United by seven bridges, Tyne (Newcastle) is an exciting and diverse destination. One would never guess that this once shipbuilding city, is home to a vibrant nightlife, premium restaurants serving cuisine from around the world and fantastic galleries. Visit the Castle Keep, one of the country's finest examples of a Norman Keep. Or go to The Sage Gateshead for lively entertainment day and night. And with more theaters per person than anywhere in the UK, you will find world-class productions to suit all tastes.

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  • Executive Collection Full Day Car

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 2 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Executive Collection Half Day Van

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 4 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Executive Collection Half Day Car

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 2 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Executive Collection Full Day Van

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 4 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Newcastle On Your Own

    Wander about at your own pace through the sections of Newcastle you find most appealing, starting in the historical city center, an area so vibrant you may not want to go elsewhere.

    After departing from the pier, you will follow the Tyne River upstream to Newcastle upon Tyne, commonly known as Newcastle. The town gained prominence in the 12th century when it was built up to defend England from Scottish invasion. Over the years, Newcastle became synonymous with the coal industry, a reputation it has now shrugged off.

    Today, Newcastle is a thriving, elegant city with a stylish waterfront, plenty of fine restaurants and art galleries, and countless architectural attractions. Upon arriving in the historical city center, you will have approximately three hours to explore on your own.

    Grainger Town, a beautiful Victorian district that architect Richard Grainger helped design between 1835-1842 should be at the top of the list. The area contains hundreds of buildings of special architectural or historical interest. Grey’s Monument, which was erected to honor Prime Minister Earl Grey for passing the Great Reform Act of 1832, is another must-see, as is St. Nicholas Cathedral, whose spire has dominated the skyline for more than 500 years.

    If you like ancient history, you might follow the surprisingly intact remains of Hadrian’s Wall, which passes through Newcastle. Roman emperor Hadrian ordered it built in 122 A.D. to protect Roman Britain from northern attacks. If you prefer modern attractions, browse the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art before returning to the pier.

    Please note: Walking on this tour is at the guests’ discretion during free time. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach, and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate layered clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; an umbrella in case of rain; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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  • Beamish Open Air Museum

    Step back in time at the Beamish Open Air Museum, where dozens of original buildings from different time periods have been re-constructed to create an historical town.

    After departing from the pier, you will drive inland for approximately one hour to the Beamish Museum, a collection of historical buildings that have been re-assembled in the countryside to create an open-air museum. Beamish reflects two significant points in history: when the region was rural in the 1820s, and when it was thriving at the peak of the Industrial Revolution in the early 1900s.

    Upon arriving, you will board a double-decker tram and travel down the main street taking in the fascinating sights. All of the buildings in Beamish are original, brought in from elsewhere, and then re-constructed brick by brick. To add even more atmosphere and authenticity, the townspeople wear period costumes and are employed in different professions of the time.

    Spread over 300 acres, an Edwardian town and colliery have been re-created with farms, railways, tramways, a co-op shop, a pub, a printers and a chapel. It is a living museum of the years around 1913 showing the impact of industry on people’s lives and is one of the North East’s most popular and fascinating attractions.

    During your two hours of free time here, you might visit the stables, the Motor & Cycle Works, and the Sweet Shop, where various confections are still made according to the original recipes. There is a bank with its safes wisely located in the cellar, and a dentist’s office, where you can browse the rather gruesome surgical equipment used to extract teeth. The railway station is another point of interest because it looks just like it did in Edwardian times, right down to the authentic signal box.

    Following your captivating visit to Beamish Museum, you will rejoin your coach and travel back to the pier.

    Please note: Walking on this tour is primarily at the guests’ discretion. There are a variety of surfaces, some of which are uneven by nature and there are also some steep slopes in places but these can be avoided. Some of the buildings and exhibits have stepped access. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach, and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate layered clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; an umbrella in case of rain; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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  • Newcastle Highlights

    View Newcastle’s considerable architectural highlights on a driving tour through the most historical sections of town, which date back to the Roman period.

    After departing from the pier, you will soon begin an enlightening tour of Newcastle upon Tyne, commonly known as Newcastle. The town gained prominence in the 12th century when it was built up to defend England from Scottish invasion. Over the years, Newcastle became synonymous with the coal industry, a reputation it has now shrugged off.

    Today, Newcastle is a thriving, elegant city with a stylish waterfront on the River Tyne, plenty of fine restaurants and art galleries, and countless architectural attractions. Among the highlights is Grainger Town, a beautiful Victorian district that architect Richard Grainger helped design between 1835-1842. Considered the heart of the city, Grainger Town contains nearly 650 buildings, 40% of which are of special architectural or historical interest.

