- Available every Friday from June to August - Fully refundable and amendable up until 7 days before travel
Take in the pretty countryside scenery of Cotswolds villages including Whitney, Charlbury and Chipping Norton, as you learn of the history and heritage of this UNESCO protected Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Enjoy a traditional country pub lunch before ending your day wandering through the stunning scenery of the Cotswolds Lavender fields. Travel in a small group with your guide for a more personal experience, and reach parts of the pretty countryside the larger coaches can’t pass.
Wander among the picturesque, tranquil lavender fields of the Cotswolds
Visit the villages of Whitney, Charlbury and Chipping Norton - avoiding the crowds of busier Cotswolds villages
Enjoy a delicious lunch with a drink included
Reach corners of the English countryside the larger coaches can’t pass
Enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to 16 people
Welcome to the picturesque and idyllic Cotswolds, a region renowned for its quintessential English charm and timeless beauty. Nestled in the heart of the United Kingdom, the Cotswolds is a captivating blend of rolling hills, honey-coloured limestone villages, and lush green landscapes.Embark on a journey through charming market towns and villages that seem frozen in time, where cobblestone streets wind their way past historic cottages adorned with climbing roses. Explore the architectural splendor of medieval churches, manor houses, and cozy pubs, each telling tales of a bygone era.
The Cotswolds is not just a feast for the eyes; it also offers a rich tapestry of cultural and historical experiences. Immerse yourself in the region's heritage by visiting small villages within this UNESCO protected Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Meet your guide and driver bright and early to head out from London, you’ll be given some background knowledge and a brief history of England. You’ll hear why the Cotswolds is such a beloved place, how the wars left it virtually untouched, and how farming was a staple industry for this area. As you pass thatched-roof houses, hear about how they make them and why this is such a specialised trade.
Most tours on offer to the Cotswolds will visit the same villages. That means those villages are full of tourists. This tour takes you to villages not frequented by coaches full of visitors. You’ll drive through Whitney, Charlbury and stop in Chipping Norton, where wool in the Middle Ages made the Cotswolds one of England’s wealthiest parts and many medieval buildings still survive.
Next, we’re off to Moreton-on Marsh, a market town in the Evenlode Village. There was a settlement here in the Roman times, and the Saxon settlement dates to 557AD. There are so many elegant 18th century inns and houses here thanks to the booming wool and cloth-making trade of medieval times. The White Hart Royal pub is where King Charles I granted a charter for a market in 1637.
Immerse yourself in the region's heritage by visiting an ancient landmark, the impressive Broadway Tower where history comes alive. This 18th century folly is 65 feet tall and was built in 1799 to look like a Saxon tower. You’ve worked up an appetite, so it’s off to a local pub for a delicious lunch.
When you arrive at the Cotswolds Lavender Farm, you’ll fall in love with the colour purple. Lavender is grown as a crop, used in perfumes, teas, syrups, and other products. Stroll up and down the rows of lavender, take photos and breathe in the fresh air. Finally, take a quick peak into the gift shop to pick up a souvenir for yourself or a friend.
Whether you're an architecture enthusiast, a nature lover, or someone seeking a tranquil escape, the Cotswolds has something to offer everyone. Join us on this unforgettable journey as we unveil the timeless beauty and enchanting allure of this iconic English countryside.
Please ensure you arrive at your allocated departure point at least 10 minutes before your departure time.
Outside The British Museum main entrance on Great Russell Street (MAP). Nearest tube stations are Holborn or Tottenham Court Road.
Outside the Cumberland Hotel main entrance, Marble Arch (formerly the Hard Rock Hotel). (MAP) Nearest tube station is Marble Arch
Outside Gloucester Road Tube station, meet at the station exit. (MAP)
Oxford services for a comfort break
Oxford to begin Cotswolds village tour
Country Pub for Lunch Stop
Cotswolds Lavender Farm
Cotswolds Lavender Farm
London Victoria Station
Please note that all timings above are estimated and assuming normal traffic conditions. Due to the changeable nature of road conditions, we cannot guarantee a precise time when you will get back to London, it is usually between 6-7pm.
