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It was raining on the day of our tour but that did not dampen the spirits of our tour guide Christina. She did an excellent job giving us the stories behind each college in Oxford and answered all our questions. She was pleasant, funny and well informed. We also enjoyed Startford upon Avon visiting Shakespeare's birth house and the little villages in Cotswold.
This was a charming trip in every way, except for the timing. My companion and I are huge Shakespeare fans and we needed more time in Stratford. But the things we wanted to see were just too spread out to reach all of them.We might have been better off doing a separate trip to Stratford. Otherwise, this trip to the Midlands was a pleasant journey outside the city, giving us a taste of the English countryside. Oxford lived up to the imagination as the classic university town and the thatched cottages of the Cotswolds tickled the imagination. Its a tour that recreated many a literary landscape for myself and my companion, particularly since both of us are or have been English teachers.
My family and I had a great time on this tour. Our tour guide Stacey was friendly and knowledgeable, the country side was beautiful and we where able to make some unscheduled stops along the way for pictures and site seeing.
My tour guide is Kristina. She is very knowledgeable and responsive. We were lucky to have a super small size group tour, only 4 people. Kristina was very nice to accommodate our requests. We changed the schedule slightly to have more time in Cotswold, which is absolutely beautiful. I could not believe that I could learn that much about England from just a one-day tour.
A very enjoyable tour and our guide, Stacie, was absolutely fantastic! Not the fault of the tour company, just a general heads-up: be prepared to get stuck in traffic for 1 - 3 hours on the way home!
I had fun on the tour! Stratford was amazing, and the stop at Cotswold was lovely. I found Oxford interesting as well, but not as enjoyable. If I had to make a tiny tweak to the itinerary, I'd spend maybe an extra half hour at Stratford and make up for it by spending slightly less time in Oxford.
We had a great tour guide who was very knowledgeable on the areas we stopped at. The size of the group was great and the transportation was very accommodating.
Great excursion! Pick up prompt. Great guide. Would recommend this trip
Our tour guide, Daniel, was very knowledgeable and fun during the day. The only reason this tour is not getting 5 stars is the organization of the day. Honestly, this tour had a little too much crammed into one day. All the places we visited were great, but there was a general rushing of time and there was not nearly enough time to stay and enjoy everything. Also, if you are rushing around to see everything on your free time, you will do a LOT of walking. My pedometer said 27,000 steps at the end of this day, and I was beat.
When we got to Stratford, we waited in line for group admission into Shakespeare's birthplace. Finally, my friend and I decided to just go do our own exploring, because there was less than 2 hours to see everything. It was sad we had to make that choice, but I will have to just make a plan to go back to Stratford one day to give myself more time.
The Cotswolds were beautiful, but because we were behind on time, we only had a 10 minute stop in one town, so there wasn't really time to see much of that. It would be better to cut that out of the tour and see that on a separate full day.
Finally, Oxford included a walking tour. It is a beautiful city, and I am curious if they still do tours on the Oxford campus, though, when there are students there for the school year. Either way, pop into the Eagle and Child. They have signatures of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, among others on one of their walls. I thought it was neat, if you are into literature at all.
... after a little hiccup with the tour company operating this trip, they were able to rectify the situation and we were treated to a smaller private tour. There is plenty of free time to explore on your own, and the guide that was assigned to us was quite knowledgable.
I will cut out the Cotswold from this tour. Although the Cotswolds is beautiful, it makes the tour too long and one does not really experience anything there.
Excellent overall experience. Coach was on time at pick up point and we left the meeting station on time. Tour guide was great - lots of history and humour on the bus. Dont expect to stay in the Cotswolds for long, its more just a drive through but you get more than enough time in Startford and Oxford to explore on your own time! I would definitely recommend Anderson tours and would use them again in the future.
Did not get to see much of the Cotswold villages. Just a brief stop for a couple of pictures and we were off to the next destination. Oxford is beautiful and Stratford is a nice town to stroll along.
Although we did enjoy seeing these sights, we felt that more dialogue as to the sights that we passed in the bus would have made the trip more interesting.
This was a fun way to spend the day outside of London. You don't really get much time at any location but it was nice to see Stratford-upon-Avon and Oxford. Our tour guide was very informative, especially about Shakespeare.
I would give this tour 3-1/2 stars because the sites are wonderful. My family of 2 adults and an 11 y/o went on this tour in June 2016. The pick-up process was disorganized, leaving some of the other customers annoyed and complaining. The guide and driver had trouble working the AC and window de-fog on the bus, but they did have a working emergency toilet for 1 only. My family loved Stratford where the tour included entrance into Shakespeare's childhood home, we walked to his grave site and church, and took in the historic buildings with cobbled-stoned streets. Our stop in the Costwolds was in a shopping square of historic buildings for 5-10 mins, which left you with no time to shop, eat or really do anything except stand in the rain. It was also raining when we arrived at Oxford and our tour guide gave us brief directions from the bus where some restaurants were and bathrooms in a museum. There was NO guided tour through Oxford included maybe because it was poring down raining. Even so, we LOVED Oxford. We ate at The Eagle and Child pub excellent food! known for 2 famous authors dining there walked the historic streets and did a little tourist shopping since time was short. My family really enjoyed this tour although, it seemed to be jinxed from the beggining. We enjoyed the rain, but I think it delayed our travel between sites on a quirky bus, giving us less time to enjoy the destinations, and making our tour guide less willing to actually complete the description of the tour we paid for.
The tour was okay. We started out late due to mismanagement of buses. Instead of taking us to Oxford first, Oxfords was kept for last. So, we missed many colleges and churches from inside. They gave us just 5 mins in Cotswolds which was too less. The tour guide did not tell us much about the history of the places. Tour could have been better planned.
Anderson tour was not a good choise for Oxford tour. We had a totaly unexperienced guide, Sandra, who didn and #39;t provide any information about Oxford. She was talking about places to eat and our tip at the end of the trip. Avoid Anderson, avoid Sandra!
Anderson Tour let us down big time: they did not come to pick us up at the meeting place letting us wait in the rain for hours! Ridiculous!
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