Make your first stop at the UNESCO-listed Blenheim Palace (entry not included), the birthplace of Sir William Churchill. With your headset switched on to ensure you can hear your guide’s commentary clearly, set off on a tour of the lavish State Rooms. Delve into the history of the 18th-century manor house, and get up close to priceless works of art and tapestries. Then, enjoy a stroll through the landscaped gardens.
Next, hop back inside your coach and gaze out of the window as you journey through the Cotswolds, a region of outstanding natural beauty characterized by charming parishes and thatched villages. Stop in Bilbury, and walk with your guide to Arlington Row, a set of pretty cottages that date back to the 14th century.
Continue on to the ‘Little Venice’ of the Cotswolds, Bourton-on-the-Water. Have your camera ready as you wander down the high street, lined with shaded greens. Then, feel the tranquility wash over you as you head across arched stone bridges for views of River Windrush. You'll also have the opportunity to stop in at a local restaurant or cafe for lunch (own expense).
After, head to Bampton, a quintessentially English village that featured as Downton village in the hit TV show Downton Abbey. See the church where Lady Mary and Matthew Crawley married, and the house that was once the Crawley family home. Pass Downton hospital and take in other sites such as the fictional Grantham Arms pub.
When the time comes, return to your coach for the journey back to London, where your day trip concludes at Victoria Station.
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Blenheim Palace, England
- Hotel pickup
- Professional guide
- Transport by air-conditioned coach
- Free WiFi on coach
- Entrance fees
- Food and drinks
- Gratuities (optional)
- Hotel drop-off
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Please Note: this tour does not visit Highclere Castle
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: Brian J, October 2016
It was a great trip that took us to beautiful parts of the Cotswalds, including the Downton Abbey village of Bampton. My only complaint is that 25 minutes was not enough for the stop here and in Bibury. But our bus driver, Tom, was very capable and our guide, Chrissy, was excellent and very thorough and very good at directions and explaining what we were seeing. Our trip back to the city was very well organized.
Reviewed by: mjburr, August 2016
Had a great day with Lesley on this tour. Could have spent more time at the place and gardens though. But over all a wonderful tour.