1. Day 1 Arrive in England and Rail to Chester

    Arriving into Manchester Airport (or London), hop aboard the trains and make your way to the charming city of Chester. Wander the cobbled streets city to discover the many historic sites including the medieval City walls, gate towers and clock towers. Head to the stunning excavated Roman Amphitheatre, Britain’s largest, for a flavour of life in Roman England before visiting the impressive cathedral. A highlight will be a stroll along the unique Tudor Facaded The Rows, offering some unique boutique shopping.

    Overnight: Chester

    Journey details: 20 minutes from Manchester Airport, followed by 1 hour 5 minutes to Chester (approx.)*

  2. Day 2 The Beatles’ Liverpool

    A short rail journey from Chester you’ll find the thriving city of Liverpool. Explore this maritime city from its two epic cathedrals (one Anglican and one Catholic) to the UNESCO heritage buildings at the famous Albert Docks, now home to cultural attractions including the Liver Buildings, the Merseyside Maritime Museum and the Tate Art Gallery. Liverpool is also the Birthplace of the Beatles and is brimming with heritage sites connected to the "Fab Four" including Matthews Street, the Cavern Club, Penny Lane and The Beatles Story Exhibition and pop museum.

    Overnight: Chester

    Meals: Breakfast included

  3. Day 3 Rail to Lake Windermere

    This morning board the train for a journey west over the Yorkshire Dales crossing the border to into the rustic landscapes of Cumbria. Arriving in the beautiful market town of Windermere on the shores of the famous Lake Windermere make your way to your hotel to drop your bags. Spend the afternoon exploring this charming lakeside town – wander the local boutiques, visit The World of Beatrix Potter exhibition, hike along the shores of the lake or take a private boat or leisurely cruise along on the tranquil waters of Lake Windermere.

    Overnight: Bowness-on-Windermere

    Meals: Breakfast included

    Journey details: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)*

  4. Day 4 Lake District Excursion

    Today is dedicated to exploring the rugged landscapes of the Lake District with a local guide on a small-group tour of this spectacular region. Your journey will take you off the beaten track over mountain passes, through deep valleys and passing sparkling lakes. Along the way you’ll stop at one or more the traditional Lakeland towns or villages such as Grasmere or Keswick and take in some of the region’s most iconic spots such as Borrowdale Valley, Thirlmere and Castlerigg Stone Circle. The highlight will be an included boat trip on one of the lakes itself.

    Overnight: Bowness-on-Windermere

    Meals: Breakfast included

  5. Day 5 Rail to York and York Minster

    Hop on the train and head east through the rustic landscapes of the Yorkshire Dales to York. This historic city is home to a wealth of historic and cultural sites to explore; wander the city from the cobbles of the famous Shambles (Britain’s first shopping street) to the medieval city walls, gates and towers. The highlight of course will be exploring the Gothic masterpiece at the iconic York Minster which dominates the city and marks York as the ecclesiastical capital of the North of England.

    Overnight: York

    Meals: Breakfast included

    Journey details: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)*

  6. Day 6 Explore York and Harrogate

    Today explore magnificent York in more depth; discover the city’s Viking history at the Jorvik Center, visit the opulent Georgian era townhouse at Fairfax House or see the Flying Scotsman itself at the National Railway Museum. A short train ride from York you’ll find the elegant Victorian spa town of Harrogate where you can shop in classic boutiques or take afternoon tea in one of the town’s many traditional tea-rooms. Alternatively enjoy an optional small group day-tour to either the Yorkshire Dales or Yorkshire Moors National Parks – subject to availability.

    Overnight: York

    Meals: Breakfast included

  7. Day 7 Return Home

    Today bid farewell to the UK as you board the train taking you back to Manchester and Manchester Airport for your departure flight. Alternatively, you may choose to head South to London or North to Edinburgh on the Highspeed East Coast mainline.

    Meals: Breakfast included

*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.

What's included

  • 6 nights accommodation (suggested accommodations listed below).
  • Full cooked English breakfast each morning.
  • BritRail England Consecutive Passes (8 day) – Passes offer 8 consecutive days of travel on the British National Rail Network from day of validation. Travel is fully flexible and completely unlimited for the period of validity and will cover all outlined rail journeys including transit on the Heathrow or Gatwick Express rail links.
  • Our hand-picked small-group day-tour to explore more rural Lake Ditrict which cannot be easily reached by rail, as follows:
    • Ten Lakes Spectacular Tour from Windermere, Lake District.
  • Adeo travel documents pack and suggested rail schedule information for each of your point-to-point journeys including journey durations and departure stations and travel departure times etc.
  • Toll-free calls (from USA and Canada) to your Britain vacation specialist whilst planning your trip.
  • Expert assistance during the planning of your trip and local out-of-hours number for use during travel.

Our Selected Lodging

  • Queen Hotel (or similar), Chester x 2 nights
  • Lindeth Howe Hotel (or similar), Bowness-on-Windermere x 2 nights
  • The Grand (or similar), York x 2 nights

Wherever possible we select characterful accommodation representative of the destination where you're staying. We regularly personally visit and quality-check hotels across the country. The hotels listed are a representative selection of just some of the properties we work with, ask your consultant for their personal favourites and recommendations. Read more about the accommodation we offer by clicking here.

Optional extras

  • Upgrade your rail passes for First Class Travel – first class carriages are available on many inter-regional services across Britain.
  • Add a day-tour from York to see the Yorkshire Dales countryside.
  • Add a city-sightseeing open-top bus tour in London.

Customize this tour!

  • Add extra nights in London before or after your tour to explore the English Capital.
  • Combine this tour with one of our other Britain rail tours.
  • Have your own rail travel expert accompany you on your tour.


  • Taxis / transfers from train stations to your hotels – taxis are readily available at all major train stations in the UK and hotel receptions / concierges will be happy to call local taxi firms for collection on days of departure.
  • Trip Insurance – we ask that our guests purchase suitable cover in case planned travel is affected or disrupted due to unforeseen circumstances. More information on the benefits of trip insurance can be found here.
  • Flights – adeo Travel do not book air travel but are happy to offer advice on where to seek competitive airfare.
  • Meals and/or sightseeing other than that outlined above.

Departure Dates 2024/2025

This self-guided tour is customizable and can be taken at any time throughout the year and starting and ending on any day of the week - simply let us know your preferred dates of travel!

Pricing 2024/2025

Twin/Double - from GBP £1,475 per person.
Single supplements apply for single occupancy rooms, please ask for a quotation for details.


Pricing above is representative pricing of this tour - this pricing is based on travel in shoulder-season (April/October) with two people sharing a twin/double room, staying in the sample accommodations as listed and including the suggested rail pass-type and travelling by standard class rail. Our proposals are always based on live availability and pricing which may fluctuate based on a range of factors and inclusions. For a direct quote for your preferred dates of travel and personal requirements, please contact us.

Pricing Notes

  • Above pricing is an estimated "from" price based on shoulder-season travel (April/October). As this tour can be taken at any time pricing will vary dependent on departure day, date of travel, selected accommodations etc.
  • Above pricing is based on suggested accommodations listed however please note that we can tailor your specific quote to accommodate your budget and preferences.
  • Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room with one adult BritRail pass per person as specified. (Please enquire for single supplement)
  • Prices are for land only travel and do not include flights.
  • Prices are in GBP£ currency, for approximate amounts in other currencies please contact us.
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