Oxford, the Cotswolds and Stratford-on-Avon - 1 day
Spires, Shires and Sonnets - Oxford, Central Cotswolds and Shakespeare's Stratford
This tour is also available on a daily basis for small groups - contact us for details.
This tour can only be booked online or by calling 0044 (0)1223 244 555. We do not accept bookings through hotel concierge desks.
In a little over an hours time our journey to the University city of Oxford will be complete. Heading west over the Chiltern Hills we descend down to the Thames valley to this 'city of dreaming spires' and take a walking tour amongst the cloisters and quadrangles of Britain's oldest University, founded in 1167. Ivy clad medieval college buildings compete for space with Georgian shops and ancient churches around busy streets which both 'Town and Gown' call home. Our guided walking tour will take you into the heart of this land of hallowed academia, to the Bodleian Library, to the Radcliffe Camera, Sheldonian Theatre and selected colleges.
After a break we head out to the nearby Cotswold hills. Here we can find the little back roads taking us away from the busy highways. We meander down country lanes, through villages of honey coloured stone, to Burford and Stow-on-the-Wold and to the charming twins of Upper and Lower Slaughter. A stop for a leisurely lunch is made in one of these places then we set off to Stratford-on-Avon in Warwickshire.
Known the world over as the birthplace of the great poet William Shakespeare we, quite rightly, take you to the house where he was born (entry included) and to Holy Trinity church where he was both baptised and buried. Many other centuries-old houses survive, some of these have associations with the writer. After a guided tour of the town and some free time we continue for a photo stop at Anne Hathaway's cottage, a beautiful timber-framed thatched farmhouse that was Shakespeare's wife's childhood home before we finally continue on our journey south to London.
- Fully guided lecture standard tour
- Guided walking tour of Oxford
- Visit to Burford and Stow-on-the-Wold and to the charming twins of Upper and Lower Slaughter in the Cotswolds
- Entrance to Shakespeare's Birthplace
- Guided tour of Stratford-upon-Avon
- All travel in comfortable purpose-built minibus from Central London
Why choose this tour?
On this tour you will be travelling with no more than 16 other people - guaranteed! Our purpose-built minibuses have large windows, good air circulation and clear PA systems so that your professional guide can escort you comfortably through our wonderful country. Our itineraries are carefullly planned (with many years of experience) so that you discover as much as possible, without spending too much time on the road.
As we travel in smaller vehicles, we normally use the most scenic routes, where large coach are prohibited from travelling. Additionally, as our group sizes are smaller we are able to more time out of the vehicle. We also employ a the very best driver/guides.
Friendly and Professional Guides - Small Groups - More Scenic Routes - More Time Sightseeing- No Time Wasted Travelling around London- Great Value for Money
07.30AM International Students House Car Park, 229 Great Portland Street, London W1W 5PN (MAP)
07.40AM Outside Cumberland Hotel, Marble Arch (MAP)
07.50AM Outside main entrance to Zara Fashion, 79 Brompton Road, SW3 1DB. This store is next to Harrods (MAP)
08.00AM Outside Premier Inn, Knaresborough Place, Earls Court (MAP)
This tour normally ends by 7pm
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Make the most of your time with us
We prefer to spend your valuable time touring the places you have chosen to visit and we therefore offer a choice of 4 meeting points, which are easiliy accessable by public transport from all parts of London and form our natural route to the west. Many tours spend over an hour driving around the busy congested roads of London.