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INDIVIDUAL TOUR GROUP TOUR

Through the English Country and Coast

  • 2490 km
  • 19 days / 18 nights
London - York - Lake District - Edinburgh - Inverness - Isle Of Lewis - Fort William - Glasgow - Chester - Oxford - London
Activity :
  • Adventure
  • Culture
  • Beach
  • Culinary
Terrain :
  • Mountain
  • Coastal
  • Forest
  • Urban

The tiny island nation that once conquered the world also happens to be one of the best places for a roadtrip. Between Scotland and Britain, the UK offers you enchanting landscape, brilliant roads, a vast variety of culture, lip-smacking food and Scotch straight from the barrel. From the highlands around Edinburgh to the hustle and bustle of London, this is one roadtrip that really has it all.

Trip Type
Self Drive 365
Forget early wake-up calls, scheduled departures and the regular battery of sight- seeing destinations. That’s because when you’re out on a self-drive holiday, you decide where to go, what to see, and what to drive. And with Self-Drive 365, the road, the destination and that palpable connect between man and machine is all yours to explore!
Skill Level
Moderate
Although not out and out challenging, this road trip requires experienced hands on the wheel or the handlebar

Is this road trip for me?

  • If enchanting landscapes, brilliant roads, a vast variety of culture, lip-smacking food and Scotch straight from the barrel entice you, then this road trip is meant for you.

Highlights

  • Visit the iconic London Bridge
  • See the traditional 'Changing of the Guard' at Buckingham Palace
  • Drive to the tranquil Lake District
  • Visit the 11th century Edinburgh Castle
  • Explore Scottish whisky and cuisine
  • Explore Loch Ness by sailing on its legendary waters
  • Ferry across the sea to the Isle of Lewis
  • Explore Glasgow
  • Explore the famous university town of Oxford
Start of Tour London
Day 1
Total Driving Distance 2490 km
End of Tour London
Day 19
  • Rest Days :

    Total 2 Days

  • Day 1 London
    • None (Meals on your own)
    • Arrival transfer from the airport to your hotel in London.
    • Overnight in London.

  • Transfers

    Arrival transfer from the airport to your hotel in London.

    Welcome to London! On arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.

  • Other Recommendation

    Take the rest of the day to explore this city on your own. Marvel at iconic monuments like the 'Big Ben' clock tower and the London Bridge. Later, you could walk along the River Thames or hop into one of the pods of the London Eye giant wheel and click panoramic shots of this historic city.

  • Day 2 London
    • Breakfast
    • Enjoy a full-day tour of London.
    • Overnight in London.

  • Activities

    Enjoy a full-day tour of London.

    Kick off with a full-day city tour of London, taking in all the highlights that London has to offer.

    If you wish to explore London's past as well as delve into its current cosmopolitanism, the Spirit of London tour is ideal. See the traditional 'Changing of the Guard' at Buckingham Palace, visit the Tower of London and St Paul's Cathedral, and enjoy a cruise along the River Thames.

    Enjoy a whistle-stop tour of London's famous monuments and marvel its modern masterpieces from the comfort of your coach seat. Have your cameras ready for the photo stop at the spectacular Westminster Abbey. Your tour then continues to St Paul's Cathedral.

    Towering high over the City of London, magnificent St Paul's Cathedral is widely considered to be Sir Christopher Wren's masterpiece.

    Afterwards, head to Buckingham Palace, where you can watch the 'Changing of the Guard'. As iconic an image of London as red telephone boxes and double-decker buses, the 'Changing of the Guard 'is a not-to-be-missed royal feast of bearskin hats and red tunics. The Queens Foot Guard in their regal uniforms march alongside the military band to the Palace.

    Enjoy an extended visit to the Tower of London. During its 1000-year history this impressive fortress has been a Royal Palace, prison, mint and even a zoo! Here, you can see the Cullinan diamonds and the spectacular Kohi-i-Noor at the Crown Jewels before joining a Yeoman Warder ('Beefeater') for an exclusive and very different view of the famous Tower of London on a guided tour around the fortress's moat.

