Best of Northern England - 5 Day Small Group Escorted Tour

Highlights

Best of Northern England

7 days spent discovering Edinburgh and the best of Northern England - the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District. Highlights include The Scottish Borders, Hadrian's Wallm Lake Windermere, Wordsworth's Cottage, the Yorkshire Dales, York and Yorkminster, Whitby, Robin Hood's Bay and Alnwick.

Your Best of Northern England Tour Highlights:

• GUARANTEED DEPARTURES
Transportation by top of the range 16 seat Mercedes mini coaches
?? Four nights accommodations at your choice of B&B or Hotel
 
• Pre/Post night accommodations in Edinburgh
• Breakfast daily, except on day of arrival
• Services of professional driver/guide
• Touring per your itinerary
• All ferry and bridge crossings
• Discount card to restaurants, attractions and shopping
• Tips to your driver are not included, as they are considered personal

Itinerary

Tours of England with Celtic ToursSaturday, Day 01: Arrive in Edinburgh today and make your way to your pre-booked Edinburgh hotel. Transfer to your hotel is not included, but can be arranged. Spend your day independently exploring Edinburgh

Sunday, Day 02: Departure points at Rabbies Cafe at 6 Waterloo Place, guests are requested to check in at least 15 minutes before departure. Leaving Edinburgh at 09:00, we travel south into the Scottish Borders, stopping at the world famous Scott's view with stunning views over the River Tweed and the Cheviot hills that form the border between Scotland and England. Stopping for refreshments by the ruins of Jedburgh Abbey you continue your journey towards the border crossing at Carter Bar. You follow the old Roman Road known as Dere Street into Northumberland and continue over the moors to follow the route of Hadrian's wall, built by Emperor Hadrian to keep the Scots out of the Roman Empire. After lunch you have the 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. You head South West and travel over Hartside Pass, at over 1900ft - on a clear day the hills and mountains of Scotland and the English Lake District are clearly visible. Follow the route of the old sheep drovers road towards Keswick where you will be dropped off at your accommodation and are then free to explore this charming town.

Monday, Day 03: After breakfast you 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. Continue Visit Northern England with Celtic Tourson 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. After lunch you travel on towards Coniston Water and arrive at the picturesque conservation village of Hawkeshead, where the poet William Wordsworth attended Grammar School. Free time to explore the village, before heading to Grasmere. 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.

Tuesday, Day 04: Travelling through Cumbria towards the Market Town of Sedbergh in the magnificent western dales of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The town is full of character from its cobbled streets to its historic houses. After a short stop for refreshments and to explore the town we continue east 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. Continuing through the Northern Dales, an area of outstanding natural beauty that is the centre of the Dales cattle trade and a major brewing and cheese-making centre. You will have the opportunity to taste the flavors of Yorkshire as we travel towards the historic town of York where you will be based for the next two days.

Tours of Northern England with Celtic ToursWednesday, Day 05: Today is a leisurely day that gives you the flexibility to spend time exploring the medieval heart of York, the city's 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.

Thursday, Day 06: Leaving Yorkshire we travel north following the route taken by countless Roman Legions as they marched towards the outposts of the Roman Empire. We arrive in the town of Alnwick where you have the option to visit Alnwick Castle, the second largest inhabited castle in England, and home of the Earls and Dukes of Northumberland since 1309. This magnificent Castle and its gardens have appeared in many films and television programs. Later we cross the border at the walled town of Berwick Upon Tweed, stopping for time to explore the city walls or the Georgian barracks. From here it takes a little over an hour to return to Edinburgh arriving back approx. 19:00.

Friday, Day o7: Check out of your Hotel today for your return home. (Transfer to the airport not included but can be pre-arranged).

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This tour does not include: 

  • Lunches
  • Entrance Fees not listed in itinerary

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Please note: Discount rate applies to children aged 5-16 years. Tours are not suitable for children under the age of 5.

 
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