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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.
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.
Of all the trips out of London, I think this is the best choice. Warwick Castle is well-worth visiting and they have live hosts and well-done wax figures throughout the living areas to give some life to the rooms. There also are demonstrations in the yards. We had an excellent tour of Oxford with our knowledgeable guide. Visiting Shakespeare's home is not worth the cost, but Stratford-upon-Avon is a great place for lunch.
The tour suggests that tickets to the some of the areas are optional. Well, you cannot even get onto the castle grounds without a $30.00 ticket. The castle was interesting; tours were self guided through reading placards. Stratford-upon Avon was charming. We enjoyed the "Wall of Shakespeare" and even bought a book replica as a souvenir. The bus driver thought he was running the Indy 500 while going through the Cotswolds. We raced through the area where two thatched roof houses were pointed out as we whizzed on by. The guide said that in the summer tours go into some villages. What a disappointment. Oxford as busy and interesting as a university of merit should be. At dropoff, during a Friday rush hour, we waited 30 minutes to hail a cab. Mixed reviews.
Warwick Castle was visually stunning. Unfortunately it is run a bit like a theme park so there was a price for everything eg the dungeons . Stratford was great plenty of time to see Shakespeare's birth place visit the trinity church and his grave. Oxford was amazing and wish I had more time to wander.
The day was really good but only provides a snapshot - if you want to spend more than an hour in each place do a different tour as this is really a quick in and out tour for those with limited time.
The trip was great, but the tour guide was pathetic
Our mood was ruined
we found her very rude..she was an italian lady, very mean and sarcastic comments...
The Tour Guide was lovely. My rating isn't higher because it was very difficult to get in touch with Viator about whether they could pick us up at our hotel, and I didn't hear from them till 12 hours before (and they ask US to give them 24 hours notice). They did not respond to e-mail, or phone (out of office). So that caused a lot of concern.
And while we enjoyed the tour, there really was not enough time at any one spot to do much of anything. We ate lunch, rather than go to the Stratford Tour, as we had a child with us. We had about a half hour on our own in Oxford, and an hour and a half in Stratford, and at Warwick. But that was not sufficient. Plus, we had to pay the full fare to get into Warwick castle, but could only utilize it for about an hour - which is definitely not worth it.l
Finally, Warwick castle, while wonderful, was rather a rip-off. THeir association with some entertainment industry meant that they had moved out the armory, which is what kids want to see, in favor of wax people (I don't know who wants to see that). They also piped in awful, non-period music. My son greatly prefered the Tower of London, as a result -- and we didn't have to pay nearly as much for it. I know that the tour company has a deal with whoever runs Warwick, but they should sever it - or run a bus for a half day trip there. But the value is poor.
Overall, we saw a lot, but didn't get to hang out long anywhere. Perhaps one fewer thing would make for a better day.
We also lost a couple on the trip - they didn't make it back in time. That also suggests having fewer things and more time at each one. I could just picture them getting served 5 minutes before the bus pulled out . . . i hope they made it back.
Warwick Castle is amazing, Stratford is quaint but doesn't necessarily merit a stop, and Oxford deserves more time. Our guide, Rodney, made it more unpleasant than it should have been. He was posh, pompous, and impatient, even complaining about a woman in our group who had to walk with a cane.
I enjoyed the tour, and appreciated the scenario, but here are the problems: 1. The only thing that makes this trip "Custom" is that you can decide not to purchase the tickets to actually get in and see these places. 2. The bus is huge and not personal at all. We were constantly waiting for others, listening to complaining people, etc. I would much prefer a smaller group. 3. The tour guide who charged by credit card for the tickets to Warwick, Christchurch and Shakespeare's birthplace, messed up and charged me twice so I am now in the process of working that out. 4. You start out at Victoria Station, which is an absolute nightmare. I would never want to start a bus tour there again. it is packed with hundreds of people trying to figure out which bus to get on, with there is very little guidance on where to go.
Was a good look at the English countryside and some heritage towns. Warwick Castle and Statford gave us a hands on look at British history.
The tour didn't leave much time at Oxford at end of the day and we could have had a scheduled stop at some old Cotswold village after lunch, to see and photograph the thatched roof homes.
Perhaps an extra hour can be added to the tour to accomodate all this.
This trip was nice but wouldnt recommend.
Drive was long and each stay was short
The company made us feel as though we had to buy the entrance tickets or we couldn't go at first. When we finally established that we could go, our family of 4 had to sit separately on the bus for the day. They shouldn't have advertised the trip like they did because it made us feel like we weren't wanted.
We were supposed to do a custom day trip where we were supposed to have to have the option of having a leisurely walk or doing the venues but we were forced to buy entrance into the venues before the tour or we would have to sit on the bus so it cost about 100 extra pounds. Warwick Castle was well worth it but Oxford was a snoozefest; would have preferred a pint at The Eagle and Child. And the Shakespeare birthplace while being a 700 year old tourist trap was still just that. We enjoyed an awesome high tea at a tea room just outside.The guide was very good. It was a very long day and the views of the Cotswolds are not especially noteworthy.
It was very informative. The guide was very well versed in the places we saw. I do think he should find an alternative coffe shop in Oxford. You cannot turn around in it and the covered market near the Camera has plenty of roomy places and very comfortable. Stratford Upon Avon was tremendous!