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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
Explore three of England’s most popular destinations on a guided full-day tour from London. You’ll visit Stratford-upon-Avon to see important sites from Shakespeare's life, then discover the charming villages of the Cotswolds region and wrap up the day in the famous university town of Oxford. Enjoy stunning scenery, historic sights and an introduction to the English countryside on this small-group tour. Numbers are limited to 16 people, ensuring a more personalized experience with your guide.

Highlights

  • Comprehensive tour by bus/coach
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Small-group tour by minibus
Make your own way to the meeting point in central London, then board a comfortable mini-coach for a scenic 100-mile (161-kilometer) drive to your first destination, Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of England’s greatest playwright, William Shakespeare.

Your guide shares informative commentary as you stop at the places in Stratford-upon-Avon that are relevant to Shakespeare's life, including Shakespeare’s Birthplace— the 16th-century house where he was born and lived until he was a young man; Holy Trinity Church—where he was baptized and buried; and his school.

After exploring the bard’s home town, stop briefly in Shottery for a photo op of the thatched-roof cottage of Anne Hathaway, Shakespeare’s wife. Then continue south to reach the Cotswolds, a beautiful region that became prosperous in the Middle Ages due to the wool trade.

Drive along one-track lanes that pass through gentle rolling hills, honey-colored villages, green pastures and ancient churches. With your guide, visit the medieval village of Burford, explore the Coln Valley, and see the villages of Upper and Lower Slaughter before stopping for lunch (own expense) in the market town of Stow-on-the-Wold.

After lunch, leave the Cotswolds and go to the city of Oxford, home to prestigious Oxford University, which was founded in 1167. Follow your guide on a leisurely walk around the university grounds, passing by colleges such as Christ Church, All Souls and the Divinity School, and spots where famous writers, artists and inventors studied. Hear about locals like J.R.R.Tolkien, CS Lewis and Lewis Carroll, and see locations that were used in Harry Potter movie scenes.

Have time to explore Oxford’s narrow streets and town center on your own, before returning to London in the evening.

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Central London, a 4-minute walk from Marble Arch Station
Departure Time:
7:40am
Duration:
11 hours (approx.)
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 sites 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: Georgia S, January 2016

Had a wonderful time on the tour. The tour guide was very knowledgable and funny. The locations were beautiful and full of time to explore. Definitely would recommend the tour if you are interested in getting out of the city to see some incredible history.

Reviewed by: Annilise F, August 2015

Great driver who was very knowledgeable and entertaining with stories of the area.

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Tour code: 5528SPIRES