Day 1: London / York / Edinburgh. Your trip begins in style with a champagne brunch served aboard the Northern Belle as you journey from London to York where you visit the stately home of Castle Howard and take tea in the Grecian Hall. Dinner is served on board as you continue to Edinburgh for a three-night stay at the Caledonian Hotel.
Day 2: Edinburgh. After breakfast, a guided tour introduces you to Edinburgh, with its medieval Old Town and Georgian new Town - the afternoon is free for further exploration. The evening is spent aboard the royal yacht Britannia, once the floating home to Her Majesty the Queen - dinner is served in the State Apartments.
Day 3: Oban and Isle of Mull. Brunch is served on board as you pass by the magnificent Scottish Highlands and splendid views of Loch Lomond. Sail from Oban to the Isle of Mull, where you'll be welcomed at Duart Castle, ancestral home of the Laird of Lachalan. The 13th-century castle serves as the perfect backdrop to displays of traditional Scottish Highland dancing and falconry. Enjoy a gourmet Scottish dinner aboard the Northern Belle on the return to Edinburgh.
Day 4: Chester. This morning, the train returns to England via the rolling countryside of the Scottish borders and the tranquil farmland of the Pennine and Cumbrian Fells. Continue along the edge of the Lake District with lunch on-board - arriving in the walled city of Chester, where you will stay for three nights at the Chester Grosvenor Hotel. A guided walking tour is included this evening.
Day 5: Wales / Portmeirion / Chester. As brunch is served, travel into Wales - the land of song - and on to the fascinating Italianate "village" of Portmerion. In the afternoon, tea is taken while watching a demonstration of sheepdog trials. Dinner is served on board before arriving back in Chester for a choral recital in the magnificent Chester Cathedral.
Day 6: Bath. Today, the Northern Belle travels through the scenic heart of England, towards the historic city of Bath, the Roman spa town visited by Jane Austen's heroines. After a guided tour of Britain's best preserved Georgian city, including the Roman Baths, return to Chester whilst enjoying dinner on board.
Day 7: Chester / London. Breakfast at your hotel before boarding the Northern Belle for the final time. Enjoy lunch on board as the countryside gives way to the metropolis.
Northern Belle Train: The Northern Belle comprises 6 dining carriages, with a maximum capacity of 252 passengers. Each carriage seats 42 guests and contains tables of two and four, with plenty of room for guests to move around and enjoy the train’s sociable atmosphere. As a reflection of the affluent "Belle" trains of the 1930s, each Northern Belle carriage bears the name of a significant stately home. Furnished with commissioned designs, fabrics and marquetry, the Northern Belle is truly a celebration of British heritage and skills.
- The Caledonian Hotel, Edinburgh. The Caledonian, built in 1903 is situated in the very heart of Edinburgh, at one of the city's most prestigious locations, Princes Street. The hotel provides the finest possible base from which to explore one of the world's most beautiful cities and its many contrasts. Princes Street divides the Old Town and the New Town and, at almost a mile in length, is Edinburgh's main and most famous shopping area. The hotel is an elegant, Edwardian-style landmark in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle, offering a selection of restaurants, an elegant lobby lounge and the superb Living-well Health Club, an oasis of relaxation with a pool, sauna, and steam room, a well-equipped gym and beauty room.
- Upgrade: Balmoral Hotel Edinburgh. Located at Number One Princes Street, in the heart of Edinburgh, The Balmoral is an elegant, Edwardian-style landmark overlooking Edinburgh Castle. The hotel offers a Roman-style health and fitness center with Edinburgh's largest city-center, indoor, hotel swimming pool. Perfectly positioned for both shopping and sightseeing, The Balmoral is adjacent to Waverley station.
- Chester Grosvenor Hotel. Built in 1865, The Chester Grosvenor is a magnificent, black-and-white building set beside Chester's Roman walls. On its doorstep are the city's famous Rows the medieval streets that house a wealth of specialty shops. The hotel has been showered with awards, including five stars by both the AA and RAC, and the ETC Five Star and Gold award.
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