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Small Group Cotswolds Villages, Stratford and Oxford Day Tour from London

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Explore Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon, and the Cotswolds, and discover the best of England in one day on this 12-hour small group tour, maximum 16 people, from London. Visit historic Stratford-upon-Avon with a guide and learn of the life of William Shakespeare — widely considered to be England’s most famous poet. Spin through the pretty countryside to characterful Cotswold villages, where life ticks by at a relaxing pace. Then, explore the medieval city of Oxford — home to one of the world’s oldest universities and join your tour guide for a walking tour to learn and see more. Tour includes guide and round-trip luxury mini-coach travel from central London.
  • Small-group tour ensures personal attention
  • Travel easily between destinations on an air-conditioned mini-coach
  • See three of England's best destinations in just one day
  • Gain deeper insight on guided walking tours
What to Expect
Board your air-conditioned mini-coach in central London and head into the English countryside. Your first stop is the town of Stratford-upon-Avon, best known as the birthplace of William Shakespeare. Take a guided walking tour to see important sights and learn about his life. Continue onward to the Cotswolds, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that lures visitors with rolling hills and charming, postcard-worthy villages. Stop to take a leisurely stroll and soak up the atmosphere. Next, you’ll visit the famed university city of Oxford, where you’ll take a guided walking tour to explore it architecture, boutiques, and pubs, and learn about its rich history. Take advantage of some free time to explore further. Your tour concludes with drop-off back at the departure point.
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Departure Point
1: London Eye, South Bank, London SE1 7GA, UK
2: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London - Victoria, 2 Bridge Pl, Pimlico, London SW1V 1QA, UK
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Round-trip travel by air-conditioned luxury Mercedes minicoach from central London
  • Experienced knowledgeable and welcoming tour driver/guide
  • Walking tours in Stratford and Oxford
  • Bottled water
  • Optional entry to Shakespeare's birthplace
  • Food and drink
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entry/Admission - Shakespeare's Birthplace
  • Entry/Admission - Bodleian Library
  • Entry/Admission - Radcliffe Camera
  • Entry/Admission - The English Bus
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is three years
  • Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved, and across some uneven surfaces
  • Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark
  • No large items of luggage are permitted, luggage compartment is limited
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
Cancellation Policy
All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I truly can not say enough good things about "The English Bus" tour to Oxford, Stratford and Cotswolds. Big shout out to Lilly, the best tour guide EVER! She is so knowledgeable, personable with a lovely sense of humor! The size of the bus is...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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ChrisatTheEnglishBus, General Manager at The English Bus, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hello GoGoTrippy, Thank you so much for your feedback. Your enthusiasm is absolutely infectious, and it is wonderful to hear that you enjoyed your tour with Lilly so much, Lilly will no doubt be delighted to hear as she puts so much heart and soul...More

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We spent two weeks in the UK and did 3 day trips all with different companies. This one was by far the best! The bus was incredibly comfortable, water bottles were provided and we made adequate toilet/ food stops. Our guide Chis was great, very...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As Americans not comfortable with driving ourselves on the "other" side of the road, we were looking at day trips out of London and found The English Bus Tours based on online reviews. We did the Stratford, Cotswolds, and Oxford tour, and it was a...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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ChrisatTheEnglishBus, General Manager at The English Bus, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Steve, Thank you very much for your review - most excellent that you had such an enjoyable experience on tour with Johny. Taking the stress and hassle out of exploring England beyond London is something we love doing - thank you for choosing to...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My sister and I booked two tours with The English Bus based on the excellent reviews here and elsewhere. We wanted to be in a small group where we would not feel like part of a herd. One day we did (1) Cotswolds Villages, Stratford...More

Date of experience: September 2019
3  Thank syltravels
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had a wonderful day trip to Stratford, Oxford and the Cotswolds. Plenty of time to take in the fabulous sights. Johnny, our tour guide was awesome! Kept me laughing all day. Would really recommend.

Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from kbag97 | Reviewed this property |
I don’t live in London either but recommend you contact The English Bus directly through their website or email. They are very helpful and respond quickly. Trip Advisor doesn’t allow a link so just search The English Bus.
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Hi Laura. We had approximately 45 minutes to walk/explore one of the small villages. There was also a 15 minute stop for tea at a village square. There was also an escorted walk through the Oxford colleges. I felt sufficient... More
8 June 2019|
Response from calteacher5 | Reviewed this property |
I would go to The English Bus website directly and email or call.
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