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  Improved Itinerary  

  1. Day 1 Edinburgh City and Edinburgh Castle

    Arriving in either Edinburgh or Glasgow airport collect your vehicle and make your way to the Scottish Capital city and spend the next two days exploring the city and its surrounds. From the winding alleys of the cobbled old town to wide avenues of the Georgian New Town, visit the Palace of Holyrood House and the Scottish Parliament or some of the national galleries and museums or climb to Arthur's Seat for the best views of the city's skyline. Finally visit Edinburgh Castle (admission included), the crowning glory of the Scottish Capital City and home to the Scottish Crown Jewels, the Stone of Destiny and St Margaret's Chapel. Time-permitting, you can venture outside of the city you can discover Craigmillar Castle, the Royal Yacht Britannia or Rosslyn Chapel.

    Overnight: Edinburgh

  2. Day 2 Loch Lomond, the Trossachs and Stirling Castle

    Today you can enjoy a day-trip from your base in Edinburgh to explore the outlying countryside. Head north west passing Stirling and Callendar where you may choose to stop at the Glengoyne Distillery to see how Scotch Whisky is made before seeing the Bonny Banks of Loch Lomond and Scotland's stunning scenery known as the Highlands in miniature at the Trossachs National Park. Returning towards Edinburgh, make your way to Stirling to uncover a rich Scottish History viewing the towering Wallace Monument, the Bannockburn Battlefield or what was once Scotland's royal seat at Stirling Castle. Return to Edinburgh for your overnight stay.

    Overnight: Edinburgh

    Meals: Breakfast included

    Journey details: 130 miles / 3hrs 30mins approx when visiting Stirling, Drymen and Glengoyne Distillery *

  3. Day 3 Scottish Borders, Hadrian’s Wall and the Lake District

    Departing Scotland travel south through the understated rolling hills of the Scottish Lowlands where you may choose to stop at New Lanark Mill a heritage site nestling on the banks of the River Clyde. Then pass through Gretna Green before crossing the border to England. First stop here can be Birdoswald Roman Fort visitor centre to uncover the secrets of Hadrian's Wall before returning west in to the awe-inspiring landscapes of Lake District home to towering peaks, rolling dales and tranquil waters.

    Overnight: Lake District

    Meals: Breakfast included

    Journey details: 150 miles / 3hrs approx *

  4. Day 4 The English Lake District

    Take time to explore the lakes, their surrounding fells, woodlands, stone walls and quaint lake-land villages such as Windermere and Grasmere. This region is a haven for walkers, hikers, budding artists and photographers or those simply looking for a tranquil boat trips or lazy drives soaking up the scenery. Possible cultural visits include Wordsworth’s Rydal Mount and Dove Cottage along with Beatrix Potter’s Hilltop Farm.

    Overnight: Lake District

    Meals: Breakfast included

  5. Day 5 The Beatles' Liverpool and Chester

    Continue south to visit the magnificent city of Liverpool which was designated as European City of Culture in 2008. The city is home to two cathedrals, dozens of listed buildings, the famous Albert Docks and a wealth of Beatles Heritage including Matthews Street, the Cavern Club, Penny Lane, Strawberry Fields and the Beatles Story Exhibition. Then on to the Roman city of Chester, home to Roman City walls and gate-towers, the stunning excavated Roman Amphitheatre, an impressive cathedral and the unique Tudor Facaded "Rows".

    Overnight: Liverpool or Chester

    Meals: Breakfast included

    Journey details: 90 miles / 1hr 50 mins approx *

  6. Day 6 Shakespeare's Stratford upon Avon and Warwick Castle

    Passing in to the Midlands you may choose to stop at Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Gardens before visiting one of William the Conqueror's 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.

    Overnight: Stratford-upon-Avon or Cotswolds

    Meals: Breakfast included

    Journey details: 135 miles / 2hrs 40mins approx *

  7. Day 7 The Villages and Countryside of the Cotswolds

    From your base in Stratford-upon-Avon, today venture out in the countryside to the South; here you can explore the quintessential landscapes of the Cotswolds including quaint and eccentric chocolate-box villages such as Broadway, Moreton-in-Marsh and Stow-on-the-Wold. Stunning historic sites you can visit include Snowshill Manor and Garden, Broughton Castle, the 13th century cistercian Hailes Abbey and the medieval manor at Sudely Castle, linked to King Henry VIII and 2 of his wives. The University town of Oxford and its medieval college buildings and Churchill's magnificent Blenheim Palace are also within driving distance.

    Overnight: Stratford-upon-Avon or Cotswolds

    Meals: Breakfast included

    Journey details: 105 miles / 2hrs 30mins approx when visiting Stow-on-the Wold and Oxford *

  8. Day 8 The Welsh Capital and Cardiff Castle

    Make your way South West from Stratford-upon-Avon and cross the border in to Wales. At Monmouth you may choose to follow the route of the scenic Wye Valley to the ancient monastic ruin at Tintern Abbey and the 13th century border fort at Chepstow Castle. Arriving in Cardiff discover this cosmopolitan Welsh city from the Edwardian baroque architecture of Cathays park, home to the national museum and gallery of Wales to the city’s stunning centrepiece at Cardiff Castle (admission included) which combines Roman and Norman history with a gloriously lavish Victorian mansion. In the cosmopolitan Cardiff Bay you'll find the National Assembly for Wales, the Millennium Centre and a host of waterfront bars and cafes.

