Day 1 Depart USA
- Walking the ancient Roman Walls of Chester
- A tranquil Cruise on Lake Windermere
- Visiting Hilltop, the home of Beatrix Potter and seeing the locations where “Miss Potter” was filmed
- Staying at a Yorkshire Country Estate owned by the Duke of Devonshire
You board your flight to Manchester and the beginning of your literary adventure.
Day 2 Arrival in Chester
You arrive in Manchester where your driver is waiting to take you on an orientation view of the city of Manchester before heading to the beautiful town of Chester. Upon arrival you have a chance to relax in your deluxe hotel located in the center of the town. Dinner tonight is in the hotel's justly famed restaurant
Day 3 The Many Histories of Chester
You start this day by walking the walls that surround the city. Parts were built by the Romans and others in Medieval times. Chester is the only city in Britain that retains the full circle of its defensive walls. From the walls and watchtowers you can look down at the town and the River Dee. In the distance you can see the hills of Wales. Your next stop is Chester Cathedral. There has been a church on this site for over 1,000 years first as a Saxon Minster then a Benedictine Abbey and finally as a cathedral in 1541. The hand carved choir seats are over 800 years old and the cathedral houses one of the most complete medieval monastic complexes in Britain. Did we mention that Chester is reputed to be one of Britain's most haunted cities? After lunch you head to the Chester Rows which are black and white wooden buildings where the basements are actually open to the street. While located in old buildings, the shops are all up to date so we leave the rest of the afternoon for shopping.
Day 4 Driving to the Lake District
After breakfast you join your driver for one of the highlights of your journey. You will be heading for the Lake District one of England's most scenic spots, The Lake District. In addition to inspiring Wordsworth, the area was home to, and inspiration for, Beatrix Potter and you will explore her impact on the area during your visit. Upon arrival in Windermere your driver will take you to the jetty where you board one of the scenic boats that cruise Lake Windermere and the other Lakes in the region. Upon reaching the other side your driver will deliver you to Lindeth Howe. In addition to being your hotel, it is the house that was used by the Potter family for their summer vacations. Upon the death of her father, Beatrix Potter bought the house and made it available to her mother. You have a chance to relax on the sun terrace with views of Lake Windermere before dinner.
Day 5 A Day with Beatrix Potter
For those who are enthralled with the Tales of Peter Rabbit or who saw the movie "Miss Potter" with Renee Zellweger, this will be a special day. As mentioned, Miss Potter (or Mrs. Heelis to be correct) owned the hotel you are staying in and it was here that she illustrated "Timmy Tiptoes" and "Pigland Bland". Today, however you shall see even more of her life and times. You will visit Hilltop, her home for many years, and the Beatrix Potter Gallery which was, at one time her husband's law office. You will visit the sites that inspired many of her stories and provided locations for the movie. Your host is an expert in all things Potter so this will be a fun and enlightening day.
Day 6 The High Passes Spectacular
Today you will go "off the beaten track" to access some of the most spectacular scenery in England. Your route today follows the old Roman Road passing over the central mountains at Wrynose and Harkness passes, the steepest in England. You will pause to view the extensive remains of Hardknott Roman Fort before descending into the lovely valley of Eskdale. Following lunch you will take the Ravenglass Eskdale Steam Railway through Eskdale and onward to Wasdale and Wastwater, England's deepest lake. You will also take a cruise on Coniston water and have the chance to visit Muncaster Castle before returning to Lindeth Howe.
Day 7 A Day in Herriot Country
After breakfast you depart the Lake District and head southeast to the Yorkshire countryside. James Herriot was a practicing vet in the town of Thirsk located in the Vale of York. In his books, including "All Creature Great and Small" he re-names Thirsk as Darrowby but it is in Thirsk where you will visit his home and surgery. This will also give you the opportunity to explore the Yorkshire Moors with images of "Wuthering Heights" and the stunning Yorkshire Dales with traditional market towns like Easingwold, Northallerrton, Stokesley and Bedale. You're sure to find a market taking place somewhere and we will make certain to take time for a fine country lunch at a friendly pub.
Day 8 Scenic Highlights of the Yorkshire Coast
Today you will head to the coast of Yorkshire to visit some beautiful, nefarious and sinister locations. Your first stop will be Scarborough which is a famous resort town today but whose roots go back to the 10th Century. You'll see the ruined Norman Castle perched 150 feet above the town. A drive up Oliver's Mount gives a 500 foot perspective of not only the city but the sea beyond. Your next visit will be to Robin Hood's Bay which has operated as a village under various aliases. Nothing connects it directly to Robin Hood, but it was once known as Bay Town, Robin Hood's Town and Robbyn Huddes Bay. Whatever its name it is a charming spot with every twist and turn bringing into view another picture postcard scene. Red pantiles decorate the roofs of stone cottages. A stream runs through a ravine in the middle of the village to the sea below. Shops, cafes, pubs and small cottages cling precariously to the sides of the cliff. It is no wonder that it also had a well-deserved reputation for smuggling. Your last visit of the day will be the town of Whitby which saw its heyday as a whaling port and the town where Captain Cook learned his seafaring skills. Of more sinister repute is the fact that Bram Stoker wrote Dracula in Whitby and the ruins of Whitby Abbey were the inspiration for Carfax Abbey in the novel. Escaping the town unscathed you return to your safe and secure hotel.
Day 9 “Brideshead Revisited” and York Minster
After breakfast you depart and head through the Yorkshire countryside. Your first stop will be Castle Howard made famous as the home of Lord Marchmain in the TV series "Brideshead Revisited". You will spend some time viewing the interior of the house and its extensive grounds and statuary before heading off to nearby York. After lunch you will visit York Minster the largest Gothic Church in Northern Europe. After a tour of the church you explore the nearby pedestrian-only shopping areas of Stonegate and the Shambles which combine antiques, old books, high fashion and ancient buildings all in a manageable, walkable area. After a little "retail therapy", your driver will take you to your elegant hotel where your farewell dinner awaits.
Day 10 Return to USA
Your driver will be ready to drive you to the airport for your return flight to the US.
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Tour Location / Places Visiteds
Chester, Bowness, Yorkshire, York
Additional Pricing Information
- 1st Class rail travel as indicated on the itinerary
- Superior Rooms at the properties indicated in the accommodations area (We reserve the right to substitute a property of equal quality in advance of departure should the designated hotel be unavailable)
- Private Transfers to and from the airport or rail station at destination
- All meals as indicated on the itinerary by B=Breakfast, L=Lunch and D=Dinner
- Private guides for city explorations and private driver/guide while traveling.
- Entrance fees to all museums, attractions and other venues as indicated on the daily itinerary
- Baggage handling at all hotels
- All applicable taxes and service fees
Services Not Included
- International airfare (round-trip from hometown departure gateway to destination)
- Beverages with included meals (unless otherwise indicated on itinerary page)
- Any meals not indicated on the Itinerary page
- Items of a personal nature e.g. minibar, film, postcards etc.
- Gratuities to Guides and Driver/Guides (we provide suggested guidelines for your selected destination in your pre-departure material)
- Any passport or visa fees or government departure taxes (It is the traveler’s responsibility to secure the latest information regarding passports and visa requirements)