Oxford and the Cotswolds
Short Break / Holiday
- One night standard hotel accommodation in Oxford
- Transfer from Oxford to the Cotswolds
- Two nights standard hotel accommodation in the Cotswolds
- Full-day private driver-guided Cotswold tour
- Return transfer to Oxford
- Entry fee to any attractions you choose to visit
- Day 1 Private car transfer to Oxford
- Day 2 visit to Blenheim Palace or Bicester Village Outlet Mall before arriving in the Cotswolds
- Upgrade to Country House hotel luxury accommodation in the Cotswolds
- Dinner at your hotel
- Day 4 Private car transfer to your onward destination
- One night stay at Mercure Eastgate hotel, Oxford
- Two nights stay at Noel Arms hotel, Chipping Campden
- Our tour covers the North Cotswolds i.e. Chipping Campden to Bibury
- Central London to Oxford is about 1 hour by car or train
- Online credit card payments accepted. (There is a credit card transaction fee of 2.5% for Visa and Mastercard or 3.5% for American Express)
- A refundable deposit of 15% is required to guarantee the booking
Meet the guide at the front/lobby of your hotel accommodation, five minutes before tour start time
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The majestic city of Oxford and the neighbouring beauty of the Cotswolds provide the perfect pairing for our four-day break. An architectural gem, Oxford’s ancient colleges allow rare insights into a world of tranquil cloisters, riverside walks and panelled halls. A few miles away stretches the Cotswold countryside, with its sheep-grazed hills, hidden valleys, crystal clear streams and golden-stone cottages. You won’t find any two places that better illustrate the joys of England at its finest.
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Oxford University, founded in the 11th century, has educated Prime Ministers, Nobel prize-winners, Olympians, and even 12 saints! The city is said to divide itself into town and gown because of the mix of permanent residents and students who live alongside each other. The real joy, however, is to be found in the historic colleges, many of which are within walking distance of the centre – such as 15th-century Magdalen (pronounced ‘Maudlin’), with its 100 acres of woodland, riverside walks and deer park. And if you love history, then don’t miss out on the university’s renowned Ashmolean Museum.
Nearby is the small town of Woodstock, which hosts Britain’s greatest palace, Blenheim, home to the Duke of Marlborough and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. For shopping pursuits, Bicester Village is the destination of choice for designer labels, often at bargain prices!
If Oxford colleges look like a scene from Harry Potter – indeed, Christ Church College was one of the major movie locations – then the magic continues as you move into the spectacular Cotswolds. This region is designated a protected Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, thanks to its uniquely beautiful characteristics, such as the drystone walls green with lichen, the honey-hued Cotswold stone cottages and manors, the wild orchid grasslands and the ancient beech woodland. Our expert driver-guide will take you over these gently-rolling hills and into some of the most far-reaching views of the English countryside that you’ll ever see.
Many of the towns and villages we visit remain almost unchanged over centuries – still the same pure air, perhaps scented by honeysuckle; still the same fields dotted with yellow cowslips and slow-grazing cattle; still the same thatched cottages with their tumbling gardens full of lavender, roses and clematis. The High Streets are among the most beautiful in the world, with ancient bridges, sweeping terraces, and ancient parish churches.
In the evening, there’s many a cosy restaurant to choose from, serving the delicious fresh food that the Cotswolds are famed for – perhaps some Old Spot pork from the local breed of pig, or one of the famous Cotswold handmade cheeses.
Arrive in Oxford at your leisure by public transport or Rosehill Travel transfer: Check-in to your hotel and collect your Rosehill Travel information pack. The rest of the day is for exploring the city on foot or via tour bus independently. Everything is within easy walking-distance.
Continue your Oxford sightseeing and shopping after a hearty breakfast, before being chauffeur-driven to your Cotswolds hotel in the afternoon.
A full-day guided Cotswold tour with your own expert driver-guide: you'll be picked up and dropped off from your accommodation and shown the best of the Cotswold villages, countryside and history. The tour will match your pace and we'll recommend places we know you'll like.
There will be free time in the morning to pick up souvenirs or even an antique to remember your visit by before departing your Cotswold hotel to return to Oxford by Rosehill Travel transfer.
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Year round except 17th to 31st December
I can’t thank you enough for all your help and guidance on our recent trip. All your suggestions and reservations were in great taste and everyone was so helpful. We enjoyed our conversations with you and appreciate all your effort to see that our trip was a complete success. I might add a dream come true. The Cotswold’s are indeed a perfect slice of heaven.
Thank you again for all you did for us.
P Green (US)