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
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.
The Go Cotswolds tour travels through the meandering rural lanes stopping at Chipping Campden, Broadway Tower, Dover’s Hill viewpoint, Stow-on-the-Wold, Bibury, Bourton-on-the-Water and a ‘secret’ off-the-beaten-track Cotswolds village. Tours begin with a pick-up from Moreton-in-Marsh station – a short and inexpensive train journey from Oxford when purchasing the Cotswolds Discoverer Pass for just £10 per person – at 9.45am (10.00am on Sundays) returning at approximately 5 pm.
An invitation into Becky’s private thatched Cotswold home Secret Cottage Tour. During your 6-hour tour of hidden villages, you’re invited inside their 500-year-old cottage for coffee and pastries, a buffet lunch and in the afternoon a traditional English cream tea. With their invaluable knowledge, you are treated ‘as if you’re a local’ during your guided tour of picturesque villages that are inaccessible to public transport. You can take the tour on your own, as a couple, or a group, with a maximum of 7 seats in their Mercedes minibus. Great day trip from Oxford or London Paddington train stations. They greet you at Moreton-in-Marsh station. See GWR for train times.
For full day tours of the Cotswolds with the option of visiting 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.