Travel Ideas

Our escorted holidays for groups are specifically designed for private groups and group travel organisers.

All our holidays include a qualified and professional tour guide/manager giving you background knowledge to the areas you visit as well as that personal service and feeling of individuality for each party member in your group.Etal Village Tours

We specialise in Northern Britain and believe we can offer you the best value and quality experience in these breathtaking regions.

Our tours are 100% tailor-made for you and your group to suit interests, budgets, values and activity levels. We have however, carefully selected some of our previous hand crafted group tours to give you some inspiration for your next trip to Northern England, Scotland or Wales.

You could see the below tour ideas as pre-arranged itineraries which we will use as a foundation for your tailor-made group tour. None of the tour ideas are set in stone and all can be tailored to suit your exact requrements and tastes.

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Please find a selection of tour ideas for your next trip to Northern England, Scotland or Wales. We are happy to provide you with your personal tour itinerary based on the below or create your hand-crafted trip 'from scratch' with and for you.

Northern England

Northumbria Taster Tours

NORTHUMBRIAN TASTER - Northumberland coast, Durham, Newcastle, Hadrian's Wall, Holy Island

Taster tour of Northumbria designed especially for you.

4 DAYS FROM £275.00

Explore early Christianity on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, discover the cultural capital of the North Newcastle Gateshead, experience archaeology in action on Hadrian's Wall and walk the historic streets of Durham to the magnificent Norman (Romanesque) catherdral. Maybe crafted as a short taster, this tour is anything but! You still have the time to relax and experience all the places you visit...

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Northern Castles and Coasts

UPDATED FOR 2020: KINGDOM OF NORTHUMBRIA - CASTLES AND COAST - Tynemouth, Bamburgh Castle, Alnwick, Barnard Castle & Bowes Museum, Raby Castle, Richmond

Northumberland has more castles and fortified buildings than any other county in England.

6 DAYS FROM £485.00

Discover just a few of the highlights at hidden gems Ford & Etal, coastal Bamburgh, beautiful Warkworth and the impressive Alnwick Castle. In County Durham explore the home of Lord Barnard in Teesdale, and visit the splendid Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle. Enjoy afternoon tea in one of the most haunted castles in England...

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Northumbrian highlights

UPDATED FOR 2019: WILD NORTHUMBRIA - Northumberland coast, Newcastle, Farne Islands (landing on Inner Farne), Northumberland National Park, North Pennines.

Discover the highlights of North East England with a bit of a wildlife twist...

5 DAYS FROM £385.00

Travel to the very North of England and set foot onto the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, explore Harry Potter's playground at Alnwick, experience the fantastic Roman legacy on Hadrian's Wall, marvel at the cultural renaissance of NewcastleGateshead and discover one of the greatest highlights of Natural Britain on the Farne Islands....

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Roman Heritage tours

ROMAN HERITAGE - Hadrian's Wall, Vindolanda, South Shields, Corbridge, Housesteads, Maryport

Discover the history behind the Roman occupation of Northern Britain.
3 DAYS FROM £155.00 or 5 days from £345

Explore the full length of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Hadrian's Wall - why not include a walk along the most famous sections, experience live archaeology and discover some of the greatest treasures found on (or even in) British soil. Travel to the more unknown Western frontier... If your group enjoy ancient history, then this is the tour for you! You will, of course, be accompanied by a professional guide and meet knowledgeable experts in their respected fields during your travels.

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Crook Hall

THE NORTHERN GARDEN - Crook Hall Gardens, Cragside House and Gardens (home to industrialist Lord Armstrong), Alnwick, Howick Hall (home of Earl Grey).

Discover some of the most beautiful (and important) gardens in Northern England.

5 DAYS FROM £430.00

This tour includes visits to and tours of private & public gardens - enjoy an exclusive champagne reception or a wine tasting in fantastic surroundings. Explore the contemporary Alnwick Garden on a private tour, marvel at Lord Armstrong's mansion and gardens at Cragside, discover private gardens designed by Gertude Jeyll and experience the original home of Earl Grey tea on the Northumberland coast.

