Bourton-on-the-Water
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From London: Full-Day Cotswolds Small-Group Tour

From London: Full-Day Cotswolds Small-Group Tour

Spend a day exploring the quintessentially British countryside of the Cotswolds, an area known for its green landscapes, charming villages, and honey-colored stone cottages. Enjoy the highlights of the Cotswolds, as well as some of the quieter, less-seen areas of the countryside. First, stop in the small town of Burford, one of England’s most unchanged medieval towns with many buildings over 500 years old. Visit the historic church, stroll along the attractive high street, and explore the town. Next head to Bibury, known as the prettiest village in all of England. Wander along the river and see Arlington Row, a set of weaver's cottages that are now one of the symbols of the Cotswolds. Enjoy free time to explore the enchanting village. Continue on to the picturesque town of Bourton-on-the-water. Take ample time to stroll by the river and its small bridges, admire the stone cottages and have some lunch.  Cap your tour with a visit to Stow-on-the-Wold, a jumble of inns and antique shops situated around the ancient market square. Stow has been a center of trade in the Cotswolds for centuries and was the location of the last battle of the English Civil War in 1646. It's also the location of ‘England’s oldest pub’.  Afterward, the tour returns to the meeting point.

From London: Full-Day Cotswolds Tour with 2-Course Lunch

From London: Full-Day Cotswolds Tour with 2-Course Lunch

Enjoy the rolling hills of the Cotswolds, and visit 3 of its loveliest villages – Burford, Bibury and Stow-on-the-Wold. Travel through the Cotswolds, an area seemingly unchanged with the passing of time. See rolling landscapes, dry stone walls, quaint churches, and streams that tumble past tiny villages and charming hamlets. On this full-day excursion from London, you’ll begin your tour in Burford, where the magnificent High Street slopes down to the River Windrush. See the town’s small tea houses before heading south to picturesque Bibury for lunch. Dine in one of the prettiest villages in England. A 2-course meal awaits you in the heart of the Cotswolds at the Swan Hotel. The restaurant, overlooking the River Coln, is housed in a 17th-century former coach inn, and serves a popular range of traditional dishes, along with ales and fine wines. Afterwards, you’ll travel to Stow-on-the-Wold, a small market town known for its annual fairs. Enjoy a guided walk through the town center before returning to London.

From London: Small Group Cotswolds Villages Tour

From London: Small Group Cotswolds Villages Tour

Depart from London and leave the busy streets of the city behind as you head towards the Cotswolds, the single largest Designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the UK. With its rustic rural charm, rolling hills, vibrant market towns, and picture-perfect villages, the Cotswolds covers nearly 800 square miles of unspoiled countryside. Take a trip through its rolling hills, home to some of the most famous and historic towns and villages of England.  An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this range of hills in west-central England is packed with picturesque villages built of Cotswold stone, beautiful churches, and vast manor houses.  As you make your way through little villages and historic market towns you will have the opportunity to explore the honey-colored cottages of Bourton-on-the-Water, Bibury, and Burford.  Highlights include a stunning row of 17th-century weaver’s cottages and a tranquil river flowing through the ‘Venice of the Cotswolds’.

From London: Cotswolds, Blenheim Palace & Downtown Abbey

From London: Cotswolds, Blenheim Palace & Downtown Abbey

Tick off some of southern England’s top attractions on a guided day trip by bus from London to Blenheim Palace and Cotswolds villages, including the Bampton filming location of the TV show Downtown Abbey. If you prefer exploring historic towns over attractions, enjoy the flexible tour option. Board your coach in London and head out of the city and towards your first stop at Blenheim Palace. Witness this masterpiece of English Baroque architecture which was also the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Visit the stunning State Rooms, brimming with priceless works of art and magnificent tapestries (if option selected), and admire the 754-hectare gardens, including an exquisite water garden. Next, head into the charming Cotswolds region for a stop at the authentic village of Bourton-on-the-Water. Explore this picturesque location, complete with many attractive bridges crossing the gently-flowing river at its center. Complete your experience with a trip to Bampton; the film setting for many of the famous landmarks featured in the popular Downton Abbey TV series. See the buildings that played the part of the home of Isobel Crawley, the Downton Cottage Hospital, the church, and also the location for two fictional local pubs, The Grantham Arms and The Dog & Duck.

From London: Full-Day Guided Tour of the Cotswolds

From London: Full-Day Guided Tour of the Cotswolds

Depart London and journey through the unspoiled villages, river valleys and rolling hills of the Cotswolds, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty known for its houses built of local honey-colored stone. Encounter charming villages and hamlets untouched by time, and visit some of the most beautiful towns in England. Stop in the town of Burford on the River Windrush, often referred to as the "gateway" to the Cotswolds. Get some time to grab some lunch at a local cafe and see some of the lovely cottages in Stow on the Wold. Then journey on to Chipping Campden with its connect to the Victorian Arts & Crafts movement.