    While driving along popular Grey Street, you will see Grey’s Monument, which was erected to honor Prime Minister Earl Grey for passing the Great Reform Act of 1832. A famed tea also bears Earl Grey’s name, as it was first blended to offset the lime taste of the well water at his family estate.

    In time, you will pass by St. Nicholas Cathedral, whose spire has dominated Newcastle’s skyline for more than 500 years. During a siege in 1644, the Scottish army threatened to destroy the building, so Newcastle’s mayor had Scottish prisoners of war put in the tower, effectively saving the building.

    Next, it’s a visit to Washington Old Hall, found in the center of Washington Village. Home of George Washington’s ancestors, Washington Old Hall is a stunning manor house with an array of interesting displays that incorporate information about America and her links to British social history. As a relatively small property, Washington Old Hall creates an intimate experience that allows visitors to learn more about the first President of the United States in a relaxed, unique environment. Explore the beautifully maintained Jacobean gardens, including the delightful wild flower meadow, and take time to enjoy watching the bees at the Hall’s very own bee hive.

    Following some free time, you’ll rejoin your coach and travel back to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes just over 1-hour of easy to moderate walking plus any additional walking at the guests’ discretion during free time. There will be some steps to negotiate and the garden has some uneven and natural surfaces. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate layered clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; an umbrella in case of rain; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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  • Hadrian's Wall and Roman Fort

    See the best-preserved section of the wall that the Roman emperor Hadrian ordered to be built in the second century and then visit one of the ancient forts along the wall.

    After departing from the pier, you will soon find yourself in the rolling hills west of Newcastle, an area that once formed the northern border of the Roman Empire in Britain. In 122 A.D., the Roman emperor Hadrian ordered a wall to be built here as a defense against attacks from barbarians to the north. Much of the wall is still standing and other parts of it are scattered along the course of Military Road, which you will follow from Newcastle.

    Upon arriving in Heddon on the Wall, you will pause for photos of the longest and best-preserved stretch of Hadrian’s Wall. The wall was built to a thickness of nearly 10 feet, which was soon reduced to 8 feet, presumably to speed up construction. It’s a fascinating sight, especially considering that the wall was 73 miles long and 15 feet high with a tower every third of a mile.

    Forts were also constructed along the wall, and you will tour one of the finest remaining examples: Chesters Fort. To understand what life would have been like at the time, you might wander around the excavated officers’ quarters, baths and steam room with underground heating.

    Later, on the return to the pier, you will stop briefly at Homesteads, where you will see Chesters Fort from a different perspective as it sits perched high on the now-distant ridge.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 90-minutes of moderate walking over a hilly and uneven pathway. The sites are situated on field-like terrain. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and not considered suitable for those with mobility concerns. Weather appropriate layered clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; an umbrella in case of rain; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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  • Historic Durham and Cathedral

    Behold the glorious architecture of Durham Cathedral, an 11th-century cathedral that holds the relics of two saints and is revered for its quintessential Norman design.

    After departing from the pier, you will settle in for a relaxing one hour drive south and inland through the green rolling countryside to Durham. This captivating city with winding cobbled streets frequently draws rave reviews for its cultural and historical attractions. None is more iconic than Durham Cathedral, arguably the finest example of Norman architecture in England.

    Founded in 1093 to house the bodies of St. Cuthbert and the Venerable Bede, who had died centuries earlier, Durham was the third cathedral built on the site. It is so revered that it has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for the visual drama of its architecture.

    As you wander through the cathedral, be sure to notice details like the geometric designs on the nave’s carved pillars, the bishop’s throne, and the stone rib vaulting—the first in any cathedral in Europe. The stained-glass windows are mainly Victorian, but no less fantastic. Then, it’s on to the beautiful cloisters and grassy Palace Green, where you may catch sight of the 11th-century Durham Castle, which William the Conqueror ordered to be built. Now largely used as a residence for University students, the immense building is one of the world’s largest Norman castles and one of the grandest Romanesque structures to survive in England.

    Afterwards, you will enjoy approximately one hour of free time to explore the nearby streets clustered about the River Wear. The atmosphere is unmistakably medieval, as the area has changed little over the centuries. Finally, you will travel back to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 75-minutes of moderate walking plus any additional walking at the guests’ discretion during free time. There will be an uphill walk to the cathedral, some uneven floors, stairs and cobblestone surfaces to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate layered clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; an umbrella in case of rain; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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  • Durham Dales & Blanchland

    Enjoy an inspired driving tour through Durham Dales, a rural wonderland only interrupted by the occasional village such as Blanchland, where you will enjoy free time.

