OUR #1 BEST OF NORTHUMBRIA GROUP TOUR

THE BEST OF NORTHUMBRIA

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Key group tour features for GTOs

⌚ Duration: recommended 5 days +

📷 Visiting: North East England (Northumbria)

🦋 Theme(s): general sightseeing

😴 Accommodation: 3/4 star hotel(s)

✔️ Includes: all entrance fees

📢 Tour guide: yes (all touring days)

📌Start/end: optional (UK-wide)

⚙️ Customisable: fully

📲 Planning integrations: app, pdf, print

Group Tour Highlights

  • Professional tourist guide throughout your Northumbria group tour
  • Discover the filming locations of Harry Potter or Downton Abbey at Alnwick Castle
  • Explore the undiscovered Durham Dales
  • Private guided tour of Newcastle for your group
  • England's (Northumbria's) Galapagos - the Farne Islands
  • Experience one of the largest Romanesque cathedrals in Europe at Durham
  • Marvel at the genius of Lord William Armstrong
  • Discover the full story whilst enjoying The Best of Northumbria

Get in touch

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Day 1 Welcome to The Best of Northumbria

Arrive to Newcastle and your chosen hotel together or at leisure. We are happy to provide a meet & greet service on arrival. Why not even add an optional illustrated talk to give you a flavour of what really is the best of Northumbria - this also sets the scene for your group tour...

Day 2 Magic & Mystery at Alnwick

Step back in time to visit the home of the noble Percy family, Dukes of Northumberland, at Alnwick. Explore the magnificent Alnwick Castle, largest inhabited castle outside Windsor and home to one famous wizard as well as the stunning set for Downton Abbey in 2014. The sumptuous interior state rooms are one of the region’s gems... Later, discover the contemporary Alnwick Garden with its famous water features and Poison Garden: entry is through a locked gate with one of the guides telling the tales of the darker side of plants, the worst offenders being banished into cages for fear of the harm they could do. Don't forget to take a peak into one of the world's largest tree houses...

Day 3 Follow in the footsteps of the Northern saints

Travel along the beautiful Northumberland AONB coast past little fishing villages and grand castles until you reach the beautiful Holy Island of Lindisfarne, the cradle of English Christianity. Later, in the village of Bamburgh, explore St. Aidan’s church and quaint local shops with views of the impressive Northumbrian castle and former capital of the Kingdom of Northumbria. Traditional fish n chips should not be missed. In the afternoon embark on a breath-taking boat trip to England’s Galapagos Islands. Host to thousands of seabirds and seals, the Farne Islands are stunning to explore and discover.

Day 4 Lord Armstrong – visionary, inventor & philanthropist

Explore the history behind Lord Armstrong – from humble beginnings to the powerhouse of modern engineering. Discover classical architecture, culture and a world-class quayside during your panoramic tour of fantastic Newcastle. See the medieval castle, the modern Sage Gateshead and understand the great changes this city has lived through over the past 25 years. Travel North and enjoy lunch in one of the many little pubs in Northumberland before exploring Cragside House, Gardens & Estate, innovative country home of this great industrialist. Marvel at the genius inside this grand building and enjoy the glorious gardens in beautiful surroundings.

Day 5 Hadrian’s Wall and the stunning Durham Dales

Your journey today takes you back 2,000 years as you travel along the final Roman frontier: Hadrian’s Wall. From its beginnings at Pons Aelius into today’s Northumberland National Park all the way to the Irish Sea – this impressing feat of engineering is still to be discovered and explored. Visit one of the great forts along this frontier and relax in one of the region’s most beautiful villages for lunch. In the afternoon travel into the Durham Dales and experience a hidden part of North East England – which may very well be the most stunning, too… The small village of Blanchland is the perfect spot for a traditional tea (or a beer in the haunted village pub).

Day 6 Historic Durham

In the morning, why not visit one of the lesser known, yet one of the most important sites in Anglo-Saxon history: Jarrow Monastery, birthplace of the Venerable Bede and his life-long home, Afterwards, explore the hidden history behind Durham and discover the finest Norman cathedral in Europe. Home of St. Cuthbert and also final resting place of Bede, uncover the history behind the city and its breathtaking cathedral during a bespoke tour of the site. After your tour of this magnificent place of worship, relax in one of many cafes overlooking this glorious World Heritage Site. There is also a short walk along the riverbanks to enjoy stunning views of castle and cathedral…

Day 7 Depart at leisure

After a hearty breakfast, depart at leisure - speak to us to create a small highlight for your group tour on your journey home... Travel home with fond memories & a good answer to "What is The Best of Northumbria?".

