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THE COTSWOLDS - PRIVATE TOUR OPTIONS
Tailor your own day tour from London with our variety of options.


Day tour from London in private vehicle with accredited driver-guide.
For couples, families or small private groups (up to 7 persons). Subject to availability.
Timings: 9am-6pm. Pick-up and drop-off at any central London hotel or residence.
Prices: 1-2 passengers = £640.00; 3-4 pass = £680.00; 5-7 pass = £720.00.
Any admission fees are extra and usually payable on entry. Booking enquiries.



Itinerary: select any 2 from our 6 options below to create your full day tour:

Option 1: COTSWOLD VILLAGES (half-day)

An idyllic English dreamscape; picturesque villages, quaint pubs, historic churches, romantic ruins, spectacular gardens and magnificent vistas of the English countryside. This tour starts at the Cotswold village of Minster Lovell. Thatched cottages, a picturesque parish church and romantic manor house ruins compete to give this village exceptional charm. Next, to Burford, known as the 'Gateway to the Cotswolds'. Here we visit one of the region's most famous edifices, the historic wool-church of St John's, set in one of the most tranquil spots in England. Finally, to Bampton, setting for the village scenes in the global hit tv series Downton Abbey. Avid fans will surely recognise various locations including the Crawley family home, the hospital, the church and the pub.
● Variable openings.

Option 2: BLENHEIM PALACE (half-day)
Winston Churchill’s ancestral home and birth-place. It was built to commemorate a great military victory over 300 years ago and is great example of the excesses of late baroque architecture. Stories of scandal abound throughout its history and your guide will fill you in with the scurrilous details. There is an option to join an inhouse tour or you can wander the gardens at your own pace. The landscape, designed in part by the famous Lancelot 'Capability' Brown, is simply stunning in its magnitude. There is also an opportunity to visit the churchyard in the village of Bladon to see the simple grave where Churchill is buried.
● Usually open daily Feb-Oct.
● Admission payable on entry.
● Your guide will conduct the tour.

Option 3: HIDCOTE GARDENS (half-day)
Hidcote is perhaps England's most famous garden. It is the lifetime achievement of an American war hero, and is certainly one of the most influential gardens of the 20th-century. A walk around the 'rooms' will surely inspire both beginner and old hand alike.
● Seasonal openings. Spring & Autumn: Sat-Wed; Jul-Aug: usually open daily.
● Admission payable on entry.
● Your guide will conduct the tour.

Option 4: OXFORD (half-day)
Famous throughout the world as a university town, with over 40 colleges. The poet Matthew Arnold described it as ‘That sweet city with her dreaming spires’. Your guide explain the mysterious traditions of this ancient town, its college system, and the architecture which sets it apart from other centres of academia, and the real world! We get many complaints about the academic haughtiness towards visitors, but a little forewarning from your guide will help you to smile at the bumptious attitudes rather than let it spoil your tour. There are a number of options which your guide will suggest. Fans of Harry Potter will recognize the great hall at the famous Christchurch College, while fans of Alice in Wonderland will recognize a number of references here too. There are also options to visit the renowned Bodleian Library and Ashmolean Museum.
● Usually open daily Feb-Oct.
● Admission payable on entry.
● Your guide will conduct the tour.

Option 5: STRATFORD-UPON-AVON (half-day)
William Shakespeare’s home town at the very northern edge of the Cotswolds. The wonderful thing about it is that over 400 years on, many of the places associated with Shakespeare’s life are still standing and can be visited such as his birthplace, school, and residences. Also recommended is a viewing of his wife Anne Hathaway’s Cottage. A visit to the 14th century Holy Trinity Church where the great bard is buried is a must. Then follow in his footsteps and enjoy a walk along the banks of the River Avon, with your guide pointing out the theatres and memorials now erected in his honour.
● Usually open daily Feb-Oct.
● Admission payable on entry.
● Your guide will conduct the tour.

