Day 1: London - Avebury - Lacock Village - Bath
Stop At: Avebury Stone Circle, Herepath Marlborough, Avebury SN8 1RF England
Marvel at the largest standing stone circles in the world.
Duration: 45 minutes
Stop At: Lacock Abbey, Lacock SN15 2LG England
Wander the streets of this village, maintained and owned by the National Trust.
Duration: 45 minutes
Stop At: The Roman Baths, Abbey Church Yard, Bath BA1 1LZ England
Luxuriate in the warm tones of the local honey-coloured stone, used in much of the architecture here, such as the famed bath houses.
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Stop At: Cirencester Park, Cecily Hill, Cirencester England
Get to the heart of the Cotswolds in this ancient Roman market town
Duration: 5 hours
No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Stay one night in Cirencester (on some rare dates, accommodation may be in other locations, such as Bath or Cheltenham).
Day 2: Bibury - Stow on the Wold - Burford (optional) - Oxford - London
Stop At: Bibury Trout Farm, Arlington, Bibury GL7 5NL England
A delightful village with the renowned 16th century cottages of Arlington Row.
Duration: 40 minutes
Stop At: Stow-on-the-Wold Market Square, Stow-on-the-Wold England
Site of one of the last battles of the English Civil War, the highest market town in the Cotswolds boasts a colourful history.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 2JD, UK
Oxford is an internationally regarded university and a prominent shooting location for the Harry Potter film franchise.
Duration: 3 hours
Stop At: Broadway Tower, Middle Hill Parking: what3words ///pebble.crouches.galaxies, Broadway WR12 7LB England
Eighteenth-century hilltop folly located atop Broadway Hill, the second-highest point in the Cotswolds. The literature claims that you can see 16 counties from the top of the tower – on a clear day, definitely as far east as the Chilterns and as far west as the Brecon Beacons.
The tower has connections with William Morris (the nineteenth-century artist who described Bibury as ‘the most beautiful village in England’ – he liked the tower so much that it led him to establish the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings) and was also used by the Royal Observer Corps during the Cold War;
Duration: 20 minutes
No meals included on this day.
No accommodation included on this day.
Greenline Coach Terminal, Bulleid Way, Victoria, London SW1W 9SH, UK
If you cancel at least 22 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 21 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
We enjoyed every minute although we had hoped to get pictures of villages with thatched roofs. Our guide and driver, Helen, was superb. Very knowledgeable about the entire route and history of the area and of England as a whole. She went out of her way to make sure everyone was taken care of and comfortable. We have travelled extensively, overnighting in facilities ranging from tents to castles and everything in between. Our overnight stay on this trip is among the top 10% of everywhere we've stayed.
We had a wonderful time on the uncrowded small bus tour with John. I can't imagine a tour being any better. Showed us things I didn't expect to see. He was entertaining and shared his time with us throughout the journey. Would recommend this type of trip to people that want to see things they probably would not find on their own. Thank you!!!!!
A great way to see the English countryside. Jeff was great. So was the Victoria guesthouse in Circencester - better than most of the hotels I've stayed in. Very happy to have done this.
Great tour and fantastic guide!
This is a great tour and is an amazing taster for the cotswolds, oxford and bath! James is a brilliant driver/guide and told us many interesting stories about the places of interest we drove by. Being a 2 day tour only, it doesn't give us a lot of time in each place but is just right to explore the major sights of an area, enjoy the great food there, and soak in the beautiful scenery. I want to suggest Rabbie's tours that they have a 5 day cotswolds, bath and Oxford tour with the same itinerary so that there is more time to spend in certain places at leisure and spend a night in Oxford and Bath as well. The B and B accommodation with no extra cost, included with the tour is exceptional. Surely go for that option as the rooms are large and full English breakfast is super. Being a small group the tour is private and exclusive with not a lot of hustle and noise. The villages of Cotswolds- Bilbury, Stow on Wold etc are gorgeous just like a painting, Oxford is magical and there's a lot to explore in Bath as well.There are great eating options throughout the tour, quaint tea places for cream tea and scones in the cotswolds, old pubs with a brilliant Sunday roast, pie or fish and chips if you fancy. Highly recommend this tour if you have only two days and are keen on exploring these places. It is a great experience,
This was a fabulous tour overall! The one thing I would change would be for the on-ground portion to have some guidance in Bath and the other areas.... I found a store that sold a map of Bath, and with limited time I still saw pretty much everything I wanted to see. But there was anxiety about how far to go and be able to make it back to the bus. I would recommend that you download a map in advance so you can plot your walking tour in advance. The bus dropped off and the guide on the bus left until we were picked up later. I had been to Bath before and had visited the Roman baths, so I didn't include it this time. If you definitely want to see the baths, book a tour that already has tickets for you... otherwise, you won't know if you have time to stand in the line and visit other areas like I went to the Jane Austen museum and wanted to see some of the Georgian architectural areas... but I missed the bridge. I would have preferred a walking tour that made sure to include the highlights and then have some free time. Same thing for Oxford. Or at least tell people in advance that they will be completely on their own.... and give them a map when they get off the bus so you don't spend time looking for the tourist office.
Steven is an excellent guide, extremely knowledgeable. He definitely has a storyteller talent. I highly recommend this tour.
Our guide with Rabbies (John) was excellent. The tour itself was fun and informative. We saw many little villages in the Cotswold region.Only negatives: poor accommodation for overnight; not enough time in Bath and especially in Oxford; "luxury" coach is an overstatement - it's a basic minibus fyi.
This tour is suitable for those who want to get a flavor of the English countryside as it covers multiple locations that's well spaced out in terms of itinerary. Hence, for each location, you get anything as short as 15minutes for one stop views, up to 3.5hours for large towns like Oxford and Bath. I'm sure you can discuss the options with the driver/guide in advance. The guide/driver we had was quite knowledgeable and gave insightful commentaries on the go. However, it would have been better if he was more engaging with the group as interaction was mostly one way on the intercom. Offline chats with the guide was mostly lacklustre and non reciprocal for me.
The B and B place was basic but charming and breakfast was more than adequate with good spread of traditional English fair. Very friendly lady. Overall, an enjoyable and well paced itinerary.
An overhyped drive on narrow English roads with brief stops in a couple of Cotswolds villages. First day stopped at Avebury to see Henges, large stones on the ground that only a Druid could love. Got to Cirencester on eastern edge of Cotswolds for overnight, but after shops, places of interest were closed. Accommodations were fine, but not what originally selected. Second day much better with two stops then Oxford, but just dropped off with little guidance as to where we were. Driver had an excellent knowledge of the area, but his accent made it difficult for this American to understand. If you really want to visit Cotswolds go by train/car stay a few days and take local tours.
Escape London for two days on a small-group overnight tour to the Cotswolds, Bath and Oxford. Visit small, beautiful towns where it seems as if time has stood still for 300 years. Full of history and tradition, these towns are where you’ll discover Britain at its best. In a small group of less than 16 people, you are sure to enjoy a personalized and valuable experience with your guide.