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Drive through the best-loved sights and towns on this private England tour. Begin your tour in bustling London where you can cycle past iconic landmarks such as Buckingham Palace and Big Ben. Explore the UNESCO-listed Stonehenge from Bath, taking in the massive stones dating back thousands of years. Back in Bath, take in the 2000-year old Roman baths that the city is named after, and the beautiful museum next door. Drive on through the scenic countryside to the idyllic Cotswolds villages and explore the region’s historic walking trails, castles, and preserved houses. Next, discover the university town of Oxford, including the imposing Blenheim Palace. In the Lake District, stretch your legs on leisurely hikes and treks across the beautiful countryside filled with mountains, lakes, and valleys. Drive back to London for one last night and return to your favorite haunts before you depart from England.

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Itinerary Summary

DayPlaceHighlightsHotel Options
1 - 4LondonHistory & Architecture, Food, Museums, Galleries & West End Shows, British RoyaltyHilton London Kensington, Rubens at the Palace
4 - 6BathRoman Baths, Georgian & Literary History, Georgian ArchitectureAbbey Hotel, The Roseate Villa Bath
6 - 7CotswoldsQuaint English Villages, Rolling Hills & Farm Life, RelaxationMacdonald Bear Hotel, The Old Stocks Inn
7 - 9OxfordWorld’s Oldest English University, History & Architecture, PuntingJurys Inn Oxford, Old Parsonage Hotel
9 - 11Lake DistrictBeautiful Nature, Relaxation, HikingMacdonald Swan Grasmere, Linthwaite House
11 - 12LondonHistory & Architecture, Food, Museums, Galleries & West End Shows, British RoyaltyRubens at the Palace, Doubletree by Hilton London - Westminster

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Itinerary Details

Day 1 - 4

International Arrival

You will be transferred from London Airport to your hotel in a private vehicle

London

3 Nights

Images of grandeur, tradition, and pageantry take over the senses when you set foot in London. A dynamic cosmopolis, the city is, today, home to people of diverse ethnicities speaking over 300 languages!

Included Activities

Cycling Down London Streets
Biking across the iconic landmarks in London can be a fun way of getting to know this great city better. Meet your local guide ahead of the tour near the exit of the Queensway tube station. Astride your bikes, take a leisurely ride through town, soaking up all the history and anecdotes shared by your guide. Pedal past the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and Big Ben. At Trafalgar Square, make a pit stop for lunch at a traditional pub, relishing the classic pub fare washed down with a mug of delicious cider or ale. Continue touring the monuments, sights and sounds of the historic square after lunch. Also drop by the Royal Parks and London’s Kensington Palace. (Half Day; Time of Day: Morning; Duration: 4 hrs; Times: 1100; Shared Activity; Transfer not Included; Fitness level: Moderate; All children over 12 years have to be able to ride a bike & all those under 18 to be accompanied by adult; Please dress appropriately for the weather; Daily tours from Sep 17–Oct 31, 2019; and from Thu–Mon during Nov–Dec 2019).

Explore London on Your Own
Embark on a leisurely discovery of one of the world’s most visited cities. If you’ve had your fill of art museums, then a trip to the Chocolate Museum in Brixton or the Design Museum with its mind-boggling array of exhibits might be just what you need. Afterward, pop into a couple of the historic bookstores that the city is famed for. Enjoy a meal at one of the elegant restaurants in Kings Cross and stop by the train station popularized in the Harry Potter series for a photo opportunity! Or, you could get something to eat at a cozy pub in Trafalgar Square followed by a leisurely stroll down Oxford Street, Europe’s busiest shopping street. As the sun goes down, head up Primrose Hill and settle down to enjoy stunning views of the city skyline against the twilight sky. (Half Day; Self Organized Activity; No Guide; No Transfers Included; No Admission; Fitness Level: Easy.)

