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From the world of Shakespeare, medieval castles and Victorian breweries to legendary academic institutions, pagan traditions and pretty little villages, this three day tour of Shakespeare’s England, Warwick and the Cotswolds will probably leave you a little teary-eyed with its overwhelming beauty. Treating you history, literature and ravishing landscapes, we will take you to Blenheim Palace, Rollright Standing Stones, the Hook Norton Brewery, Warwick Castle, Stratford Upon Avon, Cotswolds Villages and Oxford. The tour comes with convenient and economical accommodation included at Stratford Upon Avon and is guaranteed to be one of your best English experiences.
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Make your way to Stance 3, Greenline Coach Terminal, Bulleid Way, Victoria, London, SW1W 9SH
Same as the starting point.
Our tour starts at the breathtaking Blenheim Palace, a sprawling 18th century country house listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The only non-royal and non-episcopal residence that has retained the title of a ‘palace’, the stellar English Baroque style manor is the birthplace and ancestral home of Sir Winston Churchill. Take your time to soak up around 300 years of history, stroll around the enormous gardens or you could even have a shot at riding the estate’s very own railway line for one indelible experience.
Post this regal tryst and a delicious lunch, we dive even farther back in history as we visit the Rollright Standing Stones. One of the more than 100 stone circles in Britain, the Rollright stones, too, are a living proof of pagan traditions of the Neolithic and Early Bronze Ages. These stones are colloquially known as ‘the King's Men and the Whispering Knights in Oxfordshire and the King Stone in Warwickshire’ and reek of a culture long lost, standing as an almost striking boundary between Oxfordshire and the Cotswolds.
Our final stop for the day is award winning Hook Norton Brewery nestled amidst the beautiful landscape of the Cotswolds. Dating back to an inception in 1849, this traditional Victorian ‘tower’ brewery is known for its heritage brewing some delectable beers, run independently by generations of Harris and Clarke families. Sit back, relish the scenery and treat your palate to some outstanding brews before arriving at Stratford Upon Avon where we will be staying for the next two days.
Our first stop on the following day is the one of the most well-preserved medieval castles, Warwick Castle. Originally built by William the Conqueror in 1068 as a motte-and-bailey stronghold and later converted into a country house, its magnificence is unmistakable.
We spend the second half of our day back at our base and the home of the legendary William Shakespeare, Stratford Upon Avon. The Bard is known for being a visionary across literary eras and this is the town that shaped most of his works. You can spend your time musing at Shakespeare’s inspiring life, visiting landmark locations like the Tudor thatched cottage where he was born, the house where he spent his life as well as the farm on which his mother, Mary Arden, once lived. This medieval market town is charming to say the least and rambling along its cobbled streets and the pretty banks of the River Avon is sure to treat you to some bewitching vintage vibes. Don’t forget to visit the renowned Royal Shakespeare Theatre or maybe even try to catch one of the ongoing shows for a comprehensive literary experience!
Our final day commences amidst the rolling beauty of the Cotswolds. Endearing villages, quaint hills, a slower pace of life - the Cotswolds towns are places you never want to return from. Stow-on-the-Wold, the highest of Cotswolds town perched on top of an 800 ft hill, is our first top of the day. Known for hosting huge markets and fairs back in the day, Stow-on-the-Wold’s enormous market square still bears testament to this social and economic tradition.
Continuing our journey, we move on to visit ‘The Venice of the Cotswolds’, Bourton on the Water. Surrounded by the serene hills of the Cotswolds, this ancient village has survived since the Anglo-Saxon times and looks like it has jumped right out of a postcard! Our Cotswolds sojourn also includes a visit to Brampton, a quintessential English village that has garnered pop culture status thanks to the blockbuster TV series Downton Abbey being shot here.
Our trail ends at the ‘City of Dreaming Spires’ Oxford, home to iconic University. Home to brilliant displays of generations of English architecture and stalwart academic institutions, the city mesmerises you right from the first sight. We will take our time exploring the numerous college precincts, most of which look like something out of fairytales, take in the views of the eye-popping skyline or might even head to the Ashmolean Museum, the world’s oldest university museum.
Entry fees to visitor attractions (For once, we’ll go by the surface!)
Voucher Information: Sorry, but you will need to print a paper version of your booking voucher (we promise we are working on changing this). Unfortunately, at this time, we will not be able to give anyone a refund without a printed copy of his/her voucher/
The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details. They’re a nice bunch, and will happily answer any logistical questions you may have. Please give them a call at least 48 hours before your organised activity to reconfirm.
Please make sure you reach the meeting point at least 10 mins before the departure time to avoid getting caught up in any last minute rush.
Please make sure that all children are accompanied by their respective guardians.
We’re afraid little ones under the age of 5 will have to sit this one out.
Please remember that child rates are based on the arrangement that one child shares a room with a parent or two children share a twin room.
The tour can accommodate up to six passengers. But in case your group is comprises 7 people, you can contact the local operator to make arrangements.
Don’t forget to pack in waterproof clothing and comfortable walking shoes.
Please remember that each person can only carry up to 14kg (31lbs) of luggage, comprising an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) and a small hand bag to keep items you might use on the way.