LAKE DISTRICT EXPLORER

Enjoy 2 independent days in Edinburgh (pre/post) with 3 days spent discovering beautiful Lake District! Highlights include The Scottish Borders, Castlerigg Standing Stones, Lake Windermere, Hawkeshead, and Whinlatter Forest Park.For the variety of landscapes and history packed into three days, this tour is difficult to beat. Stay 2 nights in Keswick in the heart of the Lake District. (**During July this tour may stay in the lakeside town of Windermere instead).

LAKE DISTRICT EXPLORER

Enjoy 2 independent days in Edinburgh (pre/post) with 3 days spent discovering beautiful Lake District! Highlights include The Scottish Borders, Castlerigg Standing Stones, Lake Windermere, Hawkeshead, and Whinlatter Forest Park.For the variety of landscapes and history packed into three days, this tour is difficult to beat. Stay 2 nights in Keswick in the heart of the Lake District. (**During July this tour may stay in the lakeside town of Windermere instead).

Tour Highlights

  • Scottish Borders
  • Hadrian's Wall
  • Lake Windermere
  • Wordsworth's Cottage
  • Derwent Water
  • Honister Pass
  • Moffat

Lake District Explorer

  • Four (4) nights accommodations; two (2) nights in Edinburgh and two (2) nights in Keswick (or Windermere)
  • Breakfast daily (except for morning of arrival)
  • Arrival and departure transfers in Edinburgh
  • Three (3) days of custom touring
  • All service charges and hotel taxes

Itinerary

Day 01, Edinburgh

Arrive in Edinburgh; Transfer to your hotel is included, however, you are free to enjoy this beautiful city on your own. (Please note, hotel check-in is generally between 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm. If you are arriving into Edinburgh early - the hotel will be happy to hold your luggage until your room is ready).

Day 02, Edinburgh - Touring Begins - Keswick

In the morning, make your way to the Edinburgh departure point (see departure point information below) for 8:15 am (If you booked a departure point transfer at time of booking, your driver will collect you as noted on your voucher). Depart Edinburgh at 8:30 am. Depart Edinburgh we travel south through the Scottish Borders, with stunning views of the Galloway Hills and the Southern Uplands, on our 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 we 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 we travel into the Lake District National Park, along the northern shores of Ullswater described as England’s most beautiful lake where we can take a forest walk to see the mighty Aira Force waterfall. We 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. We have a short journey 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/early August this tour may stay in Windermere).

Day 03, Touring continues!

After breakfast we head along the winding country lanes to traveling along the southern shores of Ullswater, taking stops to take in the majestic views of this beautiful lake. Continuing south our journey over the narrow and winding Kirkstone Pass we stop at Lake Windermere where we 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 we 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 we 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 we return to Keswick.

Day 04, Touring - End in Edinburgh

We are collected from our accommodations and head for the Whinlatter Forest Park and over the Whinlatter pass and into some of the most dramatic landscapes that the Lake District has to offer. Our journey takes us 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 we have the opportunity to visit the old slate workings where a small number of Cumbrians continue to make their living. Following refreshments, we continue through the forests of Borrowdale, passing Derwent Water on our return to Keswick where there is free time for lunch and shopping. Following lunch, we begin our return journey by heading towards Penrith and then north towards the border. After crossing into Scotland we 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 approximately 7:30 pm. Make your way independently to your pre-booked hotel for your last night in Edinburgh.

Day 05, Edinburgh - Home

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

Rates & Hotels

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Hotels/Plans Available for Departure Dates

Based on B&B, plus 2 nights Edinburgh Hotel
Based on Hotels, plus 2 nights Edinburgh Hotel

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

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.

This tour does not include:

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

Airfare

Airfare is additional. Once you select your date, you will be given the opportunity to search our system for the best available airfare from your home city. The dates shown will be the start/end date of your tour. However, you can alter these dates to arrive earlier or extend your stay as needed.

Our system will search for the best possible airfare during your booking process. Note: airfare cannot be booked sooner than eleven (11) month from the date of departure.

Departures & Transfers

Tour dates are the date you would ARRIVE IN EDINBURGH. Please plan your air accordingly, as most flights overseas are overnight flights and you would depart the US one day earlier. The transfer will be waiting on arrival in Edinburgh.

In July, some departures may overnight in Windermere versus Keswick.

On day 05, you may opt to be dropped at the train station in Penrith to continue on to London. The train would have to be booked independently and the package would have to be re-priced to include the last night in London and transfers in London.