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Bath, Stonehenge and The Cotswolds - 1 day

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Bath, Stonehenge and the Cotswolds

Available every Tuesday

  • Small group tour with maximum 16 people
  • Expert, friendly guide
  • Entries included to Roman Baths Museum and Stonehenge
  • Fully guided tour of the city of Bath, including the Royal Crescent, Royal Circus and the Assembly Rooms
  • Guided walking tour of Lacock
  • Travel in executive, air conditioned minicoach
  • Small group day trips allow more interaction with your tour guide and fellow customers, with access to destinations impossible by large coach!
 

Detailed Tour Description

On this tour we will explore the best landscapes the west of England has to offer. The rolling limestone hills of the Cotswolds, the ancient Neolithic sites of Wessex and the Georgian splendour of the city of Bath.

This tour departs every Tuesday


After leaving London behind we take the old coach road to Bath, through Hungerford, Marlborough, along the Kennet valley and through the Savernake Forest. Evidence of this once important route lies all around us, historic coaching inns, chalk hill figures cut into the downland, obscure monuments to long forgotten characters and a subtle change in the landscape as we head into the golden stone villages of the Cotswold and Mendip hills. Our first stop will be in Lacock, a perfectly preserved village, now owned by the National Trust and often used as a backdrop for television and films such as the Cranford Chronicles, Pride and Prejudice, Harry Potter and most recently Downton Abbey. After a guided walking tour there will be free time to explore and take morning coffee before we continue towards the Avon valley and the city of Bath.

Royal Crescent, BathVisitors have been coming to Bath for centuries, owing to the hot springs that bubble up to the surface at several locations in the city. A constant temperature of 46.5C, the only warm springs in the country, meant that it became the important Roman resort of Aqua Sulis during the time of their occupation nearly 2,000 years ago. The city was beautifully re-invented in the 18th century when it became the fashionable place to see and be seen. Elegant crescents, squares and terraces were built as the rich and famous travelled from London for 'the season' and relieve themselves of gout, rheumatic pain and stiffness of the joints. The fully guided tour of the city includes admission to the Roman Baths museum and a tour of the highlights of Georgian Bath, including the Royal Crescent, Royal Circus and the Assembly Rooms.

StonehengeAfter lunch and free time we meet up again and travel through mysterious Wessex, taking the back roads, through villages of flintstone and thatch and onwards to Salisbury Plain and the enigmatic circle of Stonehenge. Facts and theories abound at this ancient site, where and why, who were the builders, what was it used for? During our guided tour we learn about the different periods of building stretching back 5,000 years, we learn of the people that worship there and of the various ideas of its alignments and purpose. It is here, amongst the stone age landscape of Wiltshire, that we end our tour before returning to London.

On the return to London your driver will drop you at Victoria Train Station in the city centre. This is one of the largest transport stations in London, with excellent connections to all parts of London and beyond.

26th December 2017 - The Roman Baths in Bath will be closed. In Bath we will include a walking tour and a hot cooked lunch instead of the Roman Baths.


Price Includes

  • Fully guided lecture standard tour
  • Entrance to Roman Baths Museum
  • Fully guided tour of the city of Bath, including the Royal Crescent, Royal Circus and the Assembly Rooms
  • Guided walking tour of Lacock
  • Entrance to Stonehenge
  • 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 carefully 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 coaches are prohibited from travelling. Additionally, as our group sizes are smaller we are able to spend more time out of the vehicle. We also employ only 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


Departure Information
 
Due to road closures, the Great Russell Street meeting point has been changed until further notice to;
07.20AM Opposite Great Portland Street Tube Station, outside International Student House building, 229 Great Portland Street, WIW 5PN (MAP)
07.30AM Outside Cumberland Hotel, Marble Arch (MAP), nearest station is Marble Arch Station 
07.45AM Outside Holiday Inn Kensington Forum, 97 Cromwell Road, Kensington (opposite Ashburn Hotel, short walk from Gloucester Road tube station) (MAP)
 

This tour normally ends by 6.30pm

If you intend to travel to our central London meeting points by public transport, you can plan your journey in advance on the Transport for London website  - click here

To find great deals on hotels (often close to the above tour departure points) in central London click here

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 3 meeting points, which are easily accessible by public transport from all parts of London. Many tours spend over an hour driving around the busy congested roads of London.