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Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, and Oxford Custom Day Trip

4.5/5
1136 reviews
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London
| 9 hours 30 minutes

Overview

At a glance
Category: Day Trips, Tours
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes
Highlights
Day trip (destination A to B)
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
Description
Leave London on your air-conditioned coach and travel west to Windsor, the home of Windsor Castle, an official residence of Queen Elizabeth II. Extending over 13 acres (five hectares), this imposing castle houses lavish State Apartments, Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House and magnificent St George’s Chapel, the burial place of King Henry VIII.
On arrival, show your pre-booked ticket or pay your entrance fee (depending on the option selected), and head inside to view the State Apartments, St George’s Chapel and other highlights, all brought to life by audio guide commentary. The display of British pageantry that is the Changing of the Guard takes place in the Castle precincts on an almost daily basis, so you may catch this colorful morning ceremony if your tour takes place on one of the days it occurs and if you have purchased an entrance ticket to the Castle.
Alternatively, use your time to explore the town of Windsor and stroll around its quaint streets. You may also see the New or Old Guard of soldiers marching to the Castle if your tour coincides with a Changing of the Guard ceremony. Usually accompanied by a military band, the Guards march through central Windsor in their bright red tunics and bearskin helmets, making an impressive sight.
After around two hours in Windsor, head for Stonehenge. This UNESCO-listed stone circle rears dramatically from Salisbury Plain and is cloaked in mystery. Perhaps purchase an entrance ticket from your guide and take an audio-guided tour that delves into the stones’ spiritual importance and their associations with figures such as King Arthur and Merlin. Or view Stonehenge independently from outside and ponder its mysteries yourself as you take photos of this incredible prehistoric monument.
Later, continue to Oxford. Home to Britain’s oldest university, the colleges of this honey-stoned town inspired scholars such as Lewis Carroll and J R R Tolkien. Take an included walking tour to admire Christchurch College, the Bodleian Library and Sheldonian Theatre as you listen to your guide’s crystal-clear commentary on your Vox headphones.
Afterward, return to London where your tour ends with a drop-off at Victoria coach station.
Inclusions
Transport by air-conditioned coach (maximum 50 people)
Local guide
Walking tour of Oxford, including headphones
Entrance to Windsor Castle and Stonehenge, if option selected
Hotel drop-off
Hotel pick-up
Entrance ticket to Windsor Castle interior, if option selected
Entrance ticket to Stonehenge, if option selected
Gratuities (optional)
Food and beverages, unless specified

Location

Meeting point
Central London

Reviews

andreyvt,
Jan 2018

Great trip with lots of information and very knowledgeable guide.

Kok Onn P,
Jan 2018

Nice trip, highly recommended.

reginald f,
Jan 2018

This tour is awesome you get to visit and see many things even though it is a time schedule tour it is still worth taking even with kids in tow.

Joe D,
Dec 2017

Excellent tour. Very knowledgeable guide, and great bus driver.

Joe D,
Dec 2017

Excellent tour. Very knowledgeable guide, and great bus driver.

ferbereyes,
Jan 2018

We went on a cold, wet, windy day so odds were set for misery. Guide was great. He was very interesting, informative and attentive on the bus. He got us into Windsor Castle as fast as possible then handed us off to be on our own inside plenty of guides inside - don't think outside guides allowed to give tour inside. Thought Windsor was interesting. Next time, think I'd probably just take a train in myself and leave when I wanted. We spent about 2 hours there and really that might have been enough to get the main idea but not see every nook and cranny. Bus was warm and dry. : Stonehenge was miserably cold and my second time to see it so as soon as I got off the bus, I turned around and went for a cup of tea. It was nice to see the first time in 2014 for me, as I'm sure it was 1000 years ago and will be 1000 years from now. Maybe on a warmer day, I'd feel inclined to see it again maybe. Oxford tour was more with the guide. I made the mistake of breaking off from group to shop. Shops were same old souvenirs - really wish I stayed with the guide as he was so interesting. Subtracting a star as tour was okay but not fantastic, subtracted another star because weather was rotten and makes me grouchy just thinking about it, added as star back due to very good guide. Don't know his name, sorry.

Nicholas S,
Jan 2018

This was a really great tour. They packed a lot into a day trip. The bus was comfortable and had wifi. They kept to the schedule and provided useful tools to educate the participants about the three sites. My only issue with the tour was we did not get to enter any of the historic buildings at Oxford. They said the students were doing exams.

Monique Y,
Feb 2018

Although Kevin was very knowledgeable and personable, by the time we arrived in Oxford it was late and getting dark. Adding to this, we only toured the outside of buildings. Windsor was a disappointment only because the Queen and family were in residence celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary which meant the State apartment was closed to the public. Of course that is the chance you take... Stonehenge is awe inspiring! Kelvins dinner recommendation was delish!

Dinar R,
Jan 2018

Actually I was enjoy my first vacation to United Kingdom, and found this tour such a good value, while the price was not included the entrance ticket to all of destination and we should pay another amount. I was pay with my credit card, and just realized that the amount was not the same with earlier information, I was upset found Viatour did such thing, but what can I do? The tour was also not my expectation that the tour guide was not very helpful at all, she only give a long long explanation in details without give us any change to take a picture or even enjoy the tour, she advise us to walking through in a rush and did not care that some of us might be tired or can not follow the group. I prefer to free and easy tour and enjoy every moment from the every spot instead of just follow the talkative tour guide. it was very useless.

Carrie L,
Dec 2017

We were in a group of 6 and we were told that we were getting picked up by the company. We tried calling and emailing the day before, but received no reply. There was no pick up that morning and after talking to the company on the phone, we were told we could meet the group at Windsor Castle. We bought train tickets to get there and it was down pouring. We barely made it to find the group. Very frustrating experience. Stone Henge was very rushed and by the time we got to Oxford, we were exhausted.