Option 6: WARWICK CASTLE (half-day)
Much of the political intrigue just before Shakespeare’s time was created by the Earl of Warwick, or the ‘Kingmaker’. His meddling ensured the prolongation of the royal family split known as the War of the Roses, eventually won by the Tudors. Shakespeare became a great Tudor propagandist, using this castle for inspiration. He wrote seven plays on the Wars of the Roses. Your guide will secure your tickets and conduct you on a tour. Highlights include live demonstrations of siege engines, weaponry and falconry, a real dungeon, armour displays, and many other attractions. Younger children especially will enjoy this venue.
● Usually open daily Feb-Oct.
● Admission payable on entry.
● Your guide will conduct the tour.



TOUR PRICES:

FULL DAY PRIVATE TOUR FROM LONDON (9am-6pm)

PRICE
(not including entrance fees)

TOUR BY PRIVATE CAR (1-2 passengers)

£640.00
(+ any entrance fees)

TOUR BY PRIVATE CAR (3-4 passengers)

£680.00
(+ any entrance fees)

TOUR BY PRIVATE CAR (5-7 passengers)

£720.00
(+ any entrance fees)



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BOOKING POLICY AND NOTES:
Bookings are dealt with on a one-to-one basis via e-mail only.
To secure your preferred date we recommend booking well in advance.
We do not accept bookings with less than 72 hours notice.
All tours subject to availability. Booking will not go ahead until availability is confirmed.
Tour is not guaranteed to go ahead until 100% of payment is received.
We do not usually pre-book tickets for attractions. We recommended these are paid
  for at the gate on the day. In circumstances where pre-booking is the only option for
  attractions, tickets must be paid for in advance and are non-refundable.
Administration fees may be added for extensive itineraries or advance ticket booking.
We do not arrange flights, accommodation, travel tickets or tickets for special events.
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PRACTICAL TOUR INFO:

Important note: 'Private tour' means a privately chartered guided tour. It does not entail exclusive private access. We do not offer tours to individuals wishing to join a larger group (for this you require a scheduled coach tour operator).

Timings: A recommended start time ensures the tour runs to schedule. The duration of this tour is timed from pick-up to drop-off and usually includes built-in stops for photo opportunities, facilities, and a one-hour lunch break.

Pick-up/drop-off: You can be picked-up for your tour anywhere in the central London area, whether at your hotel, place of residence, or venue of your request. The same applies as a dropping-off point after the tour. Tours from London may use fastest routes.

Vehicle: Our typical vehicle is a luxury people carrier. Usually a high-spec 7-passenger Mercedes, with leather seats, armrests, headrests, air-conditioning, tinted windows, front and rear electric sunroof, sliding passenger doors and luggage space.

Driver-Guide: Our presentable, professional and friendly guides drive fully insured private vehicles and carry the British 'Blue Badge' accreditation allowing them to conduct tours, walks and interior visits of major London venues and other UK attractions.

Tour: The main tour is conducted personally by the guide, providing knowledgeable commentary, and assisting with practical issues. Sections of the tour may be conducted by in-house docents or using audio devices, but your guide may still escort you.

Lunch: An appropriate restaurant, traditional pub, or sandwich stop can be arranged for lunch (note: tour price does not include food or refreshments). Alternatively, you may want to bring a pre-packed lunch. The guide may take a rest during this period.

Clothing: Clients should dress appropriately making allowances for the changeable British weather, outdoor activities or visiting churches, etc. Our main tip is to dress comfortably. For more tips to help make your tour even more enjoyable click here.

Format: The tour has been specially researched and designed by our staff (copyright applies) and is exclusive to Your London Tours & associates. Selected elements of different tours may be combined to create other tour options.

General: Rest assured with Your London Tours: All our tours are tailored to YOUR requirements. The guide will be exclusively dedicated to your family or group during the tour itself, so you will be able to relax and enjoy your day.



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