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For my wife, a devoted Downton Abbey fan, this tour was the highlight of her two week UK vacation. We took more photographs here than at any other location in the UK. For me, Oxford was a delightful town to visit because of the history of the town and the university. These two locations made for a fun and exciting day tour!
Great trip to Highclere Castle. Coach was on time although it was very crowded at Victoria Coach station. Arrive a bit early. I would recommend calling the London tour company's phone number listed on your voucher and obtain the Gate number for your tour at the Victoria Coach station prior to arrival - it made things much easier! Our guide, Paul, was funny and informative. A great day!
I highly recommend this day trip excursion. Frank, our tour guide, was wonderful. The tour delivers on everything it promises and more. Whilst in Oxford for lunch, we caught a one hour live lecture on ancient Pompeii at the Ashmolean Museum. Experiencing Bampton and Highclere Castle were once in a lifetime events. Anyone who can make this tour happen for themselves should. It is a golden opportunity never to be missed.
Loved this tour! Our tour guide, Paul, the self proclaimed Hobbit was great. Full of information and very amusing. The bus driver, Martin(?) was also great. Highclere Castle was beautiful and not crowded. Enjoyed Oxford and the village of Brampton. Beautiful weather even.
My husband and I enjoyed this tour very much. David was a high energy, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable tour guide, who did his very best to give us an enjoyable experience. Oxford was quite interesting, worthwhile and beautiful. On the way to Highclere Castle we stopped in the town of Bampton, where the new season of Downton Abbey was being filmed, and we were able to watch for a while. That was quite a bonus especially since we even saw Lord Grantham preparing for a scene. The final stop, which included the castle and the gardens, was a great finish to the day. Although a long day, returning to London about 7:00 p.m., it was well worth it.
Our tour guide, David, was AMAZING! I traveled for the first time to England with my mom and we both were very pleased with our tour of Bampton, Oxford, and Highclere Castle. Not only were the sights amazing to experience and photograph, but also David made the trip very memorable. He had a great sense of humor from the start to the end of the tour and was very knowledgeable of everything we saw. From our experiences on the tour, we are already planning our next trip to England and hope to have David as our tour guide again.
Fantastic. Great tour bus driver and great tour bus guide. Worth the money.
I had been so looking forward to this tour ever since I booked it, and it lived up to all expectations. I wasn't expecting Oxford to be such a charming city, so it was a very pleasant surprise. And as for Highclere, to see it in person makes you appreciate the show that much more. A large part of what made it so enjoyable was our tour guide Paul. He was very knowledgeable and provided information with a great sense of humor. If only every tour guide could be as entertaining as he was.
It was great in spite of a really consistent rain all day! Didn't really tour the grounds or sit under those beautiful trees but the castle interior was everything we imagined it to be and the in room hostesses were great too. We were able to peek in every bedroom and it's simply amazing at the freedom guests are given to walk in the dining room, etc. without ugly plastic runners or anything (especially so given the rainy day). Great tour; worth every penny!
Our tour guide James was wonderful. He was full of information about Oxford and the areas we went through. Stopped at Brampton Village, and had a wonderful time at Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey). I was able to go inside the castle and see both upstairs and ground floor rooms. The castle is beautiful inside. Had a very nice tea in the garden. Just a great tour all the way.
The tour was great and well worth the money. Paul was a superb tour guide and Martin did a great job getting us around safely. The morning at Victoria station was a little chaotic and it would help the participants if this was a little more organized. Also, there is no bathroom on the bus and few breaks with long drives in between, so just prepare for that! Highclere Castle was beautiful and so fun to see as a big fan of Downton Abbey. Oxford was a quaint and beautiful city with an incredible history. I highly recommend this tour!
Last year I tried to get tickets to see Highclere, but couldn't get them, so I thought the only way to secure them was through a tour. I was not disappointed. Our tour began with a wonderful tour of Oxford with a well-informed guide. Next we went to Bampton village, the site for many scenes in Downton Abbey. The real thrill was Highclere Castle itself. What a spectacular, magnificent place - inside and outside - to film the fantastic Downton Abbey series! This tour was worth every penny!
The whole day was fun. Our tour guide Paul made it more fun as he was engaging and obviously enjoyed his work. His knowledge of Oxford was extremely informative and when we went to Highclere it was obvious he was as big a fan as everyone else on the tour. We would definitely recommend this tour.
My aunt, cousin and I had a wonderful trip with Viatour on 8/20. Lovely day in Oxford with our most excellent and wonderful guide Mr. Metcalfe (Peter?). He was knowledgable, informative and a great sence of humor. We all loved our time at Highclere. I highly recommand this day trip. Mr. Metcalfe taught us how to remember royalty in terms of importance: "Doris Makes Eggs Very Badly." D - Duke, M - Marquis, E - Earl, V - Viscount and B - Baron. Great guide. My second day tour with Viatour. First was in Sept. 2013....pick up in Monaco for day trip to Cannes and Nice. Great day with excellent guide. Will continue to use and recommand Viatour again and again. Thank you for great days trips. G. Reeves. Atlanta, GA.
Paul our tour guide was fantastic. I thought we would be giben a brochure about Highclere Castle but we were not. How I would love to live in the castle.
This trip was outstanding. Our tour guide Paul and driver Martin made the trip so enjoyable even when we encountered shut downs on the expressway!
WOW...what an AMAZING experience!!! This was one of those once-in-a-lifetime events. The day started at Victoria Coach Station in central London, it was confusing based on our confirmation information where the tour was supposed to meet and we almost missed it. Viator should publish the Gate numbers along with the location. Once we got started, we had another amazing tour guide, Paul, was very knowledgeable, helpful and had an upbeat personality. The tour first stopped in Oxford which was a delightful town with friendly shop keepers and local residents. We then traveled to the Castle which was breathtaking, as a fan of the PBS series Downton Abbey, this tour was a MUST for our trip to London. Highly recommend this tour but be aware it's at least an 8 hour day but well worth it. Thank you.
Excellent! Just too bad we couldn't take pictures in the castle!
This tour did exactly what it said on the tin.An excellent tour guide ,who catered for the many Americans that were on the tour.The visit to Oxford was most informative .The real purpose of the trip was to see Bampton and HighClere Castle.This did not disappoint .The only minus was the behaviour of some of the American travellers , who argued over seating arrangements on the bus.It is hard to believe that these were middle aged and even OAPs . Apart from the latter,this was a brilliant tour and for fans of Downton Abbey is well worth going on.
We absolutely Loved this tour! Our guide, Lucy was fantastic! She was extremely knowledgable telling us interesting tidbits of facts from start to finish. I really cannot say enough good things about her. She was witty, funny and everything you would want in a tour guide and more! Our bus driver Greg was great also.