1. Day 1 Oxford and Blenheim Palace

    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 College, Christchurch College, New College Hall and the Bodleian Library which featured 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. By afternoon, make your way to Stratford-upon-Avon, your base for the next two days.

    Overnight: Alveston Manor / Billeston Manor or similar, near Stratford-upon-Avon.

    Journey details: 100 miles / 2hrs approx *

  2. Day 2 The Cotswolds and Stratford-upon-Avon

    Spend this morning exploring Stratford-upon-Avon, a medieval town of Tudor timberwork buildings, open greens and boats bobbing on the river Avon not to mention a wealth of heritage sites dedicated to the town’s most famous resident William Shakespeare. Visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage or Mary Arden’s Farm. By afternoon venture South in to the quintessential English countryside of the Cotswolds home to rolling hills, patchwork fields and chocolate-box villages of honey-coloured cottages with eccentric names such as Chipping Campden, Moreton-in-Marsh and Stow-on-the-Wold.

    Overnight: Alveston Manor / Billeston Manor or similar, near Stratford-upon-Avon.

    Meals: Breakfast included

    Journey details: 50 miles / 1hr 10mins (Stratford to Stow round-trip) approx *

  3. Day 3 York City and York Minster

    Continuing your journey north you may choose to stop at England's most impressive medieval fortress at Warwick Castle on route to the grandiose city of York. York is home to a wealth of historic and cultural sites from the cobbled Shambles, Britain’s first shopping street to Viking heritage at the Jorvik Centre. Stroll along the remaining medieval city walls, gates and towers or visit the National Railway Museum, current home of the Flying Scotsman. Historic attractions include the Elizabethan Mansion House or the Tudor exhibition at Micklegate Bar, before enjoying York’s undoubted highlight at York Minster, Northern Europe’s largest gothic cathedral.

    Overnight: Aldwark Manor Hotel / The Grange Hotel or similar, near York.

    Meals: Breakfast included

    Journey details: 150 miles / 2hrs 45mins approx *

  4. Day 4 Hadrian’s Wall and the Scottish Borders

    Departing York, continue North; you may choose to stop at the city of Durham to see the Norman era Durham Cathedral and Castle or at Hadrian’s Wall the ancient border between England and Scotland where you can visit one of the famous Roman border forts which punctuate its path. Then crossing the border in to Scotland pass through the mellow landscapes of the Scottish Lowlands perhaps stopping at one or more of the region's stunning monastic ruins including those at Melrose Abbey, Jedburgh Abbey. Your final stop can be the intriguing Rosslyn Chapel, made famous by the Da Vinci Code book and film before arriving on the outskirts of Edinburgh.

    Overnight: Dalhousie Castle or similar, near Edinburgh

    Meals: Breakfast included

    Journey details: 200 miles / 4hrs approx *

  5. Day 5 Edinburgh City and Edinburgh Castle

    Make your way in to central Edinburgh and dedicate today to exploring the magnificent Scottish Capital from the winding streets of the cobbled old town to the wide avenues of the opulent Georgian new town before visiting the Queen's residence at the Palace of Holyrood House. Enjoy the national museums and galleries in the shadow of the Burns Monument before strolling through Princes Street Gardens or climbing to Arthur's Seat for spectacular views over the city. You may choose to head for the Royal Yacht Britannia in Leith Docks or view the modern Scottish Parliament building before climbing the Royal Mile to the city's centrepiece at the magnificent Edinburgh Castle, home to the Scottish Crown Jewels, the Stone of Destiny and St Margaret's Chapel.

    Overnight: Dalhousie Castle or similar, near Edinburgh

    Meals: Breakfast included

  6. Day 6 Loch Lomond and Stirling

    Today pass through the rolling hills of the Scottish Borders to reach the Southern "bonny banks" of Loch Lomond and through the stunning scenery of the Trossachs National Park, known as the Highlands in miniature. Returning South, enjoy a photo stop at Doune Castle which featured in Monty Python's Life of Brian or more recently in Game of Thrones before arriving in historic Stirling. Stirling is home of the towering Wallace Monument erected in dedication to the Great Scottish Hero "Braveheart" William Wallace and a beautiful cobbled old town climbing to Stirling Castle which, once the Royal Seat of Scotland, rivals that of Edinburgh for its historic significance and beauty. Nearby you can visit the Bannockburn Visitor centre.

    Overnight: Airth Castle Hotel or similar, near Stirling.

    Meals: Breakfast included

    Journey details: 90 miles / 2hrs 15mins approx *

  7. Days 7 The English Lake District

    Returning across the border in to England enjoy some of England's most spectacular natural beauty in the Lake District. Take time to explore the lakes, their surrounding fells, woodlands, stone walls and quaint lakeland villages such as Windermere and Grasmere. Take a steam-boat ride on Lake Windermere or climb Scafell Pike, the highest point in England to enjoying breath-taking views. 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: Augill Castle or similar, Lake District

    Meals: Breakfast included

    Journey details: 160 miles / 2hrs 50mins approx *

  8. Day 8 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". By evening, cross the border in to Wales to the nearby town of Ruthin your base for the next two nights.

