Wanderlust Private Tours 

Private Tours of Great Britain, Ireland & Europe

   For more than 35 years now I've been organizing tours, taking happy travelers to Europe's most thrilling destinations.

   There is no better way to get to know a region, explore hidden corners and appreciate local culture than through a private chauffeur-guided custom tour just for you. You will enjoy the personal service of traveling in a private luxury vehicle, and the benefit of an expert chauffeur-guide who will make your vacation smoother and more enjoyable than you could ever imagine!

  These personal experiences are not possible on your own, behind the wheel of a tour bus, or with a tour group, however large or small. 

   We offer expert local guides, private walking tours, ancestry research, exclusive opportunities, superb accommodations, gourmet meals, and private luxury transport. Our detailed planning and support will bring you highly personable satisfaction you will remember for many years to come!

Hugh Barnes

 

Hugh Barnes, Owner

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8 DAYS, 7 NIGHTS | Immerse in the Peaceful and Romantic Valleys of the Cotswolds 

Majestic Cotswolds, Bath, Oxford & Stratford

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PRIVATE TOUR ITINERARY

England's Cotswolds offers a delightful mix of period manor houses, beautiful gardens, picturesque honey-colored Cotswold stone villages, village charm and romantic valleys. With your chauffeur-guide explore flower-boxed Cotswold villages, the elegant Georgian town of Bath, the sweeping countryside, Shakespeare's Stratford, exuberant English gardens, the spires of Oxford, and Windsor Castle, the largest occupied castle in the world, and setting of a recent Royal wedding.

Day 1: Lacock and Castle Combe

Leave London, or London Heathrow Airport, with your chauffeur-guide for the immaculately preserved Cotswold villages of Lacock and Castle Combe, favorites of film and TV producers. Explore their picturesque streets, historic cottages, untouched by modern times, including the fine Romanesque Cloisters and Chapter House of Lacock Abbey. Continue to the beautiful city of Bath for a two-night stay.

 

Day 2: Bath

This morning visit the incredibly preserved Roman Baths including refreshments in the elegant interiors of the Pump Room. Private guided walking tour through Bath’s exquisite Palladian architecture, inspired by its Roman heritage - including the Holburne Museum (Victorian collection of ornate silver and Old Masters), No.1 Royal Crescent (featuring historic furniture, pictures and objects that reveal what life was like for Bath’s fashionable residents), and the Assembly Rooms, built for the evening assemblies of high society: ‘By nine o’clock my Uncle, Aunt and I entered the rooms,’ wrote Jane Austen to her sister in 1801, recording one of many balls she attended at the Bath Assembly Rooms. 

 

Day 3: Malmesbury & Stow-on-the-Wold

Leave Bath for Malmesbury. Visit Abbey House and its beautiful gardens, and Malmesbury Abbey, which survived the dissolution of the monasteries,

and where Æthelstan, the first king of England, is buried. Continue through the countryside of the Cotswolds for a visit to the idyllic village of Stow-on-the-Wold, and then to the beautiful, and historic village of Broadway for a three-night stay. The pretty High Street is lined with horse chestnut trees and includes a mixture of period houses and picturesque honey-colored Cotswold stone cottages with a good choice of restaurants and pubs.

Day 4: Hidcote, Chipping Campden & Snowshill 

Today, visit Hidcote Manor & Gardens, the greatest of all gardens; Chipping Campden with Jacobean Covered Market and back-in-time attractive High Street with plenty of local pubs to enjoy lunch. Continue to Snowshill Manor & Garden in the pretty village of Snowshill, setting of Bridget Jones Diary, and Broadway Tower, a 19th-century folly where William Morris once lived, with beautiful views to the Cotswolds.

