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Small-Group Day Trip to Oxford, the Cotswolds and Stratford-upon-Avon from London

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  • Location: London, United Kingdom
  • Duration: 11 hours (approx.)
  • Tour code: 5528SPIRES
Go on a wonderful and rewarding day trip from London to three of England’s most popular destinations: Oxford, the charming villages of the Cotswolds and Stratford-upon-Avon (the birthplace of Shakespeare). You will see the best sights and discover the historical richness of these places in a small group with no more than 16 people, ensuring a more intimate experience.

Highlights

  • Comprehensive tour by bus/coach
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Small-group tour by minibus
Begin your journey on a scenic drive west over the Chiltern Hills to the city of Oxford, the first stop on your day trip. Famous for its prestigious university founded in 1167, Oxford is a fabulous place for a walking tour with your friendly guide. Walk around the university’s beautiful grounds, with its different colleges like Christ Church and All Souls, and see where famous writers, artists and inventors studied. Learn about the lives of locals like Tolkien, CS Lewis and Lewis Carroll, and see places from the Harry Potter film set. You will also have time to explore the city’s narrow streets and lanes, where both students and townsfolk do their shopping and go about their daily routines.

Next, head northwest to the beautiful region of the Cotswolds, which became prosperous in the Middle Ages due to the wool trade and has remained an attractive place for weekend getaways. While you enjoy the drive down tiny one-track lanes through gentle rolling hills, admire the golden stone villages, green pastures and ancient churches that adorn the landscape. With your guide, visit the villages Burford, explore the delightful Coln Valley and the villages of Upper and Lower Slaughter before you stop for lunch (own expense) in the market town of Stow-on-the-Wold.

In the afternoon, make your way north to the last stop of your day trip, Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of England’s greatest playwright, William Shakespeare. Enjoy expert narration about the history of the poet and take a guided driving tour to the places in Stratford that were important to Shakespeare. Famous locations include the Holy Trinity Church where he was baptized and buried, his school and, of course, his birthplace. The entry to his birthplace is included.

After some free time, make your way back to London, stopping briefly in Shottery for a photo opportunity of the thatched-roof English cottage of Anne Hathaway, Shakespeare’s wife.

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Central London, a 4-minute walk from Marble Arch Station
Departure Time:
7:40am
Return Details:
Returns to original departure point at approximately 6:30pm

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Small-Group Day Trip to Oxford, the Cotswolds and Stratford-upon-Avon from London

Day Trip to Oxford, Cotswolds and Stratford-upon-Avon

Inclusions:

  • Small-group tour
  • Travel by executive mini-coach
  • Guided walk in Oxford
  • Guided tour of Shakespeare site's in Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Entry to Shakespeare's birthplace

Exclusions:
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Additional Information:

  • Confirmation for this tour will be received at time of booking
  • A maximum of 16 people per booking

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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Sally-Anne P, August 2014

Great tour and fantastic driver. His Irish humour was infectious, and when combined with excellent historical knowledge, the day was exactly what I'd hoped for.

Reviewed by: Sheila W, June 2014

A beautiful day out with Tony ( a very funny guy) as our guide. This was a favorite of my tours in England. We were glad we decided to spend a bit extra to go on the small tour in a van instead of a large coach tour. There is no way we could have gone on the narrow country roads and through the small villages on a bus. The walking tour of Oxford was just enough to let us know we needed to come back and spend a couple days on our next visit. The time in Stratford allowed ample time to explore Shakespears home, have a coffee and browse the shops. To see the Cotswolds on a lovely sunny day in May was a stroke of luck. All in all a great tour. Wish I could give it an extra star.

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Tour code: 5528SPIRES