9.00am: We meet opposite the Dean Court Hotel in Duncombe Place, York, YO1 7EF (near York Minster) and head north for Captain Cook Country, skirting the North York Moors National Park with views of the imposing Cleveland Hills and Roseberry Topping, whilst hearing tales of the region’s maritime past and Captain Cook’s life on the way.
10.15am: Our first stop is in the beautiful traditional English village of Great Ayton, perched on the banks of the River Leven, where James Cook lived through most of his childhood, with options 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! Or, if you prefer, you can just explore the village yourself and enjoy a leisurely Yorkshire Brew with the locals in one of the Cafes – the choice is yours!
11.00am: We leave Great Ayton and follow the scenic 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.
12.00pm: The tour pauses on the cliffs overlooking Staithes, where the young James Cook first experienced local seafaring and smuggling traditions.
12.15pm: We then follow 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.
12.45pm: The tour stops for three hours free time in Whitby, with options to visit Whitby’s newest attraction, The Endeavour Experience (one of only two full size replicas of the HM Bark Endeavour in existence), the Captain Cook Memorial Museum, take the Bark Endeavour scale replica boat trip around the harbour, climb the 199 steps to view Whitby Abbey (inspiration for the Dracula Books) or just explore the shops and market of the seaside town and experience Fish & Chips from the famous Magpie Café – the choice is yours!
3.45pm: We leave Whitby and you can just sit back and enjoy the views as we head over the North York Moors back towards York, pausing for a final photo opportunity at the Hole of Horcum.
5.15pm: We arrive back at the pick-up point at approximately 5:15pm and say our goodbyes.
Please don’t be late arriving at the Departure Point as we are unable to wait beyond 9.00am for latecomers!
There are only 16 places available on each tour date so book early to avoid disappointment!
Adult Ticket: £42
Family/Group Ticket (any grouping of 4 people): £145
Child Ticket (Aged 4-15): £35
(Our trips are not suitable for under 4’s)
This tour can be booked direct with us here ONLINE, at the VISIT YORK INFORMATION CENTRE, 1 Museum Street, or at CIRCLES CAFE on Lendal Bridge.
MULTI-TRIP OFFER! – 10% Discount off your full booking if you book two or more different trips with us at the same time – just type multitrip in the Travel Agent Code Box as you book and click Apply.
If you prefer to book and pay by telephone, just give us a call and we will process it for you – 01609 779933 (+44 1609 779933 if dialing from overseas).
If there is limited online availability on the date you have selected, please contact us as we may be able to make more spaces available for you.
This trip can also be booked as a PRIVATE GROUP TOUR (from either York, Leeds or Harrogate), for any number of passengers up to 15 on any date, at a lump sum cost ranging from £349 – £495 depending on date. For that option, just email us with the date/pick-up point you require and we will confirm availability and the price for that day – firstname.lastname@example.org
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 in York in case we have traffic problems. If you do have onward travel arrangements that evening, mention it to our Tour Guide in the morning and we will do our best to help.
We are very flexible and do everything we can to ensure that ALL our passengers have a great day out with us by providing options and choices. This could mean that we adjust the itinerary to accommodate special requests from the group, or to make the best we can of the day if the weather is unfavourable.
November – March – Please note that, between around the end of October and Mid-March, some of the attractions in Whitby are closed for the winter (including the Captain Cook Museum). The North York Moors & Whitby are still well worth visiting in Winter (even if you are not specifically interested in Captain Cook) and are not as busy, very different to summer but equally magnificent!