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From London: Oxford and Cotswolds Villages Day Trip

1. From London: Oxford and Cotswolds Villages Day Trip

Embark on a full-day guided trip to Oxford and Cotswolds from London. See the historic Oxford University, explore the Cotswolds villages, and admire the lush English countryside. Depart London and travel by a luxury Mercedes minibus and spend the morning exploring the beautiful university city of Oxford. Wander amongst the listed buildings and colleges, and climb one of the vantage points for breathtaking views of the spires. Marvel at the Ashmolean Museum's collection before making your way to the quaint Cotswolds villages to see traditional tiny cottages built from stone. Arrive at the village of Burford, the Gateway to the Cotswolds, and lose yourself in this bustling market town. Make the short journey to Bibury and stroll to the famous and fairytale-like Arlington Row. Admire these 14th-century cottages and gain an insight into the history from your guide. After, enjoy the scenic ride back to London.

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

2. 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.

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In all, this tour is very recommended! We spent about 2.5h in Oxford, 40m in Bibury (it's really small), and 1h in Burford. Oxford had so many things to see and do though (shops, museums, colleges, cafes, etc.), so time should be planned wisely. Bibury was great for photos, and Burford had plenty of gift shops and places to eat. Our guide Graham, was awesome. He had interesting stories and facts to share about the locations during our drives between them. Before we arrived at a stop, he pointed out gift shops, restaurants, and great photo locations so we could save time. Thanks Graham! Notes: 16 Passengers, USB charging ports on the bus, and overhead bag storage. We also didn't hit heavy traffic during our trip.

The tour guide was informative and fun, and most importantly, organized! It was simple to find the pick up location and our guide, Dan, of Rabbie’s Tour, kept a good schedule. The trip itself was magnificent. We stopped in Burford and Bibury for the Cotswolds (about 45mins approx each) and then spent about over 2 hours in Oxford. The Cotswold were our personal highlight, and as other reviews said, we wish we could spend longer there, but understand that’s the nature of day tours. Highly recommend.

Very engaging, interesting driver. Set expectations well. Excellent managing the traffic. Initially, finding the bus was a confusing and stressful experience. A better way would be providing gpa coordinates. Maybe by email the day before.

Dan was an awesome guide. Super knowledgeable and friendly. Excellent day.

Oxford and the villages we visited were beautiful and unique!