8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS/UP TO 16 GUESTSALNWICK, LINCOLN, DURHAM, YORK, WHITBY, CHATSWORTH, CAMBRIDGE • UP TO 16 GUESTS
It may only be day one of our tour, but by nightfall we’ll have visited walled towns, isolated islands and magnificent castles. Depart Edinburgh, travelling south, we cross the border into England providing the weather is on our side, we take the causeway at low tide to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne and discover the dramatic ruins of Lindisfarne Priory. When we arrive at Alnwick (pronounced annick) Castle, we’ll be welcomed into the majestic home of the Duke of Northumberland, where we see inside the state rooms, spot the sets used in episodes of Downton Abbey and hear tales of crusades and chivalry. The gardens at Alnwick have some spectacular displays, and feature a magnificent treehouse. Accommodation: (The White Swan Hotel) (D)
The Normans made their mark on this part of England, and possibly the finest example ofthis is in Durham. Today we’ll step inside the Cathedral, a magnificent achitectural monument now designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our route carries us to the water, with a stop-off at Staithes once the north east’s largest fishingport. But our destination is Whitby. This pretty-as-a-picture harbour town is where we find colorful cottages and boat sails nodding in the breeze. Looking up at the shadowy abbey, you’ll see what inspired the first chapters of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. But he’s not the only famous name to have a history entwined in Whitby. Our final port of call is the museum that chronicles Captain Cook’s training as a novice seaman, before he embarked on his epic voyages of discovery. After all that sea air, arriving at a warm and welcoming country house on the fringes of the dramatic North York Moors is wonderful. Accommodation: (Gisborough Hall Hotel) (B, D)
Capturing hearts and minds of writers and artists for centuries, it’s our turn to discover the dramatic Ripley Castle – an iconic country house. To complete a day of historic sightseeing, we end at the stunning Peak District. Accommodation: (Rutland Arms Hotel)(B)
Driving through the Peak District with some of England’s finest scenery rippling out around us is a real joy. We stretch our legs on a morning stroll at Chatsworth House, infused with Elizabethan history and contemporary culture. See the stunning architecture said to have inspired Jane Austen and the rooms that featured in the film, Pride and Prejudice. We also visit the world famous Blue John Cavern, a series of caves in the Peak District, before returning to our hotel later on. Accommodation: (Rutland Arms Hotel) (B,D)
We say farewell to the picturesque Peak District and journey onwards to the historic town of Lincoln and visit the Lincoln Cathedral and Castle. Pay close attention as your Tour Leader guides you through the town and make the most of free time afterwards. Accommodation: (White Hart Hotel)(B)
We have a date with royalty as we pay a visit to the Sandringham Estate. The private residence of Her Majesty The Queen is a magnificent stately house with picturesque gardens and even a museum. Our final stop of the day takes us to the iconic town of Cambridge. Accommodation: (Anstey Hall Hotel) (B)
Admire the beautiful 'Backs' of Cambridge University, spotting world-famous buildings such as The Wren Library and the Bridge of Sighs. Your afternoon in the city is all yours until we meet again for our final evening dinner. Step inside colleges and chapels, museums and galleries. Accommodation: (Anstey Hall Hotel) (B, D)
There’s time for one more behind-the-scenes tour so we delve into England’s sporting heritage at Newmarket National Stud. At this working thoroughbred stud farm we may see stallions in the paddocks and, occasionally, foals in the nursery. We’ll see in the end of our tour in London, where we say farewell.. (B)
The Holy Island of Lindisfarne causeway is only accessible at low tide. So please be aware that the time we visit and spend here will depend on the daily tidal variations.
Bakewell is both an exciting place to visit and relaxing market town to explore, and it is full of history and sits in a stunning countryside setting. The Breathtaking scenery is magnificent, a true walkers paradise.
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