York, the Dales, Lake District, and Hadrian's Wall

Roam from the dramatic Yorkshire Dales to the North’s powerful castles and halls, ascend to the tip of Gothic cathedral’s spires before delving into the nooks and crannies of valley villages, and relive the scenes of fierce conflicts as you wander Hadrian’s Wall.

York, the Dales, Lake District, and Hadrian's Wall

Roam from the dramatic Yorkshire Dales to the North’s powerful castles and halls, ascend to the tip of Gothic cathedral’s spires before delving into the nooks and crannies of valley villages, and relive the scenes of fierce conflicts as you wander Hadrian’s Wall.

Tour Highlights

  • Sightseeing including York Minster, Alnwick Castle, York & the Dales, Robin Hoods Bay, and Lake Windermere.
  • Small groups up to 16 passengers.

York, the Dales, Lake District, and Hadrian's Wall Tour Includes

  • Two (2) nights in Edinburgh (pre and post-tour) pre-booked mid-ranged 3-4* hotel.
  • Two (2) nights at your choice of B&B or Hotel in York.
  • Two (2) nights at your choice of B&B or Hotel in Keswick.
  • Breakfast daily (except for morning of arrival).
  • Arrival and departure transfers in Edinburgh.
  • Five (5) days of custom touring.
  • All service charges and hotel taxes.

*Note: July departures may overnight in Windermere rather than Keswick.

Additional Notes

Please Note Baggage Restriction: Due to size of coach there is a luggage restriction of 14kg (31 Ibs) of luggage per person on this tour. This includes one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 22in x 17in x 10in) and a small personal bag.

A maximum of 8 passengers per departure date can be booked on this tour due to limitations of the coach size. If you have a larger party and/or wish to have a group booked on this tour, please contact us directly, as it will have to be quoted as a private group and rates here do not apply.


Itinerary

Day 01: Edinburgh

Arrive Edinburgh. Transfer to your hotel is included. You are free to enjoy this beautiful city on your own. (Please note: hotel check-in is generally between 2 pm and 4 pm. If you are arriving into Edinburgh early - the hotel will be happy to hold your luggage until your room is ready)

Day 02: York

Make your own way to Edinburgh Bus Station at St. Andrews Square, where the tour departs Edinburgh at 9 am. (Please arrive 15 minutes prior to tour start). Our tour starts by hugging the magnificent East Lothian coastline as we travel towards the walled border town of Berwick-upon-Tweed. After stopping to admire the fortifications, we continue to Alnwick Castle, home of the Earls and Dukes of Northumberland since 1309. This magnificent Castle and its gardens have appeared in many films and television programs. Leaving Alnwick behind, we travel towards the City of York on the Great North Road, a route that has carried countless Roman Legions between the remote Northern outposts and the more populous settlements of Roman Britannia. In late afternoon, we arrive in York, your base for the next two (2) nights.

Day 03: York

Today is a leisurely day that gives you the flexibility to spend time exploring the medieval heart of York, a city whose rich history goes back to the time of the Romans, Vikings, and the Normans. Then, join our excursion to the North Sea coast of Yorkshire. Our journey begins in the late morning, when we head for the magnificent North Yorkshire Moors National Park. Lunch will be in Whitby, a bustling fishing port and the inspiration for the fertile imagination of author Bram Stoker, who stayed in the Royal Hotel on the western side of Whitby while writing his famous novel Dracula. After lunch and free time in Whitby, we travel to the fishing village of Robin Hood’s Bay,* a perfectly preserved conservation village of winding lanes and narrow alleys before returning towards York.
*The minicoach cannot access the main village because of local restrictions. The coach will drop us at the top of the village and we must walk down (and back up!) a steep hill to reach the old village center.

