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  1. Day 1 Bath City and Roman Baths

    Arriving in London Heathrow or Gatwick Airports, validate your rail passes and join the Britain rail network. After a brief connection in central London glide through the English countryside to the elegant Regency city of Bath. An opulent Georgian city granted UNESCO World Heritage Status, Bath is home to a host of historic, cultural and architectural highlights including the Elizabethan Abbey, the Jane Austen Centre, Pulteney Bridge and the Royal Crescent not to mention the spectacular Roman Baths and Pump Room.

    Overnight: Bath

    Journey details: 20 minutes to London (via Gatwick/ Heathrow Express) and London Underground, followed by 1 hour 30 minutes to Bath (approx.)*

  2. Day 2 Stonehenge and Cotswold Villages Excursion

    Today, join a local driver on a small-group day tour through the villages and countryside of Wiltshire. Enjoy a journey of discovery as you visit “England’s prettiest village” at the historic market town of Castle Combe, walk amongst the ancient standing stones at Avebury village and spot striking features of the local landscape such as Silbury Hill and Cherhill White Horse. Undoubted highlights of the day include visits to the iconic site at Stonehenge and Lacock Village whose pretty cobbled streets you may recognise from television and film including Pride and Prejudice, Downton Abbey and Harry Potter.

    Overnight: Bath

    Meals: Breakfast included

  3. Day 3 Medieval Oxford

    Board the train once again to journey to the historic university city of Oxford, your base for the next two nights. Here you can 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. Perhaps visit one or more of the famous colleges such as Magdalen and Christchurch or the Bodleian Library and New College Hall which were used as parts of Hogwarts in the Harry Potter movies.

    Overnight: Oxford

    Meals: Breakfast included

    Journey details: 1 hour and 15 minutes (approx.)*

  4. Day 4 Cotswolds Excursion

    Today is dedicated to exploring the quintessential English landscapes and villages of the Cotswolds – take a short rail ride from Oxford to the market town of Moreton-on Marsh. Meet your local driver to begin your scenic journey through the country lanes and rolling hills of the heart of England – your day will be packed with rustic Cotswold views and we’ll pause regularly to enjoy some of England’s prettiest settlements. Visit eccentrically named villages such as Upper Slaughter, Stow-on-the-Wold and Broadway each bustling with local markets, honey-coloured homes and thatch cottages.

    Overnight: Oxford

    Meals: Breakfast included

  5. Day 5 Shakespeare's Stratford-upon-Avon

    Today, take the rails North and into the heart of England to arrive in Stratford-upon-Avon which will be your base for two nights. Spend the balance of the day exploring this picturesque medieval town of open greens, tranquil waters of the River Avon and striking Tudor timberwork buildings. The town is home to an abundance of heritage sites dedicated to its most famous resident the great bard himself, William Shakespeare; visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage or Mary Arden’s Farm amongst others.

    Overnight: Stratford-upon-Avon

    Meals: Breakfast included

    Journey details: 1 hour and 30 minutes (approx.)*

  6. Day 6 Warwick and Warwick Castle

    Today you can continue to explore Stratford-upon-Avon and its heritage sites or make a short rail journey to the nearby historic market town of Warwick. Warwick is home to cobbled streets and a host of intriguing historic sites; visit St Mary’s Church, the 14th Century timber frame buildings of Lord Leycester Hospital or the Victorian house and museum at St John’s House. The highlight will of course be the imposing Warwick Castle, one of England’s largest forts whose origins date back nearly one thousand years. By evening return to Stratford-upon-Avon.

    Overnight: Stratford-upon-Avon

    Meals: Breakfast included

  7. Day 7 Icons of London

    Today you’ll be whisked South to London by rail, drop your bags at your hotel and begin exploring the stunning English Capital. London is a thriving metropolis with a vibrant modern culture and rich history and heritage. Discover world renowned sights including Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square. In the East of the city you’ll find the Tower of London and St Paul’s Cathedral. By evening why not take a flight on the London Eye for spectacular views of the city skyline.

    Overnight: London

    Meals: Breakfast included

    Journey details: 2 hours and 30 minutes (approx.)*

  8. Day 8 Return Home

    Today bid farewell to the UK as you board the Heathrow or Gatwick Express rail links to take you back to your departure airport.

    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

  • 7 nights accommodation (suggested accommodations listed below).
  • Full cooked English breakfast each morning.
  • Britrail England Consecutive Passes (8 day) – Passes offer 8 consecutive days of travel on the British National Rail Network from day of validation. Travel is fully flexible and completely unlimited for the period of validity and will cover all outlined rail journeys including transit on the Heathrow or Gatwick Express rail links.
  • Our hand-picked small-group day-tours to explore more rural regions which cannot be easily reached by rail, as follows:
    • Stonehenge and Cotswolds Villages Tour from Bath (excludes admission to Stonehenge – please pay locally).
    • Famous Cotswolds or Cotswold Highlights tour from Moreton-in-Marsh.
  • Admission to the following attractions on your itinerary:
    • Roman Baths in Bath
    • Shakespeare’s Houses Pass
    • Warwick Castle (excludes castle dungeon).
  • Adeo travel documents pack and suggested rail schedule information for each of your point-to-point journeys including journey durations and departure stations and travel departure times etc.
  • 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

  • Abbey Hotel, Bath x 2 nights
  • Malmaison Oxford Hotel, Oxford x 2 nights
  • Mercure Shakespeare Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon x 2 nights
  • Mornington Hotel Bayswater, London x 1 night

 

As our rail tours are fully customizable we can tailor the suggested accommodations for your particular quotation based on your preferences, budget etc.

 

Unless otherwise requested all suggested accommodations for our rail tours will be within walking distance or a short taxi journey from the local railway station.

Optional extras

  • Upgrade your rail passes for First Class Travel – first class carriages are available on many inter-regional services across England.
  • Add a City Sightseeing Open-Top bus tour of London
  • Purchase London Oyster travel cards for flexible travel around London on its underground rail network.

Customize this tour!

  • Extend your time in London to fully explore the capital of England.
  • Combine this tour with one of our other Britain rail tours.
  • Have your own rail travel expert accompany you on your tour.

Exclusions

  • Travel on the London Underground rail network – these are separate to the national rail network and your Britail Passes will not be valid.
  • Taxis / transfers from train stations to your hotels – taxis are readily available at all major train stations in the UK and hotel receptions / concierges will be happy to call local taxi firms for collection on days of departure.
  • 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

Twin/Double - from GBP £1,150 per person.

Single supplements apply for solo travellers – please contact us for details.

Pricing Notes

  • Above pricing is an estimated "from" price based on mid-season travel (March/April). 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 with one adult Britrail pass per person as specified. (Please enquire for single supplement)
  • 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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