The Heart of England - Oxfordshire and the Cotswolds

The Heart of England - Oxfordshire and the Cotswolds

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The Heart of England - Oxfordshire and the Cotswolds

7 Days Starting and ending in Longford TW6, UK

Visiting: Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick Castle, Burford, Blenheim Palace, Bristol, The Roman Baths

Tour operator:

Global Dream Travel

Tour code:

OX1

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

4 - 30

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

18-82

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:

English

Interests:

Cultural, History

This tour is no longer available

Tour Overview

This is the perfect tour to immerse yourself into quintessential British culture, as we base oursleves in the world famous university city of Oxford. Once we familiarise ourselves with the dreaming spires and incredible history, we then explore the surrounding areas, such as Stratford-upon-Avon (birthplace of William Shakespeare), the Cotswold region, as well as the west country where we visit Bath and Bristol. What we love most about this tour is that you will be staying in the local area to Global Dream Travel, allowing you to benefit from our great local partnerships and expertise!

Highlights

  • Tour of an Oxford University College

  • Visit the birthplace of William Shakespeare and a tour of the RSC

  • Enjoy the beauty of the Cotswolds region including an Afternoon Tea

  • Visit the West Country - Roman Baths, SS Great Britain, Clifton Suspension Bridge, Gloucester Cathedral and Tewkesbury Abbey

Places You'll See

The Heart Of England - Oxfordshire And The Cotswolds

The Heart Of England - Oxfordshire And The Cotswolds

The Heart Of England - Oxfordshire And The Cotswolds

The Heart Of England - Oxfordshire And The Cotswolds

The Heart Of England - Oxfordshire And The Cotswolds

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Arrive Lhr

Location: Heathrow Airport

Accommodation: Hotel

After the meet and greet service we transfer you to your hotel where you can check in. You will have some downtime to familiarise yourself with your surroundings - there are nice gardens and a path along the river by the hotelto explore. Recommendations for places to eat and drink will be provided.

Day 2 : Historic Oxford

Location: Oxford

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

We start the day with a walking tour of Oxford. Here you will get to admire the beauty and tradition of the numerous colleges and their gardens, and check out the Bodleian Library - the oldest in Europe dating back to 1602. After a break for lunch we then re-convene to visit the Ashmolean Museum, followed shortly afterwards by the Pitt Rivers Museum which displays the archaeological and anthropological collections of the University. We finish with a dinner locally in Oxford.

Day 3 : Shakespeare And Warwick

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Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick Castle

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Today we head north to Stratford-Upon-Avon (approximately one hour drive) to explore the birthplace of William Shakespeare and theatres associated with his fine work. Enjoy the delights of this charming town with its traditional stores, charming river and cosy pubs and restaurants. In the afternoon we head to Warwick castle to fully explore this world famous sight before returning back to Oxford in time for dinner.

Day 4 : Cotswolds Exploration

Location: Burford, Blenheim Palace

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Today is about exploring the Cotswolds! We start the day on the edge of the region by visiting Blenheim Palace, where Sir Winstone Churchill was born. This stunning setting is truly memorable so it worth savouring every moment! We then continue on to Burford, a beautiful town in the heart of the Cotswolds for lunch. We then head to Bourton-on-the-Water, famous for its honey-coloured stone architecture and model village, and also check out Bibury. The charm of these Cotswold villages will really stand out, with thatched roof cottages, cobbled streets and of course many red telephone boxes! We return to Oxford for dinner.

Day 5 : West Country Adventure

Location: Bristol, The Roman Baths

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

After breakfast we head to the West country. Our first stop is the city of Bath, where we dive into Roman history and culture here with a tour of the Roman Baths. After Bath we go on to Bristol to admire the SS Great Britain and Brunel's world famous Clifton Suspension Bridge, offering spectacular views of the city and home to fascinating plant life. After lunch in Bristol (don't miss the opportunity to have local cider if you get the chance!) we then move on to Gloucester to visit the stunning cathedral as well as Tewkesbury Abbey - absolute must-sees in this area, before we return to Oxford for dinner.

Day 6 : Sustainability And Free Time

Location: Oxford

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Today is our last full day, with a focus on sustainability. You can choose between either visiting and engaging in our local sustainability project, which involves the restoration of a meadow in the local area. Alternatively, you can walk the Thames path, which is a beautiful route along the river down to Abingdon. This is one of the oldest towns in Britain and is home to some brilliant pubs and restaurants. After lunch here we will take you back to Oxford where you can enjoy your final afternoon of your trip at leisure and reflect on your adventure in the heart of England!

Day 7 : Tour Ends

Location: Heathrow Airport

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

After breakfast we will transport you back to Heathrow airport for your flight home, unless you choose to connect to one of our post-trip itineraries or other adventures within the UK!

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    4* on a bed and breakfast basis

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

  • All Domestic Transportation (including internal flights)

  • Entrance Fees

  • Free Wi-Fi at Accommodation

  • Fully Guided

  • Local Taxes

  • Meals – Breakfast Only

What's Not Included

  • 1 bottle of Mineral Water per person per day

  • Country Entry Visas

  • Drinks with Meals

  • Game Drives on Safari

  • International Travel

  • Meals – Full Board

  • Meals – Half Board

  • Tipping and Gratuities

  • Train Tickets

Mode of Transport

Luxury coach

Check out our Q&As

  • What happens if a group doesn’t make its minimum required number of passengers?

