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HISTORIC EASTERN ENGLAND

Travel from Edinburgh to London through England's historic Eastern regions where the Celts, Romans, Angles and Vikings all left their marks. We'll discover rich and contrasting history and culture as we explore the cathedral cities of Durham and York, drive through the stunning and remote landscapes of the Yorkshire Moors and the Peak District and wind our way through the colleges and cobbled streets of Cambridge. On route we'll encounter hidden villages, stately home and Royal Palaces.

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KEY FEATURES

Duration:
8 days/ 7 nights

Regions visited:
Scotland and England

Start point:
Central Edinburgh

End point:
Central London

Customizable:
No

Additional information:
Maximum group size 18 passengers.

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ITINERARY

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DAY ONE

Lindisfarne Priory and Alnwick Castle

Historic Eastern England tour - Alnwick Castle

Alnwick Castle, Northumberland, England

Departing Edinburgh, we travel south through the rolling hills of the Scottish Borders to Berwick-upon-Tweed, England's most dramatic walled town, before making our way to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, a small isle lying off the rugged Northumberland Coast. Tide permitting** we'll cross the causeway to Lindisfarne Priory to marvel at the ornate carvings on the extensive ruins of the monastic buildings. Later we'll be invited in to the beautiful Alnwick Castle which remains the home to the 12th Duke of Northumberland; we'll visit the opulent state rooms and hear tales of crusades and chivalry. The castle may feel familiar as some areas have appeared in film and television productions most notably in Downton Abbey and as parts of Harry Potter's Hogwarts.

accommodationAccommodation: The Hogs Head Inn (or similar), Alnwick - dinner included.

attractionsHighlights: Scottish Borders, Linisfarne and Alnwick Castle.

DAY TWO

Durham Cathedral, Staithes and Whitby

Continuing South this morning we make our way to the charming university city of Durham to explore the magnificent Durham Cathedral, a recognised UNESCO World Heritage site. Built in the late 11th century, it is the largest and finest example of Norman architecture in England. After stopping in Staithes, once the largest fishing port in the north east of England, we continue to "picture-perfect" Whitby, another traditional cobbled fishing community. Here we visit the museum chronicling a young Captain Cook's training as a seaman before embarking on his epic voyages of discovery and can gain views of the haunting cliff-top ruins of Whitby Abbey which helped inspire Bram Stoker's Dracula. Later we continue to our country house hotel situated on the edge of the wild North Yorkshire Moors.

accommodationAccommodation: Mallyan Spout Hotel (or similar) - dinner included.

attractionsHighlights: UNESCO World Heritage Site of Durham Cathedral and Whitby Abbey.

DAY THREE

The Yorkshire Moors and Fountains Abbey

Historic Eastern England tour - The Shambles

Yorkshire Moors, England

Today we pass through the desolate landscapes of the North Yorkshire Moors, passing over weather-beaten hills and heather-clad fields divided by rustic stonewalls; a region which inspired Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights. Our journey will take us to quaint villages and towns typical of the region such as the charming Hutton le Hole and the scenic market town of Helmsley, at each stop we'll immerse ourselves in local Yorkshire life. By afternoon we visit Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden; we'll stroll around the enchanting abbey ruins, the elegant light-dappled Georgian water gardens and explore the medieval deer park all of which makes for an afternoon like no other.

accommodationAccommodation: Mallyan Spout Hotel (or similar).

attractionsHighlights: North Yorkshire Moors, Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden.

DAY FOUR

York City at Leisure

Our destination today is the grandiose city of York, historic capital of northern England. After a short orientation walk, you will have plenty of time to explore this fascinating city independently, perhaps tracing the medieval city walls and gates (or bars), walking the cobbled Shambles, Britain's first shopping street or viewing the magnificent York Minster, Europe's largest gothic cathedral. Later we travel into the beautiful Peak District National Park, our base for the next two nights.

accommodationAccommodation: Rutland Arms Hotel (or similar), Bakewell, Peak District.

attractionsHighlights: York City and 'The Shambles'.

DAY FIVE

The Peak District, Chatsworth House and Blue John

Historic Eastern England tour - Lincoln Cathedral

Chatsworth House, Peak District, England

Today is dedicated to exploring the beautiful Peak District, an area rich in history and home to some of England's finest scenery. Firstly we visit the magnificent stately home and gardens at Chatsworth House; said to be the inspiration for Jane Austen's Pemberley in Pride and Prejudice the house and grounds were later used in the 2005 film adaptation. By afternoon we visit the Blue John Cavern, a fascinating network of caves to explore which house "Blue John", Britain's rarest mineral, a beautiful stone which is only found in one location in the world – the Peak District National Park.

accommodationAccommodation: Rutland Arms Hotel (or similar), Bakewell, Peak District.

attractionsHighlights: Peak District National Park, Chatsworth House and Blue John Cavern.

