8 DAYS, 7 NIGHTS | Immerse in the Peaceful and Romantic Valleys of the Cotswolds
Majestic Cotswolds, Bath, Oxford & Stratford
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
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:
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.
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.
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:
Cotswold Houses & Gardens
University City of Oxford