The Allure of Fabled lands August 9 - 18, 2019 $3945.00 Per Person
The Allure of Fabled Lands
From Northern England to the Edinburgh Festival
August 9 – 18, 2018
Come along with Your Man in Europe on an exceptional journey to take in the magic of northern England from York to Northumbria, and then experience the incredible Edinburgh Festival. Travelers will enjoy unparalleled highlights including the “most English city”, York, as well as iconic villages and spectacular scenery. You’ll feel as if you’ve gone back in time as you stay in an atmospheric historic hotel and a fabulous castle. In old Edinburgh we’ll be part of the world’s largest arts festival with its whirlwind of performances and exhibits. Participate first-hand in unforgettable
and unique cultural and entertainment activities. This extraordinary trip is not to be missed!
August 9, Friday - Flights to the UK. Plan to arrive at London’s Heathrow Airport by 10:00 AM on August 10th.
August 10, Saturday – Arrive into London’s Heathrow Airport by 10:00 AM. When the group is assembled we’ll travel together into central London to board our train to the fantastic city of York. On our First Class train we’ll enjoy an English “train picnic” featuring local specialties as we roll along through the verdant countryside.
In the early afternoon we’ll arrive at our first overnight destination: the iconic city of York. It’s only a short taxi ride to our cosy hotel in the shadow of the great York Minster. Our historic boutique hotel right in the old town will make you feel as if you’ve somehow stepped into a living Dickens novel.
After settling in we’ll make our first visit to the fantastic York Minster followed by a casual walk around the local area to learn about our nearby surroundings and how to navigate to old city center. At 4:15 we’ll return for the world renowned Evensong at the Minster. Then it’s back to our hotel dining room for a delicious dinner together and some relaxation time before snuggling into our beds for a good night’s sleep after a long travel day.
August 11, Sunday – After breakfast in the atmospheric dining room of the hotel we’ll have a free morning to explore York on your own or attend Sunday services at the fantastic York Minster, or another of the very nearby churches in the area. As a special treat we’ll meet to have a memorable lunch together in one of York’s most iconic restaurants. Enjoy strolling along the narrow, enchanted-feeling streets. York is full of unique adventures and over-the-top memorable sights.
After lunch we’ll make our way to the fantastic York Castle Museum. We’ll experience hundreds of years of York’s history in one place – from recreated Jacobean dining rooms to a whole Victorian era street. After our museum visit we’ll take a fun boat ride. Our river journey meanders through this beautiful city by water as our guide regales us with tales of York’s rich history – including, of course its famous ghosts. After our cruise everyone will be free to find just the right charming restaurant for a great dinner on your own. After dinner we’ll have free time to check out some of the lively pubs of York, or just enjoy strolling the quiet streets before bedtime.
August 12, Monday – We’ll have another great breakfast at our hotel before heading out on our next adventure. Today we have to leave York by train to travel to Newcastle. There we pick up our private van for touring in the North Yorkshire and Northumberland areas.
Our first stop will be the fascinating city of Durham. Its magnificent cathedral is one of the oldest and most important in all Britain. George Washington’s ancestors were prominent in the church and the community, and in fact lived in the nearby village of Washington. We’ll investigate the charming streets of the old town, and have lunch together in a popular local restaurant before moving on.
From Durham we’ll enjoy a leisurely scenic drive through the beautiful landscapes of northern England. Our path will take us to captivating villages that seem frozen in time as we approach our next overnight destination, Langley-on-Tyne. There we will stay in a genuine castle which has been beautifully renovated to offer modern accommodations in a gorgeous historic setting. We’ll have dinner together in the hotel’s exceptional dining room before retiring for the night.
August 13, Tuesday – After a wonderful breakfast we’ll set out on an all-day adventure to visit
historic Hadrian’s Wall. We’ll travel to the pretty village of Hexham, which will serve as our base while exploring the area. This is the must-see destination for visiting the fabled Hadrian’s Wall, the monumental Roman fortification built beginning in122 AD, during the rule of Emperor Hadrian. The wall was the most heavily fortified border in the Empire. A significant portion of the wall still exists, and can be visited nearby.
We’ll first experience Vindolanda, home of one of Britain's 'Top Treasures' - the Vindolanda Writing Tablets. This is one Europe's most important Roman archaeological sites, with live excavations taking place every year. The fantastic museum provides a breathtaking exploration of ongoing discoveries and accounts of Roman life. Everyone will have time for a quick lunch on your own in the snack bar there before we continue to our next destination.