DAY SIX

The Royal Sandringham Estate and Ely Cathedral

Our journey this morning takes us to the Sandringham Estate; this royal house has been passed down through four generations of the British monarchy and today remains the private Norfolk retreat of Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh. We'll see the beautiful grounds and onsite museum. No less majestic is Ely Cathedral; here we'll marvel at the serenity of the light-filled Lady Chapel, admire the kaleidoscopic stained glass windows or take a deep breath and climb to the top of one of the Cathedral's towers for staggering views over the low hills and flatlands of the counties of Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk. Later we continue to Cambridge to our overnight hotel.

accommodationAccommodation: The Gonville Hotel (or similar), Cambridge.

attractionsHighlights: Royal Sandringham Estate and Ely Cathedral.

DAY SEVEN

Cambridge and Cambridge University

Historic Eastern England tour - Cambridge University

Cambridge University, Cambridge, England

This morning we take in the beauty of the "Backs" of Cambridge University and its open parklands while drifting along the River Cam on a traditional punt boat usually operated by the local students. The rest of the day is yours at leisure to explore this charming university city. Wander the labyrinthine cobbled parades and squares and marvel at the intricate architecture of world-renowned colleges including Kings College, Trinity College and Christ's College. We particularly recommend visiting the Round Church, one of only four round churches in Britain or exploring the Botanic Garden, one of the great secret delights of the city, or perhaps just engage in some retail therapy in the wealth of shops and boutiques. We'll reconvene later for a final evening dinner together.

accommodationAccommodation: The Gonville Hotel (or similar), Cambridge – dinner included.

attractionsHighlights: Cambridge Punting and Cambridge University.

DAY EIGHT

Newmarket National Stud Farm and Lavenham

Our final day takes us a short drive East to Newmarket, one of England's most famous horse-racing towns. At the renowned Newmarket National Stud we'll have the chance to see behind the scenes of a working thoroughbred stud farm seeing stallions stomping in the paddocks and perhaps the odd baby foal in the nursery. By afternoon we'll head for the charming village of Lavenham, a medieval settlement in rural Suffolk where streets of timber-framed buildings have us feeling as though we've stepped back in time. The final leg of our journey takes us back in to central London where our tour ends at approximately 5.30pm.

attractionsHighlights: Newmarket National Stud Farm and the village of Lavenham.

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Historic Eastern England - Small Group Tours of Britain

INCLUSIONS

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arrowUNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Explore the back roads of the North Yorkshire Moors and Peak District National Park
  • Visit Sandringham Estate, the private retreat of Her Majesty the Queen
  • Drift along the River Cam on a traditional punt boat in Cambridge
  • Get a behind-the-stable look at Newmarket Stud
  • Maximum group-size of 18 passengers for that intimate touring experience.

arrowWHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • 7 nights in charming accommodation
  • All transportation by luxury mini-coach
  • The services of your professional driver-guide tour leader
  • Full English breakfast daily
  • 3 x evening meals
  • Cambridge Punting
  • A comprehensive touring programme including the following admissions:
    • Lindisfarne Priory o Alnwick Castle & Gardens
    • Durham Cathedral
    • Captain Cook Museum
    • Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden
    • Chatsworth House o Blue John Cavern
    • Sandringham Estate o Ely Cathedral
    • Newmarket National Stud
  • Expert local advice during the planning of your trip.
  • Postage of your vacation documents pack.

arrowOPTIONAL EXTRAS

  • Pre or post tour hotel accommodation in Edinburgh or London.
  • Airport transfers.
  • Rail Travel to Edinburgh from London prior to your tour or rail travel back to Edinburgh from London after your tour.

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PRICING

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arrowDEPARTURE DATES 2017

START DAY
(in Edinburgh)
END DAY
(in London)
ADDITIONAL FEATURES PRICE PER PERSON
(sharing twin/ double)
Tue 16 May, 2017 Tue 23 May, 2017 Fully booked £ 1,995
Tue 06 Jun, 2017 Tue 13 Jun, 2017 Fully booked £ 1,995
Tue 20 Jun, 2017 Tue 27 Jun, 2017 Limited availability £ 1,995
Tue 27 Jun, 2017 Tue 04 Jul, 2017 Limited availability £ 1,995
Tue 11 Jul, 2017 Tue 18 Jul, 2017 Fully booked £ 1,995
Tue 18 Jul, 2017 Tue 25 Jul, 2017 Fully booked £ 1,995
Tue 15 Aug, 2017 Tue 22 Aug, 2017 Fully booked £ 1,995
Tue 29 Aug, 2017 Tue 05 Sep, 2017 Fully booked £ 1,995
Tue 05 Sep, 2017 Tue 12 Sep, 2017 Guaranteed departure £ 1,995
Tue 12 Sep, 2017 Tue 19 Sep, 2017 Fully booked £ 1,995
Tue 19 Sep, 2017 Tue 26 Sep, 2017 Fully booked £ 1,995

Single Supplement: £400.

All tours commence in central Edinburgh at 8.30am on the Start Day and finish in central London at around 5.30pm (approx) on the End Day.

arrowPRICING NOTES

  • Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room.
  • Prices are for land only tours and all tours are subject to availability.
  • Prices are correct at the time of publishing to website but are subject to confirmation at time of booking.
  • Prices are in British Pounds Sterling (GBP£) currency for approximate amounts in other currencies please contact us.
  • All trip details are correct at time of publishing to website however due to the nature of small group tours the itinerary is flexible and is subject to change based on a variety of factors.

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