Your Tour Package Includes:
22 Nights Hotel Accommodation as detailed in the Day by Day Itinerary as described below. Breakfast Daily, all Hotel Taxes and Service Charges. 20 Days Hertz CDMR Compact Manual Ford Focus or smilar, Including Unlimited Mileage, Collision Damage Waiver (CDW), Theft Protection (TP), & 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.
CDMR Compact Manual Ford Focus or similar
- 5 Passengers
- 2 Large and 1 Small Suitcase
- Manual Transmission
- Air Conditioning
- 46 miles/gallon
Extra Hotel Nights before, en-route and after your Tour. Rental Car Upgrades:IDMR Intermediate Manual Ford Mondeo TDCI Zetec or similar €10.00 per dayCCAR Compact Automatic Ford Focus Zetec or similar, €20.00 per dayIWMR Intermediate Manual Estate, VW Passat or similar, €26.00 per dayIDAR Intermediate Automatic, Ford Modeo or similar €38.00 per dayPDAR Premium Automatic, Mercedes C180 or similar, €69.00 per daySWAR Standard Automatic Estate, Vauxhall Insignia or similar, €78.00 per dayFVAR 7 Passenger Van, Automatic Ford Galaxy TDCI Zetec or similar €110.00 per day
Fuel and Parking Charges. Admissions to Parks and Attractions unless otherwise stated. Drive - On/Off Round Trip Ferries from Wales To Ireland.
Antrim Glens, Bath, Belfast, Blair Castle, Blenheim Palace, Boyne Valley, Bunratty, Caernarfon, Caernarfon Castle, Cardiff, Chatsworth, Chepstow, Chester, City, Cliffs of Magho, Connermara, Cork, Country, Derry, Dublin, Durham, Edinburgh, England Self Drive Tours, Exeter, Fort William, Galway, Giant''s Causeway, Glasgow, Glastonbury, Great Britain and Ireland, Hadrians Wall, Inverness, Ireland Self Drive Tours, Kendal, Killarney, Lands End, Loch Lomond, Loch Ness, London, Mount Stewart, Oxford, Pembroke, Penzance, Plymouth, Portree, Regions, Salisbury, Scotland Self Drive Tours, Sight, Sligo, St Andrews, St. Ives, St. Michael''s Mount, Stirling, Stonehenge, Stratford-upon-Avon, The Burren, The Trossachs, Trans European Self Drive Tours, Wales Self Drive Tours, Warwick, Warwick Castle, Waterford, Wells, Westport, Windsor, Windsor Castle, York, Yorkshire Moors
- Day: 1
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Welcome to London, the political and artistic capital of the United Kingdom, and where we have arranged your overnight accommodation. 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)
First Class Harrington Hall or similar (2 nights)
- Day: 2
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There are so many interesting things to do and see, luckily you can add extra nights to your stay here if you wish. 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 one of London’s famous theaters or concert halls.
- London – Windsor – Stonehenge – Plymouth
- Day: 3
- 218 miles | 350.762 Km*
Leave London for the cobbled streets of Windsor and visit England’s largest castle, Windsor Castle, 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. Across Windsor Bridge is Britain’s most famous school, Eton College, founded in 1440 by the young Henry VI. At lunch try the traditional Brown Windsor Soup. Continue your journey and as you cross Salisbury Plain you will see the great stone circle of Stonehenge. Believed to have been erected 5,000 years ago, it is the most celebrated prehistoric monument in Britain and is a World Heritage Site. Continue your drive through Dorset, Thomas Hardy country, to the ancient seaport of Plymouth, the port of departure for Drake, Raleigh, Cook and the Pilgrim Fathers when they set sail to America. Your two nights stay gives you the opportunity to explore Devon and Cornwall.
