Explore the charming villages of the Cotswolds as you discover the real life setting of Downton Abbey!

  • 16 seat mini-coaches
  • Time off the bus to explore
  • Stories from a friendly guide

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Prices from$178 per person twin/double share

Places you explore

Avebury – Marvel at the largest standing stone circles in the world.

Broadway Tower – The second highest point in the Cotswolds is a tower with an odd shape and a curious history.

Cherhill White Horse – Gaze at this 18th-century hillside art from the mind of ‘the mad doctor’.

Lacock – Wander the streets of this village, maintained and owned by the National Trust.

Bath – Luxuriate in the warm tones of the local honey-coloured stone, used in much of the architecture here, such as the famed bath houses.

Cirencester – Get to the heart of the Cotswolds in this ancient Roman market town.

Bibury – A delightful village with the renowned 16th century cottages of Arlington Row.

Stow-on-the-Wold – Site of one of the last battles of the English Civil War, the highest market town in the Cotswolds boasts a colourful history.

Oxford – Oxford is an internationally regarded university and a prominent shooting location for the Harry Potter film franchise.

Travel is the best education.

You use all five of your senses, you learn about cultural quirks, and you experience historical wonders.

And this tour is your perfect lesson in the best of England.

You examine the standing stones of Avebury, where you unearth the mysteries of Neolithic civilisation. You study the rural villages of the Cotswolds, where you discover a more relaxing pace of life. And you learn about Bath and Oxford, two places that boast England’s rich and extravagant heritage.

So, make the world your classroom and join this tour of the Cotswolds, Bath, and Oxford.

Day 1

  • Gaze in wonder at the largest stone circle in the world, Avebury
  • Explore the village of Lacock and its charming streets
  • Marvel at the immense scale of Bath’s Georgian terraces, its majestic Abbey cathedral, and the Roman temple and baths

Your tour heads west to the village of Avebury. Here you have the chance to wander amongst the majesty of the largest stone circle in the world.

A short journey from here is a hillside where you find the Cherhill White Horse, a huge white horse cut into the chalk by the ‘Mad Doctor’ in the 18th century.

Further along the road lies Lacock, a preserved medieval village famous for its picturesque streets, historic buildings, and role as a period film and television location.

You then head to Bath to enjoy its rich cultural history and magnificent architecture. You can also take the opportunity to visit the Roman Baths complex and Abbey cathedral.

Heading into the Cotswolds, you travel to the Cirencester*, a market town whose wealth was founded in the medieval wool trade. It was the second largest town in Roman Britain.

Day 2

  • Wander amongst the tranquil Medieval setting of Bibury’s cottages
  • Explore Oxford’s iconic educational institutions

You first visit the picturesque village of Bibury, a town that presents you with 16th-century cottages and a tranquil river where trout swim and swans and ducks paddle and feed. It’s quintessential rural England.

Your next stop is Broadway Tower. This unique, Saxon tower sitting atop the crest of a hill has acted as a beacon, an artist’s retreat, and an army bunker.

You proceed to Stow-on-the-Wold, a hill top market town, packed with history, antique shops and tea rooms.

After enjoying the pastoral sights, it’s on to the home of Britain’s best minds: Oxford. This city is renowned for 900 years of academic excellence through its world-famous university.

Keen Harry Potter fans will want to visit the Great Hall of Christ Church College, the inspiration for the Hogwarts dining hall and where some scenes were filmed.

As the evening draws in, you return to London.

Oxford & Traditional Cotswold Villages