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The Lake District Explorer Small Group Tour: Edinburgh to Edinburgh

Duration
5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 613

Starting in and returning to Edinburgh, two distinctly different regions and countries are interestingly combined to give both a historical and scenic look at wonderfully dramatic countryside. Iconic visits include Hadrian’s Wall and the delightful Lake District where you will spend 2 nights.


This small group experience (maximum 16 participants) gets you off the beaten track so you get a real feel for the country. Our guides are hand-picked for their pride and passion for their country. Transportation is in modern Mercedes Benz mini-coaches and accommodation is your choice of 3 star country hotels or B&Bs.

Depart from Edinburgh and head south into the Scottish Border Country arriving at Scott’s View, a venue enjoyed by Sir Walter Scott. This was his favourite view overlooking the valley of the River Tweed. Then visit the William Wallace statue erected in 1814 in honour of this famous Scottish warrior who lived in the 12th Century. The statue is almost 3 metres/31 feet in height. Afterwards enjoy refreshments by the ruins of the 12th Century Jedburgh Abbey. You then cross the border into England and travel over the moors and the length of the remains of Hadrian’s Wall which was originally100 kilometres/62 miles long. Eventually travel through Hartside Pass to your final destination, the pretty market town of Keswick where you will stay for the next 2 nights.

On the next day, it is time to explore England’s iconic Lake District. Start with a visit to the prehistoric Castlerigg Stone Circle, one of 1300 to be found in Western Europe and site of ancient rituals. Continue to the lake of Ullswater. Here you can take a walk to the impressive Aira Force waterfall after which you can have optional activities such as a boat cruise on Lake Windermere or a short visit to the town of Windermere. Later, explore the regions of the Lake District made famous by Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter after which, return to Keswick.

Your final day includes spending time in the Whinlatter Forest Park, England’s only mountain forest. Next travel through the dramatic Honister Mountain Pass, an area known for its slate mines. Later visit Borrowdale and then back to Keswick after which, it is time to return to Edinburgh with a stop at Moffat, one of Scotland’s oldest spa towns.

 


 

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Duration
5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 613

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Day 1

Edinburgh Airport to Hotel

Duration1 Hour

Jurys Inn Edinburgh

Jurys Inn is one of the most centrally positioned hotels in Edinburgh, located just off the famous Royal Mile on Jeffrey Street in the Old Town and surrounded by beautiful architecture. Our hotel in Edinburgh is less than a two-minute walk from Waverly Train Station and a 5-minute walk to Edinburgh Bus Station. Our prime city centre location also means that Jurys Inn guests are a short 15 minute walk from Holyrood Park, which is one of many Edinburgh gems that offers a "unique historic landscape" bursting with heritage and plenty of hills and 'crags' to explore.

Whether you're looking for hotels in Edinburgh for business at the International Conference Centre, or touring Edinburgh Castle and the sights of historic Scotland's capital, our Edinburgh hotel ensures all your destinations are within easy - and always interesting - walking distance.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Jurys Inn Edinburgh

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    Jurys Inn Edinburgh



    Jurys Inn is one of the most centrally positioned hotels in Edinburgh, located just off the famous Royal Mile on Jeffrey Street in the Old Town and surrounded by beautiful architecture. Our hotel in Edinburgh is less than a two-minute walk from Waverly Train Station ...

    Jurys Inn is one of the most centrally positioned hotels in Edinburgh, located just off the famous Royal Mile on Jeffrey Street in the Old Town and surrounded by beautiful architecture. Our hotel in Edinburgh is less than a two-minute walk from Waverly Train Station and a 5-minute walk to Edinburgh Bus Station. Our prime city centre location also means that Jurys Inn guests are a short 15 minute walk from Holyrood Park, which is one of many Edinburgh gems that offers a "unique historic landscape" bursting with heritage and plenty of hills and 'crags' to explore.

    Whether you're looking for hotels in Edinburgh for business at the International Conference Centre, or touring Edinburgh Castle and the sights of historic Scotland's capital, our Edinburgh hotel ensures all your destinations are within easy - and always interesting - walking distance.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Coffee Bar
    • Free WiFi
    • Hairdryers
    • Handicap accessible rooms
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lift/elevator
    • Meeting Facilities and Planners
    • Public Parking
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service Limited Hours

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Day 2

Edinburgh to Hadrian's Wall and Keswick

Depart Edinburgh at 08:30 and travel South through the Scottish Borders, with stunning views the Galloway Hills and the Southern Uplands, on your way to the first stop of the day, the Victorian Spa town of Moffat. From Moffat you continue south over the border into England and head to the historic Cumbrian Market town of Penrith. Here you will have the chance to get lunch and explore the ruins of Penrith Castle, which played a key role in defending the border from invading Scots. After lunch you travel into the Lake District National Park, along the northern shores of Ullswater described as England's most beautiful lake, where you can take a forest walk to see the mighty Aira Force waterfall. You then travel towards Keswick, stopping outside of the town to visit the mysterious Castlerigg standing stones, thought to have been built over 5,000 years ago and the scene of ancient rituals. You then have a short journey into the lively market town of Keswick where you will be dropped off at your accommodation and are then free to explore this charming town. (**During July/early August this tour may stay in Windermere).

