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Cotswolds Villages and Blenheim Palace Day Trip From London Plus Country Pub Lunch

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    Rise early for a 7:30am pickup form Marble Arch in London. Soon, the gray urban streets of the capital will give way to the green of the countryside, and you’ll start to see the serene villages of the Cotswolds.
    Stretch your legs on a walk through the market town of Burford, and call in at the 900-year-old Church of St. John the Baptist where wool-sack tombs and other historic relics are on display. After a little free time, you’ll continue to Bibury, a dwelling that earned itself “the prettiest village in England” moniker.
    Stroll alongside its 17th-century Arlington Row cottages, and admire the fish-filled streams and the village green. Back aboard your transport, you’ll venture higher into the Coln Valley and along the Roman Fosse Way.
    Call in at the ancient church at Coln St. Dennis, then pass through Bourton-on-the-Water, the so-called little Venice of the Cotswolds. Gaze over the stone bridges as you meander through the hills to the Cotswold’s highest town: Stow-on-the-Wold. Enjoy free time here to explore the market square, then relax over lunch at one of England’s oldest inns.
    In the afternoon, you’ll travel to Woodstock for a visit to Blenheim Palace. The birthplace of Churchill, the palace also made its name in more recent years as a filming site from Downton Abbey. Learn about the building’s history and elaborate gardens, and visit the dining hall, library, and even the room where Churchill was born.
    Your day trip ends with a drop-off at London’s Victoria train station in the early evening.
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    Reviewed 28 July 2018

    Well what a wonderful relaxing day we had. I booked this trip through Viator, clear meeting instructions, driver Tony was the best ever! Very patient and quite witty. We went to two small towns had a wonderful time. Tony made everyone feel welcome the bus...More

    Date of experience: July 2018
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    Reviewed 6 July 2018

    I am very, sorely, disappointed. I was expecting a higher standard of service, not of course as if I had had booked a private tour, but above than the tours offered by the big companies such as Evans or Golden Tours. The timing announced on...More

    Date of experience: June 2018
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    iftravel, Guest Relations Manager at International Friends, responded to this reviewResponded 26 July 2018

    Good afternoon, Thank you for taking the time to write a review. Our itineraries are planned by industry experts - we do appreciate that all of our customers will have differing priorities about what they would like to see on their trips with us, however...More

    Reviewed 22 May 2018

    We recently did a day trip to the Cotswolds with International Friends and our charming guide Jose... just 3 couples (very nice people) and Jose who was both informative and funny, the perfect combination in a guide... we loved the fairy tale villages (that inspire...More

    Date of experience: May 2018
    Thank Chris B
    Reviewed 9 May 2018

    Driver Jose and guide Christina were absolutely fantastic. Careful and friendly driver and a guide in a good mood who told us a lot about the history and other interesting things about the cotswolds villages. The area is a wonderful place to visit - except...More

    Date of experience: May 2018
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