Self-Drive Holidays
20 Nights
  • Fully customisable itinerary
  • Prices from: £2680 per person
  • Best time to go: April - October
  • Transport: Rental car included (optional)


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Endless attractions are on offer in England’s vibrant capital city. Visit iconic attractions such as Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London and Westminster Abbey, and enjoy world-class eating and drinking opportunities.

The Cotswolds
Charming Cotswolds
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Visit the Cotswolds, home to idyllic villages and beautiful countryside. Each village is picturesque in its own unique way and offers delightful sightseeing opportunities.

Lake District
Lake District
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This legendary national park is England’s mountain country and a paradise for anybody who loves nature and the great outdoors. Climb Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England, or explore one of the several lakes on a cruise – the most famous being Lake Windermere.

Glorious Glencoe
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Glencoe is Scotland’s most famous and mystical glen and the site of the infamous massacre of Clan Macdonald. Enjoy the great outdoors and spectacular views of the Scottish Highlands.

Isle of Skye
Isle of Skye
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The Isle of Skye is world-famous for its stunning and dramatic volcanic scenery, including The Cuillin mountains, the Old Man of Storr, and The Quiraing. You’ll find great places to eat and drink in the island’s colourful capital of Portree.

Medieval Edinburgh
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Charming and vibrant, Edinburgh is Scotland’s ancient capital city and a hub for culture and creativity. Attractions include Edinburgh Castle, the historic Royal Mile, and the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

The Unmissable Highlights of Scotland, England & Wales

This fantastic itinerary packs many of the highlights of Great Britain into an unforgettable three-week road trip. Begin your adventure in London – a city which needs no introduction – before travelling to the ancient Roman city of Bath. From here, make your way through idyllic English countryside to the picture-postcard Cotswolds.

Wales and the epic mountains of Snowdonia National Park await, before ‘God’s Own Country’ of Yorkshire where you’ll discover the historic city of York. Explore the breathtaking Lake District in north-west England, then cross the border into Scotland where you’ll visit the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, the legendary Isle of Skye, the historic cities of Inverness and Edinburgh, and much more.

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Begin your holiday in the cosmopolitan city of London – an energetic mecca of different cultures, attractions, sights and sounds. Sightseeing opportunities are endless here; you could visit historic Tower of London or St Paul’s Cathedral, watch the guards change at Buckingham Palace, or take in a show at the West End. The dining scene in London is among the best in the world and you are spoiled for choice for exceptional places to eat and drink.

Collect your hire car and travel to Bath, known for its Roman baths and stunning Georgian architecture, then onto the Cotswolds – an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This is a captivating area to discover, with picturesque villages and historic castles dotted between a patchwork quilt of rolling green fields.

Make your way to Wales where epic Snowdonia National Park awaits – a place to explore the great outdoors with everything from gentle riverside rambles to majestic mountains. Wales has more castles per square mile than any other country in Europe, so there is plenty for history-lovers to enjoy here too.

You’ll then travel to historic and charming York, one of the most picturesque cities in England. Experience the cities ancient history including Roman ruins, medieval city walls, as well as the remains of a Viking city under its very streets.

Continue onward to the Lake District National Park. This is England’s mountain country and home to sparkling lakes, charming villages, and Scafell Pike – the highest mountain in the country. Hear about literary greats like William Wordsworth who were inspired by the region’s immense beauty.

Cross the border into Scotland where your first destination is the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond. This is truly one of the most beautiful countries on earth and breathtaking landscapes await around every corner. From Loch Lomond, journey through wonderful lochside and mountain scenery into the heart of the Highlands and take the ferry across to the Isle of Skye. This legendary island is world-famous for its wild mountains, stunning seascapes and geological scenery, as well as its fascinating historic sites.

Leaving Skye, you will pass the much-photographed castles of Eilean Donan and Urquhart before arriving in the vibrant Highland capital of Inverness. This is the perfect base to explore Loch Ness and Culloden Battlefield, before travelling south to your final destination of Edinburgh – Scotland’s picturesque capital city. Here you can explore many attractions including the Royal Mile, Edinburgh Castle, and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. In the evening, you are spoilt for choice, Edinburgh is gastronomic heaven, and the perfect place to enjoy a whisky and reflect on the memories of your Great British Road Trip.

Suggested Itinerary

The holiday ideas on our website are just examples of the amazing trips we offer. Think of this itinerary as a starting point which can be tailored into something completely unique to you by our award-winning specialists.

We love the opportunity to use our first-hand knowledge and experience to design and deliver the perfect, bespoke holiday experience for you.

