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8 Days 7 Nights
Group size: 4-18
Be Curious
1 Small Group
From $1,745pp

Venture Insight

A combination of the “Heart of England” and “York, the Dales, and Lake District” tours offers you an unforgettable journey through a selection of the most scenic and historic locations in England, Wales, and Scotland.


Peak District National Park

Broadleaved woodlands give way to deep valleys in this geological wonderland.

York + the Dales

The north of England’s sheep-rearing valleys lay beside the bustling, history-rich city of York.

Robin Hood’s Bay

This beautifully preserved fishing village offers a stunning contrast between its pretty cottages and rugged cliff side setting.

Itinerary

day 1

London to Shrewsbury

Departing from London, you travel to the birthplace of William Shakespeare, Stratford-on-Avon. Enjoy lunch in one of the quaint restaurants before heading to the World Heritage site of Ironbridge, the world’s first ever bridge fully made of iron, set in a distinctive forested gorge on the River Severn. You then wind your way down to the riverside town of Shrewsbury, a pretty county town that lies on the banks of the mighty River Severn. The birthplace of Charles Darwin, this bustling market town and its timber framed black and white Tudor buildings are your home for the next two nights.
day 2

Shrewsbury

We take you to the heart of North Wales today. Firstly, you explore the picture book beauty of Conwy and its picturesque medieval castle. Next you roam the impressive mountains and valleys of the Snowdonia National Park, delving into the massive Dinorwic slate quarries and the powerfully dramatic Pass of Llanberis under the shadow of Snowdon, Wales’ highest peak. Relive the struggle for Welsh independence and the rebellious tale of Owain Glyndwr, before heading back over the English border to your accommodation.
day 3

Shrewsbury to York

Lying northeast of Shrewsbury are the incredible peaks and valleys of the Peak District National Park. Picturesque villages and unbeatable scenery line your route as you wind through the park’s inimitable landscape. After a visually spectacular drive, you arrive in the charmingly attractive village of Castleton, nestled in the Vale of Hope. In the afternoon, you make your way to the Duke of Devonshire’s famous mansion house and gardens at Chatsworth. Travelling east from the estate, you pass through rolling green hills to the historic walled city of York, where you will spend the next three nights.
day 4

York

Today there are two major options for the events of your day. Firstly, you can choose to spend the day leisurely exploring the medieval heart of York, an ancient city with a colourful history dating back to the times of the Romans, Vikings and Normans. Alternatively, you could journey out with your guide on a half day excursion across the Yorkshire Dales to the handsome market towns of Knaresborough or Ripon. You will leave the London based tour here and be picked up tomorrow by the tour bus from Edinburgh.
day 5

York

A relaxing day that offers you the chance to spend time in of York. From here, you leave York and head to the North Sea coast of Yorkshire, with the first stop being the magnificently expansive North Yorkshire Moors National park. After relishing the abundance of nature and scenery here, you lunch in Whitby, a bustling fishing port. Witness the Royal Hotel where he conjured his blood-curdling tale, then enjoy a little free time before travelling to the conservation village of Robin Hood’s Bay, a pristinely preserved fishing village of winding lanes and narrow alleys. After relaxing in this unique location, you return to York for the evening.
day 6

York to Kerswick

You move westerly into the superb scenery of the Yorkshire Dales National park, an area brimming with wildlife and rich cultural heritage. Densely packed with opportunities for recreation and relaxation, this nature haven gives unparalleled access to the North’s innate beauty. Continuing west, you pass through the Northern Dales, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the centre of the Dales energetic cattle trade. The last stop of the day is in the pleasant market town of Keswick, where you will be dropped off at your accommodation, free to explore the charms of the area.
day 7

Keswick

After breakfast, you behold the mystery of the Castlerigg standing stones, built over five thousand years ago and the scene of many strange ancient rituals. Traveling on, you arrive by the shores of Ullswater, known was England’s most beautiful lake. A short walk along the shore and through a forest takes you to the mighty Aira Force waterfall, an excellent place for keen photographers. You head south over the snaking Kirkstone Pass, leaving this romantic setting, you head to the well maintained conservation village of Hawkeshead. After a little spare time in the village, you navigate through the prim country lanes towards Grasmere, described by Wordsworth as “the loveliest spot that man hath found.” Enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the poet’s Daffodil Garden near the banks of the River Rothy before heading back to Keswick for the night.
day 8

Keswick to Edinburgh

Waving farewell to the Lakes, you ascend the Hartside Pass, which boasts a famous view of the hills and mountains of Scotland and the English Lake District. Standing at over 1900ft, this is an inimitable experience. You continue to Hadrian’s Wall, then cross the border into Scotland and head to the local town of Jedburgh and the ruins of Jedburgh Abbey. For your last stop, you make your way to the incredible Scott’s View, which looks out over the River Tweed and the Cheviot Hills which roughly form the Scottish-English border. You then make your way to the great city of Edinburgh.
day 1