From Oxford: Cotswolds Towns and Villages Small Group Tour

From Oxford: Cotswolds Towns and Villages Small Group Tour

Discover quaint villages, tiny tea rooms, and 15th-century ruins on a day trip to the Cotswolds from Oxford. Explore Stow-on-the-Wold, Burford, Bourton-on-the-Water, and more unusually named places. Admire the scenery as you drive through the pretty countryside to picturesque villages. Departing from outside Oxford Railway Station in the morning at 10:00 AM, head to the village of Great Tew. Continue to Stow-on-the-Wold to reach the highest town in the region and browse the honey-colored buildings and tiny tea rooms. Visit the pretty village of Lower Slaughter before going to Bourton-on-the-Water, known as the "Venice of the Cotswolds", where you will have time for lunch. After lunch, discover the gateway to the Cotswolds in the village of Burford. Journey through the valley of the River Windrush and discover amazing villages such as Swinbrook along with the ruins of 15th-century Minster Lovell Hall. Departure will be late afternoon, returning to Oxford Railway Station by 5:00 PM

From Stratford-upon-Avon / Moreton-in-Marsh: Cotswolds Tour

From Stratford-upon-Avon / Moreton-in-Marsh: Cotswolds Tour

Join a local driver/guide on a relaxing full-day tour of the Cotswolds National Landscape. Experience the very best of this quintessentially English region on this tour that stops at 6 different and unique locations with ample time built into the day for self-exploration, shopping, and lunch. Accept no substitutes - this activity is provided by a local company established for 10 years! The tour stops at: • Dover's Hill: the northern-most Cotswolds viewpoint offering panoramic views out towards Stratford-upon-Avon, Birmingham & Coventry • Chipping Campden: a historic wool town where you have 1 hour of free time to explore with our unique maps and local recommendations • A secret off-the-beaten-track Cotswolds village (join to find this one out!) • Stow-on-the-Wold: your designated lunch stop with a wide range of wonderful food options to choose from  • Bibury: often referred to as the prettiest village in England it's also the home of the iconic Arlington Row of cottages • Bourton-on-the-Water: famed for the crystal clear waters of the River Windrush and the pretty bridges that cross it Between the stops, your local driver-guide will tell you the story of the Cotswolds with a fun, fact-filled commentary as you travel the narrow back lanes only the locals know about.

Shakespeare’s Stratford & Cotswolds

Shakespeare’s Stratford & Cotswolds

An expert guide leads the way, regaling you with stories and interesting facts about the rich history of these beautiful places. Stratford-upon-Avon, the hometown of legendary playwright William Shakespeare, is the first stop on this day trip.  Filled with history, pay a visit to the place the famous Bard was born - a quaint, unassuming half-timbered house. Learn amazing stories and quirks of Elizabethan living from your expert guide. The next stop is a visit to Shakespeare’s bride Anne Hathaway’s cottage and gardens. This beautiful little thatched farmhouse is the place where the Bard courted his bride. To this day, the property holds items of original furniture, including the Hathaway bed. It is nestled within stunning grounds and gardens, overflowing with fragrant blooms and traditional shrubs. Then continue to the Cotswolds. Visit what is often agreed to be one of the most beautiful areas in the whole of the UK. With quaint villages and breathtaking scenery, the Cotswolds looks like it jumped off the pages of a storybook. This tour makes photo stops at 2 stunning Cotswolds villages: Bourton-on-the-Water, also known as ‘Little Venice’ due to its low bridges and stone banks, and Burbury, a town once described by William Morris as ‘the most beautiful village in England. After a wonderful day of sightseeing, arrive back to London at the approximate time of 7:15pm’ to ‘7:30pm.

From Birmingham: Cotswolds Full-Day Tour

From Birmingham: Cotswolds Full-Day Tour

Spend the day exploring the quaint countryside of the Cotswolds, known for its landscapes, charming villages and honey-coloured stone cottages. Enjoy the sights of the Cotswolds, as well as some quieter, less-seen areas of the countryside. First we will stop in the small town of Burford, one of the most unchanged medieval towns in England with many buildings that are more than 500 years old. You will be able to visit the local historic church (if no weddings or ceremonies), walk down the main street and explore the town. Then we will head to Bibury, known as the most beautiful village of England. Also known from the Stardust movie. Walk along the river and have a photoshoot at Arlington Row, a collection of cottages that are now one of the symbols of the Cotswolds. Enjoy free time to explore the charming village. We will continue to the picturesque town of Bourton-on-the-Water. Allow enough time to walk along the river and its small villages, admire the stone houses and have lunch. You will have a chance to visit the Cotswold Motoring and Toy Museum (£6.75 Entry for Adults) or visit the Model Village (£4.50 Entry for Adults). We'll end our tour with a visit to Stow-on-the-Wold, a bunch of pretty courtyards and antique shops around the old market square. Stow has been a trading centre in the Cotswolds for centuries and was the site of the last battle of the English Civil War in 1646. It is also home to 'England's Oldest Pub'!! After that, the tour returns to the meeting point.

Stratford-upon-Avon/Moreton-in-Marsh: Cotswolds Tour Bus

Stratford-upon-Avon/Moreton-in-Marsh: Cotswolds Tour Bus

Embark on a leisurely full-day tour through the enchanting Cotswolds National Landscape, guided by a local driver. Immerse yourself in the essence of this quintessentially English region as you explore six distinct and charming locations. After departing from Stratford-upon-Avon or Moreton-in-Marsh, head to Dover's Hill, the northernmost viewpoint in the Cotswolds, providing panoramic vistas towards Stratford-upon-Avon, Birmingham, and Coventry. Continue to Chipping Campden, an enchanting wool town where an hour of free time awaits, accompanied by maps and local recommendations. Then, explore Snowhill, a village steeped in history. Next, make your way to Stow-on-the-Wold for a well-deserved lunch break. Choose from a variety of delightful food options. Proceed to Bibury, often hailed as the prettiest village in England, home to the iconic Arlington Row of cottages. Finally, discover Bourton-on-the-Water, famous for its crystal-clear waters of the River Windrush and charming bridges. In the stretches between stops, your driver-guide will share the captivating story of the Cotswolds, offering commentary along the narrow back lanes known only to the locals.

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