The Great Britain Tour
Self Drive / Driver guided
14 days / 13 nights
All of Britain
Central London or London Airport
Central London or London Airport
Day One – Oxford University and Blenheim Palace
From London, make the short journey to historic 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 before heading to nearby village of Woodstock to Winston Churchill’s baroque mansion at Blenheim Palace.
Day Two – York and York Minster
Travel north to the stunning medieval city of York with a wealth of historic and cultural sites to explore including the cobbles of the famous Shambles, Britain’s first shopping street, medieval city walls, gates and towers, the opulent Georgian Era Fairfax House and the highlight of course at the iconic York Minster.
Days Three and Four – Edinburgh and Edinburgh Castle
Continue north through the Scottish lowlands past Melrose Abbey and Rosslyn Chapel to Edinburgh and spend two days exploring the Scottish capital city. Enjoy the winding streets of the cobbled old town to the wide avenues of the opulent Georgian new town, visit the Queen’s residence at the Palace of Holyrood House and the Scottish Parliament building before climbing the Royal Mile to the magnificent Edinburgh Castle.
Overnight Edinburgh x 2 nights.
Day Five – Culloden Moor and Inverness
Today pass through the stunning Cairngorm National Park in to the Scottish Highlands. Explore Inverness, capital of the Highlands, and its wealth of surrounding sites such as Culloden Moor, site of the ancient battlefield and the fairytale castle of Cawdor Castle, romantically connected to Shakespeare’s Macbeth.
Day Six – Loch Ness, the Great Glen and Glasgow
Returning south embark on a day of glorious natural beauty as you pass through the Great Glen along the shores of Loch Ness and then in the shadow of Britain’s tallest peak, Ben Nevis. Make stops at Urquhart Castle, Fort William and Glencoe before passing Loch Lomond and the Trossachs and arriving in the thriving city of Glasgow.
Day Seven – Hadrian’s Wall and the Lake District
Departing Scotland, cross the ancient border to England and make a stop at Birdoswald Roman Fort to uncover the secrets of Hadrian’s Wall before passing in to the awe inspiring landscapes of the Lake District. Enjoy towering peaks, rolling dales, tranquil waters and quaint market towns which inspired the likes of Wordsworth, Turner and Beatrix Potter.
Overnight Lake District.
Day Eight – Roman Chester and Conwy Castle
Continuing south, visit Chester a stunning walled city home to an excavated Roman Amphitheatre, an impressive cathedral and the unique Tudor Facaded “Rows”. Then Continue across the border in to North Wales to the hidden gem at Conwy, a quaint medieval harbour town of cobbled streets and squares, medieval town walls and dominated by the stunning 13th century castle at Conwy Castle.
Day Nine – Snowdonia National Park and Shakespeare’s Stratford
Pass through the corner of the magnificent Snowdonia National Park and through the Welsh border towns as you make you way back to England to Stratford-upon-Avon. Stratford is a picturesque, medieval town of Tudor timberwork buildings harking to the times of William Shakespeare, for which it is famed. Visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage or Hall’s Croft.
Day Ten – The Welsh Capital and Cardiff Castle
Cross back in to Wales, perhaps stopping at medieval border town Monmouth or Raglan Castle on route to the Welsh Capital. Spend today discovering Cardiff, the Edwardian baroque architecture of Cathays Park and the modern Cardiff Bay area, home to the National Assembly for Wales, the Millennium Centre and a host of waterfront bars and cafes. The highlight will be Cardiff Castle which combines Roman and Norman history with a gloriously lavish Victorian mansion.
Day Eleven – Bath City and Roman Baths
A short drive over the English border you arrive in Bath 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, Pulteney Bridge and the Royal Crescent, a wealth of quality museums, exhibitions and of course the spectacular Roman Baths and Pump Room.
Days Twelve, Thirteen and Fourteen – Stonehenge Windsor and London City
From Bath travel East and stop at the eerie and unexplained standing stones of Stonehenge before visiting the affluent town of Windsor and the magnificent Windsor Castle. Arriving in London return your car and spend the next two days exploring the English Capital City. This magnificent city is a thriving metropolis with a vibrant modern culture and rich history and heritage. Visit renowned sights including Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, Trafalgar Square and the London Eye and a wealth of prestigious museums and galleries.
Overnight London x 2 nights.
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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!