    Your tour of London finishes with a sightseeing cruise along the River Thames which takes you past the London Eye, Tower Bridge, the Tower of London and stunning St Paul's Cathedral, before ending at Embankment Pier.

    You will also have the chance to visit Greenwich by boat, enjoy a free walking tour and take a cruise from Greenwich to the London Eye Pier or London Bridge Pier.

  • Other Recommendation
  • Day 3 London
    • Drive
    • Distance:330 km
    • Breakfast
    • Pick your rental car up from the car rental agency in London and drive to your hotel in York.
    • Overnight in York.

  • Transfers

    Pick your rental car up from the car rental agency in London and drive to your hotel in York.

    Pick up your rental car from the car rental agency in London and drive to your hotel in York via route M1; the route largely comprises smooth two- and four-lane country roads and highways.

    Note: Transfers from your hotel to the car rental agency are at your own cost.

  • Other Recommendation

    Later in the day, you can visit the famous York Shambles, York's most famous street known for its array of shops and establishments, and Roundhay Park, one of the biggest city parks in Europe.

  • Day 4 York
    • Drive
    • Distance:100 km
    • Breakfast
    • Enjoy a roller-coaster ride at Lightwater Valley, followed by a visit to the National Railway Museum.
    • Overnight in York.

  • Activities

    Enjoy a roller-coaster ride at Lightwater Valley, followed by a visit to the National Railway Museum.

    Today, visit Lightwater Valley, a theme park in North Stainley that is home to Europe's longest roller-coaster.

    Later,head tothe award winning National Railway Museumand explore itsgiant halls full of trains and railway iconslikeMallard, the world's fastest steam locomotive, the Shinkansen Bullet Train and Queen Victoria's luxurious saloon.

  • Other Recommendation

    The rest of the day is at leisure. You could visit York's world-class cathedrals like the York Minster, known for their medieval stained glass and stone masterpieces. Here, take a trip back in time at the Undercroft, the cathedral's interactive underground chambers that reveal the city's 2000-year-old history.Later, climb up the Central Tower, and observe York from the highest point in the city.

    Other must-visit attractions in York include the York Mansion House,the Monk Bar and the Micklegate Bar.

  • Day 5 York
    • Drive
    • Distance:250 km
    • Breakfast
    • Drive from yourhotel in York to yourhotel in Lake District.
    • Overnight in Lake District.

  • Transfers

    Drive from yourhotel in York to yourhotel in Lake District.

    Today, drive to the tranquil Lake District, considered to be the finest of England's national parks. You are probably used to UK's brilliant roads, and today's drive is no different as the A66 highway is a great stretch to barrel down. Lake District, your halt for the day, has provided inspiration for painters, poets, writers and craftsmen for centuries. The most famous was William Wordsworth, who described it as 'the loveliest spot that man hath ever found'. He spent his most inspirational years at Dove Cottage, which along with Rydal Mount, his last, much-loved house are popular tourist attractions, as is the Wordsworth's family grave at the 13th century St Oswald's Church in Grasmere.

  • Other Recommendation

    The rest of the eveningis at leisure. While you are here, don't forget to get yourself a few bags of the world-famous Grasmere Gingerbread.

  • Day 6 Lake district
    • Drive
    • Distance:200 km
    • Breakfast
    • Drive from yourhotel in Lake District to yourhotel in Edinburgh via Gretna Green.
    • Enjoy the Edinburgh Ghosts and Ghouls tour.
    • Overnight in Edinburgh.

  • Activities

    Drive from yourhotel in Lake District to yourhotel in Edinburgh via Gretna Green.

    After a leisurely breakfast, make your way to Edinburgh via Gretna Green.

