Experience the best that England and Wales have to offer. Enjoy an exclusive visit to Durham Cathedral as well as a train ride on the historic steam railway which journeys through the beautiful Welsh countryside. Finally, a boat trip on the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct is an unforgettable experience.
Your journey starts with a drive to the ferry port in Amsterdam/IJmuiden where you will embark the DFDS Seaways night ferry to Newcastle.
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Upon arrival in Newcastle continue to the historic university city of Durham, which is surrounded by the River Wear. A sensational panoramic view of Durham can be found atop the cathedral or castle. Explore the beautiful old town on a guided tour and visit Durham Castle, which has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site on account of its impressive Norman architecture. In the evening you will be given exclusive access to the Romanesque Durham Cathedral and will be able to learn about the history of this magnificent site on a guided tour.
2 overnight stays including half-board in a selected premium hotel in Durham.
Today’s excursion takes you to the historic walled city of York, known for its medieval flair. 'The Shambles' is lined with overhanging timber-framed houses making the street one of the most historic and picturesque ones in Britain. Next, go to York Minster, one of the largest Gothic cathedrals in Northern Europe, with a 275 step climb to the top of the Tower of the Minster which has wonderful panoramic views of the city. In the afternoon, visit the imposing Castle Howard with highlights such as the Great Hall, the beautiful formal walled garden, the mausoleum and the stunning Temple of the Four Winds. Afterwards pass through the breathtaking nature of North York Moors on the way back to the hotel.
Start the day with a tour through the picture-perfect Yorkshire-Dales, which is famous for its limestone landscapes. Afterwards visit Tatton Park Estate, which houses a magnificent stately home as well as several gardens and 400 acres of parkland, where numerous deer can be spotted. Marvel at the delicate interior of the mansion and explore the Japanese garden, which is known as one of the most beautiful ones in Europe. Afterwards continue to the hotel which is located in the market town of Conwy in Wales.
3 overnight stays including half-board in a selected premium hotel in Conwy.
Enjoy a panoramic tour through the Snowdonia National Park, which with 2.170 km2 of land is the third largest park in Great Britain and home to Mount Snowdon, the biggest mountain in Wales. The trip continues to Blaenau Ffestiniog, which is where the historic steam railway departs to the port town of Porthmadog. Afterwards, visit the gorgeous Italian-style coastal village of Portmeirion and enjoy a delicious lunch including a tipple of traditional Welsh whisky. On the way back to the hotel pass the city of Caernarfon, where Charles was crowned the Prince of Wales.
In the morning, be amazed by an exciting boat trip on the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. The fascinating structure was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2009 and leads the Llangollen Canal over the River Dee Valley. Take in the fabulous views over the valley on a 2-hour cruise, before paying a visit to the medieval Chirk Castle and its magnificent formal gardens.
In the morning head to the medieval city of Chester, which was founded as a Roman fortress in the 1st century AD. Today it still had remains of its Roman origins, with extensive parts of well-preserved Roman walls still visible. In the evening embark onto the P&O night ferry from Hull to Rotterdam/Zeebrugge.
After having an on-board breakfast, leave the ferry and start the last leg of the journey back home.
Extension: Historic Durham
With an additional overnight stay in Durham there is the opportunity to visit Alnwick Castle, the second largest inhabited castle in Great Britain. Admire the splendid combination of medieval architecture and Italian-style luxurious state apartments. Discover the eventful history of the castle and its residents, which is certainly not short on intrigue or drama. Afterwards, lunch will be served in the phenomenal Treehouse Restaurant which takes its name from the treehouse it sits in. Explore the beautiful Alnwick Garden which consists of sustainable Canadian cedars, Scandinavian mammoth trees and English & Scottish pines, along with fragrant roses and unique water features.