Accommodation: Tourist Class Jurys Inn or similar (2 nights)
First Class Holiday Inn or similar (2 nights)
St. Michael''s Mount
- St. Michael’s Mount –Penzance – Lands End – St Ives – Plymouth
- Day: 4
- 110 miles | 176.99 Km*
Drive along the rugged Cornish coastline, 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 by 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 Penzance Harbour 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
Royal Crescent Bath
- Plymouth – Bath – Cardiff, Wales
- Day: 5
- 184 miles | 296.056 Km*
Cross Devon and into Somerset as you drive to the historic and elegant city of Bath, a World Heritage Site, which in the 18th century became a fashionable spa town. 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 and play cards. 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. From Bath have lunch in Bristol, a city of good restaurants serving traditional British food, then cross the Severn Bridge from England into Wales. Arrive in Cardiff where we have arranged your overnight stay. 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
First Class Radisson Blu Hotel or similar
- Cardiff – Pembroke – Waterford, Ireland
- Day: 6
- 98 miles | 157.682 Km*
Pembrokeshire’s coastal scenery is sandy beaches, spectacular seascapes and wide-open views. Castle ruins and ancient burial sites offer a fascinating insight. Small villages and seaside towns dot the dramatic landscape. Many of the sheltered bays and inlets were once home to pirates, smugglers and ship wreckers. The town of Pembroke is located at the bottom of a small valley, flanked on all sides by woodland and farmland. Pembroke’s centerpiece is its magnificent Norman castle, standing proudly at the head of a rocky ridge. From the top of the castle’s mighty keep there is a splendid view of the town itself. Try the traditional afternoon snack of Welsh Rarebit (toasted cheese). From Pembroke take the Drive-On/Drive-Off ferry to Rosslare in Ireland (approximately 3 hrs.45 mins). From Rosslare it is a short drive to Waterford for your overnight stay. Founded by the Vikings, Waterford is now synonymous with the famous crystal glass making, which has been manufactured in this city since 1783. Here in the High Street and Henrietta Street a number of restaurants have taken advantage of the area’s charm. As you have a drink at one of the city’s many pubs, relax and listen to the music of Ireland as you soak in the atmosphere.
Tourist Class Marina Hotel or similar
First Class Athenaeum House Hotel or similar
- Waterford – Cork – Blarney – Ring of Kerry – Killarney
- Day: 7
- 189 miles | 304.101 Km*
The city of Cork was founded by Viking settlers as a trading port. Once fully walled, some of its wall sections and gates remain today. On the outskirts of Cork is the legendary Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle. Set high on the Castle battlements, tradition holds that those who kiss the Stone will be endowed with eloquence. Shopping in the village here is a pleasure, where there are a number of excellent outlets. The Ring of Kerry drive is one of the most beautiful and scenic drives in Ireland. It takes you through mountains, passed loughs, through the Killarney National Park, along stretches of the coast, passed country houses and pretty towns and villages. At your overnight stop in Killarney have a drink in a typical pub.
Tourist Class Victoria House Hotel or similar
First Class Dromhall Hotel or similar
- Killarney – Limerick – Bunratty – The Burren – Galway
- Day: 8
- 145 miles | 233.305 Km*
Drive through County Limerick, dotted with picturesque towns and villages, such as Castleconnell with its old world thatched cottages and medieval churches. Limerick City, capital of County Limerick, lies on the River Shannon and has a colorful history – its City Charter is older than that of London. Stop off at Bunratty Castle, one of the finest surviving examples of an Irish tower house. With a good selection of fine restaurants, Bunratty is a good place to stop for lunch. Continue to The Burren, an area that has some of the finest archaeological megalithic tombs in Ireland, if not in Western Europe. Arrive at Galway city for your overnight stay. The city has a reputation of being associated with the Irish language, music, song and dance, making it an interesting and entertaining place to stay for the night.
Tourist Class Claregalway Hotel or similar
First Class Clayton Hotel or similar
- Galway – Connemara – Westport – Sligo
- Day: 9
- 115 miles | 185.035 Km*
Leave Galway for the wild and beautiful region of Connemara, with its mountains, lakes and tumbling streams. Its unspoilt beaches and panoramic views have attracted many artisans whose handweaving, carving, pottery and jewelry studios are there to visit. Westport in County Mayo lies by the meandering Carrowbeg River. Among its picturesque features are its tree-lined, flower decorated promenade and the elegance and charm of its town center. Your drive now takes you passed sandy seashores, through the beautiful and varied landscapes of green and wooden valleys, lofty mountains and a wealth of prehistoric monuments (you’ll find the largest Megalithic cemetery in Ireland) to the busy market town of Sligo where we have arranged your overnight stay. Its lively cultural scene, with theaters, concerts and art exhibitions, contrast with the wild countryside surrounding it. At dinner, try the traditional Irish Stew served with Boxty (Irish Latkes).
