Sample the best of the British countryside as you visit a lavish private estate and a traditional English country village on this full-day tour from London. Start your adventure with a guided tour of the opulent Blenheim Palace, where you can peek into the state rooms and stroll around the magnificent gardens, designed by Capability Brown. Next, continue to the heart of the Cotswolds and stop to see the timber-fronted houses of Burford village, explore the market town of Stow-on-the-Wold and stroll the idyllic waterways of Bourton-on-the-Water.
Full-day tour of Blenheim Palace and the Cotswolds from London
Tour the lavish state rooms of Blenheim Palace
Walk around the beautiful Blenheim estate gardens, designed by Capability Brown
Experience local life in the Cotswolds’ villages of Stow-on-the-Wold, Burford, and Bourton-on-the-Water
Let me start from the beginning- the appearence of the guide is important, it shows professionalism - or a lack of. Our guide was disheveled and missing front teath. She lacked historical knowledge of the cotwolds. As we went from one village to the other she gave us about 5 minutes of information, let us off the bus and instructed to be back on the bus--NO guided tour! The Palace was wonderful-we had to use the audio guide--our guide did NOT enter with us. This was the most disappointing tour of our travels.
Blenheim Palace was wonderful. It was enjoyable to go around the palace at a leisurely pace. The gardens of the palace were very picturesque. The Cotswolds were very nice too. Bourton-on-the-Water, especially, was very pretty.
this was wonderful. the only bit we were disappointed in was the lunch. we took this tour as we thought we were going to have a nice lunch with it. we would have been better off buying our own lunch. the Cotswolds were lovely and Blenheim palace was magnificient
Well organised, excellent tour - perfect way to see beautiful Cotswold villages on a sunny day. Plenty of time to visit Blenheim Palace and enjoy the gardens. Amusing tour guide who gave a good commentary throughout the day. Recommend this tour as you see countryside, villages, Blenheim all close to London. Nice packed lunch provided! A good day trip - enjoyed seeing the sights.
Plenty of time to see Cotswold. I went to another tour before with Cotswold and Strat upon Avon which did not have enough time to go around Cotswold so this was good. Blenheim Palace is obviously worth seeing.
A little disappointing. The description of the tour was not as described. Too much time in small towns. Scenery was great but too much shopping in little touristy shops. When we arrived at Blenheim which was the last stop but described as the first stop in the brochure.....much of the palace was unavailable to us as the family was in residence. The tour guide did not mention this but in fact told us that we would see the second floor and the kitchens and they were closed and apparently ARE closed from September to November. I'm all about the tipping but the request for tips was a little over the top. The trip was quite long and only a boxed lunch provided to eat on the bus. My previous experience with meals on these tours is that we stop at a local restaurant. Definitely go see Blenheim Palace and the Cotswolds but try a different tour.
The tour is very well organized. The length of stops were just right. There were the thoughtful toilet stops at the right places. The Cotswolds was very informative, esp the stop at the little town with a little river running through the middle of the town with its little shops that carried very interesting items. The tour guide named Geoff was very considerate of his senior citizen tour members and very knowledgeable about things that happened in all the places that we visited. The tapestries in Blenheim castle are worth the visit. Stopping at the rotunda Bath and being surrounded by all the old buildings and the Roman-built cobble stone roads is really something else!!! I would recommend the tour to all history buffs.
I felt it was really well organized but not too intense. We did the Blenheim Cotswolds tour. It was nice because we got to stop off and walk around villages at our own pace , then we had a pretty decent packed lunch and ended up at Blenheim. Our guide was really first rate -- really knowledgeable. Highly recommend.
We certainly got our money's worth on this tour. We stopped at several towns in the Cotswolds and were able to have sufficient time to walk around and take photos, shop if you wish and grab a cup of latte. Bleinhem Palace was beautiful. I wish we could have had a personal tour inside.
I love the Cotswolds, and loved this tour. We spent enough time in Burford and Bourton-on-the-Water, although I would have liked a little more time in Stow-on-the-Wold. It was my first trip to Blenheim Palace, and well worth it. I would almost say the gardens are better than the palace! Pete was a great guide, although maybe a little bit too chatty at the end of a long day : Arrive early if it's your first time to that particular departure point - it's a little more confusing to find than Victoria Coach Station