Day 1: Australia – – London
Depart Australia today for your flight to London, England!
Day 2: London
Arrive London and make your own way to your hotel.
The capital of England and the United Kingdom, London is a 21st-century city with history stretching back to Roman times. At its centre stands the imposing Houses of Parliament, the iconic ‘Big Ben’ clock tower and Westminster Abbey. Across the Thames River, the London Eye observation wheel provides panoramic views of the entire city.
Day 3: London
Free day at leisure to explore London.
Day 4: London
Continue to explore London at your own pace.
Day 5: London – Windsor – Stratford-upon-Avon
This morning, make your own way to pick up your reserved vehicle at the car rental facility located at the airport. En route to Stratford-upon-Avon, visit the town of Windsor, famous for its castle and one of the Queen’s official royal residences. Tour the castle, walk through the exquisite State Apartments, and see the final resting places of King Henry VIII and Queen Mary. Stroll along the cobbled streets of the medieval part of the town with its tea shops and quaint stores. Perhaps pay a visit to the nearby famous Eton College, where Prince William and Harry went to school. Continue to your hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Distance: 100 miles (approx. 160km). Drive Time: approx. 2 hours.
Day 6: Stratford-upon-Avon – Warwick Castle – Bourton-on-the-Water – Stratford-upon-Avon (B)
This morning explore Stratford-upon-Avon, a market town with 800 years of history and birthplace of William Shakespeare and the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Continue to Warwick Castle on the banks of the river Avon, one of the best preserved medieval castles in the UK. Explore the castle’s ramparts, towers, dungeons and beautiful gardens. Afterward, visit Bourton-on-the-Water, the “Little Venice” of the Cotswolds. Tour the famous Bourton-on-the-Water Model Village, a miniature of Bourton circa 1937. Proceed to the Cotswold Perfumery, maker of personalized scents for the Queen. Another highlight here is the Model Railway Exhibition on High Street, one of the finest operating indoor model railway layouts in the country. Return to Stratford-upon-Avon.
Distance: 70 miles (approx. 112km). Drive Time: approx. 2 hours
Day 7: Stratford-upon-Avon – Oxford – Blenheim Palace – Bampton – Stratford-upon-Avon (B)
Begin the day with a drive to Oxford, famous throughout the world for its University. Here, visit Christ Church College where many of the Harry Potter Hogwarts school scenes were filmed. Head to Oxford Castle with Bill Spectre’s Ghost Trails and Alice’s Shop, the authentic Alice in Wonderland Shop. Continue to Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and a masterpiece of 18th century Baroque architecture. En route to your hotel, stop by the charming village of Bampton, the backdrop of Downton Village and the Church of the Downton Abbey TV series. Return to Stratford-upon-Avon.
Distance: 120 miles (approx. 193km). Drive Time: approx. 3 hours
Day 8: Stratford-upon-Avon – Stonehenge – Salisbury – Stratford-upon-Avon (B)
Today, head to Stonehenge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located in the middle of the Salisbury Plain. This unique 5,000 year old stone structure still baffles experts and inspires endless wonder. Afterward, drive to Salisbury, the site of one of Europe’s most celebrated medieval cathedrals. Visit the Salisbury Cathedral, where you can view one of the four original copies of the Magna Carta, a cornerstone of the British constitution and one of the most famous documents in the world. Take time to stroll around the city. The architecture here is diverse, ranging from medieval and half-timbered Tudor houses to Georgian mansions and Victorian villas. Return to Stratford-upon-Avon.
Distance: 250 miles (approx. 402km). Drive Time: approx. 4 hours 45 minutes
Day 9: Stratford-upon-Avon – Burford – Cotswolds Wildlife Park & Gardens – Cogges Manor Farm – Stratford-upon-Avon (B)
Take a drive to the medieval village of Burford, the gem of all Oxfordshire Cotswold villages with its beautiful Tudor and Georgian houses. Visit Burford Church, with its famous Turret Clock, one of the oldest clocks in Britain dating back to 1685. Continue to nearby Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens, set in 160 acres. It is the largest privately owned zoological collection in the UK with over 260 different species of animals. Before driving back to your hotel, stop by Cogges Manor Farm, with over 1,000 years of history and home of Yew Tree Farm of the Downton Abbey TV drama. Return to Stratford-upon-Avon.
Distance: 95 miles (approx. 152 km). Drive Time: approx. 2 hours 40 minutes
Day 10: Depart London – – Australia (B)
Leave Stratford-upon-Avon to return your vehicle to the car rental facility prior to your return flight home.
Distance: 91 miles (approx. 146 km). Drive Time: approx. 1 hour 45 mins
Day 11: Australia
Arrive home today.
Please note: Some flights may arrive home one day later