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Ann's South of England Tour | 12 Day Self-Drive

Tour Inclusions:

Transport

12 days car rental with unlimited mileage

Accommodation

    • Headland Hotel (3)
    • Bovey Castle (2)
    • Summer Lodge Country House Hotel & Spa (2)
    • Lords of the Manor Hotel (3)
    • Cliveden House (1)

      Other Inclusions

      • Detailed itinerary
      • Reference guide brochure about England
      • Deluxe travel wallet with comprehensive travel documents, luggage tags and driving map.
      • Expert service from dedicated sales guide before, during and after your trip.

      Optional Extras

      • Visitor Attractions
      • Room Upgrades
      • Car Upgrade
      • Chauffeur Driver
      • City Tours
      • Travel Protection

      This itinerary is jammed packed with beaches, cars, castles and the best scenery the South has to offer. From Cornwall to Berkshire, get to know England in the best way possible.

      12 Day / 11 Night tour

      Starts in Cornwall / Ends in Berkshire

      Highlights 

      Bovey Castle

      Jurassic Coast

      The Cotswolds

      The Malvern Hills

       

       

      Day 1- Arrival

      Arrive in Cornwall this morning and make the quick trip to your first accommodation the Headland Hotel, also in Newquay. Take the day to get to know the area you will be in for the next three nights. Newquay is a coastal town in Cornwall known for sandy beaches and beautiful gardens. Take the evening to rest up for an exciting trip ahead.

      Day 2 – West Coast

      On day two, take a little day trip to the west coast of Cornwall. Your first stop is St. Ives. This coastal town is known for its art scene with many rotating modern art exhibits and a sculpture garden to visit. After some exploring, continue on to the town of Penzance to see it’s picturesque streets and more coastline. If the beach is not your thing, the west of Cornwall also has its fair share of historical sites to explore as well. You can visit the iron Age Villages, Stone circles, ancient wells, and burial chambers all constructed between the years of 10,000 and 2,500 B.C. After you have fully immersed yourself in the history of the area, make your way back to Newquay for the night.

      Day 3 – South of Cornwall

      Today you’ll spend your last day exploring the peninsula by going to the very end to discover the south coast. Due to the dreamy, picturesque routes you have in store for today, it’s also the perfect time to rent a classic car for the day. While enjoying getting to know your car, stop along the way in Truro, the southernmost city in Britain, to see the Truro Cathedral, the Royal Cornwall Museum and to do some shopping. Continue on to Falmouth for the Pendennis Castle, The National Maritime Museum or more beach time at Castle Beach, Swanpool Beach or Gyllyngvase Beach. Your final stop today is Lizard Peninsula, the southernmost point of the British mainland. Make sure to visit Kynance Cove and The Lizard Lighthouse and Heritage Centre before heading back to Newquay for the evening.

      Day 4 – Bovey Castle

      This morning, say goodbye to Newquay and head to your next accommodation: Bovey Castle. This drive is only about an hour and a half, so you make want to stop in Plymouth, the departing point of the Mayflower and a town rich in history, or Torquay, where the coastline is known as the “English Riviera.” Once you reach your castle accommodation, settle in and explore the area. Bovey Castle is situated at the edge of Dartmoor National Park. Take the afternoon to relax at the spa or explore the grounds before dinner at the hotels award winning restaurant.

      Day 5 – Dartmoor National Park

      Today you will be taking a day tour to explore the wonders of Dartmoor National Park. Covering approximately 368 square miles, it is always possible to get off the beaten track and to find one’s own space, even on the busiest summer day of the year. The National Park is a pure and clean place, where nature is able to thrive, and the ponies, cows and sheep wander freely. There is a wonderful feeling of space, and when driving across the open moors, you will often find that you must make way for the livestock. After a day of witnessing all Dartmoor has to offer, make your way back to your accommodation and enjoy your last night in Bovey Castle.


      Day 6 – Dorset

      This morning you will depart from Bovey Castle and make the less-than-two-hour drive to Summer Lodge Country House Hotel & Spa in Dorset. Make a stop in Exeter along the way for a city or museum tour before getting to your next hotel for check in. Set within Hardy’s enchanting village of Evershot and surrounded by rolling hills, Summer Lodge Country House Hotel & Spa is the ultimate in timeless style. Explore the grounds and gardens or take part in a falconry experience before dinner at the hotel and a night of relaxation.


      Day 7 – Jurassic Coast

      Get an early start this morning for a day of exploring the Jurassic Coast. The Jurassic Coast is a World Heritage Site on the English Channel coast of southern England. It stretches from Exmouth in East Devon to Studland Bay in Dorset, a distance of about 96 miles. The Jurassic coastline is called so because this stretch of coastline is made up of rocks from three geological time periods, the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous. Nestled in towns and villages are museums and visitor centers that help to bring the Jurassic Coast’s global heritage to life. These vital hubs showcase exceptional fossils and fascinating exhibitions, and many offer unique activities such as coasteering, fossil hunting and even musical geology walks.


      Day 8 – Burton-on-the-Water

      Today you will leave Dorset and make your way to Burton-on-the-Water. The drive is approximately two and a half hours. There are a few stops worth making along the way including Bath and Bristol. Known as the spa city and the merchant city respectively, you can relax in a natural thermal water pool in Bath or find street art in Bristol. Once you make it to your accommodation, Lords of the Manor Hotel, check in and get comfortable in your luxurious surroundings for the next three nights.


      Day 9 – The Cotswolds

      This morning, enjoy a lovely breakfast before setting out to explore The Cotswold Villages on foot. The Cotswolds is an area in southeast England that is mainly rolling hills and farmland. It is the second largest protected landscape in England covering 504,000 acres that sprawls over six different counties. Lower and Upper Slaughter are considered the most picturesque places to visit throughout Cotswolds with the old mill as a popular site to visit or the Lower Slaughter gardens with 5 acres of land to explore. There is also Burton-on-the-Water the “Venice of the Cotswolds” and the Broadway tower are some of the most popular spots. Make your way back to Lords of the Manor Hotel to rest your feet for the night.


      Day 10 - Oxford, Stratford-Upon-Avon, and The Malvern Hills

      Today, you have a few different options to choose from for routes to take for the day. First is Oxford where you can visit the University of Oxford, explore the city center for shopping or theatre, or visit the museums or galleries in the city. Next is Stratford-Upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare. Visit his family home or his gravesite along with the King Edward VI School where it is believed Shakespeare attended school is also open to visitors. Next, if cars are your thing, you can visit the Morgan Motor Company. Here you are able to take a factory tour where you will learn the story and heritage of the company, before being guided through the assembly process, explaining how each car is handcrafted from ash, aluminum and leather. Passenger rides and rental cars are also available (advance booking recommended), if you wish to experience the stunning Malvern Hills countryside in a Morgan.


      Day 11 - Cliveden House

      Today you will make your way to Cliveden House in Berkshire. The drive is about an hour and a half and if you didn’t happen to visit Oxford the day before, today is the perfect time. Once you get to Cliveden House, check in and enjoy your last night in England by exploring the gardens or enjoying the hotels magnificent pools and spa. A champagne cruise on the River Thames is the perfect way to toast to a wonderful trip. 


      Day 12 – Return Home

      Spend your last morning enjoying a lavish English breakfast before making your way into London and starting your journey home.

       

       

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