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5-Day Northern England Tour from Edinburgh: York - The Dales - Lake District - Hadrian's Wall
Product Code: 1061-57934
OVERVIEW

Highlights

  • • Alnwick Castle
  • • York Minster
  • • Robin Hood’s Bay
  • • Yorkshire Dales
  • • Wordsworth’s Cottage
  • • Lake Windermere
  • • Scottish Borders
Tour Code
1061-57934
Duration
5 days
Departure City
Edinburgh
End City
Edinburgh
Tour Type:
Bus/Coach
Language:
English
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Quality: Standard

Travel with professional guides, enjoy more time at attractions and/or stay at comfortable accommodations

Itinerary
Day 01
Alnwick

Alnwick Castle - York

Our tour starts by hugging the magnificent East Lothian coastline as we travel towards the walled border town of Berwick Upon Tweed.

After stopping to admire the fortifications we continue to Alnwick Castle, home of the Earls and Dukes of Northumberland since 1309. This magnificent Castle and it’s gardens have appeared in many films and television programmes.

Leaving Alnwick behind we travel towards the City of York on the Great North Road, a route that has carried countless Roman Legions between the remote Northern outposts and the more populous settlements of Roman Britannia. We arrive in York your base for the next two nights in the late afternoon.

Day 02
Whitby

York - Whitby - Robin Hood's Bay - York

Is a leisurely day that gives you the flexibility to spend time exploring the medieval heart of York, a city whose rich history goes back to the time of the Roman’s, Vikings and the Normans and then join our excursion to the North Sea coast of Yorkshire.

Our journey begins in the late morning when we head for the magnificent North Yorkshire Moors National Park. Lunch will be in Whitby, a bustling fishing port and the inspiration for the fertile imagination of author Bram Stoker, who stayed in the Royal Hotel on the western side of Whitby while writing his famous novel Dracula.

After lunch and free time in Whitby, we travel to the fishing village of Robin Hood’s Bay*; a perfectly preserved conservation village of winding lanes and narrow alleys before returning towards York.

Tips:
* Robin Hood’s Bay - The minicoach cannot access the main village because of local restrictions. The coach will drop you at the top of the village and you must walk down (and back up!) a steep hill to reach the old village centre.

Visiting Attractions

Day 03
Keswick

Yorkshire Dales National Park - Keswick

You will be collected from your accommodation and head west into the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Established in 1954, the Yorkshire Dales National Park has outstanding scenery, a range of wildlife habitats and a rich cultural heritage. It’s a special place - a fantastic outdoor arena for recreation and peaceful relaxation and a haven for wildlife.

Continuing West our route takes us through the Northern Dales, an area of outstanding natural beauty that is the centre of the Dales cattle trade.

Our final leg of today’s journey takes us high up into the remote hills of the Yorkshire Dales before descending into the lively market town of Keswick where you will be dropped off at your accommodation and are then free to explore this charming town.

Tips:
During July this tour may stay in Windermere instead.
Day 04
Windermere

Ullswater - Lake Windermere - Grasmere - Keswick

After breakfast you'll head a short distance out of town to the mysterious Castlerigg standing stones. Thought by many to have been built over 5,000 years ago and the scene of ancient rituals.

You then travel on to the shores of Ullswater described as England’s most beautiful lake where you can take a forest walk to see the mighty Aira Force waterfall. Continuing south over the narrow and winding Kirkstone Pass you stop at Lake Windermere where you have the option to take a leisurely cruise on the Lake or simply eat lunch while enjoying views of the mountains and lakes.

After lunch you travel around the southern tip of Windermere and on towards Coniston Water and shortly afterwards you arrive at the picturesque conservation village of Hawkeshead, where the poet William Wordsworth attended Grammar School.

After free time to explore the village you take the narrow country lanes north towards Grasmere, which Wordsworth described as “the loveliest spot that man hath found.” There is free time to visit Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage or enjoy the peace and tranquility of the Wordsworth Daffodil Garden by the River Rothy. In the late afternoon you return to Keswick.

