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Highlights
  • Take a boat ride on the most beautiful of the Lakes — Derwentwater — before ascending the distinctive fell of Cat Bells for spectacular views.
  • Follow in the footsteps of the Romantic poets at Wordsworth's Grasmere and Dove Cottage.
  • Walk part of the upland Pennine Way National Trail, chasing the Pennine Mountain tops along the rugged backbone of England.

The Lake District National Park is the most well known in England for its highest peaks and deepest lakes, while the Scottish Southern Uplands offer lower more rolling landscapes. Embark on a delightful walking adventure that leads you along the lakeshores, woodlands and mountaintops of these beautiful regions, and delight in the panoramic views that have served as inspiration to some of the world’s greatest poets.

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4.5 Meals
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Walking in the Lake District and Scotland

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S

Does Not Recommend

They take advantage of the elderly May 2018

1.0
  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 1.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Transportation 1.0
  • Meals 1.0
I had high hopes for Road scholar. However, when I was diagnosed with cancer I got no sympathy from Road Scholar. The agents and management kept saying you should have purchased insurance. But the insurance was extremely expensive and would not have covered the cancellation fee either. I ended up attending anyways because I didn't want to lose my money. I felt sick the entire time and could barely complete the activities. The group leader was wonderful. But the program was very strict and I felt that they over charged for everything. They demonstrated shocking behavior for a non profit that is supposed to be all about education and supporting the elderly. Yet they constantly are sending catalogs and pushing expensive programs. I highly recommend taking your money elsewhere. They do not respect their customers and only care about money. They took advantage of a cancer patient and according to the others on my trip this is common.
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Does Not Recommend

A BIG DISAPPOINTMENT August 2017

3.0
  • Value 3.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 3.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 2.0
  • Meals 3.0
I would have enjoyed this trip much more if I felt I was being treated as an adult, the educated, enthusiastic traveler that I am.
Unfortunately, I took a fall and broke my arm near the end of the trip. I was shocked at the very insolent, uncaring attitude of Road Scholar. I received two calls from the insurance program my husband was encouraged to pay for for the trip (we usually use Travel Guard who is great). Both calls were very negative. Neither expressed concern about my condition and both apparently had called to state that ROAD SCHOLAR
WOULD NOT PAY FOR ANYTHING! WOW! A WAKEUP CALL FROM HELL. I WILL BE SHOUTING THIS FROM THE ROOFTOPS SO NO ONE ELSE
HAS THIS EXPERIENCE. DO NOT PURCHASE ROAD SCHOLAR INSURANCE -- IT IS A BOONDOGGLE!
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LG

Does Not Recommend

Don't go! March 2017

2.0
  • Guide 1.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Meals 1.0
  • Value 2.0
  • Transportation 2.0
I took a four day bridge class at Jekyll Island Club Hotel. The class was mediocre. And I came home with over 50 BED BUG BITES! Please beware.

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TCtssvawmc

Recommends

Excellent coverage of major cities and Guizhou Province January 2017

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Road Scholar (also known as Elderhostel) offers hundreds of tours worldwide, using local tour companies, sometimes universities. I have taken RS tours to Africa, China, and France and look forward to more. This was my first "tour" of China, but my 20th visit, with the rest on business. Our guide, Mei Mei, was one of the finest I've seen on tours. We started with Beijing and continued to Xian and then to Guizhou Province for a week in this fascinating area, which was new to me. We were able to meet the people in the villages, thanks to our guide, and enjoyed the chance to see and photograph such a variety of places in China. Hotels were excellent and appropriate to this type of tour (usually centrally located and very fine). Meals were family style and always good. Road Scholar makes its tours educational and doesn't push shopping as so many commercial ones do. Touring in China is very safe. You do have a lot of walking and RS tells you this in the tour, but it seems that a great deal of the walking is in those huge airports! I recommend Road Scholar and always turn to their catalogs to choose my next trip.
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WE

Recommends

A peaceful and green country with lots of history revealed by motor coach travel. January 2017

4.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 3.0
  • Transportation 3.0
  • Meals 3.0
The trip was a good overview of the country. The Road Scholar guide was very knowledgeable. The motorcoach was very comfortable. The accommodations and meals were fine. Couldn't ask for a better overview of the place.
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Itinerary

Day 1: In Transit to Program

In Flight

Day 2: Arrival Day, Windermere.

