Join us in London to enjoy a traditional English Christmas! Explore neighborhoods frequented by Dickens, savor holiday culinary traditions, enjoy a special Christmas Eve theater performance, and enjoy the camaraderie of your group during holiday festivities. Plus, solo travelers enjoy no single supplement! 

2017 departures
Register interest Or call 855-330-1542
 Festive London  Trafalgar Square decorated for the Christmas holiday, with St. Martin in the Fields in the background  Character from a Dickens novel  Traditional mince pies and Christmas crackers  Traditional Christmas dinner table setting

Christmas in Victorian London

A Celebration of Charles Dickens

8 days from $5,995

Join us in London to enjoy a traditional English Christmas! Explore neighborhoods frequented by Dickens, savor holiday culinary traditions, enjoy a special Christmas Eve theater performance, and enjoy the camaraderie of your group during holiday festivities. Plus, solo travelers enjoy no single supplement! 

2017 departures

or Call 855-330-1542

Overview

Please call or ask us a question to register your interest for our December 2017 departure.

Join us in London with newfound friends to enjoy the traditions of an English Christmas! Celebrate the cultural heritage of Queen Victoria and Charles Dickens, both of whom helped to create many of the traditions shared today. Explore neighborhoods frequented by Dickens, savor holiday culinary traditions, attend a special Christmas Eve theater performance, and enjoy the camaraderie of your group during holiday festivities. Plus, you’ll stay at London’s Bloomsbury Hotel, an elegant, poetic, and quintessentially English property in the heart of literary London. 

Highlights Include

  • Christmas Traditions: Enjoy a special Christmas Eve theater performance. Then, on Christmas Day, savor a traditional luncheon of roast turkey with all the trimmings and pull a celebratory Christmas cracker.
  • Culinary Treats: Savor holiday culinary traditions from the time of Dickens, including mulled cider and mince pies, and learn how Christmas pudding is made.
  • Dickensian London: Take walking tours of areas frequented by Dickens such as Southwark and Highgate, plus visit the last London house where he lived, now the Charles Dickens Museum. See Highgate East Cemetery where family members are buried and discover sites that appear in his novels, including Gray’s Inn, Barnard’s Inn, Fleet Prison, Saffron Hill, and Newgate Prison.
  • Rochester: Visit the Dickens Discovery Rooms in the Guildhall Museum and explore the High Street with buildings and sites found in his novels. 

To see itinerary, please click on an option below.

Itinerary

Day 1 — Depart the U.S. for London, England

Depart on individual flights to London.

Day 2 — London

Arrive in London and transfer to your hotel. This afternoon, visit The Charles Dickens Museum located at the last standing house in which he lived, and where he completed writing Oliver Twist and Nicholas Nickleby. Enjoy delicious mulled cider and mince pies while exploring the vast collection of paintings, rare editions, manuscripts, original furniture and many other materials relating to Dickens. Gather for a welcome reception and dinner at a nearby restaurant. (R,D)

Day 3 — London

Start the day on a walking tour of Dickensian London and see corners of London through Dickens’ eyes. Explore the very streets of “old London town” that have hardly changed since the time of Dickens, which he featured in his sketches, short stories and novels, including A Christmas Carol. Visit Southwark where he lived on Lant Street. Wander through the vibrant Borough Market, the oldest food market in London, with many of the streets named after Dickens’ characters. Enjoy some traditional English refreshments at a traditional pub lunch near Borough Market. This evening attend a theatrical performance on the London stage. (B) 

Day 4 — London (Christmas Day)

Enjoy the morning at your leisure for a walk through London–one of the quietest and most atmospheric days of the year to witness London, or perhaps attend a Christmas worship service close by. Gather at the hotel for a festive Christmas lunch, highlighting many of the Christmas traditions that date from Victorian times. This afternoon, enjoy Christmas tea and festivities at your hotel. (B,L,Tea)

Day 5 — London (Boxing Day)

Spend the day on a guided tour of the historic city of London. Sites include Gray’s Inn, where Dickens worked as a clerk in 1828 and which can be found in several books including David Copperfield and Great Expectations. Visit Covent Garden where Dickens first explored in 1822 and referred to many times in his later novels. Visit St. Paul’s Cathedral, where David takes Peggotty in The Pickwick Papers and then head to Leadenhill Market, Victorian London’s most beautiful market, which will be festively decorated for the Christmas season. (B,L)

Day 6 — Rochester

Travel into Kent this morning and visit Rochester. Charles Dickens' long association with Rochester and the Medway area began when the Dickens family moved to a small house in Chatham. Explore the town on a guided walk of the High Street and the Dickens' Discovery Rooms in the Guildhall Museum. Visit Rochester Cathedral, the second oldest cathedral in England founded in 604 AD. The present building dates back to the work of a French monk in 1080, and features glorious Norman architecture particularly in the nave and one of the finest Romanesque facades in England. Gather for lunch in a traditional pub with a roaring crackling fire. Return to London and enjoy dinner and the evening at leisure. (B,L)

Day 7 — Highgate

Head just north of London to the village of Highgate, where Dickens sent his most autobiographical character, David Copperfield, to live. Its hillside location affords spectacular views of the London skyline. This area still retains a 19th-century feel and remains much as it was when Dickens knew it. After lunch as a group at a historic pub in Highgate Hill, take a guided tour of Highgate West cemetery. Built in response to the lack of burial space during London's high death rate in the19th century, this evocative Victorian cemetery has beautiful tombs, vaults, and majestic terraces and catacombs. Several members of Dickens family including his mother, father, and daughter, are buried here. Tonight, gather with your fellow travelers for a farewell reception and dinner surrounded by the very streets that were frequented by Dickens and so untouched it’s as if you have stepped back in time to the setting of A Christmas Carol. (B,R,D)

Day 8 — Return to the U.S.

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for flights home. (B)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)