The Cotswolds is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which has inspired artists, writers and philosophers for many centuries. Come and discover idyllic English villages, nestling in quiet valleys, small stone thatched cottages, majestic castles and manors, and charming high streets peppered with quaint tea shops and antiques shops. Let your knowledgeable guides show you the English countryside at its best.
You start your unforgettable Cotswold journey from central Oxford, driving to Burford through Minster Lovell, with its attractive thatched houses and ruined Hall.
We then continue to Burford, the ‘Gateway to the Cotswolds’ via the beautiful villages of Asthall and Swinbrook (home to the Mitford sisters). In Burford enjoy browsing around the small shops and cafes in the pretty High Street.
Our drive then takes us through some beautiful countryside and some of the old quarrying villages of the North Cotswolds to Bourton-on-the-Water, the 'Venice of the Cotswolds'. Bourton has many cafes and small souvenir shops to explore and there is also the picturesque River Windrush.
Another picturesque route brings us to the charming and unspoilt Worcestershire town of Broadway. We stop here for lunch, where you can enjoy the interesting shops and quaint cafes.
After lunch we take a scenic drive to the enchanting village of Snowshill with its beautiful stone cottages and views of the Cotswold Hills. Here, you can take some stunning pictures of a typical Cotswold village.
Passing the quirky Broadway Tower we head to the delightful market town of Chipping Campden, the centre of the Arts and Crafts Movement in the Cotswolds. Here, you can browse in the shops or visit the impressive ‘wool church’.
Our return route to Oxford takes us to the charming town of Stow-on-the-Wold. See the quaint antiques shops and boutiques and visit St Edwards Church with its unusual wooden door (said to have inspired the writer Tolkien).
Our route back to Oxford passes through the delightful towns of Chipping Norton and Woodstock, the location of Blenheim Palace (birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill).