The Cotswolds, Bath & Oxford
2 day tour

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Roam the picturesque Cotswolds on this tour of beautiful villages, ancient stone circles, and stunning cathedrals.

Tour map

Highlights

UNESCO Heritage Sites
Prehistoric Sites
Roman Ruins
Universities
Film Locations

Places you explore


Avebury - Marvel at the largest standing stone circles in the world.

Broadway Tower - The second highest point in the Cotswolds is a tower with an odd shape and a curious history.

Cherhill White Horse - Gaze at this 18th-century hillside art from the mind of 'the mad doctor'.

Lacock - Wander the streets of this village, maintained and owned by the National Trust.

Bath - Luxuriate in the warm tones of the local honey-coloured stone, used in much of the architecture here, such as the famed bath houses.

Cirencester - Get to the heart of the Cotswolds in this ancient Roman market town.

Bibury - A delightful village with the renowned 16th century cottages of Arlington Row.

Stow-on-the-Wold - Site of one of the last battles of the English Civil War, the highest market town in the Cotswolds boasts a colourful history.

Oxford - Oxford is an internationally regarded university and a prominent shooting location for the Harry Potter film franchise.


Your journey


Travel is the best education.

You use all five of your senses, you learn about cultural quirks, and you experience historical wonders.

And this tour is your perfect lesson in the best of England.

You examine the standing stones of Avebury, where you unearth the mysteries of Neolithic civilisation. You study the rural villages of the Cotswolds, where you discover a more relaxing pace of life. And you learn about Bath and Oxford, two places that boast England’s rich and extravagant heritage.

So, make the world your classroom and join this tour of the Cotswolds, Bath, and Oxford.


Tour Details

Starts
09:15 - Stance 3, Greenline Coach Terminal, Bulleid Way, Victoria, London, SW1W 9SH
Finishes (approx.)
19:00
Luggage
You’re restricted to 14kg (31lbs) of luggage per person. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) and a small bag for onboard personal items.
Discounts

Students, seniors over 60, and children between 5 and 15 (unfortunately, we don't carry children under 5 years old)

Important information
  • Pack your waterproof clothing and walking shoes
Tour inclusions
  • Transport in a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach
  • Air conditioning as standard
  • The stories and services of an English-speaking driver-guide
Tour exclusions
  • Entry fees to visitor attractions
  • Tour accommodation

Itinerary

Day 1

  • Gaze in wonder at the largest stone circle in the world, Avebury
  • Explore the village of Lacock and its charming streets
  • Marvel at the immense scale of Bath’s Georgian terraces, its majestic Abbey cathedral, and the Roman temple and baths

Your tour heads west to the village of Avebury. Here you have the chance to wander amongst the majesty of the largest stone circle in the world.

A short journey from here is a hillside where you find the Cherhill White Horse, a huge white horse cut into the chalk by the ‘Mad Doctor’ in the 18th century.

Further along the road lies Lacock, a preserved medieval village famous for its picturesque streets, historic buildings, and role as a period film and television location.

You then head to Bath to enjoy its rich cultural history and magnificent architecture. You can also take the opportunity to visit the Roman Baths complex and Abbey cathedral.

Heading into the Cotswolds, you travel to the Cirencester*, a market town whose wealth was founded in the medieval wool trade. It was the second largest town in Roman Britain.


*Please note that on some rare occasions, this tour may stay in other locations such as Bath or Cheltenham

Day 2

  • Wander amongst the tranquil Medieval setting of Bibury’s cottages
  • Explore Oxford’s iconic educational institutions

You first visit the picturesque village of Bibury, a town that presents you with 16th-century cottages and a tranquil river where trout swim and swans and ducks paddle and feed. It's quintessential rural England.

Your next stop is Broadway Tower. This unique, Saxon tower sitting atop the crest of a hill has acted as a beacon, an artist’s retreat, and an army bunker.

You proceed to Stow-on-the-Wold, a hill top market town, packed with history, antique shops and tea rooms.

After enjoying the pastoral sights, it’s on to the home of Britain's best minds: Oxford. This city is renowned for 900 years of academic excellence through its world-famous university.

Keen Harry Potter fans will want to visit the Great Hall of Christ Church College, the inspiration for the Hogwarts dining hall and where some scenes were filmed.

As the evening draws in, you return to London.

Customer Reviews

Thank you Dan!

