2023 – 9 Day Gems of Northern England8 Nights / 14 Meals

Visit England and Scotland, seeing the highlights of London; exploring the musical heritage of Liverpool, the home of the Beatles; traveling through the Lake District which inspired Beatrix Potter. Visit Edinburgh; enjoy a festive traditional dinner and Scottish ceilidh; taste whisky in the distillery where it is made, and more!

2023 Gems of Northern England - 9 Days/8 Nights

Duration: 9 Days

Price: Starts from $0 USD

Itineraries

Day 1: Independent Exploration in London | Welcome Dinner
Your day is free to explore the many delights of London as you wish. Your tour begins in the evening, when you meet your group for a welcome drink and dinner at your hotel.
(D)


Day 2: Kensington Palace | London Exploring
Visit Kensington Palace, the birthplace of Queen Victoria and the home of young royals for 300 years – including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Kate. Walk in the footsteps of royalty, exploring the lavish rooms of the King’s and Queen’s State Apartments. Savor a light lunch with your group before spending the rest of the day exploring London as you please.
(B,L)


Day 3: Cambridge American Cemetery | Punting
Depart London and head to the Roman city of St Albans or 17th-century Hatfield House, depending on your departure date. Next, visit the Cambridge American Cemetery, honoring the thousands of American soldiers who gave their lives in World War II. Continue on to Cambridge for a sightseeing trip on the River Cam, as you go punting on a traditional flat-bottomed boat. Your evening is free to explore as you wish. .
(B)


Day 4: Lincoln | York
Head to Lincoln, with its towering cathedral and castle overlooking the city. Stop in a pub for a traditional Sunday roast lunch. Arrive in York, an ancient city of narrow cobbled streets, charming tearooms, quaint old pubs, and intriguing medieval churches. Your tour director will bring you on a walking tour, then enjoy the rest of the day free for exploring.
(B,L)


Day 5: Whitby | Castle Howard | York Minster
Visit the old fishing town of Whitby. Tour its pretty harbor and cobbled streets with your director before departing for Castle Howard, a 300-year-old stately home that has been the setting for numerous film and TV productions, including the hit show "Bridgerton." Return to York and visit York Minster, a Gothic cathedral resplendent with medieval stained glass.
(B, D)


Day 6: Yorkshire Drive | Lake District
Take a scenic drive through the lush green splendor of the Yorkshire Dales, pausing in the romantic market town of Richmond. Head on to Keswick, in the famously beautiful Lake District, where you’ll have some free time for lunch. The Lake District has inspired writers and painters for centuries. Head on to your hotel near the banks of Lake Windermere, where you’ll have dinner with your group.
(B,D)


Day 7: Cruise on Lake Windermere | Liverpool
Take a short scenic cruise on England's largest lake, Windermere, seeing mountain vistas, wooded isles, and lakeside villages. Head on to Liverpool, birthplace of the Beatles. Tour this fun, friendly city on foot with your tour director - and you are free to explore for the rest of the day. You might check out the many attractions around the Albert Dock, including the Beatles Story, the Tate Liverpool, and the Merseyside Maritime Museum.
(B)


Day 8: Stratford-upon-Avon | Anne Hathaway's Cottage | Oxford
Head to Stratford-upon-Avon, William Shakespeare's hometown. Visit Anne Hathaway's Cottage, the 500-year-old thatched house, surrounded by gardens, where The Bard's wife was born. Drive to Oxford to discover this storied university city on a walking tour with your tour director. Enjoy a farewell dinner with your group
(B,D)


Day 9: Tour Ends in Oxford
Your tour ends after breakfast.
(B)


B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

Highlights

Authentic Local Experiences:

  • See the fascinating sights of Cambridge as you ride down the Cam in a traditional punt, a flat-bottomed boat dating back to medieval days.
  • Savor an English Sunday roast lunch at a local pub – you’ll taste why this hearty meal is a beloved British tradition.

Trip Highlights:

  • Kensington Palace
  • Punting on the River Cam
  • York Minster
  • Yorkshire Dales Scenic Drive
  • Cruise on Windermere
  • Anne Hathaway's Cottage
  • Oxford Walking Tour

Dining Experiences:

  • 8 Breakfasts (B), 2 Lunches (L) and 4 Dinners (D)

Hotels:

  • Hilton London Kensington | London (2)
  • Hilton Cambridge City Centre | Cambridge (1)
  • Hilton York | York (2)
  • Briery Wood Country House Hotel | Windermere (1)
  • Hotel Indigol | Liverpool (1)
  • Courtyard by Marriott Oxford City Centre | Oxford (1)

Gems of Northern England - 9 days/8 nights

Hotels

Gems of Northern England - 9 days/8 nights land tour
SupplierNameSupplierRating DescriptionImage
SupplierName 100 Queen's Gate Hotel London, Curio Collection by HiltonSupplierRating **** Boasting a prime location in the prestigious Kensington area, 100 Queen's Gate Hotel London, Curio Collection by Hilton sits on the doorstep of the iconic Natural History Museum, the Science Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum. The hotel’s traditional regency-style façade compliments its contemporary interior, reflecting the elegant Kensington style. Enjoy easy access to Harrods, the designer boutiques of Knightsbridge and Portobello Market. Kensington Palace, Hyde Park and the Royal Albert Hall are just short stroll away.
SupplierName Hilton Cambridge City CentreSupplierRating **** Located in the heart of the city, within walking distance to attractions and nightlife, Hilton Cambridge City Centre is the perfect base for exploring the university town. As the largest central hotel in Cambridge, the hotel includes a fitness room and a relaxed restaurant and lounge. All air-conditioned guest rooms and suites feature refurbished bathrooms and spacious desks. This pet-friendly hotel, close to colleges, museums, shopping, theatre and punting, offers Free WiFi in guest rooms and public areas, LivingWell fitness gym, Executive Lounge and valet parking
SupplierName Hilton YorkSupplierRating ***
SupplierName Hilton YorkSupplierRating ***
SupplierName Briery Wood Country House HotelSupplierRating ****
SupplierName Hotel Indigo LiverpoolSupplierRating ****
SupplierName Courtyard by Marriott Oxford City CentreSupplierRating ****
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