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Classic Cotswolds Tour

Classic Cotswolds Tour

Introduction

Time: All Year

Accommodation: Manor Houses Hotels

Start Date: 3 Nights / 4 Days

Group Size: Singles, Couples, Families and Small Groups

Close to the heart of England, the Cotswolds surely represents the essence of the country. An inspirational vision of stunning views, gentle rolling countryside, picturesque thatched stone cottages, fine manor houses and influential gardens.

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Starting from London this tour takes you to England’s premier seat of learning, at Oxford. We then progress south to Bath before turning north along the hidden lanes of the Cotswolds, finishing our tour at Stratford-upon-Avon. Along the route, there are numerous renowned attractions from England's only World Heritage City to the birthplace of William Shakespeare. On much of the tour, you will see the chocolate box scenery so typical of the region.

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Itinerary

OXFORD is the oldest English seat of learning, the first college was founded by monks in the C12th as a rival to the French institutions. Alumni include Bill Clinton and Margaret Thatcher. Now comprising 36 Colleges, a walking tour will unravel the city. On the way we take in CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL, the Bodleian Library and museums, including the ASHMOLEAN. A short trip away is BLENHEIM PALACE home to the Dukes of Marlborough, a World Heritage Site and the best existing example of Baroque architecture. One of their descendents was Winston Churchill and an exhibition about his life is included.

Day 1: Oxford - Blenheim Palace

OXFORD is the oldest English seat of learning, the first college was founded by monks in the C12th as a rival to the French institutions. Alumni include Bill Clinton and Margaret Thatcher. Now comprising 36 Colleges, a walking tour will unravel the city. On the way we take in CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL, the Bodleian Library and museums, including the ASHMOLEAN. A short trip away is BLENHEIM PALACE home to the Dukes of Marlborough, a World Heritage Site and the best existing example of Baroque architecture. One of their descendents was Winston Churchill and an exhibition about his life is included.

Day 2: Avebury - Lacock - Bath

Day 2: Avebury - Lacock - Bath

The prehistoric landscapes of AVEBURY rivals any others in England. It is the largest stone circle in Europe. Travelling west we stop at LACOCK. In the village, you will step back in time as it is preserved as it was in the C18th. The nearby ABBEY was featured in Harry Potter films and was the birthplace of modern photography as the home of William Fox Talbot. BATH is a World Heritge City and was remodelled by George IV’s architect John Nash. There are numerous attractions throughout the city so after a short walking tour, you will be able to visit The ROMAN BATHS and the ABBEY.

Day 3: Cotswolds - Hidcote - Snowshill

Day 3: Cotswolds - Hidcote - Snowshill

A short stop at idyllic village of CASTLE COMBE before we reach the roman city of CIRENCESTER. You are now in the heart of the COTSWOLDS and for the rest of the day, we will explore this most quintessential of English regions. Stops can include THE SLAUGHTERS, STOW-ON-THE-WOLD and CHIPPING CAMDEN. There is also an adundance of gardens and manor houses. Two of the best are, the world famous gardens at HIDCOTE MANOR a series of outdoor garden rooms and SNOWSHILL MANOR, a typical Cotswold gentleman’s house with an eccentric collection of clocks, bikes and more.

Day 4: Stratford-upon-Avon - Warwick Castle

Day 4: Stratford-upon-Avon - Warwick Castle

William SHAKESPEARE was Stratford’s pre-eminent citizen and he used his wealth from writing to create a large property portfolio in the town. In the morning, we will visit some of Shakespeare’s houses including his BIRTHPLACE, where his father lived from 1550 and the home of his wife, ANNE HATHAWAY'S COTTAGE. WARWICK has probably the best preserved medieval castle in England. Started in 1068, shortly after the Norman conquest, the CASTLE is owned by the same group which runs the Madame Tussauds in London. There are numerous exhibitions, state rooms, gardens and a wax works


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