BEST OF NORTHUMBRIA GROUP TOUR

BEST OF NORTHUMBRIA GROUP TOUR

BEST OF NORTHUMBRIA GROUP TOUR

BEST OF NORTHUMBRIA GROUP TOUR

BEST OF NORTHUMBRIA GROUP TOUR

GREAT GARDENS OF THE NORTH

GREAT GARDENS OF THE NORTH

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Key features for GTOs

⌚ Duration: recommended 6 days +

📷 Visiting: North East England, North West England

🦋 Theme(s): Gardens

😴 Accommodation: 3/4 star hotel(s)

✔️ Includes: all entrance fees

📢 Tour guide: recommended

📌Start/end: optional (UK-wide)

⚙️ Customisable: fully

📲 Planning integrations: app, pdf, print

Highlights

  • Private garden tour of contemporary The Alnwick Garden
  • Tea & home-made scones at Crook Hall Gardens
  • Holiday exploring gardens in County Durham, Northumberland & The Lake District
  • Personal introduction talk on arrival evening
  • Birthplace of Capability Brown
  • Optional add-ons: private garden visits / guided tours

Get in touch

  • Give us a call

    Call our UK office  on +44(0)191 500 95 71 to see how we can help


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Day 1 A Personal Welcome

Stay in a country house hotel in the beautiful Northumberland countryside or enjoy the bustle of the city lights – the choice is yours… Our meet & greet service on hotel arrival will make your welcome into a personal experience. Enjoy your first evening together with a Welcome Dinner and introduction talk on the region you are visiting.

Day 2 Northern Gardens of Durham & Washington Old Hall

In the morning, enjoy a short journey to a little hidden gem of the region - Washington Old Hall. Famous for the Washington family, this National Trust manor house includes a delightful garden providing a tranquil oasis, reflecting gentry life following the turbulence of the English Civil War. Later, discover the little hidden yet spectacular Botanic Gardens of Durham and enjoy a walk through parts of England’s third oldest university into the heart of Durham & onto Durham Cathedral. Explore the city at leisure. Riverside walks with magnificent views onto castle and cathedral round-off a stunning day.

Day 3 Northern Garden's Historical delights – A day with Capability Brown

Begin your day at Belsay Hall, Castle & Gardens, only a few miles outside Newcastle but already amidst the beautiful Northumberland countryside. Here you can explore not only the beautiful Greek Revival villa but also a ruined castle and the enchanting plant-rich gardens surrounding the property. Continue your day to one of many fabulous gardens in the surrounding area at Wallington, owned by the National Trust. Dating back to 1688, Wallington Hall was once home to the Blacketts and Trevelyan families. The gardens have been influenced heavily by ‘Capability’ Brown who went to school nearby. The estate accommodates several walks within the many aspects of the garden. You can explore the walled garden or follow the walks through a variety of lawns, shrubberies and woodland. Finally, visit the birthplace of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown at Kirkharle and discover the church he was baptised in, wonderful craft shops and a fabulous landscape garden recently recreated in his honour.

Day 4 The dream of a Duchess

Explore the magnificent town of Alnwick – setting to movies such as Transformers, The Avengers or Robin Hood Prince of Thieves as well as great TV productions such as Downton Abbey. The Alnwick Garden is one of the world’s most ambitious new gardens. The Duchess of Northumberland’s vision for a forgotten plot is now a truly 21st century experience full of imagination, inspiration and fun. From the tranquility of the Cherry Orchard, the excitement of the Grand Cascade and the mysteries of the Bamboo Labyrinth, to the Serpent Garden’s spell-binding water sculptures, the intrigue of the Poison Garden and one of the world’s largest tree houses – there is plenty to surprise and delight.

Day 5 The romantic Lake District

Your journey today takes you to one of England’s most stunning landscapes – the English Lake District, once home to the romantic poets and painters such as William Wordsworth, John Constable or J.M.W. Turner… At the gateway stands the impressive Levens Hall and the world renowned topiary garden, sculpted over hundreds of years. Find a total of 10 wonderful acres of garden waiting to be explored - the unique collection of ancient and extraordinary topiary characters sculpted from box and yew are a clear favourite. The atmosphere changes at every turn as you are led on along vistas and though hedged archways to find yourself in new areas. Later enjoy a stunning scenic drive through the Lake District National Park.

Day 6 Depart at leisure

After a hearty breakfast, depart at leisure - speak to us to create a small highlight on your journey home - a garden visit in Yorkshire perhaps, small market town exploration or simply a nice stop for a cup of tea...

