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Enjoy an enchanting countryside Christmas with this Christmas Day trip to the Cotswolds from London, including a delicious festive lunch. On Christmas morning, take a panoramic tour of London’s top landmarks, such as Big Ben and Westminster Abbey, and see the beautiful university buildings of Oxford. Continue through the honey-stone villages of the rolling Cotswolds and enjoy a scrumptious Christmas lunch of turkey and Christmas pudding at a traditional English pub, complete with a log fire. Finally, visit Stratford-upon Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare on route back to London.

Highlights

  • Christmas Lunch in the Cotswolds plus tours of Oxford and Stratford
  • Panoramic tour of London
  • See Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and more on Christmas Day
  • Delicious Christmas lunch includes Roast Turkey and Christmas Pudding

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What You Can Expect

Christmas Lunch in the Cotswolds

Christmas Lunch in the Cotswolds

Depart your central London hotel by air-conditioned coach, and enjoy a panoramic sightseeing tour. Have your camera ready as you pass some of London’s major landmarks, including Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London, Big Ben and others.

Next, drive to Oxford for a stroll around this ancient university town. Pass the honey-hued stone colleges, including Christ Church, where Lewis Carroll wrote his much-loved Alice in Wonderland stories and many scenes from the Harry Potter movies were shot.

View the sublime 18th-century Radcliffe Camera building and The Ashmolean, Oxford University's museum of art and archaeology, and hear tales of the traditions of college life from your guide.


Next, admire the gentle English countryside as you drive into the Cotswolds, a region of rolling hills dotted with stone-built villages, manor houses and churches. Hear how medieval wool merchants constructed the classic Cotswolds buildings, and stop for photos outside Blenheim Palace, the 18th-century estate where Winston Churchill was born in 1874.

Next, make your way to a traditional Cotswolds pub for your Christmas lunch. Settle inside the cozy Elizabethan inn and savor a traditionally English roast turkey with all the trimmings, followed by rich Christmas pudding and tea or coffee.

Nearby, the local festivities will spring to life, and if you’ve brought some Christmas gifts, the pub offers an atmospheric setting for sharing them. Perhaps finish by treating yourself to a real ale or wine (own expense), and then continue to Stratford-upon-Avon, where William Shakespeare was born.

Pass Anne Hathaway’s cottage before arriving in this quaint market town, and pose for photos outside Shakespeare’s birthplace or stroll around Holy Trinity Church, where the great playwright is buried. 

Your tour finishes with a hotel drop-off in London.

Itinerary

Christmas Lunch in the Cotswolds Menu:
  • Traditional Roast Turkey served with stuffing, roast potatoes and selection of vegetables.
  • Christmas Pudding served in a brandy sauce.
  • Coffee.

Customer Reviews

Ming Kong C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

This tour was amazing. We had the best Christmas lunch in cotswolds on Christmas day! Our guide was superb.

MatiNacho Costa Rica

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

We weren't able to go to this specific tour because there was no public transportation or cabs available on Christmas morning. However, the tour provider was kind enough to allow us to change this tour for a tour of the Cotswolds on December 26. The tour was great, and the Cotswolds are beautiful!

gloria g

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

The trip was well planned and our guide was wonderful! It was a very special way to spend Christmas.

Joyce R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

A wonderful way to celebrate CHRISTMAS. Our guide was excellent and soooo knowledgeable and, in the end, even our driver seemed to enjoy the tour. Our CHRISTMAS dinner couldn't have been more traditional or more delicious, or held in a more picturesque setting than Stratford-on-Avon. Oxford was amazing with its old buildings and architecture....one could picture the scholars dashing from class to class. An inspiring day just driving through the Cotswolds enjoying the tiny villages with their thatched roof cottages.

John T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Great Job!! Really enjoyed it!!

PAULO R

4 star rating: Recommended March 2015

very nice , i recomend

YAK HOON C

4 star rating: Recommended March 2015

My family and I enjoyed the tour. The food was better than we expected. The tour guide was professional and gave good information on Oxford and Stratford upon Avon. Really a pleasant experience on Christmas Day when all transport and shops were shut down.

Tressa H

4 star rating: Recommended January 2014

Fun tour on Christmas day.

Vikki

1 star rating: I do not recommend this January 2014

Well Well Well! To start with the tour guide was as sour as. If you don't want to work on Christmas day then don't! The bus driver however was fantastic, such a nice woman. Lunch on the Cotswolds at a quaint little pub was non existent! Lunch was had in a 1970 extension off the side of a 16th century pub in Stratford and the meal and surrounding were absolutely terrible!! I definitely would not recommend this tour. It ruined our Christmas. Cant tell you enough how bad the lunch was.

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