    Gretna Green is a village in the south of Scotland famous for runaway weddings, and quite unsurprisingly, it is now one of the world's most popular wedding destinations, hosting over 5,000 weddings each year and one of every six Scottish weddings.

    Arrive in Edinburgh and check-in to your hotel.

  • Activities

    Enjoy the Edinburgh Ghosts and Ghouls tour.

    Arrive in Edinburgh, check-in to the hotel and if you can stomach horror stories, go for night tour of the spooky city.On this little trip, your guide will tell you about gruesome punishments the city's citizens have witnessed and take you into the haunted Blair Street's underground vaults where the ghosts of Edinburgh's past still haunt the present day. The ghoulish evening ends with a drink and more tales in an atmospheric tavern.

  • Day 7 Edinburgh
    • Breakfast, Dinner
    • Enjoy the 'Secrets of the Royal Mile' guided tour of Edinburgh.
    • Experience the 'Taste of Scotland'whisky and cuisine tour.
    • Overnight in Edinburgh.

  • Activities

    Enjoy the 'Secrets of the Royal Mile' guided tour of Edinburgh.

    Today, discover the sites, stories and secrets of Edinburgh's Old Town, and take a guided trip of the Edinburgh Castle,one of Britain's most famous castles, on theSecret of the Royal Mile tour.

    Later, as you walk down the cobbled streets of Scotland's capital, your guide willtell youtales of the city's culture, crime and politics that no guide book will contain. After your guided tour, head back to the hotel.

  • Activities

    Experience the 'Taste of Scotland'whisky and cuisine tour.

    Later in the evening, proceed for your'Taste of Scotland' tour to experience some exquisite Scotch and Scottish cuisine.The tour includes a whisky-barrel ride through the production process of Scotch whisky, an introduction to the aromas in whisky, guided tasting of single malt whiskies, a trip to the world's largest collection of Scotch whisky and a three-course Scottish food experience menu at the award-winning Amber Restaurant.

  • Day 8 Edinburgh
    • Drive
    • Distance:250 km
    • Breakfast
    • Drive from yourhotel in Edinburgh to yourhotel in Inverness.
    • Overnight in Inverness.

  • Transfers

    Drive from yourhotel in Edinburgh to yourhotel in Inverness.

    Drive to yourhotel in Inverness via route A9. This route takes you via the expansive Cairngorms National Park, making for a drive through lush, scenic forests, andalong rivers, lochs, wildlife hotspots and friendly villages.

    Enroute, you could visit Drummond Castle Gardens, Highland Folk Museum and the Deanstondistillery.

  • Day 9 Inverness
    • Breakfast
    • Explore Loch Ness.
    • Overnight in Inverness.

  • Activities

    Explore Loch Ness.

    Loch Ness is simply overflowing with fascinating myths, turbulent history and tales of a legendary monster; no visit to the Scottish Highlands is complete without a tour of this world-famous landmark.

    Loch Ness cruises and tours will take you on a journey of discovery, as you soak up the scenery, historic monuments and intriguing tales surrounding the mysterious monster, ancient Urquhart Castle and Caledonian Canal.

  • Other Recommendation

    The rest of the afternoon is at leisure.

  • Day 10 Inverness
    • Drive
    • Distance:100 km
    • Breakfast
    • Drive from yourhotel in Inverness to the ferry terminal in Ullapool and board the ferry to Stornoway.
    • Drive from the ferry terminal in Stornoway to your hotel in Isle of Lewis.
    • Overnight in Isle of Lewis.

  • Transfers

    Drive from yourhotel in Inverness to the ferry terminal in Ullapool and board the ferry to Stornoway.

    Today after breakfast, check-out of your hotel and head towards Ullapool. Your drive is through some lovely, two-lane country roads that pass scenic lakes, and later towards Ullapool, run along the river Broom. Once in Ullapool, board the Ullapool-Stornoway ferry that will take you across the Minch - the strait that separates Scotland from the Isle of Lewis, your destination for the night.

