1. Days 1 & 2 Oxford, Stratford and the Cotswolds

    Departing London head firstly to Oxford to soak up the unique academic ambience and explore the lawns, quads and spires of renowned Oxford University which once inspired the likes of Tolkien and Oscar Wilde. Visit nearby Churchill's Blenheim Palace before arriving at Tudor town Stratford-upon-Avon home to a wealth of Shakespeare Heritage including his birthplace and Anne Hathaway's Cottage. Take time to enjoy strolls in the Cotswolds countryside and a visit to Warwick Castle.

    Overnight: Stratford-upon-Avon or The Cotswolds (2 nights)

    Journey details: 90 miles / 145 km, 2 hours 35 minutes (approx.), if starting at Heathrow Airport*

  2. Day 3 York and York Minster

    Travel north to stunning city of York with a wealth of historic and cultural sites to explore from the cobbled Shambles, Britain's first shopping street, the Viking Jorvik Center, the medieval city walls,gates and towers and the National Railway Museum current home of the Flying Scotsman. The highlight of course will be exploring the iconic York Minster.

    Overnight: York

    Meals: Breakfast included

    Journey details: 155 miles / 250 km, 3 hours (approx.)*

  3. Days 4 & 5 Hadrian's Wall and the Lake District

    Cross the barren Yorkshire Dales on route to the awe-inspiring countryside of the Lake District and the surrounding fells, woodlands, stone walls and quaint villages. Enjoy walking, hiking, tranquil boat trips or lazy drives soaking up the scenery or cultural visits including Wordsworth's Rydal Mount and Beatrix Potter's Hilltop. On the ancient northern border of England explore Carlisle Castle and the Roman forts along Hadrian's Wall.

    Overnight: Lake District (2 nights)

    Meals: Breakfast included

    Journey details: 125 miles / 200 km, 2 hours 40 minutes (approx.)*

  4. Day 6 Liverpool and Chester

    Pass south to visit the magnificent cities of Liverpool and Chester. Liverpool was designated as European City of Culture in 2008, home to two cathedrals, the famous Albert Docks and a wealth of Beatles Heritage including the Cavern Club and Penny Lane. A short drive south is stunning walled city of Chester home to an excavated Roman Amphitheatre, an impressive cathedral and the unique Tudor Facaded "Rows".

    Overnight: Liverpool or Chester

    Meals: Breakfast included

    Journey details: 90 miles / 140 km, 1 hour and 50 minutes (approx.), for an overnight in Liverpool*

  5. Day 7 Bath City and the Roman Baths

    Head South to the city of Bath to experience a glorious 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.

    Overnight: Bath

    Meals: Breakfast included

    Journey details: 195 miles / 310 km, 3 hours 45 minutes (approx.)*

  6. Day 8 Wells, Glastonbury and Stonehenge

    Enjoy today exploring the myth and legend starting in tiny town of Wells, home to a stunning Cathedral and Bishops Palace before seeing Glastonbury, spiritual capital of England shrouded in mystery with both Glastonbury Abbey and Glastonbury Tor holding connections with Arthurian Legend and the Holy Grail. Finally enjoy visits to the iconic standing stones of Stonehenge or lesser known Avebury stone circle.

    Overnight: Salisbury

    Meals: Breakfast included

    Journey details: 40 miles / 65 km, 1 hour 15 minutes (approx.)*

  7. Day 9 Salisbury Cathedral, Winchester and Downton Abbey

    Salisbury Cathedral, Winchester and Downton Abbey After exploring the cobbled streets and squares of Salisbury and England's tallest cathedral spire at Salisbury cathedral, you may choose to visit the historic town of Winchester and Winchester Cathedral which is the final resting place of Jane Austen or her former home and exhibition at Chawton. Finally visit Highclere Castle which you'll recognise as television's Downton Abbey.

    Overnight: Windsor

    Meals: Breakfast included

    Journey details: 70 miles / 110 km, 1 hour 35 minutes (approx.)*

  8. Day 10 Windsor town 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.

    Meals: Breakfast included

    Journey details: 10 miles / 15 km, 40 minutes (approx.), based on a route to Heathrow Airport*

*Journey times and distances are estimates and are based on the direct route between the start location and end location for each day of the itinerary, where applicable. They do not include detours or stops for sightseeing.

What's included

  • 9 nights accommodation (suggested accommodations listed below).
  • Full cooked regional breakfast each morning.
  • 10 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.

Suggested accommodations

  • Walton Hotel, Cotswolds near Stratford-upon-Avon x 2 nights
  • York Pavilion Hotel, York x 1 night
  • Burnside Hotel, Windermere, Lake District x 2 nights
  • Brook Meadow Hotel, near Liverpol and Chester x 1 night
  • Limpley Stoke Hotel, near Bath x 1 night
  • Grasmere House Hotel, Salisbury x 1 night
  • Beaumont Estate, near Windsor 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.

Optional extras

  • Enjoy a City Sightseeing open-top bus tour York, Liverpool 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.
  • Pre-book entry to the Shakespeare's Houses heritage attractions in and around Stratford-upon-Avon.
  • Add pre/post tour accommodation in London before or after your trip.

Customize this tour!

  • Add extra nights in any of your destinations to explore further.
  • Add a night in the South East of England to 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.

Departure 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!

Pricing 2017/18

From GBP £799 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.

Pricing Notes

  • 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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