- Comprehensive tour by bus/coach
- Informative, friendly and professional guide
- Small-group tour by minibus
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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Day Trip to Oxford, Cotswolds and Stratford-upon-Avon
- 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
- Food and drinks
- Gratuities (optional)
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Confirmation for this tour will be received at time of booking
- A maximum of 16 people per booking
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
Reviewed by: Jennifer K, January 2017
Loved it! Had a great small group only 14 of us and our tour guide, Oz, was very friendly and knowledgeable. Would've liked to spend a little less time in Stratford-upon-Avon and see a bit more of the Cotswolds, but it was a great trip overall. Oxford has amazing architecture and I'm sure it would've been easy to spend a good deal of time wandering the streets.
Reviewed by: Christine Z, January 2017
Highly recommend this small group tour. Our family of five agreed it was the highlight of our vacation. Oz was the best tour guide and so informative. He kept the interest of our three girls ages 17-23 and even found the location where their favorite movie was filmed in the Cotswold area. An amazing experience for all of us!!!