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Britain Self Drive Tour

Britain Self Drive Tour

Discover Britain: 16 nights/17 Days From London to London


Day 1 | London. Pick up your rental car
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Welcome to London the political and artistic capital of the United Kingdom. Discover the wonders of this great city, with its royal palaces, parliament, art, shopping and theaters. Chose to visit St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Tower of London (a World Heritage Site), Westminster Abbey, the Palace of Westminster (home of Parliament and Big Ben,), the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, the British Museum, Science Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, the Wallace Collection, the National Gallery and Tate art galleries are but a few of the city’s many places of interest and all easily accessible by foot, bus, and underground.

Tourist Class: Best Western Phoenix Hotel or similar, (2 nights)

Day 2 | London
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There are so many interesting things to do and see in London but luckily you can add extra nights to your stay here if you wish. Shop at the world famous Harrods Store. With a wide choice of wine bars and traditional pubs in all areas, many offering entertainment, it is easy to find an interesting place to rest and revive yourself with a drink or a traditional London dish of perhaps an Arnold Bennett omelet made with haddock and cheese. Complete your perfect day with a visit to a Theater or Concert Hall.

Day 3 | London – Runnymede – Windsor – Salisbury
151.28 km*

Drive to Runnymede, where a circular temple commemorates the signing in the year 1215 of the Magna Carta (widely viewed as one of the most important documents in the history of democracy). Drive on to the cobbled streets of Windsor and visit England’s largest castle, Windsor Castle (dating back to Henry II in 1165–1179) which still remains today a favorite royal residence. Here you can tour the State Apartments, the magnificent St. George’s Chapel, and walk through Windsor Great Park. For lunch try the traditional Brown Windsor Soup. Across Windsor Bridge is Britain’s most famous school, Eton College, founded in 1440 by the young Henry VI. Then continue to the historic city of Salisbury where we have arranged your overnight stay.

Tourist Class: Mercure White Hart Hotel or similar,

Day 4 | Salisbury – Stonehenge – Stourhead – Plymouth
222.09 km*

This morning stroll through Salisbury, where its Market Square and medieval streets named after the trades which once flourished there – Fish Row, Butcher Row, Silver Street – are lined by gabled half-timbered houses dating from 14th to 17th century. View the magnificent Salisbury Cathedral, which boasts the tallest spire in Britain. Leave Salisbury and as you drive across Salisbury Plain you see the great stone circle of Stonehenge, a World Heritage Site. Believed to have been erected 5,000 years ago it is the most celebrated prehistoric monument in Britain. From here your drive takes you to Stourhead House, whose idyllic Gardens are one of the supreme examples of English landscape. Continue your drive through Dorset (Thomas Hardy country) to the ancient seaport of Plymouth, where we have arranged your two-night stay. This was the port of departure for Drake, Raleigh, Cook and the Pilgrim Fathers when they set sail to America.

Tourist Class: Jurys Inn or similar (2 nights)

Day 5 | Plymouth; Visit Cornish Coast – Penzance – Lands End – St. Ives – Plymouth
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Your two-night stay will allow you to explore the beauty and charm of Devon and Cornwall, the part of England where the local accent makes everyone sound like pirates. From as far back as the 14th century there are legends of pirate gangs who attacked ships as they sailed by this area. Pass smugglers’ coves and quaint fishing villages to St. Michael’s Mount. This amazing rocky island, with its medieval castle and 1,000-year-old legends and myths is separated from the mainland by a 500-yard granite causeway. Stop at Land’s End, the most westerly point of the British mainland, then to Penzance, with its wealth of good shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs. Try the traditional Cream Tea served in Devon and Cornwall, warm scones topped with clotted cream and strawberry jam accompanied with a pot of tea. Beyond is PenzanceHarbour whose inner dock shelters fishing boats and commercial vessels and where visiting yachts and the occasional tall-masted sailing ships lie against the granite quays. From here drive to the picturesque fishing harbor of St. Ives, a famous artists’ colony with its winding alleys, hillside terraces and color-washed fishermen’s cottages. The Tate St. Ives exhibits modern art from the London Tate collections and sculptress Barbara Hepworth’s home is now a museum. Drive across Bodmin Moor as you return to Plymouth.

