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York, the Lake District & Edinburgh

Great Value Vacations
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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
7 days
From: $ 1,834 $ 262 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Enjoy breathtaking views of England's charming countryside as you make your way from destination to destination.
  • Explore a 4,000 year-old stone circle during your tour of England's lake district!
  • Discover the Secrets of the Royal Mile on your special walking tour!
  • Enjoy sweeping views of Edinburgh from the lawn of Edinburgh Castle, which sits atop an ancient volcano.
  • Treat yourself to a glass of Scotch in Scotland's capital city!

Short Description

Visit three distinctly different regions in one week. From cities with a Viking past, to castles that live atop ancient volcanoes, you'll see it all!

A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Trip Type Self-guided / Independent Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Airfare included
Start City Manchester
End City Edinburgh

Trip Includes

  • Round-trip economy class airfare into Manchester (MAN) and out of Edinburgh (EDI)
  • Manual car rental for 4 nights - upgrade to automatic available
  • 2 nights in York at the Mercure York Fairfield Center Hotel
  • 2 nights in Windermere at the Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa, or similar
  • Ten Lakes Spectacular Tour
  • 2 nights in Edinburgh at the Macdonald Holyrood Hotel or similar
  • Secrets of the Royal Mile walking Tour
  • Departure transfer from Edinburgh hotel to Edinburgh Airport
  • Breakfast daily

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Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Manchester!

Accommodation: Mercure York Fairfield Manor Hotel

After your flight to Manchester, pick up your rental car and make your way to your accommodation in York.

Once settled, head over to Clifford's Tower and hike the short path; you'll be treated to panoramic views of the old Viking City below!

Day 2: York

Spend the day exploring the secrets of this historic city today! Pay a visit to Northern Europe's largest Gothic cathedral, York Minster; you can spend hours getting lost in its priceless display of intricate medieval stained glass. You can also dive deep into the city's Viking heritage with a visit to the Jorvik Viking Center, or pay a visit to the National Railway Museum, which will transport you to a haven for train fans.

After a day of sightseeing, relax with a spot of tea and pastries, perhaps at the 16th-century parlor at Gray's Court.

Day 3: York - Windermere

Accommodation: Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa

Make your way west to Windermere, located at the heart of the Lake District National Park.

Day 4: Windermere

Embark on your lakes tour today - make sure your camera is charged, you're going to want to take tons of photos of the picturesque surroundings.

Ten Lakes Spectacular - Full-Day Tour (From Windermere)

Embark on a full-day tour exploring England's famous Lake District renowned for being the “most beautiful corner of England.” Enjoy views of the magnificent scenery of mountains, valleys and lakes from the south to the north.

The tour includes a lake cruise (during high season, April through October), a visit to the 4,000 year-old Castlerigg Stone Circle set high on the fells, and time in Keswick for lunch. You travel over passes and through beautiful valleys, seeing waterfalls and traditional Lakeland villages, with plenty of stops for admiring the views and taking photographs along the way.

Day 5: Windermere - Edinburgh

Accommodation: Macdonald Holyrood Hotel

Drive north until you cross the Scottish border today, continuing to Edinburgh. Drop off your rental car and get settled at your hotel, then take a walk over to Edinburgh Castle, and enjoy sweeping views of the city below.

In the evening, you may want to go to a nearby pub and treat yourself to a glass of Scottish whisky (scotch) - the perfect way to celebrate the beginning of your adventure in Scotland's capital city!

Day 6: Edinburgh

Enjoy a unique walking tour like no other today, where you'll discover the Secrets of the Royal Mile!

After your tour, spend some time exploring the winding roads of the Medieval Mile; stop for a bite at one of the many traditional pubs and restaurants, perhaps even treat yourself to a serving of haggis!

Secrets of the Royal Mile Walking Tour

This 1.5-hour walking tour is the perfect introduction to Scotland’s capital. Discover an Edinburgh beyond the reach of tour buses and books. Your expert guide will take you to the places where history was made - the wynds, closes, courtyards and homes of Edinburgh’s Old Town.

You’ll be hanging on your guide’s every word, as the true stories of the city’s past unfold. The characters? Think Mary Queen of Scots, David Hume, Adam Smith and Robert Burns. But you’ll go far beyond the well-known facts and faces - uncovering another side of the city, and Scotland’s past. From crime and culture to politics and everyday events, all Edinburgh life is here - expertly told by your local guide.

