval fortresses in Britain. Entertainment is also put on in the grounds of the castle and the incredible birds of prey display is highly recommended.
Meals included: B,D
Day 5 Stratford-upon-AvonYou can take breakfast at your leisure this morning, before checking out of the hotel and making your way home. If you want to discover more of lovely Stratford-upon-Avon, you can leave your luggage at the hotel and head off to explore.
Meals included: B