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Overview

Delve into the rich cultural tapestry of England on a fulfilling full-day trip to Blenheim Palace and the Cotswolds from London. With an accomplished guide, explore the opulent chambers of Blenheim Palace, a Baroque manor house that boasts UNESCO World Heritage status, and discover the building's historical heritage. Travel to the Cotswolds to absorb the splendor of an area replete with charming churches and gorgeous natural panoramas, and then conclude in Bampton, a quaint village featured in hit TV show ‘Downton Abbey’.
  • Full-day trip to Blenheim Palace, the Cotswolds and Downton Abbey village from London, led by an expert guide
  • Explore Blenheim Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the birthplace of Sir William Churchill
  • Revel in the quintessentially English villages and thatched-roof houses of the Cotswolds from the comfort of a luxury coach
  • Visit the charming villages of Bibury and Bourton-on-the-Water
  • Enjoy a walking tour of the village of Bampton, featured in Downton Abbey as Downton village
  • Please note a visit to Highclere Castle is not included
Greet your guide at your centrally located meeting point and climb aboard a luxury coach destined for Oxfordshire, home to the UNESCO-listed Blenheim Palace. Absorb gorgeous vistas of the English countryside on the 1.5-hour journey and listen as your guide sets the historical scene of the birthplace of Winston Churchill. 
On arrival, purchase an entrance ticket and embark on a guided tour of the regal residence; listen to illuminating commentary through state-of-the-art headphones as you explore lavish State Rooms, see priceless pieces of art and stroll through the beautiful landscaped gardens. 
After thorough exploration, return to your coach and travel to the Cotswolds, a quintessentially English region with an abundance of natural beauty. Delight in charming parishes and thatched villages during a brief interlude in Bilbury, home to a set of 14th century cottages known as Arlington Row. 
Next, head to a place declared the ‘Little Venice’ of the area and capture fantastic photographs of tranquil lanes parallel to sparkling waterways. Revitalize with a traditional lunch in Bourton-on-the-Water (own expense) and then clamber back aboard the coach for the last stop on your tour. 
Recognize the quintessential charm of Bampton as you tour the village featured in popular English TV show, Downtown Abbey, and allow your attention to be directed to an array of sites featured in the program. 
Relax during the return journey to London, where the tour concludes.

Reviews

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F
, Aug 2018

Nice ride. Enjoyable stops. Wonderful guide. Great overview of Cotswolds and Blenheim. Guide Phil provided extra effort and service throughout.

s
, Aug 2018

-satul cu referire la Downton Abbey nu merita vizitat nici pentru fanii serilului
-Blenheim palace este minunat, dar fiind ultimul pe lista poti avea surprize. La noi a fost un accident care a blocat drumul o ora, am ajuns la palat cu 45min inante de inchidere si am vizitat totul in superviteza
-ghida a fost foarte buna
-satele englezesti minunate, dar totul a fost contracronometru

l
, Jul 2018

This is a great tour. The palace was very interesting and was made even more so by our guide Phil. He was particularly informative and very helpful. We also enjoyed seeing the Cotswolds and all the little tales that Phil was able to tell us. This is definitely a wonderful way to see these areas in one day.

R
, Jul 2018

Apart from spending a lot of time a Blenheim Palace, the Cotswolds part of the tour was extremely rushed. Would have preferred more time in and around the countryside of the Cotswolds. Added to this was the fact that there was no set time or place for lunch, it was lunch on the run, so no time to relax over a nice meal and cold beverage. Would have been better taking the train to the region and wondering around one for the quaint villages than spending the money to take the tour. On top of that you had to pay extra to go into the Palace and or the gardens.
Would not recommend

j
, Jul 2018

This was my 5th Viator trip in England within the year and by far one of the nicest. This itinerary was very different as we spent more time in the Cotswolds and were able to enjoy some of the quaint villages instead of the bigger cities.

We meet at Victoria Coach Station which could not have been easier. We walked in went to the Evans Evans counter and were told what area to wait in Track 2. Our guide, Kevin, and our driver, Paul, with Evans Evans Tours were both just wonderful. Diligent, interesting, comical and Kevin kept everyone on schedule. They were mindful of everyone on the tour. The bus was comfortable and we felt safe at all times. They really made the difference it was fun and everyone enjoyed the day.

A very quick stop to the village of Bampton the Downtown Abbey village could have been eliminated because there was really not much to see there. Service was going on so we were not allowed in the church, other than that there is just the Crawley house and a tiny visitor center. More time could have been spent in Bilbury or Bourton-onthe-Water since Bampton was included on the Downton Abbey tour that I had taken on another day.

The village of Bibury was quite charming and really did look like a place from a different era or from a Beatrix Potter book.

Bourton-on-the-Water lives up to its reputation as one of the prettiest villages in England. There were many choices of how to spend our time there with shops, restaurants and attractions. We chose to have lunch with a traditional Sunday Pot Roast dinner and had more food than we could eat - plus it was delicious dismissing the myth of terrible English food. We walked along the River Windrush with its beautiful bridges to look into the shops on High Street and just had to stop for Churchills Ice Cream. Again, a delicious treat on a lovely day. What makes this village so unusual is this river which we would call a creek. Families were lining the banks having picnics and on this day the water could not have been more than 18 deep and crystal clear. The kids were really enjoying it. The many tiny stone bridges were fun to cross back and forth to see into different shops, tea rooms, museums and bakeries. Virtually no vehicular traffic.

And then the main attraction, Blenheim Palace. I have seen many royal palaces but this huge private palace was breathtaking. The property was beautiful and the park grounds are open to the public. It seemed to be a great destination if you are planning a stay in this area which I would recommend. The building itself with 187 rooms was immense. Built between 1705 and 1722 each room was meticulously decorated and furnished just as it was. The Great Hall, the Library and the Chapel show the magnitude of the importance of this estate. All the rooms held priceless treasures and the Churchill Museum rooms were a wealth of knowledge. In one word it was spectacular. I would HIGHLY recommend this tour.

J
, Oct 2017

This trip was great and worth the price. Our guide Celia was wonderful and she and the driver made our trip. Even though there was a small mishap not caused by tour or guide, but by crazy driver who ran into my husband even though we were standing on side of road in a very small village lady just ran into him with her car thank heavens he wasn't hurt guide was very upset but it wasn't her fault. We love the places we visited and wouldn't hesitate to book again.

S
, Oct 2017

Only 1 hour at Blenheim

j
, Sep 2017

Excellent tour. Our tour guide Phil was outstanding. He had so much info and was a delight. Had been to London many times but the countryside and it is definitely worth it. Blenheim also was very interesting particularly for Churchill fans. Highly recommended.

a
, Aug 2017

GREAT GUIDE AND DRIVER COTSWOLDS GOOD BLENHEIM PALACE DISAPPOINTING

j
, Aug 2017

Great tour - guide was a jerk.


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