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Excellent trip ... Tour guide was very nice person , explained about each place in detail ...helped us in each leg of the journey ...very pleasant trip indeed
Great tour! They take care of all the thinking and driving so you can relax and enjoy the sites.
Great tour, great tour guide and driver. We had plenty of time at each location and didn't feel rushed. It was a fantastic day all up.
Shakespearean fans rejoice! This is the tour for you!
We started at Warwick Castle were we were allowed around two hours on the premises to see the interior of the castle. It is now owned by the same company that manages Madame Toussaud's wax museums, so the exhibits benefited from their experience giving the tour a more lively idea of how people lived back then, than just looking around at some clothes, artifacts or paintings without much context. Be sure too look around the whole grounds to see the dungeon, the arching range, the trebuchet still in use for shows!, and there is a walk around the castle walls, which unfortunatelly we did not have enough time to see.
Afterwards, we came to the pièce de résistance on Stratford upon Avon, and as you can imagine, the economy of the town revolves around the Bard, so you can even see Shakespearean door knockers on the houses. First you are lead by your guide to Shakespeare's birthplace, where you should stay about half an hour there's not that much to see, and take a look at the store they have several Shakespeare themed souvenirs. Afterwards, I'd recommend going stright to Trinity Church where the actual Shakespeare remains lie, it's about 10-15 minute walk form the birthplace, depending on your pace. Be aware that this church is still an operating church, as we found about when we arrived, since there was a funeral going on, and we were not allowed, understandably, inside the church to take pictures.
Afterwards we moved onwards to the Cotswolds, which is a very rural typical british zone, it's not very interesting really other that the ocassional thatched roof house, trademark of the zone.
Finally we arrived at Oxford, the university itself is intertwined with the city so it's a very interesting mixture of normal living and college life, the tour guide will take you to see the outside of several buildings, and afterwards will leave you with some free time to walk aroud the town. Try and go to the free science museum. Its collection consists of several insturments used for measuring which are nothing out of the ordinary, but they also happen to have Albert Einstein's blackboard, so be sure to check it out.
Thoroughly enjoyed this tour. Full-sized bus tour and gray way to see so many sights in one day. Warwick Castle was an unexpected pleasure.
Excellent trip. Well paced - neither rushed nor too slow. Cotswolds drive-through went too fast.
This was a wonderful tour, with a very informative guide Leslie. We loved every moment of this trip! There's just enough time in each area to see and do all the highlights. A must for any Shakespeare fans!
Enjoyed the trip. Since I have not traveled by bus for many years, I was not looking forward to the long 10 hour trip in a coach/bus. The luxury coach was very clean and comfortable. The full day passed by very quickly. It was a fast pace at each location but I expected it. You get a sense of each location so you can decide if you want to revisit another time. I enjoyed an outdoor lunch at a local café right in front of Shakespeare's House. The Cotswolds drive was just ok. I saw more of the Cotswolds area on the other Viator day's trip to Stonehenge, etc. The tour guide was excellent as well as the coach driver. Overall, a good trip.
IT WAS BIT HECTIC BUT A PRODUCTIVE TOUR. SHEILA THE GUIDE WAS EXCELLENT. SHE EXPLAINED EVERY STEP OF OUR TRIP. HER EXPLAINING OF STRATFORD UPON AVON AND OXFORD EXCEEDED EXPECTATION. HER EXPLAINING OF COTSWOLDS WAS SUPERB. THE LISTENING DEVICE AND THE EAR PHONE WERE VERY USEFUL TOOLS, ESPECIALLY ON WALKING TOURS. THANKS TO EVAN EVANS TOURS.
The tour guide was knowledgeable and courthouse . The driver was excellent. The tour was good and we visited every place as expected. We had a wonderful day.
