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  • £139.00 Adult
  • £119.00 Child (3-15)
  • £10.00 Infant (0-2)
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Oxford, Cotswolds and Stratford-Upon-Avon – Small Group Tour

Take in the Historic sights and scenic routes on this small group tour.  Enjoy a Panoramic tour of Stratford-Upon-Avon, Shakespeare’s birthplace and stop at Anne Hathaway’s House.

See the honey coloured stone villages of the Cotswolds as you journey to Bourton on the Water and Burford.

Then enjoy a walking tour of Oxford and some free time to explore this great city.




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Tour Highlights

  • Small group tour with maximum 16 people which allows more interaction with your tour guide and fellow customers, with access to places impossible by large coach!
  • Expert, friendly guide
  • Guided walking tour of Oxford
  • Entries included to Divinity School in Oxford, Shakespeare’s Birthplace
  • Panoramic tour of Stratford Upon Avon, including photo stop at Anne Hathaway's Cottage
  • Drive through Bourton on the Water and Burford in the Cotswolds
  • Visit Stow-on-the-Wold
  • Travel in executive, air conditioned mini-coach
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Tour Schedule

Stratford-Upon-Avon

Our day begins with a visit to Stratford Upon 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 panoramic 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 travelling south through the stunning Cotswolds.

Cotswolds

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, passing Cotswolds Hills to Stow-on-the-Wold, Bourton on the Water (otherwise known as ‘Venice of the Cotswolds’) and Burford. A stop for a leisurely lunch is made in Stow-on-the-Wold. After the Cotswolds village drive we then we set off to Oxford, the home of oldest English speaking University in the world.

Oxford

The journey from the Cotswolds to Oxford is a little over 30 minutes and we then arrive in the ‘city of dreaming spires’. Your visit begins with a guided walking tour amongst the cloisters and quadrangles of Britain’s oldest University, founded in 1167 when King Henry II banned English students from attending the University of Paris. 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, Harry Potter film locations and University buildings. Entry is included to the Divinity School, built in 1488 for the teaching of theology. This splendid room is the University’s earliest purpose built teaching room, and its first examination hall. With an elaborately vaulted ceiling and 455 carved bosses, it is a masterpiece of English Gothic architecture.

After the guided tour there will be some free time to enjoy the city, before we depart Oxford and take the short drive to London.



Important Information

Departure details

London

07.20 Great Russell Street, outside British Museum main entrance

07.30 Outside Cumberland Hotel, Marble Arch

07.45 Outside Ashburn Hotel, 111 Cromwell Road, Kensington (close to Gloucester Road Tube station), London SW7 4DP

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.

Oxford

Thursday departures: 08.30 Outside Oxford Visitor Information Centre, 15-16 Broad Street, Oxford. OX1 3AS (you will be transferred by taxi to Oxford Services (South) where you will meet your guide at 09.00 from outside WH SMITH Newsagents inside the service station).

Sunday departures: 09:15 Outside Oxford Visitor Information Centre, 15-16 Broad Street, Oxford. OX1 3AS

This tour normally ends by 19.00pm in at London Victoria  – or 17.30pm in Oxford



FAQ’s

Will the tour pick-up from my hotel?

Not unless you are staying at a hotel that is a designated pick-up (you will see options for these before you pay).  This is because of Government actions to help prevent pollution, no tour operators have been allowed to make individual hotel pick-ups since 1st April 2017.

Are there toilets on the coaches?

Some coaches have toilets, some do not, but on all tours there are regular comfort stops of no longer than 2 hours apart, plus all places visited have toilets on site.

Will we have time for a full lunch stop whilst on tour?

Unless you book a tour that includes a specific lunch stop then no.  Most tours are targeted at seeing as much as possible in one day and do not have time for a full stop.  There are options to buy food and snacks at all sites visited, but these can be expensive and most people prefer to bring food and drink with them.  Supermarkets, e.g. Tesco Express offer excellent and great value, pre-prepared food that is ideal for this.  Here is a store finder link.

Will the tour return to for example London at the time stated or can it be late?

Most tours return at the expected time, but this is always subject to traffic and it is possible there could be a delay and so it is always wise to allow plenty of spare time if you are planning on booking theatre shows, trains or flights etc. after your tour.

What clothes should I wear?

It is always wise to check the weather forecast before setting out.  It is good to plan in case of rain, with perhaps a shower coat and umbrella.  There will likely be quite a bit of walking on tours and comfy shoes are a must and if any of the tour is on grass e.g. Stonehenge Inner Circle tours then waterproof shoes are sensible.  It is often colder out of London than in London particularly if windy and a jumper or fleece in summer are wise and a warm coat in winter.

If visiting London how much time will it take to see all the main sites, will we have time for more than one out of London tour if we only have a week? How long in advance should I book tours?

It is a common mistake that people think it may take six days to see London and only allow a day for out of London tours.  However there is so much to see out of London that four days to go out of London will be an amazing experience to see maybe all these locations, Dover, Canterbury, Leeds Castle, Hampton Court, Windsor, Winchester, Glastonbury, Stonehenge, Avebury, Bath, Stratford, Oxford and Warwick.

There are excellent day tours of London that see all of the main attractions in one day and then perhaps allow a further two days to see the Making of Harry Potter Warner Bros. Tour and other London attractions not included on the main tours and do not forget to book your show/theatre tickets well in advance too.

These are all very popular tours, most sell out well in advance and it is wise to book your tours, theatre and attractions several months in advance and you will find good planning in advance will optimise your holiday.

Is it better value to tour sites of London and out of London sites on our own, perhaps hiring a car?

No, fixed tours of both London and out of London are much better value than visiting sites individually and you will find going individually entrance costs alone will add up to more than the fixed tours, even before you factor in travel costs.

Do tours pick-up from any of the London airports?

Sorry no tours depart or return from any UK airports.  There are however excellent rapid express trains for example the Heathrow Express.

Can you help me find a discounted best value hotel? Plus theatre/shows and other attractions?

Yes we certainly can and here are some useful links.



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