From London: Full-Day Tour of the Cotswolds

From London: Full-Day Tour of the Cotswolds

From $83.69 per person

Join this Cotswolds day tour from London to fully enjoy the beautiful English countryside. This small group tour spends a relaxed day exploring charming scenery, traveling along narrow country lanes, and visiting historical towns and villages.

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Duration 9 hours
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English

Experience

Highlights
  • Spend a full day exploring the best of the Cotswolds
  • Visit iconic villages, historical towns and the beautiful countryside
  • Have free time to explore each location
  • Travel in an air-conditioned minibus along the country lanes
  • Learn from your knowledgeable local guide
Full description
Travel from London and spend a relaxing day exploring the quintessentially British countryside of the Cotswolds, an area known for its beautiful green landscape, charming villages and honey-colored stone cottages. This small-group tour spends the day exploring some of the highlights of the Cotswolds, as well as some of the quieter, less visited areas of countryside. The first stop of the day will be the picturesque town of Bourton-on-the-water. Affectionately known as ‘the Venice of the Cotswolds’, this pretty location is one of the most charming towns in the Cotswolds and a popular visitor destination. Take ample time to stroll along the river, wander over the small bridges and admire the stone cottages. The next stop is Stow-on-the-Wold, a jumble of ancient inns and antique shops located around the market square. Stow has been a center of trade in the Cotswolds for centuries and is known historically as the location of the last battle of the English Civil War in 1646. The town has provided inspiration to many, including JRR Tolkein, and while here there will plenty of time to explore, visit ‘England’s oldest pub’ and have a traditional British lunch.  The journey through the heart of the Cotswolds continues and the next stop is Bibury, often described as the prettiest village in all of England. Wander along the gentle river and see the iconic Arlington Row, a set of weavers cottages that are now one of the symbols of the Cotswolds, as shown in the images above. Bibury is an unmissable Cotswolds destination so you can enjoy plenty of time to explore the village. The final stop of the day is the small town of Burford, known as the ‘Gateway to the Cotswolds’. Burford is one of England’s most unchanged medieval towns where many buildings are nearly 600 years old. The magnificent church is also known as one of the most historic in the region and whilst here there will be time to visit the church, stroll along the attractive high street and explore the town. The tour returns to the Mercure Kensington, London, by approximately 5:30 pm
Includes
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned minibus
  • Local driver/guide
  • Free time to explore each destination
  • Pickup or drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Children under 5 years
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks

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Meeting point

The meeting point for this tour is the Mercure Kensington Hotel, near Earl's Court station. The tour departs at 8:30 AM, but please arrive at least 15 minutes before to check-in.

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Know before you go

  • There is a maximum of 16 passengers per tour
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 135 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.7/5
  • Transportation
    4.9/5
  • Value for money
    4.5/5
  • Safety
    4.6/5
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It was a great day trip. I have really enjoyed it being a small group. It was worth the price. They should have given 3 hours at Bourton on the water, that was the place to look around. They should have mentioned the places where tickets need to be bought like the model town, Birdland Park and Gardens, Cotswold Motoring Museum or The Dragonfly Maze we couldn't go because tickets were all sold. If known would have bought the ticket online. The tour guide Glen was amazing very informative and a good sense of humour, he certainly gets 5star.

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June 10, 2021

Amazing day. Left the meeting point as planned. And got back as planned. Kevin was our driver/guide. He went out of his way to entertain us and gave us very good information along the way. For some this might be rushed trip. But as far as we are concerned it was exactly what we wanted. Got to go to different villages had enough time to look around take pictures grab something to eat and drink and move on to the next stop. A perfect day out and see the country side. If you want to have plenty of time to stay in each village then you just have to hire a car yourself and drive there. Otherwise it’s a nice day tour and can recommend it. Had a lovely time and we were blessed with a very good weather. Which made the day even more fun.

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June 6, 2021

The service is excellent, Glenn (the guide) is awesome, drove carefully and shared a lot of very interesting historical facts about the region. However, definitely, one day is not enough to know in details those tiny and wonderful villages. As he said, this tour is just an introduction, so keep this in mind and have fun!

June 1, 2021

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