- Day trip from London to Oxford, the Cotswolds and Stratford-upon-Avon
- Discover ancient sites with your knowledgeable and friendly guide
- Get a peek inside the famous Oxford University, whose alumni includes Albert Einstein and Andrew Lloyd Webber
- Photo stops in at least two stunning Cotswolds villages
- Small-group tour limited to 16 people ensures a more personalized experience
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Next, head northwest to the beautiful region of the Cotswolds, which became prosperous in the Middle Ages due to the wool trade and has remained an attractive place for weekend getaways. While you enjoy the drive down tiny one-track lanes through gentle rolling hills, admire the golden stone villages, green pastures and ancient churches that adorn the landscape. With your guide, visit the villages Burford, explore the delightful Coln Valley and the villages of Upper and Lower Slaughter before you stop for lunch (own expense) in the market town of Stow-on-the-Wold.
In the afternoon, make your way north to the last stop of your day trip, Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of England’s greatest playwright, William Shakespeare. Enjoy expert narration about the history of the poet and take a guided driving tour to the places in Stratford that were important to Shakespeare. Famous locations include the Holy Trinity Church where he was baptized and buried, his school and, of course, his birthplace. The entry to his birthplace is included.
After some free time, make your way back to London, stopping briefly in Shottery for a photo opportunity of the thatched-roof English cottage of Anne Hathaway, Shakespeare’s wife.
Reviewed by Christy G, USA, May 2013
Loved this tour! Robert our guide/tour bus driver was great. We first went to Oxford to meet our guide for our locale tour. I wish I could remember his' name because he deserves props for this tour. He graduated from Oxford so his' knowledge was great. After Oxford we went to a town in the Cotswolds and walked around for about 40 minutes then went to another Cotswold town for lunch. The Cotswolds were amazing. The next stop was Stratford-upon-Avon. My husband and I really didn't care for it. The town was over run with tourists and just took away from Shakespeare's home, but don't let that keep you from this tour. I highly recommend it.
Reviewed by Barbara D, February 2013
Great tour. Dave was our driver and guide with the exception of Oxford when a local guide, Debbie, took over. Stratford-upon-Avon is a bit touristy but a must see if you have not been there. Dave made the Cotswolds come alive taking us to several small villages via back roads! Loved every minute!