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England’s Captivating Cotswold’s Self-Drive with Air

Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,249

This week-long self-drive, air-inclusive vacation introduces you to the charms of the English countryside, spending time in Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon, and Bath. Along the way, you’ll visit centuries-old castles, explore quaint pastoral towns, and visit the birthplace of the Bard, William Shakespeare.


This 7-day England self-drive vacation takes you through the Cotswolds to Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon, and Bath. It features your choice of accommodation level, international airfare, a car rental, independent touring, and is ideal for travellers who want to see England on their own, but have their accommodations and travel arrangements booked ahead of time.

Your journey begins in with a flight across the Atlantic Ocean to London, where you’ll pick up your car rental and begin your journey across pastoral England. First stop is Oxford, the famous university town, where students have been forwarding their education for nearly a thousand years. You’ll have the day to explore on your own. Wander through the university campus to comprehend why poet Matthew Arnold dubbed “Oxford the City of Dreaming Spires” or visit one of the exceptional museums.

Continue northwest and stop off at Blenheim Palace, a beautiful country house that was the birthplace of Winston Churchill. After touring the Churchill exhibit, continue north and reach Warwick Castle, one of England’s most impressive castles. Originally built as a wooden motte-and-bailey fortification by William the Conqueror, the castle was rebuilt in the 12th century into the impressive stone building it is today. Tour the castle and embark on the Merlin: The Dragon Tower experience if you’re so daring, which transforms the castle into an interactive spooky experience.

Reach Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, where you’ll tour the lovely town of half-timbered homes that will forever be associated with the Bard. You’ll visit the home of John Shakespeare, where the Bard was born, Mary Arden’s Cottage, where Shakespeare’s mother grew up, and have a chance to learn about farm life and the Tudor period at the Shakespeare Countryside Museum. Turn south and drive through the Cotswolds, the lovely collection of villages that define England’s rural life. You can visit the award-winning gardens of Cheltenham, stroll through Stow-on-the-Wold or see the largest town, Cirencester. The final stop on your self-drive vacation is Bath, the hot spring town that has attracted travellers since Roman times. Join a shared bus tour to journey between the highlights, from the beautiful Georgian townhouse at No. 1 Royal Crescent to the Roman Baths to the Fashion Museum.

At the end of your journey, return to London to drop off your rental vehicle and connect to your onward destination.


 

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Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,249

Itinerary View Trip Map

Day 1

Depart North America

Departure on your overnight flight to England.

Day 2

Arrival - Oxford

Upon arrival to London, pick up your rental vehicle and begin the trip toward Oxford. Known as The City of Dreaming Spires, Oxford is famous the world over for its university and place in history. For over 800 years, it has been a home to royalty and scholars, and since the 9th century an established town, although people are known to have lived in the area for thousands of years. Nowadays, the city is a bustling cosmopolitan town. Still with its ancient University, but home also to a growing hi-tech community. Many businesses are located in and around the town, whether on one of the Science and Business Parks or within one of several residential areas. With its mix of ancient and modern, there is plenty for both the tourist and resident to do. Whether visiting one of the many historic buildings, colleges or museums, going out for a drink or a meal, taking in a show or shopping till you drop you won't be stuck for ideas in Oxford. Overnight in the Oxford area.

