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  • From London: Full-Day Cotswolds Tour with Lunch

    1. From London: Full-Day Cotswolds Tour with Lunch

    Enjoy the rolling hills of the Cotswolds, and visit 4 of its loveliest villages – Burford, Bibury, Bourton-on-the-Water, and Stow-on-the-Wold. Travel through the Cotswolds, an area seemingly unchanged with the passing of time. See rolling landscapes, dry stone walls, quaint churches, and streams that tumble past tiny villages and charming hamlets. On this full-day excursion from London, you’ll begin your tour in Burford, where the magnificent High Street slopes down to the River Windrush. See the town’s small tea houses before heading south to picturesque Bibury for lunch. Dine in one of the prettiest villages in England. A 2-course meal awaits you in the heart of the Cotswolds at the Swan Hotel. The restaurant, overlooking the River Coln, is housed in a 17th-century former coach inn, and serves a popular range of traditional dishes, along with ales and fine wines. Explore Bourton-on...

    Exceptional tour guide and coach driver, very friendly and knowledgeable about the area as well as stunning views of the Coswild villages. The only downside is we didn't get to have lunch at the Swan Hotel, as listed. We were taken to a place called the Cotswold Arms and the food was a joke. The apple crumble was bitter and the steak pie had no base, it was one inflated puff pastry balloon. Sainsbury's provide better meals for 1/20th of the price. The same tour without lunch is £55 and we paid £96 for the tour with lunch. That's £46 on a very, very poor lunch. But the stunning views and villages compensated. Beautiful day trip.

  • From Oxford: Half-Day Tour to Cotswold Taster

    2. From Oxford: Half-Day Tour to Cotswold Taster

    Leave the medieval city of Oxford and head first to the pretty village of Minster Lovell. Walk through the village and see the pretty thatched cottages and River Windrush. Relax on a scenic drive that takes you through the idyllic hamlets of Asthall and Swinbrook to the old market town of Burford, the 'gateway to the Cotswolds'.  Enjoy time to browse in the sloping High Street of Burford, with its quirky shops and cafes. Continue through the old quarrying villages of Taynton and the Barringtons, where a panoramic drive takes you to Bourton-on-the-Water, often called the 'Venice of the Cotswolds'.  Wander along the banks of the quaint River Windrush with its old stone bridges or stop for a refreshment in one of the many cafes. Leaving Bourton-on-the-Water, you climb up to Stow Hill to Stow-on-the-Wold, the highest town in the Cotswolds and a market town since the 12th century. Stow is k...

    Fabulous trip. Highly recommended. Isabelle and Dave were very knowledgeable guides.

  • From Oxford: Cotswolds and Blenheim Palace with Pub Lunch

    3. From Oxford: Cotswolds and Blenheim Palace with Pub Lunch

    This small-group tour takes place in England's most outstandingly beautiful countryside, the region of the Cotswolds. The small, executive vehicles allow the tour to go off the beaten track through the valley of the River Windrush, and along single track roads to the town of Burford. Take a guided walk to the historic church, then after further exploration, continue to the Coln Valley and the charming Bibury, once described as the prettiest village in England. Stroll through the water meadows and see historic Arlington Row, a group of ancient weaver's cottages. It's then onwards to Bourton-on-the-Water and Stow-on-the-Wold, all the while taking in the leafy, winding country lanes that big coaches cannot travel on.  After that, enjoy lunch at a traditional country pub. Menu choices include Pan Roast Chicken Breast, served with Potato Cake, Roast Carrots & Tarragon Cream, or Chef's veget...

  • Oxford, Cotswolds, and Stratford-upon-Avon Tour from Oxford

    4. Oxford, Cotswolds, and Stratford-upon-Avon Tour from Oxford

    Embark on a small-group day trip departing from Oxford. Your day begins with an eye-opening guided walking tour of the city, including the ancient colleges and academic buildings of Oxford University, as well as picture perfect churches and chapels dating as far back as the 11th century. Afterwards, head to the timber-framed splendor of Stratford-upon-Avon for a guided tour of Shakespeare's hometown, where many buildings survive from his own lifetime. Enjoy a narrative from your expert guide about the history of the poet as you drive to sites that were important in his life, such as the Holy Trinity Church where he was baptized and buried, and his birthplace, where you will have some time to go inside and explore.  After some free time in the town, a scenic drive will take you into the limestone uplands known as the Cotswold Hills. Narrow country lanes, meandering streams, honey-colore...

