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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Cotswold Summer Explorer Tour

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icon8 to 9 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Spend a day in the Cotswolds with this guided day trip from the city of Oxford. A region of postcard-perfect English villages, green hills, and manor houses, the Cotswolds has been designated as an Area of Outstanding National Beauty. See its highlights with a guide, and discover villages such as Asthall, Swinbrook, and Bourton-on-the-Water -- places that inspired writers and artists with their idyllic appeal. Through the day, you'll enjoy a mix of guided activities and free time to explore at your own pace.
  • Day trip to the scenic Cotswolds region from Oxford
  • Travel with a guide and learn about the history of the Cotswolds
  • Wander enchanting streets lined with tea shops and antique shops
  • Visit villages such as Bourton-on-the-Water and Swinbrook
  • Spend time in Woodstock, where Sir Winston Churchill was born
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Professional Blue Badge guide
Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Bottled water and select beverages
Pick up from hotels in North Oxford on request
Pick up from Oxford Railway Station on request
Taylor Institution Library , St Giles', Oxford OX1 3NA, UK

Tour departs from coach bays next to Taylorian Institution Library in St Giles. Please arrive at the departure point 10 minutes before the tour is due to depart. Please look for a dark blue minibus with ‘Explore Oxford and the Cotswolds’ written on the sides.

9:30 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 4 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Cotswold Exploring
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Cotswold Summer Explorer Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Cotswold Summer Explorer Tour.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Cotswold Summer Explorer Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Cotswold Summer Explorer Tour.
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What is the social distancing policy during Cotswold Summer Explorer Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Cotswold Summer Explorer Tour.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Cotswold Summer Explorer Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Cotswold Summer Explorer Tour.

