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Cotswolds Villages and Blenheim Palace Day Trip From London Plus Country Pub Lunch

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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9 hours (Approx.)
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Offered in: English

Overview

Get a taste of the Cotswolds on a day trip from London, and discover the region’s famous honey-colored villages amid rolling green hills. Through a mix of walking tours and free time, you’ll get to know the market towns and villages of Burford, Bibury, Bourton-on-the-Water, and Stow-on-the-Wold. Savor lunch at one of England’s oldest inns, then spend the afternoon at nearby Blenheim Palace — birthplace of Sir William Churchill. Numbers are limited to 16 for a small-group experience.
  • Day trip to the Cotswolds and Blenheim Palace from London
  • Visit centuries-old churches in Burford and Coln St. Dennis
  • Admire the picturesque stone cottages of Arlington Row in Bibury
  • Eat lunch in one of the country’s oldest inns with your guide
  • Explore Blenheim Palace and learn about Sir Winston Churchill
  • Enjoy a small-group experience with just 16 people per group
Rise early for a 7:30am pickup form Marble Arch in London. Soon, the gray urban streets of the capital will give way to the green of the countryside, and you’ll start to see the serene villages of the Cotswolds.
Stretch your legs on a walk through the market town of Burford, and call in at the 900-year-old Church of St. John the Baptist where wool-sack tombs and other historic relics are on display. After a little free time, you’ll continue to Bibury, a dwelling that earned itself “the prettiest village in England” moniker.
Stroll alongside its 17th-century Arlington Row cottages, and admire the fish-filled streams and the village green. Back aboard your transport, you’ll venture higher into the Coln Valley and along the Roman Fosse Way.
Call in at the ancient church at Coln St. Dennis, then pass through Bourton-on-the-Water, the so-called little Venice of the Cotswolds. Gaze over the stone bridges as you meander through the hills to the Cotswold’s highest town: Stow-on-the-Wold. Enjoy free time here to explore the market square, then relax over lunch at one of England’s oldest inns.
In the afternoon, you’ll travel to Woodstock for a visit to Blenheim Palace. The birthplace of Churchill, the palace also made its name in more recent years as a filming site from Downton Abbey. Learn about the building’s history and elaborate gardens, and visit the dining hall, library, and even the room where Churchill was born.
Your day trip ends with a drop-off at London’s Victoria train station in the early evening.
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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I am a vegetarian / I have allergies / I am gluten or lacto free.
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Just let us know any dietary requirements in the 'Special Requirements' box in the Traveler Details section during checkout. Or you can let us know after booking by visiting 'Manage my Booking' and emailing us there.
Jul 2019

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Not bad but could be better
Grant P
At nearly $200 USD per person, this was not a cheap day out. Our tour guide met us on time at the Hard Rock Hotel but the minibus was 20 mins late. Once underway, we drove to Oxford without too much fuss to pick up another two passengers then into the Cotswolds with 10 people plus the driver and guide. Our first stop was in a small valley where the Swan Inn is located. The sun was out and the small street with the inn and some thatched roof cottages were really beautiful. We had 15 mins here. We then drove to Bibury on some single track roads but unfortunately we seemed to be 5 mins too late as just ahead of us were two coach loads of Asian tourists who swarmed up the little road and took over the area. We only drove through Burton on the Water to our lunch spot in Burford. Burton on the Water was a busy place with lots of people picnic'ing along the banks of the stream and seemed to have countless eateries. Although Burford was quite a nice place, Burton would have been a much better place to spend the lunch break. The included pub lunch was apparently at a new hotel and was a cheap & nasty grilled chicken dish with a softdrink. Viator indicated it was a two course lunch but there was only one and it was very forgettable. The driver & guide headed into the main street of Burford for lunch and had something far nicer! We would recommend less time in Burford and at Blenheim Palace and make Burton on the Water the lunch stop and allow time for people to do their own thing. This would make the day much more memorable. Blenhein Palace was quite nice but far too much time was allowed here. We ended up sitting under a tree watching a local cricket match for a while to fill in time. Overall it was a nice way to see part of the Cotswold area but we think the comments made above would suit most people and make it more special.
Great little tour! Seeing all of the...
Jake S
Great little tour! Seeing all of the Little Cotswolds villages was amazing. Going to the oldest pub in England was a special treat. Then to see Blenheim Palace was incredible. The history is amazing. But the size of the palace is remarkable. Defiantly worth a trip!
This was a wonderful tour. Andrew...
bonniehacker
This was a wonderful tour. Andrew was a great guide. It was worth the extra money to be in a small group. The lunch was good and the restaurant was lovely. It was an organized and well run tour and I would highly recommend it.
Excellent tour! He was willing to...
thosehelevas
Excellent tour! He was willing to customize any way we wanted....very knowledgeable and engaging. Cotswolds were fabulous. Lunch was very good. Could've done without Blenheim...boring unless you're a history buff.

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