• Location: London, United Kingdom
  • Duration: 10 hours (approx.)
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Keen to visit Oxford or Cambridge? Then explore both age-old university cities in in one day on this illuminating trip from London. With an expert guide, take a walking tour around the historical colleges of Oxford, famous as the ‘city of dreaming spires.’ Admire hushed courtyards and showpieces including the Bodleian Library, and hear about past scholars such as Bill Clinton. Continue to the university city of Cambridge on the Cam River and take a stroll around its finest college buildings, including the splendid King’s College and Bridge of Sighs.

Highlights

  • Cambridge and Oxford day trip from London
  • Visit Britain's two most venerable university towns
  • Walking tour through Oxford, the 'City of Dreaming Spires'
  • Famous Bodleian Library and Harry Potter locations at Christchurch College
  • Walking tour of Cambridge and King's College
  • London hotel pick-up

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What You Can Expect

Depart central London by comfortable, air-conditioned coach and journey into the English countryside.
As you travel, put on your state-of-the-art Vox headphones so you can clearly hear the commentary from your informative guide. Learn about the history of Oxford and Cambridge, and keep your headset on for both city walking tours so you can hear your guide even if you wander aside for photos.

On arrival in Oxford, enjoy a guided look at the honey-stoned college buildings of this famous 'city of dreaming spires.' Absorb the sense of tradition as you stroll through the elegant streets; hear about alumni such as the former US president, Bill Clinton; and see the picture-perfect quadrangles of Christchurch College, where some scenes from the Harry Potter movies were filmed. Wander past the buildings of the famous Bodleian library, one of Europe’s oldest libraries, and contemplate the symmetry of some of the most handsome college courtyards.
Next, venture east through rolling countryside to the university city of Cambridge, prettily situated on the Cam River. On route, hear how Cambridge University was founded in 1209, and uncover the long-held scholarly rivalry between it and its Oxford counterpart.
When you arrive, enjoy a guided tour of the best of the university buildings, many of them rising up from the greenery along the Cam, whose waters are a favored punting spot of students and visitors.
Head for King's College, founded in 1441 by King Henry VI, and marvel at its magnificent chapel. This soaring building is considered one of the greatest examples of late Gothic English architecture, and is a treasured emblem of the city.

Admire the views over the Cam, and check out other architectural showpieces, including the Bridge of Sighs. This stunning, 19th-century covered bridge is named after Venice’s Bridge of Sighs, and links the Third Court and New Court of St John’s College. Stroll further around the quaint streets and passageways to see other handsome buildings, and listen to their stories and secrets as recounted by your guide.

Afterward, return to London and end your tour with a drop-off at the start point.

Customer Reviews

jojo

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Loved this tour! The tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. Enjoyed the entire experience!

Vinicius R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

This day trip is great if you are interested in the educational legacy of Britain. We were very pleased with a very amusing, knowledgeable guide, who made the trip even more fun. Both cities are beautiful, with amazing buildings and things to see. A lot of history. Definitely worth the visit.

Tracey D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

This was a fantastic tour. Our guide and bus driver were great. You visit Cambridge first and you are taken to the key sites and given plenty of information. You also have some time to wander around yourself a bit longer would have been better but not really possible if you are trying to visit both places in one day. You can view the rivers but no time for a boat trip. Oxford is the second place and it is just as amazing. We got to go in the great hall which isn't open every day so that was fantastic. Students were on holiday so crowds were low. Really loved this and would highly recommend this a day trip from London.

DOROTHY H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

This is an excellent tour for an impactful day trip out of London - a bit of a drive but even the drive was wonderful! Our guide was very well informed and knowledgeable in all aspects of each city's history. We loved seeing so many sights that we've only seen on TV in alot of British shows we get on PBS!

dphansen1

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Norma was a very good insightful tour guide. Glad I took this tour.

Ian M Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Friendly guide. A great way to cover both university towns in one day.

colettem602 Ireland

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

Our Tour last Sat 29/07 was excellent. Our Driver, Tom and Guide Leslie did everything to help. Only recommendation I would make - An earlier start as would give longer in each city. In saying so, I must add we were delayed getting out of London because of Cycle Race and closed roads. We had about 2 hours in each city which didn't allow any time to explore after our guided tour of selected highlights. Suffice to say, I look forward to a return visit. Thank You.

hodsonjohnj

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

The guide Pete was an accomplished professional, who mmsnagef to share his vast breadth of knowledge and enthusiasm about the area and Shakespeare in an entertaining fashion, which has left me wanting to go back! FABULOUS tour, guide, and driver (Von). You will be impressed and longing for more!

Gina S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

Pleasant trip and knowledgeable guide. There was enough guided information and places along with a good amount of free time to explore, eat, and shop. The guide gave good advice for shopping and eating as well as must sees even if you just peeked in to say you saw it. The college was holding graduation classes when we visited and it was interesting to observe and compare customs. The guide really knew her stuff about every little corner and alley. The walks around campus' were at a normal pace. Great walking and exploring activity.

Patrick C M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

Great guide Emily and great driver. I believe we hit all the highlights of both cities.

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