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  1. Day 1 Historic Salisbury and Stonehenge

    Landing at London Heathrow (or Gatwick) Airport, collect your vehicle and head out in to the English countryside. Passing on to the eerie Salisbury Plain, make your way to the historic city of Salisbury itself; a charming town which is home to cobbled streets, market squares and Britain’s tallest cathedral spire which also houses Europe's oldest working clock and a copy of the original Magna Carta. Take time to explore this quintessential cathedral city before getting back on the road to visit the surrounding pre-historic sites which dot the barren plains; these include the Neolithic Old Sarum, Avebury stone-circle and of course the iconic Stonehenge. Later continue to Bath, your base for the next two nights.

    Overnight: Bath

    Journey details: 110 miles / 2hr 30mins (from Heathrow, via Salisbury) approx *

  2. Day 2 Bath City and the Roman Baths

    Today spend the day exploring historic Bath; this elegant city 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, Pulteney Bridge and the Royal Crescent, a wealth of quality museums such as the Jane Austen exhibition and of course the spectacular Roman Baths (admission included) and Pump Room which dates back to the 1st century AD. Outside of the city, you may want to visit the nearby village of Lacock, a picture-perfect historic village, and Lacock Abbey, which were used in TV and film productions of "Pride and Prejudice" and "Harry Potter".

    Overnight: Bath

    Meals: Breakfast included.

  3. Day 3 Cardiff, Capital of Wales

    Taking a bridge over the Severn channel you arrive in the ancient land of Wales where you can make your way to the nation's capital city, Cardiff. Discover this cosmopolitan city from the Edwardian baroque architecture of Cathays park, the Victorian shopping arcades and the city’s stunning centrepiece at Cardiff Castle (admission included) which combines Roman and Norman history with a gloriously lavish Victorian mansion. In Cardiff Bay you'll find the National Assembly for Wales and the Millennium Centre whilst outside of the city centre you can explore St Fagan’s Museum of Welsh life and fairy-tale Victorian castle at Castell Coch.

    Overnight: Cardiff, South Wales

    Meals: Breakfast included.

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

  4. Day 4 The Wye Valley and the Cotswolds

    Passing north from Cardiff you may choose to follow the course of the scenic Wye Valley stopping at the stunning monastic ruins of Tintern Abbey before crossing the border back in to England to the beautiful patchwork fields of the Cotswolds. Here you can explore the quintessential English countryside of the region including quaint and eccentric chocolate-box villages with eccentric names such as Broadway, Moreton-in-Marsh and Stow-on-the-Wold. Stunning historic sites you can visit include Snowshill Manor and Garden or the 13th century Hailes Abbey. Later continue to Chipping Campden, your base for the next two nights.

    Overnight: Stratford-upon-Avon, Cotswolds

    Meals: Breakfast included.

    Journey details: 145 miles / 3hrs 15mins approx (travelling via the Wye Valley) *

  5. Day 5 Stratford-upon-Avon, Blenheim Palace and Oxford

    Today explore the picturesque medieval town of Stratford-upon-Avon. This charming place is synonymous with Tudor timberwork buildings, open greens and boats bobbing on the River Avon and a wealth of heritage sites dedicated to the town’s most famous resident William Shakespeare. Explore heritage sites including Shakespeare's Birthplace (admission included), Anne Hathaway's Cottage and Mary Arden's Farm. After visiting Stratford you may choose to explore the East Cotswolds where you can make your way to the University city of Oxford and visit Churchill's magnificent baroque mansion at Blenheim Palace in the charming Cotswolds town of Woodstock.

    Overnight: Stratford-upon-Avon, Cotswolds

    Meals: Breakfast included.

  6. Day 6 Llangollen Aqueduct, Conwy and Snowdonia National Park

    Today continue north and return across the border in to North Wales. Pass through the traditional Welsh town of Llangollen, home to a stunning aqueduct which transports canal boats 150ft above the valley floor. Then onward in to the glorious mountain scenery of the Snowdonia National Park before heading to the North Wales Coast and the hidden gem at Conwy, a quaint medieval harbour town of cobbled streets and dominated by the stunning 13th century castle at Conwy Castle. Continue to nearby 19th century seaside resort of Llandudno where you can enjoy a stroll along the promenade and admire the elegant Victorian architecture.

    Overnight: Llandudno, North Wales

    Meals: Breakfast included.

