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

Experts

Jun 6 - 14, 2023 Departure
Jennifer Paxton

Jennifer Paxton

Jennifer Paxton has taught the history of the British Isles and Ireland for the past seventeen years, first at Georgetown and then at the Catholic University of America, where she is currently the director of the University Honors Program. She earned her B.A. in history at Yale and her Ph.D. in medieval history at Harvard, where she also did course work in the Department of Celtic Languages and Literatures. Dr. Paxton has produced a 24-lecture series for The Great Courses entitled "The Celtic World". She lectures regularly on Irish, Scottish, and British history for Smithsonian Associates.

Aug 21 - 29, 2023 Departure
Cassandra Potts Hannahs

Cassandra Potts Hannahs

Cassandra Potts Hannahs is a historian with special expertise in Celtic, Viking, and Anglo-Norman studies. She has enjoyed traveling with Smithsonian Journeys on more than 50 tours and cruises, sharing her passion and knowledge of Great Britain, France, and Ireland.

With a Ph.D. in medieval history, she was a tenured professor at Middlebury College in Vermont, where she taught courses on a wide range of subjects, from ancient history through the Reformation.  A Fulbright scholar and recipient of several grants, she has also spent considerable time living in France pursuing research.  Her publications include a book exploring the Viking settlement of Normandy in northern France during the 10th and 11th centuries, and the revival of monasticism that took place as the new rulers encouraged monks to return to the region after the Viking raids. 

In her research and lectures, Cassandra explores the cultural and political exchanges that have historically linked Britain, France, Ireland, and Scandinavia. She looks forward to sharing her love and knowledge of these lands, their history, music, and literature, with Smithsonian Journeys travelers.

Sep 5 - 13, 2023 Departure
Katherine Forsyth

Katherine Forsyth

Katherine Forsyth grew up in the north-east of Scotland where she developed a fascination with the early medieval inhabitants of the region – the Picts – and their remarkable stone sculptures. She pursued this interest at the University of Cambridge, and then Harvard University, where she gained a PhD in Celtic Languages and Literatures. After research fellowships at the University of Oxford and University College London, she moved to the University of Glasgow’s department of Celtic and Gaelic, where she has taught since 1998. Katherine has published extensively on various aspects of Pictish studies and on sculpture in Scotland and Ireland, having conducted field-work there and in the Isle of Man and Brittany. She has particular expertise in the field of inscriptions, and her current research interests include the relationships between stone monuments, landscape and memory, and an inter-disciplinary study of Celtic board-games. Katherine has acted as academic consultant on the display of early medieval sculpture at a number of sites, including Iona, and worked with contemporary artists who seek to engage with Scotland’s ancient art. When she’s not thinking about old stones she likes to dance Argentine Tango.