The Cotswolds, Bath & Oxford
Departs as follows from London
November 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018 - Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays
April 1 to October 31, 2018 - Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Sundays
November 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019 - Tuesdays, Thursdays, Sundays
Travel is the best education. You use all five of your senses, you learn about cultural quirks, and you experience historical wonders.
And this tour is your perfect lesson in the best of England. You examine the standing stones of Avebury, where you unearth the mysteries of Neolithic civilisation. You study the rural villages of the Cotswolds, where you discover a more relaxing pace of life. And you learn about Bath and Oxford, two places that boast England’s rich and extravagant heritage. So, make the world your classroom and join this tour of the Cotswolds, Bath, and Oxford.
Stay 1 night in the historic Roman town of Cirencester. (**On some dates accommodation may be in other locations eg, Bath or Cheltenham).
DEPARTURE FROM LONDON: Stance 3, Greenline Coach Terminal, Bulleid Way, Victoria, SW1W 9SH. If coming on foot access is through the building at 4 Fountain Square, 123-151 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 9SH.
The tour departs at 9:15am and returns at approx. 7:00pm on Day 2.
Avebury, Bath & Cotswolds
Leaving the great city of London behind us we head west. We arrive at the pretty village of Avebury. Here we will be able to wander amidst the largest stone cir - cle in the world - part of a World Heritage Site. Near - by is also the site of the Cherhill White Horse, which was cut out of the chalk hillside in 1780. Not far from here, set in rural Wiltshire, is Lacock village, famous for its picturesque streets, historic buildings and its more recent role as a television and film location. The Abbey, located at the heart of the village within its own woodland grounds, is a quirky country house of various architectural styles. We spend some time in the afternoon in Bath, full of relics of its Roman past and of course its famous baths. From here we contin - ue to Cirencester, set in the heart of the Cotswolds, which is quintessentially English. Cirencester was the second largest town in Britain during Roman times!
Cotswolds & Oxford
Today we will discover more of the outstanding Cotswold scenery and villages. You can immerse yourself in the landscapes of river valleys, water meadows and beech woods, sleepy ancient lime - stone villages and historic market towns, famous for being ‘typically English’. Quite simply, an area where time has stood still for more than 300 years.
Our visits will include Bibury a picturesque village with many of the traditional features unique to this area. Next stop will be Bourton on the Water, known as “Venice of the Cotswolds”. We continue onto Stow-on-the-Wold, the highest town in the Cotswolds and packed with charming traditional houses. Later in the afternoon we visit the historic city of Oxford, “the city of dreaming spires”, renowned for over 900 year as a centre of academic excellence. Discover at your own pace the college courtyards, unspoilt narrow alleys and the historic town square. Harry Potter fans might want to see Christ Church, where many scenes from the films have been shot. The grandeur of the Great Hall has formed the basis of Hogwarts Hall!
- Cherhill White Horse
- Bampton Village
- Transportation by top of the range Mercedes minicoach for a more personal experience with a maximum of 16 passengers on tour. Air Conditioning as standard.
- Services of a professional local driver/guide
- 1 night ensuite accommodation
- Full English breakfast daily