At this point everyone will have an option. Those who want the experience of walking along the wall may be dropped off near the beginning of the best-preserved section of Hadrian’s Wall, near the tiny village of Once Brewed. The section includes a climb to the top of Winshields Crags and the highest point of the trail, rewarded by stunning views in every direction. This is one of the most strenuous sections of the walk but is equally rewarding due to the quality of the wall and the panoramic views. If there was ever a “Kodak Moment” this is it! The non-hikers will be transported to Housesteads Roman Fort, with its stunning view of Hadrian’s Wall country. Housesteads covers an area of 5 acres and is the most complete example of a Roman fort in Britain. Some of the wall there has been partially reconstructed to give one of the most vivid pictures of the Romans and their works in Britain. Our van will pick up the hikers further along the wall, giving everyone nice views of the ancient architectural masterpiece along the way.
After a vigorous day everyone will be ready for a relaxing dinner together back at Langley-on-Tyne at a stagecoach inn dating back to 1705. After dinner we’ll return to our sumptuous castle hotel.
August 14, Wednesday – After a great breakfast in our castle hotel we’ll return to Newcastle to board a fast train to our next destination: Edinburgh, Scotland. We’ll be checking into our wonderful accommodations located right in the very center of the city, along the famed Royal Mile. Our visit to this unique city coincides with the world-famous Edinburgh Festival, the largest and most diverse arts festival on Earth. Once settled in we will get immediately into the action. We’ll have a nice lunch at a well-known café not far from our hotel with an important Harry Potter connection!
Then we’ll dive into the Festival with our first entertainment event that afternoon (TBD) followed by a memorable “Welcome to Scotland” dinner together. Visiting Edinburgh for the Festival combines the best of all worlds! Edinburgh at any time is totally captivating. There is always so much to see and do, from the spectacular Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile, ghost walks, musical pubs, and Holyrood House (the Queen’s residence in Edinburgh) to vigorous walking up to Arthur’s Seat or visiting the fabulous Botanical Gardens. When the Edinburgh Festival comes to town the possibilities multiply significantly. There is so much going on it can be hard to choose – everything from music and dance to plays and readings. There’s something for every taste!
Generally there are three or more times a day when it’s possible to attend free or ticketed events: morning, afternoon, evening, and even late night. The ticket offices for the official Festival and the much larger Fringe Festival are just steps from our hotel; and booking is easy. The hard part is deciding what to see or do!
We will have two events pre-booked and pre-paid for the entire group. And we will know much more about the specifics starting in May-June. We will have communications about what to expect as we get closer to the trip dates. Besides the two group events, everything else probably will not require advance booking (as in before we go on the tour).
Each guest may decide if an after dinner evening Festival event is doable. Most attractions have last-minute tickets available. So will it be rest-sleep or more Festival? By now that comfy bed may be looking pretty good…
But for those with stamina and a strong heart, experience an optional ghost walk into one of the scariest places in the world: deep in the underground Vaults of Edinburgh. Or for those who would prefer some Scottish folk or popular music there are plenty of venues in easy reach of our wonderful hotel. Kick back in a Scottish pub with a pint, and just soak in the atmosphere.
August 15, Thursday – After a great breakfast we will have a free day and evening to pursue whatever activities you like. Everyone will be well-oriented by now, so it’s time to try your wings and fly into the Edinburgh Festival 2019! Tickets, lunch and dinner will be on your own today.
You might want to tour the splendid Edinburgh Castle. This iconic castle is said to have inspired authors, poets, and artists. Among other fabled literary sites it was the basis for Minas Tirith in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Dracula’s Castle, and Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
(NOTE: Should one of our group events be scheduled for today everyone will be advised of the rendezvous point in advance.)
August 16, Friday – After another excellent breakfast, we’ll have another free day to take in Festival events. Tickets and lunch and dinner will be on your own today.
(NOTE: Should one of our group events be scheduled for today everyone will be advised of the rendezvous point in advance.)
Make sure you’ve had dinner early enough for us to rendezvous at 8:30 PM for our reserved performance of the incomparable Edinburgh Military Tattoo at 9 PM. This fantastic show is different every year. We’re in for a real treat!
After the Tattoo everyone will definitely be ready for bed. Luckily our hotel is nearby.
