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. First stop: Lindisfarne to discover the dramatic ruins. To end the day, we 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 for tonight: a delicious welcome dinner together. (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 our destination, Whitby and onwards to Captain Cook’s Museum. Tonight, rest your head in the charming North York Moors district and enjoy dinner with your fellow travellers. (B,D)

Day 3 North York Moors - Ripley - Peak District

Capturing hearts and minds of writers and artists for centuries, it’s our turn to discover the dramatic Ripley Castle – an iconic country house. To complete a day of historic sightseeing, we end at the stunning Peak District. (B)

Day 4 Peak District - Chatsworth House - 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. We also visit the world famous Blue John Cavern, a series of caves in the Peak District, before returning to our hotel later on. (B,D)

Day 5 Peak District - Lincoln

We say farewell to the picturesque Peak District and journey onwards to the historic town of Lincoln and visit the Lincoln Cathedral and Castle. Pay close attention as your Tour Leader guides you through the town and make the most of free time afterwards. (B)

Day 6 Lincoln - Sandringham Estate - Cambridge

Start the day with a visit to a local creamery for a cheese tasting and guided tour to educate the group on the history of stilton cheese. After our appetite is satisfied, we have a date with royalty 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. Our final stop of the day takes us to the iconic town of Cambridge. (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. 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 - 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 in London, where we say farewell. (B)

Departure Dates & Prices 2018 Historic Eastern England - Tour code EDL

Back-Roads Brochure Price in Black

Travel 55 Discount Price in Red

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March 28



April 4, 18



May 2g, 6g, 9g, 13, 16, 20, 24



June 6g, 13, 22g, 27 



July 11g, 18g



August 8, 15g, 22, 29



September 5, 12, 19g



October 3g



g=guaranteed departure. Prices are per person based on two sharing a twin room. Single supplemets as shown.

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Back-Roads Touring
Historic Eastern England

8 days / 7 nights - 5% discount

Prices from only £1995

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, 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 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 

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
  • Enjoy a delicious creamery cheese tasting

Tour Inclusions

  • 7 nights accommodation in boutique hotels
  • Experienced Back-Roads Driver & Tour Leader
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Full English breakfast daily (B), 4 evening meals (D)
  • Punting in Cambridge
  • Entrance included to: Alnwick Castle and Gardens, Durham Cathedral, Captain Cook Memorial Museum, Blue John Cavern, Cropwell Bishop Creamery, Ripley Castle, Chatsworth House, Sandringham Estate and Newmarket National Stud.

Small groups of up to 18

With tour sizes of up to 18, 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, 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.

Boutique Hotels

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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