Explore three of England's top destinations on a guided day trip from London. You'll visit Stratford-upon-Avon to visit the landmarks of Shakespeare's life, then discover the charming villages of the Cotswolds region before concluding the day in the famous university town of Oxford. Take in stunning scenery, historic sites and English scenery on this small-group tour. The number of participants is limited to 16 people to guarantee you a more personalized experience.
Make your own way to the meeting point in central London, then board a comfortable minibus for the scenic 160-mile journey to your first destination, Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of Britain's greatest playwright English, William Shakespeare.
Your guide will provide informative commentary at the various stops in Stratford-upon-Avon that relate to Shakespeare's life, including Shakespeare's birthplace – a XNUMXth-century mansion where he was born and spent his childhood and teenage years, the Holy Trinity Church, where he was baptized and buried, and his school.
After exploring the poet's birthplace, you'll make a brief stop at Shottery to photograph the thatched-roof cottage of Anne Hathaway, Shakespeare's wife. You will then continue your journey south to reach the Cotswolds, a magnificent region which prospered in the Middle Ages thanks to the wool trade.
Ride on small roads that wind among gentle hills, honey-colored villages, green pastures and ancient churches. With your guide, discover the medieval village of Burford, explore the charming Coln Valley and the villages of Upper and Lower Slaughter before stopping for lunch (own expense) in the market town of Stow-on-the-Wold.
After lunch, you will leave the Cotswolds to arrive in the city of Oxford, home to the famous university of the same name, founded in 1167. Follow your guide on a leisurely stroll through the university town that will take you past colleges such as All Souls and Divinity School, and discover sites where famous authors, artists and inventors studied. Get acquainted with famous townspeople such as JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis and Lewis Carroll, and learn about the locations that served as the setting for scenes from the Harry Potter films.
You'll have time to explore the narrow streets and city center of Oxford on your own before heading back to London in the evening.