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 two course lunch in a thousand year old tavern
Entry to Blenheim Palace & Gardens
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. Here, we stop to enjoy a delicious lunch in a pub dating from 947AD.
We continue our drive after lunch 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.
Cotswolds Day Trip from London & Oxford Tour
Central London Tour of Cotswolds villages begins
Tour of Cotswolds villages ends Burford for a pub lunch and free time
Burford Blenheim Palace
Blenheim Palace London Victoria
Seasonal Lunch Menu - one of the choices below, plus a soft drink
Fillet of Hake, Dill Crushed Potato, Roast Vegetable and Caper Butter
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 seasonal lunch menu may change at any time - if you have any dietary requirements you must inform us of this before the tour.
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 Cumberland Hotel, Marble Arch. From Spring 2019, the Cumberland Hotel will be changing its name to to the 'Hard Rock 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) You will be transferred by taxi to Oxford Services where you will meet your guide at 09:00am from outside WH SMITH Newsagents, inside the service station.