Elegant England

  • Driving Holidays

    Elegant England

  • Driving Holidays

    Elegant England

  • Driving Holidays

    Elegant England

  • Driving Holidays

    Elegant England

Tour length

8 days

From

$2,119.00

Our Elegant England tour highlights some of our favourite places in Britain. A collection of fantastic four-star and five-star accommodations have been selected for this tour. From delicious cuisine to exceptional scenery, enjoy the best England has to offer!


NATIONAL TRUST PASS: Step into the homes of the rich, famous and infamous; discover incredible collections and unique treasures in amazing surroundings or visit seasonal gardens all bursting into life. Experience all this and more with one of our touring passes.
You can enjoy free entry to over 300 historic houses and gardens in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Itinerary


Day

1

Stratford Upon Avon

Arrival

Collect your hire car and depart for the beautiful village of Stratford upon Avon, your home for the next 2 nights, in the hometown of William Shakespeare.

The Billesley Manor Hotel is a breathtaking 16th century manor house set in extensive grounds on the outskirts of Stratford. William Shakespeare was a regular visitor to the old manor library where he reputedly wrote "As You Like It" and in 1639 his last remaining granddaughter married in the private chapel on the estate. Modern comforts have been added and all the 62 rooms have the facilities expected of a 4* hotel. "The Spa", which houses a swimming pool, gym, sauna, steam room, beauty treatments and restaurant provides a wonderful environment in which to unwind, for the more energetic there are tennis courts and a croquet lawn. "The Stuart Restaurant" has an excellent reputation for both its menu and it extensive wine collection and been awarded 2AA rosettes. 

Overnight—Billesley Manor Hotel, Stratford-Upon-Avon


Day

2

Shakespeare’s England

Today you will visit Shakespeare's Birthplace, where the Bard was born on April 23, 1564 and died on the same date 52 years later, as well as the Shakespeare Centre, built to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Bard's birth. Make a visit to Holy Trinity Church, the parish church where Shakespeare is buried, located in an attractive setting near the River Avon.
Visit Anne Hathaway’s House, made famous on chocolate boxes and tea towels, is arguably the most picturesque of the Birthplace Trust properties. The cottage nests in the idyllic setting of Shottery, which lies a mile west of Stratford. The cottage belonged to the prosperous Hathaway family and was the pre-marital home of William Shakespeare's wife, Anne. Although referred to as a cottage, it is actually a substantial, twelve-roomed, Elizabethan farmhouse. Externally the building with it's low thatched roof, timbered walls and lattice windows has changed very little since Anne Hathaway's time. Parts of the building structure date back further than the 15th century, using some of the earliest English house-building techniques. The cottage was built on a slope, and parts of the building consequently sit at different levels. Overnight at your hotel in the Stratford area.

Overnight—Billesley Manor Hotel, Stratford-Upon-Avon


Day

3

Stratford to Oxford

Continue your exploration of all things Shakespeare with a visit to Mary Arden’s Cottage. The farmhouse at Wilmcote, just three miles outside Stratford-Upon-Avon, was the home of William Shakespeare's mother and is now a countryside museum devoted to showing country life from Tudor times to the present day. You can see rare breeds of sheep, cattle and poultry. There are also daily displays of Falconry, a sport much enjoyed in Tudor times. The barns and outbuildings, together with the adjoining Glebe farm, now house the Shakespeare Countryside Museum.

The MacDonald Randolph is a superior first class hotel was built in 1864 as a simplified gothic design in keeping with the local University Museum and Union Debating Society. It is ideally situated for visitors to the area and has a welcoming atmosphere with friendly and hospitable service. All rooms have radio, colour TV, telephone and central heating. The hotel has 1 restaurant, the Restaurant and Oyster Bar and the Morse Cocktail bar.

Overnight—MacDonald Randolph Hotel, Oxford


Day

4

Oxford

Oxford, known as The City of Dreaming Spires, is famous the world over for its University and place in history. For over 800 years, it has been a home to royalty and scholars, and since the 9th century an established town, although people are known to have lived in the area for thousands of years. Nowadays, the city is a bustling cosmopolitan town. Still with its ancient University, but home also to a growing hi-tech community. Many businesses are located in and around the town, whether on one of the Science and Business Parks or within one of a number of residential areas. With its mix of ancient and modern, there is plenty for both the tourist and resident to do. Whether it’s visiting one of the many historic buildings, colleges or museums, going out for a drink or a meal, taking in a show or shopping till you drop, Oxford has it all. Return to your hotel in Oxford for overnight.