Meals: Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Windermere Hydro Hotel.

Morning: Manchester Airport (MAN). Please see the Transportation Information section for details of transfers.

Lunch: In the hotel dining room for those arriving by lunchtime. A light lunch with coffee, tea and water. Other beverages are available for purchase.

Afternoon: Free time to check-in and unpack at the hotel before an Orientation at 6pm. The Group Leaders will greet everyone and lead introductions. This program is staffed with two Group Leaders, who will accompany us throughout the program and deal with logistics, lecture, conduct field trips and serve as an information resource on program-related topics. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date Daily Schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities and answer any questions you may have. We have set aside some free time in the schedule for your personal independent exploration. Please note that program activities, schedules and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: A seated dinner will be taken in the hotel dining room with coffee, tea and water. Other beverages are available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure to relax and prepare for the program ahead.

Day 3: Wordsworth's Grasmere, Windermere.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Windermere Hydro Hotel.

Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast buffet in the hotel. A wide range of hot and cold options, as well as coffee, tea, water and fruit juices.

Morning: We begin today in the hotel with a briefing on walking and hiking in the lakes. Everything you need to know about traversing this beautiful part of England will be covered, and any burning questions you may have will be answered. Your Group Leader will also explain the variety of walks on offer every day, the differences in content and length, and help guide you in your choices. There will then be an option of walks in the Loughrigg area.

Lunch: A packed lunch of sandwiches, fruit, a snack and a drink will be provided to enjoy at your leisure.

Afternoon: Your walks continue into the afternoon, with an opportunity towards the end to visit Dove Cottage, home and inspiration to the poet William Wordsworth. We'll learn about the “Lake District Scene” and the lives of the Romantic poets.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: After dinner we'll gather in the hotel for an enlightening talk on Vernacular architecture.

Day 4: The Langdale Valley, Windermere.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Windermere Hydro Hotel.

Breakfast: In hotel dining room.

Morning: Both of today’s walks are in the Langdale valley, an area that has played a key role in the development of the culture of the Lake District. We'll be discussing flora and fauna of the high tops, and the history and traditions of walking and hiking.

Lunch: A packed lunch of sandwiches, fruit, a snack and a drink will be provided to enjoy at your leisure.

Afternoon: Your walks continue, before we return to the hotel by motor coach.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 5: Troutbeck, Townend, Windermere.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Windermere Hydro Hotel.

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Today, we have a short walk to Orrest Head, a magnificent view point above Windermere village and lake. This will be followed, if time with a short visit to Holehird, the Lake District Horticultural Society garden before we continue the walk to the Mortal Man pub. Before arriving at The Mortal Man pub, there should be time to visit the beautiful village church, ‘Jesus Church’ with its fine ‘Burn Jones’ arts and craft stain glass window.

Lunch: A served lunch will be taken at The Mortal Man pub in Troutbeck. An established traditional Lake District Inn since 1689, it resides over the wonderous panoramic views of Lakeland mountains that have captivated many great minds through the centuries.

Afternoon: We continue our walk through the village of Troutbeck. Troutbeck is a designated Conservation Area, with a number of buildings which date from the 17th to 19th Centuries. Some of the buildings have retained the original features such as mullioned windows, heavy cylindrical chimneys and many other unique architectural curiosities. We'll enjoy a guided walk of this lovely village, followed by an visit to Townend, a 17th Century National Trust property.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 6: Derwentwater, The Borrowdale Valley, Windermere

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Windermere Hydro Hotel.