Afternoon Tea Indulgence on Wheels
Discover London in all its historic glory as you enjoy a traditional English tea featuring the best of the city’s culinary offerings. This indulgent tour takes you aboard the luxurious Bustronome where the top level of the double decker bus is transformed into an elegant dining room. Choose from an aromatic collection of teas or sparkling bubbly to sip on while you are driven past the most iconic landmarks in London such as the Tower Bridge, Royal Albert Hall, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Houses of Parliament. Read up the stylish menu not just for an update on the courses to follow but also for juicy bits of information on the various city sights – for example, how the Royal Courts of Justice are guarded by a bronze dragon! Tuck into savory bites like cheese mushroom braised with truffle oil and delicate eggs Florentine as you take in the sights outside. Nibble on lemon meringue pie and the Bustronome special, macaron with praline nuts, to lavish your senses with sweet delight. (Shared Activity; Frequency: Wed, Fri, Sat; Duration: 1 hr 45 mins; Times: 15.00)

Hotel Options
RoomDouble room/Twin Deluxe Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
RoomClassic Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleHeritage
Day 4 - 6

Pick up your rental car at London City Center

Drive yourself from London to Bath in your rental car (Duration: 3 hrs)

Bath

2 Nights

The UNESCO World Heritage site of Bath is all about soaking in history, quite literally! Named after the well-preserved Roman-era baths found here, the city continues with its spa tradition to this day.

Included Activities

En Route: Unravel the Mystery of Stonehenge on Your Own
Unlock the mysteries of this world famous prehistoric site as you explore it at your own pace. Leave your hotel in your rental car to the UNESCO World Heritage site passing by the scenic countryside. Head to the informative visitor and exhibition center to gain background on the significance of this historic site. Afterward, wander around the cluster of massive stones placed in a circle as you try to come up with reasons they came to be here thousands of years ago. Get a closer look at the five Neolithic huts furnished as they might have been when this monument was built. Stop by the café to relish rock cakes and an array of beverages before it’s time for you to continue your drive to Bath. (En Route Activity; Full Day; Self Organized Activity; No Guide; No Transfers Included; No Admission; Fitness Level: Easy.)

Hop-on Hop-off bus tour of Bath
Discover Bath at your own pace while riding the open rooftop, hop-on hop-off bus, which traverses two distinct routes across the city. Listen to live information and anecdotal commentary on board as you pass by famous landmarks of Bath. Between stops, soak up the relaxed vibe of Bath’s Georgian streets, and visit the various attractions based on your personal interests. From food to literature, and films to architecture, there’s plenty to uncover. On the City Tour, apart from window shopping and people watching around the high street and the city college, expect to see the Roman Baths, Thermae Bath Spa, Royal Crescent, The Circus, Jane Austen Center, and Grand Parade. On the Skyline Tour that extends to the English countryside outside of Bath, see Pulteney Bridge, Prior Park Landscape Garden, and the American Museum. Enjoy stunning vistas of the city from the wooded and meadow-covered Bathwick and Widcombe hills, replete with native wildlife. (Half Day; Time: First tour begins between 9:30am and 10:30am, Last tour begins between 3:30pm and 6:30pm; Duration: Attraction visits are variable, tour busses depart every 6-12 mins during summer and 30 – 60 mins during winter; Transfer not Included; Fitness level: Moderate; Please wear walking shoes and comfortable clothes)

Bath’s Roman Bath Ruins
Indulge yourself on this tour of the 2000-year-old Roman baths in Bath. Admire the large open-air complex filled with natural water, and the recent Victorian additions featuring statues of notable personalities. See views of Bath Abbey on the streets outside as you amble along the wraparound terraces. Learn about this well-preserved ancient spa during an hourly guided walking tour, see innovative and interactive projections on glass, which bring the ruins to life, and listen to costumed staff explain ancient cosmetics and wellness rituals. Notice the separate circular cold-water baths, the ancient heating systems, and water from the thermal springs that flows into the river nearby. Browsing exhibits in the museum next door, see skeletal remains, old temple inscriptions, private altars, carved façade pediments, and the gilded head of Sulis Minerva’s statue, among other relics. You can also taste the mineral water from these sacred springs. Listen to live piano sessions at the elegant Pump Room as you savor drinks and snacks before dispersing. (Flexible Duration; Shared (Public) Activity; Transfer not Included; Fitness level: Easy; Children under the age of 5 enter free)

