This is an excellent tour to see three distinct areas outside of London in the English countryside. Learn about Oxford University while traversing historic paths with lots of shopping near by. We had a great walking tour conducted by a local of Oxford who gave us the Readers Digest version of how Oxford works as a university, the history of the area, buildings, and famous people who attended Oxford. We didn't get to go into any of the buildings, unfortunately. The Cotswolds are a series of villages frozen in time and you get to see a lot of beautiful architecture, picturesque views, shops and pubs to eat at. Stratford-upon-Avon was very pretty, but very touristy. This might be my least favorite of the three when I thought it would top the list. The main street consists of mostly tourists stops however, the church and grounds where Shakespeare is buried are very beautiful. If I had my way again, I'd drop Stratford and pick up Bath as a stop. And lastly, our tour guide, Oz, was extremely knowledgeable about English history and handled all questions well, had great driving skills as he traversed us all day through London and then all our stops.
We loved our small tour group, which traveled in a comfortable, convenient van. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and had a great personality. The smaller size of our van allowed us to get close to the cottages in the Cotswolds and depart the bus for a stroll around the beautiful area and a bit of shopping. Our experience in walking around the Cotswolds was a highlight of our entire trip. The passengers on larger buses were prevented from departing the buses in the Cotswolds because the roads are so small and cant handle large vehicles. We enjoyed our visit to Stratford as well. We saw so much in a single day that we were quite amazed.
The trip was excellent and the diver/tour guide was wonderful. Private Group is the way to go-only 7 people in our group.
First we went to Stratford-upon-Avon to see Shakespeares birth place. Walked through the house, got some great pictures. We had free time to check out the Main Street where I did some Christmas shopping. Then we headed to The Cotswolds- beautiful and scenic drive with lots of sightseeing and history along the way. Stopped in a tiny town called Stow-on-the-Wold for lunch at a pub founded in 947. We only had an hour here- wish we would have had more time! Lunch at the pub took the entire hour. More scenic driving- then arrived at Oxford. Had a local tour guide for this part- he was very knowledgeable. Walked all over, lots of great history and beautiful buildings.
I definitely recommend this tour and will definitely book with them again.
My wife and I enjoyed Avon-upon-Stratford. The tour guide was very knowledgeable. This was our first stop of the day and great. The second stop A small village in the Cotwalds for lunch, it was a quaint little village but not much to see. As for Oxford, we were disappointed in the visit. too little
Tour picked up two more guests not at the meeting location where all the rest of the group met and we lost about 45 minutes of our trip and had to rush through the first two stops. Then at the end of the day we were dropped off at a different location from our meeting place and were told to go to the subway to get back where we were picked up, which was a long way from where we were dropped off.
To begin, I want to state that the tour guide and bus driver were great. The problem with the tour relates to the vehicle van, the itinerary, concept of the tour, and time spent in each location.
My party of 3 had to sit in the back row of the van that had VERY poor outside visibility. The tour was full, and sold such that almost all van seats were taken. Since the concept of the tour was drive-by of many scenic locations, not having good visibility made it almost impossible to experience these locations: much of Stratford, the Cotswolds, London as we were leaving, and Oxford. The visibility virtually reached zero when the women in the seat in front of us decided to sleep with her head against the window using her coat as a pillow. In the future rear van seats should not be sold.
Too much time was spent in Oxford--about 2 hours. The guided tour was fine, although at this time of year there are many foreign students said our guide in Oxford to learn the English language. Many was an understatement, as there were virtually thousands, which made navigation through the sites of the City almost impossible. The time should have been made shorter, with no free time, with more time spent in Stratford or at Anne Hathaway's cottege--which for this tour was only a photo stop. It was very unfortunate, also, that we could not visit Shakespear's grave it should have been quite easy to include this.
Lunch was in a lovely village in the Cotswolds and we visited a very nice tearoom. However there was no remaining time following lunch to visit sites of the village. The rest of the Cotswolds experience was a drive-by that did not work for us for the reasons listed above. We were not able to take any pictures of the Cotswolds.
The visit to the Cotswolds was more of an afterthought just enough time for a quick lunch which is unfortunate because the description and the photos of the tour said that we would have a walking tour of the Cotswolds. The tour guide and the driver were bickering for over an hour from London to Oxford because the bus driver was late. Very irritating. Otherwise, Stratford-Upon-Avon was lovely and Oxford was inspiring.
This tour was a lot of fun and highly organized. Our guides, Preston at the wheel and Debbie were excellent. They made the day very pleasant and relaxed, and were both very knowledgeable. It felt like we were being shown around by family! Debbie, being a native of the area, shared a lot of interesting facts and stories. The itinerary was well-designed, everything ran smoothly, the pacing felt appropriate, and the small group format was nice. This was our first time to London/England and the tour was a nice way to experience a bit of the English countryside and also deeply historical/cultural sites. I highly recommend it and would do it again the next time we return to this part of the world.