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A TASTE OF THE ENGLISH LAKE DISTRICT

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Key features for GTOs

⌚ Duration: recommended 5 days +

📷 Visiting: North West England

🦋 Theme(s): general sightseeing

😴 Accommodation: 3/4 star hotel(s)

✔️ Includes: all entrance fees

📢 Tour guide: recommended

📌Start/end: optional (UK-wide)

⚙️ Customisable: fully

📲 Planning integrations: app, pdf, print

Highlights

  • Choice of hotels: town centre or countryside locations
  • Steam railway journey
  • Boat trip on Lake Windermere
  • Personal introduction talk on arrival evening (optional)
  • A tour of the Lakes Distillery (incl. tasting session)
  • Theme options: wildlife, arts, photography, hiking
  • Topiary gardens at Levens Hall

Get in touch

  • Give us a call

    Call our UK office  on +44(0)191 500 95 71 to see how we can help


    Email us

    Email [email protected] with your query and your details


    Enquire online

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Day 1 A Cumbrian Welcome

After you check into your hotel, located in the small market town of Kendal, a warm Cumbrian Welcome awaits. Situated in the heart of the town, your hotel is a fantastic location to explore the quirky town, home to the famous mint cake with speciality shops in cobbled streets and yards in the evening. Enjoy your first evening together with a Welcome Dinner and an optional introduction talk to the region you are visiting.

Day 2 Lake Windermere

Enjoy a scenic morning steam railway journey to Lakeside on Lake Windermere where you then embark on your panoramic lake cruise to Bowness. Enjoy some time in this lovely little resort town with its cafes and visitor attractions. Optionally, why not visit one of the historic properties in the area such as the Beatrix Potter museum, children’s book author of stories like Peter Rabbit or enjoy a short hike to one of the many beauty spots?

Day 3 A taste of the Northern Lakes

After breakfast, enjoy a scenic drive, past Lake Windermere, Thirlmere Reservoir and finally Bassenthwaite Lake, into Northern Lakes territory. A visit to the Lakes Distillery with a tour & tasting of their own whisky, gin or vodka awaits. Continue into Grasmere where we include a visit to the picturesque Dove Cottage & the Wordsworth Museum as well as some free-time in the quaint village.

Day 4 Magnificent Castles & Gardens in the Lakes

Today, discover one of the grand castles of the North West at Muncaster. Your visit includes some of the famous bird displays in the grounds & gardens… Later, briefly travel South towards the coast to the privately owned Levens Hall & Gardens, home to some of the world’s best topiary. Relax and discover 12 acres of gardens as well as the home of the Bagot family.

Day 5 Depart at leisure

Time to bid farewell after a memorable holiday in one of the most diverse regions of Britain and a hearty breakfast.

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THE GREAT NORTH TOUR

THE GREAT NORTH TOUR

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Key features for GTOs

⌚ Duration: recommended 7 days +

📷 Visiting: North East England, North West England, Scotland

🦋 Theme(s): general sightseeing

😴 Accommodation: 3/4 star hotel(s)

✔️ Includes: all entrance fees

📢 Tour guide: recommended for city tours

📌Start/end: optional (UK-wide)

⚙️ Customisable: fully

📲 Planning integrations: app, pdf, print

Highlights

  • All entrance fees included
  • Whisky tasting & tour in Scotland
  • Edinburgh city highlights tour
  • Tour of Liverpool & story of The Beatles
  • Travel along Hadrian's Wall
  • Visit 3 national parks: Northumberland, Lake District, Yorkshire Dales
  • Discover the City of York
  • Farne Islands boat trip in Northumberland
  • Lake District excursion incl. boat trip

Get in touch

  • Give us a call

    Call our UK office  on +44(0)191 500 95 71 to see how we can help


    Email us

    Email [email protected] with your query and your details


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Day 1 Welcome to Scotland!

Why not spend your first night in Scotland’s capital city Edinburgh? Our meet & greet service on arrival will make your welcome into a personal experience. Enjoy regional cuisine in a local restaurant as well as an evening tour of the city to include a tailored whisky tasting for you and your group.

Day 2 The landscapes of the Scottish Borders

In the morning, why not enjoy Edinburgh at leisure before traveling into the ancient and beautiful Scottish Border Country - the views are spectacular and your guide knows where to find the best spots. Visit Melrose Abbey, St. Cuthbert’s place of work and worship before becoming bishop on Holy Island and enjoy a story or two written by some of Scotland’s best-known authors during your journey. Try some local salmon near the river Tweed… Continue your journey south into England and the scenic Northumberland National Park.

Day 3 The beautiful Northumberland coast

Explore the beautiful coast and travel past little fishing villages and grand castles until you reach the ancient capital of the kingdom of Northumbria, Bamburgh. Enjoy a walk along the sandy beach or a tea in one of the quaint little cafés. Fish n chips should not be missed in the small fishing town of Seahouses. In the afternoon, embark on a breath-taking boat trip to England’s Galapagos Islands. Host to thousands of seabirds and seals, the Farne Islands are stunning to explore and discover – enjoy a landing on one of the islands and experience puffins up-close.

