This tour combines a three night stay in London with idyllic walking in the Cotswolds and exploring Shakespeare's world in Stratford - three contrasting pictures of quintessential England. London needs little introduction, and we hope that with our suggestions for exploring the city, you will uncover the real, authentic London.

The Cotswolds are designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with mellow wolds or hills intersected by gurgling rivers. This gives a tapestry of picture postcard villages, honey coloured stone cottages and sheep clad slopes dusted with beech woods. Walking the leafy footpaths and staying in characterful Bourton-on-the-Water (or Lower Slaughter on the luxury tour), Winchcombe and Broadway, you will experience rural England at its very best. And with your final night in Stratford, the home of Shakespeare, what more could you ask of England?



Holiday details

Price

Classic

from £1,330 per person

Luxury

from £2,240 per person

Based on two people sharing a room

What’s included?

Train transfer from London to Kingham and from Stratford-on-Avon to London. Entry to Shakespeare's 5 houses in Stratford.  See what’s included as standard

Duration

7 nights

Start & Finish

Starts Fridays and is circular from London

Hotels

Classic

3 nights accommodation in a central London hotel and in the Cotswolds, small hotels a village inn and a restaurant with rooms

Luxury

3 nights accommodation in a 5 star central London hotel, and 4 nights in the Cotswolds in a boutique hotel, a 15th Century inn and two 4 star hotels

Holiday type

Self-guided

This tour is priced without a guide and you are free to explore on your own.  If you would like a guide for part or all of your trip, we are happy to provide a knowledgeable, local guide

Activity level

Not so gentle walking. More info...

Mileage

3 days of walking 7 - 12 miles (11 - 20 km) per day

Terrain

Sloping

Options

Additional nights in Stratford or London




Itinerary day-by-day


Classic

  1. 1. Day one

    London

    Arrive in London and check into your hotel located in the centre of this great metropolis. The next three days are yours to explore London in the way you choose. We will provide you with our suggestions for seeing the best of what's traditional, discovering what's less known but inspirational and rubbing shoulders with the locals whilst enjoying real London.

  2. 2. Day two

    London

    Enjoy London.

  3. 3. Day three

    London

    Enjoy London.

  4. 4. Day four

    London to Bourton on Water

    Today you head into the glorious Cotwolds with a train ride to Kingham. Mid morning our host we will meet you at the station there, brief you on the itinerary and transfer your luggage. Then you are off to walk some of the Oxfordshire Way as it threads through woodland and fields past tiny hamlets. Gawp at the marvellous view as you look over the Windrush valley before dropping down into Bourton on Water, where the river flows through the heart of the village. Sometimes described as the Venice of the Cotswolds, the village has your overnight stop located at its centre.

    7 miles (11 km)

  5. 5. Day five

    Bourton on Water to Winchcombe

    This is an idyllic day of walking as you follow the Windrush Valley this morning and discover yet more classic Cotswold villages. The footpath leads through sheltered woods before you take a very pretty descent down the Cotswold scarp with amazing views. Stop at Sudeley Castle if you wish, where many Royal tales can be told before relaxing in Winchcombe - an unspoilt small Cotswold town.

    12 miles (20 km)

  6. 6. Day six

    Winchcombe to Broadway

    Walking for much of the time below the scarp face of the Cotswolds, this is a gentle day - a lowland treasure of long views and tiny villages, of superb specimen trees and individual buildings that make you pause and wonder. There's splendour, peace and finally the bustle of Broadway where you will spend the night.

    10 miles (16 km)

  7. 7. Day seven

    Stratford on Avon

    This morning we will transfer you the short distance to Stratford where you will find your overnight stay in the heart of the riverside town. From here you can explore Shakespeare's world by visiting his family's 5 houses (entrances included), discovering the town where he grew up and enjoying one of his plays at The Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

  8. 8. Day eight

    Return to London

    Depart at your leisure.

Luxury

  1. 1. Day one

    London

    Arrive in London and check into your hotel located in the centre of this great metropolis. The next three days are yours to explore London in the way you choose. We will provide you with our suggestions for seeing the best of what's traditional, discovering what's less known but inspirational and rubbing shoulders with the locals whilst enjoying real London.

  2. 2. Day two

    London

    Enjoy London.

  3. 3. Day three

    London

    Enjoy London.

  4. 4. Day four

    London to Lower Slaughter

    Today you head into the glorious Cotwolds with a train ride to Kingham. Mid morning our host we will meet you at the station there, brief you on the itinerary and transfer your luggage. Then you are off to walk some of the Oxfordshire Way as it threads through woodland and fields past tiny hamlets. Gawp at the marvellous view as you look over the Windrush valley before dropping down into Bourton on Water, where the river flows through the heart of the village which is sometimes described as the Venice of the Cotswolds. We will meet you here and transfer you the short distance to Lower Slaughter for your overnight stay

    7 miles (11 km)

  5. 5. Day five

    Bourton on Water to Winchcombe

    We transfer you after breakfast back to Bourton for an idyllic day of walking as you follow the Windrush Valley this morning and discover yet more classic Cotswold villages. The footpath leads through sheltered woods before you take a very pretty descent down the Cotswold scarp with amazing views. Stop at Sudeley Castle if you wish, where many Royal tales can be told before relaxing in Winchcombe - an unspoilt small Cotswold town.

    12 miles (20 km)

  6. 6. Day six

    Winchcombe to Broadway

    Walking for much of the time below the scarp face of the Cotswolds, this is a gentle day - a lowland treasure of long views and tiny villages, of superb specimen trees and individual buildings that make you pause and wonder. There's splendour, peace and finally the bustle of Broadway where you will spend the night.

    10 miles (16 km)

  7. 7. Day seven

    Stratford on Avon

    This morning we will transfer you the short distance to Stratford where you will find your overnight stay in the heart of the riverside town From here you can explore Shakespeare's world by visiting his family's 5 houses (entrances included), discovering the town where he grew up and enjoying one of his plays at The Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

  8. 8. Day eight

    Return to London

    Depart at your leisure.