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Southern England, London, & Wales | 9 Day Self-Drive

Tour Inclusions:

Transport

Automatic economy car with:
  • Unlimited mileage
  • Collision Damage Waiver (CDW)
  • Theft protection (TP),
  • Value added tax (VAT)
  • Third party liability
  • Location service charge (LSC)

Accommodation

    • London (3)
    • Bath (2) 
    • Cardiff (2)
    • Oxford (1)

      Other Inclusions

      • Discount book, 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

      Highlights:

      9 Days / 8 Nights

      London City Highlights

      Cotswolds

      Stonehenge

      Roman Baths

      Big Pit

      Cardiff Castle

      University of Oxford

      Botanic Garden

       

       

      9 Day Southern England, London, & Wales Itinerary

      Throughout this trip you will explore the beauty that Southern England, London and Wales has to offer. Visit some of the best tourist attractions and find some hidden gems!

      Day 1 : Welcome to London!

      Arrive in London and make your way to your accommodation. After checking into your hotel, go out and begin exploring this wonderful city. Take an open-top bus tour around the many famous landmarks that London has to offer. See all of the famous landmarks including Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Board a 30-minute flight on the London Eye for incredible views of the city or visit the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London. Tonight, dine at an authentic London Pub before returning to your hotel.

      Overnight in London

      Day 2 : Covent Garden

      Continue the exploration of the city that you began yesterday. This city is a prime destination for some retail therapy, and this is a great day to take advantage of that. Peruse through the hip, trendy shops in London's Covent Garden where you'll find all things unique, one-of-a-kind and trendy. Enjoy lunch as you take your pick from countless restaurants and cafes in the area. Later, make your way to West End for a show which is just minutes away.

      Overnight in London

      Day 3 : Cotswolds Tour

      Today you will take a day tour by bus out of London to see some more of England. You’ll tour the Cotswolds and enjoy lunch in the prettiest village in Britain. The tour begins in Burford where you’ll have time to visit the tea houses and shops. You’ll then be taken to Bibury, which has been described as the ‘prettiest village in the Cotswolds.’ Here you’ll have a wonderful two course meal in the Swan Hotel which overlooks the River Coln. In the afternoon, you’ll pass through two of the most picturesque parts of the northern Cotswolds. You’ll go on a short work through each village and learn about the history of each from your tour guide.

      Overnight in London

      Day 4 : Stonehenge & Roman Baths

      This morning you will pick up your rental car and leave London to go to Bath. Drive to Salisbury Plain to view the prehistoric circle of vast monoliths at Stonehenge. One of the most famous sites in the world, Stonehenge is the remains of a ring of standing stones set within earthworks. It is in the middle of the most dense complex of Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments in England, including several hundred burial mounds. End your day in Bath, popular for its natural hot springs with the Romans 2,000 years ago and again in the 18th century. Tour the Roman Baths & Pump Room, well preserved after two millennia and view stately Regency mansions.

      Overnight in Bath

      Day 5 : Explore Bath

      Wake up this morning refreshed and revitalized and explore Bath’s many iconic sights: marvel at the magnificent Royal Crescent, The Circus, Pulteney Bridge and Bath Abbey and see all of those picture-perfect postcard attractions in Bath come to life. The city’s many museums and art galleries provide a rich and fascinating insight into fashion through the ages, 19th century astronomer William Herschel, Bath's industrial heritage, the life of Bath's most famous literary resident a the Jane Austen Centre and much, much more.

      Overnight in Bath

      Day 6 : National Museum Cardiff & Cardiff Castle

      Drive about 90 minutes west to Cardiff, the capital city of Wales. Cardiff offers spectacular shopping, museums, and entertainment. This city is also very easy to explore on foot. Check into your hotel and then begin discovering the area. Check out the free National Museum Cardiff. Here you’ll find exhibitions and the country’s natural history, archaeology, and geology collections. You can also visit Cardiff Castle located in the heart of the city. This is a great site with a history that spans over 2000 years.

      Overnight in Cardiff

      Day 7 : Big Pit & Caerleon

      Start your day with a traditional Welsh breakfast. Do some more exploring and visit any place you didn’t get to see yesterday. Take a drive to the Big Pit National Coal Museum. Your visit will include a 300 ft descent into the old colliery. You’ll be taken on a fascinating guided tour with the sights, smells, and sounds giving you a feel of what working life was like for a coal miner. You’ll also enjoy a 20 minute audio-visual presentation describing the daily toil of miners and how the methods of coal mining has changed through time. Afterwards, make a stop in Caerleon. This is the location of a notable Roman legionary fortress, Isca Augusta, and an Iron Age hillfort. You’ll find Caerleon on the River Usk in the northern outskirts of the city of Newport, Wales. Caerleon has the finest remains of Roman barrack buildings in Europe. Enjoy your time exploring and getting to know the area before making your way back to your accommodation in Cardiff.

      Overnight in Cardiff

      Day 8 : Oxford & Botanic Garden

      Get an early start this morning as you prepare to see Oxford at its finest. The drive to Oxford is approximately 2 hours. Walk around the University of Oxford’s campus. Rich in all it has to offer – you’ll find plenty of opportunities for sightseeing with its Botanic Garden and Museum of Natural History. You’ll also find great spots like the Bodleian Library ( a booklover’s haven) and the beautiful University Parks to visit. Enjoy dinner and a nightcap in the area before turning in for the night.

      Overnight in Oxford

      Day 9 : Return Home

      Make your way to Heathrow Airport in London where you will return your car and begin your journey home.

       

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