9.00am (8.45am from Leeds): You will be picked up from your choice of location in York, Leeds or Harrogate and head north for Captain Cook Country, skirting the North York Moors National Park with views of the imposing Cleveland Hills and hearing tales of the region’s maritime past and Captain Cook’s life on the way.
10.15am: We have a brief stop in the village of Marton, birthplace of Captain Cook, to view St Cuthbert’s Church, where he was baptised, and the commemorative plaque mounted on a slab of granite from Point Hicks, the headland first sighted by Cook in the discovery of Australia. We then head for Great Ayton, pausing to photograph Roseberry Topping, a boyhood haunt of James Cook.
10.45am: We arrive in the beautiful village of Great Ayton where James Cook lived through most of his childhood, to see his Schoolroom, the Church where he worshipped and his family are buried, his statue on the village green and the site of his cottage that was dismantled brick by brick and transported to Melbourne!
11.30am: We leave Great Ayton and follow the route over the North York Moors that Cook walked to reach the small fishing village of Staithes for his first contact with the sea, passing by the Captain Cook Monument on Easby Moor.
12.15pm: You will have an hour in Staithes to explore the historic cobbled streets and winding passages around the harbour and visit the Captain Cook and Staithes Heritage Centre, with its impressive collection of artifacts.
1.15pm: We will then take the rugged coastline route to Whitby, stopping on the West Cliff overlooking the harbour to view and photograph the famous Whale Bones and Captain Cook Statue.
1.45pm: You will arrive in Whitby for free time to explore the busy fishing port, with options to visit the Captain Cook Memorial Museum, Whitby Abbey (inspiration for the Dracula books), take the Bark Endeavour scale replica boat trip, go shopping for some Whitby Jet or Gothic Fashion at the Market or sample the famous Fish ‘n’ Chips from the Magpie Café – the choice is yours!
Note: A full size replica of H M Bark Endeavour (one of only two in existence) is currently being refurbished just up the coast on the River Tees and is scheduled to be relocated to Whitby in summer 2018, to become a new and permanent visitor attraction – we await confirmation of when this will be available to visitors!
4.00pm: We leave Whitby at the end of our Captain Cook Tour and you can just sit back and enjoy the views as we head over the North York Moors back towards the pick-up point.
5.30pm: We arrive back at the pick-up point at approximately 5:30pm and say our goodbyes (6.00pm for Leeds).
Private Group Tour Prices (Total amount for any number of passengers up to 15):
November – March: £349
June – September: £449
To book a Private Group Trip with us, just email us with the date/pick-up point you require and we will confirm availability/price, then set it up for you to book online and pay by card if you wish to proceed – email@example.com
(Children aged under 4 can only be accommodated on these trips if you bring along a suitable standard Car Safety Seat)
All timings are approximate (except the start time!) and you should not book onward travel arrangements too close to the time of our arrival back just in case we have traffic problems.