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York's Chocolate Story & the Yorkshire Dales

Canals, countryside and confectionery

Discover how York became the centre of UK chocolate-making as we head to the historic city and visit York's Chocolate Story. This wonderful weekend break also includes time to explore York, Skipton, Grassington and Harrogate, and to cruise through the beautiful Yorkshire Dales on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.

Tour Highlights And Inclusions

  • A guided tour and chocolate-making demonstration at York's Chocolate Story
  • A one-hour cruise on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal through the Yorkshire Dales
  • Visits to York, Skipton, Grassington and Harrogate
  • A short coach tour of the Yorkshire Dales
  • Three nights' dinner, bed and English breakfast accommodation in a three-star standard hotel in the Leeds/Bradford area
  • Coach travel throughout
  • The services of a friendly Tour Manager

Single rooms are available for a supplement

Your Itinerary

Day One: Coach travel to Yorkshire

Leaving your coach pick up, this morning, we'll travel to Yorkshire and head to our weekend hotel. Once there, you'll have time to settle in and relax before dinner is served.

Day Two: Included Yorkshire Dales canal cruise

After breakfast we'll head to Skipton. Known as the Gateway to the Dales, this historic market town was granted its charter by King John over 800 years ago, and was voted the best place to live in Britain in 2014. Stroll down the award-winning high street, and perhaps visit the medieval castle, before we board our canal boat and embark on an hour-long cruise to soak up the spectacular scenery of the Yorkshire Dales while enjoying complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits and the lively on-board commentary.

Back on land, we'll have time for lunch (payable locally) before we re-board the coach for a short tour through the Yorkshire Dales, stopping in the lovely Wharfedale village of Grassington before heading back to the hotel.

Day Three: Included day trip to York

Today we travel to York. Here you'll have time to visit the beautiful Minster or the famous Shambles, stroll round the city walls, cruise along the River Ouse, or explore the Jorvik Centre or the National Railway Museum.

The highlight of the day, though, is sure to be our trip to York's Chocolate Story. From the late 19th Century York was home to two of the great British chocolate manufacturers - Terry's and Rowntree - and their stories will be revealed on a fascinating guided tour. Watch the on-site chocolatier making chocolates by hand, enjoy some samples and make your own Belgian chocolate lolly, before we return to the hotel for dinner.

Day Four: Coach trip to Harrogate and home

This morning we'll begin our journey home via Harrogate. Explore this elegant town of graceful houses and colourful gardens, and perhaps stop for a bite to eat at the original Bettys Cafe tea room on Parliament Street, before we continue our journey back to your original pick-up point, arriving in the mid-to-late evening.
Departure county Pick-up points
Bedfordshire Luton
Hertfordshire Birchanger Green Services M11, Stevenage
Kent Dartford, Dover, Gravesend, Maidstone, Royal Tunbridge Wells

Leeds/Bradford Area Hotel 

You will be staying at a three-star standard hotel in the Leeds/Bradford area, such as the Campanile, Bradford. All rooms in all hotels have private facilities, TV and telephones, and all hotels have good restaurant and bar facilities.

Further Information

Changes to your itinerary

Please note that in certain circumstances it may be necessary to change the order in which the itinerary is operated.

Coach seating arrangements

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.)

Joining your holiday

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.

Triple rooms

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.

Meal arrangements

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.

Special requirements

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.

Disabled access

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.