Yorkshire & Northumberland
Follow in Viking and Roman footsteps, visiting historic York, Chester's Roman Fort, Bamburgh Castle and Lindisfarne on this tour of Yorkshire and Northumberland.
Scenic rail journeys bring to life the history and wild, natural beauty of Yorkshire and Northumbria on this wonderful eight-day tour. Start your adventure in Harrogate as you travel toward the city of York. Here you will have a guided tour to explore the history of this town that still retains much of its look from the Middle Ages. You then have free time to discover this area on your own.
Then travel through the beautiful North York Moors National Park as you head to the seaside town of Whitby, where you can stroll the cobbled streets at your own pace. After a day to relax in Harrogate, enjoy one of the top train trips around as you travel on the Settle & Carlisle Line toward Northumberland. You'll have a day to explore the expansive Alnwick Garden, where the architecture is as stunning as the flowers.
Then it's time for a trip to the famous Bamburgh Castle, a stunning site that rises above the sea with grounds covering nine acres. A stop at The Holy Island of Lindisfarne rounds out this trip full of beautiful scenery and amazing architecture.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Standard Class rail and coach travel travel throughout your tour
- Scenic rail journey on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway
- Journey to Carlisle on the famous Settle & Carlisle Line
- Trip on the scenic Hadrian's Wall Line
- 7 nights' hotel accommodation
- 14 Meals including 7 breakfasts and 7 dinners, including 1 farewell dinner
- Guided walking tour of York
- Excursion to Alnwick Gardens
- Visit to Bamburgh Castle
- Trip to Lindisfarne, including a visit to Lindisfarne Priory
- The services of a professional Tour Manager throughout
Day 1 - Depart USA for Manchester
Board your international flight for the journey across the Atlantic Ocean. (Air travel not included in tour cost)
Day 2 - Harrogate
Our tour begins as you arrive at your hotel in Harrogate, at the edge of the Yorkshire Dales. We spend four nights here at the Crown Hotel, the Tour Inn or the Old Swan. One of England's most attractive towns, Harrogate retains many Georgian and Victorian features including its original spa buildings. After time to discover your new surroundings, and to perhaps visit the famous Betty's Tea Rooms, this evening we meet for dinner in the hotel. (D)
Day 3 - Historic York
This morning we travel by rail to York, a beautiful walled city steeped in centuries of history. We discover much of the city's long and fascinating story on a guided walking tour of its main attractions. These include the incomparable Minster, which is one of Europe's largest and most ornate gothic cathedrals, and the Shambles, a quaint street that has remained almost unchanged since the Middle Ages.
Following the tour, you have the chance to take in the sights of this marvellous city at your own pace. The network of medieval streets offers a unique charm and is one of York's major highlights, as is the National Railroad Museum (free admission). The largest of its kind in the world, the museum boasts many steam locomotives and a selection of Royal carriages.Another popular option is the Jorvik Viking Center, which faithfully recreates York when it was capital of the Viking Kingdom. Otherwise perhaps stroll along the city walls or take in the views from Clifford's Tower. (B, D)
Day 4 - The North Yorkshire Moors Railroad
Today we take a nostalgic journey on the North Yorkshire Moors Railroad to the popular seaside town of Whitby. We board our heritage steam-hauled* train in Pickering and make the wonderful journey through the stunning North York Moors National Park. Our route takes us through Goathland, a charming place perhaps best known as 'Aidensfield' in TV's Heartbeat. We pass over undulating moorland and through the winding Esk Valley as we make our way to the coast in restored carriages. Your time in Whitby is free for you to perhaps visit the brooding abbey, explore the town's Dracula connections or simply wander through the maze of narrow cobbled lanes in this authentic fishing port's old town before our return journey on the preserved railroad.