Overnight—MacDonald Randolph Hotel, Oxford


Day

5

Oxford to Bath

This morning, travel to the city of Bath and spend the day exploring the city. Spend today exploring the city of Bath. Designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, Bath is home to some of the finest architectural sights in Europe such as the Royal Crescent, the Circus and Pulteney Bridge alongside an extensive collection of museums and attractions. Discover Bath's heritage at the world famous Roman Baths, bathe in Britain's only natural thermal waters at Thermae Bath Spa or visit the 15th century Bath Abbey. From art and history, to fashion and Jane Austen, there really is something for everyone.

Overnight at the exclusive 5* Bath Spa Hotel. This five star property has wonderful views over the city of Bath, which is a ten minute walk away. Situated in extensive grounds, this Grand old house offers 104 bedrooms furnished with a subtle blend of colours to maintain the feel of a private house. Guests can enjoy fine dining in the main Vellore restaurant where breakfast is served, or choose to enjoy Mediterranean style food served in the Al Fresco restaurant, which is smaller and features a terrace. The hotel also has a fully equipped gymnasium, beauty facilities, hair dressing salon, indoor pool, spa pool, saunas and a tennis court and croquet lawn in the grounds.

Overnight—MacDonald Bath Spa, Bath


Day

6

Bath

Today is all about relaxation, Take to the healing waters of Bath at the Bath Spa Hotel's luxury spa. Retreat from everyday life and sample some of the most indulgent spa treatments in Bath, from a Spa Executive Facial to a full Cleopatra Experience. Enhance your wellbeing with an individually tailored health and fitness programme, refresh in the indoor swimming pool and outdoor hydrotherapy pool or simply relax in the thermal suite. Overnight in the hotel.

Overnight—MacDonald Bath Spa, Bath


Day

7

Windsor

Today, head east again and visit Windsor Castle, one of the three official residences of Queen Elizabeth II and has been home to the Sovereign for over 900 years. The Castle is the largest inhabited castle in the world and the oldest in continuous occupation. The imposing towers and battlements of the Castle loom large from every approach to the town, creating one of the world's most spectacular skylines. No other royal residence has played such an important role in the nation's history.

Close to Windsor Great Park, Beaumont Estate is a beautifully restored 14th Century Country House set amongst 40 acres of landscaped grounds. Located just 5 minutes from the M4 and M25, Wentworth, Lego land, Ascot and Thorpe Park are all within a short drive, While the historical town of Windsor is on your doorstep, with the castle just a short distance from the hotel. All 330 en-suite bedrooms are furnished to 4-star standard, and are spacious and comfortable. Offering standard amenities as well as Wi-fi access throughout. The on site leisure centre has an indoor swimming pool, gymnasium, aerobics studio and 2 squash courts. While there is also a tennis court and Games room with snooker tables and satellite television. A nice 4 star hotel located close to the beautiful town of Windsor, the perfect weekend retreat.

Overnight—Beaumont Estate, Windsor


Day

8

London

Return Home

Sadly, it’s time to leave the UK. Travel to the airport to leave your car and join your flight home.


Availability

Room Type TwinSingleTriple2 X Twin
Jan 1-Mar 22$2119.00$3299.00$2449.00$2069.00
Mar 23-Apr 2$2319.00$3639.00$2589.00$2169.00
Apr 3-Jun 17$2119.00$3299.00$2449.00$2069.00
Jun 18-Aug 12$2199.00$3449.00$2499.00$2099.00
Aug 13-Dec 6$2119.00$3299.00$2449.00$2069.00
Dec 7-Dec 31$2319.00$3639.00$2589.00$2169.00

Prices are per person in Canadian Dollars. Subject to availability.
Child rate $1099 (2-11 years sharing with 2 adults)
Triple is based on 2 rooms (1 Twin & 1 Single)
Subject to availability.
Upgrade to Super Inclusive Insurance from $150.

Tour Highlights

  • Stratford
  • Shakespeare’s Birthplace
  • Anne Hathaway’s Cottage
  • Oxford University
  • Roman Baths
  • Stonehenge
  • Windsor Castle

Tour Inclusions

  • 7 nights accommodation in first class hotels and manors
  • 7 day "Royal Coverage" self-drive standard car rental
  • National Trust Pass—offers free entry into hundreds of special visits throughout the U.K
  • Full English Breakfast daily
  • Touring Map of England & Wales
  • Hop on Hop off tour in Oxford
  • Hop on Hop off tour in Stratford-Upon-Avon

--> --> Back to Top