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Transfer Tours

Combine a sightseeing tour with a hotel transfer and gain an extra day on your holiday!

A sightseeing tour and a hotel transfer – combined!

Every day of your holiday is precious, every moment should be treasured. So why waste half a day, or more than likely a whole day, travelling between cities and from hotel to hotel? There is a better way.

Enjoy all the benefits of a private transfer – hotel collection, luggage porterage, a spacious executive vehicle and door-to-door service – with the added bonus of a full day’s private sightseeing tour.

Door-to-Door Transfer

On a transfer tour with Grand Yorkshire you will be collected from your hotel in York at the start of the day and you’ll end the day with drop-off at your hotel in the next destination on your holiday itinerary. In between, you’ll spend the day exploring the sights, destinations, scenery and attractions that can be found along the way.

York Tours with Bespoke, Tailor-Made Itinerary

We have created a list of suggested transfer tour itineraries, but almost anything is possible. Each transfer tour can be adapted, adjusted and altered to include the places that you want to visit and the things you want to see.

Starting or finishing in York

Our transfer tours can start in York and end at the next hotel on your itinerary, or they can run the other way, concluding at your new hotel in York.

Transfer Tour Ideas

We’ve compiled a list of suggested transfer tour itineraries for you to choose from –  email us with your questions and ideas, or complete the enquiry form below. The possibilities are endless.


One of the most popular onward destinations from York, Edinburgh is a fantastic city to visit as part of your UK tour. The train journey from York to Edinburgh can take as little as two hours and 30 minutes, but can still take up an entire day of your holiday: breakfast at the hotel, pack your bags, check out at 10:30. Taxi to the station, catch the train at 11:30. Train journey of 2 hours and 30 minutes. Taxi to your hotel. Check-in at the hotel. Before you know it, it’s already 3:45 pm and all you’ve done is change cities.

Instead of just travelling to Edinburgh, why not make the most of the sightseeing options between York and Scotland on a Transfer Tour with Grand Yorkshire.


On the way to Edinburgh – The Castles & Coastline of Northumberland

If you are travelling from York to Edinburgh, why not make the journey as part of a Transfer Tour, visiting the amazing scenery of Northumberland along the way?

Explore spectacular Alnwick Castle (famously featured as ‘Hogwarts’ in the Harry Potter films), see the Northumberland coastline with a walk along the beach at Bamburgh Castle, travel to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne to visit Lindisfarne Priory and pause at the Scottish Border near the pretty town of Berwick upon Tweed.

You can include a visit to Hadrian’s Wall, a drive through the Dales or Moors in Yorkshire and even a boat cruise to see puffins and seals as part of this wonderful sightseeing transfer from York to Edinburgh.

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Hadrian’s Wall – the Northern Frontier

This fantastic transfer tour to Hadrian’s Wall takes you to the ancient borderline between the Roman Empire and the wild lands to the north. The historic northern frontier runs across the country from east to west, and you have chance to see this famous wall and visit the remains of forts and milecastles on its route.

During the tour you can explore Housesteads Roman Fort, visit the Roman Army Museum and see the live excavations at Vindolanda. You also have the option of walking a section of the Wall past Sycamore Gap, one of the most iconic locations on Hadrian’s Wall.

Finally, you reach Carlisle, where you continue your transfer by train to Edinburgh.

Through the Moors and along the Coast

Perfect if you didn’t have time to explore the Yorkshire countryside during your visit to York, this Transfer Tour travels from York through the truly stunning North York Moors National Park. You have chance to discover rural North Yorkshire villages, charming market towns, and some of the UK’s most spectacular scenery. After travelling across the Moors, you have chance to spend time on Yorkshire’s dramatic Jurassic coastline, exploring seaside towns and villages including Robin Hood’s Bay, Whitby, and Staithes.

Spend the full-day in the Moors and on the coast before completing your journey to Edinburgh by train from Darlington, or add a visit to Durham to see it’s spectacular cathedral, before catching your onward train from there.


If your destination after York (or before you come to York) is the Lake District, you might consider one of the following options:


Through the Dales to the Lakes

Enjoy a full-day in the spectacular Yorkshire Dales, ideally located between York and the Lake District.

Explore the area known as ‘Herriot Country’ and the countryside landscape featured in All Creatures Great & Small. Discover the beauty of Wharfedale, Wensleydale and Swaledale, charming towns including Grassington (also known as Darrowby) Reeth and Hawes and choose from a variety of places to visit including Fountains Abbey, Middleham Castle, Bolton Abbey, Aysgarth Falls and Malham Cove.

After a day spent exploring the Yorkshire Dales, your day concludes at your new hotel in the Lake District.

Haworth & the Brontë Parsonage

Travel from York to the truly charming hillside town of Haworth for an unforgettable visit to the locations that inspired the Brontë sisters.

Spend time at the Brontë Parsonage Museum and see the wild and rugged Moors that inspired Wuthering Heights.

Add a scenic tour of the Yorkshire Dales, a visit to Bolton Abbey and even take a journey by steam train the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway before concluding the transfer tour with the journey to your next destination and hotel.



Hadrian’s Wall – The Northern Frontier

Your journey to the Lake District could take you to the northern frontier of the Roman Empire as you explore the fascinating forts, excavations and scenery along the route of Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland. From your hotel in York you travel north to Newcastle before following the route of the Hadrian’s Wall from east to west. You can walk along the most dramatic section of the wall, enjoying amazing views across the Northumberland countryside, as well as visiting some of the excavated forts and sites of interest along the wall, including: Housestead’s Roman Fort, Vindolanda, The Roman Army Museum, and Birdoswald

Finally, you travel into Cumbria to your hotel in the Lake District.


The quickest and easiest way to get out of London is by train, but you can break your journey to Yorkshire with a trip to one of the UK’s most recognisable country houses.


A Trip to Chatsworth

Take the opportunity to discover Chatsworth House as you travel between London and York. On this popular transfer tour, you begin your journey from London by train, travelling to Chesterfield. Here, you meet your driver for the short journey to Chatsworth House.

You can then enjoy an unforgettable tour of Chatsworth House and its magnificent estate.

You then continue your transfer tour with your driver-guide from Chatsworth to your hotel in York.

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These itineraries are some of the many options you might consider… why not get in touch with us and let us know what you would like to do on your York transfer tour?

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