The Cotswolds
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  • From London: Oxford and Cotswolds Villages Day Trip

    1. From London: Oxford and Cotswolds Villages Day Trip

    Depart London and travel by luxury Mercedes mini-coach to spend the morning exploring the beautiful university city of Oxford. Wander amongst the listed buildings and colleges, and climb one of the vantage points to get breathtaking views of the dreaming spires. Marvel at masterpieces of art and antiquities at the Ashmolean Museum, and then head towards the quaint villages of the Cotswolds to see tiny cottages built from traditional stone. Visit the village of Burford, the Gateway to the Cotswolds, and experience the small market town with enormous character and depth. Stop at an additional Cotswold village. Then, make the short journey to Bibury and take the opportunity to stroll to the famous Arlington Row.

    What a fabulous day! The Cotswolds are absolutely charming. The perfect cure to 9 days in the City. Oxford was beautiful with so much history. Our guide, Samuel (Jesus ), was knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor. He kept our group running on time throughout the day. Not an easy task with 14 tourist. He also had great recommendations of places to go and things to eat. He recommended milk tea and scones, and even gave very detailed instructions on the proper way to eat a scone, so that we didn’t embarrass ourselves ( or our guide) .

  • 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.

  • Blenheim Palace, Downton Abbey Village & the Cotswolds

    3. Blenheim Palace, Downton Abbey Village & the Cotswolds

    Blenheim Palace Blenheim Palace is a masterpiece of English Baroque architecture and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. The stunning State Rooms are brimming with priceless works of art and magnificent tapestries. The Palace is still inhabited today by the Duke of Marlborough. The Gardens are set in over 754 hectares of land with an exquisite water garden. The Cotswolds In the Cotswolds you'll visit one the areas most beautiful villages, Bourton-on-the-Water. This is a must-see village, referred to as the 'Venice of the Cotswolds' due to the number of attractive bridges that cross the gently-flowing river at its center. Downton Abbey Village Visit the village of Bampton; the film setting for many of the famous landmarks featured within the popular Downton Abbey TV series. See the buildings that played the part of the home of...

    It was a very good choice. Cotswold is a nice place to see. Especially when your guide gives you good insights of the place.

  • Cotswolds: Private Guided Full or Half Day Trip by Car

    4. Cotswolds: Private Guided Full or Half Day Trip by Car

    Explore the picturesque villages and scenery of the world-famous Cotswolds region on a private full or half day tour. Get off the beaten track and avoid the coach crowds with the help of your local guide. Visit the destinations you want to see, where practical, and discover locations you may not have heard of too. As the tour is private, the itinerary and start time are flexible. Along the way, enjoy coffee, lunch, and cake stops to suit your schedule as well. Possible places to visit include Lower Slaughter, Stow-on-the-Wold, Minster Lovell, North Leigh Roman Villa, Broadway Tower, Chastleton House, Kingham, and Kelmscott Manor.

  • Wales and the South West: 5-Day Small Group Tour

    5. Wales and the South West: 5-Day Small Group Tour

    Day 1: Leave London and travel west to the rolling hills of the Cotswolds through England’s prettiest historic villages. Get the best photos and hear the most fascinating local tales. Travel through the Welsh Marches marked out by the ancient Offa’s Dyke. Head into the heart of the Cambrian Mountains and beautiful Elan Valley. Finally, head to the beautiful seaside town and cultural center of Aberystwyth, where you spend the next two nights. Day 2: Travel to the mountainous region of Snowdonia National Park. Visit the mountain village of Beddgelert to see the famous grave of Gelert, the legendary dog, or explore the nearby copper mine. Next, head to the town of Machynlleth to see the ancient clock tower and the quaint houses, and go antique hunting. Move on to Porthmadog and over the Cob causeway before reaching the impenetrable medieval Harlech Castl...

    I really enjoyed the 5 day trip to Wales! It was my first tour with Rabbies, and I couldn't be happier. the small group size was great and we all got along super well by the last night... we didn't want it to end. Rob and his trusty sidekick Draco was helpful and full of so much knowledge! I would travel with them again!

  • Oxford, Stratford & Cotswolds Villages Small-Group Tour

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

    7. 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.

  • London, Oxford, Stratford, Christmas Lunch in the Cotswolds

    8. London, Oxford, Stratford, Christmas Lunch in the Cotswolds

    Experience the best sights of London and explore some of the region's historic cities on this Christmas Day tour. After your morning hotel pick-up, begin Christmas day with a panoramic tour of London, taking in all the major highlights - Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London and more. This is the perfect day for a drive through Europe's largest city - there's absolutely no traffic! Next, head off to Oxford for a festive walk through this ancient university town, passing by the ivy-clad colleges and picturesque honey colored buildings. Pass along Christchurch where Harry Potter was filmed. Take in such famous buildings as the mighty Romanesque Radcliffe Camera and The Ashmolean. From there, journey into the limestone hills of the Cotswolds. There will be time to stop for photos outside Blenheim Palace where Sir Winston Churchill was born, before we continue to a classic Brit...

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

    9. 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.

  • From London: Small Group Cotswolds Adventure with Lunch

    10. From London: Small Group Cotswolds Adventure with Lunch

    Depart from London and leave the busy streets of the city behind as you head towards the Cotswolds, the single largest Designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the UK. Upon arrival, enjoy a tour through a picturesque and lively market town hidden in the heart of the Cotswolds. Soak up the rich cultural heritage of the village as you stroll along the charming streets and admire the honey-colored limestone buildings that surround you. Once you’ve worked up a bit of an appetite, dine on a delicious 3-course pub lunch in Burford, known as the gateway to the Cotswolds. The town’s high street stretches from the High Wolds down to the willow-fringed Windrush River in the pretty Windrush Valley. After lunch enjoy a leisurely stroll through the countryside and feel immersed the wonder of the British countryside.

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What people are saying about The Cotswolds

Oxford was a nice town but the time was not enough to explore the whole town, will definitely want to go again but next time maybe go for a full day at least. View from St Mary's chapel was superb. Cotswold trip was really nice, John the guide walked us around Bibury and told us interesting stories about some of the houses there. The mini coach was comfortable except for the seat belt, which made your side a bit sore. John the guide cum driver had a good sense of humour.

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.

I really enjoyed the 5 day trip to Wales! It was my first tour with Rabbies, and I couldn't be happier. the small group size was great and we all got along super well by the last night... we didn't want it to end. Rob and his trusty sidekick Draco was helpful and full of so much knowledge! I would travel with them again!

Guide provided a good amount of information and he drove us thorough the villages where we would have never gone through if we had travelled individually.

Great day trip — all was organised well and John (our driver) did an excellent job!