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Historic Eastern England

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8 Days
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Discover some of the wonderful iconic destinations making up England and Scotland including the magical Island of Lindesfarne, the cathedral cities of Durham, York and Lincoln, the Yorkshire coast and wild moors, the Derbyshire Peak District, Georgian Stamford, Royal Sandringham and the colleges of Cambridge.


Join one of our unique small group Back-Roads touring experiences (maximum 18 participants) that includes specially selected accommodations, transportation in purpose built Mercedes Benz Sprinters, sightseeing, special culinary experiences and a knowledgeable Tour Leader. Click here for all the EXCLUSIVE DIFFERENCES.This one week Back Roads small group tour commences in Edinburgh and travels south along the Eastern part of England. First stop is

This one week Back Roads small group tour commences in Edinburgh and travels south along the Eastern part of England. First stop is at the old walled city of Berwick-on-Tweed on the Scottish/English border. Then continue to the mysterious island of Lindisfarne off the coast of Northumberland, home to its famous monastery. Overnight in the town of Alnwick with its castle where the Harry Potter movie Hogwarts was filmed. 

The next day travel to historic Durham and visit its exceptional cathedral.  Then further south, arrive at the spectacular Yorkshire coast at the quaint fishing port of Staithes followed by the seaside town of Whitby, once the home of the fabled Captain Cook. Overnight in Whitby.

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Heading inland, be amazed at the wild beauty of the rugged North Yorkshire Moors. Once crossed, they lead you to the old walled city of York with its fine church, the Minster and its excellent Railway Museum. There is time to wander among the old attractive narrow streets of the old section of York.  From York, continue south into Derbyshire and stop overnight at the pretty town of Bakewell in the Peak District National Park with its natural wild beauty displayed in the moors, dales and rivers. 

Close by is the stately Chatsworth House, the perfect place for a stroll through the houses’ beautiful gardens. Later travel south again to the city of Lincoln, famous for its cathedral and castle, before arriving in Stamford, a quaint old market town with some exceptional Georgian buildings to admire. Eventually arrive at Cambridge for an overnight stay.

Start your day in Cambridge with the traditional pastime of a punt on the River Cam followed by free time to explore the many attractive colleges. Spend a second night in Cambridge.

Next morning, continue to Newmarket in Suffolk famous for being the centre where thoroughbred race horses are bred and trained. Then visit Clavering for lunch at the famous inn, The Cricketers, a quintessential English hostelry. Your last visit this afternoon is to Queen Elizabeth’s hunting lodge in Epping Forest before completing your tour with arrival in London.   

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Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,798

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Day 1

Edinburgh to Berwick-upon-Tweed, Lindisfarne and Alnwick

It may only be day one of our tour, but by nightfall we'll have visited walled towns, isolated islands and magnificent castles. 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 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.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration1 Night
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White Swan Hotel

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    White Swan Hotel



    Located on the historical Shamian Island, overlooking the famed Pearl River and facing the White Swan Pool, the White Swan Hotel remains an oasis of tranquillity from the hustle and bustle of this busy city. The main building has the height of 34 storeys. The ...

    Located on the historical Shamian Island, overlooking the famed Pearl River and facing the White Swan Pool, the White Swan Hotel remains an oasis of tranquillity from the hustle and bustle of this busy city. The main building has the height of 34 storeys. The exquisitely beautiful atrium lobby is an indoor microcosm of the famed landscapes of Southern China. Here waters abound, with a veil-like cascade and a spectacular rockery. White Swan Hotel has 843 guest rooms including standard rooms, deluxe suites and an executive floor.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Lounge(s)
    • Massage Treatments
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Squash courts
    • Tennis

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Day 2

Durham, Whitby and North York Moors

The Normans made their mark on this part of England, and possibly the finest example of this is in Durham. Today we'll step inside the Cathedral, a magnificent architectural 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 fishing port. But our destination is Whitby. This pretty-as-a-picture harbour town is where we find colourful 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.

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Duration2 Nights
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Gisborough Hall

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    Gisborough Hall



    Located on the edge of the North Yorkshire moors, historic Gisborough Hall Hotel, a Macdonald Associate Hotel, combines modern day luxury and traditional features within its ivy clad walls. The imposing 4 star country house hotel is only 20 minutes from the centre of Middlesbrough ...

    Located on the edge of the North Yorkshire moors, historic Gisborough Hall Hotel, a Macdonald Associate Hotel, combines modern day luxury and traditional features within its ivy clad walls.

    The imposing 4 star country house hotel is only 20 minutes from the centre of Middlesbrough yet feels a world away, with its stunning grounds and views of woodlands and the Cleveland Hills.

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    • Function Room
    • Meeting Rooms
    • Reception
    • Restaurant

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Day 3

North York Moors to Fountains Abbey

Capturing hearts and minds of writers and artists for centuries, it's our turn to fall for the dramatic North York Moors this morning as our journey takes us through a sprawling patchwork of heather-clad hills and as-far-as-the-eye-can-see countryside. That brings us to Hutton le Hole and Helmsley, a scenic village and market town respectively, where we're briefly immersed in local life. But it's a short sojourn, as we're spending the afternoon at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden. Strolling around the remains of the abbey, the light-dappled Georgian water gardens and deer park makes for an afternoon like no other.

