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Oxford and Traditional Cotswolds Villages Small-Group Day Tour from London

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$72.83

The Cotswolds are like stepping into a landscape painting. Vivid green colours, lush waterways and the most delightful cottages. And Oxford needs no introduction. The city of students, spires and sumptuous cathedrals is as inspirational as it is fascinating. Join this 10-hour, guided small-group tour and experience two of England’s most deservedly-famous locations. Transportation between attractions is included. Food and drinks can be purchased along the way.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Minimum age is 5 years
- Near public transportation
- Most travelers can participate
- Luggage Allowance: You're restricted to 14kg (31lbs) of luggage per person on our tours. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) plus a small bag for onboard personal items.
- This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers

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Itinerary
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Stop At: University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 2JD, UK

Your first stop is Oxford, where you have time to explore the precincts of the many colleges, climb one of the vantage points to take in the skyline, or see the art and antiquities collections in the Ashmolean Museum. The choice is yours.

Duration: 2 hours

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

Ruined medieval manor house located on the banks of the River Windrush. Originally built by the Lovell family (the local landowners, who gave their name to the village)
Local legend tells of how Francis Lovell (the last of the family) went into hiding after the defeat of Richard III in 1485, allegedly in a secret chamber in the grounds of Minster Lovell Hall, the knowledge of his whereabouts known only by a faithful servant who unexpectedly died; skeletal remains, presumed to be Lovell’s, were discovered in the 1700s…

Duration: 20 minutes

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

Our next stop is in Burford, the ‘Gateway to the Cotswolds’. It’s a small market town with enormous character and a huge history. The main street is lined with gorgeously quaint cottages and properties.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Arlington Row, Awkward Hill, Cirencester GL7 5NJ, UK

Finally, you make the short journey to Bibury, described by William Morris as the prettiest village in England, and the place that Henry T Ford wished to dismantle and ship back to the USA.

Here we have time to stroll past the famous and fairytale-like Arlington Row. After a full day exploring the city of Oxford and the villages of the Cotswolds we’ll embark on the comfortable return journey to London.

Duration: 45 minutes

Departure:

Departure point:

Greenline Coach Terminal, Bulleid Way, Victoria, London SW1W 9SH, UK

Departure time:

9:15 AM

Duration:

10 hours

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Terms and Conditions:

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


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Madlena Y

Very happy with the tour - our driver and guide John was great - knowledgeable and entertaining. I liked the itinerary as we spend enough time at each stop

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tomlewis

Love the small group tour. Will defiantly recommend and use Rabbies again. We loved the small 16 passenger bus. The guide was very knowledgeable.

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Gilbert S

Going on a small group tour of The Cotswolds and Oxford was great. Our group of 16 people got an inspired commentary from driver and guide Stewart.

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S9morrow

This was a relaxing tour to the Cotswold villages where our tour guide, Rob, tried to show us as much of the English countryside as he can do it. There was enough time for every stop. Our walk through Oxford was very interesting as we followed the the main attractions through Oxford. Rob was also kind enough to let us out in our neighborhood. Our group was very nice and we met some lovely ladies from Australia.

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Franco E

Our guide Jeffrey made the tour extra special! He is full of knowledge regarding London and the Cotswolds. Beautiful scenery all around. I highly recommend this tour!

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Mike I

My wife and I have utilized Viator services many times in Europe over the years. We've always been very happy with the tours and tour guides. However, this trip had a bit too much windshield time and not enough boots on the ground time. The crowds at Oxford were over the top. The Harry Potter franchise has turned the place into Disneyland. The tour needed more time in the Cotswolds.

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Kenneth B

Very nice small group tour! The tour guide was great. He told nice stories, and informed of what we were seeing around us. But, also knew when to be silent and let us just enjoy the country side. I liked being dropped off in the towns to explore on our own, but also guidance on what to see. They day flew by. We got a lot in during the day. Getting out of London was easier than getting back in that evening. But, our experienced driver knew how to maneuver through the back roads of the city. It was a laid back tour, which is just what we wanted. I felt like we had enough time in each village. Most of the small villages were just for photo opportunities, which is really what this kind of tour is.

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David

Overall good once we got going. It was difficult to locate the starting point and then there wasn’t anyone there until a few minutes before departure. The driver, Dean, was knowledgeable but a little hands off and laid back. Enjoyed the tour and would recommend it.

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Kurt R

Our guide/driver, Andrew, was superb. Courteous, helpful, funny, and knowledgeable. We would have liked to have seen more of and spent more time in the Cotswolds, and seen more of the traditional thatched cottages. We had a problem with one of the other patrons coming back late from a rest stop, which pressed us for time, but still would have liked more time in the villages, even if we came back late; we had to zip through so fast we couldn't even take pictures.

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V

Geoff was our driver. He talked quite a bit en route and between stops but never got out of the bus. Once we arrived at Oxford he gave us all marked maps with a paragraph about each spot mapped then said to be bac on 2 hours. We followed the map and found all the spots, had lunch and had about 10 minutes to spare because we didn’t go into Christ Church (the main hall was closed). We missed the interaction of a tour guide. We then visited several villages in Cotswold. Some commentary along the way then 20-30 minutes to walk around. Then the long drive back to London. It seemed like a very long day. Must be a better way! Van was full and uncomfortable.


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Oxford and Traditional Cotswolds Villages Small-Group Day Tour from London
Overview:

The Cotswolds are like stepping into a landscape painting. Vivid green colours, lush waterways and the most delightful cottages. And Oxford needs no introduction. The city of students, spires and sumptuous cathedrals is as inspirational as it is fascinating. Join this 10-hour, guided small-group tour and experience two of England’s most deservedly-famous locations. Transportation between attractions is included. Food and drinks can be purchased along the way.

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$72.83

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