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: This morning we'll enjoy a boat cruise on the nearby Derwentwater. At 3 miles long, 1 mile wide, the Derwentwater is both fed and drained by the the River Derwent, which has a rich historical and literary background. An oasis of peace and calm, it has inspired many a writer throughout the years. We'll discuss these writers, as well as the impact tourism has had on the area.

Lunch: A packed lunch of sandwiches, fruit, a snack and a drink will be provided to enjoy at your leisure.

Afternoon: This afternoon we have two walks available. There will be a a high level walk taking us over Cat Bells, a favourite of Beatrix Potter. There will also be a gentler route, taking us on a beautiful circular walk around the Borrowdale Valley, taking in the magnificent Bowder Stone, quaint hamlets of Stonethwaite, Rosthwaite and Grange as well as a stroll beside the River Derwent. Your Group Leaders will explain the difference between the options and help you choose how to spend your afternoon.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 7: Coniston, Windermere

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Windermere Hydro Hotel.

Breakfast: In hotel dining room.

Morning: We travel by motor coach to nearby Coniston, the centre of the historic copper mining industry. The great Victorian thinker John Ruskin and author Arthur Ransome both have strong links with this area and the following walk options are available: A high level walk takes us over Coniston Old Man, looking at the disused copper mines and slate quarries. A medium level walk takes us around beautiful Tarn Hows.

Lunch: A packed lunch of sandwiches, fruit, a snack and a drink will be provided to enjoy at your leisure.

Afternoon: The walks continue before we return to the hotel by motor coach.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: Enjoy a delightful audio-visual presentation from a local expert: “A Lakeland Picture Show”.

Day 8: Free Day, Windermere.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Windermere Hydro Hotel.

Breakfast: In hotel dining room.

Morning: Enjoy a free day with a "Cross Lakes Shuttle" ticket. This is an all day service where a small passenger boat will take you across Windermere, with transportation available to Hilltop and Hawkshead return, alighting at your leisure. You will be provided with a booklet of self-guided walks to help you explore the area, with a choice of Lakeside walks or more taxing walks over Claife Heights for the adventurous!

Lunch: A packed lunch of sandwiches, fruit, a snack and a drink will be provided to enjoy at your leisure.

Afternoon: Free to continue your independent exploration.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 9: Transfer to Kelso, The Scottish Borders, Kelso

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Cross Keys.

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: We board the motor coach to transfer to Scotland, a journey of 140 miles taking 3hrs 30mins. En-route we'll make relaxed stops to explore Moffat, a small town in the midst of the southern uplands, and at St. Mary's Loch.

Lunch: Lunch will be taken in between the picturesque Loch of Lowes and St. Mary’s Loch.

Afternoon: Enjoy a 3 mile walk along the East side of the loch, before continuing on to the hotel. We'll check in, and then have time to relax.

Dinner: A seated dinner will be taken in the hotel dining room with coffee, tea and water. Other beverages are available for purchase.

Evening: Relax after dinner with an informative talk on The Borders and the Southern Uplands.

Day 10: The Rivers Tweed & Teviot, Kelso.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Cross Keys.

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Today we explore the Jedburgh and the Teviots. We start by driving by mini coach to Jedburgh, where you will have an opportunity to explore this classic border town, which includes Mary Queen of Scots House, the Abbey and the Jail. A unique town, all exhibitions are free and the whole town is a free Wi-Fi area. We then drive at midday to your lunch stop at the Buccleuch Arms

Lunch: Enjoy a traditional served pub lunch in St Boswells.

Afternoon: In the afternoon there are walks into the Teviots Hills, near St Boswells and a walk along St Cuthberts Way to the Waterloo Monument, Peniel Heugh. Here you can walk up and climb the tower and visit the Harestanes Visitors Centre. We then return to the hotel.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: Enjoy an enlightening talk on abbeys and monasteries.