Day 6 | Plymouth – Glastonbury – Wells – Bath
207.6 km*

Today’s journey skirts Dartmoor National Park where ponies, cattle and sheep graze freely on the moor with nearby wooded valleys, cascading streams and small villages. Make a stop to enjoy the real Cheddar cheese, named after the caves where it is ripened. Drive on to Glastonbury, which historical legend links with King Arthur and his Knights of the Roundtable, and see the Abbey ruins, a famous center of learning in the middle ages. Your drive now takes you passed the cathedral city of Wells, which has been used as the setting for several films. Then to the historic and elegant city of Bath, a World Heritage Site, which in the 18th century became a fashionable spa town, and where we have arranged your overnight accommodation. Admire the graceful Georgian terraces and villas, the Pump Room with its spa water fountain, where lunch and afternoon tea are served, and the elegant Assembly Rooms built for people to meet, dance, play cards, and drink tea. Visit the amazing excavations of the Roman Baths. These Roman ruins stretch out beneath the city in all directions and consists of the Sacred Spring, the Roman Temple and the Roman bath house.

Tourist Class Abbey Hotel or similar

Day 7 | Bath – Chepstow – Cardiff
96.56 km*

Leave the elegant city of Bath and drive across the border to Wales and the town of Chepstow, whose great Town Gate slopes down to the elegant cast-iron structure crossing the Wye. Here you will see Chepstow Castle, which dates back to 1067. Your drive now takes you to the capital of Wales, Cardiff, a city of contrasts where ornate buildings stand shoulder to shoulder with the city’s architectural cutting-edge designs. Cardiff Castle is a 12th century twelve-sided stone keep built within the ruins of a Roman fort. Within this compact city’s center, you’ll find unique attractions and top class entertainment. Browse through the unusual shops and cafes in the arcades. Innovative architecture sits alongside historic buildings and the bustle of the city center is only a few strides from acres of peaceful parklands. Cardiff Bay offers indoor and outdoor entertainment for everyone.

Tourist Class Best Western Plus Maldron Hotel or similar

Day 8 | Cardiff – Brecon Beacons N. P. – Powis – Chester
244.62 km*

Depart Cardiff and drive to the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park. Much of the Park is grassy moorland grazed by Welsh mountain ponies and sheep, with valleys, waterfalls and caves. Your drive then continues to the town of Welshpool where Powis Castle lies. The Italian style gardens were created in the 17th century, enhancing the Castle’s craggy site, and are one of the rare remaining masterpieces of the period. Continue to the historic city of Chester where we have arranged your overnight stay. At Chester a surveyor in the Roman era laid out the line of the Via Praetoria – now Bridge Street – and the Via Principalis – now Watergate Street. Its port was used by sea-going vessels during the Roman occupation and is the only city in Britain that has preserved a continuous circuit of walls.

Tourist Class Mercure Chester North or similar

Day 9 | Chester – Lake District – Kendal
209.21 km*

Leave behind The Rows of Chester as you drive to the stunning Lake District, which takes its name from the beautiful stretches of water that occupies many of its glaciated valleys. Its rocks are used in the building of local cottages and whitewashed farm houses, and the wild drama of the fells is set off by the gentle pastoral character of much of its lowlands, such as the famous Lake Windermere, England’s longest lake. Arrive at the medieval city of Kendal, birthplace of Henry VIII’s sixth wife Catherine Parr, where we have arranged your overnight stay. Visit the Elizabethan manor of Levens Hall and its Topiary Gardens which have been preserved intact.

Tourist & First Class Whoop Hall Hotel or similar

Day 10 | Kendal – Hadrian’s Wall – Glasgow
283.24 km*

Leave Kendal, and your drive takes you to interesting sites along Hadrian’s Wall. In AD 122 the Roman Emperor Hadrian visited Britain and ordered the building of a defense wall, parts of which can still be seen today. At Segedunum are the remains of the fort – learn about garrison life at the museum here. The museum at the Corbridge Roman Site presents the layout of the site with its granaries, fountains, temples etc. The Roman Army Museum at Carvoran, with its audio-visual presentations, houses examples of Roman armor, dress and weapons. Cross into Scotland and your drive takes you through the scenic Lowlands to Glasgow, where we have arranged your overnight stay. An important industrial center and port, Glasgow is now enjoying a growing reputation as a cultural center. Whilst in Scotland sample some of its regional foods and specialties – Scottish beef and lamb, venison and grouse and of course its famous pure malt whisky.

