YORK, the DALES, LAKE DISTRICT & HADRIAN’S WALL

Start your tour independently discovering Edinburgh. Join the tour and leave Edinburgh, 5 Days spent discovering the best of northern England - the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District. Highlights include Alnwick Castle, York and York Minster, Whitby, Robin Hood's Bay, the Yorkshire Dales, Lake Windermere, Wordsworth's Cottage, Hadrian's Wall and the Scottish Borders.

YORK, the DALES, LAKE DISTRICT & HADRIAN’S WALL

Start your tour independently discovering Edinburgh. Join the tour and leave Edinburgh, 5 Days spent discovering the best of northern England - the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District. Highlights include Alnwick Castle, York and York Minster, Whitby, Robin Hood's Bay, the Yorkshire Dales, Lake Windermere, Wordsworth's Cottage, Hadrian's Wall and the Scottish Borders.

Your Tour Highlights:

  • Small Intimate Coaches
  • York Minster
  • Alnwick Castle
  • York & the Dales
  • Robin Hoods Bay
  • Lake Windermere
  • 6-nights accommodations;
    • 2 nights  in Edinburgh (pre and post-tour) pre-booked mid-ranged 3-4 star hotel
    • 2 nights at your choice of B&B or Hotel in  York
    • 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
  • 5-days of custom touring
  • All service charges and hotel taxes
  • Note: tip to your driver/guide when touring is not included.

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

All accommodations are advised once touring has been confirmed. 

 


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 2:00 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 - York.

Make your own way to Edinbrugh Bus Staion at St. Andrews Square, where the tour departs Edinburgh at 09:00. (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 it’s 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 nights.

Day 03: Touring - York.

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: Touring - 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 and 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: Touring - 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 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.

Day 06: Touring - Edinburgh.

Leaving the Lakes behind us we start our climb towards Hartside Pass, at over 1,900ft - 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 before continuing north to Edinburgh 7:00 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.

 

**During July this tour may stay in Windermere instead.

Rates & Hotels

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Hotels/Plans Available for Departure Dates

nights in Edinburgh (pre/post)
Based on Hotels, plus 2 nights Edinburgh (pre/post)

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Accommodation Details

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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

Departure date is the date one would start touring in Edinburgh including any pre/post nights. Does not include air travel.