London to Shrewsbury

Departing from London, you travel to the birthplace of William Shakespeare, Stratford-on-Avon. Enjoy lunch in one of the quaint restaurants before heading to the World Heritage site of Ironbridge, the world’s first ever bridge fully made of iron, set in a distinctive forested gorge on the River Severn. You then wind your way down to the riverside town of Shrewsbury, a pretty county town that lies on the banks of the mighty River Severn. The birthplace of Charles Darwin, this bustling market town and its timber framed black and white Tudor buildings are your home for the next two nights.
day 2

Shrewsbury

We take you to the heart of North Wales today. Firstly, you explore the picture book beauty of Conwy and its picturesque medieval castle. Next you roam the impressive mountains and valleys of the Snowdonia National Park, delving into the massive Dinorwic slate quarries and the powerfully dramatic Pass of Llanberis under the shadow of Snowdon, Wales’ highest peak. Relive the struggle for Welsh independence and the rebellious tale of Owain Glyndwr, before heading back over the English border to your accommodation.
day 3

Shrewsbury to York

Lying northeast of Shrewsbury are the incredible peaks and valleys of the Peak District National Park. Picturesque villages and unbeatable scenery line your route as you wind through the park’s inimitable landscape. After a visually spectacular drive, you arrive in the charmingly attractive village of Castleton, nestled in the Vale of Hope. In the afternoon, you make your way to the Duke of Devonshire’s famous mansion house and gardens at Chatsworth. Travelling east from the estate, you pass through rolling green hills to the historic walled city of York, where you will spend the next three nights.
day 4

York

Today there are two major options for the events of your day. Firstly, you can choose to spend the day leisurely exploring the medieval heart of York, an ancient city with a colourful history dating back to the times of the Romans, Vikings and Normans. Alternatively, you could journey out with your guide on a half day excursion across the Yorkshire Dales to the handsome market towns of Knaresborough or Ripon. You will leave the London based tour here and be picked up tomorrow by the tour bus from Edinburgh.
day 5

York

A relaxing day that offers you the chance to spend time in of York. From here, you leave York and head to the North Sea coast of Yorkshire, with the first stop being the magnificently expansive North Yorkshire Moors National park. After relishing the abundance of nature and scenery here, you lunch in Whitby, a bustling fishing port. Witness the Royal Hotel where he conjured his blood-curdling tale, then enjoy a little free time before travelling to the conservation village of Robin Hood’s Bay, a pristinely preserved fishing village of winding lanes and narrow alleys. After relaxing in this unique location, you return to York for the evening.
day 6

York to Kerswick

You move westerly into the superb scenery of the Yorkshire Dales National park, an area brimming with wildlife and rich cultural heritage. Densely packed with opportunities for recreation and relaxation, this nature haven gives unparalleled access to the North’s innate beauty. Continuing west, you pass through the Northern Dales, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the centre of the Dales energetic cattle trade. The last stop of the day is in the pleasant market town of Keswick, where you will be dropped off at your accommodation, free to explore the charms of the area.
day 7

Keswick

After breakfast, you behold the mystery of the Castlerigg standing stones, built over five thousand years ago and the scene of many strange ancient rituals. Traveling on, you arrive by the shores of Ullswater, known was England’s most beautiful lake. A short walk along the shore and through a forest takes you to the mighty Aira Force waterfall, an excellent place for keen photographers. You head south over the snaking Kirkstone Pass, leaving this romantic setting, you head to the well maintained conservation village of Hawkeshead. After a little spare time in the village, you navigate through the prim country lanes towards Grasmere, described by Wordsworth as “the loveliest spot that man hath found.” Enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the poet’s Daffodil Garden near the banks of the River Rothy before heading back to Keswick for the night.
day 8

Keswick to Edinburgh

Waving farewell to the Lakes, you ascend the Hartside Pass, which boasts a famous view of the hills and mountains of Scotland and the English Lake District. Standing at over 1900ft, this is an inimitable experience. You continue to Hadrian’s Wall, then cross the border into Scotland and head to the local town of Jedburgh and the ruins of Jedburgh Abbey. For your last stop, you make your way to the incredible Scott’s View, which looks out over the River Tweed and the Cheviot Hills which roughly form the Scottish-English border. You then make your way to the great city of Edinburgh.

Includes

7 nights’ accommodation in B+B/guest house or 3 star hotels with private facilities + breakfast, transportation by Mercedes 16 seat mini-coaches, services of professional driver/guide.

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