Bath, OXFORD & The Cotswolds GUIDED TOUR

Tour includes Shakespeare, Stonehenge, Blenheim Palace, Jane Austen

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Bath, OXFORD & The Cotswolds Guided Tour

This holiday/vacation is a guided tour to some of Britain’s most spectacular heritage, travelling past honey coloured stone buildings in the gorgeous Cotswolds landscapes, and visiting wonderful places including 4 World Heritage Sites.

We visit the ancient university city of Oxford, discover the majesty of Blenheim Palace, and spend a day exploring Shakespeare’s historic hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon. We delve in and out of Wales in pursuit of medieval castles, then indulge ourselves with classical refinement in the City of Bath. Our tour is completed with visits to the world-famous Neolithic landscapes of Avebury and Stonehenge. 

Dinner, bed and breakfast is included throughout your tour. Your first night will be spent at the Mitre Hotel, on the banks of the Thames, where we’ve included tickets for you to enjoy the experience of its close neighbour, Hampton Court Palace. We will spend our next four evenings together at the Queens Hotel, Cheltenham – a slice of Regency grandeur, set in the heart of this elegant spa town.

Tour Features

  • 5 Nights Luxury British Vacation
  • Includes 4 Nights – Expert Guided Heritage Tour
  • Plus 1 Night London
  • Includes Airport Transfers from London Heathrow
  • Luxury Coach Travel, maximum 16 Travellers
  • All Entrance Fees Included
  • 4 Star Hotels
  • 5 Breakfasts, 5 Dinners
  • £1470 pp – Based on 2 Sharing

The Cotswolds Heritage Tour Highlights

  • Blenheim Palace* one of England’s most sumptuous stately homes
  • Stratford-upon-Avon – historic hometown of the Bard of Avon
  • The rugged might of Ancient Castles along the Wye Valley and Welsh border
  • Afternoon Tea at the Pump Room in the Regency splendour of the City of Bath*
  • Stonehenge & Avebury* famous megalith landscapes of lost civilisations

*Denotes UNESCO World Heritage Site

Bath, OXFORD & The Cotswolds Tour Itinerary

Castle Howard country house and stately home. Part of Pelago Travel Great British Explorer Tour to Yorkshire

Arrival - Sunday

You are met at Heathrow Airport for convenient transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to explore. We include tickets for you to either visit nearby Hampton Court Palace or take a return cruise along the River Thames to Kew Gardens or central London. When you return, you can enjoy your dinner and relax in preparation for your tour to begin on Monday morning. Your hotel is idyllically situated on the River Thames, conveniently located for travel into central London, and an excellent departure point for our tour.

York Minster. Part of Pelago Travel Great British Explorer Tour to Yorkshire

Day Two - Monday

We depart early for the historic city of Oxford, home to the world’s oldest English language university. We begin with a guided tour of Oxford University and city, including the famous Bodleian Library. In the afternoon we visit Blenheim Palace, home to the Dukes of Marlborough, a masterpiece of Baroque architecture, and one of the most magnificent of English Stately Homes. We leave Blenheim, crossing through the Cotswolds for our hotel in the Regency town of Cheltenham – our base for the next four nights.

Bronte Parsonsge, Howarth. Home of Bronte Sisters, Anne Bronte, Charlotte Bronte and Emily Bronte Part of Pelago Travel Great British Explorer Tour to Yorkshire

Day Three - Tuesday

We spend the day at Stratford-upon-Avon, the historic hometown of William Shakespeare, the most famous of English poets and playwrights. We visit the sites, including Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Mary Arden’s Farm and Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, immersing ourselves in the experience of late Tudor England. There’s opportunity to discover for yourself – wander through the streets, take a walk by the River Avon in Bancroft Gardens, find a perch in a tea shop, or browse amongst the many high street and independent shops.

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal. Part of Pelago Travel Great British Explorer Tour to Yorkshire

Day Four - Wednesday

A day for dramatic castles, with pivotal roles from William the Conqueror after 1066, the War of the Roses 400 years later, and the English Civil War of 1642-51. Crossing in and out of Wales, we follow the River Wye, with fortresses at Chepstow, Goodrich and Monmouth, alongside some of Britain’s favourite market towns. We visit Gloucester Cathedral – tomb and shrine of the murdered King Edward II. At Tintern Abbey we find picturesque beauty, captured in prose by Wordsworth and in art by Turner.

Day Five - Thursday

A day in Bath. This ancient and intimate city, was re-imagined 250 years ago, as something close to a Neo-Classical theme park – a Georgian setting for fashionable people to meet, parade and ‘take the waters’. The aura of Bath was irresistible to members of ‘polite society’, and brilliantly enjoyed and satirised in Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. We’ve included Afternoon Tea at the Pump Room, entry to the best preserved Roman Bath House in the Empire, a visit to the Assembly Rooms and Costume Museum, and much more besides.

Whitby, steps to Whitby Abbey. Part of Pelago Travel Great British Explorer Tour to Yorkshire

Day Six - Friday

We say goodbye to our hotel and travel first to Avebury and then Stonehenge, amongst the most famous groups of megaliths in the world. Avebury is the more peaceful, and the world’s largest stone circle. Stonehenge is outstanding for its monumental structure, the sophistication of its design, the shaping of the stones, and the precision of construction. We leave behind the landscapes and heritage of the West Country, returning you to Heathrow Airport at the end of your tour.

The Bath & The Cotswold Tour Hotels

The Mitre 4-Star Hotel

The Mitre Hotel, Hampton Court is situated right by the River Thames. Hampton Court Palace is only a short stroll away.

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Queens Hotel 4-Star

Sitting right in the heart of the picturesque spa town of Cheltenham, overlooking the beautiful Imperial Gardens and Promenade.

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