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I was in London for a business trip and for that reason, I only had two full days to devote to sightseeing and touring. I was also alone for reviewers that might be travelling solo. I am SO glad that I decided to devote one of those days to this tour. Reese was our guide and he was exceptional - funny, kind, helpful and so knowledgeable. Michelangelo was our driver and it was all smooth sailing. I wish we had more time at Oxford and in Stratford-Upon-Avon, but alas, I understand the need to keep things shorter so you can do more. That is the only suggestion I would make is to start the tour earlier and perhaps make it an hour later for more time at those locations. The amount of time allotted for Warwick Castle was enough - in my opinion. Such a wonderful experience. Thank you Reese and Michelangelo!
I thoroughly enjoyed the day trip led by Kevin. He was a great tour guide that was hilarious and offered historical tidbits throughout the whole trip at and in between destinations. You certainly have to have a sense of humor to handle his jokes. I was very impressed by his ability to switch between English and Japanese. He goes out of his way to ensure everyone's questions are answered by going to each traveler and checking in on them one-by-one. He made sure we knew how to get home after the trip. Even with having some more difficult people on the trip, he handled everything with grace.
The tour package is a great way to get three major destinations fit into one day without having to plan for anything except showing up to get on the bus on time. With that said, you could easily dedicate whole days at Windsor Castle and Oxford. You are on a limited timeframe so I recommend doing a bit of research on what you want to see the most at Windsor Castle and prioritizing them. My friend and I started off at a slower pace and was rushing through towards the end. At Oxford, Kevin will lead you through the city so you won't have as much time to self explore except for a bit of shopping and coffee at the end. We were running a bit behind so it may have had more to do with my trip. Stonehenge is the middle destination and is pretty amazing. Once you arrive, you will have to take a short bus ride to Stonehenge from the visitor's center. We had plenty of time to see the site, wished we had a bit more time to see the exhibit at the visitor's center.
Overall, I highly recommend. It is a nice break from London and Kevin is great. I wish I could've had a beer with Kevin afterwards, he was a blast.
Very happy. The carpark at Highclere Castle had flooded due to bad storms and the public could not buy tickets. The viator tour was still admitted. I could have easily missed the visit I had travelled to London for. Guide was lovely. Oxford stop was longer than I expected - great place.
I traveled to London over Spring break with 4 high school students. I chose this tour as it gave us a chance to see quite a bit of the countryside in one day. It exceeded my expectations! The walking tour through Oxford was leisurely and informative. The drive through the Cotswolds was great, and the kids thoroughly enjoyed seeing Shakespeare's home, and loved touring Warwick Castle! Great value for money!
It was a fabulous trip with a helpful informative tour guide. We were able to pick up an excellent lunch in Oxford and fabulous Cornish pastry and fudge in Stratford. The weather was sunny and beautiful for most of the day. Before we arrived in London our guide checked where we were staying and provided a map and dropped us off a brief tube ride from our accommodation.
Great tour guide - Monica. She knew so much of the history and added a humorous twist to the whole thing. Just wish we had more time in Oxford and Windsor castle. Really wouldn't have minded if we got back to London later. Overall I really think its well worth the day trip and highly recommend it to other people.
What a great tour!! Our tour guide, a former Oxford graduate, was amazing in his depth and breadth of knowledge plus his ability to convey the information. This day was the highlight of our week in London.
This tour was absolutely great.
I didn't plan to go into Windsor Castle and at the last minute decided to give it a go and it was well worth it. Beautiful place. I do wish we had a little more time at Stonehenge to see the exhibit, but that was definitely one of the highlights in my trip to London! Oxford as well was short on time, however as it was past dark it is understandable! A great place Oxford. Really recommend this trip!
Our tour through Warwick, the English countryside, Stratford and Oxford was amazing. One of the highlights of a 5 day trip in London. Emily, our tour guide was fantastic!
