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 Travelers Choose This Tour
A small group size makes it easier to get up close and personal with the sights and pause for photo stops.
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 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.
This is an excellent tour to see three distinct areas outside of London in the English countryside. Learn about Oxford University while traversing historic paths with lots of shopping near by. We had a great walking tour conducted by a local of Oxford who gave us the Readers Digest version of how Oxford works as a university, the history of the area, buildings, and famous people who attended Oxford. We didn't get to go into any of the buildings, unfortunately. The Cotswolds are a series of villages frozen in time and you get to see a lot of beautiful architecture, picturesque views, shops and pubs to eat at. Stratford-upon-Avon was very pretty, but very touristy. This might be my least favorite of the three when I thought it would top the list. The main street consists of mostly tourists stops however, the church and grounds where Shakespeare is buried are very beautiful. If I had my way again, I'd drop Stratford and pick up Bath as a stop. And lastly, our tour guide, Oz, was extremely knowledgeable about English history and handled all questions well, had great driving skills as he traversed us all day through London and then all our stops.
We loved our small tour group, which traveled in a comfortable, convenient van. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and had a great personality. The smaller size of our van allowed us to get close to the cottages in the Cotswolds and depart the bus for a stroll around the beautiful area and a bit of shopping. Our experience in walking around the Cotswolds was a highlight of our entire trip. The passengers on larger buses were prevented from departing the buses in the Cotswolds because the roads are so small and cant handle large vehicles. We enjoyed our visit to Stratford as well. We saw so much in a single day that we were quite amazed.
The trip was excellent and the diver/tour guide was wonderful. Private Group is the way to go-only 7 people in our group.
First we went to Stratford-upon-Avon to see Shakespeares birth place. Walked through the house, got some great pictures. We had free time to check out the Main Street where I did some Christmas shopping. Then we headed to The Cotswolds- beautiful and scenic drive with lots of sightseeing and history along the way. Stopped in a tiny town called Stow-on-the-Wold for lunch at a pub founded in 947. We only had an hour here- wish we would have had more time! Lunch at the pub took the entire hour. More scenic driving- then arrived at Oxford. Had a local tour guide for this part- he was very knowledgeable. Walked all over, lots of great history and beautiful buildings.
I definitely recommend this tour and will definitely book with them again.
A lot to see and a lot to learn. Well worth it. The only issue is that we do not have a lot of time for Cotswold but you can take another tour to Cotwold if you want. You can get an idea but this tour does not spend a lot of time. The visit to Staratford upon Avon and Oxford is very nice.
Great having a small group - we only had 9 people for a 18 person tour. The bus was very comfortable. Our guide was great - great source of information. Loved Oxford, Cotswolds and Stratford upon Avon. Totally worth it.
Great tour. I'm so glad we booked this small group tour. Jorge sp? was our driver and guide. The pick-up location was easy to find and he found us! He was very knowledgeable and very funny. When we arrived at Oxford, he turned us over to local guide, Debbie who was equally terrific. She showed us many Harry Potter movie location sites. Both guides took very good care of us, answering all our questions and giving suggestions.
We thoroughly enjoyed our day.
My wife and I enjoyed Avon-upon-Stratford. The tour guide was very knowledgeable. This was our first stop of the day and great. The second stop A small village in the Cotwalds for lunch, it was a quaint little village but not much to see. As for Oxford, we were disappointed in the visit. too little