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Adults (12+)
Children (2-11)
Infants (under 2)

Festive Oxford & Blenheim Palace
Christmas Markets & Alice in the Palace

Package Prices

3 nights escorted tour from Jersey and Guernsey:
from only £639 per person*

*This offer is based on two people sharing a standard room at the 4* Oxford Spires Hotel travelling from Jersey or Guernsey. Price includes return travel to Southampton and all coach transfers, B&B accommodation, 2 dinners, one lunch, and Bontour Tour Manager. Single supplement of £210 applies.

Saturday 7th – Tuesday 10th December 2019

Fully escorted tour

Low deposit of only £100 per person when booking

Discover the magic of historic Oxford and magnificent Blenheim Palace at the most wonderful time of the year on this three night fully escorted tour.

Please call us on
01534 496 687
to find out more and book

Tour Highlights

  • Explore the City of dreaming spires with a hop-on hop-off tour
  • Visit no less than 3 festive markets filled with tempting treats and gifts galore
  • Experience ‘Alice at the Palace’ at festively dressed Blenheim Palace
  • Stroll through the magical illuminated light trail
  • Pay a visit to the charming city of Winchester and its glorious Cathedral
  • Finish your Christmas shopping in style at Bicester Village (optional extra)
  • Flights to Southampton with Blue Islands
  • 3 nights at the 4* Oxford Spires Hotel
  • 2 dinners
  • 2 course lunch at Blenheim Palace
  • Services of a Bontour Tour Manager throughout

Tour Includes

  • Return flights with 23kg per person of checked luggage
  • Coach transfers
  • 3 nights at the 4* Oxford Spires Hotel
  • 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 2 dinners
  • Admissions to Blenheim Palace
  • Hop On – Hop Off Oxford Explorer bus ticket
  • Services of a Bontour Tour Manager

Tour does not include:

  • Drinks
  • Gratuities

About Oxford

Perched scenically on the banks of the River Thames, Oxford may be best known for its prestigious university colleges, but also offers much more to visitors. From the awe-inspiring honey-hued architecture to world-class museum collections and boutique shopping opportunities; there is something for everyone to discover in this fascinating city.

Flight Times

Saturday 7th December 2019

  • Jersey to Southampton, 07:00 - 07:50
  • Guernsey to Southampton, 07:00 - 07:45

Tuesday 10th December 2019

  • Southampton to Jersey, 19:50 - 20:40
  • Southampton to Guernsey, 19:35 - 20:20

Full Itinerary

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Day 1: Travel to Oxford

Clients from both Jersey and Guernsey will depart their respective Islands at 07.00 with FlyBe, flying to Southampton.

Jersey clients will be met by the Tour Manager in Airport departures at 05.45, whilst Guernsey clients will meet the rest of the group on arrival in Southampton.

Collected by comfortable coach we will embark on a drive of around 2 hours to the splendid city of Oxford and drop off our luggage at the 4* Oxford Spires Hotel, our home for a few days.


Principal Oxford Spires Hotel


The rest of the day is left free to explore the city of dreaming spires. Whilst best known for its University, there is far more to discover in Oxford. Our Tour Manager will distribute 24 hour tickets for the Hop-On-Hop-Off City Sightseeing bus, which can be used at your leisure. Enjoy an in-depth tour of this wonderful scholarly city with audio commentary and the freedom to disembark at any of the 20 stopping points to explore in further detail at your own pace, before continuing your journey.

You may wish to pay a visit to one of the many museums, including the world-famous Ashmolean Museum of art and archaeology, or the fascinating Pitt Rivers Museum, home to more than half a million objects of interest collated from around the globe.

Get into the festive spirit right away with a visit to Oxford Christmas Market, open until 20.00 and brimming with all the merriment of the season, and don’t forget to pop into one of the cosy traditional English pubs with which the city is peppered, to rest and enjoy a warming drink.

After checking-in to the hotel, take some time to relax before we enjoy a 3 course welcome dinner together as a group.

The Tour Manager will advise of check-in and dinner times.


Day 2: Oxford / Bicester Village

After a tasty breakfast at the hotel, the day is at leisure to continue exploring Oxford, or to take the opportunity to complete your Christmas Shopping.


Bicester Village


Optional Trip, £25 per person: Shopaholics may wish to add our optional excursion to the retail heaven that is Bicester Village Designer Outlet. Departing our hotel by coach at 10.00 for a drive of around an hour, clients will be dropped directly at Bicester Village, where over 160 luxury fashion, lifestyle, beauty and homeware brands can be found in one place, many of which offer generous discounts of up to 60%. Shop until you drop before collection at 16.00 for return to Oxford.

