Immerse yourself in the mystical landscapes of England’s Lake District during a one-week stay on Lake Windermere, and explore delightful Cumbrian villages, Roman ruins, and the homes of celebrated writers.

Starting at: $5,790 * Price includes special offer Make a Reservation Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
 The beautiful landscape of Lake Windermere  Rowing boats on Lake Windermere, England's Lake District  View of the landscape overlooking Grasmere  Castlerigg Stone Circle in Cumbria  Muncaster Castle  Rydal Mount, the home of William Wordsworth  The town of Hawkshead, known for William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter  Landscape of England's Lake District, near Hawkshead  Typical lane in medieval Hawkshead  Ruskin's home Brantwood, near Coniston Water  Holehird Gardens  Wastwater with Scafell Pike in the distance  Mist over Hadrian's wall  Roman ruins of Vindolanda  Remains of Roman fort at Hardknot Pass  Aysgarth Waterfalls  Panoramic view of Buttermere Lake  Sheep at pasture

England’s Lake District: A One-Week Stay in Historic Cumbria

9 days from $5,790

Immerse yourself in the mystical landscapes of England’s Lake District during a one-week stay on Lake Windermere, and explore delightful Cumbrian villages, Roman ruins, and the homes of celebrated writers.

or Call 855-330-1542

Accommodations

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MacDonald Old England Hotel & Spa

Bowness-on-Windermere, United Kingdom

The MacDonald Old England Hotel & Spa is one of the finest hotels in the Lake District. Set on the shores of Lake Windermere, England’s largest lake, all 106 guest rooms are traditionally furnished and boast a range of modern conveniences with marble baths and sumptuous linens. There is complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel and a cozy lounge and restaurant on site. There is also a full-service spa (treatments at an additional cost) with a pool. 

Number of nights: 7

Activity Level

Activity Level 2: Moderate


Expectations: Week-long Cultural Stay featuring one town and region—and one hotel. Full-day excursions outside the town with some longer, extensive walking tours of villages, museums, and outdoor historic sites. Excursions can be over uneven terrain (e.g. outdoor sites, cobblestones, city hills, stairs without handrails, absence of elevators). Hotel centrally located for easy access to sites and restaurants during time at leisure, including final day.

Appropriate for: Travelers who are physically fit and comfortable with longer days of touring (both walking tours and coach time).

Special Air Rates/Services

FlexAir is designed to provide you with the flexibility and choice you need to personalize your air travel experience. Explore a wide range of flight options in consultation with our experienced travel professionals to select the flights, routing, class of service, and dates of travel that most fit your needs. Our partner tour operator has negotiated contracts with a wide variety of carriers that allow them to hold flight reservations and then issue your ticket close to departure without additional fees. This protects you from the need to purchase published-fare tickets, which must be ticketed within 24 hours of purchase. FlexAir reservations provide the flexibility to adjust reservations without penalty and to accommodate extensions and upgrades right up until ticketing time, usually around 60 days before departure. We look forward to providing you with more choice and the best possible itinerary for your air travel plans.

Program Includes:

  • Guaranteed transfers between the airport and your overseas accommodations upon arrival and departure (in most cases). We will provide you with all of the details you need to guarantee your transfer.
  • Air schedule change and delay assistance. Book FlexAir to ensure assistance should schedule changes or delays impact your air travel plans.
  • Flight insurance worth up to $250,000, subject to policy terms, is automatically included.
  • Confirmed airline seat assignments at the time of booking (in most cases).
Travel Insurance

For the convenience of our travelers, Travel Guard provides an on-tour Insurance Plan. On-tour emergency evacuation insurance (up to $100,000), medical expense coverage (up to $25,000), dental expense coverage (up to $500), travel medical assistance and worldwide travel assistance (U.S. Residents only). It also includes up to $25,000 medical and up to $500 dental expense coverage, and 24-hour worldwide travel and medical assistance. Please click here to view complete coverage details.

Please visit www.TravelGuard.com/SmithsonianJourneys or call Travel Guard at 1-800-208-6142 to learn about additional (optional) coverage.