Explore the North
Explore the history and heritage of northern England on this action-packed 7 night tour
Travel to Manchester and discover what makes this city so special. You have a chance to see all the great sights and become Mancunians for a week as it will become your base for the next 8 days on this tour of the north of England. Visit Chester to learn about its Roman heritage; venture to the UK’s most visited national park, the Lake District; investigate York’s Viking past and stop by the home of The Beatles, Liverpool. Northern England has so much to offer that you’ll wonder why you didn’t visit sooner!
Available throughout 2018 & 2019
This Charming Manchester
Arrive at Manchester Airport and be transferred to your city centre hotel. Once you have checked-in, catch the hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus tour from Albert Square for a comprehensive introduction to the city. You can choose to sit back and enjoy the 90-minute round trip or disembark at one of the 15 stops to explore more of what the city has to offer.
Comfortable shoes and a thirst for history will be required this morning as you take a walking tour of Manchester, where you will come face to face with some of its historic buildings including the Midland Hotel, St Ann’s Church and Chetham’s School of Music.
This afternoon is free for you to explore the city at your own pace. You might choose to visit the Museum of Science and Industry, visit the Manchester Art Gallery, indulge in some retail therapy or watch a show at one of the many theatres. You will never run out of things to do in this diverse city!
Chester’s Roman Heritage
Chester, a city rich in 2,000 years of history, which is full of Tudor and Victorian buildings, is where you will be heading today.
Take a train to Chester through the rolling Cheshire countryside to begin your adventure. When you arrive, join the popular hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus in order to reach your cruise along the River Dee. After a relaxing trip, re-join the sightseeing bus. The afternoon will allow you to delve deeper in to the city’s history with a walking tour before having some free time to hit the shops.
Rails, Sails and Tales in the Lake District
Today you will visit the picturesque Lake District. With stunning views of glistening lakes and towering mountains and a literary heritage which includes William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter, it’s no wonder that this is the UK’s most visited national park.
Begin by taking a train to Windermere to join a sightseeing bus tour which will take you to Bowness Pier. From here, take a relaxing cruise on Lake Windermere to reach Lakeside where you will board a train on the heritage railway. Return to Bowness and finish your day with a visit to The World of Beatrix Potter.
Day five of your tour is dedicated to the walled city of York; a city rich in ancient history, awe-inspiring architecture and captivating visitor attractions.
Take a train journey through the Pennine hills to York where you will be given a ‘York Pass’ which grants you free entry in to 30 attractions, such as: Clifford’s Tower, the JORVIK Viking Centre, York’s Chocolate Story and York Minster. You can also jump on a hop-on hop-off bus tour or take a river cruise. With so much on offer, the day’s itinerary is completely up to you to decide – where will you head first?
After a few busy days exploring the north, enjoy a free day in Manchester. Take the opportunity to relax and unwind or explore more of what the city has to offer on one of our optional excursions. You could take a river cruise to Salford Quays or take a tour of Manchester United’s stadium, Old Trafford.
A Day in the Life of The Beatles
Step in to the world of the ‘Fab Four’ as you visit Liverpool today.
Sit back on a short train journey to the city where you will join a hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus tour. Later, explore the Albert Dock, a popular leisure destination with shops, bars and restaurants, before visiting The Beatles Story, which re-tells the fascinating story of four lads with a passion for music. End your day with a cruise on the River Mersey for the best view of Liverpool’s waterfront.
After sampling much of what the north of England has to offer, wave goodbye to Manchester as you return to the airport via a private transfer.
Macdonald Manchester Hotel and Spa ****
Located in the heart of Manchester, the Macdonald hotel is the city’s largest 4* hotel. Every room comes with free
Wi-Fi, a flat screen TV and iPod dock as standard, along with luxurious furnishings and en suite bathrooms. You can dine at the award-winning Scottish Steakhouse Restaurant or relax and unwind in the onsite spa and gym facilities.
Double Tree by Hilton ****
The Double Tree has a fantastic city centre location, just a two minute walk from Manchester Piccadilly Station. All rooms have free Wi-Fi and Skype plus all the amenities you need for a comfortable stay including air conditioning and a mini fridge with complimentary mineral water. Rooms also have floor to ceiling windows so that you can enjoy views of the city.