Dates: 5th June – 12th June 2021
Price: $2995 Single supplement will be available
An 8-day, 7-night tour exploring the beautiful and historic countryside of Yorkshire. Based in the medieval city of York for 7 nights, with quick and easy train connections to and from London. Price includes 7-night accommodation with breakfast each day, plus 4 other meals, and all entrance fees to places of interest included in itinerary.
Day 1: Welcome to York
The group will gather at our York hotel for introductions and a ‘Welcome’ meeting. This will be followed by a walking tour of the city and a group dinner.
Day 2: York Minster & City
Our first visit of the day will be to the Gothic masterpiece that is York Minster. A 2-hour introduction to this magnificent cathedral church with a local guide. The afternoon will then be free to explore the city with its wonderful medieval buildings, quaint streets, and museums
Day 3: Yorkshire Dales
To the west of York lies the beautiful Yorkshire Dales, made famous by James Herriot. We will explore two of the most famous Dales, Wensleydale and Swaledale, including visits to the villages of Middleham, Askrigg, Hawes, and Reeth. We will finish the day with a visit to the world-famous James Herriot Museum in Thirsk, housed in James’ old surgery. A group lunch is included and free in York for dinner.
Day 4: North York Moors & Railway
Today we will explore the Yorkshire Moors, beginning with a visit to the beautiful ruins of Rievaulx Abbey. After driving across the Moors, we will join the North York Moors Railway for a ride on a heritage steam train to Pickering. We will finish our day with time in this ancient market town, before returning to York. Free for lunch and dinner.
Day 5: Free Day in York
A completely free day to explore more of York’s fantastic museums, enjoy afternoon tea at Bettys or do some shopping. Free for lunch and dinner.
Day 6: Whitby & Yorkshire Coast
Starting with a visit to the seaside town of Scarborough, a marvellous Victorian resort town with sandy beaches, the 12th-century Scarborough Castle and funicular cliff railway. Following the coast northwards, we drive to Whitby. Originally a whaling town, it still preserves its maritime heritage and still has an active fishing industry. The old town has narrow cobbled streets, with many original fishermen’s cottages. High above the town are the ruins of Whitby Abbey, Bram Stoker’s inspiration for “Dracula”. A group lunch will be provided, and we will return to York, where you will be free for dinner.
Day 7: Castle Howard
Our final day in Yorkshire will be a visit to Castle Howard, made famous by the television series of Evelyn Waugh's ‘Brideshead Revisited’, and home to the Howard family for more than 300 years. This is one of Britain’s great stately homes. Construction was begun in 1701 by the architect Sir John Vanburgh, who also built Blenheim Palace. Explore the extensive and diverse gardens and take a stroll to the Temple of the Four Winds. After our visit, we return to York and gather for our ‘Farewell’ dinner.
Day 8: Return to London or onward travel
Tour will be over after breakfast