Hotel Options
Abbey Hotel – Opt 1
RoomDeluxe Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleHeritage
RoomDeluxe Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleHeritage
Day 6 - 7

Drive yourself from Bath to Cotswolds in your rental car (Duration: 1.5 hrs)

Cotswolds

1 Night

Celebrate the Cotswolds, a wonderful collection of rural counties in south-central England, designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, best explored on historic walking trails and driving along the picturesque Cotswolds Romantic Road.

Included Activities

Discover Cotswolds Attractions on Your Own
‘Explore the scenic English countryside and villages as you explore the renowned Cotswolds region on your own. Stop at idyllic villages to stroll down the cobblestone streets lined with thatched roof cottages. While Broadway offers you quaint family-owned stores, Naunton has its splendid river views and Guiting Power sits on the slope overlooking a small valley. Travel on to the elegant Sudeley Castle that is home to the final resting place of Catherine Parr, last queen of Henry VIII. Saunter around your pick of ten castle gardens, each with a unique theme and design! Explore the interiors of this sprawling castle that was once a royal residence and features exquisite panels of Dutch painted glass, excellent paintings, and sculptures. Afterward, pop into historic pubs and traditional tea houses to sample authentic local fare and entertainment before you head back to your hotel. (Full Day; Self Organized Activity; No Guide; No Transfers Included; No Admission; Fitness Level: Easy.) ‘

Hotel Options
RoomExecutive Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleHeritage
RoomCosy Great Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
Day 7 - 9

Drive yourself from Cotswolds to Oxford in your rental car (Duration: 1 hrs)

Oxford

2 Nights

Step back in time when you visit the charming city of Oxford, home to the world’s oldest and one of the most prestigious English speaking universities.

Included Activities

En Route: Discover Blenheim Palace on Your Own
From your hotel in the Cotswolds, drive through the beautiful English countryside to arrive at the magnificent Blenheim Palace, and explore it at your own pace! Nestled in the heart of Oxfordshire, and on the fringes of Cotswolds AONB, explore this birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. You can travel through three centuries of stories from the Blenheim Palace aided by a state-of-the-art experiential tour. Step into the many staterooms and galleries that showcase the life and style of the British Royalty. Apart from the family chapel, and the great library, browse through Winston Churchill’s permanent exhibition. You can also take the miniature train to the Pleasure Gardens, laze about the Butterfly House, and navigate the Marlborough Maze. Relax by the lake, watching ducks and sheep, before your onward journey. (En route Activity; Full Day; Self Organized Activity; No Guide; No Transfers Included; No Admission; Fitness Level: Easy)

Walking the Tree-Lined Avenues of Oxford
Discover the old medieval city and university town of Oxford on this fascinating walk in the company of an Oxford graduate. Explore the venerable town with its romantic architecture, gathering authentic insights on student life on this entertaining day trip. Stroll among Oxford’s “dreaming spires”, its cobbled streets, domed structures, medieval chapels, quiet cloisters and quadrangles. Glean interesting trivia on the town’s history, heritage and traditions from your student guide. If you’re lucky, you could get to visit a typical college, complete with Gothic elements, quadrangles and an ancient dining hall hung with portraits of its famous alumni. (Half Day; Time of Day: Morning; Duration: 2 hrs; Private Activity; Transfer not Included; Fitness level: Moderate; Please wear comfortable walking shoes)