Day 3

Stratford upon Avon

Start your day at Blenheim Palace, a monumental country house situated in Woodstock, Oxfordshire. Home to the 11th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough, Blenheim Palace is the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and a World Heritage Site. Blenheim Palace was a gift from Queen Anne and a grateful nation to John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough following his famous victory at the Battle of Blenheim in 1704. The gilded State Rooms, which house one of the finest collections in Europe, and the fascinating visitor experience, 'Blenheim Palace: The Untold Story'. The Churchill Exhibition includes the room where Sir Winston Churchill was born in 1874. Traveling north you can visit Warwick Castle, a medieval castle developed from an original built by William the Conqueror in 1068. The original wooden motte-and-bailey castle was rebuilt in stone in the 12th century. Britain's ultimate castle, where you can immerse yourself in a thousand years of jaw-dropping history - come rain or shine. Experience the excitement of Merlin: The Dragon Tower an exhilarating and interactive experience, the Witches of Warwick arrive in the Castle Dungeon bringing morbid spells and the darkest witchcraft games that will create an atmosphere so malevolent and chilling, even seasoned scaremongers will be terrified. With a history stretching back over 1,000 years there's something for everyone at Warwick Castle. Travel south towards Stratford-upon-Avon where you will spend the next two nights.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 4

Stratford upon Avon

Your third day begins with a visit to see Shakespeare's Birthplace, the half-timbered house where William Shakespeare was born in 1564, and it is Stratford's most cherished historic place. Descendants of the dramatist lived there until the nineteenth century, and it has been a place of pilgrimage for over 250 years. You will discover the world that shaped the man and you'll find out what other famous writers thought when they visited here. Well-known visitors have included Charles Dickens, John Keats, Walter Scott, and Thomas Hardy. You can meet your favorite Shakespeare characters and watch some of his best-loved scenes brought to life by actors as you stroll through the house and grounds. Continue your day with a visit to Mary Arden's Cottage. The farmhouse at Wilmcote, just three miles outside Stratford-Upon-Avon, was the home of William Shakespeare's mother and is now a countryside museum devoted to showing country life from Tudor times to the present day. You can see rare breeds of sheep, cattle, and poultry. There are also daily displays of Falconry, a sport much enjoyed in Tudor times. The barns and outbuildings, together with the adjoining Glebe farm, now house the Shakespeare Countryside Museum. Return to your accommodation in Stratford-upon-Avon.

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Day 5

Bath

After breakfast, enjoy the scenery as you travel through the Cotswolds towards Bath. The Cotswold district is one of England's most famous and loved areas thanks to the recognizable villages set in beautiful rural locations. Visit the award-winning gardens in Cheltenham, take a stroll in one of the many pretty villages, enjoy the magnificent views from the hilltop location of Stow on the Wold or travel to Cirencester, the capital of the Cotswolds. With an incomparable mix of culture, history, and tradition you can't find anywhere else - The Cotswolds has so much to offer. Continue your journey south to Bath where you will spend your final two nights of your tour.

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Day 6

Bath

Bath and the stunning countryside surrounding it is one of England's most beautiful places to visit. Bath is a unique city; its hot springs, Roman Baths, impressive Abbey and Georgian stone crescents have attracted visitors for centuries. Set in rolling countryside, just over 100 miles west of London, it is a beautiful and unforgettable place to visit. Visit the beautifully restored Georgian townhouse No.1 Royal Crescent before moving onto the Roman Baths, where you will experience how the Romans liked to relax. The Bath Assembly Rooms are a set of elegant assembly rooms located in the heart of the World Heritage City of Bath. Elegant public rooms at the heart of fashionable 18th-century Bath life. When completed in 1771, they were described as 'the noblest and elegant of any in the kingdom'. The Assembly Rooms is made up of three main rooms - The Ball Room, The Tea Room, and The Octagon - were used in the eighteenth century for dancing, music, and card-playing, tea-drinking, and conversation. Take some time to visit the Fashion Museum, which is housed in the impressive Georgian Assembly Rooms. The Fashion Museum is one of the world's great museum collections of historic and fashionable dress. Designated as a collection of outstanding national significance. Later, return to your hotel in the Bath region.

Day 7

Departure

All good things must come to an end! You have now come to the end of your tour. Return to the airport, drop off your rental vehicle and join your flight home.