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Day 4

North York Moors to Peak District

We're heading for the Peak District now. But not before a must-do detour to York where we'll leave you to discover a city steeped in heritage with awe-inspiring architecture at every turn. You could uncover the treasures at the world-famous York Minster, climb the Central Tower for panoramic views, or museum hop on the trail of Romans and Vikings.

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Duration2 Nights
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Rutland Arms Hotel

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    Rutland Arms Hotel



    The Rutland Arms Hotel dates back to 1804 and is set in the majestic Peak District National Park in the picturesque town of Bakewell. The hotel is perfect for those looking to explore the sights and sounds of the area as it lies equidistant from ...

    The Rutland Arms Hotel dates back to 1804 and is set in the majestic Peak District National Park in the picturesque town of Bakewell. The hotel is perfect for those looking to explore the sights and sounds of the area as it lies equidistant from the beautiful towns of Matlock and Buxton and the Rutland Arms Hotel itself is nestled comfortably on the outskirts of the famous Chatsworth estate. The Rutland Arms lays claim to being the site where the world famous Bakewell pudding was invented, in the kitchens of the hotel itself. 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.

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    • Bar
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Non-Smoking Rooms
    • Restaurant
    • Smoke Free Hotel

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Day 5

Peak District to Chatsworth House and Blue John Cavern

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. Afterwards we head to Blue John Cavern, an enchanting network of caves.

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Day 6

Lincoln to Cropwell Bishop, Sandringham and Cambridge

We have a date with royalty today 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. No less majestic is Ely Cathedral, which is our final stop today. 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.

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Duration2 Nights
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The Gonville Hotel

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    The Gonville Hotel



    Overlooking the famous Parker's Piece, The Gonville Hotel is a moments' walk from the historic centre of Cambridge. This eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Downing College, University of Cambridge, and Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences. St Catharine's College and King's College are ...

    Overlooking the famous Parker's Piece, The Gonville Hotel is a moments' walk from the historic centre of Cambridge. This eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Downing College, University of Cambridge, and Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences. St Catharine's College and King's College are also within 15 minutes. The Grand Arcade shopping centre is half a mile away.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Air Conditioning
    • Bar
    • Housekeeping Service
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Laundry Service
    • Lounge
    • Luggage Storage
    • Parking
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • TV

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Day 7

Cambridge

Admire the beautiful 'Backs' of Cambridge University, spotting world-famous buildings such as The Wren Library and the Bridge of Sighs, as we drift along the River Cam on a traditional punt. 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 -- or simply indulge in a little retail therapy.

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Day 8

Newmarket and Clavering, ending in London

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 at Lavenham, a medieval village in rural Suffolk where streets of timber-framed buildings have us feeling as though we've stepped back in time.

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DEPARTURES:

Guaranteed Departures: 13 Apr, 4 May, 25 May, 15 Jun, 6 Jul, 27 Jul, 17 Aug, 7 Sep

Other available dates: 28 Sep

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 7 nights’ accommodation
  • Driver/tour leader
  • Mini-coach transportation
  • Full English breakfast daily
  • 3 evening meals and 1 lunch
  • Cambridge Punting
  • Included Entrance Fees: Lindisfarne Priory, Alnwick Castle & Gardens, Durham Cathedral donation, Captain Cook Museum, Chatsworth House, Blue John Cavern, Lincoln Cathedral, Sandringham Estate, Newmarket National Stud & Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge.

PRICE EXCLUDES:

International flights, items of a personal nature, travel insurance and gratuities. Driver/tour leader gratuity is at your discretion. Lunches (unless otherwise stated), social drinks, meals on free nights,’ items of a personal nature and entrance fees when not listed in the schedule of inclusions. Occasional optional evening theatre/festival visits and entrances not detailed in the tour inclusions. Incidental expenses, such as room service incurred at hotels. All expenses are to be settled prior to leaving the accommodation. Laundry costs and any shipping charges for the return of purchases made on tour, or for the return of property lost on tour. Pre and post tour accommodation. Unless otherwise listed in the inclusions, transfers are not included in the tour price.

OTHER INFORMATION:

Mobility: The tour involves walking and requires guests to board and disembark our vehicles several times a day making this tour unsuitable for those with reduced mobility.

The Back-Roads Difference

  • Stay two nights in the heart of the Peak District National Park.
  • Visit Sandringham Estate, the private retreat of Her Majesty The Queen.
  • Enjoy lunch where Jamie Oliver grew up and worked in the kitchen.
  • Drift along the River Cam on a traditional punt.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from", per person, based on twin share. Subject to availability. The hotels have been hand-picked from an extensive portfolio of quality properties across Europe and to ensure the very best experience on each of our tours, hotels may vary to those listed in this itinerary.

 

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