Our tour to Windsor Castle, Oxford, and Sunset at Stonehenge was totally delightful. The coach driver Andy and tour guide Daniel were fun and knowledgeable! There was plenty of time at each location giving us about 2 hours and 20 minutes at each. We were able to do everything we had planned at each venue. There are food options available at Windsor and Oxford. We ate lunch at Windsor and brought food from Oxford to eat later after Stonehenge on the way back to London. Despite it being August, it was cold at Stonehenge and my jacket was needed. I would recommend this tour to anyone planning a trip to Stonehenge from London. The ability to walk among the stones inside the inner circle is definitely worth the private sunset tour. In fact this was my favorite event during my entire trip to London. Thank you Andy, and Daniel for an amazing and unforgettable experience!
Lori N United States of ...
Excellent trip! We thoroughly enjoyed our day trip from London to Downtown, Bampton Village, and Oxford. The trip was well coordinated and our guide was knowledgeable about our destinations as well as London/England in general and gave lots of interesting tidbits about sites we passed en route to our destinations. We loved Oxford and Bampton Village was delightful. The tour of Highclere was just the right amount of time and allowed us to walk the beautiful gardens and have tea and scones after touring the house. It was a really lovely day! Would highly recommend the tour.
This trip was amazing. It was the entire reason we planned our vacation to London to begin with. Highclere castle and Bampton village were everything I had hope it would be. I felt like we had plenty of time to really enjoy it. I could have done without visiting Oxford. We spent 2 hours there, and besides seeing the University, there really wasn't much to do. I would have rather had the day trip shorter just seeing Highclere castle and the village. Overall though, it was a fantastic experience.
Excellent. Our tour guide was Frank. His way of speaking was so professional like someone who is a stage actor and he kept us enthralled with all the interesting tidbits about the streets of London as well as Oxford, Bampton and Highclere. Oxford was a big surprise. So interesting and he made it easy for us to understand how the schools were formed etc. We actually booked this tour as our final day in London. Fun guide, fund tour, fun day!
Unbelievable, tour which included a tour of Oxford Univ., Highclere Castle is unreal, everyone needs to
see this!!!! If you saw the series, this is a must, don't miss it, if you are in London, it is a must!!!
Great Tour around Oxford! Our tour guide American John was very knowledgeable and fun!
We met at Paddington Station at the time we were supposed to and train was to leave at 9:15 but we actually didn't get on the train until 9:50 so was just a little disappointed about waiting that long but still plenty of time to tour Oxford. You are given your ticket back to London for the day of the tour. You may take any train back that day enabling you to stay as long as you like in Oxford when the tour commences which was around 2:30. Trains ran every 30 min. back to Paddington. John also gave us useful tips about other places in the UK that we may want to visit while we were on our vacation.
Doing what: Oxford Rail Tour from London
ALL OF LONDON WAS GREAT, BUT THIS TRIP MAY HAVE BEEN THE HIGHLIGHT. WARWICK CASTLE IS ASTOUNDING! ANCESTORS CAME FROM STRATFORE-ON-AVON, SO THIS WAS SPECIAL. WISH I COULD HAVE ATTENDED OXFORD! WHAT A PLACE!
We loved this tour!! The tour guide was great, very informative and seeing the countryside was awesome!! Oxford was so beautiful! If you want a taste of getting outside of London we definitely recommend this tour!
My husband and I enjoyed this tour very much. David was a high energy, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable tour guide, who did his very best to give us an enjoyable experience. Oxford was quite interesting, worthwhile and beautiful. On the way to Highclere Castle we stopped in the town of Bampton, where the new season of Downton Abbey was being filmed, and we were able to watch for a while. That was quite a bonus especially since we even saw Lord Grantham preparing for a scene. The final stop, which included the castle and the gardens, was a great finish to the day. Although a long day, returning to London about 7:00 p.m., it was well worth it.
All of the sites were well worth visiting, although we wish we had had more time at Windsor Castle and Oxford. Phillip was a delightful guide, who amazed us with his knowledge. He is a real pro! We felt the trip was very worthwhile, and would recommend it to anyone traveling to London!
Paul S USA
WOW...what an AMAZING experience!!! This was one of those once-in-a-lifetime events. The day started at Victoria Coach Station in central London, it was confusing based on our confirmation information where the tour was supposed to meet and we almost missed it. Viator should publish the Gate numbers along with the location. Once we got started, we had another amazing tour guide, Paul, was very knowledgeable, helpful and had an upbeat personality. The tour first stopped in Oxford which was a delightful town with friendly shop keepers and local residents. We then traveled to the Castle which was breathtaking, as a fan of the PBS series Downton Abbey, this tour was a MUST for our trip to London. Highly recommend this tour but be aware it's at least an 8 hour day but well worth it. Thank you.
