Enchanting Eastern England 2021/2022

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10 Days / 9 Nights
Availability : May - September
Start: Edinburgh, Scotland
End: London, England

Enchanting Eastern England: 1 nt Edinburgh, 1 nt Alnwick, 1 nt North York Moors, 2 nts Peak District, 2 nts Lincoln, 2 nts Cambridge

Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or dhtour@dhtour.ca to book. 

World-famous university cities meet hideaway villages on this enchanting tour of Eastern England. Travelling across the stunning North York Moors and through the Peak District National Park, we’ll follow in the footsteps of Vikings, Romans and royalty – delving deeper into each destination’s fascinating history as we go.

10 DAYS / 9 NIGHTS / MAX 18 GUESTS

Tour Details

The Blue-Roads Difference

– Call in at Sandringham Estate, the private retreat of Her Majesty The Queen
– Experience a unique behind-the-scenes tour at Newmarket National Stud
– Delight in a traditional punting experience along the ‘Backs’ of Cambridge Universityre

 

 

Pick Up Location & TIme

Eden Locke Hotel (Edinburgh)  (Google Map)
6:00pm – Meet tour guide and group for welcome dinner.

Drop off Location & Time

TBA ( London)
Late Afternoon tour ends.

Price Includes

  • 9 nights' in boutique accommodation
  • Experienced Back-Roads Tour Leader and Driver
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Daily full English breakfasts, 5 dinners
  • Visit Alnwick Castle, Guided tour of Captain Cook Museum, Chatsworth House and Newmarket National Stud. Cider tasting at Ampleforth Cider Mill
  • Visit Eyam, Free time in Lincoln , Visit Sandringham House , Punting experience
  • Entrance included to all attractions in the itinerary

Meals

  • 9 breakfasts
  • 0 lunches
  • 5 dinners
  • 0 teas

Price Excludes

  • Airfare
  • Transfers
  • Pre / Post hotel nights
  • Driver / Tour Leader gratuity is at your discretion
  • Travel Insurance
What to Expect

Blue Roads Tours are conducted at a leisurely pace; we take our time and avoid rushing from place to place.  Stops are made frequently during the day to avoid extended periods of time on the coach.  On a typical day they might leave at 9am and arrive at the hotel at 5pm.  We endeavor to build rest and relaxation time into our itineraries, an most inclusions are not mandatory – so if you’d rather explore on your own, you’re welcome to meet up with the group at the designated meeting point. 

The Blue Roads Tours are designed so that there is as little time as possible on the mini-coach and plenty to see while on board.  We travel along the scenic route wherever possible, meaning you’ll see more of the countryside and local village life than on a regular tour.  Inevitable, there are days when travelling between locations may involve motorway driving and more mileage.  Generally, driving time will not last for more than three or four hours per day.

Itinerary

Day 1Edinburgh

The historic Scottish city of Edinburgh is where we’ll meet ahead of our incredible journey into Eastern England. Get to know your expert Tour Leader and travel companions better over tonight’s delicious welcome meal. (D)

Accommodation: Eden Locke (or similar)

Day 2Edinburgh – Alnwick

This morning, we’ll cross over into England to begin our tour of the fascinating and scenic eastern region of this enchanting country. Our first stop? Alnwick Castle – the majestic home of the Duke of Northumberland. Here, we’ll admire some of the rooms that took a starring role in Downton Abbey and enjoy some free time to wander the serene gardens. Tonight, we’ll come together once again for an included group dinner. (B,D)

Accommodation: The White Swan Hotel (or similar)

Day 3Alnwick – Durham – Whitby – North York Moors

This morning we’ll move on to Durham, where we’ll step inside the Cathedral: a magnificent Norman-style monument now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our road will then carry us to the traditional seaside resort of Whitby – where a guided tour of the fascinating Captain Cook Museum awaits us. Tonight, we’ll enjoy a delicious included dinner at our accommodation in the charming North York Moors district. (B,D)

Accommodation: Gisborough Hall Hotel (or similar)

Day 4North York Moors – Peak District

Today there’s a tipple or two in store for us at the quaint Ampleforth Cider Mill – where we’ll be lucky enough to enjoy a tour of the historic orchard. Boasting over 40 varieties of heritage apple trees, an employee will take us through the process of how their award-winning cider is made –before we indulge in a tasting. Then we’ll continue to our accommodation bordering the breathtaking Peak District – where the evening will be yours to enjoy as you please. (B)

Accommodation: Ringwood Hall Hotel & Spa (or similar)

