What I loved about this tour was the fact that you don't have to do the formal tours of the castle, Shakespeare's house or Christchurch College (you can if you want to, though). It was really nice to have the freedom to explore each place we stopped. However, I was disappointed by the misleading title. You don't, in fact, stop in the Cotswolds. Rather, you just drive through them and the tour guide talks about them. It was still nice to see the countryside, though.
Phil was our tour guide, and he was really great. He was very knowledgeable!
We specially asked if the bus had a restroom, and if it was functional. Your reply was absolutely!! There was no restroom on the bus. This was a long trip without a stop for over 1 1/2 to 2 hours. The guide was very knowledgeable and pleasant.
Quite a drive but well worth it. A great tour for those who want to experience the UK outside of the cities.
Too much time at warwick, not enough in stratford. But that's just how these tours go. It gave me enough info to know where I want to go back to. TThe tour guide was great. Very friendly
We really enjoyed this trip as our tour guide was excellent and very helpful. There was quite a bit of confusion at the bus station before the trip started
I really had a good time , but just a bit too short time at Warwick castle
We enjoyed our tour and William was a wonderful guide. He was professional, funny and super organised. The only reason why we didn't give the tour 5 stars has nothing to do with William or the tour operator but simply because we were somewhat horrified by the tackiness which has overtaken Warwick Castle. I think the Kingmaker would turn in his grave if he knew that his awesome castle has been turned in a Disney like theme park for young children - many of who were running through the castle unsupervised grabbing tapestries and worse. The extraordinary history of the castle was lost amongst the profiliation of wax figures in the castle, and the cartoon characters roaming the site complete with fake swords. Having said that, we wish we'd had the time to walk around the grounds as such away from the spectacle as they looked quite beautiful from our vantage point when we climbed to the top of one of the buildings.
Statford on Avon was lovely although we didn't go into Shakespeare's house and just enjoyed walking around the very pretty town. Oxford, particularly the university, was also interesting and again very enjoyable and worth taking the time to visit.
Overall we recommend this tour, and particularly this tour operator, but if you are history buffs as we were, prepare to be disappointed by what you find at Warwick Castle.
This trip was great! We personally would have liked more time at Warwick and less at Stratford. Our favorite was Oxford! Our tour guide was absolutely great! She was so knowledgable and humorous too. It was nice to have a day where we rode on a bus instead of the tube! It was actually relaxing after the days and days of walking and riding the tube for sightseeing. I would recommend this tour!
Nice trip. Informative guide. Enjoyed walking thru the town of Warwick and Stratford. Oxford was super!
Great tour even though at some places one felt the time allocated was too short. Very comfortable bus, good driver and an excellent tour guide by the name of Monica.
Great guide loved Oxford however would totally have skipped Stratford or at least skipped his house tour. Maybe just explore the town instead.
Oxford was great -wish we could have spent more time there. Was not a fan of Warwick Castle--very disney like
The trip was great very well paced and a great combination. The only negative was the lack of information provided by the tour guide about each of the optional tours. We ended up paying a much higher price for entrance to Warwick castle as we decided once we got there to go inside.the bus was spotless and windows very clean which allowed us to take photos. I would very much recommend the tour.
We enjoy this trip, we found that this historical place is ready well keep
and full of life history as we are born at the same time.
The Cotswolds are a letdown. I really wanted to see the "witches'" homes, ha, but this cannot be done on a tour bus. Warwick Castle is such a joke. We paid so much to do everything, because otherwise you are sitting on a bus at Warwick. Shakespeare's house/Stratford are cute... I think they should also visit the church where Shakespeare is born. I say: Much Ado About Nothing!
The tour director was very nice, and knowledgeable. The castle was interesting, I enjoyed seeing the dungeon, the living quarters were furnished and included wax historical people. Oxford is a nice city and the University is awesome to see. Stratford is also a very nice city and the hone of Shakespeare is very interesting. The Cotswolds portion is limited to viewing a few homes on the route to Oxford, and there was no way to take photos.
Excellent trip. The guide was very well-informed and he made our day trip a very enjoyable and pleasant one.
It was really great, I fancied every minute of it. I liked our guide! The only thing, we had such a good time that we actually we didn't have enough time to enjoy our trip completely, especially the Oxford part.
ROBERT R USA
Enjoyable day. Strafford was charming. Guide needed to do more explaining of the areas we were passing-she was silent or speaking to the driver 80% of the time.