Day 1: Arrive in London
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Arrive in London and enjoy your first evening in England’s legendary capital city. You will find endless opportunities for eating and drinking here – from Michelin-starred restaurants and traditional pubs to bustling, international food markets. There are cuisines from every country in the world.
Overnight – London

Day 2: London Sightseeing
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Today you will enjoy an included sightseeing tour in order to get acquainted with this vast city and all the attractions it has to offer. Learn about the history of London with a visit to the Tower of London or Westminster Abbey, or explore one of the many museums and art galleries.
Overnight – London

Day 3: London Sightseeing
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For a more extensive view of this renowned capital, take a cruise along the River Thames, a circuit on the London Eye, or a trip up the dizzying heights of the Shard to enjoy stunning views of London’s well-known skyline. Perhaps end your day with a show in London’s famous West End.
Overnight – London

Day 4: London to Bath
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After breakfast, collect your hire car and make your way to historic Bath. En route you could visit one of the most famous landmarks in the UK; the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Stonehenge. The distinctive standing stone circle also has a world-class exhibition centre and Neolithic houses.
Overnight – Bath

Day 5: Bath Sightseeing
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Relax in one of the many thermal baths in the city, or join a walking tour and be awed by Bath’s incredible Neoclassical architecture. This vibrant city also boasts a wide range of great places to eat and drink, as well as an impressive collection of museums.
Overnight – Bath

Day 6: Bath to The Cotswolds
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Make the short journey into the picture-postcard Cotswolds, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This is quintessential England at its best, with rolling patchwork fields, chocolate-box villages, and quaint market towns such as Chipping Norton, Moreton-in-Marsh and Stow-on-the-Wold to discover.
Overnight – North Cotswolds

Day 7: The Cotswolds Sightseeing
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The idyllic Cotswolds is yours to explore today. For something grander, the spa town of Cheltenham is closeby, as is Stratford-upon-Avon – most famous as the birthplace of the great playwright William Shakespeare.
Overnight – North Cotswolds

Day 8: The Cotswolds to Snowdonia
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Travel through the Shropshire Hills into Wales and make your way to the natural wonderland of Snowdonia National Park. Here you’ll find the highest mountains and the largest lakes in Wales – a perfect place for getting into nature.
Overnight – Snowdonia National Park

Day 9: Snowdonia Sightseeing
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This immense area is filled with opportunities to get outdoors and enjoy mountains, rivers and woodland, or explore the picturesque villages and historic castles. The park’s historic Snowdon Mountain Railway climbs to the summit of Wales’s highest mountain, Mount Snowdon, offering views across the sea to Ireland.
Overnight – Snowdonia National Park

Day 10: Snowdonia to York
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You will travel back into England today as you make your way to the ancient city of York. Celebrate your arrival in York by enjoying one of the many delicious restaurants in the city or visiting its characterful pubs.
Overnight – York

Day 11: York Sightseeing
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Enjoy a full day of sightseeing in York and visit the magnificent York Minster cathedral – the largest gothic cathedral in Northern Europe. Walk the surrounding medieval city walls, stroll through the famous winding streets, or step back in time at the Jorvik Viking Centre.
Overnight – York

Day 12: York to the Lake District
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Travel through one national park to visit another today as you drive from the Yorkshire Dales National Park to the Lake District – home to some of the most beautiful scenery in the UK.
Overnight – Lake District

Day 13: Lake District Sightseeing
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Explore all that the Lake District has to offer. Climb England’s highest mountain or take a cruise on Lake Windermere, walk amongst stunning fell mountain scenery or learn about the many famous literary figures who were inspired by the Lakes.
Overnight – Lake District

Day 14: Lake District to Loch Lomond
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Make your way north into Scotland where your destination is Loch Lomond, Scotland’s most romantic loch. Surrounded by enchanting forests, the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond inspired one of Scotland’s most iconic love songs.
Overnight – Loch Lomond

Day 15: Loch Lomond to the Isle of Skye
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Today you will travel into the heart of the Scottish Highlands. Travel through Glencoe, Scotland’s most famous and atmospheric glen, and pass Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest mountain. Take the magnificent Road to the Isles and then the ferry over the sea to the Isle of Skye. The short sailing across the Sound of Sleat provides great views of Skye and back across to the west coast.
Overnight – Isle of Skye

Day 16: Isle of Skye Sightseeing
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A full day on Skye to visit romantic Dunvegan Castle, sample some fine island whiskies, enjoy a great day’s walking, or take a fabulous boat trip into the heart of the Cuillin Mountains.
Overnight – Isle of Skye

Day 17: Isle of Skye to Inverness
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Depart Skye and travel past the most photographed of Scotland’s castles, Eilean Donan. Your route takes you through the Great Glen and by brooding Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle, and onto the vibrant ‘Capital of the Highlands’, Inverness.
Overnight – Inverness

Day 18: Inverness Sightseeing
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A full day to explore Inverness, where you could visit Cawdor with its 14th-century castle, Culloden Battlefield where, in 1746, the last battle took place on British soil, or travel into Speyside and tour the Malt Whisky Trail where the world’s most celebrated distilleries are on your doorstep.
Overnight – Inverness