    Journey details: 160 miles / 3hrs 30mins approx *

  7. Day 7 Historic Chester or The Beatles’ Liverpool

    Today enjoy a scenic drive along the North Wales coast and cross the border back in to England and take the opportunity to visit one of two charming cities of Northern England; Liverpool or Chester. Liverpool was designated as European City of Culture in 2008 and 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 and the Beatles Story Exhibition. A short onward drive brings you to the contrasting city of Chester, this Roman town is home to Roman City walls and gate towers, the stunning excavated Roman Amphitheatre, an impressive medieval cathedral and the unique Tudor Facaded "Rows". By afternoon, continue North in to the scenery of the English Lake District.

    Overnight: Lake District

    Meals: Breakfast included.

    Journey details: 160 miles / 3hrs approx *

  8. Day 8 The English Lake District

    Today is dedicated to exploring some of England’s most spectacular natural beauty in the Lake District. Discover 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 and a host of historic country houses.

    Overnight: Lake District

    Meals: Breakfast included.

  9. Day 9 Hadrian’s Wall, The Scottish Borders and Glasgow

    Continuing North cross the ancient border between England and Scotland and make a stop at Birdoswald Roman Fort visitor centre to uncover the secrets of Hadrian’s Wall. Then pass through the rolling hills of the Scottish Borders to reach the thriving Scottish city of Glasgow. Soak up the modern Scottish vibe as you explore the city from the Victorian monuments and impressive town hall façade of George Square, to the bustling Sauchiehall Street ideal for your Scottish shopping. The stunning Glasgow Cathedral and Necropolis are well worth a visit whilst in the fashionable West End you can visit the renowned Kelvingrove Park and Museum.

    Overnight: Glasgow

    Meals: Breakfast included.

    Journey details: 150 miles / 2hrs 40mins approx *

  10. Day 10 The Highlands, Loch Ness and Inverness

    Today embark on a magnificent journey through Scotland’s raw natural beauty, passing firstly along the banks of Loch Lomond and through the scenery of the Trossachs National Park and then across the desolate and awe-inspiring Rannoch Moor. After passing through Glen Coe valley, site of the infamous clan battle, take lunch in port town Fort William on the stunning west coast overlooking Loch Linhe. Then continue through the Great Glen along the windswept banks of the eerie Loch Ness keeping an eye out for the renowned monster Nessie and perhaps stopping to visit to the weather-beaten ruin of Urquhart Castle perched overlooking the loch. Arriving in Inverness, capital of the Highlands, time-permitting explore the city and its hilltop castle and museum.

    Overnight: Inverness, Scottish Highlands

    Meals: Breakfast included.

    Journey details: 175 miles / 4hrs 15mins approx (travelling via Fort William) *

  11. Day 11 Heart of Scotland and Historic Stirling

    Today make your way south through the heart of Scotland towards Edinburgh. On route south you may choose to stop in charming Victorian town of Pitlochry where you can visit the magnificent Blair Castle or tour the Blair Athol Scotch Malt Distillery. Later arrive in historic Stirling home of the towering Wallace Monument erected in dedication to the Great Scottish Hero "Braveheart" William Wallace; after exploring the cobbled old town climb to Stirling Castle which, once the Royal Seat of Scotland, rivals that of Edinburgh for its historic significance and beauty. By evening continue to the Scottish Capital city of Edinburgh.

    Overnight: Edinburgh

    Meals: Breakfast included.

    Journey details: 180 miles / 3hrs 45mins approx (travelling via Stirling) *

  12. Day 12 Explore Edinburgh and Edinburgh Castle

    Today you can dedicate to exploring Edinburgh. Discover this magnificent city 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 (admission included), home to the Scottish Crown Jewels, the Stone of Destiny and St Margaret's Chapel.

    Overnight: Edinburgh

    Meals: Breakfast included.

  13. Day 13 The Scottish Lowlands and York

    Returning South, drive through the mellow hills of the Scottish Lowlands where you could stop at the Rosslyn Chapel or Melrose Abbey. Then once again in English territory make your way through the rustic landscapes of Yorkshire to the grandiose city of York itself, 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, before enjoying York’s undoubted highlight at the iconic York Minster, northern Europe’s largest gothic cathedral.

    Overnight: York

    Meals: Breakfast included.

