Christmas at Leeds Castle & Lille by Eurostar

Our 3 night tour is based at the 4-star Ashford International Hotel – perfectly located for a day trip to France from Ashford International station on the Eurostar! In about an hour we will be in Lille where we will visit its popular Christmas market. Combined with a visit to Leeds Castle & Christmas Market the following day, we will get our Christmas festivities off to a flying start!
Day 1 Arrival 
On arrival at our hotel, we will enjoy a welcome tea or coffee whilst our bags are taken to our room.

Day 2 Eurostar & Lille Christmas Market 4 mile round trip 
This morning, we have an early start and take a short journey to Ashford International Station where we board our Eurostar train for a one hour journey to Lille, where we spend the day exploring the town and its popular Christmas market. Approximately 80 chalets are festively adorned on the Place Rihour, selling gifts, decorations and delicious food from around Europe. Its huge famous ferris wheel turns on the main square which is transformed into a winter wonderland around a giant Christmas tree. Explore a little further and step back in time to soak up the atmosphere in the winding, cobbled streets of Old Lille with its little shops and delicatessens. Laden with our goodies, we return to the station for our return journey to Ashford.

Day 3 Leeds Castle 33 mile round trip 
Today we visit Leeds Castle which rises majestically from the still waters of its moat, and is surrounded by 500 acres of parkland and gardens. The magic of Christmas descends upon the entire Leeds Castle Estate during the festive season. This year the theme is “The Traditions of Christmas”. We will discover the origins of Christmas crackers, decorated Christmas trees and other festive traditions as we explore the Castle State Rooms which will be beautifully decorated with flowers and displays with a contemporary twist. (Dec dates only.) Afterwards we can visit the Christmas Market on the Cedar Lawn overlooking the castle and discover a splendid array of seasonal gifts, toys, festive decorations, and enjoy delicious food and drink. Enjoy the festive atmosphere with a warming hot chocolate or mulled wine and the nostalgic fairground attractions along with spectacular views of the beautiful moated Castle. (Christmas Market from 25th November weekends only.)

Day 4 Departure
After breakfast, we leave our hotel and begin our journey home.

Ashford International

This modern 4 star hotel is located just minutes from the M20 and the famous McArthur Glen Designer Outlet. All 179 bedrooms are stylishly decorated with modern furnishings and equipped with hairdryer, tea/coffee making facilities and TV. The Fitness and Spa Centre includes an indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room and beauty rooms offering a variety of treatments. The Horizon Restaurant uses locally grown British produce to provide a contemporary twist on traditional dishes. You can also enjoy a drink or two in the relaxed and informal setting of the appropriately named Quench Bar. Coach parking is on-site and free of charge.

Ashford International Hotel

Ashford, Kent
3 Nights Half Board
November - December 2017
Twin from £255pp
Double for Sole Use Supplement from £70

• Porterage
• Welcome tea/coffee on arrival
• Choice of menu
• Tea/coffee after dinner
• Free use of leisure facilities
• Return Eurostar Ashford International - Lille
• Group Entrance to Leeds Castle
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Prices starting from...

£255 for 4 days

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Features of this tour

  • Return Eurostar Ashford International - Lille

  • Group Entrance to Leeds Castle