Key Features
Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Tour feature: Maximum group size 18 passengers
Starting: Edinburgh
  1. Day 1 Lindisfarne Priory and Alnwick Castle

    Departing Edinburgh, we travel south through the rolling hills of the Scottish Borders to Berwick-upon-Tweed, England's most dramatic walled town, before making our way to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, a small isle lying off the rugged Northumberland Coast. Tide permitting** we’ll cross the causeway to Lindisfarne Priory to marvel at the ornate carvings on the extensive ruins of the monastic buildings. Later we’ll be invited in to the beautiful Alnwick Castle which remains the home to the 12th Duke of Northumberland; we’ll visit the opulent state rooms and hear tales of crusades and chivalry. The castle may feel familiar as some areas have appeared in film and television productions most notably in Downton Abbey and as parts of Harry Potter's Hogwarts.

    Overnight: The White Swan Hotel (or similar), Alnwick

    Meals: Dinner included

  2. Day 2 Durham Cathedral and Whitby Village

    Continuing South this morning we make our way to the charming university city of Durham to explore the magnificent Durham Cathedral, a recognised UNESCO World Heritage site. Built in the late 11th century, it is the largest and finest example of Norman architecture in England. Afterwards, our route takes us to the “picture-perfect” Whitby, another traditional cobbled fishing community. Here we visit the museum chronicling a young Captain Cook's training as a seaman before embarking on his epic voyages of discovery and can gain views of the haunting cliff-top ruins of Whitby Abbey which helped inspire Bram Stoker's Dracula. Later we continue to our country house hotel situated on the edge of the wild North Yorkshire Moors.

    Overnight: Gisborough Hall (or similar), North Yorkshire

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner included

  3. Day 3 The Yorkshire Moors, Ripley Castle & the Peak District

    Today we pass through the desolate landscapes of the North Yorkshire Moors, passing over weather-beaten hills and heather-clad fields divided by rustic stonewalls; a region which inspired Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights. Arriving in Ripley we visit Ripley Castle, a charming iconic country house with a fascinating history. Occupied by the same family for over 700 years, this house has captured hearts and minds of writers and artists for centuries, with it’s political & military, religious & social history this beautiful location spans the eras of the Renaissance, the Age of Reason & the industrial. To complete our day we continue in to the craggy hills and dales of the Peak District, your base for the next two evenings.

    Overnight: Rutland Arms Hotel (or similar), Peak District

    Meals: Breakfast included

  4. Day 4 The Peak District, Chatsworth House and Blue John

    Today is dedicated to exploring this beautiful area, an area rich in history and home to some of England's finest scenery. Firstly, we visit the magnificent stately home and gardens at Chatsworth House; said to be the inspiration for Jane Austen's Pemberley in Pride and Prejudice the house and grounds were later used in the 2005 film adaptation. By afternoon we visit the Blue John Cavern, a fascinating network of caves to explore which house "Blue John", Britain's rarest mineral, a beautiful stone which is only found in one location in the world – the Peak District National Park.

    Overnight: Rutland Arms Hotel (or similar), Peak District

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner included

  5. Day 5 Lincoln, it's Castle and Cathedral

    Today leaving the picturesque Peak District behind, we delve into the Historic city of Lincoln. Visit the stunning Castle which remains one of the most impressive Norman Castles in the UK, constructed in the late 11th century on the site of a pre-existing Roman Fortress. Now it homes the 1215 Magna Carta, offering panoramic views of the city as well as its charming Cathedral, (used for filming of the famous Da Vinci Code). Soak up the past as your Tour Leader guides you through its cobbled streets & medieval architecture. This afternoon you are free to explore the city at your leisure and take in the sights, you may choose to do a bit of shopping visiting Lincoln’s vintage shops, visit St Katherine’s Heritage and Cultural Centre or The Collection, an award-winning archaeology museum you will find in the heart of the city.

