Classic Car Tours
“The Very Best of Wiltshire” – Taste Trail
This route plan was devised to ensure our clients get to see the sights and scenery of North and West Wiltshire with the opportunity to tickle their taste buds in establishments offering high quality local fayre.
Travel through the prettiest village in England, visit Lacock untouched for centuries and the setting for Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Mayor of Casterbridge and latterly Harry Potter filming, and journey to mystical Avebury and marvel at the standing stones.
Vintage Classics shares an ethos with many that the environment should be protected and has developed a policy of enlightened sustainable motoring.
In addition to ongoing commitment to supporting Climate Care and offset self drive hire emissions we only recommend those restaurants that use quality local ingredients that help sustain local farmers and growers and this regions economy. Ensuring food does not travel long distances helps offset the fuel used by our cars.
The total mileage covered is 98 miles
“The Italian Job Tour” – Driving the Roman roads
To complement our two Italian sports classics this scenic drive has a Latin theme taking in the abundance of important Roman sites and hidden Italian delights that abound in Wiltshire and surrounding counties.
Commence with a visit to Iford Manor, home to the stunning Italian Peto Gardens, stop and admire Corinium (Cirencester) with it’s Roman Amphitheatre one of the largest amphitheatres known from Roman Britain then meander along the Roman Fosse Way to Chedworth Roman Villa with its intricate mosaics. Continue to Great Witcombe Roman Villa before travelling into the Forest of Dean to visit Lydney Park Temple. Cross the border into Wales and call in to view the largely unmolested Roman remains at Caerwent then on to National Roman Legion Museum at Caerleon which was one of only three permanent fortresses in Roman Britain. Cross back into England over the river Severn calling at Bath for, without a doubt, the best Roman site in England.
Total mileage is 170 miles
Abbia un boun viaggio – have a good trip.
“In Search of Endeavour” – Inspector Morse Trail
This route plan was devised to visit the locations used in the filming of Inspector Morse based upon the novels of Colin Dexter OBE. Surprisingly perhaps much of the location filming did not take place in Oxford but throughout the Cotswolds and the Westcountry. When the television series was first screened in 1987 millions worldwide became avid fans of the programme, the late John Thaw, Kevin Whately, the books by Colin Dexter but mostly of the car! We therefore envisaged it being driven in our 1967 “Morse Mobile” Jaguar Mark II Saloon but obviously any of our classic cars could be used.
The total mileage covered on this map is 156 miles but of course you may wish to deviate to take in the delightful villages, historic houses and gardens that abound in this part of the UK.
Details have been thoroughly researched to enable those who would like the luxury of an “all things Morse” tour without the cost of owning and maintaining a 40 year old car.
Locations visited are those used during the filming and are not in chronological order of either the TV series or the books but are designed to take the most appropriate and scenic route. Driving through the picturesque countryside of Wiltshire, Berkshire Oxfordshire and Somerset this trail allows you to sample the delights of Oxford, the Cotswolds and Bath alighting at magnificent Blenhiem Palace or the Royal Crescent Hotel in Georgian Bath.
The places featured in this route map either allow visitors at certain times of the year or are visible from the road but if you are the driver please exercise discretion at the famous Morse watering holes used!
It contains things to see and do enroute (usually unrelated to Morse), a brief guide to the location used and the episode in which it appeared.
All you have to do to enjoy your drive is to decide which of you plays the part of Morse and that of Lewis.