In order to operate this excursion we require a minimum of 10 passengers.

Dinner this evening is at your leisure; Oxford offers a wide range of elegant restaurants and casual dining options to suit all tastes.


Day 3: Blenheim Palace

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel before departure at 11.00 for the short drive to Beautiful Blenheim Palace.

This Christmas the palace will be transformed into a topsy-turvy whimsical Wonderland, and our day begins with the ‘Alice at the Palace’ experience. Stepping in to the pages of Lewis Carroll’s classic fairy tale, we will follow the festive indoor trail through a world of make-believe; where imaginatively decorated staterooms and corridors are filled with curious surprises and mystical illusions. The experience will last around one hour.


Blenheim Palace Christmas


Emerging back out of the rabbit hole wearing grins like the Cheshire cat, we will enjoy a tasty festive two course lunch together in one of the palace’s welcoming eateries before having time to explore the Christmas Market. Set against the magnificent palace backdrop, a host of wooden chalets offer a wide variety of irresistible gifts, unique works by talented designers, and tempting treats for food lovers. This is the perfect place to pick up a cherished and memorable gift for a loved one.

Once darkness begins to fall, the palace gardens light up as if by magic with thousands of twinkling lights. As a group we will follow the illuminated light trail, perhaps with a hot chocolate or mulled wine in hand for warmth, through the towering tunnel of lights and around the woodland laser garden, before stopping to admire the spectacular water terrace light and music finale.

At the end of our magical day we will depart by private coach back to our Oxford hotel for another included dinner with our group; a chance to reflect on the tour with our new found friends. Our Tour Manager will advise dinner time.


Day 4: Winchester Christmas Market and return to the Channel Islands

After a relaxed breakfast at the hotel we will check out and depart by coach around 11.30 for a journey of approximately an hour and a half to Winchester. Here we will stop for the afternoon, enjoying time for a relaxed lunch at leisure, and a visit to the renowned Cathedral Christmas Market. Browse the many stalls offering gifts and treats from British and International craftspeople and pick up some final decorations or presents before we depart for home. Those who are all shopped out may choose to enjoy a hot drink beside the ice rink whilst watching the skaters spin and twirl, and we mustn’t forget to leave time for a visit to the impressive Cathedral itself.

We will depart Winchester by coach at approximately 17.30 for the short drive to Southampton Airport. Once checked-in we will wish farewell to our fellow travellers, as Guernsey passengers will depart with FlyBe at 19.35 and Jersey clients leave slightly later at 19.50, also with FlyBe.


This itinerary is subject to change without prior notice.

Terms and Conditions

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  • Prices are per person, based on 2 people sharing a room. Single supplement of £210 applies in a sole occupancy room
  • A non-refundable deposit of £100 per person is due at time of booking
  • Each tour is reliant on minimum numbers of 20 people to go ahead. If the tour cannot go ahead due to not meeting the minimum number commitment you will be notified at the latest by the 18th October and your deposit will be returned
  • Full payment is due on the 21st October
  • You will need photographic identification in order to travel
  • We strongly recommend that you have a valid insurance policy before you travel. C. I. Travel Group are working in partnership with Cherry Godfrey. Please visit Cherry Godfrey to complete the online form or please call 01534 711666, ask for the 'Travel Insurance Department' and quote C. I. Travel Group to get your tailored quote.
  • A Bontour Tour Manager will be available throughout your holiday
  • Baggage allowance: 1 hold luggage at 23kg per person plus 1 piece of hand luggage (Max weight 8kg, and max dimensions of 50 x 35 x 20cm)
  • Please advise us of any dietary requirements at time of booking
  • The itinerary and timings are subject to change at any time without prior notice
  • Once final balance has been paid, total tour package payment is non-refundable

Flight Times

Saturday 7th December 2019

  • Jersey to Southampton, 07:00 - 07:50
  • Guernsey to Southampton, 07:00 - 07:45

Tuesday 10th December 2019

  • Southampton to Jersey, 19:50 - 20:40
  • Southampton to Guernsey, 19:35 - 20:20

Package Prices

3 nights escorted tour from Jersey and Guernsey:
from only £639 per person*

*This offer is based on two people sharing a standard room at the 4* Oxford Spires Hotel travelling from Jersey or Guernsey. Price includes return travel to Southampton and all coach transfers, B&B accommodation, 2 dinners, one lunch, and Bontour Tour Manager. Single supplement of £210 applies.