Day 4 Roman legacies and the romantic Lake District

Your journey today takes you back in time to 122AD and the legacy of Hadrian’s Wall. Touch the historic wall on a short walk before heading on towards your next national park in the English Lake District. Why not enjoy a boat trip on Lake Windermere or explore the romantic history behind poets and writers William Wordsworth or Beatrix Potter. The small market town of Keswick should not be missed.

Day 5 Liverpool - home of the Beatles

Journey to Liverpool, home of the Beatles and its great waterfront on the river Mersey. Your hotel is right in the heart of it all near the famous Royal Albert Dock and its great museums. From here, enjoy a tour of the city’s highlights such as the Cunard Building, the two cathedrals, Cavern Quarter and Anfield. Afterwards spend time in the museums along the waterfront and enjoy the city at leisure.

Day 6 Yorkshire Dales to a medieval great

Explore the southern tip of the Yorkshire Dales on a canal cruise including a traditional cream tea from the historic town of Skipton. Afterwards experience the splendour of Bolton Abbey and enjoy spectacular walks along the riverside and maybe a spot of lunch in the old Abbey Tea Rooms. Travel through the spa town of Harrogate to medieval York.

Day 7 The medieval streets of York

Ever since its establishment in 71 AD, York has been the site of savage warfare, intense political intrigue and industrial breakthrough. It was here that Constantine, who would shake Europe to its core by converting Rome to Christianity, became Roman Emperor. It was here that Richard plotted his campaigns during the Wars of the Roses. York is also the birthplace of Guy Fawkes, the greatest traitor in England’s history! Discover the city on your personal walking tour and then explore the streets and “snickleways” at your own leisure.

Day 8 Depart at leisure

After a hearty breakfast, depart at leisure - speak to us to create a small highlight on your journey home - a garden visit in Yorkshire perhaps, small market town exploration or simply a nice stop for a cup of tea...

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A TOUR OF 4 NATIONAL PARKS

A TOUR OF FOUR NATIONAL PARKS

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Key benefits to GTOs

⌚ Duration: recommended 6 days +

📷 Visiting: North East England, North West England

🦋 Theme(s): general sightseeing

😴 Accommodation: 3/4 star hotel(s)

✔️ Includes: all entrance fees

📢 Tour guide: not essential

📌Start/end: optional (UK-wide)

⚙️ Customisable: fully

📲 Planning integrations: app, pdf, print

Highlights

  • A full flavour of landscapes of Northern England
  • Northumberland National Park & Hadrian's Wall
  • The English Lake District incl. boat trip
  • Yorkshire's national parks: Yorkshire Dales & North York Moors
  • Scenic drive over the North Pennines
  • Taste the North
  • Create your own days or themes: hiking, sightseeing, photography, art...

Get in touch

  • Give us a call

    Call our UK office  on +44(0)191 500 95 71 to see how we can help


    Email us

    Email [email protected] with your query and your details


    Enquire online

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Day 1 A Personal Welcome

Our meet & greet service on arrival at your chosen hotel will turn your welcome into a personal experience. Enjoy your first evening together with a Welcome Dinner and an optional introduction talk on the region you are visiting. Why not enjoy an evening stroll through Newcastle or take part in an evening walking tour?

Day 2 Discover Northumberland National Park

Travel through England's most Northerly & likely the most tranquil national park into Northumberland - see parts of the Roman Frontier on Hadrian's Wall before venturing North towards Bellingham and into the UNESCO Dark Skies Park at Kielder. Discover Kielder Water & Forest Park, the story behind one of Europe's largest reservoirs and the fantastic array of wildlife in this remote part of England: native red squirrel, roe deer, otters, bats or ospreys can be spotted throughout the park. Why not visit the largest salmon hatchery in England & Wales?

Day 3 In the footsteps of the Lake Poets

Travelling west, experience the beauty of the English Lake District UNESCO World Heritage Site. A mountainous area, whose valleys have been modelled by glaciers in the Ice Age and subsequently shaped by an agro-pastoral land-use system characterised by fields enclosed by walls. Enjoy a boat cruise on Ullswater to take in the scenery & learn more about the Lake Poets. Continue to Grasmere for some free-time and to walk in the footsteps of William Wordsworth (and others).

Day 4 Discover Windermere

This is a day to be creative with your time - enjoy a scenic drive out, do some hiking, travel by heritage railway, follow in the footsteps of Peter Rabbit or simply relax by the lakeside. The choice is yours!

