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Historic Eastern England

Duration
9 Days
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US$ 3,059

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. 

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
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,059

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Day 1

Edinburgh - Lindisfarne - Alnwick

After meeting in the iconic city of Edinburgh, we'll cross over into England to begin our tour of Eastern England. Our first stop will be the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, where we'll discover the dramatic ruins of the famous priory.

To end the day, we'll carry on to Alnwick Castle - the majestic home of the Duke of Northumberland - where we'll see some of the rooms that took a starring role in Downton Abbey. On the menu tonight: a delicious welcome dinner.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration1 Night
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White Swan Hotel Alnwick

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    White Swan Hotel Alnwick



    In the heart of the historic market town of Alnwick and only a stone's throw from Alnwick Castle and Gardens, The White Swan is a charming 300 year old coaching inn that blends its unique heritage with superb accommodation.

    In the heart of the historic market town of Alnwick and only a stone's throw from Alnwick Castle and Gardens, The White Swan is a charming 300 year old coaching inn that blends its unique heritage with superb accommodation.

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Day 2

Alnwick - Durham - Whitby - North York Moors

This morning, we'll move on to Durham, where we'll step inside the the Cathedral: a magnificent architectural monument now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our road will then carry us to the traditional seaside resort of Whitby - where the fascinating Captain Cook Museum awaits us.

Tonight, we'll rest our heads in the charming North York Moors district.

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Duration1 Night
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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 - Peak District

Today, there's a tipple or two in store for us at the quaint Ampleforth Cider Mill - where we'll be lucky enough to enjoy a tour of the historic orchard (which boasts over 40 varieties of heritage apple trees) and learn how the award-winning cider is made.

Then: it's onwards to the breathtaking Peak District, where the rest of the evening will be yours to enjoy as you please.

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Duration2 Nights
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Rutland Arms Hotel

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    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 4

Peak District - Chatsworth House - Peak District

This morning, we'll stretch our legs on a stroll at Chatsworth House, a grand stately home that is said to have inspired Jane Austen with its impressive architecture. (In fact, Chatsworth featured in Pride and Prejudice as Pemberley, the home of none other than Mr Darcy.)

Then: we'll take in splendour of an entirely different kind at Blue John Cavern, a world-famous series of caves.

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Day 5

Peak District - Lincoln

Today, we'll bid farewell to the picturesque Peak District as we journey onwards to the historic town of Lincoln - but before we get there, we've two stops to make. First we'll visit Eyam, where we'll learn the tragic story of the villagers who fell victim to the plague in the 1600s. Then: we'll raise a glass (or two) on a tour of a local brewery.

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Duration2 Nights
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The White Hart Hotel

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    The White Hart Hotel



    Boasting a superb location in the heart of this historical city, the impressive White Hart Hotel makes the ideal choice for a business trip or cultural break in Lincolnshire. Step outside the door and find yourself in a city quarter which is steeped in history, ...

    Boasting a superb location in the heart of this historical city, the impressive White Hart Hotel makes the ideal choice for a business trip or cultural break in Lincolnshire. Step outside the door and find yourself in a city quarter which is steeped in history, with breathtaking views of the 900-year-old Norman castle and close to the magnificent Lincoln Cathedral. You will find many choices for great shopping, fine restaurants and eateries, and entertainment venues, not to mention a mixture of ancient and modern attractions.

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    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Business Centre
    • Laundry Service
    • Lounge Bar
    • Luggage Storage
    • Newsstand
    • Restaurant

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Day 6

Lincoln

This morning will see us touring the spectacular Lincoln Cathedral - one of the best examples of medieval architecture in England - as well as the Castle, which houses an original 1215 Magna Carta. After that, the afternoon will be yours to seek out restaurants, pubs and boutique shops - or to continue your discovery of the city's rich history.

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Day 7

Lincoln - Sandringham Estate - Cambridge

Today, we've a date with royalty: Sandringham House is our next stop. The private residence of Her Majesty The Queen, Sandringham is a magnificent stately home with picturesque gardens - and even a museum! After our tour, we'll move on to Cambridge: an iconic city filled with history and tradition.

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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 8

Cambridge

After taking to the water for a punting experience along the 'Backs' of Cambridge University, the day will be yours to spend spotting world-famous buildings such as The Wren Library and the Bridge of Sighs. Step inside colleges and chapels, museums and galleries - or simply indulge in a little retail therapy.

This evening, we'll look back on our journey as we enjoy one last group dinner.

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Day 9

Cambridge - New Market - Lavenham - London

There's time for one more behind-the-scenes tour today: prepare to 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.

After that, we'll stop off in the medieval wool town of Lavenham before hitting the road to London - where we'll say goodbye.

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DEPARTURES:

2019: Sep 4*, 11, 15*; Oct 2**
2020: Mar 30; Apr 15*, 28; May 3, 10, 13*, 16, 31; Jun 7*, 21; Jul 7, 17*; Aug 5, 19;
Sep 2, 13*, 27; Oct 9
* Guaranteed Departure
** 2019 departures operate on a 7 day itinerary

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 8 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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