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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-the-Water, one of the loveliest villages in the Cotswolds. Afterwards, you’ll travel to Stow-on-the-Wold, a small market town known for its annual fairs. Enjoy a guided walk through the town center before returning to London.

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From London: Cotswolds, Country Pub Lunch, & Blenheim Palace

2. From London: Cotswolds, Country Pub Lunch, & Blenheim Palace

Drive through the narrow, winding lanes of the Windrush Valley to Minster Lovell, with its ribbon of thatched cottages lining the main street. Meander on through Asthall and Swinbrook. picture-perfect houses nestle either side of the River Windrush as the bus travels up the narrow lanes to Stow-on-the-Wold. Admire the town square and the views from the hilltop, before stopping for a delicious lunch at one of the regions finest pubs, a traditional pub in Burford. Continue to neighbouring Bibury, a village referred to by authors and poets alike as "the prettiest in England." Admire the clear, trout-filled stream and village green, before traveling up the single-track country lane, through Ablington. Travel a little further along this secluded valley before heading onward to Bourton-on-the-Water, otherwise known as 'The Venice of the Cotswolds' with its stream running through the center of the village, dotted with stone bridges.  The tour then continues after lunch down to Woodstock and the magnificent Blenheim Palace - the largest privately-owned house in the country and birthplace of none other than Winston Churchill. Dating back to 1704, beautiful landscaped grounds surround the Palace. Explore the opulent interior, see the room where Sir Winston Churchill was born and marvel at the great dining hall and library. A wonderful way to end the day before the leisurely drive back to London.

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Warwick Castle, Stratford, Oxford & Cotswolds Day Trip

3. Warwick Castle, Stratford, Oxford & Cotswolds Day Trip

Travel into Britain's past as you escape the hustle and bustle of London. Start off the day with a short walking tour of Oxford, home to one of the world’s most famous universities. The ivy-clad colleges that make up the university are seen as some of the finest architecture in Europe. There will be some free time to shop for souvenirs before heading through the Cotswolds towards Stratford. Private tour of Shakespeare’s Schoolroom and Guildhall Described as ‘one of the most atmospheric, magical and important buildings in the whole of Britain,’ Shakespeare’s Schoolroom and Guildhall opened it’s doors to the public for the first time in 2016 to mark the 400th anniversary of the writer's death. Step back in time to the 1570’s when William Shakespeare was a pupil learning to read and write, and see the room where leading theater companies came to perform - a strong influence on the young playwright. You will be invited to enjoy a private tour before the school opens to the public in the morning, including the chance to take part in a Tudor lesson, write with a quill and ink, witness the rare medieval wall paintings, and much more.  Stratford-Upon-Avon The birthplace of William Shakespeare, the greatest writer in the English language and home to the theatres of the world-renowned Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford is a charming market town set in the heart of rural England. A delightful river winds its way through the town, past the beautiful Holy Trinity Church, where Shakespeare lies buried. See some wonderful half-wooden buildings that date back to Shakespeare's time, including Shakespeare’s birthplace. Warwick Castle This is, quite simply, the greatest medieval castle in Britain. With a history that dates back over 1,000 years, Warwick Castle will take you back in time to a world of sumptuous banquets, bloody battles, and royal splendor. Enter over the footbridge and explore the castle's ramparts, towers, and gardens. Oxford and the Cotswolds Oxford, the city of dreaming spires, boasts one of the world’s greatest and oldest universities as well as some of the finest architecture in Europe. The colleges themselves, which make up the university, are amongst the architectural highlights, their ivy-clad stone walls protecting beautiful chapels, halls and libraries. Soak up the atmosphere of this remarkable town with a guided walking tour of the city or take tea in the shop where the real-life Alice (inspiration for Alice in Wonderland) bought her sweets! Your trip to Oxford promises an unforgettable experience for young and old alike. On the way to the remarkable city you will also enjoy a short drive through the scenic Cotswolds.

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Cotswolds: Private Guided Full or Half Day Trip by Car

4. Cotswolds: Private Guided Full or Half Day Trip by Car

Explore the picturesque villages and scenery of the world-famous Cotswolds region on a private full or half day tour. Get off the beaten track and avoid the coach crowds with the help of your local guide. Visit the destinations you want to see, where practical, and discover locations you may not have heard of too. As the tour is private, the itinerary and start time are flexible. Along the way, enjoy coffee, lunch, and cake stops to suit your schedule as well. Possible places to visit include Lower Slaughter, Stow-on-the-Wold, Minster Lovell, North Leigh Roman Villa, Broadway Tower, Chastleton House, Kingham, and Kelmscott Manor.

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From Oxford: Cotswolds and Blenheim Palace with Pub Lunch

5. 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 vegetarian special of the day; examples are Caramelised polenta cake, served with aubergine caviar, confit shallots, rocket & Parmesan (v) OR Goats Cheese and Sun Blush Tomato Croquettes. Then explore the beautiful village before the tour departs for the final and perhaps most impressive stop, Blenheim Palace. Next, head over to Blenheim Palace, the largest privately-owned house in Britain, home to the 12th Duke of Marlborough and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill in 1874. The house was designed by Sir John Vanburgh over 300 years ago, to rival the Palace of Versailles. You will be able to tour the magnificent rooms, stroll around the stunning gardens, see the Winston Churchill exhibition, all the while enjoying the sheer opulence and breathtaking beauty of the Palace before returning to Oxford.

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From London: Small Group Cotswolds Tour

6. From London: Small Group Cotswolds Tour

Depart from London and leave the busy streets of the city behind as you head towards the Cotswolds, the single largest Designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the UK. Upon arrival, enjoy a tour through a picturesque and lively market town hidden in the heart of the Cotswolds. Soak up the rich cultural heritage of the village as you stroll along the charming streets and admire the honey-colored limestone buildings that surround you. Once you’ve worked up a bit of an appetite, dine on a delicious 3-course pub lunch in Burford, known as the gateway to the Cotswolds. The town’s high street stretches from the High Wolds down to the willow-fringed Windrush River in the pretty Windrush Valley. After lunch enjoy a leisurely stroll through the countryside and feel immersed the wonder of the British countryside.

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What people are saying about The Cotswolds

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

We had Cotswolds trip with lunch. The guide is Frank, he is friendly and helpful. The drive is Andre, he is Polish and he is nice and friendly. Hope can see them soon! Thanks