August 17, Saturday – After our hearty Scottish breakfast everyone will have a choice to make:
Those guests wanting to experience more Festival entertainment will be free to do so, OR take an optional trip to the magnificent Alnwick Castle, about a one-hour train ride from Edinburgh. The dazzling castle, with it’s fantastic botanical gardens, ithe home of the Duke of Northumberland, and is located in far northern England, just across the Scottish border. It has always been a popular stately home to visit, but it was made more so as it was used extensively as a filming location in several of the Harry Potter movies.
While there we’ll have an unforgettable lunch in the famous Treehouse Restaurant. Yes, it really is a treehouse! For a totally enchanting experience we’ll be seated together to enjoy a gourmet meal together high in the trees. Participants in this experience may order from the wonderful menu on their own, but we will all be seated at the same table.
In the evening we’ll return to Edinburgh in time for a lovely “Farewell to Scotland Dinner together.
After dinner there will still be time to squeeze in another Festival event; or just be content to stroll the fascinating Royal Mile, and maybe stop in a pub for some lively Scottish music.
August 18, Sunday – After our last Scottish breakfast guests will take departing flights from the very user-friendly Edinburgh Airport. Since departure times will vary transportation from central Edinburgh to the airport are not included in the tour cost, and must be pre-arranged to suit individual departure times. We will be happy to assist in the planning.
What’s in store for us?
This tour is custom-planned for a small group of no more than 8 guests. Even if you are a seasoned traveler, you have never experienced England and Scotland like this. We’re sure the journey will captivate you. You’ll be part of a magical adventure - complete with music, gourmet picnics, and surprises that will delight you at every turn. There are no exhausting bus rides or inconvenient poorly-located hotels.
This is not a “Big Bus Tour”. There will be no wake-up calls at 5 AM to herd onto the buses. Our travelers will have a friendly, extremely knowledgeable guide for the entire trip – not just a bus driver and hum-drum contracted tour guide. We do our best to set the mood, to weave a spell, and to make yours a total experience. Hotels and most restaurants on the entire tour have been selected for their very specific location or high level of “atmosphere”. The small group size allows us to personalize the experience in a way large groups simply cannot do. We make it easy, comfortable and stress-free. No guest has to worry about the details of where we are going next. You will feel as if you are not a tourist, but a guest of your English and Scottish friends.
This is a complete tour; and the prices are not increased during the trip through unexpected charges for “extra” tours and arrangements you must handle on your own. If there will be any optional tours or activities not included in the cost everyone will be advised well before signing up for the tour. Most meals are included, and those that are not included are detailed in the itinerary. Your Tour Guide: Larry Ivy is the Tour Coordinator and guide for Your Man in Europe, and a long-time veteran of European travel and unique private tour-leading. Larry wants just one thing: for you to have “the best time of your life”!
Complete Prices for the August 9 – 18, 2019 Tour
$3945.00 Per Person
All prices are based on Double Occupancy. Single supplement is an additional $565.
A $500 deposit holds your place on the tour. Reservations and deposits for this fantastic opportunity should be made as early as possible, but not later than April 30, 2019. The final balance is due by July 1, 2019. Make checks payable to “Your Man in Europe”. Guests are invited to use our no-interest flexible payment plan.
Deposit and payment checks may be mailed to: Your Man in Europe 2608 S University Drive Fort Worth TX 76109 USA
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Tour Includes: Eight (8) nights of overnight accommodation (based on double occupancy) in exceptional, very specially selected hotels, all eight (8) breakfasts, four (4) lunches, and five(5) dinners; all ground transportation (except August 18 airport transfers); and First Class rail travel (where available), admissions to all attractions described in the tour itinerary, knowledgeable guide services, and standard gratuities. There will be no additional charges for the tours and events specifically included by Your Man in Europe. There may be extra charges for tours not included in the detailed itinerary. These are optional activities.
Not Included: Airfare to London and returning from Edinburgh, optional travel insurance, extra beverages (meals will include one beverage and will be budgeted accordingly); a la cart or premium menu selections beyond the established meal allowances; between meal snacks; gratuities for extra services such as baggage porters, or for superior service (normal gratuities are included in the trip cost); souvenirs; and privately arranged activities.
Also: All overnight accommodations, as well as railroad and minibus travel will be NO-SMOKING.
This tour is strictly limited to a maximum of 8 guests travelling together