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Holiday Spotlight 4.4 feefo-stars

Christmas in London

6 DAYS
$2,999 pp*
*Rate is per person, land only, double occupancy.

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Feel the holiday spirit when you experience the Christmas season in London, a world within a city. Explore London’s colourful Christmas markets, beautifully decorated department stores, and bustling streets. Join a local expert on a panoramic tour. See the Norwegian fir in Trafalgar Square, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and the festive lights adorning Buckingham Palace. Explore the majesty of Westminster Abbey. Visit the historic university town of Oxford decked out in holiday splendour. Travel to magnificent Blenheim Palace, an incomparable display at Christmastime. Feel the holiday warmth at one of London’s finest theatres. Enjoy afternoon tea in charming Covent Garden. Embark on a relaxing journey as you discover the colourful history and regal pageantry only found “across the pond.”

Your Tour Includes
  • 1 Handpicked Accommodations
  • 8 Meals
Included Highlights
  • Buckingham Palace
  • Harrods at Christmas
  • Big Ben
  • Christmas Markets

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6 Days

5 Nights


Meals

8 Meals

5 Breakfasts

1 Lunches

2 Dinners


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72 reviews
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  • Trip Rating:
    2star
    Our tour guide’s name was Kim she was not organized. She didn’t want to use the headset where we could hear her talking. There were 40 people in our group and she was at the front so most people couldn’t hear what she was talking about. She left to elderly people, husband and wife probably about their 80s, we were supposed to meet at a certain point at 2:30. She said we are leaving. Someone said the people weren’t there yet and she said they’ll find their way we took a bus back to our hotel. She did not seem concerned at all that they were not on the bus with us , my sister-in-law and I saw Kim later and said have you seen the couple that we left and she said no they’re probably here. No concern at all. Ended up a couple waited for 30 minutes the woman had had to use the restroom so they weren’t there right at 2:30 so Kim decided just to leave them and they had to take a taxi I believe back to the hotel Pretty much our whole group was very upset with her another incident a young man was with his grandparents he was probably 1415 he was at the hotel and we were in front of the hotel and she said let’s start walking and somebody mentioned that the young man was in the hotel and she said oh he can catch up he did eventually catch up but we had to look for him to make sure he found us. I feel like Kim is in the wrong business. Thank you.
    Kimberly Kramer
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    I loved everything about this tour. We got to see so much with guides who could answer all our questions and who knew so much about their particular area.
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    We had a wonderful guide who was always available, knowledgeable and friendly. Everything advertised was offered. The hotel was very nice, centrally located, clean and offered a generous, varied breakfast with terrific service.
    Terri Fields
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  • Trip Rating:
    4star
    The tour guide was knowledgeable and helpful, but made unnecessary and unacceprltable disparaging remarks about trans people which made me uncomfortable. I always thought guides were accepting of all who take a tour.
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    The tour offered a great range of experiences. The included meals were excellent as was the hotel accommodations.
    Nathan Thompson
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  • Trip Rating:
    4star
    The highlights, the hotel and the local guides were excellent and would, in my opinion, be five stars plus; however, the size of our group at 40 plus was, again in my opinion, too large for one tour manager to handle. This, unfortunately, is reflected in my evaluation of the tour manager.
    Gary Rafool
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    All tour guides were knowledgeable and wonderful information. Susan kept track of how everyone was doing and helped if any problems.
    Ruth Horwitz
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    The tour exceeded my expectations. Hotel close to the metro station. Tour Manager was very accessible, helpful and friendly. Afternoon tea was lovely. Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace. Westminister Abbey, Tower of London were extraordinary. Enjoyed the National Galery. The local guides were very knowledgeable. Enjoyed meeting the Button King and Queen and hearing about the charity.
    Ida Swift
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    The most memorable experience on this tour was actually when our TM walked us, on his night off, to a restaurant a little ways from the hotel. We were on our own that night for dinner but he so graciously made sure we got to the restaurant and even had dinner with us.
    Tammy Mccullars
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  • Trip Rating:
    4star
    Kensington Palace which we toured on our own.
    Marie Burgar
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  • Trip Rating:
    3star
    The Xmas markets were disappointing. I've been to better markets right here in Pennsylvania. My favorite part of the tour was the optional trip to Windsor Castle. The reason that I gave the tour 3 stars is that we seemed to spend too much time at many places and not enough at others. For example, Blenheim palace had a pointless Alice in Wonderland exhibit. I could have done without it. Oxford demanded more time. A tour of the university should be included.
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Lots of walking put us close to so many sites - much better than being on a bus all the time. I loved Westminster Abbey, Windsor Castle, London Eye, boat tour up the Thames River, trip to Oxford, excellent theater production of Juliette, dining with the tour group.
    Dorothy Klein
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    2star
    Poorly thought out
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    I loved seeing the items on the tour except I hated Harrods. The crowd at harrods gave Me anxiety. But seeing the castle and palaces was amazing. And the food place Colette took us too were amazing! I loved the hotel as well with very clean rooms and friendly staff.
