Charms of the Cotswolds
5 days from £349 per person*
*based on sharing on a twin/double basis and a minimum of 40 paying passengers
Known for being ‘typically English’, the Cotswolds never fails anyone’s expectations. From the rolling hillsides to the traditional honey coloured stone seen on the houses and drystone walls, the Cotswolds have a serene beauty. As well as picturesque towns and villages the area offers some stunning historic houses and gardens which can be incorporated into your tour.
Day 1 – We depart our local area for the journey to Banbury. Comfort stops will be made along the way and there’s a chance to visit a National Trust property (dependent on route) or place of interest. Dinner will be served at our hotel this evening.
Day 2 – This morning we visit Berkeley Castle, an ancient fortress which has been home to the Berkeley family since their ancestor, Robert Fitzharding, completed the Keep in the late 12th Century. The afternoon can be spent at leisure exploring one of the nearby towns of your choice – perhaps Bath, Cheltenham or Gloucester. Dinner at the hotel.
Day 3 – Today we will enjoy a full day touring the towns and villages of the Cotswolds. Bourton-on-the-Water is a must – “the Venice of the Cotswolds” with its series of elegant low bridges which straddle the River Windrush. Moreton in Marsh lies on the Fosse Way; a wide main street lined with 17th and 18th C. buildings. There are a number of National Trust properties and gardens you may wish to incorporate but the day can be tailored to suit your group. Dinner at the hotel.
Day 4 – After breakfast we travel to Sudeley Castle & Gardens, known as the Queen of the Cotswolds. Surrounded by superb views of the Cotswold Hills, the gardens’ highlights include a tulip display which carpets the grounds in spring and a simply lovely collection of roses in The Queens Garden, which sits on the original Tudor parterre. This afternoon we visit Tewkesbury, not so much a town but a living museum of architecture and social history spanning over 500 years, renowned for the black and white medieval buildings which can be seen throughout the town. Dinner at the hotel.
Day 5 – After checking out of our hotel we visit a town or interesting attraction before continuing the homeward journey.
The exact order of excursions is subject to change.
Best Western Banbury House Hotel
The 3 star Best Western Banbury House Hotel is located on the edge of the Cotswolds, a short walk to the town of Banbury, home to the famous Banbury Cross. The en-suite bedrooms are stylishly decorated and equipped with television. The hotel has a bar and recently refurbished restaurant.
UPGRADE TO Mercure Gloucester Bowden Hall from £15 per person
The 3 star superior Mercure Gloucester Bowden Hall has been recently refurbished to a high standard. Set in 12 acres of parkland, the hotel combines a traditional Georgian country house exterior with a modern interior. Bedrooms are en-suite and have television, free WiFi and tea / coffee making facilities. The hotel has a bar and restaurant. (Supplement of approx. £15 per person applies for this hotel).
Many alternative hotels are available
• Executive coach travel throughout
• 4 nights half board accommodation
• Itinerary as detailed
What’s not included
• Single supplement
• Travel insurance
Any of our tours can be tailored to suit your particular groups requirements.
For further details please contact one of the team on 01225 764205 or email@example.com