Tourist Class Glasshouse Hotel or similar
First Class Sligo Park Hotel or similar
- Sligo – Cliffs of Magho – Londonderry – Giants Causeway – Antrim Glens – Belfast
- Day: 10
- 194 miles | 312.146 Km*
Take the one-way 7 mile scenic drive to the top of the Cliffs of Magho where you can marvel at the immense panoramic views. Londonderry stands on the broad River Foyle, amidst the rounded Sperrin Mountains and the wild heights of Donegal. Almost uniquely to the British Isles, Londonderry has kept its defensive walls, where you can walk and admire the various gateways, bastions, watchtowers and artillery pieces amidst splendid views. Your drive now takes you to the Giant’s Causeway, named the fourth greatest wonder in the United Kingdom. It is an area of some 40,000 interlocking basalt columns (the result of an ancient volcanic eruption) whose tops form stepping-stones that lead from the cliff foot and disappear under the sea. A drive up the Antrim Coast offers a great variety of scenery with attractive villages, limestone cliffs, and the inland glens created by the tumbling mountain streams. Here the farms are arranged like ladders climbing the valley sides so that each has a share of the good land near the river and the poorer upland pastures. Arrive in Belfast, ringed by high hills, sea lough and river valley, for your overnight stay.
Tourist Class Ramada Encore Hotel or similar
First Class Stormont Hotel or similar
- Belfast – Mount Stewart – Boyne Valley – Dublin
- Day: 11
- 135 miles | 217.215 Km*
From Belfast visit Mount Stewart, a palatial 18th century house with richly decorated interior and magnificent formal gardens and lake at the site of the Temple of Winds. Drive through wooded landscapes and arrive at Boyne Valley, an extraordinary concentration of ancient and prehistoric sites. Newgrange, dates to 3000 BC and predates both Stonehenge and Egypt’s Great Pyramid of Giza. Arrive for your two-night stay at Ireland’s famous capital, the “fair city” of Dublin
- Tourist Class Aardmore Hotel or similar
- First Class Clyde Court Hotel or similar, (2 nights)
- Day: 12
- 0 miles | 0 Km*
Founded as a Viking settlement and one of Europe’s oldest cities, Dublin has been Ireland’s primary city for most of its history. Its Georgian architectural elegance combined with its cosmopolitan street life of trendy bars, elegant restaurants, numerous shops and classic popular pubs make this an irresistible destination. Drinking and conversation are the patrons’ principal preoccupation, and as many of the pubs serve good food it is the best place to enjoy good talk and fun. At night the city’s beautiful Merrion Square is floodlit. Grafton Street is a bustling pedestrian precinct whose arcades and lanes hold a treasure trove of boutiques and shops. Powerscourt Centre, an18th century town house, is now a most unusual shopping center. Dublin Castle, located in the heart of historic Dublin, was originally built in 1204 on King John’s orders to serve as a fortress.
- Dublin – Holyhead, Wales – Caernarfon – Conwy – Chester, England
- Day: 13
- 126 miles | 202.734 Km*
Take the ferry from Dublin to Holyhead, Wales, a busy port on the island of Anglesey. Visit Plas Newydd, a magnificent mansion set in parkland and gardens. Take the causeway to the Welsh mainland and on to the walled medieval town of Caernarfon with its glorious views of the mountains of Snowdonia. The magnificent Caernarfon Castle is one of the most impressive of all the castles in Wales, gaining worldwide fame as the setting for the Investiture of Prince Charles as Prince of Wales in 1969. Continue to the medieval town of Conwy. Its circuit of walls, nearly a mile long and guarded by 22 towers, is one of the finest in the world. The Castle is a dark stoned fortress, which evokes an authentic medieval atmosphere. Leave Conwy and cross back into England to the ancient Roman walled city of Chester, where we have arranged your overnight stay.
Tourist Class Mercure Chester North Hotel or similar
First Class Macdonald Craxton Wood Hotel or similar
- Chester – Lake District – Kendal
- Day: 14
- 130 miles | 209.17 Km*
Leave behind the Rows of Chester as you drive to the sublime 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 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. Continue your drive across the countryside and 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.