Day 5: Stratford-Upon-Avon

Whole-day excursion to Stratford-Upon-Avon, home of William Shakespeare. Private-guided walking tour and visits to Anne Hathaway’s Cottage (wife of William Shakespeare), Shakespeare’s Birthplace, and other sights associated to Shakespeare's life and time in Stratford. Evening: Optional pre-theater dinner and performance at the Royal Shakespeare Theater.

Day 6: Broadway, Chastleton House & Bourton-on-Water

Time on your own to explore Broadway before a visit to Chastleton House (setting of TV drama Wolf Hall), built in 1607 with garden and landscaping from the same period, Luxury afternoon English tea in a rural village with spectacular views across the peaceful Cotswold valleys. Enjoy some time in Bourton-on-Water, regularly voted one of England's prettiest villages, and continue to the famous university city of Oxford for a
two-night stay.

Day 7: Oxford & Blenheim Palace

Today a private walking tour of the famous university town of Oxford

 - including visits to the Bodleian Library, the Eagle and Child Pub where C.S. Lewis and Tolkein met, and exclusive access to two colleges. In the afternoon visit nearby Blenheim Palace, a magnificent estate set on 2,100 acres of beautiful parkland, landscaped by Lancelot “Capability” Brown, and home of 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. 

Day 8: Windsor Castle

This morning depart Oxford for Windsor Castle, the largest occupied castle in the world, and the Queen's favorite residence. Explore the interiors of this famous palace, and setting for some recent Royal weddings. Continue to London Heathrow Airport for your return flight or central London.

CHOOSE YOUR ACCOMMODATION:

Superior Boutique

In this category we have hand-picked five-star guest houses or smaller luxury hotels. These lodgings are often family owned and offer a truly unique, authentic and welcome atmosphere where you are more likely to engage with local people than in a higher-end hotel. Some tours involve a mixture of both Superior and Luxury Boutique.

Luxury Boutique 

Through years of experience we have hand-picked luxury boutique hotels which are not only very comfortable in the traditional sense, but as importantly offer gourmet food, and an ambience of lasting memory. All our hotel choices are of unique character, range from 4-star to 5-star, and are either downtown, or enjoy a spectacular rural or village setting. 

Our detailed offer to you will specify the hotels recommended.

Customer Reviews

Cotswolds, Bath & Oxford

We want to thank you so much for an amazing magical trip. It was better than we ever could have hoped for. We will have such wonderful memories of all those lovely Cotswolds towns as well London, Oxford, Bath and our trip to Wales. You chose top notch places to stay, things to see and places to stay. We very appreciate all the efforts you put into making this such a wonderful trip for us.

Thank you so much for being so thoughtful and considerate. We had a wonderful time!

Rita B., Louise M., Anne Z., Marie Q., Kathy B., - Massachusetts

              2020 Prices & Dates

Choose any dates. Price is determined by your choice of dates, accommodation, and the number of people in your group. Prices

below are a guideline, and may change in accordance with your individual preferences. 

All prices are per person (USD) based ​on your group size, and double occupancy.

Superior Boutique - per person:

$2490 (5-6 people)

$3190 (3-4 people)

$3690 (2-3 people)

Luxury Boutique - per person:

$2990 (5-6 people)

$3490 (4-5) people)

$3890 (2-3 people)

 

This tour can be customized to your wishes. Simply call, or email us with your specifics and we'll plan a program that's right for you.

Included with this tour:
  • Seven nights in Superior or Luxury Boutique accommodation 
  • Daily English breakfasts

  • Four gourmet 3-course dinners 

  • Luxury afternoon tea

  • Professional Chauffeur-Guide each day

  • Touring in a luxury SUV or van

  • Airport meet & greet

  • All entrance fees

  • Professional local guides

  • Local taxes & tolls

  • Each day customizable & flexible

Just a few tour highlights:
  • Bath
  • Jane Austen
  • Cotswold Houses & Gardens
  • Shakespeare's Birthplace
  • University City of Oxford
  • Blenheim Palace
  • Windsor Castle
  • Malmesbury Abbey