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Downtown Abbey Village, Blenheim Palace and The Cotswolds - Tour from London

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Key Highlights

  • Tour is led by an English speaking guide and conducted in an air conditioned vehicle
  • This tour offers you the flexibility to decide what you want to do on the day
  • You will have the option to purchase a guided tour of Blenheim Palace and lunch in a country pub
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    01 May - 29 Oct: Wednesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday

    Duration

    Approx. 10 hours

    Start time

    8:45am

    Meeting Point

    The tour departs from Victoria Coach Station, Gate 1-5, 164 Buckingham Palace Road, London.
    Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.

    Ending Point

    The tour returns to Victoria Train Station.

  • Overview & Itinerary

    Overview

    Blenheim Palace is a masterpiece of English Baroque architecture and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. The stunning State Rooms have beautiful works of art and magnificent tapestries. The Gardens are set in over 754 hectares of land, and its famous Marlborough Maze is fun for all ages.

    Visitors marvel at the outstanding natural beauty of the Cotswolds and visit the Great Tew where the traditional post office and the local pub give the village an atmosphere of days gone by.

    Explore the filming locations of the famous TV series 'Downtown Abbey". On this tour you will be given a choice of activities in each destination, allowing you the flexibility to see what you would like to see.

    Itinerary

    You will be picked up from Victoria Coach Station (Gate 1-5) in a deluxe motor coach, accompanied by a guide to visit Blenheim Palace and The Cotswolds.

    In each destination you can either spend time at leisure or choose from the activities listed below, unless otherwise indicated these activities incur an extra charge payable on the day:

    Blenheim Palace: Take a guided tour of the State Rooms. Alternatively choose a walking tour of the garden including the Marlborough Maze.

    The Cotswolds:With a variety of different villages there is something to see around every corner of the The Cotswolds. The magnificent high street in Burford* slopes gently away to the bridge that crosses the River Windrush, while the village of Bibury was described by William Morris as the 'prettiest village' in the Cotswolds.

    Downtown Abbey Village: Visit the street where many scenes from the Downton Abbey TV series were filmed. You can see the Church where a number of events from the British TV series were hosted, from weddings and funerals to the Downton Fair. Next to the church is Churchgate House which was used as the Crawley family home, and the old Grammar School which now houses the Bampton Library and Community Archive and served as the Downton Cottage Hospital. The street is also the location for two local pubs, The Grantham Arms and The Dog & Duck.

    At the end of the tour you will be returned to London. The tour ends at Victoria Train Station at 7:00pm.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • Deluxe motor coach
    • Professional English speaking guide and driver
    • Free Wifi on the coach
    • VOX RADIOGUIDE -microphone and headset system

    Exclusions

    • Lunch (time will be included in the itinerary for a refreshment break)
    • Hotel Pick up and drop off
    • Entrance to Blenheim Palace (entry can be purchased from your guide on the day)
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details

    Please arrive at the meeting point 10-15 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time.

    Folding wheelchairs can be taken on the coaches however customers must be able to climb the stairs on and off the coach.

    Those booking senior or student options will be required to provide proof of age on the day of the tour. Anyone not able to provide such proof will be charged the additional amount locally.

    At the start of the tour, guests are issued with a headset. During the walking sections the guide speaks to the guests using a radio microphone. With no interruptions from traffic noise, or other tour groups, guests now receive greater audio clarity and a far more intimate touring experience.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.

    Guests with smart phones or tablets can now remain fully 'connected' during their coach tour with FREE WiFi!

    Using this complimentary service, international guests can avoid expensive 'roaming' fees when using an internet connection on board our coaches.

  • reviews
    • well organised and excellent guide!!

      Tour well organised with experienced guide. We were lucky with good weather and tour was enjoyed thoroughly....

      Junichiro Igarashi, United Kingdom, 15/May/2014
    • well organised and excellent guide!!

      Tour well organised with experienced guide. We were lucky with good weather and tour was enjoyed thoroughly....

      Jay Igarashi, United Kingdom, 08/May/2014
    • Fantastic tour to Blenheim Palace and The Cotswolds

      great tour, great tour guide, great experience! And yes, the Cotswolds are charming (visited 3 towns/villages) and Blenheim Palace was exquisite. This Evan Evans tour was our...

      SHERYL HANSEN, United Kingdom, 27/Sep/2011
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