We left Victoria Station at 9:00 AM to visit Oxford, the Cotswolds, Shakespeares birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwick Castle medieval. Our guides for the tour were Salvatore guide and James driver. The tour coach bus was a nice change from all the taxies and walking. It was cool to get outside the big city and see some of the countryside. The first stop was Oxford City of Spires. Its the home to the famed Oxford University, which is actually made up of 38 different colleges. Salvatore treated us to about a one-hour walking tour and then turned us loose to grab a quick lunch grab and purchase a souvenir. So of the famous people who attended college in Oxford were CS Lewis, JR Tolken, famed architect Sir Christopher Wren, Lewis Carroll, Albert Einstein, Theodor Seuss Geisel Dr. Seuss and oh yes, Bill Clinton to name a few. Some historical achievements associated with Oxford are the publishing of Shakespeares first folio, the compilation of the King James Bible and the design of the Union Jack. We even saw the back door exit and ally behind the White Horse pub often frequented by CS Lewis that became an inspiration for his writing of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. It was kind of a highlights stop. From Oxford we drove through the stone villages and thatched roofs of the Cotswolds. It was beautiful to see the picturesque rural landscapes with sheep grazing on the rolling green hills. This was all on our way to Stratford-upon-Avon, which was also a highlights stop where we spent an hour visiting Shakespeares birth home. Watching actors perform short scenes on the grounds made me want to see a play. This stop ended with ice cream from a street cart vendor on our way back to the bus. Our final bus stop was the Norman built Warwick Castle. This was a true medieval castle built in the 14th century. We hiked the 540 steps to Guys Tower, walked through an amazing exhibit of wax figures in their medieval period setting and then strolled through the more grand and modern staterooms from the 17th and 18th century. I guess with the proper credentials and reservations, you could still attend a dinner in the State Dining Room.
This tour was outstanding. Debra was an excellent tour guide, and Paul did a great job driving the bus. The 9 hour bus tour did a great job of viewing all destinations on our agenda. I would highly recommend it.
We enjoyed every minute of this beautiful day spent in various staple places in the UK. We highly recommend the guided tour, as it offers the comfort of not having to drive, great information on the way and timed arrivals and stays.
We had a wonderful day on this adventure. It was just enough time to see a bit of everything and the tour guide Allison was informative, helpful and quite funny.
The tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. It was a bit of a rush and wished we had more time, especially in Oxford. Nevertheless a recommended tour to visit Oxford, Cotswolds, Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwick Castle from London all in just one day!
Though the morning seemed a little confusing at first b/c there were so many tours leaving Victoria Coach Station at the same time, this one ended up being the greatest!!! Our guide was the best you could have because he was so interesting, informative, intelligent, and articulate! His knowledge of your country's history and influence was worth half the price of the tour!!! We all thought he was the BEST!!!! And though we only got to see the Cotswolds from the bus due to time limitations, he and the bus driver were great about slowing the bus down whenever possible to help us catch the best views and photos. The Oxford part of the tour seemed to be the best, though Warwick Castle was incredible, too! I think this is one of the best tours around London that your company offers! And definitely the best tour guide possible!!! He is superb!!!!!!!!!!
Great tour! Rhys our guide shared a lot of great facts along the way. Being a Shakespeare buff, he had a lot of information to share. Warwick Castle feels a bit touristy, since they have added wax figures and sound effects, but it was still quite nice to see. We spent a lot of the free time wandering around the grounds. Stratford-upon-Avon is quaint and adorable. Shakespeare's birthplace being the highlight. However, tons of great shops for coffee, food, treats and lots of great shopping spots. We loved our stop here. You really only drive through the cotswolds, but it is a scenic drive. Oxford included a walking tour, which was highly informative and the town itself is cute! Again, great coffee shops. This tour is very strict on time and was not afraid to leave people behind, so be punctual. Well worth it if you want to get out of London and see a bit of the countryside.
Leo United Kingdom
This was my first ever tour/day trip. I really enjoyed the day and the tour guide was very informative and very friendly. The driver was also friendly.
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