Tourist Class New Lanark Mill or similar

Day 11 | Glasgow – Loch Lomond – The Trossachs – Inverness
299.34 km*

Explore the charm of Glasgow”s surrounding area as you drive through the Lowlands with its windswept hills, wistful ruins, literary heritage, and golf. Freshwater Loch Lomond set amidst fantastic scenery, is the largest lake in mainland Explore the charm of Glasgow’s surrounding area as you drive through the Britain and contains many islands. As a popular leisure destination it offers every kind of watercraft including kayaks, canoes, wind-surfers, jet skis, and cruisers. The Trossachs is one of Scotland’s famous scenic areas, with rugged mountains and wooded slopes reflected in the waters of its many lochs. The whole area is one of great scenic beauty and easily accessible as you experience the spectacular scenery of heather covered mountains, cliffs and moorlands. Situated at River Ness, which flows from Loch Ness, is the traditional capital of the Scottish Highlands, Inverness, where we have arranged your overnight stay.

Tourist Class Ramada Encore or similar

Day 12 | Inverness – Blair Castle – Stirling – Edinburgh
296.12 km*

Leave Inverness and drive to Blair Castle. A large part of the castle’s tower, built in 1269, still remains. The castle’s interior houses interesting collections of armor and porcelain. On to Stirling, with its medieval Old Town of narrow streets leading to Stirling Castle. The Castle offers much interest to visitors, with its exhibition of life-size models, Great Hall, Royal Apartments and ornate interiors. We have arranged a two-night stay in Scotland’s beautiful capital, Edinburgh, a World Heritage Site.

Tourist Class Holiday Inn Express Waterfront or similar (2 nights)

Day 13 | Edinburgh
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Edinburgh is set on a series of volcanic hills, each giving a different vantage point from which to view this beautiful city, considered one of the most picturesque cities in Europe. With its past rich in history there are many places to visit by foot within the city – Edinburgh’s impressive Castle, Arthur’s Seat overlooking Holyrood Park, the Old Town, huddled for years on the ridge running down from the Castle Rock and contrasting with the New Town with its elegant Georgian streets and squares. Take a short drive along the Fife coast to the city of St. Andrews, with its imposing Cathedral, Castle, famous University and the “home” of golf.

Day 14 | Edinburgh – Durham – York
344.4 km*

From Edinburgh drive south through the county of Durham with its moors, rivers and magnificent scenery of stunning Pennine valleys and waterfalls. Arrive at the medieval city of Durham whose quiet streets and castle are a perfect foil for its great Norman Cathedral in a truly remarkable setting and a World Heritage Site. Leave Durham as your journey then takes you across the Yorkshire Moors to the walled city of York where we have arranged your overnight accommodation. York is one of England’s most historic cities noted for its rich 2,000 year history from the time of the Romans, Vikings and Normans to the Georgians and Victorians. Walk the tangle of quaint cobbled streets, visit the iconic York Minster, the Mansion House and world-class museums. Delve into the city’s vibrant café culture and enjoy talented street entertainers or watch the world go by as you have a drink in a pub by the river or have a traditional English dinner of roast beef and Yorkshire pudding

Tourist Class Best Western Monkbar Hotel or similar

Day 15 | York – Chatsworth – Stratford-upon-Avon
288.07 km*

Today’s journey takes you to the magnificent stately home of Chatsworth, Derbyshire It is one of the true Treasure Houses of England and the ancestral home of the Dukes of Devonshire since Bess of Hardwick settled there in 1549. The House, set in expansive parkland, is on a massive scale, opulent and designed to impress (and it does). It contains a unique collection of priceless paintings, furniture, neoclassical sculpture, books and artifacts. The beautiful 1,000-acre park that surrounds Chatsworth is open throughout the year and everyone is welcome to walk, play and picnic there. Leave the opulence of Chatsworth for the beauty of Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, and where we have arranged your overnight stay. Set on the banks of the river Avon and steeped in culture and history you get a taste of Olde England as you wonder through its streets. View Ann Hathaway’s thatched cottage, and the ornately carved half-timbered Harvard House where the American flag flies in honor of the son of the house, John Harvard, who founded Harvard University, which owns the building today. See a play at the home of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Tourist Class Holiday Inn Express Warwick or similar