Day 19: Inverness to Edinburgh
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Travel from the Highlands to the Lowlands through beautiful Highland Perthshire. En-route you could explore the Cairngorms National Park, Blair Castle, or Scone Palace. Your destination is Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh – one of the most charming cities in Europe.
Overnight – Edinburgh

Day 20: Edinburgh Sightseeing
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The opportunities for sightseeing in this wonderful city are almost endless. Visit majestic Edinburgh Castle, sample a dram at the Scotch Whisky Experience, or hike up Arthur’s Seat for an incredible panoramic view across the city. Visit Holyrood Palace, the Royal Yacht Britannia, or enjoy a walking history tour along the Royal Mile as Edinburgh’s glorious past is brought to life.
Overnight – Edinburgh

Day 21: Depart Edinburgh
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After breakfast, your Great British Road Trip will come to an end.

What's Included?

Your holiday includes:

  • Carefully selected en-suite accommodation for 20 nights including traditional British breakfast
  • Comprehensive information pack
  • Personalised itinerary with our recommendations for the best places to eat and drink and sightseeing suggestions
  • Map of the UK with our recommended driving route
  • 16 days rental of an Economy car (other vehicle categories available) including comprehensive insurance
  • London Pass which includes a hop-on-hop-off bus tour and free entry to the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, St Paul's Cathedral and over 80 other attractions
  • Tickets for the Bath City Sightseeing Tour
  • York Pass which includes a hop-on-hop-off bus tour and free entry to York Minster, Jorvik Viking Centre and many more attractions
  • Tickets for the Edinburgh City Sightseeing Tour
  • All ferry crossings (as per your itinerary)
  • 24-hour emergency contact number
  • Full financial protection

Your holiday doesn't include:

  • Travel insurance
  • Flights
  • Lunches and evening meals

Accommodation & Prices

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We know that after a busy day of sightseeing an exceptional place to stay makes all the difference. That’s why all of the accommodation we select is hand-picked using our first-hand knowledge of the best places to stay.

Our discerning team has a wealth of experience, and we extensively research and regularly review all of the accommodation we select for our clients.

Please choose from one of our accommodation categories below. If you wish to combine these categories or perhaps upgrade for a special occasion let us know in your enquiry.

Accommodation type
Price per person
Boutique Guest Houses and 4* Hotels
From £4810

Our Premium category includes a unique collection of luxurious and stylish boutique Guest Houses and small 4* Hotels. These are wonderfully charming and intimate and run with great flair by their owners.

It also comprises larger 4* Hotels selected for their high standard of accommodation, exceptional service, and great location. These range from traditional luxury to contemporary Hotels.

4* Guest Houses and 3* Hotels
From £2910

A collection of quality 4* Guest Houses and 3* Hotels often located in beautiful locations which provide an excellent standard of accommodation.

Tastefully decorated and furnished, these properties are generally owned and operated by locals who have a genuine passion for their region which they are keen to share with you. Their warm hospitality is sure to be a highlight of your experience.

3* B&Bs and Guest Houses
From £2680

A collection of 3* B&Bs and Guest Houses offering comfortable accommodation close to local attractions. Your accommodation is great for the little personal touches.

A chat with your warm and friendly hosts and fellow guests over breakfast will arm you with local knowledge and tips for the day ahead.

Special Places to Stay
Exceptional Hotels and luxury Resorts
Please enquire

From award-winning luxury Hotels to unique country retreats, all of which offer exceptional accommodation with superb facilities and outstanding service.

These are truly magical places and amongst the best accommodation that the UK has to offer. The perfect choice when you would like somewhere really special which can be a treat for the night or for your entire holiday.

Car Hire

Our packages include car rental and comprehensive insurance for the duration of your holiday. Absolute Escapes has an excellent relationship with a number of car hire operators and we are able to offer quality vehicles and great value for money.

If you plan to bring your own vehicle, we are also able to offer this itinerary without a rental car.

All our packages include:

  • Collision Damage Waiver
  • Super Damage Excess Waiver
  • Third Party Insurance
  • Theft Waiver
  • Tax
Vauxhall Corsa or similar
  • Good for 2 people
  • Maximum of 4 passengers
  • 2 large suitcases
  • Manual or automatic transmission
Ford Focus or similar
  • Good for 2 – 4 people
  • Maximum of 5 passengers
  • 2 large suitcases
  • Manual or automatic transmission
Volkswagen Passat or similar
  • Good for up to 4 people
  • Maximum of 5 passengers
  • 3 large suitcases
  • Manual or automatic transmission
VW Sharan or similar
  • Good for 5 people
  • Maximum of 7 passengers
  • 3 – 4 large suitcases
  • Manual or automatic transmission

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