Cumbria and the Lake District have some of the finest expanses of British countryside and this region has spellbound the adventurous traveller since the earliest days of tourism. The Lake District attracts visitors from all over the world with its scenic beauty, its mountains, still lakes and villages which seem to have grown out of […]
Independent Driving Tours
If you are unable, or don’t wish to join a group tour then our Independent Tours are the perfect way to enjoy a driving holiday or vacation, but without the hassle and guesswork of planning it yourself. Our tour books contain everything you need to make the most of your time and get on with enjoying your trip.
“We purchased the ‘Italian Lakes Tour Guide’ from you last October and we have just returned from the trip a week ago. The routes were fantastic and the guide notes superb. Thanks for a brilliant tour guide, and we are already looking at some of your other tours for next year.” B.E. – with a Morgan
We provide you with a tour book to help you make the most of your trip. This book contains:
Detailed, easy-to-follow, written route directions and maps
Accommodation information – with photos, contact details etc
Information on everything we think may be of interest to you (things to do, see and visit and places to eat), that you will be passing by each day on our routes
A little bit of history to the area, and may include some little anecdotes or stories about the places you are passing through.
The idea of the book is to help you have all the information you need in just one place, and not be cluttered with various guide books, leaflets and maps. Here’s a sample of one of the tour books to whet your appetite.
Our tours save you the hassle and guesswork of planning your trip.
We do all the extensive research: Find scenic routes, handpick delightful hotels, drive every mile of the routes ourselves – making comprehensive, easy-to-follow route notes, visiting all the hotels to ensure they are delightful and have suitable parking, collate information on everything there is to do, see and visit each day, write up all the notes , create all the maps, and then publish our fabulous tour books to make your driving holiday easy, enjoyable and hassle-free.
How it Works
You can purchase our tour books, which we then email to you as a pdf, to print yourself. All you then need to do is use the accommodation contact information given in the tour book to make your own bookings with the hotels (and ferries). You choose your dates, your room and your budget. Within 30 minutes you can have made all your bookings, with no research or guesswork required! However, we kindly ask that if you plan on using our information to make your own group tours, either for friends or clubs, to get in touch.
How To Order
Please either email or call (+44 (0)1264 710375) and we will send an invoice for your tour book. Once payment is received (by bank transfer or cheque) we will send your tour book. For a pdf copy this will usually be the same day. For a printed copy please allow up to five working days.
“Thank you so very much for giving us memories we can cherish forever.”
All our Driving Tours can be taken independently (ie not a scheduled group tour) at any time to suit you.
Travel on your own, or with a group of friends, or as a club.
We can also offer escorted tours, accompanied by an experienced tour guide, for a minimum of 12 cars.
You do not need to have a classic, vintage or sports car for any of these tours, but we can organise classic or sports car hire for you, if you wish.
Your free time is precious and so you want to know that you will be driving the best roads in the area, staying at charming hotels, and that your car will have suitable parking each night. You want to know what there is to do, see and visit on each day of your trip, without having to do hours of research, or missing anything of interest.
So whether you fancy a weekend break for you and a loved one, or a longer tour with friends, choose one of our carefully-crafted Classic Driving Tours. We have wonderful routes through beautiful scenery, charming hotels and comprehensive tour books to ensure you really enjoy your holiday. The tour is organised, but you are not. This is no regimental exercise and you are free to spend your days as you wish, at your own pace, doing exactly want you want.
“The trip was wonderful and it was nice to have everything planned and booked in advance.” SW, Devon
This fabulous tour of Ireland includes the most scenic and interesting parts of this truly beautiful island. Stay in some of Ireland’s most charming hotels and enjoy delicious meals and the warm and friendly hospitality that is country-wide. Visit the Rock of Cashel, Youghal, Cork, Blarney Castle, the Beara Peninsula, the famed Ring of Kerry, […]
The dramatic landscape of the Welsh Borders encompasses the Brecon Beacons National Park and the Cambrian Mountains, and is of sweeping views and of rugged escarpments, mountains and untamed moorland. Panoramas that stretch into the distance and take your breath away. Lying to the east of the Beacons is the Wye Valley, hailed as the […]
[ June 15, 2015 to June 19, 2015. ] Based at the beautiful Ston Easton Park, just to the south of Bath, this 4 night/3 day tour will explore the lovely county of Somerset, with brief forays into Wiltshire and Dorset.