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lori_h
, Aug 2022
Fabulous day..totally worth the time great walking time!!!! Van comfortable….guides totally knowledgeable 🌟🌟🌟
star-5
Brilliant Cotswold excursion!
Carin_M
, Jul 2022
A fantastic tour. Isobel and David were wonderful. Saw so many wonderful villages, plus the smaller tour allowed us to go into smaller towns too. Heard so many interesting stories and facts. Book if you can!
star-5
Great tour!
Susan_H
, Jun 2022
Our trip and guides were amazing! They were so knowledgeable and we learned alot about the history of the Cotswolds, Oxford, and England. There is so much to see it flies by. We loved it!
star-5
Outstanding Value and Hosts
Alan_W
, Oct 2019
Isabell and David are the most accommodating hosts and knowledgeable people. Anyone would be thrilled to take one of their adventures in the English countryside or towns. What an unexpected and fun filled experience for two American senior citizens. The pubs were great, the towns and local people so friendly and quaint. Rick Steves is making a big mistake by missing out on this team of professional guides and scholars so well versed in history and why so many of the stops warrant the time to explore them.
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Cotswold tour
Kenneth_M
, Aug 2019
David and Isabelle were gracious, knowkedfeable, friendly and full of interesting details of everything we saw. They were well worth every farthing and we highly recommend this tour
star-5
Entertaining and informative
James_Z
, Jul 2019
Our tour guide, Isabel, and our driver (and her husband), David, made it a most enjoyable experience. From providing a lively and informative description of the sites and their backstories, to taking us to delightful villages not inundated by tourists, to providing 20 pence for entry to WCs along the way 😉, we were well-cared for. I highly recommend this tour!
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We so enjoyed going on this tour. I...
Anthony_C
, Oct 2017
We so enjoyed going on this tour. I would recommend it to anyone wanting to see the gems of the Cotswolds. Our tour guides were very knowledgeable about the area and gave us so much excellent information. They accommodated our needs and made everybody's day a great one.
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It would have taken me days on my...
Nancy H
, Aug 2017
It would have taken me days on my own to have experienced the Cotswolds so thoroughly. Terrific day for my three friends and me.
star-5
Isabelle was an excellent, excellent...
Yvonne C
, Sep 2016
Isabelle was an excellent, excellent guide. Knowledgeable, elegant, full of the anecdotes that make a place special We were lucky! Driver also very good forgot his name, David I believe? Would recommend this Cotswold small-bus tour
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Experiencia para no recomendar
SERGIO_G
, Aug 2022
Buenas tardes, En general no me he quedado satisfecho de la excursión. La duración en las localizaciones no están bien planificadas y no se siguieron cómo se indicaban. Cierto es que hay muchos pueblos para visitar en la excursión, pero para unos el tiempo es insuficiente y para otros sobra. Comento mi experiencia según la planificación: Minster Lovell Hall & Dovecote Stop: 20 minutes -> Demasiado tiempo para lo poco que tiene el pueblo. Tal vez esta parada podría no incluirse en el tour. Burford Library Stop: 30 minutes -> La duración es correcta. Da tiempo para ver el pueblo y tomarse un café. Bourton on the Water Stop: 30 minutes -> La duración es correcta. Da tiempo para callejear, hacer fotos y entrar en tiendas. Broadway Tower Stop: 60 minutes -> Realmente no hubo parada en Broadway Tower y no pudimos hacer fotos para lo peculiar de la localización. Sí se hizo la parada en Broadway con tiempo suficiente para comer y visitar el pueblo, pero la distancia que hay entre Broadway y Broadway Tower es tal que no se puede hacer por cuenta propia durante esta parada. Cotswold Lavender Stop: 15 minutes -> Pasamos por un prado de lavandas y se hizo una parada de menos de 5 minutos para tomar unas fotos y porque la guía preguntó si alguien quería parar para hacer fotos (cosa que no preguntó cuando pasamos por Broadway Tower). En Snowshill la parada fue de 10 minutos. Muy poco tiempo para callejear y hacer fotos... y con prisas para volver al autobús e irnos. High Street Chipping Campden Stop: 40 minutes -> No se hizo parada para pasear por el pueblo. El conductor hizo un recorrido con el autobús por el pueblo y ya. Ni parada, ni 40 minutos. Stow-on-the-Wold Market Square Stop: 45 minutes -> En Stow sí hizo parada de 50 minutos pero para lo que tiene el pueblo, con 20 minutos hubiera sido suficiente. Blenheim Palace Stop: 15 minutes -> Aquí no hizo parada, a la que pasábamos por Woodstock la guía nos señaló dónde estaba la entrada al palacio y ya. Igualmente reconozco que la guía no paró en ningún de dar informaciones de los pueblos y costumbres, y que el conductor era un buen conductor, pero la planificación de la excursión no se siguió como se indicaba en la oferta. Por mi parte, las paradas donde tenía mayor interés fueron las que no se cumplieron con lo indicado en el tour. No recomendaría un producto donde no se cumplen las condiciones establecidas. Un saludo, Sergio Garza Merino
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Gracias por su comentario y siento que la excursion no les gusto. Desafortunadamente cuando se escribe la descripcion de estas excursiones en el sito Viator, se tiene que seleccionar cada punto donde hay paradas de una lista de localizaciones dada por VIator y no es siempre exacto. Por ejemplo, Snowshill. La parada es en el pueblo, no es en el parque de Cotswold Lavender, pero el punto mencionado por Viator era Cotswold Lavender, Snowshill. Tambien, algunas veces hay cambios que tenemos que hacer cuando vemos que aspectos de la excursion no funciona bien o si la situacion en cuanto a uno de las atracciones cambia - por ejemplo, Blenheim. No tenemos mas el derecho de entrar en el parque del Palacio para tomar fotografias. Es mi culpa que no hice estos cambios inmediatamente. Es lastima que Minster Lovell no les gusto. Es una parada muy popular con la mayor parte de nuestros clientes. He corrigido todas las descripciones ahora.
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Belle visite
Louise_D
, Jul 2022
Très belle excursion dans les Costwolds. Notre guide Isabel était très intéressante. Nous avons appris beaucoup sur l'histoire de la région.

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