Day 5 The rolling hills of Yorkshire

The Yorkshire Dales is home to outstanding scenery, great castles, abbeys and a breathtakingly peaceful atmosphere. At its heart are two very special protected areas - Yorkshire Dales National Park and Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Each of the Yorkshire Dales has a different character. The Southern Dales are less remote, yet still wildly beautiful. The Northern Dales provide wild heather moorland and valleys full of hay meadows, dry stone walls and barns. Travel through the Northern reaches into Hawes, discover Wendsleydale Cheese & demonstration before heading South into beautiful Nidderdale...

Day 6 Rugged landscapes on the Yorkshire coast

Forged by nature and shaped over centuries, the North York Moors National Park is a special place to visit & enjoy. Journey to the market town of Pickering and step aboard the North York Moors Railway to Goathland, in the heart of the national park. This moorland village has attracted visitors for centuries, but numbers soared following its appearance as 'Aidensfield' in the television series 'Heartbeat' and its role as Hogsmede Station in the 'Harry Potter' films. Continue on to the coast to visit Whitby, before a coastal trip to your next lodging...

Day 7 Depart at leisure

After a hearty breakfast, depart at leisure - speak to us to create a small highlight on your journey home...

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THE BEST OF YORKSHIRE

BEST OF YORKSHIRE

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Key features for GTOs

⌚ Duration: recommended 4 days +

📷 Visiting: Yorkshire

🦋 Theme(s): general sightseeing, histroy

😴 Accommodation: 3/4 star hotel

✔️ Includes: all entrance fees

📢 Tour guide: recommended

📌Start/end: optional (UK-wide)

⚙️ Customisable: fully

📲 Planning integrations: app, pdf, print

Highlights

  • Traditional Cream Tea at Betty's in Harrogate
  • Yorkshire Dales National Park
  • North York Moors National Park incl. steam railway
  • Yorkshire coast
  • Ripon & Fountains Abbey UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Historic City of York
  • Haworth & Bronte Parsonage

Get in touch

  • Give us a call

    Call our UK office  on +44(0)191 500 95 71 to see how we can help


    Email us

    Email [email protected] with your query and your details


    Enquire online

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Day 1 Welcome to the picturesque spa town of Harrogate

Our meet & greet service on arrival at your chosen hotel will turn your welcome into a personal experience. Enjoy your first evening together with a Welcome Dinner and an optional introduction talk on the region you are visiting. Why not enjoy an evening stroll through Harrogate?

Day 2 Historic York

Explore Roman, Viking and medieval marvels on a walking tour of the ancient city of York and hear the tales of its fascinating past including a visit to York Minster, Northern Europe’s largest gothic cathedral. Enjoy some leisure time in the afternoon. You may wish to visit the world renowned Jorvik Viking Centre or the National Railway Museum, a must for any rail enthusiast!

Day 3 The Yorkshire Dales National Park

The Yorkshire Dales is home to outstanding scenery, great castles, abbeys and a breathtakingly peaceful atmosphere. With a short stop at Bolton Abbey, 12th century ruins of an Augustinian monastery continue to Skipton for a scenic canal cruise including a ploughman’s lunch. In the afternoon continue to picturesque market town of Hawes, the beating heart of Wensleydale and enjoy a behind the scenes visit to the Wensleydale Creamery - or why not go with some traditional beer tasting & brewery tour instead? On the return journey stop at the dramatic set of the Aysgarth Falls.

Day 4 North Yorkshire Moors National Park and Coast

Today you will explore the wild and windswept North York Moors, the largest heather moorland in England and Whitby, known as the Jewel of the Yorkshire Coast built around a natural harbour created by the river Esk and the starting place of Captain Cook’s voyage around the world to discover Australia. Enjoy a scenic drive through the National Park to the small market town of Pickering, where you will step aboard the historic North York Moor Railway. Aboard the picturesque steam railway pass through Goathland, famous for its appearances in the TV series 'Heartbeat' and the 'Harry Potter' films. Continue on to the coast to visit Whitby for some free time. Why not try their famed fish and chips or explore Bram Stoker’s Dracula trail. On your return journey follow the beautiful coastline south past Robin Hood's Bay.

Day 5 Depart at leisure

After a hearty breakfast, depart at leisure - speak to us to create a small highlight on your journey home - a garden visit such as Studley Royal Water Garden perhaps, a small market town exploration or a visit to Haworth, made famous by the Bronte sisters and home to the Bronte Parsonage Museum or simply a nice stop for a cup of tea...