    Make sure to complete your car check 45 minutes before departure of the ferry.

    You are likely to spot dolphins during your two-hour ferry ride to Stornoway, so keep an eye out for them.

  • Transfers

    Drive from the ferry terminal in Stornoway to your hotel in Isle of Lewis.

    Once you have gotten off the ferry, head straight to your hotel in the Isle of Lewis. Your route is a near arrow-straight stretch of road cutting through green pastures; it's quite a scenic drive.

  • Day 11 Isle of lewis
    • Breakfast
    • Full-day tour of Harris and Lewis.
    • Overnight in Isle of Lewis.

  • Activities

    Full-day tour of Harris and Lewis.

    Today, set out on a full-day tour of Harris and Lewis. Visit the nearly 5000-year-oldCallanish (Calanais) Standing Stones complex, the 2000-year-old DunCarlowayBroch, an ancient Iron Age Atlantic roundhouse, and later, discover the Hebridean way of life with a visit to a traditional blackhouse.

    Next, travel through the Isle of Lewis to explore the wonderful Isle of Harris; the scenery en route is truly stunning. Arriving at Rodel and visit the beautiful medieval St. Clements Church, the site of Alexander Macleod's tomb.Heading back north towards Tarbert, visit and explore one of the most breath-taking beaches in the Hebrides - Luskentyre.

    The tour ends with a visit to the Harris Gin Distillery and the Harris Tweed Shop on your way back to Stornoway.

  • Day 12 Isle of lewis
    • Drive
    • Distance:60 km
    • Breakfast
    • Drive from your hotel in Isle of Lewis to the ferry terminal in Tarbert to board the ferry to Skye.
    • Explore Scotland's most famous island - Skye.
    • Drive to Armadale to board the ferry to Mallaig and then continue to Fort William.
    • Overnight in Fort William.

  • Transfers

    Drive from your hotel in Isle of Lewis to the ferry terminal in Tarbert to board the ferry to Skye.

    Today, check-out from your hotel in Isle of Lewis and drive to the ferry terminal in Tarbert. Once at the terminal, board the ferry to cross the Little Minch to Uig, Skye.Make sure to complete your car check is 45 minutes before departure of the ferry.

  • Activities

    Explore Scotland's most famous island - Skye.

    Welcome to Skye, Scotland's most famous island. It is Mother Nature in all her ferocity: sharp geological formations, crumbling coastlines, wind-swept valleys, the works!

    At Skye, journey through the stories, history, and breath-taking locales ofwestern Scotland. Today's highlights include the stunning Red Cuillin Mountains in Sligachan, the island at the Trotter Nish Peninsula, the soaring, rocky hills of the Old Man of Storr, Kilt Rock sea cliff, and the jagged, barren landscapes of Quirang.

  • Transfers

    Drive to Armadale to board the ferry to Mallaig and then continue to Fort William.

    After your tour, drive the stunning A87 through the Scottish country to Armadale to board your ferry to Mallaig.On arrival,go down the tree-lined A830 to Fort William.

  • Day 13 Fort william
    • Drive
    • Distance:200 km
    • Breakfast
    • Drive from yourhotel in Fort William to yourhotel in Glasgow.
    • Overnight in Glasgow.

  • Transfers

    Drive from yourhotel in Fort William to yourhotel in Glasgow.

    Check-out of your hotel in Fort William and travel through Scotland's most famous valley, Glencoe. Stunningly beautiful with its dramatic cliff faces and steep slopes, the village is infamous for the Glencoe Massacre, wherein 38 men, women and children were killed in broad daylight back in 1692.

    Drive past the shores of Loch Lomond - Scotland's largest loch and its first national park. This is the perfect place to enjoy a walk along the Bonny Banks and take in fantastic views of the mountains.

    From here, drive another 50 km towards Glasgow, Scotland's largest cityand your halt for the night.

  • Other Recommendation

    The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the largest city of Scotland.