    After departing from the pier, you will settle in for a leisurely drive inland to Durham Dales, a landscape of wild moorlands, rugged mountains and serene river valleys in the western part of County Durham. While there are a number of market towns within the county, they are sparsely populated and spread out. That is the charm of Durham Dales, which contributes mightily to the allure of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

    As you drive the meandering roads through a patchwork of fertile fields, you may see grazing cattle and sheep and farms that look much like they did centuries ago. In verdant Derwent Valley, you will pass a huge reservoir that attracts ardent sailors, fishermen and birdwatchers. Waterfowl such as greylag geese, teals and tufted ducks are seen year-round.

    In time, you will stop in Blanchland, an immensely scenic village of beautiful stone buildings that takes its name from the white habits of the monks who settled here in the 12th century. The setting is so idyllic and unspoiled that period films are frequently shot here.

    As you will discover during free time, the people are welcoming and the village captivating. Most everything is constructed with stone, which lends Blanchland a wonderful uniformity and irrepressible medieval atmosphere. Following your visit, you will drive back to the pier.

    Please note: This tour is panoramic in nature and walking is primarily at the guests’ discretion during free time in Blanchland. It is a 10-min walk from the coach parking area to the town center. There are steps and cobblestone surfaces to negotiate within the village. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate layered clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; an umbrella in case of rain; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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  • Alnwick Castlea Harry Potter Connection

    Tour Alnwick Castle, the home of the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland, a 12th-century fortress so iconic that it has been a location in two Harry Potter films and “Ivanhoe.”

    After departing from the pier, you will settle in for a leisurely one hour drive north toward the border between England and Scotland, where you will find the imposing Alnwick Castle. It may look familiar, especially to Harry Potter fans, as Alnwick (pronounced “Annick”) was used as the set for Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the first two Harry Potter films.

    The castle has undergone numerous changes since the 12th-century, including the addition of a moat, numerous towers, and a luxury 18th-century Gothic residence. Perhaps most amazing, Alnwick has been home to the Percy family for more than 700 years, including Henry Percy, the famous knight better known as Hotspur.

    There is much to see as you tour the castle’s interior. The lavish staterooms are filled with period furniture such as a pair of Cucci cabinets originally made for Louis XIV. The library holds nearly 14,000 books, some of which a Percy ancestor read while imprisoned in the Tower of London. The walls of the Grand Staircase are made of Carrara marble, and each 12-foot-long step is made from a single stone. Alnwick is also home to some wonderful paintings by Claude, Canaletto, Van Dyck and Titian.

    The architectural highlights and stories of the castle’s history go on and on. The grounds are equally breathtaking, as you will discover strolling its gardens and parkland.

    Following your visit, you will transfer back to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes nearly two hours of moderate walking that will include steps and stairs to negotiate inside the castle, and uneven ground and steep inclines on the outside grounds. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate layered clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; an umbrella in case of rain; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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  • The Holy Island of Lindisfarne

    Tour an exceptional castle estate and a nearby village on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, which can only be reached at low tide, when the waters recede from the causeway.

    After departing from the pier, you will settle in for a lovely two hour drive north, following the coast to Lindisfarne causeway, which connects the mainland to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, often described as ‘The Jewel of the Northumberland Coast’. When the tide comes in, it completely covers the causeway, cutting off the island from the rest of the world until low tide. Before the causeway was constructed, the island was even more isolated, which attracted a number of monasteries.

    In the 7th century, the monk Cuthbert became the bishop of Lindisfarne, where his reputed gift of healing and working miracles became well known. After he died and was named a saint, pilgrims came to Lindisfarne in great numbers, and the entire island was considered holy. Unfortunately, Vikings soon followed in their first raid ever on the coast of Britain.

    By the 16th century, an imposing castle was built on Holy Island. Used in its construction were stones that came from the ruins of the Benedictine Priory that was destroyed on the orders of Henry VIII. The castle stood guard over the harbor for three centuries until becoming Sir Edwin Lutyens’ holiday home. During your tour, be sure to note the dominant entryway pillars, the soldiers’ bread ovens, and the Ship Room, where a detailed replica of a Dutch sailing ship hangs from the vaulted ceiling.

    Afterwards, you will enjoy free time to stroll the narrow lanes of Lindisfarne village, have lunch on your own, and perhaps browse the shops before returning to the pier in Newcastle.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 1-hour of moderate to strenuous walking, plus any additional walking at the guests’ discretion during free time. Access to the castle is by foot over a steep, cobbled ramp. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Weather appropriate layered clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; an umbrella in case of rain; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Operation of this tour is subject to local tides.

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