    Jody Plasterer
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  • Trip Rating:
    4star
    We expected a different type or more of Christmas, not the commercial type markets..but we found some on our own.
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    This trip was well organized and we had an excellent tour guide.
    Alicia Gonzalez
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    I loved everything
    Antonio Gonzalez
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    The Tour Director’s service made the trip wonderful.
    Billy Quach
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  • Trip Rating:
    3star
    My favorite experience was High Tea at Harrods. Since our original visit to Harrods was cancelled, I went there on my free day.
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  • Trip Rating:
    4star
    Tour guide excellent. Could do without tour with "Tubes" to Christmas Market which was closed early in morning.
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  • Trip Rating:
    4star
    Excellent tour guide.
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  • Trip Rating:
    4star
    The Tour of Westminster Abby, was just wonderful
    Cynthia Hillier
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  • Trip Rating:
    4star
    Needed more time in Oxford
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  • Trip Rating:
    4star
    The trip to Oxford and Blenheim Palace. We could have spent much more time doing excursions out of London like this and I would have been much happier.
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  • Trip Rating:
    4star
    Tour was not as advertised
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  • Trip Rating:
    4star
    A play was included in the experience and it was very entertaining. The trip to Oxford was very good but too short. Should have left Blenheim Palace out or curtailed the time there.
    Judith Dwyer
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Kensington Palace was the most interesting to tour!
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    The trip was everything we (my daughter and me) expected and more. We had a taste of London and would like to have more. Even the weather was good. The food was very good. Our tour manager, David, was the best. We could have skipped Harrod's though. Mark and Spenser would have been better. Thank you, Collette, for a wonderful tour.
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    excellent hotel, beautiful artwork, staff were wonderful, great daily breakfast, interesting tours,great tour choices, wonderful food, public bars and restaurants had kind staff members, just an overall fantastic trip experience!!! Our tour manager was the best!!
    Tracy Bakowski
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Well handled tour, 44 people a bit too many, but tour director did great job. Stonehenge a favorite.
    Irene Gavriluk
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  • Trip Rating:
    3star
    I expected to visit some places in London, not just drive by them. We were left on our own to get on the tube to travel to other places. Sometimes the directions were inaccurate. The Churchill War Room was changed to the Imperial War Room, but out tour director said that the Churchill War Room was much better. We paid our own entrance fee even though the Kensington Palace fee was included in the cost of the tour. We thought it was changed because the Churchill War Room was closed. The Imperial War Room doesn’t charge a fee. I changed my plans because my husband was unsure about getting to the theater on his own because of the poor directions that we experienced the day before.
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  • Trip Rating:
    4star
    Kensington palace was the best. Loved Oxford and Blenheim palace. Did not like the food tour at all. Would have preferred a tour of Windsor palace instead. Bath was nice but short. No time to really explore the shops. The Harrods stop was too short to do anything other than find restrooms. The best thing Collette did was rebook our return flight. WE were on our way to Boston when the power went out in the airport. Before we had landed and got the news, Collette has already booked us a flight for the rest of the journey. I saw the mass of travelers struggling to make other arrangements. For this reason, we will always travel with you. Thank you to Collette!
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Well planned. Just too short. Need another couple of days to see all we wanted to see.
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  • Trip Rating:
    3star
    Too many last minute changes. Too large group.
    David Wentling
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  • Trip Rating:
    4star
    David Beaumont was interesting, very informed, made sure we saw everything on the tour itinerary, had great stories and was considerate.
    Heather
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  • Trip Rating:
    4star
    I believe the tours of the various gardens and sightseeing in London itself was very memorable and enjoyable--not sure I can pick just one memorable experience.
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Enjoyed everything about the trip especially the Chelsea Flower Show!
    Patricia Powley
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  • Trip Rating:
    4star
    Overall, an excellent tour. The tour guide and bus driver were outstanding. The choice of theater show (Thriller) was a bit disappointing, but the performers were very good. The walking food tour was fun, but, 1st course was somewhat disappointing because of skimpy quantity and no offer to have wine or anything other than water. 2nd course was very good, but did not appreciate that we had to stand on the curb instead of going into the restaurant. Courses 3, 4 & 5 were very good.
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    The play "Thriller!" and the Chelsea Garden Show.
    Samuel Wilder
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  • Trip Rating:
    4star
    Loved the hotel in Bath. Great sights and experiences in London. Wonderful tour manager who looked after our every need.
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  • Trip Rating:
    4star