  • Day 14 Glasgow
    • Breakfast
    • Explore Glasgow by way of an orientation tour.
    • Overnight in Glasgow.

  • Activities

    Explore Glasgow by way of an orientation tour.

    Explore Glasgow by way of an orientation tour. The tour covers Glasgow's major attractions as well as some of the city's hidden gems: Glasgow Cathedral, Kelvin Grove Art Gallery, Transport Museum, The Tenement House, Pollock Country Park and Glasgow Green.

  • Other Recommendation

    The rest of the evening is at leisure. You can visit Rabbie Burns Country on a Discover Ayrshire tour.

  • Day 15 Glasgow
    • Drive
    • Distance:400 km
    • Breakfast
    • Drive from your hotel in Glasgow to your hotel in Chester.
    • Overnight in Chester.

  • Transfers

    Drive from your hotel in Glasgow to your hotel in Chester.

    Take a leisurely drive from Glasgow to Chester via the brilliantly surfaced M74, M6 and M62.

    Chester is an archaeological and architectural treasure-trove, and till date, preserves monuments and attractions from the times of the Roman Empire. Once you reach Chester, check-into your hotel and settle in for the day.

  • Other Recommendation

    The evening is at leisure for shopping or exploring the city.

  • Day 16 Chester
    • Drive
    • Distance:80 km
    • Breakfast
    • Enjoy a visit to the Conwy Castle.
    • Overnight in Chester.

  • Activities

    Enjoy a visit to the Conwy Castle.

    Post breakfast,visit the Conwy Castle, a stunning monument from the 13th century sanctioned by King Edward I of England. The castle is one of thebest-preservedattractions of its kindin the whole of North Wales.

  • Other Recommendation

    The rest of the day is at leisure to explore Chester's unique covered 'Rows', a great destination for shopping. The 2-tiered galleries of shops in the Rows are packed with independent boutiques and high-street stores. You could also head to Cheshire Oaks, the UK's largest designer outlet village just 10 miles from the city centre.

    You canalso opt to visit the Snowdonia National Park, also called'Eryri', which in Welsh, translates to 'the place of the eagles'. The park covers 838 square miles and is one of the three natural parks found in Wales.

  • Day 17 Chester
    • Drive
    • Distance:250 km
    • Breakfast
    • Drive from your hotel in Chester toyour hotel in Oxford.
    • Overnight in Oxford.

  • Transfers

    Drive from your hotel in Chester toyour hotel in Oxford.

    Take a leisurely drive from Chester to Oxford. On arrival, check-in to yourhotel in Oxford.

  • Other Recommendation

    You can spend the rest of the day exploring this famous university town on your own. For over 800 years, it has been a home to royalty and scholars.

  • Day 18 Oxford
    • Drive
    • Distance:270 km
    • Breakfast
    • Drive from your hotel in Oxford to your hotel in London, visiting the Stonehengeen route.
    • Overnight in London.

  • Activities

    Drive from your hotel in Oxford to your hotel in London, visiting the Stonehengeen route.

    Although slightly long, your drive today will be through some really smooth roads. Drive out of Oxford and head to the Stonehenge, one of the wonders of the world and the best-known prehistoric monument in Europe.

    Later,haltat Windsor, a historic market town famous for the Royal Windsor Castle.Once in London, settle in for the day.

  • Other Recommendation

    Take the rest of the day to roam London at your own pace.

  • Day 19 London
    • Breakfast
    • Drive from your hotel to the car rental agency at the airport, drop the car off and head out for your flight back home.

  • Transfers

    Drive from your hotel to the car rental agency at the airport, drop the car off and head out for your flight back home.

    Post breakfast,check out of the hotel and drive to the car rental agency at the airport.Handover the vehicle andhead out for your flight back home!

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Inclusions

  • Accommodation at the hotels mentioned or similar.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Sightseeing as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Overseas travel insurance that covers accidental or medical expenses and miscellaneous benefits.
  • Hatchback: VW Jetta or similar throughout the trip.


