Your Tour Itinerary - Historic Eastern England

Day 1 Edinburgh - Lindisfarne - Alnwick

Meeting in the iconic city of Edinburgh, we cross into England and meet with hideaway villages on this grand tour. Our first stop will be Lindisfarne, where we’ll discover the dramatic ruins. To end the day, we’ll carry on to Alnwick Castle where we’ll be welcomed into the majestic home of the Duke of Northumberland (and spot the
sets used in episodes of Downton Abbey). On the menu tonight: a delicious welcome dinner. (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 will then carry us to Whitby, and onwards to Captain Cook’s Museum. Tonight, we’ll rest our heads in the charming North York Moors district and enjoy a group dinner. (B,D)

Day 3 North York Moors - Ripley - Peak District

Today we’ll discover the dramatic Ripley Castle – an iconic country house. To complete a day of historic
sightseeing, we’ll end at the stunning Peak District. (B)

Day 4 Peak District - Chatsworth House - Peak District

This morning we’ll stretch our legs on a stroll at Chatsworth House, which oozes Elizabethan history and contemporary culture. We’ll also see the stunning architecture said to have inspired Jane Austen, and the rooms that featured in the film Pride and Prejudice. We’ll also visit Blue John Cavern, a world-famous series of caves. (B,D)

Day 5 Peak District - Lincoln

Today we’ll say farewell to the picturesque Peak District and journey onwards to the historic town of Lincoln, where we have a visit to the Lincoln Cathedral and Castle lined up. After that, you’ll be free to explore at your leisure. (B)

Day 6 Lincoln - Sandringham Estate - Cambridge

After a walking tour of Lincoln, a date with royalty is in store as we move on to Sandringham Estate. The private residence of Her Majesty The Queen is a magnificent stately house with picturesque gardens and even a museum. Our final stop of the day will be the iconic town of Cambridge, our home for the next two nights. (B)

Day 7 Cambridge

Today, the city will be yours to admire the beautiful ‘Backs’ of Cambridge University and spot world-famous
buildings such as The Wren Library and the Bridge of Sighs. Spend the day stepping inside colleges and
chapels, museums and galleries – or simply indulge in a little retail therapy. This evening, we’ll come together for one last group dinner. (B,D)

Day 8 Cambridge - Newmarket - London

There’s time for one more behind-the-scenes tour today as 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 in London, where we’ll say goodbye. (B)

This tour can be combined with Corners of Cornwall, The Emerald Isle and/ or WW1 Battlefields.

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Departure dates and prices 2019 Historic Eastern England - Tour code BEHHEEL-9

Back-Roads brochure price twin/double room from £2349

Travel 55 discount price twin/double room from £2232

Tel Back-Roads Reservations on 0208 9870 990 and quote Travel 55 ref: T55BR + tour code 

March 30

May 5, 8g, 12, 15g, 18, 23g

July 9, 17

September 4g, 11, 15g

April 6, 17g, 30

June 5, 12, 21, 23g

August 7, 14, 21, 28

October 2

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Back-Roads Touring
Historic Eastern England

8 days / 7 nights - 5% discount

Prices from only £2232

World-famous university cities meet hideaway villages on this tour of Eastern England.

Your tour beings in Edinburgh then on to Lindisfarne and a visit to beautiful Alnwick Castle. On route to the North York Moor district you will stop in Whitby.

Later in the tour you will visit stunning Chatsworth House and the world-famous Blue John Cavern in the Peak District. 

There is also a visit to Sandringham House, the private residence of Her Majesty the Queen. Time for one more stop at Newmarket National Stud before ending your journey in London.

Small group tour up to 18 guests.

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 code 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.

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The Back-Roads Difference

  • Call in at Sandringham Estate, the private retreat of Her Majesty The Queen
  • Experience a behind-the-scenes tour at Newmarket National Stud
  • Visit Lincoln Cathedral, one of Europe’s most magnificent Gothic buildings

Tour Inclusions

  • 7 nights accommodation in boutique hotels
  • Experienced Back-Roads Driver and Tour Leader
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Daily full English breakfasts (B), 4 evening meals (D)
  • Entrance included to: Alnwick Castle and Gardens, Blue John Cavern and Newmarket National Stud

Why Back-Roads Touring

Smaller groups of up to 18

With a maximum group size of 18 people on Europe tours (22 on French barge tours) and 14 people on Asia tours, Back Roads pride themselves on ensuring that each guest has a personalised holiday experience.


On the vast majority of tours we travel by Mercedes or Mercedes Vito mini-coaches, equipped with 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 views 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.

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.

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 spectacular region.

Culinary Discoveries

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.

Hand Picked Boutique Accommodation

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.


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