8 DAYS, 7 NIGHTS | Cotswolds, Bath, Stonehenge, Oxford & Stratford-upon-Avon
The Cotswolds with Bath & Stonehenge in 8 Days
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 the Queen's favorite weekend residence.
Day 1: Depart London: Windsor Castle & Stonehenge
This morning, depart London or London Airport for Windsor Castle, the largest occupied castle in the world, and the Queen's favorite residence. Explore the interiors of this famous palace, and the setting of some recent Royal weddings. Enjoy lunch in the town of Windsor before leaving for Stonehenge — a World Heritage Site and the best-known prehistoric monument in Europe — where you will walk in the footsteps of your Neolithic ancestors. Continue your journey to Bath, just an hour away. Arrive at The Francis Hotel for a 2-night stay. The Francis occupies a side of Queen Square, originally townhouses and now converted to one building as a luxury hotel, and is situated right in the city center, a short stroll from the Roman Baths and Royal Crescent.
Day 2: Bath
This morning visit the incredibly preserved Roman Baths including refreshments in the elegant interiors of the Pump Room. You'll then enjoy a private guided walking tour through Bath’s exquisite Palladian architecture, inspired by its Roman heritage - including Bath Abbey, You'll visit 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: Dyrham Park, Lacock & Malmesbury
Today depart Bath for Dyrham Park, an ancient deer park, 17th-century house and garden full of magnificent trees and breathtaking views. Continue your journey to the picturesque village of Castle Combe, setting of the film War Horse, for lunch at the Castle Inn. This afternoon, visit Lacock, favorite of film producers and settings of Downton Abbey and Pride and Prejudice. Explore the picturesque streets, the historic cottages untouched by modern times, and the fine Romanesque Cloisters and Chapter House of Lacock Abbey. You'll then be driven to Malmesbury, on the southern edge of the Cotswolds, for an overnight stay at the Old Bell Hotel, purported to be England’s oldest hotel, sitting proudly next to the 12th-Century Abbey in the center of this historic, vibrant and charming market town which includes a Market Cross dating back to 1490.
Day 4: Cotswolds
This morning, visit Hidcote Manor & Gardens, the greatest of all gardens, created by the talented American horticulturist, Major Lawrence Johnston. Stop for lunch in Chipping Campden, featuring a Jacobean Covered Market and back-in-time attractive High Street with plenty of local pubs to enjoy lunch. This afternoon, you’ll tour Snowshill Manor & Garden in the pretty village of Snowshill, setting of Bridget Jones Diary, before arrival in the beautiful and historic village of Broadway for a four-night stay in Broadway, an attractive Cotswold village and includes a mixture of quaint shops, tea rooms, local pubs and restaurants and picturesque honey-colored Cotswold stone cottages.
Day 5: Cotswolds & Luxury afternoon tea
Your first visit will be to Sudeley Castle, a 15th-century country house where Henry VIII, King Edward VI, Queen Elizabeth 1, amongst others, all have connections. The centerpiece is the Queens Garden, so named because four of England’s queens — Anne Boleyn, Katherine Parr, Lady Jane Grey and Elizabeth I — all admired the hundreds of varieties of roses found here. Continue your journey to Chastleton House, a fine unaltered Jacobean manor house with gardens laid out the same way for 400 years, also setting of the costume drama Wolf Hall. This afternoon, a full luxury afternoon English tea will be waiting for us at a local treasure, an award winning restaurant with spectacular views across the peaceful Cotswold valleys. After tea, return to Broadway via Bourton-on-the Water, one of the most picturesque Cotswold villages famous for its river setting with beautiful low bridges.
Day 6: Stratford-upon-avon
Today, enjoy a whole-day excursion to Stratford-Upon-Avon, home of William Shakespeare. Visit Anne Hathaway’s Cottage (wife of William Shakespeare), a short distance from central Stratford. You’ll then continue into the town for lunch and a visit to Shakespeare’s Birthplace. This afternoon, take a private-guided walking tour of other sights associated with Shakespeare's life and time in Stratford. Return to Broadway or remain in Stratford for dinner at the rooftop theater restaurant followed by a Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) performance at the Royal Shakespeare Theater.
Day 7: Oxford & Blenheim Palace
Today a private guided 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: London
This morning depart Stow-on-the-Wold for 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 season, 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.
From $3090 per person (group of 6 people)
From $3390 per person (group of 4 people)
From $3790 per person (group of 2 people)
From $3190 per person (group of 6 people)
From $3590 per person (group of 4 people)
From $3990 per person (group of 2 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 private tour:
Seven nights' hotel accommodation
Daily English breakfasts
Three gourmet 3-course dinners
Luxury afternoon tea
Your very own professional chauffeur-guide and luxury vehicle
Airport meet & greet
All entrance fees
Professional local guides
Local taxes & tolls
Just a few tour highlights:
Oxford & Blenheim Palace