Take in the breath-taking beauty of the captivating Cotswolds along with the history and grace of Oxford.
The Cotswolds is a rural area of south central England covering parts of six counties, most notably Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire.
Its rolling hills conceal thatched roofed villages, quaint sandstone cottages, striking churches and stately homes built of distinctive yellow limestone and all combining to make the Cotswolds an area of outstanding beauty.
- Return coach travel from Inverurie, Aberdeen, Stonehaven, Forfar, Dundee, Perth or Edinburgh
- Excursions to Northern Cotswolds, Southern Cotswolds and Guided Tour of Oxford
- 4 nights’ hotel accommodation with dinner, bed and breakfast;
- Coach travel throughout
- Services of an experienced tour driver
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We visit Burford, a village that slopes down to the River Windrush with its three arched medieval bridge. It has changed little over the centuries and is one of England’s most photogenic villages with an unbroken procession of ancient dwellings, splendid church and unusual shops. Burford has enticing alleyways waiting to be explored and its sixteenth century Tolsey building houses an interesting museum. We move on to the old town of Stow-on-the-Wold where you’ll find an impressive market square, England’s oldest inn and ancient stocks alongside antique shops. Our final stop is in Broadway, a handsome little settlement resting at the foot of a steep escarpment with a wide main street lined with independent shops.
We explore the Southern Cotswolds, feasting our eyes on the incomparable landscape of sleepy settlements and sparkling rivers. A highlight is our visit to Cirencester, known as the capital of the Cotswolds, a lovely market town with a fascinating Roman history.
This prosperous market town is full of honey coloured stone buildings and picturesque narrow streets, you might like to visit the Abbey Grounds, St Michael’s Park, the Roman Amphitheatre or the Corinium Museum.
Guided Tour of Oxford
Uncover the charms of this enchanting and historic city in the company of a local guide. Landmarks include the university colleges, the Bridge of Sighs and Oxford Castle. Afterwards, continue exploring at your own pace. Visit the museum that tells the story of Oxford and its people, take a cruise on the tranquil Thames, trace the steps of Inspector Morse and Harry Potter or explore the city’s Botanic Gardens. Perhaps pop into the Old Parsonage Hotel where Oscar Wilde is reported to have stayed.