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

B & B with Ensuite

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    B & B with Ensuite



    We try to reserve accommodation that's no more than a 20-minute walk from the town centre. We regularly check our accommodation partners to ensure they reach a certain standard.

    We try to reserve accommodation that's no more than a 20-minute walk from the town centre. We regularly check our accommodation partners to ensure they reach a certain standard.

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Day 3

The Lake District

After breakfast you head along the winding country lanes to travel along the southern shores of Ullswater, with stops to take in the majestic views of this beautiful lake. Continuing south you journey over the narrow and winding Kirkstone Pass and stop at Lake Windermere where you have the option to take a leisurely cruise on the Lake or simply eat lunch while enjoying views of the mountains and lakes. After lunch you travel around the southern tip of Windermere and on towards Coniston Water and shortly afterwards you arrive at the picturesque conservation village of Hawkeshead, where the poet William Wordsworth attended Grammar School. After free time to explore the village you take the narrow country lanes north towards Grasmere, which Wordsworth described as "the loveliest spot that man hath found". There is free time to visit Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage or enjoy the peace and tranquility of the Wordsworth Daffodil Garden by the River Rothy. In the late afternoon you return to Keswick.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 4

Return to Edinburgh

You will be collected from your accommodation and head for the Whinlatter Forest Park, over the Whinlatter pass and into some of the most dramatic landscapes that the Lake District has to offer. The journey takes you through the rural village of High Lorton, along the quiet winding lanes to the shores of Crummock Water and Buttermere and on towards the Honister mountain pass. Stopping amongst the mountains you have the opportunity to visit the old slate workings where a small number of Cumbrians continue to make their living. Following refreshments, you continue through the forests of Borrowdale, passing Derwent Water on your return to Keswick where there is free time for lunch and shopping. Following lunch, you begin your return journey by heading towards Penrith and then north towards the border. After crossing into Scotland you take a stop in the town of Biggar, a royal burgh since 1415. From here it is a leisurely drive through the rolling border hills back to Edinburgh. Arrival approx 19:30.

Meal Plan Breakfast

Jurys Inn Edinburgh

Jurys Inn is one of the most centrally positioned hotels in Edinburgh, located just off the famous Royal Mile on Jeffrey Street in the Old Town and surrounded by beautiful architecture. Our hotel in Edinburgh is less than a two-minute walk from Waverly Train Station and a 5-minute walk to Edinburgh Bus Station. Our prime city centre location also means that Jurys Inn guests are a short 15 minute walk from Holyrood Park, which is one of many Edinburgh gems that offers a "unique historic landscape" bursting with heritage and plenty of hills and 'crags' to explore.

Whether you're looking for hotels in Edinburgh for business at the International Conference Centre, or touring Edinburgh Castle and the sights of historic Scotland's capital, our Edinburgh hotel ensures all your destinations are within easy - and always interesting - walking distance.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Jurys Inn Edinburgh

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    Jurys Inn Edinburgh



    Jurys Inn is one of the most centrally positioned hotels in Edinburgh, located just off the famous Royal Mile on Jeffrey Street in the Old Town and surrounded by beautiful architecture. Our hotel in Edinburgh is less than a two-minute walk from Waverly Train Station ...

    Jurys Inn is one of the most centrally positioned hotels in Edinburgh, located just off the famous Royal Mile on Jeffrey Street in the Old Town and surrounded by beautiful architecture. Our hotel in Edinburgh is less than a two-minute walk from Waverly Train Station and a 5-minute walk to Edinburgh Bus Station. Our prime city centre location also means that Jurys Inn guests are a short 15 minute walk from Holyrood Park, which is one of many Edinburgh gems that offers a "unique historic landscape" bursting with heritage and plenty of hills and 'crags' to explore.

    Whether you're looking for hotels in Edinburgh for business at the International Conference Centre, or touring Edinburgh Castle and the sights of historic Scotland's capital, our Edinburgh hotel ensures all your destinations are within easy - and always interesting - walking distance.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Coffee Bar
    • Free WiFi
    • Hairdryers
    • Handicap accessible rooms
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lift/elevator
    • Meeting Facilities and Planners
    • Public Parking
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service Limited Hours

    More Details

    Preferred Hotel
Day 5

Edinburgh Hotel to Airport

Duration1 Hour

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DEPARTURES:

2019:
Tuesday and Wednesday: 1 April to 30 September
Wednesday  7 - 28 October

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Transportation in a Mercedes mini-coach with a maximum of 16 passengers on tour
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • Forced air ventilation as standard
  • Services of a professional driver/guide
  • Breakfast daily
  • All ferry and bridge crossings

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Meals and beverages not specifically mentioned in itinerary
  • Transfers to tour meeting point
  • Admission costs at attractions and monuments
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas if required
  • All international and domestic airfares and airfare taxes unless specified

OTHER INFORMATION:

Because we believe in time off the bus and give you opportunities to take nature walks we recommend you bring suitable clothing and footwear for your tour. Ireland can be a wet place!! If you have mobility problems or special requirements please let us know when booking. Unless otherwise notified passengers are restricted to one medium sized suitcase/bag (maximum 15 kilos) and one carry-on bag per person.

TERMS & CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

Tour cannot be purchased alone. Must be booked in conjunction with International Airfare or pre or post accommodation.

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