Day 5Peak District – Chatsworth House – Peak District

This morning we’ll stretch our legs on a stroll around Chatsworth House, a grand stately home that is said to have inspired Jane Austen with its impressive architecture. In fact, Chatsworth featured in Pride and Prejudice as Pemberley, the home of Mr Darcy. We’ll enjoy a guided tour of the lavish apartments and some free time to wander the exquisite gardens – before returning to the Peak District for an afternoon spent exploring at your leisure. (B,D)

Accommodation: Ringwood Hall Hotel & Spa (or similar)

Day 6Peak District – Lincoln

Today we’ll bid farewell to the picturesque Peak District as we journey onwards to the historic city of Lincoln – but before we get there, we’ve two stops to make. First: a visit to Eyam, where we’ll learn the tragic story of the villagers who fell victim to the plague in the 1600s. Then, we’ll raise a glass or two on a tour of a local brewery. This evening is ours to spend exploring Lincoln’s charming cobbled streets for some local fare or relaxing at our hand-picked accommodation. (B)

Accommodation: The White Hart Hotel ( or similar)

Day 7Lincoln

This morning will see us touring the spectacular Lincoln Cathedral – one of the best examples of medieval architecture in England. After that, the afternoon will be yours to explore the Castle (which houses an original 1215 Magna Carta), seek out a quaint tea room for lunch, stroll the array of vintage boutiques and continue your discovery of the city’s rich history. For dinner tonight, choose from one of the many cosy pubs in the city’s old centre for a hearty English meal. (B)

Accommodation: The White Hart Hotel (or similar)

Day 8Lincoln – Sandringham Estate – Cambridge

Today, we’ve a date with royalty: Sandringham House is our next stop. The private residence of Her Majesty The Queen, Sandringham is a magnificent stately home with picturesque gardens – and even a museum. After our insightful visit, we’ll move on to Cambridge. An iconic city filled with history and tradition – we’ll have the evening free to admire the exquisite architecture and wander the cobbled passageways for some local cuisine. (B)

Accommodation: Clayton Hotel Cambridge (or similar)

Day 9Cambridge

After taking to the water for an iconic punting experience along the ‘Backs’ of Cambridge University, the day will be yours to spend spotting world-famous buildings such as The Wren Library and the Bridge of Sighs. Step inside colleges and chapels, museums and galleries – or simply indulge in a little retail therapy before relaxing in one of the many historic pubs. This evening, we’ll reconvene at the hotel and look back on our magnificent journey as we clink glasses over tonight’s farewell dinner. (B,D)

Accommodation: Clayton Hotel Cambridge (or similar)

Day 10Cambridge – Newmarket – London

There’s time for one more behind-the-scenes tour today: prepare to delve into England’s sporting heritage at Newmarket National Stud. On a guided tour of this working Thoroughbred stud farm, we’ll gain a unique insight into Thoroughbred breeding and may have the opportunity to view some of the Stud’s robust stallions in the paddocks. After that, we’ll make tracks to London – where we’ll say our final goodbyes. (B)

Dates and Prices: 2021 and 2022
Departure Date Double/Twin (pp) Single Rate
2021:  September 17 $4,749 $5,879
2021: September 30 $4,569 $5,669
2022: March 27 $4,369 $5,419
2022:  April 24 $4,369 $5,419
2022: May 1, 8, 22 4,389 $5,449
2022: June 4, 19 $4,729 $5,889
2022:  July 3, 24 $4,749 $5,889
2022: August 14, 28 $4,749 $5,889
2022: September 11 $4,749 $5,889
2022: September 25   $4,569 $5,669
2022: October 9 $4,569 $5,669

Dates shown in green are guaranteed departures.

 

Pricing

Pricing is per person (pp) based on twin/ double occupancy.
Rates are in $ CAD.

 


Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or dhtour@dhtour.ca  to book.

Ask us for the best available pricing for your dates & choice of airline.

 

Notes
Back-Roads Touring have hand-picked an extensive portfolio of quality properties across Europe and to ensure the very best experience on each of our tours hotels may vary to those listed in this itinerary.

Mobility: All of our tours involve walking and require our guests to board and disembark our vehicles several times a day making this tour unsuitable for those with reduced mobility.

Luggage:  As we travel in mini-coaches, luggage space is limited.  You are allowed 1 x suitcase: 20 kg  and 158 cm total (Length plus Width must equal 158 cm) and 1 x Hand Bag / Small Back Pack

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