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Great day out and a good way to see both cities when you have limited time available. Guide was excellent!
It was nice to visit the two universities but the amount of driving and time it takes to get to each site was too much! It takes nearly 1.5-2 hours to get to Cambridge, 1.5 hours between Cambridge and Oxford and then nearly 1.5 hours to come back to London. The campuses were lovely and the guide was excellent! If it were closer together, it would have been better!
Very nice trip, but we needed more time in the two destinations. Possibly the tour should start earlier in the morning to allow for additional time. Our guide was very nice and informative.
We enjoyed the tour. It was a pity that the time in each town could not be a half hour longer, but that is understandable given the time constraints. The tour guide was excellent. He was very knowledgeable and helpful. Thanks for the fun time!
The tour was just okay. I didn't like it ended at a place that we weren't familiar with. The tour guide rushed us off the bus somewhere in the city. We took a taxi back to the hotel. I expected that but still didn't like it. Maybe it was because I didn't like the tour guide. :(
Cambridge a little disappointing, Oxford has much more to see. If interested in feeling the atmosphere of the most important colleges, don't go there in August as I did. You will spend at least 6 hours on the bus and less than 4 hours visiting the two towns. Worth doing only if you just want to have a very quick pick of Oxbridge and tell everyone you've been there.
Getting onto the coach at Victoria Coach Station was chaotic but once we got under way, it was a good tour. The tour guide Emily really made the trip as she was very knowledgeable and her presentation was lively. It is a good way to see both towns if you are pushed for time. It is a very brief overview as you are on the road for a long time, but you see the main sights.
Our tour guide was excellent and gave us a good introduction to both universities. We really looked forward to seeing Oxford and Cambridge but didn't anticipate the density of the crowds in both towns. Photography was almost impossible. We are glad we took the tour but would like to spend more time in each place and at a less crowded season, if there is such a thing.
I enjoyed the tour and was very impressed with both towns and the history, however, I felt with 52 people on the tour, it was a bit much for the tour guide to handle. There were tourists walking on the road in front of bikes and one family was 15 minutes late back when we had been given strict time frames to return to the bus. i think a group of 15 to 20 would have been much more viable for a successful tour.
This was fine but would have preferred a smaller tour and a little more time to stop for a drink. About 3stars
The guide, Chrissie, is professional in sharing the information of each place. She provides good background and history of the 2 colleges.
However, there was not enough time provided for exploring Cambridge and lunch. We had little time to walk around Cambridge before grabbing lunch to eat on the coach.
We were encouraged to bring non-hot food to lunch on the coach, while the guide brought hot coffee onto the coach. Talk about double standard.
Good tour if you wish to get an overview of the two cities. However, as other reviews stated, very rushed. No time at all basically to explore yourself. In Oxford we were given 20 minutes to look around and meet back at a point, one man was literally 1 minute late and the guide was having a fit! I think the tour bus should have given a better run around the cities to give you a good orientation and concept of size. I think if you are staying in London for a few days you would be better to take public transport to one of the cities and do a hop on hop off tour, it would be beter value for money and you would see more of the cities. The short time we did have in the cities included visiting a Church and a Dining Hall, to be honest these were fee paying attractions and if I had visited the cities on my own i probably would have bothered paying to go into these. Also, the price of the ticket included the entrance fees to these attractions but we were extremely rushed!
The bus rides to Cambridge and between Cambridge and Oxford were quite long. Both universities are beautiful, but we didn't get much time to explore them both on our own. The parts of the universities we did see were amazing, but we also had to squeeze in lunch on our own during the "free time" we had. I think one day for each university would be better to fully appreciate both places.
Well worth doing as a day tour but as we all know a day tour just gives an overview of a place so you don't get too long in either town to see much, other than what the guide shows you. Long drive between Oxford and Cambridge and our guide and the driver were talking loudly the whole way so it was really hard to have a rest. Overall though not a bad day and good value if you don't have time to stay overnight in either town. Departure from Victoria coach could have been more prompt and they changed the gate without informing anyone.
The coach was comfortable however we felt a bit rushed for the tours. We understand that the guide and driver did not have control over the excess traffic due to the Underground strike, however it made it feel that we spent more time on the coach than we did in either Oxford or Cambridge. I'm not sure what could have been done to adjust for this, but it did take away from the tour. Our guide seemed very knowledgeable and gave us quite a bit of interesting information.
Not what I was expecting. As a fan of Oxford literature and film settings, I was hoping to get a good tour that also included some discussions of literature such as C.S Lewis and Tolkien. Sadly, the tour guide didn't even know the name of "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe." He did know his history of Cambridge and Oxford, but unless you're into who was head of this school and when, then you will be bored.
More driving is done than being in the actual cities. That's understandable because of how far they are from each other, but 2 hours in Cambridge, an hour and a half in Oxford, and nearly six hours of driving isn't worth it. You can take a train to these places and have more time to explore.
Visiting Cambridge and Oxford was worth the price of admission. At the start in London, the tour guide on the Evan Evans bus would not accept the electronic voucher on my iPhone. She would only accept a paper voucher. At the end of the trip the guide and the driver got into a shouting match over the route the driver was taking. This was after she had been badgering him most of the day, so we left the bus early and used the underground to get back into central London.