SAN DIEGO -- Sterling Tours, based here, is offering two
opportunities to sample various seasonal activities and
celebrations that are part of a traditional British Christmas.
A tour called Ladies on the Loose is described by the firm as a
"fun-filled British pre-Christmas escapade."
It is designed to have special appeal to the ladies, but
"spouses and significant others will be equally welcomed."
Departing on Dec. 3, the itinerary visits the Cotswolds, Lincoln
Among the highlights are antiques and crafts shopping in
Cotswold villages, visits to the Royal Worcester and Royal Crown
Derby factories, the Christmas Market in London and a traditional
Christmas pantomime in London's West End.
Additional shopping opportunities are found in the London street
markets. Meals provided include a welcome pub dinner, lunch at the
Lygon Arms, afternoon tea in Cheltenham and a gourmet dinner at
Calcot Manor in the Cotswolds, where three nights are spent.
Other stays are two nights at the historic Golf Hotel at
Woodhall Spa and three nights at the Vanderbilt Hotel in the
Kensington district of London, where the tour ends on Dec. 12.
Transportation is by deluxe motorcoach, with the group limited
to 24 participants.
The per person rate, double occupancy, is $2,698; single
supplement is $684.
Air fares can be quoted from any U.S. departure point.
Another Sterling program, the Sandy Allen Theater Tour, departs
on Dec. 26 and spends New Year's Eve and day in the British
capital, before returning on Jan. 2.
Accommodations are provided at the Vanderbilt Hotel.
A full English breakfast will be served daily.
Arrangements include a morning sightseeing tour by bus,
accompanied by a tour guide; a walking tour and welcome drink; all
transfers, porterage and taxes, plus three theater visits to two
musicals and one drama or comedy., selected by the
Prices will be quoted for departure from any U.S. city. From San
Diego the rate, including roundtrip air on British Airways, is
$1,738 per person, double; single supplement is $364.
For further information and reservations, contact Sterling Tours
at (800) 727-4359 or e-mail [email protected].