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Day 1 Edinburgh - Lindisfarne - Alnwick
It may only be day one of our tour, but by nightfall we’ll have visited walled towns, isolated islands and magnificent castles. Travelling south, we cross the border into England providing the weather is on our side, we take the causeway at low tide to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne and discover the dramatic ruins of Lindisfarne Priory. When we arrive at Alnwick Castle, we’ll be welcomed into the majestic home of the Duke of Northumberland, where we see inside the state rooms, spot the sets used in episodes of Downton Abbey and hear tales of crusades and chivalry. (D)
Day 2 Alnwick - Durham - Whitby - North York Moors
The Normans made their mark on this part of England, and possibly the finest example of this is in Durham. Today we’ll step inside the Cathedral, a magnificent architectural monument now designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our route carries us to the water, with a stop-off at Staithes – once the north east’s largest fishing port. But our destination is Whitby. This pretty-as-a-picture harbour town is where we find colourful cottages and boat sails nodding in the breeze. Looking up at the shadowy abbey, you’ll see what inspired the first chapters of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. But he’s not the only famous name to have a history entwined in Whitby. Our final port of call is the museum that chronicles Captain Cook’s training as a novice seaman, before he embarked on his epic voyages of discovery. After all that sea air, arriving at a warm and welcoming country house on the fringes of the dramatic North York Moors is wonderful. (B, D)
Day 3 North York Moors - Fountains Abbey - North York Moors
Capturing hearts and minds of writers and artists for centuries, it’s our turn to fall for the dramatic North York Moors this morning as our journey takes us through a sprawling patchwork of heather-clad hills and as-faras- the-eye-can-see countryside. That brings us to Hutton le Hole and Helmsley, a scenic village and market town respectively, where we’re briefly immersed in local life. But it’s a short sojourn, as we’re spending the afternoon at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden. Strolling around the remains of the abbey, the light-dappled Georgian water gardens and deer park makes for an afternoon like no other. (B)
Day 4 North York Moors - York - Peak District
We’re heading for the Peak District now. But not before a must-do detour to York where we’ll leave you to discover a city steeped in heritage with awe-inspiring architecture at every turn. You could uncover the treasures at the world-famous York Minster, climb the Central Tower for panoramic views, or museum hop on the trail of Romans and Vikings. (B)
Day 5 Peak District - Chatsworth House - Blue John Cavern - Peak District
Driving through the Peak District, with some of England’s finest scenery rippling out around us, is a real joy. We stretch our legs on a morning stroll at Chatsworth House, infused with Elizabethan history and contemporary culture. See the stunning architecture said to have inspired Jane Austen and the rooms that featured in the film Pride and Prejudice. Afterwards we head to Blue John Cavern, an enchanting network of caves. (B)
Day 6 Peak District - Sandringham Estate - Ely - Cambridge
We have a date with royalty today as we pay a visit to the Sandringham Estate. The private residence of Her Majesty The Queen is a magnificent stately house with picturesque gardens and even a museum. No less majestic is Ely Cathedral, which is our final stop today. Marvel at the serenity of the lightfilled Lady Chapel, admire the kaleidoscopic stained glass windows or take a deep breath and climb to the top of one of the Cathedral’s towers for staggering views. (B)
Day 7 Cambridge
Admire the beautiful ‘Backs’ of Cambridge University, spotting world-famous buildings such as The Wren Library and the Bridge of Sighs, as we drift along the River Cam on a traditional punt. Your afternoon in the city is all yours until we meet again for our final evening dinner. Step inside colleges and chapels, museums and galleries – or simply indulge in a little retail therapy. (B, D)
Day 8 Cambridge - Newmarket - Lavenham - London
There’s time for one more behind-the-scenes tour so we delve into England’s sporting heritage at Newmarket National Stud. At this working thoroughbred stud farm we may see stallions in the paddocks and, occasionally, foals in the nursery. We’ll see in the end of our tour at Lavenham, a medieval village in rural Suffolk where streets of timber-framed buildings have us feeling as though we’ve stepped back in time. (B)
Please note - The Holy Island of Lindisfarne causeway is only accessible at low tide. So please be aware that the time we visit and spend here will depend on the daily tidal variations.