    Overnight: White Hart Hotel (or similar), Lincoln

    Meals: Breakfast included

  6. Day 6 The Royal Sandringham Estate and Cambridge.

    Today, we start the day with a walking tour of Lincoln before our journey takes us to the Sandringham Estate; this royal house has been passed down through four generations of the British monarchy and today remains the private Norfolk retreat of Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh. We’ll see the beautiful grounds and onsite museum. Later we continue to the University city of Cambridge, and its labyrinthine cobbled parades and squares to your hotel, your base for your final two evenings.

    Overnight: Anstey Hall Hotel (or similar), Cambridge

    Meals: Breakfast included

  7. Day 7 Cambridge and Cambridge University

    This morning we take in the beauty of the "Backs" of Cambridge University, and its open parklands, you’ll see world-famous buildings such as The Wren Library & the Bridge of Sighs. The rest of the day is yours at leisure to explore this charming university city. Wander the parades and squares and marvel at the intricate architecture of world-renowned colleges including Kings College, Trinity College and Christ's College. We particularly recommend visiting the Round Church, one of only four round churches in Britain or exploring the Botanic Garden, one of the great secret delights of the city, or perhaps just engage in some retail therapy in the wealth of shops and boutiques. We’ll reconvene later for a final evening dinner together.

    Overnight: Anstey Hall Hotel (or similar), Cambridge

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner included

  8. Day 8 Newmarket National Stud Farm

    Our final day takes us a short drive East to Newmarket, one of England’s most famous horse-racing towns. At the renowned Newmarket National Stud we’ll have the chance to see behind the scenes of a working thoroughbred stud farm seeing stallions stomping in the paddocks and perhaps the odd baby foal in the nursery. The final leg of our journey takes us back in to central London where our tour ends at approximately 5.30pm. ** The Holy Island of Lindisfarne causeway is only accessible at low tide so please be aware that the time we visit and spend here will depend on the daily tidal variations.**

*Journey times and distances are estimates and are based on the direct route between the start location and end location for each day of the itinerary, where applicable. They do not include detours or stops for sightseeing.

Unique experiences

  • Explore the back roads of the North Yorkshire Moors and Peak District National Park
  • Visit Sandringham Estate, the private retreat of Her Majesty the Queen
  • Get a behind-the-scenes look at Newmarket National Stud
  • Maximum group-size of 18 passengers for that intimate touring experience.

What's included

  • 7 nights in charming accommodation
  • All transportation by luxury mini-coach
  • The services of your professional driver & tour leader
  • Full English breakfast daily
  • 4 x evening meals
  • A comprehensive touring programme including the following admissions:
    • Alnwick Castle & Gardens
    • Durham Cathedral
    • Captain Cook Museum
    • Chatsworth House
    • Blue John Cavern
    • Ripley Castle
    • Sandringham Estate
    • Newmarket National Stud
  • Expert local advice during the planning of your trip.
  • Postage of your vacation documents pack.

Optional extras

  • Pre or post tour hotel accommodation in Edinburgh or London.
  • Airport transfers.
  • Rail Travel to Edinburgh from London prior to your tour or rail travel back to Edinburgh from London after your tour.

Departure Dates 2020

We are very sorry, there are no available dates for this tour at this time.

Please contact us to discuss similar tours which may still be available or for dates into the 2020 travel season.

Pricing 2020

Single Supplement: £589.


All tours commence in central Edinburgh at 8.30am on the Start Day and finish in central London at around 5.30pm (approx) on the End Day.


Please ask for a quote if you require pre/post tour accommodation in central Edinburgh and/or London.

Pricing Notes

  • Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room.
  • Prices are for land only tours and all tours are subject to availability.
  • Prices are correct at the time of publishing to website but are subject to confirmation at time of booking.
  • Prices are in British Pounds Sterling (GBP£) currency for approximate amounts in other currencies please contact us.
  • All trip details are correct at time of publishing to website however due to the nature of small group tours the itinerary is flexible and is subject to change based on a variety of factors.
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