London, Oxford and Stratford plus Christmas Lunch in the Cotswolds - Christmas Day 2017
After your morning pick-up we begin our Christmas excursion with a panoramic tour of London, taking in all the major highlights - Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Tower of London and more.
Next we head off to Oxford for a festive walk through this ancient University town, passing by the ivy-clad colleges and picturesque honey coloured buildings. We will pass Christ Church College, where Lewis Caroll wrote his enchanting tales of Alice in Wonderland and more recently Harry Potter was filmed. Your guide will explain to you the traditions of college life as you take in such famous buildings as the mighty Romanesque Radcliffe Camera and The Ashmolean, the oldest museum in the UK.
Next we journey into the limestone hills of the Cotswolds, a region of picture book villages made famous by the wool merchants in the 14th century who helped build some of the magnificent manor houses and perpendicular Churches that we will pass. There will be time to stop for photos outside Blenheim Palacewhere Sir Winston Churchill was born before heading to Stratford for our Christmas lunch.
Sit back and enjoy delicious Roast Turkey with all the trimmings followed by traditional Christmas pudding served in this charming Elizabethan pub that also boasts a superb collection of real ales and fine wines.
In the afternoon we journey to Stratford-upon-Avon passing by Anne Hathaway’s cottage before arriving in this picturesque market town. It is famous of course for William Shakespeare, Britain’s most famous writer who was both born and lies buried here. We stop for photos on our short walk, at both his birthplace and the delightful Holy Trinity Church where the great man finally came to rest.
Please note that Christchurch College and Shakespeare’s Birthplace will be closed on Christmas Day but the tour still provides a comprehensive overview of each attraction and includes Christmas lunch in the Cotswolds or other location.
Christmas Day and Boxing Day tours are non-refundable once booked.