- 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
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.
This tour was the highlight of our day trips! Our guide, Tony, was terrific! He knew so much history and was able to tell us so much about each of our sites. I yearned for more time in Oxford and now plan to return there. Oxford was my favorite place of all places I visited in England. The drive through the charming Cotswold villages was beautiful and quaint - well worth the trip. And Stratford was most interesting. A great day!
Oxford, the Cotswolds and Stratford-upon-Avon in one day make the trip a wee bit thin because each place is so full of charm and things to do and see. All the same, I highly recommend this trip for anyone who is visiting England for less than a month, just because it is possible to get so much into a day. Each area is seductive in its own way. History and natural beauty abound. The tour guide, David, was full of entertaining and interesting tidbits of history and was most accommodating. He went out of his way, quite literally, to see that all of us had a pleasant experience and ended the day smiling.