Wow! Warwick Castle is exactly like I imagined a Medieval Castle. There was some pretty cheesy parts, but the landscape and tower are great and the employees are very knowledgeable. The timing on Stratford was great - it was Will's birthday. I appreciated getting to see how 16th century peasants lived. We only drove by the cottage, but the driver was good enough to show us many thatched roofs and the Costwolds tour was great. We took a side trip to see a couple of miscellaneous items and our tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. Oxford is equally beautiful and the timing of the tour was just right, not too rushed, not too slow. I'd say this was definitely a highlight!
This tour was very good. The tour guides were amazing. We had a bit of a problem in Oxford when my granddaughter fell on a store escalator and needed medical assistance. The first coach we were on had to leave but the facilitator for the tour operator was incredible and she managed to get us on a second coach other than having to send us back to London on our own. Everyone was super re our incident. I would recommend this tour to anyone. The Costwolds were wonderful, typical English picture postcard views. Oxford was really great.
A great trip to pack in a lot in a short amount of time. Our guide Nora (I hope that's right!) was natural and informative and pleased to share her passion and knowledge of the areas.
Warwick Castle has been bought by Madame Tussaudes which is made evident from the tacky figures and sensor activated sound but look past that and you'll see an incredible Medieval Castle that's worth the time. Stratford -on-Avon is a great spot for lunch and incredible for Shakespeare enthusiasts. The Cotswolds visit is but a drive through so sit on the right side on the bus and have your camera ready! Oxford was a nice last stop, I'd been there before but learnt a lot from out guide on this visit.
All in all expect to get a taste of these places. Plenty of time at Warwick Castle and Stratford-on-Avon and Oxford. A stop in the Costwolds for afternoon tea wouldn't go astray, returning and hour later wouldn't hurt.
Go for it!!
The trip was excellent and sites were wonderful. My only negative comments are small - - the tour guide really only guided us at Oxford, as both Stratford and Warwick were self-guided tours. Also, the Costwolds is not really a destination, as you simply zoom through the area at 100 kph. Arranging for a stop, even just 20 minutes, would have been nice.
I did not go on this tour as they called and said it was canceled, and instead got a lunch in the Costwolds Tour. They were very accommodating, but I would have preferred to see Oxford and Warwick Castle. I guess it was off season so they didn't have enough people.
We had chosen this tour because it included Costwolds, but we were very disappointed, we never stopped and drove through the village so fast that we couldn't see anything, I wish I could submit my pictures, but didnt have a chance to take any!. Oxford was also seen at a very fast pace. We couldnt even have lunch. We had to grab a sandwich and eat it on the bus!. Poor planning!!
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