Swap the bustle of London for the rural beauty of the Cotswolds on this full-day trip, including a 2-course lunch. Traveling to the Cotswolds from London by comfortable, air-conditioned coach, drink in the rolling countryside and slow pace of this enchanting region, famous for its stone-built villages, lush pastures and old-world atmosphere. Enjoy free time to stroll around gorgeous towns and villages such as Burford, Bibury and Stow-in-the-Wold; and break midway to enjoy a traditional English lunch at an old Cotswolds hotel restaurant, complete with stone fireplace and oak beams.
Full-day trip from London to the Cotswolds
Walk along Burford's shop-lined high street
Enjoy a 2-course lunch at a hotel restaurant in the heart of the Cotswolds
Visit pretty Cotswold villages including Bibury, Bourton-on-the-Water and Stow-on-the-Wold
Why Travelers Choose This Tour
A peaceful escape to a quaint and picturesque region of England. Have a traditional lunch in an old English restaurant, visit teahouses and soak up the charm of the Cotswolds.
Transport by air-conditioned coach (maximum 50 people)
Entry/Admission - Burford
Entry/Admission - Bibury Trout Farm
Entry/Admission - Bourton on the Water Visitor Information Centre
Entry/Admission - Stow-on-the-Wold Market Square
Food and drinks, unless specified
Departure & Return
Victoria Coach Station
Victoria St, Victoria, London SW1E 5ND, UK
What To Expect
Depart central London by comfortable, air-conditioned coach and venture into the countryside on your journey to England’s oh-so-pretty region of the Cotswolds. As you travel, listen to your guide share interesting information about the region’s history and attractions, from its stone-built towns to its idyllic villages and lush, rolling fields. Have your camera at the ready as your coach enters the undulating Cotswold hills, and stop first in the lovely town of Burford, famous for its wide main street and houses built from differently hued local stone. Enjoy a short stop to visit the tea houses and shops ranged along the street, and then continue to the picture-postcard village of Bibury. Stroll around the almost impossibly quaint 17th-century weavers’ cottages at the heart of the village, and then travel to an old Cotswolds hotel to enjoy a 2-course lunch from a menu that includes classic English dishes such as bread-and-butter pudding for dessert. As you eat, soak up the medieval atmosphere of the oak-beamed restaurant, and admire the stone fireplace that bears what are thought to be witches’ marks. Duly refreshed, journey onward to the village of Bourton-on-the-Water and enjoy around an hour of free time here to explore. Then, make your last stop at Stow-on-the-Wold, a small market town that’s one of the Cotswolds’ most charming spots. Get another spell of free time to delve into this picturesque place, perhaps discovering its charming tea and gift shops, and snapping photos of its limestone townhouses. Finally, take your leave of the Cotswolds and return to Victoria in central London where your tour finishes in the early evening.
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Children under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult
Please note: on rare occasions the lunch venue may change due to availability.
Near public transportation
Infants must sit on laps
Transportation is wheelchair accessible
Most travelers can participate
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 53 travelers
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Probably the most enjoyable of all of the tours we took - wonderful guide whose passion for English history was exciting - smooth Mercedes bus - very comfortable, but no bathroom on board. Confusing to find the embarkation point so leave plenty of time to get there, especially if taking the London Tube Underground system. The Cotswolds is a charming area, lunch was excellent - wonderful day in the country
We signed up for the Lunch in the Cotswolds to spend a day outside of London and get a feel for the English countryside. We expected to travel to a couple of villages and have lunch at a typically English Inn. What we received was an incredible 10 hour journey into the history, geography, geology, economics, language, and politics of the United Kingdom. It was an awesome experience!! Our tour guide effortlessly brings history, culture and geography together in such a way that a coach ride to ancient villages becomes a memorable experience of a lifetime. David put so many things into perspective during our ride together that by the time we left the coach, we felt enlightened with a thirst for more learning on our own, and it made touring sites in London much more enjoyable as we had historical perspective from the tour. From a pure logistics perspective, the tour was spot on. We made the reservation a few days out and arrived at the Victoria Coach station on time. The motor coach was comfortable with an expert driver and our outstanding tour guide. The bus departed London and traveled northwest into the Cotswolds where David explained where we were going, the roots of language and culture of the people who live there, and the geography and geology of the settlers of the Cotswolds. Passing the lush countryside, our guide pointed out the sheep which sparked a conversation on agriculture and the economics of the UK. As the terrain changed, we learned of the geology of the area and how it influenced the building material in the Cotswolds. We made a quick comfort break enroute and then were off to a series of four picturesque villages in the Cotswolds and a delightful lunch at the Swan Inn. Throughout the journey, our guide provided context to each of the villages, the why behind what we were seeing and the historical understanding of the conflicts and politics of England over the past thousand years that shaped what we see today. David’s expert knowledge of the Royal families over time offered scope and depth to our travel. He offered potential locations for a cup of tea or a local delicacy at each village and then explained the menu options at our lunch at the “Swan” Inn. Our afternoon village tours were a great opportunity to walk off lunch before our evening return to London. Our simple day trip to the Cotswolds for lunch became a most memorable experience thanks to our tour guide David and Viator. We highly recommend this tour.
tour guide was very nice and accommodating, he provided a lot of information on the tour, we had about 4 stops in different villages that had very beautiful landscapes, lunch was very good in very cozy Swan hotel, you can pick your lunch selection from fish, meat or vegetarian option.
A superb tour. Our tour guide, Julie was so knowledgeable about the area. We had tickets for a Play back in London that evening. The return trip is always difficult because of the traffic . Julie and our driver were very accommodating, and with their help we were able to make the start of the play on time. They went “above and beyond”.
You're pretty much on your own at each stop, which some people will enjoy more than others. Frankly I was a bit disappointed in the four small towns...they were more commercial and less quaint than I was hoping for. But I am not sure that's the tour operator's fault.