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LIVERPOOL & CHESTER TOUR

LIVERPOOL & CHESTER

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Key features to GTOs

⌚ Duration: recommended 3 days +

📷 Visiting: North West England

🦋 Theme(s): general sightseeing

😴 Accommodation: 3/4 star hotel

✔️ Includes: all entrance fees

📢 Tour guide: yes (city tours)

📌Start/end: optional (UK-wide)

⚙️ Customisable: fully

📲 Planning integrations: app, pdf, print

Highlights

  • UNESCO City of Music Liverpool
  • Tour of Anfield incl. Liverpool FC Museum
  • Cream Tea at the beautiful village of Port Sunlight
  • Tour & free-time in Chester
  • Explore The Wirral & optional visit to Chester Zoo
  • Visit Beatles' homes, places of interest, Penny Lane etc.
  • Visit to Cavern Club
  • Optiona add-on: evening entertainment / music experience / tickets

Get in touch

  • Give us a call

    Call our UK office  on +44(0)191 500 95 71 to see how we can help


    Email us

    Email [email protected] with your query and your details


    Enquire online

    You can alternatively leave us a message using our contact form here

Day 1 A Scouse Welcome

Our meet & greet service on arrival at your chosen hotel will make your welcome into a personal experience. Enjoy your first evening together with a Welcome Dinner and an optional introduction talk on the region you are visiting.

Day 2 Discover Liverpool & The Beatles (and more...)

Your private Liverpool city tour covers the must-see sights of the city at a leisurely pace. More time with your expert local guide means that you’ll get great inside scoops about museums, theatres, clubs or about the best local food in town! Continue with a deeper look into the history of The Beatles who took inspiration from their home city of Liverpool when writing many of their world famous songs. Let your expert guide take you on a journey back to the 1960s, see the songs & experience the childhood homes of John, Paul, George and Ringo, Penny Lane, Strawberry Field, where John and Paul first met.

Day 3 Liverpool - more than "just" Beatles

What makes Liverpool tick? After yesterday's highlights tour, delve a little deeper - begin with one of the many reasons why Liverpool is famous around the world - The Kop & Anfield stadium! Enjoy a tour of the ground and a visit to the museum of Liverpool Football Club. Continue along the riverside of Liverpool & visit the famous Royal Albert Dock - spend some time here to visit one or two of the fantastic museums and take a stroll with your guide along the historic waterfront.

Day 4 A day in The Wirral incl. Cream Tea

Enjoy a leisurely day with a morning tour of the Wirral, placed perfectly between the rivers Dee and Mersey, overlooking both the Welsh Hills & the spectacular Liverpool skyline. It is a place of idyllic contrasts -  discover the tranquillity of the rolling lush countryside or the hive of activities on the coast. Later, explore Port Sunlight, built at the end of the 19th century, the idyllic garden village was originally constructed by Lord Lever as a home for workers at his soap factory, which became the world famous brand Unilever. Today, the village is home to a fascinating museum, beautiful architecture, a world-class gallery, stunning parks and a thriving community.

Day 5 Historic Chester

Travel to Chester & experience a private walking tour of the great Roman city of Chester. Your guide will give you a fantastic insight into its multi-layered history stretching from its Roman origins, through historical events such as the English Civil War to today's bustling city. Enjoy the tales & anecdotes, history, culture and modern-day city. Highlights include the unique shopping arcade called The Rows, historical streets and 16th century cathedral as well as the beautiful riverside along the Dee. Spend the rest of the day at leisure in the city.

Day 6 Depart at leisure

After a hearty breakfast, depart at leisure - speak to us to create a small highlight on your journey home...

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CELTIC CHRISTIANITY OF NORTHERN BRITAIN

CELTIC CHRISTIANITY OF NORTHERN BRITAIN

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Key features for GTOs

⌚ Duration: recommended 8 days +

📷 Visiting: Scotland, North East England, Yorkshire

🦋 Theme(s): religious, cultural, historical

😴 Accommodation: 3/4 star hotel(s)

✔️ Includes: all entrance fees

📢 Tour guide: recommended

📌Start/end: optional (UK-wide)

⚙️ Customisable: fully

📲 Planning integrations: app, pdf, print

Highlights

  • Full flavor of Celtic Christian Britain from Columba to Cuthbert
  • Birthplace of the Venerable Bede
  • Visit to Inner Hebridean island of Iona & Iona Abbey
  • Whisky distillery visit & tasting
  • Dinner in oldest eatery in England
  • Holy Island of Lindisfarne & Lindisfarne Priory visit
  • Pilgrimage Tour of Durham Cathedral
  • Melrose & Dryburgh Abbeys in Scottish Borders
  • National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh
  • Rosslyn Chapel
  • Guided tour of the City of York incl. Minster entrance & highlights tour
  • Whitby Abbey

Get in touch

  • Give us a call

    Call our UK office  on +44(0)191 500 95 71 to see how we can help


    Email us

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    Enquire online

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Day 1 Begin in Scotland's capital

Meet your guide in the city of Edinburgh for an informal introduction tour to the city. Enjoy time to roam the Royal Mile, discover some of the many national museums or visit the grand castle on the hill.

