Manchester
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From Manchester: Lake District, Windermere, and Lancaster

1. From Manchester: Lake District, Windermere, and Lancaster

Depart from Manchester in the morning and head straight for the lovely Lake District. Stop first at Bowness, situated on the shores of Lake Windermere. Take some free time to stroll along the lake, opt for a scenic cruise, or wander around the town and admire the sublime views.  Travel around the southern tip of Windermere toward Coniston Water. Take in views of this lake before arriving in the picturesque village of Hawkshead. This is where poet William Wordsworth attended grammar school.  After exploring the quaint village, take the narrow country roads north towards Grasmere, a place Wordsworth described as "the loveliest spot that man hath found." Enjoy spectacular views of Ullswater Lake as you continue on back roads to the southern shore, and then onwards out of the Lake District to Lancaster.  A contrast to the already-visited villages, this town boasts majestic medieval architecture and a spectacular castle that looms over the surrounding district. From Lancaster, head back toward Manchester, arriving in the early evening.

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Manchester: Swing and Rat Pack River Cruise

2. Manchester: Swing and Rat Pack River Cruise

Join the Princess Katherine for a cruise with a difference and experience an amazing way to enjoy Manchester. A night of amazing tunes will welcome you from your favorite Rat Pack and swing artists, as well as a few classic favorites to keep the boat rocking, courtesy of Russell Shaun. The Princess Katherine provides an intimate atmosphere that will have you dancing in the aisles as the city slides by. Enjoy the lights of the city as the Princess Katherine cruises between the stunning architecture of Salford Quays towards the heart of Manchester. From Old Trafford to the lights of Media City, these are surely some of the best views that Manchester has to offer. As your tour concludes, you'll cruise back to your tour starting location to continue your evening.

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Manchester: Elvis-on-the-River Cruise

3. Manchester: Elvis-on-the-River Cruise

Sit back and enjoy a night of Elvis aboard an exclusive cruise. On this 2.5-hour city cruise, you'll see the sights of the city from the "Theatre of Dreams" of Old Trafford, to the lights of the Media City. You will be welcomed with a glass of Prosecco as you board the Princess Katherine, with lights snacks and canapes accompanying your cruise. As you admire the views of the city's skyline from the old Pomona Docks, an on-board Elvis Presley tribute artist will perform the best of Elvis, which will have you dancing in the aisles as the city slides by. At the conclusion of your rockin' cruise, you will return back to your point of origin.

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Manchester: Old Trafford Match Day River Cruise

4. Manchester: Old Trafford Match Day River Cruise

Enjoy matchday travel for Manchester United games at Old Trafford. This transfer service offers a pick-up from Manchester city center by the popular Spinningfields development, dropping fans off by the stadium.  Along the way, you will be able to gain a unique view of the city as you pass through the impressive Ordsall Chord and the newly refurbished Stephenson's Bridge on your journey along the River Irwell and Manchester Ship Canal.  Have an onboard bar so you can enjoy a drink with fellow match goers and enjoy the pre-game atmosphere you'd find in any pub. Return promptly 20 minutes after the final whistle.

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What people are saying about Manchester

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 191 reviews

Absolutely fantastic evening entertainment top rate fabulous singer very friendly.. Staff very friendly... The whole experience of the cruise was brilliant... Great atmosphere pleasent veiw of the evening lit up as you sailed along.. You could get up and dance the.night sway.. Drinks and snacks on board.. Highly recommend

Brilliant trip to the Lake District visiting Windermere and villages close by and seeing other lakes along the way. We had good timing for each spot and did not feel rushed.

Felt like we had a private tour . Held in traffc for almost 2hrs, but Charly, whose very knowledgeable and experienced tour guide/driver made it a brilliant tour.

It was lovely, the guide Darin knows what he is doing and he surely made the trip awesome!

It was a great trip mainly because of Darren, our driver, guide, narrator and dj.