Sit back and enjoy two fantastic rail journeys
Travel the newly re-opened Borders Railway on a stunning journey from Tweedbank to Edinburgh, and enjoy the spectacular scenery of the route from Durham to Berwick-upon-Tweed. You'll also have time to explore the beautiful cities of Durham, Edinburgh and York on this four-day break.
Leaving the local area, this morning we'll head through the beautiful, rolling countryside of historic County Durham to our hotel, arriving in good time to relax before dinner.
This morning we'll head to Durham. A medieval treasure trove, with its cathedral and castle, the city is a compact warren of winding cobbled streets, shops and cafes.
In the early afternoon we'll board the train for the hour-long journey to the historic border town of Berwick-upon-Tweed. Considered one of the finest coastal railway journeys in England, the line heads east after going through Newcastle and hugs the coast - taking in historic castles, dramatic sea views and some of the loveliest rural scenery in the UK.
You'll then have the chance to explore Berwick, a town encircled by its famous Elizabethan Walls, before we return to the hotel by coach.
After breakfast, today we'll cross the border and make for Tweedbank. Here we'll embark on our second hour-long train journey, this time to Edinburgh's Waverley station. The line, which was closed in 1969 and reopened in September 2015, follows a wonderfully scenic route, and once in Edinburgh you will have time to explore the city.
From the Royal Mile to Princes Street, and the Castle to West Bow, Edinburgh's major attractions are within easy reach of each other, and there's plenty to do before we head back to the hotel by coach in the afternoon.
Today we'll head home, stopping en route to enjoy the famous sights and fabulous shopping of York. We should be back in the local area by mid to late evening.
Holiday Inn, Washington (or similar) ★★★
You will be staying in the three-star Holiday Inn, Washington. All rooms in this modern hotel have private facilities, colour TV, telephones and tea-and coffee-making facilities, and the hotel has good bar and restaurant facilities.
It may be necessary to swap Days Two and Three around, and also to swap the direction of rail travel.
Changes to your itinerary
The Borders Railway is a reservation-free rail service, and so your seats will not be pre-booked.
Your seats on the main coach will be allocated for you in advance, taking into consideration any special requests wherever possible. Your Tour Manager or driver 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.
The majority of these consist of a double bed and an extra bed that is often only suitable for children. If this is a concern, you may wish to consider booking more than one room for your group.
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.