    Full refunds provided, however this is highly unlikely due to demand

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    The co-founders joined forces in early 2023, so we have been trading for over 3 years. With our combined experience, we have been operating tours for over 25 years which has enabled us to deliver the trip of a lifetime for so many of our travellers.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    Yes you can, and whilst we may be able to provide assistance in transportation to meet the group this may come at an additional cost to you.

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    You can change or cancel your trip up to 30 days before the start of your trip for free, however after this time it is down to suppliers as to whether or not you get a full refund. We will always endeavor to get as much back to you as possible but we cannot guarantee a full refund after this point

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Absolutely - we select accommodations that are a minimum of 4* standard so ensure the comfort and safety for our travellers. In some remote areas (e.g the Scottish Highlands, safaris etc.) where this isn't always available, we carefully select local lodges or bed and breakfasts which adhere to our high standards.

Reviews of this operator

James Laviolette  

Perfectly planned trip Scotland/Ireland 2023

14-Apr-2023

Perfectly planned trip. It was my retirement trip with my wife and Conor did an amazing job from start to finish. We went to two cities in Scotland then flew to Dublin and rented a car for 2 weeks. We had an amazing time. Conor texted us everyday to see how we were getting along and to make suggestions for sights to see and good places to eat. We are forever grateful.

Susan Osgood  

Outstanding experience!

05-May-2023

Just returning from an amazing Ecuadorian vacation (Quito and Galapagos Islands), beautifully orchestrated by GDT. They mastered the details - accommodations, meals, activities, local guides - all top notch. I have nothing negative to say. Being a less experienced traveler, GDT's care in planning, ease of availability, and passion for sharing the best of our world, at your pace, instilled confidence. Yes, you can be a world traveler, too! I highly recommend GDT, and will definitely use them again on my next excursion.

Therese Zimmer-Farid  

Above & Beyond our wildest dreams!

13-Mar-2023

Global Dream Travel made our vacation amazing! Conor & Adam were top of the line from the very beginning with the logistics, research and planning the itinerary to include every experience we were hoping to have. What we didn't expect were all the extras that came from Global Dream Travel (Conor & Adam's) long time experience, connections and going above and beyond our wildest dreams! If we did this on our own it would have taken a lot of research and time to have a good trip. With Global Dream Travel and very little work on our end, we had an EXCEPTIONAL trip. There were sights and experiences we never could have even known existed without their expertise. For example; enjoying an elegant lunch in a castle, on top of a mountain, overlooking a pristine Lake and the Alps as a backdrop! This is just one of the countless surprises we encountered as well as the continued help and guidance navigating a foreign country with all the nuances one can never fully account for. Global dream travel did all of this seamlessly and with ease, laughter, no worries and complete and utter enjoyment. Thank you so much for a dream come true! We cannot wait for our next dream vacation with you!

Jan Zimmer  

You don’t have to worry about anything. They have plans in place and you just enjoy the experience

06-Apr-2023

Global Dream Travel gave me the best experience of my life! I’ve never been to Europe and I can’t say enough positive things to express how wonderful it was. We had tour guides at each country to give historical and current information. That was all prearranged for us. Hotels were also prearranged and were outstanding! To say this was a trip of a lifetime is an understatement. Without Global Dream Travel, it would have been ok but stressful getting to and from places. Finding hotels and places of interest, restaurants, getting to and from airport was all taken care of. We didn’t have concerns about anything. I will never travel without Global Dream Travel planning our dream trip!! Thank you Conor! We had the best time.

Howard Shempp  

The people of Ireland were the high point.

13-Sep-2022

Overall we saw and experienced a lot of Ireland in our recent two week tour. We were able to meet many people as Conor, our guide and driver engaged them in conversation and enhanced our experience even further. He placed us in hotels that were all 4 star or better. In each overnight stop the restaurants recommended were very high quality. His experience showed in so many ways. We were in the more crowded venues before the tour buses showed up and always seemed to be one step ahead of the crowds. We were given lots of free time to explore towns and villages on our own and the schedule allowed flexibility and selection of the venues to be visited. Unusual in tour we never felt rushed, he was very sensitive to our needs and changed plans quickly if we wanted to see something not on the schedule. The tour vehicle was small for our group but it did allow us to get into some sites easier. The follow up after the tour was amazing. He helped us in our travel plans when the airlines went down and was there before during and after the tour when we needed help. Highly recommend this company.

Book with Confidence

  • Free Date Changes

    Global Dream Travel allows you to make 1 free date changes, as long as the change is made at least 60 days before the start of the tour.

  • Transfer as credit to Future Tours

    Global Dream Travel allows you to transfer existing payments to a future tour to avoid cancellation fees if you can't travel and inform global dream travel, 60 days before departure.

  • Low Deposit

    Global Dream Travel requires a minimum deposit of 100% or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 180 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of global dream travel charges.

    Up to 60 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 30 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

    At 15 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

  • Flexible Booking Available

    Change your dates for free up until 60 days prior to departure

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