  • From Oxford: Cotswolds Towns and Villages Small Group Tour

    5. From Oxford: Cotswolds Towns and Villages Small Group Tour

    Departing from the visitor information center on Broad Street, Oxford in the morning at 10:00 AM, head to the village of Great Tew. Continue to Stow-on-the-Wold to reach the highest town in the region and browse the honey-colored buildings and tiny tea rooms. Visit the pretty village of Lower Slaughter before going to Bourton-on-the-Water, known as the "Venice of the Cotswolds", where you will have time for lunch. After lunch discover the gateway to the Cotswolds in the village of Burford. Journey through the valley of the River Windrush and discover amazing villages such as Swinbrook and Asthall, along with the ruins of 15th-century Minster Lovell Hall. Departure will be late afternoon, returning to the visitor information center in Oxford by 5:00 PM.

    My trip to the Cotswolds was very interesting. I enjoyed it very much. Ian our driver gave us a lot of information regarding the area and the history underpinning the villages we visited. He was very kind and helpful and allowed us enough time to walk around and enjoy the unique beauty of the picturesque Cotswolds countryside. Thank you very much Ian!!!!

  • The Cotswolds: Small-Group Tour

    6. The Cotswolds: Small-Group Tour

    This enchanting half-day tour begins with a drive to the pretty village of Minster Lovell. Enjoy walking through the village and seeing the charming thatched cottages. The route continues to the idyllic village of Bibury, once described by William Morris as the most beautiful village in England.  Delight in a walk along the River Coln and see the trout farm and the famous 17th-century weavers' cottages on Arlington Row. A panoramic drive takes you through the stunning Coln Valley, passing through enchanting stone hamlets, hidden valleys and breathtaking scenery, before arriving in the historic wool town of Northleach.  Visit the famous wool church with its imposing Perpendicular church tower, cross to the North Cotswolds and follow the course of the River Windrush through the beautiful villages of the Windrush Valley. The next stop is in the bustling town of Burford, known as the Gatew...

    Isobel was great! Being a local she had so many interesting stories to tell and details to point out.

  • From Oxford: Cotswolds & Blenheim Palace Small-Group Tour

    7. From Oxford: Cotswolds & Blenheim Palace Small-Group Tour

    Take in the charming thatched cottages and quaint rustic villages of the Cotswolds, starting with Burford, which is ranked by Forbes as the 6th best place to live in the world. Learn how this part of Britain became so beautiful and yet remains so untouched. You will be free to roam around the village at your own pace. Then venture farther into the Cotswolds to Bourton-on-the-Water, known as a “Little Venice” due to the meandering beauty of the River Windrush. This will be followed by exploring Blenheim Palace, seat of the Dukes of Marlborough. The palace is the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and a true masterpiece of English Baroque architecture that boasts over 300 years of history to discover. You will be given a tour of the grounds, along with the aristocratic history of the palace. You can then enter either the Palace itself, along with the expansive gardens, or head to the C...

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What people are saying about Burford

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 288 reviews

Easy to find meeting point and smooth drive ( Neil, our driver, ensured that we have a safe and smooth drive through the pitoresque Cotswolds). Everything was well panned and we had enough time to explore all destinations and even do a little bit of shopping. Andrew, our guide for the day, was a living and breathing encyclopedia giving us so much information about the places what we visited and more than that. I would definitely recommend this tour even for the ones that are self sufficient and able to drive around Cotswolds ( yes, there's more flexibility on doing that but with a knowledgeable guide you know what you're looking at and you're assured that you don't miss any points of interest of the area). Thank you, Andrew and Neil, it was a pleasure getting to know a little bit more about England's beautiful countryside

My daughter and I have just returned from a wonderful day experiencing some of the most beautiful villages in the Cotswolds. The day was made even more special by the professional attitude of Frank, the very knowledgeable and approachable guide with a great sense of humour and Neil, our very kind and polite driver whose great driving would have put me to sleep if it wasn't for my lovely conversation with Frank! The 4 villages we visited were lovely and it is impossible to choose one as a favourite as they each had their own charm. The food was excellent and the service at the restaurant was very efficient as we were trying to keep to a schedule. I definitely recommend the day trip and have myself already booked another day trip to Windsor Castle!

All ingredients for a perfect recipe. Start with Frank our guide and Ricky the pilot, comfortable clean bus. The group and the perfect weather. Frank kept us engaged with his insights to the history and interesting facts of the places visited.

Lovely Sunday well spent. Travelled alone but it was still fun. Will recommend for a fun day out of town with the girls. Loads of shopping and eating opportunities. It was lovely

Fabulous trip. Highly recommended. Isabelle and Dave were very knowledgeable guides.