Meal Plan Breakfast

Other Information

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Dates:
2020
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Sept - Nov '20 $1,249 $1,449 $1,949 $1,999

Flights from North America to meet the listed dates, are usually overnight, and depart the day before. Air rates based on availability at time of booking and subject to change. Listed flights may include stops en-route and on return and include co-shared flights. Direct flights may be available at a higher cost. Toronto based on American Airlines, British Airways or Air Canada - Vancouver based on American Airlines or British Airways - New York based on American Airlines or British Airways - Chicago based America Airlines, British Airways, Lufthansa or United Airlines. Listed rates include all airline and airport taxes and subject to change and availability.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Round trip airfare from North America including airfare taxes
  • 5 nights' accommodation
  • Breakfast daily
  • Car rental (Skoda Octavia Automatic, or similar) with Time & Miles; Airport Access Fee; Third Party Liability (for one driver); Road Fund Licence; Theft Protection; VAT; Collision damage waiver & Excess Protection*

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Fuel
  • Additional Driver £18.33 per day (maximum 10 days)
  • GPS available only from Airports Locations Unit £13.32 per day, up to a maximum of £91.65 per month. All units have a replacement fee of £170.00 (all charges are subject to all applicable taxes)
  • All rentals where the vehicle is not returned to the same location as it is collected will be subjected to a one-way fee up to £150.00. One way rentals are allowed between all of the UK, including Northern Ireland
  • Child Seats – only from airports: £9.00 per day (maximum £99.99 per month - must be pre ordered at the point of reservation). Customers will be required to fir the child seat themselves. Child seat have a replacement fee of £130.00 (all charges are subject to all applicable taxes)
  • RAP (Roadside Assistance Protection) is charged at £5.75 per day from Airport Locations and £6.00 per day from Home City locations (The 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.)
  • Visa fee’s (if applicable)
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Meals and drinks not listed in inclusions
  • Travel Insurance

OTHER INFORMATION:

  • All drivers must be 25 years of age or older
  • A smoking ban applies to all vehicles on the Enterprise Rent-A-Car fleet. Failure to adhere to the no smoking signs placed in the vehicles will be subject to a £50.00 fine
  • Damage Waiver:
    • Damage Waiver reduces the liability you are responsible for in the event of damage to and or theft of the vehicle. If Damage Waiver is included in your reservation then the excess amounts applicable are: cars 1000.00 GBP, MINI MPVs, MPVs, commercial vehicles 1150.00 GBP, all premiums and 4x4s 1400.00 GBP. In Northern Ireland the excess on all commercial vehicles is 1400.00 GBP. If Damage Waiver is not included in your booking then it is available to purchase and the excess amount for all vehicles is zero. Customers who can provide independent and verified provision to cover damage and theft to the vehicle may be able to decline Damage Waiver - you may wish to determine if your personal coverage is adequate to cover damage, theft, loss of revenue, administration fees, diminishment of value, and any towing, storage or impound fees. If you decline Damage Waiver you will be required to pay these charges and then seek compensation yourself from your carrier. Damage Waiver is not insurance
  • Excess Protection: Excess Protection is an optional coverage that reduces the applicable Damage Waiver excess (see Damage Waiver terms) to all cars 100.00 GBP, MINI MPVs, MPVs and commercial vehicles 250.00 GBP, all premiums and 4x4s 500.00 GBP. In Northern Ireland the reduced excess on all commercial vehicles is 500.00 GBP. You may wish to check if your personal coverage is adequate to cover damage, theft, loss of revenue, administration fees, diminishment of value, and any towing, storage or impound fees.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Flights from North America to meet the listed dates, are usually overnight, and depart the day before. Air rates based on availability at time of booking and subject to change. Listed flights may include stops en-route and on return and include co-shared flights. Direct flights may be available at a higher cost. Toronto based on American Airlines, British Airways or Air Canada - Vancouver based on American Airlines or British Airways - New York based on American Airlines or British Airways - Chicago based America Airlines, British Airways, Lufthansa or United Airlines. Listed rates include all airline and airport taxes and subject to change and availability.

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