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The Great British Adventure

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Spend some time in the nation’s picturesque countryside showcasing the perfect combination of historical monuments, dramatic coastlines and modern city centres. Choose from a variety of characteristic hotels, inns and B&Bs on a self-drive itinerary, depart from London on an independent rail package, and for those who prefer not to plan, our flexible, open-dated ‘Go-As-You-Please’ vouchers are ideal.

  • DURATION 15 Days
  • TYPE Self Drive
  • OPERATES Daily
  • DEPARTS London Airport or city centre

ITINERARY

Day 1 London – Windsor – Reading – Bath/Bristol (195 km)

Travel west towards Bath and Bristol. Notable sights along the way include Windsor Castle and Eton for a taste of British royal history, Reading, with its acclaimed Victorian formal garden and great shopping; and the Oscar Wilde Gates. Arrive at your accommodation in the early evening.

Day 2 Bath/Bristol

Spend the day between Bath and Bristol. Explore the Georgian town of Bath with a visit to the Roman Baths, the Abbey and Pulteney Bridge or the Jane Austen Centre, a popular choice for literary buffs.
In Bristol you can take in the historic harbour with a walk on the dockside and go onto Park Street,
the site of Banksy’s street art. (B)

Day 3 Bath/Bristol – Llangollen (257 km)

Drive to Wales via the western or northern routes. Travelling west you can stop in Cardiff to visit its impressive castle and then continue to the stunning scenery of the Brecon Beacons National Park. The northern route keeps you in England for a while longer as you drive through Gloucester, Worcester and Birmingham before arriving in Llangollen. (B)

Day 4 Llangollen – North Wales (83 km)

Depart Llangollen through Snowdonia to the north. Explore the national park by car, foot,
or bike as you choose from a number of pathways leading into this luscious forest. (B)

Day 5 North Wales

Explore Wales further today to view the sheer scale of Caernarfon Castle, or travel west to Anglesey where you may even choose to squeeze in a day trip to Dublin by ferry from Holyhead. We suggest you do not take the car to Dublin as many insurance policies will not cover this. (B)

Day 6 North Wales – Lake District (313 km)

Travel north to the Lake District. Your path may take you via the great sporting cities of Liverpool
and Manchester where you can take a River Explorer cruise on the Mersey, or discover the birthplace
of the industrial revolution. Arrive in the picturesque lakes where you will spend the next two nights. (B)

Day 7 Lake District

The Lake District National Park offers dramatic scenery with beautiful waterways, soft green
dales and the rugged Cumbrian Mountains. Enjoy walking, cycling, boating or simply relaxing in an area made famous by Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth. (B)

Day 8 Lake District – Dumfries – Edinburgh (257 km)

Travel north via Penrith and Carlisle to Dumfries and Galloway to discover a breathtaking area rich with history. Ignite your creativity with a visit to the Artists’ Town, uncover the literary connections of the National Book Town, descend into a mine, climb a windmill or just enjoy the great outdoors before travelling on to the Edinburgh region for the next three nights. (B)

Day 9 Edinburgh

Explore The Royal Mile, running from the castle to the Palace of Holyrood House; Princes Street, the heart of an attractive shopping area; and the New Town beyond, regarded as one of the finest Georgian cities in the world. Why not leave the driving to someone else by adding a sightseeing
tour? (B)

Day 10 Day 10 Edinburgh – Glasgow – Edinburgh (151 km)

Take a day trip to Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city. The once industrial waterfront is now home to museums, entertainment centres and art exhibitions, while the city centre with its mix of Georgian, Victorian and modern architecture has become a major shopping area with pedestrian precincts and galleries. (B)

Day 11 Edinburgh – Berwick-upon-Tweed – Yorkshire (325 km)

Depart Edinburgh for Berwick-upon-Tweed. This border city has a rich past, and its Elizabethan town walls are a symbol of the tempestuous relationship between the English and the Scots. Continue through scenic Northumberland to Yorkshire and the well-preserved walls of the medieval city of York. (B)

Day 12 Yorkshire

With historic manors, ruined castles, picturesque villages and the scenery of open moorlands, wooded valleys and spectacular coastlines, Yorkshire has plenty to offer. Visit Sheffield, one of the greenest cities in Europe; Leeds, with its flourishing arts and cultural scene; or venture into the countryside and the clear flowing rivers of the Yorkshire Dales. (B)

Day 13 Yorkshire – Nottingham – Stratford-upon-Avon (257 km)

Travel south to Stratford-upon-Avon and stop in Nottingham with its compact city centre, ideal for stretching your legs. Recommended attractions include The Galleries of Justice Museum, Nottingham Castle, the City of Caves and Green’s Windmill. (B)

Day 14 Stratford-upon-Avon

Just outside the Cotswolds, this delightful market town is world-famous for its Shakespearean associations. Visit the playwright’s birthplace, the childhood cottage of his wife Anne Hathaway, and of course the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. (B)

Day 15 Stratford-upon-Avon – Banbury – Oxford – London (189 km)

Drive to Banbury to view the statue of the ‘Fyne Lady Upon a White Horse’. Continue through Oxfordshire to view the distinctive honey-coloured stone buildings set around the ivy-clad university before returning your car to London in the evening. (B)

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