    I enjoyed the walking food trip , which gave us a taste of different foods and beverages! I was disappointed for my husband that we didn’t get to visit the Tower of London and some other venues. I have been to London several times before but he had never been. We will have to go back and organize our own London experience to actually see some of the sights we rode past.
    Mary Ellen Wood
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    These tours are always the BEST way to travel. You get knowledgeable, caring and considerate tour guides; fabulous destinations, and fun while learning a ton about your destinations. We've taken over five tours with this company--and we plan on taking many, many more.
    Mary Tufts
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Everything was handled in a professional manner
    Jennifer Felizzi
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  • Trip Rating:
    4star
    Many favorites! If I had to choose one it would be Windsor!
    Candace Texas
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Tour manager was the best
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  • Trip Rating:
    4star
    the trip to Bath was great but too short
    Jean Samuel
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  • Trip Rating:
    4star
    Tour guide was excellent .
    Christopher Davis
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Local tour guide, including the tour manager, were excellent. Coach was comfortable, a valued service.
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  • Trip Rating:
    4star
    The Friday, or last full day was great as we went out on our own. London’s Christmas markets are really lacking when compared to those in Germany, France, Switzerland and Hungary. The food at the pub on the first night, the welcome dinner was terrible though the location and staff were great. The final dinner was one of the best we had while traveling with Collette, our five trip. The hotel staff were very friendly, helpful and caring as well as accommodating. The hotel itself was old and one of the worst we have had while with Collette.
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  • Trip Rating:
    4star
    Our additional trip to Bath and guide there made my traveling companion and me want to go back.
    Janet Boulter
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Too hard to choose, each site had its great points. We enjoyed our free time. Oxford
    Maria Nemeth
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    taking the tube to get to several locations and taking the train to Bath
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    The spotlight tours gives the perfect balance of group activity while giving the free time that I wanted. My Tour Manager Michelle Purvis did an outstanding job! She was always willing to assist and she always had a smile on her face.
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    There were several memorable experiences. I really enjoyed the "pub night", when we were able to sample several different kinds of meat pies and beers. I also enjoyed our time walking around Kennsington Palace and Windsor Castle. Our guide in Oxford was very knowledgeable, and for all of us who are "Frost" and "Endeavour" fans his noting of particular filming areas was great.
    Elaner Pound
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  • Trip Rating:
    2star
    Most memorable experience was the overview of the city. However, it was also my most disappointing in that it was just a brief drive by of sites with no time to stop and view close up.
    Darlene Scott Scurry
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  • Trip Rating:
    4star
    The only issue I have come across is that you advertise this tour being "seven" days. But, it actually is not seven days. We fly during the night to Europe. That is NOT the first day of the tour. Then, you count the last day, which we had to leave at 8 am to airport, as the seventh day of the tour. My issue is with the "First day". This tour was more of a "Five DAY" experience.
    Farah Houtan
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    The tour guide was knowledgeable, and we loved getting all of the behind-the-scenes info.
    Chanda Heard
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  • Trip Rating:
    4star
    We were in London the week of the Queen's birthday, the birth of a new prince, and the London Marathon!
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Churchill War Rooms was just incredible.
    Elizabeth
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  • Trip Rating:
    4star
    Weather was a factor snow. Did noy get to Oxford
    Margaret Silva
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Touring Winston Churchill's war rooms before the crowd was unmanageable. Also, Oxford and city streets.
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Not as well known as some of the other sights in London, but I thought that the Churchill War Rooms was really interesting and worth the time.
    Robert Timmons
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Loved this tour. There was enough free time that I could explore on my own, as well as visiting outstanding gardens with knowledgeable local guides.
    Diane Hooper
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  • Trip Rating:
    5star
    Christmas in London is amazing! The holiday atmosphere is everywhere... The decorations are beautiful, the shopping excellent, and the food fun and festive! Highlights of this trip were Windsor Castle, Blenheim Palace, the London Eye, Herrods, and a wonderful visit to Oxford. I could do this trip every year and love every minute of it!
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  • Trip Rating:
    3star
    I loved being able to tour inside Windsor Castle. It would have been nice to have tours of Parliament, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, etc also included, or offered as options.
    Richard Bird
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  • Trip Rating:
    4star
    The group was too large (42) for a Spotlight tour. My previous tours had 24 or less. Although she was pleasant our tour guide had us rushing everywhere and wasn't as organized as she should be nor had good communication skills. My previous guides were excellent so this experience was not typical. Visiting Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and riding the London Eye were great highlights of the tour.
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  • Trip Rating:
    4star
    I really didn't have a favorite experience on the tour but I loved seeing London Tower and the museums on my own.

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