Day 11: Melrose, Eldon Hills, Kelso.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Cross Keys.

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Today we have walks in and around the pleasant small town of Melrose. The town has one of the earliest Norman Abbeys in which at one time, it is said, was buried the heart of King Robert the Bruce. The longer walk takes us across the majestic River Tweed before following St. Cuthbert’s Way across the wonderful Eildon Hills before descending via the abbey into the town. For the easier walk there is a chance to follow the paths beside the River Tweed and around the town’s outskirts before later visiting Smailholm Tower, one of the finest and best preserved Pele Towers in the Scottish Borders.

Lunch: A packed lunch of sandwiches, fruit, a snack and a drink will be provided to enjoy at your leisure.

Afternoon: The walks continue before we return to the hotel by motor coach.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: A Scottish Pipe Band plays for us in the ballroom.

Day 12: Lindisfarne: The Holy Island, Kelso.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Cross Keys.

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: A full day field trip by motor coach to Lindisfarne, the Holy Island. With a recorded history from the 6th Century, Lindisfarne was an important centre of Celtic Christianity and we will pay a visit to Lindisfarne Priory, originally founded in the 7th Century. Depending on the tides we will spend 3 to 5 hours before returning to the mainland.

Lunch: Lunch will be served at the Barn at Beal.

Afternoon: Your afternoon walk today is on the Berwickshire coast around St Abbs head, although this day may alter depending on the tide times.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 13: The Pennine Way, Kelso.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Cross Keys.

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Today we have a choice of walks across the Pennine Way. The Pennine way runs 267 miles from the Peak District to Kirk Yetholm, just inside the Scottish Border, across the Pennine Hills. Steeped in history, this is known as the “backbone of England” and offers some of the finest upland walking in England. A once in a lifetime experience.

Lunch: A packed lunch of sandwiches, fruit, a snack and a drink will be provided to enjoy at your leisure.

Afternoon: The walks continue before we return to the hotel by motor coach.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 14: Transfer to Edinburgh, Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh Airport

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: We drive to the Scottish capital Edinburgh and, weather permitting, take an open top bus tour exploring both the old and new parts of this iconic city.

Lunch: A packed lunch of sandwiches, fruit, a snack and a drink will be provided to enjoy at your leisure.

Afternoon: Those with energy to spare will be able to take a guided hike up Arthur’s Seat, the famous volcanic hill at the foot of the Royal Mile. Some claim its name is derived from the legends surrounding King Arthur. Decide for yourself as you enjoy this leisurely walk, with beautiful views over the capital, or simply spend the afternoon at leisure. Casual shoes or sneakers can be worn.

Dinner: A seated dinner will be taken in the hotel dining room with coffee, tea and water. Other beverages are available for purchase.

Evening: A farewell meeting to say goodbye to your new found friends, followed by free time.

Day 15: Program Concludes

Meals: Breakfast

In Flight

Breakfast: In the hotel. Some participants may depart prior to breakfast.

Morning: Transfer to Edinburgh Airport for onward flights. This concludes our program. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future.

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 4,199

Price Per Day:

$ 280 per person
 
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Details
Trip Includes
  • 13 nights of accommodations
  • 5 expert-led lectures
  • 22 expert-led field trips
  • 1 performance
  • An experienced Group Leader
  • Customary gratuities throughout the program
  • The Road Scholar Travel Protection Plan, 24-hour-a-day emergency assistance coverage
  • Taxes
Meals Included:

13 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches and 13 Dinners

Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Accomodations

Windermere Hydro Hotel.: 7 nights  Bowness-on-Windermere.

Situated overlooking Windermere and the Langdale Hills. Originally a Spa hotel opened in 1881, it has recently been restored to its original splendour.

 

Cross Keys: 5 nights  Kelso.

Sitauted in the central square of the market town.

 

Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh Airport: 1 night  Edinburgh

Close to Edinburgh Airport and to city centre.

Start City
Windermere
End City
Edinburgh

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