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Historic Eastern England

Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,727

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$ 2,727

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Day 1

Edinburgh - Lindisfarne - Alnwick

Meeting in the iconic city of Edinburgh, you'll cross into England to meet with hideaway villages on this grand tour. The first stop will be Lindisfarne, where you'll discover the dramatic ruins. To end the day, you'll carry on to Alnwick Castle where you'll be welcomed into the majestic home of the Duke of Northumberland (and spot the sets used in episodes of Downton Abbey). On the menu tonight: a delicious welcome dinner.

Meal Plan Dinner
Day 2

Alnwick - Durham - Whitby - North York Moors

The Normans made their mark on this part of England, and possibly the finest example of this is in Durham. Today you'll step inside the Cathedral, a magnificent architectural monument now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The route will then carry you to Whitby, and onwards to Captain Cook's Museum. Tonight, you'll rest your head in the charming North York Moors district and enjoy a group dinner.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 3

North York Moors - Ripley - Peak District

Today you'll discover the dramatic Ripley Castle -- an iconic country house. To complete a day of historic sightseeing, you'll end at the stunning Peak District.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 4

Peak District - Chatsworth House - Peak District

This morning you'll stretch your legs on a stroll at Chatsworth House, which oozes Elizabethan history and contemporary culture. You'll also see the stunning architecture said to have inspired Jane Austen, and the rooms that featured in the film Pride and Prejudice. You'll also visit Blue John Cavern, a world-famous series of caves.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 5

Peak District - Lincoln

Today you'll say farewell to the picturesque Peak District and journey onwards to the historic town of Lincoln, where you have a visit to the Lincoln Cathedral and Castle lined up. After that, you'll be free to explore at your leisure.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 6

Lincoln - Sandringham Estate - Cambridge

After a walking tour of Lincoln, a date with royalty is in store as you move on to Sandringham Estate. The private residence of Her Majesty The Queen is a magnificent stately house with picturesque gardens and even a museum. The final stop of the day will be the iconic town of Cambridge, your home for the next two nights.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 7

Cambridge

Today, the city will be yours to admire the beautiful 'Backs' of Cambridge University and spot world-famous buildings such as The Wren Library and the Bridge of Sighs. Spend the day stepping inside colleges and chapels, museums and galleries -- or simply indulge in a little retail therapy. This evening, you'll come together for one last group dinner

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 8

Cambridge - New Market - London

There's time for one more behind-the-scenes tour today as you delve into England's sporting heritage at Newmarket National Stud. At this working thoroughbred stud farm you may see stallions in the paddocks and, occasionally, foals in the nursery. You'll see the end of your tour in London, where you'll say goodbye.

Meal Plan Breakfast

Other Information

DEPARTURES:

2019: Mar 30; Apr 6, 17*, 30; May 5, 8*, 12, 15*, 18, 23*; Jun 5, 12, 21, 23*; Jul 9, 17
Aug 7, 14, 21, 28; Sep 4*, 11, 15*; Oct 2
* Guaranteed Departure

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.

 

TB BACKROAEDI0119SGCAD: EDL
2 Oct 2019
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