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Gateshead culture

CULTURAL CAPITALS OF THE NORTH - Newcastle, York, Edinburgh Optional: Bradford, Manchester, Liverpool

Stunning architecture, world-class culture, spectacular arts & hidden secrets - in short: fantastic cosmopolitan cities...

2 DAYS FROM £85.00

Explore some of the greatest cities in the United Kingdom and discover the great landscapes surrounding them! Newcastle - gone are the days of coal, today the city has world-class culture and seen a huge revival of its classical architecture. York is the most complete medieval city in England - and one of the most impressive of its kind, too. Durham a little gem, home to England's third oldest university and one of the largest Romanesque cathedrals in Europe. Scotland's capital Edinburgh is one of the most exciting cities in Europe - great festivals, arts, iconic landmarks and museums. Bradford is the world's first UNESCO City of Film as well as UNESCO World Heritage Site Saltaire - worth a peak! Manchester welcomes you to one of the best shopping experiences in England. And then there is Liverpool - not only home to pop music but landmark city with world-class sites, museums and heritage. Take your pick and let us create you perfect city break...

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Yorkshire taster tour

YORKSHIRE TASTER - Yorkshire Dales, Fountains Abbey, North York Moors, Goathland, Harrogate, Black Sheep Brewery, Whitby

Discover Yorkshire delights on this taster tour of God's Own Country

4 DAYS FROM £265.00

Explore the 'Wonder of the North' at UNESCO World Heritage Site Fountains Abbey, taste some local ale after an in-depth brewery tour at Masham, enjoy a lovely cup of tea at the world-renowned Betty's in Harrogate (or York) and experience the stunning scenery in the North York Moors National Park on your way to Goathland (Heartbeat Country) and (Ben Stoker's) Whitby.

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Yorkshire holiday tours

YORKSHIRE'S NATIONAL PARKS - Wensleydale in the Yorkshire Dales, Whitby Abbey, Heather moorlands on the North York Moors Railway, Saltaire and the edge of the Peak District

Discover the beautiful landscapes in Yorkshire's national parks and discover hidden gems along your journey

5 DAYS FROM £380.00

The North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales national parks are some of the most beautiful and breathtaking in the country. Experience the spa town of Harrogate and enjoy the spectacular scenery during a steam train journey through the North York Moors to mystical Whitby, made famous through ancient synods, bloody stories and seafaring adventurers... Travel through the tranquil Yorkshire Dales and discover the delightful village of Hawes in Wensleydale. UNESCO World Heritage Site Saltaire, close to Bradford is fabulous and the nearby landscapes of the Peak District are a stunning visit...

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Tour package, Poets and Writers of the English Lakes

POETS AND WRITERS - Poets and Writers of the English Lakes

The Lake District National Park is one of the most beautiful places in England and a ‘must see’ destination

Number of 5 DAYS FROM £POA

Discover the landscapes made famous by England's most famous poets and artists - or you could argue the other way around - inspiration coming form the beautiful landscapes in the tranquil Lakes... Either way, your tailored tour might include visits to the former homes of Wordsworth or Beatrix Potter. A boat trip on one of the most inspiring lakes of Ullswater is a sheer delight. (especially combined with Afternoon Tea by the lakeside). The beautiful little market towns of Keswick or Kendal invite you to shop and wander... Let us create that bespoke visit to one of England's most tranquil regions.

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Tour package, Golden Age of Northumbria

THE GOLDEN AGE OF NORTHUMBRIA - Scottish Borders, Holy Island, Bamburgh village and parish church, North Yorkshire Moors, The Venerable Bede, York.

Follow in the famous footsteps of the Northern Saints - Cuthbert, Bede, Aidan and Wilfrid...

6 DAYS FROM £495.00

Explore the largest and one of the wealthiest Anglo Saxon kingdoms in England. Travel to the cradle of English Christianity on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne and understand the history behind this great region. Visit the beautiful Durham Cathedral and it's most famous saint, Cuthbert before discovering the home and life of the Venerable Bede... Explore the medieval streets leading to Whitby Abbey on the North East coast. Enjoy a walking tour of the ancient city of York and its steep Roman, Anglo Saxon and Viking history.