Day 16 | Stratford – Warwick – Blenheim – Oxford – London
183.46 km*

Leave Stratford for your drive to Warwick. Britain’s great medieval experience is a visit to Warwick Castle, which has been brought to life using tableaux of wax figures recreating characters and events of its fascinating history. On to Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire. This greatest building of the English Baroque with its exuberant details and theatrical composition is the residence of the Dukes of Marlborough and the birthplace of Winston Churchill. Its splendor is matched by the sublime landscape of its vast park. On to the ancient city of Oxford, on the north bank of the River Thames. Here England’s oldest university traces its roots back to the 12th century. Oxford University’s colleges, the Queen’s College, Merton, Magdalen, Oriel and Corpus Christi , each have their own history and picturesque settings. Today’s journey ends as you return to London where we have arranged your accommodation for a night’s stay.

Tourist Class Best Western Phoenix Hotel or similar, or a Tourist Class Airport Hotel

Day 17 | London
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No Of Pax2 Pax3 Pax4 Pax5 Pax6 Pax7 Pax8 Pax9 Pax
Adult in Twin/Double20751795165415701644158616251582
Adult in Triple19371656151514321505144714871444
Child with bed in Triple -1654151214301503144514851441
Child No Bed-704562479553495534490

Drop off your rental car at the airport.


Dorset, Devon, Cornwall, Cotswolds, Lake District, Scottish Highlands, The Trossachs, Greater London, Wiltshire, Somerset, Gloucestershire, Berkshire, Warwickshire, Cheshire, County Durham, Yorkshire, Scottish Lowlands, Monmouthshire, Powys, Oxfordshire, Glamorgan, Pembrokeshire, Isle of Anglesey, Gwynedd, Exeter, Plymouth, Penzance, St. Ives, Kendal, Fort William, Inverness, Portree, London, Salisbury, Bath, Glastonbury, Wells, Stow-on-the-Wold, Windsor, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick, Chester, Durham, York, Edinburgh, Glasgow, St Andrews, Stirling, Chepstow, Welshpool, Oxford, Cardiff, Pembroke, Caernarfon, Blenheim Palace, Chatsworth, Dartmoor, Hadrians Wall, Lake District, Loch Loman, Loch Ness, Powis Castle, Runnymede, St. Andrews, St. Michael”s Mount, Stonehenge, Windsor Castle, Yorkshire Moors.

Your Tour Package Includes

16 Nights Hotel Accommodation as detailed in the Day by Day Itinerary as described below. Breakfast Daily, All Hotel Taxes and Service Charges. 17 Days Hertz CDMR Compact Manual Ford Focus or similar, Including Unlimited Mileage (UM), Collision Damage Waiver (CDW), Theft Protection (TP) and Taxes, Maps, Information, and Detailed Directions to your Hotels. Emergency telephone numbers accessible 24/7 in the unlikely event you have a problem with a hotel or the Hertz rental car.

Entrance Tickets Included

Windsor Castle

Vehicle Type

  • Upto 5 Pax: Citroen C4 or Similar
  • 6-7 Pax: Renault Espace or similar
  • 8-9 Pax: Renault Traffic or similar
  • Manual Transmission
  • Air Conditioning

Not Included

Fuel and Parking Charges. Admissions to Attractions unless otherwise stated.

Terms & Conditions

The Terms and Conditions will form the contract between European Voyages and the person making/paying for the booking. No contract exists until European Voyages has received payment and issued its confirmation invoice. Rates are subject to currency fluctuation and Government taxes and may be changed without notice. Rates are guaranteed upon acceptance of full payment.

Payment with a credit card is required to make a reservation. If a booking is made 60 or more days before departure, a non-refundable deposit is payable by Visa or MasterCard. The remaining balance will be collected approximately eight weeks prior to departure. For reservations made less than 60 days before departure, full payment will be due when hotels are confirmed.