We loved this tour! While we could have spent an entire day in Windsor, we didn't have the time this trip and we really wanted to also see Stonehenge and Oxford. It was a wonderfully efficient tour that allowed us to hit all these highlights. What really made the tour was our guide Phil. So interesting, so full of knowledge and history. If you can, request Phil! A couple of tips: We had the London Pass which allowed us to skip the line at Windsor. This gave us almost an hour more at in the castle than our fellow tour mates. Definitely worth it. Also, if you really want to see more than the streets of Oxford you should take a tour that gets you to Oxford earlier. We arrived in Oxford at 4:30pm/5pm and everything was closed.
Enjoyed the tour very much! Did it mostly b/c I'm a Downton Abbey fan, but loved the bonus of Oxford. Our guide, David, was terrific- while he had strong viewpoints and opinions and not all agreed with his perspectives 100% of the time, he was interesting, lively, funny, passionate and full of information. No one was bored on this tour! I dragged my 10-year old son on the tour with me and David was very inclusive and wanted him to be engaged as well. He jokingly (I think!) encouraged my son to come towards the front of the tour at Oxford, saying "Come here, you wretched beast!" My son thought that was great and we even included that line in our scrapbook under a photo I took with David and my son and the tour group- see attached. Loved the architecture and the history and getting out of London to see more of what England is all about. Downton Abbey was a thrill for any fan- only suggestion would be more "behind the scenes" tidbits or info for the fans- maybe even a Downton Abbey trivia game on the bus- that would have been great. David is not a Downton Abbey fan- totally fine- but maybe could have indulged the series fans a bit more. I give the tour 4.5 stars but since I can't do half starts above, we'll give it 5.
Russell Nash, Russell Nash, Russell Nash……..what a great British tour guide! Despite being Russell's first guided tour into Stonehenge's inner circle at sunset - he was able to provide our group of 40 visitors with an amazing grasp of Stonehenge and local history. While touring Oxford, Windsor Castle and greater London, Russell was entertaining, and extremely knowledgable of all things British culture and history. The tour day was long, we never felt rushed, and YES - we would highly recommend signing up for this tour and maybe getting Russell Nash!
Fantastic trip with our tour guide, Rodney, operated by Evan Evans. During a recent 5 day family trip with our two teens to London, we wanted to get a day outside the city. This a great option. Oxford, Cotswolds, Strarford on Avon and Warwick is a lot to see in one day. But it is a good mix of experiences and you get a small taste at each place- breadth over depth. While it is a long day, there is ample down time on the bus between stops. Still, be prepared for a long high energy day. We opted to meet the tour at Victoria Station; we read that the hotel pick up was unpredictable and took a long time. When leaving the hotel en route to Victoria we ran into the tour coordinator outside of hotel picking up other guests and decided to ride along to Victoria. This was a good move. The organization at Victoria is a bit confusing, but the tour operated on the bus helped us navigate the actual tour buses. It would have been very difficult to understand without the hotel pickup and orientation. The bus was comfortable with a safe, professional driver. Rodney, our tour guide, was outstanding. He provided just enough information and didn't overwhelm us with too much. Oxford is a walking tour through the beautiful city and colleges. We missed Christ Church as it was closed that day (I think it's now closed to all tours). S on A is interesting, but quite touristy. Still, it’s a must see in England. You don't have enough time to get outside the tourist area. Warwick is not to be missed. Stunning medieval castle. Overall, a great day for adults and teens.
Everything was perfect!
I was the only passenger and they did the tour all the same. Peter was my guide, he is really prepared for his job, we chatted all the journey about history, literature and many other topics. He recommended me what to see in each place and I learnt a lot with his comments.
The towns and villages we visited were stunningly beautiful. I can't say one was better than other, because every place has its own charm.
I would really recommend Rabbies to anyone who wants to enjoy a tour from London. This particular 2 days journey to Bath, the Costwolds and Oxford is worth doing it!
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