1. Day 1 Cambridgeshire

    Arriving in to London Heathrow Airport collect your rental vehicle and head North skirting around London and in to the pastoral landscapes of the East of England. On route, you can visit the manor at Hedingham Castle and Gardens, Audley End House or the Duxford Imperial War Museum before arriving in the glorious university city of Cambridge. Explore the labyrinthine cobbled parades and squares and marvel at the intricate architecture of world-renowned colleges including Kings College, Trinity College and Christ's College. Enjoy the Cambridge Museum before taking a stroll along the Backs, extensive parklands behind the university, or take a punt on the river with one of the resident students.

    Overnight: The Lion, Buckden, Cambridgeshire

    Journey details: 80 miles / 130 km, 1 hour 45 minutes (approx.), if starting at Heathrow Airport*

  2. Days 2 & 3 York and Castle Howard

    Continuing your journey north pass Nottingham and Lincoln on route to the grandiose city of York and the rolling hills of Yorkshire. 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 Center. Stroll along the remaining medieval city walls, gates and towers or visit the National Railway Museum, current home of the Flying Scotsman, visit the Mansion House or the Tudor exhibition at Micklegate Bar, before enjoying York's undoubted highlight at the iconic York Minster. Outside of the city you find yourself in another area of outstanding natural beauty with the Yorkshire Dales and the North Yorkshire Moors on your doorstep as are the historic attractions at Fountains Abbey and Gardens and the majestic Castle Howard.

    Overnight: White Horse Farm Inn, Pickering, North Yorkshire (2 nights)

    Meals: Breakfast included

    Journey details: 180 miles / 290 km, 3 hours 15 minutes (approx.)*

  3. Days 4 & 5 Lake District

    Departing Yorkshire head West and explore the quaint Yorkshire towns of Harrogate and Skipton, or visit the Bronte Parsonage where the famous literary sisters created their works. Then arriving in the Lake District enjoy some of England's most spectacular and inspiring natural beauty. Take time to explore the lakes, their surrounding fells, woodlands, stone walls and quaint lake-land 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. The region boasts a wealth of stunning historic houses whilst to the North you can visit the magnificent Hadrian's Wall and one of its many Roman forts which once stood on the most northern frontier of the Roman Empire.

    Overnight: Middle Ruddings Country Inn, Keswick (2 nights)

    Meals: Breakfast included

    Journey details: 120 miles / 195 km, 2 hours 40 minutes (approx.)*

  4. Day 6 Liverpool and Chester

    Today pass 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. A short onward drive brings you 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: The Bears Paw, Sandbach, near Chester

    Meals: Breakfast included

    Journey details: 140 miles / 225 km, 2 hour 30 minutes (approx.)*

  5. Days 7 & 8 Stratford-upon-Avon and the Cotswolds

    Passing in to the Midlands you may choose to stop at Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Gardens before visiting one of William the Conquerors fortresses at the stunning Warwick Castle. Then arriving in the Cotswolds explore Stratford-upon-Avon, a picturesque, medieval town of Tudor timberwork buildings, open greens and boats bobbing on the river Avon and a wealth of heritage sites dedicated to the towns most famous resident William Shakespeare. Outside of Stratford you can explore the quintessential countryside of the Cotswolds including quaint and eccentric chocolate-box villages such as Broadway, Moreton-in-Marsh and Stow-on-the-Wold. Stunning sites you can visit include Warwick Castle, Snowshill Manor and Garden, 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 Churchill's magnificent Blenheim Palace are also within driving distance.

    Overnight: The Horse and Hound, Broadway (2 nights)

    Meals: Breakfast included

    Journey details: 110 miles / 170 km, 2 hours 5 minutes (approx.)*

  6. Day 9 Regency Bath and the Roman Baths

    Departing Broadway, pass once more through quintessential English countryside in the rolling hills and patchwork fields of the Cotswolds on route south to Regency city Bath. Bath is a city 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 Beckford Tower or the 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: The Boathouse, near Bath

    Meals: Breakfast included

    Journey details: 70 miles / 115 km, 1 hour 30 minutes (approx.)*

  7. Days 10 & 11 Devon and Cornwall

    A short drive from Bath you'll pass through Somerset's Mendip Hills where you may stop at 14th century Farleigh Hungerford Castle. Continuing in to the beautiful landscapes of North Devon you may choose to pass through the eerie and remote countryside of the Dartmoor National Park before reaching the North Cornish Coast. Continuing along the rugged coastline you may choose to enjoy traditional fish and chips at the sandy bay of Bude, visit the charming medieval market town of Barnstaple or continue to the village of Tintagel, once again connected to the legendary King Arthur and Merlin. Further down the coast find the charming seaside town of Port Isaac, famed for the hit BBC show Doc Martin.

    Overnight: King Athur\'s Arms, Tintagel (2 nights)

    Meals: Breakfast included

    Journey details: 140 miles / 230 km, 2 hours 50 minutes (approx.)*

  8. Day 12 Glastonbury and Wells

    Today head back towards London, driving through Dartmoor and Somerset's Mendip Hills, perhaps stopping for a visit to the beautiful Hestercombe Gardens. Next, travel to Glastonbury, spiritual capital of England shrouded in Myth with connections to Arthurian Legend and the Holy Grail. After a hike up the Tor for fantastic views, make your way to the village of Wells, home to a stunning Cathedral and Bishops Palace.

    Overnight: The Crown Inn, Wells

    Meals: Breakfast included

    Journey details: 130 miles / 210 km, 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)*

  9. Day 13 Salisbury and Stonehenge

    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.

    Meals: Breakfast included

    Journey details: 120 miles / 190 km, 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)*, based on a route to Heathrow Airport London

*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

  • 12 nights accommodation (suggested accommodations listed below).
  • Full cooked English breakfast each morning.
  • 13 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

  • The Lion, Buckden, Cambridgeshire x 1 night
  • White Horse Farm Inn, Pickering, North Yorkshire x 2 nights
  • Middle Ruddings Country Inn, Keswick x 2 nights
  • The Bears Paw, Sandbach, near Chester x 1 night
  • The Horse and Hound, Broadway x 2 nights
  • The Boathouse, near Bath x 1 night
  • King Arthur's Arms, Tintagel x 2 nights
  • The Crown Inn, Wells 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.

Optional extras

  • 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.
  • Book a lake cruise of Lake Windermere.
  • Pre-book pre/post tour accommodation in London before or after your trip.

Customize this tour!

  • Add extra nights in any of your destination cities to explore further.
  • Add an overnight stop in historic Salisbury close to Stonehenge and Avebury Stone circles.
  • 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 country pubs.
  • Enjoy an upgrade to a luxury castle or manor hotel on one or more nights of your stay.

Pricing 2018/19

From GBP £1069 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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