Accommodation: Tourist & First Class Whoop Hall Hotel or similar
- Kendal – Hadrians Wall – Glasgow, Scotland
- Day: 15
- 176 miles | 283.184 Km*
Leave Kendal, and your drive will take 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 the Scottish Lowlands and arrive in 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 Hotel or similar
First Class The Grand Central Hotel or similar
- Glasgow – Loch Lomond – The Trossachs – Ft. William
- Day: 16
- 225 miles | 362.025 Km*
Explore the charm of Glasgow’s surrounding area as you drive through the Lowlands of Scotland with its windswept hills, wistful ruins, literary heritage, and golf. Freshwater Loch Lomond set amidst fantastic scenery, is the largest lake in mainland 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 view the heather covered mountains, cliffs and moorlands. We have arranged your overnight stay in the town of Fort William on the shore of Loch Linnhe in the shadow of Britain’s highest mountain Ben Nevis. Set in superb scenery, highland culture, clan history and quiet country roads it has good pubs and restaurants and friendly people with a big welcome.
Tourist Class Alexandra Hotel or similar
First Class Moorings Hotel or similar
- Fort William – Isle of Skye – Loch Ness – Inverness
- Day: 17
- 225 miles | 362.025 Km*
Leave Fort William and take the road bridge to the Isle of Skye. Experience the mystery and enchantment of this Hebridean Isle. Crofting, tourism and forestry are the principal occupations of the islanders, the majority of whom are still Gaelic speakers. The scenic splendor of the Cuillins, a range of rocky mountains, are the island’s most famous feature. Portree is Skye’s pleasant little capital, arranged around a sheltered bay and a popular yachting center. At Kilmuir’s small churchyard, with lovely seascapes, stands a monument to Flora MacDonald who helped Bonnie Prince Charles escape (dressed as her maid) from the Hebrides to Portree, where he left for France as a lifelong exile. Drive through areas of great natural beauty with heather covered mountains, cliffs, moorlands and wooded slopes. The dark waters of Loch Ness are renowned the world over as the home of the elusive Nessie. 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 Hotel or similar
First Class Inverness Palace Hotel & Spa or similar
- Inverness – Blair Castle – Stirling – Edinburgh
- Day: 18
- 184 miles | 296.056 Km*
Leave Inverness and visit Blair Castle. 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. Today’s journey ends in Scotland’s beautiful capital and World Heritage Site, Edinburgh, where we have arranged a two-night stay.
Tourist Class Holiday Inn Express Waterfront Hotel or similar (2 nights)
First Class Edinburgh Capital Hotel or similar, (2 nights)
- Day: 19
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Today explore this beautiful city. Owing to its rugged setting and vast collection of Medieval and Georgian buildings, Edinburgh is 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. In fact there are over 4,500 listed buildings within the city. Drive along the Fife coast to St. Andrews, with its imposing Cathedral, Castle, famous University and the “home” of golf.
- Edinburgh – Durham, England – York
- Day: 20
- 214 miles | 344.326 Km*
From Edinburgh drive through the county of Durham with its moors, rivers and magnificent Pennine valleys and spectacular 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 which is a World Heritage Site. Leave Durham and cross the Yorkshire Moors as you journey to the walled city of York where we have arranged your overnight stay. York is one of England’s most beautiful cities noted for its rich 2,000 year history from 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
First Class Mercure Fairfield Manor or similar
- York – Chatsworth – Stratford-upon-Avon
- Day: 21
- 179 miles | 288.011 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 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, where we have arranged your overnight stay. Set on the banks of the river Avon 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
First Class Stratford Manor or similar
Ann Hathaway''s Cottage
- Stratford – Warwick – Blenheim – Oxford – London (optional, City or Airport)
- Day: 22
- 114 miles | 183.426 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. 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. Your journey ends on your return to London, where we have arranged accommodation for a night’s stay.
Accommodation: Tourist Class Best Western Phoenix Hotel or similar or a Tourist Class Airport Hotel
First Class Harrington Hall or similar or a First Class Airport Hotel
* Mileage is approximate. ** Prices subject to change without notice. For up to date pricing, please submit a quote request.
Enjoy scenic landscape and vibrant culture including London’s royal palaces and famous landmarks
including Big-Ben, St. Paul’s cathedral & the London Eye, then take in Stonehenge, Shakespeare country,
the spires of Oxford, Roman baths, numerous castles and stately homes, the famous white cliffs of Dover.
Drive through magnificent Welsh hills and valleys then take the ferry to the Emerald Isle
to experience the land of the leprechaun. Visit Dublin, Kilkenny, Limerick, Galway
and Belfast. Kiss the Blarney Stone and learn how Guinness is brewed. Buy some famous Waterford crystal to take home and cherish.
Then up to Scotland with its mountains and lochs and famous golf courses. Visit a whisky distillery, shop for
a kilt and enjoy delicious Scottish shortbread. A multi-cultural experience!