Experience New Year cheer in Yorkshire
Enjoy all the New Year cheer that Yorkshire has to offer based in the Spa town of Harrogate. Our tour includes festive rail journeys on the North Yorkshire Moors and Keighley & Worth Valley Railroads, a visit to Howarth's Bronte Parsonage, picturesque Fountains Abbey and the medieval city of York, adorned with seasonal decorations.
Make your way to the 4-star Old Swan Hotel in Harrogate, our home for the next six nights, where your Tour Manager will be waiting to greet you. You are free to get acquainted with the Spa Town of Harrogate, renowned for its independent boutiques and Betty's Tea Rooms, before dinner together this evening.
Today we travel to nearby York. Steeped in history we discover more about this walled city as we meet our local guide for a fascinating walking tour around the major sights. Our guide shares their passion for the city as we pass the Minster - York's majestic Gothic cathedral - explore the charming cobbled streets of the Shambles and discover the city's incredible history. Following the tour the rest of your afternoon is free to continue exploring this fascinating city. Why not visit the wonderful National Railroad Museum (free entry) where you can see exhibits such as a Japanese Bullet Train and a number of Royal carriages? Take in the view from Clifford's Tower or return to York Minster, the largest gothic cathedral in Northern Europe. Alternatively enjoy a stroll along the Shambles, regarded as one of the best preserved medieval streets in Europe.
We travel to Pickering today, to join the gorgeous and iconic North Yorkshire Moors Railroad, the most visited heritage railroad in England. On board, we enjoy a dining experience, including three delicious courses, as we wend and wind our way through the startlingly beautiful scenery of the Yorkshire Moors. Traveling through the wild countryside, we cross the moors on our way to Whitby, crowned by the eerily beautiful abbey.
On New Year's Eve we travel west by coach to join the Keighley and Worth Valley Railroad. The steam railroad climbs through the attractive valley and sloping hills to Haworth. On arrival in Haworth we visit the Brontë Parsonage, now a museum, which was the home of the world's most famous literary family between 1820 and 1861, and was where Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre were written. We return to the hotel for a gala buffet and dancing.
On New Year's Day the emphasis is on relaxation. After a leisurely breakfast you are free to wander into Harrogate and along The Stray or visit Valley Gardens. Harrogate has beautiful parks and an abundance of historic buildings, that date back to the time when the town first rose to prominence thanks to its spa waters. We enjoy full afternoon tea and dinner at the hotel.
Today a coach transfer takes us to the World Heritage Site of Fountains Abbey. Set within the beautiful estate of Studley Royal, Fountains Abbey is the largest abbey ruin in the country. This area of outstanding natural beauty boasts ten historic buildings, a water garden and visitor center all within the grounds. You are free to explore these independently before we return to the hotel.
After breakfast our tour concludes and you are free to leave Harrogate at leisure, but make sure you do not leave before treating yourself to a cup of tea and a Yorkshire Fat Rascal at the famous Betty's Tearooms.
Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.
We recommend that for this tour you arrange flights to and from Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) or Manchester Airport (MAN), which are approximately 12/70 miles from your base in Harrogate.
You may check in at the first hotel on your itinerary anytime after 14:00; your Tour Manager will be available between 16:00 and 18:00. However, if you are arriving later, you can meet your Tour Manager before dinner from 19:00.
An escorted experience and all travel arrangements
Comfortable accommodation in your destination
Delicious meals included
Exciting excursions and free time to explore
Experience New Year cheer in Yorkshire