Castle Howard in Yorkshire, England

Luxury Tour of Yorkshire: A Timeless Journey Through Bucolic Splendor

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Countries Visited

England

Places Visited

York, York Minster, Shambles, National Railway Museum...

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Suggested Duration

9 Days

Immerse yourself in the bucolic splendor of rural England. Yorkshire provides a timeless journey through quaint traditions and gloriously green landscapes, taking you from Victorian market towns to Roman cities, stately homes to colorful fishing villages. For these nine days, you enter an iconic canvas, lost amidst a land where almost everything feels frozen in time. On this Yorkshire tour, expect to see an unseen side of England, one that fulfills many of its rustic and charming preconceptions.

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Trip Highlights

  • Explore the quaint market towns of rural England, many of them unchanged since medieval or Victorian times
  • Immerse yourself in England's finest landscapes, from rolling sheep-dappled hills to rugged cliffs that reveal tiny untouched beaches
  • Discover England's oldest city, York, by walking along the famous Shambles and admiring the 7th-century York Minster
  • Savor all the subtle flavors of Yorkshire, such as their famous Yorkshire puddings and the soft, creamy cheese from Wensleydale
  • Enjoy leisurely days relaxing amongst the North Yorkshire Moors and Yorkshire Dales, two of England's most picturesque rural destinations
  • Journey through the ages with crumbling medieval castles, elaborate stately homes, and nine-century-old abbeys
  • Admire the gargantuan scale of Britain's Industrial Revolution by visiting the stone mills of Bradford, including the World Heritage complex of Saltaire

Detailed Description

Self-proclaimed as “God's own country” by its affable residents, Yorkshire offers a fascinating journey through all the quirky images and customs of old England. Picture Yorkshire puddings with gravy, pubs with log fires, market towns unchanged since the Victoria era, labyrinthine alleyways filled with tea houses, and villages of cobblestone. Stoically sticking together with an infinite social glue, the local Yorkshire folk proudly maintain all the traditions that have mostly disappeared from the rest of the country. If Britain were dissolved, they'd be the first to demand independence, seeing themselves as from Yorkshire rather than from England. Visit this province and you see England at its most unadulterated; yes, the accents can be confusingly strong, but the friendliness cuts through the bustle and deadpan faces seen in London.

But it's not just ebullient locals and unique customs. Yorkshire was voted Europe's leading destination at the World Travel Awards in 2013 and 2014, and it's been on the shortlist another half dozen times. This is England's largest county, with a population larger than Scotland and a history just as old. In Roman York, you unravel 2000 years of development, from a towering minster to England's oldest unchanged city streets. Along the coast, you wallow in the serenity of rugged cliffs and quaint fishing villages, where walking paths roam out across brooding cliffs. Lavish stately homes showcase the opulence of Tudor and Stuart times, their fabulous courtyards looking out over manicured gardens. The heartbeat of the Industrial Revolution is wonderfully evoked at Saltaire and its village for workers.

Every ten miles seem to bring another ancient abbey, and it's hard to remember how many Victorian-style villages you've passed through. And unlike many places in England, most of Yorkshire hasn't been reconstructed. When you see an 11th-century abbey, you see it in all its glory through the ages; roof missing, blocks of stone scattered around, grass sprouting through cracks. It's wonderfully hypnotic, a chance to revel in an England that's mostly unseen by tourists, yet strangely resonant with your preconceptions of what the country will look like.

Yorkshire is escapist. Think of the classic postcard of the English countryside. Rolling green hills separated by dry stone walls, a quaint cottage surrounded by wandering sheep, country lanes that meander to distant peaks. Well, that's Yorkshire. Everywhere you go, you're immersed in a painting that's synonymous with the reverie of rural England. Tiny villages dot the hills; traditional pubs seem to outnumber people, and with every passing hour, you come to understand why the locals are so proud of their homeland.

This handcrafted 9-day Yorkshire tour reveals all the classic sights of God's own country. Spend three days in historic York before two nights on the serene coastline. Then journey through the rural north of the county, where tiny villages and cute market towns feel unchanged. Complete the itinerary in the Yorkshire Dales, a large national park that's synonymous with England's untamed countryside. Along the way, you'll be trying all the Yorkshire classics, starting with a traditional Sunday roast in a pub, with a roaring log fire. 

Consider browsing some of our other England vacations, and reading some of our travelers' England travel reviews to learn how you can best customize your England trip. 

Starting Price

$3,145 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

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