A feast for the eyes
See the beautiful, historic city of Durham transformed into a nocturnal wonderland as Britain's largest light festival returns for four magical nights. Bridges, buildings, streets and even the river are turned into illuminated works of art - an unforgettable sight. This magical weekend also includes a visit to the ever-popular city of York.
Leaving your pick-up point early in the morning, we head north to the beautiful city of Durham - a medieval treasure chest with its Norman Cathedral, fine castle and steep, winding alleys. You're free to explore for the rest of the afternoon, and perhaps have an early evening meal, before joining the crowds to experience the Lumiere light festival.
Details have yet to be revealed, but highlights of the 2015 festival included a colossal 'whale' emerging from the River Wear, giant coloured fish dancing in the sky and a projection showing locals climbing the viaduct. Whatever the details it's certain that 2017 will once again see artists, lighting designers and community groups working with light to sprinkle winter magic over the city.
After what promises to be a truly unforgettable experience we will head to our hotel for the night.
After a full English breakfast, we'll journey to historic York. Visit the glorious Minster or the famous National Railway Museum, walk the city walls or explore the Shambles - medieval cobbled streets full of fascinating shops. We head home during the afternoon and should arrive back in the local area by mid-to-late evening.
North East Area Hotel
You will be staying in a good quality hotel in the North East, such as the St Georges Hotel, Teeside Airport, and the Quality Scotch Corner Hotel, Darlington. All rooms in all hotels have private facilities, TV, radios and telephones, and all the hotels will have good restaurant and bar facilities.
Your Tour Manager will have allocated seats for you on the main coach in advance, taking into consideration any special requests wherever possible, and will advise you where to sit as you board the coach. This will be your seat for the duration of the tour. (Seats are not allocated on any connecting services to and from the main coach.)
Coach seating arrangements
Your final travel documents, including the exact time and place of departure, will be sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure, providing all payments have been made. We are unable to give exact departure times before this.
Joining your holiday
Where meals are not included, your Tour Manager will ensure there are suitable stops made for you to purchase and enjoy lunch and/or dinner each day.
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.