Pick up your rental car in Manchester for the little less than 2 hour drive to Windermere. After checking into your hotel, your driver-guide will take you for a half-day Lake district farm experience. Meet your hosts for a private informative tour. During your time on the farm, you're introduced to fell farming and the Lake District region, learning how agriculture has shaped the land here, including traditional sheepherding.
Later enjoy an exclusive visit to the former marital home of Beatrix Potter at Castle Cottage. You'll tour her house and garden and discover little known anecdotes surrounding the life of Beatrix Potter in the village of Near Sawrey - a must for anyone who wishes to know more about the remarkable lady behind the much loved childrens stories.
After breakfast, meet your driver-guide for the William Wordsworth Experience. See where the author of "Daffodils" was inspired to write most of his work and take a guided tour of Dove Cottage and hear about the Wordsworth family's daily life and entertaining stories about their famous visitors. It also includes a visit to the Wordsworth Museum and Art Gallery, where there are changing displays and exhibitions of historic artifacts, and original manuscript. Make the short 15-20 minute drive to Grasmere and check into your hotel. In the afternoon, enjoy a relaxing cruise on the Ullswater Steamer sailing through expansive vistas of Lakeland's highest mountains.
(Breakfast, Windermere, Accommodations, Grasmere)
After breakfast, take a leisurely drive back to Manchester or on to your next Avanti Destination!