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Delight in the quintessential charm of England on a full-day tour of Oxford, the Cotswolds and Stratford-upon-Avon from London. With a knowledgeable guide, visit some of the country’s most popular attractions and delve into the rich history of the British Empire. Catch a glimpse of the grand buildings in the prestigious Oxford University; capture photographs during stops in two gorgeous Cotswolds villages; and visit the birthplace of iconic playwright William Shakespeare in Stratford-upon-Avon. Enjoy an intimate atmosphere on this small-group tour, limited to 16 people.


  • Full-day tour to Stratford-upon-Avon, the Cotswolds and Oxford, from London
  • Learn about the history of each site from your guide
  • See key locations in Shakespeare’s life including his birthplace
  • Stop in several Cotswolds villages for photo ops and lunch at a local restaurant (own expense)
  • Take a walking tour around Oxford University, whose alumni includes Albert Einstein and Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • Walk by locations in Oxford that were sets in Harry Potter films
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 16 people provides a more customized experience

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

The small group allows for a gentler pace as you explore the town that's synonymous with William Shakespeare, drive the back roads of the idyllic Cotswold region and stroll through the stately Oxford University campus.

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What You Can Expect

Small-Group Day Trip to Oxford, the Cotswolds and Stratford-upon-Avon from London

Day Trip to Oxford, Cotswolds and Stratford-upon-Avon

Depart from a central London location in a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan and relax during the scenic journey to Oxford, the day’s first destination. Receive an enriching introduction to the historical city from your guide and embark on an explorative walking tour on arrival in Oxford. Explore the grand grounds of the prestigious Oxford University; see places used as sets in the Harry Potter films; and admire beautiful colleges like Christ Church and All Souls. 

Travel onward to the Cotswolds, a stunning region famed for its thatched cottages and rolling green hills. Admire scenic vistas as you visit the idyllic villages of Burford and Upper and Lower Slaughter; capture photographs and revitalize with lunch (own expense) during brief interludes in the pretty villages. 

Sated, head to Stratford-upon-Avon to experience the hometown of globally renowned playwright, William Shakespeare. Listen to illuminating commentary as you enjoy a coach tour of prominent monuments like Shakespeare’s birthplace, and the Holy Trinity Church in which he was baptized. 

After some relaxed free time, return to London via the quaint village of Shottery, famed for the thatched cottage of Anne Hathaway, Shakespeare’s wife. 
Please note: the order of the itinerary is subject to change.

Customer Reviews

Jennifer K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Loved it! Had a great small group only 14 of us and our tour guide, Oz, was very friendly and knowledgeable. Would've liked to spend a little less time in Stratford-upon-Avon and see a bit more of the Cotswolds, but it was a great trip overall. Oxford has amazing architecture and I'm sure it would've been easy to spend a good deal of time wandering the streets.

Christine Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Highly recommend this small group tour. Our family of five agreed it was the highlight of our vacation. Oz was the best tour guide and so informative. He kept the interest of our three girls ages 17-23 and even found the location where their favorite movie was filmed in the Cotswold area. An amazing experience for all of us!!!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Great experience. Informative and very professionally run. Very comfortable van.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Great experience. Informative and very professionally run. Very comfortable van.

Kristina C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Tour was great! I was glad we did the small tour, we were able to see more of the Cotswolds. My favorite part was getting out of the van and walking around the Cotswolds, the photographs turned out great! Out guide was very knowledgeable and friendly! Great tour, thank you!

Laurie M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We had a fabulous trip--Trevor, the driver, was superb and Diana, our tour guide was wonderful--she even challenged an Oxford professor!
I'd recommend this to anyone who would like to spend a little time in the Cotswolds and Oxford.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Deb our guide was awsome ...very relaxing way to see the country side .

Norman W USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This was an amazing day trip. Dave, our guide, was extraordinary he was so knowledgeable as well as personable He was a wealth of information He was able to provide us with arcane and behind the scenes information of the areas we traveled to that no one guide book could provide. My wife Monica and I would go on another tour with Viator and especially with Dave again and again. Dave: THANK YOU!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Excellent guide, very informative, friendly and humorous. Went out of his way to show us a few extra spots of beauty in the Cotswolds because we had a little extra time. The tour delivered just what had been promised and was completed in very good time.

Walter A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Great tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable, particularly about Oxford. The drive through the Cotswolds was wonderful.

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