First, head to Stratford-upon-Avon, birthplace of William Shakespeare and arguable the creator the “bard”. Covering both comedies, tragedies and histories, the monumental collection of Shakespeare has both mastered and has come to define human creativity at its pinnacle.
With this dramatic visit to the most influential aspects of Shakespeare, from his birthplace to his grave, even those with the most basic interest in this genius will leave energised and enthralled. We will cover all the other most crucial landmarks, from Anne Hathaway’s Cottage to it’s modern day wonder, the Swan Theatre.
‘Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.’ Which one applies to Shakespeare? Fear not! This is not a boring English Literature course on the road, we will bring out the fun and drama of this historic location. So even if this question doesn’t particularly interest you, the inevitable next time the topic of Shakespeare comes comes up, you are sure to have a unique insight!
You’ll then head off the Cotswolds, often described as the most beautiful region in England. Our tour of the picturesque countryside will take in the area’s charming thatched cottages and rustic villages. The day will cover many of the region’s most impressive features, including walks through a selection of the celebrated towns and villages populating the rolling green hills, before heading off the beaten path to explore the lesser-known haunts. Tickets into the famous Broadway Tower are included in the package, before you head for lunch in Bourton on the Water.
Into the heart of untouched rural English countryside, to the unblemished rolling hills of the famous Cotswolds. Piercing the morning fog, to exploring the traditional farmland; our small vehicle is able to visit locations others simple are not. Be transported back to a simpler time, of quaint villages, thatched cottages and medieval churches. Our guide will expertly uncover the history and beauty of this area that has attracted global attention.
Of course, we incorporate some time to visit rural shops to sample their natural and rare products, along with a traditional historic pub for lunch. You can either eat the locally sourced produce at this pub, or take in the idyllic views with your own pack lunch (not included)
This typical Cotswolds town, founded by enterprising Norman traders in the 11th century, sits at the junction of two major roads through the Cotswolds, including the old Roman road, Fosse Way. Brimming with gorgeous yellow-stone cottages and elegant independent shops, separated by ancient alleyways, this wealthy merchant town has survived centuries of warring and even hosted a handful of Civil War skirmishes! In more modern times, Stow-on-the-Wold represented the ‘typical English village’ on Top Gear, but still hosts the annual Stow Fair – one of the country’s largest exhibitions of exotic horses, held annually since 1330!
With its idyllic waters and low bridges, Burton on the Water represents a meeting of Cotswolds landscape, and the meandering waters which once chiseled a route through these valleys. Often voted one of the prettiest villages in England, it is easy to see why. When you think of the Cotswolds, this is probably what you are thinking of, and we give you a wonderful walking tour of this area, along with allowing plenty of time for lunch.
Please note, if you require this tour in less than 48 hours, please email before booking as last minute bookings mean this often becomes unavailable. All bookings must be confirmed by our team.