*Wherever possible the rail excursion will be steam-hauled. (B, D)
Day 5 - At Leisure in Harrogate
Today your entire day is at leisure in this alluring spa town. You could spend the day simply unwinding and enjoy the hotel's facilities, or explore this charming town further. Known for its verdant parks and gardens, you could take in the delightful Valley Gardens or the incredible landscaped gardens at RHS Harlow Carr. Alternatively you might like to indulge in relaxing treatments at the Turkish Baths, while admiring the Royal Pump Room. If you have not done so already, why not enjoy a sumptuous afternoon tea at Betty's Tea Rooms? (B, D)
Day 6 - Settle & Carlisle Line & Hadrian's Wall Line
Leaving Harrogate behind, today we travel on the famous Settle & Carlisle Line. The 72-mile route is regularly voted one of the world's top railroad journeys, and once we set off it is easy to see why. Once in Carlisle we transfer onto the Hadrian's Wall Line to Hexham, where we continue by coach to our hotel - the historic White Swan Hotel in Alnwick. (B, D)
Day 7 - Alnwick Gardens
This morning we enjoy a guided tour around the beautifully landscaped Alnwick Gardens. The gardens are a vibrant place; magnificent architecture and lovingly tended plants and flowers are brought to life with a variety of water features. (B, D)
Day 8 - Bamburgh Castle & Lindisfarne
Today we cross the wild Northumberland countryside to Bamburgh, a scenic coastal town dominated by the magnificent Bamburgh Castle, before visiting the famous island of Lindisfarme*.
*Please note that due to tidal variance, the time of the visit to Lindisfarne is subject to change. (B, D)
Day 9 - The Journey Home
After breakfast in the hotel, we transfer to Alnmouth station where we join the East Coast Mainline route back to York (First Class), a fitting place to end our adventure. (B)
Train and Hotel Accommodations
White Swan Hotel, Alnwick
The White Swan Hotel is a 300 year old coaching inn set in the heart of the historic town of Alnwick, close to Alnwick Castle and gardens. The hotel has a bar, a bistro and an oak panelled restaurant which features stained glass windows, mirrors and other fixtures and fittings from RMS Olympic, the Titanic's sister ship. The well-appointed rooms feature a telephone, television with DVD player, tea and coffee making facilities and a hairdryer.
Hadrian's Wall Line
Operated by Northern Rail, the Hadrian's Wall Line runs across England from Carlisle to Newcastle, following the route of Hadrian's Wall. The remains of the wall itself are not always visible from the train, but the railroad passes through many pretty former Roman towns and villages, and skirts the edge of the beautiful Northumberland National Park - ensuring its continued popularity with tourists.
North Yorkshire Moors Railroad
The English county of Yorkshire is famous for its wild, open and unspoilt landscapes and guests who visit the area with us may enjoy a relaxing trip along the North Yorkshire Moors Railroad. Covering a distance of 29 kilometres (18 miles), it is one of the UK's longest heritage railroad lines runs through the beautiful North York Moors National Park, connecting the picturesque market town of Pickering and the village of Grosmont.
The railroad first opened in 1836 as the Whitby and Pickering Railroad for the transportation of both goods and passengers to and from Yorkshire's east coast. It continued to run until 1965 when it suffered the same fate as many of the UK's provincial railroads; closure under the recommendation of 1963's notorious Beeching Report. Salvation for the Whitby and Pickering Railroad arrived via an enthusiastic and dedicated preservation society who arranged open weekends and 'steam galas' to fund the re-opening of the line. Their goal was achieved in 1973 and the North Yorkshire Moors Railroad was born. Today, carefully-restored carriages are hauled by diesel and steam locomotives along the picturesque route, which reportedly features one of the oldest railroad tunnels in the world.
Settle to Carlisle Railroad
The iconic Settle to Carlisle Railroad was the last mainline railroad to be built in the UK and was completed in 1876 by the Midland Railroad Company after six years of work. Widely accepted as being one of the best-engineered mainline tracks in England, the line is visually dramatic and offers a truly great rail journey.
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: Departs 3rd August 2019 ($1,485), 14th September 2019 ($1,515)
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