A short self-drive tour of the most popular destinations in England. London, Stonehenge, Bath, Stratford-upon-Avon and Windsor. This tour takes you to some of the most famous places in England, but with the famous Homemade Holidays twist which means that you are something more that ‘just another tourist’.
Arrive in England. To be met at the airport and chauffeured into central London. This first day is set aside for recovery and acclimatisation in London. If time and jet lag allow, you could take a first tour around London, by open topped, double decker bus to see some of the sites which would be heavy going on foot, and some which you can return to later.
Days 2 – 3
London. Beyond description in this small space. The sights, the museums, theatres, shops, and the people, make London a unique city to experience. Take a sail on the River Thames up to the Tower of London, visit St. Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey, drop in to Buckingham Palace to watch the Changing of the Guard, have a picnic in St. James’s Park with the pelicans… The list is endless.
Heading out of London to Stonehenge then over the chalk down land lanes to Avebury. Two of the most enigmatic sites in Britain. Stonehenge is probably the most famous Neolithic monument in Europe, whereas Avebury although less well known is equally impressive, and somewhat more atmospheric. Your day ends in a cosy country B&B in one of the best preserved historic villages in England, which seems to be the location for every period drama ever made, from Pride and Prejudice to Harry Potter.
Bath. A magnificent example of Georgian extravagance and some of the best classical architecture in Europe. Plus the fascinating spectacle of the Roman Baths, and a delightful web of alleyways and streets with a wonderful and tempting range of shops, restaurants and tea-rooms. Your next base is a delightful village inn, tucked away in a quiet Cotswold valley.
A short drive through the Cotswolds to Stratford-upon-Avon, birthplace of William Shakespeare. A day to walk in the footsteps of the Bard with a visit to his home in the town, maybe take in a play or visit one of the many local houses connected to Shakespeare, such as Ann Hathaway’s cottage or Mary Arden’s House.
Windsor. Dominated by the largest inhabited castle in the world. Established by William I. It covers 13 acres and is still a Royal residence. A visit to the Castle would be a fine grand finale to your visit, as you walk through the sumptuous state rooms and soak up the atmosphere of 900 years of Royal history. Taking in the magnificent architecture of St. George’s Chapel. Home to the Order of the Knights of the Garter and burial place of many Kings and Queens, such as Henry VIII and George VI. You may also get time to have one last cream tea in a typical English Tea Rooms.
Back home with hundreds of photographs and lot of good memories.
Note: This tour can be converted to an escorted tour for those who would prefer someone else to do the driving. Although a more expensive option, the addition of a driver/guide will enhance your trip and give you the opportunity to reach some of the places to which you may not venture on your own.