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Iconic England: Oxford, The Cotswolds & Stonehenge

Iconic England: Oxford, the Cotswolds & Stonehenge

7 days & 6 nights, Private Journey

Oxford, Cotswolds & Salisbury

On this journey, explore the quintessential sights of the England outside of London. Savor a visit to the college courtyards and libraries of the historic city of Oxford, including where many of the scenes from the Harry Potter movies were filmed. In the scenic hills and valleys of the Cotswolds, see quaint villages, impressive churches and stained-glass windows. Attempt to unravel the mysteries of 5,000-year-old Stonehenge. Head to the striking Salisbury Cathedral and see one of the only four surviving copies of the Magna Carta.

  • Day 1
    Arrive London / Oxford

    Upon arrival in London, you will be met by your Cox & Kings representative and escorted to one of England's most famous cities, Oxford. Upon arrival, the remainder of your day is at leisure.

    Preferred: Macdonald Randolph Hotel
    Elite: Macdonald Randolph Hotel - 2 Nights
  • Day 2
    Oxford

    Join your local Cox & Kings guide this morning for a comprehensive discovery of Oxford. The colleges in Oxford date back to the 13th century and among the university's famous students were Bill Clinton, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and Lewis Carroll. Embark on a fascinating walking visit, which includes the Great Hall in Christ Church, where many scenes from the Harry Potter movies were filmed. Continue to the Bodleian Library and the picture-perfect college courtyards for which Oxford is famous. For lunch, we recommend you to enjoy your own tapas menu by sampling 4 or 5 of Oxford's best food market stalls. Tonight, we suggest a pint at one of Oxford's classic pubs, such as the Eagle & Child, where JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis used to meet with other writers.

    Preferred: Macdonald Randolph Hotel
    Elite: Macdonald Randolph Hotel
    (B)
  • Day 3
    To the Cotswolds

    Depart this morning for Blenheim Palace, first stopping in the village of Bladon where Sir Winston Churchill's grave is found at St. Martin's Church. Birthplace of Winston Churchill, Blenheim Palace is one of Britain's finest stately homes. It's surrounded by landscaped parkland and elegant formal gardens. A triumph of romantic architecture, the palace is a World Heritage Site. Next, continue to Stratford-Upon-Avon, at the doorstep to the Cotswolds. This medieval market town is the birthplace of William Shakespeare and you will have the opportunity to visit the cottage where he was born.

    Preferred: Macdonald Swan's Nest Hotel
    Elite: The Arden Hotel - 3 Nights
    (B)
  • Day 4
    The Cotswolds

    This morning wander the streets of this medieval market town straddling the River Avon. Later, continue up the Avon and back in time to Warwick Castle. Built by William the Conqueror after the Norman invasion, Warwick quickly became a mighty stronghold that developed into one the most recognizable and striking fortifications in the land. For a thousand years everyone from kings and queens to lords and ladies has stayed at Warwick. England is blessed with more than its fair share of stunning castles and the grandeur and history of Warwick Castle makes it no exception.

    Preferred: Macdonald Swan's Nest Hotel
    Elite: The Arden Hotel
    (B)
  • Day 5
    The Cotswolds

    Spend the day discovering the Cotswolds, an expanse of gently sloping green hills. Explore villages made of honey-colored stone, sip pints in ancient pubs and see some of Britain's most beautifully preserved medieval churches. Some of the quaint villages may include Chipping Campden, Broadway and Bourton-on-the-Water. High in the Cotswold Hills, Hidcote Manor Gardens is a lush English country garden overflowing with seasonal blooms. Walk among the garden rooms, discover rare shrubs and trees and get to know one of England's most influential gardens. Enjoy afternoon tea in a charming tearoom in one of the villages before returning to your accommodations at the end of the day.

    Preferred: Macdonald Swan's Nest Hotel
    Elite: The Arden Hotel
    (B)
  • Day 6
    To Salisbury

    This morning travel south for a visit to one of England's most iconic monuments. A relic from the Stone Ange, Stonehenge has withstood the test of time. The method of its construction remains a mystery to this day, and it appears 5,000 years ago, these huge 40-ton stones were dragged from over 280 miles away in Wales. However, many legends and theories abound. The beautiful Salisbury Cathedral is an international symbol of Christianity and one of England's most striking architectural monuments. Visit The Chapter House, home to one of only four surviving copies of the Magna Carta, and then see the oldest working clock in Europe, which dates back to 1386. At the end of the day, settle into your accommodations for the journey's final evening.

    Preferred: Mercure White Hart Hotel
    Elite: Lainston House - 1 Night
    (B)
  • Day 7
    Depart London

    This morning, you are accompanied overland to London to continue your journey.

    (B)
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