Day 2 Through the Trossachs to Oban

In the morning, visit Stirling & its grand castle - one of the largest and most important in Scotland! Learn about the Scottish Wars of Independence and the true life of William Wallace. Later, continue through the Great Trossachs Forest and visit the peaceful Inchmahome Priory on an island of Lake of Menteith. Robert the Bruce sought solace at Inchmahome Priory and Mary Queen of Scots found safety here as a child. Later, arrive in Oban, your base for the next two nights.

Day 3 The sacred island of Iona

Take the ferry from Oban to the Isle of Mull and journey across the island to join the smaller foot ferry to Iona. Step off onto one of Scotland’s most sacred sites. This tiny island by Mull has been a vibrant centre of Christian worship ever since St Columba arrived in AD 563. It is only 1.5 miles wide by 3 miles long, with a population of around 120 permanent residents. Despite this, Iona has a special place in the heart of many people the world over. Explore Iona Abbey and spend time on this holy island.

Day 4 Via Kilmartin & Loch Lomond to Glasgow

Today, visit Kilmartin Glen in Argyll, home to ancient monuments and a special Museum, which interprets 6,000 years of history. The area has one of the richest concentrations of prehistoric monuments and historical sites in Scotland. The museum tells this fascinating story. Journey past some of these sights into Inveraray for a quick visit to the castle, used as a filming location for Downton Abbey. Continue along the banks of Loch Lomond to the Glasgow city region.

Day 5 Rosslyn Chapel & Tweed Valley

Rosslyn Chapel came to worldwide prominence through The Da Vinci Code, a novel written by Dan Brown, which was published in 2003. It is estimated that 81 million copies of the book have been published, making it one of the most popular of all time. Rosslyn Chapel was founded in 1446 as a place of worship and services continue to be held here weekly. Afterwards, journey into the Tweed Valley and visit St. Cuthbert's birthplace (at least possibly) in at Melrose. Home to the best preserved and best known abbey, founded in 1136 by Cistercian monks, you will come across a few of these magnificent ruins. Finally, cross the border into England and into the Northumberland National Park before reaching Newcastle, your home for your next three nights.

Day 6 A small piece of history before the mighty Durham

In the morning visit one of the lesser known, yet one of the most important sites in Anglo-Saxon history: Jarrow Monastery, birthplace of the Venerable Bede and his lifelong home. Afterwards, explore the hidden history behind Durham and discover the finest Norman cathedral in Europe. Home of the relics of St. Cuthbert and also final resting place of Bede, uncover the history behind the city and its grand cathedral during a tailored Northern Saints Pilgrimage Tour – this will include lunch within the cathedral grounds and the celebration of Mass in the Deanery. After your tour of this magnificent place of worship, relax in one of many cafes overlooking this glorious World Heritage Site. There is also a short walk along the riverbanks to enjoy stunning views of castle and cathedral…

Day 7 Holy Island of Lindisfarne & Northumberland coast

Discover classical architecture, culture and a world-class quayside during your short panoramic tour of Newcastle. Then travel along the Northumberland coast, past little fishing villages, to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, the cradle of English Christianity. Meet an expert on island history and tour the ruins of the once mighty monastery. Later, in the village of Bamburgh, explore St. Aidan's church and quaint local shops with views of the grand Northumbrian castle and former capital of the Kingdom of Northumbria. Enjoy a fascinating day and celebrate Mass on either Lindisfarne or along the coast…

Day 8 Whitby & Yorkshire coast

Travelling through the stunning North York Moors National Park you arrive in Whitby. Why not take a boat trip on the 'Endeavour' and enjoy spectacular views of Whitby and the famous abbey. Home to St Hilda during Anglo Saxon times but sometimes more famous through Bram Stoker's Dracula, visit this beautiful ruin & fantastic museum. Later, journey along the East Yorkshire coast & into York.

Day 9 York

Delve into York's rich history and admire architecture dating back to the Middle Ages on your morning walking tour. Let your guide unravel the streets of this ancient city and help you discover landmarks including Bedern Hall, Clifford’s Tower, Fairfax House, King’s Manor, the Multangular Tower, St. Mary’s Abbey, Stonegate & St. William’s College. Hear how Emperor Constantine, Guy Fawkes, and Richard III shaped modern York, and learn of the English Reformation as you explore York Minster. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 10 Depart at leisure

After a hearty breakfast, depart at leisure - speak to us to create a small highlight on your journey home...