DurationPrice Per Person
5 to 7 DaysEURO 125.00 per person
8 to 10 DaysEURO 150.00 per person
11 to 13 DaysEURO 175.00 per person
14 to 16 DaysEURO 200.00 per person
17 to 20 DaysEURO 250 per person
21 Days & OverEURO 300.00 per person

Cancellations/Refunds/ChangeTravel Insurance
We highly recommend the purchase of a Travel Insurance protection plan.

Notice of cancellation must be made by e-mail directly to the Company

DurationCharge Per Person
60+ DaysDeposit Only
59-45 Days25%
44-30 Days50%
29-22 Days75%
21 to Day of Departure100%

It is your responsibility to thoroughly check your documents upon receipt and to inform European Voyages immediately if there is an error so that it can be corrected prior to departure. If European Voyages is not advised accordingly no liability on its part will be accepted. Also, it is your responsibility to ensure that you take all of the travel documents sent to you, including but not limited to Hotel, and Car Vouchers, explorer kit, etc. If you do not have your documents you will be expected to pay for service and will not be reimbursed by European Voyages.Once the booking is confirmed, changes incur the following amendment fees: 60 + days — €50 per person, 59 days to day of departure — changes are treated as a cancellation and rebooking and cancellation charges as above apply. It is not possible to make refunds after departure date for any services not used including but not limited to hotels, and car rental.

Changes by the Company
On occasion it may be necessary to amend certain arrangements of your holiday, which we reserve the right to do at any time. If a major change occurs we will inform you as soon as possible. Major change is one that involves a change in location or offering a lower category hotel. In these instances we will offer an alternative subject to your acceptance and if the hotel originally booked is of a superior category and is substituted with a standard category, we will issue a refund to you Upon acceptance of the change no further claims for compensation or additional expenses will be accepted. In no case we will pay compensation or accept liability if change is due to force majeure; risk/threat of war; industrial disputes; riot; civil strife; terrorist activity; natural/nuclear disasters; fire or adverse weather conditions; technical problems to transport; closure or congestion of airports or ports; cancellations or changes of scheduled airlines and similar events beyond our control.

Driving Licenses
Renters must present a valid driving license, an International Driving Permit is strongly recommended. This is required for translation purposes to confirm the validity of the driver’s license for the safety of our renters and for Hertz. Note: A current valid foreign driving license must always be presented at the rental counter.

Travel Documents/Proof of Citizenship
It is your responsibility to be in possession of a valid machine readable passport and/or visa if required.

European Voyages strives to ensure accuracy of descriptions and information, however we are not able to control all holiday components and advertised facilities may bed withdrawn or changed. We cannot accept liability for loss of an advertised facility or withdrawal of free or discounted offers. Such offers are add value and are non-refundable if not provided or used. Prices specified herein do not reflect Value Added offers unless noted otherwise.

Responsibility and Limitations of Liability
European Voyages as the operator, is solely responsible for selecting the suppliers that provide the component parts (e.g. hotel accommodations, transfers, and car rental firms) for the vacations described on this website. These suppliers are independent contractors. European Voyages does not own, control, operate, nor is it an agent for any suppliers furnishing tour component parts, and therefore in the absence of its negligence, European Voyages cannot be held liable for loss or damage to property or injury to person, caused by reason of any act or omission, intentional negligence or otherwise by such third party supplier. European Voyages makes no implied or expressed warranties in the offering of any tour described on this website. European Voyages reserves the right to cancel or alter any itinerary at its sole discretion. The information and rates are accurate at the time of posting and are subject to change without notice.

By making final payment for any of the vacations, customer acknowledges and agrees to all of the terms and conditions, in particular, to the limitations of liability set forth above.

Should you or any member of your party suffer illness, personal injury or death through any misadventure arising out of an activity which does not form part of your holiday arrangements, we shall offer assistance such as we are able. Such assistance shall take the form of guidance and advice only without accepting any liability whatsoever.

Hotel Accommodation
European Voyages reserves the right to substitute alternative hotels to those featured, provided they are of comparable category or better. All properties are contracted on a ‘Run of House’ basis, which means you have a standard room from any part of the property unless otherwise advertised. Special accommodation requests, such as adjoining rooms, or twin beds are subject to the hotel availability and cannot be guaranteed. We cannot accept any booking that is conditional upon special requests being met.

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