Departure Dates & Prices 2017 Historic Eastern England - Tour code EDL
Back-Roads Brochure Price in Black
Travel 55 Discount Price in Red
Tel Back-Roads Reservations on 0208 9870 990 and quote Travel 55 ref: T55BR + Tour Code
May 2, 9, 16, 23
August 15, 29
June 6, 13, 20, 27
September 5, 12, 19
July 11, 18
Prices are per person based on two sharing a twin room. Single supplemets as shown.
Please check tour details with the operator at time of booking as Cennet Ltd cannot be held responsible for any errors showing on it’s website
Historic Eastern England
8 days / 7 nights - 5% discount
Prices from only £1896
World-famous university cities meet hideaway villages on this tour of Eastern England. We’ll travel by river and road, across the stunning North York Moors and the Peak District National Park, following in the footsteps of Vikings, Romans and royalty. With visits to Alnwick Castle, Whitby, North York Moors, Fountains Abbey, Chatsworth House, Sandringham House and Newmarket National Stud to name but a few.
To book this wonderful 8 day Historic Eastern England tour with Back-Roads Touring call them direct on 0208 9870 990 and quote the Travel 55 ref: T55BR to receive the 5% discount.
You can claim a 5% discount on all Back-Roads tours. To book, call them direct on 0208 9870 990 and quote ref: T55BR to receive the Travel 55 discount price
The Back-Roads Difference
- Call in at Sandringham Estate, the private retreat of Her Majesty The Queen
- Drift along the River Cam on a traditional punt in Cambridge
- Get a behind-the-stable look at Newmarket Stud
- 7 nights’ accommodation in boutique hotels
- Experienced Back-Roads tour leader
- Luxury mini-coach transportation
- Full English breakfast daily (B)
- Three evening meals (D)
- Punting in Cambridge
- Entrance fee included to: Lindisfarne Priory, Alnwick Castle and Gardens, Durham Cathedral, Captain Cook Memorial Museum, Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden, Chatsworth House, Blue John Cavern, Sandringham Estate, Ely Cathedral and Newmarket National Stud
Small groups of up to 15
With tour sizes of up to 15, our tour leaders can ensure a more personalised experience. Smaller group sizes also mean we can guarantee our tours will run once we have just four guests booked.
Why Back-Roads Touring
On the vast majority of tours we travel by Mercedes or Mercedes Vito mini-coaches. Think comfortable seats, air-conditioning and large windows for enjoying the view. With the flexibility to go anywhere a car can, we take the smaller roads through beautiful scenery and get right to the heart of tiny villages and buzzing cities.
Along the way, your tour leader can offer intriguing insights about the sights we see over the onboard PA system. And, with long drives kept to a minimum, you’ll have plenty of time to stretch your legs and explore sites for yourself.
Authentic Local Experiences
Truly getting to know a destination means stepping off the typical tourist trail. From hidden-gem attractions to local favourites, we take time to seek out genuine experiences that take you to the heart of each region as well as its culture.
Scenic back roads not motorways
Winding country lanes. Coastal beauty spots. Breathtaking mountain passes. With luxury mini-coaches that take us along scenic roads beyond the reach of large vehicles, the journey is as much a part of the adventure as the destination.
One of the most enjoyable ways to experience a different culture is to sample the cuisine. From visits to local producers to food and wine tastings and even cooking lessons, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to discover new flavours.
Whether it’s a classic country inn or an elegant chateau, each day’s journey ends in a hotel with plenty of character. We opt for accommodation that reflects the personality of the local area, and fits right in with its surroundings.
Leisurely Paced Travel
Forget sunrise starts and long days hopping on and off the bus. We rarely leave before 8.30am and give each stop the attention it deserves – keeping long drives to a minimum. And giving you plenty of time to explore at your own pace.