Trains, Trams and Treasures
4 Days £319 per person
SATURDAY 19TH AUGUST 2017
Discover one of our most beautiful regions and take a step back in time as you ride on wonderfully restored vintage trams. Experience Derbyshire’s longest heritage railway and enjoy an out of hours visit to a magnificent neo-classical mansion and landscaped parkland. With unique attractions and treasures, stunning landscapes and rich heritage it is easy to see why the Peak District became Britain’s first National Park.
HALLMARK MICKLEOVER COURT ****
With distinctive architecture, which includes a circular atrium and glass-fronted lift, the hotel has a large bright restaurant and bar and a first floor lounge that is an ideal place to relax. The right contemporary en suite bedrooms come with comfortable beds, TVs and tea/coffee making facilities and the leisure facilities include a well-equipped gym, sauna and steam room and heated indoor pool.
SATURDAY This morning we head to the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway in one of Derbyshire’s most lovely and unspoilt valleys. All trains, stations and carriages are being lovingly restored by an enthusiastic and knowledgeable group of volunteers and here we will enjoy an afternoon tea served in a wonderfully converted Pullman carriage. We will then take a 9-mile heritage train ride to Duffield before re-joining the coach for the final transfer to our hotel where dinner will be served later.
SUNDAY After breakfast we visit The National Tramway Museum set within Crich Tramway Village. This is one of Derbyshire’s most unique attractions with beautifully restored vintage trams, period shops, spectacular countryside views and 70 vintage steam, electric and horse-drawn trams from all over the world. The period village contains a pub, cafe, old-style sweetshop and tram depot. The trams run through the village and an exhibition takes you on a fascinating journey through a hundred years of tramway development.
MONDAY Today we enjoy a trip back in time at the spectacular 18th-century Neo-classical Keddleston Hall for an exclusive out of hours guided tour of the house which was built to rival Chatsworth and was designed for lavish entertaining. It displays an extensive collection of paintings, sculpture and original furnishings and the same family have lived here since the 12th-century. There will be free time to explore the historic parkland and discover the results of an eighteenth century landowner’s fascination with classical Rome.
TUESDAY After breakfast we retrace our steps to Northumberland and expect to arrive home early evening.
Executive coach travel throughout.
3 nights dinner, bed and breakfast Mickleover Court Hotel
Return executive coach travel.
Choice of 3 course dinner with tea and coffee each evening
Excursions as listed including Afternoon Tea and train ride at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, The National Tramway Museum and Keddleston Hall
Free use of the hotels leisure facilities
Door to door collection service from selected areas
This tour is operated by one member of staff with frequent comfort breaks.
Travel Insurance £31.00 per person
Single Room Supplement £60.00