Day 04: Keswick*

You will be collected from your accommodations and head west into the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Established in 1954, the Yorkshire Dales National Park has outstanding scenery, a range of wildlife habitats, and a rich cultural heritage. It’s a special place, a fantastic outdoor arena for recreation, peaceful relaxation, and a haven for wildlife. Continuing West, our route takes us through the Northern Dales, an area of outstanding natural beauty that is the centre of the Dales cattle trade. Our final leg of today’s journey takes us high up into the remote hills of the Yorkshire Dales before descending into the lively market town of Keswick,** where you will be dropped off at your accommodations and are then free to explore this charming town.

(**During July this tour may stay in Windermere instead)

Day 05: Keswick

After breakfast, you head a short distance out of town to the mysterious Castlerigg Standing Stones, thought by many to have been built over 5,000 years ago and the scene of ancient rituals. You then travel on to the shores of Ullswater, described as England’s most beautiful lake, where you can take a forest walk to see the mighty Aira Force waterfall. Continuing south over the narrow and winding Kirkstone Pass, you stop at 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. 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.

Day 06: Touring - Edinburgh

Leaving the Lakes behind us, we start our climb towards Hartside Pass, at over 1,900 ft - on a clear day the hills and mountains of Scotland and the English Lake District are clearly visible. We follow the route of the old sheep drovers road between England and Scotland. Stopping at Hadrian's Wall, built by Emperor Hadrian to keep the Scots out of the Roman Empire, there’s an opportunity to explore some of the Roman remains and walk in the footsteps of the Roman Centurions who patrolled this desolate frontier of the Empire. Following the ancient Roman Dere Street, we cross the border into Scotland and continue on to the Border town of Jedburgh for refreshments by the ruins of Jedburgh Abbey. Our final stop is at the world-famous Scott’s View, with stunning views over the River Tweed and the Cheviot Hills that form the border between Scotland and England. Then, we continue north to Edinburgh, arrive around 7 pm. Make your way back to your pre-booked hotel.

Day 07: Edinburgh - Home

After breakfast, transfer from your hotel to the Airport for your return flight to the US.

Rates & Hotels

To book this package, please contact one of our reservation agents at 1-800-833-4373.
To book this package, please contact one of our reservation agents at 1-800-833-4373.

Hotels/Plans Available for Departure Dates

York, the Dales, Lake District and Hadrian’s Wall 5-day tour - Based on B&B, plus 2- nights in Edinburgh (pre/post)
York, the Dales, Lake District and Hadrian’s Wall 5-day tour - Based on Hotels, plus 2 nights Edinburgh (pre/post)

Tour Details

Your land package begins: / Your land package ends:

(As most International flights are overnight flights - please book air accordingly)

Flight Details


Accommodation Details

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UK Hotel

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Pre and post nights booked at a mid-level hotel [more]

Accommodations booked by Rabbies UK

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Depending on package booked, accommodations can be BB/Guesthomes, 3* Hotels/Inns (and some packages may include 4* Hotels) [more]

Pricing

Your tour land price is per person based on two (2) people sharing a twin or double room. When a single room is booked, a single supplement will apply. There are no triple rooms for this tour.

Discount rate applies to children aged 5-15 years. Tours are not suitable for children under the age of 5.

This tour does not include:

  • Items not noted on itinerary
  • Lunches
  • Dinners
  • Tips to driver/guide
  • Visitor attractions

Airfare

Unfortunately, due to the 2020 pandemic, Celtic Tours will only be offering airfare for groups sizes of 15 or more. Individuals should book directly with airlines. Please make sure you book your flight to arrive and depart on accurate dates. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Departures & Transfers

Departure date is the date the tour starts in Edinburgh. Please book your air one day before to accommodate overnight flights.

Tour Guarantee

Although our UK tours are guaranteed with a minimum of 2 passengers, it does not mean a date is guaranteed until we check with the Edinburgh office. Although we get regular updates, a tour can sell out and we may not yet have it noted above. We must first advise of a guarantee before airfare is booked and ticketed. Thank you.