Arrive Manchester / Windermere
Upon arrival in Manchester, you will be met by a Cox & Kings representative and privately escorted to your hotel in Windermere, which lies in the heart of the Lake District. If you like, begin exploring the local area or just relax tonight.
Gilpin Hotel & Lake House - 2 Nights
After breakfast, meet your private guide at your hotel and begin your discovery of the best of the Lake District as you wind through magnificent mountain scenery and stunning lakes. Along the way, admire the surrounding fells as your guide regales you with tales of the history, events, and people that have shaped this much-loved national park. Skirt the banks of Lake Windermere and continue towards Grasmere. William Woodworth was one of many writers to find inspiration in the Lake District's magnificent landscapes, so much so that he moved here. Dove Cottage was his home, and remains almost exactly as it was when he lived and wrote here. In Grasmere, see his grave and sample the local gingerbread made since 1854. In the picturesque medieval village of Hawkshead, trace the history of Wordsworth as well as Beatrix Potter. Continue to Tarn Hows, which is one of the most photographed locations in the Lake District. Soak up the stunning views looking toward the mountains, before making your way back to Windermere.
Gilpin Hotel & Lake House (B)
This morning enjoy a unique one-on-one experience of handling a sheepdog on a working farm in the Lake District. Afterwards, take a spectacular journey today through the beautiful Yorkshire Dales National Park. Encounter some of Yorkshire's hidden secrets. Visit the picturesque market village of Hawes and observe the process of making delectable Wensleydale Cheese (and taste some samples). Continue to Harrogate seeing Bolton Abbey en route.
Rudding Park - 2 Nights (B, D)
Spend the day exploring North Yorkshire. Begin your day with a visit to Fountain's Abbey. Tucked away in a scenic river valley, Fountain's Abbey is a World Heritage Site and a picture of medieval grandeur. Once a towering Cistercian monastery, it's now a well-preserved ruin, rich in atmosphere and surrounded by lush green landscapes. On the same estate you'll find the soothing Georgian water gardens of Studley Royal. Continue to Newby Hall, one of England's finest family houses - an exceptional example of 18th century interior decoration. Visit the beautiful gardens before continuing to Ripon. Take a stroll around the beautiful town of Ripon and explore the grand cathedral. Return to Harrogate at the end of the day.
Rudding Park (B, D)
This morning travel to York. Explore York including the medieval Shambles, Museum Gardens and a walk on the city walls with your guide. Continue to the enormous York Minster, the largest and finest Gothic cathedral in northern Europe, which is renowned for its outstanding stained glass. Climb the tower for an unparalleled view of the city. End your day with a treat - York has been known for making chocolate for 300 years - on a guided tour of York's Chocolate Story.
The Grand Hotel & Spa - 2 Nights (B)
After breakfast this morning, traverse the North York Moors National Park, a vast tract of purple moorland, steep, deep-sided valleys and clumps of thick forest. Visit Goathland, which is known as Hogsmeade in the Harry Potter films. Explore the charming village and enjoy a cup of tea in these stunning surroundings. Your journey continues by train on the stunning steam-hauled North York Moors Railway. Upon arrival in Whitby, explore the old seaside town and climb the steps to the famous Whitby Abbey. Enjoy lunch of fish & chips at Magpie Cafe, one of the finest fish restaurants in Britain. Return to York via Castle Howard. Home to the Howard family for over 300 years, Castle Howard is a remarkable piece of the past, full of antiques, magnificent architecture and surrounded by acres of lush green parkland. Discover the stories behind its construction, its lavish decorations and the history of the Howard family themselves. The house featured in both the TV series and film versions of Brideshead Revisited.
The Grand Hotel & Spa (B, L)
This morning you are accompanied to the train station for your first class train journey to Edinburgh. Enjoy the beautiful countryside and cross through the Scottish Borders. Upon arrival in Edinburgh's railway station, you will be met by your Cox & Kings representative. See the stunning architecture of 18th century Georgian New Town on the way to your luxury hotel.
The Balmoral - 3 Nights (B)
Join your local guide on an exclusive private tour of the "Jewel in Scotland's Crown" - Edinburgh Castle. Also enjoy the amazing views from this striking castle above the Old Town. Spend some time exploring the city - wander around the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Old Town, stroll down the Royal Mile, and browse some of the bespoke retail outlets selling soft cashmere and beautiful silver gifts. See Holyroodhouse, which is the grand, official residence of the Queen when visiting Scotland.
The Balmoral (B)
This morning, visit Leith and the Royal Yacht Britannia, a magnificent ship that has played host to some of the most famous people in the world.
This afternoon, explore Edinburgh on your own with great shopping, restaurants and pubs. Perhaps climb Arthur's Seat for an unforgettable impression of this historic and vibrant city. Enjoy a traditional afternoon tea at the Balmoral prior to your last evening
The Balmoral (B)
Today, you are accompanied to the airport or railway station for your onward journey.
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