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Icons of England takes you on a journey of discovery of England's most renowned sites, cities and landscapes. You'll experience English icons including the colleges of Cambridge, historic York Minster, the classic countryside of the Cotswolds, Warwick Castle, Shakespeare's Stratford, Roman Baths, the enigmatic Stonehenge and the grandiose Windsor Castle.



6 days / 5 nights

Regions visited:
All of England

Start point:
Central London or London Airport

End point:
Central London or London Airport



UK international:
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selfdrivetourSelf drive tour: Icons of England


University City of Cambridge

Icons of England Tour - Cambridge

Cambridge University, Cambridge, England

From London, travel north, possibly stopping at Jacobean Audley End House and Duxford Imperial War Museum on route to the glorious university city of Cambridge where you can explore labyrinthine cobbled parades and squares and marvel at the intricate architecture of world-renowned colleges including Kings College, Trinity College and Christ's College. Take a stroll along the Backs, extensive parklands behind the university or take a punt on the river with one of the resident students.

accommodationOvernight: Cambridge.

distanceJourney details: 75 miles / 120 km, 1 hour 45 minutes (approx.), if starting at Heathrow Airport*.

attractionsHighlights: Cambridge Colleges.


York and York Minster

Continuing north arrive in the stunning medieval city of York with a wealth of historic and cultural sites to explore from the cobbled streets such as the famous Shambles, Britain's first shopping street, the Viking Jorvik Center, the medieval city walls, gates and towers, the opulent Georgian Era Fairfax House and the National Railway Museum current home of the Flying Scotsman. The highlight of course will be exploring the iconic York Minster.

accommodationOvernight: York.

distanceJourney details: 155 miles / 250 km, 2 hours 40 minutes (approx.)*.

attractionsHighlights: York and York Minster.


Warwick Castle and Shakespeare's Stratford-upon-Avon

Icons of England Tour - Warwick Castle

Warwick Castle, Warwickshire, England

Passing south in to the Heart of England, make a stop at Kenilworth Castle before visiting England's most visually imposing fortresses at the stunning Warwick Castle. Arriving in Stratford-upon-Avon discover the abundant Shakespeare Heritage in this picturesque, market town of Tudor timberwork buildings. Explore the town including Shakespeare's Birthplace, Anne Hathaway's Cottage and Hall's Croft.

accommodationOvernight: Stratford-upon-Avon or the Cotswolds.

distanceJourney details: 150 miles / 240 km, 2 hours 40 minutes (approx.)*.

attractionsHighlights: Warwick Castle and Shakespeare's Stratford.


The Cotswolds and Regency Bath

Today explore the beauty of quintessential English countryside in the Cotswolds' rolling hills and eccentrically named villages such as Stow on the Wold and Moreton in Marsh. Arriving in Bath, experience a UNESCO world heritage city which oozes Georgian opulence and is home to architectural highlights including the Elizabethan Abbey, Pulteney Bridge and the Royal Crescent not to mention the spectacular iconic Roman Baths and Pump Room.

accommodationOvernight: Bath.

distanceJourney details: 85 miles / 135 km, 1 hour 45 minutes (approx.)*.

attractionsHighlights: Roman Baths.


Stonehenge, Salisbury and Downton Abbey

Icons of England Tour - Stonehenge

Stonehenge, Wiltshire, England

Returning East towards London, you may choose to stop at Lacock Abbey, used in TV and film productions of Pride and Prejudice and Harry Potter before passing on to the eerie Salisbury Plain to see England's most iconic site at the mysterious standing stones of Stonehenge before arriving in Salisbury to explore the cobbled streets and England's tallest cathedral spire. A final stop will be at Highclere Castle featured on television as Downton Abbey before arriving in Windsor.

accommodationOvernight: Salisbury or Windsor.

distanceJourney details: 40 miles / 65 km, 1 hour 5 minutes (approx.)*.

attractionsHighlights: Stonehenge and Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey).


Windsor and Windsor Castle

Spend today exploring the magnificent town of Windsor home to cobbled squares, timber fronted houses, and the world's largest inhabited castle at Windsor Castle, the Queen's favoured residence.

distanceJourney details: 70 miles / 115 km, 1 hour 45 minutes (approx.), based on a route to Heathrow Airport*.

attractionsHighlights: Windsor Castle.

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Icons of England Tour Map - self drive tour of England


selfdriveSelf drive tour: Icons of England


  • 5 nights accommodation (suggested accommodations listed below).
  • Full cooked regional breakfast each morning.
  • 6 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.


  • Gonville Hotel, Cambridge x 1 night
  • Monkbar Hotel, York x 1 night
  • Shakespeare Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon x 1 night
  • Combe Grove Manor Hotel, near Bath x 1 night
  • Rose and Crown Hotel, Salisbury 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 of Cambridge, York or Bath.
  • Purchase the English Heritage and/or National Trust overseas visitor passes for entry to a number of sites and historic attractions on route.
  • Purchase tickets for Shakespeare Heritage sites in Stratford-upon-Avon.
  • Add pre/post tour accommodation in London before or after your trip.


  • Add extra nights in any of your destinations to explore further.
  • Add a night in the Lake District or Chester/Liverpool to enhance your itinerary.
  • 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: Icons of England

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 £495 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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