Andre Roy Posted on 20/07/2019

I was treated to an amazing 2-day of The Cotswolds, Bath and Oxford and surrounding area. Our guide, Dan, is without a doubt the best in the business. Outgoing, knowledgeable, patient and fun! You can look but youll find none better. The sights we witnessed were breathtakingly beautiful and the relaxed pace of a small size tour made this experience one to be treasured. Highly recommended!

1st tour with Rabbies

Donna Bush Posted on 26/09/2018

We had a most wonderful time on our tour. Our guide John Gannon was very knowledgeable and patient. Avebury was quaint and walking in the fields with the sheep was a great experience. John started at a time to make sure we saw Bibury early in The morning and we were the first ones there . It was peaceful and lovely. We highly recommend Rabbies !

Admiring

Armen, Salpi Kerasimian Posted on 23/09/2018

This was our first experience with Rabbies Tour,We proudly can say that we are very much impressed with the tour guide Mr Steve Moody, very much knowledgeable, very informative, up to the point, with side extra information to clarify the history. Very good driver, socially intermangel, and highly polite and respectful. I am sure you know, that He is an Asset to the company. For our next visit to GB we are definitely looking forward to have tours with your company. The tour itself was very much worth the price. Thank you Armen, Salpi LA, CA

UNBELIEVABLE

Sasha Dawn Kuhnemann Posted on 15/07/2018

All the way from Australia we came and didnt know what to expect from this tour....... OMG it was one of our highlighs of our whole tour, and this was after visiting Amsterdam, Paris and London. My daughters loved every minute and they are 15 and 17yo. Our tour guid, John Gannon was amazing and his knowledge and how he got the history across to us was awesome I found myself hanging onto all his words. Thank you so much for a memorable experience I will be letting my travel agent know this is the best way to see the Country.

Cotswolds ,Bath and Oxford

Margo Posted on 04/07/2017

It was a fantastic tour ! We saw many interesting places: incredible standing stones in Avebury, the charming medieval village of Lacock, full of history and magnicifent architecture in Bath. We stayed in Cirencester for the night ( The Old Bungalow Guest House was great) . Cirencester is also a place worth to see. The next day, we saw the absolutely fabulous Bibury, lovely Stow-on-the-Wold and Oxford at the end. Oxford is a city full of attractions - everybody can find here something interesting for themself. Highly recommend this tour to everyone.

Its a great tour

KAYCEE CHENG Posted on 30/08/2016

I really enjoyed the tour! Our tour guide Sarah was super friendly and sweet. She provide us a lot of information about the places where we visited. The view of Cotswolds was amazing! I will definitely join more tours of Rabbies again.

Amazing time!

Mouktika Posted on 09/07/2016

I had an amazing time on this trip thanks to our guides Sarah and John! The sights were great and paced well, I wish it could have been longer.

Wonderful trip

Jasmine F Posted on 19/10/2015

My friend and I enjoyed the tour with Jamie thoroughly. He took good care of all of us and was essential in providing a personal touch to the tour by taking time to speak to each of us and making sure we were comfortable. His funny commentaries gave a touch of humour to the informative talk about the different regions as well.

Fun Times

Leah Posted on 06/06/2015

Great first trip with Rabbies, I was excited to continue to use them when I arrived in Scotland. Glen did a great job despite a few minor hiccups that were out of his control. I had a great time while exploring this area with my best friend.

Kavein

Hind Hind Posted on 03/08/2014

I would like to say thank you for nice tours that has been arranged by Rabbies I have been in 2 tour (Devon & Cornwall and costwolds, Bath & Oxford) Interestingly, the driver & guider Kavein was in both of my tours. I would like to commend Kavein is an excellent tour guider for his experience, knowledge, communication with tourists . Made the tours even more enjoyable Wish to rabbies all the very best & more success Regards, Hend

Accommodation

Where does this tour stay overnight?

You stay one night in Cirencester. (**On some rare dates, accommodation may be in other locations, such as Bath or Cheltenham).


How does the accommodation work?

Your tour excludes accommodation; but when you book, you can ask us to reserve local accommodation for you, or you can choose to reserve your own accommodation in the overnight locations.


I want Rabbie’s to book my accommodation, what happens now?

Once you've booked your tour, we'll reserve all your accommodation, and your driver will drop you off with your hosts. You’ll pay your accommodation directly. Most don’t accept credit cards, so be prepared to pay cash.


What if I want to change my accommodation booking with Rabbie’s?

