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Borders Country, Vera’S Northumberland, Barnard Castle & Teesdale

  • Duration: 5 days
  • Board Basis: Half Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TJUS9164

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Coach

5 days

UK 2022

PRICE FROM ? £329 per person
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Itinerary

Description

Based on the series of novels, the popular TV series Vera debuted a decade ago and introduced audiences to the sweeping scenery of the north east which provides the dynamic backdrop of the show. On this wonderful guided five-day break, we journey to some of this beloved programme’s most recognisable filming locations along the Tyneside coast and discover the dramatic beauty and fascinating heritage of the region at large with excursions to historic Barnard Castle, the beautiful Durham Dales and the rugged landscapes of the Scottish Borders - this is a tour worth investigating!

Coach Itinerary

Vera’s Northumbria (full day)

We travel to the Tyneside coast to step into the dramatic world of the crime drama Vera. Our guided tour takes us to the various filming locations scattered along the coast, such as Amble, Blyth, Seaton Sluice and South Shields among others. All of these atmospheric destinations were chosen for their distinctive seascapes and waterfront towns which provide the perfect setting for the no-nonsense DCI Stanhope’s many compelling investigations.

We cap off our tour with free time in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Ranked among the best cities to visit in the UK, Newcastle has been featured extensively in Vera due to its unique and metropolitan appearance. We enjoy a panoramic city tour, where we take in these filming locations as well as many of its iconic landmarks and historical sites showcasing its industrial heritage.

Borders Country Tour(full day)

The romantic landscapes at the end of England await us as we embark on a guided tour to enjoy tales of the turbulent history of the Scottish Borders. We travel up through the Northumberland National Park close to the Cheviot Hills before crossing the River Tweed at Coldstream into Scotland. Here, we stop at the picturesque market town of Kelso where there’s free time to have  a spot of lunch and the chance to explore the fine ruins of its historic abbey, whose former gardens are now known as The Square, the largest market square in Scotland.

Our journey continues through the beautiful borderlands where we have another break in the colourful town of Jedburgh, before re-crossing the border back into England. After a whistle-stop photo opportunity at the England-Scotland border and beautiful Cheviot Hills, our tour takes us back to Northumberland where we make a final stop in Otterburn village, home of the famous Otterburn Mill. Here we can enjoy a drink at a local café or browse the Mill Shop before returning to our hotel. 

 

Durham Dales Scenic Tour & Barnard Castle (full day)

We begin our day with a scenic tour through the rugged landscapes of the Durham Dales and North Pennines, providing us with a dramatic view of the moorlands, valleys and waterfalls that have earned the region recognition as an Area of Outstanding Beauty.

Later we travel to the charming market town of Barnard Castle, known locally as ‘Barney’. Taking its name from the actual castle it grew around, the town is a popular sightseeing destination due to its incredible scenery and the wealth of history on display, the highlight of which is the castle itself, an intimidating 12th-century fortress which sits atop a high rock overlooking the town below (entry not included). Here we spend some free time at leisure where we can pick up lunch at one of the lovely restaurants and cafés, before continuing our journey through Teesdale and a visit to the stunning High Force, the highest waterfall in England.

Coach Bullets

  • Return coach travel
  • 4 nights at a selected hotel in Gosforth with dinner & breakfast
  • Blue Badge guided tour of Vera’s Northumbria (Amble, Blyth, Seaton Sluice, South Shields & Newcastle-upon-Tyne)
  • Blue Badge guided Borders Country tour (Ford, Etal, Coldsteam, Kelso, Jedburgh & Otterburn Mill)
  • Blue Badge guided tour of the Durham Dales, North Pennines, Barnard Castle & Teesdale

Search Bullets

  • 4 nights at a selected hotel in Gosforth with dinner & breakfast
  • Blue Badge guided tour of Vera’s Northumbria 
  • Blue Badge guided Borders Country tour
  • Blue Badge guided tour of the Durham Dales, North Pennines, Barnard Castle & Teesdale

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Accommodation

Selected Hotel

We’ll stay at one of two hotels:

The comfortable Grand Hotel Gosforth Park is located in 12 acres of parkland outside Newcastle city centre, next to Newcastle Racecourse. The hotel features modern en-suite rooms with TV, hairdryer and tea and coffee-making facilities as well as a bar and a stylish restaurant. Leisure facilities include a pool, sauna and gym. (JG3 rating)

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