Christmas Tour of England 2017

Japanese Edition

December 6th – 12th

London – Bath – Bristol – Cotswolds – Oxford – London

£1850 pp

Join us on a 7 day/6 night vegan Christmas tour of England! We understand it can be difficult for vegans and vegetarians to go travelling, especially to more remote areas where options are limited. This tour is inclusive of most meals – both casual and gourmet – so that our Japanese guests can fully enjoy a magical English Christmas season. With its unique cities, beautiful countryside and quaint villages, come and explore the ‘real’ England with a vegan twist!

Highlights:

 

  • Experience a very English Christmas season full of crisp winter air, beautiful scenery, Christmas fairs and festive treats like mulled wine and mince pies.
  • Guided every day by Yumiko Kijima-Tivers, who has lived and worked in the UK for many years. She has the highest ‘Blue Badge’ tour accreditation, has appeared on Japanese and British TV, has given various talks and has written books about the English way of life.
  • Explore both city and villages.
  • Learn about the history of veganism in the UK.
  • Enjoy an array of culinary experiences, including but not limited to; casual cafes, gourmet restaurants, traditional afternoon tea and a vegan cooking class.
  • Visit the first Farm Sanctuary in the UK, full of happy rescued animals.

December 6th (Wednesday) – LONDON

 

  • There is no fixed arrival time, giving you the freedom to arrive in London and check in after 14:00 at your own convenience. Additional hotel nights are available as an optional extra
  • Be greeted by your tour guide and stay overnight at a London hotel.
  • Receive a map of 2 vegan restaurants and Greenbay (London’s only fully vegan supermarket) all of which are within a few minutes’ walk of the hotel.

December 7th (Thursday) – BATH

  • Meet your group and travel to the west of England for Afternoon Tea Afternoon Tea has been a long running part of British culture dating back to the 18th Century. Traditionally using animal products, we have a classic Afternoon Tea that is vegan and 100% yummy for you to enjoy! 
  • Vegan Cookery Class at one of the UK’s oldest and most prestigious vegetarian cooking schools This half day workshop is exclusively planned for us and will teach you how to prepare and cook several delicious meals in under 30 minutes each. At the end of the workshop, everyone will enjoy the prepared dishes along with organic vegan wine. A recipe file will be given to each student so that they can re-create the dishes at home
  • Bath Christmas Market Christmas markets pop up all over the UK during the lead up to Christmas. The Bath Christmas Market is one of the best in the UK and is packed full of 170 stalls selling gifts, handmade toys, artwork, designer jewellery and lots more – most of which is made locally within Bath

December 8th (Friday) – BATH

  • Walking tour of Bath Our professional guide will take you on a walking tour of this beautiful Georgian town where ‘ Pride  and Prejudice’  author Jane Austen once lived. Bath is also designated a World Heritage site by UNESCO.
  • Tour of the Roman Baths We will observe the steaming waters of the ancient Roman baths, walk on 2000 year old pavements and learn about the history of this spectacular heritage site.

December 9th (Saturday) – BRISTOL

  • Bristol Vegan Christmas Fayre  See Vegan UK at its best! With over 90 stalls full of vegan goodies, lunch today will not be included in the tour so you have the opportunity to try as many vegan treats as your body can handle. There will also be a vegan bar and cooking demonstrations running all day. Here you will be able to fill up on an array of vegan foods, clothes, shoes, books, bath and beauty accessories and Christmas gifts! Best of all, VIP tickets will be provided so there will be no waiting in line to enter the fayre and you will receive a vegan goody bag to take home. A truly vegan experience
  • Buffet dinner on a boat We will finish the day on a boat ride around Bristol Harbour. We will meet with local vegan people and enjoy a light meal together

December 10th (Sunday) – COTSWOLDS

  • Explore the Cotswolds We will explore the Cotswolds, one of the most beautiful parts of the UK, with its breath-taking views of rolling hills. En route we will visit some charming Cotswold villages like Bourton on the Water where we may see a floating Christmas tree. If the weather permits we will enjoy light walking along public footpaths. Public footpaths are a very important British system for people who enjoy walking 
  • Sudley Castle by night With over a thousand years of history, Sudley Castle is a beautiful medieval castle where the 6th wife of Henry VIII, Kathrine Parr, lived and is buried. As the castle is closed over the winter, this special Christmas event takes place on the castle grounds and includes an enchanting evening of lights, magic and music.

December 11th (Monday) – COTSWOLDS

  • Visiting The Farm Animal Sanctuary As Britain’s first secure home for animals rescued from the farming industry, The Farm Animal Sanctuary is a very special stop on our trip. Not normally open to the public except for events, we will visit the sanctuary and hear about the important and lifesaving work they do here. We may even get to meet a few of the resident animals, should they choose to say hello!
  • More exploration of the Cotswolds You will visit small villages to have a look at typical countryside life with time to visit small, local shops
  • Farewell Christmas Meal

December 12th (Tuesday) – Oxford

  • Sightseeing in Oxford Nobody knows exactly how old Oxford University is, but there has been evidence of learning there since the 11th century. We will visit Christ Church College, which is the largest college in Oxford and was founded by Henry VIII in 1546. This is a very popular place to visit for its stunning architecture, history and feature in the Harry Potter films!
  • Lunch in London before we say goodbye We will have lunch in London in a good location for transport back to the airport or onward travel within London
  • Optional extra time in London Additional hotel nights and guiding in London are available as an optional extra

 

Notes:

  • We are hoping to support as many vegan only businesses as possible. When this is not possible, we will visit vegetarian or veg-friendly places.
  • We will try as much as is possible to limit exposure to animal use and will be requesting vegan bedding, etc at hotels. Some things, however, may be unavoidable. This could include the sale and consumption of non-vegan products by members of the public at some sightseeing destinations and restaurants, or the use of wool or leather furniture in public places.
  • We have not included sightseeing in London on this tour as it is so easy to travel vegan in London. For those guests who would like to stay in London before or after the tour, we will be more than happy to arrange extra nights at the hotel and recommend vegan resources for their stay. We can also organise vegan-guided tours of London after the main tour on request.
  • We reserve the right to change this itinerary if there are circumstances beyond our control.

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