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GREAT CITIES OF THE NORTH TOUR

GREAT CITIES OF THE NORTH TOUR

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Key features for GTOs

⌚ Duration: multiple options

📷 Visiting: Yorkshire, North East England, North West England, Scotland

🦋 Theme(s): city tours, regeneration

😴 Accommodation: 3/4 star hotel(s)

✔️ Includes: all entrance fees

📢 Tour guide: recommended for city tours

📌Start/end: optional (UK-wide)

⚙️ Customisable: fully

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Highlights

  • All entrance fees included
  • City tours can be provided in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Newcastle, Carlisle, Leeds, Bradford, Durham, York, Liverpool, Chester & Manchester
  • In-depth look at the major cities of the North
  • Fantastic insight into regeneration & industrial heritage
  • Capital city Edinburgh
  • Landscapes of wonder between cities

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1-2 D Leeds / Bradford

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3-4 D Cathedral cities: York, Lincoln, Durham

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2-3 D Newcastle / Sunderland

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5-6 D Past & present capitals: Edinburgh, Stirling, Perth, St. Andrews

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1-2 D Glasgow

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1-2 D M6 corridor: Carlisle / Lancaster

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1-2 D Manchester

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2-3 D Liverpool / Chester

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SCOTTISH BORDERS & TWEED VALLEY

SCOTTISH BORDERS & TWEED VALLEY

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Key features for GTOs

⌚ Duration: recommended 4 days +

📷 Visiting: Scotland

🦋 Theme(s): general sightseeing, history, scenery

😴 Accommodation: 3/4 star hotel

✔️ Includes: all entrance fees

📢 Tour guide: recommended

📌Start/end: optional (UK-wide)

⚙️ Customisable: fully

📲 Planning integrations: app, pdf, print

Highlights

  • Stunning Scottish Border landscapes
  • Abbotsford House - home of Sir Walter Scott
  • St. Abb's Head National Nature Reserve
  • Historic Border Abbeys
  • Salmon lunch in Kelso
  • Traquair House - where Mary Queen of Scots visited
  • Floors Castle
  • Whisky tasting
  • Edinburgh incl city tour

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  • Give us a call

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Day 1 Explore Edinburgh for the day

Spend the day on a walking tour exploring Edinburgh, the Athens of the North. Stroll through the old town with the famous Royal Mile and visit the mighty Edinburgh Castle and the grand streets of the Georgian New Town. Then enjoy some free time in the afternoon. Why not visit one of the many museums like the National Gallery? Or simply enjoy a drink in one of the many cafes, bars and restaurants before travelling to your accommodation in Peebles, a picturesque town in the heart of the Scottish Borders for the next 4 nights.

Day 2 The Tweed Valley: Abbotsford & Melrose

Spend the morning discovering Abbotsford, the home of Sir Walter Scott, home of one of Scotland’s most treasured authors. Created almost 200 years ago by the River Tweed it includes the historic buildings with a treasure trove of intriguing objects plus riverside walks and woodlands. Journey the short distance to Melrose, a charming and polished village at the foot of the three heather-covered Eildon Hills and visit the ruins of Melrose Abbey, one of the great border monasteries founded by King David I and later rebuilt by Robert the Bruce, whose heart is buried here. It is famous for its decorative stonework – look out for the pig gargoyle playing the bagpipes.

Day 3 A Day of Greats: Rosslyn Chapel, St. Abb's Head, Kelso & Floors Castle

Popularized by Dan Brown’s novel The Da Vinci Code the enigmatic and beautiful Rosslyn Chapel draws in the many visitors from around the world. The ornately carved interior is at odds with the architectural fashion of its time and full of mysterious symbolism associated with Freemasonry and the Knights Templar and intriguingly, there are also carvings of plants from the Americas that predate Columbus’ voyage of discovery. Continue travelling along the coast for a short stop at St. Abb’s Head National Nature Reserve, a breathtaking coastal headland with dramatic cliffs, famed for its seabird colonies. Continue your journey inland to Kelso for a salmon lunch. Spend the afternoon exploring Floors Castle and Gardens, the largest inhabited castle in Scotland and family home of the 11th Duke of Roxburghe. Built in the 1720s by William Adam it boasts lavish interiors with 17th century Brussels tapestries and also features an impressive Victorian walled garden.

Day 4 Traquair House & whisky!

Enjoy the morning visiting Traquair House, one of Scotland’s great country houses. Parts of the building are believed to have been constructed long before the first offical record of its existence in 1107. The house has belonged to various branches oft he Stuart family and was visited by Mary, Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie. Fascinatingly, it has a concealed room where priests secretly lived and performed mass – up until 1829 when the Catholic Emancipation Act was finally passed. Travel north to Glenkinchie Disillery, a Victorian distillery set within the abundant farmland and sweet-scented wildflowers of East Lothain for a distillery tour and tasting of Scotland’s the elixir of life, whisky.

Day 5 Depart at leisure

After a hearty breakfast, depart at leisure - speak to us to create a small highlight on your journey home.

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