Travelling along the Great West Way is a true adventure as you discover some of the greatest treasures of England. Starting in vibrant London, experience the Ancient Roman Baths, the sheer beauty of the Cotswolds, the historic Stonehenge, Opulent Windsor and end in impressive Bristol. The Great West Way is for curious travellers searching for the real England. Those who want to explore further, delve deeper and uncover the essence of England, from bustling cities to charming villages, castles and monuments.
Ferry Crossing & Vineyard
Embark on the ferry from Calais to Dover. Upon arrival in Dover, continue your journey to London with a stop off at a vineyard in Kent.
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1 overnight stay including half-board in the London area.
London & the Great West Way
Explore the British metropolis today. The many facets of London offer something for everyone. Discover a gourmet paradise in Borough Market before venturing to the cosy Covent Garden or quirky Brick Lane. Oxford Street, luxurious Regent Street and off-beat Carnaby Street offer some brilliant shopping opportunities. London is also rich in natural beauty, so consider exploring the city’s green side on walks through the royal parks, St. James Park and Hyde Park, both of which are located in the shadow of Buckingham Palace. Alternatively, go to the royal borough of Greenwich which boasts spectacular views of the capital’s skyline. Finally, London is also home to numerous free museums such as the British Museum, National History Museum, V&A Museum, Tate Modern and Tate Britain.
In the late afternoon, start your trip along the Great West Way, a 125 mile long road starting west of London and ending in Bristol. The road passes luscious landscapes, rich heritage and iconic sights. As a first stop along the route, consider visiting the majestic Hampton Court Palace to learn more about the Tudor dynasty.
4 overnight stays including half-board in the Swindon area, from where you can experience the Great West Way.
The adventure continues today along the Great West Way towards the picturesque Cotswolds area. Visit the Tudor Grade I listed manor house, Owlpen Manor, in the heart of the Cotswolds. Considered to be one of the most romantic Tudor manor houses, it is situated amidst beautiful bluebell woods. Afterwards, wander through the nearby Abbey House Gardens, famous for being the final resting place of the first King of England. Finish the day in the charming Castle Combe, a quintessentially English village, before returning to the hotel.
Bath & Stonehenge
Travel further along the Great West Way to the historic city of Bath. Be transported back to Ancient Roman times when visiting the Roman Baths, a well preserved site for public bathing. Next visit the nearby Bath Abbey with its imposing Gothic architecture and high ceilings. In the afternoon, go further back in time with a trip to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Stonehenge and Avebury, nestled in the heart of Wiltshire.
Today will be spent in Bristol, the most south-westerly point of the Great West Way. The vibrant city is home to Brunel's SS Great Britain, the first steamer to cross the ocean. The ship is now a prize-winning museum and visitor centre. In the afternoon take some time to explore the city independently. Consider a visit to Clifton Observatory & Giant's Cave for a wonderful panoramic view. Enjoy yet another cityscape view when driving over the Clifton Suspension Bridge, which spans the Avon Gorge and River Avon.
Windsor & Ferry Crossing
As the journey along the Great West Way comes to a close, a royal stop awaits. Windsor Castle has been a power base and residence for the British royals for over 900 years. On a visit to the castle expect to be enchanted by the elegant state rooms and awed by the fine artwork hanging on the walls. St. George’s Chapel and Queen Mary’s Dolls House give you a better view of the traditions and ancient history of the British royal family. In the afternoon continue towards Dover for the ferry back to Calais.