    Journey details: 200 miles / 4hrs approx *

  14. Day 14 The Yorkrshire Dales and Yorkshire Moors

    Dedicate today exploring outside of the city, where you’ll find yourself in another area of outstanding natural beauty with the Yorkshire Dales and the North Yorkshire Moors on your doorstep. Explore the Quaint Yorkshire towns of Harrogate and Skipton, visit James Herriott country and the Bronte Parsonage where the famous literary sisters created their works. Historic sites of note include the World Heritage Site at Fountains Abbey and Water Gardens and the Impressive Castle Howard (admission included), an elegant manor house which you may recognise from the small-screen as it has featured in several television productions including Evlyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited.

    Overnight: York

    Meals: Breakfast included.

  15. Day 15 University City of Cambridge

    Making your way south today, you may choose to stop in Lincoln to see the beautiful cathedral before continuing to the glorious university city of Cambridge where you can explore labyrinthine cobbled parades and squares and marvel at the intricate architecture of world-renowned colleges including Kings College, Trinity College and Christ’s College. Take a stroll along the Backs, extensive parklands behind the university or take a punt on the river with one of the resident students. You may choose to visit the Cambridge American Cemetery just west of the city, the nearby Duxford Imperial War Museum before continuing South and returning your vehicle to Heathrow (or Gatwick Airport). Make your way in to the city using the extensive public transport network.

    Overnight: London

    Meals: Breakfast included.

    Journey details: 230 miles / 4hrs 30mins approx *

  16. Day 16 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.

  17. Day 17 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.

    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?

  • 16 nights accommodation (suggested accommodations listed below).
  • Full cooked regional breakfast each morning.
  • 15 days car rental (outside of London, collect and return London Airport) inclusive of all mandatory taxes, insurances and charges.
  • Admission to the following attractions during your trip:
    • Roman Baths
    • Cardiff Castle (includes tour of the Victorian Mansion)
    • Shakespeare’s Birthplace
    • Castle Howard
  • Historic Scotland Explorer Pass (7 days consecutive pass) offering admission to over 70 historic sites and castles across Scotland including Stirling & Edinburgh castles.
  • English Heritage Pass (9 days consecutive pass) offering admission to over 100 historic attractions and castles across England including Stonehenge & Hadrian’s Wall.
  • 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.

Our Selected Lodging

  • The Bird Hotel (or similar), Bath x 2 nights
  • Lincoln House Hotel (or similar), Cardiff x 1 night
  • Billesley Manor Hotel and Spa (or similar), Stratford-upon-Avon x 2 nights
  • St George's Hotel (or similar), Llandudno x 1 night
  • Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel (or similar), Lake District x 2 nights
  • Sherbrooke Castle Hotel (or similar), Glasgow x 1 night
  • Kingsmills Hotel (or similar), Inverness x 1 night
  • The Bonham (or similar), Edinburgh x 2 nights
  • The Grand (or similar), York x 2 nights
  • The Kensington (or similar), London x 2 nights

Wherever possible we select characterful accommodation representative of the destination where you're staying. We regularly personally visit and quality-check hotels across the country. The hotels listed are a representative selection of just some of the properties we work with, ask your consultant for their personal favourites and recommendations. Read more about the accommodation we offer by clicking here.

Optional Extras

  • Add express rail transfers or private car transfers for travel from your London Airport to central London.
  • Enjoy a City Sightseeing open-top bus tour of many destination cities.
  • Purchase overseas heritage passes for England, Wales and Scotland for admission to selected historic sites on your itinerary.
  • Enjoy a Scottish themed evening including dinner and entertainment in Edinburgh.
  • Enjoy a traditional Welsh Banquet in the grounds of Cardiff Castle in Cardiff.
  • Enjoy a West End performance with theatre tickets in London.

Customize this tour!

  • Add extra nights in any of your destination cities to explore further (suggested Cardiff, Llandudno, Inverness or York).
  • Add other overnight destinations on your itinerary such as Chester, Fort William or Cambridge.
  • Combine this tour with one of our other Britain self-tours.
  • Stay in a combination of traditional hotels or upgrade to a night or two in a castle or manor house hotel!


  • 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 2023/2024

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 2023/2024

From GBP £3,045 per person (based on two people travelling).
Single supplements apply for single occupancy rooms, please ask for a quotation for details.


Pricing above is representative pricing of this tour - this pricing is based on travel in shoulder-season (April/October) with two people sharing a twin/double room, staying in the sample accommodations as listed and sharing a compact automatic vehicle. Our proposals are always based on live availability and pricing which may fluctuate based on a range of factors and inclusions. For a direct quote for your preferred dates of travel please contact us.

Pricing Notes

  • Above pricing is an estimated "from" price based on shoulder-season travel (April/October). 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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