Stow-on-the-Wold

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  • From London: Full-Day Cotswolds Tour with Lunch

    1. From London: Full-Day Cotswolds Tour with Lunch

    Enjoy the rolling hills of the Cotswolds, and visit 4 of its loveliest villages – Burford, Bibury, Bourton-on-the-Water, and Stow-on-the-Wold. Travel through the Cotswolds, an area seemingly unchanged with the passing of time. See rolling landscapes, dry stone walls, quaint churches, and streams that tumble past tiny villages and charming hamlets. On this full-day excursion from London, you’ll begin your tour in Burford, where the magnificent High Street slopes down to the River Windrush. See the town’s small tea houses before heading south to picturesque Bibury for lunch. Dine in one of the prettiest villages in England. A 2-course meal awaits you in the heart of the Cotswolds at the Swan Hotel. The restaurant, overlooking the River Coln, is housed in a 17th-century former coach inn, and serves a popular range of traditional dishes, along with ales and fine wines. Explore Bourton-on...

    Exceptional tour guide and coach driver, very friendly and knowledgeable about the area as well as stunning views of the Coswild villages. The only downside is we didn't get to have lunch at the Swan Hotel, as listed. We were taken to a place called the Cotswold Arms and the food was a joke. The apple crumble was bitter and the steak pie had no base, it was one inflated puff pastry balloon. Sainsbury's provide better meals for 1/20th of the price. The same tour without lunch is £55 and we paid £96 for the tour with lunch. That's £46 on a very, very poor lunch. But the stunning views and villages compensated. Beautiful day trip.

  • From Stratford-upon-Avon / Moreton-in-Marsh: Cotswolds Tour

    2. From Stratford-upon-Avon / Moreton-in-Marsh: Cotswolds Tour

    Join a local driver/guide on a relaxing full-day tour of the Cotswolds National Landscape. Experience the very best of this quintessentially English region on a tour that stops at 7 different and unique locations with ample time built into the day for self-exploration, shopping, and lunch. The tour stops at: • Dover's Hill: the Northern-most Cotswolds viewpoint offering panoramic views out towards Stratford-upon-Avon, Birmingham & Coventry • Chipping Campden: a historic wool town where you have an hour of free time to explore with our unique maps and local recommendations • Broadway Tower: a quirky 18th-century folly perched on the second-highest point of the Cotswolds hills • A secret off-the-beaten-track Cotswolds village (join to find this one out) • Stow-on-the-Wold: your designated lunch stop with a wide range of wonderful food options to choose from  • Bibury: often referred to as...

    It was an amazing experience. Colin, our tour guide, was extremely marvellous. He shared so many interesting facts and histories about the villages. We had so much fun. Even my two teenagers enjoyed the tour and found it very fascinating. In a day, we learnt so much about different villages. It was a worthwhile tour led swiftly by Colin who knows his way around very well. I would seriously recommend this tour.

  • From Oxford: Half-Day Tour to Cotswold Taster

    3. From Oxford: Half-Day Tour to Cotswold Taster

    Leave the medieval city of Oxford and head first to the pretty village of Minster Lovell. Walk through the village and see the pretty thatched cottages and River Windrush. Relax on a scenic drive that takes you through the idyllic hamlets of Asthall and Swinbrook to the old market town of Burford, the 'gateway to the Cotswolds'.  Enjoy time to browse in the sloping High Street of Burford, with its quirky shops and cafes. Continue through the old quarrying villages of Taynton and the Barringtons, where a panoramic drive takes you to Bourton-on-the-Water, often called the 'Venice of the Cotswolds'.  Wander along the banks of the quaint River Windrush with its old stone bridges or stop for a refreshment in one of the many cafes. Leaving Bourton-on-the-Water, you climb up to Stow Hill to Stow-on-the-Wold, the highest town in the Cotswolds and a market town since the 12th century. Stow is k...

    Fabulous trip. Highly recommended. Isabelle and Dave were very knowledgeable guides.

  • Oxford, Stratford & Cotswolds Villages Small-Group Tour

    4. Oxford, Stratford & Cotswolds Villages Small-Group Tour

    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 ...