Punting down the Charming Cherwell
Experience a short, leisurely river boat ride down the charming Cherwell River with a professional punter. Come abroad your flat-bottomed boat at the Magdalen Bridge Boathouse, which stands next to Magdalen College Tower, across the road from Oxford’s Botanic Gardens. If you wish, you could also make a day of it on the river, returning half an hour before sunset. Glide past some of Oxford’s iconic landmarks, including the Botanic Gardens and Magdalen College school fields. Row past the Christ Church Meadows, where Lewis Carroll once taught students and wrote his two great masterpieces – Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking-Glass. Continue traveling past the lovely gardens of St Hilda’s College before returning to the boathouse. If you wish, you could also continue rowing down towards the “Isis”, what they call the Thames in Oxford, and enjoy cruising along this beautiful riverscape. (Duration: 30 mins; Private Activity; Transfer not Included; Fitness level: Easy)

Hotel Options
Jurys Inn Oxford – Opt 1
RoomStandard Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
RoomDeluxe Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleHeritage
Day 9 - 11

Drive yourself from Oxford to Lake District in your rental car (Duration: 4.5 hrs)

Lake District

2 Nights

The Lake District with its stunning mountains, verdant valleys, and picturesque lakes, has been immortalized time and again by poets through the ages.

Included Activities

Enjoyable Lake District Exploration on Your Own
Soak in the stunning beauty of one of England’s most picturesque regions with an enjoyable exploration at your own pace. Drive amid majestic mountains, serene lakes, and cozy valleys as you head to the Lakeland villages that have inspired poets such as Samuel Coleridge and William Wordsmith. Pass by the market town of Keswick, halting a while to explore the ancient Castlerigg Stone Circle that is the most popular one in Cumbria. Zoom past pretty lakeside villages such as Borrowdale and Buttermere renowned for their idyllic appearance. Stop to savor the gorgeous beauty of the landscape and in clear weather, enjoy views up to Langdale Pikes as also Scafell Pike, the tallest peak in England. Travel on to reach Catbells Fell for more splendid views. You could take a break for lunch and step into one of the cozy village pubs before exploring some more or turning back. (Full Day; Self Organized Activity; No Guide; No Transfers Included; No Admission; Fitness Level: Easy.)

Windermere Lake Islands Cruise
Experience the ethereal beauty of the Lake District on this fascinating cruise of Windermere Lake, the largest in England. Set off from Bowness Bay and pass hidden bays, secret inlets, and quiet wooded islands bordered by verdant mountain views all around. Inhale and fill your lungs with pure, country air as you take panoramic views of the lush scenery. Enjoy the stunning contrast of green hills and blue waters on this circular Islands cruise. (Shared Activity; Self Drive Transfer; Duration: 45 mins)

Hotel Options
RoomExecutive Suites
MealsBreakfast
StyleHeritage
Linthwaite House – Opt 2
RoomView Room
Meals
StyleGuest house
Day 11 - 12

Drive yourself from Lake District to London in your rental car (Duration: 5.5 hrs)

Drop off your rental car at London Heathrow Airport

London

1 Night

Images of grandeur, tradition, and pageantry take over the senses when you set foot in London. A dynamic cosmopolis, the city is, today, home to people of diverse ethnicities speaking over 300 languages!

Hotel Options
RoomClassic Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleHeritage
RoomKing Guest Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational

International Departure

 Price & Inclusions

  • Option 1 From $ 3,490 /person
  • Option 2 From $ 4,790 /person

Prices are in USD and exclude international flights. This trip price is based on low season rates for accommodation and other applicable services, and may change depending on availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. For high season prices, please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences.