    Overnight: Ruthin Castle or similar, North Wales

    Meals: Breakfast included

    Journey details: 130 miles / 2hrs 30mins approx *

  9. Day 9 Snowdonia National Park and Historic Conwy

    From your base near the English/Welsh border spend today exploring North Wales. Pass firstly in to the glorious mountain scenery of the Snowdonia National Park where you can ride a mountain steam train at Blaenau Ffestiniog or visit the National Slate Museum exploring the slate mining history of the region. Then descend the Conwy valley to the North Wales Coast. Here you can visit the 19th century seaside resort of Llandudno where you can enjoy a stroll along the promenade and admire the elegant Victorian architecture before travelling to nearby Conwy. Conwy is a hidden gem seemingly frozen in time, consisting of a medieval harbour, narrow streets, cobbled squares and still surrounded by its ancient town walls. The highlight though is the dominating 13th century fortress at Conwy Castle.

    Overnight: Ruthin Castle or similar, North Wales

    Meals: Breakfast included

    Journey details: 90 miles / 2hrs 30mins (vai Blanau and Conwy round-trip) approx *

  10. Day 10 Bath City and the Roman Baths

    Departing north Wales pass by Welsh town of Llangollen to view the spectacular Pontcysyllte Aqueduct which carries canal boats 126 feet above the valley floor. Crossing the border in to England you may choose to stop at quaint market town of Shrewsbury or the World Heritage site at Ironbridge, a stark symbol of the Industrial Revolution. By afternoon, continu to the City of Bath. Bath 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, the opulent No.1 Royal Crescent, a wealth of quality museums including the Jane Austen Exhibition and of course the spectacular Roman Baths and Pump Room.

    Overnight: Combe Grove Manor or similar, near Bath

    Meals: Breakfast included

    Journey details: 190 miles / 3hrs 45mins

  11. Day 11 Stonehenge and Historic 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, Europe’s oldest working clock and houses an original copy of the Magna Carta. Afterwards, head to historic Windsor to spend the balance of the day exploring this beautiful and affluent town home to cobbled squares, timber fronted houses, and the world’s largest inhabited castle at Windsor Castle, the Queen’s favoured residence.

    Overnight: Beaumont Estate, near Windsor and Heathrow

    Meals: Breakfast included

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

  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 before making your way back to London Heathrow or Gatwick Airports, return your vehicle and check-in for your return flight to your home nation.

    Meals: Breakfast included

*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 in Castle Hotel or Manor House accommodation as per the itinerary (also listed below).
  • Full cooked regional breakfast each morning
  • 12 days car rental inclusive of all mandatory taxes, insurances and charges.
  • Car hire upgrade to our Gold Package which includes one additional driver as well as reduced excess/deductible waiver (Please enquire for full details).
  • Historic Scotland Explorer Pass (3 in 5 day) Offering admission to 78 historic sites and castles across Scotland including Stirling & Edinburgh castles.
  • English Heritage Pass x 2 adts (9 Consecutive Days). Pass offers admission to 100 historic attractions and castles across England including Stonehenge & Hadrian’s Wall.
  • Our own adeo Travel comprehensive travel documents pack which includes all travel paperwork, overview driving map and additional local hints and tips for travel.
  • Expert advice from your personal Britain vacation specialist during the planning your trip and toll-free calls from the US/Canada.
  • Provision of our Britain-based office number and local out-of-hours contact number for use and support during travel should you need it.

Suggested accommodations

  • Alveston Manor or Billesley Manor, near Stratford-upon-Avon x 2 nights
  • Aldwark Manor or The Grange, near York x 1 night
  • Dalhousie Castle or Melville Castle, near Edinburgh x 2 nights
  • Airth Castle Hotel, near Stirling x 1 night
  • Augill Castle, Lake District x 1 night
  • Ruthin Castle, North Wales x 2 night
  • Combe Grove, near Bath x1 night
  • Beaumont Estate, near Windsor and Heathrow x 1 night

* All accommodations are subject to availability for requested dates however adeo Travel will offer a comparable alternative if/when the above are unavailable.

Optional extras

  • Enjoy a traditional Scottish evening including food and entertainment in Edinburgh.
  • Add pre/post tour accommodation in London, Windsor or at Heathrow Airport before or after your trip.
  • Upgrade to an automatic transmission vehicle for your tour.

Customize this tour!

  • Add a night in South Wales near Cardiff or Scotland in the Scottish Highlands or St Andrews area.
  • Add extra nights in any location to further explore the area.
  • Have your very own private driver-guide chauffeur your tour.

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 £1495 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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