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NEW FOR 2020: THE EXPLORER'S ROAD - Discover new brand-new route from North to South incl. Alnwick, York, Lincoln, Hertford & St. Albans. 

Discover one of the oldest roads in England...

SMALL GROUP TOUR

For two thousand years the English have travelled a highway which connects north to south, creating the original 500km multi-stop touring route through the historic and cultural heart of the nation. Call us to find out more!

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UPGRADED FOR 2020: KYNREN - EPIC TALE OF ENGLAND - Discover 2,000 years of British history packed into one spectacular evening - highlights also include Durham Dales, Bishop Auckland and Raby Castle 

Experience music, culture, excitement, the spectacular and some amazing fireworks...

Number of 3 DAYS FROM £POA

What a fantastic spectacle awaits on this tour of the hidden North! Discover the breathtaking countryside of Wear- & Teesdale, explore the history behind the Prince Bishops of Durham and crown it all with the bonanza that it Kynren - Epic Tale of England!

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Scotland

Tour Package, A taste of Scotland

A TASTE OF SCOTLAND - Edinburgh, Caingorm National Park, Aberdeen, Highlands (Inverness), Whisky tasting experience

Discover mystical Scotland on this perfect taster.

5 DAYS FROM £395

Discover some of the greatest Scottish highlights during this taster tour of one of the most beautiful countries in Europe. Explore Edinburgh on a personally guided tour, travel to Roayl Deeside and see the Sottish home of the Royal Family, experience a whisky tasting in the heart of Speyside and see if you can spot Nessie during a visit to Loch Ness...

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Tour package, Great Tour of Scotland

GREAT TOUR OF SCOTLAND - Isle of Skye, Orkney, Western Highlands & the Atlantic coast, Whisky, Glen Coe, Culloden Battlefield, Edinburgh

Breathtaking, stunning, beautiful - discover Scotland's highlands and islands.

9 DAYS FROM £995

"One of the greatest journeys you will ever understake!" - our own words in this case - but for very good reason. Stunning landscapes, remote fishing villages, breathtaking wildlife and a unparalleled diversity... Discover the Highlands and islands of Scotland, chat with the locals, sample the dram of life, discover the story of the real Highlands, explore hidden gems of Britain's most northern country... 

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Tour package, Edinburgh and the Scottish Borders

EDINBURGH AND THE SCOTTISH BORDERS - Roslyn Chapel, Abbotsford House, Scottish Borders, Edinburgh, Melrose Abbey, New Lanark

Explore Southern Scotland and the Heart of Midlothian...

4 DAYS FROM £395

Explore a patch of unknown Scotland - yet one of the most beautiful, diverse and interesting parts of it: The Scottish Borders. Border abbeys, castles, salmon, poets & writers... All to be found here and to be discovered on a Northern Secrets tour. There is so much to explore - talk to us about your trip to Southern Scotland.

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Wales

Wales

UNDISCOVERED NORTH WALES - Anglesey, Snowdon National Park, Portmeirion Village, North Wales coast, Llechwedd Slate Caverns

Discover the rough, wild and stunning North Wales.

6 DAYS FROM £475.00

Perched on a rocky fringe in Western Europe, welcome to undiscovered (North) Wales – one of the most beautiful and interesting places in Britain. Discover some of the hidden gems of North Wales on the island of Anglesey, in medieval towns such as Conwy, on the Llangollen Canal or in the most beautiful Italianesque village of Portmeirion...

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Our Tailor-Made Service for You

Tour package, Great North of England roundtrip

The above tour ideas are to give you inspiration. All our tours are tailor-made to suit you. We are happy to use one of the above tour ideas as a base for your next trip with us however we are very happy to create a fully bespoke tour from scratch...

As personalised as our trips are, sometimes you need to take things a step further. Find out more about our tailor-made service where every step of your tour is carefully hand-crafted just for you. The only rules are those set by yourself.

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