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.
The Snowshill Arms Example Lunch Menu - one course lunch & one soft drink per person
If you have any dietary requirements you must inform us of this before the tour, we can advise on menu items excluding certain allergens.
Helpful Information about the day of your Cotswolds & Country Pub Lunch & Lavender Fields Tour
Are the meeting points easy to find?
YES! All are within short walking distances of tube and bus stops, and very easy access for taxis. We recommend you arrive at the meeting point 10 minutes before the departure time. Your International Friends day trip has been carefully planned to ensure maximum enjoyment, which sadly means we cannot delay our departure times to wait for latecomers. This would impact the day's itinerary and could mean we miss booked entry times at certain attractions. If you are running late please phone the emergency number and our team will help you. If you miss the departure for your tour, you are welcome to join the tour at the first scheduled stop. Any expenses incurred in doing so will be at your own expense. Refunds cannot be issued for passengers who miss their tours departure through lateness.
How will I identify the International Friends vehicle at the meeting point?
Depending on the number of people travelling on a particular day we use 8 or 16 seater executive vehicles. On arrival at the pick up location the guide/driver will announce themselves, will be holding a sign reading “International Friends” and will be aware of your names ready to welcome you on board.
How much time at each sightseeing stop?
All of our day trips have been carefully planned to ensure maximum enjoyment.
Much of our day will be spent touring the beautiful Cotswolds countryside. Using small vehicles, we are able to access the smaller, lesser traveled country roads that the big coaches can't reach.
We have planned stops and around 30 minutes to explore in each Chipping Norton, Moreton-in-Marsh & Broadway Tower.
There is a planned lunch stop of around 60 minutes in a country pub.
You will end your day with a 3 hour visit to the Cotswolds Lavender Farm. Time to explore, take a relaxing stroll and take some truly stunning photos. There will also be time to visit the gift shop.
This day trip is carefully planned to ensure all customers have a fantastic experience whilst visiting these wonderful sites. All customers must stick to the timings provided (these will be confirmed by your guide on the day). If you think you may be late or lost you can phone the emergency number for help, but we cannot amend the day trip for all passengers because of latecomers. Should you miss a departure at one of the sightseeing stops our staff will do their best in assisting you to catch up with the tour or in returning to London. This will be at your own expense.
Are entries into the attractions included in my ticket price?
This tour includes lunch in a Cotswolds Country Pub, plus entry at the Cotswolds Lavender Farm.
How can I find out more information about the attractions we will see on this tour?
This tour includes a delightful Country Pub lunch and a drink.
Can I bring food and drink onboard the vehicle?
There is to be NO Hot Food or Beverages (exception if hot beverage is in a sealed reusable thermal cup) on board the coaches due to the risk of scalds or burns and smells remaining on board the vehicle. Only Cold food & beverages with screw top lids are to be taken on board any vehicle. All litter must be taken from the vehicle and disposed of appropriately.
How much walking is involved in this tour?
In the Cotswolds there will be opportunities for short walks in each village/photo stop. The actual walking distances involved are very small. Our small executive touring vehicles can access places in the villages large coaches cannot access.
What should I wear?
British weather can be variable and so guests are advised to check the weather forecast and dress appropriately. It is recommended to bring some warm clothes with you especially in the winter months and layers are good for adapting to the ever-changing weather conditions. It is a good idea to wear appropriate footwear as there is walking involved on our tours. England is known for its rain so it is advisable to bring a waterproof jacket or umbrella with you.
How many people will be joining this tour?
This is one of our Small & Friendly tours. You will benefit from being in a small group of maximum 16 people.
Do we need to tip staff?
Tips are entirely at the customer’s discretion and in no way expected. Should you feel inclined to tip, your driver or guide would be grateful, but you should not feel obliged. A 10% tip is considered customary in the UK.
What time do we arrive back in London?
We aim to arrive back in London at approximately 6:30pm. Please note that all timings above are estimated and assuming normal traffic conditions. Due to the changeable nature of road conditions, we cannot guarantee a precise time when you will arrive back in 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.