Day 05
Edinburgh

Hartside Pass - Jedburgh - Scott’s View - Edinburgh

Leaving the Lakes behind us we start our climb towards Hartside Pass, at over 1900ft - on a clear day the hills and mountains of Scotland and the English Lake District are clearly visible.

We follow the route of the old sheep drovers road between England and Scotland. Stopping at Hadrians Wall, built by Emporer Hadrian to keep the Scots out of the Roman Empire there’s an opportunity to explore some of the Roman remains and walk in the footsteps of the Roman Centurions who patrolled this desolate frontier of the Empire.

Following the ancient Roman Dere Street, we cross the border into Scotland and continue on to the Border town of Jedburgh for refreshments by the ruins of Jedburgh Abbey. Our final stop is at the world famous Scott’s View with stunning views over the River Tweed and the Cheviot Hills that form the border between Scotland before continuing North to Edinburgh. Arriving at around 7:00pm.

Please note that order of day-to-day itinerary is adjustable depending on tour start day.

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WHAT'S INCLUDED

Package Includes

  • Accommodation in 3 B&B/ guest house or 3 star hotel, with private facilities and breakfast
  • Transportation by top of the range 16 seat Mercedes mini coaches
  • Services of a professional driver/guide

Package Excludes

  • All personal expenses
  • Lunch and refreshments
  • Tips to the guide/driver
Special Notes
  • On occasions, when villages we stay in have events on, accommodation can be scarce and expensive so we may use other locations for your accommodation on the tour. We will always inform you of this when this is necessary.
  • Because we believe in time off the bus and give you opportunities to take nature walks we recommend you bring suitable clothing and footwear for your tour. The Lake District and Yorkshire can be very wet! Unless otherwise notified passengers are restricted to one medium sized suitcase/bag (maximum 15 kilos) and one carry-on bag per person.
  • Cancellation Policy
    - 23 days prior to departure date: 100% of tour cost
    - 24-29 days prior to departure date: 25% of tour cost
    - 30 or more days prior to departure date: 10% of tour cost
  • This tour/activity is overseen by a select local operator in the region. Upon booking your tour or activity and after receiving confirmation, you will be issued an e-ticket detailing the local operator's name and contact information. If you require assistance finding a specific tour, please contact us for more information.

Pricing Info

Your reservation is always subject to confirmation by email, normally within one to two business days.

* Child rate applies to children aged 5-15, based on 1 child sharing a room with parent(s) or 2 children in a twin room.
* Children younger than 5 are not permitted.
* Group size: 16 maximum
* Prices for Single Occupancy apply when one person stays in one standard hotel room.
* Prices for Double Occupancy apply when two or more people stay in one standard hotel room. Please note that the number of guests staying in a double room is subject to change. Please quote the final schedule when booking.
* Tour prices are based on GBP and are converted into USD. Prices will change day to day, due to the currency exchange rates. Tours booked and paid for will be charged at the current rate at which the tour price is shown. We will not refund any price differences, should prices drop for the tour. Tours will be subject to Cancellation Fees, should any changes be made for a reservation.

Reservation Info

    1.Immediately after submitting your reservation you will receive a Receipt of Reservation via email.
    2. Within one to two business days of submitting your reservation you will receive a confirmation email from us. If you need to book an airline ticket, we recommend that you do so after you receive a confirmation of your tour reservation from us.
    3. An E-Ticket will be sent to you via email as soon as details of your reservation are confirmed or your supporting information is received by us. We will provide you with all detailed information about your tour on the E-Ticket. Contact information for local tour provider will be included on E-Ticket for your convenience or re-confirmation purpose if re-confirmation is required.
    4. Simply print your E-Ticket and present it with your valid photo ID on the day of your activity to your tour guide. Please remember E-Ticket is your proof of purchase.

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    - Your purchase does not guarantee confirmation. Your purchase will initiate a reservation process. We will confirm with you via email within one to two business days.
    - Prices may vary due to availability. We reserve the right to make price adjustment without prior notice.
    - Please refer to our Standard Amendment, Cancellation and Refund Policy before you make reservation.
    - Please refer to Customer Agreement before you make reservation.
    - Local tour provider reserves the right to make modifications to tour arrangements including order of tour activities, hotel and its location if deemed necessary.
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