London, Oxford and Stratford plus Christmas Lunch in the Cotswolds - Christmas Day 2019
After your morning pick-up we begin our Christmas excursion with a short panoramic tour of London, passing by Buckingham Palace, Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey 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.
- Amba Charing Cross
- Citadines Trafalgar Square
- Crowne Plaza Kings Cross
- Grosvenor House, JW Marriott
- Hard Rock Hotel (formerly Cumberland Hotel)
- Hilton Kensington
- Hilton Metropole
- Hilton Olympia
- Hilton Paddington
- Holiday Inn Kensington
- Ibis Earls Court
- Indigo Kensington
- Kipton Fitzroy (formerly Principal London)
- Lancaster Gate
- Langham Hotel
- Leonardo Royal London Tower Bridge
- Marriott Grosvenor Square
- Marriott Maida Vale
- Marriott Regents Park
- Melia Whitehouse
- Millennium Gloucester (Casino Entrance)
- Novotel London West
- Park Plaza Westminster Bridge
- President Hotel
- Pullman St. Pancras
- Radisson Vanderbilt
- Rembrandt Hotel
- Ritz Hotel (Casino Entrance)
- Royal Gardens Hotel
- Strand Palace
- Thistle Kensington Gardens
- Victoria Coach Station, 164 Buckingham Palace Road, Victoria, SW1W 9TP