Day 7: Depart Scotland

In accordance with your departure flight, you'll be transferred to Edinburgh Airport (EDI).

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When I booked with Great Value I was nervous because it seemed too good to be true. Nope, just a really great deal. I was able to take my dream trip to Ireland and Scotland and it was within my budget. Everything was covered, my lodging, flights, and rental car. There was no hidden fees, or fine print that would nickel and dime me later on, as "good deals" usually have. I also had to change the date of my trip and the customer service was excellent and this change was simple. Thank you Great Value, I'll be using you every time I travel from now on
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Everything on the trip was excellent. The only concern with any services from GVV was initial communications ahead of the trip regarding when and how we'd receive all our travel vouchers, as some were available online, and some were to be picked up in country upon arrival. It took no less than 5 phone calls to learn some vouchers would be picked up in country. The trip was outstanding, exhausting, but gloriously beautiful. It was exhausting from the perspective of moving around the country and only a few places were 2 nights. But, we knew that going in, and we wanted to see ALL of Switzerland and this certainly checked those boxes. We saw majestic mountains, we saw countless waterfalls and glaciers. The trains in Switzerland were all clean and we felt safe. The hotels were good with delicious breakfasts each morning. Overall, I would recommend GVV to a friend or family member and I would personally book another vacation with GVV.
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This was my first time planning a trip out of the country. I read previous reviews who had a good experience with Great Value Vacation. Our trip was amazing! The booking and reservations were easy to use with the vouchers provided. The staff was helpful. The only downside was I upgraded to have an automatic vehicle and they gave me a stick shift. It took a while to get sorted out but other than that I loved my trip! I will definitely use great value vacations again when I book my next trip. I opted for the additional wine tasting package and I did not regret it! I recommend adding those additional tours to get a more complete experience.
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Great customer service

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My wife and I recently booked our vacation through Great Value Vacations. We were a bit nervous to travel to Europe for the first time, but we are glad we did. Great Value Vacations took care of us. Great customer service. Seamless transactions. They booked the hotels and flights for us. All we had to worry about were the daily activities! I would highly recommended them. The hotels offered through the package were as advertised: nice and in great locations. The flights times were also convenient. The best part was the price. I am thankful for the experiences Great Value Vacation was able to provide for us!
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Really enjoyed both of my trips

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Really enjoyed both of my trips through Great Value Vacations. I went on one family trip to Ireland (Adare villa, rental car with trips out to Dublin, Cliffs of Moher and more) . The villa was very comfortable with a kitchen, three bedrooms, and proximity to the local shops /restaurants. We were able to upgrade to an automatic car and had fun navigating to each location on our itinerary. The trip as planned by the agency still leaves time for exploring on your own and since we picked a trip with our own transportation, we had flexibility on which tours we wanted to do and when.

My second trip was a solo trip to Scotland. I like to go on vacation by myself sometimes, but it can be hard to find ones where you aren’t penalized for being on your own. This train trip to Edinburgh, Inverness, and Glasgow worked out really well for me. The hotels were all near the train stations and in safe areas (good lighting, plenty of people, etc.). I got a good mix of options for sightseeing in each city. The hop-on, hop-off bus circuit was especially useful for getting around Edinburgh. I also added an extra tour on in Glasgow to see nearby castles and a distillery and was very glad to have done so as the views of the countryside were amazing!

Summary: Have enjoyed my previous experiences and would definitely use again
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Just got back from our trip to Italy booked through Great Value Vacations & was our dream come true! We could not have gone if it were not for their unbelievable rates. Each 4 Star Villa we stayed at was above and beyond our expectations...I cried after leaving each part of our journey. I am so glad I took a leap of faith and would HIGHLY RECOMMEND booking with them. Besides the Villas being beautiful, great locations, clean, and great staff; each place we arrived at actually said, "They said to give you a very nice room." (with a rate of just under $1,900 a piece for 9 nights not counting travel days at 4 stars Villas in Rome, Tuscany, & Venice including airfare and rent a car... a few friends told us to expect the worst rooms at the places we were staying ~ NOT the case! Our rooms had the best views...I could go on and on. Every step of the way was smooth with no worries whatsoever. Thanks again GVV! LOVED IT!
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