    Our guide, Colleen was very informative, funny and helpful. We really enjoyed our trip especially driving through the countryside.

  • From Oxford: Cotswolds and Blenheim Palace with Pub Lunch

    5. From Oxford: Cotswolds and Blenheim Palace with Pub Lunch

    This small-group tour takes place in England's most outstandingly beautiful countryside, the region of the Cotswolds. The small, executive vehicles allow the tour to go off the beaten track through the valley of the River Windrush, and along single track roads to the town of Burford. Take a guided walk to the historic church, then after further exploration, continue to the Coln Valley and the charming Bibury, once described as the prettiest village in England. Stroll through the water meadows and see historic Arlington Row, a group of ancient weaver's cottages. It's then onwards to Bourton-on-the-Water and Stow-on-the-Wold, all the while taking in the leafy, winding country lanes that big coaches cannot travel on.  After that, enjoy lunch at a traditional country pub. Menu choices include Pan Roast Chicken Breast, served with Potato Cake, Roast Carrots & Tarragon Cream, or Chef's veget...

  • From Oxford: Stratford-upon-Avon and the Cotswolds Tour

    6. From Oxford: Stratford-upon-Avon and the Cotswolds Tour

    Embark on a journey through the heart of the English countryside, to the unblemished rolling green hills of the famous Cotswolds. Piercing the morning fog, to explore the traditional farmland; the small vehicle you will travel in is able to visit locations others simply are not. Be transported back to a simpler time, of quaint villages, thatched cottages and medieval churches. A guide will expertly uncover the history and beauty of this area that has attracted global attention. Of course, you may incorporate some time to visit rural shops to sample their natural and rare products, along with a traditional historic pub for lunch. You can either eat the locally sourced produce at this pub, or take in the idyllic views with your own packed lunch (not included).

    Our guide, Mark, was very friendly and accommodating. He was fun to talk to and we enjoyed his company.

  • Oxford and The Cotswolds: 3-Day Small-Group Tour

    7. Oxford and The Cotswolds: 3-Day Small-Group Tour

    The first day of your tour will begin with you leaving London at 9:15AM, after which you will visit the world heritage site of Blenheim Palace. Learn about the history, explore the gardens, or even take a ride on the estate’s very own miniature railway line. Following lunch you will continue to the Rollright Standing Stones, these are an ancient complex of Neolithic and bronze age monuments that sit on the crest of the Cotswold Hills. This magnificent site marks the borderlands between the great counties of Oxfordshire and Warwickshire. You will round off the afternoon with a visit to the Hook Norton Brewery, where you will learn about the production of beer in one of the Cotswolds’ most beautiful areas and savor a lovingly produced local drink. At this conclusion of this day you will travel to Stratford Upon Avon which will be your base for the next two nights. On the second day you wi...

    This was such a great tour! Our guide Dan, aka Danny the Champion of the World, was fantastic! He had all kinds of information about each stop and each small town. The lodging was excellent in Stratford-upon-Avon-we had more space in our hotel room than we had in London- and we never started the day before 9 am. We were given enough time in each place we visited. Please note that you are on your own at all the destinations, not moving with a guide and a group. I enjoyed this because I could spend more time where I wanted and not have to keep up with the others. For example, we had a lot of time at Warwick Castle and after touring it my friend and I headed into the town to explore without having to worry about staying with the others. I would definitely do another tour with this company.

  • Oxford, Cotswolds, and Stratford-upon-Avon Tour from Oxford

    8. Oxford, Cotswolds, and Stratford-upon-Avon Tour from Oxford

    Embark on a small-group day trip departing from Oxford. Your day begins with an eye-opening guided walking tour of the city, including the ancient colleges and academic buildings of Oxford University, as well as picture perfect churches and chapels dating as far back as the 11th century. Afterwards, head to the timber-framed splendor of Stratford-upon-Avon for a guided tour of Shakespeare's hometown, where many buildings survive from his own lifetime. Enjoy a narrative from your expert guide about the history of the poet as you drive to sites that were important in his life, such as the Holy Trinity Church where he was baptized and buried, and his birthplace, where you will have some time to go inside and explore.  After some free time in the town, a scenic drive will take you into the limestone uplands known as the Cotswold Hills. Narrow country lanes, meandering streams, honey-colore...