Plans can change, so we let you alter your accommodation choices for free within the first 48 hours of booking. After this time, amendments aren't guaranteed and carry a surcharge. Please contact rooms@rabbies.com if you have any questions.


I booked my own accommodation is there anything I need to do?

You’ll need to contact us with your accommodation details. Please only reserve accommodation within the overnight towns that your tour stops in. Your driver will drop you off at your chosen accommodation as long as it’s relatively central.


What if I cancel my tour at short notice?

If you cancel less than three days before departure, you may be liable for the cost of your first nights’ accommodation. And occasionally you may be liable for all your accommodation costs.


What are the accommodation types?

We try to reserve accommodation that’s no more than a 20-minute walk from the town centre. We regularly check our accommodation suppliers to ensure they reach a certain standard. The prices below are for guidance only.


B&B En suite

The showering and toilet facilities are private, and breakfast is included in the price. The cost is £45 - £60 per person per night based on shared accommodation. A single en suite is £60 - £80 per night.

Hotels

Hotels have a bar or restaurant and provide evening meals. Breakfast is included in the price.

  • Hotel 3 star - £70 - £85 per person per night based on shared accommodation. A single is £85 - £130 per night.
  • Hotel 4 star - £85 - £150 per person per night based on shared accommodation.

Hostels

A hostel consists of dormitory rooms with 4 to 16 bunk beds. The bathroom facilities are a short distance from the dorm room. Kitchen facilities are equipped so you can make your own meals. The cost based on dorm beds is £19 - £27 per person per night.


I have more questions, who can help me?

If you have any more questions, you can read our FAQs, call us on +44(0)131 226 3133, or email rooms@rabbies.com.


FAQs

Do you offer hotel pickups in the departure cities?

The UK and Ireland's historic city centres are full of narrow streets and winding roads. So, to speed up your departure, we only pick up from our central meeting points. What's more is leaving the city using the most direct route also reduces the carbon footprint of our tours.

Is there parking close to the departure point?

We don't recommend bringing your car into the centre of our departure cities. It can be hard to find parking, and there are excellent public transportation services.

When should I get to the departure point?

Arrive 15 minutes before your departure time. Due to waiting restrictions, we can't wait for you if you're late.

What happens if I'm late or miss the tour?

If you're late for your tour, our cancellation policy applies.

What are your cancellation policies?

We have a cancellation period of three days for our one day tours, and 21 days for longer tours. If cancelled outside this period, we'll give you a full refund minus a 10% admin charge. If you cancel inside this period, refunds are at our discretion. Click here to view full terms and conditions.

What is a guaranteed departure?

It's simple: you book, you go. This means we'll never cancel your tour because of a minimum numbers policy.

Can I pre-book a specific seat?

Due to logistical reasons, we're unable to let you pre-book a seat on the bus. But our comfortable 16-seat mini-coaches have huge windows. So, you'll always get a good view.

Are there toilets on the bus?

Unfortunately, we have no on-board toilet facilities, but you'll have regular comfort breaks.

How do you cater for people with accessibility needs?

We aim to accommodate everyone. To read more information on how we do this, click here to go to our accessibility guide.

Do you take children on your tours?

We regret we don't carry children under the age of five on our scheduled tours.

You can ask us about the tours we recommend for younger children. And if your child is less than 1.35m tall, you should let us know, so we can provide them with a suitable booster seat.

How much time do I get off the bus?

We want you to enjoy Britain and Ireland. And we believe the best way to do this is to get you off the mini-coach and out exploring. So, we give you plenty of time to take photos, go walking, and explore ancient ruins.

Why do you exclude visitor attractions?

We exclude visitor attractions in your tour price because it lets you travel your way. It means you can pamper yourself with a luxury lunch or skip an attraction whenever you feel like it.

Do we need to bring our own lunch?

You don't need to. We stop in small towns, villages, and rural eateries where you can choose whatever meal pleases both your taste buds and your budget.

Should I tip the driver-guide?

Let's be honest, our driver-guides would never refuse a cheeky bonus. But it's up to you, and the amount is entirely at your discretion.

What about travel insurance?

We advise you take out travel insurance.

What is ABTOT?

You're protected by ABTOT when you chose to let us reserve your accommodation on a multi-day tour. This means you can claim back anything you've paid us if we become bankrupt. Read our terms and conditions for more information.

I have more questions, who can help me?

If you have any more questions, call us on +44(0)131 226 3133, email tours@rabbies.com , or check out our full FAQs .

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