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A family firm with an ethos of honesty and integrity. Our passion for delivering quality escorted holidays by rail at great value fares along with consistently excellent customer service has stood us in good stead for over 40 years.

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Monday - Friday, 9am to 5pm

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Step Back in Tyne - Discover the North East

The mighty River Tyne is bordered by the unspoilt beauty, history, and heritage of Northumberland & Durham. This attraction packed short break time-travels from the Romans of Hadrian's Wall and Vindolanda, through historic Anglo-Saxon Bamburgh, to the Victorian 'living history' of Beamish plus a boat trip to view the stunning wildlife of the Farne Islands and two excursions on the South Tynedale Railway and Heatherslaw Light Railway.

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6 days from £780

 

DEPARTS

Monday 28 April 2025

Monday 19 May 2025

Monday 14 July 2025

Monday 22 September 2025

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit Beamish – The Living Museum of the North

  • Enjoy a photo opportunity at the Angel of the North

  • Ride the South Tynedale Railway

  • Experience Vindolanda – the Roman archaeological site with live excavations

  • Discover 1,400 years of history at Bamburgh Castle

  • Take a boat trip to the Farne Islands, one of the UK’s largest seabird and seal colonies

  • Journey on the Heatherslaw Light Railway

  • Enjoy free time in the coastal town of Berwick-upon-Tweed

 

Also included in your Tour Fare:

  • 5 nights’ bed, breakfast & evening meal

  • Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

DAY 1

Customers booking our rail inclusive package travel by train to Newcastle and transfer the short distance to the Leonardo Hotel. In the afternoon we can take a stroll along the Tyne to view Newcastle's famous bridges and the great the mix of traditional and modern architecture dotted along the banks.

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DAY 2

After breakfast today, we are transported to the South Tynedale Railway for a steam* journey through the stunning North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on England's highest narrow-gauge railway. From here, we travel alongside Hadrian's Wall to Vindolanda, one of Europe's most important Roman archaeological sites. As well as having the chance to view thousands of extraordinary Roman artefacts, we may also get to watch live excavations.

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DAY 3

Today, we leave Newcastle and travel north to Bamburgh for a visit to Bamburgh Castle - once home to the Kings of Northumbria. Standing proudly on the edge of the North Sea, the castle has lots to explore from over 1,400 years of history. Our private coach then transfers us to Seahouses where we board our boat for a 90-minute trip towards the Farne Islands, to view the stunning wildlife on one of the UK's largest seabird and seal colonies.

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DAY 4

Today we visit Beamish, The Living Museum of the North, an incredible experience through time. A living, working experience featuring a recreated town including an Edwardian bakery, a coal mine, a local pub, and school amongst other things, all linked together by a historic tram system. On our return to Newcastle, we make a visit to The Angel of the North for a quick photo-stop.

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DAY 5

We will travel the scenic rail route to Berwick-upon-Tweed and transfer to Heatherslaw Light Railway for a return steam* journey along the banks of the river Till. We return to Berwick and enjoy free time and sightseeing in this coastal town before heading back on the East Coast mainline to Newcastle for our final evening meal together.

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DAY 6

After breakfast it's time to bid farewell to Newcastle and return by train to homeward destinations.

*We reserve the right to travel by heritage diesel train should the steam locomotive not be available / timetabled at the time of our visit.

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HOTEL

Leonardo Hotel, Newcastle

Situated close to Newcastle Railway Station, the Leonardo Hotel offers contemporary facilities and a fantastic location with a trendy bar and restaurant plus an all-day Costa Coffee bar. The spacious rooms provide a bathroom with complimentary toiletries, flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi, and tea/coffee making facilities.

 

FARES

Fare Region

First*

Standard

London: Kings Cross

£1,029

£919

Greater London

£1,049

£925

South of England

£1,065

£935

East Anglia

£1,115

£959

South West

£1,179

£985

Heart of England

£1,089

£949

Midlands

£985

£869

Yorkshire

£969

£885

North East

£839

£815

North West

£1,025

£915

South Wales

£1,115

£955

North Wales

£1,149

£985

Scotland

£929

£865

 

*Please note: Some local and regional train services are Standard Class only, so First Class ticket holders will travel in standard class accommodation for these sections of journeys.

 

£5 tour discount for holders of National Railcards

Join & Leave at Hotel £785

Single Room Supplement £125

 

5 nights’ bed, breakfast & evening meal

Rail travel & seat reservations from your Home Station to Tour Base (Standard or First Class)

Rail & coach travel, with transfers as described

All excursions & admissions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

 

Important – Please select the number of passengers before proceeding to ‘Book Now’

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Staffordshire Moorlands, ST13 5JW
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