Cotswold Summer Explorer Tour

Duration: 8 to 9 hours
Destination: United Kingdom, England, Oxford
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Oxford
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable

Overview

The Cotswolds is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which has inspired artists, writers and philosophers for many centuries.  Come and discover idyllic English villages, nestling in quiet valleys, small stone thatched cottages, majestic castles and manors, and charming high streets peppered with quaint tea shops and antiques shops. Let your knowledgeable guides show you the English countryside at its best.

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Minster Lovell Hall & Dovecote, Minster Road, Minster Lovell, Witney England

You start your unforgettable Cotswold journey from central Oxford, driving to Burford (the Gateway to the Cotswolds) through Minster Lovell, with its its attractive thatched houses and ruined Hall.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Burford Library 86A High Street, Burford OX18 4QF England

We then continue to Burford, the Gateway to the Cotswolds via the beautiful villages of Asthall and Swinbrook (home to the Mitford sisters). In Burford enjoy browsing around the small shops and cafes in the pretty High Street.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Bourton on the Water, Windrush river, Bourton-on-the-Water England

Our drive then takes us through some beautiful countryside and some of the old quarrying villages of the North Cotswolds to Bourton-on-the-Water, the 'Venice of the Cotswolds'. Bourton has many cafes and small souvenir shops to explore and there is also the picturesque River Windrush.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Broadway Tower, Middle Hill, Broadway WR12 7LB England

Another picturesque route brings us to the charming and unspoilt Worcestershire town of Broadway. We stop here for lunch, where you can enjoy the fine shops and quaint cafes.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Cotswold Lavender, Hill Barn Farm, Snowshill, Broadway WR12 7JY England

After lunch we take a scenic drive to the enchanting village of Snowshill with its beautiful stone cottages and views of the Cotswold Hills. Here, you can take some stunning pictures of a typical Cotswold village. Snowshill is also the home of Cotswold Lavender.


Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: High Street Chipping Campden, Chipping Campden GL55 6AT England

Passing the quirky Broadway Tower we head to the delightful market town of Chipping Campden, the centre of the Arts and Crafts Movement in the Cotswolds. Here, you can browse in the quaint shops or visit the impressive ‘wool church’.


Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: Stow-on-the-Wold Market Square, Stow-on-the-Wold England

Our return route to Oxford takes us to the charming town of Stow-on-the-Wold. See the quaint antiques shops and boutiques and visit St Edwards Church with its quirky wooden door (said to have inspired the writer Tolkien).

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Blenheim Palace, Woodstock OX20 1PP England

Our route back to Oxford passes through the delightful market town of Chipping Norton, with a final brief photo stop at Blenheim Palace in Woodstock (birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill).

Duration: 15 minutes

Inclusions
  • Professional Blue Badge guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Bottled water and select beverages
  • Pick up from hotels in North Oxford on request
  • Pick up from Oxford Railway Station on request

Exclusions
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 4 travelers
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
Departure Point

Taylor Institution Library, St Giles', Oxford OX1 3NA, UK


Departure Time

9:30 AM


Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Duration

8 to 9 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 3 days in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

clairepam-calgary

10 Jun, 2022

We took the Cotswold Explorer summer tour and it was a lovely day exploring the area. The tour took us through the variety of Cotswold area with lots of stories and information shared. At each stop, restaurant and coffee shop recommendations were made that didn’t disappoint. Highly recommend booking a tour with Cotswold Exploring. A wonderful experience.

44_AKT45

31 May, 2022

Isobel and David are a very friendly yet professional pair. Really loved that the tour group was small, it definitely gave it a premium feel. Isobel had many interesting stories and details throughout the tour. A very easy 5 stars.

littlekiki040488

24 May, 2022

We had so much fun! It was a really great tour. We had a group of 8 on the tour so it was small and relaxed. We learned so many interesting things and had a great time. I highly recommend.

joannelT7290TY

14 Apr, 2022

VERY FUN AND INTERESTING! We highly recommend this tour. Isobel and David were charming and full of great information. They thought through every aspect of the tour and tailored it to our interests. We learned so much and thoroughly enjoyed our day with them. The van was comfortable and the drive was smooth. This tour was such a great way to get away from the usual and enjoy a "real life" and beautiful look at life in the Cotswolds, both as it is today and as it was long ago. Isobel makes it come to life!!!

mavischankwan

02 Nov, 2021

It was a wonderful and enjoyable full-day tour to Cotswold! Isobel and David were professional, friendly and caring. They had plentiful fascinating histories and local knowledge to share on each of those quaint villages, including celebrities' country homes! Even my 16-year old boy highly recommended this picturesque countryside trip. I was also grateful that they picked us up from our hotel and sent us to rail station on return trip at our last minute call!

User's Picture Gallery

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Picturesque village of Stanton

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Potty break at Swan Inn

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Cotwolds scenery--taken from van!

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comfy van--perfect for 12 guests and guide driver

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