After seeing all that Oxford has to offer, visitors can venture west and take a Cotswold tour and explore the picturesque villages and see what life is like in this beautiful part of England. Many tours depart from Oxford city centre with tours ranging from half day to fully tailored-made 7-night tours based on your requirements.
Half day Cotswold tours from Oxford
Cotswold Exploring offers a full range of tours including a half day ‘Cotswold Taster’ tour that departs from the Oxford Visitor Information Centre on Sundays. The tour includes a visit to picturesque Burford, Minster Lovell, Swinbrook, Bourton-on-the-Water, Stow-on-the-Wold, Chipping Norton and Woodstock – home to Blenheim Palace.
Full day Cotswolds tours from Oxford
If you wish to venture off the beaten track, then Cotswold Guided Tours offers a ‘Cotswolds Hidden Villages Tour’ which visits a selection of villages off the normal tourist route, along with iconic locations, such as Broadway Tower, Snowshill Lavender and Chipping Campden. Tours are limited to a maximum of 7 people which makes for a much more personalised experience. Visitors can admire the beautiful lavender fields when in bloom, the stunning views from the hilltop locations and markets towns with fabulous buildings and rich history.
North Cotswolds tour with home-cooked food
Secret Cottage is a daily tour of off-the-beaten track North Cotswolds villages. The Secret Cottage team will escort you in a luxurious Mercedes minibus and share their passion for this unspoilt part of England and show you what life is like in the Cotswolds. Becky and her team welcome you into their home, a 500-year-old Cotswold thatched cottage, where guests are served delicious home cooked food throughout the day including morning pastries, a delicious Cotswold buffet lunch, and afternoon tea.
This tour starts at Moreton-in-Marsh station which has direct links to Oxford and London Paddington. See GWR for train times.
Cotswolds and Shakespeare day tours from Oxford
If you would like to see the Cotswolds and Stratford-Upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, then Sho4travel‘s escorted tour from Oxford is recommended. The tour ventures north through gorgeous Oxfordshire countryside to Stratford-Upon-Avon where you can see where Shakespeare was born and Anne Hathaway’s house. The tour then winds back through the North Cotswolds and returns to Oxford.
Cotswolds villages and Blenheim Palace
International Friends ‘Cotswold Villages, Country Pub Lunch and Blenheim Palace tour’ is a fully guided tour with a maximum of 16 people. Explore the picturesque Cotswold towns of Bibury, Burford and Stow-on-the-Wold. Enjoy a 2-course pub lunch and then spend the afternoon at the splendid Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Winston Churchill, and UNESCO World Heritage site.
Self-guided walking and cycling tours of the Cotswolds
The Carter Company organise 5 to 7 night holidays in the Cotswolds, Stratford-Upon-Avon and Oxford. Their tours are self-guided and include walking, cycling and driving. Each tour includes accommodation in character B&Bs along the route with the option to upgrade to luxury hotels.