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  • Location:London, United Kingdom
  • Duration:11 hours (approx.)

Small-Group Day Trip to Oxford, the Cotswolds and Stratford-upon-Avon from London

Delight in the quintessential charm of England on a full-day tour of Oxford, the Cotswolds and Stratford-upon-Avon from London. With a knowledgeable guide, visit some of the country’s most popular attractions and delve into the rich history of the British Empire. Catch a glimpse of the grand buildings in the prestigious Oxford University; capture photographs during stops in two gorgeous Cotswolds villages; and visit the birthplace of iconic playwright William Shakespeare in Stratford-upon-Avon. Enjoy an intimate atmosphere on this small-group tour, limited to 16 people. 

Highlights

  • Full-day tour to Stratford-upon-Avon, the Cotswolds and Oxford, from London
  • Learn about the history of each site from your guide
  • See key locations in Shakespeare’s life including his birthplace
  • Stop in several Cotswolds villages for photo ops and lunch at a local restaurant (own expense)
  • Take a walking tour around Oxford University, whose alumni includes Albert Einstein and Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • Walk by locations in Oxford that were sets in Harry Potter films
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 16 people provides a more customized experience

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

The small group allows for a gentler pace as you explore the town that's synonymous with William Shakespeare, drive the back roads of the idyllic Cotswold region and stroll through the stately Oxford University campus.

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What You Can Expect

Small-Group Day Trip to Oxford, the Cotswolds and Stratford-upon-Avon from London

Day Trip to Oxford, Cotswolds and Stratford-upon-Avon

Depart from a central London location in a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan and relax during the scenic journey to Oxford, the day’s first destination. Receive an enriching introduction to the historical city from your guide and embark on an explorative walking tour on arrival in Oxford. Explore the grand grounds of the prestigious Oxford University; see places used as sets in the Harry Potter films; and admire beautiful colleges like Christ Church and All Souls. 

Travel onward to the Cotswolds, a stunning region famed for its thatched cottages and rolling green hills. Admire scenic vistas as you visit the idyllic villages of Burford and Upper and Lower Slaughter; capture photographs and revitalize with lunch (own expense) during brief interludes in the pretty villages. 

Sated, head to Stratford-upon-Avon to experience the hometown of globally renowned playwright, William Shakespeare. Listen to illuminating commentary as you enjoy a coach tour of prominent monuments like Shakespeare’s birthplace, and the Holy Trinity Church in which he was baptized. 

After some relaxed free time, return to London via the quaint village of Shottery, famed for the thatched cottage of Anne Hathaway, Shakespeare’s wife. 

Please note: the order of the itinerary is subject to change. 

Customer Reviews

Georgia S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Had a wonderful time on the tour. The tour guide was very knowledgable and funny. The locations were beautiful and full of time to explore. Definitely would recommend the tour if you are interested in getting out of the city to see some incredible history.

Annilise F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Great driver who was very knowledgeable and entertaining with stories of the area.

Salman Saeed S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

A wonderful trip!

Mary Jo K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Very nice tour. Small group was great and Tony, our guide, was great! The Cotswold area was beautiful and with the small minibus we went on a number of back roads.

ctaylor63 United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Great tour with a very knowledgeabl tour guides who were able to answer all of our questions and bring the history of England to life.

Joan B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

We had a wonderful guide in Chicago Mike. His narration was great and he fill Ed us with many facts previously unknown. Would highly recommend this tour.

Jo Audrey L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

great

Christy S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

So thankful I paid the extra for the Small-Group. Our van was able to go where the larger buses can't. Our guide was AWESOME!

Sally-Anne P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Great tour and fantastic driver. His Irish humour was infectious, and when combined with excellent historical knowledge, the day was exactly what I'd hoped for.

Sheila W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

A beautiful day out with Tony ( a very funny guy) as our guide. This was a favorite of my tours in England. We were glad we decided to spend a bit extra to go on the small tour in a van instead of a large coach tour. There is no way we could have gone on the narrow country roads and through the small villages on a bus. The walking tour of Oxford was just enough to let us know we needed to come back and spend a couple days on our next visit. The time in Stratford allowed ample time to explore Shakespears home, have a coffee and browse the shops. To see the Cotswolds on a lovely sunny day in May was a stroke of luck. All in all a great tour. Wish I could give it an extra star.

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