4.5 star rating: Recommended 55 Reviews

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  • Location: London, United Kingdom
  • Duration:  11 hours (approx.)
Go on a wonderful and rewarding day trip from London to three of England’s most popular destinations: Oxford, the charming villages of the Cotswolds and Stratford-upon-Avon (the birthplace of Shakespeare). You will see the best sights and discover the historical richness of these places in a small group with no more than 16 people, ensuring a more intimate experience.

Highlights

  • 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

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

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

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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

Begin your journey on a scenic drive west over the Chiltern Hills to the city of Oxford, the first stop on your day trip. Famous for its prestigious university founded in 1167, Oxford is a fabulous place for a walking tour with your friendly guide. Walk around the university’s beautiful grounds, with its different colleges like Christ Church and All Souls, and see where famous writers, artists and inventors studied. Learn about the lives of locals like Tolkien, CS Lewis and Lewis Carroll, and see places from the Harry Potter film set. You will also have time to explore the city’s narrow streets and lanes, where both students and townsfolk do their shopping and go about their daily routines.

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.

Please note: the itinerary will change from November 14 as follows: Stratford Upon Avon to the Cotswolds and then Oxford

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

A wonderful trip!

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 America

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.

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

great

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!

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.

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

The best way to do this tour is a small group with a well informed and flexible guide and professional driver which we had. Oz, our guide taking into consideration weather changes turn the tour around and we did Shakespeare country first leaving Oxford last which worked out very well and we were also fortunate with brilliant weather and sunshine. Our compliments to. Oz and Nick for a very educational and pleasant day out and we were very happy and would highly recommend this to our friends.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Everything about this tour was thoroughly enjoyable. Oz, our tour guide, was charming, knowledgeable, easy-going and fun. He juggled the itinerary a bit (because of a One Direction concert that evening in London) and got us into Stratford early, ahead of the crowds. Liked the small group and small bus, our excellent driver (whose name, sadly, we have forgotten), and all the stops. Definitely reccomend this for a day full of beautiful sites and lots of history.

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