Oxford, Stratford & Cotswolds Villages

from £84.00

Join us on a day tour to a wonderful area in the heart of England, classic "real" English scenery. Shakespeare's beautiful home town of Stratford upon Avon, the stunning countryside of The Cotswolds and the fantastic and fascinating city of Oxford with its world famous University dating back to the 11th century. This is a small group tour - maximum 16 people. Transport by luxury Mercedes Benz minicoach.

Oxford

Following our fully commentated drive through the rolling hills and fields of the classic English countryside we will arrive in the city of Oxford. World famous for its university - the oldest in the English speaking world having been founded in the 11th century, Oxford is a delight to visit.

Stunning architecture, fascinating history, a unique academic atmosphere and environment, Oxford has something for everyone. We'll take you on a walking tour of Oxford to see its most wonderful colleges, gardens, alleys, pubs, gargoyles. With so many stories to tell and so much imagination to capture you are sure to enjoy Oxford.

Following our walking tour there will be plenty of time to explore, perhaps visiting a college, having a drink in a pub (there are many we can suggest!), shopping for souvenirs - take your pick!

The Cotswolds

This is some of the best countryside scenery in the whole of England. Green fields and rolling hills mixed with wonderful little towns and villages full of classic golden coloured houses and cottages. We'll be driving through this area with the chance to stop and see some of this fantastic scenery. Your guide will navigate some of the back roads that big buses can't dream of, passing close enough to cottages to peek through the windows. One of our stops will be in the famous village of Bibury - described by famous cultural legend William Morris as the "most beautiful village in England".

Stratford-upon-Avon

We'll explore this wonderful little town, seeing both Shakespeare's grave and with an optional chance to visit his birthplace - now a fantastic museum. There'll be free time to explore and get some lunch, and join your guide on a tour of the town, where we'll show you it's most scenic sights, the most significant historical buildings and point out its many Shakespeare references and connections. See Shakespeare's old school, the site of his last house, the main RSC theatre, the oldest pub in the town and finally the last resting place of the Bard - 800 year old Holy Trinity Church.

One beautiful town - Stratford upon Avon, some beautiful countryside - The Cotswolds, and a beautiful city - Oxford!

Stratford-upon-Avon

William Shakespeare, born in 1564, maybe the most famous writer in the world dominates Stratford. Shakespeare lover or not, Stratford has incredible English charm. 500 year old houses, traditional English pubs, the beautiful and peaceful River Avon, Stratford is an essential destination for people escaping London.

The Cotswolds

Cute villages; green fields and hills, "Cotswold Cottages", Roman roads - the Cotswolds are the area most associated as being classic English countryside.

The small roads lead travellers from one beautiful piece of England to another - an amazing collection of Englishness - loved by locals and tourists from all over the world. The honey coloured villages, beautiful old houses and thatched cottages will make you want to stay forever.

Oxford

The world's most famous university city? You decide. The fact is 9.1 million people visit this small, beautiful historic city every year for a good reason.

The University of Oxford is 900 years old and has 38 "colleges". Many very old and very beautiful like Christ Church College - the setting of Harry Potter. Oxford is not only very old and historic but beautifully peaceful and green, the perfect example of a classic English settlement.

Day 1 - Oxford, Stratford upon Avon and the Cotswolds
Please note - we may alter the order of the day depending on traffic/weather/special events in order to maximise your enjoyment of the day. Please also note that from late October until mid March, the days are shorter which means that the latter section of the tour will be in the dark. Fear not, this can enhance the experience, and we adapt the tour accordingly!
8.45am Departure Time - Depart from opposite the London Eye - Belvedere Road

For every tour we depart from the same place – opposite the London Eye, near the corner of Belvedere Road and Chicheley Street, Waterloo – SE1 7BP. Please see the departure point page for more information.

After we meet, we'll introduce ourselves, your driver/guide will explain the plan for the day and we'll start driving through London and out towards Stratford-upon-Avon with one toilet/coffee stop on the way!

Late Morning - Stratford-upon-Avon

Before we arrive at Stratford we will discuss the history of the town and its most famous resident – William Shakespeare. On arrival we will head to Shakespeare’s birthplace where you will have the option to enter the birthplace – the house where he was born and spent the early years of his life.

Shakespeare’s birthplace has been restored to it’s original condition and staff members dressed in traditional clothes talk about about life in the house when Shakespeare was bought up there.

Following the optional visit to Shakespeare’s birthplace we’ll have some time for lunch and a walking tour of the rest of the town including the church where Shakespeare is buried

Early Afternoon - Drive through the beautiful countryside of The Cotswolds

On leaving Stratford, we’ll head south through The Cotswolds, driving through some of it’s best towns and villages and a chance to see classic English countryside life and the chance to stop and take some pictures.

Afternoon/Evening - Oxford

On arrival in Oxford we will enjoy a guided walking tour of this wonderful city. The chance to see some of its historic and beautiful colleges and discuss some of Oxford University’s most famous ex-students and talk about the traditional life of its students.

You’ll then have some free time to explore by yourself or do some shopping

8.15-8.30pm - Arrive Central London

At approximately 8.15-8.30pm we will arrive back in central London and we will drop you at a convenient place in zone 1 after a wonderful day out!

What's included in the Tour Price?

The tour price includes a complimentary walking tour of Oxford and Stratford upon Avon with your guide. All your travel and the services of your friendly expert driver and guide. Complimentary bottled water. Transport on a luxury purpose built Mercedes mini coach with USB charging ports, reclining leather seats, panoramic windows, panoramic windshield and panoramic glass roof.

What's not included in the Tour Price?

While in Stratford there is the option to visit Shakespeare's Birthplace Museum. Entrance to the museum is £16.50 for adults, £15.50 for students/concessions and £9.90 for children. Lunch is not included - we'll have time in Stratford for lunch - you can either bring your own or have lunch in one of the many cafes, pubs or sandwich shops.

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