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Oxford, Stratford & Cotswolds Villages Small-Group Tour

Product ID: 44382
Travel by luxury mini-coach through the scenic English countryside to The Cotswolds. Spend plenty of time off the bus, enjoying a guided tour of Oxford and its centuries-old university, and Stratford-upon-Avon, with an optional Shakespeare’s house visit.
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Duration: 11.5 hours
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  • See the sights of Oxford and Stratford-upon-Avon on guided walks
  • Enjoy an optional visit to Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford
  • Experience a slice of real England that’s quite a contrast to the hustle and bustle of London
  • Admire the beautiful Cotswolds scenery and picturesque villages
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Escape the bustle of London on a full-day sightseeing tour to see some of England's most glorious sights and countryside. Travel in a 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach, and enjoy an intimate, personalized experience as you visit Oxford, Stratford, and Cotswolds villages.

Head out of the city on a route that shows you some of off-the-beaten-path London, and your guide will provide full commentary along the way. Then travel into the countryside, heading north-west to picturesque Stratford-upon-Avon.

Before you arrive in Stratford, hear about the town’s history and its most famous resident, William Shakespeare. On arrival you’ll have the option of visiting Shakespeare’s birthplace if you wish, or you can explore the town on your own.

Enjoy lunch in Stratford, and then take a guided walk through the town that includes a stop at the unusual church where Shakespeare is buried.

Leaving Stratford the tour heads south to Oxford, passing through the stunning landscape of The Cotswolds. See some of the loveliest villages that the country has to offer. Narrow country lanes wind their way through classically English villages with clusters of thatched cottages.

When you arrive at the world-renowned university city of Oxford, your guide will lead you on a walking tour to take in the city’s stunning architecture. See Oxford University’s colleges, some dating back 900 years. Explore gardens, alleys, pubs, and other hidden delights this city has to offer, as you hear about its history.

After the walking tour, you’ll have plenty of time to explore further at your own pace, armed with a map provided by your guide. Afterwards the coach will head back to London, arriving at around 08:00 PM.
  • Transportation by comfortable air-conditioned 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach
  • Professional and friendly driver and guide
  • Personalized tour experience
  • Walking tour of Stratford and Oxford
  • Bottled water
  • Drop off in central London (zone 1) on return
What’s Not Included
  • Optional admission to Shakespeare’s birthplace
  • Lunch

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This is guaranteed to be a genuine small-group tour, with a maximum of 16 participants. Touring with a maximum of 16 participants means that you get more for your money, more time off the bus, more time on the back roads, more personal attention, more time with locals, and a more friendly, authentic experience.

As you will be spending significant time outside, it is recommended that you bring clothing and footwear suitable for time off the bus.

Please note that children must be over the age of 3 to participate in this tour.

You must inform the tour operator in writing, by email/post, if you wish to cancel a tour on The English Bus. On cancelation, you will receive a refund as follows:
• 28 days or more before the tour date, you’ll receive 100 per cent of the tour value
• between 27 and 15 days before departure, a 50 per cent refund will be provided
• 14 days or less prior to departure, no refund is available
Customer reviews

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4.8 / 5

based on 24 reviews

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Our tour was an absolute delight. The Cotswolds impressed me with its scenic beauty, including visits to some fine villages. The stops in Stratford on Avon and Oxford were highlights, though a bit short. (I realize time is an issie here.) Colin, our guide, was perfect: knowledgeable, fun, well prepared and helpful.

October 17, 2019

It is definitely worth traveling as a small group. We were very lucky with our fellow travelers and especially lucky with our guide Andrew, who "competently answered" no matter what question ". And had just as much fun absorbing information from the guests as a sponge. In short: an unforgettable tour, thanks to Andrew.

October 31, 2018


I would definitely go on more tours with your company when I am in London again. I would have no problem at all recommending you to my friends and family. Colin went out of his way to made it the best day possible. He truly made it a wonderful day.

August 10, 2018

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Product ID: 44382