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- Embark on a road trip through some of England's most beautiful coastlines and natural scenery on this 7-night self-drive tour.
- The itinerary includes breakfast, accommodation in hand-picked hotels and car hire throughout your trip.
- Soak up the spectacular Jurassic Coast, Dartmoor National Park, The Eden Project, the Roman Baths in Bath...and so much more!
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Your Itinerary —
Arrival and transfer to Southampton/Brighton area. On your way, visit Stonehenge: without doubt one of the most famous sites in the world. The iconic remains of the ring of standing stones are instantly recognisable and draw almost 1 million visitors every year.
You can also stop at Salisbury - known as the 'City in the Countryside'. Salisbury retains much of its historic past and charm with timbered buildings, and an Early English Gothic Cathedral. The sight of the Cathedral rising from the surrounding green fields is one to behold and is often described as one of Britain's great views.
Overnight in Southampton/Brighton.
Today drive to Torquay. On your way you will experience the Jurassic coast, which is a 96 mile stretch of largely unspoilt coastline running between Exmouth and Swanage. Here you will find an almost continuous sequence of imposing cliffs and rock formations from the Mesozoic Era. The area is unique as more than 185 million years of the earth's geological history is on display. Indeed scientists, geologists and geomorphologists have flocked to the region for more than 300 years to study the ancient rocks and multitude of fossil sites.
The coast was one of the world's first natural wonders to receive UNESCO World Heritage status. A great variety of wonderful rock formations can be viewed on the Jurassic Coast. The coastline is dotted with many picturesque 'Gateway' towns, offering access to the shore and providing valuable visitor information about the region.
Overnight in Torquay/Exeter area.
Today you can explore Dartmoor National Park. It boasts a varied and dramatic landscape - from forested river vales to wild, heather dominated moorland. But Dartmoor is perhaps best known for its often striking 'tors' (rocky granite hilltops - pictured). In fact, Dartmoor is the largest area of granite to be found anywhere in the United Kingdom. Dartmoor is hillwalker and hiker heaven. A myriad trails of all levels of difficulty are available to the visitor, and the Park's Visitor Centres are well-stocked with maps and leaflets to help you explore the region.
A multitude of prehistoric standing stones and circles are to be found in Dartmoor - Upper Erme Stone Row is the longest of its kind in the world at more than 2 miles. There is a great variety of visitor attractions at the Park, sure to keep everyone entertained: Buckfast Butterfly Farm and Otter Sanctuary, The South Devon Steam Railway, Buckland Abbey, Miniature Pony Centre and Canonteign Waterfall, to name but a few.
Overnight in Torquay/Exeter area.
This morning start your day with a visit to The Eden Project. It is a totally unique facility located in a reclaimed Kaolinite mining pit and took 2.5 years to construct. Eden aims to connect us with each other and the living world, and explores how we can work towards a better future. The complex is dominated by two huge enclosures consisting of adjoining domes that house thousands of plant species. The largest two 'biomes' simulate Rainforest and Mediterranean environments. The structures consist of hundreds of hexagonal and pentagonal, inflated, plastic cells supported by steel frames.
On arrival, there is a meandering path with views of the two biomes, planted landscapes, and sculptures that include a giant bee and The WEEE Man - an imposing figure made from old electrical appliances, representing the average lifetime electrical waste of one person. The central 'Core' area is devoted to fascinating and fun environmental education, and as with all parts of the project, is a unique and beautiful structure.
Overnight in Cornwall area.
In the morning discover Land’s End located in the extreme southwest corner of England, at the tip of Cornwall. Land’s End is the legendary Cornish destination that has inspired people since ancient Greek times when it was referred to as Belerion – the shining land. Stroll along well-maintained cliff-top paths, perched above the mighty Atlantic Ocean. You'll find yourself in the company of a variety of soaring seabirds and if you're lucky, you may even spot seals, dolphins or porpoises.
Land's End is also popular with tourists because it is the southern end of the longest distance between two inhabited points on the island of Great Britain. John O'Groats in Caithness, Scotland is its opposite number, 876 miles to the north. In the afternoon, visit one of the world’s most famous outdoor theatres Minack Theatre - a unique theatre perched on the cliffs high above the Atlantic ocean.
Overnight in Cornwall area.
After breakfast, travel to St Ives, an old fishing village with narrow alleyways, steep slopes and lovely fish restaurants. Artists flock to St Ives to take advantage of the unusually bright light. You can take time to visit the studios of working artists after a visit to the prestigious Tate Gallery. St Ives is also a perfect stop for lunch – why not take advantage of the fabulous seafood and enjoy traditional fish and chips!
In the afternoon on your way to Bristol, you can visit Pencarrow House. This largely Georgian mansion is still owned and occupied by descendants of the family who settled there in the 1500s. Open to the public since the 1970s, Pencarrow House and Gardens is a great day out for families, history enthusiasts, nature and garden lovers.
Overnight in Bristol/Bath.
In the morning discover the 2,000-year-old Roman Baths complex. The baths are located below modern street level and were not discovered and explored until the late nineteenth century. The site was opened as a visitor attraction in 1897. In 2011 the Roman Baths completed a £5.5 million redevelopment to bring the best of modern interpretation to the site, transform its accessibility and preserve it for the next 100 years.
The Baths have four main areas: The Sacred Spring, The Roman Temple, The Roman Bath House and Finds from Roman Bath. The Sacred Spring is at the very heart of the site. Naturally hot (46°C) water rises here every day, as it has done for thousands of years. In Roman times, this natural phenomenon was beyond human understanding and was believed to be the work of the ancient gods.
In the afternoon drive to Windsor. It is famous for its royal connections and is steeped in the pageantry and history of the royal family. Visit Windsor Castle - one of the Queen's official royal residences and the largest and oldest occupied castle in the world.
Overnight in Windsor/Slough area.
Day 8. Hire Car Drop Off
Drop the hire car off at the end of the trip at Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton or Stansted airports.
Your Hotels —
You will stay in hand-picked 3* and 4* hotels for the duration of your trip with Bed and Breakfast dining included.
All rooms sleep up to
2 Nights in Exeter/Torquay: Lincombe Hall Hotel Torquay or Best Western Passage House Hotel (or similar)
2 Nights in Cornwall: Housel Bay Hotel or Penmorvah Manor House (or similar)
1 Night in Bath/Bristol: Brooks Guesthouse Bath or Brooks Guesthouse Bristol (or similar)
1 Night in Windsor/Slough Area: Copthorne Hotel Slough/Windsor or Macdonald Windsor Hotel (or similar)
Please note: some dining outlets/menu items and premium, branded and international drinks may not be included and may incur a surcharge payable locally. Meals, snacks and drinks may be available at selected times only
Your Journey —
Car Hire: Car hire is included in this offer. Pick up and drop off will be at any London airports (Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton and Stansted).