Visit the famed Georgian city of Bath, with its beautiful honey-coloured architecture, delightful shops and cafes, and genteel ambience. Drive through some beautiful little […]
Explore the beautiful Northumbria in north-east England – Northumberland, parts of County Durham, and a brief foray in Scotland, for 8 days. It’s not all Romans, ruins and windswept islands – there are grand houses, gastro pubs and quirky shops. The tour will be based at just two luxury hotels and includes visits to Alnwick Castle […]
This tour of Kent is a fabulous introduction to the English countryside for those living in mainland Europe. Kent is the English county closest to the continent, easy to reach with a short ferry crossing or just 35 minutes through the tunnel under the English Channel. Kent is known as the Garden of England, with […]
The distant past is perhaps more tangible in Hampshire and Wiltshire than in any other part of England. Predominantly rural, these counties overlap substantially with the ancient kingdom of Wessex, whose most famous ruler, Alfred, repulsed the Danes in the ninth century and came close to establishing the first unified state in England. And even […]
Spend just over two weeks discovering the beauty of this famed part of Italy – a region that doesn’t disappoint. Tuscany & Umbria have so much to offer and so many reasons to visit. There’s the unparalleled artistic legacy with fine art and stunning architecture, fabulous cities, intriguing towns, hilltop villages and extraordinary countryside. Gourmet […]
This two week tour of the Baltic States takes you on an amazing journey through, historical, cultural and scenic delights, visiting the beautiful capital cities of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, as well as the less explored countryside of these fascinating, former Eastern bloc countries. The journey to and from the Baltics includes driving through Denmark, […]
The largest island off the English coast is a delightful, self-contained community covering an area of 147 square miles, half of which is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The 67 miles of coastline include chalk and sandstone cliffs, sandy beaches, marshes and estuaries and deep coastal ravines, while inland are ancient forests, farmland, downs and river valleys.
[ September 22, 2012 to October 13, 2012. ] Every autumn throughout New England, diminishing length of daylight and falling temperatures induce trees to shed billions of tons of leaves. Preceding this preparation for winter the trees present a spectacular color show. Leaves that have been green all summer turn to brilliant shades of yellow, orange, and red.
This tour is planned for the fall/autumn of 2012 – probably from the end of September to mid-October.
Discover the delights of northern Spain and Portugal with this fabulous two week tour. Starting and finishing in Santander, the tour will head south to the enchanting city of Salamanca, before crossing into Portugal. Drive along lanes lined with olive groves, along the border towns, guarded by centuries-old castles.
[ May 16, 2009 to May 27, 2009. ] Enjoy a wonderful tour to the wine producing areas of Bordeaux, including Medoc and St Emilion, and then spend time in the Dordogne, exploring the fabulous gorges and valleys that make this area such a favourite.
[ June 14, 2009 11:00 am to June 28, 2009 11:00 am. ] A wonderful two week tour of the Norwegian fjords and mountains. Visit Bergen and Alesund and discover the stunning scenery of southern Norway. This tour takes you on an amazing journey through historical, cultural and scenic delights. Highlights include visiting the spectacular fjords, exploring the exquisite towns of Stavanger, Bergen and Alesund, driving some of the world’s most thrilling mountain passes, past breath-taking scenery, and discovering one of the most beautiful countries in the world.
Enjoy a week in Italy, driving around the beautiful Lake Garda and into the Otztaler Alps to climb the famed Stelvio Pass, voted the best driving road in the world by BBC’s Top Gear.
[ September 22, 2013 4:00 pm to September 26, 2013 4:00 pm. ] Spend a long weekend discovering ancient villages, remote fens and fields touring the lovely counties of Norfolk and Suffolk. Visit the north Norfolk coast, and the broads before heading down to Suffolk and the coastal towns of Southwold and Aldeburgh, and then inland to the pretty town of Lavenham.
South Africa offers an unparalleled touring experience: Following a route that has been specifically chosen to encompass some of the most stunning and diverse landscapes, we shall be visiting the most scenic parts of southern Africa, including Cape Town and its surrounding area, the glorious Winelands, the Little Karoo, the beautiful Garden Route, and Addo Elephant Park.
Spend a week discovering the stunning Scottish Highlands and some of the Western Isles. There are spectacular mountains, tumbling rivers and mirror-like lochs in the Highlands to be explored before heading out to the northwest edge of Europe – the 150 mile long island chain of the Hebrides.
Discover the delights of northern Spain with this fabulous two week tour. Explore the lesser-known areas of Catalonia and Aragon, where there is little traffic, and therefore excellent driving on exciting, winding roads, accompanied by far reaching views of hills, mountains and lakes. Starting and finishing in Bilbao, explore Rioja, see Barcelona & the Pyrennees, visit the tiny principality of Andorra, the city of Pamplona and the seaside resort of San Sebastian.
This two week tour of the Alps and mountain regions of France, Germany, Austria, Italy and Switzerland takes you on an amazing journey through historical, cultural and scenic delights. Highlights include staying in the Champagne region, visiting Alsace and the Schlumpf Collection Motor Museum, touring Bavaria with its fairytale castles, travelling through the magnificent Austrian and Swiss Alps, driving some of the world’s most thrilling mountain passes, past breath-taking scenery, and sampling the wonderful cuisine and wines.
The honey-yellow stone towns and villages of the Cotswolds have enchanted visitors for generations and it is a perfect touring area with quiet, meandering roads and quaint architecture. The Thames has played a major role in the history of England through the centuries. It rises in the Cotswolds and flows some 210 miles to London and the sea. Villages and towns are scattered along its banks with pleasant walks and delightful scenery.
Spend a long weekend in the delightful county of Hampshire to experience and enjoy some glorious driving, whilst touring the beautiful and historic New Forest and Test Valley. The New Forest has much to see with its pretty woodlands, open heath and lovely coastline, whilst staying in a charming country house hotel with a Michelin-starred restaurant.
See the Lakes in style behind the wheel of a classic sports car. Strap on a pair of open-backed leather gloves, fold down the roof and follow a specially designed scenic route that snakes around the back roads between Maggiore, Como, Iseo and Garda.