- Day trip (destination A to B)
- Hotel pickup included
- Led by a Blue Badge guide
- Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour
- All entrance fees included
Your first stop of the tour is Oxford. Known as the ‘City of Dreaming Spires,’ Oxford is home to the oldest university in the English-speaking world. On arrival, step out of your coach and enjoy a walking tour of the city center with your guide.
Plug into your state-of-the-art headset and listen to your guide talking clearly as you pass by the elegant, timeworn buildings and courtyard that have inspired generation of scholars, including Bill Clinton and his daughter Chelsea, Hugh Grant and Kate Beckinsale. See the Bodleian Library and Christ Church College, where Harry Potter scenes were filmed and where Albert Einstein studied.
Next, enjoy a brief stop for refreshments (own expense) before hopping back inside your coach and traveling through the rolling hills of the Cotswolds, an area steeped in gentle English beauty, history and heritage. Look out the window to admire the thatched-roof cottages and charming inns. On arrival in Stratford-upon-Avon, birthplace of the famous playwright William Shakespeare, visit Shakespeare's Tudor-era home, with its typical parlor, bedrooms, kitchen and buttery. After, enjoy some free time for lunch (own expense) at one of the many charming eateries.
Then it's a short journey to medieval Warwick Castle, whose magnificent towers and ramparts remain mostly intact. Travel back through 1,000 years of history as you cross the footbridge to a bygone world of banquets, battles and ceremony. Climb the winding staircase to the Princess Tower, or, if you're feeling brave, visit the spine-chilling dungeons where prisoners were tortured. You might wish to take a stroll through the castle's lovingly tended gardens, where archery, falconry and jousting take place in the summer months.
Your day trip then concludes back at Victoria Coach Station in the evening.
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- Hotel pickup (selected hotels only)
- Professional guide
- Transport by air-conditioned coach (maximum 50 people)
- Use of a headset
- Walking Tour of Oxford
- Entrance fees to Shakespeare's Birthplace and Warwick Castle
- Gratuities (optional)
- Food and drinks, unless specified
- Entrance to Christ Church
- Hotel drop-off
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Children under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult
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: Jim V, August 2016
Reese was an amazing guide. He was extremely knowledgeable, informative, helpful and all with a good sense of humor. The sites where as advertised a great taste of each although to truly enjoy them you would need at least a full day. The trip was made more memorable by having a wonderful guide. I recommend this tour to anyone who is trying to see many sites in a short window and you should ask for Reese!
Reviewed by: Burton G, August 2016
Warwick Castle was a terrific venue. Our guide advised us about the falcon show that was just starting when we arrived and we were glad we saw it. The castle itself is well-preserved and an interesting place to visit. Loved being able to walk through Shakespeare's home and the town itself is charming. Oxford was really nice and our guide, Salvatore Stella was terrific in explaining the town. Highly recommend this trip.