Self-Drive Holidays
11 Nights
  • Fully customisable itinerary
  • Prices from: £1935 per person
  • Best time to go: April - October
  • Transport: Rental car included (optional)


City of London
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Endless attractions are on offer in England’s wonderful capital city. Visit iconic sites such as Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London or Westminster Abbey and drink in this epicentre of British culture. 

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Grand and historic, the unique academic ambience of Oxford, boasts the oldest university in the English-speaking world. 

Visitors can explore famous colleges such as Magdalen College, Christchurch College and New College Hall, along with the magnificent Bodleian Library.

Historic York
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Charming York is one of the most picturesque cities in England. Experience York’s ancient history including Roman ruins, medieval city walls and the remains of a Viking city under its very streets.

Lake District
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The Lake District is England’s mountain country and a paradise for walkers. Climb Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England, or explore one of the several lakes on a cruise – the most famous being Lake Windermere.

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As the name suggests, Bath is home to a wealth of ancient Roman baths as well as Britain’s only natural bathing, thermal, hot springs.

The vibrant city also boasts a wide range of great places to eat and drink, as well as an impressive collection of museums.

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Explore England’s largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty stretching over 6 counties. The Cotswolds is home to delightfully picturesque villages with quaint stone cottages and medieval churches, surrounded by peaceful rolling landscapes.

A Magnificent Self-Drive Tour of the Highlights of England

On this memorable self-drive tour you will travel through some of the most beautiful scenery and cityscapes which England has to offer.

This is a fantastic introduction to the country’s most iconic cities including London, Oxford and York, as well as the stunning countryside through the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and the Cotswolds. 

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Begin your holiday in the iconic city of London, a buzzing, energetic mecca of different cultures, attractions, sights and sounds and the perfect location from which to begin a tour of England. You could visit historic landmarks such as the Tower of London or St Paul’s Cathedral, watch the guards change at Buckingham Palace or take a cruise along the winding River Thames.

Onwards to another renowned city, Oxford offers a wealth of sightseeing options. Hop on and hop off a City Sightseeing Bus Tour and explore the Bodleian Library, the Radcliffe Camera or the various university colleges. From South to North, you will then travel through the heart of England to the picturesque and historic city of York, with a mixture of Roman, Viking and English influences. You can walk the most intact city walls in England, with sections dating back to the Roman period, gaze at the marvel of York Minster cathedral and explore the Jorvik Viking Centre.

Travelling through the Yorkshire Dales you will arrive in the Lake District National Park, England’s mountain country and home to Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England. Hear about the literary greats who were inspired by the Lakes. With fells to explore, several lakes to cross and slate mines to descend, this is an explorer’s paradise.

The final stop of your tour takes you back South to the city of Bath, known for its Roman-built baths and stunning Georgian architecture. Bath sits on the edge of the Cotswolds, home to cookie-cutter villages and beautiful landscapes – this is quintessential England at its very best.

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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Relax and enjoy your first evening in England’s wonderful capital city. You will be spoilt for choice for dinner tonight. London has an incredible restaurant scene with choices from every cuisine in the world and more than 50 Michelin starred restaurants.
Overnight – London

Day 2: London Sightseeing
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Today you could choose to take a 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.
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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, finish with tickets to a show in London’s iconic West End.
Overnight – London

Day 4: London to Oxford
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Leaving the capital behind you will head for Oxford. Named ‘the city of dreaming spires’ by poet Matthew Arnold, Oxford has a unique atmosphere which has inspired many academics. There are plenty of sights to enjoy, including Magdalen College or Christchurch College, or just soak up the relaxing atmosphere on the banks of the River Thames.
Overnight – Oxford

Day 5: Oxford Sightseeing
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Spend the day exploring Oxford. You may wish to visit the numerous Harry Potter locations throughout the city, lose yourself in the magnificent Bodleian Library, or discover the historic covered market.
Overnight – Oxford

Day 6: Oxford to York
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You will head north today as you travel to the ancient city of York. On the way, you could make a slight detour to the delightful town of Stratford-Upon-Avon – the birthplace of William Shakespeare. 

Celebrate your arrival in York by enjoying one of the many delicious restaurants in the city or visiting its characterful pubs.
Overnight – York

Day 7: York Sightseeing
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Enjoy a full day of sightseeing in York and visit the magnificent York Minster cathedral, 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 8: York to 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.

This is some of the most beautiful scenery in the UK. The Lake District is “Mountain Country” and offers fantastic opportunities to get outside and enjoy nature.
Overnight – Lake District

Day 9: 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 10: Lake District to Bath
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You will head towards the final stop on your itinerary, the beautiful city of Bath. On the way, you could detour via the picture-perfect Cotswolds.
Overnight – Bath

Day 11: Bath Sightseeing
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Lounge your last day away in one of the many baths in the city, or head back into the southern Cotswolds – more quaint villages, patchwork fields and sightseeing opportunities await. Alternatively, join a walking tour of Bath and be awed by the city’s incredible Neoclassical architecture.
Overnight – Bath

Day 12: Bath to London and depart
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After breakfast, it’s approximately 2 hours drive back to London, where your unforgettable tour of the Highlights of England will come to an end.

What's Included?

Your holiday includes:

  • Carefully selected en-suite accommodation for 11 nights including traditional English breakfast
  • Comprehensive information pack
  • Personalised itinerary with our recommendations for the best places to eat and drink and sightseeing suggestions
  • Map of England with our recommended driving route
  • 9 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 Oxford 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 Bath City Sightseeing Tour
  • 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
4* Guest Houses and 3* Hotels
From £1935

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.

Boutique Guest Houses and 4* Hotels
From £3250

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.

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 England 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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