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# Days

Tour Dates

   15         May 17 - 31
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  • Air Canada flights
  • Accommodation in First Class and moderate hotels
  • Full breakfast and dinner daily, plus a pub lunch
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Tentative Itinerary
DAY 1

DEPARTURE

  We depart for Manchester via London.
DAY 2

HARROGATE

  Upon arrival we travel by coach to Harrogate. Welcome Dinner.
DAY 3

HERRIOR COUNTRY / HARROGATE

  We travel to Thirsk, home town of Alf Wight, upon whose life the TV series "All Creatures Great & Small" was based. This traditional Yorkshire market town has a cobble-stoned square and old coaching inns. We enjoy a pub lunch in town, and then visit Rieveaulx Abbey. Set in a beautiful and tranquil valley, it is among the most atmospheric and complete of all the ruined abbeys of the north.
DAY 4

CASTLE HOWARD

  We visit the 17th century Castle Howard - a "must see" in northern England. With its marriage of art, landscaping and natural beauty it is one of Britain's most extraordinary architectural gems. Later we drive along the north east coast, one of Britain’s most popular seaside resort areas. We will stop in small towns to explore, shop and to take in the stunning coastal views. Before returning to the hotel we will have dinner in the Yorkshire Moors at a family owned inn where we will enjoy deliciously prepared farm fresh food.
DAY 5

HARROGATE AT LEISURE

  A day at leisure. Your Tour Manager will offer suggestions. After dinner we will be entertained by local talent.
DAY 6

BRONTE COUNTRY

  We drive through the countryside to Haworth. This stone village with its cobble-stoned main street has changed little since the days of the Bronte sisters. We see the village and surroundings that inspired Emily's "Wuthering Heights" and Charlotte’s "Jane Eyre", and visit the award-winning Bronte Parsonage Museum. Returning to Harrogate we visit Skipton, a typical dales market town with a 17th century Castle.
DAY 7

LAKE DISTRICT

  Today we travel north to the Lake District, one of the few mountainous areas and without a doubt one of the most beautiful areas in England. Our day will include a leisurely boat cruise during which we will enjoy the scenery of mountains, wooded shorelines and lovely tranquil bays.
DAY 8

WORCESTER

  We travel into the District of Derby, one of the country’s best loved National Parks. Dotted with historic sites and pretty villages it also has some of England’s most wild and beautiful scenery. We will visit Buddulph Gardens, a rare and exciting high Victorian garden, with tunnels and pathways leading the visitor on a miniature tour of the world. Later we arrive in the lovely old town of Worcester, our base for the next 7 nights.
DAY 9

WORCESTER

  Our day begins with a ride on the Severn Valley Railway - a steam powered passenger train that will carry us through varied and unspoiled scenery punctuated by the quaint 'olde world' charm of country stations. We visit Worcester, where we see the majestic Worcester Cathedral, and also the Porcelain Museum - home to the world's largest collection of Worcester Porcelain.
DAY 10

WORCESTER

  A day at leisure. There are many attractions to visit and your tour Manager will offer suggestions. This evening a local trio performs traditional English music and dance for us.
DAY 11

SHAKESPEARE COUNTRY

  We travel to Shakespeare’s birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon, a delightful town with timbered houses mostly unchanged from Tudor times. We visit Anne Hathaway's cottage, with its thatched roof and beautiful garden, and we will enjoy a cruise along the Avon River.
DAY 12

BATH / CASTLE COMBE

  Our full-day tour takes us first to Bath. This unique city with its hot spring, Roman baths and Georgian terraces has attracted visitors for centuries. We will have a city tour and visit the 15th century Abbey - the last of the great medieval churches of England. We continue to Castle Combe, known as “The Prettiest Village in England”. Most of the houses here are hundreds of years old and are listed as ancient monuments. This village was used for the film 'Doctor Dolittle' and many others since, but you will find no television aerials or parked cars (except around the pub!)
DAY 13

OXFORD

  Britain's oldest seat of learning is beautiful with its elegant spires and honey coloured buildings. A local guide will take those who wish on a walking tour of one of the colleges to give you some insight into the courtyards and chapels. This evening we will dine in a 17th century inn located in the heart of the Cotswolds.
DAY 14

WORCESTER

  A day at leisure. Enjoy strolling and shopping in town, or join an optional excursion offered by your Tour Manager.
DAY 15

HOME

  We transfer to London and fly home.
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