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From Oxford: Half-Day Cotswold Taster Tour

1. From Oxford: Half-Day Cotswold Taster Tour

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 known for its many antique shops and art galleries, as well as many other shops and cafes.  Don't forget to visit St Edward's Church with its old door which inspired the writer Tolkien. On your way back to Oxford pass by the market town of Chipping Norton and Woodstock, the site of Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Stop for a brief photo stop of the palace before your return to Oxford.

From Oxford: Day Trip to The Cotswolds

2. From Oxford: Day Trip to The Cotswolds

This enchanting half-day tour begins with a drive to the pretty village of Minster Lovell. Enjoy walking through the village and seeing the charming thatched cottages. The route continues to the idyllic village of Bibury, once described by William Morris as the most beautiful village in England.  Delight in a walk along the River Coln and see the trout farm and the famous 17th-century weavers' cottages on Arlington Row. A panoramic drive takes you through the stunning Coln Valley, passing through enchanting stone hamlets, hidden valleys and breathtaking scenery, before arriving in the historic wool town of Northleach.  Visit the famous wool church with its imposing Perpendicular church tower, cross to the North Cotswolds and follow the course of the River Windrush through the beautiful villages of the Windrush Valley. The next stop is in the bustling town of Burford, known as the Gateway to the Cotswolds.

From London: Cotswolds Guided Day Tour

3. From London: Cotswolds Guided Day Tour

Explore 5 historic and picturesque villages in the Cotswolds area on this private day trip from London. Visit Burford, enjoy relaxing views of the rolling English countryside, and stroll through Bibury. Leave London and head for Burford. Stroll down the town's beautiful High Street to reach the River Windrush and marvel at the historic bridge crossing the river. Continue to Lower Slaughter to enjoy a view of a water mill dating from the 19th century. Stroll through Stow on the Wold's historic market square, surrounded by pubs, the town hall, and antique shops. Stop for lunch (not included) at a local pub or a tea room. Continue to Bourton on the Water to enjoy a relaxing walk along the River Windrush, surrounded by honey-colored stone buildings. Finish your tour with Bibury. Stroll along Arlington Row, filled with stone cottages built in 1380. Enjoy between 45 minutes and 1 hour in each town, giving you the opportunity to have a coffee, see the sights, or buy a souvenir. Return to London in time for dinner.

From London: Cotswolds and Bilbury Private Guided Car Trip

4. From London: Cotswolds and Bilbury Private Guided Car Trip

Take your Cotswolds experience to the highest level and join a hassle-free tour from London. Admire the wonders of the British countryside and learn everything about each visited place from your tour guide. Enjoy free time for a relaxing walk, souvenir shopping, or a traditional lunch. Discover the top-rated Attractions of the Cotswolds by being picked up direct from your accommodation in Londo, then driven around all day. Be delighted with the beautiful green landscape, charming villages, and honey-colored stone cottages. Visit the picturesque town of Bourton-on-the-Water. Walk along the serene river and admire the charming small bridges. Head over to Stow-on-the-Wold, a lovely town full of quaint inns and antique shops. Have a pint in an ancient pub and find out some interesting facts about this place. Continue your exploration with a visit to Bibury, known as the prettiest village in all of England. See the iconic weavers' cottages and walk around Arlington Row. Finish your tour with a stop at Burford, a medieval town with a magnificent church waiting to be discovered.

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Absolutely a wonderful experience, from smoothness of reservation to transportation ….and the guide across the journey. The live commentary throughout the trip was very informative but warm and cozy at the same time. We made a few stops at landmarks for pictures, walks, and to grab a bite/coffee. The tour included 3 of the most famous Cotswold villages including Minster Lovell (1st stop). It was a very delightful way to spend the first half of the day (from 9:30am to about 2:30pm). Isobel and David were magnificent!!! We booked thru “get your guide” but the actual company is “Cotswold Exploring”. I think you can also book directly through them (cotswoldexploring.co.uk)….will definitely do it next time.

As is always true with these tours, the driver makes all the difference! Our driver, Nick, was one of the most personable people I've met and was fantastic the whole time. We had two people in our group who had disabilities and he made them feel so special. The tour was a really fun day for us and one of our highlights of our trip to the UK

Jay with Kingdom Tours was fantastic. One of our favorite days on our trip. Burford, Bibury and Bourton on the Water were everything we hoped. I highly recommend this tour to those who want to see a quaint side of England outside of London.

Great day! Beautiful countryside. Great guide! Douglas was fantastic. Our whole family enjoyed the tour. Highly recommend.

A well thought out tour. Informative, pretty and most enjoyable. Well worth it...