    Overnight: Cardiff

    Meals: Breakfast included

    Journey details: 110 miles / 2hrs 45mins approx (travelling via the Wye Valley) *

  9. Day 9 Bath City and Roman Baths

    Today, cross the Severn channel and make the short journey East 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 and Pulteney Bridge or discover 18th century life at the beautifully preserved No1 Royal Crescent, as well as a wealth of quality museums, exhibitions and of course the spectacular Roman Baths and Pump Room. Time permitting you may choose to visit nearby village of Lacock, a picture perfect historic village and Lacock Abbey, used in TV and film productions of Pride and Prejudice and Harry Potter.

    Overnight: Bath

    Meals: Breakfast included

    Journey details: 60 miles / 1hr 20mins approx *

  10. Day 10 Stonehenge, Salisbury and Windsor

    Returning East pass on to the Salisbury Plain to see the famous standing stones at Stonehenge or lesser known but equally enchanting Avebury Stone Circle. You may choose to stop in historic Salisbury to visit the magnificent cathedral which boasts England's tallest spire and houses an original copy of the Magna Carta. Alternatively, you may head to Windsor spend the balance of the day exploring this beautiful and historic town home to cobbled squares, timber fronted houses, and the world’s largest inhabited castle at Windsor Castle, the Queen’s favoured residence. By evening return your vehicle at Heathrow Airport and make your way in to the city using the extensive public transport network.

    Overnight: London

    Meals: Breakfast included

    Journey details: 110 miles / 2hrs 30 mins approx (when travelling via Stonehenge and Salisbury) *

  11. Day 11 London City and Sights

    Having returned your vehicle, today London is yours to explore on foot or by public transport. This magnificent city is a thriving metropolis with a vibrant modern culture and rich history and heritage. Explore world renowned sights including Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, St Pauls Cathedral, Trafalgar Square and the London Eye on the banks of the River Thames. Culture vultures will delight in some of the world’s most prestigious museums and galleries including the Tate Modern, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the British Museum whilst Oxford Street, Covent Garden and the West End make for unrivalled shopping opportunities.

    Overnight: London

    Meals: Breakfast included

  12. Day 12 Return Home

    This morning, enjoy a final breakfast in your hotel before checking out. You may have a chance for some last-minute souvenir shopping or sightseeing (luggage can be stored at your hotel) before making your way back to London Heathrow or Gatwick Airports to check-in for your return flight to your home nation.

*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

  • 11 nights accommodation (suggested accommodations listed below).
  • Full cooked regional breakfast each morning (except in London where continental breakfast may be served).
  • 10 days car rental (outside of London– collect at Glasgow/Edinburgh airport and return at London Heathrow) inclusive of all mandatory taxes, insurances and charges. Please note: a "one-way" rental fee would apply and would be payable locally upon return of the vehicle.
  • Admission to the following attractions during your trip:
    • Edinburgh Castle
    • Cardiff Castle
    • An open-top hop-on/hop-off service in London
  • Shipment of your personal travel document and information pack containing all travel vouchers/tickets, printed copy of your itinerary, overview driving map and our own travel information and tips.
  • Toll-free calls (from USA and Canada) to your Britain vacation specialist whilst planning your trip.
  • Expert assistance during the planning of your trip and local out-of-hours number for use during travel.

Suggested accommodations

  • The Bonham Hotel or Cairn Hotel (or similar), Edinburgh x 2 nights
  • Ambleside Salutation (or similar), Lake District x 2 nights
  • Inglewood Manor (or similar), near Chester x 1 night
  • Billesley Manor Hotel (or similar), near Stratford-upon-Avon x 1 night
  • Lincoln House Hotel (or similar), Cardiff x 1 night
  • Combe Grove Manor (or similar), Bath x 1 night
  • The Mornington Hotel (or similar), London x 2 nights

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

  • Purchase an English Heritage sightseeing pass for admission to over 100 historical sites in England, including Stonehenge
  • Purchase tickets for Roman Baths
  • Enjoy another City Sightseeing open-top bus tour of Bath, Stratford or Edinburgh.
  • Include London services such as London Oyster Travel Cards, a flight on the London Eye or London West End theatre tickets.
  • Book pre/post tour nights before/after your tour either in central Edinburgh and/or London or at your airport of departure.
  • Rail travel from London to Edinburgh prior to the start of your driving tour.

Customize this tour!

  • Add extra nights in any of your destinations to explore further.
  • Add other overnight destinations on your itinerary (we’d recommend a night in Glasgow!).
  • Have your very own private driver-guide chauffeur your tour.
  • Combine this tour with one of our other Britain self-tours.
  • Enjoy an upgrade to a luxury castle hotel on one or two nights of your stay.

Exclusions

  • Trip Insurance – we ask that our guests purchase suitable cover in case planned travel is affected or disrupted due to unforeseen circumstances. More information on the benefits of trip insurance can be found here.
  • Flights – adeo Travel do not book air travel but are happy to offer advice on where to seek competitive airfare.
  • Meals and/or sightseeing other than that outlined above.

Departure Dates 2020/21

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 2020/21

From GBP £1290 per person (based on two people travelling)

Single supplements apply for single occupancy rooms, please ask for a quotation for details.

Representative pricing above based on travel in shoulder season (April/October) 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.
  • Above pricing is based on suggested accommodations listed however please note that we can tailor your specific quote to accommodate your budget and preferences.
  • Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room and one vehicle with automatic transmission.
  • 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 for a quotation.
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