York, Dales, Lake District & Hadrian's Wall

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    York, Dales, Lake District & Hadrian's Wall

Tour length

5 days

From

1409.00$1409.00

Departs Mondays from Edinburgh

 April to October 

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.  

Stay 2 nights in the historic city of York and 2 nights in Keswick in the heart of the Lake District 

DEPARTURE FROM EDINBURGH: Gate J & Gate K, Edinburgh Bus Station, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh EH1 3DQ
The tour departs at 9:15am and returns at approx. 7:00pm on Day 5.

Itinerary


Day

1

Berwick

Monday

You depart the cosmopolitan city of Edinburgh and follow the magnificent East Lothian coastline towards the walled border town of Berwick-upon-Tweed.

After stopping to admire the fortifications, you continue to Bamburgh Castle. This immsense seaside fortress has stood guard over the Northumberland coastline for over 1400 years and is one of the largest inhabited castles in the country.

Leaving Bamburgh behind, you 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 the late afternoon, you arrive in York, your base for the next two nights.

Overnight - York


Day

2

York, Whitby and Robin Hood’s Bay

Tuesday

Today you can decide what you want to do. You can choose to spend the day exploring the medieval heart of York, an ancient city with a colourful history dating back to the times of the Romans, Vikings, and Normans. There's much to see and do: you can visit a chocolate museum, find out about the Vikings, or even just stroll around the ancient walls.

Alternatively, you can journey out with your guide on a half-day excursion to the magnificent North York Moors National Park. Your next stop is Whitby, a bustling fishing port and inspiration for the imagination of Bram Stoker, who stayed here in a hotel while writing his famous novel Dracula.

After lunch and free time in Whitby, you travel to the fishing village of Robin Hood’s Bay*. They doubt if the real Robin Hood ever came here, but there are still plenty of smugglers tales dotted around this remarkable harbour village. You then return to York in the early evening. Whichever option you choose, you spend your evening enjoying the sights and sounds of York.

*Robin Hood's Bay - The mini-coach cannot access the main village because of local restrictions. The coach will drop you off at the top of the village and you must walk down (and back up!) a steep hill to reach the old village centre.

Overnight - York
 


Day

3

Yorkshire Dales

Wednesday

You're picked up from your accommodation 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 rich cultural heritage. It’s a special place – a fantastic outdoor arena for recreation and relaxation and a haven for wildlife.

Continuing west, the route takes you through the Northern Dales - the centre of the Dales cattle trade.

The final leg of today’s journey takes you high up into the remote hills of the Yorkshire Dales before descending into the lively market town of Keswick where you're dropped off at your accommodation and have free time to explore this charming town.

Overnight - Keswick 
 


Day

4

Ullswater & Windermere

Thursday

After breakfast, you head a short distance out of town to the mysterious Castlerigg standing stones. Many people think these were placed here over 5,000 years ago and were once a lively hub of ancient pagan rituals.

You then travel on to the shores of Ullswater, known as England’s most beautiful lake. Here, 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 Lake 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 the picturesque conservation village of Hawkshead, 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's free time to visit Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage, taste the legendary gingerbread, or enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the Wordsworth Daffodil Garden by the River Rothy.

In the late afternoon, you return to Keswick.

Overnight - Keswick
 


Day

5

Hadrian's Wall

Friday

Leaving the lakes behind, you start the 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. You follow the route of the old sheep drovers between England and Scotland.

Stopping at Hadrian's Wall, 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. You then travel along the ancient Roman Dere Street, cross the border into Scotland, and head to the border town of Jedburgh for refreshments by the ruins of Jedburgh Abbey.

Your final stop is at the world-famous Scott’s View with stunning views over the River Tweed and the Cheviot Hills before continuing north to Edinburgh.  Arrival time is approximately 19:00.


2024 Dates and Prices

Room Type Single/ B&BDouble/ B&BSingle/ HotelDouble/ Hotel
Apr 1-May 31$1649.00$1649.00$1409.00$1409.00$1929.00$1929.00$1679.00$1679.00
Jul 22-Sep 30$1679.00$1679.00$1439.00$1439.00$1969.00$1969.00$1719.00$1719.00
Oct 1-Oct 28$1649.00$1649.00$1409.00$1409.00$1929.00$1929.00$1679.00$1679.00

Prices are per person in Canadian Dollars.
Exclusions: Lunch, dinner and refreshments. Entrance fees to all Visitor Attractions. (Admissions to: Bamburgh Castle, Windermere Lake Cruise & Vindolanda and Roman Army Museum included).
CHILDREN: Under 5 years of age are not accepted.​
Child rates available for 5-11 years sharing with 2 adults.  Please call for rates.

Luggage is restricted to one suitcase with a maximum weight of 20kg (44lbs.) and one small hand/day bag to go on the coach with you. Unfortunately, Rabbie’s are unable to store excess luggage.

2025 Dates and Prices

Room Type Single/ B&BDouble/ B&BSingle/ HotelDouble/ Hotel
Apr 7-May 26$1829.00$1829.00$1529.00$1529.00$2269.00$2269.00$1839.00$1839.00
Jun 1-Sep 29$1899.00$1899.00$1599.00$1599.00$2339.00$2339.00$1909.00$1909.00
Oct 6-Oct 27$1829.00$1829.00$1529.00$1529.00$2269.00$2269.00$1839.00$1839.00

Prices are per person in Canadian Dollars.
Exclusions: Lunch, dinner and refreshments. Entrance fees to all Visitor Attractions. (Admissions to: Bamburgh Castle, Windermere Lake Cruise & Vindolanda and Roman Army Museum included).
CHILDREN: Under 5 years of age are not accepted.​
Child rates available for 5-11 years sharing with 2 adults.  Please call for rates.

Luggage is restricted to one suitcase with a maximum weight of 20kg (44lbs.) and one small hand/day bag to go on the coach with you. Unfortunately, Rabbie’s are unable to store excess luggage.

Tour Highlights

  • Bamburgh Castle
  • York Minster
  • Robin Hood's Bay
  • Yorkshire Dales
  • Lake Windermere
  • Scottish Borders
  • Wordsworth's Cottage

Tour Inclusions

  • Transportation by top of the range Mercedes minicoach for a more personal experience with a maximum of 16 passengers on tour. Air Conditioning as standard. Services of a professional local driver/guide.
  • 4 nights ensuite accommodation
  • Full Scottish breakfast daily
  • All ferry and bridge crossings
  • Admissions to: Bamburgh Castle, Windermere Lake Cruise & Vindolanda and Roman Army Museum

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