Avebury Stone Circle
Cherhill White Horse
Cotswolds and Woodstock
Day 1 takes you west to the standing stone circles at Avebury and the historic village of Lacock in the heart of rural Wiltshire, maintained by the National Trust and largely unchanged since the 13th century. Your afternoon leaves you free to explore Bath, its Abbey and Roman Baths, before staying in the capital of the Cotswolds, Cirencester for the night
Day 2 is a fantastic day exploring the beautiful villages and scenery of the Cotswolds, including Bourton on the Water, Stow-on-the-Wold and Woodstock. Your afternoon leaves you free to explore the ancient University town of Oxford before returning to London
Day 1: London to the Cotswolds
Leaving the great city of London behind us today we head west. We arrive at the pretty village of Avebury. Here we will be able to wander amidst the largest stone circle in the world and a World Heritage Site. Nearby is also the site of the Cherhill White Horse, which was cut out of the chalk hillside in 1780. Not far from here, set in rural Wiltshire, is Lacock village, famous for its picturesque streets, historic buildings and its more recent role as a television and film location. The Abbey, located at the heart of the village within its own woodland grounds, is a quirky country house of various architectural styles. We spend some time in the afternoon in Bath, suffused with relics of its Roman past and of course it’s famous Bath. From here we continue to Cirencester, set in the heart of the Cotswolds, which is so quintessentially English. Cirencester was the second largest town in Britain during Roman times
Day 2: The Cotswolds
We will discover some more of the Cotswold scenery and villages. You will see some outstanding countryside with river valleys, water meadows and beech woods, sleepy ancient limestone villages, historic market towns and for being so ‘typically English’ where time has stood still for over 300 years.
Our visits will include Bourton on the Water, also known as the ‘Venice of the Cotswolds. It is a picturesque village with many of the traditional features unique to this area. Next stop will be Stow-on-the-Wold, the highest town in the Cotswolds and packed with charming traditional houses. The quaint village of Woodstock cannot be missed to conclude your tour of the area, with a photo stop at Blenheim Palace
In the afternoon we visit Oxford, renowned for over 900 year as a centre of academic excellence. Discover at your own pace the college courtyards, unspoilt narrow alleys and the historic town square. Harry Potter fans might want to see Christ Church, where many scenes from the films have been shot. The grandeur of the Great Hall has formed the basis of Hogwarts Hall
Later that day we return back to London at approx 7pm
Departs - 09.00 Returns - approx. 7pm
Departing - Wednesday and Saturday until end March 2013 and then every Saturday
Stance 3, Greenline Coach Terminal, Bulleid Way, Victoria, London SW1W 9SH.
Your tour does not include accommodation in the price. By giving you a choice of accommodation it allows you to choose your budget, stay in smaller places and get closer to the local people. This also means you help to sustain the communities you visit in the long term. Choose one of our recommended hostels, B&B or hotel and we will book it for you
Where do you stay on tours?
At the time of booking we ask what type of accommodation you would like whilst on tour. The choices are as follows: Hostel, B&B standard, B&B en/suite and 3 or 4* Hotel
How does that work?
When you go on tour your driver/guide will drop you off at your booked accommodation and pick you up in the morning so you have no need to worry about shifting luggage or getting lost on tour. It’s a small group tour so we won’t let you get lost in the crowd
What does the accommodation cost?
The accommodation prices below are for guidance only and we cannot be held responsible for any variation in the cost of accommodation, but we always do our very best to satisfy your personal requirements and have an amazing track record of providing our customers the best value and quality accommodation available. We do advise that single supplements usually apply and at times in peak season double room rates are charged for single occupancy
What you can expect from a B&B
Standard and en/suite, also known as a Guest House
A B&B is usually a traditional family home that has been converted. The most common types of rooms available in B&B’s are doubles or twins
Family rooms – one double bed and one single bed (suitable for 3 adults) are also available in many B&B’s and there are single rooms, however, single rooms often come at a supplement. You will find a hospitality tray with tea and coffee making facilities and a TV in the room. All bed linen and towels are provided
Breakfast is provided in the morning and is included in the price. Vegetarian options are available on request
B&B En/suite the showering and toilet facilities are within the bedroom for your own private use. The cost of a B&B en/suite is between £35 – £45 per person per night
What you can expect from a Hotel
A Hotel is a larger property, offering the same room types as B&B en/suite. Some hotels have a bar or restaurant for the use of their guests and normally provide evening meals. All bedding and linen are provided. Breakfast is provided in the morning and is included in the price
The cost of Hotel 3* is between £55 – £75 per person per night. Hotel 4* is £70 - £100 per person per night
Please remember there is often a single supplement which will result in the price of a room being slightly higher than quoted above
What you can expect from a Hostel
A hostel consists of dormitory rooms (bedrooms) normally between 4 to 8 beds in each dorm, but can be up to 12 or 16 beds in the bigger hostels. The beds are typically bunk beds and all the bedding is provided by the hostel. Towels are not provided, however you can hire towels from the hostel for a small charge
The bathroom and showering facilities are a short distance from the dorm room. Kitchen facilities are available for all guests, which are well equipped for making your own meals
Shops are close by so you can purchase food. This type of accommodation is ideal for those on a budget. You do not have to be a member to stay in the hostels as many of them are independent. The cost of a hostel is between £11 - £18 per night
Room types in Hostels
There is the option to be in a mixed dorm (males and females in one room) or a single sex dorm (men only or women only); if you have a preference please let us know at the time of booking.
Adult prices - £99 - £119
Discount prices - £89 - £109
Transportation by top of the range Mercedes mini-coach for a more personal experience with a maximum of 16 passengers on tour.
We believe a small group tour with a maximum of 16 passengers really does make a big difference to your trip. It allows us to give you a more personal service and remain the only 5 Star operators to offer this personal guarantee. Touring with a maximum of 16 passengers you get more for your money, more personal attention, more time with the locals, more time off the bus, more time on the back-roads and just more of an authentic, friendly experience. The smaller groups allow you to meet people from all over the world and make friends for life
Air Conditioning as standard
Services of a professional driver/guide
Meals and refreshments
All Visitor Attractions
Students, Seniors over 60 and Children between 5 and 16 (we regret we do not carry children under 5 years old)
Because we believe in time off the bus and give you opportunities to take nature walks we recommend you bring suitable clothing and footwear for your tour. Accommodation on this tour is dispersed around Cirencester. If you have mobility problems or special requirements please let us know when booking.
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