Day 1: Following your home taxi collection we make our way to Stratford-upon- Avon for free time. Perhaps best known as the hometown of the famous playwright William Shakespeare, Stratford Upon Avon is now a popular tourist destination located on the River Avon. Characterised by its beautifully preserved timbered tudor buildings and with stunning rural Warwickshire scenery surrounding this medieval market town, it’s easy to see why visitors flock to this market town on coach tours time and time again. We continue to our hotel, the Blunsdon House for our 4 night stay on a dinner, bed & breakfast basis.
Day 2: Today we head towards Batsford Arboretum near Moreton on the Marsh. Tucked away on the south facing escarpment of the Cotswolds Hills, this jewel of the Cotswolds holds one of the largest collections of shrubs and trees. Take time to wander through ever-changing landscape. When you’ve wandered through the gardens, take some refreshments on the terrace café (not included) or visit the Garden Centre shop. This afternoon we visit some of the typical Cotswolds villages. A short journey takes us to the incredibly pretty village of Broadway. This is described as a typically English village, with its honey coloured buildings clustered around the green. We continue to Bourton on the Water, often referred to as ‘little venice’ and regularly voted one of the prettiest villages in England.
Day 3: Our excursion today takes us to Cirencester the ‘Capital of the Cotswolds’. John the Baptist church dominates the market square and there is a fine Roman Museum worth visiting (not included). Later we visit Sudeley Castle Gardens. Located in the heart of the Cotswolds, Sudeley Castle & Gardens has played an important role in England’s history for over 1,000 years. There are ten awardwinning gardens which sweep round the castle all with a unique style and design.
Day 4: Our day begins with a visit to the market town of Marlborough. From here we continue to Lacock Village, where we can walk in the footsteps of the stars as this is a firm favourite for film and TV producers. With its central grid of four streets, Lacock today looks much like it did 200 years ago. It’s oldest house is older than the thirteenth century abbey but since the loss of the village’s main source of income from wool in the nineteenth century, new development has been minimal. There’s lots to discover in Lacock village; quaint traditional stone cottages, the old workhouse, the medieval tithe barn, the old lock-up and the village church.
Day 5: We make our way to Blenheim Palace, home of the Duke of Marlborough and the birthplace of Winston Churchill. The Palace is a unique example of English Baroque architecture. Inside, the scale of the Palace is beautifully balanced by the intricate detail and delicacy of the carvings, the hand painted ceilings and the amazing porcelain collections, tapestries and paintings displayed in each room. After our visit we continue for Norfolk, where our door to door service will be waiting to return you home.
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