  • From Oxford: Cotswolds Towns and Villages Small Group Tour

    9. From Oxford: Cotswolds Towns and Villages Small Group Tour

    Departing from the visitor information center on Broad Street, Oxford in the morning at 10:00 AM, head to the village of Great Tew. Continue to Stow-on-the-Wold to reach the highest town in the region and browse the honey-colored buildings and tiny tea rooms. Visit the pretty village of Lower Slaughter before going to Bourton-on-the-Water, known as the "Venice of the Cotswolds", where you will have time for lunch. After lunch discover the gateway to the Cotswolds in the village of Burford. Journey through the valley of the River Windrush and discover amazing villages such as Swinbrook and Asthall, along with the ruins of 15th-century Minster Lovell Hall. Departure will be late afternoon, returning to the visitor information center in Oxford by 5:00 PM.

    My trip to the Cotswolds was very interesting. I enjoyed it very much. Ian our driver gave us a lot of information regarding the area and the history underpinning the villages we visited. He was very kind and helpful and allowed us enough time to walk around and enjoy the unique beauty of the picturesque Cotswolds countryside. Thank you very much Ian!!!!

  • From Oxford: Cotswolds Adventurer Tour

    10. From Oxford: Cotswolds Adventurer Tour

    Be introduced to some of the most enchanting villages in the Cotswolds on a full-day tour from Oxford. Head to the ancient town of Bampton, one of the oldest towns in England, known as the village in the TV series Downton Abbey. Stop to see the village church and library, where many scenes of this popular show were filmed. Continue to Kelmscott, once the summer home of the famous Arts and Crafts movement founder, William Morris. Afterwards you’ll visit Lechlade, an old market town on the River Thames. From there, your route takes you through pretty stone villages with a chance to stop and have a refreshment in a typical village shop. A short scenic drive takes you to Bibury to see its 17th-century cottages, beautiful river, and trout farm. Following the picturesque Coln Valley, drive through narrow country lanes and over rolling hills, before arriving in the quiet town of Winchcombe. E...

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 364 reviews

Easy to find meeting point and smooth drive ( Neil, our driver, ensured that we have a safe and smooth drive through the pitoresque Cotswolds). Everything was well panned and we had enough time to explore all destinations and even do a little bit of shopping. Andrew, our guide for the day, was a living and breathing encyclopedia giving us so much information about the places what we visited and more than that. I would definitely recommend this tour even for the ones that are self sufficient and able to drive around Cotswolds ( yes, there's more flexibility on doing that but with a knowledgeable guide you know what you're looking at and you're assured that you don't miss any points of interest of the area). Thank you, Andrew and Neil, it was a pleasure getting to know a little bit more about England's beautiful countryside

My daughter and I have just returned from a wonderful day experiencing some of the most beautiful villages in the Cotswolds. The day was made even more special by the professional attitude of Frank, the very knowledgeable and approachable guide with a great sense of humour and Neil, our very kind and polite driver whose great driving would have put me to sleep if it wasn't for my lovely conversation with Frank! The 4 villages we visited were lovely and it is impossible to choose one as a favourite as they each had their own charm. The food was excellent and the service at the restaurant was very efficient as we were trying to keep to a schedule. I definitely recommend the day trip and have myself already booked another day trip to Windsor Castle!

It was an amazing experience. Colin, our tour guide, was extremely marvellous. He shared so many interesting facts and histories about the villages. We had so much fun. Even my two teenagers enjoyed the tour and found it very fascinating. In a day, we learnt so much about different villages. It was a worthwhile tour led swiftly by Colin who knows his way around very well. I would seriously recommend this tour.

All ingredients for a perfect recipe. Start with Frank our guide and Ricky the pilot, comfortable clean bus. The group and the perfect weather. Frank kept us engaged with his insights to the history and interesting facts of the places visited.

Fabulous trip. Highly recommended. Isabelle and Dave were very knowledgeable guides.