This tour was amazing! Our guide, Christina, was so knowledgeable and friendly. Thank you so much for this wonderful experience!
It was raining on the day of our tour but that did not dampen the spirits of our tour guide Christina. She did an excellent job giving us the stories behind each college in Oxford and answered all our questions. She was pleasant, funny and well informed. We also enjoyed Startford upon Avon visiting Shakespeare's birth house and the little villages in Cotswold.
This was a charming trip in every way, except for the timing. My companion and I are huge Shakespeare fans and we needed more time in Stratford. But the things we wanted to see were just too spread out to reach all of them.We might have been better off doing a separate trip to Stratford. Otherwise, this trip to the Midlands was a pleasant journey outside the city, giving us a taste of the English countryside. Oxford lived up to the imagination as the classic university town and the thatched cottages of the Cotswolds tickled the imagination. Its a tour that recreated many a literary landscape for myself and my companion, particularly since both of us are or have been English teachers.
I had fun on the tour! Stratford was amazing, and the stop at Cotswold was lovely. I found Oxford interesting as well, but not as enjoyable. If I had to make a tiny tweak to the itinerary, I'd spend maybe an extra half hour at Stratford and make up for it by spending slightly less time in Oxford.
We had a great tour guide who was very knowledgeable on the areas we stopped at. The size of the group was great and the transportation was very accommodating.
Great excursion! Pick up prompt. Great guide. Would recommend this trip
Our tour guide, Daniel, was very knowledgeable and fun during the day. The only reason this tour is not getting 5 stars is the organization of the day. Honestly, this tour had a little too much crammed into one day. All the places we visited were great, but there was a general rushing of time and there was not nearly enough time to stay and enjoy everything. Also, if you are rushing around to see everything on your free time, you will do a LOT of walking. My pedometer said 27,000 steps at the end of this day, and I was beat.
When we got to Stratford, we waited in line for group admission into Shakespeare's birthplace. Finally, my friend and I decided to just go do our own exploring, because there was less than 2 hours to see everything. It was sad we had to make that choice, but I will have to just make a plan to go back to Stratford one day to give myself more time.
The Cotswolds were beautiful, but because we were behind on time, we only had a 10 minute stop in one town, so there wasn't really time to see much of that. It would be better to cut that out of the tour and see that on a separate full day.
Finally, Oxford included a walking tour. It is a beautiful city, and I am curious if they still do tours on the Oxford campus, though, when there are students there for the school year. Either way, pop into the Eagle and Child. They have signatures of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, among others on one of their walls. I thought it was neat, if you are into literature at all.
... after a little hiccup with the tour company operating this trip, they were able to rectify the situation and we were treated to a smaller private tour. There is plenty of free time to explore on your own, and the guide that was assigned to us was quite knowledgable.
Although we did enjoy seeing these sights, we felt that more dialogue as to the sights that we passed in the bus would have made the trip more interesting.
This was a fun way to spend the day outside of London. You don't really get much time at any location but it was nice to see Stratford-upon-Avon and Oxford. Our tour guide was very informative, especially about Shakespeare.