Price Includes

  • Accommodation in one double room for 12 days / 11 nights.
  • Meals as indicated
  • All activities as listed :
    • London: Cycling Down London Streets
    • London: Explore London on Your Own
    • London: Afternoon Tea Indulgence on Wheels
    • Bath: En Route: Unravel the Mystery of Stonehenge on Your Own
    • Bath: Hop-on Hop-off bus tour of Bath
    • Bath: Bath’s Roman Bath Ruins
    • Cotswolds: Discover Cotswolds Attractions on Your Own
    • Oxford: En Route: Discover Blenheim Palace on Your Own
    • Oxford: 1Walking the Tree-Lined Avenues of Oxford
    • Oxford: Punting down the Charming Cherwell
    • Lake District: Lake District Exploration on Your Own
    • Lake District: Windermere Lake Islands Cruise
  • Self-driven car during your journey as follows:
    • Vehicle Type: Default car Vauxhall Insignia (Diesel) Automatic or something similar for 1-4 people
    • Unlimited mileage
    • 8 days
    • Pick-up: Day 4/ London City Center
    • Drop-off: Day 12/ London Airport
    • Detailed description of your routing
    • GPS navigation system
    • Towing charges in the event of mechanical failure
    • Airport Access Fee
  • For your rental car we book the best cover possible with the following services:
    • Theft Protection
    • Vehicle Excise Duty (VED/RVL)
    • Collision Damage Waiver & Excess Protection: Exclusive Rates: Rates include damage waiver and third party liability for one driver. The following excesses apply 1.000 GBP for groups (F group) SDAR/SDAD (F auto) / 1.400 GBP for FFAR (Large 4×4 Auto). Super-Inclusive Rates: Rates include damage waiver and third party liability for two drivers. The following excesses apply: 300 GBP for SDAD / 500 GBP for FFAR (Large 4×4 Auto). The Damage Waiver excess can be voluntarily reduced at the Enterprise branch on arrival by purchasing Excess Protection. Rates vary and will be clarified at the time of purchase. Any charges agreed do not form a part of any agreed relationship with the customer and are nonrefundable by Enterprise Rent-A-Car.
  • Additionally, our preferred partners offer the following:
    • Road fund license
    • Roadside Assistance: Emergency contact details for 24/7 roadside assistance can be found on the rental contract. Customers should call this number if required. Depending on the circumstances, we reserve the right to not replace the vehicle and pass on specific repair/callout charges to the customer.
    • RAP Roadside Assistance Protection: Roadside Assistance Protection (RAP) is an agreement between the renter and Enterprise by which Enterprise agrees to contractually waive its right to collect for lock out and lost key service, breakdown call-out service, tire damages, and any glass damages. Coverage is subject to the actions that void RAP, as defined in the rental agreement. RAP can only be purchased on the day upon collection of the vehicle.
  • The general business terms apply
  • All activities specified in the itinerary including transfers and entrance fees unless otherwise specified
  • Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip
  • On request: A printed set of your travel documents by post
  • All airport and hotel transfers as indicated above

Not Included

  • Among other expenses, the following additional costs are not included for rental cars (to be made directly at the car rental shop with a credit card from a recognizable bank institution in the name of the renter):
    • Airport Fee (AAF) 17.5%
    • 200 GBP Security deposit will be charged to your card
    • 500 GBP Deposit is required on all premium rentals
    • Fine handling fee & fine in case of a speeding ticket
    • 150 GBP One way fee within in the UK
    • 170 GBP Replacement fee of GPS navigation system (subject to all applicable taxes)
    • 9 GBP per day per child seat
    • 35 GBP one-way child seat return (subject to all applicable taxes)
    • 130 GBP Replacement fee of the child seat (subject to all applicable taxes), child seats are available at airport locations must be pre-ordered at the point of reservation
    • Towing in case of an accident
    • 18.33 GBP per day per additional driver (maximum 10 days charge). Note: Additional drivers must meet all rental requirements, appear at the rental counter with the primary renter, and sign the rental agreement. The additional driver can only be added to the contract at the pickup location.
    • Scotland: ferry fees from Mallaig to Isle of Skye (or vice versa) of 10 GBP per car and 3 GBP per passenger (one way)
    • Vehicles will be provided with a minimum ¼ tank. The customer has the option of either fuel pre-purchase or to pay for used fuel on the return of the rental vehicle. Fuel pre-purchase can only be arranged at the branch on the day.
  • Tips, additional meals, and personal expenses
  • Entrance fees, unless otherwise stated in the activity descriptions
  • Visa fees
  • Travel, health and cancellation insurance
  • International airfare (from your home country to your destination and return)
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