Cotswolds with Stratford and Oxford
Learn about Shakespeare’s inspirations. Study the spires of Oxford. And venture through grand palaces and castles on this journey through England’s most beloved sights.
The thick-walled castles inspired Shakespeare’s battle-torn tales. The narrow cobbled lanes kindled his love stories’ twists and turns. And the deep, green valleys encouraged him to write about monsters, myths, and magic.
On this adventure, we take you through the landscapes that sparked his imagination and his inspirational hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon.
But this tour isn’t just about the famous playwright.
You find yourself a little tipsy as you sample a local beer in a small brewery. You feel princely as you walk through the ancient hallways of Blenheim Palace. And you become snap-happy as you wander over the trickling rivers and peaceful hills of the Cotswolds.
Learn about Shakespeare’s inspirations and discover England’s most famous landmarks on this five-day tour.
Tour Highlights include:
- Visit beautiful Blenheim Place, one of England’s largest houses and the birthplace of Winston Churchill
- Unearth the ancient, Neolithic Rollright Standing Stones
- Savour beer in a quirky Victorian Tower brewery
- Get as close to the medieval ages as possible at Warwick Castle
- Spend a whole afternoon discovering the canals, cottages, and cuisine of Stratford-upon-Avon
- Observe the slower pace of life in England’s beautiful Cotswold villages
- Set your sights on the sensational spires, cathedrals, and museums of Oxford
When you are on tour, you will travel by comfortable minibus, maximum 16 persons per tour, with an experienced driver/guide.
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2023 dates available on request
Welcome to London
Arrive at Heathrow or Gatwick Airport, where we will meet and take you to your central London hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day free to explore or relax in London.
Overnight in London.
Blenheim Palace, Hook Norton Brewery & Stratford
Breakfast in the hotel, and then make your way to the central pick up point in London, where you will meet with your group leader and fellow travellers.
Leaving London, you visit the World Heritage site of Blenheim Palace. Learn about the history, explore the gardens, or even take a ride on the estate’s very own miniature railway line. After the Palace and a lunch break, you continue to the Rollright Standing Stones. These are an ancient complex of Neolithic and bronze age monuments that sit on the crest of the Cotswold Hills. This magnificent site marks the borderlands between the great counties of Oxfordshire and Warwickshire.
You round off the afternoon with a visit to the Hook Norton Brewery. Learn about the production of beer in one of the Cotswolds’ most beautiful areas and savour a lovingly produced, local drink. We drive the short distance to Stratford-upon-Avon, your base for the next two nights.
Warwick Castle & Shakespeare
Breakfast in your accommodation.
You travel to Warwick Castle, one of England’s best-preserved medieval castles. Dating back to the time of William the Conqueror, Warwick Castle is often named as one of the best historic monuments in Britain. In the early afternoon, you return to Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace and home of the playwright, William Shakespeare. You now have a chance to explore the places that shaped the life of Shakespeare. Visit Shakespeare’s birthplace, the Tudor thatched cottage and gardens of his wife, or Mary Arden’s farm where Shakespeare’s mother once lived. You can also explore the narrow streets of this medieval market town, visit the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, or take stroll along the banks of the River Avon where you can rent a boat or take the ferry across the river. Overnight in Stratford and soak up the ambience of this historic and inspiring settlement.
The Cotswolds Villages & Oxford
Breakfast in your accommodation.
Today, you leave Stratford-upon-Avon on a journey to the Cotswolds, a huge area that covers five counties and offers a variety of unique landscapes and charming villages. The rolling hills, villages, and farms of this area give you a glimpse back in time to an England with a gentler pace of life. Our first stop of the day is Broadway Tower. This unique, Saxon tower sitting atop the crest of a hill has acted as a beacon, an artist’s retreat, and an army bunker.
Next, you visit Stow-on-the-Wold, the highest of the Cotswolds towns. The large market square is testament to the huge markets and fairs that were once held in this hill top market town. You continue onto Bourton-on the-Water, nestling in the rolling Cotswolds hills. Known as ‘The Venice of the Cotswolds’, you have time to explore this ancient village that has stood on this spot since Anglo-Saxon times.
Your final stop of the tour is in the City of Oxford, here you have time to explore the beautiful listed buildings, explore the precincts of the colleges, climb one of the vantage points to take in the skyline, or see the art and antique collections in the Ashmolean Museum. You then embark on the comfortable return journey to London.
Breakfast in the your London hotel.
It’s time to leave London – or maybe extend your stay for some additional nights in London.
Private transfer to the airport for your return flight home.
Accommodation in London will be in a central 3 star standard hotel and will include English style buffet breakfast.
On tour you have the choice of either guest house / bed & breakfast accommodation or hotel accommodation (2/3 star standard).
All accommodation offers en suite bathrooms.
Entrance fees to attractions are not included in the tour, and any entrance fees must be paid locally.
|April, May & October 2023
|June to September 2023
|3 Star London & Guest house on tour
|From GBP £699
|From GBP £799
|3 Star London & 2/3 star hotel on tour
|From GBP £819
|From GBP £919
All prices shown are per person, and based on 2 persons travelling together and sharing one room.
Please contact us for low season rates (January to March 2023 & November & December 2023)
Rooms for single occupancy are available and a supplement will apply – please contact us for details.
Rates are Nett and non commissionable and are available to Travel Trade only – Public rates are available on request.