Start your tour with a pickup from your hotel, or meet your guide in York’s historical city center, and then hop aboard a comfortable minivan and travel to Yorkshire Dales National Park, home to some of Yorkshire's most iconic scenery and attractions.
Gaze out at the picturesque countryside and pass through the cathedral town of Ripon before making your first stop at Masham. With time here spent at your leisure, traverse the parish’s charming streets and, depending on the day of your visit, peruse the stalls at the local market.
Continue on to the small town of Middleham, where you’ll make a brief stop by Middleham Castle, the childhood home of Richard III. As you snap photos, hear from your guide how its royal heritage once earned it the title of the ‘Windsor of the North.’
Next, be wowed by sweeping countryside vistas as you travel through Leyburn to upper Swaledale and the village of Reeth. Stop here to recharge with lunch (own expense) at one of the quaint tea rooms or pubs.
Then, with your appetite sated, continue to Bolton Castle. As you take in the castle’s ruined facade, listen to your guide share stories about its involvement in the Pilgrimage of Grace, a Civil War siege and Mary Queen of Scot’s imprisonment.
Soak up the tranquility during a visit to the beautiful cascades at Aysgarth Falls, featured in Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, and the dramatic Ure River waterfalls. Then, travel onward to Bishopdale and the West Burton Cauldron Falls made famous by painter J. M. W. Turner.
Journey through the classic Dales villages of Buckden and Kettlewell and pass Klinsey Crag, an imposing large limestone cliff, before making your final stop at Grassington. Wander the postcard-perfect market square and browse the local shops selling foods, specialty gifts, and arts and crafts.
When the time comes, travel back to York, where your tour concludes at the original start point. En route, pass Pateley Bridge and Brimham Rocks, and absorb your final glimpses of England’s undulating countryside.