Discover the beautiful Cotswold Hills and magnificent Blenheim Palace. Enjoy a two course lunch in an historic pub. Experience off the beaten track exploration with a knowledgeable guide.
Maximum 16 people per tour
Visit the villages of Burford, Bibury, Bourton on the Water and Stow on the Wold
Enjoy a delicious lunch with a drink included
Entry to Blenheim Palace & Gardens
Available every Saturday (April to October)
Departures available from London and Oxford
We head out to the west of London to the gentle rolling limestone hills of the Cotswolds, driving down single track narrow country lanes in our minibus, exploring the back roads and little winding valleys. With an expert guide on board we will learn of the rise and fall of the wool trade in this region and how it left behind a landscape untouched by the modern world, featuring small honey coloured stone villages and hidden green valleys with babbling streams.
We visit delightful Burford with stone houses cascading down to the River Windrush. See Woolsack tombs in the historic churchyard. Visit Bibury with its photogenic collection of houses known as Arlington Row. Travel up the narrow Coln Valley on single track roads, passing fields of sheep and sleepy hamlets. Drive to popular Bourton on the Water with its collection of stone bridges and then bustling Stow on the Wold with its vibrant market square.
We continue our drive through more Cotswold scenery to stately and opulent Blenheim Palace, the largest privately owned house in the country and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. We tour the grand interior and walk amongst the lavish formal gardens and the breathtaking landscaped grounds by Capability Brown, featuring its impressive lake. There will be time to visit the Churchill Museum and see the room where he was born in 1874. Marvel at a building created to rival Versailles, and soak in the wonderful views before our return to London.
Central London Tour of Cotswolds villages begins
Lunch in Burford - example menu below
Tour of Cotswolds villages ends Blenheim Palace
Blenheim Palace London Victoria
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.
If you have any dietary requirements you must inform us of this before the tour. The pub we would normally use is the Lamb Inn, Burford, however this is subject to change.
The Lamb Example Lunch Menu - one course & one soft drink per person
Pan Roast Chicken Breast, served with Potato Cake, Roast Carrots & Tarragon Cream
Chef's vegetarian special of the day; examples below
Caramelised polenta cake, served with aubergine caviar, confit shallots, rocket & Parmesan (v) OR Goats Cheese and Sun Blush Tomato Croquettes (v)
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 Hard Rock Hotel main entrance, Marble Arch (formerly the Cumberland Hotel). (MAP) Nearest tube station is Marble Arch
Outside Holiday Inn Kensington Forum, 97 Cromwell Road (MAP) (wait on Cromwell road by the bus stop, not outside the hotel entrance) Nearest tube station is Gloucester Road
Outside the Oxford Visitor Information Centre, 15-16 Broad Street (MAP)