From London: Oxford and Cotswolds Villages Day Trip
- Duration: 10 hours
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) .
An expert guide leads the way, regaling you with stories and interesting facts about the rich history of these beautiful places. Stratford-upon-Avon, the home town of legendary playwright William Shakespeare, is the first stop on this day trip. Filled with history, pay a visit to the place the famous Bard was born - a quaint, unassuming half-timbered house. Learn amazing stories and quirks of Elizabethan living from your expert guide. Next stop is a visit to Shakespeare’s bride Anne Hathaway’s cottage and gardens. This beautiful little thatched farmhouse is the place where the Bard courted his bride and still to this day holds items or original furniture, including the Hathaway bed. It is nestled within stunning grounds and gardens, overflowing with fragrant blooms and traditional shrubs. Then continue to the Cotswolds. Visit what is often agreed to be one of the most beautiful areas i...
The tour of the three towns were lovely and great to see Shakespeare's home and Anne Hathaways cottage. However the tour wd have been much better there had been more historical information about all of the places we stopped at including Stratford upon Avon. We did not learn anything extra by being on a tour as opposed to going on our own. Tour guide made banal small talk that also consisted of insulting remarks abt fat Japanese children and drunken gypsies and " red indians" and angry black guys. Shockingly offensive
Take in the charming thatched cottages and quaint rustic villages of the Cotswolds, starting with Burford, which is ranked by Forbes as the 6th best place to live in the world. Learn how this part of Britain became so beautiful and yet remains so untouched. You will be free to roam around the village at your own pace. Then venture farther into the Cotswolds to Bourton-on-the-Water, known as a “Little Venice” due to the meandering beauty of the River Windrush. This will be followed by exploring Blenheim Palace, seat of the Dukes of Marlborough. The palace is the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and a true masterpiece of English Baroque architecture that boasts over 300 years of history to discover. You will be given a tour of the grounds, along with the aristocratic history of the palace. You can then enter either the Palace itself, along with the expansive gardens, or head to the C...
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Recommended for travelers who can't decide which area of Oxford & Cotswold to visit. Guide will take you to some of the most popular sites (nearby St. Mary's church, Bibury, and Burford) and introduce the detailed backgrounds of the places, so you don't need to plan/study the sightseeing places in advance. Details of places are explained in the bus on the way to the sites, and when you arrive the sites, you can travel on your own and free to spend more time on the places you like. As usual tour with guides does, there is time limit for each site (Oxford, Bibury and Burford), so it's better to think the list of priority to visit in the bus.
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.
from london to oxford and cotswold: trip was pleasant. 10/10 for Samuel’s friendliness, sense of humor, AND amazing taste in music!
Great day trip — all was organised well and John (our driver) did an excellent job!
Well organised knowledgeable your guide, really great experience