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Discover quintessential England as you explore the patchwork countryside of the Cotswolds and some of England's most captivating historic cities. Delight in whimsical Oxford, Shakespeare's Stratford and the grandeur of regency city Bath or lesser known gems such as the eccentric villages of Stow-on-the-Wold and Moreton-in-Marsh.



5 days / 4 nights

Regions visited:
Heart of England

Start point:
Central London or London Airport

End point:
Central London or London Airport



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selfdrivetourSelf drive tour: Cotswolds and Historic Cities


Oxford and Blenheim Palace

Cotswolds and Historic Cities Tour - Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, England

Departing London, travel through affluent Buckinghamshire, perhaps stopping at Cliveden or Hughenden Manor on route to Oxford where you'll enjoy the college quads and spires of the world-renowned Oxford University. Soak up the unique academic ambience which once inspired the likes of Tolkien, CS Lewis and Oscar Wilde and explore the famous colleges such as Magdalen and Christchurch or the Bodleian Library and New College Hall used as parts of Hogwarts in the Harry Potter movies. Nearby lies the village of Woodstock home of the stunning baroque mansion of Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Winston Churchill.

accommodationOvernight: Oxford.

distanceJourney details: 50 miles / 80 km, 1 hour 10 minutes (approx.), if starting at Heathrow Airport*.

attractionsHighlights: Oxford, Oxford University and Blenheim Palace.


Warwick Castle and Shakespeare's Stratford-upon-Avon

Departing Oxford pass in to the Cotswolds, perhaps stopping at Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Gardens before visiting one of William the Conquerors fortresses at the stunning Warwick Castle. A short drive south you'll find Stratford-upon-Avon, a picturesque, medieval town of Tudor timberwork buildings, open greens and boats bobbing on the river Avon. The birthplace of William Shakespeare, Stratford is brimming with cultural and historic attractions including Shakespeare's Birthplace, Anne Hathaway's Cottage and Hall's Croft.

accommodationOvernight: Stratford-upon-Avon or the northern Cotswolds.

distanceJourney details: 55 miles / 90 km, 1 hour (approx.)*.

attractionsHighlights: Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwick Castle.


The Cotwolds Villages and Sudely Castle

Cotswolds and Historic Cities Tour - Bibury

Bibury, The Cotswolds, England

Spend today exploring the West of this magical region and its quaint and eccentric chocolate-box villages such as Broadway, Moreton-in Marsh and Stown on the Wold. Stunning sites you can visit include Snowshill Manor and Garden, the stunning ruins of 13th century cistercian Hailes Abbey and the medieval manor at Sudely Castle, linked to King Henry VIII and 2 of his wives. Time permitting you may chose to visit the regency town of Cheltenham, its wide boulevards, promenades, imperial gardens and glorious Georgian architecture.

accommodationOvernight: Stratford-upon-Avon or northern Cotswolds.

attractionsHighlights: The Cotswolds.


Lacock Abbey, Bath City and Roman Baths

Pass through the southern Cotswolds head for the beautiful village of Lacock brimming with history and used in the filming of Harry Potter and Pride and Prejudice. Then to the city of Bath which oozes Georgian opulence and is home to so many sites of historic importance that the entire city has been granted UNESCO World Heritage status. Visit architectural highlights including the Elizabethan Abbey, Pulteney Bridge and the Royal Crescent, a wealth of quality museums, exhibitions and of course the spectacular Roman Baths and Pump Room.

accommodationOvernight: Bath.

distanceJourney details: 85 miles / 135 km, 1 hour 50 minutes (approx.)*.

attractionsHighlights: Bath City, Roman Baths and Lacock Abbey.


Stonehenge, Salisbury Cathedral and Windsor Castle

Cotswolds and Historic Cities Tour - Blenheim Palace

Windsor Castle, Windsor, England

Leaving Bath you may visit 14th century Farleigh Hungerford Castle on route to the Salisbury Plain. Make a stop to see the errie and unexplained standing stones of Stonehenge and lesser known Avebury before exploring the cobbled streets and squares of Salisbury, home to Britain's tallest cathedral spire. Round off the day with a visit to the prehistoric ruins at Old Sarum before returning to London. Time-permitting you may choose to stop in Windsor to view the stunning Windsor Castle.

distanceJourney details: 100 miles / 160 km, 1 hour 40 minutes (approx.), based on a route to Heathrow Airport*.

attractionsHighlights: Stonehenge and Windsor Castle.

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Cotswolds and Historic Cities Tour Map - self drive tour of England


selfdriveSelf drive tour: Cotswolds and Historic Cities


  • 4 nights accommodation (suggested accommodations listed below).
  • Full cooked regional breakfast each morning.
  • 5 days car rental inclusive of all mandatory taxes, insurances and charges.
  • adeo Travel suggested driving itinerary and travel documents pack.
  • Toll-free calls to your Britain vacation specialist whilst planning your trip .
  • Expert assistance during the planning of your trip and local number for advice during travel.


  • Linton Lodge Hotel, Oxford x 1 night
  • Walton Hotel, Cotswolds near Stratford-upon-Avon x 2 nights
  • Limpley Stoke, near Bath x 1 night

As our self-drive tours are fully customizable we can tailor the suggested accommodations for your particular quotation based on your preferences, budget etc. Read more about the accommodation we offer by clicking here.


  • Enjoy a City Sightseeing open-top bus tour Bath.
  • Purchase the English Heritage and/or National Trust overseas visitor passes for entry to a number of sites and historic attractions on route.
  • Pre-book entry to the Shakespeare's Houses heritage attractions in and around Stratford-upon-Avon.
  • Pre-book pre/post tour accommodation in London before or after your trip.


  • Add extra nights in any of your destination cities to explore further.
  • Add an overnight stop in historic Salisbury close to Stonehenge and Avebury Stonecircles.
  • Have your very own private driver-guide chauffeur your tour.
  • Combine this tour with one of our other Britain self-tours.
  • Stay in quaint family run B&Bs throughout your tour or on selected nights.
  • Enjoy an upgrade to a luxury castle or manor hotel on one or more nights of your stay.

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selfdriveSelf drive tour: Cotswolds and Historic Cities

arrowDEPARTURE DATES 2017/18

This self-guided tour is customizable and can be taken at any time throughout the year and starting and ending on any day of the week - simply let us know your preferred dates of travel!

arrowPRICING 2017/18

From GBP £329 per person (based on two people travelling).

Representative pricing above based on travel in shoulder season (May/September) with two people sharing a twin/double room, staying in sample accommodations as listed and sharing a compact automatic vehicle. For a direct quote for your preferred dates of travel please contact us.


  • As this tour can be taken at any time pricing will vary dependent on departure day, date of travel, selected accommodations etc.
  • Your quotation will be based on the suggested accommodations listed however please note that we may tailor your specific quote to accommodate your budget and preferences. Please indicate these when you contact us.
  • Prices are calculated as per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room and one vehicle.
  • Prices are for land only travel and do not include flights.
  • Prices are in GBP£ currency, for approximate amounts in other currencies please contact us.

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