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Follow in Viking and Roman footsteps, visiting historic York, Bamburgh Castle and Lindisfarne on this tour of Yorkshire and Northumberland.

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20212022
7 days From $1,395 per person

2021 Tour code: GR-YNSA-21

About the tour

Scenic rail journeys bring to life the history and wild, natural beauty of Yorkshire and Northumbria on this wonderful seven-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, 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.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Harrogate

Our tour begins as you arrive at your hotel in Harrogate, at the edge of the Yorkshire Dales. 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. 

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  • Dinner
Day 2 - 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 marvelous 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 the capital of the Viking Kingdom. Otherwise, perhaps stroll along the city walls or take in the views from Clifford's Tower. 

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - The North Yorkshire Moors Railraod

Today, board the coach for today's excursion to Whitby, one of the east coast's most popular seaside resorts. On the way to this iconic Yorkshire location, disembark at Goathland, better known as 'Aidensfield' in TV's Heartbeat. Your journey continues through hidden valleys and open moorland as the coach makes its way to the charming fishing port of Whitby. Crowned by its brooding Abbey, the town is famous as the inspiration behind Bram Stoker's Dracula, which incorporated local folklore to heighten the authenticity of this spooky tale. Also known for its beautiful Whitby jet jewelry, there are dozens of shops selling authentic jet accessories.

The older part of the town, located on the East Bank, is a maze of narrow medieval streets with a rich history just waiting to be explored, while the newer town is found on the opposite bank. Enjoy your time and explore the charm of the quaint cobbled streets that lead down to its handsome harbor. If you're feeling adventurous, why not climb the 199 steps up to glorious Whitby Abbey? Here, you can enjoy unimpeded panoramic views of the coastal town. And last but not the least, Whitby is home to some of the UK's finest fish and chip restaurants, which you have free time to sample before you join the nostalgic North Yorkshire Moors Railroad for the return journey by steam* railroad.

*Steam-hauled where possible.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 - Settle & Carlisle 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. Cross over the wonderful Ribblehead Viaduct that cuts through the Yorkshire Dales and is overlooked by the mighty Whernside. The line also skirts the North Pennines, designated an Area of Natural Beauty for its breathtaking examples of the glory of nature. Once in Carlisle we transfer by rail to Hexham. On arrival, we continue by coach to our hotel in Alnwick.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - 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. After dinner back at the hotel, we take a drive into Kielder Forest for star gazing. Overnight Alnwick. 

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 - 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*. We are treated to a tasting of local mead before we return to the hotel for a farewell dinner to celebrate the last night of our vacation.

*Please note that due to tidal variance, the time of the visit to Lindisfarne is subject to change.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7 - The Journey Home

After breakfast in the hotel, we transfer to Alnmouth station where we join the LNER rail service back to York (First Class), a fitting place to end our adventure. 

Includes
  • Breakfast

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Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.

Departure times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular vacation with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotels

The White Swan Hotel, Alnwick

The White Swan Hotel, Alnwick

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Cedar Court Hotel, Harrogate

Cedar Court Hotel, Harrogate

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MacDonald Linden Hall Hotel, Longhorsely

MacDonald Linden Hall Hotel, Longhorsely

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Trains

North Yorkshire Moors Railway
Settle-Carlisle Railway

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FRANCES

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Submitted 13 Jun 2019

Great trip, great service before the trip from knowledgeable sales people and wonderful information to prepare for it. Would definitely use this service again.

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