The Cotswolds Nature & adventure

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From London: Day Trip to the Cotswolds

1. From London: Day Trip to the Cotswolds

Depart London and journey through the unspoiled villages, river valleys and rolling hills of the Cotswolds, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty known for its houses built of local honey-colored stone. Encounter charming villages and hamlets untouched by time, and visit some of the most beautiful towns in England. Stop in the town of Burford on the River Windrush, often referred to as the "gateway" to the Cotswolds. Get some time to grab some lunch at a local cafe and see some of the lovely cottages in Bourton-on-the-Water.

Cotswolds: Full-Day Electric Bike Tour

2. Cotswolds: Full-Day Electric Bike Tour

Take in amazing views of the Cotswolds villages and countryside scenes on a full-day electric bike tour. Enjoy cycling off the beaten track, away from the usual bus and transport routes. Meet your guide in Hanborough village (address will be confirmed on booking), which is 9 minutes on the train from Oxford. Then, hop on your bike and set off to explore scenic villages, hamlets, and historic sites.  Over the course of the day, cover around 40 miles cycling round trip. Customize the route itinerary and length to suit your group's needs. Your guide will make suggestions and tailor the tour depending on your interests.

Wales and the South West: 5-Day Small Group Tour

3. Wales and the South West: 5-Day Small Group Tour

Day 1: Leave London and travel west to the rolling hills of the Cotswolds through England’s prettiest historic villages. Get the best photos and hear the most fascinating local tales. Travel through the Welsh Marches marked out by the ancient Offa’s Dyke. Head into the heart of the Cambrian Mountains and beautiful Elan Valley. Finally, head to the beautiful seaside town and cultural center of Aberystwyth, where you spend the next two nights. Day 2: Travel to the mountainous region of Snowdonia National Park. Visit the mountain village of Beddgelert to see the famous grave of Gelert, the legendary dog, or explore the nearby copper mine. Next, head to the town of Machynlleth to see the ancient clock tower and the quaint houses, and go antique hunting. Move on to Porthmadog and over the Cob causeway before reaching the impenetrable medieval Harlech Castle. After a fulfilling day, return to Aberystwyth in the late afternoon. Day 3: Travel around the coast of Cardigan Bay through Aberaeron to New Quay. Explore the picturesque harbor and get the chance to spot dolphins and whales. Head into the foreboding Black Mountains to explore a bedrock cave under a castle, before you visit Laugharne, where Dylan Thomas wrote the famous play Under Milk Wood. Move on to Tenby, a charming seaside town and your base for two nights. Day 4: See some of Britain’s most gorgeous coastlines at the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. Travel to the tiny cathedral city of St Davids for lunch and exploration, and stop in the county town of Pembroke to enter the thick medieval walls of the castle. From here, return to Tenby for a relaxed evening. Day 5: Leaving Tenby in the morning, begin your return journey to London. Head past the industrial cities of South Wales to the outskirts of Cardiff, and visit the outdoor National History Museum. Take the Severn Bridge back into England, and take a break at Castle Combe, a Cotswold village perfect for a relaxed stroll amongst 16th-century ironstone cottages.

Cotswolds: Full-Day Private Walking Tour with Local Guide

4. Cotswolds: Full-Day Private Walking Tour with Local Guide

Starting outside Cafe 15 opposite the Anglican church in Burford market town, step back through time with an engaging walking tour through the rolling hills of the Cotswolds. View the famous grassland thatched medieval villages, churches — most notably, the historic Saxon church built on top of a Roman villa — Norman villages and the distinctive local yellow limestone homes. This tour is a rural walk. Enjoy a leisurely walk of about 9 miles, depending on whether you prefer a shorter or a longer route plan. Stop to see the sights, enjoy lunch in a beautiful setting and pick fruit along the way during berry picking season. After a day of learning all about the local area from your experienced local guide, enjoy tea or beer stop in Minster Lovel and/or lunch stop at Swinbrook pub.

Cotswolds: Walks and Villages Guided Tour

5. Cotswolds: Walks and Villages Guided Tour

Starting with hotel pick up in Stratford-upon-Avon, or meeting your guide at the train station in Stratford-upon-Avon or Moreton-in-Marsh, set off into the rolling countryside of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  Begin with a short, countryside walk to the iconic Broadway Tower (1 mile/1.6km). Soak up the panoramic views and see if you can spot the resident herd of red deer. Walk back to the minibus (1 mile/1.6km) and drive to Broadway village, or descend into the village on foot by walking a short section of the famous Cotswold Way (1.5 miles/2.5km). Enjoy free time in the stunning village of Broadway to explore at your own leisure and grab some lunch. Travel through the scenic countryside before embarking on a beautiful circular walk (2.75 miles/4.5 km) to discover quiet, quaint villages along the Windrush Valley. Here, you'll truly be off the beaten track, discovering hidden churches, surprising history, and gorgeous Cotswold villages without the crowds of tourist hot spots. Unwind after in the historic market town of Burford, where you can admire the historic buildings, shop for gifts or relax in a local pub or cafe. Listen to your guide’s fascinating commentary throughout the day about local life and history.

The Cotswolds: Private Customized Tour

6. The Cotswolds: Private Customized Tour

If you only have one day in the Cotswolds then this is the tour for you. Starting at your location of choice, your tour will focus on the North Cotswolds, as this is where many of the most famous and beautiful villages can be found. Driving through stunning countryside and using quiet country lanes, you will visit or pass through a dozen or so quaint Cotswold villages, with options to visit a Manor House, an English Garden or maybe take a short hike in the countryside. All the major spots are easily covered in one day with plenty of time for getting out of the car and enjoying the scenery and atmosphere. You will be looked after by a knowledgeable local driver-guide, and will travel in a luxury vehicle that can hold up to 8 guests. Your guide will give you a background of the area's history and at each of the stops you are free to either explore the village with your guide or to have some free time to yourself to have a look around. All tours are bespoke and the itinerary is totally flexible so let us know if you have specific places you wish to visit or have any custom requests.

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4.6 / 5

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We can't say anything about the excursion, but we can say about Getyourguide's customer service. One evening before the excursion, which was already paid for, my wife had an accident that made it impossible for us to take part. Even if the cancellation period had already expired, the entire amount was credited back to our credit card after a very nice phone call to the German hotline and the sending of the hospital documents. That's what I call very good service. Thanks a lot for this.

The walking tour was amazing as we got to experience the natural part of cotsworld along with some history. My only regret is not bringing a plastic container to collect the delicious berries that we had along the way. Would love to have had more time for further exploration as there is soo much to look and discover. A definite MUST for adventure seekers

It was a very nice drive through these villages, but also very touristy. It would be nice if you would visit less known (overcrowded) villages. In Burton-on-the-water there were so many people around this water that you couldn't really see the beauty of the village.

The trip was very well organized, very convenient meeting up/ drop off point, everything on time, the guide could not have been nicer and more involved. Cotswolds is a dream destination we are so nostalgic about.

Beautiful tour of the Cotswolds, highly recommend it!