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(Tour code: YNS18)

Explore Yorkshire and Northumberland by rail

Scenic rail journeys bring to life the history and wild, natural beauty of Yorkshire and Northumbria on this wonderful eight day tour. Follow in Viking and Roman footsteps, visiting historic York, Chester's Roman Fort, Bamburgh Castle, Lindisfarne and the glorious Alnwick Gardens.

Highlights
  • The spa town of Harrogate
  • Historic York
  • The North Yorkshire Moors Railway
  • The Settle & Carlisle Line
  • Hadrian's Wall Line
  • Alnwick Gardens
  • Bamburgh Castle
  • The Holy Island of Lindisfarne
  • 4-Star Hotel Accommodation
What’s Included
  • Standard Class Rail
    Heritage Rail Excursions
  • 4* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Evening Meals
  • Bamburgh Castle

Yorkshire & Northumberland 2018Tour Details

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Day 1 Betty's, Harrogate
Betty's, Harrogate

Harrogate

Our holiday begins as you arrive at your hotel in Harrogate, at the edge of the Yorkshire Dales. We spend four nights here at the Crown Hotel, the Holiday Inn or the Old Swan. One of England's most attractive towns, Harrogate retains many Georgian and Victorian features including its original spa buildings. After time to discover your new surroundings, and to perhaps visit the famous Betty's Tea Rooms, this evening we meet for dinner in the hotel.

Includes:
  • Dinner
Day 2 York Minster
York Minster

Historic York

This morning we travel by rail to York, a beautiful walled city steeped in centuries of history. We discover much of the city's long and fascinating story on a guided walking tour of its main attractions. These include the incomparable Minster, which is one of Europe's largest and most ornate gothic cathedrals, and the Shambles, a quaint street that has remained almost unchanged since the Middle Ages.

Following the tour, you have the chance to take in the sights of this marvellous city at your own pace. The network of medieval streets offers a unique charm and is one of York's major highlights, as is the National Railway Museum (free admission). The largest of its kind in the world, the museum boasts many steam locomotives and a selection of Royal carriages.Another popular option is the Jorvik Viking Centre, which faithfully recreates York when it was capital of the Viking Kingdom. Otherwise perhaps stroll along the city walls or take in the views from Clifford's Tower.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 The North Yorkshire Moors Railway
The North Yorkshire Moors Railway

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Today we take a nostalgic journey on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway to the popular seaside town of Whitby. We board our heritage steam-hauled* train in Pickering and make the wonderful journey through the stunning North York Moors National Park. Our route takes us through Goathland, a charming place perhaps best known as 'Aidensfield' in TV's Heartbeat. We pass over undulating moorland and through the winding Esk Valley as we make our way to the coast in restored carriages. Your time in Whitby is free for you to perhaps visit the brooding abbey, explore the town's Dracula connections or simply wander through the maze of narrow cobbled lanes in this authentic fishing port's old town before our return journey on the preserved railway.

*Wherever possible the rail excursion will be steam-hauled.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 Harrogate
Harrogate

At leisure in Harrogate

Today your entire day is at leisure in this alluring spa town. You could spend the day simply unwinding and enjoy the hotel's facilities, or explore this charming town further. Known for its verdant parks and gardens, you could take in the delightful Valley Gardens or the incredible landscaped gardens at RHS Harlow Carr. Alternatively you might like to indulge in relaxing treatments at the Turkish Baths, while admiring the Royal Pump Room. If you have not done so already, why not enjoy a sumptuous afternoon tea at Betty's Tea Rooms?

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 Carlisle Castle
Carlisle Castle

Settle & Carlisle Line and Hadrian’s Wall Line

Leaving Harrogate behind, today we travel on the famous Settle & Carlisle Line. The 72-mile route is regularly voted one of the world's top railway journeys, and once we set off it is easy to see why.

Once in Carlisle we transfer onto the Hadrian's Wall Line to Hexham, where we continue by coach to our hotel - either the historic White Swan Hotel in Alnwick, or the 4-Star Linden Hall Hotel in Longhorsley.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 Alnwick Gardens
Alnwick Gardens

Alnwick Gardens

This morning we enjoy a guided tour around the beautifully landscaped Alnwick Gardens. The gardens are a vibrant place; magnificent architecture and lovingly tended plants and flowers are brought to life with a variety of water features.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7 Bamburgh Castle
Bamburgh Castle

Bamburgh Castle and Lindisfarne

Today we cross the wild Northumberland countryside to Bamburgh, a scenic coastal town dominated by the magnificent Bamburgh Castle, before visiting the famous island of Lindisfarme**.

**Please note that due to tidal variance, the time of the visit to Lindisfarne is subject to change.

Includes:
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8 York
York

The journey home

After breakfast in the hotel, we transfer to Alnmouth station where we join the East Coast Mainline route back to York (First Class), a fitting place to end our adventure.

Includes:
  • Breakfast
Please note

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.

Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

What’s included

An escorted experience and all travel arrangements

  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • Standard Class rail travel unless otherwise described

Comfortable accommodation in your destination

  • 7 nights' hotel accommodation including 4 nights at a 4-Star hotel in Harrogate and 3 nights at either the 4-Star Macdonald Linden Hall Golf & Country Club Hotel or the historic White Swan Hotel in Alnwick

Delicious meals included

  • 14 meals including 7 breakfasts and 7 dinners, including 1 farewell dinner

 

Exciting excursions and free time to explore

 

 

  • Guided walking tour of York
  • Scenic rail journey on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway
  • Journey to Carlisle on the famous Settle & Carlisle Line
  • Trip on the Hadrian's Wall Line
  • Guided tour of Alnwick Gardens and a visit to Bamburgh Castle
  • Trip to Lindisfarne including a visit to the Priory

Not Included

  • Cancellation & Travel Insurance is not included in the price of the tour but can be arranged.

 

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