Exclusions

  • Cost of your round trip economy class airfare.
  • Airline / airport taxes valid for the duration of the tour.
  • Visa fees.
  • Services of Cox & Kings tour manager or local representative.
  • Loss Damage Waiver for the vehicle.
  • Optional and Add-On tours unless mentioned.
  • Airline / hotel surcharges (if applicable) during high / festive season to be paid extra per person.
  • Any city taxes payable directly at the hotels.
  • Porterage at hotels, apartment, airports and seaports, tips, laundry, wines, mineral water, telephone charges, all items of personal nature and also food and drinks not forming part of the touring group's menu.
  • Cost of USD 2,50,000 granted by Reserve Bank of India under the Liberalised Remittance Scheme.
  • Any increase in rate of Euro leading to an increase in tour cost coming into effect prior to departure. However, the rate prevailing on the given day of payment will apply.
  • Meals, tips, laundry, telephone, optional excursions and other items of a personal nature.
  • Cost of foreign exchange for personal use.
  • Cost of petrol / diesel / parking charges / tolls for the vehicle provided.
  • Client has to pay in case of damage to the vehicle by accident.
  • Spare parts / engine oil of any kind.
  • Any items / services not specifically mentioned under inclusions.
  • Goods and Services Tax of 5%.
Categories Hatchback - Volkswagen Jetta or similar SUV - Skoda Estate or similar Luxury - Mercedes C-class or similar Sportscar - BMW 520 or similar
DELUXE 2,64,296 2,85,482 2,88,999 3,01,106
  • London 2 Nights

    Hotel View
    Topham Hotel Victoria
    Deluxe Room
    Double - 2 Guests
    Included in trip
  • York 2 Nights

    Hotel View
    Lamb And Lion Inn
    Deluxe Room
    Double - 2 Guests
    Included in trip
  • Lake District 1 Night

    Hotel View
    Macdonald Swan Hotel
    Deluxe Room
    Double - 2 Guests
    Included in trip
  • Edinburgh 2 Nights

    Hotel View
    Grassmarket Hotel
    Deluxe Room
    Double - 2 Guests
    Included in trip
  • Inverness 2 Nights

    Restaurant
    Royal Highland Hotel
    Deluxe Room
    Double - 2 Guests
    Included in trip
  • Isle Of Lewis 2 Nights

    Hotel View
    Lews Castle
    Deluxe Room
    Double - 2 Guests
    Included in trip
  • Fort William 1 Night

    Hotel View
    Nevis Bank Hotel
    Deluxe Room
    Double - 2 Guests
    Included in trip
  • Glasgow 2 Nights

    Hotel View
    Grand Central Hotel
    Deluxe Room
    Double - 2 Guests
    Included in trip
  • Chester 2 Nights

    Hotel View
    Double Tree By Hilton Chester
    Deluxe Room
    Double - 2 Guests
    Included in trip
  • Oxford 1 Night

    Hotel exterior
    Hawkwell House
    Deluxe Room
    Double - 2 Guests
    Included in trip
  • London 1 Night

    Hotel View
    Doubletree By Hilton Hotel London Heathrow Airport
    Deluxe Room
    Double - 2 Guests
    Included in trip
    • HATCHBACK

    volkswagen-jetta
    Volkswagen Jetta or Similar.
    Starting from
    4 Pax including driver
    Included in trip
    • 5 Doors
    • AC
    • Automatic
    • Diesel
things-to-carry

Travel light, try to stay under 45 l (20 kg).

  • Driving Licence and International Driving Permit
  • Credit Card
  • Cash
  • Smartphone for maps
  • Phone Charger
  • First-aid kit
  • Swiss knife
  • Water
  • Tissue box and wet wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Spare plastic bags
  • Sunscreen
  • Small toolkit
  • Warm clothes
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